CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2008-R-07

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

APRIL 7, 2008

5:30 P.M.

 

DISABILITY ACCESS STATEMENT

Persons with disabilities who plan to attend this meeting and who may need auxiliary aid or services are requested to contact Gustavo Guevara, City Secretary at (956) 791-7308 at least two working days prior to the meeting so that appropriate arrangements can be made.  The accessible entrance and accessible parking spaces are located at City Hall, 1100 Victoria Ave.

 

Out of consideration for all attendees of the City Council meetings, please turn off all cellular phones and pagers, or place on inaudible signal.  Thank you for your consideration.

 

I.                    CALL TO ORDER

 

II.                  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

III.                ROLL CALL

 

IV.               MINUTES

 

Approval of the minutes of February 4, 2008, March 10, 2008 and March 25, 2008.

 

V.                 COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Recognitions

 

a.      Recognition of Elias Bazan, ATF Resident Agent in Charge, for his support with “Buddy”.  Buddy is our new Accelerant Detection Canine with the Fire Department’s Arson Division and is currently under the supervision of Mr. Rick Treviño.

 

b.      Recognition of Raymond Soriano, 8th grade student at St. Augustine School for winning 1st place in the 2008 Regional Spelling Bee.

 

c.      Recognition of Judge Joe Lopez and Judge Adriana Arce-Flores for selection as the 2008 Law Day Chairs by the Webb County Bar Association.

 

d.      Recognition of Mayor Pro-Tempore Gene Belmares for being named the recipient of the 2008 Liberty Bell Award by the Webb County Bar Association.

 

Communiqués

 

Citizen comments

Citizens are required to fill out a witness card and identify themselves at the microphone.  Comments should be relevant to City business and delivered in a professional manner.  No derogatory remarks will be permitted.  There is a time limit of three minutes per speaker.

 

 

VI.               APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

a.      Appointments by Mayor Raul G. Salinas of Alejandro Rodriguez and Eduardo Valls to the Electrical Examining Advisory Board.

 

b.      Appointment by Council Member Johnny Amaya of Jimmy Escoto to the Convention and Visitors Bureau Advisory Committee.

 

c.      Appointment by Council Member Johnny Rendon of Rosy Gregory to the Convention and Visitors Bureau Advisory Committee.

 

VII.             GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

1.           

a.       

A.                 Request by Mayor Raul G. Salinas

1.           Presentation by Dr. Gladys C. Keene regarding the Mid Rio Grande Border Area Health Education Center, with possible action.

 

2.           Status report on support services to families who have children with cancer, with possible action.

 

B.                 Request by Council Member Mike Garza

1.           Discussion with possible action finishing the Century City Park and allocating no more than $35,000. 

 

2.           Discussion with possible action on instructing the City Manager to negotiate an agreement for the lease of the Joaquin Cigarroa Building located on 1502 Logan Avenue for the use of expanding the Health Department Services. 


 

C.                Request by Council Member Johnny Rendon

1.           Discussion on installing two (2) flashing beacons on Bartlett Street next to the baseball fields by using District V Discretionary Funds, with possible action. 

 

D.                Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Gene Belmares

1.           Discussion with possible action on reimbursing the Del Mar Little League for capital improvements to community fields.

 

2.           Status report on the Mines Road overpass with a time line for completion.

 

3.           Discussion with possible action on infrastructure improvements from Mann Road to Del Mar.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member Johnny Rendon)

 

4.           Discussion with possible action regarding the bus shelter for the bus stop at Convergy’s Call Center.

 

E.                 Request by Council Member Juan Chavez

1.           Request by the Laredo Housing Authority to reimburse the payment in lieu of taxes that was submitted for Fiscal Year 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007, with possible action.

 

2.           Motion to conduct a traffic studying around Santa Maria Elementary School during the time when children are dropped off and picked up after school and authorizing the use of District VII discretionary funds to purchase any devices or signals necessary.

 

F.                 Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

1.               Discussion with possible action regarding El Portal Pedestrian crossing.

 

2.               Discussion with possible action regarding the water park.

 

3.               Discussion with possible action regarding the 4th of July Festival.


 

4.               Discussion with possible action on installing sidewalks by using District VIII Discretionary Funds on the following streets:

·        2900 block of San Agustin-west side

·        1000 block of Alamo-north side

·        2200 block of Water-north side

·        900 block of Jefferson-south side

 

VIII.           PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

2.          Public hearing providing community residents an opportunity to comment on their housing and community needs and the projects that they wish to see funded for fiscal year 2008-2009, with funds totaling $5,003,380 to be received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and more specifically through the 34th Action Year (AY) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for $3,589,985, the 2008 HOME Investment Partnerships Grant (HOME) for $1,248,285, the 2008 Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) for $159,922, and the 2008 American Dream Downpayment Initiative Program (ADDI) for $5,188, in support of the preparation and submission of the 2008 Consolidated One Year Action Plan to HUD.   Also for discussion and comment is the Fiscal Year (FY) 2006-2007 Consolidated Annual Performance Report regarding the City’s administration of HUD Programs.

 

3.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Health Department Fiscal Year 2007-2008 budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $1,300,000.00 from the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) through the University of Texas Health Science Center Dental School for dental and primary care clinic remodeling and construction.  These funds will support the CIP 2007 in the amount of $600,000.00 for construction and remodeling for a total of $1,900,000.00.  The construction will enhance coordination, personnel and operations for the clinical care in dental, maternity, primary care and Tuberculosis services.

 

4.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a nationalization of vehicles enterprise on Lots 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12, Block 899, Western Division, located at 3501 San Bernardo Avenue and 3502 Santa Ursula Avenue.  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended denial of the Conditional Use Permit.  District VII     

                                                                                                  

5.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1 and 2, Block 127, Eastern Division, located at 219 W. Travis Street, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District).  The Planning & Zoning recommended approval of the zone change.  The proposed use is single-family residential.  District V                

 

6.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 5.29 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located on the east side of U.S. Highway 83 south of Cielito Lindo Boulevard, from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.  The proposed use is shopping center.  District I     

                                                

7.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 5.26 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located at the southwest corner of International Boulevard and Veracruz Drive, from R-1 (Single-family Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the proposed zone change. The proposed use is commercial.  District VI     

 

8.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 2.23 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located at the southwest corner of International Boulevard and Simon Bolivar, from R-1 (Single-family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.  The proposed use is commercial.  District VI   

 

9.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 3.68 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located at the northwest corner of International Boulevard and Veracruz Drive, from R-1 (Single-family Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.  The proposed use is commercial.  District VI               

                                   

10.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 6.13 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located at the northwest corner of International Boulevard and Juan Escutia Boulevard, from R-1 (Single-family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.  District VI 

 

11.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 1.14 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located at the southwest corner of International Boulevard and Juan Escutia Boulevard, from R-1 (Single-family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.  District VI                                       

 

12.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 25.11 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located at the southeast corner of Bartlett Avenue and Jacaman Road, from R-1 (Single-family Residential District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District). The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.  The proposed use is a bus maintenance and administration facility.  District V                                                                   

 

13.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for the sale of metal products on .99 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located at 10116 F.M. 1472; The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the proposed Conditional Use Permit.  District VII

 

14.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 5, Block 1A, Dellwood Commercial Subdivision, located at 8910 F.M. 1472, from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the proposed zone change.  The proposed use is used auto sales.  District VII                          

 

15.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 3.61 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located south of Soria Drive and east of U.S. Highway 83, from R-1MH (Single Family Manufactured Housing District) to R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District); The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the proposed zone change.   The proposed use is single-family residential.  District I                                      

 

16.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Special Use Permit for mini-storage/warehousing on Lot 21, Block 12, Lomas Del Sur Subdivision Unit XIII, located at 3013 Lomas Del Sur Boulevard.  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.  District I

 

17.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 24, Article IV, Supplementary Zoning District Regulations Section 24-65.14: B-4 Highway Commercial District, paragraph (16) Amusement Redemption Machine Establishment provisions, subparagraphs (a), (b) and (c), of the Laredo Land Development Code, by amending subparagraphs (a), which establishes location requirements of one thousand (1000) feet from another Amusement Redemption Machine Establishment, a church, and a public park or private park, and amending (c), which  establishes measurement criteria for Amusement Redemption Machine Establishment, creating subparagraph (h) Preexisting Uses; Section 24-65.15 : M-1 Light Manufacturing District, by creating paragraph (6) Amusement Redemption Machine Establishment provisions; Amending Section 24-94.5:  Conditional Use Permit Application Submittal Criteria, by adding paragraph (13) to exclude Amusement redemption establishments from eligibility for a Conditional Use Permit; and Amending Chapter 24, Article V, Off-Street Parking & Loading Requirements paragraph (p) Parking Space Requirements by creating subparagraph (3) (f) Amusement Redemption Machine Establishments; providing for an effective date and publication. 

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

IX.               INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

18.      Amending the Code of Ordinance of the City of Laredo, Chapter 2, Article V. Boards, Commissions, Councils, etc., Division 4. Convention & Visitors Bureau Advisory Board,

·        Section 2-223- Membership criteria; term of office; method of appointment; ex-officio members; by amending Section (a); deleting the requirement that representation be from hotels, restaurant, retail, community/civic or business organizations, sports community, and the Chamber of Commerce;  and by deleting section (d) and (e) Ex-officio members of the board; and amending the title of the section to Membership criteria, term of office and method of appointment;

·        Section 2-225- General Authority, by deleting sections (a), (b) and (d);

·        Section 2-226- Administrative Duties, by deleting sections (c), (d), (e), (f), (g), and (h);

·        Section 2-227- Meetings, by amending (c) that a quorum consists of 5 voting board members.


 

 

X.                 FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

19.       

 

2008-O-057           Amending Article IX [Swimming Pools] of Chapter 15 of the Code of Ordinances in the following respects:

Section 15‑135 [Definitions] in order to establish and define the three terms:  building official, private swimming pool, & spa; 

Section 15‑136 [swimming pool permit required] in order to require building permit for the construction of a private swimming pool or spa;

Section 15‑137 [application for a swimming pool permit], in order to specify the requirements for a private swimming pool or spa construction permit;

Section 15‑138 [authority to inspect] in order to authorize the building official and designees to inspect private swimming pools or spas;

Section 15‑139 [issuance fees] in order to establish issuance fee for a private swimming pool or spa;

Section 15‑140 [duration of permit] in order to establish the duration of a permit for public, semi‑public or private swimming pool or spa;

Section 15‑141 [permit renewal] in order to amend caption; 

Section 15‑142 [permit revocation] in order to amend caption

Section 15‑143 unchanged; and

Adding new section 15‑144 [private pool or spa barrier requirements], in order to specify standards for safety barriers for private swimming pools and spas; and contractors requirements and Renumbering section 15‑144, 145 and 146, to 15‑145, 146, & 147 and as renumbered:

Section 145 [penalty for violation] in order to provide for fines from $500.00 to $2,000.00 for violation of these new regulations relating to private swimming pools and spas;

Section 15‑146 [injunctive relief] in order to provide that building official may seek injunctive relief;

Section 15‑147 [severability] unchanged; and providing for publication and effective date.  (As amended)

 

2008-O-058           Amending the City of Laredo Land Development Code, Chapter 24, Article III, by creating Section 24-56, entitled “Parkland Dedication Ordinance;” establishing minimum requirements for the dedication of land (one acre per one thousand projected population) for park/recreation purposes within a proposed development, establishing the methodology of land dedication and/or securities in lieu of land dedication, establishing a neighborhood park improvement fee of $314.00 per dwelling unit, defining and establishing minimum standard for various types of parks (including mini park, neighborhood park, community park, metropolitan park, regional park, special use park, and school park).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of this ordinance amendment.

 

2008-O-059           Authorizing the City Manager to amend the Fiscal Year 2007-2008 Mercado Fund by appropriating expenditures in -the amount of $50,000.00 from fund balance to cover needed repairs for the Mercado rental properties and services for future anticipated improvements.  Funding is available in the Mercado Fund balance.

 

2008-O-060           Amending the Fiscal Year 2007-2008 South Texas 9-1-1 Regional Administration Division budget by increasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $558,613.00 for administrative, equipment and program budgets for Jim Hogg, Webb and Zapata Counties for the period beginning September 1, 2007 and ending August 31, 2008.

 

2008-O-061           Requesting authorization to accept $6,847.50 in revenue amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2007-2008 CVB Budget by appropriating revenues in the form of registration fees from the 1st Annual Laredo Birding & Butterfly Festival, and appropriating said funds to CVB Marketing Division expenses.

 

2008-O-062           Amending the City of Laredo’s Code of Ordinances, Chapter 32- Vehicles for Hire, Article III- Tow Services, Section 32-88- Duties of Tow Services on Rotation List, subsection(6)-Time for arrival by adding fifteen minutes; Section 32-92-Towing Fees charged by towing companies on the city’s rotation list, by increasing and setting fees as follows: tow from $50.00 to $95.00; heavy-duty wrecker tow for unloaded vehicle from $110.00 to $200.00; heavy-duty wrecker tow for loaded vehicle from $150.00 to $275.00; use of dolly from $25.00 to $40.00; use of winch from $20.00 to $75.00; lockout fee set at $65.00; tows and tire changes for all city passenger cars and trucks set at $50.00; Amending Section 32-93-Storage Facility Fees as allowed by state law as follows: for less than 12 hours and 12 hours or more, $10.00 for all city vehicles; for each additional day from $10.00 to $20.00; truck or trailer longer than 35 feet from $15.00 to $35.00; Impoundment Fee (formerly called “Preservation Fee”) from $10.00 to $20.00, and $10.00 for all city vehicles; Notification Fee from $25.00 to $50.00, and $32.00 for city vehicles; Amending Section 32-104-Rotation list permits, by increasing the rotation permit and application fee from $100.00 to $300.00; providing for publication and an effective date.  (As amended)

 

2008-O-063           Authorizing the city manager to execute a budget amendment appropriating operating funds from the Federal Transit Administration Grant No. TX-90-X758 from Fiscal Year 2006-2007 in the amount of $87,486.00 to be used for operating expenses in fiscal year 2007-2008, increasing the Federal contribution from $3,658,679.00 to $3,746,165.00 and decreasing the sales tax match for operations from $4,965,035.00 to $4,877,549.00 and amending the Transit Sales Tax Fund by transferring $87,486.00 into sales tax reserve and reducing transfer to operations by $87,486.00.

 

2008-O-064           Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2007-2008 Capital Improvement Project Fund budget by appropriating $300,000.00 in revenues and expenditures for fire station rehabilitation and equipment repair for the Fire Department.  The revenues consist of a draw down from the opening balance.

 

2008-O-065           Amending the City of Laredo Bridge System Fiscal Year 2007-2008 Bridge Annual Budget by appropriating $1,624,151.00 from the Bridge System Construction Fund opening balance to the Improvements Other Than Buildings and Improvements to Buildings account.  Funding will be used for expenses related to the Bridge I Pedestrian Canopy Project and Bridge I Retail Space (Building E) and other Bridge related projects.

 

2008-O-066           Amending Chapter 32, Vehicle for Hire, Article II, Taxicabs, Operating Authority, Section 32-22, initial application for annual permit, of the code of ordinances of the City of Laredo, clearance of (j) requiring clearance of all outstanding traffic or parking fines with the city and county, adding (n) an affidavit to permit holders to proof u.s. residency, section 32-35 Taxicab Driver’s License Application, correcting typo on (i) replacing the word permit with license, and adding (n) clearance of outstanding traffic or parking fines with the city and county, Section 32-44 holder and driver to comply, adding (c) driver’s must have a driver’s identification card visible at all times and to provide for severability, publication and effective date.

 

2008-O-067           Amending guidelines and criteria governing tax abatements by the City of Laredo for Laredo WLE, LP clarifying the new permanent full-time job requirement; providing for severability, publication and an effective date.

 

2008-O-068           Amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances, Chapter 2-Administration, Article I, In General, Section 2-5 City Council Meetings, Subsection (B) & (D) by providing that regular and Special City Council Meetings shall end at 10:30 p.m. instead of 11:00 p.m.; deleting the option to extend meeting by fifteen (15) minutes; providing for severability, repeal all laws in conflict, and providing for an effective date.

 

XI.               RESOLUTION

 

20.      2008-R-018     Authorizing and approving a Tax Abatement Agreement between the City of Laredo and Laredo WLE, LP in accordance with authorized guidelines and criteria and established reinvestment zone.  This agreement will be for a ten (10) year period and will abate taxes on new improvements for the purpose of economic development and the creation of jobs.  The guidelines and criteria for the agreement are set forth in the attached agreement and attachments.

 

21.      2008-R-025     A resolution of the City of Laredo, Texas urging the State Legislature enactment of legislation to provide for the adoption of an advanced disposal fee on the purchase of new tires in order to fund activities to resolve and prevent illegal dumping of scrap tires.

 

22.      2008-R-026     Authorizing the City Manager to enter into and execute a cooperative working agreement between South Texas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (STCADA) and the Police Department for the purpose of coordinating services, maximizing existing resources, and avoiding duplication of services in the area of HIV Early Intervention.

 

23.      2008-R-029     Resolution directing publication of notice of intention to issue City of Laredo, Texas Combination Tax and Revenue Certificates Of Obligation, Series 2008A, in the principal amount of $32,000,000, for paying all or a portion of the City's Contractual Obligations for the purpose of (1) constructing, improving and repairing city streets and sidewalks, together with drainage, traffic and street signalization and lighting improvements; (2) acquisition of municipal equipment and municipal vehicles for various city departments including Health Department, Parks & Recreation Department, Police Department, Fire Department and Public Works Department ; (3) acquiring, constructing, improving and equipping the city’s parks & recreation department buildings and facilities, design and construction of  hike and bike trails and recreation centers, health department buildings and libraries, including land acquisition and right-of-way, construction and design, and major renovations to municipal buildings, and for the payment of  legal, fiscal, and engineering fees in connection with such projects.

 

24.      2008-R-030     Resolution directing publication of notice of intention to issue City of Laredo, Texas Combination Tax and Waterworks and Sewer System Revenue Certificates of Obligation, series 2008B, in the principal amount of $48,500,000, for paying all or a portion of the City's Contractual Obligations for the purpose of constructing, improving and extending the City’s Waterworks System and Sewer System, and for the payment of legal, fiscal, and engineering fees in connection with such projects.

 

XII.             MOTIONS

 

25.      Consideration to revise the scheduled City Council Meetings for May 2008 by adding two (2) Special City Council Meetings for the 2008 Bond Sale as follows:

 

·        May 5, 2008 @ 5:30 p.m. (Regular City Council Meeting)

·        May 12, 2008 @ 12:15 p.m. (Special City Council Meeting)

·        May 19, 2008 @ 5:30 p.m. (Regular City Council Meeting)

·        May 21, 2008 @ 12:15 p.m. (Special City Council Meeting)

 

26.      Consideration for approval to reduce the amount of retainage from the monthly partial payment from 10% to 5% to the SER Construction Partners, Ltd., Houston, Texas, construction contract for the Laredo International Airport General Aviation Apron and Taxilane Reconstruction (Phase III).  Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund – FAA Grant No. 51.  The Airport Advisory Committee recommends approval. 

 

27.      Amending the contract to Harry Jewett Associates in the amount of $48,000.00 to include additional basic engineering and surveying services required to provide to the contractor the staking of the alignment, all services, valves and fire hydrants to the project for the Mines Road Work Order NO. 1.  This amendment is subject to the Texas Water Development Board Approval.  The amendment brings the total contract amount to $276,100.00.  Funding is available in the Colonias Project.

 

28.      Authorize the City Manager to amend the professional services contract with Gilpin Engineering Company in the amount of $52,433.00 for a new total amount of $1,012,433.00 for the extension of the 21” gravity sewer main leading into the North Laredo Wastewater Treatment Plant.   Funding is available in the 2004 Sewer Bond.

 

29.      Authorizing the conditional acceptance of the Santa Rita 27”, 30” and 36” Sewer improvements as built with the discrepancy of 2,500 feet of 36” sewer line and 4 manholes at an estimated cost of $360,750.00, and authorizing the Utilities Department to charge $6,670.00 each, to twelve developers as indicated on Exhibit “A”, for a total of $80,040.00, for their share of the needed construction repairs of the 2500 ft. and four manholes. The acceptance of the improvements by the City is contingent on all twelve developers signing the payment agreement and paying their contribution to the Utilities Department before work is commenced by the City. Funding for the City’s share of the construction repairs is available in the 2007 Sewer Revenue Bond. 

 

30.      Consideration for acceptance of change order #2 and release of retainage to QROMEX Construction for the construction of an 18” water line from United South High School to the existing booster station along TX Hwy 359 Colonias Work Order NADBank #1.  The final contract amount is $1,486,929.60.  Funding is available in the Colonias Project Fund.

 

31.      Consideration for approval of a list of 404 major thoroughfare streets city-wide of the FY 2008 Recycling/Repaving Program.  Funding is available in the City-Wide Street Paving Project 2007 Bond Issue.

 

32.      Approval of expenditures in the amount of $7,000.00 for students from the Sister Cities Youth Committee to travel to San Miguel De Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico to participate in Encuentro Internacional de Convivencia y Hermandad Universal and further authorizing the City Manager to contract a charter bus service to provide transportation into Mexico.  This event brings ambassadors from over 30 countries with the message to bring unity, friendship, and cooperation among all nations.  The program will serve as a catalyst for youth advancement through innovative and cross-cultural educational programs with our worldwide sister cities; provide an excellent opportunity for promoting the City of Laredo in the Republic of Mexico; and, will serve to enhance Laredo’s relationship with Mexico which is vital to Laredo’s livelihood. Students will have the opportunity to meet and talk to these ambassadors and have a discussion on any issues and at the same time they will be enjoying their student exchange program with the students of our sister city.  In January of 2008 eight students from San Miguel de Allende were hosted by the City of Laredo at the 2008 Sister Cities Youth Conference.  Funds are available in the Sister Cities Youth Committee Account.  City Council finds and declares that a valid public purpose will be served by this expenditure.

 

33.      Consideration to approve an amendment to the recycling center agreement between the City of Laredo and Southern Sanitation Services, Inc., a Texas corporation to increase the total contract price for operating expenses by $3,000 per month due to the 2007 Federal minimum wage increase. The monthly contract amount will be limited to a fixed amount not to exceed $39,635.00 per month for the term of the contract through July 31, 2011.  In the event production exceeds 183 tons in any given month, the City will pay $200.00 per ton in excess of that limit.  This increase will be retroactive to October 2007. 

 

34.      Consideration to authorize a change order to the contract awarded to Antares Development Corporation for providing archiving/preservation services to the Vital Statistics Program of the Health Department by increasing the contract amount by $40,000.00 to a revised total amount of $200,000.00.  This increase will provide additional archiving/preservation services.  Funding for the additional services is available in the Health Department Budget.

 

35.      Consideration to award a software maintenance contract to the sole source provider, HTE Sungard, in the amount of $286,702.68. This maintenance contract provides customer support and service for the OSSI Computer System utilized by the Police and Fire Departments.  The term of the contract is for twelve months ending on December 20, 2008. Funding is available in the Police and Fire Department annual budgets.

 

XIII.           STAFF REPORTS

 

36.      Presentation of the Fiscal Year 2006-2007 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) prepared by the City of Laredo’s Financial Services Department and audited by the Independent Audit Firm of Garza, Martinez & Company.

 

XIV.         EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

The City Council hereby reserves the right to go into executive session at any time during this public meeting, if such is requested by the City Attorney or other legal counsel for the City, pursuant to his or her duty under Section 551.071(2) of the Government Code, to consult privately with his or her client on an item on the agenda, or on a matter arising out of such item.

 

37.      Request for Executive Session pursuant to the Texas Government Code, Section 551.074 to deliberate the appointment, employment and duties of the Chief of Police; and return to open session for possible action thereon.

 

XV.           RECESS AS THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD

                       

38.      2008-RT-002   Authorizing the City of Laredo to file an application with the Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, United States of America, in the amount of $3,952,369.00 for Fiscal Year 2007-2008 and authorizing the City Manager to execute all related documents. 

           

XVI.         RECESS AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD AND RECONVENE AND ADJOURN AS THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL

 

This notice was posted at the Municipal Government Offices, 1110 Houston Street, Laredo, Texas, at a place convenient and readily accessible to the public at all times. Said notice was posted on Wednesday, April 2, 2008 at 8:00 p.m.

 

 

 

                                               

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary