CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2009-R-06

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

April 6, 2009

5:30 P.M.

 

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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 16, 2009.

 

V.           COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Recognitions

a. Recognizing Eloy Vega, City of Laredo Fire Department Public Information Officer, for his heroic CPR response to a 4 year old boy found unconscious in a pool Thursday, March 26, 2009.  CPR training is of utmost importance in everyone’s lives.

 

b. Recognizing the First United Methodist Church of McKinney, Texas for their volunteer work and re-construction of a fence along Ejido St. in South Laredo.

 

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 Council Member Juan Narvaez of Juan Cue to the Telecommunications Advisory Committee.

 

b.    Appointment by Council Member Juan Narvaez of San Juanita Martinez Hunter to the Historical/ Landmark Board.

 

c.    Appointment by Council Member Johnny Rendon of Joe Martinez to the Telecommunications Advisory Committee.

 

VII.         PUBLIC HEARING

 

1.       Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept FY 2009 Federal Planning Funds (PL112) in the amount of $8,429.00 and amending the City of Laredo’s FY 2009 General Fund Budget to match PL112’s budget by increasing revenues by $8,429.00 and expenditures by $8,429.00.  The PL112 funds come from the 2008-2009 approved Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP).(Approved by the Operations Committee and Finance Committee)

 

2.       Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the FY 2008-2009 Transit Capital Grants Budget in the amount of $1,155,995.00 by appropriating capital funds from the Texas Department of Transportation Vehicle Capital Replacement Grant No. VCR0902(22)042 in the amount of $959,480.00 in state match and $196,515.00 in local match.(Approved by the Operations Committee and Finance Committee)

 

3.       Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2008-2009 budget for the Texas Department of Transportation Reimbursement Agreement for the 2008 Utility Bond by appropriating revenues and project expenditures in an amount not to exceed $714,678.50, which consists of $595,268.25 from the 2008 Water Bond and $119,410.25 from the 2008 Sewer Bond. (Approved by the Operations Committee and the Finance Committee as amended)

 

4.       Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2009 Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $763,873.00 derived from interest earnings for various Certificates of Obligation Bond Funds in order to provide the necessary funding for the Bartlett Extension Project totaling $2,700,000.00.  The closing of various project activities totaling $1,279,180.00 plus the appropriation of $763,873.00 will generate the $2,043,053.00 from Certificates of Obligations Bond Series 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005 and 2006.  Other funding sources that will finalize the completion of the project include funding from the Environmental Services Bonds, Water and Sewer Bonds, FTA grant and District II ($50,000.00) and District V ($150,000.00) Discretionary Funds.  Amounts from these funding sources will be based on the final construction figures. (Approved by the Operations Committee)

 

5.       Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the FY 2008-2009 Annual Budget Capital Improvements Fund by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $12,950.00 and generated through cash payments in lieu of parkland dedication for the construction of Independence Hills Park also known as Vaquillas Park. (Approved by the Operations Committee)

 

6.        Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from the Texas Department of State Health Services-Office of Border Health and amending the City of Laredo Health Department FY 2008-2009 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenses in the amount of $7,700.00 to support activities of the Los Dos Laredos Council and The Healthy Border 2010 objectives, for the period beginning February 1, 2009 through August 31, 2009. (Approved by the Operations Committee and Finance Committee)

 

7.       Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Sections 13-23 penalty for violation of article and 13-39 (fees) of Division 2 (license) of Article II (food products establishments) Chapter 13, food and food products, of the code of ordinances by increasing the annual license fee  paid by a food establishment (which will continue to be based upon the number of employees in an establishment) as follows:

 

a.)Two (2) or fewer employees an increasing fee from fifty dollars ($50.00) to seventy ($70.00) dollars;

 

b.)Two (2) and not more than six (6) employees to increase fee from one hundred dollars ($100.00) to one hundred forty ($140.00) dollars;

 

c.)Six (6) and not more than ten (10) employees to increase fee from two hundred dollars ($200.00) to two hundred eighty ($280.00) dollars;

 

d.) More than ten (10) employees, to increase fee from four hundred dollars ($400.00) to five hundred sixty ($560.00) dollars;

 

e.) Increasing the meat and seafood markets to increase fee to one hundred dollars ($100.00) to one hundred fifty ($150.00) dollars;

 

f.) Increasing the “new food products establishment” increase fee of fifty dollars ($50.00) to one hundred ($100.00) dollars;

 

g.) Increasing a “request for inspection” fee from twenty five dollars ($25.00) to fifty dollars ($50.00);

 

h.) Establishing a new fee of fifty ($50.00) dollars for late payment of a food license;

 

i.) A new fee of seventy five ($75.00) dollars for additional follow-up inspections.

 

All fees will be implemented on January 1, 2010 except for the penalty fee of not less than $300.00 and the re-inspection fee of $75.00 after second inspection effective 60 days following public hearing and introduction; and providing for publication and effective date. (Approved by the Operations Committee and amended by the Finance Committee to include items c. – i. only)

 

8.       Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo 2008 Homeland Security Grant annual budget by increasing revenues and expenses by $350,000.00 for a total award amount of $850,000.00 from the 2008 State Homeland Security Grant Sub-Recipient agreement between the City of Laredo and the Texas Division of Emergency Management.  Funding received through the grant agreement will be used to acquire a Mobile Command Unit (MCU) to enhance public safety response.  The appropriation of said grant revenue and expenditure will account for grant proceeds and equipment purchased through the grant and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment.  The above said grant requires no inkind matching funds.  (Approved by the Operations Committee and Finance Committee)

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

VIII.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

9.       Amending Ordinance No. 2009-O-035 (Granting a ten (10) year easement to the United States of America by and through U.S. Customs and Border Protection over 25.53 acres of City property along the Rio Grande River Bend for the purpose of carrying out the Carrizo Cane Eradication Project of the Laredo Sector of U.S. Border Patrol)  to exclude any aerial spraying of any kind of herbicide along the banks of the Rio Grande as part of the eradication project; and authorizing the City Manager to execute the easement, as so amended, 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 authorizing the City Manager to sign a waiver of appraisal in the form attached as Exhibit 2.

 

10.    Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease agreement between the City of Laredo and Laura Salcedo D.B.A. Hot Dog Express for the use of retail space “Suite B” of the “Mercado Square” located at 1000 Hidalgo Street.  The lease term is for two (2) years at a rental rate of eight hundred sixteen ($816.00) dollars per month, for the first year, increasing the second year based on the change in 2009 consumer price index and providing for May 1, 2009, as effective date. (Approved by the Operations Committee)

 

11.    Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to grant an easement to AEP Texas Central Company to install electrical facilities to serve Slaughter Park within Block 707, eastern division.  The said easement containing 808.48 sq. ft. being out of lot numbers 5 and 6, Block 707, Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas and being described on attached Exhibit 1.  (Approved by the Operations Committee)

 

IX.          FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

12.     

2009-O-045 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 a severability clause; providing for a penalty of fine not to exceed two thousand dollars ($2,000.00); and providing for an effective date.  (As Amended)

 

2009-O-046 Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease agreement with Laredo Equities, LLC for the use of Veteran’s Field.  The lease term is for one season beginning on May 1, 2009 and ending September 1, 2009 at a minimum of 30 games ($30,000.00) at $1,000.00 per game plus $1,000.00 per playoff game.  Laredo Equities will also be responsible for 50% of utility costs for Veterans Field during the term of the lease as outlined in the lease agreement terms. (As Amended)

 

2009-O-047 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. (Approved by the Operations Committee)

 

2009-O-048 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; providing for publication and effective date.   

 

2009-O-049 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 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

2009-O-050 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; providing for publication and effective date.   

               

2009-O-051 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); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

2009-O-052 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 Operations Committee and Finance Committee)

 

2009-O-053 Repealing City of Laredo Code of Ordinances Chapter 7.5-1 through 7.5-26 which established the Laredo Cable Commission and its authority.

 

X.           RESOLUTIONS

 

13.    2009-R-032 Authorizing the City Manager to enter into and execute a cooperative working agreement, attached hereto as Exhibit A, between Laredo-Webb County Safe Haven Program and the Laredo Police Department for the purpose of working with the Laredo-Webb County Safe Haven Program throughout the investigative process of child abuse cases. (Approved by the Operations Committee)

 

14.    2009-R-033 Authorizing the City Manager to submit a joint grant application with Webb County in the amount of $602,748.00 to the Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance for the purpose of funding the Recovery Act Edward Byrne Memorial JAG or Justice Assistance Grant for the period of March 1, 2009 through February 28, 2013.  This funding will be used for equipment and supplies for police operations. The Bureau of Justice Assistance has authorized $574,766.00 for the City of Laredo and $27,982.00 for Webb County. (Approved by the Operations Committee)

 

15.    2009-R-034 Authorizing the City Manager to apply for a grant in the estimated amount of $7,200,000.00 from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Service (COPS) Program.  Funding is available under the COPS Hiring Recovery Program created under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.  The City of Laredo will utilize this funding to hire 40 new police officers for a period of three (3) years. (Approved by the Operations Committee)

 

16.    2009-R-035 Authorizing the removal of the traffic signal located at the intersection of San Enrique Avenue and Washington Street which is no longer warranted according to the Texas Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. (Approved by the Operations Committee)

 

17.    2009-R-036 Authorizing the removal of the traffic signal located at the intersection of Davis Avenue and Victoria Street which is no longer warranted according to the Texas Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.  (Approved by the Operations Committee)

 

18.    2009-R-037 Authorizing the City Manager to execute the Advance Funding Agreement (AFA), attached hereto as Exhibit A, between the City of Laredo and the Texas Department of Transportation in the estimated amount of $581,670.00 for the US 83 utility relocation and construction of a railroad overpass from Monterrey St. to Cedar St., by funding the Utility relocation improvements and allowing the City and TXDOT to proceed with the letting of these projects in June 2009 to avoid project delays.  The City has to complete its work 60 days prior to the date set for the construction bids.  The City shall remit its check or warrant made payable to the “TXDOT Trust Fund”.  Funding is available on the 2008 Utility Bond Water Works and 2008 Utility Bond Sewer Fund. (Approved by the Operations Committee)

 

19.    2009-R-038 Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant award from the Department of Homeland Security, Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program in the amount of $400,000.00 with the City designating $100,000.00 in matching funds for a total of $500,000.00.  Funding received through this grant will be used to purchase radio communication equipment that will enhance radio coverage for first responders. (Approved by the Operations Committee)

 

20.    2009-R-039 Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application in the estimated amount of $2,000,000.00 to the Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance for the purpose of funding OJP’s program on Combating Criminal Narcotics Activity Stemming from the Southern Border of the United States.  This grant is funded under the Recovery Act State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance Program for the period of June 1, 2009 through May 31, 2011.  This funding will be used for equipment, supplies, and training for border security enhancement in police operations. (Approved by the Operations Committee)

 

 

XI.          MOTIONS

 

21.    Consideration to award contract number FY09-038 to the low bidder BWI Company, Schulenburg, Texas in the estimated amount of $70,142.50 for providing rye and bermuda seeds, fertilizer and paper block for hydro seeding for the Parks and Leisure Services Department.  The term of this contract will be for a period of six (6) months and may be extended for an additional six (6) month period upon mutual consent of both parties.  All items will be purchased on an as needed basis. Funding is available in the Parks and Recreation Leisure Department budget and construction projects. (Approved by the Operations Committee)

 

22.    Consideration to award contract number FY09-044 awarded to the low bidders:

 

1. Al & Rob Sales, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $94,697.10 for the purchase of uniform trousers, and;

 

2. VF Imaginewear, Inc., Nashville, TN in the estimated amount of $81,986.90 for the purchase of uniform shirts for Police Department.  All items will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funds for this contract are available in the Police Department’s budget. (Approved by the Operations Committee)

 

23.    Consideration to renew contract FY08-047 currently awarded to RDO Equipment Co., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $75,000.00 for the purchase of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) John Deere heavy equipment parts and service for the Fleet Division.  All parts and services will be secured on an as needed basis and funding is available in the Fleet Management budget. (Approved by the Operations Committee)

 

24.    Consideration to renew contract FY08-036 currently awarded to :

 

1.  CC Distributors, Corpus Christi, Texas, Primary Vendor

 

2.  Patria Office Supply, Laredo, Texas Secondary Vendor

 

for providing general janitorial supplies to all City Departments.  This contract establishes discount percentage pricing for those janitorial supplies most commonly utilized by city departments.  All items will be purchased on an as needed basis and funding will be secured from the user departments budgets. (Approved by the Operations Committee)

 

25.    Consideration to award a contract to the sole provider, McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing, Houston, Texas, in the amount of $262,780.84, for the refurbishing of thirteen (13) refuse trucks.  Extensive repairs are needed in order to maintain these units in operational condition.  It is anticipated that these repairs will provide three (3) to four (4) years of additional operational use.  Funding is available in the Fleet Management budget. (Approved by the Operations Committee)

 

26.    Consideration to reject the sole bid submitted by South Western Environmental Equipment Technicians, Dallas, Texas, in the amount of $123,500.00, for contract FY09-036; and authorizing that new bids be solicited with revised bid specifications.  The bid pricing for the purchase and installation of sludge pumps, parts, and accessories for the Zacate Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant exceeded the budgetary estimates. (Approved by the Operations Committee)

 

27.    Approval of expenditures in the amount of $4,500.00 for students from the Sister Cities Youth Committee to travel San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico to participate in a Youth Committee Exchange. The program will serve as a catalyst for youth advancement through innovative and cross-cultural educational programs with our worldwide sister cities; provide an excellent opportunity for promoting the City of Laredo in Mexico; and will serve to enhance Laredo’s relationship with Mexico which is vital to Laredo’s livelihood. Funds are available in the Sister Cities Youth Committee Account.  City Council finds and declares that a valid public purpose will be served by this expenditure. (Approved by the Operations Committee)

 

28.    Authorizing the City Manager to amend the engineering services contract with Dannenbaum Engineering Company—McAllen, LLC in the amount of $247,500.00 for a new total amount of $7,941,312.66 for the additional engineering services in relation to the new 20 MGD Water Treatment Plant in northwest Laredo.  Funding is available in the 2008 Utility Bond. (Approved by the Operations Committee)

 

29.    Consideration for approval of change order #1 to Price Construction, Ltd., Big Spring, Texas; in the amount of $320,099.00 for the Chacon Creek Wastewater Interceptor Phase II.  The change order is for additional work requested by City Airport authorities; layers of rock encountered along the 30” sanitary sewer line and an update to the quantities of pipe laid at different depths.  The contract time for the change order was extended for 150 calendar days.  The new contract amount is $3,825,266.00 and the new contract time is 515 calendar days.  Funding is available in the 1998-A Sewer Bond Issue. (Approved by the Operations Committee)

 

30.    Amending the contract to Crane Engineering Corporation in the amount of $47,275.45 to include additional basic engineering services for the redesign of Old Milwaukee Center Road, and the reproduction of plans and specification for Work Order #3 and special services for litigation for Tanquecitos I. This amendment is subject to the Texas Water Development Board Approval. The amendment brings the total contract amount to $507,792.73.  Funding is available in the Colonias Project Fund. (Approved by the Operations Committee)

 

31.    Authorizing the City Manager to award a professional services contract in the sum of $1,354,000.00 to Gilpin Engineering Company for the design, bidding and construction services of the Manadas Creek 3MGD Wastewater Treatment Plant located at Mines Road.  Funding is available in the 2008 Utility Bond. (Approved by the Operations Committee)

 

32.    Authorizing the City Manager to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder Qro Mex Construction P.O. Box 2608, Granite Shoals’, TX in the amount of $2,337,569.50 for the construction of SH359 Work Order #2 Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection for Pueblo Nuevo Improvements Project, subject to the approval of the TWDB.  The Pueblo Nuevo-Wastewater Collection and Water Distribution Improvements consist of constructing 12”/8” water distribution lines and 12”/8” sanitary sewer collection lines to Pueblo Nuevo within SH359 Planning Areas.  The construction time is 305 calendar days.  Funding is available in the Colonias Fund. (Approved by the Operations Committee)

 

33.    Authorizing the City Manager to have the Utilities Department utilize city personnel and utility bond funding to commence the construction of the water and sewer line relocations along the Loop 20 and Cuatro Vientos Road Project in order to avoid construction scheduling conflicts with the Texas Department of Transportation and to complete the Project by March 2011.  The Texas Department of Transportation has agreed to work concurrently with the City of Laredo to avoid any delays on the project. (Approved by the Operations Committee)

 

34.    Consideration for approval of acceptance of the Del Mar Boulevard Widening on the North side along Plantation Subdivision, release of retainage, and approval of final payment in the amount of $21,944.89 to Amberland Development, Ltd., Laredo, Texas, final construction contract amount is $438,897.80.  Funding is available in the 2006 C.O. Issue. (Approved by the Operations Committee and Finance Committee)

 

35.    Consideration for approval of change order no. 2 an increase of $237,080.00 for asphalt walking paths, concrete drainage structures, relocation and planting of trees, and temporary traffic control plan and to add one hundred ten (110) calendar days to the construction contract time for a new contract time of three hundred sixty four (364) calendar days to the construction contract with Jerry Resendez Enterprises, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the North Central Park – Phase 1A Project.  Current construction contract amount is $1,244,884.50.  Funding is available in the 2006 C.O. Bond. (Approved by the Operations Committee and Finance Committee)

 

36.    Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant TEC Engineers & Consultants, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the Sidewalks Project No. 38 (50 Blocks)—District VIII and approval to award a professional services contract for an amount of $48,990.00 for design and preparation of plans and specifications.  Design time is to be on a fast track basis approximately ninety (90) days.  Funding is available in the 2007 C.O. Bond Issue. District VIII. (Approved by the Operations Committee)

 

37.    Consideration for approval of a change order #1 in the amount of $87,166.00 to existing contract awarded to T.F. Harper & Associates L.P. for the extension of one (1) steel basketball shade structure measuring 85’ x 50’ to 120’ x 80’ at Canizales Park.  Funding is available through 2007 C.O. Bond and District 7 Discretionary Funds. (Approved by the Operations Committee)

 

38.    Consideration to exercise the renewal option for one (1) additional year for contract number FY 07-091 awarded to UTW Tire Co., Laredo, Texas in the annual amount of $85,290.00 for the removal and disposal of used tires at the City landfill.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste budget. (Approved by the Operations Committee)

 

39.    Consider the renewal of contract FY08-014 with Martinez Pharmacy, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $75,000.00 to provide pharmaceutical services to clients of the HIV/AIDS Programs of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning April 1, 2009, through March 31, 2010.  Funding is available in the State grants HIV/Ryan White and HIV/Health and Social Services. (Approved by the Operations Committee)

 

40.    Consideration for approval of change order no. 2 a decrease of $13,275.00 for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, release of retainage, acceptance of the Flecha Lane Drainage Improvements and approval of final payment in the amount of $23,015.50 to Closner Construction Company, Laredo, Texas. Final construction contract amount is $460,310.10.  Funding is available in the 2007 Environmental Services C.O. (Approved by the Operations Committee)

 

41.    Authorizing the City Manager to award a Design/ Build Contract to Kraftsman Playground and Park, Spring, Texas, in an amount not to exceed     $170,225.00 for the design, construction and installation of shade structures at nine (9) designated park sites.  Funding for this project was made available through the Lamar Bruni Vergara Trust Grant and Discretionary Funds. (Approved by the Operations Committee)

 

42.    Consideration for approval to award a Buyboard Contract to Kraftsman Playground and Park, Spring, Texas, in an amount not to exceed $230,000.00 for the purchase and installation of splash park equipment, through the BuyBoard (Contract #269-07­) cooperative purchasing program contract pricing.  The equipment will be installed at the Azteca Park.  Funding available through the Community Development 34th Action Year/2008 Block Grant and District 8 Discretionary Funds. (Approved by the Operations Committee)

 

43.    Authorizing the City Manager to execute an extension to the Maintenance Service Agreement Contract between the City of Laredo and Diebold, Inc. for the hardware maintenance of the Bridge I surveillance and pneumatic tube system.  This Maintenance Agreement will be for one (1) year effective March 22, 2009 through March 21, 2010 and will not exceed $28,062.00.  Funding is available in the FY 08-09 Bridge Fund. (Approved by the Operations Committee)

 

44.    Consideration to authorize a purchase contract with Calence Physical Security Solutions, LLC, Austin, TX for the purchase and installation of information technology equipment in the total amount of $60,281.28 for the Public Library’s new cyber mobile; and to rescind the purchase contract authorized by the City Council on 1/05/09 to Calence, LLC in the amount of $68,331.98 for similar equipment and services.  This equipment will be purchased utilizing the State of Texas - Department of Information Resources (DIR) cooperative purchasing program contract number DIR-SDD-580.   Funding is available from 2006 Certificate of Obligation bond proceeds. (Approved by the Operations Committee)

 

45.    Motion to amend the current Priority Procedures Manual so as to remove “Recognitions” from the regular order of City Council business, and to allow the Mayor and City Council Members to schedule recognitions as necessary and when convenient.

 

XII.         GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

46.     

 

A.           Request by Mayor Raul G. Salinas

1.       2009- R-040 Officially supporting Shop Laredo First, a community-wide project encouraging potential buyers and purchasers of goods and services elect to buy from local entities first whenever possible before seeking the same good or service elsewhere especially in these more challenging economic times.

 

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

 

3.       Presentation with possible action on Budget update.

 

4.       Discussion with possible action on co-sponsoring 4th of July Celebration with LULAC Council 14 at Civic Center Grounds & Ballroom and Veteran’s Parade. (Co-sponsored by Council Member Cynthia Liendo Espinoza)

 

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.

 

3.       Discussion with possible action on resolution in support of Webb County’s creation of a Regional Mobility Authority. 

 

C.        Request by Council Member Michael Landeck

            1.     Discussion with possible action on all issues for Bridge #5. 

 

             D.        Request by Council Member Johnny Rendon

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

 

             E.        Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

1.       Presentation with possible action on the proposed design alternatives for the Springfield Avenue 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.       Action appropriating District 6 Discretionary Funds for the construction of various speed humps throughout the District.

 

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

1.       Discussion with possible action regarding Council Committees.

 

            

 

             G.        Request by Council Member Cynthia Liendo Espinoza

1.       Discussion with possible action on appropriating $30,000.00 from District 8 discretionary funds to purchase equipment (handheld devices and laptops) for Animal Control Officers and Sanitarians to increase field capacity and compliment the earmark received through Congressman Cuellar’s Office in the amount of $188,100.00 to enhance the data management system.

 

2.       Presentation and discussion with possible action regarding LAREDOS Rio Fest with possible city participation.

 

3.       Discussion with possible action on working with the Main Street Program on establishing a downtown entertainment district. 

 

XIII.       STAFF REPORTS

 

47. Staff report with possible action on the pros and cons for selecting a project manager of 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.

 

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

 

49. Staff report with possible action regarding the ordinance to eliminate the location requirements for amusement redemption machine establishments within the B-4 (Highway Commercial District).

 

50.  Report on the Washington, DC Legislative trip and report on grant funding derived from agency leads and congressional delegation visits.

 

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.

 

51. Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code, Section 551.074 to deliberate the duties, evaluation criteria and performance standards of the City Manager and return to open session for possible action.

 

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

                       

52. Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder Amberland Development, Ltd., Laredo, Texas in the bid amount of $337,333.00 for the Transit Terminal Renovation. Contract time is one hundred twenty (120) calendar days.  Funding is available in the Transit FTA Capital Grant X-04-0040. (Approved by the Operations Committee and Finance Committee)

 

53. 2009-RT-004 Authorizing the City of Laredo to file an application with Federal Transit Administration, United States of America, for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 in the apportionment amount of $4,757,091.00 for Transit Capital Assistance (urbanized areas) for Laredo in fiscal year 2008-2009, and authorizing the Transit General Manager to execute all related documents. (Approved by the Operations Committee)

 

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 Thursday, April 2, 2009 at 8:45 a.m.

 

 

                                                                              ___________________________

                                                                                 Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                                 City Secretary