CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2009-R-12

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

July 6, 2009

5:30 P.M.

 

DISABILITY ACCESS STATEMENT

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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 June 22, 2009

 

V.                 COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Recognitions

a.      Recognizing the following students for their successful completion of the nine (9) months of Ambassadorial Program-Service Above Self promoting World Peace, Understanding and the Eradication of Polio for Rotary International.

 

·        Lucas Kehse, Student Exchange from Germany, J.B. Alexander High School.

 

·        Rona Nushi, Student Exchange from Kosova, J.B. Alexander High School.

 

·        Alexis Silva, J.B. Alexander High School departing to Switzerland.

 

·        Bethany L. Garza, Trautman Middle School, Ambassadorial Training.

Communiqués

a.      Presentation report by Melissa R. Cigarroa, Imaginarium Executive Director, on the use of Third Party Funding to the City Council and how this funding supports the programs and the mission of the Imaginarium of South Texas.

 

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 Dr. Tagi Sagafi-nejad, TAMIU Professor, to the International Trade Blue Ribbon Committee.

 

VII.             PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.          Public hearing allowing interested persons to comment on the 2009 Consolidated One Year Action Plan which identifies the projects proposed to be funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through $3,634,339 in 35th Action Year Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, and $96,066 in CDBG Program Income; $1,389,582 in 2009 HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) funds, and $20,006 in HOME Program Income; $159,838 in 2009 Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) funds; and $70,000 through the Housing Rehabilitation Revolving Loan fund.  The projects proposed to be funded are as follows:

 

Community Development Block Grant

 

Community Development Administration                            $664,392                                                                                                                 

Housing Rehabilitation Administration                                $237,640

Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program ($96,066 in PI)      $490,274

Code Enforcement                                                                $462,716

Graffiti Removal Program                                                       $49,282

Hamilton Hotel - Section 108 Loan Repayment                 $150,901

ADA Sidewalk Improvements                                              $200,000

Civic Center Soft Track                                                         $211,000

Freddie Benavides Sports Complex Shade Structure        $75,000

George Washington Park Playscape Shade Structure       $30,000

Heritage Park Improvements                                                $210,700

Riverhills Parkland Acquisition                                             $210,700

Sidewalks District I                                                                $105,700

Sidewalks District IV                                                             $210,700

Sidewalks District V                                                              $210,700

Sidewalks District VII                                                             $210,700

Total                                                                                    $3,730,405

 

Housing Rehabilitation Revolving Loan Program       $70,000

 

 

HOME Investment Partnership Grant

 

HOME Program Administration                                           $138,315

Downpayment Assistance ($20,006 in PI)                         $722,835

Tenant-Based Rental Assistance                                        $340,000

Azteca Economic Development and Preservation

Corp., Apartments (CHDO set aside)                                 $208,438

Total                                                                                    $1,409,588

                                                                                                                 

Emergency Shelter Grant

 

ESG Program Administration                                                   $3,000

Bethany House Shelter Complex Homeless Prevention     $33,000

Bethany House Shelter Complex Operations                       $58,403

Casa de Misericordia Operations                                         $25,000

Bethany House Shelter Complex Essential Services          $40,435

Total                                                                                        $159,838

(Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

 

2.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance accepting a grant award under the 2009 JAG Recovery Grant Program from the Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance in the amount of $602,748.00 and amending the City of Laredo 2008-2009 Special Police Fund Annual Budget in the same amount.  The Office of Justice Programs is contributing the full grant amount of $602,748.00 with no match obligated to the City of Laredo or Webb County.  The City of Laredo will receive $574,766.00 and Webb County will receive $27,982.00.  The Laredo Police Department will utilize this funding for training, ammunition, supplies and the purchase of officer safety equipment for the period of March 01, 2009 through February 28, 2013. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

                      

3.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 5 of the City of Laredo Code of Ordinance to allow the City of Laredo to issue two (2) year Alcoholic Beverage Permits and Licenses instead of the one (1) year which is currently issued.  Senate Bill 1217 of the 80th Legislature amended the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code to allow two (2) year permits and the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has adopted Rule 33.25 to transition to the two (2) year permits and licenses by September 1, 2009.  The City shall double the annual fee currently being assessed for the issuance of a two (2) year permit or license.  This ordinance is also amended to update the list of permits and licenses and provide causes for denial or cancellation.  (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

 

4.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Ordinance No. 2009-O-057 dated April 20, 2009 and 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 decreasing the amount not to exceed $92,555.00, which consists of $85,927.00 from the 2008 Water Bond and $6,628.00 from the 2008 Sewer Bond. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

 

5.          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. (District V)

 

6.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for an amusement redemption machine establishment on Lot 1, Block 1, Friends Association Subdivision, located at 9110 McPherson Road.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the Conditional Use Permit. (District VI)

 

7.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for accessory parking on Lot 13, Block 6, Indian Sunset Subdivision Phase 11, located at 12921 Mohawk Drive.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the Conditional Use Permit with a six (6) month expiration date. (District VII)

 

8.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for an amusement redemption machine establishment on Lots 9-12, Block 1, Vista Hermosa Subdivision, Unit III, and Lots 13A and 14A, Block 1, Vista Hermosa Subdivision, Unit IV, located at 5517 McPherson Road, Suites #18 and 19.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the Conditional Use Permit with the limitation of forty (40) amusement redemption machines to allow for the Conditional Use Permit to comply with the parking ordinance. (District V)

 

9.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 12, Block 304, Western Division, located at 1620 Santa Maria Avenue, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the zone change. (District VIII)

 

10.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to update the City’s Foreign Trade Zone No. 94 fee schedule applicable to Laredo’s Foreign Trade Zone Operators by designating an initial activation fee of a minimum of $2,000.00 and at no time exceed $10,000.00 (rate calculated at $0.04 per square foot), designating the annual fee at a minimum of $2,000.00 and at no time exceed $10,000.00 (rate to be calculated at $0.05 per square foot) and an activity fee of $5.00 as defined by the following U.S. Customs Forms: CF 214, CF 216, CF 7501, CF 3461, CF 368, release under Sec. 321, CF 7512, CF 6043 and any amendment of any of the above transactions. This fee schedule shall become effective October 1, 2009 through September 30, 2014. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

VIII.           INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

11.      Authorizing the City Manager to dedicate a perpetual easement to the United States of America, General Services Administration (GSA), being 1.20 acres of land, out of a 40.00 acre tract and located adjacent to the Colombia Solidarity Bridge Export Parking lot for the purpose of providing pedestrian and vehicular ingress and egress to access the Colombia Solidarity Bridge Inspection Station; said 1.20 acres tract of land, specifically described or being out of the Webb County School Survey No. 1462, Abstract No. 502, and also out of a called 40.00 acre tract as recorded in Volume 1448, Page 101 of Deed Records of Webb County, Texas.  See attached Exhibit “1”, illustrating the easement, Survey and Metes & Bounds description.

 

IX.               FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

12.       

2009-O-102 Amending Chapter 24, Appendix A, Definitions, of the Laredo Land Development Code by amending the definition of an amusement redemption machine establishment to exclude a bar with five (5) or fewer machines; providing publication and effective date.

 

2009-O-105 Authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute an advanced funding agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation in the amount of $1,300,000.00 including a local match of $177,984.00, and to amend the FY 2008-2009 Capital Grants Fund by appropriating said funds for a proposed railroad grade separation to be constructed over the Kansas City Southern railroad crossing located on Arkansas Avenue, near Guadalupe and Chihuahua Streets.

 

2009-O-106 Authorizing the City Manager to execute the renewal of a lease with Webb County for its Headstart Program for the rental of the parcel described as Lots 1, 2, 3, and 4, Block 321, Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, located at 2518 Cedar Avenue for a term of two (2) years, effective June 1, 2009, at a monthly rent of $575.00 and the form of said lease is attached as Exhibit “A”; and providing for an effective date.  This is the site of the Jesus Garcia Headstart Center.

 

2009-O-107 Authorizing the City Manager to execute the renewal of a lease with Webb County for its Headstart Program for the rental of the parcel described as Lots 6, 8, the W ½ of Lots 5 and 7, the North 56’ of Lot 4 and W ½ of Lot 3, Block 912, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb  County, Texas, located at 3501 Eagle Pass Avenue for a term of two (2) years, effective June 1, 2009, at a monthly rent of $625.00 and the form of said lease is attached as Exhibit “A”; and providing for an effective date.  This is the site of the Villa Alegre Headstart Center.

 

2009-O-108 Authorizing the City Manager to execute the renewal of a lease with Webb County for its Headstart Program for the rental of the parcel described as Lots 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12, Block 1302, Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, located at 2400 S. Jarvis Avenue for a term of two (2) years, effective June 1, 2009, at a monthly rent of $525.00 and the form of said lease is attached as Exhibit “A”; and providing for an effective date.  This is the site of the Tatangelo Headstart Center.

 

2009-O-109 Authorizing the City Manager to convey to Mary Furrh Gomez, Rafael Gomez and Molly E. Gomez, the following two (2) parcels;

 

1. The former street section of Thurman Street between Meadow and Mendiola Avenues, including its intersection with Mendiola Avenue, shown as Tract E of Exhibit A; provided however, that the City will retain a forty(40) foot-wide sanitary sewer easement on across said former street section; and

 

 2. The former street section of Mendiola Avenue between Tinaja and Palo Blanco Streets shown as Tract F in Exhibit A, in exchange for the following greater-size, greater-value, properties to be conveyed by Mary Furrh Gomez, Rafael Gomez & Molly E. Gomez, to the City of Laredo:,

 

1. Lots 1 and 8, Block 1044;

 

2. Lot 8, Block 1045, Easter Division, City of Laredo; and

 

3. Lots 3, 4, 5, and 6, Block 1047, Eastern Division, City of Laredo which lots are depicted on attached Exhibit B; and

 

Approving the submitted post-closure property improvement plan described in Exhibit C which is in compliance with Section 10 of the Street Closing/Sales Policy Handbook; & providing for an effective date.

 

2009-O-110 Changing from 2010 forward, the date of the Municipal Election which is held in each even numbered year, from the first Saturday in May to the first Tuesday after first Monday in November commencing in 2010;so that the election that would otherwise be held on May 1, 2010; is hereby changed to November 2, 2010; and the City Secretary is directed to take all necessary action to accord the said election with the political subdivisions who currently have their regular elections on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November; providing for publication; and providing for effective date.

 

2009-O-111 Amending Sections 19-362 & 19-601 of the Code of Ordinances in order to temporarily allow, that is, until September 30, 2009;

 

1. Free parking for passenger vehicles for the first hour of parking at each of the following three locations:

 

(a) Riverside parking lot;

 

(b) Zaragoza parking lot; and

 

(c) Transit Center; and

 

2. To allow all day parking for $1.00 per day for downtown employees at the following two (2) locations;

 

(a)  Riverside parking lot; and

 

(b) Zaragoza Parking Lot

 

Providing that these temporary changes will end on September 30, 2009;directing the traffic director to implement these temporary changes; and directing the City Manager to make a report to the City Council before September 30, 2009 on these temporary changes; providing for publication; and providing for effective date. (AS AMENDED)

 

X.                 RESOLUTIONS

 

13.      2009-R-068 Authorizing the City Manager to apply for a grant in the amount of $736,104.00 to fund the Laredo Financial Narcotics Enforcement Team and a grant in the amount of $99,916.00 to fund the Laredo Multi-Agency Drug Related Public Corruption Task Force.  Both grants are funded by the Executive Office of the President, Office of the National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) at no cost to the City.  Funding will be used to pay personnel salaries, fringe benefits, overtime, travel and operating expenses from January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2010.  Funding for the STX Multi Agency Drug Related Public Corruption Task Force will be used for payment of fringe benefits, overtime, and operating expenses from January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2010. (Approved by Finance Committee)

 

14.      2009-R-075 Authorizing the City Manager to enter into and execute a Memorandum of Understanding, attached hereto as Exhibit A, between the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Aircraft and the Laredo Police Department for the purpose of granting a revocable license to use the City of Laredo 800 MHz Trunked Voice Radio System. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committee)

 

15.      2009-R-076 Authorizing the City Manager to rescind the Resolution 2009-R-037 for the Advance Funding Agreement (“AFA”), attached hereto as Exhibit A, in the estimated amount of $581,670.00 and approve the executed standard utility agreement hereto as Exhibit B, in the estimated amount of $469,597.00; between the City of Laredo and the Texas Department of Transportation for the US 83 utility relocation and construction of a railroad overpass from Monterrey Street to Cedar Street.  The adjustments of the water and sewer improvements are 100 percent reimbursable.  The State will provide funding directly to the contractor in the amount of $377,042.00 and pay the City of Laredo the engineering cost in the amount of $92,555.00 after the City of Laredo pays the engineer.  Funding is available on the 2008 Utility Bond Water Works and 2008 Utility Bond Sewer Fund. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

 

16.      2009-R-077 Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the Federal Aviation Administration in the amount of $3,092,510.00 and to accept said grant, if offered, for the (i) Rehabilitation of a portion of the General Aviation Apron Phase 4, (ii) to rehabilitate Runway 17R/35L to include lights and electrical fixtures and wiring and include upgrades to the airfield electrical vault and A&E services to develop plans and specifications to extend Runway 17R/35L and relocate/upgrade the Instrument Landing System at the Laredo International Airport. The City’s local match in the amount of $162,764.00 (5%) is available through the land purchased in FY2006 (Rash Tract). (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

 

17.      2009-R-078 Amending Resolution 2009-R-022 for the grant agreement between the City of Laredo and the Texas Water Development Board- Contract No. G13500/13600/1546/1547- Amendment No. 7 for the City of Laredo, Mines Road/State Highway 359 Project No. 10045.  This amendment reflects the transfer from different funding accounts under the Texas Water Development Board Grant that allows the City to adjust balances in the current Colonia projects subject to approval from the Texas Water Development Board.  

 

18.      2009-R-079 Authorizing the City Manager to execute Advanced Funding Agreement, Amendment #1, identified as CSJ-0922-33-116, and execute the Advanced Funding Agreements identified as CSJ #’s 0922-33-130, 0922-33-131, and 0922-33-132, with the Texas Department of Transportation, for the Industrial Park Streets and Truck Route Reconstruction Project in order to divide the project and thereby allow the selection of multiple contractors. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

 

19.      2009-R-081 Authorizing the City Manager to sign a water rights sales agreement, attached hereto as Exhibit A between the City of Laredo and Colombia Bridge Development Properties, LP, in which the City is agreeing to purchase the right to divert and use 173.15 acre feet per annum of class “A” irrigation water rights to the Rio Grande river which after conversion from irrigation rights to municipal use rights amounts to 86.575 acre feet of municipal use rights per annum at $2,250.00 per ac/ft. for a purchase price of $194,793.75; and further authorizing the City Manager to sign and file necessary applications(s) with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality on behalf of the City requesting that said water rights be severed from Certificate of Adjudication No. 23-2695 of the seller and combined with Certificate of Adjudication No. 23-3997, as amended, of the City and that the point of diversion, purpose and place of use of said water rights be changed as required by the City, funding is available in the Water Availability fund. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

 

20.      2009-R-082 Authorizing the City Manager to sign and file necessary application(s) with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) on behalf of the City requesting that Water Rights amounting to the rights to divert and use a maximum of 133.71 acre feet per annum of water from the Rio Grande for irrigation purposes on a Class “A” irrigation priority basis owned by the City of Laredo, being a portion of the water rights evidenced by Certificate of Adjudication No.23-2695-A be severed from Certificate of Adjudication No. 23-3997, as amended, of the City and that the point of diversion, purpose and place of use of said water rights be changed as required by the City. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

 

XI.               MOTIONS

 

21.      Authorizing the City Manager to negotiate a contract with Dannenbaum Engineering for the preliminary engineering design phase and feasibility study of the Rio Grande Low Water Weir Project funded by the International Boundary and Water Commission for the development of a weir along the Rio Grande River, said weir being constructed primarily for water storage, conservation, generating hydroelectric power and providing recreational opportunities for citizens of both the U.S. and Mexico; the United States International Boundary Water Commission (USIBWC) proposes to cost share in this study in an amount not to exceed $250,000.00. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

 

22.      Approval of Change Order #3 to Jimmy Closner Construction Co., Inc for the project on SH 359 Colonias Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Systems, Work Order No. 3 in the amount of $24,537.75 to consolidate the quantities of the project with the exception of Old Milwaukee. The construction contract time is extended for an additional 90 calendar days. The revised contract amount is $4,743,221.90. This change order is subject to approval by the Texas Water Development Board. The new construction time including this change order will be 855 calendar days.  Funding is available in the Colonias Fund. (Approved by Operations Committee)

 

23.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute the Toll Collection System Maintenance Service Contract between the City of Laredo and TransCore, L.P. for the hardware and software maintenance of the Laredo Bridge System Toll Collection Equipment.  This maintenance service contract is for a term not to exceed one (1) year effective October 1, 2009 and will not exceed $160,000.00.  Funding is contingent upon availability in the FY 09-10 Bridge Fund Budget. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

 

24.      Consideration to award contract FY09-060 to the lowest responsible bidder, GCR Tire Centers, Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $337,425.00 for the purchase of truck package tires for all City vehicles.  The City did receive a lower bid from A to Z Tire and Battery; however, the tires proposed in their bid submittal were not on the City’s approved product listing.  All tires will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Fleet Department Fund. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

 

25.      Consideration for approval of change order #3 to Holloman Corporation in the amount of $18,281.00, for the Mary Help of Christians Water Booster Station Improvements.  This change order is to provide several changes including electrical improvements to provide increased pump station reliability.  The construction contract time is to be extended by 60 days to a total of 365 calendar days.  The revised contract amount is $1,628,704.38.  Funding is available in the 2004 Utility Revenue Bond. (Approved by Operations Committee)

 

26.      Consideration to renew contract number FY09-008 awarded to Ferguson Waterworks, San Antonio, Texas in the estimated amount of $250,000.00, for the purchase of PVC pipe used by the Utilities Department.  This is the third (3rd) of eight (8) sixty (60) day supply extensions.  These materials are purchased on an as needed basis for construction and repair projects.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department Budget. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

 

27.      Consideration to amend contract FY08-110, awarded to C.W. Security, Laredo, Texas, for providing security guard services for the Bridge System, City Hall, Health Department, Parks and Recreation Department - Civic Center, Solid Waste Department, the Municipal Housing Department, and other departments as needed by adjusting the hourly rate from $8.75 to $9.45 effective July 24, 2009.  The contract terms and conditions allow for a rate adjustment due to an increase in the federal minimum hourly wage.    (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

  

28.      Authorizing the City Manager to award a contract to Castle Engineering & Testing, LLC, Laredo Texas, in the amount of $69,800.00 for Testing services SH359 Work Order #2 Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection for Pueblo Nuevo Improvements Project, subject to the approval of the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB).  Funding is available in the Colonias fund. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

 

29.      Refund of property tax in the amount of $1,602.34 to the following taxpayers:

 

1. A refund in the amount of $621.49 payable to LSI Title Agency, Inc. due to an overpayment.  Account #927-00015-311.

 

2. A refund in the amount of $980.85 payable to Antonio Rodriguez due to an erroneous payment.  Account #812-01000-260.

 

30.      Consideration to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder ALC Construction, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the bid amount of $129,022.95 for the CDBG Sidewalk City-Wide Projects No. 36 and 37 (35 Blocks).  Construction contract time is ninety (90) working days.  Funding is available in the CDBG 32nd and 33rd Action Year-Districts IV and V. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

 

31.      Authorizing the City Manager to extend the current contract for two (2) years with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (THHSC) to provide a Medicaid eligibility specialist to conduct eligibility services for the temporary assistance for needy families program, food stamps and medical assistance program operated under the Title XIX; and employed by the THHSC, housed at the Health Department.  The Health Department will provide 50% of the cost to THHSC for the total amount of $51,600.00 for this service, from October 1, 2009 through September 30, 2010.  Funding is contingent upon availability in the Health Fund/Administration Budget. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

 

32.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of public safety answering (PSAP) equipment from Embarq, Inc., through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) cooperative purchasing contract in the total amount of $78,651.61.  The equipment will be installed at the Laredo Police Department, Roma Police Department, Rio Grande City Police Department, and Starr County Sheriff’s Office.  Funding is available in the 9-1-1 Regional Fund. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

 

33.      Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 2, an increase of $50,392.00 for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, release of retainage, acceptance of the Calton Road Reconstruction from IH-35 right-of-way to approximately 700 ft. west of San Bernardo and approval of final payment in the amount of $213,223.90 to SER Construction Partners, Ltd., Pasadena, Texas.  Final construction contract amount is $1,257,690.00.  Funding is available in the Transit 2004 CO. Project #TRCALT and in the 2008 Waterworks Bond. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

 

34.      Authorizing the submission of an application in the amount of $5,000,000.00 for Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2 (NSP2) funds provided under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 and made available through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), on a competitive basis.  The purpose of the program is to stabilize neighborhoods whose viability has been, and continues to be, damaged by the economic effects of properties that have been foreclosed upon and abandoned. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

 

35.      Consideration to award a professional services contract to Castle Engineering & Testing, LLC., Laredo, Texas, for an amount of $99,980.00 to provide laboratory, sampling and testing services of materials for quality assurance for the Laredo International Airport Runway 17R-35L Reconstruction.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund FAA Grant No. 59.   (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

 

36.      Consideration to award a professional services contract to URS Corporation, Dallas, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $216,855.11 for design and preparation of plans and specifications for the Laredo International Airport Airfield Electrical Vault Improvements and Runway 17R-35L Lighting and Signage Improvements.  Design work is to be on a fast track basis approximately six (6) months.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund FAA Grant No. 57.  Local funding will be used temporarily to fund this work until FAA releases the grant later this fiscal year. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

  

37.      Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 3 an increase of $187,756.70 to include 15” portland cement concrete pavement quantities to the construction contract with Price Construction, Ltd., Big Spring, Texas, for the Laredo International Airport General Aviation Apron Reconstruction Phase IV.  Current contract amount is $3,693,464.30.  Construction contract time is one hundred fifty (150) calendar days.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund Grant No. 57.  Local funding will be used temporarily to fund this work until FAA releases the grant later this fiscal year.  (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

 

38.      Consideration to award a professional services contract to URS Corporation, Dallas, Texas, to develop plans and specifications to extend Runway 17R/35L by approximately 911 feet, extension of the existing high Intensity Runway Lights including electrical, signs, precision instrument markings and relocation of approximately 1,500 feet of Taxiway Alpha to include electrical and signs, grading of safety area (1,000 feet x 500 feet), relocation of the existing Medium Intensity Approach Light System, and equipment shelter, relocation of glide slope equipment, grading a new glide slope critical area, relocation of the existing precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI) in the amount of $319,517.60 and not to exceed $146,905.00 for an Approach Survey reference relocation of the ILS for a total contract amount of $466,422.60.  The engineer shall provide a Preliminary Design, Final Design and prepare Bid Documents.  Design work is to be done on a fast track basis approximately six (6) months.  Funding is available in the FAA Grant No. 57.  Local funding will be used temporarily to fund this work until FAA releases the grant later this FY. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

 

39.      Consideration to award contract FY09-043 to the lowest responsible bidder, G.T. Distributors Inc., in the estimated amount of $84,830.00 for awarding an annual contract to purchase soft body armor vests for the Police Department.  The contract price will be firm for a one (1) year period and allows the City to purchase additional vests at the contract price.  Funding is available in the Police Department’s budget. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

 

40.      Consideration to award contract FY09-039 to the following providers:

 

1)     Verizon Wireless, Lewisville, TX for providing wireless broadband service in the estimated amount of $305,439.60

 

2)     AT&T Mobility, Atlanta, GA for providing wireless mobile phone service in the estimated amount of $279,842.00;

 

for City of Laredo public safety and public service departments for a period of two (2) years.  This contract is based on the use of approximately 335 wireless mobile phones and 335 broadband wireless services. The new contract will reduce the monthly expenditures by 28%.  All services will be secured as needed.  Funding is available in the respective departmental budgets. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

 

XII.             GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

41.       

a.       

A.                 Request by Mayor Raul G. Salinas

1.           Discussion with possible action to form a committee establishing a farmer’s market within the City of Laredo. (Co-sponsored by Council Member Cynthia Liendo Espinoza)

 

2.           Discussion with possible action to create a sick leave donation program that would allow City employees to donate accrued sick leave to an employee that has suffered a life threatening situation or severe medical condition and who has exhausted all available paid leave.

 

B.        Request by Council Member Dr. Michael Landeck

1.           Discussion with possible action on allocating up to $10,000.00 on Orlando and Gaby Canizales Boxing Gym for the floor renovation project.

 

C.        Request by Council Member Johnny Rendon

1.           Discussion with possible action to develop a plan of finance for the construction of a Veteran’s Administration Clinic and other related improvements at the former Laredo Air Force Base. (Co-sponsored by Council Member Jose A. Valdez, Jr.)

 

2.           Discussion with possible action regarding the allocation of “No Dumping” signs on upper Zacate Creek and San Francisco Avenue.

 

D.        Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

1.           Status report with possible action on the extension of Shiloh.

 

2.           Discussion with possible action on creating a tax increment district proposition for the new municipal golf course and surrounding areas.

 

E.        Request by Council Member Jose A. Valdez, Jr.

1.           Discussion with possible action regarding issues and regulations with “paleta” vendors throughout the City.   (Co-sponsored by Council Member Cynthia Liendo Espinoza)

 

XIII.           STAFF REPORTS

 

42.      Discussion with possible action for development of land adjacent to El Portal on the river bend portion for possible park development.

 

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

                       

43.      2009-RT-006 Authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT), Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Grant, Section 5307, TX-90-X848, in the amount of $4,170,475.00 to be used for operating assistance of El Metro Transit System. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

44.      Authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Grant TX-96-X001, in the amount of $4,757,091.00 and amending the FY2008-2009 Transit System’s Capital Grant Budget in the said amount. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

 

45.      Consideration to amend contract (FY 08-114) to the low bidder, C.W. Tenorio Security, Laredo, TX, for providing security guard services for the Transit Center and Maintenance Facility by adjusting the hourly rate from $8.75 to $9.45 effective July 24, 2009.  Funding is available in the El Metro Operations and Transit Center Funds. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

 

46.      Consideration to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder ALC Construction, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the bid amount of $78,624.50 for El Metro City-Wide Sidewalk Improvements (15 Blocks).  Construction contract time is sixty (60) working days.  Funding is available in the Transit 2008 New Freedom Grant. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

  

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, July 1, 2009 at 6:35 p.m.

                                                                       

 

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary