CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

                                                   A-2009-R-04         

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

MARCH 2, 2009

5:30 P.M.

 

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I.              CALL TO ORDER

 

II.            PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

III.           ROLL CALL

 

IV.          MINUTES

 

Approval of the minutes of February 17, 2009.

 

V.           COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Recognitions

 

a. Recognizing Gerardo “Jerry” Piña on his award as the WES CASTOLENIA CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER OF THE YEAR for 2008-2009 by the Code Enforcement Association of Texas which represents 114 cities in the State of Texas. He was nominated for the award by Officer Juan Rodriguez from Eagle Pass, Texas. 

 

b. Recognition of Luis J. Landin for his six (6) years of faithful and devoted   service to the Fire Fighters’ and Police Officers’ Civil Service Commission.

 

c.   Recognizing the City of Laredo and the design of the El Eden Recreational Center on its selection by the Southwest Regional Council of the National Recreation and Parks Association, for receiving the 2009 SWRC Park/Facility Design Class I Award. The award further acknowledges Mario Jasso, of Architects Plus, Inc. as the project’s lead architect.

 

d.  Recognition of Bienvenidos Committee Members of the Laredo Chamber of Commerce for their outstanding local services and festivities.

           

Communiqués

            Presentation by Jesus De Cordova on the 2010 Census.

 

Citizen comments

Citizens are required to fill out a witness card and identify themselves at the microphone.  Comments should be relevant to City business and delivered in a professional manner.  No derogatory remarks will be permitted.  There is a time limit of three minutes per speaker.

 

VI.          APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

a.    Appointment by Mayor Pro-Tempore Jose A. Valdez, Jr. of Federico H. Diaz to the Telecommunications Advisory Committee.

 

b.    Appointment by Council Member Cynthia Liendo Espinoza of Lupita Zepeda to the Telecommunications Advisory Committee.

 

VII.         PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 19 Entitled “Motor Vehicle and Traffic” of the Code of Ordinances by adding a new Section 19-223 to be entitled “use of hand-held mobile telephones in school zones”; directing the City Manager to erect signs in affected areas; providing for a repealing clause; providing for a severability clause; providing for a penalty of fine not to exceed two hundred dollars ($200.00) for each offense; and providing an effective date.

 

2.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Securitas Security Services USA, Inc., for approximately 120 square feet of office space and an exclusive office entry lane of approximately 540 square feet at Bridge II. 

 

1.            Lease term is for one (1) year commencing April 1, 2009 and ending on March 31, 2010.

2.            Monthly rent will be $2,810.00 for approximately 120 square feet of office space and an exclusive office entry lane of approximately 540 square feet at Bridge II.

3.            The lease may be terminated by either party with a thirty (30) day written notice. (Approved by the City Council Operations Committee.)

 

3.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing City Manager to accept a grant adjustment in the amount of $100,000.00 from the Office of the Governor, the Division of Emergency Management (GDEM) and to amend the City of Laredo’s FY 2008-2009 Special Police Fund Annual Budget in the amount of $100,000.00 for a total grant award of $275,000.00.  The Office of the Governor, Division of Emergency Management has made a project grant available in order to organize and deploy state agency and local government law enforcement personnel and equipment to participate in a project to enhance border security along the Texas-Mexico border.  Funds will be used to pay overtime, fringe benefits and operational expenses from February 15, 2008 through August 15, 2009.  (Approved by the City Council Operations Committee.)

4.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending chapter 28 Article II Entitled “Excavations” of the Laredo Code of Ordinances, Division I, II, III, and IV Sections 28-16 thru 28-78, save and except for Sections 28-40,  by deleting said sections and adding Article IX to be entitled “Public Right of Way Management” Sections 28-164 thru 28-239; providing for a repealing clause providing for a severability clause; providing for a savings clause; providing for a penalty of fine not to exceed two thousand dollars ($2,000); and providing for an effective date. (Approved by the City Council Operations & Finance Committees.)

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

VIII.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES        

 

5.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute an easement to AEP Texas Central Company for routing electrical facilities to serve Jefferson Water Treatment Plant. The said easement containing 1,837.47 sq. ft. tract of land, being out of lots Number 1, 2, & 10, Block No. 736 Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas and being described on attached Exhibit A. (Approved by the City Council Operations Committee.)

 

6.      Authorizing the City Manager to renew a Right-of-Entry to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, United States of America to City-owned property along the Rio Grande Riverbend extending from the northern to the southern City limits, to solely conduct visual observations for environmental studies of possible actions, including improvements to existing patrol roads, the construction of new patrol roads, and the removal of giant cane within a 300-foot-wide corridor parallel to the Rio Grande River. Said City-owned property, including any river vega land along said riverbend, consisting of: all of Blocks 015, 016, 017, 018, 019, 57, 58, 613, 614, 615, 616, 140, 141, 143, 144, 149, 150, 151, 152, 568, 709, 710 & 450A, Eastern Division, City of Laredo; all of Blocks 414, 415, 416, 419, 424, 426, 425, 428, 431, 431A, 434,  434A, 437, 437A, 516, 517, 613, 614, 615, 628, 629, 630, 631, 643, 644, 645, 646, 657, 658, 659, 660, 666, 667, 668, 669, 670, 671, 672, 672A, 673, 674, 675, 676, 677, 679, 680, 708, 708B,  & 724, Western Division, City of Laredo; a 22.087 acre tract located in Porcion 18; a 58.00 acre tract located in Porcion 21; an 18.00 acre tract located in the River Oaks Park Subdivision; a 10.59 acre tract located in Porcion 22; a 138.513 acre tract located partly in Porcion 36 and partly in Porcion 37; a 22.00 acre tract located in Porcion 37 and a 31.00 acre tract located in Porcion 38.  Said Right-of-Entry being described on attached Exhibit 1; and providing for an effective date. (Approved by the City Council Operations Committee.)

 

7.      Authorizing the City Manager to grant a right-of-entry to the United States of America, General Services Administration (GSA), to a parcel of land consisting of approximately forty (40) acres and located adjacent to the Colombia Solidarity Bridge Export Parking lot for the purpose of conducting boundary, utility and topographic surveys; appraisals, archeological investigations, subsoil boring and testing environmental audits, phase 1 and 2 environmental site assessments in anticipation of constructing a roadway to access the Colombia Solidarity Bridge Inspection Station.  Said parcel of land is out of forty acres which was deeded to the City of Laredo by T. S. Scibienski and recorded in Volume 1448, Pages 101-102, Deed Records of Webb County, Texas.  See Attached Exhibit “A”, illustrating the property in reference and the Right of Entry from the GSA. (Approved by the City Council Operations Committee.)

 

8.      Setting the new speed limit on sections of U.S. 59 within the city limits of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, to 60 miles per hour from  mile point 42.750 (corporate city limits) to mile point 42.806 (Heritage Court); 50 miles per hour from mile point 42.806 to mile point 45.100 (Ejido Avenue); 40 miles per hour from mile point 45.100 to mile point 45.382 (Arkansas Avenue), as defined in the Texas Department of Transportation Control Section Map 0542-01, providing for the installation of appropriate signs to indicate new speed changes in the designated areas and providing for publication and effective date. (Approved by the City Council Operations Committee.)

 

IX.          FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

9.

2009-O-019    Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2008-2009 Full Time equivalent positions by reclassifying one (1) Firefighter to the position of one (1) District Chief to initiate a Full Time Emergency Medical Service Coordinator in the Laredo Fire Department Emergency Medical Services Division. Funding for this position is available in the Fire Department operating budget in the estimated amount of $23,253.00. (As amended) (Approved by City Council Finance Committee.)

2009-O-020    Amending the City of Laredo Health Department Fiscal Year 2008-2009 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $70,000.00 from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality-Amendment No. 3 (TCEQ) to continue to operate and maintain three (3) air monitoring stations (CAMS) by the Health Department for the term period beginning September 1, 2009 through August 31, 2010.

2009-O-021    Amending the City of Health Department Fiscal Year 2008-2009 annual budget by increasing revenues and expenditures by $4,451.00 for a total award amount of $83,700.00 from the South Texas Development Council (STDC) for continuation of the Health Department’s Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Project (HOPWA), term from February 1, 2009 through January 31, 2010 and authorizing the City Manager to execute the contract.

2009-O-022    Amending the Fiscal Year 2008-2009 Capital Improvement Project Fund by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $12,275.00.  Funds are provided by the Scottsdale Insurance Company for the full and final release of all claims resulting from water damage to Fire Station Number #3.  Funds will be used to pay Kiva Building & Design, Inc., for the repair of the damaged structure, and the other funds will be used to replace mattresses, a server, and the set up of the server.

2009-O-023    Amending the City of Laredo Health Department FY2008-09 budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $28,180.00 of additional funds through a Memorandum of Understanding between City of Laredo Health Department and the Consulate General of Mexico in Laredo “Ventanilla de Salud” Program.  The department will provide through contractual services bicultural healthcare education, advocacy and assistance in enrollment of Latinos of Mexican origin to U.S. Federal, State, and local public health services programs available.  The term period is from January 1, 2009 through January 31, 2010; authorizing the City Manager to execute the MOU.  (Approved by City Council Finance Committee.)

2009-O-024    Amending Ordinance #2008-O-154 in order to accept a supplemental grant in the amount of $34,995.00 from the Texas Automobile Theft Prevention Authority and to amend the City of Laredo FY 2008-2009 Annual Budget in the amount of $34,995.00.  This supplemental grant of $34,995.00 is 100% funded at no cost to the City.  The 2008-2009 Texas Burglary and Automobile Theft Prevention Authority Grant funding for the Laredo Autotheft Task Force will now total $380,995.00.  The funding period for this grant is from September 1, 2008 through August 31, 2009.  (Approved by City Council Finance Committee.)

2009-O-025    Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from the State of Texas Governor’s Office and to amend the City of Laredo FY 2008-2009 Annual Budget in the amount $225,000.00.  The grant is for overtime and fringe benefits for Laredo Police Officers working under the Texas Gang Initiative Grant Program.  The grant is to be 100% funded by the State of Texas Governor’s Office for the period of November 1, 2008 through August 31, 2009 at no cost to the City.  (Approved by City Council Finance Committee.)

2009-O-026    Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2008-2009 Solid Waste Fund to accept Grant Funds from South Texas Development Council in the amount of $74,991.25 with no matching funds and to amend by appropriating said funds.  Funds will be used to purchase a wood chipper that will mulch branches on city streets.  This will compact trees into bulk material that is relatively easier to handle and transport. (Approved by City Council Finance Committee.)

2009-O-027    Amending the City of Laredo FY 2008-2009 Waterworks Fund Annual Budget by appropriating an additional $1,624,856.00 under Waterworks operations and drawing down the Restricted for Capital Improvements Fund to cover the cost of the project between the City of Laredo and the Texas Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) for the purpose of developing technology in order to desalinate brackish water.  This funding is being used from the United Water Settlement.  (Approved by the City Council Operations Committee.)

2009-O-028    Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a parking lot on Lots 1, 2, and 3, Block 1475, Eastern Division, located at 2503 Ligarde Street and providing for an effective date and publication.

 

2009-O-029    Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Special Use Permit for the storage of flammable and explosive products on Lots 1 and 2, Block 1, Clark’s Crossing II, located at 3419 Clark Boulevard and 2210 Clark’s Crossing Drive and providing for an effective date and publication. 

 

2009-O-030    Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Special Use Permit for oil and/or gas extraction and drilling permit for a well on 2.11 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A,” located west of US Highway 83 and approximately 1,761 feet north of San Rio Boulevard and providing for an effective date and publication.

 

2009-O-031    Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 145.41 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit "A", located west of Trade Center Boulevard and approximately 600 feet north of Oriole Lane, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) and providing for an effective date and publication.

 

2009-O-032    Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 70 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit "A", located west of Quivira Drive and approximately 2,766 feet west of Verde Road, from AG (Agricultural District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) and providing for an effective date and publication.

 

2009-O-033    Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 3 and 4, Block 1, Villarreal-Orozco Subdivision, located at 7200 Old Santa Maria Road, from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District) and providing for an effective date and publication. 

 

2009-O-034    Authorizing the City Manager to grant a License Agreement by and between The City of Laredo, Texas and Alestra S. de R.L. de C.V, dated March 3, 2009 for the use of one (1) innerduct in the Juarez Lincoln Bridge and 519 linear feet of right-of-way.

 

1.    Term of the agreement shall be for five (5) years commencing at 12:00 am, March 3, 2009 and terminating at 12:00 pm, March 2, 2014. 

 

2.    Annual duct fee shall be $17,000.00 and will increase by five percent (5%) every year the license is in place. In addition to the duct fee, Licensee shall pay a six dollar ($6.00) linear foot right-of-way fee, and will increase by five percent (5%) every year.  

 

2009-O-035    Approving the grant of an easement for ten (10) years to the United States of America, by and through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, over 25.53 acres of City property along the Rio Grande Riverbend for the purpose of carrying out the Carrizo Cane Eradication Project on the Laredo Sector of U.S. Border Patrol; and authorizing the City Manager to execute the easement in the form and content attached as Exhibit 1, of which Exhibit A of the easement sets forth the description of the 25.53 acres, and to execute a waiver of appraisal in the form and content attached as Exhibit 2.

 

X.           RESOLUTIONS

 

10. 2009-R-012 Authorizing the City Manager to enter into and execute a Memorandum of Understanding attached hereto as Exhibit A, between Laredo Medical Center (LMC) and Laredo Fire Department for the purpose of granting a revocable license to use the City of Laredo 800 MHz Trunked Voice Radio System. (Approved by the City Council Operations Committee.)

 

11.   2009-R-013 Authorizing the City Manager to enter into and execute a Memorandum of Understanding attached hereto as Exhibit A, between Doctor’s Hospital of Laredo (DHOL) and Laredo Fire Department for the purpose of granting a revocable license to use the City of Laredo 800 MHz Trunked Voice Radio System. (Approved by the City Council Operations Committee.)

 

12. 2009-R-017 Authorizing the City Manager to pass a resolution to support a Letter of Understanding, between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Mexican Ministry of Environmental and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) on the Tire Initiative, a framework defining the principles and actions fundamental to developing sustainable scrap tire management plans.     (Approved by the City Council Operations Committee.)

       

13. 2009-R-018 Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application in the estimated amount of $400,000.00 to the Texas Automobile Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority to fund the Laredo Auto Theft Task Force for the period of September 1, 2009 through August 31, 2010.  This grant pays salaries, fringe benefits, and equipment and supplies for LPD personnel and Webb County personnel to combat auto theft in the City of Laredo and Webb County.  (Approved by the City Council Operations Committee.)

 

14. 2009-R-019 Accepting the conveyance of three utility easements from A & W. Real Estate I, Ltd. & A & W. Real Estate II, Ltd, each dated February 4, 2009, as follows:

        a. One over a 0.99 acre tract, a copy of which conveyance is attached as    Exhibit 1, including its exhibits A & B; and

        b. One over a 0.42 acre tract, a copy of which conveyance is attached as Exhibit 2, including its exhibits A & B; and

        c. One over a 0.33 acre tract, a copy of which conveyance is attached as Exhibit 3, including its exhibits A & B;

        And directing that the said three easements be filed of record in official property records of Webb County, Texas.  (Approved by the City Council Operations Committee.)

 

XI.          MOTIONS

 

15.  Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder Price Construction, Ltd., Big Spring, Texas, in the amount of $3,693,464.30 which includes the base bid and additive alternate and approval of change order no. 1 a decrease of $275,772.05 to bring the project within budget for a net contract award amount of $3,417,692.25 for the Laredo International Airport General Aviation Apron Reconstruction Phase IV.  Contract time is one hundred fifty (150) calendar days.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund Grant No. 55. (Approved by the City Council Operations Committee.)

 

16. Consideration for approval of an amendment to the current contract FY08-110 awarded to C.W. Tenorio Security Inc. of Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $39,000.00 to provide security guard services to the City of Laredo Health Department on as per needed basis.  These on-call services would be for the term from March 2, 2009 through August 31, 2009.  Funding is available in the Health Department.  (Approved by the City Council Operations Committee.)

 

17.  Consideration for approval to amend the construction contract to match the bid documents from 5% to 10% retainage as required by the North American Development Board to SLC Construction, LP, Conroe, Texas for the NADB-02 Mines Road Sanitary Sewer Collection System at Peñitas. This project is funded by the North American Development Bank (NADB). (Approved by the City Council Operations Committee.)

 

18. Approval of change order #2 for the extension to the contract time for 180 days to Jimmy Closner Construction Co., Inc for the project on SH 359 Colonias Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Systems, Work Order No. 3. The extension of the time is due to the lack of acquisition of ROW and easements at Old Milwaukee, the realignment of the sanitary sewer line along the Old Milwaukee Center Road and the environmental clearance for the 15” sanitary sewer outfall. This change order is subject to Texas Water Development Board approval. The new construction time including this change order will be 752 calendar days. (Approved by the City Council Operations Committee.)

 

19. Authorizing the City Manager to award an Engineering Contract with Premier Civil Engineering of Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $92,555.00 for professional engineering and surveying services for the relocation of water and wastewater lines on Chihuahua St. and Guadalupe St. on State Highway US83 from Monterrey St. to Cedar St. to include plans, specifications and estimates, project management, and project close-out in an expedited manner.  Funding is available in the 2008 Utilities Bond. (Approved by the City Council Operations Committee.)

 

20. Amending the contract with Harry Jewett Associates in the amount of $25,400.00 to include additional basic engineering and surveying services required to provide plans and specifications for an extension of the proposed 16” water line along FM 1472 including the Santa Isabel crossing to the project for the Mines Road Work Order No. 1. This amendment is subject to the Texas Water Development Board Approval. The amendment brings the total contract amount to $301,500.00. Funding is available in the Colonias Project Fund. (Approved by the City Council Operations Committee.)

 

21. Authorizing the City Manager to award an engineering contract to Crane Engineering Corporation of Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $56,250.00 for professional engineering and surveying services for the construction of water and wastewater improvements at Old Milwaukee West to include plans, specifications, estimates, project management, and project close-out including as-built surveys and easement surveys. The property is “not platted” and we recommend that the property owners should pay for the engineering, construction, over-sizing of the sanitary sewer and LUE’s (Living Unit Equivalency) fees. Funding is available from 2008 Utility Bond. (Approved by the City Council Operations Committee.)

 

22. Consideration for approval of change order #2 in the amount of $53,682.50 to Jimmy Closner Construction Co., Inc. for the project on Mines Road Colonias Water Distribution Systems Work Order #1, subject to the approval of the TWDB. This change order consists of field changes that improve the efficiency of the design and due to conflicts that reflect the actual site conditions. The construction contract time is extended for an additional 80 calendar days. The revised contract amount is $2,085,502.50. The new construction time including this change order will be 445 calendar days.  Funding is available in the Colonias Project Fund. (Approved by the City Council Operations Committee.)

 

23. 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 $48,963.35. The equipment will be used to add two (2) additional 9-1-1 answering positions at the Laredo Police Department.  Funds are available in the 9-1-1 Regional Fund. (Approved by the City Council Operations Committee.)

 

24. Consideration to approve the amendment of the professional services contract with Don Durden Inc., (dba) Civil Engineering Consultants (CEC), and Puig Engineering L.L.C., for the performance of professional services related to the development of the McPherson Road Capacity and Mobility Analysis, such that:  the fee is increased by $85,228.00 from $50,582.00 to $135,810.00, for project Phase B services, and the contract expiration date is extended to September 30, 2009.  Funding is available in the Planning Grant Account.    (Approved by the City Council Operations & Finance Committees.)

 

25. Consideration to authorize approval of amendment of the professional services contract dated May 27, 2008 with Wilbur Smith Associates, for the development of the Metropolitan Transportation Plan 2010 - 2035, such that:  the fee is increased by $142,800.00 from $117,200.00 to $260,000.00, for Phase C professional services.  Funding is available in the MPO Account. (Approved by the City Council Operations & Finance Committees.)

 

26.  Consideration to reject all bids submitted for bid FY08-082, for the disposal of concrete rubble at the International Airport; and authorizing staff to solicit new bids with revised bid specifications.   The bid pricing exceeded the budgetary estimates. (Approved by the City Council Operations Committee.)

 

27. Consideration to award supply contract number FY09-033 to the sole bidder City Ready Mix, Inc, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $438,000.00, for the purchase of ready mix cement (job site is delivered) for various City Departments.  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. (Approved by the City Council Operations Committee.)

 

28.  Consideration to exercise the renewal option Sections I, II, and III for contract number FY08-038 awarded to HD Supply Waterworks, San Antonio, Texas in the estimated amount of $69,360.32, for the purchase of rubber couplings and fittings used for wastewater applications for the Utilities Department. These materials are purchased on an as needed basis for construction and repair projects. Funding is available in the Utilities Department Budget.  (Approved by the City Council Operations Committee.)

 

29. Consideration to award contract FY09-021 to the lowest bidder T-Gray Utility Rehab, Houston, TX in the estimated amount of $196,578.91 for the rehabilitation of twenty (20) manholes for the Utilities Department.  The rehabilitation shall consist of manhole wall repairs, re-framing work (where needed), and asphalt paving reconditioning.   Funding for this project is available in the Utilities Department Fund.  (Approved by the City Council Operations Committee.)

 

30.    Consideration to execute the additional option to renew a lease agreement between the City of Laredo Police Department as lessee, and LA Ventures, Inc., as lessor for the approximate 10,000 square feet of office and warehouse space located at 2829 Airpark Drive at the Laredo International Airport Industrial Airpark.  The monthly rent is $ 4,055.75 per month.  The additional option of the lease agreement is for three years and will commence on March 1, 2009 and end on February 28, 2012.   The facility will be used as storage for evidence and for the other LPD operations.  Funding is available in the Police Department’s Budget.  (Approved by the City Council Operations Committee.)

 

XII.         GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

31.

 

A.           Request by Mayor Raul G. Salinas

1.       Discussion with possible action on the Law Enforcement Summit taking place Thursday, March 5, 2009.

 

B.           Request by Council Member Mike Garza

           1.       Discussion with possible action to a pass a resolution supporting Webb County’s creation of a Regional Mobility Authority (RMA), and directing the City Manager to  initiate discussions with Webb County  and the Texas Department of Transportation for a cooperative effort in the creation of the RMA.

              

             2.  Discussion with possible action on creating a webpage on the City’s Website related to all expenditures of bond programs.

 

C.        Request by Council Member Dr. Michael Landeck

1.      Status report on the Santa Rita improvements and repairs, with possible action.

 

2.      Discussion with possible action on the allocation of up to $8,000 from my discretionary fund for an Air-conditioning Unit at the Canizales Boxing Gym.

 

D.        Request by Council Member Johnny Rendon

1.       Discussion with possible action on directing staff to initiate the process with TXDOT on designating Hwy 83 South as the Vietnam Veterans Trail. (Co-sponsored by Mayor Pro-Tempore Jose A. Valdez, Jr.)

 

2.       Discussion with possible action to appropriate discretionary funds from District V for the installation of a traffic signal at the intersection of Loop 20 and Lake View.

 

E.        Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

1.      Presentation by Cynthia Burdof, Executive Director of the Laredo Animal Shelter.

 

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

1.       Discussion with possible action on creating a partnership between the City of Laredo and Webb County in support of potential City / County joint projects including a race track and a municipal golf course.

G.        Request by Council Member Cynthia Liendo Espinoza

1.      Discussion on parking meters and loading zones with possible action.

 

XIII.       STAFF REPORTS

 

XIV.      EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

The City Council hereby reserves the right to go into executive session at any time during this public meeting, if such is requested by the City Attorney or other legal counsel for the City, pursuant to his or her duty under Section 551.071(2) of the Government Code, to consult privately with his or her client on an item on the agenda, or on a matter arising out of such item.

 

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

 

32.   Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a “disaster aid” agreement by and between the Laredo Transit Management, Inc., (El Metro) and Doctors Hospital of Laredo, for providing assistance of up to five (5) transit buses in the event of a disaster; this agreement shall be for a term of two (2) years beginning on the effective date and may be extended for additional term of two (2) years upon written agreement. Doctor’s Hospital shall compensate Laredo Transit Management, Inc., one-hundred ($100.00) dollars per hour per bus.

 

33.  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a lease agreement by and between the Laredo Transit Management, Inc., (El Metro) and Bringing Everyone Special Together (Best) Time Bank, a Texas Non-Profit Corporation, for the lease of one hundred thirty six (136) sq.ft. of building space at the Laredo Transit Center located at 1301 Farragut Street, second floor (west) for a monthly sum of two hundred sixty-five dollars ($265.00) for a term on one (1) year commencing on January 1, 2009 with the option to renew for an additional twelve (12) months commencing at the expiration of the initial lease term of December 31, 2009.

 

XVI.      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 Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at 7:35 p.m.

 

 

                                             __________________________

                                             Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                             City Secretary