CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2008-R-08

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

APRIL 21, 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.

 

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I.                    CALL TO ORDER

 

II.                  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

III.                ROLL CALL

 

IV.               MINUTES

 

 Approval of the minutes of March 24, 2008 and April 11, 2008.

 

V.                 COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Recognitions

 

Recognition of Mr. Gilberto Urdiales for his United States Patented invention of the Lifting Elongated Objects Tool.

 

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.               PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to enter into license agreements with local little league associations for the use of playing fields.  The valid public purpose agreement authorizes the use of league fields at no fee for a term of three (3) years.  The purpose of this agreement is for instituting baseball and softball programs at each site for the benefit of the youth of Laredo.

 

2.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance accepting a contribution in the amount of $2,000.00 from the State Farm’s Child Safety Day Clinic Program for the purchase of child safety seats and to amend the Fiscal Year 2007-2008 General Fund Police Budget for said amount in order to provide child safety inspections and replace any that are unsafe.  The Laredo Police Department will conduct a child safety seat inspection event that will take place on May 3, 2008 at 4500 San Bernardo Avenue.

 

3.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept a $10,050,231.00 grant and a $915,000.00 loan for a total of $10,965,231.00 from the Texas Water Development Board Economically Distressed Areas Program and amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2007-2008 Utilities Department Colonias Fund 451 in the amount of $10,965,231.00 in the form of a grant and loan for the design, construction and installation of water and sewer improvements for the colonias on HWY 359 (Pueblo Nuevo) and Mines Road Area (Los Minerales, Los Minerales Annex, Antonio Santos and Peñitas West) in Laredo and Webb County as approved by the Texas Water Development Board on October 23, 2007, and amending the Utilities Department Colonias Fund 451 by $10,965,231.00 for a total of $27,736,151.00.

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

 

VII.             INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

4.          Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Scheduled Airline Operating Agreement and Terminal Building Lease with ExpressJet Airlines, Inc., for exclusive and non-exclusive joint use space located at the Laredo International Airport passenger terminal for the purpose of conducting commercial air transportation services.  The term of the agreement is for three (3) years effective January 1, 2008, and ending on December 31, 2010. However, it is agreed by the Parties that this agreement may be terminated by either party without cause on not less than ninety (90) days’ written notice from the party terminating to the other.  The monthly rent is $2.50 per enplaned revenue passenger for the first 20,000 enplaned revenue passengers, $2.25 per enplaned revenue passenger for the next 10,000 enplaned revenue passengers, $2.00 per enplaned revenue passenger for next 10,000 enplaned revenue passengers and $1.75 per enplaned revenue passenger for 40,001+ enplaned revenue passengers.  The airline’s landing fee obligation shall be $0.75 per thousand pounds Maximum Certificated Gross Landing Weight of the airline’s aircraft; providing for an effective date. 

 

5.          Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Scheduled Airline Operating Agreement and Terminal Building Lease with American Eagle Airlines, Inc., for exclusive and non-exclusive joint use space located at the Laredo International Airport passenger terminal for the purpose of conducting commercial air transportation services.  The term of the agreement is for three (3) years effective January 1, 2008, and ending on December 31, 2010. However, it is agreed by the Parties that this agreement may be terminated by either party without cause on not less than ninety (90) days’ written notice from the party terminating to the other.  The monthly rent is $2.50 per enplaned revenue passenger for the first 20,000 enplaned revenue passengers, $2.25 per enplaned revenue passenger for the next 10,000 enplaned revenue passengers, $2.00 per enplaned revenue passenger for next 10,000 enplaned revenue passengers and $1.75 per enplaned revenue passenger for 40,001+ enplaned revenue passengers.  The airline’s landing fee obligation shall be $0.75 per thousand pounds Maximum Certificated Gross Landing Weight of the airline’s aircraft; providing for an effective date. 

 

6.          Authorizing the City Manager to execute Supplemental Lease Agreement No. 2 to Lease No. GS-07B-15259 approved by Ordinance No. 2002-O-325 dated December 16, 2002, and as amended by Ordinance No. 2005-O-112 dated May 16, 2005, with General Services Administration for approximately 1,313 square feet constituting office space occupied by the Transportation Security Administration located at 5210 Bob Bullock Loop at the Laredo International Airport.  Said Supplemental Lease Agreement No. 2 extends the lease term of one (1) year until November 17, 2008, and revises the monthly rent amount to $3,939.00.  All other terms and conditions of lease remain unchanged and in effect; providing for an effective date.

 

7.          Ratification of the City Manager’s execution of all necessary documents granting an easement and right-of-way to AEP Texas Central Company for the installation of electrical facilities to serve the City of Laredo Health Department building located at 2600 Cedar Avenue.  Said easement and right-of-way being situated in the south one-half of block number 338 and the south one-half of block 339, Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, and being depicted on attached Exhibit A; and providing for an effective date.  Execution of said easement was necessary due to project timeline.

 

 

VIII.           FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

8.           

2008-O-084           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; 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. (AS AMENDED)

 

IX.               RESOLUTIONS

 

9.          2008-R-027     Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the Texas Automobile Theft Prevention Authority to fund the Laredo Auto Theft Task Force for the period of September 1, 2008 through August 31, 2009.  This grant pays salaries, fringe benefits, and equipment and supplies for LPD personnel and Webb County personnel to combat auto theft in the City of Laredo and Webb County.

 

10.      2008-R-028     Urging the Texas Legislature to approve the dedication of State Sales Tax collected on aviation and air transportation related goods and service for airport development.

 

11.      2008-R-031     The City of Laredo joins other cities and counties around the state, requesting that the Texas State Preservation Board will select a location for the Tejano Monument among the statues and memorials of other deserving groups and individuals that tell a story of the heritage of Texas in a prominent location, such as the Texas Capitol south lawn.

 

12.      2008-R-032     Expressing the City of Laredo’s support for the re-designation of Loop 20 to include the new location roadway currently identified as Cuatro Vientos Road (Limits: From State Highway 359 to U.S. Highway 83 near Rio Bravo, Texas). 

 

13.      2008-R-033     Expressing the City of Laredo’s support for the removal of the Loop 20 roadway designation on the section of Loop 20 from its intersection with State Highway 359 to its intersection with U.S. Highway 83 and supporting the re-designation of this roadway as a Spur on the state system. 

 

14.      2008-R-035     Authorizing the City Manager to enter into and execute an Interlocal government agreement between the City of Laredo and United Independent School District for the participation of the City of Laredo Police Department in the United Independent School Resource Officer Program. The Laredo Police Department will provide ten (10) officers that will be assigned to various middle and high schools for the 2008-2009 school year.  Five (5) officers will be transferred back to regular duty at the Laredo Police Department at the end of the February 2009; due to COPS in schools grant stipulations and the other five (5) officers will be assigned to UISD for the entire 2008-2009 school year.

 

15.      2008-R-037     Authorizing the City Manager to submit a Grant application to the South Texas Development Council (STDC) in the amount of $40,000.00 with no matching funds. Funds will be used for a litter reduction campaign and household hazardous waste collection of fluorescent Light bulbs.

 

X.                 MOTIONS

 

16.      Authorizing the award of a contract in the amount of $120,000.00 to Parsons Brinckerhoff for the development of the Transit Development Plan.  Funding for the project is available through the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) account using federal planning grant (PL 112) funds. 

 

17.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of one (1) backhoe from Nueces Power Equipment, Laredo, Texas, in the total amount of $55,153.85 through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (H-GAC) cooperative purchasing program’s contract pricing.  This equipment will be assigned to the Public Works Department.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund.

 

18.      Consideration to renew contract number FY08-022 awarded to HD Supply Waterworks, San Antonio, Texas in the estimated amount of $250,000.00, for the purchase of PVC pipe used by the Utilities Department.  This contract renewal includes a 5% price increase from the previous contract period due to the unstable pricing climate for PVC materials.  This is the second of four (4) sixty (60) day supply extensions. These materials are purchased on an as needed basis for construction and repair projects. Funding is available in the Utilities Department Budget.

 

19.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of camera equipment for the sewer line television inspection truck in the total amount of $60,000.00 from Texas Underground Inc, Pearland, Texas through the BuyBoard’s cooperative purchasing program’s contract pricing.  This equipment will replace the damaged camera equipment which is beyond economical repairs.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department budget.

 

20.      Consideration to exercise the renewal option for one (1) additional year for contract FY07-064 to vendor Resource Recycling Services, Ingleside, Texas, for the collection, transportation, and disposal services for used automotive motor oil and filters from City of Laredo’s Do-It Yourself Centers, and the Fleet Maintenance and El Metro Shops. The term of this contract will be for a one (1) year period with an option to extend this contract for two, one (1) year terms. The City will be paid $0.75/gal for used motor oil and there will be no charge for the other services. Funds will be deposited in the respective department’s revenue account.

 

21.      Consideration to award a three (3) year service contract to AT&T Corporation, Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $77,214.00 for providing internet access communication, a range of registered public IP address, and a second  tier domain network service (DNS) for Web-Name record hosting.   Funding is available in the Information Technology & Support Services Department budget.

 

22.      Consideration to award contract number FY08-062 to Laredo Rock Tech Sand & Gravel, LP, Laredo, TX and La Flecha Materials Inc. Laredo, TX. in the estimated amount of $150,000.00 for providing red top soil and fill dirt for maintenance and capital improvement projects being constructed by the Parks and Leisure Services and Utilities Departments.  The term of this contract will be for a six (6) month period.  Laredo Rock Tech Sand and Gravel will be the primary vendor and La Flecha Materials will be the secondary vendor for the purchase of the needed materials.  Funding is available in the respective departmental budgets.

 

23.      Consideration to award contract number FY08-060 to the low bidder meeting specifications, Southern Tire Mart, Dallas, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $364,230.00, for the purchase of  truck tires for all City vehicles.  All tires are purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance Fund.

 

24.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of traffic signal poles and arms required for the traffic signal upgrades of the following locations: Corpus Christi at Meadow, Corpus Christi at Seymour, Corpus Christi at Bartlett and Corpus Christi at Malinche, from Pelco Structural LLC, Claremore, Oklahoma in the total amount of $50,636.00.  The items are being purchased through the State of Texas - Texas Procurement and Support Services (TPASS) Cooperative Purchasing Program.  Funding is available from the 2007 Certificates of Obligation Bond Proceeds Transit System 2004 Certification of Obligation Bond Proceeds.

 

25.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of five (5) traffic signal cabinets from the sole source vendor Naztec Inc., Sugarland, Texas in the total amount of $75,500.00 for traffic signal upgrades at the following intersections: Corpus Christi at Meadow, Corpus Christi at Seymour, Corpus Christi at Bartlett, Corpus Christi at Malinche, and San Bernardo at Calton. Funding is available from the 2007 Certificates of Obligation Bond Proceeds and the Transit System 2004 Certification of Obligation Bond Proceeds.

 

26.      Consideration to award contract FY08-055 to Pips Technology, Inc., Knoxville, TN   in the amount of $55,335.00 for the purchase and installation of two (2) mobile law enforcement automated license plate recognition systems for the Police Department.  Funding is available in the Police Department’s Justice Assistance Capital Outlay Budget.   

 

27.      Authorizing the amendment No.6 in the amount of $10,000.00 to Crane Engineering for additional engineering work services for Colonias Work Order 3 which includes water distribution lines and wastewater collection lines in seven (7) Colonias on Hwy 359. The amendment brings the total contract amount to $470,517.28.Funding is available in the Colonias Project.

 

28.      Consideration for approval of change order #1 and acceptance of the project to Kiewit Texas Construction L.P., Laredo, Texas to deduct $2,115.00 to the total contract for the relocation of the 8” sanitary sewer line at Loop 20 from Campos Rd. to Fairfield Dr. This change order consists of the additional work required to install sanitary sewer manhole risers on the existing 8” sanitary sewer line in the amount of $6,885.00 and the credit of $9,000.00 for the manhole not installed. The revised contract amount is $67,787.44.

 

29.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract for the purchase of 45 ac/ft of Municipal water rights from S.D.K. Farms, LLC, at a cost of $2,250.00 per ac/ft for the sum of $101,250.00.  Funding is available in the Waterworks Fund.

 

 

30.      Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder ALC Construction, LLC, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $187,578.00 for the Esperanza Road Drainage Improvement Project.  Contract time is one hundred twenty (120) calendar days.  Funding is available in the 2007 Certificate of Obligation Bond Proceeds.

 

31.      Authorizing the City Manager to donate (2) two 2000 Harley Davidson motorcycles to the Webb County Constable’s Office, Precinct #4.  The motorcycles will be used for law enforcement purposes.  The City of Laredo Police Department donates these motorcycles as is and does not assume any liability associated with their use after they have been bequeathed.  The motorcycles were purchased from the Police Trust Fund using forfeited monies and an approval to donate has been issued by the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section of the United States Department of Justice.

 

32.      Consideration to approve amendments No. 1 to Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam (LAN), Inc., Houston, Texas, in association with Premier Engineering, Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $98,560.00 for the final design, preparation of plans and specifications for the bidding, additional geotechnical and surveying for the River Road Pipe Replacement Project, Phase 2 for the City of Laredo, Texas.  The project is to repair the existing 9.5 feet diameter corrugated metal pipe with fiberglass slip lined pipe at the river road adjacent to Santa Cleotilde north of Water Street, approximately 1,100 linear feet.  The total contract amount with this amendment will be $218,820.00. Funding is available in the 2007 Contractual Obligation Bond Proceeds.

 

33.      Consideration to approve amendments No. 1 to Harry Jewett Associates for an amount not to exceed $50,000.00 for the design of Esperanza Road Drainage Improvement Project, Phase II for the City of Laredo, Texas.  The phase consists of installation of new storm drainage system at Sage Street south of Esperanza Road through the drainage easement of Laredo Morning Times property to reduce the localized flooding.  The total contract amount with this amendment is $105,000.00.  Funding is available in the 2007 Contractual Obligation Bond Proceeds.

 

34.      Approving monthly adjustments to the tax roll.  The amounts to be adjusted for the month of March 2008 represent an increase of $10,304.99.  These adjustments are determined by Webb County Appraisal District and by court orders.

 

35.      Refund of property tax in the amount of $4,157.87 to the following taxpayers:

 

1.            A refund in the amount of $811.08 payable to Wilshire Credit Corporation due to an overpayment.  Account #969-10001-335.

2.           A refund in the amount of $550.20 payable to Jose F. and Sandra De Jesus Arroyo due to an overpayment.  Account #968-40005-040.

3.           A refund in the amount of $518.03 payable to Challenger Battery, Inc. due to an overpayment.  Account #105-00238-060.

4.           A refund in the amount of $1,096.58 payable to Border Title Group due to an overpayment.  Account #662-01915-050.

5.           A refund in the amount of $680.72 payable to Land America Tax and Flood Service due to an overpayment.  Account #968-61004-170.

6.           A refund in the amount of $501.26 payable to Land America Tax and Flood Service due to an overpayment.  Account #941-42003-120.

 

36.      Consideration to ratify the emergency purchase order issued to Larecon LLC, Laredo, Texas, in the total amount of $217,500.00.  The City Manager has authorized an emergency purchase order to replace an 8” sewer line on San Bernardo Avenue between Madison and Baltimore Streets that has collapsed and is currently out of service.  The service will require by pass pumping, asphalt paving, trench and traffic safety.  Funding is available in the Utilities 2007 Revenue Bond.

 

37.      Authorizing the City Manager to approve payment from the City’s Arena Renewal and Replacement Account for the purchase of air handler motors, eliminator replacement kit, pipe and drape, video camera, surveillance camera, parts for chairs and repairs to generator in a total amount not to exceed $72,000.00.  Funding is available in the Sports and Community Venue Account.

 

XI.               GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

38.       

a.       

A.                 Request by Mayor Raul G. Salinas

1.           Status report and possible action on the Public and Health Issues Blue Ribbon Committee priority recommendations to the mayor and city council: 1) health care access to meet the growing needs of Laredo in the future (including mental health and substance abuse services; 2) water quality, and 3) infectious diseases especially adolescents and young adults. The BRC will also work with the health department on cancer support resources for children and their families.  

 

2.           Discussion with possible action regarding the synchronization of traffic lights throughout the city.

 

B.                 Request by Council Member Mike Garza

1.           Discussion with possible action on installing new street lights on S. Ejido Avenue, between Columbia Drive and Lomas Del Sur, by using District I Discretionary funds.

 

2.           Discussion with possible action on installing new street lights in the area around Century City Boulevard by using District I Discretionary funds.

 

3.           Discussion with possible action on conducting a study for the extension of roads in District I specifically Ejido Avenue, Zacatecas Street and Merida Drive to include cost summaries.

 

C.                Request by Council Member Dr. Michael Landeck

1.           Discussion with possible action on upgrading street lights by using District III Discretionary Funds up to $15,000.00 for the following locations:

·        Meadow  Avenue, between Barrios Street and Highway 83

·        Meadow Avenue, between Willow Street and Chacon Creek.

 

D.                Request by Council Member Johnny Rendon

1.           Discussion with possible action on addressing the issue regarding the re-routing of traffic to residential areas on Sunday evenings.

 

2.           Status report on the roadway that connects the two residential areas of Lakeside Subdivision, with possible action.

 

E.                 Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Gene Belmares

1.           Status report regarding the Laredo Animal Shelter in North Central Park, with possible action.

 

2.           Status report regarding the uninsured and unlicensed towing enforcement, with possible action.

 

3.           Status report on the North Central Boys & Girls Club Little League lease agreement, with possible action.

 

F.                 Request by Council Member Juan Chavez

1.           Discussion with possible action regarding a wrestling event in Veteran’s Field.

 

G.                Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

1.           Discussion with possible action on instructing staff to proceed with legal procedures with a possible injunction against the Laredo Town Center to prevent them from destroying our wetlands.

 

2.           Discussion with possible action on rescinding the former action taken from City Council on the Swimming Pool Ordinance in reference to the $1,000,000.00 insurance bond requirement.

 

3.           Discussion with possible action regarding the acquisition of the Cabello-Canales (2305 Ventura Street) and Union Pacific (located on the east side of Eagle Pass Road and west of International Blvd.) properties.

 

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

·        2500 Convent-west side

·        2900 Flores-east side

·        1700 Garcia-south side

·        1500 Benavides-south side

·        1400 Juarez-west side

·        1400 San Agustin-west side

 

 

XII.             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.

 

39.      Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.071 (1) (A) to consult with attorney on the pending eminent domain case of City of Laredo v. Luis Montano, et. al. Cause No. 2006CVQ002207C3, in County Court Law at Law No. 2, Webb County, Texas; and return to open session for possible action.

 

40.      Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.071 (1)(A) to consult with attorney on the pending case of Marigloria Gonzalez v. City of Laredo, Cause No. 2005CVQ000905D2, in the 111th District Court, Webb County, Texas; and return to open session for possible action.

 

41.      Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code 551.071 (1)(A) to consult with City Attorney regarding the contemplated litigation regarding the Laredo Town Center’s wetlands, and return to open session for possible action.

 

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

                       

42.      Consideration to exercise the second year renewal option for Contract FY04-047 for bus exterior and interior advertising service contract between the City of Laredo (City) and Bus Ads (Contractor).  Contractor shall be entitled to maintain, and place advertisements on and inside El Metro Buses for the renewal option term of one (1) year commencing on June 1, 2008 to May 31, 2009 for the greater of the minimum annual guaranteed revenue or fifty percent of net billings as described in the contract.

 

XIV.         RECESS AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD 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 16, 2008 at 9:00 p.m.

 

 

 

                                               

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary