CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2009-R-16

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

September 8, 2009

5:30 P.M.

 

DISABILITY ACCESS STATEMENT

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I.                    CALL TO ORDER

 

II.                  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

III.                ROLL CALL

 

IV.               MINUTES

Approval of the minutes of August 10 & 11, 2009, August 17, 2009 and August 24, 2009.

 

V.                 COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Recognitions

 

a.      Recognition of the City of Laredo for its efforts in the fight against Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).  The City received awards for:

 

1.      2008 Corporate Sponsor (City of Laredo)

2.      2008 Top Fundraiser (Mayor Raul G. Salinas)

3.      2008 Top Corporate Team (Mayor and City Council)

4.      2008 Top Corporate Team (Airport)

5.      2008 Top Team (Fire Department)

6.      2008 Corporate Sponsor  (Laredo Fire Department)

 

 

b.      Recognizing twelve-year-old Eduardo “Eddy” Gonzalez Montemayor as the winning pitcher for Mexico in defeating Japan at the Cal Ripken Jr. World Series in Aberdeen, Maryland.

 

c.      Recognizing Gabriel Lopez, President, South Texas Afghanistan-Iraq Association, a newly established local organization that supports our brave soldiers returning from active duty abroad.

 

d.      Recognizing Martin High School for their Accelerated Reading Program and for being the top point earning high school for the second year in a row with Margie Montemayor being the teacher with the most points and Rebecca Morin being the student with the most points not only at Martin High School but in all of LISD.

 

Communiqués

 

a.      Presentation by City of Laredo Youth Committee on the travel to Tepatitlan, Jalisco & San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato where they participated in a Youth Exchange Program.  Sponsored by Council Member Hector “Tito” Garcia and Council Member Cynthia Liendo Espinoza.

 

b.      Invitation by the Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) to the 2009 Autmus Fest.

 

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.               PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Health Department FY 2008-2009 annual budget by authorizing the City Manager to accept, execute and appropriate revenues and expenditures for the continuation of the Local Public Health System-Office of Public Health Practices (OPHP) continuation grant in the amount of $306,835.00 to continue to provide prevention, disease control, and health promotion activities from the Texas Department of State Health Services and $256,252.00 in program income for the term period of September 1, 2009 through August 31, 2010. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

 

2.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Health Department FY 2008-2009 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $187,752.00 in funds from the Texas Department of State Health Services, and an estimated $22,227.00 from Program Income for continuation of the Health Department-Tuberculosis Elimination Program for the term period of September 1, 2009 through August 31, 2010; and authorizing the City Manager to execute the contract.  (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

 

3.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Health Department FY 2008-2009 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $188,100.00 in funds from the Department of Health and Human Services-Health Resources and Services Administration to purchase equipment and software to convert the existing record documents system into an electronic data management system for the Health Department-Environmental Health Services Division for the term period from September 1, 2009 through August 31, 2010. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

 

4.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Laredo Land Development Code of the City of Laredo, by: amending Article IV, Zoning Regulations, Section 24.63.2, Permitted Uses, Page IV-7, to delete Registered Family Home and replace with Registered Child-Care Home/Licensed Child Care Home; amending Article IV, Zoning Regulations, Section 24.63.2, Permitted Uses, Page IV-11, to amend Child Day Care (7 or more) to Child Day Care (13 or more); and amending Appendix A, Definitions; to delete the definition of Registered Family Home and add the definition of Child-Care Home Types (registered and licensed) and providing for publication and effective date.

 

5.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending City of Laredo Code of Ordinance, Chapter 31, Article III, Division 4, water conservation as follows:

 

§         reducing the Gallons Per Capita Per Day (GPCD) consumption by 20% from a four (4) year average of 190 GPCD to 150 GPCD by the year 2019

 

§         requiring that no person shall be allowed to open or close a fire hydrant or fire hydrant meter without having a training and certificate from the Utilities Department for having completed a mandatory training with the exception of the City of Laredo Fire Department when conducting trainings at the fire training facility located at Pinto Valle;

 

§         allowing no more than two (2) written warnings before the first citation can be issued for violations of this ordinance;

 

§         increasing penalty from a range of $20.00-$100.00 to a flat $500.00 per violation per day, with 50% of each fine collected to be deposited in a water conservation fund to be used only for programs related to water conservation;

 

§         establishing fees for wasting water $5.00 for the 1st citation; $10.00–2nd citation; $20.00-3rd citation; $40.00-4th citation plus a notice of disconnection of services; $80.00-5th citation and disconnection of services; 6th citation $320.00 with each additional fine increasing in increments of $160.00;

 

§         requiring xeriscape for all new construction including public facilities;

 

§         prohibiting turf grass in parkways, narrow strips of land, medians, sloped areas (except for erosion control), and in entrances within new residential or commercial sites, applicable to construction begun after effective date of this ordinance;

 

§         adopting  an outdoor water use schedule that limits use to three (3) days per week, year round;

 

§         allowing an additional hour of water use in the morning and evening;

 

§         allowing for outdoor water use at any time only during the assigned days of winter months as defined in the ordinance;

 

§         expanding the days for washing vehicles to include Saturdays and Sundays at any time using a bucket, hand held hose with a positive shut off nozzle, and a hose bibb vacuum breaker (check valve) connected to faucet;

 

§         allowing the washing of hard surfaced areas by using a high pressure washer only;

 

§         vehicle washing fundraisers for schools, non-profit or charitable organizations will require an application with the utilities director and a $10.00 permit fee;

 

§         new swimming pools, splash parks and all other water parks shall be equipped with filtration, pumping and recirculation systems;

 

providing for publication, severability and an effective date (Approved by Operations Committee.  The Finance Committee recommended the item be discussed by the entire Council) (AS AMENDED)

 

6.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 7 of the Code of Ordinance in order to adopt the 2009 version of six codes:

 

1. Adopting the 2009 edition of the International Building Code by amending section 7-1 and 7-2;

 

2. Adopting the 2009 edition of the International Mechanical Code, by amending section 7-4;

 

3. Adopting the 2009 edition of the International Residential Code by amending section 7-7;

 

4. Adopting the 2009 edition of the International Property Maintenance Code by amending section 7-8;

 

5. Adopting the International Energy Conservation Code by amending section 7-9;

 

6. Adoption the 2009 edition of the International Existing Building Code, by amending section 7-10;

 

And providing for an effective date. (Approved by Operations Committee)

 

7.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 25 of the Code of Ordinance of the City of Laredo, entitled Plumbing by amending section 25-3 thereby Adopting the 2009 edition of the International Plumbing Code,  Amending section 25-6 International Fuel Gas Code, thereby adopting the 2009 edition of the International Fuel Gas Code, amending section 25-7 Private Disposal Code, thereby adopting the 2009 edition of the International Private Sewage Disposal Code;  and repealing all ordinances and /or parts of ordinance in conflict therewith; providing for publication and effective date. (Approved by Operations Committee)

 

8.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance to adopt the proposed Annual Budget for fiscal year 2009-2010 by appropriating the proposed revenues, expenditures and balances reported therein for the year beginning October 1, 2009 and ending September 30, 2010, consistent with the financial plan described in said Annual Budget (see Exhibit A) and motions approved by City Council at public workshops (see Exhibit B) and authorizing the City Manager to implement said Annual Budget.

 

9.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Ordinance No. 2005-O-304 authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for maintenance and parts for forklifts on Lots 11 & 12, Block 432, Eastern Division, located at 302 W. Saunders Street, by amending the site plan, Exhibit “B”.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the amendment with the change that access to Saunders be limited to an “Exit Only.”  (District V)

 

10.      Second public hearing for the adoption of a tax rate of $0.637000 per $100 value for the Tax Year 2009.  The tax rate will provide revenue for the general fund and debt service.  The rate includes $0.512772 per $100 value for Maintenance and Operation and $0.124228 per $100 value for Sinking Fund of the Debt Service and is estimated to generate a tax levy of $66,883,941.00.  The City Council is scheduled to vote on the tax rate on September 15, 2009 at 12:00 noon and September 21, 2009 at 5:30 pm at the City Council Chambers located at 1110 Houston Street. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)  

 

11.      Public hearing Consideration to adopt the 2010-2014 Capital Improvement Program of the City of Laredo. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

 

12.      Public hearing and adoption of Resolution No. 2009-R-103 Adopting the City of Laredo Comprehensive Plan without amendment in accordance with Article IX, Section 9.03 of the Charter of the City of Laredo. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

VII.             INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

13.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute an assignment of lease for Building No. 1006 from International Dairy Products, Inc. to Rodolfo Lozano Garza located at 4608 Daugherty Avenue at the Laredo International Airport, approved on July 1, 2002, by Ordinance No. 2002-O-141 and as amended on December 2, 2002, by Ordinance No. 2002-O-307 and as further amended on November 5, 2007, by Ordinance No. 2007-O-230. Lessee wishes to assign the lease agreement from International Dairy Products, Inc. to Rodolfo Lozano Garza. All other terms and conditions remain unchanged and in effect; providing for an effective date. (Approved by Operations Committee)

 

14.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a First Amendment to Ground Lease (Cellular Tower) by and between the City of Laredo, a municipal corporation (Landlord), and AT&T Mobility Texas LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (Tenant) formerly known as or a successor-in-interest to LAR-TEX Cellular Telephone Company, Inc.; dated September 1, 1996 and attached hereto; to allow Landlord to modify Landlord’s existing communications equipment described in Exhibit C of Lease with communications equipment as described in Exhibit C-1,therefore replacing Exhibit C with Exhibit C-1; and to allow Tenant to modify the Notice Section thereof; all other terms and conditions remain. (Approved by Operations Committee)

 

15.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Foreign Trade Zone Operator Agreement with (as listed below) as Zone Site Operator located at

 

(respective addresses); effective October 1, 2009 and ending September 30, 2014. Providing for activation, administration, annual and transaction fees to be paid to the City.

Proposed FTZ Operators:
1. AC Imports and Exports - 12014 Sara Road – Site III
2. AZ Logistics -14602 Archer – Site III
3. Connections Global Logistics - 8202 Killam Industrial Blvd. Site III
4. H.K. Tronics - 14610 Archer Drive – Site III
5. Jett Sales - 5400 Thomas - Site I
6. KMM – 8201 Killam – Site III
7. Laredo Duty Free (UETA) – 110 International Blvd. – Site I
8. LUXA International Trading, Inc. - 14610 Archer Drive – Site III
9. NYK Logistics – 8705 Killam Industrial Blvd – Site III
10. Nippon Express – 8311 Killam Industrial Blvd - Site III
11. Seegrove International – 13601 N. Lamar Drive- Site III
12. South Texas Traffic, Inc – 8501 Killam Industrial Blvd – Site III
13. T.F.S. Customs Broker, Inc. – 8301 Killam Blvd – Site III

14. T.F.S. Customs Broker, Inc. – 8311 Killam Blvd – Site III

15. T.F.S. Customs Broker, Inc. – 14625 Archer – Site III

16. U.S. Bonded and FTZ Warehouse, LLC.–14602 Archer Drive – Site III
17. Uni-Trade Forwarding, LC *– 204 Flecha Lane – Site 8

18. ED Group and TFS Customs Broker, Inc*-8502 Killam Industrial Blvd-Site III (Approved by Operations Committee)

 

16.      Authorizing the City Manager to convey the “Surface Only” at its adjusted market value of $20,835.00 for certain property described as:

 

1. A 13,890 sq. ft. (03179 of an acre) tract of land, more or less, out of that former section of Burnside Street between Santa Rita and Vidaurri Avenues, to John M. McBain and wife, Patricia G. McBain, provided that the City of Laredo retain the entire tract as a utility easement for all utilities; said tract being situated in the Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, being generally described on attached Exhibit “A”; and,

 

2. Approving the submitted post closure Property Improvement Plan described in Exhibit “B”, which is in compliance with Section 10 of the Street Closing/Sales Policy Handbook, and providing for an effective date. (Approved by Operations Committee)

 

VIII.           FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

17.       

2009-O-146 Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 16.8 acres, as further described my metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A,” located south of Riverhill Loop and west of Nogal Lane, from R-2 (Multifamily Residential District) to R-1MH (Single Family Manufactured Housing District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

2009-O-152 Amending the City of Laredo Health Department FY 2008-2009 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $230,491.00 from the Texas Department of State Health Services, for continuation of the Immunization Action Plan (IAP) Program of the Health Department, including a projected amount of program income of $76,627.00 for the period from September 1, 2009 through August 31, 2010.

 

2009-O-153 Authorizing the City Manager to accept a contract from the Texas Department of State Health Services and appropriating revenues and expenses in the amount of $74,582.00 for the Community Preparedness Section/Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Discretionary Fund Phase II for the support of PHEP activities in particular the Early Warning Infectious Disease Surveillance (EWIDS) Program and bio-safety level III laboratory for the term period beginning July 24, 2009 through November 30, 2009.

 

2009-O-154 Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for an office on Lot 7, Block 1930, Eastern Division, located at 3104 Loop 20; providing for publication and effective date.

 

IX.               RESOLUTIONS

 

18.      2009-R-091 Authorizing the City Manager to submit an application to the United States Foreign-Trade Zones Board for a temporary boundary modification on behalf of International Trade & Commerce, Inc., in accordance with Ordinance No. 2000-O-183 dated July 24, 2000.  The Temporary Boundary Modification consists of temporarily transferring the designation of 1.10 acres from the City of Laredo, Foreign-Trade Zone Site No. 1, located at the Laredo International Airport to the new temporary site which shall be designated as Site No. 9 and located at 309 NAFTA Blvd within the Milo Distribution Center. (Approved by Operations Committee)

 

19.      2009-R-098 Authorizing the City Manager to enter into and execute an interlocal agreement, attached hereto as Exhibit A, between the City of Laredo and United Independent School District for the participation of the City of Laredo Police Department in the United Independent School District School Resource Officer Program.  The Laredo Police Department will provide five (5) officers that will be assigned to various middle and high schools for one-half of the 2009-2010 school year beginning on August 24, 2009.  The officers will be transferred back to regular duties at LPD at the end of the UISD fall semester on December 18, 2009.  UISD will reimburse the City of Laredo Police Department for overtime related expenses. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)  

20.      2009-R-099 Expressing the City of Laredo’s Support of the Submittal of a Tiger Grant Application for the San Bernardo Avenue Project. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

 

21.      2009-R-105 Supporting the County of Webb’s project for first time water and wastewater improvement to the Colonia known as the Felix Vela Tract, situated south of the City of Rio Bravo, within the Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) of the City of Laredo and within the Certificate and Convenience of Necessity (CCN) of Webb County and authorizing the City Manager to execute any necessary documents.  The County of Webb was awarded a grant from the Office of Rural Community Affairs (ORCA) for these improvements.  However, the County must receive the approval and support of the City of Laredo. (Approved by Operations Committee)

 

22.      2009-R-107 Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the Federal Aviation Administration to be known as Grant No. 60 in the amount of $2,000,000.00 and to accept said grant, if offered, for the Airport Noise Abatement Program at the Laredo International Airport. The City’s local match in the amount of $105,264.00 (5%) is available as follows: $82,795.00 through the land purchased in FY2006 (Rash Tract) and $22,469.00 from the Airport Construction Fund. (Approved by Finance Committee)

 

X.                 MOTIONS

 

23.      Consideration to award a contract to Dell Computers, Inc., Austin, Texas through the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) Cooperative Purchasing Program in the amount of $105,274.17 for the purchase and installation of hardware and software for a virtual desktop and server environment.  This equipment is to be installed at the City of Laredo’s City Hall building to enable mobile access to desktops, user data, E-Mail, and server applications.  Funding is available in the Information Services and Telecommunications Department Budget Capital Outlay and 2006 Contractual Obligations, PPFCO Funds.  (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

 

24.      Authorizing the City Manager to sign a Geophysical Survey Agreement with Geokinetics USA, Inc., for the latter for seismic testing on 1,406 acres, more or less, of City owned property outside the city limits in North Laredo to the west of the Uniroyal tract, purchased in 2003  in consideration for payment of $25.00 an acre for a total of $35,153.33, and the form and content of such agreement which is attached as Exhibit 1; and the permission is given for a period of not more than six (6) months from date of agreement. (Approved by Operations Committee)

 

25.      Approval of a Rooftop License Agreement between Pinnacle Towers III, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, and the City of Laredo for the use of space at the Hamilton Hotel, more fully described in Exhibit A to said agreement; to install, operate and maintain equipment, more fully described in Exhibit B to said agreement; as part of the City of Laredo’s Wi-Fi Project.  The initial term of this agreement will be five (5) years commencing on September 9, 2009 and ending on September 8, 2014; term shall automatically extend for two (2) renewal periods of five (5) years each unless either party provides written notice to the other of its election not to renew one hundred and eighty (180) days prior to the end of the current term. Basic rent shall be five hundred and 00/100 ($500.00) per month with a CPI increase on the first anniversary of the term commencement date and every anniversary of the term commencement date thereafter.  (Approved by Operations Committee)

 

26.      Award of a construction contract to the lowest bidders Granbury Contracting and Utilities, Inc.; Granbury, Texas in the amount of $61,900.00 for Phase “A” and Price Construction, Ltd, Big Springs, Texas in the amount of $56,292.00 for Phase “B” for the TxDot Water and Wastewater Relocation Bores under LP 20 & SH 359 respectively. The improvements consist of a 16”PVC C905 DR18 water line with a 30” steel casing under Loop 20 and SH 359. The construction time is 45 calendar days for each party.  Funding is available in the 2008 Utility Bond. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

 

27.      Consideration for approval of change order #4 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 $943,252.69 for the installation of the Automatic Meter Readers (AMR) at the Colonias located at the SH 359 and Mines Road Planning Area.  The construction contract time is extended for an additional 120 calendar days.  The revised contract amount is $5,686,474.59.  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 & Finance Committees) 

 

28.      Authorizing the City Manager to amend the engineering services contract with Dannenbaum Engineering Company—Laredo, LLC in the amount of $35,000.00 for a new total amount of $7,976,312.66 to perform the Environmental Information Document (EID) in relation to the new 20 MGD El Pico Water Treatment Plant in northwest Laredo.   Funding is available in the 2008 Utility Bond. (Approved by Operations Committee)

 

29.      Award of a construction contract to the lowest bidder Whitestone Construction Ltd., in Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $85,163.44 for the Cortez Lift Station Elimination Project.  The improvements consist of constructing an 8” sanitary sewer collection line with manholes.  The construction time is 120 calendar days.  Funding is available in the 2004 Utility Bond. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees) 

 

30.      Consideration for acceptance of the Cuatro Vientos 2.0 Million Gallon Elevated Storage Tank Project, and approval of final payment in the amount of $127,487.40 to Landmark Structures I, L.P., Fort Worth, Texas.  The final contract amount is $2,553,106.43.  Funding is available in Waterworks Construction and Bond Retainage Accounts. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)  

 

31.      Consideration for approval of Change Order #1 in the amount of $233,150.39 to QroMex Construction Co., Inc., Granite Shoals, Texas, for the SH 359 Work Order #2 Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection for Pueblo Nuevo Improvement Project, subject to the approval of the Texas Water Development Board.  The construction time is amended from 305 to 335 calendar days to reflect the contract time approved in the original contract agreement.  This change order consists of improvements to the HWY 359 Booster Station that serves the Colonias located on Highway 359.  The revised contract amount is $2,570,719.89.  Funding is available in the Colonias Fund. (Approved by Operations & Finance  Committees)  

 

32.      Ratifying the authorization by the City Manager’s approval of the services rendered by Qro-Mex Construction Company in the amount of $73,500.00 for the emergency repairs of two (2) collapsed manholes on HWY 83 in South Laredo.  Funding is available in the 2008 Utility Bond. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)  

 

33.      Consideration for acceptance, final payment and release of retainage in the amount of $78,885.67 to CG Construction, Inc., DBA CC Construction, for the construction of the McPherson Lift Station.  Funding for the release of retainage is in the 1998 & 2006 Sewer Bond. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees) 

 

34.      Consideration to award contract FY09-074 to the lowest bidder meeting specifications, Standard Cement Materials, Houston, Texas, in the estimated amount of $119,977.78 for the rehabilitation of thirty five (35) manholes for the Utilities Department.  The rehabilitation shall consist of manhole wall repairs, re-framing work (where needed), and asphalt paving reconditioning.  Funding for this project is available in the Utilities Department Fund. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

 

35.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of one (1), pothole patcher and one (1), GMC cab and chassis for the pothole patcher unit from Freightliner of Laredo, Texas, in the total amount of $124,785.00 through the BuyBoard’s cooperative purchasing program’s contract pricing.  The pothole patcher will be assigned to the Utilities Department.  Funding is available from 2008 Certificates of Obligation bond proceeds. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

 

36.      Consideration to renew contract number FY08-088 awarded to HD Supply Waterworks, San Antonio, Texas in the estimated amount of $812,756.72 for the purchase of water meters for the Utilities Department.  This contract renewal includes a 3% price increase from the previous contract period.  This is the first of two (2), one year extension periods.  Funding for the purchase of these meters is available in the Utilities Department Fund. (Approved by Operations Committee however, the Finance Committee recommended staff solicit bids.)

 

37.      Consideration to cancel the following contracts awarded to Grant Environmental Group, Laredo, Texas:

 

1. Contract FY06-085 awarded in the amount of $98,628.00 for the rehabilitation of the Laredo-Colombia Wastewater Treatment Plant’s main lift station.

 

2. Contract FY06-086 awarded in the amount of $168,580.00 for repairs to the Zacate Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant’s bio clarifiers.

 

The scope of these projects will be considered in the future in different projects. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

 

38.      Authorizing the City Manager to acquire through negotiations from Manuel Perez and Herminia O. Perez, the surface only of a 6.1608 acre tract in northwest Laredo as described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A” for drainage improvements for the benefit of the general public, said parcel to be acquired through 2007 Certificate of Obligation bond funds in the amount of $140,000.00 plus closing costs. As part of negotiations, the owner requested that he be provided a grazing lease on the property, renewable annually and not to exceed five (5) years. Funding for this acquisition is available in the Environmental Services Fund. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

 

39.      Consideration for approval of the River Road Drainage Pipe Replacement Project as complete, and approval of Change Order No. 1 a decrease of $1,068.00 for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, release of retainage and approval of final payment in the amount of $63,289.50 to Troy Construction, LLC., Houston, Texas.  Final construction contract amount is $1,265,790.00.  Funding is available in the 2007 CO. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

 

40.      Consideration for approval of the Upper Zacate Creek Multipurpose Detention Pond Project – Phase A as complete, and approval of Change Order No. 2 an increase of $365.00 for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, release of retainage, and approval of final payment in the amount of $198,102.05 to Jimmy Closner & Sons Construction Company, Laredo, Texas.  Final construction contract amount is $1,426,491.10.  Furthermore, liquidated damages assessed for late completion and accepted by Contractor is (110 calendar days at $770.00/ day) - $85,000.00 to be deducted as follows: $35,000.00 for in-kind work and $50,000.00 deduct from final payment, therefore, net final payment is $148,102.05.  Funding is available in the 2007 Environmental Services C.O. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

 

41.      Authorizing the City Manager to amend the 2005 HOME Investment Partnership, Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) Contract with the Laredo-Webb Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) by amending Section 22, allowing Exhibit 1: Project Budget to reflect the actual cost of construction plus the value of the land by increasing the sales price for each of the homes from $85,000.00 to $105,470.00. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

 

42.      Authorizing the issuance of a permit to Texas A & M International University Alumni Association for the installation of two (2) banners, located across E. Del Mar Boulevard and McPherson Road and San Bernardo Avenue across from the Civic Center to be hung for a period not to exceed 45 days from issuance of permit.  The banner is for advertising the Autmus Fest. 

 

43.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Interlocal Agreement for E 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Point Services and Automatic Location Information Maintenance Services between the City of Laredo as Administrator for South Texas Development Council (STDC) and individually the Counties of Webb, Starr, Jim Hogg, and Zapata, and Cities of Roma, Rio Grande City, and Laredo for the period beginning September 1, 2009 and ending August 31, 2011.

 

44.      Authorizing the City Manager to enter into contract and award 2008 Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) funds made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in the amount of (1) $538,485.00 to the Bethany House, (2) $331,699.00 to Webb County, and (3) $609,792.00 to Catholic Social Services to provide short or medium term rental assistance, security deposits, utility deposits, utility payments, moving cost assistance, motel and hotel vouchers and housing relocation and stabilization services to qualifying individuals and families residing within the City of Laredo, who are homeless or on the verge of becoming homeless. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

 

45.      Consideration to authorize an initial eight (8) week study by Chevron Energy Solutions in order to determine areas within the City that would benefit from an energy reduction recommendation on City buildings, equipment, development of a water meter energy management program, unaccountable water review, and energy conservation feasibility.  The initial phase has no financial impact to the City. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

 

46.      Authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement with Las Islitas LLC for the development of the Municipal Golf Course on 270 acres in West Webb County to be donated by the land owners representing Las Islitas and other terms and considerations defined in this agreement and proposal submitted by Las Islitas Farms;

 

1. Donation of 270 acres for the golf course, additional 120 acres for recreational use

 

2. Lease of 500 acre feet per year of Class A Rio Grande River water rights for $1.00 per year for a term of 20 years with one (1) additional 5 year option under the same terms and one additional 5 year option with terms to be negotiated

 

3. Cash contributions of $1,000,000.00 to the Project cost.

 

XI.               GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

47.       

a.       

A.        Request by Mayor Raul G. Salinas

 

1.  Presentation by Dr. Hector F. Gonzalez, Health Department     Director, on the operations of the new Bio-Safety Level III Laboratory.

 

B.        Request by Council Member Hector “Tito” Garcia

 

1.           Discussion with possible action to consider hiring a staff person to be paid by the City to work with Congressman Henry Cuellar’s office staff in Washington, DC on City of Laredo issues. (Co-sponsored by Gene Belmares)

 

C.        Request by Council Member Juan Narvaez

 

1.           Presentation by AB Barrera and Paco Barrientos recapping the Laredo Convention & Visitors Bureau domestic advertisement campaign.

 

D.        Request by Council Member Johnny Rendon

 

1.           Discussion with possible action on the paving of Aurora Street one block west of Marcella.

 

E.        Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

 

1.           Discussion with possible action to consider exchanging land with Laredo Independent School District.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member Hector “Tito” Garcia)

 

2.           Discussion with possible action on enforcing City Ordinances related to the posting of advertising notices on light poles, telephone poles, traffic control boxes and other related right-of-way structures.

 

3.           Discussion with possible action on providing Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) irrigation cost per one thousand equal to or less than what is charged to Laredo Country Club or Casa Blanca. (Co-sponsored by Council Member Johnny Rendon)

 

4.           Discussion with possible action on providing in-kind services for the Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) 2009 Autmus Fest.

 

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

 

1.           Discussion with possible action on installing speed cushions in District 7 as part of the initial pilot program.

 

2.           Discussion with possible action regarding traffic issues on Lafayette Street.

 

G.        Request by Council Member Cynthia Liendo Espinoza

 

1.           Discussion with possible action on using District 8 discretionary funds for improvements to Seven Flags Park.

 

XII.             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.

 

48.      Request for executive session pursuant to Texas Government Code, Section 551.072 to deliberate on the negotiations for the acquisition of Lot 1, Block 2014, Eastern Division; and return to open session.

 

49.      Request for executive session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.071(1)(A) to consult with City Attorney on contemplated litigation with regard to Lot 8, Block 1174, Eastern Division; and return to open session.

 

XIII.           RECESS AS THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MUNICIPAL HOUSING CORPORATION

 

50.      2009-LMHC-001 Authorizing the City Manager to submit and enter into a Memorandum of Agreement attached hereto, between the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation and Frontier Associates LLC, a Texas Limited Liability Company for the purpose of administering a Weatherization Grant Program providing for the replacement of complete central air conditioning and heating units, insulation, and other weatherization items at the Jose Flores Duplexes.  The grant will provide up to $6,500.00 per unit, to include an eight percent (8%) administrative fee paid to the Corporation.   (Approved by Operations & Finance Committee)

 

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

                       

51.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Article XII, Chapter 19, Division 2, and 5, Sections 19-562(c) and 19-601.12, of the Code of Ordinances.

 

a. Division 2, Section 19-562 (c) fares for fixed transit service

(1) Adult fare from $1.25 to $1.50

 

(2) Persons 62 or over or with disabilities with El Metro identification card:

 

·     peak hours from $0.10 to $0.35 (peak hours: 5:30 am to 9:00 am and 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm  Monday through Friday)

 

·        non peak hours from free to $0.35 (non peak hours: 9:00  am to 3:00 pm and after 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm,   Saturday, Sunday & holidays)

 

(3)  Half fare for Medicare recipients $0.75

 

(4) Children (over 5 and under 12 years of age) from $0.25 to $0.50

 

(5) Students fare from $1.00 to $1.25

 

(6) Transfers will be eliminated

 

(7) Express route service from $1.25 to $1.50

 

b. Division 5, Section 19-601.12 paratransit fares

(1)  Increase the cost per trip from $.75 to $1.00

 

(2)  Increase the cost for guest per trip from $.75 to $1.00

 

(3)  Paratransit fare coupons from (20) trips/$15.00 to (10) trip tickets/$10.00

 

providing for effective date and for publication. 

 

52.      2009-RT-008 Authorizing the City of Laredo to file an application, with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, Section 5309 Earmark E-2007-BUSP-0590, Project ID TX-04-0047-00 in the amount of $714,000.00 in federal match, and $178,500.00 in local match for improvements to Laredo Transit Hub; and authorizing the City Manager to execute all related documents. (Approved by Operations & Finance  Committees)

 

53.      Consideration for approval of the El Metro City-Wide Sidewalk Improvements (15 Blocks) as complete, and approval of Change Order No. 1 a decrease of $8,862.35 for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, release of retainage, and approval of final payment in the amount of $14,743.22 to ALC Construction, Inc., Laredo, Texas.  Final construction contract amount is $69,762.15.  Funding is available in the Transit 2008 New Freedom Grant. (Approved by Operations Committee)

 

XV.           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, September 2, 2009 at 6:50 p.m.

                                                                       

 

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary