CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A98-R-19

City Council Chambers

1110 Houston

Laredo, Texas

5:30 p.m.

AGENDA

I. CALL TO ORDER

II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

III. ROLL CALL

IV. INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

2. Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Webb County (for use by the Laredo/Webb County Community Action Agency) for approximately 380 square feet of office space constituting Suite No. 9 of Building No. S-1 located at 1718 E. Calton Road.

a.) lease term is for one (1) year commencing March 1, 1998 and ending February 28, 1999, and may be extended for one (1) term of one (1) year ending February 29, 2000;

b.) monthly rent shall be $422.07;

c.) previous monthly rent was $401.97.

3. Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease renewal with the State of Texas General Services Commission on behalf of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio for 317 square feet of office space at the City of Laredo Health Complex located at 2600 Cedar Street.

a.) term of the lease renewal will be from September 1, 1998, through

August 31, 1999;

b.) lessee shall pay a sum in the amount of $345.08 rental fee per month which includes the cost of utilities and janitorial services.

V. FINAL READINGS

4. 98-O-116 Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for storage, incidental to transportation, of used batteries on Lots 1 & 2, 6 & 7, Block 12, McPherson Acres IV, located at 802 Gale Street.

5. 98-O-117 Amending the Street Name Map of the City of Laredo by changing the name of San Pedro Street, between Foster Avenue and Bartlett Avenue, to Gust Street.

6. 98-O-119 Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 42.2 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located at 10611 McPherson Road, from AG (Agricultural District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).

7. 98-O-120 Authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for a mini-storage/warehouse, on Lot 1, Block 1, Crownridge Subdivision, located at 602 Shiloh Drive.

8. 98-O-121 Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for storage of used batteries on Lot 1, Block 1, Javier Garza Plat, located at 12002 Mines Road.

9. 98-O-122 Amending the City of Laredo FY 1997-98 Annual Budget by creating a position of Clerk II for the Traffic Department at an annual cost of $17,468.00, including benefits and a one-time capital outlay request of $4,000.00, and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget.

VI. RESOLUTIONS

10. 98-R-067 Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from Central Power & Light Company in the amount of $13,000 to purchase audio visual equipment at the Laredo Public Library; and authorizing the City Manager to sign and submit any and all related documents as required.

11. 98-R-072 Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the Governor's Automobile Theft Prevention Authority in the amount of $272,941.00 with the City designating $91,256.00 in matching funds for a total of $364,197.00 for funding the Laredo Auto Theft Task Force for the period of September 1, 1998 through August 31, 1999.

VII. MOTIONS

12. Approval of bid specifications and authorization to advertise for bids for the following:

a.) automotive parts, annual contract--Fleet Maintenance

b.) automotive batteries, annual contract--Fleet Maintenance

The tentative bid award date is scheduled for June 15, 1998.

13. Award of a two-year contract to the LOW BIDDER, Fort Bend Services, Stafford, Texas, in the estimated yearly amount of $32,640.00, for furnishing an anionic polymer used in the water treatment process. This chemical is being used on a belt press that was recently put in service. This is a new product that has not been previously purchased. All purchases will be on a per-need basis. A total of three bids were received for purchase. Funding is available in the Utilities Department-Water Treatment Division-Chemicals.

14. Award of a thirty-six month rental contract to the LOW BIDDER, Xerox Corporation, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $10,979.64, for one engineering copier. This copier is especially designed to copy engineering plans

(24"x 36") on regular paper. This contract is awarded based on a minimum rental contract that includes the use of the copier, all consumable supplies (except paper), and a full service contract for the contract period. A total of two bids were received for this rental. Funding is available in the Engineering Department-Design and Surveying, Contractual Services, Machinery and Equipment.

15. Award of a contract to the LOW BIDDER, Little Tikes Commercial Play Systems, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $17,455.77, for the purchase and installation of a playground module at the Santa Fe playground area under construction. This module will be delivered within sixty days.

16. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, Wilson Fire Apparatus, New Braunfels, Texas, in the amount of $14,145.00, for the purchase of fire hose. Five different sizes of replacement fire hose will be purchased. Delivery is expected within thirty days.

17. Award of a contract to the LOW BIDDER MEETING SPECIFICATIONS, Sames Motor Co., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $24,014.00, for the purchase of one cargo van for the Traffic Safety Division. This van will be equipped with a CNG bi-fuel conversion package. Delivery is expected within ninety days. A total of three bids were received for this purchase.

18. Award of an engineering contract with EMCON Engineering and Environmental Services, Austin, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $31,500.00 for an automated leachate collection system at the City of Laredo Landfill Type I located at Highway 359 to include surveying, engineering design, specifications for pumps, sensors, control panels, other system components and storage facility, preparation of specifications, construction plans, cost estimates, and construction management as required for compliance with the Texas Natural Resource Conversation Commission's Subtitle D Requirements of 30 TAC 330 Municipal Solid Waste Regulations. Funding is available in the Landfill Engineer Fees.

19. Award of an engineering contract for an amount not to exceed $129,114.00 to Crane Engineering Corporation, Laredo, Texas, to provide surveys and designs, and to prepare plans, specifications, and cost estimates for the Texas Avenue/Price Street Drainage Improvements, a City of Laredo 1997-98 Certificate of Obligation Issue Project. Funding is available in the 1998 Certificate of Obligation Issue-Texas Avenue/Price Street Construction Project.

20. Approval of amendment no. 1, an increase of $42,800.00 to the Architectural/Engineering contract for the new fire station to be located in the vicinity of Del Mar Boulevard and Inner Loop with Cavazos & Associates, Laredo, Texas. Amendment no. 1 is to add the design and preparation of plans and specifications for the North McPherson Fire Station to be located at the intersection of McPherson and NAFTA Blvd. Funding is available in the New Fire Stations.

21. Approval of change order no. 1, a net increase of $28,465.00 to the Laredo International Bridge No. 1 Pavement Reconstruction at Approaches, Phase I for off-site improvements for the Laredo International Bridge No. 2, Lane 6 to replace the existing asphalt pavement with concrete; acceptance of the Laredo International Bridge No. 2 , Lane 6 to replace the existing asphalt pavement with concrete; acceptance of the Laredo International Bridge No. 1 portion as being substantially complete, and partial release of contract retainage in the amount of $19,043.80. Ramex Construction Company, Inc., has completed all work at the Laredo International Bridge No. 1 site and this change order no. 1 is to take advantage of the contractor's competitive unit prices for similar work for Laredo International Bridge No. 2. Funding is available in the Bridge System Construction Projects.

22. Approval of amendment no. 11, an increase of $163,632.50 to the engineering contract with Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum (HOK), Dallas, Texas, for additional engineering services to include the redesign and repackage of previously approved plans and specifications for the construction of a new parallel taxiway at the New Laredo International Airport Passenger Terminal and Related Airside/Landside Improvements. The original contract amount was $1,135,000.00. This amendment bring the total contract amount to $2,800,828.46. Funding is available in the Airport Project Engineer Fees.

23. Authorizing the City Manager to accept a proposal submitted by the Seven Flags Veterinary Medicine Association to conduct professional veterinary services for the Spring Rabies Vacuna Campaign; and additionally, to offer an agreement to the other respondent to the R.F.P. to provide back-up professional services, if necessary.

24. Authorizing the City Manager to submit a combined grant application for prevention and risk reduction activities to the Texas Department of Health for continuation of the HIV Prevention Activities Project of the City of Laredo Health Department.

25. Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the Texas Department of Health for continuation of the Maternal and Child Health (M&CH) Title V Program of the City of Laredo Health Department.

26. Confirming the nomination by the City Manager of Gustavo Guevara, Jr., as City Secretary of the City of Laredo as per City Charter, Article 2, Section 2.16.

27. Acceptance of the "Removal of Six 25,000 Gallon UST's and Ancillary Equipment from the Airport Fuel Farm Project" and approval of final payment in the amount of $3,174.86 to Applied Earth Sciences, Inc., Corpus Christi, Texas.

28. Refund of property taxes to the following individuals and companies:

a.) Rodolfo and Sylvia Santillan in the amount of $1,528.28, due to a clerical error.

b.) Master Lease Corporation Division of Tokai Financial Services, Inc., in the amount of $1,096.35, due to a clerical error.

VIII. CITY MANAGER'S REPORT

29. Status report regarding the implementation of the City of Laredo FAR PART 150 Airport Noise Compatibility Program and installation of the Terminal Automated Radar Display Information System (TARDIS).

30. Acceptance of the final National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit issued by the United States Environmental Protection Agency regarding the City's storm water discharge requirements compliance with 40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 122 and 124.

31. Status report on the progress of the Chacon Creek Interceptor Project, with possible action.

32. Status report on the Colonias Facility Plan and financial application.

33. Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.071 (1)(a) to discuss contemplated litigation regarding Highland Subdivision Unit III and the North Laredo Wastewater Reclamation Plant, and return to open session for possible action thereon.

IX. COMMUNICATIONS

X. CITY COUNCIL PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION

34. Requests by Mayor and City Council members for presentation and discussion.

A. Requests by Council member Louis H. Bruni

1. Status report on the implementation of the TRAK System (Technology to Recover Abducted Kids) on the abduction of Carla Espinosa.

2. Status report on the Brown & Root Drainage Project at the Laredo International Airport, with possible action.

3. Status report of the POPS (Property Oriented Police Services) Program at the Eastwood Subdivision, with possible action.

4. Status report on all street lighting inventory in the residential area of District II, with possible action.

B. Requests by Council member Alfonso I. "Poncho" Casso, Jr.

1. Discussion and possible action regarding the positions of Assistant to the City Manager/Public Information Officer and the Administrative Assistant to the Mayor & City Council.

C. Requests by Council member Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

1. Request that staff investigate the feasibility of using the abandoned railroad bridge at Zacate Creek for pedestrian use.

D. Requests by Council member Mario G. Alvarado

1. Request to lift the present City Council moratorium on planned unit developments, with possible action.

XI. PUBLIC HEARINGS

35. Public hearing approving an amendment to the contract with the Texas Department of Health and Budget Revision to reflect the additional amount of $320,759 in direct assistance for the Immunization Action Plan Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning January 1, 1998, through December 31, 1998.

Introduction of an Ordinance

Approving an amendment to the contract with the Texas Department of Health and Budget Revision to reflect the additional amount of $320,759 in direct assistance for the Immunization Action Plan Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning January 1, 1998, through December 31, 1998.

36. Public hearing authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas Combination Tax and Airport Revenue Certificates of Obligation, Series 1998, in the principal amount of $1,430,000.00 for the purpose of paying all or a portion of the City's Contractual Obligations for the purpose of acquisition of land at the municipal airport in connection with the settlement of a lawsuit in reference to noise abatement at the City's airport and the payment of legal and fiscal fees in connection with this project, and other matters relating thereto.

Introduction of an Ordinance

Authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas Combination Tax and Airport Revenue Certificates of Obligation, Series 1998, in the principal amount of $1,430,000.00 for the purpose of paying all or a portion of the City's Contractual Obligations for the purpose of acquisition of land at the municipal airport in connection with the settlement of a lawsuit in reference to noise abatement at the City's airport and the payment of legal and fiscal fees in connection with this project, and other matters relating thereto.

37. Public hearing authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for a bar in the Mercado Historic District, on Lot 1, Block 33, Western Division, located at 919 Lincoln St. The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends denial of Special Use Permit.

Introduction of an Ordinance

Authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for a bar in the Mercado Historic District, on Lot 1, Block 33, Western Division, located at 919 Lincoln St.

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

38. Approval of change order no. 1, a decrease of $3,132.00 for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the project for remediation and removal of contaminated soil at the Bus Hydraulic Lift in conjunction with the El Metro Maintenance Facility Expansion Project, and approval of final payment in the amount of $1,150.00 to TAC Environmental Company, Laredo, Texas. Funding is available in the Transit Facility Improvements (Section 3 Grant).

XIII. 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, May 1, 1998, at 5:30 p.m.

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Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

City Secretary