CITY OF LAREDO

                                             CITY COUNCIL MEETING

                                                           M2001-R-17

                                           CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

                                               1110 HOUSTON STREET

                                                LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

                                                           July 2, 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

            Johnny Amaya,                                                                         Council Member, District IV

            Eliseo Valdez, Jr.,                                                                     Mayor Pro Tempore, District V

            Joe A.  Guerra,                                                                         Council Member, 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   

 

            Motion to excuse Cm.  Galo.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

            Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez, Jr.

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

                                                           

IV.       MINUTES

 

            None.

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Cm. Ramirez extended an invitation for the public to attend the Tecolotes game at Veterans Field on the 4th of July.  He mentioned that there would be a fireworks display after the game.

           

Cm. J. Valdez, Jr. reported that he attended the first annual Import-Export Convention held at the Laredo Civic Center over the weekend and there was very good attendance from the members of the private sector.

           

Cm. Bruni submitted the Southwest Texas Rain Enhancement Association Report to City Council for Flights 28 through 34 conducted on June 21, 2001, Flights 35 and 36 conducted on June 24, 2001, and brief summaries for Flights 37 through 40 conducted on July 1, 2001.  The complete reports are available at the City Secretary’s Office for review.

 

            Mayor Flores asked for a moment of silence for the young man who was killed in a motorcycle accident.

 

Invitations

 

            None.

           

Recognitions

 

            None.

 

Communiqués

 

Fire Chief Luis Sosa, reported that our local firefighters have participated in a rigorous training effort for the Fire Department Rescue Team in conjunction with rescue teams from different parts of the world.  He also introduced Comm. Juan Alberto Sosa, from the Fire Department in San Antonio de Areco, Pronvincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina, who has been in Laredo for a few weeks providing his expertise in rescue operations.

 

Motion to proclaim the City of Laredo and the City of San Antonio de Areco, Provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina, as sister cities.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem E. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    7                                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Fire Chief Luis Sosa also announced the appointment of Assistant Fire Chief Roberto Reyna to the Laredo Fire Department.  He has been with the department for 25 years and assumed his new position today. 

 

            Mayor Flores read a letter from Senator Judith Zaffirini:

 

            “Dear Mayor Flores:

 

            Thank you for expressing your support for increased funding for the Small Business Development Center through the University of Texas as San Antonio.  The interim at hand affords me this opportunity to provide a progress report.

 

            It was my pleasure to support this initiative to increase state funding to $2.126 million annually.  This program is among my top priorities, and I am delighted to report that as a member of the Appropriations Conference Committee, I helped secure the request for nearly $4.3 million in state funding for the biennium.  Thank you for your interest in this worthy program.

 

Very truly yours,

 

Judith Zaffirini”

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

            None.

 

VII.     PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

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

annual budget in the amount of $57,723.00 to fund the Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grant.  The Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division will be designating $51,951.00 and the City of Laredo will be designating $5,772.00 in matching funds.  Funding will be used to pay for salaries, fringe benefits and to purchase computers.  Grant period is from August 1, 2001 through July 31, 2002.  (Approval of Resolution 2001-R-069 before Public Hearing)

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo's 2000-2001 annual budget in the amount of $57,723.00 to fund the Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grant.  The Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division will be designating $51,951.00 and the City of Laredo will be designating $5,772.00 in matching funds.  Funding will be used to pay for salaries, fringe benefits and to purchase computers.  Grant period is from August 1, 2001 through July 31, 2002.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore E. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore E. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm.  Amaya
For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

 

VIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

2.  A.  Request by Council Member Alfredo Agredano

 

1.  Discussion with possible action on replacing the sign to the entrance of Century

     City, which was knocked down by a car, and sits on City property.

 

     Larry Dovalina, City Manager, reported that even though the right-of-way for the sign is on city-owned property, the sign itself is owned by the homeowners’ association.  He mentioned that representatives from the association had assured the City that they would not allow the placement of this sign to become a maintenance issue for the City of Laredo and that they would take care of any maintenance needs in the future. 

 

Cm. Guerra suggested that city staff look into this concern regarding entrance signs and have a report prepared by the next City Council meeting. 

 

                 B.  Request by Council Member Joe A. Guerra

 

1.  Status report on Springfield Extension, with possible action.

 

     Mrs. June Leyendecker appeared before City Council to protest the dividing of her property.  She mentioned that the Springfield Road extension has created property damage to her land and she requested that the City allow her property to remain intact. 

 

     Keith Selman, City Planner, reported that Mrs. Leyendecker was correct.  The City Planning Department staff did meet with Mrs. Leyendecker a few times to talk about alternative road alignments for the Leyendecker family to consider.  The City Planning and Zoning Department presented the different alternatives available to the property owners that would produce different shifts in the approved master plan.  In one scenario, they followed the westernmost property line and then swung the property over.  So what is observable in some of the scenarios is a shift on the alignments along the Leyendecker property.  The scenario most preferred by the Leyendecker family is the one with the northern alignment with their property that would only bisect their property in the northernmost section.  Mrs. Leyendecker indicated that this is an area that she is prepared to dedicate public right-of-way for.  Mr. Selman mentioned that in the letter of response from the Leyendeckers, they indicated that they would be prepared to dedicate along this alignment but only for the amount that was originally to be within their property. 

 

Cm. Guerra asked to have a determination of the Planning Department’s study by July 23, 2001, and have staff work with Mrs. Leyendecker and her engineer in order to arrive at an amiable solution.

 

                 C.  Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

1.  Discussion and possible action on the amount of monies that might be available

     for Third Party Funding for FY 2001-2002 that could be used for the water park.

 

                              Jaime Flores, City Attorney, commented over the point of law that the Tax Code reflects in regards to the source of funding from the Hotel-Motel Fund.  He stated that the law does not allow for any hotel-motel revenue to be used for the construction of a water park.  The only construction that is permitted through the Hotel-Motel Fund would be for the construction of convention center facilities and visitor information booths. 

                       

2.  Report on the hiring practices and process of the City.

 

                             Cm. Ramirez stated his concern over the hiring practices, including posting of job announcements for the general public to become aware of employment positions within the City of Laredo. 

 

                             Dan Migura, Administrative Services Department Director, reported that the City has, by ordinance, a provision that requires the City to post all vacant positions for at least five days prior to selection of any applicant.  He mentioned that they try in every way possible to reach a large market by posting the job vacancies at City Hall and have recently opened up the Del Mar location to facilitate the filling out of applications for job applicants as well.  He stated that a job listing is provided to several agencies throughout the city on a regular basis.  Some of these organizations include SER Jobs for Progress and the Texas Workforce Commission which make these job listings available to their job applicants.

 

                             Motion to instruct staff to have monies set aside for publishing of job openings in the Laredo Morning Times. 

 

                             Cm. Ramirez made a motion; there was no second.  Motion dies for lack of a second.

                       

3.  Status report on the import lot of GSA between Bridges I and II. 

 

     Cynthia Collazo, Assistant City Manager, reported that staff has been in frequent contact with GSA, but they have not been able to finalize this transaction.  It appears that GSA has been working on some other projects; and, although they wanted to lease this facility to the City, they have not given the City a final response.  She mentioned that they asked for a parking lot scheme and a survey which has already been provided to them.  They now have an Acting Regional Administrator and the City’s intent is to go ahead and communicate with them to give more attention to the matter. 

               

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

3.  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with South Texas

Development Council for approximately 2,048 square feet constituting Suite Nos. 12, 14, 16 and 18 of Building No. S-1 located at 1718 E. Calton Road at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for one (1) year commencing on July 1, 2001 and ending on June 30, 2002, and may be extended for one (1) term of one (1) year ending on June 30, 2003.  Monthly rent shall be $2,580.50 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

4.  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with South Texas

Development Council for approximately 480 square feet constituting Suite No. 15 of Building No. S-1 located at 1718 E. Calton Road at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for one (1) year commencing on July 1, 2001 and ending on June 30, 2002, and may be extended for one (1) term of one (1) year ending on June 30, 2003.  Monthly rent shall be $605.00 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

5.  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with South Texas  

Development Council for approximately 640 square feet constituting Suite No. 19 of Building No. S-1 located at 1718 E. Calton Road at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for one (1) year commencing on July 1, 2001 and ending on June 30, 2002, and may be extended for one (1) term of one (1) year ending on June 30, 2003.  Monthly rent shall be $807.00 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

6.  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Laredo Guardian

Volunteers, Inc., for approximately 300 square feet constituting Suite No. 23 of Building No. S-1 located at 1718 E. Calton Road at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for one (1) year commencing on June 1, 2001 and ending on May 31, 2002, and may be extended for two (2) terms of one (1) year each ending on May 31, 2003 and May 31, 2004.  Monthly rent shall be $378.00 and will be adjusted annually during the primary and extension terms of this lease according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

7.  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute an amendment to the amended

lease agreement between the City of Laredo Airport Fund, as LESSOR, and City of Laredo-Engineering Department, authorized by Ordinance No. 99-0-113 dated April 26, 1999.  Said amendment will amend, specifically, Section 1.02, titled, "Term", extending the lease term for one (1) year ending on September 30, 2001; Section 1.03, titled, "Option to Extend", therefore ending on September 30, 2002; Section 1.05, titled, "Rental Obligation", adding that the monthly rent commencing on October 1, 2000 and ending on September 30, 2001, shall be $1,507.68; and Section 1.07, titled, "Utilities", has been replaced in its entirety delineating that Lessor shall provide all utilities during normal business hours, between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday; all other terms remain unchanged and in effect; providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

8.  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute an amendment to the lease with

Juan Vargas d/b/a The Education Center authorized by Ordinance No. 2000-0-196 dated August 7, 2000.  Said amendment will amend specifically, Section 1.03, titled, "Option to Extend", therefore extending the option term until June 30, 2002, and Section 1.04, titled, "Rental Obligation", will amend the monthly rental to $2,000.00 commencing on July 1, 2001 and ending on June 30, 2002.  All other terms and conditions remain unchanged and in effect; providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

9.  An ordinance closing as a public easement that section of the 4000 block of Sta. Rita

Avenue between Pace and Ugarte Streets situated in the Western Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas; and providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

effectively convey an 11,640 sq. ft. Easement and Right-of-Way to AEP Central Power and Light Company, for the installation of certain underground electric service facilities to serve the premises at the International Airport Passenger Terminal Subdivision on Loop 20.   Said 11,640 sq. ft. Easement and Right-of-Way being part of Lot 1, Block 1, Laredo International Airport Passenger Terminal Subdivision, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being generally described below, and more particularly described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit "A", and providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

X.        FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES 

 

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Motion to waive the final readings of Ordinance # 2001-O-131, 2001-O-132, 2001-O-133, 2001-O-134, 2001-O-135 and 2001-O-136.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

11.  2001-O-131  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning

Lot 1, Block 526, Western Division, located at 2002 Santa Rita Ave., from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to R-3 (Mixed Residential District); providing for publication and effective date.  (Council Member Jose Valdez, Jr.)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2001-O-131.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 2001-O-132  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by

authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for an auto paint and body shop on Lot 5, Block 927, Western Division, located at 3616 Santa Maria Ave.; providing for publication and effective date.  (As Amended) (Council Member Jose Valdez, Jr.)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2001-O-132.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2001-O-133  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by

authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a used car lot on Lot 2, Block 292, Eastern Division, located at 413 Clark Blvd.; providing for publication and effective date.  (As Amended)  (Council Member Johnny Amaya)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2001-O-133.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2001-O-134  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning

Lots 7 and 8, Block 1, Mims - Calton Gardens Addition, located at 219 W. Calton Rd., from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date. (Council Member Joe A. Guerra)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2001-O-134.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2001-O-135  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning

Lot 1, Block 1, Lago Del Mar Subdivision, Unit II, located at 3400 Del Mar Blvd., from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.  (Council Member Louis H. Bruni)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2001-O-135.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 

 

 2001-O-136  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning

2.4347 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located at 3300 Del Mar Blvd., from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.  (Council Member John C. Galo)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2001-O-136.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

12.  2001-R-068  A resolution authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from the

Criminal Justice Division, Office of the Governor in the amount of $80,000.00 for the funding of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Program.  The Office of the Governor is contributing $80,000.00 with the City designating $35,000.00 in matching funds for a total of $115,000.00 to fund the program.  Funds will be used to pay personnel salaries, fringe benefits and operational expenses form June 1, 2001 through May 31, 2002.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2001-R-068.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0       

 

13.  2001-R-069  A resolution authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from the

Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division in the amount of $51,951.00 to fund the Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grant.  The Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division will be designating $51,951.00 and the City of Laredo will be designating $5,772.00 in matching funds for a total of $57,723.00 to fund the project.  Funding will be used to pay for salaries, fringe benefits and to purchase computers.  Grant period is from August 1, 2001 through July 31, 2002.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2001-R-069.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Guerra

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

 For:     7                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0       

 

14.  2001-R-072  A resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute an Interlocal

Government Agreement between the City of Laredo and the Texas Parks and Wildlife to install 1,500 linear feet of 8-inch water line at the Lake Casa Blanca State Park.  The City will perform the installation and the State will pay the sum of $5,088.25 for materials.

 

 Motion to approve Resolution # 2001-R-072.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

15.  2001-R-074  A resolution authorizing the use of surplus proceeds from the City of

Laredo  - Public Property Finance Contractual Obligations (PPFCO), Series 1997 - B, in the amount of $6,000.00 for the purchase of furniture for the new Fire Station No. 12.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2001-R-074.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

    Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

16.  2001-R-076  A resolution authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to

fund the Financial Crime-Free Communities Support Program (C-FIC): An Anti-Money Laundering Grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance U.S. Department of Justice, at no cost to the City.           

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2001-R-076.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

    Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XII.     MOTIONS

 

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

252.789 acre-feet of class "B" water rights from Lieven J. Van Riet, for the sum of $136,506.06.  The water rights convert to 101.1156 acre-feet of municipal water rights.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

18.  Consideration to approve Change Order No. 1 in the amount of $84,796.41 to Lambda

Construction Company for the South Laredo Belt Filter Press construction project to pay for re-piping the wash water supply and to furnish and install a shaftless screw conveyor.  Funding is available in the Wastewater 1994 Bond Construction Project.

 

       Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

19.  Consideration to approve Amendment No. 3 in the amount of $12,800.00 with Camp,

Dresser, & McKee for the South Laredo Belt Filter Press Construction Project to pay for design services related to the replacement of an old sludge conveyance system with a screw conveyance system.  The City expects to reduce maintenance costs and improve sludge disposal to the landfill.   Funding is available in the Wastewater 1994 Bond Construction Projects.

 

       Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

20.  Consideration to adopt a schedule of hearing and proceedings for voluntary and

unilateral annexations for calendar year 2001, in accordance with Section 43.052 of the Texas Local Government Code.

 

       Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

21.  Consideration to reject all bids received for the purchase of three crew cab truck with

service bodies (FY01-087), due to the bid pricing exceeding budget and authorizing the purchase of these replacement through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) - Cooperative Purchasing Program, in the total amount of $91,628.38.  These trucks will be assigned to the Utilities Department - Wastewater Collection Division with delivery expected within ninety days.  Funding is available in the Waste Water Fund.

 

       Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

22.  Consideration to award contract number FY01-096, to the LOW BIDDER, Crosstown

Sterling, Corpus Christi, Texas, in the amount of $69,999.00, for the purchase of one service truck for the landfill operations.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.  

 

       Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

23.  Consideration to award contract FY01-113, to Onyx Environmental Services,

Baytown, Texas, in the amount of $59,873.45, for conducting two household hazardous waste collection events for the Environmental Services Department.  The events are scheduled for November 2001 and April 2002.   The contract vendor is responsible for the collection, categorization, packaging, transportation, and disposal of household wastes collected at these two events.  Funding is available in the Environmental Services Department budget.

 

       Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

24.  Consideration to award contract number FY01-121 to the LOW BIDDER MEETING

SPECIFICATIONS, Sames Motor Co., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $93,000.00, for the purchase of three, one-ton flatbed trucks.  Two trucks will be assigned to the Traffic Safety Department and one to the Fleet Maintenance Division.  Delivery is expected within ninety days.  Funding is available in the 2000 Contractual Obligation (PPFCO) proceeds and the Fleet Maintenance Fund.

       Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

25.  Consideration to award contract number FY01-122 to the LOW BIDDER, Sames

Motor Co., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $49,400.00, for the purchase of two, 3/4-ton crew cab trucks.  One truck will be assigned to the Public Works Department and one to the Engineering Department.  Funding is available in the 2000 Contractual Obligation (PPFCO) proceeds and the Capital Improvement Fund.

 

       Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

26.  Consideration to award annual contract number FY01-123; to the LOW BIDDER,

Galls, Inc., Lexington, KY, in the estimated amount of $300,000.00 for the purchase of trousers and shirts for Police Department personnel.  Funds are available in the Police Department budget.

 

       Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

27.  Consideration to award contract number FY01-126 to Precision Delta Corporation,

Ruleville, MS., in the amount of $41,349.62, for the purchase of duty and practice ammunition for the Police Department.  Bids were requested on the following ammunition types: .45ACP, 40 cal., 308, 00 Buck, rifle slug, 9mm, and .223 cal.  Funding is available in the Police Department budget.

 

       Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

28.  Consideration to award contract FY01-127, to Sirchie Finger Print Lab, Medford, N.J.,

in the amount of $87,225.00, for the purchase of an evidence collection vehicle for the Police Department.  The collection vehicle will be fully equipped with crime scene power and lighting system, photographic equipment, and crime scene search kits.  Delivery is expected within 120 days.  Funding for the purchase of this system is available in the Police Trust Fund.

 

       Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

29.  Consideration to award contract number FY01-130, to the LOW BIDDER, Golf Cars,

Inc., New Braunfels, Texas, in the amount of $16,029.00 for the purchase of two gas powered utility carryall vehicles for the Bridge System.  Funding is available in the Bridge Fund.

 

       Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

30.  Consideration to award contract FY01-131, to Noritsu America Corp., Vienna, VA., in

the amount of $105,172.05, for the purchase and installation of a photo processing minilab and related equipment for the Police Department.  This equipment will allow the Department to develop 135 mm film to photo paper and to save them in a digital format.  Funding for the purchase of this system is available in the Police Trust Fund.

 

       Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

31.  Consideration to award contract number FY01-171 to the LOW BIDDER, American

La France Aerials, Ephrata, PA, in the amount of $604,899.00, for the purchase of a replacement Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicle.  Delivery is expected within ten to twelve months.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund.

 

       Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

32.  Consideration to award contract FY01-115, to fourteen qualified book vendors, for

library materials collection development for books, databases and audio-visual products for a period of two years.  Contracts for multiple book vendors for library materials collection development will enable the Library to assess the services of book distributors and acquire the best competitive prices and discounts on the market.  All purchases are contingent on available funding for the current and future budget year.    Funding is available in the Library budget. 

 

       Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

33.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter into a lease agreement with Santa

Maria Adult Day Care for lease of four parking spaces for individuals with disabilities on the City of Laredo's parking lot located on 1411 Grant.  The spaces will be utilized by the Santa Maria Adult Day Care to transport patrons to and from the center.

 

       Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

34.  Consideration for approval of Change Order No.1 an increase of $50,022.00 to the

construction contract with Pete Gallegos Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the City-Wide Sidewalks Project No. 12a (33 Blocks) and Project No. 17a (4 Blocks) for a total of 37 Blocks to add the quantities needed to construct an additional seven (7) blocks and to add an additional 18 working days to the construction contract time.  Funding is available in the District IV Sidewalks.

 

       Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

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

Construction, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the bid amount of $551,488.03 for the Shiloh Drive Widening Project from IH 35 to McPherson Road.  Funding is available in the 2000-A C.O. Issue Shiloh Widening.

 

       Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

36.  Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant Turner, Hickey & Associates,

Laredo, Texas, for the South Laredo Park (in the vicinity of Kawas Elementary School) and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.  Funding is available in the Community Development 26th Action Year - South Laredo Park.

 

       Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

37.  Consideration to amend motion # 30 of the June 18, 2001 City Council Agenda

regarding the acceptance of the Bridge Toll System Upgrade Project to reflect approval of the final payment to Transcore previously approved of $841,625.67 to the revised amount of $1,006,625.67 and a final contract amount previously reported of $9,172,946.00 to the revised amount of $9,337,946.00.  The amendment reflects the addition of Change Order No. 4 in the amount of $165,000.00 that had previously been approved by City Council on December 18, 2000 and had inadvertently been omitted on the final payment request.  Funding is available in the Bridge fund.

 

       Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

38.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to negotiate a contract with URS Greiner

Woodward Clyde for professional services to prepare an Airport Master Plan and FAR Part 150 Airport Noise Compatibility Study Update for the Laredo International Airport.  The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a grant to update both studies and will pay ninety (90%) percent of the cost. 

 

       Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Amaya

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

XIII.    STAFF REPORT

           

39.  Update on the status of the Colonias Project.

 

        Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, reported that the conceptual design is moving ahead.  He stated that the department is expecting a report this week from Turner, Collie, and Braden with a follow-up report being made on a monthly basis on their progress.  He also mentioned that they have received revised figures for the oversizing of the lines.  His staff will be contacting the landowners to inform them of the new amounts.  He expects to have some commitments from some of the landowners so that they can instruct the engineers as to which direction their design should take. 

 

40.  Presentation by the Traffic Safety Department regarding the status of designating San

Ignacio Avenue as a truck route from the intersection of Jefferson/San Ignacio to the intersection of Houston/San Ignacio.

 

Juan Morales, from the Traffic Safety Department, reported that the northern portion of San Ignacio has a block of warehouses that can be serviced currently as the ordinance was written.  The problem arises with a block of warehouses on the southern portion of San Ignacio which can only be reached through Sanchez St. or Scott St.  He stated what the advantages and disadvantages of this proposed option are: 

 

                                                     Advantages

 

*   access to warehouses south of Scott St. when the train is blocking Scott St. and

     Sanchez St.

 

                                                   Disadvantages

 

*   safety concerns with increased truck traffic along San Ignacio

*   playground/softball field at the 2100 block of San Ignacio

*   from the 1700 block to the 1300 block of San Ignacio is a residential area

*   a truck route already exists parallel to San Ignacio one block away

 

The recommendation from staff and the Transportation and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee as recommended on May 31st is that San Ignacio not be designated as a truck route. 

 

41.  Consideration of a request by Mr. Jesus M. Sanchez representing "Colonias Olvidadas"

       to waive fees at the City's landfill for disposal of solid waste from 13 colonias.

 

        Jesus M. Sanchez requested the assistance from the City Council to waive the fees.

 

        Cm. Bruni recommended that staff identify the 13 colonias and consider lowering the disposal fee to $30.00 per ton for the colonias to dispose of refuse at the City landfill.

 

        Joe Guerra, Public Works Director, stated that the City Council had passed an ordinance charging $65.00 per ton for trash outside the city limits.  The ordinance was later changed to give the County a reduced fee of $30.00 for pickup of their refuse which is outside the city limits.  He mentioned that the ordinance states that for those property owners who live within the County and where the County does not pick up their trash, they are responsible for taking their refuse to the nearest landfill.

 

Mayor Flores suggested that the City should start a discussion with the County and assist the County in proposing a regional plan for these property owners who are not included under the Webb County refuse disposal option. 

 

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 MUNICIPAL HOUSING CORPORATION

 

Motion to recess as City Council and convene as the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

42.  Consideration to authorize the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation (LMHC)

President to enter into an agreement with Laredo Independent School District (LISD) to accept twenty-five (25) reconditioned computers at no cost and to be utilized by students residing at the Jose A. Flores Apartments and Tomas Flores Apartments.  This action is part of the Three Year Technology Plan by LISD.  

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0   

 

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

 

Moved:  Cm.  Guerra

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0                                                                                    

 

City of Laredo

M2001-S-17

July 2, 2001

 

Supplemental Agenda

 

 

I.          General Council Discussions and Presentations

 

            A.  Request by Council Member Louis H.  Bruni

           

                        1.  Status report on the water point on Highway 359, with possible action.

 

                             Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, reported that his department is working on the water point.  The equipment has been ordered and the manufacturer has told him that there is a four to five week lead time before the delivery is made.  He mentioned that he also has been working on a rendition of a two-lane, two-dispenser water point.  He stated that they are looking at doubling the amount of materials needed for the project and as a result the cost will be increasing to about $25,000.00 just for the portion of the two-lane with the dispensers. 

                            

                             Cm. Bruni mentioned that he would not want to delay the project even if it remains a single-lane facility.  He stated that perhaps, as a quick solution to the problem, he would prefer to stay with one overhead and simplify the current design for those people who use the water point.  Cm. Bruni inquired as to negotiations with the property owners or whether there is a secondary area being considered should the negotiations fall through. 

 

                             Fernando Roman stated that part of the work being done through the owner’s engineer has been to work out some of the issues such as access and drainage.  He commented that the dual dispenser works well because it would allow the city to have trucks on the property, two loading and four waiting in line, which would  alleviate the truck traffic.

 

                             Cm. Bruni mentioned that he would like for the department to expedite this project because there is only one such water facility available which is in the Larga Vista area at the present time.

 

2.  Status report on the East Woods Subdivision Park, with possible action.

 

     Horacio De Leon, Parks and Recreation Director, reported that the City Council is aware of the motion which is incorporated within the supplemental agenda.  The motion being made is to award the design contract to Turner & Hickey for the design of the park.  He commented that the design time for this project would be 90 days.  Concurrent with this design time, the department will have an environmental assessment conducted during phase two.  This would put the preliminary date at October 2, 2001.  Following this timeline, the acceptance and design requirement as well as the approval to go out on bids would be performed by mid-October, 2001.   They will then accept bids by November, 2001, and would then award construction in December, 2001.  The construction time for a project such as this one is approximately 120 days, or April of 2002. 

 

     Cm. Bruni requested that the Parks and Recreation Director consult with the project engineer and try to shorten the 90 days requested for the design time.

 

            B.  Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

1.  Discussion and possible action regarding the River Drive Mall parking lot near

Bridge I to hold opening and establish the rate and the 24-hour security.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member Jose Valdez, Jr.

 

Cm. Ramirez stated that he was not in agreement with the rate of $1.75 an hour.  He stated that he believed that the rate to be set would be $1.50 an hour to attract the tourists or other people who may consider using the parking facility.  He stated that being that he is not in agreement to the hourly rate, he would like to rescind the action of the respective ordinance and set the hourly rate at $1.50. 

 

Mayor Flores stated that the ordinance, which was passed by City Council, could not be rescinded because that would delay the scheduled opening of the parking facility until the City Council conducts separate public hearings and rewrites the ordinance. 

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, commented that what had been suggested was to initiate the parking facility so that it could be accessible to all and to test the process.  He stated that if the City saw an issue with the change of the coins, then the City could come in and make an adjustment at that time. 

 

Cm. Ramirez requested to allow for 24-hour security at the parking facility.

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, stated that the City would not allow for overnight parking at that location.

 

Cm. Ramirez mentioned that he would like to get the other parking facility ready as soon as possible.  He wants to know how much time will it take to put up the fence and gates to this other facility. 

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, stated that the contract was signed approximately two weeks ago and the fence should be installed some time in the near future.

 

Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, made a presentation explaining the efforts being made to upgrade the parking facility on the upper level of the mall area.  He provided City Council with the layout of the parking lot and explained the fact that there will be 66 spaces and are opting to install some pay and display machines rather than parking meters.

 

II.        Motion

 

1.  Consideration to award a professional services contract to Turner, Hickey & Associates,

Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $27,000 for design and preparation of plans and specifications for the Eastwoods Park.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvements Projects.

 

                 Motion to approve.

 

 

                 Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                 Second:  Cm.  Amaya

                 For:     7                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

III.       Adjournment

           

            Motion to adjourn.                                                                                   Time:  7:30 p.m.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     7                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

I, Gustavo Guevara, Jr., City Secretary, do hereby certify that the above minutes contained in pages 01 through 20 are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council Meeting held on the 2nd day of July, 2001.

 

 

 

                                                                                    _____________________

                                                                                    Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                                    City Secretary