THIRD AMENDED

 

CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2008-R-016

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

AUGUST 25, 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

 

V.                 COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Recognitions

a.      Recognition of the Gateway Girls Softball League on winning the 2008 State and Regional Little League Tournaments.

 

b.      Recognizing boxing champs of the 2008 Ringside World Championship in Kansas City, MO:

Coach & Trainer:  Arturo Davalos

Winners:  Samuel Villarreal (2yrs in a row), Jesse Sanchez III (2yrs in a row), Antonio Gamez, Luis Delgado, and

Finalists:  Daniel Martinez and Anthony Palacios

 

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

 

Appointment by Council Member Juan Narvaez of:

·        Linda Lamantia to the Laredo Commission for Women

·        Hector Vargas to the Traffic Safety Advisory Committee.

 

VII.             PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.          Public hearing for the adoption of a tax rate of $0.637000 per $100 value for the Tax Year 2008.  The tax rate will provide revenue for the General Fund and Debt Service.  The rate includes $0.512737 per $100 value for Maintenance and Operation and $0.124263 per $100 value for Sinking Fund of the Debt Service and is estimated to generate a tax levy of $65,665,067.00.

 

2.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas Subordinate Waterworks and Sewer Revenue Bonds, Series 2008, in the principal amount of $915,000.00 for the purpose of:

1.)        Improving and extending the City’s combined Waterworks System and Water System;

2.)        Making provisions for the security thereof;

3.)        Authorizing amendment to the City’s budget to appropriate such proceeds for purposes authorized herein;

4.)        Ordaining other matters relating to the subject.

 

3.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept the Universal Service Program grant (E-rate) from the Schools & Libraries Division/Universal Services Administrative Company/FCC (Round 10) in the amount of $141,449.00, which includes $17,406.00 in matching funds from the Friends of the Library Fund for communication and technology infrastructure enhancement discounts and to amend Fiscal Year 2007-2008 Friends of the Library Fund Budget by appropriating said funds.

 

4.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to transfer $24,518.00 from the City of Laredo - Public Library Fiscal Year 2007-2008 budget to the Friends of the Library account and amending the Fiscal Year 2007-2008 Friends of the Library budget by appropriating said funds.  The $24,518.00 includes $17,419.93 (the required City of Laredo's match of 11% - 13% of the $134,000.00 Universal Service Grant applied for with the Schools Libraries Division/Universal Services Company/ Federal Communications Commission) plus $7,098.00 (for ineligible or non-funded needed items).  This 11th Round (year) of this multi-year grant is currently in the initial review stage and official funding confirmation is still pending.

 

5.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2007-2008 annual budget by appropriating revenues from the Social and Health Research Center-University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (SAHRC-UTHSCSA) and expenditures in the amount of $250,000.00 for Proyecto Bienestar-Laredo to conduct the 3rd year of this three (3) year early school Health Based Diabetes Reduction Project (226-6400).

 

6.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Health Department FY 2007-2008 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $134,342.00 in funds from the Texas Department of State Health Services, and an estimated $20,803.00 from Program Income for the continuation of the Health Department-La Familia Health Care Program for term period from September 1, 2008, through August 31, 2009; and authorizing the City Manager to execute the contract.  

 

7.          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 $129,993.00 funds from the Texas Department of State Health  Services-Office of Border Health for continuation of the Health Department’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness Early Warning Infectious Disease Surveillance, for early detection and rapid response for term period from August 1, 2008 through July 31, 2009 and authorizing the City Manager to execute the contract.

 

8.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Health Department FY 2007-2008 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $129,595.00 in funds from the Texas Department of State Health Services, and an estimated $17,176.00 from Program Income for continuation of the Health Department-Tuberculosis Elimination Program for the term period from September 1, 2008, through August 31, 2009; and authorizing the City Manager to execute the contract.

 

9.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Section 1 of Ordinance 2008-O-038 of the City of Laredo and authorization to implement an increase in the bridge toll rate schedule for southbound pedestrian traffic from .50 cents to .75 cents as further described in Exhibit “A” and hereby repealing all conflicting sections in all ordinances currently in effect

 

10.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances chapter 18, Sections 18-2.1 and 18-2.2, Games and Amusement Devices, by expanding the definition of amusement redemption machine; authorizing the Building Developmental Services Department to issue the permits; and increasing annual permit fee from $25.00 to $150.00 per machine per year; increasing the sealing fee from $20.00 to $150.00; repealing all ordinances in conflict; providing for severability, publication and an effective date. 

 

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

VIII.           FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

11.       

2008-O-162               Amending the City of Laredo Health Department FY 2007-2008 full-time equivalent positions by creating one (1) full-time Clerk III position and one (1) Building Maintenance Mechanic.  Funds are available through the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) contract between Health Department and the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio Dental School.  (As amended)

 

2008-O-163               Authorizing the City Manager to instruct the City of Laredo Health Department to provide Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) services with testing, education, treatment, follow-up and prevention and establishing a fee schedule (see attached schedule). An STD clinic will be conducted on a weekly basis assisted by staff and contract medical providers.   (As amended)

 

2008-O-164               Amending the City of Laredo Health Department FY 2007-2008 annual budget by authorizing the City Manager to accept, execute and appropriate revenues and expenditures for the continuation of the Local Public Health System-Office of Public Health Practices (OPHP) continuation grant in the amount of $306,835.00 to continue to provide prevention, disease control, and health promotion activities from the Texas Department of State Health Services and $171,526.00 in program income; and amending the 2007-2008 full-time equivalent positions by adding one (1) FTE Registered Nurse II.  The term period for the grant is from September 1, 2008 through August 31, 2009.  

 

2008-O-165               Amending the City of Laredo Health Department FY 2007-2008 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $223,188.00, funds the Texas Department of State Health Services, for continuation of the Immunization Action Plan (IAP) Program of the Health Department, including a projected amount of Program Income of $62,891.00, for the period from September 1, 2008, through August 31, 2009.     

 

2008-O-166               Amending Ordinance No. 2005-O-236 authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for an outdoor amusement—sports establishment on Lot 2B, Block 1A, McPherson Acres Subdivision, Unit 1, located at 603 Amistad Court, by amending the site plan; providing for an effective date and publication.

 

2008-O-167               Amending Chapter 19 Motor Vehicles and traffic, Article XI, Truck Traffic, size and weight limits and associated permits and fees, section 19-439, permits fees and maintenance fees of the code of ordinances of the City of Laredo to increase the street maintenance fee on overweight permits by $50.00 on all different categories of vehicle weight by pounds; providing severability, an effective date and publication.

 

2008-O-168               Amending the Fiscal Year 2008-2009 South Texas 9-1-1 Regional Administration Division budget by increasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $309,001.00 for administrative, equipment and program budgets for Jim Hogg, Starr, Webb and Zapata counties for the period beginning September 1, 2008 and ending August 31, 2009.

 

2008-O-169               Accepting a contribution in the amount of $5,000.00 from International Bank of Commerce and $10,000.00 from Webb County for funding the Avery Johnson Basketball Camp that was conducted by the Parks and Leisure Services Department on July 23, 2008 and amending the City of Laredo 2007-2008 General Fund budget in the amount of $15,000.00. 

 

2008-O-170               Accepting the grant from the Flood Protection Planning Program of the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB), FY07-08 in the amount of $160,000.00 with City designating $240,000.00 in cash and in-kind matching funds for the Zacate Creek Flood Protection Plan and amending the Annual Budget FY 07-08 for the Environmental Services Fund by appropriating the said grant revenue to the appropriate expenditure accounts. The grant would enable a comprehensive evaluation of the entire Zacate Creek with all the recent improvements (Upper Zacate Creek Detention Pond, Alexander detention pond, proposed channel improvements around the Canal Street) and focus on more frequent storm analysis rather than 100 year storm for FEMA.

 

2008-O-171               Authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Grant, Section 5307, TX-90-X800-00, in the amount of $3,952,369.00 for Fiscal Year 2007-2008 and amending the Transit System’s Operating budget by increasing the Fiscal Year 07-08 FTA Operating Grant contribution from $3,658,679.00 to $3,952,369.00 and decreasing the Transit Sales Tax match for operating expenses from $4,877,549.00 to $4,583,859.00 and providing for grant funds to be deposited in the City of Laredo Transit Fund.

 

2008-O-172               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” along Sonterra Drive between McPherson Road and Serene Drive, within city limits of Laredo; providing severability and for an effective date and publication.

 

IX.               RESOLUTIONS

 

12.      2008-R-090     Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding between the Laredo/Webb County 3-1-1 Call Center and United Way of Laredo, Inc. 2-1-1 Information and Referral System to facilitate interagency referrals of individuals and information.

 

13.      2008-R-098     Accepting the donation of one (1) parcel of land as a Drainage easement from the Hearst Newspapers Partnership II, LLC, this being a 0.0617 acre parcel of land, more or less, and being out of Lot 1, Block 1, of the Laredo Morning Times Property, and being for the construction of a 10-foot wide drainage easement out of the Laredo Morning Times property, Lot 1, Block 1, recorded in Volume 15, Page 49, out of the Map Records of Webb County, Texas and said 0.0617 acre tract of land is more particularly described by metes and bounds and survey attached as Exhibits A and B.

 

14.      2008-R-099     Dedicating 0.7266 acres, more or less, tract of City owned property as public right-of-way for the extension of Thomas Avenue from its South right-of-way line to the Maher Avenue Northwest right-of-way line at the Laredo International Airport.  Said tract of land being described by metes and bounds and survey attached as Exhibits A and B.

 

15.      2008-R-100     Dedication a 0.0864 acres more or less, tract of City owned property as a corner clip at the intersection of Bustamante Street and Maher Avenue at the Laredo International Airport to provide for an improved turning radius for vehicles and to complement the extension of Thomas Avenue from its South right-of-way line to the Maher Avenue Northwest right-of-way line.  Said proposed corner clip being described by metes and bounds and survey attached as Exhibits A and B.

 

16.      2008-R-101     Accepting the donation of 30 acres of land, more or less, surface only, from Las Tiendas Investments, Ltd., a Texas Limited Partnership, for the construction of a waste water treatment plant to serve the Rancho Peñitas and Los Minerales areas.  Said parcel is situated in Porcion 7, Blas M. Diaz, Abstract 39, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, being out of that 1000.00 acre tract of land owned by Las Tiendas Investments, Ltd., as recorded in Volume 2412, Pages 248-255, July 5, 2007, Webb County Deed Records; and being further described by metes and bounds in Exhibit A attached to this resolution; and further authorizing the City Manager to execute an agreement (see Exhibit B) for the payment of Living Unit Equivalents (LUEs) by Las Tiendas Investments, Ltd., in two (2) payments.

 

17.      2008-R-102     Accepting the donation of one utility easement from Homero Salinas and wife, Maria del Rosario Salinas for Rancho Peñitas West Subdivision Easement Acquisition Project, being 0.23 acres of land, more or less out of 3.00 acres, as recorded in Volume 1031, Page 724, Real Property Records of Webb County, Texas, situated in Porcion 8, Blas M. Diaz, Abstract 40, Webb County, Texas, and being more particularly described by metes and bounds and survey; hereby attached as Exhibits A and B, respectively.

 

18.      2008-R-103     Authorizing the City Manager to sign the Letter of Agreement with Stor-More, Ltd., in the form and content attached as Exhibit 1, setting forth the consideration to be made by the city for the granting of a drainage easement to the City by Stor-More, Ltd.; and accepting the drainage easement over the 8,187 sq. ft. parcel in the form and content attached as Exhibit 2  [which parcel is more particularly described in Exhibits A & B of said Exhibit 2].

 

19.      2008-R-104     Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Memorandum of Understanding, attached as Exhibit “A” to this resolution, with the U.S. International Boundary and Water Commission for a joint feasibility study for the development of a weir along the Rio Grande River, said weir being constructed primarily for water storage, conservation, generating hydroelectric power and providing recreational opportunities for citizens of both the U.S. and Mexico; the USIBWC proposes to fund this study in an amount not to exceed $250,000.00.

 

20.      2008-R-108     Calling for a special election for improving and maintaining venue project originally voted on August 12, 2000; providing for the conduct and the giving notice of the election; and enacting other matters relating thereto. (the intended purpose of this resolution is to allow the public, by election, to approve/disapprove the building of a baseball stadium adjacent to the Laredo Entertainment Center (L.E.C.), and to finance maintenance and operations at the L.E.C.  This resolution will not impose any new taxes. Instead, access to tax revenues generated by the August 12, 2000 tax referendum is being sought).

 

21.      2008-R-109     Calling for a special election for improving and maintaining venue project originally voted on August 12, 2000; providing for the conduct and the iving notice of the election; and enacting other matters relating thereto. (the intended purpose of this resolution is to allow the public, by election, to approve/disapprove the building of a baseball stadium and/or water park adjacent to the Laredo Entertainment Center (L.E.C.), and to finance maintenance and operations at the L.E.C.  This resolution will not impose any new taxes. Instead, access to tax revenues generated by the August 12, 2000 tax referendum is being sought).

 

 

X.                 MOTIONS

 

22.      Authorizing the City Manager, in support of the City of Laredo International Airport Noise Compatibility Program, to execute two (2) year appraisal services contracts with the following State Certified, Independent, Real Estate Fee Appraisers:  R. Salinas & Associates, Inc., and F. Leal Realtors, Inc.  Appraisers will be alternated and conduct property appraisal services for a fee not to exceed $450.00 per appraisal for residential homes and not to exceed $750.00 per appraisal for apartment complexes; also a fee not to exceed $350.00 as appraisal reviewers of residential properties, and a fee not to exceed $700.00 as appraisal reviewers for apartment complexes.  Funding is available under FAA AIP Grant 50.

 

23.      Consideration for approval of change order #1 to CG Construction, Inc. d/b/a CC Construction Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $165,776.46 for the relocation of the McPherson lift station (re-bid). This change order consists in the re-alignment of the 24” sanitary sewer line and the 12” force main due to conflicts with the storm drainage and the construction of a building on one (1) of the lots for the proposed Alexander Commercial Subdivision Phase II. The construction time is extended for an additional 90 calendar days. The revised contract amount is $1,559,313.46.  Funding is available in the 2006 Sewer Revenue Bond.

 

24.      Consideration to amend contract number FY08-037 awarded on March 10, 2008 to Leyendecker Materials, Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $2,331,000.00, for the purchase of asphalt (F.O.B plant and site delivered), black base (F.O.B plant and job site delivered), MS-1 or MS-2, (F.O.B. plant and job site delivered), MC-30, (F.O.B. plant and job site delivered); by increasing the contract amount by $587,750.00.   This contract amendment is requested to purchase additional asphalt materials for the City’s paving program.  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. 

 

25.      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 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.

 

26.      Consideration to authorize that all bids received for bid request FY08-061 mobile technology lab vehicle be rejected; and authorize the purchase of one mobile technology lab vehicle in the amount of $225,088.00 from Metro Fire Apparatus, Houston, Texas an authorized dealer for Farber Specialty vehicles, through the TASB Buy Board Cooperative Purchasing Program.  This vehicle will be equipped with computers and technology equipment with will be assigned to the Public Library.  Funding is available in from the 2006 Certificate of Obligation Bond Proceeds.

 

27.      Consideration to authorize the purchase and installation of sports field lighting systems at Slaughter Park from Musco Sports Lighting, Inc., Muscatine, IA, through the BuyBoard Cooperative Purchasing Program in the total amount of $672,160.00.  Funding is available from the 2006-2007 Certificate of Obligation Bond Proceeds (Slaughter Park) Improvements.

 

28.      Consideration to award contract FY08-104 to CABCO Auctioneering Services, Laredo, Texas, for auctioneering services for the sale of surplus vehicles and equipment and the Police Department unclaimed property.  The intent of this contract is to conduct turn key public auctions for disposal of these items.  All revenues from these public sales will be realized in the respective departmental budget.

 

29.      Consideration to award contract number FY08-105 to CABCO Auctioneering Services, Laredo, TX for conducting a one (1) time auction for the sale of five (5), heavy earth moving equipment for the Solid Waste Department.  All funds generated will be realized in the Solid Waste’s revenue line item.  

 

30.      Consideration to exercise the renewal option for one (1) additional year for contract FY07-162 awarded to McNeilus Truck, Hutchins, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $90,000.00 for OEM McNeilus repair parts/service.  All parts and services will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance Budget.

 

31.      Consideration to authorize a contract with Insituform Technologies, Inc., Houston, Texas, through the BuyBoard Cooperative Purchasing Program’s contract pricing, in the total amount of $562,877.50 for the rehabilitation of the Matamoros Street sewer line. The project consists of repairing the existing Matamoros sewer line by sealing and lining the pipe cracks caused by deterioration. Funding is available from the 2007 Utilities Revenue Bond.

 

32.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of one (1), aircraft rescue fire fighting vehicle (ARFF) and related accessories, from General Safety Equipment, LLC a division of Rosenbauer America, through their Texas dealer, Emergency Vehicles of Texas, in the total amount of $855,477.00.   Funding for this equipment is available from 2007 Contractual Obligation Bond proceeds.  The vehicle is being funded with bond proceeds however; the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) may reimburse the City of Laredo $715,000.00 of the purchase cost. 

 

33.      Consideration to approve amendment No. 1 to Espey Consultants, Inc., in the amount of $124,330.00 to provide consulting services for the Phase 2 of the Canal Street Drainage Improvement Project for the City of Laredo, Texas.  The project involves reconstructing the channel junction near the intersection of Canal Street and San Francisco Street as well as improvements to Zacate Creek Channel between Canal Street and the Ryan Street Pedestrian Bridge.  The total contract with this amendment will be $324,105.00.  Funding is available in the 2007 Contractual Obligation Bond Proceeds.

 

34.      Award a professional services contract with Espey Consultants, Inc., in the amount of $360,000.00 for the Zacate Creek Flood Protection Plan under the Flood Protection Planning Program Grant of the Texas Water Development Board (TDWB) FY07-08.  The grant would enable a comprehensive evaluation of the entire Zacate Creek with all the recent improvements (Upper Zacate Creek Detention Pond, Alexander Detention Pond, proposed channel improvements around Canal Street) and focuses on more frequent storm analysis rather than 100 year storm for FEMA.  Funding is available in the TWDB Grant and Storm Water Improvement Fund.  (Contingent upon approval of Final Reading of Ordinance 2008-O-170).

 

35.      Accepting a Technical Assistance Grant by the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfields Sustainability Pilot Program in the amount of $25,000.00 and authorizing the City Manager to enter into agreement.  The funding will assist with the design of energy and resource conservation building features, an innovative storm water management system to reduce impervious surface areas and improve site conditions, and use of native vegetation to conserve water resources for the James and Maria Luisa Haynes Recreation Center (Eastside Recreation Center).

 

36.      Consideration to authorize payment to nine (9) vendors (Embarq, Intrado, DIR, AT&T, Sprint/Nextel, Verizon Southwest, Jim Hogg County, Starr County and Zapata County for providing existing 9-1-1 telephone network, database, wireless, and equipment maintenance services for the four (4) county regional 9-1-1 system in the projected amount of $503,216.00.  Payments are for the period of September 1, 2008 through August 31, 2009.  Funding is available in the 9-1-1 Regional Fund.

 

37.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of public safety answering (PSAP) equipment from Embarq, Inc., through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) contract in the total amount of $54,107.05.  The equipment will be installed at the Jim Hogg County Sheriff’s Office, Webb County Sheriff’s Office, and Zapata County Sheriff’s Office.  Funding is available in the 9-1-1 Regional Fund.

 

38.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a renewal contract with Motorola, Inc., in the amount of $135,806.64 for the maintenance agreement of the City of Laredo’s 800 MHz.  Trunked Radio Communications System, as described in Exhibit “A” attached.  The contract provides annual maintenance for the infrastructure equipment, subscriber equipment, support, and software upgrades.  The contract increased by $1,456.68 over the previous year due to an increase in the number of radios.  Funding is available in the Information Technology Fund (595).

 

39.      Consideration for approval to award an architectural/engineering contract to Sepulveda Associates Architects, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $714,325.00 for the New Laredo Fire Department Administration Center and Site Improvements.  Design work is to be done on a fast track basis.  Funding is available in the Fire Department Headquarters - 2006 CO. 

 

40.      Consideration for approval of change order no. 3 an increase of $8,000.00 required to meet building and state codes to complete the building and to add forty-eight (48) working days to the construction contract time, release of retainage, acceptance of the Cigarroa Recreation Center Boxing Gym and approval of final payment in the amount of $56,125.00 to ALC Construction, LLC., Laredo, Texas.  Final construction contract amount is $543,000.00.  Funding is available in the CDBG 30th Action Year and CDBG 31st Action Year. 

 

41.      Consideration for approval of change order no. 3 a decrease of $85,724.00 for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place and to add eighty-four (84) calendar days to the construction contract time for rain days, release of retainage, acceptance of the rehabilitation Phase 2 of the General Aviation Apron, construct Phase 2 of the North East Cargo Apron, and construct Cargo Pads at the Southwest Apron at the Laredo International Airport and approval of final payment in the amount of $351,707.78 to Ramos Industries, Inc., Pasadena, Texas.  Final construction contract amount is $7,260,331.50.  Funding is available in Airport Construction Fund - FAA Grant No. 49.

 

42.      Consideration for approval of change order no. 7 a decrease of $65,824.74 for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, release of retainage, acceptance of the City of Laredo Bridge of the Americas Modification Project (El Portal) and approval of final payment in the amount of $141,018.12 to Leyendecker Construction, Laredo, Texas.  Final construction contract amount is $20,661,803.22.  Funding is available in the Improvements Other Than Buildings – Bridge System.

 

43.      Consideration to amend the existing contract awarded to Howland Engineering and Surveying Company for the design and construction of a 18” water transmission line from Mary Help of Christians Booster Station to McPherson Road by upgrading the line to a 24” water transmission line and changing the alignment from Mary Help of Christian Booster Station to International Boulevard along Michigan Avenue by an additional amount of $61,900.00.  Funding is available in the 2007 Revenue Bond.

 

44.      Consideration to authorize the City Manager to negotiate a management services contract for operation of the Laredo Entertainment Center with SMG, Philadelphia, PA.   

 

45.      Approving monthly adjustments to the tax roll.  The amounts to be adjusted for the month of July 2008, represents a decrease of $34,640.85.  These adjustments are determined by Webb County Appraisal District and by court orders.

 

46.      Refund of  property tax in the amount of $1,127.84 to the following taxpayers:

1.      A refund of property tax in the amount of $503.06 payable to F.I.S. Tax

Servicing due to an overpayment.  Account#107-00348-040.

 

2.      A refund of property tax in the amount of $624.78 payable to Martin Alvarez due to an overpayment.  Account#983-51016-050.

 

XI.               GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

47.       

A.      

A.                 Request by Mayor Raul G. Salinas

1.           Discussion with possible action regarding the status of the downtown lighting improvements.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member Cynthia Liendo Espinoza)

 

2.           Discussion with possible action on instructing the City Manager to assign a liaison to coordinate the 2010 Census.

 

3.           Discussion with possible action on creating a Water Conservation Blue Ribbon Committee.

 

B.                 Request by Council Member Juan Narvaez

1.           Discussion with possible action regarding the Buenos Aires Recreation Center.

 

C.                Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

1.           Discussion with possible action on using discretionary funds on a xeriscaping project on International Boulevard.

 

2.           Presentation by Texas Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), Texas A &M University and Terrabon LLC   on the Secondary Water Technology Project.

 


 

XII.             STAFF REPORTS

 

           48.

 

A.                 Discussion with possible action on the proposed Fiscal Year 2008-2009 Budget to include but not limited to all departments, divisions and all funds; Mayor & City Council Members, Transportation, Fire, Engineering, Parks and Leisure, Utilities, Building Development Services, Community Development, Information Services and Telecommunications, City Attorney, Municipal Court, City Secretary, Planning and Zoning, Environmental Services,  Economic Development, Third Party Funding, Police, Transit, Human Resources, City Manager, Financial Services, Health, Tax and any other fund that is part of the budget.

 

B.                 Discussion with possible action regarding the draft State Legislative Agenda.

 

XIII.           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.

 

 

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

                       

49.      Motion to waive bus fare collection from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 20, 2008, to and from the Civic Center Grounds and El Metro’s downtown Transit Center in participation with the American Diabetes Association’s Feria de Salud.  In conjunction with this event, El Metro proposes to provide five (5) hours of free transportation to allow citizens a greater opportunity to attend this event and to promote awareness of this disease.

 

50.      Consideration to amend the contract FY06-023 awarded to Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, Akron, OH on February 21, 2006, by increasing the tire lease contract total, for the Transit System’s buses and Para-Transit vehicles from $220,192.06 to $275,240.06.  The contract total is being adjusted due to an increase in the bus fleet and a higher amount of tires replaced during this three year period contract term.  Funding is available in the Transit System Budget.

           

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

           

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 Friday, August 22, 2008 at 5:15 p.m.

 

 

 

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary