CITY OF LAREDO COUNCIL MEETING


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

                                     AGENDA

       A97-R-28                                               AUGUST 18, 1997

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

       2. City Council Meeting of July 7, 1997
          City Council Workshop COPS of July 10, 1997
          Aid to other Agencies Workshop of July 19, 1997
          City Council Meeting of July 21, 1997

   V.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES


       3. Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Dynair CFE
          Services, Inc., for approximately 416 square feet constituting
          Building #168.
          1. Lease term is for one (1) year commencing May 1, 1997 and ending
             April 30, 1998 and be extended for one (1) year ending April 30,
             1999.
          2. Monthly rent shall be $425.00 and will be adjusted annually during
             the primary and extension term of this lease according to changes
             in the Consumer Price Index.  Previous monthly rent was $369.51.
             Leased premises are used for air freight operations

       4.  Closing as a public easement a 513.1 square foot parcel of land, more
           or less, out of the 1000 Block of Baltimore Street between Flores and
           San Agustin Avenues and the 3500 Block of Flores Avenue between
           Baltimore and Lafayette Streets, said parcel of land being encroached
           by the improvements of the abutting property being Lot 2, Block 901,
           Western Division, being more particularly described by metes and
           bounds, and authorizing the sale of the "surface only" of said parcel
           of land at the adjusted fair market value of $1,026.20, and
           authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to
           effectively convey fee simple title to Victor Alvarez and wife Sara
           A. Alvarez and Irene R. Sanchez, a single woman.

       5.  Closing as a public easement a 465.28 square foot parcel of land,
           more or less, out of the 1800 Block of Logan Avenue between Guerrero
           and Lane Streets, said parcel of land being encroached by the
           improvements of the abutting property being Lot 7, Block 250, Eastern
           Division, being more particularly described by metes and bounds, and
           authorizing the sale of the "surface only" of said parcel of land at
           the adjusted fair market value of $697.92, and authorizing the City
           Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey fee
           simple title to Adelina de Leon and Virginia A. Gonzalez.

       6.  Authorizing the establishment of a limited-time deferred payment plan
           for delinquent customers of the utilities department who declare
           themselves willing but unable to pay the full balance on their
           account, citing hardship, or extraordinary circumstances.

       7.  Authorizing the Utilities Department to refuse service to individuals
           or business entities who owe prior balances for services received and
           who attempt to open an account under a different name or location for
           the purpose of avoiding payment of said rendered services; providing
           for effective date and publication.

  VI.  FINAL READINGS

       8. 97-O-179  Amending Section 2 of Ordinance No. 90-O-101, to clarify and
                    set forth the voting powers  of the Mayor Pro Tem of the
                    City of Laredo, and for other purposes.  (City Council) 9.
       97-O-180  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Border
                    Maintenance Service, Inc., for approximately 2,304 square
                    feet constituting Building #1421 located at 1817 Pappas
                    Street at the Laredo International Airport. Lease premises
                    are used for office space and a maintenance service
                    workshop.
                    1. Lease term is for one (1) year commencing July 1, 1997
                       and ending June 30, 1998.
                    2. Monthly rent shall be $550.00.  Previous monthly rent was
                       $500.00.  (City Council)

      10. 97-O-181  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Loomis,
                    Fargo & Co., for approximately 1,380 square feet
                    constituting Building #S-3 located at 1703 Sandman Street.
                    Lease premises are used for armored car security services.
                    1. Lease term is for one (1) year commencing July 1, 1997
                       and ending June 30, 1998 and may be extended for one (1)
                       year ending June 30, 1999.
                    2. Monthly rent shall be $1,104.00 and will be adjusted
                       annually during the primary and extension term of this
                       lease according to changes in the Consumer Price Index.
                       Previous monthly rent was $992.41.
                       (City Council)

      11. 97-O-182  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Bowden
                    Medical, Inc., for approximately 3,588 square feet
                    constituting Building #1432, #1438 and #1439. Building #1432
                    is located at 1803 Pappas Street, and Building #1438 & #1439
                    are located at 1719 Pappas Street at the Laredo
                    International Airport.  Lease premises are used to store
                    medical equipment and supplies.
                    1. Lease term is for one (1) year commencing May 1, 1997 and
                       ending April 30, 1998.
                    2. Monthly rent shall be $630.00.  Previous monthly rent was
                       $600.00.  (City Council)

      12. 97-O-183  Amending the provisions o the City of Laredo's Code of
                    Ordinances Chapter 2, Article II, Sec. 2-16, which sets
                    forth the Departments of the City; and 2017 which sets forth
                    the division in each department; thereby deleting the
                    Educational and Recreational Services Department and the
                    Developmental Services Department and adding four
                    departments being the Parks and Recreation Department, the
                    Building Inspections Department, the Library Department, and
                    the Convention and Visitors' Bureau; and modifying the
                    divisions within the applicable Departments; providing for
                    publication and providing for effective date.
                    (City Council)

      13. 97-O-184  Authorizing the execution of an interim loan agreement
                    between the City of Laredo and NBC Bank -Laredo, N.A., in
                    the amount of $1,350,000.00, payable from surplus revenues
                    of the City's International Toll Bridge System, and other
                    matters related to this subject.  (City Council)

      14. 97-O-185  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of
                    Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use
                    Permit for a child education/day care center on Lots 1 and
                    2, Block 1697, Eastern Division, located at 2801 and 2807
                    East Fremont; providing for an effective date and
                    publication.  (Louis H. Bruni)

      15. 97-O-186  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of
                    Laredo by rezoning 22 acres, as further described by metes
                    and bounds, located on the south side of Del Mar Boulevard,
                    south of Bermuda Dunes Subdivision, from R-1 (Single Family
                    Residential District), R-2 (Multi-Family Residential
                    District) and B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4
                    (Highway Commercial District); providing for an effective
                    date and publication.  (Alfonso I. Casso)

      16. 97-O-187  Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1996-1997, annual
                    budget in the amount of $55,721.00 for funding of supplies
                    and direct operating expenses for a Multi-Agency Narcotics
                    Task Force for the period of June 1, 1997 through May 31,
                    1998. (As Amended) (City Council)

      17. 97-O-188  Amending the City of Laredo's 1996-1997, Annual Budget in
                    the amount of $24,000.00, for a grant from the Texas
                    Department of Public Safety Division of Emergency Management
                    in order to complete a Hazard Vulnerability Analysis.
                    (City Council)

 VII.  RESOLUTIONS

      18. 97-R-085  Opposing the proposed Nuclear Waste Dump to be located in
                    Sierra Blanca, Hudspeth County, Texas. (Sponsored By Mayor
                    Saul N. Ramirez, Jr.)

      19. 97-R-088  Authorizing the City of Laredo to participate in the
                    following investment pools:  LOGIC (Local Government
                    Investment Cooperative) and Lone Star Investment Pool.  The
                    City of Laredo Investment Policy requires approval by City
                    Council in order to join any investment pool. LOGIC and Lone
                    Star Investment pools are both in compliance with the Public
                    Funds Investment Act; both offer safety of principal; both
                    offer diversification of the City Portfolio; both offer
                    liquidity and higher yields.

VIII.  MOTIONS

      20. Approval of bid specifications and authorization to advertise for bids
          for the following:
          a) Computer Equipment - Police Department, Engineering, Tax
             Department, Utilities Department, Bridge System.  A tentative bid
             award date is set for September 15, 1997.  Funding is available in
             the Police Department Trust Fund -Capital Outlay, Engineering
             Department Design, Drafting, Capital Outlay, Bridge System -Capital
             Outlay.

      21. Authorizing the City Manager to solicit request for proposals from
          qualified environmental services for drilling 4 additional Groundwater
          Monitoring Wells at the City's Municipal Landfill in compliance with
          Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) Chapter 330
          Subchapter I (Groundwater Sampling and Monitoring) and Subchapter J
          (Closure).

      22. Approval of construction plans and authorization to advertise for bids
          for the Telecommunications Offices and Public Access Facility, and
          authorization to bid the project with tentative award on September 22,
          1997. The facility is to be located in the Civic Center on the 900
          block of garden Street. Funding is available in the Public Access
          Channel Account.

      23. Authorizing the City Manager to pursue a planning grant from the
          Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC) for the preparation
          of a water master plan; authorizing the issuance of Request for
          Qualifications from engineering firms for said project.

      24. Approval of a contract with RWL Group, Dallas, Texas, for an amount
          not to exceed $9,500.00, to conduct a funding study with respect to
          the surplus or deficit position of the Health and Benefits Fund in
          order validate the recommended pension upgrade approved by the City
          Council at the budget workshop, to become effective January 1, 1998.

      25. Approval of a contract with RWL Group, Dallas, Texas, for an amount
          not to exceed $8,000.00, to conduct a rate study of the City's health
          benefits plan.

      26. Authorizing the use of monies located in the City Council's Reserve
          For Capital Improvement account to facilitate the purchase of a marble
          monument to be placed at Veterans Field in the amount of $2,075.00,
          from Joe Jackson Heights, Laredo, Texas.

      27. Authorize the purchase of seven portable radio for the Police
          Department through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments
          (HGAC) - Cooperative Purchasing Program, in the total amount of
          $13,370.00. These voice secure radios will be purchased through the
          cooperative purchasing contract vendor Motorola. This equipment is
          needed for the implementation of the Community Oriented Policing
          Program. Delivery of these radios is expected within sixty days.

      28. Authorizing the City Manager to request bids and to purchase street
          lights to be placed on trees and around light poles in the Downtown
          area bounded by IH 35 on the East, Moctezuma on the North, Zaragoza
          Street on the South, and Santa Maria Avenue on the West. This project
          will provide increased illumination and enhance the area's safety and
          aesthetics. To fund this project, staff further seeks authorization to
          transfer $170,000.00, of 22nd Action Year Community Development Block
          Grant funds from the Economic Development Loan Account No. 211-9640-
          535-1189 to the Street Light Account No. 211-9640-535-1158.

      29. Acceptance of the Construction of Cells No. 7 and No.  8 per Subtitle
          D Requirements of the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission
          (TNRCC) for the City of Laredo Landfill located at Texas Highway 359
          and approval of final payment in the amount of $25,201.39 to Big D
          Lining Systems Company, Midland, Texas. Funding is available in
          account No.  666-2760-353-1200.

      30. Acceptance of the 36 Inch Diameter Water Line Project from the
          Jefferson Street Water Treatment Plant to FM 1472 Water Tower at Mines
          Road, and approval of total release of the retainage in the amount of
          $112,621.05 to McLean Construction Company, Inc., Killeen, Texas. A
          deduction of $2,360.00, for contact clips not placed is recommended,
          therefore final payment is $110,261.05. Funding is available in the
          Retainage Payable Account.

      31. Approval of change order no. 2, a decrease of $1,356.35, acceptance of
          the Malinche Avenue Re-Alignment Street Improvements from
          Bartlett/Locust to Frost Street Project, and approval of final payment
          in the amount of $24,251.05 to Ramex Construction Company, Inc.,
          Houston, Texas.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund
          Malinche Re-Alignment Project and Retainage Payable Account.

      32. Approval to reject the sole bid received from Leyendecker Construction
          Company in the amount of $2,198,000.00 for the construction of the
          Father Charles McNaboe Recreational Complex and authorizing City Staff
          to work on a plan whereby some of the construction work can be done
          in-house and portions to be subcontracted out, with the concurrence of
          the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife and United Independent
          School District (UISD).

      33. Award of a construction contract to the LOWEST BIDDER, A.E.
          Construction Company, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, in the amount of
          $263,930.86, for the Construction of 68 accessible ramps at 17
          intersections at San Agustin Plaza, Bruni Plaza and Saint Peters Plaza
          and related access routes.  A total of three bids were received for
          this project. Contract time is 130 working days. Funding is available
          in the Community Development Curb Construction ADA and Capital
          Improvement ADA Improvements.

      34. Award of an asbestos abatement contract to the LOWEST BIDDER, Bexar
          Environmental San Antonio, Texas in the amount of $23,598.00 for the
          Asbestos Abatement of Laredo International Airport Buildings 1324 &
          1425. This project is part of the Economic Development Administration
          Airport/Medical Infrastructure Improvement Project. The City received
          a total of seven (7) bids. Funding is available in the Airport/Medical
          Infrastructure Improvement Project Fund.

      35. Award of an engineering contract to G.G. Salinas Engineering, Laredo,
          Texas, in the amount of $38,600.00 to provide surveys, design and
          prepare plans and specifications for the construction of sidewalks
          along Community Development lock Grant (CDBG) residential
          neighborhoods to provide safe walkways to connect neighborhoods to
          local schools.  Funding is available in the Community Development CD
          Projects/Sidewalks Account.

      36. Approval of amendment no. 2, an increase of $45,000.00 to the
          engineering contract with NRS Consulting Engineers, Harlingen, Texas,
          for additional Resident Project Representative (inspection services)
          due to construction delays for the Milmo Avenue, East Corridor and
          Other Booster Pump Station Project and for the 5 Million Gallon Water
          Storage Tank and High Service Pump for the sierra Vista Booster
          Station in South Laredo.  Staff recommends seeking reimbursement for
          these additional inspection costs from the contractor by assessing
          liquidated damages for delays. Original contract amount was for
          $175,400.00. This amendment brings the total to $243,400.00. Funding
          is available in the Waterworks System Fund.

      37. Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City's contract with Parsons
          Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas, Inc., for Environmental Assessment
          Services (EA) associated with the Laredo Northwest International
          Bridge (Fourth Bridge) and connecting roadways to extend the contract
          period to January 15, 1997.

      38. Referring proposed amendments of the City of Laredo Comprehensive Land
          Use Plan to the Planning and Zoning Commission and requiring said
          amendments to be brought back before the City Council no later than
          September 15, 1997, in accordance with Article IX, Section 9.03 of the
          Charter of the City of Laredo.

      39. Motion to (1) accept the Webb County Appraisal District Property
          Appraisal Roll, (2) accept the Effective Tax Rate Calculation, (3)
          setting a Public Hearing for August 25, 1997, to adopt the proposed
          Tax Year 1997 tax rate, and (4) authorizing the Tax Assessor/Collector
          to begin publication of notices.

  IX.  CITY MANAGER'S REPORT

      40. Discussion and possible action regarding implementing Section 4, of
          the Interlocal Agreement between the City of Laredo and the County of
          Webb for the provision of fire protection, emergency medical and
          rescue services for all unincorporated areas of the County outside the
          incorporated limits of the City as it relates the terms of this
          section. Section 4 provides that a 365 day notice be given to
          renegotiate or cancel said agreement.

      41. Authorize the City Manager to proceed with the permanent closure of
          the 1100 Block of Zaragoza Street. This section of street, between
          Convent Avenue and Flores Avenue, has been temporarily closed since
          March 12, 1997 when Bridge I was closed to vehicular traffic for
          emergency repairs.  The permanent closure of Zaragoza Street is being
          recommended to remove traffic backups that occur in the San Agustin
          Historic District by prohibiting access to Bridge I from Zaragoza
          Street, to reduce vehicular and pedestrian conflicts at the
          intersection of Convent Avenue/Zaragoza Street, and to improve
          pedestrian access to Bridge I.

      42. Requesting the City Council conduct an evaluation of performance of
          the City Manager as per Section 6 of the Employment Agreement between
          the City of Laredo and Mr. Florencio Pena, III, with possible
          Executive Session pursuant to Section 551.074 of the Texas Government
          Code to deliberate said evaluation.

      43. Request for Executive Session pursuant to Section 551.071 of the Texas
          Government Code to discuss pending litigation to-wit: City of Laredo
          vs. Texas Mexican Railway Company and Missouri Pacific Railroad
          Company, d.b.a. Union Pacific Railroad Company, Cause No. 96CVQ-00193-
          D2, in the 111th Judicial District Court of Webb County, Texas.

7:00   RECESS

   X.  COMMUNICATIONS

  XI.  CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION AND PRESENTATION


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

    A.  Requests by Councilmember Jose R. Perez, Jr.

       1. Discussion and possible action regarding the naming of a Police Chief,
          and additionally requesting that the City Manager submit the name(s)
          of individuals to be considered for the position of Police Chief.

    B.  Requests by Councilmember Louis H. Bruni

       1. Presentation by Efrain Gutierrez regarding the use of the public
          access channel.

    C.  Requests by Councilmember Cecilia May Moreno

       1. Status report regarding the painting of the Lyon Street water tanks.

    D.  Requests by Councilmember Joe A. Guerra

       1. Presentation by Ale Arreguin regarding the elimination of the building
          inspectors from the Fiscal Year 1997-1998 Annual Budget thereby saving
          millions of dollars for the city.

    E.  Requests by Councilmember Mario G. Alvarado

       1. Request to traffic department staff to work with the Texas Department
          of Transportation on placing street name signs going into the
          Industrial Parks on Mines Road with possible action.

    F.  Requests by Councilmember Consuelo "Chelo" Montalvo

       1. Instructing staff to meet with the Hamilton Hotel developers and aid
          them in preparing a Section 108 Loan package and bring back to the
          City Council for approval.

       2. Nominating Roberto Luis Trevino, 1422 Wingfoot, to be my
          representative on the Airport Advisory Board.

 XII.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

      45. Public hearing regarding an ordinance amending the Capital Grant TX-
          90-X374 budget line item Bus Purchases; from $900,000.00, to
          $983,481.00; appropriating unused FY 95-96 federal operating funds in
          the amount of $66,785.00 and applying previously appropriated transit
          sales tax funds for bus purchases, in the amount of $16,696.00, to
          serve as the 20% match.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Capital Grant TX-90-X374 budget line item Bus
          Purchases; from $900,000.00 to $983,481.00; appropriating unused FY
          95-96 federal operating funds in the amount of $66,785.00 and applying
          previously appropriated transit sales tax funds for bus purchases, in
          the amount of $16,696.00, to serve as the 20% match.

XIII.  RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE MASS TRANSIT BOARD

      46. 97-RT-086 Resolution authorizing the City Manager to accept and
                    execute a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation
                    for the State Urbanized Transportation Fund for the 1998-99
                    biennium in the amount of $909,887.00; and providing for
                    grant funds to be deposited in the Transit Department
                    Accounts.

      47. Motion to authorize staff to sell surplus vehicles, miscellaneous bus
          parts, and steel bus wheels to the highest bidder.  Said vehicles have
          exhausted their useful lives; and parts are obsolete.  All items are
          being offered "as is" with no implied or express warranties or claims
          of serviceability.
                     Model           Unit
                   1982 Gillig        8216
                   1982 Gillig        8221 1982 Gillig        8224
                   1982 Gillig        8215 1982 Gillig        8220


                     SUPPLEMENTAL AGENDA

  IX.  CITY MANAGER'S REPORT


       A.  Discussion and possible action regarding the assessment of the U.S.
           Marine Corps Corp-of-Engineers Capital Improvement Projects.

 XIV.  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, AUGUST 15, 1997 AT 5:30 P.M.


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                                   GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.
                                   CITY SECRETARY