CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2000-R-33

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

DECEMBER 4, 2000

5:30 P.M.

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

 

            With a quorum present Mayor Elizabeth G.  Flores called the meeting to order.

II.        PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

            Mayor Elizabeth G.  Flores led in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

III.       ROLL CALL

 

            In attendance:

            Elizabeth G.  Flores,                                                                 Mayor

            Alfredo Agredano,                                                                    Council Member, District I

            Louis H.  Bruni,                                                                        Council Member, District II

            John C.  Galo,                                                                          Council Member, District III

            Johnny Amaya,                                                                         Council Member, District IV

            Eliseo Valdez, Jr.,                                                                     Council Member, District V

            Joe A.  Guerra,                                                                         Mayor Pro Tempore, District VI

            Jose Alberto Valdez, Jr.,                                                           Council Member, District VII

            Juan Ramirez,                                                                           Council Member, District VIII

            Gustavo Guevara, Jr.,                                                               City Secretary

            Larry Dovalina,                                                                         City Manager

            Cynthia Collazo,                                                                       Assistant City Manager

            Ray Rodriguez,                                                                         Assistant City Attorney

           

IV.       MINUTES

 

            Approval of the minutes of November 6, 2000 and November 15, 2000.

 

            Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

            Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

            For:     6                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            Cm.  Agredano and Cm.  Galo were not present.

 

 

 

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

            Announcements

 

Mayor Flores announced that Texas EMS featured the Laredo Fire Department Emergency Medical Services in the November/December edition.

 

Mayor Flores presented to public an Environmental/Engineering report on the Household Hazardous Waste Collection event held December 2, 2000. The following were collected:

 

               827   Tires

               112   Batteries

            4,101   House hold Hazardous Waste Material

               204   Anti-Freeze

 

The Mayor congratulated the departments and businesses that participated in the event.

 

Edna Garcia, representing South Texas Border Region Partnership, introduced Mr.  Pete Guarjardo from Occupational Safety System in Corpus Christi and Ms.  Peg Callahan from the Small Business Association UTSA in San Antonio.  She explained that they were recognized in Washington for receiving a grant from legislation that was passed in 1998 to assist employees at various businesses who may have an alcohol or drug problem.  The program assists in supervisor/employee education programs, on-site drug testing and counseling.  She added that the grant has been very rewarding to participants. 

           

            Invitations

 

Cm.  J.  Valdez encouraged City departments to participate and attend a basketball tournament that will be held Saturday, December 9, 2000.  The tournament was held by the City to raise toys for children for Christmas.  

 

            Recognitions

 

            None

 

            Communiqués

 

            None

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

None

 

 

 

 

VII.     PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.  Public hearing authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo's 2000-2001

annual budget in the amount of $204,825.00 for the Laredo Multi-Agency Narcotics Task Force.  Funding is available from the opening balance of the Narcotics Task Force Fund (224) and will be used to pay overtime and benefits for the period of June 1, 2000 through May 31, 2001.  The Governor's Office Criminal Justice Division approved this adjustment of September 18, 2000.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the City of Laredo's 2000-2001 annual budget in the amount of $204,825.00 for the Laredo Multi-Agency Narcotics Task Force.  Funding is available from the opening balance of the Narcotics Task Force Fund (224) and will be used to pay overtime and benefits for the period of June 1, 2000 through May 31, 2001.  The Governor's Office Criminal Justice Division approved this adjustment of September 18, 2000.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

(Cm.  Agredano not present)

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

2.  Public hearing concerning an application by Mr. Humberto Treviño, altering and

extending the boundary limits for the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 1.971 acres, located in Porcion 31 as further described by metes and bounds, specifically the Treviño Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of B-4 (Highway Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed annexation with initial zoning.

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Altering and extending the boundary limits for the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 1.971 acres, located in Porcion 31 as further described by metes and bounds, specifically the Treviño Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of B-4 (Highway Commercial District). 

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:      7                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Bruni

 

3.  Public hearing concerning an application by the City of Laredo, altering and extending

the boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 228.6075 acres, located in Porcion 31 as further described by metes and bounds, specifically the Tex-Mex Railway Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of M-2 (Heavy Manufacturing District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended against the proposed annexation.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 228.6075 acres, located in Porcion 31 as further described by metes and bounds, specifically the Tex-Mex Railway Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of M-2 (Heavy Manufacturing District).

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Pete Saenz, Jr., attorney for Tex-Mex, Ron Whitehawk, Arturo Dominguez and Manuel Zulaica spoke before the Council requesting denial of the annexation.

 

Mayor Flores read part of the following letter:

 

       Dear Madam Mayor and members of City Council:

 

As some of you may know, and as I explained to Mayor Flores, Mr. Larry Dovalina and Councilman John Galo at a meeting held on Friday, December 1, 2000, at the City Manager’s Office, I was recently named General Manager of the Texas Mexican Railway Company.  Although I am new to this Company and community, I am committed to working closely with all of you to fairly and reasonably address all matters that are currently pending between the City of Laredo and the Texas Mexican Railway Company.  I want to assure you that my company will not shy away from its responsibilities.  It has been operating in this community since the 1880’s and feels that it is significantly contributed and continues to contribute to the growth and success that Laredo is new experiencing.  It is wonderful to see so much change.  But as we all know, change comes with a price, a price which both the private and public sectors must share in, tempered with mutual cooperation, patience and a true understanding of each other’s needs and resources.

 

Last year we moved all of our train switching operations to the Serrano Yard.  This as you know alleviated much traffic congestion within the City limits.  My Company has also cooperated with the City of Laredo in other ways, some of which are stated in the attached Exhibit.

 

With the above in mind, let me memorialize those matters discussed at last Friday’s meeting:

 

1.         Tex-Mex and the City of Laredo will share reasonable surveying costs for purposes of identifying and/or defining boundaries to various mutually pre-selected adjoining tracts:

 

            Once the subject tracts of lands are surveyed and identified, this will facilitate each entity to clean, mow and maintain the respective tracts in compliance with city ordinances.

 

2.         Tex-Mex will comply with parking lot paving ordinance.

 

            The City of Laredo will allow Tex-Mex a reasonable period of time to evict Tex-Mex tenants who are in breach of such paving obligations and shall insure that such parking lot sites must be paved prior to use by new tenants.

 

 

 

 

 

3.         Tex-Mex will remove silos:

 

            Tex-Mex will cause the removal of various silos located East of Arkansas Street alongside the north side of The Texas Mexican Railway Company’s lands within six months from data hereof.

 

4.         Tex-Mex’s land for city streets:

 

            The parties will continue to negotiate a land exchange or other similar arrangement whereby Tex-Mex will dedicate to the City of Laredo, its rights (with reservation and condition that such lands be used for street purposes only) to surface lands necessary to connect Arkansas St.  to New York St.  Any grant and/or exchange of lands will require approval from Tex-Mex’s Board of Directors.

 

5.         Vidaurri Street tracks:

 

            Both parties will continue to negotiate the abandonment by Tex Mex of all or part of the Vidaurri Street Railroad track.

 

6.         City of Laredo will survey and present offer to purchase Zacate Creek Lands:

 

            the City of Laredo, within six (6) months will survey the Zacate Creek Sewer Plant lands and other adjoining Tex-Mex lands within the Zacate Creek and alongside the Rio Grande River.  Upon doing so, the City of Laredo will present to Tex-Mex an offer to purchase such lands.

 

7.         Closing of the Loring and Jarvis Street crossings and opening of the Bartlett St.  Crossing

 

Both parties will continue to negotiate the above opening and closing of crossings as

well as any other possible sights.

 

If the above accurately reflects what was discussed at our December 1, 2000 meeting, then please confirm same in writing at your earliest convenience.

 

Furthermore, in the future and so that I may be fully aware of any ordinance violations and citations, I ask that you please refer all such matters to Mr.  Arturo Dominguez, Real Estate Manager for the Texas Mexican Railway Company.

 

Very truly your,

Manuel Zulaica

General Manager

 

Cm.  Bruni mentioned that the silos that are to be demolished are located in District II on Arkansas and Guadalupe Street.  He also stressed the importance of expediting the approval of Tex-Mex Board of Directors on grant/or land exchanges.  

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     7                                          Against:  1                                            Abstain:  0

                                                       Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Bruni

 

4.  Public hearing concerning an application by Hurd Urban Development, Ltd., altering and

extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 124.6586 acres, located in Porcion 19 as further described by metes and bounds, specifically the Hurd Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of M-1 (Light Manufacturing District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed annexation with the initial zoning.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 124.6586 acres, located in Porcion 19 as further described by metes and bounds, specifically the Hurd Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of M-1 (Light Manufacturing District).

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

5.  Public hearing concerning an application by Killam Development Corporation, altering

and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 194.8842 acres, located in Porciones 28 and 29 as further described by metes and bounds, specifically the Killam Ponderosa Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing 108.3589 acres as R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District), 15.0592 acres as R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District), 29.1943 acres as B-3 (General Business District), and 42.2718 acres as M-1 (Light Manufacturing District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed annexation and against the proposed initial zoning of M-1.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 194.8842 acres, located in Porciones 28 and 29 as further described by metes and bounds, specifically the Killam Ponderosa Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing 108.3589 acres as R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District), 15.0592 acres as R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District), 29.1943 acres as B-3 (General Business District), and 42.2718 acres as M-1 (Light Manufacturing District).

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce and concur with staff.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Bruni

 

6.  Public hearing concerning an application by Killam Industrial Development Partnership,  

Ltd., altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 207.4636 acres, located in Porcion 18 as further described by metes and bounds, specifically the Killam Industrial Tract, providing for the effective date of ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of M-1 (Light Manufacturing District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed annexation with the initial zoning.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional

territory of 207.4636 acres, located in Porcion 18 as further described by metes and bounds, specifically the Killam Industrial Tract, providing for the effective date of ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of M-1 (Light Manufacturing District). 

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

7.  Public hearing concerning an application by Ramsa Properties, Inc., altering and

extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 169.195 acres, as described by metes and bounds, specifically the Dolores Ranch Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of M-1 (Light Manufacturing District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed annexation with the initial zoning.

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

 

Altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 169.195 acres, as described by metes and bounds, specifically the Dolores Ranch Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of M-1 (Light Manufacturing District). 

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  J. Valdez

 

8.  Public hearing concerning an application by the City of Laredo, altering and extending

the boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 14.817 acres, located in Porcion 14 as further described by metes and bounds, specifically the Mines Rd. Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of M-1 (light Manufacturing District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed annexation with the initial zoning.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 14.817 acres, located in Porcion 14 as further described by metes and bounds, specifically the Mines Rd. Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of M-1 (light Manufacturing District).

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ron Whitehawk, representing Laredo Sand and Gravel, requested a Special Use Permit.

 

Keith Selman, City Planner, assured the Council that the use itself would retain its non-conforming status indefinitely.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Valdez

 

 

 

 

9.  Public hearing concerning an application by the City of Laredo, altering and extending

the boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 5.9861 acres, located in Porciones 33 and 34 as further described by metes and bounds, specifically the Wormser Rd. Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of R-1A (Single-Family Reduced Area District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed annexation with the initial zoning.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 5.9861 acres, located in Porciones 33 and 34 as further described by metes and bounds, specifically the Wormser Rd. Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of R-1A (Single-Family Reduced Area District).

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Agredano

 

          10.  Public hearing authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001

     annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $94,409.00

     for the HIV/AIDS Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Project. 

     The Texas Department of Health has awarded $94,409.00 grant to the City of Laredo for

     the period beginning February 1, 2001 through January 31, 2002. (Approval of

     Resolution 2000-R-163 needed before Public Hearing)

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $94,409.00 for the HIV/AIDS Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Project.  The Texas Department of Health has awarded $94,409.00 grant to the City of Laredo for the period beginning February 1, 2001 through January 31, 2002.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

11.  Public hearing authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001

annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount  $5,000.00 for the Border Health Project. The Texas Department of Health has awarded a $5,000.00 grant to the City of Laredo for the period beginning October 1, 2000 through September 30, 2001. (Approval of Resolution 2000-R-164 needed before Public Hearing)

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount  $5,000.00 for the Border Health Project. The Texas Department of Health has awarded a $5,000.00 grant to the City of Laredo for the period beginning October 1, 2000 through September 30, 2001.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

 

 

 

12.  Public hearing authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001

annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $31,480.00 in additional funds for the HIV/AIDS Ryan White Project.   The Texas Department of Health has awarded a $31,480.00 grant to the City of Laredo for the period beginning April 1, 2000 through March 31, 2001.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $31,480.00 in additional funds for the HIV/AIDS Ryan White Project.   The Texas Department of Health has awarded a $31,480.00 grant to the City of Laredo for the period beginning April 1, 2000 through March 31, 2001.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:      8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

13.  Public hearing amending Chapter 15, Health and Sanitation, of the Laredo Code of

Ordinances by establishing Article VII.,  On-Site Sewage Disposal; providing for severability; and providing for effective date and publication. 

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending Chapter 15, Health and Sanitation, of the Laredo Code of Ordinances by establishing Article VII.,  On-Site Sewage Disposal; providing for severability; and providing for effective date and publication.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

14.  Public hearing authorizing the decrease of the maximum commercial weight allowed to

cross International Bridges of the City of Laredo, without a permit, from 84,000 lbs to 80,000 lbs and increasing the bridge toll rate schedule for South bound commercial over weights (anything over 80,000 lbs) and redefining the different over weight categories, and implementing a penalty fee for South bound over weights that arrive at the International Bridge of the City of Laredo, without a permit, and hereby repealing all conflicting  sections in all ordinances currently in effect.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Decreasing the maximum commercial weight allowed to cross International Bridges of the City of Laredo, without a permit, from 84,000 lbs to 80,000 lbs and increasing the bridge toll rate schedule for South bound commercial over weights (anything over 80,000 lbs) and redefining the different over weight categories, and implementing a penalty fee for South bound over weights that arrive at the International Bridge of the City of Laredo, without a permit, and hereby repealing all conflicting sections in all ordinances currently in effect.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

 

 

 

 

VIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

15.  A.  Request by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores

           

1.  Discussion with possible action on improving the phone system at City Hall.

 

Francisco Meza, Purchasing Agent, stated that his department has already solicited proposals, for a voice mail system for all City Hall and Police Department employees.  

 

        B.  Request by Council Member Johnny Amaya

 

1.  Status report on the construction of the Skate Park.

 

John Vidaurri, Parks & Recreation Director, informed the Council that the project would be completed mid-February.  

 

 

2.  Discussion on the use of "liquid string" and "snappers" at parades and directing

staff to draft an ordinance to its prohibition for introduction at the December 18th City Council Meeting.

 

Gustavo Guevara, City Secretary, read the following letter:

 

This past year, two municipalities have contacted us and solicited our opinions with regards to vendor sale items.  Their concerns were for our safety and enjoyment and they proposed banning two products.  We respectfully request your assistance in assuring your parade is enjoyed by not only the spectators, but the participants as well.  Many commercial vendors that work parade routes these days are selling spray cans of “Silly String”, an aerosol spray can that shoots colored synthetic string from it’s container, and “Poppers”, a small pea size ball that explodes upon impact.  While these sprays and poppers seem to be enjoyed by the person using the, the spectator or participant does not!  In reality, these sprays and poppers are very damaging in the form of stains and burn to the paint finishes on our parade vehicles and to the uniforms and costumes worn by our Shiners.  The clothing is rendered unusable and the cost of working the stains our of vehicle surfaces is escalating.  The Shrine urges you to refrain from permitting vendors to sell “Silly String in a Can” or like items. 

 

Our members always enjoy coming to Laredo to participate in the Washington’s Birthday Celebration and Parade.  We look forward to and are already making plans to be there February 17, 2001.

 

Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

 

Loren Hayes

1st Vice President, Alzafar Shrine

 

Motion to instruct staff to create an ordinance that would prohibit the use of liquid string and snappers at parades.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

                      C.  Request by Council Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

 

1.  Discussion with possible action on the deterioration of Calton Road between

     McPherson Rd.  and IH-35.

 

Cm.  E.  Valdez strongly encouraged staff to create solutions for the deterioration of Calton Road.  

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, stated several solutions that staff is currently working on for Calton Road. 

 

Cm.  Bruni expressed a desire to eliminate Calton Road from the truck route and find another alternative.

 

Keith Selman, City Planner, informed Council that qualification of a grant for Calton would require the project to be a Corridor Concept and it would compete on a national level.  He informed Council of the four alternatives that were presented to the Traffic Safety Committee for a truck route:

 

1.  To use McPherson from Saunders once the reconstruction is complete.

 

2.   Jacaman to McPherson.

 

3.  Airport Base – Thomas to Gale

 

4.  Current situation.  

 

Motion to instruct staff to consider removing Calton Road as a truck route and submit the project to the Traffic Safety Committee for alternatives.

 

Moved:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

Moved:  8                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

2.  Discussion with possible action on the deterioration of Hillside Rd.  between

     Springfield Ave. and McPherson Rd.

 

 

Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, explained why Hillside Rd. is deteriorating.

 

Joe Guerra, Public Works Director, reassured Council that the problem on Hillside Road would be resolved.  He added that the City is currently using a six inch black base rather than caliche.  He also stressed the importance of taxpayers and business owners to be cognizant of their sprinkler system.  Broken sprinklers are detrimental to our streets and they also waste water.    

 

3.  Status update of sidewalk improvements in District V, under design and

     construction with possible action.

 

     This item was discussed in item # 49.

 

                      D.  Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Joe A. Guerra

 

1.  Discussion with possible action on ambulatory vendors out on the streets.

 

Victor Oliveros, of the Health Department, informed Council of the City ordinances that pertain to street vending. 

 

Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra requested that the City create a system that would legitimize and regulate street vending.  He encouraged the City departments to unite in alleviating the problem.

 

                      E.  Request by Council Member Jose A. Valdez, Jr.

 

           1.  Discussion with possible action on Union Pacific Rail Crossings and abandoned

                tracks in District VII.

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, recommended having a meeting with Union Pacific as soon as possible to discuss different issues.  He added that the City would execute a survey to identify the proper owners of the right of ways.  

 

                      F.  Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

1.  Discussion with possible action on City Property by the west railroad tracks on

     Zaragosa and Ventura.

 

Erasamo Villarreal, Director of Community Development, confirmed that the property is owned by  private ownership.

 

2.  Discussion with possible action regarding a parking lot for tour buses and tractor

     trailers at River Drive Mall.

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, informed the Council that the City will systematically be going through the process of redoing that entire tract of land.  He added that the final draft would be presented to the Council in January of 2001.  

 

3.  Discussion with possible action regarding railroad tracks not in use by Vidaurri

     St. and Santa Rita St.

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, stated that City is currently doing a title search and will return to Council with the information. 

 

4.  Discussion with possible action on vacant units at Municipal Housing.

 

Mario Maldonado, Director of Housing, explained that the vacant units were currently being renovated.

 

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

16.  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Webb County for

approximately 1,992 square feet of office space constituting Suite No. 11 of Building No. S-1 located at 1718 E. Calton Road at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for one (1) year commencing on October 1, 2000 and ending on September 30, 2001, and may be extended for two (2) terms of one (1) year each ending September 30, 2002 and September 30, 2003.  Monthly rent shall be $2,200.00 and will be adjusted annually during the primary and extension terms of this lease according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

17.  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Webb County Head

Start for approximately 300 square feet of office space constituting Suite No. 21 of Building No. S-1 located at 1718 E. Calton Road at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for one (1) year commencing on September 1, 2000 and ending on August 31, 2001, and may be extended for two (2) terms of one (1) year each ending August 31, 2002 and August 31, 2003.  Monthly rent shall be $370.00 and will be adjusted annually during the primary and extension terms of this lease according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

18.  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Webb County Head

Start for approximately 480 square feet of office space constituting Suite No. 26 of Building No. S-1 located at 1718 E. Calton Road at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for one (1) year commencing on October 1, 2000 and ending on September 30, 2001, and may be extended for two (2) terms of one (1) year each ending September 30, 2002 and September 30, 2003.  Monthly rent shall be $590.00 and will be adjusted annually during the primary extension terms of this lease according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

X.        FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES 

 

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Motion to waive the final reading of ordinances 2000-O-282, 2000-O-283, 2000-O-296, 2000-O-297, 2000-O-298, 2000-O-299, 2000-O-300, 2000-O-301, 2000-O-302, 2000-O-303, 2000-O-304, 2000-O-305, 2000-O-306 and 2000-O-307.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

            Second:  Cm.  Agredano

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

19.  2000-O-282  Authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas, Public Property

Finance Contractual Obligations, Series 2000-A, in the principal amount of $1,600,000.00, for the purchase of automotive equipment, trucks, fire engines, ambulances, sweeper, mowers, street equipment and computers and ordaining other matters relating to the subject and authorizing amendment to City's Budget to appropriate such proceeds for purposes authorized herein.  (City Council)

 

Mayor Flores read the ordinance publicly.

 

Jerry Jordan, an advisor from Estrada Hinojosa & Company, Inc.,  Financial Advisors to the City, gave a report on the Certificates of Obligation. 

 

Bid Tabulation for $1,550,000 PUB Prop Fin Contractual Obligns Ser 2000-A

 

Bids received:  5

 

Bidding Lead Manager

Total Interest Cost

Discount Premium

Net Interest Cost

True Interest Cost

Coastal Securities

284,178.71

310.00

283,868.71

4.794989

Southwest Securities

286,585.42

-85.45

286,585.42

4.827912

A. G.  Edwards & Sons, Inc.

286,325.21

0.00

286,325.21

4.845965

First Union Securities, Inc.

291,841.67

0.00

291,841.67

4.908654

Dain Rauscher Incorporated

291,841.67

0.00

291,841.67

4.908654

 

Syndicate membership

Costal Securities:

Southwest Securities:

A. G. Edwards & Son, Inc.

 

First Union Securities, Inc.:  First Union Sec Inc.  Mgr, Morgan Keegan Co.  Mgr, RW Baird Co. MGR

 

Dain Rauscher Incorporated:

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-282 with the amendment amount of $1,600,000 to $1,550,000.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

Cm.  Agredano not present.

 

Motion to approve Coastal Securities for item 19 and 20.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                                        Second:  Cm.  Bruni

                                        For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

      2000-O-283  Authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas Combination Tax and

    Revenue Certificates of Obligation, Series 2000, in the principal amount

    of $9,400,000.00 for paying all or a portion of the City's Contractual

    Obligations for the purpose of constructing and equipping a new

    Municipal Court; constructing and improving the City's streets, to-wit:

    Shiloh widening, Santa Maria reconstruction, Jacaman Road (through

    Airport property), Springfield/Calle del Norte; Cuatro Vientos Road,

    Meadow at TxMex (traffic analysis, feasibility study, and overpass

    design), McPherson widening, Springfield Avenue extension, Bartlett

    from Hillside to Gale, and the acquisition, design and construction of

    Inner City Park, and the payment of legal, fiscal, architectural and

    engineering fees in connection with such projects and ordaining other

    matters relating to the subject and authorizing amendment to City's Budget

    to appropriate such proceeds for purposes authorized herein. 

    (City Council)

 

    Mayor Flores publicly read the ordinance.

 

$9,365,000 Comb Tax & Rev C/O SER

 

Bidding Lead Manager

Total Interest Cost

Discount Premium

Net Interest Cost

True Interest Cost

Coastal Securities

6,441,445.29

0.00

6,441,445.29

5.305139

Banc of America Securities

6,433,224.05

-85.45

6,433,138.60

5.310937

A. G. Edwards & Sons

6,441,521.53

0.00

6,441.521.53

5.329853

Southwest Securities

6,518,105.94

0.00

6,518,105.94

5.341006

First Union Securities, Inc.

6,488,185.03

0.00

6,488.185.03

5.349227

Dain Rauscher Incorporated

6,506,438.08

0.00

6,506,438,08

5.374775

 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-283 with the amendment w/issue amount of $9,365,000. 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2000-O-296  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning

Lot 4 and the W1/2 of Lot 5, Block 1394, Eastern Division, located at 2417 Kearney St., from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District); providing for publication and effective date. (Council Member Louis H. Bruni)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-296.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 2000-O-297  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning

110.003 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located east of Ejido Ave. and north of Eistetter Rd.  (Wormser Rd.), from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District); providing for publication and effective date.  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-297.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

           

2000-O-298  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning

56.4870 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located on the northwest corner of Bob Bullock Lp. and Clark Blvd., from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.  (Council Member Louis H. Bruni)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-298.

 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

           

     2000-O-299  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning

   28.916 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located east of

   Bob Bullock Lp. and north of Maria Luisa Dr., from R-1 (Single Family

   Residential District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for

   publication and effective date.  (Council Member Louis H. Bruni)

 

    Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-299.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                 2000-O-300  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning

    8.084 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located west of

    Bob Bullock Lp. and north of Maria Luisa Dr., from R-1 (Single Family

    Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District); providing for 

    publication and effective date.  (Council Member Louis H. Bruni)

 

    Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-300.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

      2000-O-301  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning

    23.847 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located west of

    Bob Bullock Lp. and north of Maria Luisa Dr., from R-1 (Single Family

    Residential District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for

    publication and effective date.  (Council Member Louis H. Bruni)  (As

    Amended) 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-301.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

       2000-O-302  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning

     73.0759 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located east of

     Bob Bullock Lp. and south of Lakeview Blvd., from AG (Agricultural

     District) to R-1 (Single Family Residential District); providing for

     publication and effective date.  (Council Member Louis H. Bruni)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-302.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

           

2000-O-303  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by

authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a correctional  facility on Lot 1, Block 1, Webb County Detention Center Plat, located north of the City of Rio Bravo and west of Hwy. 83; providing for publication and effective date.  (City Council)  (As Amended)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-303.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2000-O-304  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning

22.84 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located east of

Sinatra Parkway and west of Bob Bullock Lp., from M-1 (Light 

Manufacturing District) and R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-

4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective

date.  (Council Member Louis H. Bruni)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-304.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 2000-O-305  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by

 authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a Child Day 

 Care  Center on Lot 5, Block 1693, Eastern Division, located at 2820

 Clark  Blvd.; providing for publication and effective date.  (Council

 Member  Louis H. Bruni)  (As Amended)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-305.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 

 

 

                 2000-O-306  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by

   authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for mini-storage 

   warehouses on Lots 7, 8, 9, and 10, Block 431, Eastern Division, located at

   202 W. Saunders St.; providing for publication and effective date. 

   (Council  Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr.)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-306.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

              

    2000-O-307  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning

    1.03 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, being a part of Lot

    1, Block 1, Twiss Subdivision, located east of Santa Maria Ave. and north

    of Casa de Palmas Subdivision, from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District)

    to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and

    effective date.  (Council Member Jose A. Valdez, Jr.)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-307.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

           

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

20.  2000-R-163  A resolution authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute all

documents for a grant from the Texas Department of Health in the amount of $94,409.00 for the HIV/AIDS Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning February 1, 2001 through January 31, 2002.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-163.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0       

 

21.  2000-R-164  A resolution authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute all

documents for a grant from the Texas Department of Health in the amount of $5,000.00 for the Border Health Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning October 1, 2000 through September 30, 2001.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-164.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0       

 

XII.     MOTIONS

 

23.  Consideration to approve 30 General Fund Third Party Funding contracts.  The

contracts are for the Fiscal Year October 1, 2000 through September 30, 2001 and total $518,593.00. 

 

Avance                                                                                          $15,000

Bringing Everyone Special Together                                               $14,063

Bethany House                                                                              $15,000

Border Area Nutrition Council                                                       $27,000

Boy's & Girls Club of Laredo                                                        $89,528

Boy Scouts Gulf Coast Council                                                      $18,000

Casa de Misericordia                                                                     $10,000

Catholic Social Services                                                                 $11,250

Children's International Advocacy Center                           $50,000

Communities In Schools                                                                 $15,000

Community Action Agency - Elderly Nutrition Program      $20,000

Community Action Agency -Meals on Wheels                                $18,750

Girl Scouts Paisano Council                                                           $10,000

Holding Institute                                                                             $  4,000

Infante Boxing Club                                                                       $  3,000

Laredo Crime Stoppers                                                                 $15,000

LISD Campus Crime Stoppers                                                      $  6,000

Laredo Region Food Bank                                                            $18,000

Laredo Webb County Child Welfare Board                                   $  5,202

Laredo Webb County Food Bank                                     $30,550

Laredo Webb County Neighborhood Housing Service                   $15,000

Laredo International Fair and Exposition                            $  4,500

Literacy Volunteers of America                                                      $  6,750

Mi Laredo                                                                                     $  4,500

Rio Grande International Study Center                                           $  6,375

Rio Grande /Rio Bravo Basin Coalition                                          $  5,000

Ruthe B. Cowl Rehabilitation Center                                              $67,500

Sacred Heart Children's Home                                                       $  2,625

South Texas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse               $  4,325

Webb County American Red Cross                                               $  6,675

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

                  

23.  Consideration to approve 18 Hotel/Motel Fund Third Party Funding contracts.  The

contracts are for the Fiscal Year October 1, 2000 through September 30, 2001 and total $413,729.00

 

Club Olympia Track and Field                                                                   $    4,500

Laredo Chamber of Commerce - Cola Blanca                                           $    9,000

LULAC #7                                                                                               $    2,250

LULAC #12                                                                                             $    4,050

Society of Martha Washington                                                                   $  10,000

Salon de la Fama Latinoamericana del Deporte                                          $    3,600

Washington's Birthday Celebration Association                                          $    9,000

Washington's Birthday Celebration Museum                                               $  11,750

Laredo Children's Museum                                                                        $  50,000

Webb County Heritage Foundation                                                            $  52,750

Laredo Center for the Arts                                                             $131,360

L.C.C. Dance/Music Community Production                                              $  32,815

Laredo Little Theater                                                                                 $  27,054

Laredo Philharmonic Chorale                                                                     $  2,600

Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra                                                                  $  37,000

Lamar Bruni Vergara Environmental Science Center                                   $10,000

Servicing Children & Adolescents in Need - July 4th Fiesta                        $  10,000

T.A.M.I.U. Dance Productions                                                                  $  6,000

 

       Motion to approve.

 

Moved:

Second:

For:                                               Against:                                                Abstain:

 

24.  Consideration to award an annual maintenance contract for library automation, network

services, software, Vmark licenses and equipment for the libraries' Dynix( network to epixtech co. in the amount of $53,754.88.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

 

 

 

25.  Consideration for approval of final change order no. 3, a decrease of $116,846.50 for

the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the Texas Avenue/Price Street Drainage Improvements and approval of final payment in the amount of $150,910.52 to Pete Gallegos Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas.  Final contract amount is $1,286,533.00.  Funding is available in the 1998 CO Issue Texas Ave./Price St.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

26.  Consideration to award a construction contract to Marshall Company, Corpus Christi,

Texas, in the base bid amount of $938,000.00 for Fire Station No. 12 to be located at Bob Bullock Loop in the vicinity of Texas A&M International University and approval of change order no. 1 to deduct $195,306.00 for site improvement items for a net award of $742,694.00.  Funding is available in the New Fire Station - Buildings.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

27.  Consideration to approve the proposed FY 2000-2001 Street Recycling Project (133.5

Blocks) and authorization to develop plans and specifications and let the project out for bids.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

28.  Consideration to award a construction contract to Brothers Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas,

in the net base bid amount of $674,021.33 for Jacaman Road Extension Project which includes the base bid amount less deductive alternate for water and sidewalks and additive alternate for traffic devices and steel casing.  Funding is available in the 2001 C.O. Issue - Jacaman Road Extension.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

29.  Consideration to award annual contract (FY01-014), to the LOW BIDDER MEETING

SPECIFICATIONS, Laurel Battery, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $45,000.00, for the purchase of automotive batteries for the City's fleet.  This contract will be for a period of one year.  Since no battery inventory is maintained at the maintenance facility, all batteries are purchased on an as needed basis.

 

This City did receive lower bids from other vendors; however, the batteries proposed

by these vendors did not meet the minimum acceptable cranking amps or the reserve capacity rating required by the City.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

30.  Consideration to award an annual service contract number FY01-015, to the LOW

BIDDER, Mo-Vac Service Co., McAllen, Texas, in the estimated amount of $80,000.00, for furnishing vacuum truck services to transport domestic sewage and/or sewage sludge from the Utilities Department - Wastewater Division.  This service supplements the department's equipment capabilities and help control sewage overflows during emergencies.  The frequency and number of hours vary depending on the City's need.  The bid price is based on a flat hourly rate of $63.00.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department - Wastewater Division.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

31.  Consideration to award contract number FY01-017 to the LOW BIDDER, Hughes

Supply Inc., San Antonio, Texas, in the estimated amount of $396,015.00, for the purchase of PVC pipe.  These materials are purchased on an as needed basis by the Utilities Department - Water Operations for construction and repair projects.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department - Water Distribution Division.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

 

32.  Consideration to renew for one additional year, contract number FY00-021 awarded to

OUTDOOR SYSTEM MEXICO, S.A. DE C.V., Monterrey, N. L., for outdoor billboard advertising in Mexico, in the total cost of $102,196.44 and authorizing the City Manager to sign any and all contract documents.  The term of the contract will be for one year with an option to renew for one, additional one-year term.  Billboards are contracted for the following cities:  Monterrey (7), Guadalajara (4), Monclova (2), Torreon (1), San Luis Potosi (1), and Saltillo (2).  Funding is available in the Laredo Convention and Visitors Bureau billboard advertising account.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

33.  Consideration to award contract number FY01-022 to the LOW BIDDER, Denco One

Hour Photo, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $15,000.00, for the purchase of photographic film.  A base price has been established for a twelve-month period for the purchase of the 35mm and Polaroid film.  The majority of the film will be purchased by the Police Department; however, the contract price is valid for any other department that requires this commodity.  Funding is available in the Police Department's budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

34.  Consideration to award contract number FY01-023 to the SOLE BIDDER, Holt

Company of Texas, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $433,361.00, for the purchase of one landfill compactor for the landfill operation.   The contract price includes the purchase of one landfill compactor for the landfill operation.  The contract price includes the purchase of the compactor and a five-year maintenance contract.  The City will trade in a six year old compactor as part of the buy back program.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

35.  Consideration to award contract number FY01-024, to the SOLE BIDDER, Holt

Company of Texas, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $404,463.00, for the purchase of one tract type tractor (dozer) for the landfill operation.  The contract price includes the purchase of the tractor and five year maintenance contract.  The City will trade in a six year old dozer as part of the buy back program.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

36.  Consideration to award contract number FY01-031, to the most responsive proposer for

the installation of a telecommunications wiring network for the new Public Works Facility and the Utilities Department Building.  The contractor will install all the voice, data and video wiring needed for the telephone system and computers to be installed at this facility.  Funding for this project has been allocated in the Public Works Fund, Solid Waste Fund, and the Utilities Fund.

 

Motion to award the contract to Fibger Optic of San Antonio for $76,022.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

37.  Consideration to award contract FY00-134, to Severn Trent Services, Corpus Christi,

Texas, in the amount of $80,000.00, for providing laboratory analytical services for the Utilities Department.  The testing laboratory will be responsible for sample handling, analysis, and reporting for a wide range of environmental parameters in soil, water, and sludge samples for both water and wastewater applications.  These testing services are needed to comply with all TNRCC and EPA requirements.  Funding is available in the Utilities Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

38.  Consideration to award construction contract number FY01-012, to the LOWEST

RESPONSIBLE BIDDER, Diaz Construction, Inc., of Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $55,900.00, for La Ladrillera Elderly Center located at 2100 Pinder St.  The construction will consist of general repairs or alterations to a wing of an existing building and the addition of a driveway.  Funding is available from Community Development Block Grant funds from the 25th Action Year.

 

Motion to approve.

 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

39.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter into contract and award 2000

Emergency Shelter Grant Funds (ESG) made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in the amount of $104,100.00 to Catholic Social Services of Laredo, Inc. for shelter operations of the Frontera Halfway House and to include other general improvements.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

40.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to award 2000 Emergency Shelter Grant

Funds (ESG) made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in the amount $45,600.00 to Webb County to be utilized by the Community Action Agency to provide homeless prevention assistance.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

41.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter into a contract with the Metro

Affordable Housing Corporation (Metro) for the use of twenty lots belonging to the City of Laredo located in the Los Obispos Subdivision.  Through a partnership with the City of Laredo, the Metro Affordable Housing Corporation will construct 20 Single-Family dwellings on said property and will make them available to individuals and families of 80% of income and below through a Lease Purchase Homeownership Pilot Program.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

42.  Consideration for approval of payment estimate no. 11 to Pate & Pate Enterprises, Inc.,

The Woodlands, Texas, for the South Laredo/Chacon Creek Interceptor in the amount of $362,652.94. The payment reduces the retainage from 5% to 1%.  The total amount left in the contract after this payment is $90,663.23.  Funding is available in the 1994 Bond Issue Chacon Interceptor.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

43.  Consideration to approve amendment #1 to a contract with Naismith Engineering Inc.

to include in their scope the identification of the most advantageous sizing and routing of sewer lines in the entire service area for the North Laredo Wastewater Treatment Plant.  The amendment will increase the amount of the contract from $53,965.00 to  $59,965.00.  The amendment will also increase the delivery time by 20 calendar days.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

44.  Consideration to award a professional services contract to Raba Kistner Consultants,

Inc., in the amount not to exceed $32,850.00 to provide project inspection services during the environmental phase of the demolition of two masonry buildings identified as Building No. 1450 and 1451 located at the Laredo International Airport and to provide project administration services to the City of Laredo and authorizing the City Manager to execute said contract.  The term of the contract to complete the scope of work is 60 calendar days.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

45.  Consideration to cancel the December 25, 2000 City Council Meeting due to the

       Christmas holiday.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

46.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to execute Amendment No. 1 to the

Advance Funding Agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) in the amount of $160,054.31 for the Chacon Creek Bridge Meadow Street Project to cover the City's portion for the second letting (bidding).  Funding is available in the Reserve Appropriation line item of the 1998 Certificate of Obligation Issue.  TXDOT has also requested that the City reimburse the previous contractor, Cherokee Bridge the amount $116,414.08 which represents 50% of their claim; TXDOT will pay the remaining 50% for a total amount of $232,828.17. 

This claim would be payable on October 1, 2001 and is subject to appropriation in the 2001-2002 City of Laredo Budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XIII.    STAFF REPORT

           

47.  Presentation regarding the alternatives for using wastewater effluent for beneficial

purposes in the future.  This presentation will discuss the conceptual implementation of the ideas developed during the preparation of the regional water plan prepared by Region "M" (Senate Bill 1).

 

Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, gave the following presentation:

 

Vision for Laredo

 

Uninterrupted Growth supported by a diversified Water supply

 

“By the year 2050 the Rio Grande river will support 2.5 million people in the U. S.  alone, potentially over 7 million including Mexico”

 

Effluent Reuse as a long-term water supply strategy

 

·        Purchase water rights

·        Groundwater resources

·        Reduction of per Capita Use

·        Weather Modification

·        Effluent Reuse

 

Goals for Effluent Reuse

 

·        Green areas and other irrigation uses by 2005

·        Industrial development by 2010

·        Dual piping residential by 2020

·        Potabilization…some day?

 

Strategies

 

·        Determine best and most appropriate use for effluent

·        Invest in effluent reuse infrastructure

·        Maintain public dialogue for community buy-in

 

Best and Most Appropriate Use

 

Substitution of potable water for effluent if:

 

·        Equivalent costs are maintained

·        No public health impacts exist

·        Long-term benefit is more desirable

·        There is no other choice

 

Green Areas

 

·        Linear Parks Along river and creeks (0.17/1000 gal)

·        Golf Courses (no cost to user)

·        Cemeteries ($4.91/1000 gal)

 

Industrial Areas

 

Examples of Industrial Processes:

 

·        Harlingen:  Fruit of the Loom

 

·        El Paso:  Levi Strauss

 

Residential Areas

 

§         Dual piping reduces demand on water rights

§         Cost of infrastructure in subdivision doubles

§         Best constructed in new areas

§         Public acceptance is vital

§         Public-Private investment is ideal – incentives?

 

                        Investment in Infrastructure

 

§         Role of Government

§         Incentives to attract industry

§         Co-investment in residential areas

§         Competition for resources

 

                        Maintain Public Dialog

 

§         Form citizens task force

§         Publicize ideas to identify obstacles early

§         Understand and communicate technological limitations

§         Maintain availability and cost of water statistics

 

                        Contradictions

 

The easiest projects are often aesthetic in nature but are secondary in importance   

(i.e.green areas)

 

Potabilization is the most vital but least acceptable alternative

 

Recommendations

 

§         Develop a Master Plan of Reuse opportunities

 

§         Incorporate possible reuse projects early in infrastructure planning

 

§         Maintain a cost model that adequately compares cost of reuse projects to other alternatives

 

§         Establish a threshold value where reuse projects can be preferentially developed

                  

 

 

48.  Presentation by the Traffic Safety Department on cost estimates and breakdown for the

Light Emitting Diode (L.E.D.) Bulb Replacement Program for all traffic signals within the City of Laredo promoting energy and maintenance savings, with possible action.

 

Roberto Murrillo, Traffic Director, stated that an aggressive approach was desired toward the bulb replacement program.  All the traffic signals in the City of Laredo have been identified and an inventory on the existing bulb usage has been recorded.

 

A list of the existing traffic signals in the city and a cost breakdown with a summary for the bulb replacement project was submitted to the Council Members.  He added that a 45% reduction would be recognized for all traffic signals with the LED red ball replacement.  An estimated $240,000 will be required to replace the red ball indicator citywide including both on and off-system traffic signals.  The expected incentive will be approximately $204,000.  The project funding will be identified later when the Standard Performance Contract comes into effect. 

 

49.  Status report on the sidewalk projects under construction and design.  (Projects 11-A

       through 11-D, 12, 13, 14, 16, and 17).

 

       Rogelio Rivera submitted the following report:

 

 

Sidewalk Projects 11A – 11D

CDBG Sidewalks Project 11-A                     Contractor:  Pete Gallegos Paving

 

       Street                               From               To                    Side     Blks    District

       Chacota St.                       Louisiana          India                 North   4          I

       Vicente Street                    Milmo              New York        North   4          I

       Boulanger Street                Hwy 83            S.  Louisiana     South   3          I

       Mercer Street                    Mendiola          Malinche          North   4          III

       Mendiola Avenue              Mercer             Marion             East      2          III

       Wooster Street                  Meadow          Urbahn             South   4          III

       Cortez Street                     Lexington         Stone               North   7          III

 

CDBG Sidewalks Project 11-B                     Contractor:  J.  Soliz Maintenance

       Street                               From               To                    Side     Blks    District

                   Corpus Christi                   Ejido                Madero            South   5          II

                   Guadalupe St.                    Ejido                Roosevelt         South   4          II

                   Laredo Street                    Ejido                Roosevelt         South   4          II

                   Harding Ave.                     Tex-Mex          Chihuahua St.   West    4          II

                   Diaz Ave.                          Tex-Mex          Chihuahua St.   West    4          II

                   Guatemozin St.                  Stone               Loring              North   1          III

                   Rosario St.                        McPherson       Hendricks         South   2          III

                   Loring Ave.                       Guatemozin      Cortez              West    1          III

 

                   CDBG Sidewalks Project 11-C              Contractor:  Cherokee Rd. & Bdg.

                   Street                               From               To                    Side     Blks    District

                   Monterrey Ave.                 O’Kane            Clark                West    ½         IV

                   Monterrey Ave.                 O’Kane            Clark                East      ½         IV

                   San Francisco Ave.           Poggenpohi      Gonzalez          West    1          IV

                   Shea Street                        San Jorge         San Leonardo   North   2          IV

                   Weistetter St.                    E.San Fran.      Monterrey        South   4          V

                   Monterrey Ave.                 Olive                W. Eistetter      West    4          V

                   McDonell Ave.                  Olive                Bustamante       East      3          V

                   Chicago Street                   Eagle Pass        Santa Maria      South   7          VII

                   Baltimore St.                     Santa Isabel      Eagle Pass        South   1          VII

                   Eagle Pass Ave.                 Chicago            Pace                 West    1          VII

                   Chicago Street                   Sta Cleotilde     Santa Rita         North   1          VII

                   Santa Isabel Ave.              Lafayette          Baltimore          West    ½         VII

                   Eagle Pass Ave.                 Lafayette          Baltimore          East      ½         VII

 

CDBG Sidewalks Project 11-D         Contractor:  Pete Gallegos Paving

                   Street                               From               To                    Side     Blks    District

                   Tilden Ave.                        Ash                  Saunders          West    4          IV

                   Maryland Ave.                  Stewart            Price                West    1          IV

                   Sanders Ave.                     Plum                 Frost                East      1          IV

                   Price St.                            Sanders            Springfield        South   2          IV

                   Price St.                            Cedar               Logan               South   1          IV

                   Kearney Street                  Cedar               Tilden               South   2          IV

                   Reynolds St.                      Cedar               Tilden               South   2          IV

                   Reynolds Street                 Tilden               Hendricks         North   1          IV

                   Reynolds Street                 Hendricks         Stone               South   3          IV

                   Sanchez St.                       Camp               W. Anna          South   1          VIII

                   Sanchez St.                       Pinder              E. Anna            South   2          VIII

                   Pinder Ave.                       Garcia              Gonzalez          West    6          VIII

                   Lee Ave.                           Garza               Park                 West    2          VIII

 

CDBG Sidewalks Project 12b (33 blocks)

                   Street                                From                To                    Side     Blks     District

                   Palo Blanco                       S. Canada        S. Louisiana      North   3

                   S. Texas                            Palo Blanco      Ireland              West    5

                   S. Arkansas                       Boulanger         Loop 20           West    3

                   New York                         Rosario            Market             West    1

                   Canada                             Rosario            Market             West    1

                   Moreno                             Corpus ChristiGuadalupe          West    2

                   Roosevelt                          Tex-Mex          Chihuahua        West    4

                   Madero                             Tex-Mex          Laredo             West    2

                    Laredo                             Ejido                Moreno            North   1

                   Stone                                Gates               Aldama            East      8

                   Piedra China                      Meadow          Buena Vista      South   3

 

CDGB Sidewalks Project 14                         Civil Engineers

       Street                               From               To                    Side     Blks    District

                   Musser                              Marcella           Maryland          South   2          III       

                   Fremont                            McDonnell       Sanders            South   2          III

                   Lane                                  McDonnell       Cedar               South   7          III

                   Guerrero                           Monterrey        Sanders            North   1          III

                   Guerrero                           Marcella           Maryland          North   1.5       III

                   Galveston                          Monterrey        Marcella           North   1.5       III

                   Galveston                          Marcella           Maryland          North   1.5       III

                   Rosario                             McClelland       McPherson       North   1          III

                   Hendricks                          Market             Willow             West    3.5       III

                   Stone                                Aldama            Green               East      4          III

                   Meadow                           Chihuahua        Rosario            West    1          III

                   Meadow                           Market             Guatemozin      West    2          III

                   Meadow                           Willow             Green               West    3          III

                   Meadow                           Rosario            Guatemozin      East      3          III

                   Meadow                           Willow             Green               East      3          III

 

CDBG Sidewalks Project 12 a (33 Blocks)  G. G. Salinas Inc.

       Street                               From               To                    Side     Blks    District

      

                        Bustamante       W. Eistett         East      1          V        

       San Carlos                        E. San Fran.     Monterrey        North   4          V

       San Pedro                         Monterrey        E. San Francis North    4          V

       Olive                                 E.  San Fran     Valencia           South   2          V

       Boston                              Juarez               Flores               South   3          VII

       Ugarte                               Juarez               San Bernardo   North   5          VII

       Juarez                                Ugarte              Chicago            West    2          VII

       Juarez                                Pace                 Chicago            East      1          VII

       San Agustin                       Park                 Garza               West    2          VII

       Salinas                               Park                 Garza               East      2          VII

       Bruni                                 Santa Cleo.      Santa Maria      North   3          VII

       Park                                  Santa Maria      Santa Rita         North   4          VII

       Pace                                  Davis                Sta. Maria        South   1          VII

       Ugarte                               Davis                Sta. Maria        South   1          VII

       Philadelphia                       Davis                Sta. Maria        South   1          VII

       Boston                              Davis                Sta. Maria        South   1          VII

 

 

CDBG Sidewalks Project 13(16 BLKS), Proj 16 and Proj. 17B

       Street                               From               To                    Side     Blks    District

 

       Century Dr.                       Century Dr.      Nor. Avenida   West    3          I

       Century W.                       Century N        Century W       East      2          I

       Century N                         Century W       Century N        North   1          I

       Sunset Lp.             Century D        Cul-d-Sac        East      5          I

       Sunset Lp.             Century W       Cul-d-Sac        West    5          I

       Wyoming                           S. Dakota         E. Dalota          North   6          V

       Bustamante                        McPherson       Tilden               North   3          V

       Sanders Ave.                    Saunders          San Jose           West    2          V

       Sanders Ave.                     Monterrey        Ash                  West    1          V

       Bristol Rd.             River Bk           Acadia             North   7          VII

       Albany                              Lowry Rd.        Bristol              West    1          VII

 

Motion to move ahead with the sidewalks project.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XIV.    EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

The City Council hereby reserves the right to go into executive session at any time during this public meeting, when it deems it necessary to consult privately with its attorney about any item upon this agenda, pursuant to the provisions of Section 551.071(2) of the Texas Government Code.

 

 

 

 

XV.      ADJOURNMENT                                                                                        

 

            Motion to adjourn.                                                                                            Time:  8:50 p.m.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

I hereby certify that the above minutes contained in pages 01 to 39 are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council Meeting held on the 4th day of December, 2001.

 

 

 

                                                                                    __________________________________

                                                                                    Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                                    City Secretary