CITY OF LAREDO

                                                 CITY COUNCIL MEETING

                                                                M2001-R-13

                                               CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

                                                   1110 HOUSTON STREET

                                                     LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

                                                               MAY 21, 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,                                                           Acting City Manager

            Jaime Flores,                                                                City Attorney

           

IV.       MINUTES

 

            None.

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Mayor Flores requested that everyone observe a moment of silence for Roberto Ocampo, an El Metro employee since February, 1996 who recently lost his life in a traffic accident.

 

Cm. Agredano stated he invites everyone to join him Sunday, May 27, 2001, at the City Cemetery for the placing of flags on our Veterans’ tombstones.  He mentioned that there would be a special ceremony on Monday, May 28, 2001, at the City Cemetery to honor all our Veterans and invited the public to attend.

Cm. Bruni submitted the current report on the Southwest Texas Rain Enhancement Association and read the following comments as reported by Ed Walker, General Manager:

 

“As you can see, the storms moved out of Mexico and over Laredo.  We were already on other storms with readings higher than the storm in question which was not above the Hail Threshold.  The flight track shows that we were not in the equation on the Laredo storm.  Also, we are in the restricted category which keeps us from working directly above “Major Metropolitan Areas.”

 

Cm. Galo mentioned that he, along with other Council Members, recently attended a meeting in New York with the insurance companies  regarding the city’s bond rating.   He stated the meeting was very successful in getting an excellent bond rating for the City and obtaining a good bid from the insurance companies.  He further stated that he traveled on to Washington, D. C. to attend the Border Trade Alliance meeting.  He urged the local customs brokers to take on an active role and provide their perspective on trade issues.

 

Cm. Bruni submitted a press release publicizing the funds obtained from the Federal Aviation Administration through the Military Airport Program.   The City of Laredo will receive $335,000.00 through this program with an additional $1,919,379.00 which will go to rehabilitate taxiways, acquire land approaches, construct service roads, conduct noise compatibility plan updates, and update an airport master plan study.  Aside from these grants, the airport had previously publicized the award of $2.5 million for the airport noise-abatement program.

 

Cm. Amaya reported that District IV presented seven $500.00 scholarships and he thanked the Chairmen Manuel Reyna, Alfredo Juarez and Gilberto Mancha as well as all the volunteers who assisted him. 

 

Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra mentioned that last week the City celebrated National Police Week.  He assisted in presenting awards to those students who had submitted winning entries on the topic of law enforcement.  He also participated in a memorial service for our fallen police officers which was held on May 14, 2001, at Jarvis Plaza.

 

Cm. E. Valdez, Jr. thanked Police Chief Agustin Dovalina, Deputy Police Chief Fructuoso San Miguel, and Assistant Police Chief Eliodoro Granados for the great work done in putting together the COPS program in District V.  He commended the Castillo Family, relatives of fallen hero, Officer Susano Castillo, as well as the students from Alma Pierce Elementary for their participation.

 

Mayor Flores attended a grand opening celebration for Warner Enterprises de Mexico on May 18, 2001, that was well attended by members of the transportation community from Laredo and Nuevo Laredo.  She mentioned that Mr. C. L. Warner, the owner, was present at the celebration stated that they are the fifth largest truckload carriers in the country.  Mayor Flores also reported that the company’s safety record is excellent and as such the company is an esteemed representative within the industry. 

 

Mayor Flores mentioned that members of the Congressional Committee on Transportation had been in town on Sunday, May 20, 2001, for a tour of the World Trade Bridge.  Mayor Flores, City Manager Larry Dovalina, and Assistant City Manager Cindy Collazo met with the Congressional Committee in their respective capacities as members of the House Transportation Committee.  They asked questions in regards to our inspection stations and the safety of the trucks as they leave Laredo and travel throughout the country.  Mayor Flores mentioned that the group left with a thoroughly different perspective once they were given an up-close view of the City’s transportation industry and were made aware of the contributions it makes to the rest of the country.   She mentioned that TxDOT is asking for $100,000,000.00 to build safety inspection stations along the border.  Mayor Flores stated that funding at that grand scale could be put to good use along the border and the Congressional Committee members were very receptive to the suggestions made.

 

Mayor Flores announced the Public Hearing regarding the Chacon Creek Flood Mitigation Project.  She invites the public to attend the meetings to be held on Wednesday, May 23, 2001, and Thursday, May 24, 2001, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Service Center at 5512 Thomas Avenue.  The limits of the proposed project will be from the south side of Hwy. 59 to the river and will consist, but is not limited to, the following:

 

q       proposed improvements to reduce the flood plain

q       provide open space park facilities in vicinity of Chacon Creek

q       provide hiking and biking trails along the Chacon Creek

q       provide ecological corridors for the wildlife habitat as well as provide wetland restoration

 

Mayor Flores asked the City Council to contact some of the agencies that apply under the Third Party Funding program to attend a final workshop to be held on July 12, 2001.  She stated that it is very important for these agencies to attend so that they understand what is needed from each of them in order to be in compliance with city policy.

 

 Invitations

 

 

Recognitions

 

a.  Final status report of the City of Laredo's participation in the American Cancer Society's

     "Relay for Life" fundraiser.

 

     Dan Migura, Administrative Services Director, reported that employees from eleven city departments participated in this year’s events.

 

     Cordy Barrera, Coordinator for the local American Cancer Society event, mentioned that the City of Laredo’s participation provided a great portion of the participants and the city alone was responsible for over $10,000.00, or 18%, in contributions for this event.  She commended the city employees for their team effort and for showing everyone in the community what working together for an important cause can accomplish.

 

     Larry Dovalina, City Manager, stated that one of the goals he committed to when he began his role as City Manager was to have the city employees become more community oriented and to have the city employees give back to their community. 

    

Mayor Flores recognized the participants and awarded plaques to the members of the Steering Committee from the various city departments.           

 

Bridge Department was recognized for the most funds raised by a city department.

 

Elsa Gonzalez was recognized for the most funds raised by an employee.

 

                 Steering Committee members include:

 

                 Jessica Hein

                 John Orfila, Jr.

                 Hilda Negrete

                 Fernando C. Morales, Jr.

                 Gloria Solis

                 Sylvia Arellano

                 Janie Garcia

                 Donna B. Copeland

                 Miguel Pescador

                 Linda Cantu

 

Communiqués

 

a.  Presentation of the 2000-2001 City of Laredo COOP (Cooperative Training) and ICT

     (Industrial Cooperative Training) student employees.

 

     Mayor Flores recognized the following student employees:

 

     Juan R. Torres, II                                Health Department                 United

     Maria G. “Lupita” De Los Reyes         City Secretary                       Alexander

Sandra Portales                                   Finance                                 United South

Arnold Yzaguirre                                 Finance                                 United South

Juan Anaya                                         Tax                                       United

Ricardo Galvan                                   Engineering                            Nixon

Sergio A. Chavana, Jr.                        Community Development       Nixon

Gloria E. Contreras                             Parks and Recreation             Cigarroa

Enrique Castillo                                   Convention and Visitors         Nixon

Claudia Cestou                                   Parks and Recreation             Martin

Juan Rodriguez                                    Police                                    United South

            Esmeralda Montes                              Parks and Recreation             Martin

 

        Mayor Flores also recognized the student employees who were not present:

 

Priscilla Aranda                                   Library                                  Alexander

Gilbert Ibarra                                      Library                                  Alexander

Araceli Vasquez                                  Parks and Recreation             Cigarroa

Hector Guerra, Jr.                               Parks and Recreation             Cigarroa

Virginia Martinez                                 Parks and Recreation             Nixon

     Gloria Alvarado                                  Parks and Recreation             Nixon

Melissa Garza                                     Parks and Recreation             Nixon

  Liza Y. Guardiola                                Administrative Services          Nixon

Vanesa Speed                                    Parks and Recreation             Cigarroa

Randy Lopez                                     Parks and Recreation             Cigarroa

Perla Villarreal                                    Parks and Recreation             Cigarroa

Luis Viera                                           Parks and Recreation             Nixon

Jose A. Benavides                               Finance                                 Nixon

 

b.  Presentation on the ADA Compliance Report for the following projects: CDBG

Sidewalk School Approaches Program, the Public Works Service Center, Zacate Creek Beautification Phase II, and the Fourth Bridge/Border Facilities.

 

                 Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, provided a summary of the projects that have met ADA compliance standards and submitted a copy of the Certificates of Substantial Compliance which read as follows:

 

“We are pleased to present you with this certificate which indicates that the facility named being newly constructed was found to be in substantial compliance with the applicable provisions of the Texas Architectural Barriers Act, Art. 9102, Texas Civil Statutes.

 

This determination does not address the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), (P.L. 101-336), or any other state, local, or federal requiement.

 

Congratulations are extended to all persons who have contributed to this accessible facility.”

 

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation

 

c.  Presentation by Kyle Kippenbrock and Jorge Gonzalez, senior students at Alexander

High School Magnet for Health and Science on a possible ordinance amendment based on an experiment and research conducted.

 

Kyle Kippenbrock and Jorge Gonzalez, students at J. B. Alexander High School Magnet School, made a presentation on the feasibility of setting up swinging doors at public restrooms to reduce the degree of contamination.   They propose installing swinging doors that could be opened up from the inside of the restroom facilities or designing facilities with no outer doors, e.g. airport restrooms have the walk through concept.  

 

Mayor Flores mentioned that the private sector would certainly be interested in protecting the health of the community.  She stated that the City needs to send this message out to the local restaurants being that they would be encouraged to improve hygiene levels for everyone.  She suggested launching a city-wide campaign and in that way assist the Alexander Magnet School students get this message out. 

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

            None.

 

VII.     PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.  Public hearing amending the City of Laredo FY2000-2001 annual budget in the amount

of $20,025.00 to fund the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Public Corruption Task Force at no cost to the City.   Funds will be used to pay for overtime, travel and operational expenses beginning January 1, 2001 through December 31, 2001.  (Approval of Resolution 2001-R-059 needed before Public Hearing)

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the City of Laredo FY2000-2001 annual budget in the amount of $20,025.00

to fund the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Public Corruption Task Force at no cost to the City.   Funds will be used to pay for overtime, travel and operational expenses beginning January 1, 2001 through December 31, 2001.

 

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.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

2.  Public hearing amending the City of Laredo FY2000-2001 annual budget in the amount

of $637,772.00 to fund the Laredo Financial Disruption Task Force from the Office of the National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) at no cost to the City.   Funds will be used to pay for personnel salaries, travel and operational expenses beginning January 1, 2001 through December 31, 2001.  (Approval of Resolution 2001-R-053 needed before Public Hearing)

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the City of Laredo FY2000-2001 annual budget in the amount of $637,772.00

to fund the Laredo Financial Disruption Task Force from the Office of the National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) at no cost to the City.   Funds will be used to pay for personnel salaries, travel and operational expenses beginning January 1, 2001 through December 31, 2001.

 

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.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

3.  Public hearing authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo's FY 2000-

     2001 annual budget in the amount of $19,443.00 for overtime expenses that are to be reimbursed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to fund the Laredo Border Region Violent Crimes Task Force (LBRVCTF).  The Laredo Police Department will assign one Investigator and one Police Officer to the task force.  Reimbursement of overtime expenses will commence on October 1, 2000 through September 30, 2001.  (Approval of Resolution 2001-R-057 needed before Public Hearing)

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo's FY 2000-2001 annual budget in the amount of $19,443.00 for overtime expenses that are to be reimbursed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to fund the Laredo Border Region Violent Crimes Task Force (LBRVCTF).  The Laredo Police Department will assign one Investigator and one Police Officer to the task force.  Reimbursement of overtime expenses will commence on October 1, 2000 through September 30, 2001.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council 

 

4.  Public hearing authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas Sports Venue Sales Tax

Revenue Bonds, Series 2001, in the principal amount of $40,000,000.00 to finance a sports venue project for a multi-purpose entertainment arena and related infrastructure and for payment of legal, fiscal, architectural and engineering fees in connection with such projects and ordaining other matters relating to the subject including approving a bond purchase agreement and official statement, and providing for the security of the bonds and the pledging of a sales tax and authorizing amendment to City's budget to appropriate such proceeds for purposes authorized herein.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas Sports Venue Sales Tax Revenue Bonds, Series 2001, in the principal amount of $40,000,000.00 to finance a sports venue project for a multi-purpose entertainment arena and related infrastructure and for payment of legal, fiscal, architectural and engineering fees in connection with such projects and ordaining other matters relating to the subject including approving a bond purchase agreement and official statement, and providing for the security of the bonds and the pledging of a sales tax and authorizing amendment to City's budget to appropriate such proceeds for purposes authorized herein.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  E.  Valdez

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

VIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

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

 

1.  Request for a staff report on Meadow Bridge, with possible action.

 

     Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, provided a five-minute video explaining the improvements made on the project which revealed the progress being made on the project overall.  Mr. Rivera reported that the construction crew has used 60% of their working days on the project. 

 

     Carlos Rodriguez, Laredo area engineer for TxDOT, reported that they would have pre-cast panels installed for the abutments.  He stated that the first week of June, 2001, would be adequate curing time for the abutments before placement of the beams is allowed.   He reported that they estimate having the work completed by mid-July and the bridge would be open to traffic.

      

2.  Request for staff report on 1704 Lane, with possible action.

 

                             Benny Salinas, Building Director, reported that they issued a permit to replace a manufactured home found on the property.  There was a question whether the permit was issued correctly when the department cited the individual.  The matter went before the court in March, 2001, at which time the judge rendered a ruling that because the manufactured home had been replaced with a newer model within six months, it was in non-conforming use and the permit issued was a legitimate permit.  Mr. Salinas mentioned that they would provide another notice to remind the owner that he has until the 26th to comply with the skirting of the mobile home. 

 

3.  Discussion on existing and proposed ordinances that govern railroads, with

     possible action.

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, reported that the City is working on several exchanges of property with Tex-Mex and there are some reports that are being prepared by the Planning and Zoning Department through its participation in the Rail Policy Committee meeting.  He mentioned that the City also has an attorney who is providing a reading on the ownership of a piece of property that is in question.  He stated that there is a related item on the agenda dealing with the encroachment of a warehouse that was sold.   

 

Keith Selman, Planning and Zoning Director, reported that at the last Rail Policy Committee meeting, his staff was directed to look into several ordinance opportunities dealing with noise decibel levels, public rights-of-way, etc. which the Legal Department and legal counsel should review.  He read a provision of the fencing and screening section of an ordinance:

 

“All non-residential uses which abut or adjoin any residential property or zoning district, or which abut or adjoin a school, park, or church shall provide an opaque  fence or wall of not less than seven feet in height along all side or rear property lines which abut or adjoin such property.”

 

Keith Selman mentioned that this provision has not been enforced along railroad lines.  He stated that the City needs to implement some type of strategy to ensure the enforcement of that section of the ordinance.

 

Cm. Galo mentioned that the railroad should be fined for each violation separately so each resident that abuts the railway line would need a fence. 

 

Jaime Flores, City Attorney, stated that for each separate violation, the railway could be fined $500.00 every day. 

 

Motion to instruct staff to draft an ordinance that would give an upper limit to the noise decibel levels of the chimes.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

Mayor Flores proposed that the City begin working on a long-term solution, along with the short-term solutions.  She mentioned that the long-term solution for this community would require moving the rail lines out of town.

 

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

 

1.  Discussion with possible action on the results of the traffic improvements study,

that included stop signs, flashing beacons, etc. in District VII, specifically on Lowry, Rancho Viejo, Eagle Pass and Lafayette St.

 

Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, reported that they had several requests in this District.  He provided City Council with a summary of the proposed changes:

 

On Lafayette and Pinder St., the request made to reverse the stop signs or making the intersection a four-way stop.  The department has recommended that it be converted to a four-way stop.  They will be installing the stop signs within the next ten days.

 

Regarding the request  for flashers on Bristol Road, the department has installed some school flashing assemblies for both approaches to the school.  They should be operational later this week.

 

On the speeding issue on Eagle Pass St., the department noticed that there was no speed limit signs in the area.  The department will be installing two speed limit signs in the area in each direction.  He mentioned that he would be requiring assistance from the police department for enforcement purposes.

 

On the speeding issue on Lafayette St., the department noticed that there was no speed limit signs in the area.  The department will also be installing two speed limit signs in the area in each direction.  He would again be requiring the assistance from the police department for enforcement purposes.

 

Regarding the issue in Rancho Viejo Subdivision for a four-way stop at the Center Road intersection, the department found an obstructed view at the intersection.  His department will be meeting with the property owners to cut down the cactus to provide better sight distance.  The department will also be conducting a traffic study to determine the need for a four-way stop.  Mr. Murillo mentioned that regarding the request for a four-way stop on Center Road and Lowry St., they are still conducting a traffic count to determine the need.

 

2.  Discussion with possible action to add traffic signs and speed humps at the

Father McNaboe Park Area and truck route signage on San Bernardo between Calton Road and Jefferson.

 

Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, reported that as to the truck route signage, there was only one sign posted. The department will be installing some “No Truck” signs on Jefferson St. and Calton Road to discourage the truck drivers from turning onto San Bernardo.

 

Horacio De Leon, Interim Parks and Recreation Director, reported that the department is working on a design for speed humps at Father McNaboe Park.  He stated they are not in agreement with the speed humps as they are designed for the streets.   The department is looking into a better design for the parking lot speed humps.  He is recommending having the Parks and Recreation Department make them out of concrete and produce them in-house or through a private contractor.  

 

                     c.  Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

1.  Report on the repairs on the San Agustin Plaza, with possible action.

     

                             Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, reported that they have delivered the brick as of today.  The crews are placing approximately 6,000 bricks on the site. The contractor has been instructed to begin from the intersection of La Posada and San Agustin Church in order to make progress and he anticipates that the project will be completed by June 8, 2001.

 

2.  Discussion with possible action regarding the creation of parks in District VIII in

the areas of Zacate Creek, La Ladrillera, El Cuatro, San Francisco Javier, La Azteca, and the improvements on the Saint Peter's Plaza.

 

Horacio De Leon, Interim Parks and Recreation Director, reported on Zacate Creek and San Francisco Javier areas, there are pending grants for parks in those areas.  The Corps of Engineers is looking at the San Francisco Javier property to do an open space reforestation.   For the Zacate Creek area, there is a pending grant with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department which would connect the linear park to the mouth of the river.  In El Cuatro neighborhood, there are two blocks that could be transformed into soccer fields and a recommendation will be made during the budget workshops.  In the La Ladrillera neighborhood, there is a new recreational center that will be opening June 1, 2001, that will complement  the existing park in the neighborhood.  The department is currently working on making improvements to St. Peter’s Plaza to include basketball courts.

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, reported that some of the areas described already have some recreational facilities and others are in the process of being designed.  He mentioned that one could see that this District will eventually be surrounded by a park system upon completion of these actions taking place.  

 

3.  Discussion with possible action on parking on the sidewalks of Sta. Maria during

     Tecolotes games.

 

     Assistant Police Chief Granados reported that the police department has received several complaints from the neighbors.  The department has been issuing citations and will be impounding vehicles, if necessary.  He mentioned that they would station some patrol officers along that area to ensure that the motorists do not park on the sidewalk. 

 

4.  Status report on the Clean Up in the neighborhoods of La Azteca and San

     Francisco Javier by the riverbanks.

 

     Ronnie Acosta, from Community Development, reported that in regards to the San Francisco Javier neighborhood, Code Enforcement Division officers were in the area a week ago.  She stated that the officers targeted that neighborhood and identified six weeded lots and issued 12 citations.  Code Enforcement Division officers informed the residents that the trash must be bundled properly so that the Public Works crew can pick up the trash.  They also removed 52 abandoned tires in the San Francisco Javier neighborhood. 

 

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

6.  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Corpus Christi

SMSA Limited Partnership, d/b/a Cingular Wireless, by its General Partner, Southwestern Bell Wireless, L.L.C. for ground space at the Fire Station located at 9402 Northeast Bob Bullock Loop, Laredo, Webb County, Texas and being more fully described in lease agreement to construct on such premises a 125 ft. high monopole and related building equipment for use with its communications business.  Term of the lease is ten (10) years commencing May 28, 2001 and ending May 28, 2011 with three (3) successive renewal terms of five (5) years.  Annual base rent shall be $7,700.00 each year during the term of the lease and will be adjusted by three percent (3%) on each anniversary of the commencement date, providing for effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

7.  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Corpus Christi

SMSA Limited Partnership, d/b/a Cingular Wireless, by its General Partner, Southwestern Bell Wireless, L.L.C. for ground space at the Unitec Water Tanks Compound located at 13378 South Unitec Drive, Laredo, Webb County, Texas and more fully described in lease agreement to construct on such premises a 180 ft. high self-supporting type tower and related building equipment for use with its communications business.  Term of lease is ten (10) years commencing May 28, 2001 and ending May 28, 2011 with three (3) successive renewal terms of five (5) years.  Annual base rent shall be $7,700.00 each year during term of the lease and will be adjusted by three percent (3%) on each anniversary of the commencement date, providing for effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

8.  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease agreement between the

Airport Fund, as Lessor, and City General Fund, as Lessee, for approximately 23.96 acres of land located at the northwest quadrant of the Laredo International Airport.  The lease term is for forty (40) years commencing December 1, 2000 and ending on November 30, 2040.  Monthly rent shall be $6,958.04 and will be adjusted annually based on changes in the Consumer Price Index and by fair market rent appraisal at each ten-year anniversary.  The monthly rent obligation shall commence effective December 1, 2000; providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

9.  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease agreement between the

Airport Fund, as Lessor, and City Utilities Fund, as Lessee, for approximately 3.64 acres of land located at the northwest quadrant of the Laredo International Airport.  The lease term is for forty (40) years commencing December 1, 2000 and ending on November 30, 2040.  Monthly rent shall be $1,056.82 and will be adjusted annually based on changes in the Consumer Price Index and by fair market rent appraisal at each ten-year anniversary.  The monthly rent obligation shall commence effective December 1, 2000; providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

10.  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to

effectively convey fee simple title to the "Surface Only" of a 9,006.84 sq. ft. tract of land, more or less, out of the Laredo Street right-of-way between the West right-of-way line of Springfield Avenue and the east line of the Texas-Mexican Railway Company's right-of-way, provided that the City of Laredo retains a 15' wide sewer easement said tracts being described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibits "A" and "B" respectively; to Texas-Mexican Railway Company in exchange for the "Surface Only" of a tract of land containing 0.27362 of an acre (11,919.01 sq. ft.), more or less, out and part of approximately 200' wide Texas-Mexican Railway right-of-way between Arkansas Ave. and New York Ave. being described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit "C"; and providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

11.  An ordinance closing as a public easement that section of a 2,487.84 sq. ft. (16' x

162.57') parcel of land, more or less, out of the 500 block of Tilden Avenue between Willow and Aldama Streets, said parcel of land being encroached upon by the improvements of the abutting property being described as a 2,294 acre tract of land, more or less, part of Block 64, both situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, described in attached Exhibit "A" and authorizing the sale of the "Surface Only" of said parcel of land at the market value of $5,225.00 and  authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey fee simple title to Victor Manuel Lujan Treviño and providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Galo

 

12.  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute the Federal Transit

Administration Grant No. TX90X526, in the amount of $3,502,309.00 for Fiscal Year 2000-2001; and amend the Transit Systems Operating Budget by increasing the Federal Transit Administration Operating Grant contribution from $2,670,601.00 to $3,502,309.00 and decreasing the sales tax match for operating expenses from $3,222,342.00 to $2,390,342.00 and providing for grant funds to be deposited in the City of Laredo Transit Fund.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

X.        FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES

 

            Internet Availability:  http://www.ci.laredo.tx.us

 

Motion to waive final reading of ordinances # 2001-O-096, 2001-O-097, 2001-O-098, 2001-O-099, 2001-O-100, 2001-O-101 and 2001-O-102.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

13.  2001-O-096  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001 Annual budget and

appropriate revenue and expenditure upon the acceptance of a donation of $3,000.00 from Clark Hardware, Inc. for sponsorship of the Famous Chicken and $1,270.00 from Conoco for the sponsorship as well as purchase of Tecolotes logo baseballs to be given away at the park for promotional purposes.  (Mayor Pro-Tempore Joe A. Guerra)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2001-O-096.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2001-O-097  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001 annual budget by creating

the following positions: one (1) Parks & Recreation Assistant Director, and one (1) Administrative Assistant II at a cost of $40,000.00 including fringe benefits and a one-time capital outlay request of $7,450.00 for a total of $47,450.00 which will be funded by anticipated salary line item savings from the Parks & Recreations Department, and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget. (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2001-O-097.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2001-O-098  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary

documents to effectively convey fee simple title to the "Surface Only", at its adjusted market value of $19,576.00, for certain property described as a 13,890.00 sq.ft., more or less, tract of land out of that former section of Poggenpohl Street between Vidaurri and Sta. Isabel Avenues to Hector Zuniga; provided that the City of Laredo retains a 12 foot wide utility easement; said tract being situated in the Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; and hereby approving the submitted Improvement Plans, and in compliance with Section 10 of the Street Closing/Sales Policy Handbook, as approved as per Resolution No. 97-R-140; and providing for effective date.  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2001-O-098.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2001-O-099  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a Lease Agreement

with Webb County, as described on attached exhibit "A", for and on behalf of the City of Laredo for approximately 1,820 sq. ft. of building space situated at La Ladrillera Elderly Center, Block 684, Western Division, located at 2100 Pinder, in the City of Laredo, Webb County, State of Texas for the purpose of operating the Elderly Nutrition Program and any other social service that will benefit low and moderate income people to allow for payment of 25% of all utility costs including electricity, gas and the monthly charge of an alarm monitoring services upon execution of the lease agreement and the inception of a $300.00 monthly lease payment effective January 2002.  (As Amended)  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2001-O-099.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:    6                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  2

                                                                                           Cm.  Amaya

                                                                                           Cm.  E. Valdez

           

2001-O-100  An ordinance closing as a public easement that section of the 1700 block

of South Malinche Avenue between Pecan and San Salvador Street situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, and providing for an effective date.  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2001-O-100.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 2001-O-101  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Border

City Rods, a non-profit organization, for the El Metro Park & Ride Lot, located at 4600 Daugherty for the purpose of holding an auto show.  The lease term is for two days, beginning 8:00 a.m. on September 1, 2001, and ending at 3:00 p.m. on September 2, 2001.  Rental fee shall be $1.00.  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2001-O-101.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

     2001-O-102  An ordinance designating as a one-way northbound that section of Ejido

     Avenue, block numbers 900, 1000 and 1100, between Market Street on

     the south and Guadalupe Street on the north; providing for installation of

     appropriate signs to indicate one-way traffic in the designated direction

     and providing for publication and effective date.  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2001-O-102.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

14.  2001-R-053  A resolution authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant in the amount

of $637,772 to fund the Laredo Financial Disruption Task Force from the Office of the National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) at no cost to the City. Funding will be used to pay personnel salaries, travel and operating expenses from January 1, 2001 through December 31, 2001.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2001-R-053.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

15.  2001-R-057  A resolution authorizing the City Manager to accept reimbursement in the

amount of $19,443.00 for overtime expenses from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to fund the Laredo Border region Violent Crime Task force (LBVCTF).  The Laredo Police Department will assign one Investigator and one Police Officer to the task force.  Reimbursement of overtime expenses will commence on October 1, 2000 through September 30, 2001.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2001-R-057.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

16.  2001-R-058  A resolution authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application

and to accept a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program in the amount of $2,500,000.00 for the purpose of implementing Laredo's FAR Part 150 Airport Noise Compatibility Program.  The City's ten (10%) percent Local Match for this project in the amount of $277,778.00 is available in the Airport Land Reimbursement Account.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2001-R-058.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

       

17.  2001-R-059  A resolution authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant in the amount

of $20,025.00 to fund the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Public Corruption Task Force at no cost to the City. Funding will be used to pay overtime, travel and operating expenses from January 1, 2001 through December 31, 2001.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2001-R-059.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

18.  2001-R-060  A resolution authorizing the City of Laredo to participate in Texas Local

Government Investment Pool (TEXPOOL) a Public Fund Investment Pool, designating authorized representatives and approving the participation agreement.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2001-R-060.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

       

19.  2001-R-061  A resolution expressing that the City Council of the City of Laredo

opposes the construction of an International Bridge Crossing that is not part of the Laredo Bridge System, that would compete directly with the City's system, and further opposing any construction of an International Bridge inside the City's Corporate Limits, including the extra territorial jurisdiction, that is not constructed or sponsored by the City of Laredo.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2001-R-061.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XII.     MOTIONS

 

20.  Consideration to approve a new contract for Utilities Pay Stations to post a $1,000.00

bond or make a deposit of $1,000.00.  The Pay Stations collect utility and miscellaneous receivable payments at various neighborhood locations for the City of Laredo.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

adjusted for the month of April 2001, which represents an increase in levy, is $441.43.  These adjustments are determined by the Webb County Appraisal District and by Court Orders.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

a.  A refund in the amount of $2,177.42 payable to First Nationwide Mortgage

     Corporation due to an over payment.

b.  A refund in the amount of $739.01 payable to International Bank of Commerce

     because the bank paid this account in error.

c.  A refund in the amount of $933.99 payable to Maria G. Carrasco Anderson due

     to a double payment.

d.  A refund in the amount of $817.90 payable to Columbus Energy Corp. due to a

Webb County Appraisal District change of value certified by the Appraisal Review Board.

e.  A refund in the amount of $804.51 payable to Border Abstract & Title Company

     due to a change of value certified by the Webb County Appraisal District.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

23.  Consideration to award contract number FY01-072, to the LOW BIDDER, L & M

Construction Co., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $22,675.50, for the repainting of the exterior of the main Public Library.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

24.  Consideration to award contract number FY01-079, to the LOW BIDDER MEETING

SPECIFICATIONS, Super Precision Design, Fairfield, New Jersey, in the amount of $54,750.00, for the purchase of one airless street marking vehicle for the Traffic Safety Department.  This vehicle will be replacing a 1992 vehicle.  The City did receive two lower bids, however, the equipment proposed by these vendors did not meet bid requirements.   Funding is available in the PPFCO Series 2000-2001 proceeds and the Traffic Safety Department budget.  

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

25.  Consideration to award contract number FY01-083, to the LOW BIDDER, E. Q.

Enterprises, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $52,000.00, for the fabrication and installation of approximately 2,556 linear feet of security fencing at the Colombia Bridge parking lot.  The project is scheduled for completion within ninety days.  Funding has been allocated in the Bridge Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

26.  Consideration to award contract number FY01-085, to the LOW BIDDER, Holt Co. of

Texas, Laredo, Texas, in the total amount of $46,042.20, for the lease purchase of one backhoe/loader for the City Cemetery Operation.   This backhoe will be purchased on a thirty six month lease purchase agreement with financing secured through Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation at an interest rate of 5.1%.  Delivery of this equipment is expected within 45 days.  Funding for the lease purchase is available in the Cemetery budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

27.  Consideration to award contract number FY01-091, to the LOW BIDDER, NPE –

Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $29,928.00, for the purchase of one skid steer loader and trailer, for the Pubic Works Department.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

28.  Consideration to award contract number FY01-095, to the LOW BIDDER, Holt Co. of

Texas, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $88,246.00, for the purchase of two backhoe/loaders.  One will be assigned to the Parks and Recreation Department and the other to the Public Work Department.  These backhoes will be purchased using a total cost bid evaluation process.  The bid pricing includes provision of a five (5) year maintenance contract and a guarantee repurchase price.  Delivery of this equipment is expected within 45 days.  Funding is available in the PPFCO Series 2000-2001 proceeds and the Capital Improvement Fund (CIP).

 

Motion to approve.

 

 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

29.  Consideration to award contract number FY01-099, to the SOLE BIDDER, Kinloch

Equipment & Supply, Inc., Pasadena, Texas, in the amount of $138,985.00, for the purchase of a CCTV van for the Environmental Engineering Division.  This van is equipped with a video camera/recording system that is used to inspect storm sewers.   Delivery of this equipment is expected within 120 days.  Funding is available in the N.P.D.E.S. Fund. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

30.  Consideration to award contract FY01-100, to the following LOW BIDDERS, for the

purchase of vehicles for various City Departments authorized in the FY01 capital equipment budget:

 

Philpott Motors, Port Neches, Texas:

                                    9 -  1/2 ton, long bed truck                     $145,593.00

                                    8 -  1/2 extended cab truck, SB              $145,080.00

                                    2 -  Passenger Van                                 $  44,576.00

                                                                                                  $335,249.00

Padre Ford, Corpus Christi, Texas

                                    1 -  Utility Vehicle                                  $   28,401.00

                                    6 -  3/4 Ton Trucks                               $110,340.00

                                    3 -  3/4 Ton Ext. Cab, SB Truck           $   55,170.00

                                    1 -   1/2 Ton Truck                                $   17,269.00

                                    1 -    Utility Vehicle                                $   23,688.00

                                                                                                 $234,868.00

Paul Young, Laredo, Texas            

                                    1 -  1/2 ton, short bed                           $   16,131.00

                                    2 -  Mid size passenger car                   $   28,666.00                                                   

                                                                                                $   44,797.00

                   Delivery is expected within ninety to one hundred and twenty days.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

31.  Consideration to award contract number FY01-101, to the SOLE BIDDER, Bill Peace

& Son, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $21,275.00, for the purchase of one forklift for the Public Works Department - Fleet Maintenance Division.   Delivery of this equipment is expected within 30 days.  Funding is available in the Fleet Fund. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

32.  Consideration to award contract number FY01-102, to the LOW BIDDER, Holt Co. of

Texas, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $211,752.00, for the purchase of two, three cubic yard loaders.  One will be assigned to the Utilities Department - Wastewater Treatment Division and the other to the Solid Waste - Sanitation Division.  These loaders will be purchased using a total cost bid evaluation process.  The bid pricing includes provision of a five (5) year maintenance contract and a guarantee repurchase price.  Delivery of this equipment is expected within 45 days.  Funding is available in the Utilities Fund and Solid Waste Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

33.  Consideration to award contract number FY01-103, to the LOW BIDDER, Airgas

Southwest Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $22,800.00, for providing powered sports drinks (Gatorade/Sqwincher) for City service crews.  Electrolyte replacement drinks are purchased during the summer months for the service crews to prevent dehydration.   Funding is available in the following budgets:  Public Works, Fleet Maintenance, Traffic Safety, Parks and Recreation, and Utilities Departments. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

34.  Consideration to award contract number FY01-104, to the SOLE BIDDER, Larry A.

Norton & Co., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $16,570.88, for the purchase of six computer terminals and twenty laser printers, for the Police Department.  Delivery of all items is expected within two weeks.   Funding is available in the Police Trust Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

35.  Consideration to award contract FY01-105 to the LOW BIDDERS, Paul Young Co.,

Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $270,759.00, for the purchase of thirteen vehicles, Brown Chevrolet, Devine, Texas, in the amount of $265,975.00, for the purchase of eleven vehicles, and Sames Motor Co., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $212,600.00, for the purchase of ten vehicles, for the Police Department.  The vehicles selected for purchase include Ford, General Motors and Chrysler models.  The intent of the Department is to secure the most diverse fleet possible due to the nature of the work involved by the Police Department.  The majority of these vehicles will be replacements of older models.  Funding is available in the Police Trust Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

36.  Consideration to award annual contract number FY01-106, to the LOW BIDDERS,

Skaggs Public Safety Uniforms and Equipment, San Antonio, Texas, in the estimated amount of $100,000.00 and Gateway Uniforms Service, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $20,000.00 for the purchase of uniforms for Fire Department personnel.  Funding is available in the Fire Department budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

37.  Consideration to award contract number FY01-107, to the SOLE BIDDER, Rochester

Armored Car Co., Omaha, NE., in the estimated amount of $71,676.00 per year, for providing armored car courier service for various city departments.  The term of this contract will be for two years.  Courier service is requested for the International Bridge I, II, World Trade, Colombia bridges, Health Department, City Hall, Public Library, Municipal Housing, Municipal Court, Civic Center, Building Department, Traffic Safety, and Utilities Department.   Funding is available in the respective department budgets.   Second year funding is subject to appropriation of funds by each respective department.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

38.  Consideration to authorize a contract with Q.S. Technologies, Inc., of Greenville, South

Carolina, in the amount of $32,656.00 for the purchase of thirteen (13) additional user licenses for the Insight-CH Software developed for the City of Laredo Health Department.  Funding is available in the Health Department budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

39.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to execute a contract for the purchase of

1,000 acre-feet of Class "B" water rights from Milton K. Weikel, for the sum of $540,000.00.  The water rights convert to 400 acre-feet of municipal water rights.  Funding is available in the Water Availability Fund.

 

Motion to approve with the following amendments:  Change 1,000 acre-feet to 600, change 400 acre-feet to 240, and the sum of $540,000.00 should be $324,000.00. 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

40.  Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 1, a decrease of $29,565.52 for the

balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the 2000-2001 Street Recycling Project (133.5 Blocks) and approval of final payment in the amount of $161,214.50 to Cutler Repaving, Inc., Lawrence, Kansas.  Final contract amount is $285,764.18.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund - Cutler Repaving.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

41.  Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 1 a decrease of $20,240.38 for the

betterment and ADA allowances credit, acceptance of the City of Laredo Service Center (EDA Project No. 08-01-03159) located adjacent to the Laredo International Airport along Thomas Avenue connecting to Gale Street for Public Works, Risk Management and Utilities Departments, and approval of final retainage payment in the amount of $356,337.98 to Marshall Company, Corpus Christi, Texas.  Final contract amount is $7,126,759.62.  Funding is available in the 1998 CO Issue Buildings.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

42.  Consideration for approval of construction plans and authorization to advertise for bids

for the Laredo Municipal Court Project.  Funding is available in the 2000 CO Issue            Municipal Court.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

43.  Consideration to award a construction contract to the LOW BIDDER Price

Construction, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the base bid amount of $83,796.10 for Calle Del Norte/Springfield Street Improvements Right-Turn Lane.  Funding is available in the 2000 CO Issue Calle Del Norte/ Springfield.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

44.  Consideration to authorize the installation of speed humps on Sandy Lane in

accordance with the Speed Hump Installation Policy under the Special Provision for installation; project costs are estimated at $10,000.00; funding will be made available from Council Member Joe A. Guerra's Discretionary Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

45.  Consideration authorizing the City Manager to proceed to implement the Commercial

Garbage Charges in accordance with the schedule based on square footage effective immediately, and to forgo the collection of amounts inadvertently not charged due to a computer input error.

 

Motion to table.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

46.  Consideration for the appointment of Mayor Pro-Tempore as per Ordinance 90-O-101

which sets the second meeting of the month of May or at the first meeting after all council members are elected and qualified, City Council shall confirm one of the Council Members who shall be known and designated as Mayor Pro-Tempore.

 

Motion to confirm the acceptance of Cm.  Eliseo Valdez, Jr. as the Mayor Pro Tempore for fiscal year 2001-2002.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XIII.    STAFF REPORT

 

47.  Update on the status of the Groundwater Project, with possible action.

 

        Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, reported that the Water Issues Committee meeting was held earlier this afternoon.  The committee members discussed issues related to the procurement documents presented to them and entertained questions in connection with said documents.   They also reviewed the timeline that was presented to City Council two months ago, which puts the committee on September 1, 2001, to formalize an agreement to proceed with the groundwater project. 

 

        Cm. Bruni stated that CH2MHill provided highlights on the procurement documents.  The procurement documents and the timeline were discussed with Mr. William M. Burke, counselor for the City of Laredo, who is assisting with the details.  

 

        Motion to accept the recommendations of the Water Issues Committee, the presented timeline, and the contract that will go out to the different water providers. 

 

        Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Guerra

        Second:  Cm. Galo

        For:     8                                       Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XIV.    EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

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

 

XV.      RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD

 

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

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

48.  Consideration to approve the exercise of an option year two extension with Goodyear

Tire and Rubber Company, Akron, Ohio, in the estimated amount of $74,000.00 for providing tires to be used for the Laredo Metro, Inc., (45) buses and (19) para-transit vehicles.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

49.  Consideration to award contract FY01-086, to the LOWEST, MOST RESPONSIBLE

BIDDER, Impressions Design, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $44,251.00, for the purchase and installation of Bus Stop Shades.  The contract vendor will install shade ports at twenty-seven (27) different bus stop locations.  The award is contingent upon the successful installation of one bus stop shelter to assure compliance with bid specifications.  Funding is available in the Transit budget.  Two vendors did provide lower bids, however, they failed to submit a bid bond as required by the bid specifications and cannot be considered for an award of contract.

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2001-R-13

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

MAY 21, 2001

5:30 P.M.

 

Supplemental Agenda

 

I.          Communications and Recognitions

 

A.  Recognizing Coach Danny Henderson and Bobby Most of the United High School for

     winning the State Championship in Pole Vaulting.

 

      The City Council presented Certificates of Recognition to Bobby Most and Coach Danny Henderson for their outstanding achievements at the State UIL Track and Field competition.

 

II.        Appointments to Commissions, Boards and Committees

 

A.  Appointment of D. J.  Utterback by Mayor Elizabeth G.  Flores to the Third Party

      Funding Advisory Committee.

 

      Motion to approve.

 

      Moved:  Cm.  Galo

      Second:  Cm.  Bruni

      For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

III.       General Council Discussions and Presentations

 

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

 

1.  Discussion with possible action regarding the travel policy for elective officials and

     individuals traveling on behalf of the City.  (Sponsored by Mayor and City Council)

 

Cm. Valdez mentioned that the reason he placed this item on the agenda was because he believes that there should be specific travel policy for City Council.  A separate concern that he wanted addressed is that anytime the City is working on a major city project, those individuals that are part of an ongoing project should also be abiding by the established City travel policy. 

 

A motion was entertained by Cm. J. Valdez, Jr. and seconded by Cm. Ramirez that Council Members and private individuals traveling on city-related business should be included in a travel policy to be established for the City of Laredo.

 

Cm. E. Valdez, Jr. stated that he would like to have a draft of the proposed travel policy before voting on this issue.

 

The maker of the motion withdrew the motion and the maker of the second withdrew his second.

 

IV.       Staff Report

 

1.  Staff report on the status of water connections and widening of the road leading to the

     Old Milwaukee Subdivision at Hwy.  359.

 

      Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, reported that they have recently installed the water line all the way to the landfill.  The status of the colonias project is that the department has a commitment in place from all the engineers, except for one firm that has not signed the contract.  He mentioned that they should have everyone on board by the end of this month.  They will begin with the design on all the subdivisions that they have and will work on both sides of Hwy. 359, with priority given to the sewer system linkage needed in the Old Milwaukee Subdivision.   He stated that the necessary piece on that project is to get the sewer system in place.  They will begin the with that design within 30 days and the contractors could give the department something by the end of the year on the design of water and sewer lines.  He mentioned that the City needs to have the right-of-way cleared so that the services can be delivered to the residents. 

 

V.        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 an item upon this agenda, pursuant to the provisions of Section 551.071 (2) of the Texas Government Code.

 

2.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section

551.071(1)(A)(B) to discuss possible settlement offer for pending litigation regarding the following cases involving issues under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Texas Architectural Barriers Act:  Richard Zander & Valley Association for Independent Living vs. City of Laredo, Cause No.  L-00-74; Richard Zander & Valley Association for independent Living vs.  City of Laredo, Cause no.  L-00094; and Sandra Martinez & Valley Association for Independent Living vs.  City of Laredo, Cause No.  L-00-81, and return to open session for possible action. 

 

Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section

551.071(1)(A)(B) to discuss possible settlement offer for pending litigation regarding the following cases involving issues under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Texas Architectural Barriers Act:  Richard Zander & Valley Association for Independent Living vs. City of Laredo, Cause No.  L-00-74; Richard Zander & Valley Association for independent Living vs.  City of Laredo, Cause no.  L-00094; and Sandra Martinez & Valley Association for Independent Living vs.  City of Laredo, Cause No.  L-00-81, and return to open session for possible action. 

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

Motion to authorize the City Manager to proceed with finalizing the settlement of:

 

q       Richard Zander & Valley Association for  Independent Living v. City of Laredo, Cause No. L-00-74;

 

q       Richard Zander & Valley Association for Independent Living v. City of Laredo, Cause No. L-00-94; and

 

q       Sandra Martinez & Valley Association for Independent Living v. City of Laredo, Cause No. L-00-81.

 

XVI.    ADJOURNMENT

 

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

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

            Second:  Cm.  Agredano

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

I hereby certify that the above minutes contained in pages 01 to 28 are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council meeting held on the 21st day of May, 2001.

 

 

                                                                                    _______________________________

                                                                                    Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                                    City Secretary