CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2008-R-013

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

July 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 minutes for April 7, 2008, April 25, 2008 and June 17, 2008.

 

V.                 COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Recognitions

Recognition of the Financial Services Department Budget Division of the City of Laredo for their achievement in receiving the Government Finance Officers Association’s Distinguished Budget Presentation award for the 17th consecutive year. 

 

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:

·        Council Member Juan Narvaez to the Veterans Affairs.

·        Council Member Jose A. Valdez, Jr. to the Sister Cities Committee.

·        Council Member Cynthia Liendo Espinoza to the Veterans Affairs Committee.

·        Council Member Cynthia Liendo Espinoza to the Laredo Commission for Women.

 

b.                  Appointment by Council Member Hector J. Garcia, Jr. of Javier   Montemayor, Jr. to the Ethics Committee.

 

c.                  Appointment by Council Member Dr. Michael Landeck of Blas M. Martinez to the Airport Advisory Committee in place of John Bruce.

 

d.                  Appointment by Council Member Juan Narvaez of:

 

·        Ignacio Alaniz to the Planning & Zoning Commission.

·        Laura Bailey to the Convention & Visitors Bureau.

·        Julio Sosa to the Citizens Environmental Advisory.

·        Rogelio Rodriguez to the Airport Advisory Committee.        

·        Imelda Rodriguez to the Ethics Ad Hoc Committee.

·        Adriana Aro to the Para Transit Advisory Committee.

·        Carmela Alaniz to the Library Advisory Committee.

·        Javier Garza to the Historic District Landmark Board.

·        Pat Davila to the Third Party Funding Advisory Committee.

·        Francisco Javier Diaz Parks & Leisure Advisory Committee.

·        Coleen Guerrero and Martha Argais to the Laredo Commission for Women.

 

e.                  Appointment by Council Member Johnny Rendon of David Cardwell to the Board of Adjustment Committee.

 

f.                    Appointment by Council Member Cynthia Liendo Espinoza of Lorenzo Garcia to the Convention & Visitors Bureau Advisory Board.

 

VII.             PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance allowing interested persons to comment on the 2008 Consolidated One Year Action Plan which identifies the projects proposed to be funded by the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development through $3,589,985.00 in 34th Action Year Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, and $96,066.00 in CDBG Program Income; $1,248,285.00 in 2008 HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) funds, and $60,006.00 in HOME Program Income; $5,188.00 in 2008 American Dream Downpayment Initiative funds, $159,922.00 in 2008 Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) funds; and $130,000.00 is projected to be received through the Housing Rehabilitation Revolving Loan fund. 

 

The projects proposed to be funded are as follows:

 

34th AY Community Development Block Grant

 

Community Development Administration                                         $708,162      

Housing Rehabilitation Administration                                              $237,454

Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program                                              $396,066

($96,066 derived from CDBG Program Income)

Code Enforcement                                                                              $495,594

Graffiti Removal Program                                                                  $  51,486

Hamilton Hotel - Section 108 Loan Repayment                               $182,236      

Anna Street Community Baseball Field                                            $215,000

Sidewalks (District I)                                                                           $120,000

Cielito Lindo Park Improvements                                                      $100,000

Azteca Zero Depth Splash Park                                                        $220,000

Bethany House Shelter Expansion                                                    $100,000

Riverhills Parkland Acquisition                                                          $220,000

East Hachar Parking Lot Acquisition and Construction                  $220,000

Eistetter Facility Expansion Improvements                          $125,000

Taylor Parking Improvements (Phase II)                                           $  80,053

Andy Ramos Park Improvements                                                      $215,000

Total                                                                                         $3,686,051

 

2008 HOME Investment Partnership Grant

 

HOME Program Administration                                                         $123,506

Down payment Assistance                                                                 $657,542

($60,006 derived from HOME Program Income)

Tenant-Based Rental Assistance                                                      $340,000

Community Housing Development Organizations               $187,243

Total                                                                                         $1,308,291

 

2008 American Dream Down payment Initiative

Down payment Assistance                                                                 $5,188

 

2008 Emergency Shelter Grant

ESG Program Administration                                                            $  2,500

Homeless Prevention Program                                                         $35,000

Homeless Shelter Program (Operations and Rehabilitation)         $81,316                      Essential Services                                                                              $41,106

Total                                                                                             $159,922

 

2.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance Amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances Chapter 31 (Utilities), Division 5 (Rates and Charges), Article II, (Sewers and Sewage Disposal), specifically section 31-92 (a) that provides for sewer rate charges, by adding the following;

 

 

Residential

 

Usage (gallons)

 

Current Rate

New Rate

(Oct. 08)

B

0

2,000 gallons

$8.50 base

$8.75 base

1

2,000 gallons

4,000 gallons

 

$1.36 / 1000 gal

2

4001 gallons

10,000 gallons

$1.03/ 1000 gal

$1.39/ 1000 gal

3

10,001 gallons

20,000 gallons

$1.08/ 1000 gal

$1.46/ 1000 gal

4

20,001 gallons

30,000 gallons

$1.14/ 1000 gal

$1.54/ 1000 gal

Commercial

 

Usage (gallons)

 

Current Rate

New Rate

(Oct. 08)

B

0

2,000 gallons

$13.00

$13.38 base

1

2,000 gallons

4,000 gallons

 

$1.25/ 1000 gal

2

4,001 gallons

10,000 gallons

$1.25/ 1000 gal

$1.69/ 1000 gal

3

10,001 gallons

20,000 gallons

$1.31/ 1000 gal

 

3

20,001 gallons

30,000 gallons

$1.37/ 1000 gal

 

3

10,001 gallons

30,000 gallons

 

$1.77/ 1000 gal

4

30,001 gallons

40,000 gallons

$1.43/ 1000 gal

$1.93/ 1000 gal

5

40,001 gallons

50,000 gallons

$1.48/ 1000 gal

 

5

50,001 gallons

100,000 gallons

$1.54/ 1000 gal

 

5

100,001 gallons

150,000 gallons

$1.60/ 1000 gal

 

5

40,001 gallons

150,000 gallons

 

$2.00/ 1000 gal

6

150,001 gallons

200,000 gallons

$1.65/ 1000 gal

 

6

200,001 gallons

250,000 gallons

$1.71/ 1000 gal

 

6

250,001 gallons

300,000 gallons

$1.77/ 1000 gal

 

6

150,001 gallons

300,000 gallons

 

$2.23/ 1000 gal

7

300,001 gallons

350,000 gallons

$1.82/ 1000 gal

 

7

350,001 gallons

400,000 gallons

$1.88/ 1000 gal

 

7

400,001 gallons

450,000 gallons

$1.94/ 1000 gal

 

7

450,001 gallons

500,000 gallons

$2.00/ 1000 gal

 

7

500,001 gallons

550,000 gallons

$2.05/ 1000 gal

 

7

550,001 gallons

600,000 gallons

$2.11/ 1000 gal

 

7

300,001 gallons

600,000 gallons

 

$2.46/ 1000 gal

8

600,001 gallons

650,000 gallons

$2.16/ 1000 gal

 

8

650,001 gallons

700,000 gallons

$2.22/ 1000 gal

 

8

700,001 gallons

750,000 gallons

$2.28/ 1000 gal

 

8

750,001 gallons

800,000 gallons

$2.34/ 1000 gal

 

8

800,001 gallons

850,000 gallons

$2.39/ 1000 gal

 

8

850,001 gallons

900,000 gallons

$2.45/ 1000 gal

 

8

900,001 gallons

950,000 gallons

$2.51/ 1000 gal

 

8

950,001 gallons

1,000,000 gal

$2.57/ 1000 gal

 

8

600,001 gal

1,000,000 gal

 

$2.92/ 1000 gal

9

1,000,001 gal

Above

$2.62/ 1000 gal

$2.54/ 1000 gal

 

and an annual average increase in residential rates of 17% in 2009, 8% in 2010, 6% in years 2011 through 2014 and 2% thereafter until 2037; and commercial rates of 14% in 2009, 7% in 2010, 5% in years 2011 through 2013 and 2% thereafter until 2037 to these tiers to be automatically implemented starting on October 1 of each year up to 2037 specifically at the levels indicated in the rate tables provided within this ordinance; Providing for publication and an effective date.

 

3.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance accepting a grant awarded by the Office of the National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) in the amount of $836,020.00 to fund the Laredo Financial Task Force and the Public Corruption Task Force at no cost to the City, and to amend the FY 2007-2008 Financial Task Force budget by $60,000.00 to reflect actual grant amount.  Funds will be used to pay personnel, travel, and operational expenses from January 1, 2008 through December 31, 2008.

 

4.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2007-2008 Special Police Fund annual budget by increasing revenues and expenditures in the Special Police Fund in the amount of $17,615.00. The increase is additional funding by the Laredo Housing Authority to reimburse costs for overtime incurred by the Laredo Police Department officers in providing resources for the Weed and Seed Community Building Program.

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

VIII.           INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

5.          Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Assignment and Assumption Agreement between Laredo Car Rental, Inc. d/b/a Alamo Rent-a-Car, a Texas corporation, as Assignor, and Vanguard Car Rental USA, Inc., a Delaware corporation, d/b/a National and Alamo, as Assignee.  Said Assignment and Assumption Agreement is to that Permit and Right of Entry for Access by an Off-Airport Rental Car Business between the City of Laredo and Laredo Car Rental, Inc. d/b/a Alamo Rent-a-Car, dated September 11, 2007, and approved by Ordinance No. 2007-O-152.  All other terms and conditions remain unchanged and in effect; providing for an effective date.

 

6.          Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with GIZ Investments LLC d/b/a El Patio Nursery for approximately 1.41 acres of land located at 1704 E. Hillside Road at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for five (5) years commencing on June 1, 2008, and ending on May 31, 2013, and may be extended for one (1) five (5) year option until May 31, 2018.  Monthly rent determined by fair market appraisal shall be $3,915.65 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date.

 

7.          Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease between the City of Laredo-Airport Fund, as Lessor, and City of Laredo-Utilities Fund, as Lessee, for an approximate 4.6148-acre tract of land located at 5812 Daugherty Avenue, Block No. 14, at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for twenty (20) years commencing on June 1, 2008, and ending on May 31, 2028, and may be extended for two (2) terms of ten (10) years each ending on May 31, 2028 and May 31, 2048.  Monthly rent shall be $6,229.00 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index and by fair market rent appraisal at each ten (10) year anniversary; providing for an effective date.

 

8.          Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Lease and Restaurant Concession Agreement with Carlos Bella d/b/a Villa Laredo Restaurant for approximately 1,116 square feet constituting suite number 101 on the first (1st) floor of the airport passenger terminal located at 5210 Bob Bullock Loop at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for five (5) years commencing on July 1, 2008, and ending on June 30, 2013. Monthly rent shall be $3,000.00 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in enplaned revenue passengers; providing for an effective date.

 

9.          Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Assignment and Assumption Agreement between Laredo Car Rental, Inc. d/b/a National Car Rental, a Texas corporation, as Assignor, and Vanguard Car Rental USA, Inc., a Delaware corporation, d/b/a National and Alamo, as Assignee.  Said Assignment and Assumption Agreement is to that Rental Car Agency Concession and Lease Agreement between the City of Laredo and Laredo Car Rental, Inc., dated August 28, 2006, and approved by Ordinance No. 2006-O-199.  All other terms and conditions remain unchanged and in effect; providing for an effective date.


 

IX.               FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

10.       

 

2008-O-131             Authorizing the City Manager to amend the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation Fiscal Year 2007-2008 annual budget by appropriating $126,480.00 from the Municipal Housing opening fund balance for the purpose of installing chain link fences at all rental units at the Jose Flores Apartment Complex.

 

2008-O-132             Amending the City of Laredo Health Department Fiscal Year 2007-2008 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $71,210.00 to provide for Phase II of the archiving/preservation services to the Health Department-Vital Statistics Program.

 

2008-O-133             Amending the City of Laredo Health Department Fiscal Year 2007-2008 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $70,000.00 in funds from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Amendment No. 2 to continue to operate and maintain three (3) continuous air monitoring stations (CAMS) by the Health Department for the term period beginning September 1, 2008 through August 31, 2009.

 

2008-O-134             Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2007-2008 Airport Construction Budget to recognize additional revenues from a grant received from the Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program being Grant Project No. 3-48-0136-52-08 in the amount of $2,000,000.00 for noise mitigation under FAR PART 150 Noise Abatement Program and Grant Project No. 3-48-0136-53-08 in the amount of $4,416,530.00 for rehabilitation of Runway 14/32, acquire Runway Protection Zone parcel to Runway 35R, contract for A&E professional services to prepare plans and specifications to rehabilitate General Aviation Apron Phases 5 and 6, contract for A&E professional services to prepare plans and specifications to upgrade passenger terminal automation and security access systems, and rehabilitate a portion of Runway 17R/35L at the Laredo International Airport and appropriating said grant revenue and local match to the appropriate expenditure accounts and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment. The City’s local match of five (5) percent in the amount of $337,713.00 is available through the land purchased in FY2006 (Rash Tract); providing for an effective date.

 

2008-O-135             Requesting authorization to accept a $3,000.00 in revenue and amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2007-2008 Convention & Visitors Bureau Budget by appropriating revenues in the form of a financial contribution from HEB for the 2009 Miss Texas USA® Pageant; and appropriating said funds for Convention & Visitors Bureau Miss Texas USA Division expenses.

 

2008-O-136             Amending Chapter 30 Section 4 of the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances amending the language to coincide with the provisions provided under Section 31.06 (C) of the Property Tax Code that any tax payment, including over the counter payments, paid with a credit card will be subject to a processing fee equal to 3.0% of the amount of payment.

 

2008-O-137             Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 14, Block 3, Emerald Hills Subdivision Phase 3, located at 4246 Dorel Drive, from B-1 (Limited Business District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District); providing for an effective date and publication. 

 

2008-O-138             Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a nursing home on 3.87 acres as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A” located at the southeast corner of Rocio Drive and Tournament Trail Drive; providing for an effective date and publication.

 

2008-O-139             Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 4, Block 2, San Isidro/McPherson No. III Subdivision, located at 9807 Sterling Loop, from B-1 (Limited Business District) to R-2 (Multifamily Residential District); providing for an effective date and publication.

 

2008-O-140             Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Special Use Permit for townhouse on Lot 4, Block 2, San Isidro/McPherson No. III Subdivision, located at 9807 Sterling Loop; providing for an effective date and publication.  

 

2008-O-141             Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Special Use Permit for a townhouse complex on Lot 14, Block 3, Emerald Hills Subdivision Phase III, located at 4246 Dorel Drive; providing for an effective date and publication.

 

X.                 RESOLUTIONS

 

11.      2008-R-56        Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application in the amount of $40,343.00 to the Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance for funding Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) for the period of October 1, 2007 through September 30, 2011.  This funding will be used for equipment and supplies for police operations.  The Bureau of Justice Assistance mandates that this grant be divided equally between the City of Laredo and Webb County.

 

12.      2008-R-059     Expressing the City of Laredo’s support for Amtrak’s establishment of a triangle of passenger rail service in south Texas, which would link the cities of Laredo, San Antonio, and Brownsville; support for   U. S. Congressman Henry Cuellar’s amendment to H.R. 6003, the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008, and support for the expansion of all passenger rail, including high-speed passenger rail, to Laredo, Texas, and other portions of south Texas. 

 

13.      2008-R-062      1.  Accepting the utility and access easement from Alexander Residential Development, Ltd., dated June 3, 2008 which is recorded in Volume 2592, pp.530-534, Official Property Records, and a copy of which is attached as Exhibit 1, and

2.      Accepting  the sanitary sewer easement from Alexander Residential Development, Ltd.,  dated June 3, 2008, which is recorded in Volume 2592, pp.536-539, Official Property Records, and a copy of which is attached as Exhibit 2; and, in view of the acceptance of those two easements,

3.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute the release of utility easement in the form  attached as Exhibit 3, and

4.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute the release of easement in the form attached as Exhibit 4.

 

14.       2008-R-067     Accepting the donation of one (1) utility easement from Ileana Ramirez for Rancho Peñitas West Subdivision, easement acquisition project.  This being a 0.26  acres  of land,  more or less, out of 3.00 acres, Ileana Ramirez, recorded in Volume 1356, Page 658, official public records of Webb County, Texas; situated in Porcion 7, Blas M. Diaz, Abstract 39, and Porcion 8, Blas M. Diaz, Abstract 40, Webb County, Texas, and being out of lot 50, Unit IX, Rancho Peñitas West Subdivision, recorded in volume 4, Page 32, plat records, Webb County, Texas; and described by metes and bounds and survey hereby attached as Exhibits A and B respectively.   

 

15.      2008-R-068     Accepting the donation of a twelve (12) foot wide sewer line easement from Killam Ranch Properties, Ltd., in order for the City of Laredo to provide sewer services to the United Independent School District, Ponderosa Hills Elementary School. Said easement consists of a 9,569 square foot tract of land, more or less, out of a tract conveyed to Killam Ranch Properties, Ltd, as per warranty deed dated November 30, 2002,  and recorded in Volume 1385, Pages 300-301, official  public records of Webb County, Texas and described on Exhibit A and B of Exhibit 1. 

 

16.      2008-R-069     Authorizing the City Manager to enter into and execute a memorandum of agreement between the United States of America, acting through its General Services Administration (GSA), and the City of Laredo for the Gateway to the Americas Bridge Pedestrian Walkway Canopy Project.

 

17.      2008-R-070     Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Supplemental Lease Agreement with United States of America, acting through its General Services Administration (GSA), for acknowledgement of its $1,270,000.00 limited contribution towards the World Trade Bridge Federal Inspection Station Expansion Project.

 

18.      2008-R-071     Confirming the appointment/reappointment for a member of the Fire Fighters’ & Police Officers’ Civil Service Commission of the City of Laredo to serve a 3 year period effective May 11, 2008 to May 10, 2011.

 

19.       2008-R-074     Authorizing the City Manager to sign an Agreement between the City of Laredo and Southwest Texas Rain Enhancement Association to commence on July 07, 2008 for a total of $77,397.53 to cover the cost of the 2008 program. The contract will automatically renew January 1st of each year with the cost of the program being adjusted as needed every year, and being contingent upon funding availability. The program began in March 2008 and will continue until November 2008, and will provide coverage of the entire surface of Webb County.  The City will guarantee the full payment of the program.  Funds for this project come from the Water Availability fund.

 

20.      2008-R-077     Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Interlocal Agreement with Webb County for the purpose of establishing a partnership allowing both entities to sponsor the 2008 Avery Johnson Summer Camp held at four facilities throughout the City of Laredo and Webb County as per the interlocal agreement attached as “Exhibit A” to this resolution.  The City of Laredo will contribute $5,000.00 and the County of Webb will contribute $10,000.00 to sponsor this event. The City’s contribution will be derived from the general fund-youth commission account.


 

XI.               MOTIONS

 

21.      Appointment of Mayor Pro-Tempore as per Ordinance 90-O-101.  City Council shall confirm one of the Council Members who shall be known and designated as Mayor Pro Tempore.

 

22.      Consideration to amend the 2003 and 2006 Consolidated One-Year Action Plans by reprogramming of a total of $415,256.00 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds: 

1.      By canceling the 32nd Action Year, Heritage Park Pedestrian Bridge Project for $300,000.00, and utilizing the $300,000.00 to create a new activity, the rehabilitation and conversion of a vacant airport-owned structure into the Laredo Family Recovery Center; and

2.      By reprogramming of a total of $115,256.00 of 29th Action Year, Santa Fe Park Lighting project funds, and utilizing the $115,256.00 for a new activity, the Santa Fe Park Improvements Project.

 

23.      Consideration to exercise the renewal option for two (2) additional years for the City’s Depository to First National Bank, Texas, N.A.  The current contract has an option to extend the contract under the same provision as the original contract.  The Local Government Code 105.017 allows for the extension.  There will be no fees charged to the City for depository services.

 

24.       Authorizing the City Manager to execute a renewal contract with Dr. Dennis D. Cantu, M.D. to serve as medical director/supervisor of pre-hospital care for the City of Laredo Fire Department for a five (5) year period at a cost of $53,000.00 per year.  The contract shall be effective from June 1, 2008 to May 31, 2013.  Funding is available in the Fire Department Fund.

 

25.      Authorizing the City Manager to donate (2) two 2000 Harley Davidson motorcycles to the Webb County Constable’s Office.  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 transferred.  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.

 

26.      Authorizing the Utilities Department to commence the construction repairs of the 2,500 ft. and four (4) manholes for the  Santa Rita 27”, 30”, and 36” Sewer Improvements, even though 72 percent is pending to be collected.  All twelve developers have signed the agreement.   

 

27.      Authorizing the City Manager to award a professional services contract in the sum of $3,937,500.00 to Camp, Dresser & McKee (CDM), Inc. for the design, bidding, and construction services, of a 6,000,000 gallon per day expansion to the South Laredo Wastewater Treatment Plant. Funding is available in the 2007 Sewer Revenue Bonds.

 

28.      Consideration for approval of change order no. 1 an increase of $14,640.00 for casing of concrete piers, insulation and netting to cover roofing and bird spikes to add thirty (30) days to the contract time, acceptance of the Eistetter Park Shade Structure for the basketball court (Design/Build project) and approval of final payment in the amount of $19,314.50 to Rhino Builders, Ltd., Laredo, Texas, in association with Synergy Structural Engineering, Inc., Laredo, Texas.  Final contract amount is $113,565.00.  Funding is available in the Community Development Fund - 32nd Action Year.   

 

29.      Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder Price Construction, Ltd., Big Springs, Texas, in the amount of $2,372,794.51 which includes the base bid and schedule I (remove approximately 48,000 S.Y. of existing taxiways pavement) for the Laredo International Airport Runway 14/32 Reconstruction.  Contract time is one hundred forty (140) calendar days.  Funding is available in the Airport 14/32 Reconstruction Budget.

 

30.      Consideration to amend contract FY07-148 currently awarded to Arguindegui Oil, Laredo, Texas, for the purchase of unleaded, ultra low sulfur and high sulfur diesel fuel for the Fleet Division by increasing the contract amount by $720,000.00 to a new contract amount of $4,374,562.50. Due to an increase in fuel pricing, the proposed amendment would increase the current contract in order to provide fuel for the remainder of the contract term.  Approximately $120,000.00 is being expended weekly for fuel purchases.  This contract revision is for the next thirty (30) day period.  A new fuel contract will be presented to City Council for consideration at the July 21st City Council meeting.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance fund.

 

31.      Consideration for approval of change order no. 2 an increase of $21,450.00 to the construction contract with Concho Construction, Inc., Garland, Texas, for the Santa Ursula Connector to relocate a 30” storm sewer.  Funding is available in the Bridge System – Revenue Bond 2005A.  

 

32.      Consideration for approval of change order no. 1 a decrease of $3,115.40 for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the Markley Lane/Santa Maria Avenue Drainage Improvements and approval of final payment in the amount of $22,529.77 to Martinez Paving Company, Inc., Laredo, Texas.  Final construction contract amount is $124,317.70.  Funding is available in the Environmental 2007 CO.

 

33.      Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder Gilmar Construction, Ltd., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $328,486.80 for the South Laredo Street Paving Project (5 Blocks – District I).  Contract time is ninety (90) working days.  Funding is available in the 2007 CO City-Wide Street Paving Project.

 

34.      Consideration to award contract FY08-095 to the low bidder, Rankin Automatic Transmission, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $50,000.00 for providing automatic transmission repair service for the Fleet Maintenance Division. All repair work will be secured on as needed basis. Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance Fund.

 

35.      Consideration to award contract number FY08-089 to the low bidder Traffic Parts, Conroe, Texas in the amount of $199,977.70 for the purchase of traffic signal assemblies and related materials required for traffic signal upgrades for the following locations:  Corpus Christi at Bartlett, Corpus Christi at Malinche, Corpus Christi at Meadow, Corpus Christi at Seymour, Springfield Ave. at Sunset Drive, Springfield Ave. at Village Rd., International Blvd. at McPherson Rd., United High School at McPherson Rd., Shiloh at McPherson Rd., and Calton Rd. at San Bernardo Avenue.   Funding is available in the 2007 Contractual Obligation Bond Proceeds and Transit Capital Outlay funding. 

 

36.      Consideration to award contract FY08-081 to Wilkinson Gary Iron and Metal, Laredo, Texas, for the sale of scrap metal recovered or collected at the Solid Waste facility and the recycling centers. The term of this contract shall be for a period of one (1) year with an option to renew for two (2) additional, one year terms. Revenue generated from this contract is recognized in the Solid Waste fund.  

 

37.      Consideration to award contract FY08-092 to the low bidder, Geneva Scientific, Fontana, WI, for the purchase and installation of a steam jacketed sterilizer for the City of Laredo Health Department’s Laboratory for total amount of $82,075.00.  Funding is available in the Health Department budget fund through support from the Department of State Health Services.

 

38.      Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a contract FY08-083 with Antares Development Corporation in the amount of $297,500.00 for Phase II of the archiving/preservation services of the City of Laredo Health Department’s Vital Statistics Program.  Funding of $148,750.00 for the current contract year is available in the Health Department’s Vital Statistics operating budget.  The balance of $148,750.00 is contingent on subsequent year availability.  (Contingent upon approval of Final Reading of Ordinance 2008-O-132)


 

39.      Consideration to award contract FY08-094 to the following low bidders:

1)  Rush Truck Center, Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $70,000.00;

2)  Paul Young Chevrolet, Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $25,000.00 for the purchase of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts for the City’s medium and heavy duty trucks. All parts will be secured on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance budget.  

 

40.      Consideration to award supply contract number FY08-091 to Brothers Materials, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $5,000,000.00, for the purchase of asphalt type “D” hot mix and asphalt type “D” hot mix with 1% lime (picked up the vendor’s yard and job site delivered).  The term of this contract for a one (1) year period and is subject to availability of funds.  All materials are purchased on an as needed basis utilizing the Public Works Department, construction projects budgets.

 

41.      Consideration to award contract number FY08-078 to the low bidders:

 

1)     Royal Treat Car Wash Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $40,000.00;

2)  Power Car Wash, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $20,000.00;

for furnishing car wash services for the City’s automotive fleet. Bids were requested for car wash services with and without inside vacuum for passenger vehicles, light duty and medium duty trucks.  The term of this contract will be for a period of twelve (12) months with an option to extend for two additional twelve month periods. All services will be secured on an as needed basis. Funding is available in the Fleet Fund.

 

42.      Refund of property tax in the amount of $41,689.38 payable to Wal-Mart Real Estate Business due to an overpayment.  Account #953-40001-060.

 

43.      Consideration to approve amendments No. 2 to LNV Engineering for an amount not to exceed $17,335.00 for the additional professional services for the Laurel/Dellwood Drainage Improvement Project, Phase 2, for the City of Laredo, Texas.  The additional services include survey and preparation of documents for the acquisition of three (3) easements required for the Phase 2-projects-design of culvert replacements at Eden Lane prepare plans and specifications for the project and utility coordination.  The total contract amount will be $91,388.00 with this amendment.  Funding is available in the 2007 Contractual Obligation Bond Proceeds.


 

XII.             GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

44.       

a.       

A.                 Request by Mayor Raul G. Salinas

 

1.           Discussion with possible action on establishing a promotional team to promote the Dos Laredos on both sides of the border.

 

2.           Discussion with possible action on creating more bus stop park & ride stations to facilitate access public transportation; encouraging car pooling due to the increase in gas prices.

 

3.           Presentation by Ms. Evelyn Garcia, Community Initiatives and Laredo Market Manager for the American with Diabetes Association-Laredo Chapter. 

 

4.           Presentation by Mary G. Capello, Texas Migrant Council, Inc. Executive Director, regarding the Laredo Webb County Safe Haven Program.

 

B.                 Request by Council Member Dr. Michael Landeck

1.           Discussion with possible action on supporting Ruthe B. Cowl Rehabilitation Center in the amount $35,000 for upgrading  their playground in order meet safety license standards, with a possible presentation by the Center’s representative and/or Rotary Club.

 

C.                Request by Council Member Jose A. Valdez, Jr.

1.           Discussion with possible action on allocating District VII discretionary funds for park improvements.

 

2.           Discussion with possible action on installing street humps in District VII.

 

3.           Discussion with possible action regarding the Police Department’s strategic plan to address prostitution and drug activity city wide.

 

D.                Request by Council Member Cynthia Liendo Espinoza

1.           Status report on the request for a name change of Matamoros Street to Mariano Matamoros Street, with possible action.

 

2.           Presentation by Mario Flores, Director of Webb County Community Coalition of SCAN, Inc. on proposed Parental Responsibility Ordinance with discussion and possible action.

 

3.           Discussion with possible action on providing funding for the Texas Main Street Program (Co-sponsored by Council Member Hector J. Garcia, Jr.)

 

4.           Discussion with possible action to enter into an interlocal agreement with Webb County in conjunction with Commissioner Sergio Martinez for the construction of a swimming pool at the Ladrillera Park.

 

XIII.           STAFF REPORTS

 

45.       

 

A.                 Presentation by Border Patrol regarding the Carrizo eradication project, with possible action.

 

B.                 Discussion with possible action on seeking direction from City Council on the proposed site for Bridge V and any other related items regarding this proposed project.

 

C.                Discussion and setting of dates for legislative trip(s) to Austin, Texas in preparation of the 81st Texas Legislative Session to discuss legislative priorities and funding requests with our legislative delegation and state agencies relative to the City’s Legislative Agenda with possible action.

 

D.                 Staff report by Mr. Roberto Murillo, Traffic Division Manager, regarding lighting in the downtown area.

 

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.

 

46.      Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.071(1)(A) to consult with City Attorney regarding pending litigation in the case styled Fructuoso San Miguel v. The City of Laredo, Cause No. 2008CVFQ000993-D3, in the District Court 341st Judicial District, Webb County, Texas; and return to open session for possible action.

 

XV.           RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD

                       

47.      Consideration to amend contract number FY07-150 awarded to the low bidder, Arguindegui Oil, Laredo, Texas, for the purchase of unleaded and ultra low sulfur diesel fuel for the Laredo Transit Management Inc. by increasing the contract amount from $388,000.00 to $485,000.00.   This contract revision is for the next thirty (30) day period.   A new fuel contract will be presented for the Mass Transit Board’s consideration at the July 21st City Council meeting. Funding is available in the Laredo Transit Management Inc. Funds.

 

48.      Consideration to award annual supply contracts (FY08-087) to the low bidders:

1)  Arguindegui Oil Co. II, LTD., Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $33,783.00;

2) Universal Lubricants, LLC, Wichita Kansas, in the estimated amount of $39,797.25; 3)  Lubrication Engineers, Inc, Forth Worth, TX in the estimated amount of $48,534.00 and;

4) Hollon Oil Co., Weslaco, Texas, in the estimated amounts of $28,496.00, for the purchase of engine oil and lubricants for El Metro.  The bid pricing will be firm for one year with a one-year option and will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the El Metro Operations Fund.

 

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, July 2, 2008 at 8:00 p.m.

                                                                       

 

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary