CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2009-R-05

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

MARCH 16, 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 March 2, 2009.

 

V.                 COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Recognitions

Recognizing the Trautman Middle Cheerleaders for winning At-Large Jr. Middle School Division at the National Champions in Dallas, Texas and for being invited to the World Bids National Cheerleading Competition in Puerto Rico.

 

Communiqués

a.      Presentation by Sylvia Martinez on creating a complete count committee for Census 2010.

 

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 Raul G. Salinas of Carlos Salinas to the Telecommunications Advisory Committee.

 

b.      Appointment by Council Member Mike Garza of Hector Juan Perez to the Telecommunications Advisory Committee.

 

c. Appointment by Council Member Hector “Tito” Garcia of Larry Dovalina to the Telecommunications Advisory Committee.

 

d. Appointment by Council Member Hector “Tito” Garcia of Luis Estrada to the Vehicles for Hire Ad Hoc Committee.

       

VII.             PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.          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 ($2,000.00); and providing for an effective date. (Approved by the Operations and Finance Committees)

 

2.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance Consideration to renew the lease agreement with Laredo Equities, LLC for the use of Veteran’s Field and amend the FY 2008-2009 Veteran’s Field Fund budget to reflect the new lease agreement.  The lease term is for one season beginning on May 1, 2009 and ending September 1, 2009 at a lease rate of $30,000.00 per season, ($1,000 per game) plus $1,000 per playoff game.  Laredo Equities will also be responsible for 50% of utility costs for Veteran’s Field during the term of the lease as outlined in the lease agreement terms. (On Operations Committee Agenda)

 

3.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance Amending Chapter 13, (food and food products) of the Code of Ordinances, by amending Article II, (food products establishments) Division 3, (Employees), as follows: Section 13-58 to allow for an approved Health Department food service public health sanitation training  course; and providing for publication. (On Operations Committee Agenda)

 

4.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for an office on Lots 1, 2, and 3, Block 7, Los Obispos Subdivision Unit II, located at 4703 Costello Loop.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the Conditional Use Permit.  District I

 

5.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 9,800 square feet, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit "A", located east of U. S.  Highway 83 and south of Newco Commercial, from AG (Agricultural District) to B-3 (Highway Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the zone change.  The proposed use is for commercial purposes.  District I 

 

6.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Special Use Permit for a flea market on Lot 1, Block 1, Ervin Farm Subdivision, located at 4210 South U. S.  Highway 83.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the Special Use Permit.  District III

 

7.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a mechanic and body shop on Lot 6, Block 182, Eastern Division, located at 3519 Springfield Avenue.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the Conditional Use Permit.  District IV   

               

8.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1A, Block 1021 Western Division, located at 4119 San Dario Avenue, from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the zone change.  The proposed use is for commercial purposes.  District V

 

9.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 29A, Ferraez Subdivision, located at 260 W. Calton Road, from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the zone change.  The proposed use is a used car dealership.  District V

 

10.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance Repealing Ordinance No. 93-0-023 which established original rules and fees for the Public Access Center and establishing rules, regulations, procedures and rates for use of the public access facilities. (Approved by Finance Committee & on Operations Committee Agenda)

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

VIII.           INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

11.      Repealing City of Laredo Code of Ordinances Chapter 7.5-1 through 7.5-26 which established the Laredo Cable Commission and its authority.

 

IX.        FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

12.       

 

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.

 

2009-O-036 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.)

 

2009-O-037 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.

 

2009-O-038 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 and exploration.  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. (AS AMENDED)

 

2009-O-039 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.

 

2009-O-040 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.

 

2009-O-041 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. 

          

2009-O-042 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.

 

2009-O-043 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.  Doctors Hospital shall compensate Laredo Transit Management, Inc., one hundred ($100.00) dollars per hour per bus.

 

2009-O-044 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.

 

X.      RESOLUTIONS

 

13.      2009-R-005 Authorizing the City Manager to execute an agreement with Laredo Community College for Economic Development Services, including but not limited to strategic planning; marketing plan; tourism impact study; creation of a community socio-demographic database for international trade; demographic study; and data collection assessment for workforce and business retention and expansion plan; the initial cost is $75,000.00, for a term of one year.  Funding is available in the General Fund.

 

14.      2009-R-014 Declaring the public necessity to acquire the “Surface Only” of two (2) parcels of land for the purpose of constructing a parking lot to service the East Hachar Recreation Center; said parcels being: Lot 1, Block 2104 (1109 N. Smith Ave.) and Lot 2, Block 2014, (3213 Guadalupe St.), all being situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas and described on attached Exhibit “A”, and authorizing staff to negotiate with owners for the acquisition of said parcels by purchase at market value established by a State Certified Real Estate Appraiser, and authorizing the City Attorney to initiate condemnation proceedings to acquire said parcel if staff is unable to acquire due to inability to agree to a purchase price, conflict of ownership, owner refusal to sell, and/or inability to locate a listed owner.  Further authorizing relocation benefit payments to person(s) who will be displaced as a result of the acquisition of the property, in accordance with the provisions of the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Act of 1970, as amended.  Funding is available in the 34th CDBG Action Year. (On Operations Committee Agenda)

 

15.      2009-R-016 Authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute the agreed order docket number 2007-1751-WQ-E and thus entering into the agreed resolution with TCEQ in which TCEQ has agreed to decrease the fine from $18,755.00 to $12,933.00.  The incident occurred on August 24, 2007.  TCEQ agreed to reduce the discharge from 180,000 gallons to 98,000 gallons and has accepted that the Zacate Creek WWTP Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) agreed order covers the manhole in which the discharge occurred, thereby reducing the severity of the discharge and payment for a supplemental environmental project not to exceed the amount of $12,933.00 will be paid by the City.  Funding for the Supplemental Environmental Project is available under the Sewer Operating Construction Fund.  The funds will provide Septic Tank Sewer Service for Laredo and Webb County Residents that live on Mines Road.

 

16.      2009-R-020 Authorizing the City Manager to sign an Interagency Agreement between the City of Laredo and Texas Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) through which the City will provide $1,624,856.00 to TEES for a 50,000 gallon per day Brackish Water Advanced Vapor Compression Desalination Pilot Plant.  Funding for this project will be through Water Operation Construction Fund through the appropriation of the United Water Settlement approved through Ordinance #2009-O-027. (On Operations Committee Agenda)

 

17.      2009-R-022 Amending Resolution 2008-R-133 pertaining to the grant agreement between the City of Laredo and the Texas Water Development Board Contract No. G13500/13600/1546/1547, for the City of Laredo, Mines Road/State Highway 359 Project No. 10045 as follows: By correcting the amendment number by changing it from No. 7 to Amendment No. 6; by reflecting approval by the Texas Water Development Board of the transfer of funds from different funding accounts under the Texas Water Development Board Grant that allows the city to adjust balances in the current Colonia projects; also by extending the contract expiration date from March 31, 2009 to January 31, 2010; all other terms of Resolution 2008-R-133 remain unchanged. (On Operations & Finance Committees Agenda)

 

18.      2009-R-023 Accepting the conveyance of a sanitary sewer easement dated February 10, 2009, from Alexander Residential Development, L.P., over two (2), 312 square foot tracts, a copy of said conveyance being attached as Exhibit A including its Exhibits 1 and 2 describing the two (2), 312 square foot tracts; and directing that the said easement be filed of record in official property records of Webb County, Texas. (Approved by Finance Committee & on Operations Committee Agenda)

 

19.      2009-R-024 Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract between the City of Laredo and San Isidro Northeast, Ltd., a Texas Limited Partnership, for the reservation of wastewater capacity for approximately 582.4237 acres referred to in the contract as the subject tract for a term twenty five (25) years during which the owner may develop the subject tract by subdividing and developing according to all the City of Laredo requirements for all or part of the subject tract; providing for mandatory, non-binding mediation. (On Operations Committee Agenda)

 

20.      2009-R-025 Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract between the City of Laredo and San Isidro Northeast, Ltd., a Texas Limited Partnership, for the reservation of water capacity for approximately 582.4237 acres referred to in the contract as the subject tract for a term twenty five years (25)  during which the owner may develop the subject tract by subdividing and developing according to all the City of Laredo requirements for all or part of the subject tract; providing for mandatory, non-binding mediation. (On Operations Committee Agenda)

 

21.      2009-R-026 Authorizing the City Manager to enter into and execute a cooperative working agreement, attached hereto as Exhibit A, between the Laredo Job Corps Center and the Laredo Police Department for the purpose of providing law enforcement assistance on a special needs basis. (On Operations Committee Agenda)

 

22.      2009-R-027 Accepting the conveyance of a right-of-way and utility easement dated February 2, 2009, from Los Parientes Corporation, being a 15’ wide utility easement out of Lots 8 & 9, Block 1, San Isidro Monarch Subdivision, a copy of said conveyance being attached as Exhibit A, including its Exhibits 1 & 2 of Exhibit A describing the Utility Easement; and directing that the said right of way and Utility Easement be filed of record in official property records of Webb County, Texas. (On Operations Committee Agenda)

 

23.      2009-R-028 Regarding the 18.0357 acres conveyed to City of Laredo by Killam Ranch Properties, LTD, on June 19, 2006, recorded in Volume 2118, pages 660-664, official property records of Webb County, Texas, described by metes and bounds in Exhibit A of Exhibit 1;

                    

                     1.  Dedicating said 18.0357 acres, in perpetuity, as a city park; &

                    

                     2.  Restricting said 18.0357 acres, in perpetuity, as a wetland/riparian   mitigation area, as required by the Department of the Army, Permit No. 199700515; &

                    

                     3. Adopting the Mitigation Plan dated October 3, 2008, applicable to said 18.0357 acres, a copy of which plan is attached as Exhibit B of Exhibit 1 &

                    

                     4.  Directing staff to implement and abide by that mitigation plan,

                

                 5. Authorizing the City Manager to execute the document entitled ‘dedication of land for park purposes and notice of restriction’ copy of which is attached as Exhibit 1; &

 

6. Directing that said document be recorded in official property records of Webb County, Texas. (On Operations Committee Agenda)

 

24.      2009-R-029 Authorizing the City Manager to enter into and execute a cooperative working agreement, attached hereto as Exhibit A, between Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of San Antonio, Inc. and the Laredo Police Department for the purpose assisting in the organization of monthly legal clinics in Laredo designed to assist victims of crime and domestic abuse and referring such potential persons to said clinics for help with immigration related issues. (On Operations Committee Agenda)

 

25.      2009-R-031 A resolution of the City of Laredo affirming support for and partnership with the 2010 Census; recognizing the importance of an accurate count of residents in an area which has historically been undercounted; endorsing the newly proposed and redrawn census tracts as means to facilitate the full and complete count of the residents of the City; working with the South Texas Development Council and other entities on a public awareness campaign to encourage and increase participation in the 2010 Census.

 

XI.      MOTIONS

 

26.      Consideration to amend contract number FY07-067 awarded to TestAmerica Laboratories, Corpus Christi, Texas in the amount of $25,000.00, for providing laboratory analytical services for water and wastewater samples in accordance to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved standard methods.  The proposed amendment would increase the current contract to $125,000.00 in order to provide funding for the remainder of the contract term.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department Budget, Water Pollution Division. (On Operations Committee Agenda)

 

27.      Consideration to award annual supply contract number FY09-028 to the low bidder meeting specifications, HD Supply Waterworks, San Antonio, Texas in the estimated amount of $176,515.25, for the purchase of fire hydrants for the City of Laredo’s Utilities Department.  This is an annual supply contract that allows for the purchase of fire hydrants on an as needed basis.  The City did receive a lower bid from East Jordan Iron Works which did not meet the department’s published specifications.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department Fund.  (On Operations Committee Agenda)

 

28.      Consideration to renew contract FY08-033 to the following vendors:

           

1. Kinloch Equipment & Supply, Pasadena, Texas in the amount of $40,000.00

           

2. Industrial Disposal Supply, San Antonio, Texas in the amount of               $50,000.00

           

3. Nueces Power Equipment, Laredo, Texas in the amount of     $40,000.00;

 

for the purchase of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts and service for the City’s Elgin and Tymco street sweeper and Case equipment.  This contract establishes discount percentage pricing for the purchase of needed repairs and replacement parts and services which are secured on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Fleet Management budget. (On Operations Committee Agenda)

 

29.      Consideration to amend contract number FY08-067 awarded to Double R Construction, Laredo, Texas to reflect the legal name change of Double R Construction to R. Ramirez Construction, Inc.; and to increase the contract amount by $100,000.00, for providing asphalt repairs for the Utilities Department waterline replacement projects.  The proposed amendment would increase the current contract to $895,000.00 in order to provide funding for the remainder of the contract term. Funding is available in the Water and Sewer Fund budgets. (Approved by Finance Committee & on Operations Committee Agenda)

 

30.      Consideration for approval to advance Stage 1 of the Water Conservation and Drought Contingency Ordinance to Stage 3 effective on April 2, 2009.  This means that all even number addresses will water on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and all odd number addresses will water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. (On Operations Committee Agenda)

 

31.      Consideration to award contract number FY 09-030 to RM Personnel, Inc, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $202,850.00 for providing contract employees for the Laredo International Airport Department.  Temporary contract employees have been requested for dispatchers and customer service agent positions.  The term of this contract will be for one (1) year with an option to extend for one (1) additional year.  Funding is available in the Airport Fund. (On Operations Committee Agenda)

 

32.      Consideration for approval of change order no. 1 a decrease of $11,872.38 for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, release of retainage, acceptance of the South Laredo Street Paving Project (5 Blocks- District I) and approval of final payment in the amount of $31,661.44 to Gilmar Construction, Ltd., Laredo, Texas. Final construction contract amount is $316,614.42.  Funding is available in the 2007 C.O. City-Wide Street Paving Project. (On Operations Committee Agenda)

 

33.      Consideration for approval to award a professional services contract to Crane Engineering Corporation, Laredo, Texas, for an amount of $285,600.00 for design and preparation of plans and specifications for the North Merida Drive Extension Project. Design work is to be done on a fast track basis approximately two hundred forty (240) days. Funding is available in the 2007 Environmental Services C.O. Issue. (On Operations Committee Agenda)

 

34.      Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter into contract with a retail electric provider for electric service to meet the electricity requirements of all City of Laredo accounts.  The service shall begin on the first meter reading on or after May 31, 2009. (Approved by Finance Committee & on the Operations Committee Agenda)

 

35.      Consideration for approval of change order #2 to Holloman Corporation, to provide an additional 45 days to their contract to 275 calendar days at no cost to the City for the Laredo Raw Water Pumphouse No. 2 Improvements.  This change order is to provide additional time related to the long lead times required for electrical materials.  The contract remains at $833,050.86.  Funding is not affected by this motion. (On Operations Committee Agenda)

 

36.      Consideration for approval of change order #2 to Holloman Corporation, to provide an additional 45 days to their contract to 345 calendar days at no cost to the City for the Mary Help of Christians Water Booster Station Improvements.  This change order is to provide additional time related to the long lead times required for electrical materials.  The contract remains at $1,610,423.38.  Funding is not affected by this motion. (On Operations Committee Agenda)

 

37.      Consideration to amend the existing contract award to Insituform Technologies, Inc., Houston, Texas for the rehabilitation of the Matamoros Street sewer line in the amount of $41,770.00.  The project consists of repairing the existing Matamoros sewer line by sealing and lining the pipe of cracks caused by deterioration.  Due to a change in existing conditions, the scope of work will need to be amended to compensate for differences in the pipe diameter and proposed adjusted linear footage.  Funding is available from the 2008 Utilities Revenue Bond. (On Operations Committee Agenda)

 

38.      Consideration of change order #1 for the acceptance of the Schreiber’s Clarifier and the ABS Aeration/Mixer Equipment by CG Construction, Inc. DBA CC Construction Laredo, Texas for the Nadbank-2, Phase “B”, Peñitas Wastewater Treatment Plant and to change the capacity of the WWTP from 125,000 to 71,900 gallons per day.  The contractor for this change order will supply a 60HP rotary phase converter for single phase to three phase; supply aerator motor controls and to be located in the electrical room;  supply an AC unit for the electrical room; upsize the plant water pump station piping from 1” to 1 ½ “; provide a strainer upstream of the pump; provide air diffusers at the chlorine contact chamber (at each turn) with piping and valve at each diffuser; provide 5 HP variable speed blowers in lieu of 2 HP constant speed air blowers, provide a timer controller located in the electrical building for the aeration equipment, and supply one spare ABS Aeration/ Mixer equipment unit.  The change order will result in a $26,700.00 credit to the City of Laredo.  The revised contract amount is $1,381,369.98. The construction time will not be extended.  This project is funded by the North American Development Bank (NADB) and is subject to their approval.  Funds are available in the Colonias Fund. (On Operations Committee Agenda)

 

39.      Refund of property tax in the amount of $5,868.06 to the following taxpayers;

  

1.  A refund in the amount of $1,509.31 payable to Jose Luis                                      Castillo due to an overpayment.  Account # 437-00659-071.

  

2.  A refund in the amount of $530.28 payable to Compass Bank                               due to an overpayment.  Account #922-80005-070.

 

3.  A refund in the amount of $1,770.49 payable to Compass Bank                            due to an overpayment.  Account #968-90002-170.

  

4.  A refund in the amount of $676.34 payable to Compass Bank                              due to an overpayment.  Account #909-00044-360-000010-090069.

 

5.  A refund in the amount of $1,381.64 payable to Quicksilver                                 Enterprises Ltd due to an overpayment.  Account # 989-30002-511.

 

40.  Re-activating and creating/ amending the Mayor and City Council charge to the Telecommunications Advisory Committee; its membership, terms of office, methods of appointment, authority, duties, and other terms and conditions.

 

XII.     GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

41.

a.       

A.                 Request by Mayor Raul G. Salinas

1.           Presentation with possible action on the 24 Hour Operation at the World Trade Bridge and a status report on the ongoing promotional efforts.

 

2.           Presentation with possible action on Budget update.

 

B.                    Request by Council Member Mike Garza

1.           Discussion with possible action on a centralized playing field for Youth Flag Football.

 

2.           Status report on park police with possible action.

 

 C.       Request by Council Member Hector Garcia

1 .    Discussion with possible action on substituting the Friday

        before Easter Holiday to the Monday after Easter.      

 

 D.       Request by Council Member Dr. Michael Landeck

1.           Discussion with possible action regarding the acquisition of the Dr. Cigarroa Health Center on Logan Street.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member Hector “Tito” Garcia)

 

 E.       Request by Council Member Juan Narvaez

1.           Discussion with possible action on authorizing the City Manager to donate/sell salvage vehicles to our Sister City of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico (Co-sponsored by Council Member Mike Garza)

 

2.           Discussion with possible action to consider funding for the Latin American International Sports Hall of Fame.

 

 F.       Request by Council Member Johnny Rendon

1.           Discussion with possible action to review the status on the Blue Recycling Bins Project.

 

 G.       Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

1.           Presentation with possible action on the proposed design alternatives for the Springfield and Jordan Intersection.

 

2.           Status report with possible action on the proposed facility for the SWAT team located on Airport property.

 

3.           Discussion with possible action on implementing a reverse 911 system.

 

4.           Appropriating District 6 Discretionary Funds for the construction of various speed humps throughout District 6.

 

 H.       Request by Council Member Cynthia Liendo Espinoza

1.           Presentation by Gabriel Lopez from Texas Workforce

Commission regarding benefits for Veterans.

 

XIII.   STAFF REPORTS

 

42. Presentation by the City of Laredo/ Webb County DTV Transition Committee, on the local campaign to educate and assist the local citizenry on the transition to Digital Television.  The local broadcasters will be converting from analog to digital on June 12, 2009.  A series of Town Hall meetings, 311 assistance and volunteers are in place.

 

43. Staff report with possible action on the pros and cons for selecting a project manager on staff vs. a consultant in order to manage the Utility Department’s bond projects, instructing the City Manager to provide the Utility Department’s current organizational structure to include departmental responsibilities from the supervisory to the director level.

 

44. Staff report on El Portal Project with possible action. 

 

45. Discussion with possible action regarding setting priorities for the 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.

 

46. Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.07(1) (A) to consult with City Attorney regarding contemplated litigation; and return to open session for possible action.

 

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

                       

47. 2009-RT-005 Authorizing the City of Laredo, TX-Laredo Transit Management Inc., (LTMI) to enter into an interlocal agreement with the City of Brownsville, TX-Brownsville Urban System (BUS) and the City of McAllen, TX-McAllen Express Transit (MET), for the purpose of soliciting request for proposals (RFP) for the purchase of a minimum of one (1) to a maximum of seventy (70) heavy duty low floor transit buses; of which twenty two (22) will be purchased by the City of Laredo.  This is a five (5) year replacement bus plan.  Funding is subject to the award of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) in the estimated amount of $4.7 million and is subject to the approval of its corresponding appropriation.  (On Operations Committee Agenda)

           

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, March 11, 2009 at 6:30 p.m.

                                                                       

 

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary