CITY OF LAREDO CITY COUNCIL MEETING A98-R-37 CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS 1110 HOUSTON STREET LAREDO, TEXAS 78040 AUGUST 24, 1998 5:30 P.M.
I. CALL TO ORDER II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE III. ROLL CALL IV. FINAL READINGS 1. 98-O-215 Ordinance amending Chapter 28, of the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances by deleting the provisions for noncommercial solicitation permits and adding provisions for certificates of registration for noncommercial street solicitation campaigns thereby requiring persons to submit a registration statement of such campaigns with a $20.00 registration fee and submit financial statements when the campaigns are complete; amending Chapter 21, offenses and miscellaneous provisions, thereby adding the following prohibitions against: aggressive solicitations including time, place, and manner restrictions, false or misleading solicitations and manner of street and highway solicitations; urinating or defecating in public; entering portions of public buildings without consent; entering motor vehicles without consent; public camping including a declaration that public camps are nuisances subject to abatement; providing for severability and an effective date. (City Council) 2. 98-O-216 Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to make application to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for a Section 108 Loan in the amount of $1,700,000 to facilitate a second lien mortgage note payable to the Hamilton Housing Partners Limited for the renovation and conversion of the Hamilton Hotel to include 165 low income rental units and first floor commercial office space and further authorizing the City Manager to execute any and all document resulting from this submission. (City Council) 3. 98-O-217 Ordinance to waive parking fees at the Laredo Transit Center for patrons at the Garage between 5:00P.M. and 10:00P.M. on Wednesday, October 7, 1998, subject to a $100.00 contribution by the Centro Iturbide Street Association. The parking fees will be waived in order to support the association's "Streets of Laredo" Mall Opening Festival, a community event in Downtown Laredo. (City Council) 4. 98-O-218 Ordinance to grant a permit to Southwestern Bell Telephone to use a City-owned twenty-foot-wide Utility Easement for the installation of an underground telecommunications cable, upon the condition that Southwestern Bell Telephone will at all times after doing any works within said Utility Easement, restore said premises to the condition in which same was found before such work was undertaken. Said easement being situated in Porcion 22, Abstract 277, Webb County, Texas; being more particularly described by metes and bounds; and providing for an effective date. (City Council) 5. 98-O-219 Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 annual budget in the amount of $109,869 for a supplemental grant to the COPS Ahead Grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. The U.S. Department of Justice is contributing $63,724 with the City designating $46,145 in matching funds for the remaining fiscal year. The Universal Hiring Grant period will be from May 1, 1998 through April 30, 2001. (City Council) 6. 98-O-221 Ordinance amending Ordinance 97-O-022, Section 2- 3(b) of Chapter 2 of the Code of Ordinance of the City of Laredo providing for an additional charge of $1.83 for birth certificates issued locally for births occurring in other cities and counties within the State of Texas. (City Council) 7. 98-O-222 Ordinance amending the contract with the Texas Department of Health and budget in the amount of $40,000 for the Chronic Disease Prevention Program, Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Project (BCCCP), of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 1998, through August 31, 1999. (City Council) 8. 98-O-223 Ordinance amending the contract with the Texas Department of Health and budget in the amount of $542,000 ($492,000 of Title V funding through TDH and $50,000 in other program fee income) for the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 1998 through August 31, 1999. (City Council) V. RESOLUTIONS 9. 98-R-133 Authorizing the City Manager to submit an application to the Untied States Foreign-Trade Zones Board on behalf of Unitec Industrial Center authorizing the expansion of the Foreign Trade Zone No. 94 by creating a 665 acre General Purpose Foreign-Trade Zone Site designated as Site No. 6 and located within the Unitec Industrial Center. 10. 98-R-148 Accepting a grant from the Texas Department of Health in the amount of $1,986,480 to operate the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program, and to issue approximately $9,745,497 in federal food vouchers by the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning October 1, 1998, through September 30, 1999. 11. 98-R-151 Supporting the efforts of the Texas Border Infrastructure Coalition to increase state and federal funding for Border Infrastructure Projects; and endorsing that 75% of the $700 million authorized through the Transportation Equity Act of the 21st Century (TEA21) be allocated to border counties with international crossings. VI. MOTIONS 12. Authorizing the City Manager to solicit and advertise for bids for the following: 1) one 2 piece, double-wide pre-constructed building; approximately 28' wide x 48' long (approximately 1,200 to 1,300 square feet interior); 2) the option to purchase a second pre-constructed building with the same specifications for use by the City of Laredo Health Department's WIC Program. 13. Approval of the construction plans and authorization to advertise for bids for the Construction of Sidewalks and Handicap ramps on School Approaches and other Streets located within the Community Development Target Areas, approximately 123 blocks with tentative award on September 21, 1998. Funding is available in CD Projects/Sidewalks. 14. Approval of the construction plans and authorization to advertise for bids for the Construction of Two (2) New Fire Stations to be located on a 2-acre tract on State Highway 359, approximately 3800 feet east of the Inner Loop, and for the North McPherson Fire Station to be located on a 2-acre tract at the intersection of McPherson Road and NAFTA Blvd. Tentative award is for September 21, 1998. Funding is available in the New Fire Stations Buildings, 1994 and 1997 C.O. Bonds. 15. Award of a construction contract to the LOWEST BIDDER, Cantu America Construction Company, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $230,460.00, contingent on approval from the State WIC Agency and U.S.D.A., for the Expansion of the Santo Nino Health Center located at 2200 Zacatecas Street. Funding is available in the Health Department W.I.C. Capital Outlay/Buildings. 16. Authorizing the award of a consultant contract for the Laredo Transit Planning Study to LKC Consulting Services, Inc. in the amount of $50,000.00. The study will identify location, scope, demand of future transit corridors, operations, and facilities and will be funded through the M.P.O. (Metropolitan Planning Organization). 17. Authorizing the award of a professional service contract to Columbia Telecommunications Corporation in the amount of $23,760.00 to coordinate and facilitate the integration of existing systems at different sites onto the institutional network. 18. Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a professional services contract with Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas, Inc. to prepare a Supplemental Environmental Assessment (EA) associated with the Laredo Northwest International Bridge (Fourth Bridge) at a cost of up to $33,397 plus expenses for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance of an additional 24 acres within the bridge head as required by the General Service Administration and the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDot) and an additional 9 acres to accommodate the required buffer zone. 19. Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a professional services contract with Marmon Mok L.L.P. for the construction of a scale project model of the Laredo Northwest International Bridge and approach roadways at a cost of $20,715 with changes to the model following commencement to be billed at $45.00/hour. 20. Notice of public hearing on a proposed tax rate of $0.53993/$100 value. Each Council Member's vote must be recorded. The public hearing will be held on September 8, 1998 at 5:30pm at City of Laredo City Hall, City Council Chambers, 1110 Houston, Laredo, Texas. VII. CITY MANAGER'S REPORT 21. Consideration to reschedule the regularly scheduled City Council Meeting from Monday, September 7, 1998 to Tuesday, September 8, 1998, due to the Labor Day Holiday. VIII. COMMUNICATIONS Presentation of ten visiting Russian Business persons who are guests of the Laredo Rotary Club by President, Jerry Robinson as a part of the Community Connection Program of the U.S. State Department. IX. CITY COUNCIL PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION 22. Requests by Mayor and City Council members for presentation and discussion. A. Request by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores 1. Recognizing the excellence of Ricardo Antonio Ramirez, a nine year old Laredo citizen who has received the Presidential Sports Award in Martial Arts Tae Kwon Do from 1995-1998, additional awards include 1998 Texas State Invitational Tae Kwon Do Champion Gold Medal winner, 9-10 yr. old Black Belt Division. National A.A.U. Tae Kwon Do 9-10 yr. old Black Belt Gold Medal winner. XXXII A.A.U. Junior Olympic Games Black Belt Gold Medalist 9-10 yr. old Division. Ricardo's goal is to make the U.S.A. Olympic Taekwon Do Team in 2001. B. Requests by Council member Alfredo Agredano 1. Discussion and possible action on amending the performance criteria regarding the construction of homes as presented in the City of Laredo Resolution No.97-R-025 supporting the Concord Hills Development. (Co-sponsored by Council member Joe A. Guerra) C. Requests by Council member Louis H. Bruni 1. Status report regarding the paving of the 3300 block of Lane, with possible action. 2. Status report on the Texas/Price Street storm water drainage project, with possible action. D. Requests by Council member John C. Galo 1. Motion to instruct staff to provide Mr. Armando Ruiz, Specialist in Economic and Community Development Financing, all the necessary information to submit an application to the EDA on behalf of the City for a grant to assist in constructing a railroad overpass at Unitec Industrial Park. The City shall bear no expense other than facilitating the information and submitting the grant. (Co-sponsored by Council members Joe A. Guerra and Mario G. Alvarado) E. Requests by Council member Joe A. Guerra 1. Discussion and possible action concerning the Laredo Manor Drainage Project/Terra-Genesis Housing F. Requests by Council member Mario G. Alvarado 1. Discussion and possible action on setting up an Ad Hoc Committee composed of concerned citizens to work on an ongoing graffiti removal campaign. 2. Report from the Parks and Recreation department on the Canizales Park Restoration Project with possible action. 3. Request for additional maintenance work on Santa Maria Street between Markley and Del Mar Boulevard with possible action. G. Request by Council member Consuelo "Chelo" Montalvo 1. Presentation by Ms. Ninfa Moncada, representing Fannie Mae, to request down payment and closing cost assistance from the City of Laredo for local consumers purchasing Laredo Modular's "LifeTime Homes". X. PUBLIC HEARINGS 23. Public hearing concerning an application by Hilario Alfaro, Applicant and Sabas G. Soto, Owner amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 4, 5, and the north 2/3 of Lot 3, Block 1424, Eastern Division, located on the 2400 block of Cleveland Street from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District). The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval of the zone change. INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 4, 5, and the north 2/3 of Lot 3, Block 1424, Eastern Division, located on the 2400 block of Cleveland Street from B-3 (Community Business District) to B- 4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date. 24. Public hearing concerning an application by Alicia Lopez amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 21, 25, and 26, El Rancho Subdivision, located on the south side of SH 359 and east of Wildcat Drive, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District). The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval of the zone change. INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 21, 25, and 26, El Rancho Subdivision, located on the south side of SH 359 and east of Wildcat Drive, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date. 25. Public hearing concerning an application by John Joseph Jacaman amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 26.128 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located south of Jacaman Road and east of McPherson Road from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District). The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval of the zone change. INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 26.128 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located south of Jacaman Road and east of McPherson Road from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date. 26. Public hearing concerning an application by Rodolfo Garza amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 3, Towneast Subdivision, Unit I, located at the intersection of US 59 and West Fiesta Loop, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Business District). The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval of the zone change. INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 3, Towneast Subdivision, Unit I, located at the intersection of US 59 and West Fiesta Loop, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Business District); providing for publication and effective date. 27. Public hearing concerning an application by Eduard C. Hachar and Robert D. Hachar amending Ordinance No. 97-O-185 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 E. Fremont Street, by revising the site plan. The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval of the amendment. INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE Ordinance amending Ordinance No. 97-O-185 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 E. Fremont Street, by revising the site plan; providing for publication and effective date. 28. Public hearing concerning an application by Rene Villarreal amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 7A, Block 1413, Eastern Division, located at 2414 Cortez Street, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing District). The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends denial of the zone change of R-3 to M-1 and approval of a Conditional Use Permit for a cabinet making shop. INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 7A, Block 1413, Eastern Division, located at 2414 Cortez Street, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing District); providing for publication and effective date. 29. Public hearing concerning an application by Jose Santos, Pronto's Store amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1, 2, and 3, Block 350, Eastern Division, located at 119 W. Lyon Street from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Business District). The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval of the zone change. INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1, 2, and 3, Block 350, Eastern Division, located at 119 W. Lyon Street from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Business District); providing for publication and effective date. 30. Public hearing concerning an application by Border Maintenance Service, Miguel Delgado amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning the south 48 feet of Lots 1 and 2, Block 429, Eastern Division, located at 3815 Monterrey Avenue from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Business District). This is an appeal from an unfavorable recommendation by the Planning and Zoning Commission. The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends denial of the zone change. INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning the south 48 feet of Lots 1 and 2, Block 429, Eastern Division, located at 3815 Monterrey Avenue from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Business District); providing for publication and effective date. 31. Public hearing concerning an application by Raquel Ramos amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning the east 46.3 feet of Lot 4, Block 663, Eastern Division, located at 1219 Taylor Street from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Business District). This is an appeal from an unfavorable recommendation by the Planning and Zoning Commission. The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends denial of the zone change. INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning the east 46.3 feet of Lot 4, Block 663, Eastern Division, located at 1219 Taylor Street from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Business District); providing for publication and effective date. 32. Public hearing concerning an application by Jose A. Martinez amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 11 and 12, Block 448, Eastern Division, located at 118 and 120 East San Carlos Street from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Business District). The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval of the zone change. INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 11 and 12, Block 448, Eastern Division, located at 118 and 120 East San Carlos Street from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Business District); providing for publication and effective date. 33. Public hearing concerning an application by Margarita B. Hernandez amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 5 and 6, Block 822, Western Division, located at 1504 Blair Street from B-1 (Limited Business District) to B-3 (Community Business District). This is an appeal from an unfavorable recommendation by the Planning and Zoning Commission. The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends denial of the zone change. INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 5 and 6, Block 822, Western Division, located at 1504 Blair Street from B-1 (Limited Business District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date. 34. Public hearing concerning an application by John D. Beckelhymer amending Ordinance No. 97-O-105 authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a jewelry only pawn shop on Lot 4 and the south 8.56 feet of Lot 3, Block 9, Western Division, located at 1102 Zaragoza Street by omitting the "jewelry only" restriction and adding the following restrictions: "no gasoline or fuel burning merchandise", "no weapons/firearms" and "no curbside/sidewalk display or sales". The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval of the amendment. INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE Ordinance amending Ordinance No. 97-O-105 authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a jewelry only pawn shop on Lot 4 and the south 8.56 feet of Lot 3, Block 9, Western Division, located at 1102 Zaragoza Street by omitting the "jewelry only" restriction and adding "no gasoline or fuel burning merchandise", "no weapons/firearms" and "no curbside/sidewalk display or sales" providing for publication and effective date. 35. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo General Fund annual budget for fiscal year 1998 to appropriate the rebate of $20,000 from Entex Company and a grant in the amount of $35,000 from the State of Texas Land Office - Alternative Fuels Council. Entex company has approved a rebate of $20,000 for the purchase of twelve dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles and conversion of nine City vehicles. Authorizing the City to Manager to implement said budget amendment. INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE Ordinance amending the City of Laredo General Fund annual budget for fiscal year 1998 to appropriate additional revenues of $20,000 from Entex Company and $35,000 grant from the Alternative Fuel Council for the conversion of City vehicles to compressed natural gas. 36. Public hearing amending the contract with the Texas Department of Health and budget in the amount of $1,986,480 to operate the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program, and to issue approximately $9,745,497 in federal food vouchers by the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning October 1, 1998 through September 30, 1999. INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE Ordinance amending the contract with the Texas Department of Health and budget in the amount of $1,986,480 to operate the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program, and to issue approximately $9,745,497 in federal food vouchers by the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning October 1, 1998 through September 30, 1999. 37. Public hearing authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas International Toll Bridge System Revenue Bonds, Series 1998A, and the execution of a purchase contract, approving of an official statement, and the execution of an escrow agreement. INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE Ordinance authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas International Toll Bridge System Revenue Bonds, Series 1998A, and the execution of a purchase contract, approving of an official statement, and the execution of an escrow agreement. 38. Public hearing authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas International Toll Bridge System Taxable Revenue Bonds, Series 1998B, and the execution of a purchase contract, approving of an official statement, and the execution of an escrow agreement. INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE Ordinance authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas International Toll Bridge System Taxable Revenue Bonds, Series 1998B, and the execution of a purchase contract, approving of an official statement, and the execution of an escrow agreement. XI. MOTION TO RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MUNICIPAL HOUSING CORPORATION 39. 98-RMH-149 Authorization from the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation (LMHC) Board of Directors to accept and implement the annual factor increase offered from the Laredo Housing Authority - Section 8 Housing Assistance Payment Program. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) allows landlords to increase the Section 8 rents by the annual factor increase percentages which are as follows: 2.6% for rents ranging from $310.00 to $349.00 and 2.3% for rents ranging from $350.00 to $419.00. The Section 8 rental rates charged by Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation fall within these two categories. The rents being proposed are still lower than comparably sized apartments throughout our community. HUD pays the difference of rent charged by landlords, meaning that this proposed increase will not affect the current rent being paid by Section 8 participants. LMHC charges below fair market rents to 25 Section 8 participants because the Section 8 rents need to be similar to the fair market rents charged to non- Section 8 participants. In addition, LMHC does not charge Section 8 participants the maximum Section 8 fair market rents: $472.00 for a 2-bedroom, $596.00 for a 3-bedroom, and $670.00 for a 4-bedroom; because the Section 8 rents need to be similar to the LMHC fair market rents charged to non- Section 8 participants. Also, Section 8 participants are only responsible for paying rent based on 30% of their income. The revenues generated from the rental rate increase will be used to assist in covering the operational costs. The Section 8 Annual Factor increase will be implemented to all Section 8 contracts as they are renewed at both the Jose A. Flores Apartments and Tomas Flores Apartments. 40. 98-RMH-150 Approval from the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation (LMHC) Board of Directors to implement new rental rates on all fair market rental units at the Jose A. Flores Apartments, located at the airport, effective October 1, 1998. The proposed rental rates are as follows: $340.00 for a 2-bedroom, $375.00 for a 3-bedroom and $415.00 for a 4-bedroom for all Fair Market units. The proposed rents are still lower than comparably sized apartments in our community including the rents authorized by HUD for the Section 8 Program. LMHC has the option to charge the maximum fair market rents to 198 tenants as permitted by HUD for the Section 8 Program; $472.00 for a 2-bedroom, $596.00 for a 3-bedroom and $670.00 for a 4-bedroom; but does not charge the maximum fair market rents in order to provide assistance to the tenants. The proposed fair market rate structure for the Jose A. Flores Apartments will be similar to the rates charged at the Tomas Flores Apartments, located in West Laredo, which are as follows: $335.00 for a 2- bedroom and $395.00 for a 3-bedroom. In addition to providing below fair market rental rates to the tenants, LMHC also provides water utility services including garbage collection, maintenance repairs and renovations to all 211 rental units. These new rental rates for the Jose A. Flores Apartments will not apply to the families participating in the Section 8 Program. The revenues generated from the rental increase at Jose A. Flores Apartments will be used to assist in covering operational costs. LMHC is required to provide tenants a 30 day written notice for changes in rental rates. XII. MOTION TO RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD 41. Authorizing the negotiation of an agreement with Bonanza Consultants and Investments, Inc., for bus bench and shelter advertising sales and service. 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, August 21, 1998, at 5:30 p.m. _________________________ Gustavo Guevara, Jr. City Secretary