A M E N D E D
CITY OF LAREDO
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
LAREDO, TEXAS 78040
JANUARY 5, 2009
DISABILITY ACCESS STATEMENT
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prior to the meeting so that appropriate arrangements can be made. The accessible entrance and accessible
parking spaces are located at City Hall, 1100 Victoria Ave.
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CALL TO ORDER
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Approval of the minutes of October 20, 2008 and
November 3, 2008.
COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS
a. Recognizing Constable Rodolfo
“Rudy” Rodriguez for his outstanding public service contributing to the less
fortunate children at “Navidad en el Barrio” Event.
b. Recognizing Maria Harrison,
Parks and Leisure Services Department Recreation Center Supervisor, for going
beyond the call of duty at the Katherine Tarver Recreation Center at the
Christmas en el Barrio Event.
by Viviana Frank, Board President, Francisco Barrientos, Jamboozie Chairman, and
Jack Cruthirds, Title Sponsor, to the 2009 UETA Jamboozie Urban Street Festival.
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.
APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND
a. Appointments by Mayor Raul G. Salinas of Nicolas Rocha
and Alma Carrillo to the International Trade Blue Ribbon.
b. Appointment by Council Member Cynthia Liendo Espinoza of
Johnny Amaya to the Vehicles for Hire Ad Hoc Committee.
Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to enter into agreement with
the Drug Enforcement Administration in the amount of $46,534.00 and amending
Fiscal Year 2008-2009 City of Laredo Annual Budget by reducing revenues and
expenditures in the amount of $3,466.00.
The agreement’s purpose is to reimburse costs for equipment incurred
in the Laredo Police Department in providing resources for the Strike Force
OCDETF (Organized Drug Task Forces) Program.
The term of this agreement is from October 1, 2008 through September 30,
and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2008-2009 Airport Construction
Fund by appropriating $100,000.00 in revenues and expenditures; which
includes $50,000.00 from the Texas Department of Transportation Routine
Airfield Maintenance Program (RAMP) Grant TXDOT CSJ No. M922LREDO and
transferring $50,000.00 in matching funds from the Airport Operating Fund;
providing for an effective date.
Authorizing the City Manager to execute an amendment to the lease
agreement approved by Ordinance No. 2006-O-276 dated November 6, 2006, with M
& M Air Cargo and Delivery Service, Inc., for approximately 11,988 square
feet constituting Sections 2 and 3 and Building No. 170 located at 5103 Maher
Avenue at the Laredo International Airport.
Said amendment will reduced the leased area from 11,988 square feet to
2,646 square feet effective January 31, 2009 thereby deleting Section 3
Building No. 170 and adjust the monthly rent obligation accordingly to
$1,244.00 effective February 1, 2009.
All other terms and conditions remain unchanged and in effect;
providing for an effective date.
Authorizing the City Manager to execute an easement to AEP Texas
Central Company for routing of aerial electrical facilities to serve MHOC
Booster Station south of Springfield.
The said easement containing 1,569.08 square feet tract of land, being
out of a 12.417 acre tract, recorded in Volume 296, pages 214-216, W.C.D.R.,
City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas and being described in attached Exhibit A;
and providing for an effective date.
FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES
2009-O-001 Amending the City of Laredo FY 2008-2009 annual budget by
establishing a new Special Revenue Fund, titled LEC Operations by
appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $2,492,047.00 and
amending the Sports & Community Venue Fund by appropriating expenditures
in the amount of $1,475,439.00; $719,381.00 for a transfer out to LEC
Operations’ and $756,058.00 for the City’s and Arena Venture’s balance of the
Renewal and Replacement Account.
Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2008-2009
Information Technology Fund budget by drawing down $400,000.00 from opening
balance and designating it as a transfer out to the Capital Improvement
Project Fund and amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2008-2009 Capital
Improvement Project Fund by appropriating $850,000.00 in revenues and
expenditures to be used for parks surveillance system, a wireless broadband
system (motomesh) for the downtown district, and repairs and furnishings for
the Fire Department stations.
Amending the City of Laredo Health Department
Fiscal Year 2008-2009 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures
in the amount of $8,250.00 for a total amount of $316,628.00 from the Texas
Department of State Health Services for continuation of the Prevention
Services for HIV Prevention Project of the Health Department, for the term of
January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009.
Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of
Laredo by rezoning 4.87 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in
attached Exhibit "A", located south of St. Luke Boulevard and east
of St. Lawson Lane, from R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area Residential
District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District); providing for publication and
an effective date.
2009-O-005 Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the
City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 1, Provitex Subdivision, located at
4415 Highway 359, from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway
Commercial District); providing
for publication and an effective date.
2009-O-006 Amending Ordinance No. 2002-O-082
authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a portrait studio on
Lots 4, 5, and the east ½ of 3, Block 1268, Eastern Division, located at 2219
Clark Boulevard, by amending the provisions to extend the three-year
expiration date; providing for publication and an effective date. (As
2009-O-007 Amending Ordinance No. 2005-O-268
authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for two mobile homes on
Lots 1-7, Block 1, Del Mar Hills Subdivision, located at 10 E. Del Mar
Boulevard, by amending the narrative to extend the two-year expiration date
to three; providing for publication and an effective date.
2008-R-001 Declaring the
public necessity to acquire the “surface only” of the following three parcels
of land for the Canal Street Drainage Improvements Project:
1. Lot 54, Block 506,
Retama Park Subdivision, Unit 2, Eastern Division, City of Laredo,
Webb County, Texas, as per plat recorded in Volume 2, Page 205, Plat Records
of Webb County, Texas; and
2. Lot 55, Block 506, Retama Park Subdivision, Unit 2
Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, as per plat recorded in
Volume 2, Page 205, Plat Records of
Webb County, Texas; and
3. Lot 7, Block 70-B, of the amended Calton Gardens
Addition, Northern Division, City of Laredo, as per Del Rey Homes Replat
recorded in Volume 2, Page 203, Plat Records of Webb County, Texas; and
Authorizing staff to negotiate with the owners for the
acquisition of said three parcels; and authorizing the City Attorney to
initiate condemnation proceedings to acquire any of said parcels if staff is
unable to acquire any of the three due to inability to agree to a purchase
price, conflict of ownership, owner refusal to sell, and/or inability to
locate a listed owner.
2008-R-003 Authorizing the
City Manager to accept a contract from the Texas Department of State Health
Services in the amount of $168,940.00 for continuation of the Health
Department’s Tuberculosis Prevention & Control Federal Project for the
period beginning January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009 and authorizing
the City Manager to execute the contract.
to approve City Council meeting dates for 2009.
the Washington Birthday Celebration Association (WBCA) to place two (2)
temporary promotional banners for the annual WBCA festivities scheduled for
January 22, 2009 through February 22, 2009.
One banner will be installed on the 2400 block of San Bernardo Avenue
from the period of January 26, 2009 to February 22, 2009 and the other banner
will be installed at the intersection of McPherson and Del Mar Boulevard from
the period of January 14, 2009 to February 22, 2009; and to require that the
WBCA sign a release of liability to the City of Laredo.
the City Manager to contract with Mario A. Martinez of Martinez and
Associates Governmental Affairs, Austin, Texas, in the amount of $45,000.00,
plus $5,000.00 out of pocket expenses, for intergovernmental, informational,
and advocacy services to be provided to the City of Laredo for the period
beginning January 1, 2009 through September 30, 2009. Funding is available in the General Fund.
to award contract number FY09-020 to:
Castañeda Construction & Materials, Laredo,
Texas, in an estimated amount of $30,000.00;
La Flecha Materials, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the
estimated amount of $20,000.00 for providing red top soil and fill dirt for
maintenance and capital improvement projects being constructed by Parks and
Leisure Services and Utilities Departments.
term of this contract will be for a six (6) month period. Castañeda Construction & Materials will
be the primary vendor and La Flecha Materials will be the secondary vendor
for the purchase of the needed materials.
Funding is available in the respective departmental budgets.
Consideration for approval of change order no.
2 an increase of $56,878.50 for improvements
necessary during construction such as additional valley gutters, drainage
pipe, soil stabilization, and erosion controls to enhance the drainage
system; and additional paving improvements to accommodate heavy vehicle
traffic, and to add twenty (20) working days to the construction
contract with Rhino Builders, Ltd., for the McPherson Road Widening North of
Del Mar Blvd, Phase II, Step “C” (Mahogany Dr. to Shiloh Dr.). Current construction contract amount is
$1,087,079.50 and contract time is two hundred thirty (230) working
days. Funding is available in the 2004
Transit C.O. Project #TRMAHO. Approved
by City Council Operations Committee.
Consideration to award contract to the low bidder, Z
Rider of Texas, San Antonio, TX in the total amount of $19,980.00 for the
purchase of four (4), Segway Police Personal Transporters. Funding is
available in the Police Justice Assistance grant. Approved by City Council Operations
14. Consideration to ratify the emergency purchase
order issued to Schindler Elevator Corporation, San Antonio, Texas, in the
total amount of $103,878.50 for furnishing parts and labor to repair the
damaged escalators at the Laredo International Airport. Due to the continuous use of the
escalators, it is essential that the repair be completed. Funding is available in the Airport budget
and the Capital Improvement Fund. Approved by City Council
15. Consideration to authorize the purchase of
two-thousand three hundred and fifty two, (2,352) garbage/refuse carts from
Toter, Inc., Statesville, NC, through the State of Texas Cooperative
Purchasing Contract 450-A2 in the total amount of $121,198.56. Funding is available in the Solid Waste
Services budget. Approved by City Council
16. Consideration to award contract FY09-024 to the
low bidder GCR Tire Centers, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of
$200,712.05 for the purchase of police package tires and passenger tires for
the Fleet Department. All tires will
be purchased on an as needed basis.
Funding is available in the Fleet Department Fund. Approved by City Council Operations Committee.
17. Consideration to award contract number FY09-009 to
the low bidder, Interboro Packaging Corporation, Montgomery, NY, in the total
amount of $127,840.00 for the purchase of 2 million plastic bags for use in
the City’s recycling program. The bid
pricing is 3% less than the previous purchase amount. Funding is available in the Solid Waste
Services budget. Approved by City Council
18. Consideration to authorize a contract with
Calence, LLC, Austin, Texas, for the purchase and installation of information
technology equipment in the total amount of $68,331.98 for the Library’s new
cyber mobile. This equipment will be purchased utilizing the State of Texas
Department of Information Resources (DIR) Cooperative Purchasing Program
contract number DIRSDD-236. Funding is
available in the 2006 Certificate of Obligation Bond Proceeds. Approved by City Council Operations Committee.
Consideration to authorize the purchase of two (2)
street sweepers from Tymco International, LTD, in the total amount of
$321,085.10 through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC)
Cooperative Purchasing Program’s contract pricing. These sweepers will be assigned to the
Public Works Department. Funding is
available in the 2007 Certificate of Obligation Bond Proceeds. Approved by City Council Operations Committee.
20. Authorizing the award of 2008 HOME Investment
Partnership Program (HOME) Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO)
set-aside funds in the amount of $187,243.00 to Habitat for Humanity of
Laredo, Inc., to assist in the construction of approximately 8 homes for the Tierra
Prometida a 50 home project; and further authorizing the City Manager to
execute all documents in support of the same.
Consideration for approval to award a
construction contract to the lowest bidder Reim Construction, Inc., Alton,
Texas, in the amount of $687,416.80 for the Father McNaboe Park Phase II –
Step “A”. Funding is available in the
Father McNaboe Park Improvements Phase II.
Approved by City Council Operations Committee.
GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND
Request by Mayor Raul
Manager to host a law enforcement (including local, state and federal) summit.
Council Member Dr. Michael Landeck
1. Presentation Discussion and
possible action regarding the proposed reorganization plan of the Police
Department and a timeline for it's possible approval by city council.
Request by Council
Member Gene Belmares
Status report on the enforcement
efforts on vehicles without proof of financial responsibility.
Status report on
Dellwood/Laurel Drainage Project.
possible action on accepting a parkland donation from Amazonias Subdivision.
Request by Mayor
Pro-Tempore Jose A. Valdez, Jr.
possible action to award Phase II Father McNaboe Project.
23. Discussion with possible action
regarding the draft Federal Legislative Agenda.
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.
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, January 2, 2009 at 5:30 p.m.
Gustavo Guevara, Jr.