CITY OF LAREDO

                                               CITY COUNCIL MEETING

                                                             M2001-R-07

                                             CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

                                                1110 HOUSTON STREET

                                                 LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

                                                      MARCH 05, 2001

                                                              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

 

            Approval of the minutes of January 2, 2001 and January 16, 2001.

 

            Motion to approve.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

            Second:  Cm.  Agredano

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

            Announcements

 

            None.

 

            Invitations

 

Bede Leyendecker, Assistant Professor of Dance at TAMIU, reported that the university dance troupe will be traveling to Little Rock, Arkansas, to participate in the American College Dance Festival and will present a flamenco master class to all participating universities.

 

Mayor Flores designated the dance troupe as official City of Laredo ambassadors at this event.

 

            Recognitions

 

            a.  Recognition by the Mayor and City Council Members of employees that retired from the City of Laredo with 20 years or more of service for the period of January, 2001.

 

                 Mayor Flores recognized the following employees for their commitment and service to the City of Laredo.

 

                 Ricardo Aguilar, 35 years of service with the Utilities Department.

Javier Garcia, 31 years of service with the Public Works Department.

Eduardo Morales, 31 years of service with the Police Department.

                 Blasa Bluhm, 26 years of service with the Police Department.

                 Jose L. Villanueva, 25 years of service with the Utilities Department.

                 Conrado Martinez, 25 years of service with the Public Works Department.

Trinidad Castillo, 23 years of service with the Finance Department.

Gabriel D. Perez, 22 years of service with the Fire Department.

 

Cm. Galo recognized Roy Garcia, Code Enforcement Officer, who coordinated a graffiti cleanup campaign in District III with some individuals who had to complete community service hours.  He also showed his appreciation to the sanitation crew on Truck #6083 who picked up some garbage that was littering the streets and made an extra effort to help keep the city clean. 

 

            Communiqués

 

            None.

 

 VI.      APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

            None.

 

VII.     PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.  Public hearing amending the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001 budget in the amount of

$148,672.00   for the HIV/AIDS Ryan White Title II Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning April 1, 2001, through August 31, 2001.  (Approval of Resolution 2001-R-027 is needed before Public Hearing)

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001 budget in the amount of $148,672.00   for the HIV/AIDS Ryan White Title II Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning April 1, 2001, through August 31, 2001.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

2.  Public hearing amending the City of Laredo 2000-2001 Annual Budget in the amount of

$20,000.00 to appropriate the consideration fees paid by proponents at the time of their proposal submittal to defray the cost of the privatization study.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the City of Laredo 2000-2001 Annual Budget in the amount of $20,000.00 to appropriate the consideration fees paid by proponents at the time of their proposal submittal to defray the cost of the privatization study.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

 

 

 

 

VIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

3.  A.  Request by Council Member John C. Galo

 

1.  Request for status on any open request from District III, with possible action.

 

                             Robert Eads, Customer Service Coordinator, reported on a number of customer service requests. 

 

The first item involves a paving issue at a parking lot at 807 Guatemozin St. 

 

                             Benny Salinas, Building Department Director, reported that his department cited the Tex-Mex Railway regarding the paving issue.  He mentioned that he drove by the site and the parking lot is still unpaved and that he will continue to issue citations to the railway. 

 

                             The next items were addressed by the Community Development Department.  One involves a street encroachment by a warehouse at Willow and Tilden.  A separate item involves a weeded lot with junked vehicles at Rosario Street.

 

                             Erasmo Villarreal, reported that it involved the encroachment by a Tex-Mex Railway warehouse on Tilden St.  They have been working with Tex-Mex representatives trying to get them to buy this encroachment.   He stated that there is a separate street encroachment problem involving residential owners as well.  He has asked the Street Closing Coordinator to address this problem and to contact the residents and Tex-Mex and possibly get Tex-Mex to work something out with the City.  On the issue of the junked vehicles on Rosario Street, this property had been cited back in January for several nuisances.  The property owners complied with removal of the weeds, but they were cited again for the junked vehicles parked on the property.   The owners have ten days to remove them, otherwise they will be taken to court.

 

                             On the next item, Robert Eads reported that the request concerns the Garcia-Vela property which would be addressed at a meeting scheduled for March 15, 2001.

 

                             On the next item, Robert Eads reported that a dump truck had been parked for an extended period of time on a city easement.  He stated that the vehicle has been removed from that location as of today.

 

                             On the next item, Robert Eads reported that it involved the traffic congestion on Buena Vista and Market Streets. 

 

                             Tony Garcia, from the Traffic Department, reported that they are updating the timing on the traffic signals on Market Street. 

 

                             On the final item, Robert Eads reported that the request concerns the crossing at Monterrey and Laredo Streets.   He stated that he spoke to a Tex-Mex  representative and they are waiting on the release for the signalization and the gates to be installed.  As of last Friday, Tex-Mex advised that the letter has already been received by them and they will proceed with the installation.

 

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

           

1.  Resolution 2001-R-029  A resolution recognizing the disparity of reimbursement

rates paid to Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP Border Medical Providers, and authorizing the City Manager to send a letter to Governor Rick Perry and the Members of the State Legislature encouraging them to support equal reimbursement to Laredo area health providers.

 

Dr. Robert Martinez, a member of the local medical society, spoke in favor of the resolution.

 

Dr. Judson Somerville, President of the Webb, Jim Hogg, and Zapata County Medical Society, spoke on the disparity of economic reimbursement to the medical professionals in the area.

   

Motion to approve the resolution with the amendment that it support any bill that addresses this issue.

 

                                                                    Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra                  

                                                                    Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

                                                                    For:     8               Against:  0                    Abstain:  0

 

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

 

1.  Request for expansion of bus route to La Bota Subdivision, with possible action.

 

     Cm. Valdez, Jr. stated that he has received several calls from residents over this particular issue.  He is recommending that the city conduct a study of potential ridership in the area.

 

     Peter Behrman, Transit Manager, reported that his department has not yet completed the study to make a final determination regarding expanded bus service.  He mentioned that his staff did look into Indian Sunset subdivision, and they have discovered that they cannot operate a bus through there due to the narrow streets and the difficulty in turning a bus around.  He stated that they might have a similar problem over at La Bota Subdivision.  He believes that the main gate entrance might be moved back past the school, and unless that takes place a city bus may have some difficulty with entry and exit to the subdivision.  He would like to conduct a test trip with a city bus to La Bota Subdivision before offering further suggestions.

 

2.  Presentation by C.Y. Benavides, III, Colombia Toll Road on a possible interface

with the City's Automated Vehicle Identification System (AVI), with possible action.

 

                             C. Y. Benavides, III, President of Camino Columbia Toll Road, stated that he has been meeting with Rafael Garcia, Bridge System Director, for the last couple of months to work through the initial stages of integration with the city’s AVI system.  He commented that with minor adjustments, they could arrange it so that those links could be established to allow the City of Laredo’s transponders to be read off of the Camino Colombia Toll Road system.  They had originally looked into allowing both Camino Colombia transponders to be read on the city’s systems and vice versa.  However, they have found that it would be cost prohibitive to allow their transponders to be integrated into the city’s system.   His request to City Council is to be granted permission to work with Rafael Garcia to go into the city’s AVI system and determine what it will take to integrate the city’s system with the Camino Colombia system.  In exchange, the City of Laredo would be the only transponder merchant within the city and would also receive a percentage of the tolls collected should the people utilize the Camino Colombia system with the city’s transponder.

 

                             Rafael Garcia, Bridge System Director, stated that this arrangement is something to look into some time in the future.  But he mentioned that he is hoping that the City Council would not give him immediate direction to begin exploring this possibility because it does require in-depth analysis before making any sort of recommendation to the City Council.   He stated that any directive made to the Bridge Department right now would be counterproductive because it would diminish their efforts in getting the city’s $9,000,000.00 system in full operation.

 

                             Motion to instruct city staff to explore the benefits of having the City of Laredo integrate with the Camino Colombia AVI system and report back to City Council in a timely manner, once the Bridge Department completes the installation and promotion of the city’s own AVI system. 

 

                             Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

                             Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

                             For:     8                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

4.  An ordinance amending Ordinance #99-0-165 by authorizing the City Manager to

execute a Site Ground Lease Agreement Addendum to that certain Ground Lease between the City of Laredo and Omni America Development Corp., dated June 21, 1999 for additional ground space of approximately 250.0 square feet located at the City of Laredo Calton Road Fire Station.  Annual Rent will be increased by $3,850.00 prorated to coincide with the anniversary of the lease commencement date and on the first day of each year of the lease commencement anniversary date thereafter.  All other terms and conditions of the lease remain in full force and effect.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

5.  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Laredo Independent

School District for approximately 9,216 square feet constituting Building No. 1325 located at 4103 Maher Avenue at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for one (1) year commencing on March 1, 2001 and ending on February 28, 2002, and may be extended for one (1) year ending on February 28, 2003.  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 $2,305.00 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

 

X.        FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES 

 

            Internet availability:  //ci.laredo.tx.us

 

Motion to waive the final reading of ordinances 2001-O-057, 2001-O-058, 2001-O-059 and 2001-O-060.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Cm.  Agredano

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

6.  2001-O-057  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by

authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a sales office of modular homes on Lot 1, Northgate Plaza Subdivision, located at 5820 San Dario Ave.; providing for publication and effective date. (As Amended) (Mayor Pro-Tempore Joe A. Guerra)

 

                                       Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-057.

 

                                       Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                                       Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                                       For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 2001-O-058  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning

   11.7646 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located north of

   Santa Martha Blvd. and east of Organo Blvd., from AG (Agricultural

   District) to R-1MH (Single Family Manufactured Housing District);

   providing for publication and effective date.  (Council Member Alfredo

   Agredano)

 

   Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-058.

 

                                       Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                                       Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                                       For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2001-O-059  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning

1.977 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located on the northwest corner of Atlanta Dr. and Killam Industrial Blvd., from R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District) to R-1A, P.U.D. (Single Family Reduced Area District, Planned Unit Development); providing for publication and effective date.  (Council Member Jose A. Valdez, Jr.)

 

   Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-059.

 

                                       Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                                       Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                                       For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2001-O-060  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning

Lots 1, 2, and 3, Block 204, the E 2/3 of Lot 4, Block 203, and a 0.1772 acre tract (formerly the N1/2 of Jarvis Ave., between Santa Barbara & Santa Clara Streets), Eastern Division, located at 2219 Sta. Barbara St., from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) and B-4 (Highway Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.  (Council Member Alfredo Agredano)

 

    Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-060.

 

                                       Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                                       Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                                       For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

7.  2001-R-024  Expressing the support of the City Council towards the development of

Laredo Viejo Apartment Homes, a proposed affordable housing community of approximately 108 affordable housing units by Atlantic Development & Investments, Inc. and American Communities Development Company.  Affordable housing will be provided to the citizens of the City of Laredo contingent upon the approval of the submission of a State of Texas Home Application under the Home Investments Partnership Program and the approval of the application submitted to the Texas State Department of Housing and Community Affairs for Housing Tax Credits under Section 42 of the Internal Revenue Code. 

 

Motion to approve Resolution 2001-R-024.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 8.  2001-R-025  A resolution expressing the support of the City Council towards the

   development of Hilltop Apartments, a proposed affordable housing

   community of approximately 184 affordable housing units by AHM

   Developer, Inc.  Affordable housing will be provided to the citizens of the

   City of Laredo contingent upon the approval of the submission of a State

   of Texas Home Application under the Home Investments Partnership

   Program and the approval of the application submitted to the Texas State

   Department of Housing and Community Affairs for Housing Tax Credits

   under Section 42 of the Internal Revenue Code. 

 

   Motion to approve Resolution 2001-R-025.

 

   Moved:  Cm.  Galo

   Second:  Cm.  Bruni

   For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

9.  2001-R-027  A resolution authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute all

documentation for a grant from the Texas Department of Health in the amount of $148,672 for the HIV/AIDS Ryan White Title II Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning April 1, 2001, through August 31, 2001.    

 

   Motion to approve Resolution 2001-R-027.

 

   Moved:  Cm.  Galo

   Second:  Cm.  Bruni

   For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

10.  2001-R-028  A resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter into a contract with the

Texas Department of Transportation for the Hazard Elimination / Safety Project.  The Project will consist of interconnecting traffic signals and restriping along Santa Maria Avenue.  The Texas Transportation Commission selected the            Project and awarded a maximum of $719,089.00.  The City's estimated contribution is $79,898.00.  Funding is available from the Santa Maria Reconstruction Bond.

 

   Motion to approve Resolution 2001-R-028.

 

   Moved:  Cm.  Galo

   Second:  Cm.  Bruni

   For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XII.     MOTIONS

 

11.  Consideration to approve the use of office space by State Representative Richard

Raymond at City Hall 3rd Floor located at 1110 Houston St. for the purpose of a local District Office.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

12.  Consideration to approve a letter of intent with the Veterans Coalition for the proposed

       design and construction of a Veterans Monument at the Laredo Civic Center.

 

        Horacio De Leon, Administrative Assistant to the City Manager, reported that he had met with the Veterans Coalition group.  In conversations held with the group, he learned that Mr. Luis Diaz De Leon is the project manager for the Veterans monument and not the chair of the Coalition.  Upon that discovery, the City Manager’s office faxed a proposed Letter of Intent to Dr. Hector Farias for his review.  He added that Dr. Farias had faxed a letter to City Council requesting that this item be tabled indefinitely due to the Coalition’s desire to wait for the budget workshops to request funding for the project at that time.

 

Motion to table.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

13.  Consideration to award contract number FY01-051, to the LOW BIDDER, Record

Systems, San Antonio, Texas, in the amount of $19,162.00, for the purchase and installation of 130 sections of record storage shelving for the record retention warehouse.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

14.  Consideration to award contract number FY01-059, to the LOW BIDDER, UTEC,

Converse, Texas, in the estimated amount of $15,000.00, for providing aerial truck inspections and repairs on the Traffic Safety Department vehicles.  These aerial booms on these trucks will be inspected and repaired as needed to comply with industry safety standards.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance Division.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

15.  Consideration to award contract FY01-061, to Border Maintenance, Laredo, Texas, in

the estimated amount of $80,908.00, for providing janitorial services for the Health Department - WIC Program.  The term of this contract is from March 2001 to September 2002. The scope of work requires that the company provide all personnel, equipment, and supplies needed to properly clean the different locations.    Funding is available in the Health Department's WIC budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

16.  Consideration to award contract number FY01-064, to the LOW BIDDER, PABCO

Industries, Newark, NJ, in the amount of $53,920.00, for the purchase of one million  Waste Fund.    

 

 Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

17.  Consideration to award contract number FY01-066, to the LOW BIDDER, Park Place

Recreation Designs Inc., San Antonio, Texas, in the amount of $35,062.00 for the purchase and installation of resilient safety surface (Kid Tiles).  These tiles will be installed around the play structures at the Father McNaboe Park (102 Rancho Viejo Drive) and Richter Park, 1500 Circle Drive.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Project budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

18.  Consideration to award contract number FY01-070, to the most responsive proposer,

for providing food and beverage concessions for all Tecolotes De Los Dos Laredos games and other City designated special events at Veterans Field.  The successful contractor will be required to provide a percentage of food and beverage sales and percentage of gross receipts on all non- food items sold.  All revenues derived from this contract are included in the Veterans Field budget. 

 

Motion to approve the award of contract to J & H Concessions.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

19.  Consideration to award a contract to Crane Engineering, of Laredo, Texas, for

$151,500.00 for the design and construction services of water transmission lines to serve the Highway 359 Colonias.  The contract will be paid for by the Texas Water Development Board Colonias Grant.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

20.  Consideration to award a contract to Foster Engineering Company, of Laredo, Texas,

for $284,000.00 for the design and construction services of the water distribution and wastewater collection systems in Pueblo Nuevo.  The contract will be paid for by the Texas Water Development Board Colonias Grant.

 

Motion to approve.

 

 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

21.  Consideration to award a contract to HNTB, of Austin, Texas, for $334,443.00 for the

design and construction services of water distribution and wastewater collection systems for nine colonias on Highway 359.  The contract will be paid for by the Texas Water Development Board Colonias Grant.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

22.  Consideration to award a contract to Smith, Russo and Mercer, of Corpus Christi,

Texas, for $110,555.00 for the design and construction services of a wastewater trunk line to serve the colonias on Highway 359.  The contract will be paid for by the Texas Water Development Board Colonias Grant.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

23.  Consideration to award a contract to CH2MHILL Engineers, of San Antonio, Texas,

for $348,000.00 for Project Management services in the Secondary Water Supply Project.  The services include managing the procurement process, assisting the City in defining the project conditions and constraints, preparing pro-forma service agreements, coordinating the three proponent firms, assisting the City in evaluating the proposals, and preparing a Letter of Intent upon the City's selection of a firm.  Funding for this contract reside in the Water Fund and the Water Availability Fund.

 

Motion to approve with the following changes:  contract award change from $348,000.00 to $195,000.00 and place a period after agreements and remove the following:  “coordinating the three proponent firms, assisting the City in evaluating the proposals, and preparing a Letter of Intent upon the City’s selection of a firm.”

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

24.  Consider a recommendation from the Airport Advisory Committee to authorize the

City Manager to solicit proposals from consultant firms to do a feasibility study to establish jet service. The proposed feasibility study consists of a "Leakage Analysis" to determine the number of airline passengers from Laredo who drive to and from San Antonio International Airport to initiate their air travel.

 

Mr. Charles Martens, Airport Advisory Committee member, spoke regarding a funding request for a leakage study to be conducted by a nationally recognized consulting firm that will reveal the high number of leakage passengers that the airport is incurring.

He stated that the numbers to be compiled through the proposed passenger leakage study would substantiate to the commercial airlines the current situation in Laredo.

 

Dr. Michael Landeck, Airport Advisory Committee member, suggested that rather than approving funding for a passenger leakage study, the City should provide funding for preparation of a feasibility study to bring jet service to the city.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

25.  Consideration to approve an award of an engineering contract to G. G. Salinas

Engineering Company, Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $51,613.00 for design and preparation of plans and specifications for the Bartlett Avenue Extension (Hillside to Gale).  Funding is available in the 2000 CO Issue Bartlett/Hillside to Gale.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni                                                                                 

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                             Abstain:  1

                                                                                              Mayor Pro Tem Guerra

 

26.  Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 1 an increase of $18,295.00 to the

construction contract with Laredo Class One Builders, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the Administrative Offices & Scale House of the City of Laredo Solid Waste Division for ADA Compliance features and for preparation of an alarm system and to add an additional 90 working days to the construction contract time.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund Building.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

27.  Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 14 an increase of $23,000.00 to the

construction contract with MW Builders, Inc., Temple, Texas, for modifications required by CP&L to the electrical metering system, for modifications requested by U.S. Customs Service to the Dog Kennel Buildings, for modifications requested by City Staff to the City Facilities, and for modifications throughout the project to improve erosion control, to comply with ADA requirements, and to revise signage for the Border Facilities at the World Trade Bridge.  Funding is available in the Bridge System - Taxable Bond - Improvements Other Than Buildings - SIB Loan.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

28.  Consideration for approval to award an engineering contract to WSBC Civil Engineers,

Inc., Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $73,228.00 for the South Meadow Overpass Bridge at Tex-Mex Railroad Feasibility Study.  Funding is available in the 2000 CO Issue Meadow @ Tex-Mex Analysis.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

29.  Consideration for approval for Change Order No. 1 an increase of $7,690.27 for the

balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the Zacate Creek Skate Park Project located at Lyon Street and Monterrey Avenue, and approval of final payment in the amount of $19,118.96 to Laredo Stripping, Inc., Laredo, Texas.  Final contract amount is $121,977.17.  Funding is available in the Zacate Creek Skate Board Park.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

30.  Consideration to authorize the selection of a consultant and enter negotiations for the

Corridor Intersection Analysis Phase II for Laredo, TX.  The consultant recommended for selection is Carter & Burgess, Inc.  The study will identify necessary capital improvements at key intersections to enhance the safety of the traveling public and expedite the flow of cars and trucks to and through Laredo.  The study will provide location and impact of infrastructure deficiencies along identified corridors, capital improvement alternatives, cost estimates, alternative circulation recommendations and order of implementation for proposed improvements.  The Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has budgeted $72,000.00 for the project and funding is available through the MPO Account.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

31.  Consideration to authorize the selection of a consultant and enter negotiations for the

School Zone Safety Study for Laredo, TX.  The consultant recommended for selection is Post, Buckley, Schuh & Jernigan (PBS&J).  The study will evaluate the area around selected schools in order to resolve pedestrian and vehicular conflicts and to identify specific improvements that would increase the safety of pedestrians, as well as identify possible funding sources for such improvements.  The Metropolitan Planning Organization has budgeted $70,000.00 for the project and funding is available through the MPO Account.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

32.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter into a contract with the law firm

of Bickerstaff, Heath, Smiley, Pollan, Kever & McDaniel, L.L.P. of Austin, Texas, to represent and assist the City in all legal matters related to the construction of the City of Laredo International Bridge V, including but not limited to negotiations with the Mexican Government federal and local agencies; negotiations of the diplomatic note; negotiation, drafting and finalization of an international agreement to construct the new bridge; review of Mexican financing and construction obligations; and development of contracts with the bridge engineering and construction contractors.  Funding is available in the Bridge V Operating Division Fund.

 

Manuel Mendez, a partner with Bickerstaff, Heath, Smiley, Pollan, Kever, & McDaniel, L.L.P. of Austin, Texas, spoke regarding the firm’s legal advice to the City of Laredo on issues that developed during the review, permitting, and approval process.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

33.  Consideration to award a contract to the Sole Source Vendor, Gateway, Inc., for the

purchase, delivery and installation of twenty-nine (29) Gates Library Computers; four servers, four printers, media projector and other network peripherals in the amount of $110,146.00.  This award is part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Inc. State Partnership Program grant.  The Gateway, Inc. - Gates Library Computer was specially designed and configured to provide support for the Statewide Partnership Program.  Gates Foundation requires that computers be purchased from Gateway, Inc.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  cm.  Bruni

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

XIII.    STAFF REPORT

 

34.  Status report of the ongoing study of a Cemetery Site by Dwight Lind, Land

       Engineering, L.L.C., Project Consultant.

 

        Mr. Dwight Lind made a presentation before the City Council regarding the firm’s study.  They reviewed 18 parcels of land and have come up with 4 recommendations for the City Council to consider.    A complete and detailed report of the site study for the proposed cemetery is available for review at the City Secretary’s Office.

 

        Larry Dovalina, City Manager, reported that the City’s General Fund is subsidizing the city cemetery for burial expenses in regards to the John Does.  He stated that under state law, the County is responsible for these burials.  According to figures provided by city cemetery staff, the county pays only $100.00 of the $900.00 expense for a complete burial service.  

 

        Mayor Flores recommended that the City Manager’s Office inquire how much money the County receives for this type of expense and to inform them of the dilemma the City is encountering.

 

        Larry Dovalina, City Manager, replied that the county does not actually receive revenues from any source for burial expenses.  He mentioned that state law requires the County to use its revenues to fund these particular expenses. 

 

Mr. Jose Rugama, Cemetery Advisory Committee member, stated that he is in favor of the proposed increased cemetery fees. 

 

35.  Presentation of the Zacate Creek Stormwater Management Master Plan by Brown &

Root.  The Master plan was developed to alleviate the flooding problem on Zacate Creek watershed.  The study was completed in November, 2000 and was submitted to FEMA on January 10, 2001, for Letter of Map Revision.

 

Mr. Allen Thompson, engineer with Brown & Root, made the presentation before City Council.  He stated that the purpose of the study was to assess alternative flood protection methods for the watershed and to recommend actions for what to do at ultimate build out conditions to alleviate flooding.  The study also provides possible interim actions that could be taken for interim flooding conditions and to take a look at storm water management policies that the City might consider implementing.  The study identified ten flood alternatives and for each alternative they developed a design, provided a cost estimate for of each of those alternatives, developed some interim measures, and came up with some recommendations for the City Council’s consideration.

 

Cm. Bruni inquired whether their study has elevation sites where they could incorporate into the city’s building permits the needed elevation that the foundations of homes should have or where developers should be allowed to build or not build pertaining to the watershed. 

 

Mr. Thompson replied that this information is incorporated into their flood study.

 

Cm. Bruni also inquired whether the Alexander detention pond is going to be funded by the developer and what the scheduled date for development of that particular area is.

 

Keith Selman, Planning and Zoning Director, reported that the subdivisions that Cm. Bruni mentioned are downstream from the proposed Alexander detention facility.   The requirement on the plats is that the base flood elevations be identified on the face of the plat and that a note also be incorporated on the plat that the construction of the finished floor elevation of any structures be 18” above that base flood elevation.

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, stated that they are looking at two different proposals.  One of those involves the airport to go in and create buffer areas to the north of the runways.  Tonight, there will be a presentation of a proposal involving a particular  tract of land adjacent to Zacate Creek that would be developed less intensely by developing a cemetery at that location. 

 

Cm. E. Valdez, Jr., stated that he has been waiting for conclusion of this flood study as well.  He mentioned that the City needs to seriously look at the development of land further up in north Laredo.  He wants to know how soon the city is going to be provided with maps with the new flood lines and how this information will be disseminated to the residents in those particular areas.

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, reported that on the issue of the watershed, the City expects to replicate the same process being applied with Chacon Creek where they have developed a capital improvements project over the course of five to six years that will take care of all the watershed and gradually phase in all of the projects.

 

Mayor Flores inquired as to how the management of this proposed financing would play into the FEMA plans that were mentioned in Washington, D.C. last year.

 

Larry Dovalina stated that there were still FEMA funds available for water retention on watersheds.  There are some other funds that they are tapping into such as the proposal before the Parks and Wildlife Board that do some of the things that are requested in the proposal such as the setback from the streams that the City is talking about doing. 

 

36.  Update report on the status of the Secondary Water Supply Project.  The project

managers, CH2MHILL Engineers, will provide an update on the meeting held with the three proponents, the resulting proposed procurement strategy, and revised timelines.

 

Mike Angelea and Eric Rothstein, of CH2MHILL, made a presentation of the process that was put together that will lead to a decision on a new water supply contract provider.  Mike Angelea stated that they held a meeting with the three proponents to develop the water supply contract and from that they have defined this particular structured approach.  He added that they have met with the Water Issues Committee and with Fernando Roman to discuss the process in detail.  

 

Cm. Bruni mentioned that the Water Issues Committee held a very productive meeting in which they modified the contract and did not approve the $348,000.00 but did approve the development and procurement strategy in a presentation to the City of Laredo. He stated that the committee also focused its attention on developing the pro forma water service agreement which is the most important part of this process.  He stated that equally important is developing a cost and pricing criteria and model to ensure that the City secures the most beneficial arrangement for its investment.  

           

                    Motion to adopt the recommendations of the Water Issues Committee and to amend the contract with CH2MHILL to $195,000.00.

 

                    Moved:  Cm. Bruni

                    Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

                    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.

 

37.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.072 in

regards to deliberating the purchase, exchange, lease, or value of real property for a proposed City Landfill site, because deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the governmental body in negotiations with a third person; and return to Open Session for possible action.

 

Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.072 in regards to deliberating the purchase, exchange, lease or value of real property for a proposed City Landfill site, because deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the governmental body in negotiations with a third person; and return to Open Session for possible action.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

After the Executive Session, the Mayor announced that no formal action was taken.

 

XV.      RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MUNICIPAL HOUSING CORPORATION

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Cm.  Bruni

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

38.  Consideration to award contract number FY01-062, to the LOW BIDDER, Sears

Contract Sales, San Antonio, Texas, in the amount of $24,821.00, for the purchase of thirty eight refrigerators, fifteen gas ranges, and twenty three electric ranges for the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation.  These appliances will be installed in the rental homes purchased through the Noise Abatement Program and replacements for the Tomas Flores and Jose A. Flores Apartments.  Funding is available in the FAA Noise Abatement Program and the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Motion to adjourn as Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation and reconvene as City Council.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XVI.    ADJOURNMENT

 

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

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez, Jr.

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            I hereby certify that the above minutes contained in pages 01 through 19 are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council meeting held on March 05, 2001.

 

 

                                                                                    ____________________________________

                                                                                    Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                                    City Secretary