CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2000-R-34

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

DECEMBER 18, 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 A.  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

            Jaime Flores,                                                                City Attorney

           

IV.       MINUTES

 

            None.

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

            None.

 

Invitations

 

            None.

 

 

Recognitions

 

a.  The Laredo Public Library recently participated in the El Jugueton 2000 International

Christmas Toy Drive.  Christina Fracchia, Volunteer Coordinator for the Nonprofit Management and Volunteer Center, led the toy drive for the Library, collecting over 500 toys for the children of Laredo.  Ms. Fracchia also recruited and coordinated over 60 volunteers for the event.

 

Mayor Flores and the City Council publicly recognized Christina Fracchia for her diligent work in coordinating this event and ensuring its success.

 

b.  Recognition of the City of Laredo's Excellence Award by the American Concrete

Institute San Antonio Chapter for the City's contribution to the World Trade Bridge and Border Facilities.

 

Mayor Flores congratulated all those involved in the World Trade Bridge project.

 

c.  Recognizing 14 students from local middle schools who have been chosen as "Eighth

Grader of the Month" for December by the Laredo Police Department Community Relations Unit and local school counselors.

 

                 Mayor Flores, the City Council, and Police Chief Agustin Dovalina congratulated these outstanding students for their high scholastic achievement and presented them with Certificates of Recognition for the distinction earned at their respective campuses.

                       

d.  The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center would like to recognize the City of Laredo as

its winner of the "Cup of Life" in the Best Little Blood Drive on the Border for a second year in a row.  Making the presentation on behalf of the STBTC is Gabriella Zinna Miller and Jo Cox, Donor Recruiters.

 

The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center presented the “Cup of Life” award to Mayor Flores for the overall participation by employees of the City of Laredo.  Ms. Gabriella Zinna Miller pointed out that the City’s generous contribution has the potential of saving 736 lives.  She further thanked Lita Vasquez, City Employee Health Nurse and Blasita Lopez, Public Information Officer, for all their hard work during this blood drive.

 

e.  Recognizing the United South High School Junior ROTC U. S. Marine Corps for its

outstanding performance and awards received at the 4th Annual Drill and Physical Fitness Competition held in Plaquemine, Louisiana.

 

                  Mayor Flores and the City Council recognized the group of students, members of the Junior ROTC U.S. Marine Corps, and presented each of them with Certificates of Appreciation for their remarkable achievements and awards received at the JROTC Military Skills Competition in the following divisions:  Male Color Guard – second place in performance and second place in inspection; Female Color Guard – first place in performance and first place in inspection; Unarmed Drill Team – first place in inspection, first place in regulation drill, and second place in exhibition drill; Armed Drill Team – first place in inspection, first place in regulation drill, second place in exhibition drill, and first place in individual drill; Physical Fitness – second place in female physical fitness, Gold Medal for Top Female Performer, and Silver Medal for Second Best Female Performer; Shooting Team – second place in marksmanship; and first place winner of Sweepstakes trophy. 

 

f.  Recognition of Anita Stanely, Parks and Recreation Program Coordinator, who recently

received the Programmers Choice Award for Best Adult/Senior Program for the event of The Senior Egg Hunt at the National Recreation and Park Association Conference.  Ms. Stanley attended the conference in mid-November and had the opportunity to submit samples of Laredo's most effective recreational programming to a panel of judges from across the nation.  Ms. Stanley was one of only ten programming-award recipients named at the conference in Cincinnati, Ohio.

 

                  Motion to table item.

 

                  Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Guerra

                  Second:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

                  For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

g.  Recognizing Fernando Rubio for rendering aid to Mark Agredano, age 7, during a

     vehicle/pedestrian accident while waiting for the paramedics to arrive.

 

      Cm. Agredano presented a Certificate of Recognition to Fernando Rubio for his compassionate nature in providing aid and comfort to the injured child while medical assistance arrived.

 

h.  Recognition of the participants in the Southgate Boulevard and Highway 83 Graffiti

     Removal campaign that was held on December 9, 2000.

 

     Mayor Flores and the City Council recognized the students for providing of their time and energy to beautify the city through their involvement in the Southgate Sign Reconstruction and Graffiti Removal campaign.  

 

Communiqués

 

None.

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

a.  Appointment by Council Member Louis H. Bruni of Dr. Kimberly Folse to the Library

     Advisory Committee.

 

                 Motion to approve.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Agredano

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For: 8                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

b.  Appointment by Council Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr. of Steve Jackson to the Cemetery

     Committee.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For: 8                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

VII.     PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.  Public hearing amending Chapter 21 of the Laredo Code of Ordinances to include

Article XIV to prohibit the sale of and/or use of "Liquid String" and "Snappers" at parades and imposing a fine in an amount not to exceed two hundred dollars ($200.00); providing for severability, publication and effective date.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending Chapter 21 of the Laredo Code of Ordinances to include Article XIV to prohibit the sale of and/or use of "Liquid String" and "Snappers" at parades and imposing a fine in an amount not to exceed two hundred dollars ($200.00); providing for severability, publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:   Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:   8                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Guerra

Second:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

2.  Public hearing concerning an application by Hotel Operations Company amending the

Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 13.6475 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located north of Calle Del Norte and east of Mall Del Norte, from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the proposed zone change.  This is an appeal from an unfavorable recommendation by the Planning and Zoning Commission.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 13.6475 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located north of Calle Del Norte and east of Mall Del Norte, from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ron Whitehawk, representing Hotel Operations Company, stated that he would like to amend the application as originally submitted.  Due to some concerns voiced by the Belmont Plaza residents who attended the Planning & Zoning Commission meeting, they are now amending the application to rezone only the easterly portion of four acres of the property.  He stated that the designated acreage does not adjoin or abut Belmont Plaza but rather the Jacaman property.  He mentioned that this would constitute the minimum amount of acreage needed to be added to the existing acreage that the hospital already owns and has properly zoned.

 

Melissa Guerra, resident of Belmont Plaza, commented that there is no objection on her part to the rezoning application as amended.

 

Motion to close the public hearing, override Planning and Zoning, and introduce with amendment.

 

Moved:   Mayor Pro Tem Guerra

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

 

3.  Public hearing amending Chapter 19, Motor Vehicles and Truck Traffic, Article XI

Truck Traffic by specifically amending Section 19-410 by allowing truck traffic east  bound on Scott Street between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., designating Loop 20 as a truck route from the intersection of IH 35 to the World Trade Bridge, designating Killam Industrial Blvd. as a truck route from the intersection of Mines Rd. to IH 35, Section 19-433 reducing the gross weight for oversize permits from 84,000 lbs to 80,001 lbs,  Section 19-434 requiring weight tickets for oversize loads also prior to issuance of permit, Section 19-435 setting the limits/tolerance for loads at each international bridge, and Section 19-439 reducing the gross weight in pounds from 84,000 lbs to 80,001 for overweight permits; providing for severability and an effective date.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending Chapter 19, Motor Vehicles and Truck Traffic, Article XI Truck Traffic by specifically amending Section 19-410, Section 19-433, Section 19-434, Section 19-435 and Section 19-439.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Guerra

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     7                                          Against:  1                                            Abstain:  0

                                                       Cm. Ramirez

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

4.  Public hearing amending the City of Laredo's 2000-2001 annual budget in the amount of

$69,411.00 to fund the COPS MORE 2000 grant project.  The U.S. Department of Justice, Community Oriented Policing Service will designate $52,058.00 and the City of Laredo will designate $17,353.00 to fund this project.  Funding will be used to hire three (3) Clerk III Support Staff members.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the City of Laredo's 2000-2001 annual budget in the amount of $69,411.00 to

fund the COPS MORE 2000 grant project.  The U.S. Department of Justice, Community Oriented Policing Service will designate $52,058.00 and the City of Laredo will designate $17,353.00 to fund this project.  Funding will be used to hire three (3) Clerk III Support Staff members.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Amaya

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                           Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:   8                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

5.  Public hearing amending Chapter 19, Article XII - Transit System, of the Laredo Code

of Ordinances; specifically Division 2 - Charter Service, Section 19-562, subparagraph (b) to include current City employees and current El Metro employees to be charged the charter "base rate"; providing for an effective date.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending Chapter 19, Article XII - Transit System, of the Laredo Code of Ordinances; specifically Division 2 - Charter Services, Section 19-562, subparagraph (b) to include current City employees and current El Metro employees to be charged the charter "base rate"; providing for an effective date.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

VIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

6.  A.  Request by Council Member Louis H. Bruni

 

1.  Status report from Mr. Ed Walker of the SouthWest Texas Rain Enhancement

Association (SWTREA) on the results of the year 2000 project and the upcoming 2001 Rain Enhancement Project, with possible action.

 

Mr. Walker, Manager for the Southwest Texas Rain Enhancement Association (SWTREA), expressed his appreciation for the opportunity to move this project forward.  He mentioned that they have recently added Zapata County for a total of five counties and are currently servicing 5.5 million acres.  He reported that they have completed their second year of operation and did it as a self-owned operated project as opposed to the first year when it was handled through a contractor.  He drew some comparisons in the handling of operations by a contractor as opposed to the self-owned operations.   The contractor in 1999 flew 55 missions and treated 110 thunderstorms.  In contrast, the self-owned operation flew 77 missions and treated 209 thunderstorms in 2000 which reflects the aggressiveness the project has taken.  He mentioned that the SWTREA has initiated an assessment program that reviews all cloud seeding projects in Texas.  The SWTREA has looked at some of the initial data from our project and the group is indicating a 22.9% increase in rainfall over what would naturally occur.

 

Cm. Bruni mentioned that the addition of pilots, aircraft, and equipment have served to enhance the effectiveness of the project.  He stated that the group would be far more effective if the three aircraft were based in Cotulla, Texas, where the radar and maintenance crew is set up, versus having two aircraft in the Cotulla airport and one in Laredo.  

 

Motion to place the Laredo aircraft in Cotulla, Texas, prior to resuming the cloud seeding activity, which is scheduled to begin February 1, 2001.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  J. Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                                 Against:  0                                      Abstain:  0

 

     2.  Status report on truck route violations, with possible action.

 

Police Chief Agustin Dovalina reported that the city has seen a 19% increase in the number of citations issued as compared to 1999.  In 1999, the department had issued a total of 896 truck tractor traffic violation citations.  For the current year, the department has issued 1,103 truck traffic violation citations up through October 31st.  He mentioned that these include the DOT inspections and additional violations of a varied nature.  He stated that his department has been issuing citations throughout the entire city, including the area of Mines Road, the span of I-H 35, Zapata Highway, and Arkansas Avenue.  He commented that his department’s Ordinance Enforcement Section has been actively enforcing violations regarding truck tractor traffic along Santa Maria Avenue by the Mann Road intersection, down Calton Road, to the truck stop location all the way up to Del Mar Boulevard.   He mentioned that he previously presented to the City Council and received approval for acceptance of a state funding source called the Safe Streets grant which would provide an additional $37,500.00 for additional truck traffic violation enforcement.  He stated that there are twelve certified DOT inspectors within the Traffic Division that continuously monitor this type of activity and enforce violations committed by truck drivers around the city.

 

3.  Status report on the possibility of placing signalization on the corner of US Hwy 59

     and the entrance to Casa Blanca golf course.

 

      Roberto Murillo, Transportation and Traffic Safety Director, stated that he had received a report from Mr. Paul Young regarding the suggestions for possible improvements to the intersection.  He mentioned that although this particular intersection falls under TxDOT jurisdiction the City will, nevertheless, have to initiate a traffic study.  In order for his department to initiate the study, he will have to guarantee that they will obtain accurate numbers.  Being that there is still significant road construction in the area, he is suggesting that the city postpone any traffic count until construction in the area is completed.  He recommends scheduling a meeting with TxDOT representatives and Mr. Young in order to get input from them on this issue.  Once reliable results are obtained, they can submit an accurate count to TxDOT.

 

      Mayor Flores inquired as to the timeline on the property improvements being made.

 

      Mr. Paul Young stated that he received the construction plans today and the specific purpose of their proposed property improvements are to realign their roadway to meet up with the Casa Blanca golf course entrance and, in that way, comply with TxDOT’s requirement in order to have them conduct the requisite traffic study. 

 

      Cm. Bruni inquired as to the projected cost to have a signalization in place.

 

      Roberto Murillo stated that it would roughly cost $75,000.00 for that particular signalization.

 

 4.  Status report on the continued congestion around Lamar Middle and Ryan

      Elementary, with possible action.

 

 

 

       Police Chief Agustin Dovalina stated that he has a School Resource Officer assigned to  Lamar Middle School who is working together with the school principal to educate the parents and motorists to be exercise caution and to be cognizant of the traffic and students attempting to leave the campus.  He mentioned that at Ryan Elementary they have the assistance of the Webb County Constable’s Department which has been very cooperative and has been able to control the traffic flows.  He mentioned he would like to have a presence at Lamar Middle as well, but for now he has advised the patrol officers assigned to that area to be mindful of the traffic congestion during peak hours. 

 

       City Manager Larry Dovalina mentioned that they are trying to schedule a Metro Committee meeting after the holiday season because they have many concerns regarding the proposed construction projects to be built and the limited area these projects would be occupying. 

 

Roberto Murillo, Transportation and Traffic Safety Director, mentioned that his department has as many signs posted around those two schools as it possibly can.  He suggested that the schools attempt to work on a solution for the handling of motorist circulation within the campus itself.  He stated that he obtained information from Lamar Middle in terms of when they plan to begin and complete construction on campus.  They will be going out on bid in early Fall, 2001 and possibly begin construction next December.  They have gone out for Request for Qualifications with the traffic engineering firms. He reiterated the city’s concern and requirement to them that for all the designs receiving consideration, the school district must have a traffic engineer on board to provide input and recommendations.  He mentioned that the school district would be holding a meeting on December 27, 2000, to select the engineering firms and they have invited a representative from the city to be part of their selection committee.

 

Cm. Jose A. Valdez, Jr. commented that he would like the Traffic Department to look at the design for Farias Elementary as well. He wants the loop constructed by the city to be incorporated into the school’s design plans students’ access in and out of campus rather than using Santa Maria as a drop-off point.  He stated that the city has made a significant investment in this project and they need to begin utilizing it.

 

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

7.  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Jett Racing and

Sales, Inc., for approximately 12,000 square feet constituting Hangar No. 123 located at 4617 Maher Avenue at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for ten (10) years commencing on January 1, 2001 and ending on December 31, 2010.  Monthly rent shall be $3,910.00 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

8.  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Jett Racing and

Sales, Inc., for approximately 18,000 square feet constituting Building No. 104 (former passenger terminal) located at 4805 Maher Avenue at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for ten (10) years commencing on January 1, 2001 and ending on December 31, 2010.  Monthly rent shall be $4,690.00 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

9.  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Aero JBR - Laredo,

Inc., for approximately 5,980 square feet constituting Hangar No. 1307 located at 4400 Maher Avenue at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for ten (10) years commencing on December 1, 2000 and ending on November 30, 2010.  Monthly rent shall be $2,400.00 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

          10.  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Maria Elena Salinas

d/b/a Casas y Caminos Realty for approximately 252 square feet constituting Suite No.   10 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 December 1, 2000 and ending November 30, 2001 and may be extended for one (1) year ending on November 30, 2002.  However, it is agreed by the parties that the lease may be terminated by either party on not less than thirty (30) days written notice from the party terminating to the other.  Monthly rent shall be $315.00 and will be adjusted annually during the primary and extension term of this lease according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

          11.  An ordinance designating as a one-way that section of road to include: Vidaurri

Avenue, Southbound, Block Number South 100, between Water Street on the North and Ventura Street on the South; Ventura Street, Eastbound, Block Number 1900, between Vidaurri Avenue on the West and Santa Rita Avenue on the East; Santa Rita Avenue, Northbound, Block Number South 100, between Ventura Street on the South and Water Street on the North; providing for the installation of appropriate signs to indicate one-way traffic in the designated direction and providing for publication and effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

X.        FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES 

 

            Internet available:  //www.cityoflaredo.com

 

            Motion to waive final reading of ordinances # 2000-O-308, # 2000-O-309, #2000-O-310,

# 2000-O-312, # 2000-O-313, # 2000-O-315, # 2000-O-316, # 20000-O-317, # 2000-O-318, # 2000-O-319, # 2000-O-320, # 2000-O-321, # 2000-O-322, # 2000-O-323 and # 2000-O-324. 

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:      8                                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

12.  2000-O-308  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 on September 18, 2000.  (City Council)

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-308.

 

Moved:  Cm. Amaya

Second:  Cm. Bruni

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

           

2000-O-309  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).  (Council Member Jose Valdez, Jr.)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-309.

 

Moved:  Cm. Amaya

Second:  Cm. Bruni

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

           

  2000-O-310  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).  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-310.

 

Moved:  Cm. Amaya

Second:  Cm. Bruni

For:      8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2000-O-311   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 R-1 (Single-Family Residential District).   (Council Member Louis H. Bruni) (As Amended)

 

 Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-311.

 

 

 

Moved:  Cm. Amaya

Second:  Cm. Bruni

For:    8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2000-O-312  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).  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-312.

 

Moved:  Cm. Amaya

Second:  Cm. Bruni

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

           

2000-O-313  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).  (Council Member Louis H. Bruni)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-313.

 

Moved:  Cm. Amaya

Second:  Cm. Bruni

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2000-O-314  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).  (Council Member Louis H. Bruni)

 

Motion to table.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2000-O-315  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).        (Council Member Jose Valdez, Jr.)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-315.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2000-O-316  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).  (Council Member Alfredo Agredano)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-316.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

      2000-O-317  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.  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-317.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2000-O-318  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.  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-318.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 

 

2000-O-319  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.  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-319.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2000-O-320  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.  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-320.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2000-O-321  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.  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-321.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2000-O-322  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.  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-322.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     6                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  2

                                                                                            Cm. Amaya

                                                                                            Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

 

 2000-O-323  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.  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-323.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:      6                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  2

                                                                                                                                    Cm. Amaya

                                                                                                                                    Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

 

 2000-O-324  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.  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-324.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     6                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  2

                                                                                            Cm. Amaya

                                                                                            Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

           

 

 

 

 

 

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

13.  2000-R-165  A resolution authorizing the acceptance of a donation of a 22.1402 acre,

more or less, out of a 195.50 acre tract out of porcion 37, abstract 410, Jose Bartolo Chapa, original grantee known as Santa Rita Farm for use as a city park from Camilo Prada Machin.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-165.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

14.  2000-R-166  A resolution declaring the public necessity to acquire the "Surface Only"

of one parcel of land for the South Laredo Pedestrian Bridge Project.  Said parcel being Lot 100, Block 2, Southgate Subdivision, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being delineated on City Plat; and authorizing staff to negotiate with the owner for the acquisition of said parcel by purchase at a market value to be established by a State Certified Real Estate Appraiser, and further authorizing the City Attorney to initiate condemnation proceedings to acquire said parcel if staff is unable to acquire through negotiations due to inability to agree to a purchase price, conflict of ownership, owner refusal to sell, and/or inability to locate the listed owner.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-166.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

15.  2000-R-167  A resolution declaring the public necessity to acquire the "Surface Only"

of one parcel of land for the extension of Ejido Avenue.  Said parcel being Lot 116, Block 1, Southgate Subdivision, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being delineated on City Plat; and authorizing staff to negotiate with the owner for the acquisition of said parcel by purchase at a market value to be established by a State Certified Real Estate Appraiser, and further authorizing the City Attorney to initiate condemnation proceedings to acquire said parcel if staff is unable to acquire through negotiations due to inability to agree to a purchase price, conflict  of ownership, owner refusal to sell,  and/or inability to locate the listed owner.          

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-167.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

16.  2000-R-168  A resolution declaring the public necessity to acquire the "Surface Only"

of a parcel of land to be used as part of the Runway Protection Zone of Runway 35L.  Said parcel of land being Lots 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, Block 1965A, Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being delineated on City Plat; and authorizing staff to negotiate with the owner for the acquisition of said parcel by purchase at a market value to be established by State Certified Real Estate Appraisers, and further authorizing the City Attorney to initiate condemnation proceedings to acquire said parcel if staff is unable to acquire through negotiations due to inability to agree to a purchase price, conflict of ownership, owner refusal to sell, and/or inability to locate the listed owner; and further authorizing Relocation Assistance, if any is required, as a result of the parcel's acquisition.

 

 

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-168.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

17.  2000-R-169  A resolution authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant with the Office

of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division in the amount of $51,951.00 in which the City of Laredo will designate $5,772.00 for a total amount of $57,723.00 to fund the Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grant Program.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-169.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

18.  2000-R-170  A resolution authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from the U.S.

Department of Justice in the amount of $52,058.00 in which the City of Laredo will designate $17,353.00 for a total amount of $69,411.00 to fund the COPS MORE 2000 Project.  Funding will be used to hire three (3) Clerk III support staff positions.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-170.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

19.  2000-R-174  A resolution declaring the public necessity to acquire the "Surface Only"

of two parcels of land for the construction of a City park.  Said parcels of land being Blocks 166 and 167, Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being delineated on City Plat; and authorizing staff to negotiate with the owners for the acquisition of said parcels by purchase at a market value to be established by a State Certified Real Estate Appraiser and further authorizing the City Attorney to initiate condemnation proceedings to acquire said parcels if staff is unable to acquire through negotiations due to inability to agree to a purchase price, conflict of ownership, owner refusal to sell, and/or inability to locate the listed owners.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-174.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XII.     MOTIONS

 

20.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to approve Change Order #4 for an

amount not to exceed $165,000.00 to the Laredo Bridge Toll System upgrade contract with Transcore for the final equipment and set up of the AVI Customer Center Systems at the four International Bridges and the Traffic Department.  The original contract was for $8,442,136.00.   This change order will bring the total contract amount to $9,337,946.00.  Funding will be available in the Bridge Construction Fund from a transfer of line item "Toll Plaza Improvements" #553-4050-5385-301.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                            Against:  0                                   Abstain:  0

 

21.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to submit a grant application for

$148,672.00 to the Texas Department of Health for renewal of the HIV/AIDS Ryan White C.A.R.E. Act/Title II HIV Care Consortia Projects for the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning April 1, 2001 through March 31, 2002.

 

Motion to approve with correction on ending date from March 31, 2002 to August 31, 2001.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                             Against:  0                                 Abstain:  0

 

22.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to approve Amendment No. 5, an increase

of $ 5,230.00, to the contract with Naismith Engineering, Inc., Laredo and Corpus Christi, Texas, for the purpose of complying with Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) directive. The TNRCC directive is to remove seven (7) monitor wells as part of site closure activities located at the Bartlett Avenue Site, LPST (Leaking Petroleum Storage Tank) ID No. 101133.  This task completes all environmental work associated with the underground storage tanks at this site and the property is now available for redevelopment. This expense is eligible for TNRCC reimbursement less a deductible.  Funding is available in the Airport Fund Account.

 

Motion to approve.

 

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

23.  Consideration of an award of contract FY01-019, to the LOW BIDDER, Wilson

Fire/NAFECO, New Braunfels, Texas, in the amount of $50,444.50, for the purchase of protective clothing (bunker gear) for the Fire Department.  The clothing includes fifty protective suits for conventional fire fighting situations.  The proposed gear meets all the standards of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).  Funding is available in the Fire Department budget.

 

 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

24.  Consideration to award contract number FY01-027 to the LOW BIDDER, Rush Truck

Center, San Antonio, Texas, in the amount of $98,778.00, for the purchase of two, three ton trucks complete with service bodies.  Both trucks will be assigned to Public Works Department.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Amaya

Second:  Cm. Galo

For:    8                                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

25.  Consideration to award service contract FY01-029, to the LOW BIDDER, Lawn

Masters, Laredo, Texas, in the annual amount of $90,852.00, for providing ground maintenance services for the Utilities Department, Parks and Recreation Department, and the Police Department.  This is a two year contract which requires the contract vendor to complete cutting cycles at the water plants, booster stations, the wastewater treatment plants, storage tank locations, utility easements, the Clark Street median, and the Police Station.  This contract contains a non-appropriation clause that allows the City to cancel this contract if funds are not available for these services.  Funding is available in the Utilities Fund, the Police and Parks and Recreation Departments budgets. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Amaya

Second:  Cm. Galo

For:  8                                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

26.  Consideration to award an annual supply contract number FY01-030, to the LOW

BIDDER Arguindegui Oil Co., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $950,000.00, for the purchase of transport and tank wagon loads of unleaded and low sulfur diesel fuel, for the City of Laredo's fleet.  The transport load contract pricing per gallon for unleaded fuel is approximately $0.0024/gallon less and for diesel, it is approximately $0.0014/gallon fess.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Amaya

Second:  Cm. Galo

For:     8                                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

27.  Consideration to award a thirty-six month lease purchase contract to Avaya/Lucent

Technologies, Laredo, Texas, in the total amount of $48,945.60, for securing a multimedia messaging system (phone voice mail) for the City Hall phone system.  The system will allow for voice mail with pager notification and bilingual auto attendant.  The City is utilizing the provisions of the State of Texas Qualified Information System Vendor (QISV) Program to secure this equipment.  This contract contains a non-appropriation clause that allows the City to cancel this contract if funds are not available.  Funding for the lease purchase payments have been made available in the General Fund budget. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Amaya

Second:  Cm. Galo

For:    8                                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

28.  Consideration to approve monthly adjustments to the tax roll.  The amount to be

adjusted for the month of November 2000, which represents a decrease in levy, is $46,220.03.  These adjustments are determined by the Webb County Appraisal District and by Court Orders.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Amaya

Second:  Cm. Galo

For:     8                                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

29.  Consideration to refund property tax for the following taxpayers and companies:

 

a.  A refund in the amount of $1,017.93 for PHH Mortgage Company due to an

     overpayment made by the mortgage company.  Account #909-40003-110.

 

b.  A refund in the amount of $1,205.55 for PHH Mortgage due to an overpayment

     made by the mortgage company.  Account #983-00003-040.

 

c.  A refund in the amount of $912.60 for Ellis & Ellis Inc. due to a change of value

     certified by the Appraisal Review Board.  Account #801-05096-516.

 

d.  A refund in the amount of $2,434.02 for Border Title Ltd., Co. due to a change of   

     value certified by the Appraisal Review Board. Account #900-90221-168.

 

 

e.  A refund in the amount of $856.81 due to double payment.  The Laredo National

     Bank is responsible for the tax.  Account #970-40001-090.

 

f.  A refund in the amount of $1,356.36 for Ariaza Investment LTD due to a change

     of value certified by the Appraisal Review Board.  Account #104-00172-020.

 

g.  A refund in the amount of $735.95 for Columbus Energy Corporation.  Account

     #0381106-1507500-WI was not in the City of Laredo's jurisdiction for 1999.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                              Against:  0                                       Abstain:  0

 

30.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter into an Advance Funding

Agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation for an amount up to $80,000.00 to fund a contract for the maintenance of illumination systems along IH 35, FM 1472 and Loop 20.   Funding is available in the Street Light Maintenance Account.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                              Against:  0                                     Abstain:  0

 

31.  Consideration to award a construction contract to the SOLE BIDDER, Guillermo

Gallegos Backhoe Services of Laredo, Texas in the amount of $42,500.00 for the construction of an on-site sewage facility for the City of Laredo Solid Waste Administration Offices at the City Landfill.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                             Against:  0                                     Abstain:  0

 

32.  Consideration to amend a contract with Sherfey Engineering Company for $91,300.00

to include additional engineering services, right-of-way surveys, environmental survey, construction supervision, geotechnical services, and a service area analysis of the Chacon Creek Interceptor Extension.  The amendment brings the total contract amount to $338,800.00.  Funding is available in the 1998-A Sewer Bond Issue.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                             Against:  0                                       Abstain:  0

 

 

33.  Consideration to amend the contract with NRS Engineers for an amount of $45,090.00

for services related to the Raw Water Intake Project at the Water Treatment Plant and the elevated storage tanks in Mines Road area and Airport Property.  The amendment will bring the total contract to $531,837.00.  Funding is available in the 1994 Water Bond

Issue.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                              Against:  0                                       Abstain:  0

 

34.  Consideration to amend a contract with Groves and Associates, Inc., San Antonio,

Texas, for $33,265.84 to include additional engineering services required in support to change orders to the Chacon Creek Interceptor.  The change orders include the adjustment of alignments in response to unknown field conditions; preparation for future connections and other issues related to right-of-way; and repair work on existing major lines.  The amendment brings the total contract amount to $857,442.33.  Funding is available in the 1998-A Sewer Bond Issue.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                              Against:  0                                       Abstain:  0

 

35.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to execute a sub-grant agreement with the

North American Development Bank for $6,236,450.00 for the Colonias Project.  The grant will cover the cost of constructing a 16" water line from South Laredo to Loop 20 at IH35, all the wastewater work for the Mines Road Colonias, and the hook-up for eligible houses in the project.  There is no local match required.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                              Against:  0                                       Abstain:  0

 

36.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to approve Change Order No. 3 an

increase of $295,451.62 for additional utility work to the construction contract with Pate & Pate Enterprises, Inc., for the South Laredo/Chacon Creek Interceptor.  This Change Order No. 3 covers the cost to replace trees and to repair two wastewater lines at the Zacate Wastewater Treatment Plant and at the South Laredo Wastewater Treatment Plant.  Funding is available in the 1998-A Bond Issue Chacon Interceptor.  This Change Order No. 3 brings the total contract amount to $9,510,435.62.

 

Motion to approve.

 

 

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                              Against:  0                                       Abstain:  0

 

37.  Consideration to amend a contract with Camp Dresser McKee for the amount of

$71,588.64 to provide additional services for the High Service Pump Station Project.  The services include revising the project to insure compliance with codes in the rehabilitated portion of the project, compliance with the EPA grant requirements, and modifications to the front-end documents.  The amendment brings the contract total to $352,888.64. Funding is available in the 1994 Water Bond Issue.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                              Against:  0                                       Abstain:  0

 

38.  Consideration for approval of the selection of an engineering consultant for the Bartlett

Avenue (Hillside to Gale) and authorizing the City Manager to negotiate a professional services contract.  Funding is available in the 2000-A C.O. Issue Bartlett/Hillside to Gale.

 

Motion to approve the engineering selection of G. G. Salinas Engineering Company.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. E. Valdez , Jr.

For:  7                                                Against:  0                                       Abstain:  1

                                                                                                                 Mayor Pro Tem

                                                                                                                                    Guerra

 

39.  Consideration for approval of the selection of an engineering consultant for the

Feasibility Study to construct a bridge structure in the vicinity of Zacate Creek by East San Francisco and Canal Street and authorizing the City Manager to negotiate a professional services contract.  Funding is available in the Community Development 26th Action Year Canal St./San Francisco Study.

 

Motion to approve the engineering selection of Naismith Engineering, Inc., of Corpus Christi, Texas.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

For:    8                                              Against:  0                                       Abstain:  0

 

40.  Consideration for approval of the selection of an engineering consultant for the Laredo

International Bridge No. 5, City Toll Plaza and Federal Border Station Facilities and Access Roadways and authorizing the City Manager to negotiate a professional services contract.  Funding is available in the Bridge System - 5th Bridge.

 

Motion to approve the selection of Paul Garza & Associates as engineering consultant.

 

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second: Cm. Galo

For:    8                                              Against:  0                                       Abstain:  0

 

41.  Consideration for approval of the selection of an engineering consultant for the South

Meadow Overpass Bridge at Tex Mex Railroad and authorizing the City Manager to negotiate a professional services contract.  Funding is available in the 2000-A C.O. Issue Meadow @ Tex-Mex Analysis.

 

Motion to approve the selection of WSBC Civil Engineers, Inc.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Galo

For:    8                                              Against:  0                                       Abstain:  0

 

42.  Consideration for approval of the selection of an engineering consultant for the

Eastwoods Park and authorizing the City Manager to negotiate a professional services contract.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvements Fund - Eastwoods Park.

 

Motion to approve the selection of Turner, Hickey & Associates.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Galo

For:    8                                              Against:  0                                       Abstain:  0

 

43.  Consideration for approval of the selection of an engineering consultant for the Shiloh

Drive Widening Project (IH35 to McPherson Road) and authorizing the City Manager to negotiate a professional services contract.  Funding is available in the 2000-A C.O. Issue Shiloh Widening.

 

Motion to approve the selection of Flores Engineering.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Galo

For:    8                                              Against:  0                                       Abstain:  0

 

44.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to approve Amendment No. 8 for an

amount not to exceed $85,912.50 to the engineering contract with Structural Engineering Associates, Inc., (SEA), San Antonio, Texas, for the Border Facilities for the World Trade Bridge.  This Amendment No. 8 is for design and construction, administration services for the Hazardous Materials Containment Facility for the World Trade Bridge.  The total contract amount to date including this Amendment No. 8 is $4,915,971.93.  Funding is available in the Bridge System T/E Bond - Bridge 4 Project Engineer Fees.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Amaya

Second:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

For:    8                                              Against:  0                                       Abstain:  0

 

45.  Consideration for approval to release partial retainage in the amount of $400,000.00 to

M.W. Builders, Inc., Temple, Texas, for the Border Facilities for the World Trade Bridge.  The remaining retainage in the amount of $388,361.08, will be withheld until all work has been completed.  Funding is available in the Bridge System - Retainage Payable.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Amaya

Second:  Cm. E. Valdez, Jr.

For:    8                                              Against:  0                                       Abstain:  0

 

XIII.    STAFF REPORT

           

46.  Presentation of the Annual Collection Report for the Tax Department by the City Tax

       Assessor-Collector as required by the State Property Tax Code.

 

                    Phyllis Colon, Tax Assessor/Collector, made the presentation before City Council. 

 

                    Major Accomplishments for Fiscal Year 1999-2000:

 

q       Collected 96.17 % of current taxes

q       Collected an estimated 33 % of delinquent taxes

q       Computerized the alcoholic beverage license program and collected many accounts for back fees

q       Set up 20 pay stations for utility collections

q       Added 738 new Alarm System accounts

q       Developed program for collecting of Delinquent Miscellaneous Receivable accounts with attorney

 

Significant Performance Measures:

 

q       For FY 1996-1997, collected 18,249,510 of current taxes and 1,005,375 of delinquent taxes

q       For FY 1997-1998, collected 19,683,570 of current taxes and 943,293 of delinquent taxes

q       For FY 1998-1999, collected 20,982,384 of current taxes and 736,562 of delinquent taxes

q       For FY 1999-2000, collected 23,823,463 of current taxes and 744,145 of delinquent taxes

 

Percentage of Taxes Collected:

 

q       For FY 1996 -1997, collected 95.61 % of current taxes and 37.9 % of delinquent taxes

q       For FY 1997 -1998, collected 95.91 % of current taxes and 38.55% of delinquent taxes

q       For FY 1998- 1999, collected 95.80 % of current taxes and 31.76% of delinquent taxes

q       For FY 1999- 2000, collected 96.17 % of current taxes and 33.30% of delinquent taxes

 

Property Tax Adjusted Collections

 

YTD Current Collections

 

 

YTD Total Collections

$ 23, 823,462.62

 

Less YTD Refunds

$     (116,338.97)

 

Adjusted Collections

$  23,707,094.65

 

Less NSF Fees

$           1,000.00

 

 

 

 

Total YTD Adjusted Collections

 

$23,706,094.65

 

 

 

YTD Delinquent Collections

 

 

YTD Total Delinquent Collections

$       744,145.48

 

Less NSF fees

$           ( 270.00)

 

Total YTD Delinquent Adjusted Collections

 

$     743,875.48

 

 

 

Grand Total YTD Adjusted Collections

 

$24,449,970.13

 

Property Tax Roll

 

Current 1999/2000

 

 

Certified Tax

$ 24,784,227.71

 

YTD Supplements & Cancellations

   $     (12,776.92)

 

Adjusted Current Roll

 

$24,771,450.79

 

 

 

Delinquent 1999/2000

 

 

Certified Delinquent Balance

$  2,532,351.56

 

YTD Supplements & Cancellations

  $  ( 176,661.39)

 

Adjusted Delinquent Roll

 

$  2,355,690.17

 

 

 

Total Adjusted Roll

 

$27,127,140.96

 

 

Total Value of Properties:

 

q       For 1996 – 1997, property values totaled $ 4,094,037,677

q       For 1997 – 1998, property values totaled $ 4,454,737,723

q       For 1998 – 1999, property values totaled $ 4,765,987,974

q       For 1999 – 2000, property values totaled $ 5,211,338,951

 

Taxable Values:

 

q       For 1996 – 1997, taxable values totaled $ 3,538,521,904

q       For 1997 – 1998, taxable values totaled $ 3,806,075,234

q       For 1998 – 1999, taxable values totaled $ 4,073,722,461

q       For 1999 – 2000, taxable values totaled $ 4,354,083,033

 

Other Tax Collections/Attorney Fees

 

Penalty and Interest Collected

 

 

YTD Penalty & Interest Collected

$  681,861.18

 

Less YTD Adjustment

$    15,001.43

 

Total YTD Penalty & Interest Adjusted Collections

$  666,859.75

 

 

 

Attorney Collection Fees

 

 

YTD Attorney Collection Fees

$  311,129.06

 

Less YTD Adjustment

$      9,022.84

 

Total YTD Attorney Collection Fees

$302,106.22

 

 

Statistics for 1999/2000:

 

Total Lawsuits:                1,066

Judgments Dismissed:                  2,244

Properties Sold at Auction:               33

 

Miscellaneous Receivable Accounts:

 

q       For 1996 – 1997 from 17,928 accounts billed, $850,103 were collected

q       For 1997 – 1998 from 17,523 accounts billed, $804,362 were collected

q       For 1998 – 1999 from 14,661 accounts billed, $753,739 were collected

q       For 1999 – 2000 from 11,805 accounts billed, $687,217 were collected

 

            47.  Status report on the Secondary Water Supply Project and discussion regarding the

procurement strategy currently underway, water demand projections, and proposed timeline, with possible action.

 

Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, reported that the presentation before City Council is two-fold.  He mentioned that at the Jefferson Water plant, they will be constructing a new lift station in 2001 and this is anticipated to bring the plant’s capacity up from 64 million to 76 million gallons of water.  He stated that this would carry the department to the year 2008 before any substantial investment would be necessary.  He continued with an update on the groundwater project which he agrees requires the city’s full attention and should be advanced immediately.  He mentioned that the Water Issues Committee is working diligently as they negotiate with the private firms that have submitted acceptable proposals.  The committee’s recommendation to the Utilities Department was to receive prices from all interested firms within 60 days in order to arrive at the final decision as to how much water to purchase.  The firm that is selected would be required to submit a Letter of Intent to establish conditions that the firm would be expected to meet.  Once this takes place, then they will begin contract negotiations to reestablish the performance issues, measurements, guarantees, penalties, etc.  He stated that the decision reached earlier today at the Water Issues Committee meeting will place his department on schedule with this project.  They will be now moving forward in a more focused, efficient manner than they had been in the past.  He mentioned that he met with the three company representatives following the committee meeting and they have agreed to review the documents that he provided for them and will work on a comparable proposal for submission to the City of Laredo.

 

 

 

 

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.      RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD

 

            Motion to recess as City Council and convene as the Laredo Mass Transit Board. 

 

            Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Guerra

            Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

48.  Consideration to award an annual supply contract number FY01-030, to the LOW

BIDDER, Arguindegui Oil Co., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $400,000.00, for the purchase of transport loads of low sulfur diesel fuel and tank wagon loads of unleaded fuel for the El Metro fleet.  The transport load contract pricing per gallon for diesel is approximately $0.0024/gallon less than the previous year and the tank wagonload contract pricing for unleaded fuel is approximately $0.0049/gallon less than the previous contract pricing.  Funding is available in the Transit fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

49.  Consideration to file an application with the Department of Transportation, Federal

Transit Administration, United States of America, in the amount of $3,502,309.00 for Fiscal Year 2000-2001, and authorizing the execution of all related documents.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain: 0

 

50.  2000-R-171  A resolution to accept and execute Amendment No. 3 for Grant

Agreement No. 51922F6007 between the City of Laredo and the Texas Department of Transportation extending the contract termination period to March 31, 2001.  All of the other terms, conditions and provisions of the original contract shall remain in full force and effect.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-171.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                Against:  0                              Abstain:  0

 

            Motion to adjourn as Laredo Transit Board and reconvene as the City Council.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Bruni

            Second:  Cm. Agredano

            For:      8                                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XVI.    ADJOURNMENT

 

            Motion to adjourn.                                                                                            Time:  8:00 P.M.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Bruni

            Second:  Cm. Agredano

            For:      8                                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

I hereby certify that the above minutes contained in pages one through 29 are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council Meeting held on the 18th day of December, 2000.

 

 

 

                                                                                    _______________________________

                                          Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                                    City Secretary