A M E N D E D

 

CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2009-R-01

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

JANUARY 5, 2009

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 the minutes of October 20, 2008 and November 3, 2008.

 

V.           COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

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. 

 

Communiqués

Invitation by Viviana Frank, Board President, Francisco Barrientos, Jamboozie Chairman, and Jack Cruthirds, Title Sponsor, to the 2009 UETA Jamboozie Urban Street Festival.

 

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 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.

 

VII.         PUBLIC HEARING

 

1.       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, 2009.

 

2.       Public hearing 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.

 

 (Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

VIII.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

3.       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.

 

4.       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.

 

 

IX.          FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

5.        

 

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. 

 

2009-O-002       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.

 

2009-O-003       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.  (As amended)

 

2009-O-004       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 amended)

 

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.

 

X.           RESOLUTION

 

6.       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.

 

7.       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.

 

XI.          MOTIONS

 

8.       Consideration to approve City Council meeting dates for 2009.

 

9.       Authorizing 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.

 

10.    Authorizing 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.

 

11.    Consideration to award contract number FY09-020 to:

1.)  Castañeda Construction & Materials, Laredo, Texas, in an estimated amount of $30,000.00;

2.)  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. 

The 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.

 

12.    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.

 

13.    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 Committee.

 

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 Operations Committee.

 

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 Operations Committee.

 

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 Operations Committee.

 

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.

 

19.    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.

 

21.    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.

 

XII.         GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

22.     

a.     

A.           Request by Mayor Raul G. Salinas

1.       Instructing City Manager to host a law enforcement (including local, state and federal) summit.

 

B.           Request by 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.

 

C.           Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

1.       Status report on the enforcement efforts on vehicles without proof of financial responsibility. 

 

2.       Status report on Dellwood/Laurel Drainage Project.

 

3.       Discussion with possible action on accepting a parkland donation from Amazonias Subdivision.


 

D.           Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Jose A. Valdez, Jr.

1.       Discussion with possible action to award Phase II Father McNaboe Project.

 

 

XIII.       STAFF REPORTS

 

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.

 

XV.        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 Friday, January 2, 2009 at 5:30 p.m.                   

 

 

 

                                                                          Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                   City Secretary