CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2008-R-010

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

MAY 19, 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 minutes of February 19, 2008.

 

V.                 COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Recognitions

 

a.      Recognizing El Mañana Newspaper on their 80th anniversary.

 

b.      Recognition of Ms. Lara Nigliazzo and Ms. Minerva Saenz who volunteered their time and artistic talents in the preparation of the City of Laredo’s Quilt Square that was made part of the National Civic League’s 2007 All America City Quilt.

 

c.      Recognizing Raul Cavazos, a student at LBJ High School, for winning the Anti-Gang Poster District Competition, and wishing great success in the State Art Competition.

 

d.      Recognizing United South High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC drill teams for competing in the National High School Drill Teams Championship in Daytona Beach, Florida on May 2, 2008 where 80 schools and over 1,000 cadets competed. The USHS Marine Corps Junior ROTC received the following awards:

 

·        Armed Drill Team South Panther Rifles placed 2nd in the Inspection Phase, 3rd in Regulation Phase, 3rd in Exhibition Phase and 5th overall.

 

·        Unarmed Drill Team South Lady Panthers placed 4th in Regulation Phase, 5th in Exhibition Phase and 5th overall.

 

·        Cadet Captain Jose Peña received the Commander's Trophy, 1st place Most Outstanding Commander and;

 

·        Cadet Captain Genaro Quiroz placed 2nd in Knock-out Drill. 

 

Communiqués

Presentation by Mario Medina, District Engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), regarding Texas Department of Transportation Projects.

 

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.      Appointment by Mayor Raul G. Salinas of Pat Campos to replace Jose Gamez on the Para Transit Advisory Committee.

 

b.      Appointment by Council Member Mike Garza of Belinda Guerra to the Convention & Visitors Bureau Advisory Committee.

 

VII.             PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Health Department Fiscal Year 2007-2008 budget by increasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $183,848.00, a one time additional funds equipment and supplies from Texas Department of State Health Services for the Health Department Public Health Preparedness and Epidemiology Program, for a total amount awarded of $561,390.00 for the term period of September 1, 2007 to July 31, 2008.

 

2.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Health Department Fiscal Year 2007-2008 budget by increasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $202,406.00 of additional funds from the Texas Department of State Health Services for a total amount awarded of $952,406.00 for the Health Department Public Health Preparedness and Epidemiology Program (PHP), for renovation of the Department’s Laboratory to a functional bio-safety level 3 facility.  Also changing the term period from September 1, 2006 to August 31, 2008 to September 1, 2006 through July 31, 2008.

 

3.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Health Department Fiscal Year 2007-2008 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $412,985.00 in funds from the South Texas Development Council for continuation of the Department’s HIV/Ryan White Program for the term from April 1, 2008 through March 31, 2009.

 

4.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2007-2008 Capital Improvement Fund Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $150,390.00 from the FEMA Storm Damage Recovery Funds for the use in repairs at the Santa Rita Park.

 

5.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Fiscal Year 2007-2008 annual Fire Department Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $9,037.00 for a donation by Laredo Medical Center and Seven Flags RAC Trauma Service Area for the purpose of purchasing bicycles, ATV’s, helmets and gloves for the Laredo Fire Department Bike Patrol Team.

 

6.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept Fiscal Year 2007-2008 Federal Planning Funds (PL112) in the amount of $104,412.33 and amending  the City of Laredo’s 2008 General Fund Budget to match PL112’s budget by increasing revenues by $104,412.33 and expenditures by $104,412.33.  The PL112 Funds come from the 2008-2009 approved Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP).

 

7.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2007-2008 Parking Meter Fund Budget by appropriating expenditures in the additional amount of $97,000.00 from the Parking Meter Fund for the Riverfront Parking Lot Restructuring Project.

 

8.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Special Use Permit for the storage of flammable and explosive products on Lots 1 thru 8, Block 2, Emerald Hills Subdivision, located at 1102 Bob Bullock Loop.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the special use permit.  The proposed use is storage of flammable and explosive products.  District II

 

9.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 1, Eva Mejia Subdivision, and 1.90 acres as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A,” located at 5811 E. Saunders Street, from B-3 (Community Business District) and B-4 (Highway Commercial District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the zone change.  The proposed use is warehouse.  District II       

 

10.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a child daycare on .16 acres out of Block 55, Calton Gardens #2, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A,” located at 5215 Springfield Avenue.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the Conditional Use Permit.  The proposed use is child daycare.  District V

 

11.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending a Conditional Use Permit for a tire shop on Lot 1, Block 806, Eastern Division, located at 402 S. Meadow Avenue by extending the permit for a five year time period.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the Conditional Use Permit.    The proposed use is tire shop.  District III

 

12.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1 and the west one-fourth (1/4) of Lot 2, Block 1548, Eastern Division, located at 2601 Clark Boulevard, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-O (Residential Office District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the zone change.  The proposed use is weight loss center.  District IV                          

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

VIII.           INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

13.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Amendment to the Scheduled Airline Operating Agreement and Terminal Building Lease with Allegiant Air approved on July 17, 2006, by Ordinance No. 2006-O-157 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.  Said Amendment effective January 1, 2008, extends the term to end on December 31, 2010, in order to coincide with other existing Scheduled Airline Operating Agreements, provides an incentive to air for new service to new destinations and incorporates the rental rate structure agreed with the other airlines operating at the Laredo International Airport.   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. 

 

14.      Designating as a one-way eastbound the 1400 block of Ugarte Street, between Santa Maria Avenue and Juarez Avenue, as a one-way southbound the 3800 and 3900 block of Juarez Avenue, between Ugarte Street and Boston Street, and as a one-way Westbound the 1400 block of Boston Street, between Juarez and Santa Maria Avenue, during the peak hours of 7:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m., Monday thru Friday during school days, providing for the installation of appropriate signs to indicate one-way traffic; providing for publication and an effective date.

 

15.      Designating as a one-way northbound the 1700 and 1800 Block of McPherson Avenue, between Galveston  Street and Lane Street, and designating as a one-way eastbound the 1200 and 1300 block of Lane Street, between McPherson Avenue and Loring Avenue during the peak hours of 7:00 am. to 8:15 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m., Monday thru Friday, during school days, providing the installation of appropriate signs to indicate one-way traffic and providing for publication and an effective date.

 

16.      Amending Chapter 19, “Motor Vehicles and Traffic” Article VIII; Stopping, Standing or Parking, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo; specifically Section 19-364, Restricted Parking Areas, establishing a “No Parking Anytime/Tow Away Zone” on the North and South side of Village Boulevard, between Springfield Avenue and 800 feet east of Springfield Avenue and the east and west of Martingale between Village Boulevard and 300 feet south of Village Boulevard, within City limits of Laredo; providing for severability and for an effective date and publication.

 

17.      Adding new Section 19-382 to Article X [Impoundment of Vehicles] of Chapter 19 [Motor Vehicles and Traffic] of the Code of Ordinances; said Section 19-382 authorizing the Police Department to adopt a city-wide policy for the towing and impoundment of vehicles when the operator has either failed to maintain or cannot present proof of financial responsibility as required by State Law; and establishing an effective date.

 

IX.               FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

18.       

 

2008-O-092           Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 10, Block 97, Western Division, located at 419 Farragut Street, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to R-O (Residential/Office District); providing for an effective date and publication...

 

2008-O-093           Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning all Blocks 488, 488A, 489, 489A, and Lot 1, the west 44.34 feet of Lot 2, the north 55.1 feet and the west 33.3 feet of Lot 7, and all Lot 8, Block 490, Eastern Division, located at 4401 San Francisco Avenue, from MXD (Mixed Use Development District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for an effective date and publication.

 

2008-O-094           Accepting a supplemental grant awarded and amending the City of Laredo FY 2007-2008 Financial Task Force grant budget by increasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $15,577.00 for operational expenses awarded by the Office of the National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA). Funds will be used to pay overtime expenses for The Laredo Financial Narcotics Enforcement Team agents from January 1, 2008 through December 31, 2008.

 

2008-O-095           Amending the City of Laredo Health Department Fiscal Year 2007-2008 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $14,513.00 of additional funds from the South Texas Development Council to the Health Department’s HIV/Health & Social Services for a total amount of $137,555.00 from the period of September 1, 2007 through August 31, 2008.

 

2008-O-096           Amending the City of Laredo Health Department FY 2007-2008 annual budget by decreasing $111,315.00 in funds due to a realignment of funds from the Texas Department of State Health Services, for a total amount awarded of $181,622.00 which includes an estimated Program Income of $22,814.00 for the prenatal services provided by the Health Department Maternal and Child Health (MCH-Title V Fee-For Services) Program, for the period of September 1, 2007, through August 31, 2008.  

 

2008-O-097           Authorizing the City Manager to accept a National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region (NN/LM SCR) award in the amount of $5,000.00 and to amend the City of Laredo Friends of the Library Fiscal Year 2007-2008 annual budget by appropriating said funds.  This is a cost-reimbursement award.

 

2008-O-098           Authorizing the City Manager to accept the 21st Century Innovation-Library Technology Grant from the Texas Book Festival in the amount of $5,000.00 and amending the City of Laredo Library Fiscal Year 2007-2008 Annual Budget.  Funds will be used to purchase four (4) computers to create an e-mail kiosk for the Main Library.

 

2008-O-099           Amending Article IX [Swimming Pools] of Chapter 15 Section 144 Number 19 changing the amount of liability insurance from $1,000,000.00 to $500,000.00 and to increment said $500,000.00 annually by $250,000.00 until amount of insurance is no less than $1,000,000.00.

 

2008-O-100           Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease agreement with the Boys and Girls Club of Laredo. This agreement authorizes the lease of an unimproved tract of real property (as depicted in the lease agreement in Exhibit “A”), A 44,609 square foot parcel, more or less, out of City of Laredo 20.0177 acre tract of record in Volume 1614, Pages 520 thru 530, Official Public Records of Webb County, Texas, situated in Porcion 22, Abstract 277, in the North Central Park located along International Boulevard, Laredo, Texas, County of Webb. This agreement establishes a fee of $1.00 per annum for a term of forty (40) years.

 

2008-O-101           Closing as a public easement that section of the 1900 block of Calton Road between Maher and Thomas Avenues as per the Laredo Airport Plat recorded in Vol. 5, Page 1, Webb County Plat records situated in the City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas and providing for an effective date.

 

2008-O-102           Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Amendment to the Lease Agreement approved on March 1, 1998, by Ordinance No. 99-O-064 between the City of Laredo, as Lessor, and The Laredo National Bank, as Lessee, for the approximate 5,632 square feet constituting Building No. 146 located at 4401 Maher Avenue at the Laredo International Airport.  Said Amendment specifically amends Lessee’s name from The Laredo National Bank to Compass Bank, an Alabama banking corporation, and amends Section 1.03, Option to Extend, allowing Lessor and/or Lessee to have the right to terminate the Lease Agreement at any time with or without cause, and without any penalty, upon ninety (90) days prior written notice from the party terminating to the other, and amends Section 1.06, Rent Adjustments Based on Appraisals, wherein Lessor and Lessee agree that the monthly rent shall be $1,860.00 commencing on July 1, 2006, and that such rent be adjusted according to changes in the Consumer Price Index provided for in Section 1.05, Rental Escalation, on July 1, 2007, and annually thereafter.  All other terms and conditions of the lease remain unchanged and in effect; providing for an effective date.

 

X.                 RESOLUTIONS

 

19.      2008-R-039     Confirming the appointment/reappointment for a member of the Fire Fighter’s & Police Officers Civil Service Commission of the City of Laredo.

 

20.      2008-R-044     Authorizing the City Manager to execute Amendment No. 1 to Grant agreement CSJ No. M822LREDO with the Texas Department of Transportation under the Routine Airport Maintenance Program; specifically, amending Attachment A-Scope of services.  The amendment will add Poly Flex III sealant for cracks within the airfield and general aviation areas.  All work described in Attachment A shall be accomplished by August 31, 2008.

 

21.      2008-R-045     Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the amount of $2,000,000.00 for airport noise mitigation under FAR Part 150 Noise Abatement Program at the Laredo International Airport.  The City’s five (5%) percent local land match in the amount of $105,263.16 is available through the land purchased in Fiscal Year 2006 (Rash Tract).

 

22.      2008-R-046     Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of one (1) parcel of land from North House Properties, Ltd., for general purpose use by the City of Laredo.  Said parcel being Lot No. 104, Block No. 4, University Park Subdivision, Phase 5, as per Plat recorded in Volume 20, Page 28, Webb County Plat Records, and described in attached Exhibit A.

 

23.      2008-R-047     Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the Federal Aviation Administration for Entitlement Funds in the amount of $900,000.00 to acquire Runway Protection Zone parcel to Runway 35L, contract for A & E Professional Services to prepare plans and specifications to rehabilitate General Aviation Apron Phases 5 and 6, upgrade passenger terminal automation and security access systems, and seal coat portion of Runway17R/35L.  The City’s five (5%) percent local land match in the amount of $47,369.00 is available through the land purchased in Fiscal Year 2006 (Rash Tract).

 

24.      2008-R-048     Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the Target Corporation in the amount of $2,000.00 for promotional supplies.  The grant is to be funded under the Target and Blue Law Enforcement Program for the period of October 1, 2008 through September 30, 2009 at no cost to the City.

 

25.      2008-R-049     Supporting and adopting the May 2008 City of Laredo Parks and Leisure Parks and Open Space Master Plan to serve as a standard and guideline for the development of future park areas and the improvement of existing facilities to provide quality recreation to all citizens of Laredo.

 

XI.               MOTIONS

 

26.      Motion to re-designate $100,000.00 that were previously authorized for the Animal Shelter from the following districts toward Industrial Park Street Improvements:

 

District 1    $10,000.00    District 4   $5,000.00      District 7    $10,000.00

District 2    $50,000.00    District 5   $10,000.00

District 3    $10,000.00    District 6   $5,000.00

 

The Animal Shelter will be funded from the Capital Improvement Fund.

 

27.      Amending the contract with the Laredo Animal Protective Society to provide for an additional $100,000.00 in funding for capital improvements to the Animal Shelter and up to $12,000.00 as supported through the City of Laredo Health Department’s collection of vacunas.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvements Fund.

 

28.      Providing that the motion approved by City Council on March 10, 2008 which authorized that FY 2007 -2008 Third Party funding for the Webb County Community Action Agency’s (CAA) Meals on Wheels Program be increased by $12,000.00 be amended to provide that the $12,000.00 increase be divided equally between CAA’s Elderly Nutrition Program and the Meals on Wheels Program.   

 

29.      Consideration for approval of change order no. 3 a decrease of $6,460.00 for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the Bristol Road Drainage Improvement and approval of final payment in the amount of $97,385.00 to SER Construction Partners, Pasadena, Texas.  Final construction contract amount is $470,260.00.  Funding is available in the 2005 CO Bond and the 32nd Action Year-Community Development.  

 

30.      Consideration to amend contract FY06-055 currently awarded to Cantu Electric, Laredo, Texas, for furnishing of machinery, equipment, labor and all other services necessary for the maintenance of street lights (not maintained by AEP) services for the Traffic Department by increasing the contract amount by $75,000.00 to a new contract amount of $375,000.00. Due to an increase in electrical service projects and repairs, the proposed amendment would increase the current contract in order to provide funding for the remainder of the contract term.  Funding is available in the General Fund-Traffic Safety Budget, and 2007 C.O. Bond.

 

31.      Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter into contract with Gulf Coast Emergency Vehicles, a division of Houston Freightliners, Inc., Houston, TX in the total amount of $1,396,995.00 for the purchase of two (2) fire pumper trucks, three (3) brush tankers, and one (1) ambulance utilizing the Houston-Galveston Area Council of Governments (H-GAC) cooperative purchasing agreements.  Funding will be used from the 2007 Certificate of Obligation Bond and will be reimbursed once the 2008 Certificate of Obligation Bond is sold.

 

32.      Consideration to award supply contract number FY08-064 to the following bidders: 

 

1.      Screen Crushed Concrete, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of  $281,000.00, for the purchase of flexible base crushed concrete (picked up at vendor’s yard and job site delivered);  

 

2.      Leyendecker Materials, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $191,000.00, for the purchase of flexible base – type B (picked up at vendor’s yard), gravel (picked up at vendor’s yard and job site delivered) and sand (picked up at vendor’s yard);

 

3.      Brothers Materials, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $176,500.00, for the purchase of flexible base (picked up at vendor’s yard and job site delivered) and sand (job site delivered); for the purchase of materials required for all city paving and construction projects.

 

The term of this contract is for a one (1) year period and is subject to the availability of funds.  All materials are purchased on an as needed basis utilizing the Public Works Department, Utilities Department, and construction projects budgets. 

 

33.      Approving monthly adjustments to the tax roll.  The amounts to be adjusted for the month of April 2008 represent an increase of $39,632.39.  These adjustments are determined by Webb County Appraisal District and by court orders.

 

34.      Refund of property tax in the amount of $1,336.98 payable to Litton Loan Servicing, LP due to an overpayment.  Account #986-00004-320.

 

35.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract for the purchase of 2000 ac/ft of municipal water rights from Harlingen Irrigation District, Cameron County No. 1 at a cost of $2,250 per ac/ft for the sum of $4,500,000.00 (651,600,000 gallons). Funding is available in Waterworks Fund.

 

36.      Awarding a contract to Dynamic Pump Systems, Austin, Texas; in the amount of $111,000.00 for the Mary Help of Christians (MHOC) Booster Station Pump Procurement Project.   The project consists of procurement of two (2) new 400 HP pumping units for the new pressure plane and one (1) new 350 HP pumping unit for the existing pressure plane served by the MHOC station.  Funding is available in the 2006 Bond issue.

 

37.      Authorizing the City Manager to award an engineering contract with Crane Engineering Corporation – Laredo, Texas in the amount of $62,395.00 to prepare plans and specifications for house to line connections for water and wastewater services for 126 lots at D-5 Acres, Laredo Ranchettes and Ranchitos 359 East.  This project is funded by the North American Development Bank (NADB). Funds are available in the Colonias Fund.

 

38.      Consideration to amend purchase order issued to Schindler Elevator Corporation, San Antonio, Texas, by increasing the total to $39,144.00 which is an increase of $22,821.00 for furnishing parts and labor and for the repair of the damaged escalator at the Laredo International Airport.  Due to the continuous use of the escalator, it is essential that the repair be completed.  Funding is available in the Airport Budget.

 

39.      Consideration to exercise the renewal option for contract FY07-085 to the low bidder SOS Liquid Waste Haulers, LTD Co., San Antonio, Texas, in the estimated amount of $50,000.00 to analyze, profile, transport and dispose of contaminated water at the Solid Waste.  The term of this contract will be for a one year period with an option to extend this contract for two (2), one (1) year terms. Funding is available in the Solid Waste Department budget.

 

40.      Consideration to award annual service contract FY08-075 to the sole bidder, Freedom Construction, Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $80,000 for furnishing cleaning services for domestic sewage back-ups into private properties.  The frequency and number of service calls will vary depending on the City’s need.  Funding for this service is available in the Utilities Department- Wastewater Collection Division.

 

41.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of:

a.       two (2), 2008 Heil DP Python 28 yard automated side loaders in the amount of $182,623.20 from Heil of Texas through the BuyBoard Cooperative program and;

b.      two (2) 2008 Peterbilt 320 cab and chassis for the side loaders in the amount of $252,526.00 from Rush Truck Centers of Texas L.P., through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (H-GAC).  This equipment will be assigned to the Solid Waste’s Sanitation Department.  Funding is available from the 2007 certificates of obligation bond proceeds.

 

42.      Consideration to award annual supply contract FY08-021 to:

a)  All States Coatings, Goldwater, Texas, in the estimated amount of $50,000.00 for providing airfield marking paint for the Airport Department.  This contract establishes contract pricing for airport marking paint for the runway and taxiway striping for a one (1) year period.

b)  Authorize that all bids received for the traffic marking paint be rejected, and;

c)  The traffic marking paint will be purchased from Ennis Paint, Ennis, TX utilizing a State of Texas - Department of Transportation (TXDOT) piggyback contract.   All items will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction fund – TXDOT RAMP Grant 2008 Budget and Traffic Safety Division Budget.

 

XII.             GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

43.       

a.       

A.                 Request by Council Member Mike Garza

1.           Discussion with possible action on adding street lights at Los Presidentes by using Discretionary Funds in the amount not to exceed $10,000.00.

 

B.                 Request by Council Member Hector J. Garcia

1.           Discussion with possible action on upgrading street lights in District II by using Discretionary funds in the amount not to exceed $15,000.00.

 

C.                Request by Council Member Dr. Michael Landeck

1.           Discussion with possible action on installing lights at the Santa Rita Championship soccer fields by using CDBG funds.

 

D.                Request by Council Member Johnny Amaya

1.           Discussion with possible action on using Discretionary Funds for computers at the Inner City Park Recreation Center in the amount of $15,000.00 and $80,000.00 to purchase and install sun shades at the parks located in District IV.

 

2.           Discussion with possible action to designate $100,000.00 towards the Laredo Family Recovery Center for improvements to City owned property from the Capital Improvements line item. In turn $100,000.00 from District IV Discretionary Funds (bond proceeds) will be transferred to the Industrial Park Project.

 

E.                 Request by Council Member Johnny Rendon

1.           Discussion with possible action to place two (2) school zone flashing lights at the end of Mayberry Street and the entrance to Clark Elementary School, to be funded by District V Discretionary Funds.

 

2.           Discussion with possible action on placing a chain link fence for residents of the Laredo Municipal Housing located in District V.

 

3.           Discussion with possible action to designate $50,000.00 towards the Laredo Family Recovery Center for improvements to City owned property from the Capital Improvement line item. In turn $50,000.00 from District V Discretionary Funds (bond proceeds) will be transferred to the Industrial Park Project.

 

F.                 Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Belmares

1.           Discussion with possible action on creating a zero tolerance policy for code enforcement.

2.           Discussion with possible action on rejoining the South Texas Rain Enhancement Program.

3.           Discussion with possible action on the Parks Master Plan and park projects in District VI.

4.           Discussion with possible action on the Center for the Arts lease.

 

XIII.           STAFF REPORTS

 

44.       

A.     Status report regarding a “plastic free” community ordinance, with possible action.

 

B.     Presentation regarding a community city day event at the Laredo Entertainment Center (LEC) of exhibition soccer game by the Leyendas de El Clasico America vs. Guadalajara on Saturday, June 14, 2008 and co-sponsored by the Convention & Visitors Bureau, with possible action.

 

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.

 

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

                       

45.      Consideration to extend and modify the current bus shelter advertising contract with Lamar Company, L.L.C. D/B/A/ Lamar Advertising of Laredo for an additional Ten (10) years starting February 23, 2011, with one (1) five (5) year option for the purpose of:

(a) Installing an additional fifty (50) new bus shelters over the next ten (10) years

(b) In lieu of the average $20,000.00 paid to the City, Lamar will maintain an additional 270 benches belonging to the City of Laredo and 105 bus shelters belonging to Lamar

(c) Assume costs of repairs and vandalism up to $50,000.00 per year on Lamar inventory.

(d) The option to pilot a new project for additional revenue opportunities for the City and Lamar by selling advertising displays in the bus tunnel terminal walls at 35% revenue share.

(e)  At no charge, Lamar will provide up to 10% of unsold advertising space currently valued at $36,000.00 and ad design services valued at $150.00 per hour that will be used for El Metro discretion.

 

46.      Consideration to extend and modify the current contract  FY04-047   between the City of Laredo and bus ads for bus exterior and interior advertising service by extending the contract for an additional ten (10) years commencing from June 1, 2009 to May 31, 2019 with one (1) additional five (5) year option for the following purpose:

a.           The City shall have the right to use 10% of unsold exterior space and 20% of unsold interior space at no charge.

b.           Providing the City of Laredo with artwork, vinyl and installation of city’s advertisement at cost.

Providing the City of Laredo with venue to promote city departments and city sponsored events.

 

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

 

XVI.         ADJOURNMENT

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, May 14, 2008 at 7:40 p.m.

 

 

 

                                   

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary