CITY OF LAREDO
CITY COUNCIL MEETING
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
1110 HOUSTON STREET
LAREDO, TEXAS
5:30 P.M.

AGENDA - JANUARY 6, 1997

 

I. CALL TO ORDER
II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
III. ROLL CALL
IV. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
2. City Council Meeting of December 2, 1996

V. INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

3. Rescinding Ordinance No. 90-O-144 dated September 4, 1990 authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease agreement with Saul Almaraz and wife Elvira Almaraz for a former 232 square feet section of Garza Street between San Eduardo and San Francisco Avenues and a former 233.90 square feet section of San Eduardo Avenue between Garza and Callaghan Streets abutting Lot 8-A, Block 353, Western Division, which leased area consists of approximately 465.90 square feet for a term of (10) years with an option for the City to terminate by 60 dayswritten notice and for a monthly rental of eleven dollars ($11.00), and providing for an effective date.

4. Authorizing the City Manager to execute on behalf of the City of Laredo any and all necessary documents to effectively convey fee simple title to Elvira Almaraz for the sale at fair market value of the "surface only" of a tract of land containing 0.001169 acres (509.29 square feet) more or less out of a certain 240 square feet section of the 500 block of Garza Street between San Eduardo and San Francisco Avenues and out of a 269.29 square feet section of the 1700 block of San Eduardo Avenue between Garza and Callaghan Streets both sections abutting Lot 8-A, Block 353, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County Texas, said tract of land being encroached by the improvements of the abutting property, being Lot 8-A, Western Division, for $1,783.00, this being the fair market value, and providing for an effective date.

5. An ordinance affecting participation of city employees in the Texas Municipal Retirement System granting the additional rights authorized by Section 854.202 (g) of Title 8, Texas Government Code, as amended; whereby any employee who is a member of the Texas Municipal Retirement System is eligible to retire and receive a service retirement annuity after 20 years of service at any age, and prescribing the effective date for the ordinance.

6. An ordinance allowing certain employees of the city who have terminated previous memberships in Texas Municipal Retirement System, to deposit the sums so withdrawn, plus annual withdrawal charges, and allowing the undertaking the cost of allowing any such employee credit in such system for all service to which such employee had been entitled at date of such withdrawal, with like effect as if all such service had been performed as an employee of this city.

 

7. Adopting the provisions of the Drug and Alcohol Testing Program for safety-sensitive positions established by Resolution No. 95-R-068, pursuant to the Omnibus Transportation Act of 1994 for commercial drivers and amending such policy to include all city employees and authorizing the city to implement policies and procedures identified herein pursuant to the city of Laredo's Code of Ordinances.

 

VI. FINAL READINGS

8. 97-O-001 Amending the provisions of the City of Laredo's code of ordinances Chapter 2, Article II, Sec. 2-16, which sets forth the departments of the City; and 2-17 which sets forth the divisions in each department; thereby deleting the transportation department and adding two departments being the traffic and bridge department and the airport department; and modifying the divisions within the applicable departments; providing for publications and providing for effective date. (City Council) (As Amended)

 

9. 97-O-002 Authorizing the Interim City Manager to execute a lease with Terry E. Priestap for approximately 2,040 square feet constituting Building #1328 located at 4015 North Jarvis Avenue.
1. Lease term is for one year commencing November 1, 1996 and ending October 31, 1997 and may extended for one year ending October 31, 1998.
2. Monthly rent shall be $200.00 and will be adjusted annually during the primary term and extension term of this lease according to changes in the Consumer Price Index. Building #1328 has been vacant for the past 18 months. (City Council)

10. 97-O-003 Approving and authorizing the execution of a 17' wide utility easement for electrical facilities located at the R.G. Barry leased premises at the Laredo International Airport to Central Power and Light Company and authorizing the Interim City Manager to execute all necessary documents of conveyance effectuating same. (City Council)

11. 97-O-004 Authorizing the Interim City Manager to execute a lease agreement with the County of Webb on behalf of the Laredo-Webb County Community Action Agency to establish a Head Start Program Child Development Center on the properties legally described as Lots 5 and 6, Block 113, Eastern Division, located on the 200 Block of West Kearney Street, in the City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; and providing for an effective date. (City Council)

12. 97-O-005 Ordinance authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for a Sexually Oriented Business, on Lot 9, Block 1, Tejas Industrial Park, Unit V, located at 8307 San Lorenzo Drive, providing for publication and effective date. (Jose R. Perez)

13. 97-O-006 Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning a 8.5846 acres out of Porcion 25, Abstract 50, as further described by metes and bounds, located south of Del Mar Boulevard east of Country Club Drive from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District). (Louis H. Bruni)

14. 97-O-007 Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 5.332 acres out of Porcion 25, Abstract 50, as further described by metes and bounds, located on Del Mar Boulevard east of the Winfield Subdivision from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Business District); providing for publication and effective date. (Joe A. Guerra)

15. 97-O-008 Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 3.1 acres out of Porcion 25, Abstract 50, as further described by metes and bounds, located on Del Mar Boulevard east of the Winfield Subdivision from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District); providing for publication and effective date. (Joe A. Guerra)

16. 97-O-009 Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1, 2, and 3, Block 10, Interamerica Distribution Park, Phase V, located on Killam Industrial Boulevard east of Atlanta Drive, from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District); providing for publication and effective date.
(Mario G. Alvarado)

17. 97-O-010 Ordinance amending Section 31-92(A) pertaining to the schedule of Sewer Rates of Chapter 31 (Utilities) of the Code of Ordinances by increasing the minimum rate from $5.50 to $8.50, for residential customers; and from $10.00 to $13.00, for commercial customers; increasing the escalating rate structure by approximately 14 percent for commercial and residential customers; and providing for publication and effective date. (City Council)

18. 97-O-011 Ordinance amending Chapter 12 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo entitled Fire Prevention and Protection, by creating a new Article III, entitled Industrial Districts and a new section 12-61, entitled "Industrial District Designation & quot;, and creating a new section 12-62. Authorizing a methodology for allocation of Fire Protection Costs; authorizing the City manager to enter into and execute said "Industrial District" Fire-Fighting Services contracts on behalf of the City of Laredo, and providing for publication and effective date. (City Council) (As Amended)

19. 97-O-012 Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1996-1997 budget in the amount of thirty thousand five hundred fifty nine dollars ($30,559) to reflect expenditures for the purchase of equipment for the Laredo Police Department and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget. (Joe A. Guerra)

20. 97-O-013 Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's Special Police Program 1996-1997 budget in the amount of $96,228.00, for a supplemental grant to the Cops Ahead Grant from the U.S. Department of Justice for the first year funding of the "Universal Hiring" Program for the period of October 1, 1996 through September 30, 1997, and authorizing the Interim City Manager to implement said budget. (Jose R. Perez)

21. 97-O-014 Approval of an amendment to the contract with the Texas Department of Health and a budget in the amount of $192,828, for the Tuberculosis Prevention/Control Projects of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning January 1, 1997, through December 31, 1997; and increasing Revenue Line Item No. 226-0000-323-4071 from $0 to $192,828.00, and Expenditure Line Item No. 226-6057 from $0 to $192,828.00. (Jose R. Perez)

22. 97-O-015 Ordinance to transfer Designated Fund Balance for contingencies to Unreserved Fund Balance and amending the City of Laredo's 1996-1997 General Fund budget to appropriate from the Unreserved Fund Balance $288,000 as a Reserve Appropriation for Capital Improvements to be used only upon the prior approval of City Council and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget. (Jose R. Perez)

VII. RESOLUTIONS

23. 96-R-150 Appointing the nominee of the Mayor and City Council members to an Ad Hoc Ordinance Review Committee. City Council directed staff to develop this resolution.

24. 97-R-001 Appointing of the nominees of the City Council Ad Hoc Nominating Committee of the Convention and Visitors Advisory Board.

25. 97-R-002 Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the Governor's Office for tenth year funding of personnel and direct operating expenses for a Multi-Agency Narcotics Task Force in the amount of $700,756.00 with the City designating $342,563.00 in matching funds for a total of $1,043,319.00 and authorizing the City Manager to sign any and all documents pertaining to this Grant application. The task force works in concert with the Laredo Office of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in enforcing federal and state narcotics laws in the city of Laredo and the counties of Webb, Zapata, Jim Hogg, and La Salle. The cash match will be derived from existing program generated income.

26. 97-R-003 Accepting 31.0 acres of land more or less in Porcion 38 Abstract 472 Tadeo Sanchez Original Grantee for use as park and open space.

27. 97-R-004 Accepting 18.0 acres of land included in Block 21, Lot 1 River Oaks Park Subdivision from the Killam Development Corporation for use as park and open space, and granting credit against park dedication requirements in future development.

VIII. MOTIONS

28. Approval of bid specifications and authorization to advertise for bids for the following:
a) annual contract - automotive parts, Fleet Division
b) annual contract - automotive batteries, Fleet Division
c) annual contract - lab services, Utilities Department
d) annual contract - PVC & related material, Utilities Department, Wastewater Division
e) annual contract - water repair clamps, Utilities Department, Water Distribution Division
f) trailer mounted trash pump, Utilities Department, Water Distribution Division
g) sportstrainer (weight equipment system) - Parks and Recreation (recreation center equipment)
Bids for annual contracts will be received on January 30, 1997 with a tentative bid award for February 18, 1997. Bids for trash pump and sportstrainer will be received on January 23, 1997 with a tentative bid award for February 3, 1997.

29. Approval of construction plans and authorization to advertise for bids for a Freight Booth in Lane 6 at the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge No. 2 with tentative award on February 3, 1997. Funding is available in the Bridge Fund-Toll Plaza Improvements.

30. Authorizing the Interim City Manager to request proposals from local homeless service providers for the award of $74,750 in 1996 Emergency Shelter Grant funds for the rehabilitation of a homeless shelter(s) and $34,500 for the provision of homeless prevention services as stipulated in the 1996 Consolidated One Year Action Plan submitted to and approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

31. Award of contract to the SOLE BIDDER, Hovertechnics, St. Joseph, MI., in the amount of $17,605.00, for the purchase of a rescue hovercraft boat for the Fire Department. The Department is requesting authorization to purchase this special rescue craft due to the difficulty in launching a regular rescue boat on the river banks. Funding is available in the Fire Department's capital outlay budget.

32. Authorizing a three year lease purchase contract, in the total amount of $131,213.00, with IBM Corporation, Corpus Christi, Texas, for an upgrade of the AS/400 computer processor, and the addition of memory and disk capacity, for the computer network used by the Police and Fire Departments. This upgrade will allow for faster processing and storage, and the retrieval of the data base files used in the Police Department's Crime and dispatching software, and for the Fire Department's CHIEF's software for EMS and fire reporting. The terms of this contract will be for three years at an affected interest rate of 3.97%. Police Trust funds will be used for this upgrade.

33. Refund of property taxes in various amount to the following individuals for companies to:
a. Falcon National Bank in the Amount of $1,947.55, as a result of an overpayment;
b. Pyle Investments, Inc. in the amount of $1,653.78, as a result of the property being double assessed;
c. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. in the amount of $9,626.96, as a result of payment in error.

 

IX. CITY MANAGER'S REPORT

34. Report on the results of the surveys of the residents living on the 1700 through 2200 blocks of Lafayette Street, abutting the West Laredo Overpass.

35. To formalize contract with the firm of Miller and Van Eaton, P.L.L.C. for legal representation of the City of Laredo in matters other than related to cable and telecommunications before the Congress, Executive Branch, and independent agencies of the federal government.

7:00 RECESS

X. COMMUNICATIONS

a. Presentation by Rafael Lerma, Jr., concerning his desire for a sidewalk refund at 1907 Lafayette St.

 

XI. CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION AND PRESENTATION

36. Requests by Mayor and City Councilmembers for discussion and presentation.

A. Requests by Mayor Saul N. Ramirez, Jr.

1. Appointing C.P. Jose Manuel Suarez Lopez and A.A. Lic. Sergio Lujan as the Mexican representatives to the City's Transportation and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee.

B. Requests by Councilmember Louis H. Bruni

1. Discussion and possible action concerning future City Council approval of all detention ponds and the status of the ordinance requiring the concrete lining of all future detention ponds.

2. Status report on the Chacon Creek Interceptor Project, with possible action.

3. Status report on the Santos Trailer Park, with possible action.

C. Requests by Councilmember Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

1. Request to have a traffic study done at the intersection of Springfield and Saunders Avenue with possible action. The traffic stacks back on Springfield, north of Saunders and causes major traffic congestion during peak traffic hours.

D. Requests by Councilmember Mario Alvarado

1. Request for staff to determine ownership of Ortiz Street (1600 through 1700 blocks) adjacent to Farias Elementary School, west of Santa Maria. Does it belong to city or school?

2. Study and recommendation from staff to expand truck route from Riverside to Industrial Blvd. (Approx. 3 blocks).

3. Request for cost estimate on the widening and paving of Santa Maria from Markley to Del Mar Blvd.

 

XII. PUBLIC HEARINGS

37. Public hearing amending Section 24-82.4.1 of the Laredo Land Development Code relating to the permitted dimensions for on-premises free-standing signs; providing for publication and effective date.

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
Ordinance amending Section 24-82-4.1 of the Laredo Land Development Code relating to permitted dimensions of on-premises free-standing signs; providing for publication and effective date.

38. Public hearing concerning an ordinance reorganizing subsections (A) through (C) and creating subsection (D) "Charges for Copies of Public Information from other City Departments," of section 2-3, of Chapter 2 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo, thereby codifying and amending Ordinance No. 91-O-249; providing for an increased charge for birth certificates, definitions and additional charges for copies to be accessed; providing severability; and providing for an effective date and publication.

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
Ordinance reorganizing subsections (A) through (C) and creating subsection (D) "Charges for Copies of Public Information from other City Departments," of section 2-3, of Chapter 2 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo, thereby codifying and amending Ordinance No. 91-O-249; providing for an increased charge for birth certificates, definitions and additional charges for copies to be accessed; providing severability; and providing for an effective date and publication.

39. Public hearing amending Section 30-2, titled "Fee for issuance of property tax certificates," of Article I, of Chapter 30, taxation, of the code of ordinances of the City of Laredo by; thereby increasing the fee charged for tax certificates; providing severability; and providing for an effective date and publication.

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
Ordinance amending Section 30-2, titled "Fee for issuance of property tax certificates," of Article I, of Chapter 30, taxation, of the code of ordinances of the City of Laredo by; thereby increasing the fee charged for tax certificates; providing severability; and providing for an effective date and publication.

40. Public hearing and authorization to reprogram 18th and 19th Action Year Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) fund balances totaling $335,676 to carry out the following projects:
1. Public Improvements associated with the Cigarroa, Farias,
and K. Tarver Recreational Centers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . $189,200
2. Paving Project 59 Grants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26,480
3. National Pollution Discharge Elimination System
(NPDES) Stormwater Management Plan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44,996
4. Graffiti Removal Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75,000
TOTAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $335,676
CDBG fund balances totaling $633,886 will still remain available for future reprogramming.

41. Public hearing authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for an above ground diesel fuel storage tank, on Lot 1, Block 2001, South Laredo Industrial Park, located at 417 Boom Town Road.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
Ordinance authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for a 10,000 gallon above ground diesel storage tank, on Lot 1, Block 2001, South Laredo Industrial Park, located at 417 Boom Town Road, providing for publication and effective date.

42. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo's 1996-1997 annual budget in the amount of $247,923.00 for a grant awarded by Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission to implement the Ecology Demonstration Showcase at Father Charles McNaboe Recreational Complex for the period from 11/01/96 to 9/30/97 and authorizing the Interim City Manager to implement said budget.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1996-1997 annual budget in the amount of $247,923.00 for a grant awarded by Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission to implement the Ecology Demonstration Showcase at Father Charles McNaboe Recreational Complex for the period from 11/01/96 to 9/30/97.

 

43. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo's 1996-1997 annual budget by creating a right-of-way maintenance crew for the Public Works Department composed of five (5) laborers and one heavy truck driver for a total of $75,808, and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1996-1997 annual budget by creating a right-of-way maintenance crew for the Public works Department composed of five (5) laborers and one heavy truck driver for a total of $75,808, and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget.

 

44. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo's Garbage Ordinance dated June 6, 1977 and redefining the word "Rubbish" to mean tin cans, bottles, papers, tree limbs (which shall be cut into lengths not exceeding 6 feet), papers etc., from any premises within the city limits, and authorizing the Interim City Manager to implement said amendment.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's Garbage Ordinance dated June 6, 1977 and redefining the word "Rubbish" to mean tin cans, bottles, papers, tree limbs (which shall be cut into lengths not exceeding 6 feet), papers etc., from any premises within the city limits, and authorizing the Interim City Manager to implement said amendment.

 

XIII. MOTION TO RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MUNICIPAL HOUSING CORPORATION

 

45. Approval of bid specifications and authorization to advertise for bids for the installation of security fencing at the Tomas Flores Apartments. This project has been identified in the 1997 Capital Improvement Project budget. Approximately 2,265 linear feet will be installed around the perimeter of this apartment complex.

 

XIV. MOTION TO RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD

46. Public Hearing and motion to realign the following three El Metro Bus Routes in order to increase efficiency, productivity, and on-time performance:
a) Route #14 Santa Rita
b) Route #9 Market
c) Route #15 Main/Riverside

47. Motion to adopt a logo, colors and typeface for use on all EL METRO-related media.

48. Motion to suspend advertising on El Metro buses.

49. Approval of bid specifications and authorization to advertise for bids for the purchase of the following equipment and furniture for the Transit System Intermodel Downtown Transit Center:
a) (1) three wheel street legal police vehicle (cushman type)
b) (1) parking lot sweeper/scrubber
c) office and lobby furniture.

XV. ADJOURNMENT

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 FRIDAY, JANUARY 3, 1997 AT 5:30 P.M.

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GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.
CITY SECRETARY