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

I. CALL TO ORDER
II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
III. ROLL CALL
IV. APPROVAL OF MINUTES

1. City Council Meeting of December 16, 1996; and
City Council Meeting of January 6, 1997

V. INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

2. Authorizing the Interim City Manager to execute a lease amendment to the lease between the City of Laredo, as Lessor, and Laredo Coachworks, Inc., as Lessee, dated January 6, 1992 and approved by Ordinance No. 92-O-001; said Amendment will change Lessee's name from Laredo Coachworks, Inc., to LCW Automotive Corporation; and providing for effective date.

3. Authorizing the City Manager to execute a partial release of covenant for property originally platted as the Plaza, Southgate II, Units 1 and 2 filed in Vol. 3 page 11, Webb County Plat Records.

4. Granting a license to Aleystra De Mexico for the use of a telecommunications PVC conduit on Juarez Lincoln International Bridge and on city right-of-way on Iturbide Street.

VI. FINAL READINGS

5. 97-O-016 Ordinance 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 days written notice and for a monthly rental of eleven dollars ($11.00), and providing for an effective date. (City Council)

6. 97-O-017 Ordinance 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. (City Council)

7. 97-O-018 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. (City Council)

8. 97-O-019 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. (City Council)

9. 97-O-020 Ordinance 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. (City Council)

10. 97-O-022 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. (City Council)

11. 97-O-023 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. (City Council)

12. 97-O-024 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. (Councilman Jose R. Perez)

13. 97-O-025 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 and authorizing the Interim City Manager to implement said budget. (City Council)

14. 97-O-026 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. (City Council)

15. 97-O-027 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. (City Council)

VII. RESOLUTIONS

16. 97-R-005 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 $713,062.00 with the City designating $370,905.00 in matching funds for a total of $1,083,967.00 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.

17. 97-R-006 Authorizing the City Manager to accept a Local law Enforcement Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Justice in the amount of $212,811.00, with the City designating $23,646.00, in matching funds for a total of $236,457.00, for two year funding of this grant beginning October 1, 1996, through September 30, 1998. The purpose of this grant is to provide units of local government with funds to underwrite projects to reduce crime and improve public safety. This grant will provide funds to hire an additional four officers to include salaries, fringe benefits, and equipment.

18. 97-R-007 Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation in the amount of $37,500.00, with the City designating $12,500.00, in matching funds for a total of $50,000.00, for funding of the "El Protector" Traffic Safety Education Program for the period of October 1, 1996 through September 30, 1997. This grant pays the salary, overtime pay, fringe benefits, office supplies, and travel of one Police Officer. This will be the third year of funding for this program.

19. 97-R-008 Authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement with the Department of Treasury/U.S. Customs Service for the reimbursement of $50,000.00, to the City of Laredo for the period of October 1, 1996, through September 30, 1997, for overtime wages for Police Officers to work with the U.S. Customs Service in the Operation Cooperation Program. This program utilizes off-duty Police Officers to search for stolen vehicles and contraband crossing into Mexico at the City's International Bridges. This operation will be in its eighth year of funding.

20. 97-R-009 Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant in the amount of $78,916 from the Texas Department of Health for the HIV/AIDS counseling, testing, referral and partner elicitation/notification project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning January 1, 1997, through December 31, 1997; and authorizing the City Manager to execute the contract.

21. 97-R-010 Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant in the amount of $24,000.00, from the Texas Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Management for the purpose of conducting a Hazardous Materials Transportation Route Study, Phase II (Vulnerability Study) for the City of Laredo; and authorizing the City Manager to request for proposals to conduct this Vulnerability Study.

22. 97-R-011 Expressing the City of Laredo's support of Senator Tom Haywood's proposed senate bill 76 "Communities Enrichment Act," which would require the Texas Lottery Commission to return five cents from every dollar of the Texas State lottery ticket sales to the cities and counties where sales were transacted.

VIII. MOTIONS

23. Approval of bid specifications and authorization to advertise for bids for the following: a) annual contract - car wash services, Fleet Division b) annual contract - vacuum truck services, Utilities Dept. c) annual contract - asphalt repairs, Utilities Department d) annual contract - water taps, Utilities Department Bids for annual contracts will be received on February 11, 1997 with a tentative bid award for February 18, 1997.

24. Authorizing the Interim City Manager to solicit bids from qualified environmental contractors for Household Hazardous Waste packaging, transporting, and disposal services; in order to comply with the City's National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) storm water permit requirements.

25. Approval of construction plans and authorization to advertise for bids for the 1996-1997 Street Recycling Project (133.5 Blocks) with tentative award on March 3, 1997. Funding is available in the Capital Projects Fund.

26. Approval of construction plans and authorization to advertise for bids for a Composite Liner for Cells No. 7 and No. 8 of the Laredo Landfill located at U.S. Highway 359 as required per Subtitle D Requirements of the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) with tentative award on March 3, 1997. Funding is available in the Landfill Fund.

27. Award of a four month office supply contract to the Low Bidder, Executive Office Supply, Laredo, Texas, for providing general office supplies for all city departments. This contract is based on lowest bids submitted for forty-three general office supply items most commonly used by all city departments. In addition, a percentage discount will be offered from the vendor's current catalog for general office supplies not specifically listed on the city's bid list. All items will be purchased on an as needed basis. The contract pricing is 2% less than the previous contract amount. Funding is available from the respective department's office supply line items.

28. Award of a contract to the Low Bidder, Gateway Cleaners, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $50,000.00, for providing laundry dry cleaning services for Police Department uniforms. The bid pricing is approximately 14% less than the previous contract period. Funding is available in the Police Department's contractual services, linen and laundry service line item.

29. Award of a contract to the Low Bidder, Grande Truck Center, San Antonio, Texas, in the amount of $44,300.00, for the purchase of one heavy truck with a mounted 1,500 gallon water tank. This truck will be assigned to the Public Works Department. Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund - Street Reconstruction.

30. Award of a contract to the Low Bidder, Sames Motor Company, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $45,300.00, for the purchase of one 1/2 ton extended cab truck for the Public Works Department and one utility vehicle for the Risk Fund. These vehicles will be equipped with compressed natural gas (CNG) bi-fuel fueling systems. Funding is available in the respective department's capital outlay budget. Delivery is anticipated within ninety days.

31. Award of a contract to the Sole Provider, Closner Equipment Company, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, in the amount of $28,028.65, for refurbishing the City's street paver. Extensive repairs are needed to the 1991 Barber-Greene 220B paver in order to maintain this unit in operational condition. In addition, the contract pricing includes the installation of an adapter which aids in the paving process. Closner Equipment Company, Inc., is the authorized dealer for this equipment. The original purchase price of this paver was $140,609.00. Staff anticipates that this refurbishing will extend the life of this equipment by approximately five (5) to seven (7) years. Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund -Street Reconstruction.

32. Award of a contract to the Lowest Bidder Meeting Specifications, Naztec, Inc., Sugar Land, Texas, in the amount of $15,500.00, for the purchase of twenty, school warning beacons. Ten beacons are proposed for the Laredo Independent School District, eight for the United Independent School District, as well as two additional beacons for any new requests. Delivery of these items is anticipated within sixty days. The City did receive a lower bid from Signal Engineering, Shreveport, Louisiana, however it did not meet specifications. Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund with both school districts contributing 50% of the purchase cost.

33. Award of a contract to the Sole Bidder, Newman Signs, Jamestown, North Dakota, in the amount of $45,116.57, for the purchase of 4,800 street name sign blades for 1,200 intersections. These are vandal proof street name signs which will be installed in CDBG areas. The installation of these larger street name signs will facilitate the street identification by emergency vehicles. Bid pricing is approximately 5% less than the previous sign purchase. Funding for this purchase is available in the Community Development Fund.

34. Award of a contract to the Sole Bidder, Woods Drilling Company, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $12,560.00, to perforate a secondary zone in the Santa Isabel Well casing. This work is intended to increase the yield of the existing well. the contract work includes pulling the existing pump, perforating the casing at a higher depth, water jetting the perforations, pulling 30 joints of black steel drop pipe, replacing this pipe with 4" galvanized pipe, and reinstalling the existing pipe. Funding for this project is available from the 1993 bond reserve appropriation.

35. Approval of amendment no. 1, an increase of $16,560.00 to the environmental assessment contract with Sherfey Engineering in association with Naismith Engineering, Inc. Laredo, Texas for the Manadas Creek Wastewater Interceptor Project on a fast tract basis in compliance with ASTM E 1527-94 Practice of Environmental Site Assessment, subjected to EDA approval. These services were not anticipated, however, archaeological investigations and testing is required for the captioned project. Current contract amount is $35,440.00. Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund-Economic Development Administration (EDA) fund.

36. Approval of change order no. 4, an increase of $25,037.00 to the construction contract with Don Krueger Construction Company, Victoria, Texas, for additional drilled pier depths for the Terminal Building and irrigation sleeves and electrical sleeves in preparation for the Landside Package, and to add 27 calendar days for the Laredo International Airport New Passenger Terminal Project and subject to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval. Current construction contract amount is $15,087,145.00. Funding is available in the New Airport Terminal Fund.

37. Award of a construction contract in the amount of $44,265.00 to the LOWEST BIDDER, Ramex Construction Company, Houston, Texas, for Sidewalks, Storm Drainage, and curb and gutter improvements on Calton Road, Maher Avenue and Thomas Avenue (3) streets - approximately 1,700 L.F.) around the New Laredo Police Station Project. Funding is available in the Capital Improvements Project Fund

38. Accepting the donation of $9,841.00, from Norwest Bank Texas, South, N.A., to be used by the City to purchase four scoreboards for the new Recreation Centers.

IX. CITY MANAGER'S REPORT

39. Presentation of a status report on the progress of the Colonias Project.

40. Presentation of a status report on the Southside Wastewater Treatment Plant expansion pursuant to the dissolution of S.A. Garza Engineering, Inc., the engineering firm of record, and requesting authorization to hire a construction Manager for 90 days and establishing Camp Dresser McKee as the new Engineer of record.

41. Motion to ratify and approve the retention of the Law Firm of Hunt, Hermansen, McKibben, and English, to file and to proceed to trial of the following lawsuits for the City of Laredo: a) Cause No. 96-CVQ01424-D3, In Re: Grand Jury Proceeding Re: Gustavo Guevara and the City of Laredo in the 341st District Court of Webb County, Texas, b) City of Laredo v. Jose Rubio, Jr., et. al., Cause No. 96- CVQ-01548-D2, in the 111th District Court of Webb County, Texas; and a request for possible Executive Session pursuant to Section 551.071 of the Texas Government Code to discuss pending litigation.

X. COMMUNICATIONS

XI. CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION AND PRESENTATION

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

A. Requests by Councilmember Louis H. Bruni

1. Status report on the Casa Blanca Trailer Park, with possible action.

2. Status report on the Proviron natural gas riser located at the intersection of Loop 20 and Del Mar Boulevard, with possible action.

3. Status report on the VAQ 94 commercial billboard located at the intersection of North Merida Drive and Loop 20, with possible action.

4. Status report on the extension of water and wastewater lines to the colonias located on Highway 359, with possible action.

5. Status report on the Traffic Division Oversize Permits Cash Handling Audit (Period of Fiscal Year 1995-1996), with possible action.

6. Status report on the two fires on FM 1472 (Mines Road) that occurred on Tuesday evening, with possible action.

B. Requests by Councilmember Mario Alvarado

1. Update on the Santa Isabel Water Well Project on the Mines Road.

2. Discussion and possible action concerning the placement of a traffic signal at Mines Road and Rancho Viejo Drive (entrance to Ranch Viejo Subdivision).

3. Discussion and possible action requesting a traffic count for the possible placement of a traffic signal on Milo Road and the intersection of Auburn or Gavin Roads.

4. Discussion and possible action on the Jalapeņo Festival request for charter buses from El Metro Transit System.

XII. PUBLIC HEARINGS

43. Public hearing authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas General Obligation Bonds, Series 1997, in the amount of $5,830,000 for the purpose of constructing and permanently equipping three fire stations; constructing and installing and equipping a fire training tower and training facility; and all other matters related thereto.

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Ordinance authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas General Obligation Bonds, Series 1997, in the amount of $5,830,000 for the purpose of constructing and permanently equipping three fire stations; constructing and installing and equipping a fire training tower and training facility; and all other matters related thereto.

44. Public hearing authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas combination tax and waterworks system revenue certificates of obligation, Series 1997-A, in the principal amount of $2,860,000 for the purpose of paying all or a portion of the City's contractual obligations for improvements and extensions to the City's Waterworks System and for paying legal, fiscal, and engineering fees in connection with this project and other matters relating thereto.

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Ordinance authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas combination tax and waterworks system revenue certificates of obligation, Series 1997-A, in the principal amount of $2,860,000 for the purpose of paying all or a portion of the City's contractual obligations for improvements and extensions to the City's Waterworks System and for paying legal, fiscal, and engineering fees in connection with this project and other matters relating thereto.

45. Public hearing authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas combination tax and revenue certificates of obligation, Series 1997-B, in the principal amount of $3,360,000 for the purpose of paying all or a portion of the city contractual obligation for the acquisition of fire trucks and related equipment; acquisition of library equipment and construction of improvements at new main library; purchase and acquisition of material recycling facility from Southern Sanitation Services, Inc.; and for paying legal, fiscal, architectural, and engineering fees in connection with such projects; and other matters relating thereto.

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Ordinance authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas combination tax and revenue certificates of obligation, Series 1997-B, in the principal amount of $3,360,000 for the purpose of paying all or a portion of the city contractual obligation for the acquisition of fire trucks and related equipment; acquisition of library equipment and construction of improvements at new main library; purchase and acquisition of material recycling facility from Southern Sanitation Services, Inc.; and for paying legal, fiscal, architectural, and engineering fees in connection with such projects; and other matters relating thereto.

46. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo's Special Police Program 1996/1997 budget in the amount of $236,457.00 for a Local Law Enforcement Block Grants Program from the U.S. Department of Justice for the first year funding of this grant for the period of October 1, 1996 through September 30, 1997, and authorizing the Interim City Manager to implement said budget.

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's Special Police Program 1996/1997 budget in the amount of $236,457.00 for a Local Law Enforcement Block Grants Program from the U.S. Department of Justice for the first year funding of this grant for the period of October 1, 1996 through September 30, 1997, and authorizing the Interim City Manager to implement said budget.

47. Public hearing approving a contract for fiscal year 1997-98 with the Texas Department of Health and Budget in the amount of $78,916 for the HIV/AIDS counseling, testing, referral and partner elicitation/notification (CTRPE) project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning January 1, 1997, through December 31, 1997; and increasing revenue line item 226-0000-323-4043 from $0 to $78,916 and expenditure line item 226-6059 from $0 to $78,916; and authorizing the Interim City Manager to execute the contract.

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Ordinance approving a contract for fiscal year 1997-98 with the Texas Department of Health and Budget in the amount of $78,916 for the HIV/AIDS counseling, testing, referral and partner elicitation/notification (CTRPE) project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning January 1, 1997, through December 31, 1997; and increasing revenue line item 226-0000-323-4043 from $0 to $78,916 and expenditure line item 226-6059 from $0 to $78,916; and authorizing the Interim City Manager to execute the contract.

48. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo FY 1996-97 Annual Budget to reflect the appropriate revenues and expenses required to accept the donation of $9,841 from Norwest Bank Texas, South, N.A. to purchase four scoreboards for the new recreation centers.

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 1996-97 annual budget to reflect the projected revenues and expenses required to accept the donation of $9,841 from Norwest Bank Texas, South, N.A. purchase of four scoreboards for the new recreation centers. XIII. MOTION TO RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MUNICIPAL HOUSING CORPORATION

49. Award of a contract to the Low Bidder, Eugenio Ramos, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $30,160.00, for the purchase of twenty-four (24) sets of kitchen cabinets for the Jose A. Flores Apartments. Bids were requested on the finished cabinets only, with the Housing Corporation maintenance staff being responsible for their installation. These will be replacement cabinets for existing rental units. Funding is available in the LMHC's Capital Improvement budget.

50. Award of a contract to the Low Bidder, Sames Motor Company, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $36,200.00, for the purchase of one 1/2 ton truck and one cargo van. These vehicles will be equipped with compressed natural gas (CNG) bi-fuel fueling systems. Funding is available in the LMHC's Capital Outlay budget. Delivery is anticipated within ninety days.

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

51. Authorization to sell the following vehicles and equipment:

a) Unit 8901/1989 Ford E350 in the amount of $200.00,
b) Unit 8902/1989 Ford E350 in the amount of $100.00,
c) Unit 8222/1982 Gillig no bid was received,
d) Unit 8225/1982 Gillig in the amount of $100.00,
e) Unit 601/1982 Trolley in the amount of $650.00,
f) Unit 6930/1969 GMC in the amount of $300.00,
g) Unit 6931/1969 GMC in the amount of $300.00,
h) Unit 8706/1987 Ford in the amount of $300.00,
i) Red Fuel Tank in the amount of $250.00,
These vehicles and equipment have exhausted their useful life and are being sold "as is." The total amount of revenues being realized from this sale is $2,200.00; and authorization to dispose of Unit 8222 for scrap material.

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 17, 1997 AT 5:30 P.M. ________________________

GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.
CITY SECRETARY