CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2009-R-19

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

OCTOBER 19, 2009

5:30 P.M.

 

DISABILITY ACCESS STATEMENT

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I.                    CALL TO ORDER

 

II.                  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

III.                ROLL CALL

 

IV.               COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Communiqués

 

a.      Presentation by Anselmo “Chemo” Castro, President of the Washington’s Birthday Celebration Association (WBCA), regarding WBCA’s upcoming events.

 

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.

 

V.                 APOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

a.      Appointments by Council Member Cynthia Liendo Espinoza of Manuel Romo to the Vehicles for Hire Ad Hoc Committee.

 

b.      Appointments by Council Member Cynthia Liendo Espinoza of Dagoberto Carmona to the Drug and Alcohol Commission.

 

c.      Appointments by City Council to the Drug and Alcohol Commission.

 

VI.               PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the FY 2009-2010 9-1-1 Regional Administration budget by increasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $17,892.00 for administrative, equipment and program budgets for Jim Hogg, Starr, Webb, and Zapata counties for the period beginning September 1, 2009 and ending August 31, 2010. (Approved by Operations Committee)

 

2.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Health Department FY2009-2010 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $135,807.00 from the South Texas Development Council through funding from the Texas Department of State Health Services for the continuation of the Health Department HIV/Health & Social Services, for the period of September 1, 2009 through August 31, 2010. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

 

3.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement with the Drug Enforcement Administration in the amount of $40,422.00 and amending the FY 2009-2010 City of Laredo Annual Budget by increasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $24,849.00.  The agreement’s purpose is to reimburse costs for overtime and equipment incurred by the Laredo Police Department in providing resources for the Strike Force OCDETF (Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces) program.  The term of this agreement is from October 1, 2009 through September 30, 2010. (Approved by Operations Committee)

 

4.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Full Time Equivalent positions (FTE) by adding four (4) positions, two (2) Civil Engineer II (P.E.) grade 42 and two (2) Construction Inspectors grade 32; all four (4) will be mainly responsible for project management, engineering/construction monitoring and quality control of the Jefferson Water Treatment Plant Expansion project and North Laredo and South Laredo Wastewater Treatment Plants Projects.  Total costs for these positions, including benefits, is $261,100.00 and funding is available in the 2008 Utility Bonds. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

 

5.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for an office on Lot 24, Block 4, El Eden Subdivision, Phase VIII, located at 4934 Paz Lane. 

 

Staff supports the Conditional Use Permit and the Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the Conditional Use Permit. District I

 

6.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 6, Block 349, Eastern Division, located at 101 E Lyon Street, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District). 

 

Staff does not support the zone change and the Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the zone change.  District IV

 

7.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for offices (professional) on Lots 7 & 8, Block 1259, Eastern Division, located at 2202 and 2204 Locust Street.

 

Staff does not support the Conditional Use Permit and the Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the Conditional Use Permit with the addition of the following conditions:  provide an undivided barrier to prohibit all means of access along Locust Street; remove billboard signage from the premises; and provide a sidewalk along Bartlett Avenue for the length of the property. District IV

 

8.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Special Use Permit for oil and/or gas exploration in Unitec Industrial Park, Hachar Ranch, Milo Distribution Center, San Isidro East Point, Crossroads, El Portal Industrial Park, Killam Industrial Park, Laredo Distribution Center, Embarcadero, InterAmerica Distribution, International Trade Center, Pan American Business Park, Quivira Project, Millennium Industrial Park, and the right-of-way of F.M. 1472, located within the corporate limits of the City of Laredo. 

 

Staff supports the Special Use Permit and the Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the Special Use Permit.  Districts VI and VII

 

9.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 1.38 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit "A", located at 23703 Mines Road, from AG (Agricultural District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District). 

 

Staff supports the zone change and the Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the zone change.  District VII

 

10.      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 3, Block 215, Western Division, located at 1206 San Bernardo Avenue. 

 

Staff supports the Conditional Use Permit and the Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the Conditional Use Permit.  District VIII

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

VII.             INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

11.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute an amendment to the lease agreement authorized by Ordinance No. 2001-O-278 on November 26, 2001, with ASA Group, Ltd., for Tract No. 6 and Tract No. 7 of Block 1 of the Subdivision Plat of the Laredo International Airport Terminal Subdivision located at the Laredo International Airport.  Said amendment specifically amends Section 1.09 to allow for one(1) – two(2) sided off premise billboard and Section 4.09 by adding SubSection C prescribing the terms and conditions for allowing an off-premise billboard and providing additional compensation to the Airport Fund.  All other terms and conditions of the lease agreement remain unchanged and in effect; providing for an effective date. (Approved by Operations Committee)

 

12.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Laredo International Sports Hall of Fame for approximately 30 square feet of space located at the Airport Passenger Terminal Building at 5210 Bob Bullock Loop for the purpose of installing, operating and maintaining a display case for the Laredo International Sports Hall of Fame. Lease term is for ten (10) years commencing on January 1, 2010 and ending December 31, 2019. Declaring a public necessity/interest and waiving any and all rental obligations. (Approved by Operations Committee)

 

13.      Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a lease with Jesse Martinez & Hector Martinez of the tract of land of 15,433.46 sq. ft. (0.3543 of an acre), out of that former section of the 300 block of South Bartlett Avenue between Marion and Gates Streets, in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.  The term of this lease is a one (1) year term and month-to-month; thereafter, with an effective date of November 1, 2009, at a monthly rent of $47.50. Copy of lease is attached as Exhibit 1 of which Exhibit A is a metes and bounds description of the tract; and providing for an effective date. (Approved by Operations Committee)

 

14.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease agreement with AEP Texas Central Company, a Texas Corporation for approximately 15,000 square feet of warehouse space situated within a 3.0 acre tract of land located at 5508 Thomas Avenue.  Lease term is for seven (7) years commencing on November 1, 2009, and ending on October 31, 2016 and may be extended for one-five (5) year option until October 31, 2021.  Initial monthly rent shall be $7,500.00 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date. (Approved by Operations Committee)

 

15.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Amendment to Ground Lease (“Lease”) by and between the City of Laredo, a municipal corporation (“Landlord”), and Entravision Communications Company, L.L.C. (“Tenant”) dated September 30, 1999 and attached hereto; to allow an extension of said agreement until May 12, 2010; assign tower to the City of Laredo; and amend the Notice Section; except as amended by this Amendment, all other terms and conditions remain the same.  (Approved by Operations Committee)

 

VIII.           FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

16.       

2009-O-181 Amending Chapter 11 entitled (Electricity) of the Code of Ordinance of the City of Laredo by amending Section 11-2, of the Laredo Code of Ordinances by adopting with modification and amendments, the 2008 edition of the National Electrical Code of the National Fire Protection Association, Inc.; deleting sections 11-6, 11-23, 11-25, 11-27, 11-61, 11-64; modifying sections 11-4, 11-7, 11-22, 11-43; amending section 11-24 registration fees for contractors; amending section 11-44 basis fees from $20.00 to $25.00 and re-inspection fees from $10.00 to $50.00; adding section 11-65 providing a penalty not to exceed $2,000.00; providing a saving clause; providing severability clauses; and providing an effective date.

 

2009-O-182 authoring the City Manager to execute a contract with the Texas Department of State Health Services for the continuation of the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the term period October 1, 2009 through September 30, 2010; and amending the FY 2009-2010 City of Laredo full-time equivalent positions by adding one (1) full-time equivalent breastfeeding peer lay educator position with benefits (226-6008) and one (1) full-time equivalent nutritionist position with benefits (226-6009).  (AS AMENDED)

 

2009-O-183 Amending the City of Laredo Health Department FY 2009-2010 annual budget by authorizing the City Manager to accept, execute and appropriate revenues and expenditures in the amount of $40,000.00 for the Texas Mexico Bi-National Solid Waste Reduction and Vector Control Border 2012 grant to provide prevention, disease control, and health promotion activities from the Border Environment Cooperation Commission for the term period of October 1, 2009 through March 31, 2011.

 

2009-O-184 Amending the City of Laredo 2009-2010 budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $300,000.00.  The United States Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC) agreed to give the City of Laredo a contribution in the amount of $250,000.00 and the City of Nuevo Laredo, Tamp. agreed to give a contribution in the amount $50,000.00 for the Rio Grande Low Water Weir Project.

 

2009-O-185 Amending the City of Laredo FY 2010 Airport Construction Budget to recognize additional revenues from a grant received from the Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program Grant Project No. 3-48-0136-057-09 in the amount of $3,092,510.00 to rehabilitate General Aviation Apron Phase 4, Rehabilitate Runway 17R/35L edge lights, signs, upgrade electrical vault to include replacing regulators and emergency power generator(s), rehabilitate edge lights at Runway 17L and Taxiway J and engineering work to extend Runway 17R/35L at the Laredo International Airport and appropriating said grant revenue to the appropriate revenue and expenditure accounts and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment.  The City’s local match in the amount of $163,764.00 (5%) is available through the land purchased in FY2006 (Rash Tract).

 

2009-O-186 Setting the maximum speed limits on that portion of Shiloh Drive between IH 35 and McPherson Avenue, within the City limits of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, as 40 MPH, as defined in the control section map provided by the City of Laredo, Traffic Safety Department.

 

2009-O-187 Authorizing the City Manager to convey a 15 foot easement to AEP for an overhead power line from Las Peñitas Road through the City’s 30 acre site for the Peñitas Wastewater Treatment Plant in order for AEP to provide electric service for the plant, copy of which easement is attached as Exhibit 1, and copy of the location of the power pole is shown on Exhibit A of Exhibit 1; and providing for an effective date.

 

2009-O-188 Amending Ordinance No. 2007-O-016 providing for a lease agreement by and between the Laredo Transit Management, Inc. and the City of Laredo Department of Community Development by increasing the leased space at the Laredo Transit Center located at 1301 Farragut by 1,016 sq. ft. from 6,628 sq. ft. to 7,644 sq. ft. for a monthly sum of $5,289.65 and increasing the Community Development’s prorated share of the electric and water bills from 20% to 25% for the remaining term of the existing lease that expires February 2010. All other terms of the agreement will remain the same.  This action is contingent upon the continued availability of grant funding and as a result of recently funded programs through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA).

 

2009-O-189 Authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT), Section 5317, New Freedom (NF) Project Grant Agreement #51022F7072 in the amount of $218,624.00 with a local match of $54,656.00, for a grant total of $273,280.00; and to amend the FY 2009-2010 Transit Capital Grants Budget by appropriating the same amount for the purchase of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) vehicle equipment (as amended.)

 

2009-O-190 Authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Grant TX-04-0047, Section 5309, in the amount of $714,000.00 with a local match of $178,500.00, for a total grant budget of $892,500.00; and to amend the FY 2008-2009 Transit Capital Grants Budget in the amount of $892,500.00 to be used for the Transit “Administrative/ Operational/ Maintenance Facility”.

 

IX.               RESOLUTIONS

 

17.      2009-R-116 Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from the State Farm Insurance Corporation in the amount of $6,000.00 for promotional supplies for the Autotheft Task Force.  The grant is to be funded under the State Farm Safe Neighbors Program for the period of October 1, 2009 through September 30, 2010 at no cost to the city. (Approved by Operations Committee)

 

18.      2009-R-118 Authorizing the City Manager to sign a water rights agreement attached hereto as Exhibit A between the City of Laredo and John Nelson Mozingo and wife Shelly Jean Bell Mozingo and W.G. Bell Jr. where by the City is agreeing to purchase the right to divert and use 216.375 A/F per annum of Class “B” irrigation water rights which after conversion from irrigation rights to municipal use rights amounts to 86.55 A/F of municipal use rights per annum. A purchase price of $2,250.00 per A/F for a total purchase price of $194,737.50 and further authorizing the City Manager to sign and file necessary applications with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality on behalf of the City requesting that said water rights be severed from Certificate of Adjudication No. 23-349A and combined with Certificate of Adjudication No. 23-3997 as amended 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)

 

19.      2009-R-119 Authorizing the City Manager to sign a water rights agreement attached hereto as Exhibit A between the City of Laredo and Salinas Investments where by the City is agreeing to purchase the right to divert and use 88 A/F per annum of Class “A” irrigation water rights which after conversion from irrigation rights to municipal use rights amounts to 44 A/F of municipal use rights per annum. A purchase price of $2,250.00 per A/F for a total purchase price of $99,000.00 and further authorizing the City Manager to sign and file necessary applications with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality on behalf of the City requesting that said water rights be severed from Certificate of Adjudication No. 23-2762 and combined with Certificate of Adjudication No. 23-3997 as amended 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-120 Accepting a grant in the amount of $40,000.00 from the Texas Department of Transportation for performance of the Commercial Motor Vehicle Selective Traffic Enforcement Program from October 1, 2009 through September 30, 2010.  This grant is for overtime salaries.  The City of Laredo will provide a match of $10,540.00 for fringe benefits. (Approved by Operations Committee)

 

21.      2009-R-121 Accepting a grant in the amount of $99,806.00 from the Texas Department of Transportation for Enforcement of Comprehensive Selective Traffic Enforcement Program.  The grant period will begin October 1, 2009 and runs through September 30, 2010.  This grant is for overtime salaries.  The City of Laredo will provide a match of $26,136.00 for fringe benefits. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

 

22.      2009-R-122 Authorizing the City Manager to enter into and execute a Memorandum of Understanding, attached hereto as Exhibit A, between the United States Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Laredo Police Department for the purpose of assigning one (1) experienced officer to the DEA Task Force. (Approved by Operations Committee)

 

23.      2009-R-123 Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) in the amount of $48,196,000.00 to fund various projects as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (DWSRF). (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

 

24.      2009-R-127 Supporting and participating in the South Texas Development Council; and authorizing payment of $45,496.40 for City’s Membership Assessment for the period covering October 1, 2009 to September 30, 2010, and confirming the appointment of representatives from the City of Laredo to serve on the Board of Directors of the South Texas Development Council.

 

X.                 MOTIONS

 

25.      Consideration for approval of change order #2, a decrease in the amount of $17,114.35, to SLC Construction, L.P., Conroe, Texas for the NADB-02 Mines Road Sanitary Sewer Collection System at Peñitas.  This project is funded by the North American Development Bank (NADB).  This change order consists of the installation of three (3) phase rotary converters for the lift stations, field changes and increases or decreases to match actual constructed quantities.  The revised contract amount is $2,875,653.39. (Approved by Operations Committee)

 

26.      Consideration to award a contract to TYMCO, Inc., Waco, TX, in the total amount of $968,032.05, through the Houston Galveston Area Council Government (H-GAC) cooperative purchasing program, for the purchase of six (6) street sweepers.  Funding is available in the 2009 C.O. Bond. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

 

27.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract with Laredo Main Street in the amount of $37,500.00 in support of the Laredo Main Street Program.  Funding is available in the Hotel-Motel Tax Fund.

 

28.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute individual contracts with the following Hotel/Motel Tax Fund Recipients totaling $476,149.00 for FY 2009-2010.  Funding is available in the Hotel/Motel Tax Fund.

 

Border Olympics                              $70,000.00

Chamber of Commerce/Cola Blanca        $25,000.00

Laredo Ctr. For the Arts                 $150,000.00

Laredo Heat Youth Soccer Asso.             $17,283.00

Laredo Phil. Orchestra                     $46,800.00

Lulac 12                                                    $10,000.00

Lulac 7                                             $  7,283.00

Mexican Cultural Institute                         $  9,783.00

Society of Martha Wash.                  $10,000.00

Streets of Laredo                                      $15,000.00

WBCA                                             $ 60,000.00

Webb County Heritage Found.                 $55,000.00

 

TOTAL                                                                                                   $476,149.00

 

29.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute individual contracts with the following Third Party Funding Recipients, totaling $424,525.00 for FY 2009-2010.  Funding is available in the General Fund:

 

Area Health Ed. Ctr.                       $15,000.00

BEST                                                     $10,000.00

Bethany House                               $21,000.00

BigBrother/Sister of So.TX                    $  5,000.00

BANC                                              $28,450.00

Boys’ & Girl’s Clubs                              $41,000.00

Boys Scouts of America                   $ 5,000.00

Casa de Misericordia                            $16,000.00

Children’s Advocacy Ctr                 $27,825.00

Girl Scouts of So.TX                              $  5,000.00

Habitat for Humanity                       $10,500.00

Imaginarium of So.TX                            $13,750.00

Kidney Foundation                          $20,000.00

Laredo Amateur Boxing                         $10,000.00

Laredo CrimeStoppers                    $  1,000.00

Laredo Little Theatre                              $  8,000.00

Laredo Reg. Food Bank                   $ 8,000.00

LISD CrimeStoppers                              $  7,000.00

Literacy Volunteers                          $  2,625.00

Sacred Heart Childrens Home               $15,000.00

SCAN                                              $13,500.00

So. TX Food Bank                                  $35,875.00

Special Olympics                            $10,000.00

STCADA                                                 $  5,000.00

TX Migrant SafeHaven                   $10,000.00

Veteran’s Coalition                                 $80,000.00

 

TOTAL

                                      

                                                              $424,525.00

 

30.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract with the Laredo Development Foundation in the amount of $402,050.00 for FY 2009-2010.  Funding is available in the General Fund in the amount of $318,750.00, and the Bridge Fund in the amount of $83,300.00. 

 

31.      Approving monthly adjustments to the tax roll.  The amounts to be adjusted for the month of September 2009 represent a decrease of $32,358.81.  These adjustments are determined by the Webb County Appraisal District and by court orders.

 

32.      Authorizing the City Manager to award a construction contract pending final appropriation of funds from the Texas Water Development Board in the sum of $35,170,000.00 to the low bidder Pepper-Lawson Construction, L.P. for the expansion for the Jefferson Street Water Treatment Plant 65 MGD Process & Electrical Upgrades.  Funding is provided by grant funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  Grant Acceptance is dependent on approval of Resolution #2009-R-123. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

 

33.      Authorizing the City Manager to award an Engineering Contract to Raba-Kistner Consultants, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, in the amount of $83,000.00 for geotechnical engineering services for the El Pico Water Treatment Plant.  Funding is available in the 2008 Utility Bond. (Approved by Operations Committee.  Tabled by Finance Committee pending additional information for Council’s consideration.)

 

34.      Consideration to approve amendments No. 2 to Gilpin Engineering for an amount not to exceed $210,000.00 for the Phase-3 of Manadas Creek Multipurpose Drainage Improvement Project.  The Phase-3 services includes the preparation of plans and specifications for the detention pond excavations and filling, channel improvements within the San Isidro Development to accommodate the water quality aspects and recreational opportunities for Manadas Creek watershed.  The total contract amount will be $897,000.00 with these amendments.  Funding is available in the 2007 CO Bond. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

 

35.      Consideration for approval of amendment No. 3 an increase of $17,240.00 to the professional services contract with Puig Engineering Company, Laredo, Texas, for the Rancho Viejo Drainage Improvements to the 16” Water Line from San Gabriel to Loop 20 to prepare plans and specifications in accordance with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The services were performed on an extremely “fast tracked” basis as required to meet the ARRA stimulus funding requirements and deadline for the City’s application package submittal. Funding is available in the 2009 Water Bond Series. (Approved by Operations Committee)

 

36.      Consideration to amend the purchase order issued to Howland Engineering and Surveying Company, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $16,000.00 for a new total amount of $62,100.00 to prepare plans and specifications for the water line replacement at the Unitec Industrial Park along Unitec Drive from Cabezut to N. Unitec Drive cul-de-sac.  Funding is available in the 2008 Utility Bond. (Approved by Operations Committee)

 

37.      Consideration to award contract FY09-097 to GT Distributors, Austin, TX in the amount of $107,218.50 for the purchase of one hundred and fifty (150) rifles and rifle cases for the Police Department.  Funding is available in the Police Department budget - JAG Recovery Grant. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

 

38.      Consideration to renew contract number FY09-001 awarded to Leyendecker Materials, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $195,000.00 for the purchase of MS1, MS2, and MC-30 emulsified asphalt oils used for street paving projects. All materials are purchased on an as needed basis utilizing the construction project budgets.  Funding is available in the Public Works and Utilities Departments’ construction projects budgets.  (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

 

39.      Consideration to award contract FY 09-094 for security guard services for the Utilities Department to: (a) Alert Private Security Anytime Inc., Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $107,744.00 for providing security guard series for the Utilities Department utilizing the local bidder’s preference provision of the State of Texas Local Government Code.  Alert Private Security qualifies for the “local bidder’s preference” pursuant to section 271.905 of the State of Texas Local Government Code because (1) Alert Private Security principal place of business is in Laredo, Texas; (2) Alert Private Security’s bid is within 5% of the lowest bid and therefore the City Council may find that Alert Private Security, “offers the local government the best combination of contract price and additional economic development opportunities for the local government created by the contract award, including the employment of residents of the local government and increased tax revenues for the local government” – TLGC Section 271.905(b)(2); or (b) to low bidder, DGR Inc. Security, Oilton, Texas in the estimated annual amount of $104, 832.00.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department budget.  (Local preference approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

 

40.      Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder F & W Electrical Contractors, Floresville, Texas, in the amount of $1,425,000.00 for the Laredo International Airport Airfield Electrical Vault Improvements and Runway 17R-35L Lighting and Signage Improvements.  Construction contract time is two hundred forty (240) calendar days.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund – FAA Grant No. 57.  (Contingent upon approval of Ordinance 2009-O-185) (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

 

41.      Authorizing the City Manager to renew a professional service contract with Estrada Hinojosa & Company, Inc. for Investment Advisory Services for a period of two (2) years.  The investment advisory services contract applies to any and all investable funds that may be governed by the City’s Investment Policy.  The fee schedule is attached where an annual fee equal to three (3) basis points (.0003) of the investment portfolio.  The contract term begins upon signing of the contract until October 31, 2011; and is subject to future budget appropriations. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

 

42.      Consideration to authorize the City Manager to execute a contract with the Laredo Morning Times (LMT) (sole proposed) who will design, produce, sell advertising and print the 2010 Laredo Visitors Guide. LMT will print, at no cost to the City of Laredo, 130,000 copies of the guide which is a 68-72 page full color magazine featuring “Los Dos Laredos”. The guide will be produced under the direction of the Laredo Convention & Visitors Bureau relative to style, design, and editorial content. (Presented to Operations Committee and approved by Finance Committee.)

 

43.      Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder Leyendecker Construction, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the base bid amount of $4,620,000.00 for the World Trade Bridge U.S. Customs Inspection Station Expansion to include 7 new lanes and primary inspection booths, provide transition from bridge lanes to the 15 inspection lanes, transition from the 15 lanes and bypass to the 6 lanes at the secondary inspection canopy and an additional exit inspection booth and lane and site improvements contingent upon TXDot approval of bid.  Construction contract time is three hundred sixty-five (365) calendar days.  Funding is available in the Capital Grants Fund and 2008 Bridge Revenue Bond.  (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

 

44.      Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder ALC Construction, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the base bid amount of $320,484.25 for the Sidewalk City-Wide Project No. 38 (50 Blocks)–District VIII.  Construction contract time is ninety (90) working days.  Funding is available in the 2009 C.O. Bond. (Approved by Operations Committee.  Tabled by Finance Committee pending additional information for Council’s consideration.)

 

45.      Consideration to award annual service contract FY09-103 to the low bidder, Cantu Electric Inc., Laredo, TX in the estimated amount of $825,523.50 for the furnishing of materials, machinery, equipment, labor, and all other services necessary for the maintenance of street lights (not maintained by AEP-CPL) and traffic signal lights throughout the city.  The contract includes electrical services for traffic signals and street lights and for installation, construction, and underground work, for new and/or upgraded traffic signals and for the installation and maintenance of street lights.  This contract also contains provisions for city departmental electrical service projects and repairs. Funding is available in the Traffic Safety budget. (Approved by Operations & Finance Committees)

 

46.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract with the Laredo Animal Protective Society otherwise known as the Laredo Animal Shelter, totaling $266,000.00 for FY 2009-2010.  Funding is available in the General Fund.

 

XI.               GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

47.       

a.       

A.                 Request by Mayor Raul G. Salinas

 

1.           Discussion with possible action  on working with Mexican and United States Government Officials  to coordinate the processing of visitors and to implement the necessary measures to improve the flow of traffic for the Paisanos during the approaching  holiday season.

 

2.           Report by Dr. Hector Gonzalez, City Health Department Director on the availability of immunizations for the seasonal and H1N1 flu.

 

3.           Discussion with possible action  requesting the adoption of  a Resolution in support of the establishment of a Fusion Center for all law enforcement agencies having a presence in the  City of Laredo that participate in border security.

 

B.                 Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Mike Garza

 

1.           Discussion with possible action on adding a sidewalk at 3300 Cuatro Vientos, using District I Discretionary Funds, not to exceed $6,000.00. 

 

C.                Request by Council Member Hector “Tito” Garcia

 

1.           Discussion with possible action on placing a rubber track at Santo Niño Elementary School located in South Laredo.

 

D.                Request by Council Member Juan Narvaez

 

1.           Presentation by George Johnson, Johnson’s Mexico Insurance, on the importance of the Paisanos to the business community on IH 35 and Hwy 59 Business Corridors and requesting that they be allowed to partner with the City of Laredo in planning and coordinating assistance for the Paisanos during the upcoming holiday season as they travel through Laredo on their annual journey South. (Co-Sponsored by Mayor Raul G. Salinas & Council Member Hector “Tito” Garcia)

 

2.           Presentation by Destiny Bailey, a junior at Alexander High School, requesting Council support and sponsorship to attend the "Miss Texas Teen USA Pageant" in Houston TX on November 29, 2009.

 

E.                 Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

 

1.           Presentation by Salvador Alemany, Texas Forest Service, on tree selection for North Central Park and possible long range forestry plans, with possible action. 

 

2.           Discussion with possible action on adding additional street lighting north of San Isidro Parkway and south of Loop 20.

 

3.           Status report with possible action on the Ethics Ordinance and Ethics Commission.

 

4.           Discussion with possible action on providing six (6) additional segways for Police Department, using District VI Discretionary Funds.

 

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

 

1.           Discussion with possible action on creating an incentive package and/or an abatement program for the film making industry based on the amount of investment. (Co-Sponsored by Council Member Hector “Tito” Garcia)

 

2.           Discussion with possible action on creating the first annual downtown cycling race. (Co-sponsored by Council Member Cynthia Liendo Espinoza)

 

I.                     Request by Council Member Cynthia Liendo Espinoza

 

1.           Report on the National Night Out event held at the Civic Center Tuesday, October 6, 2009, with possible action.

 

XII.             STAFF REPORTS

 

48.      Presentation on the 2010-2035 Metropolitan Transportation Plan by Wilbur Smith Associates on behalf of the Metropolitan Planning Organization.

 

49.      Presentation by The Dinallo Group regarding the proposed development of “Laredo Xtreme Entertainment  Park” in the City of Laredo, with possible action.

 

XIII.           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.

 

50.      Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.071(2) to consult with City Attorney regarding contractual issues with PMDG and possible legal recourse; and return to open session for possible action. 

 

51.      Request for executive session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.071(1) (A) to consult with attorney on the pending eminent domain case of City of Laredo v. Luis Montaño, et al., Cause No. 2008CVQ00134D1, in the 49th District Court, Webb County, Texas. 

 

52.      Request for executive session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.072 to deliberate the value of real property pertaining to a potential transaction; and return to open session.

 

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

 

53.      Consideration to rescind the contract awarded for bid FY09-093 to De Hoyos Air Conditioning, Texas, Texas on October 05, 2009 for the installation of 145 complete central air conditioning and heating units at the Jose Flores Duplexes; and authorization is requested to award this contract to Sunbelt Air Conditioning, Laredo, Texas in the amount of $530,428.45.  De Hoyos Air Conditioning was unable to secure the required performance and payment bonds.  Funding is available from the AEP Texas Central Target Low Income Weatherization Program Grant. 

 

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

 

54.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute the Texas Department of Transportation Section 5307, Grant No. 51022F7052 for $708,885.00 and amending the FY 2009-2010 Transit Budget by increasing the State Operating Grant contribution and decreasing the Transit sales tax match for operating expenses by $41,376.00. (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, October 14, 2009 at 6:45 p.m.

                                                                       

 

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary