CITY OF LAREDO

                                             CITY COUNCIL MEETING

                                                           M2001-R-20

                                           CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

                                                1110 HOUSTON STREET

                                                 LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

                                                        AUGUST 6, 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 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.,                                                                     Mayor Pro Tempore, District V

            Johnny Amaya,                                                                         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

           

IV.       MINUTES

 

            None.

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Cm. Bruni submitted the Southwest Texas Rain Enhancement Association Report to City Council for Flights #48 and #49 conducted on August 2, 2001, and Flight #50 conducted on August 3, 2001.  He also submitted minutes from the SWTREA July Board meeting.  He submitted an unapproved proposal by the Association for the 2002 budget year.  He mentioned that they are hoping to lower the assessments to the different entities involved from 4.7 cents per acre to 3.7 cents per acre.  The complete reports are available at the City Secretary’s Office for review.

 

Cm. Bruni also submitted material on the history and significance of Liberty Bell Day on behalf of Joseph Chalco who spoke before City Council at a prior meeting.

 

Mayor Flores reported that there was a letter addressed to Erasmo Villarreal, Community Development Director, by a concerned visitor at the Gallagher Garden Apartments.  She stated that the citizen’s concern relates to a tax credit project, and it was referred to Abraham Rodriguez, a managing partner of Laredo Metro Housing that owns said apartment.

           

Invitations

 

None.

 

Recognitions

 

            None.

 

Communiqués

 

None.

 

A.  In recognition of the American Little League All Stars for advancing to the State

      Section 4 Championship Games.

 

      Horacio De Leon, Parks and Recreation Director, recognized the American Little League players for winning their District 34 Division competition and advancing to the Sub-Sectionals.

     

Mayor Flores presented them with a Certificate of Recognition for their performance at the District 34 and State championship games as well as for their sportsmanship.

 

                                    2001 American Little League Seniors All Stars

 

Manager:  Manuel Osorio              Coaches:  Jose L. Magana and Juan J. Berlanga

     

Martin Osorio                                                         Alex Villarreal

Arturo Gutierrez                                                     Javier Vasquez, Jr.

Enrique D. Rodriguez                                              Rogelio Gomez, Jr.

Juan J. Villafranca                                                   Jose R. Labra

Francisco J. Hernandez, Jr.                                     Johnhatan D. Sosa

Armando Monvicais                                               Jose L. Magana, Jr.

Joe C. Mireles, IV                                     

 

 

                                    2001 American Little League Majors All Stars

 

Manager:  Juan Ortiz           Coaches:  Isidro Orozco, Jr. and Evaristo T.  Madrigal

 

Juan D. Cardenas                                                   Javier Veliz, Jr.

Erik Gutierrez                                                         Danyel D. Sanchez

Abraham D. Renteria                                              Anselmo Nino, III

Jose A. Carizales                                                    Dario I. Madrigal

Alex Garcia                                                            Pascual Reyna, Jr.

Reynaldo Pena, Jr.                                                  Martin X. Flores

 

                                    2001 American Little League Minors All Stars

 

Manager:  Carlos V. Cruz, Jr.         Coaches:  Crescencio Ruiz and Julio Reyna

 

Carlos V. Cruz, III                                     Luis Alberto Perez

Gus Garcia                                                 Alejandro Reyna

Corbin King                                                           Esteban Rodriguez

Alejandro Medina, Jr.                                             Michael A. Ruiz

Raul Molina, Jr.                                                      Javier Valverde

Adolfo Nino                                                           Jose R. Vasquez

Jose Pedraza                                                         

 

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

A.  Appointment by Mayor Pro-Tempore Eliseo Valdez, Jr, of Dan Rodriguez to the

      Vehicles for Hire Ad Hoc Committee.

 

      Motion to approve.

 

      Moved:  Cm. Galo

      Second:  Cm. Agredano

      For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

VII.     PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.  Public hearing amending the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001 Airport Budget to recognize

additional revenues from a grant received from the Federal Aviation Administration being grant project no. 3-48-0136-30-01 in the amount of $335,000.00 for the purpose of constructing a fuel farm to be located on the east side of the Laredo International Airport and appropriating said grant revenue and local match to the appropriate expenditure accounts and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment.  The local match is available in the Airport Land Acquisition Reimbursement Account.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Airport Budget to recognize additional revenues from a grant received from the Federal Aviation Administration being grant project no. 3-48-0136-30-01 in the amount of $335,000.00 for the purpose of constructing a fuel farm to be located on the east side of the Laredo International Airport and appropriating said grant revenue and local match to the appropriate expenditure accounts and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. Guerra

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem E. Valdez, Jr.

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

2.  Public hearing of an ordinance amending Chapter 12 of the Code of Ordinances, City of

Laredo, Texas to include Article IV to establish fees for Fire Engineering Services and Life Safety Inspections, within the Corporate Limits of the City of Laredo, Texas.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

An ordinance amending Chapter 12 of the Code of Ordinances, City of Laredo, Texas to include Article IV to establish fees for Fire Engineering Services and Life Safety Inspections, within the Corporate Limits of the City of Laredo, Texas.

 

Motion to postpone for next week’s City Council meeting.

 

Moved:  Cm. Guerra

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem E. Valdez, Jr.

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

3.  Public hearing amending Chapter 19, Motor Vehicle and Traffic, Article VIII, Stopping,

Standing or Parking, Section 19-361, Secured Controlled Access Parking Lots and Section 19-362, Parking Lot Rates and Hours of Operation, of Code of Ordinances, City of Laredo: Authorizing the establishment of parking rates, enforcement regulations, and hours of operation at the Riverfront Parking Lot located on Pedregal Road; and authorizing the establishment of enforcement regulations for the Bridge I parking lot, providing for effective date and publication.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending Chapter 19, Motor Vehicle and Traffic, Article VIII, Stopping, Standing or Parking, Section 19-361, Secured Controlled Access Parking Lots and Section 19-362, Parking Lot Rates and Hours of Operation, of Code of Ordinances, City of Laredo: Authorizing the establishment of parking rates, enforcement regulations, and hours of operation at the Riverfront Parking Lot located on Pedregal Road; and authorizing the establishment of enforcement regulations for the Bridge I parking lot, providing for effective date and publication.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Galo

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Galo

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

4.  Public hearing authorizing the City Manager to execute the contract with the Texas

Department of Health in the amount of $208,140.00 in additional funds for the HIV/AIDS Ryan White Title II Project of the City of Laredo Health Department and extend the contract period from April 1, 2001, through August 31, 2001, to April 1, 2001, through March 31, 2002; and amending the City of Laredo FY2000-2001 Budget by 1/2 of the budget amount.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Authorizing the City Manager to execute the contract with the Texas Department of Health in the amount of $208,140.00 in additional funds for the HIV/AIDS Ryan White Title II Project of the City of Laredo Health Department and extend the contract period from April 1, 2001, through August 31, 2001, to April 1, 2001, through March 31, 2002; and amending the City of Laredo FY2000-2001 Budget by 1/2 of the budget amount.

 

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. Bruni

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

$500,000.00 by allocating funds from the surplus fund balance to further the activities and scope of work of the Women, Infants and Children's Program of the City of Laredo Health funded by the Texas Department of Health for the period beginning October 1, 2000, through September 30, 2001.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001 budget in the amount of $500,000.00 by allocating funds from the surplus fund balance to further the activities and scope of work of the Women, Infants and Children's Program of the City of Laredo Health funded by the Texas Department of Health for the period beginning October 1, 2000, through September 30, 2001.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Bruni

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Guerra

Second:  Cm. Bruni

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

6.  Public hearing authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute all documentation for

grants from the Texas Department of Health in the amount of $1,088,298.00 in direct funds and $188,976.00 in program income for seven grants as described below for the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2001, through August 31, 2002; and amending the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001 budget in the amount of $1,277,274.00.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute all documentation for grants from the Texas Department of Health in the amount of $1,088,298.00 in direct funds and $188,976.00 in program income for seven grants as described below for the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2001, through August 31, 2002; and amending the City of Laredo FY 2000-2001 budget in the amount of $1,277,274.00.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Guerra

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem E. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Galo

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

$95,000.00 to adjust the City match for the Governor's Automobile Theft Prevention Authority Program.  The City of Laredo requested that A.T.P.A. consider reducing the cash match for grant number (SA-1-T01-09358) this fiscal year.  Funding will be used to pay for operative expenditures within the Laredo Police Department in General Fund.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the City of Laredo's 2000-2001 annual budget in the amount of $95,000.00 to adjust the City match for the Governor's Automobile Theft Prevention Authority Program.  The City of Laredo requested that A.T.P.A. consider reducing the cash match for grant number (SA-1-T01-09358) this fiscal year.  Funding will be used to pay for operative expenditures within the Laredo Police Department in General Fund.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Bruni

For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

8.  Public hearing amending the City of Laredo's 2000-2001 Annual Budget in the amount

of $490,069.00 for the Governor's Automobile Theft Prevention Authority Grant.  A.T.P.A. is contributing $390,714.00, the City is designating $54,355.00 in matching funds, and Webb County is designating $45,000.00 in matching funds for a total of $490,069.00 to fund the Laredo Auto Theft Task Force for the period of September 1, 2001 through August 31, 2002. (Approval of Resolution 2001-R-083 is needed before Public Hearing Item No. 30)

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the City of Laredo's 2000-2001 Annual Budget in the amount of $490,069.00 for the Governor's Automobile Theft Prevention Authority Grant.  A.T.P.A. is contributing $390,714.00, the City is designating $54,355.00 in matching funds, and Webb County is designating $45,000.00 in matching funds for a total of $490,069.00 to fund the Laredo Auto Theft Task Force for the period of September 1, 2001 through August 31, 2002.

 

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. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Guerra

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

9.  Public hearing authorizing the granting to Jerry Resendez Enterprises, Inc., a Texas

Corporation, a non-exclusive franchise to construct, maintain and operate a commercial container refuse gathering and disposing services in the City of Laredo, Texas and providing the terms, conditions, obligations, and limitations upon and under which franchise shall be exercised; providing indemnity to the City; City retains authority to regulate rates except for rate increase resulting from increased landfill fee which are passed on to the customer; providing for increased services rates; providing for franchise payments; and providing for severability. 

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Authorizing the granting to Jerry Resendez Enterprises, Inc., a Texas Corporation, a non-exclusive franchise to construct, maintain and operate a commercial container refuse gathering and disposing services in the City of Laredo, Texas and providing the terms, conditions, obligations, and limitations upon and under which franchise shall be exercised; providing indemnity to the City; City retains authority to regulate rates except for rate increase resulting from increased landfill fee which are passed on to the customer; providing for increased services rates; providing for franchise payments; and providing for severability. 

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Guerra

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Jerry Resendez asked City Council for approval of the franchise.

 

Cm. Guerra submitted a list of conditions which the corporation must comply with:

 

If the business is a corporation, attach:

 

1.  Corporate Charter;

2.  Certificate of Good Standing;

3.  List of Directors with their residence and business addresses and telephone numbers;

4.  List of all Stockholders with their percentages of ownership, their residence and

     business addresses and telephone numbers;

5.  Corporate Financial Statement along with primary bank and bank officer reference.

 

If the business is a corporation, please name all parent or affiliated corporations or

companies of Applicant.

 

Please state source of financing of this operation.

 

List five credit references.

 

Please state Applicant’s business history including experience of Applicant in this area.

 

Please state who will operate company and experience of this individual(s) in this area.

 

What kind of insurance do you/will you carry?

 

Is Applicant prepared to furnish an umbrella policy to the City of Laredo in an amount of at least $1,000,000.00?

 

Are there any pending, threatened, legal, governmental, or environmental actions pending against Applicant, any of its officers, directors, shareholders, or partners?

 

If so, please provide detailed information concerning such proceeding.

 

Is Applicant, any officer, director, shareholder, or partner part of any past or current investigation or proceedings involving the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Labor, Wage and Hour, U. S. Immigration, U. S. Border Patrol, or U. S. Customs?

 

If so, please provide detailed information concerning such proceeding.

 

From where will operations be conducted?

 

What kind of facility is it?  Is lot paved?  What size is the facility?

 

What kind of equipment will be furnished?

 

How many employees do you expect to have in succeeding 12 months?

 

To what extent will service be provided.  If selected areas, please identify these areas.

 

       private   ________                   city-wide  ________

       public    ________                   selected areas  ________

 

What are proposed hours of operations?

 

Why do you feel that the services you will provide are needed?

 

Marcel Notzon, III, attorney for Southern Sanitation, stated that his client is only interested in having a level playing field.  He wants to ensure that all companies comply with the same conditions that his client was required to adhere to.

 

Ray Rodriguez, attorney for Jerry Resendez Enterprises, Inc., stated that they agreed to mirror the ordinance, the service rates, and insurance rates in compliance with city regulations. 

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Galo

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council 

 

10.  Public hearing repealing Ordinance 99-O-85 and amending Chapter 7-1 of the Code of

Ordinances of the City of Laredo by adopting the 2000 Edition of the International Building Code, amending Section 7-4 adopted, by adopting the 2000 Edition of the International Mechanical Code, and amending Section 7-7 Dwelling Code by adopting the International Residential Code for One and Two Family Dwellings (2000 Ed.); providing for the issuance of permits, and collection of fees, and repealing all ordinances and/or parts of ordinances in conflict therewith; providing for publication and effective date. 

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Repealing Ordinance 99-O-85 and amending Chapter 7-1 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo by adopting the 2000 Edition of the International Building Code, amending Section 7-4 adopted, by adopting the 2000 Edition of the International Mechanical Code, and amending Section 7-7 Dwelling Code by adopting the International Residential Code for One and Two Family Dwellings (2000 Ed.); providing for the issuance of permits, and collection of fees, and repealing all ordinances and/or parts of ordinances in conflict therewith; providing for publication and effective date.

 

  Motion to open the public hearing.

 

  Moved:  Cm. Galo

  Second:  Cm. Bruni

  For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

  There was no public input.

 

  Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

  Moved:  Cm. Galo

  Second:  Cm. Amaya

  For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

  Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

11.  Public hearing amending Section 24.63.2, Permitted Land Uses; and Appendix A,

Definitions, of the Laredo Land Development Code to allow the location of an International Bridge Facility on B-4 (Highway Commercial District), M-1 (Light Manufacturing District), and M-2 (Heavy Manufacturing District) Zoning Districts.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed ordinance amendment.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending Section 24.63.2, Permitted Land Uses; and Appendix A, Definitions, of the Laredo Land Development Code to allow the location of an International Bridge Facility on B-4 (Highway Commercial District), M-1 (Light Manufacturing District), and M-2 (Heavy Manufacturing District) Zoning Districts.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed ordinance amendment.

 

  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. Amaya

  For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

  Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

12.  Public hearing amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by

rezoning Blocks 56, 67, and 68, Eastern Division and those portions of Cedar Ave., Piedra China St., and Logan Ave., which were previous public right-of-ways, located at 301 Logan Ave., from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to M-2 (Heavy Manufacturing District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed zone change.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Blocks 56, 67, and 68, Eastern Division and those portions of Cedar Ave., Piedra China St., and Logan Ave., which were previous public right-of-ways, located at 301 Logan Ave., from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to M-2 (Heavy Manufacturing District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

  Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

   Second:  Cm. Agredano

   For:    8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

Cm. Galo mentioned that he had a problem with the actual site as well as the street paving not being up to code requirements.  He stated that he would be in favor of granting a conditional use permit if they would comply with the code requirements.

 

  There was no public input.

 

  Motion to close the public hearing and postpone for next week’s council meeting.

 

  Moved:  Cm. Galo

  Second:  Cm. Bruni

  For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

13.  Public hearing amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by

rezoning Blocks 14, 46, and 75, Eastern Division and those portions of Willow St. and Cedar Ave. which were previous public right-of-ways, located at 420 Logan Ave., from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to M-2 (Heavy Manufacturing District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed zone change.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Blocks 14, 46, and 75, Eastern Division and those portions of Willow St. and Cedar Ave. which were previous public right-of-ways, located at 420 Logan Ave., from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to M-2 (Heavy Manufacturing District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

  Motion to open the public hearing.

 

  Moved:  Cm. Galo

  Second:  Cm. Agredano

  For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

  There was no public input.

 

  Motion to close the public hearing and postpone for next week’s council meeting.

 

  Moved:  Cm. Galo

  Second:  Cm. Bruni

  For:    8                                         Against:                                                Abstain:  0

 

14.  Public hearing amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by

rezoning Lot 4 and the north 19.78 ft. of Lot 5, Block 815, Eastern Division, located at 605 N. Seymour Ave., from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed zone change and approval of a Conditional Use Permit for a single-family residence and a mechanic shop.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 4 and the north 19.78 ft. of Lot 5, Block 815, Eastern Division, located at 605 N. Seymour Ave., from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

  Motion to open the public hearing.

 

  Moved:  Cm. Galo

  Second:  Cm. Bruni

  For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

  There was no public input.

 

  Motion to close the public hearing and introduce as a conditional use permit for the operation of the mechanic shop as long as owner complies with all city codes and ordinances.

 

  Moved:  Cm. Galo

  Second:  Cm. Bruni

  For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

  Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Galo

 

15.  Public hearing amending the City of Laredo's 2000-2001 Annual Budget to reflect an

appropriation in Transportation Planning Funds.  The appropriation of $21,589.00 comes from the release of 1999-2000 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) Unexpended Funds.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the City of Laredo's 2000-2001 Annual Budget to reflect an appropriation in Transportation Planning Funds.  The appropriation of $21,589.00 comes from the release of 1999-2000 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) Unexpended Funds.

 

  Motion to open the public hearing.

 

  Moved:  Cm. Galo

  Second:  Cm. Bruni

  For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

  There was no public input.

 

  Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

  Moved:  Cm. Galo

  Second:  Cm. Agredano

  For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

  Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

16.  Public hearing amending the City of Laredo's FY 2001 Annual Budget in the 2000A

Certificate of Obligation Fund by appropriating current available interest earnings in   the amount of $325,000.00 and appropriating expenditures in the amount of $325,000.00 for the Bartlett Street Extension Project from Hillside to Gale Street, and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget.

 

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

Amending the City of Laredo's FY 2001 Annual Budget in the 2000A Certificate of Obligation Fund by appropriating current available interest earnings in the amount of $325,000.00 and appropriating expenditures in the amount of $325,000.00 for the Bartlett Street Extension Project from Hillside to Gale Street, and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget.

 

  Motion to open the public hearing.

 

  Moved:  Cm. Galo

  Second:  Cm. Agredano

  For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

  There was no public input.

 

  Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

  Moved:  Cm. Bruni

  Second:  Cm. Amaya

  For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

  Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

VIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

17.  A.  Request by Council Member Alfredo Agredano

 

1.  Discussion and possible action on the speed humps on Washington Subdivision.

 

        Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, reported that the speed humps are placed on Regan Street.  They conducted a traffic study and the speed did not meet the requirements.  Now, they are utilizing a special provision within the ordinance whereby they follow committee recommendations to get approval for installation of speed humps.  The committee has already approved installation and the only thing pending is the installation of the speed humps.  The Public Works Department crew is prepared to do the job as soon as possible. 

 

2.  Status report on the South Laredo Baseball Park/Skate Park.

 

      Horacio De Leon, Parks and Recreation Director, reported that this park has a budget of $200,000.00 from the Community Development grant.  The size of the park is two city blocks, including a street proposed to be used as parking.  The design of this park was awarded to Turner, Hickey and Associates by the City Council.  The design time is 90 days with a tentative schedule to bid out in October, 2001.  Improvements include a soccer field, baseball field, a skating area, basketball courts, volleyball courts, walking trail, and playground equipment.  Mr. John Hickey stated that he is currently under the design phase and he will be submitting a design by the end of September.

 

3.  Status report on the Washington Subdivision Park.

 

      Horacio De Leon, Parks and Recreation Director, reported that funding for this park has been set aside from the Capital Improvement Fund Discretionary Budget for District I.  A total of $47,000.00 is available and an in-house design is being recommended due to the land size and limited budget.  He stated that scheduling of the design is being coordinated with the Engineering Department and it would take approximately 30 days before they can initiate the design of said park.

 

4.  Discussion with possible action on introducing an ordinance prohibiting the use

of a cell phone while driving. (Co-sponsored by Mayor Pro Tempore Eliseo Valdez, Jr.)

 

Mayor Flores asked for comments from the Laredo Police Department regarding establishment of such an ordinance and the course of action, in terms of enforcement, to be taken by the police force. 

 

Eliodoro Granados, Assistant Police Chief, stated that the department would try to enforce such an ordinance as much as they can.

 

Jaime Flores, City Attorney, commented that there are some statutes that other states have passed.  He stated that inattention and distraction created by use of a cellular phone while driving will obviously increase the risk of collision.  He reported that Westchester County did pass an ordinance in New York State.  He mentioned that the enforcement of an ordinance in Laredo and the enforcement of the ordinance upon visitors from Mexico or other states would place the City in a predicament.  He advised to be cautious in proposing creation of an ordinance for the reason that the evidence of higher risk is not there.

 

                    B.  Request by Council Member Louis H. Bruni

 

1.  Status report on the annexation of Lake Casa Blanca and LIFE Downs, with

     possible action.

 

     Keith Selman, City Planner, reported that they have a survey ready and it will come through with the other annexations. 

 

     Cm. Galo inquired whether the annexation of LIFE Downs would have any effect on horse racing.  Would the City be required to have an ordinance change in order to allow this type of racing since it would be taking place within the city limits.

 

     Larry Dovalina, City Manager, stated that City staff would need to look into the matter and bring that information to City Council.

 

2.  Status report on all complaints filed with Mr. Robert Eads, with possible action.

 

     Cm. Bruni mentioned a ponding problem on East Fiesta Loop and Hwy. 59.

 

     Robert Eads, Customer Service Coordinator, reported that this Friday the Engineering Department went to view the site which was deemed a TxDOT issue.  The matter was deferred to TxDOT for action by building culverts and raising the level.

 

     Cm. Bruni mentioned the concern by homeowners in the Woodlands subdivision regarding public parking spaces.

 

     Keith Selman, Planning Director, reported on what the developers proposed when the plans were first brought in.  This was done during the transition periods in 1996-1997.  He mentioned that the developers’ initial design when they presented this to the Planning and Zoning Commission was to orient the driveways in such a way in order to allow for the parking spaces.  The reasonable thing to do is to close the parking spaces in order to avoid blocking driveway exits to the property owners living in that area.

 

     Cm. Bruni mentioned the problems with left and right-turn lanes on Arkansas Street.  

 

     Robert Eads reported that the Traffic Department  scheduled installation of the left turning signal will be done within the next six weeks.

 

     Cm. Bruni mentioned a situation at 1447 Los Ebanos.  A property owner has been in violation of city ordinances.  He is using this location as a place of business and is storing construction equipment at the residence.   

 

     Roberto Eads stated he would refer the concern to the proper department in order to have them conduct an investigation.

 

     Cm. Bruni mentioned there is a street lighting problem on Jacaman Road and McPherson Ave.

 

     Robert Eads stated that the proposal from AEP-CPL has been signed and the lights should be installed before the end of this month.

 

     Cm. Bruni reported a concern about lack of drainage at 2702 and 2714 San Francisco Ave. 

 

     Robert Eads stated that the matter was addressed with the complainant and he has been advised as to steps he needs to take to resolve the matter.

 

     Cm. Bruni reported that there is a need for better lighting at the Public Library parking lot.

 

     Larry Dovalina, City Manager, commented that they have increased the lumens to the lights in the parking lot and have installed floodlights in the area north of the Public Library parking lot. 

 

     Cm. Bruni reported a concern at 630 Honeysuckle.

 

     Robert Eads stated that the mud and debris found at 630 Honeysuckle have been cleared by the Public Works Department. 

 

3.  Status report on the Eastwoods Park, with possible action.

 

      Horacio De Leon, Parks and Recreation Director, reported that an architectural contract was awarded in June to Turner, Hickey and Associates.  Orders to proceed were signed by the architect on June 23, 2001.  The design time for the park is 90 days; the construction time is an estimated 120 days.  He stated the improvements include a soccer field, softball field, basketball courts, walking/ jogging trails, and playground equipment.  His department is looking at completion of this park some time in March, 2002.

 

4.  Status report on the Speed Hump Project in District II, with possible action.

 

                             Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, mentioned that in regards to O’Kane Street, they have approached property owners and they would be collecting the signatures.  As soon as they provide the necessary signatures, his department will schedule the speed hump installation.  In regards to Montgomery Street, they have tried to contact the citizen but have not been successful.      In regards to Lyon Street, they spoke to a citizen regarding placement of speed humps and they were told that he feels comfortable with the existing speed humps.

 

                             Cm. Bruni stated that if his department could get the phone numbers for the property owners on Montgomery Street and Lyon Street that pointed out this concern he would greatly appreciate it.

 

                   C.  Request by Council Member John C. Galo

 

1.  Status report on 1704 Lane.

 

     Benny Salinas, Building Department Director, reported that there was a question regarding skirting issues around the property.  He mentioned that the owner had only one more course of grade to go in order to be in compliance. 

 

2.  Report on all violations pending in Court against the Tex-Mex Railroad.

 

     Cm. Galo wanted to be sure as to what has been cited and what is actually pending because he is in communications with the Tex-Mex Railroad representatives.

 

     Benny Salinas, Building Department Director, stated that they are identifying all their property and have been working with their attorney in order to bring about compliance. 

 

3.  Update on the Chacon Creek Clean-up Project and the Hike & Bike Trail.

 

     Horacio De Leon, Parks and Recreation Director, reported that the status in the Chacon Creek Hike and Bike Trail is that it is pending environmental review by the state agencies.  Initially, when the grant was received it was assumed that they could use the same environmental review used for a sewer line on the same route.  They received word from the Fish and Wildlife Department that they required a specific review and response from the Historical Commission. 

    

        D.  Request by Council Member Johnny Amaya

 

1.  Discussion with possible action on a traffic study for the Buena Vista

     Subdivision to slow down traffic in the residential area.

                       

                             Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, reported that he would consider placing speed humps if they get feedback from the property owners in the area.  He mentioned that he could have more speed limit signs installed but would want to ensure that there would be periodic enforcement along the area to slow traffic down.

                            

2.  Status report on the traffic study around schools, with possible action.

 

     Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, reported that they have met with school personnel regularly.  He mentioned that he is working closely with the school districts in light of the new schools being built to make sure the drop-off locations within these schools are suitable.  He normally speaks to the Risk Manager from each of the school districts and addresses the traffic issues as they come about.  He reported that he has not addressed the modifications to Nixon High School yet and he would be scheduling a meeting with the school principal. 

 

                    E.  Request by Council Member Joe A. Guerra

 

1.  Status of the traffic control device at the intersection of Del Mar Blvd. and

     Country Club Dr., with possible action.

 

Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, reported that on that intersection, his department conducted a traffic study back in 1999.  He had recommended installation of a signal.  It is being identified in the Capital Improvement Plan but they have not identified the source of funding for it.

 

Cm. Guerra inquired whether his department has the necessary engineering studies completed. 

 

Roberto Murillo stated that his department already has the design but he would need to find the funding source in order to purchase the necessary equipment.

 

Rosario Cabello, Finance Director, reported that the proposed item is $65,000.00.   She mentioned that Cm. Guerra currently has $108,000.00 available in his discretionary funds. 

 

Motion to take $65,000.00 from discretionary funds to finance the project.

 

Moved:  Cm. Guerra

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    8                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

2.  Discussion with possible action regarding proposed resolution:

 

2001-R-086  A resolution supporting and endorsing the construction of 

                     Providence Surgical and Medical Center in Laredo, Texas.

                             

                              Blas Martinez, financial consultant representing Providence Surgical and Medical Center, spoke before City Council.  He stated that the new hospital would generate approximately  $1,000,000.00 in taxes per year for the local taxing entities.  He explained that the principal purpose of this new hospital is to improve access to physicians and quality of health care to all citizens of Laredo regardless of family income.

 

                              Javier Iruegas, President and CEO of Mercy Health Center, stated that he opposes this project.  The community does not need the number of medical/surgical beds that they are proposing at this point in time.  He stated that the intensive care unit is the area that on occasion has a shortage of beds.  He further stated that what the hospital seriously needs is added manpower, such as doctors, nurses, radiology technicians, to provide needed medical services to the community.

 

                              Richard Geissler spoke in favor of free enterprise and stated he is in support of the new medical facility. 

 

                              Abraham Martinez, CEO of Doctors Hospital, spoke against the proposed facility.  He stated that the community hospitals do not need to increase their in-patient bed capacity.  He mentioned that market studies conducted on both hospitals in Laredo are taking care of the population that requires in-patient hospitalization.

 

Motion to support and endorse Resolution #2001-R-086.

 

Moved:  Cm. Guerra

Second:  Cm. Galo

For:    8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

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

 

1.  Discussion with possible action regarding the current Sidewalk Projects under

     construction in District VII.

 

     Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported that they have inspected those ramps.  They have reviewed the plans and noticed that there might be a flaw in the design.  He mentioned that additional requirements are to be approved at tonight’s City Council meeting regarding sidewalk prerequisites.  From the meetings held with the consultant, he discovered that there are some sidewalks that do not meet the minimum standards.  He stated that there would be additional costs involved in order to comply with the minimum requirements and spacing for design of sidewalk ramps.  He further stated that if the contractor prepared a faulty design, then the contractor would be the one to repair the sidewalks. 

 

     Larry Dovalina, City Manager, stated that there is a Utility Coordinating Committee now in place which Mr. Lucio Garcia, Traffic Department, has spearheaded to try to get these utilities cleared from the projects that the City is currently working on. 

 

2.  Discussion with possible action regarding new sidewalks for drop off and pick

     up for Farias Elementary and Santa Maria Elementary locations.

 

     Larry Dovalina, City Manager, reported that they held a separate meeting today regarding this particular project.  He stated that he would be drafting a letter to the school district giving them the go ahead to handle the necessary construction.  The school district has agreed to do the construction with its own contractors and are ready to proceed. 

 

     Alejandro Labrada, with Laredo Independent School District, stated he agreed  with the City Manager’s suggestions and they are going to proceed with the improvements at the temporary campuses.

 

     Mayor Flores mentioned that if a Technical Committee were set up under the Metro Government Committee, it would be very helpful because the committee members could meet to work out similar issues and present them to the councilmembers on the committee.

 

     Larry Dovalina, City Manager, stated that the Utilities Coordinating Committee already has a group where each one of these individuals submits plan to a particular committee and discusses improvements that are on the public right of way. 

 

     Cm. J. Valdez, Jr. inquired whether the issue of the reconstruction was addressed again at the Mayor’s meeting. 

 

     Larry Dovalina, City Manager, mentioned that he indicated to the Laredo Independent School District representatives at the meeting that there are still plenty of issues pending relative to the safety concerns of the bused students. 

 

                    G.  Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

1.  Discussion regarding the parking of trucks that are being taken into Mexico 

    "Chocolates" on the 600 and 700 block of Santa Ursula, with possible action.

 

     Cm. Ramirez recommended that City Council should amend an ordinance in order to eliminate this problem.  He suggested that the ordinance should state that the City would designate an area in the downtown district whereby any parked vehicle observed without proper registration could be towed. 

 

     Eliodoro Granados, Assistant Police Chief, reported that he discussed this issue with the Legal Department and agreed that said area could be designated as a tow-away zone. 

 

     Jaime Flores, City Attorney, stated that the ordinance requires that a tow-away zone be designated by City Council action.  Once that is done, the City would have to mark the parking area as such and then the Chief of Police would be empowered to tow the vehicles away.   

 

     Larry Dovalina, City Manager, stated that he would like to confer with staff to produce a plan in order to be able to amend the ordinance and identify the locations.

 

2.  Status report on the furniture for the Civic Center Pool and the hours of

     operations and the dates, with possible action.

 

     Horacio De Leon, Parks and Recreation Director, reported that the status is that the furniture is in the process of being ordered.  The time of delivery is approximately 30 days after the purchase order has been issued.  As to the hours of operations and dates, the pool is open Tuesday through Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  He reported that every Tuesday and Thursday is Family Night and the pool remains open until 9:00 p.m.

 

3.  Status report on the improvements along Water Street in the Azteca

     Neighborhood, with possible action.

 

      Erasmo Villarreal, Community Development Director, reported that in regards to the improvements, he is looking in terms of right-of-way acquisition to get this project off the ground.  They do have most of the easements on that, but there is one property owner that has not agreed to give the City the easements.  They are looking at starting the work in those areas where the City has obtained the right-of-way.  The department’s concern is that the department does not have the necessary funding for this project.  He has met with the Budget Director in order to identify some project savings and start work on this project.

 

      Larry Dovalina, City Manager, stated that he has met with the Non-Profit Center group and the Public Librarian, who is their supervisor, in order to coordinate the manpower for the clean-up project to be started in that general area. 

 

4.  Report regarding the clean up in the lower area of the San Francisco Javier

     Neighborhood, with possible action.

 

Erasmo Villarreal, Community Development Director, reported that some of that property is still private property.  He mentioned that they are in the process of acquiring that property and they are awaiting a response from property owners. 

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, reported that the City has a 204 application being processed through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for clean-up and beautification of the area. 

 

Erasmo Villarreal mentioned that the environmental engineers have walked the site and have conducted their environmental assessment of the area.  The application is moving forward with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for this project. 

              

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

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

approximately 1.0128 acres which includes Building Nos. 1228 and 1229 consisting of approximately 4,378 square feet located at 4704 Naranjo Street at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for one (1) year commencing on May 1, 2001 and ending on April 30, 2002 and may be extended for one (1) term of one (1) year ending on April 30, 2003.  Monthly rent shall be $1,776.00 and will be adjusted annually during the primary and extension term of this lease according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council with the exception of Cm. Amaya and Mayor Pro     

                                        Tempore E. Valdez, Jr.

 

19.  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Roberto

Hernandez d/b/a Ocean Structures for approximately 289 square of office space constituting Suite No. 8 of Building No. S-1 located at 1718 E. Calton Road.  Lease term is for one (1) year commencing May 1, 2001, and ending April 30, 2002, and may be extended for one (1) term of one (1) year ending April 30, 2003. Monthly rent shall be $400.00 and will be adjusted annually during the primary and extension term of this lease according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date. 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

20.  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a Scheduled Airline Operating

Agreement and Terminal Building Lease with Transportes Aeromar S. A. de C. V. d/b/a Aeromar Airlines for exclusive and non-exclusive joint use space located at the Laredo International Airport passenger terminal for the purpose of conducting commercial air transportation services. The term of the agreement is for two (2) years and eleven (11) months effective August 1, 2001 and ending on June 30, 2004. The monthly rent including landing fees is waived for the first six (6) months commencing on the date airline initiates commercial air transportation services at the Laredo International Airport.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

 

21.  An ordinance rescinding Ordinance No. 96-O-177, which authorized the City Manager

to execute a Lease Agreement with the Laredo-Webb County Community Action Agency for the rental of ground space on that parcel of land legally described as: Lots 1, 2, 3, & 4, Block 321, Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; for a term of two (2) years, with an annual rental payment of $1.00, and authorizing the City Manager to execute a new Lease Agreement with Webb County, as described on attached Exhibit "A", for and on behalf of the City of Laredo, for rental of the same parcel of land, for the purpose of operating the Headstart Program, for a term of two (2) years, with monthly rental payments of $575.00; and providing for an effective date.  

 

                    Ordinance Introduction: City Council with the exception of Cm. Amaya and Mayor Pro

                                                           Tempore E. Valdez, Jr.

 

22.  An ordinance rescinding Ordinance No. 99-O-012, which authorized the City Manager

to execute a Lease Agreement with Webb County for the rental of ground space on that parcel of land legally described as: Lots 6, 8, the West one-half of Lots 5 & 7, the North fifty-six feet of Lot 4, & the West one-half of Lot 3, Block 912, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; for a term of one (1) year, with an annual rental payment of $1.00, and authorizing the City Manager to execute a new Lease Agreement with Webb County, as described on attached Exhibit "A"; for and on behalf of the City of Laredo, for rental of the same parcel of land, for the purpose of operating the Headstart Program, for a term of two (2) years, with monthly rental payments of $625.00; and providing for an effective date. 

 

Ordinance Introduction: City Council with the exception of Cm. Amaya and Mayor Pro 

                                       Tempore E. Valdez, Jr.

 

23.  An ordinance rescinding Ordinance No. 95-O-024, which authorized the City Manager

to execute a Lease Agreement with the Laredo-Webb County Community Action Agency, for the rental of ground space on that parcel of land legally described as: Portions of Lots 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, & 12, Block 1302, Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; for a term of twenty-eight (28) months, with monthly rental payments of $525.00, and authorizing the City Manager to execute a new Lease Agreement with Webb County, as described on attached Exhibit "A", for and on behalf of the City of Laredo, for rental of the same parcel of land, for the purpose of operating the Headstart Program, for a term of two (2) years, with monthly rental payments of $525.00; and providing for an effective date .

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council with the exception of Cm. Amaya and Mayor Pro

                                        Tempore E. Valdez, Jr.

 

24.  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to enter into a "Contract, Easement, and

Use Restriction" Agreement with AEP Central Power and Light Company, as described on attached Exhibit "A", for the installation of certain underground electric service facilities to serve the dwelling units to be constructed on the individual lots of the "Three Points Affordable Housing Project".  Said lots being delineated on attached copy of City Plat; and providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council with the exception of Cm. Amaya and Cm. Guerra

 

25.  An ordinance closing as a public easement those sections of the 1100 block of South

Buena Vista Avenue between Barrios Street and the east right-of-way line of S. Meadow Ave. and the west one half section of the 1100 block of South Buena Vista Avenue between Boulanger Street and the west right-of-way line of S. Meadow Avenue situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas; and providing for an effective date. 

 

Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Agredano

 

26.  An ordinance amending Ordinance #99-O-317 by authorizing the City Manager to

execute a Site Ground Lease Agreement Addendum to that certain Ground Lease between the City of Laredo and American Tower L.P., a Delaware Limited Partnership, dated October 25, 1999, for the purposes of which is to describe the ground space area of the Lease Premises to be used by Tenant. All terms and conditions of the lease remain in full force and effect.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

27.  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Texas #20 Rural

Cellular, Inc., a corporation, for space on the top surface of the McPherson Water Tower located at 8711 McPherson Road, Laredo, Webb County, Texas and being more   fully described in Exhibit "A" of lease agreement to locate antennas on the Water Tower and construct a 10' x 12" equipment building for use in connection with its communications business.  Term of the lease is ten (10) years commencing August 20, 2001 and ending August 19, 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

 

28.  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Texas #20 Rural

Cellular, Inc., a corporation, for a 50" x 40" ground space at the La Bota Water Tower Complex located at 14100 FM 1472 Laredo, Webb County, Texas and being more fully described in Exhibit "A" of lease agreement to construct on such premises a 120 ft. high self-supporting tower and related equipment building for use with its communications business.  Term of the lease is ten (10) years commencing August 20, 2001 and ending August 19, 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

 

X.        FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES 

 

            Internet available:  www.ci.laredo.tx.us

 

Motion to waive the final readings of Ordinances 2001-O-152, 2001-O-153, 2001-O-154, 2001-O-155, 2001-O-156, 2001-O-157, 2001-O-158, 2001-O-159, 2001-O-160, 2001-O-161, and 2001-O–162. 

 

            Moved:  Cm. Bruni

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:      8                                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

29.  2001-O-152  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by Lots 5

and 6, Block 2026, Eastern Division, located at 3220 Ligarde St., from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.  (Council Member Alfredo Agredano)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-152.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

           

 2001-O-153  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning

Lots 8, 9 and part of Lot 10, Block 350, Western Division, located at 11 Iturbide St., from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.  (Council Member Jose Ramirez)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-153.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 2001-O-154  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning

    Lot 21, Block 1, Indian Crossing Subdivision, Unit I, located at 2317

    Geronimo Dr., from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited

    Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date. 

    (Council Member Jose Valdez, Jr.)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-154.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2001-O-155  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning

Lot 4, Block 1744, Eastern Division, located at 2819 Bayard St., from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to R-3 (Mixed Residential District); providing for publication and effective date.  (Council Member Alfredo Agredano)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-155.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 2001-O-156  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by

authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for oil and/or gas extraction on 3.00 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located west of Hwy. 83 and north of Salvador Garcia Middle School, known as McKendrick No. 4 Well; providing for publication and effective date.  (Council Member Alfredo Agredano)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-156.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 2001-O-157  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning

Block 19, Laredo Airport Plat Subdivision, located at 4400 Daugherty Ave., from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date. (Council Member Louis H. Bruni)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-157.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

      2001-O-158  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with

    Lone Star Aviation, a general partnership, for approximately 5,980 square  

    feet constituting Hangar No. 1307 located at 4400 Maher

    Avenue at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for

    three (3) years commencing on August 1, 2001 and ending on July

    31, 2004.  Monthly rent shall be $1,075.00 and shall be adjusted

    annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index;

    providing for an effective date.  (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-158.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 2001-O-159  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Chad

E. Sims for approximately 2,040 square feet constituting Building No. 1341 located at 4113 North Jarvis Avenue, #100, at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for three (3) years commencing on August 1, 2001 and ending on July 31, 2004.  Lease may be terminated by either party upon giving a 90-day written notice from the party terminating to the other.  Annual rent shall be $3,000.00 and paid in advance and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date. (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-159.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2001-O-160  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with SER

Jobs for Progress Southwest, Inc., for approximately 1,600 square feet constituting Suite No. 8 of Building No. 134 located at 4603 Maher Avenue.  Lease term is for two (2) months commencing on July 1, 2001 and ending on August 31, 2001.  Monthly rent shall be $1,600.00; providing for an effective date. (City Council)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-160.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 2001-O-161  Public hearing and Final Reading amending Article IX, Truck Traffic,

Division 2, Truck Routes, Section 19-410 Truck Route Designations, of Chapter 19 of the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances deleting Calton Road from IH-35 to McPherson Road and adding Airpark Drive from US 59 to Bustamante Street, Bustamante Street Eastbound to Maher Avenue, Maher Avenue Northbound only to Hillside Road, Hillside Road Westbound only to Thomas Avenue, Thomas Avenue and Gale Street between Hillside and McPherson Road, Thomas Avenue Southbound only from Hillside Road to Pappas Street, Pappas Street Westbound only to Daugherty Avenue, Daugherty Avenue Southbound only to Bustamante Street, Bustamante Street Southbound only to US 59; providing for publication and effective date. (As Amended)  (City Council)

 

Motion to open the public hearing. 

 

Moved:  Cm. Guerra

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem E. Valdez, Jr.

For:    8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

Robert Chapa, Director of Risk Management and Safety Administrator for United Independent School District, along with Dolores Barrera, Juan Collazo, Jackie Rodriguez, and Lourdes Gloria spoke before City Council.   They expressed their support for City Council’s decision to remove commercial truck traffic from Calton Road and re-route them through the international airport.

 

Tom Wade, Manager for Emerson Electric, stated that the truck route would work but the City would encounter problems.  He mentioned that there is now a school on the truck route and the success of this new route will depend on whether the school will work around the trucking industry.  In order for this route to be functional, there would need to be a substantial investment from the City for placement of large signs and lighting to guide the truck drivers.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and adopt Ordinance 2001-O-161.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem E. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                Against:  0                                Abstain: 0

 

2001-O-162  An ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo

by rezoning 3.58 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located south of Clark Blvd. and east of Ejido Ave., from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District), and by rezoning 11.76 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located south of Clark Blvd. and east of Ejido Ave., from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District); providing for publication and effective date.  (As Amended) (Council Member Louis H. Bruni)

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance 2001-O-162.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

30.  2001-R-083  A resolution authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from the

Governor's Automobile Theft Prevention Authority in the amount of $390,714.00 to fund the City of Laredo's Auto Theft Program.  The Governor's Automobile Theft Prevention Authority is contributing $390,714.00, the City of Laredo is designating $54,355.00 in matching funds and Webb County is designating $45,000.00 in matching fund for a total of $490,069.00 to fund the Laredo Auto Theft Task Force for the period of September 1, 2001 through August 31, 2002.          

 

Motion to approve Resolution 2001-R-083.

 

Moved:  Cm. Guerra

Second:  Cm. Bruni

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

31.  2001-R-084  A resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter into and execute an

interlocal government agreement between the City of Laredo and the Laredo Independent School District for the participation of the City of Laredo Police Department School Resource Officer Program.  The Laredo Police Department will provide eight (8) officers that will be assigned to various middle and high schools, and the Laredo Independent School District will reimburse the City of Laredo up to three hundred forty nine thousand five hundred eleven dollars ($349,511.00) for the 2001-2002 school year.        

 

Motion to approve Resolution 2001-R-084.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

32.  2001-R-085  A resolution authorizing the issuance of a permit to Columbus Energy

Corp. for oil and/or gas extraction on 3.00 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located west of Hwy. 83 and north of Salvador Garcia Middle School, known as McKendrick No. 4 Well.

 

Motion to approve Resolution 2001-R-085.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XII.     MOTIONS

 

33.  Consideration to renew the lease agreement with Casa Beto, Laredo, Texas, for the

lease of a warehouse facility located at 702 Davis.  This warehouse is being utilized by the Health, Finance, Bridge, and Engineering Departments as a central storage facility of records and documents.  The term of this contract will be for a two-year period. The first year cost is $17,700.00 and the second year rent will be $18,000.00.  This will be the fifth year that the City has occupied this facility.   The lease cost of $0.16/sq. ft. is prorated based on the square footage utilized by each operation.   Funding is available in the Health, Finance, Bridge, and Engineering Departmental budgets.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0  

 

34.  Consideration to reject all bids received for providing all equipment and personnel for

the removal of concrete bridge components submerged next to International Bridge I and authorizing that new bids be solicited.   The City of Laredo will publish new requirements to complete this project.

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, reported that the City felt that the bid requirements did not completely define the project. 

 

Ms. Nikelle Meade, attorney for A & R Demolition, urged City Council to allow them to perform the work for the City of Laredo.  Her client has agreed to meet all the new requirements imposed without an increase in price. 

 

Motion to approve the contract with A & R Demolition without a change order and with specified conditions.

 

Motion was made by Cm. Ramirez and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem E. Valdez, Jr.  Mayor Pro Tem E. Valdez, Jr. then withdrew his second; motion dies for lack of another second.

 

Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, stated that the concern over the process involved in this project is the method of breaking up the concrete in the water.  He mentioned that this could present problems once the project is started. 

 

Motion to postpone this item.

 

Moved:  Cm. Amaya

Second:  Cm. Guerra

For:    7                                         Against:  1                                            Abstain:  0

                                                                        Cm. Ramirez

 

35.  Consideration to award contract number FY01-089, to Castillo's Concession, Laredo,

Texas, for the exclusive right to sell food items at the Benavides Softball Park complex.  This vendor proposes to pay the City $100.00 per month, plus 10% of the gross sales.  The contractor will be allowed to sell food, drinks (non alcoholic), and miscellaneous items at the Park's concession stand during the softball league season and during PARD sponsored tournaments.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

36.  Consideration to award contract number FY01-136, to Seven Trent Laboratories,

Corpus Christi, Texas, in the total amount of $40,768.00, for providing laboratory analytical services for groundwater samples collected at the City Landfill.  This service is required to comply with requirements of the Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission (TNRCC).  The contract vendor will perform eight semi annual sampling events over a four-year period.  Funding for this contract is available in the Solid Waste fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

37.  Consideration to award contract number FY01-138, to i/tx - Information Technology

Solutions, Inc., Delhi, IA., in the amount of $105,344.50, for the purchase and installation of a document and photo imaging system for the Police Department.  This system will allow imaging and electronic archiving of computerized records, manual reports, forms, and pictures.  Funding is available in the Police Trust Fund

 

Motion to approve.

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0  

 

38.  Consideration to award annual contract FY01-140, to the LOW BIDDER, JJJ

International & Safety, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $113,950.00, for providing traffic marking paint for the Traffic Department  - Safety Division and the Airport Department.  This contract establishes the unit pricing for traffic paint and glass beads used for street and runway/taxiway striping for a one-year period.  All items will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding will be available in the Traffic Safety and Airport - Grounds Maintenance Budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0  

 

39.  Consideration to award of contract number FY01-142, to the LOW BIDDER,

Southwest Stainless D/B/A Hughes Supply, San Antonio, Texas, in the estimated amount of $64,649.50, for the purchase of approximately eighty fire hydrants for use by the Utilities Department in construction and replacement projects.  The bid pricing will be fixed for the one year contract period and all hydrants will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department - Water Distribution Division Budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0  

 

40.  Consideration to award contract number FY01-143, to Hollywood Garden, Laredo,

Texas, in the estimated amount of $98,176.00, for mowing services at the World Trade and Colombia International Bridges.  Funding is available in the Bridge Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0  

 

41.  Consideration to award contract number FY01-145, to J & H Concessions, Laredo,

Texas, for a three-year contract for food and beverage concessions at the Laredo Civic Center.   This vendor was recommended based on past performance, product quality, dependability, and affordable pricing structure.  J & H Concessions has been the City's concessionaire for the last two years.  The estimated revenues for this contract is $22,500.00.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0  

 

42.  Consideration to award six month supply contracts (#FY01-148), for the purchase of

safety footwear for city maintenance personnel, to the following vendors: Mission Western Wear, Mission, Texas, in the base amount of $18,085.00 and Iron Age, San Antonio, Texas, in the base amount of $7,420.00.  Contract pricing has been secured for boot styles approved for use city maintenance personnel.  Each department will have the option to choose the type of boot best suited for the work environment and budget allocation.   All safety footwear is purchased on an as needed basis from the respective department budget.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

43.  Consideration to award contract number FY01-150, to the LOW BIDDER, AET, Inc.,

Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $20,500.00, for the purchase and installation of a video camera security system for the Solid Waste Administration and Scale House buildings.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0  

 

44.  Consideration to approve the submission of the 2001 Consolidated One Year Action

Plan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development outlining the use of 27th Action Year Community Development Block Grant  (CDBG) in the amount of $4,485,000.00; the HOME Investment Partnerships Program in the amount of $1,504,000.00; the Emergency Shelter Grant  (ESG) in the amount of $152,000.00; and CDBG Program Income in the amount of $89,975.00, and authorizing the City Manager to execute all documents as a result of the Plan's submission.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0  

 

45.  Consideration to amend the 1999 Emergency Shelter Grant contract with Sacred Heart

Children's Home to change the approved use of funds allocated to the Sacred Heart Children's Home totaling $38,000.00 to allow the fund balance of $3,124.00 to fund the costs associated with materials necessary for the replacement of 6 wooden exit doors in the girls cottages with 6 metal commercial type exterior doors with emergency exit devices; increase the contract amount by $3,173.00, and provide an extension of time for the expenditure of contract funds.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0  

 

46.  Consideration to renew professional services contract number (FY01-134) between the

City of Laredo and A.G. Pellegrin, M.D. to perform drug and alcohol testing for all City of Laredo Employees and authorizing the City Manager to execute all contract documents.  It is estimated that the Drug & Alcohol Program will incur a cost of approximately $50,000.00 for the next fiscal year.  Funding is available in the Health Benefits Budget/Administrative Services/Employee Health Division.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0  

 

47.  Consideration to award the professional services contract number (FY01-135) to Deer

Oaks Mental Health Associates for the Employee Assistance Program and to authorize the City Manager to execute all contract documents.  Deer Oaks proposes to charge the City of Laredo $1.65 per employee per month.  The total monthly cost for approximately 2,100 employees is $3,465.00.  The annual cost will be $41,580.00.  Funding is available in the Health Budget in Administrative Services Employee Health Division.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0  

 

48.  Consideration to award a contract to American Appraisal Associates in the amount of

$26,600.00 for a Comprehensive Infrastructure Assets Record and Management System.  The City of Laredo must comply with new accounting guidelines promulgated by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB).  GASB Statement 34 "Basic Financial Statements and Management's Discussion and Analysis for State and Local Governments" requires that an inventory record must be maintained and reporting of the value of the infrastructure assets must be disclosed in the City's Financial Statements.  Funding is available in the Utilities and Public Works Departments.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0  

 

49.  Consideration to award a contract to Deloitte & Touche LLP in the amount of 

$100,000.00 to assist the City in its preparation for implementation of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) Statement 34 "Basic Financial Statements and Management's Discussion and Analysis for State and Local Governments".  The project will consist of four phases including: Readiness Assessment, Training, Development of Policies and Procedures and Assistance and Consultation Services in the Conversion of the 2001 Financial Statements.  Funding of $ 55,000.00 is available in the current fiscal year with the balance of $ 45,000.00 subject to future appropriation during fiscal year 2002.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0  

 

50.  Consideration for acceptance of the Bio-Solids Dewatering Improvements Parts "A"

and "B" and approval of a retainage reduction in the amount of $55,425.00 for the completion of the initial contract in the amount of $1,208,500.00.  Funding is available in the Bio-Solids Dewatering Improvements Parts "A" and "B" - Retainage Payable.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0  

 

51.  Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 1 an increase of $41,281.50 to the

construction contract with Pete Gallegos Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the City-Wide Sidewalks Project No. 13 (16 Blocks), Project No. 16 (12 Blocks) and Project No. 17b (8 Blocks) for a total of 36 Blocks and to add an additional 10 working days to the construction contract time.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund Sidewalks - Century City Sidewalks - Sidewalks.

 

Motion to approve with a correction of 38 blocks instead of 36 blocks.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0  

 

52.  Consideration for acceptance of the Second Floor Addition to Traffic Safety

Warehouse, and approval to release 10% retainage in the amount of $13,412.59 to J. Solis Maintenance and Welding Services, Laredo, Texas.  Final contract amount is $134,125.92.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund - Traffic Safety Warehouse.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0  

 

53.  Consideration for acceptance of Fire Station No. 12 located at Bob Bullock in the

vicinity of TAMIU and approval to release retainage in the amount of $37,270.65 to Marshall Company, Corpus Christi, Texas.  Final contract amount is $745,413.00.  Funding is available in the New Fire Station Retainage Payable.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0  

 

54.  Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 3 an increase of $141,940.50 for the

balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the Paseo Del Antiguo Laredo Pedestrian Facility Project and approval of final payment in the amount of $363,401.10 to Ramos Industries, Inc., Laredo, Texas.  Final contract amount is $1,365,073.50.  Funding is available in the Paseo Del Antiguo Laredo Project Improvements Other Than Buildings.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0  

 

55.  Consideration to award a professional services contract to Trinity Testing Laboratories,

Inc., Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $77,525.00 to provide laboratory, sampling and testing services of materials for quality control for the Fire Fighting Training Facility.  Funding is available in the Fire Training Facility Purchased Professional Services/Project Engineer Fees.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain: 0  

 

56.  Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 2, an increase of $1,932,189.53 to the

Jacaman Road Extension construction contract with Brother Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas, contingent upon the funding of $689,828.48 by the donating party (Jacaman Family) to the City to be held in trust for additional construction work on Jacaman Road from the Airport property line east to Bob Bullock Loop, and for Sinatra Parkway from the current terminus of Sinatra north to the intersection of Jacaman Road in conjunction with Laredo Entertainment Center (LEC) Project and to add an additional 189 working days (8 months) to the original construction contract time.  This is a cost-sharing project between the City and the Jacaman Family who are donors of the right-of-way and the arena tract. Funding is available in the LEC Project Fund, and upon the finalizing of funding by the Jacaman Family.

 

Motion to approve with correction of 180 working days instead of 189 days.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0  

 

57.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to amend the Advance Funding

Agreement (AFA) between the Texas Department Of Transportation (TxDOT), and the City of Laredo for the anticipated utility adjustments cost necessary for the Milo Interchange Project.  TxDOT is requesting an additional $989,673.24 to be added to the AFA for anticipated additional funds for payment of eligible utility costs.  The revised AFA now totals $3,373,528.24.  An additional amount of $216,263.00 is not included in this amended AFA, as the City disputes payment to Caprock Communications.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:  8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0  

 

58.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter into a contract in the amount not

to exceed $30,850.00 with Sherry Matthews Advertising and Public Relations of Austin to provide advertising services to promote the TexCare Partnership's Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning July 1, 2001, through August 31, 2001.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0  

 

59.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to submit a grant proposal in the amount

of $250,000.00 to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission for a Promotora/Community Health Worker Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2001, through August 31, 2002.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0  

 

60.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to commence renovations and

modifications to building number 60 (16,000 sq.ft.) located at the 4800 block of Maher Avenue.  The Laredo Police Department leases this building from the Laredo International Airport.  Modifications are needed to expand the property/evidence warehouse, modify offices, and to secure the entire building for police operational use.  Funding for the project is available through the Laredo Police Department Trust Fund Reserves.  Modifications are not to exceed $75,000.00.

 

Motion to approve.

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0  

 

61.  Consideration for approval of the 2000 Appraisal Roll from the Webb County

Appraisal District for the development of our tax roll, and to accept calculations of the effective tax rate for the fiscal year 2001-2002.

 

Motion to approve with correction of 2001 instead of 2000.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0  

 

62.  Consideration to award a construction contract to the SOLE BIDDER Price

Construction, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the bid amount of $865,423.59 for the Rehabilitation of Runway 17R-35L and a portion of Runway 14-32 Laredo International Airport AIP Project No. 3-48-0136-26-01 and approval of Change Order No. 1 a decrease of $223,148.53 resulting from negotiations with the sole bidders on runway paving items, for a net award of $642,275.09.  Funding is available in a Federal Aviation Administration Grant issued to the City of Laredo for an amount sufficient to fund the project.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0  

 

63.  In accordance with Article IX, Section 9.03 of the Chapter of the City of Laredo

referring the proposed City of Laredo Comprehensive Plan to the Planning and Zoning Commission and requiring a report from the Planning and Zoning Commission on any recommendations to be brought back before the City Council no later than September 30,2001.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0  

 

XIII.    STAFF REPORT

           

64.  Status report on the installation of bus shelters Citywide.

 

                    Eduardo Bernal, Planning and Marketing Manager for El Metro, introduced some representatives from Lamar Advertising.  Mr. Daniel Hernandez stated that as of today, they have built six bus shelters and another fourteen are to be completed by Friday, August 10, 2001.  The shelters all have sunshades and spaces for wheelchairs.

 

                    Mayor Pro Tempore E. Valdez, Jr., inquired whether they would be replacing benches or removing the benches on those bus shelters with existing benches.

 

                    Mr. Daniel Hernandez stated that they are repairing the existing benches and shelters. 

 

                    Cm. J. Valdez, Jr. inquired whether they have looked into those areas that do not currently have benches.

 

                    Mr. Daniel Hernandez stated that they did do a survey some months back and they have some numbers and they are developing the criteria for additional benches and shelters. 

 

65.  Status report on the monthly activities conducted by the Parks Task Force consisting of

the Laredo Police Department, Parks and Recreation Department and the Code Enforcement Division.

 

Horacio De Leon, Parks and Recreation Director, reported that City Council did receive a report from the police department on the specific activities from the different parks.  They are working in conjunction with Code Enforcement officers and the police department officers on these activities.  He stated that there are over 40 parks that have been patrolled and action has been taken to deter criminal activity such as juveniles who violate the curfew as well as adults who are found to be consuming alcohol. 

 

66.  Status report regarding the Commercial Garbage Accounts, with possible action.

 

                    Cynthia Collazo, Assistant City Manager, reported on the commercial monthly garbage collection fees outlining the different fees imposed to businesses depending on the square footage.  She stated that they reviewed the proposed ordinance in great detail trying to come up with a comparable solution without basing it on square footage.  They discovered it was very hard to do so and, therefore, agreed on the following monthly fee schedule according to the particular square footage of the business.

 

§         0  -  1,000 sq. ft.                          $25.00

§         1,001  -  3,000 sq. ft.                   $35.00

§         3,001  -  10,000 sq. ft.                 $65.00

§         10,001  -  sq. ft. and  over            $95.00

 

She stated that the proposed special events fee for a private function would be $90.00 an hour based on the time worked.  This rate would be subject to change based on the cost involved in providing the service.  This fee excludes city-sponsored events.  There are several mom-and-pop businesses set up around the city.  They are currently charged a $7.00 fee for residential areas plus the commercial rate according to square footage.  The proposed change would be to charge them only a commercial rate according to square footage. 

 

The route schedule should remain the same:

 

§         six-day a week pick-up (twice a day) for the downtown area

§         five day a week pick-up for all other commercial establishments

§         bi-weekly pick-up for all commercial establishments in residential areas only

 

The proposed appeals process is as follows:

 

§         monthly meetings to formally review contested accounts

§         representatives from:

o       Planning Department

o       Public Works Department

o       Finance Department

§         committee will provide recommendation to the City Manager or designee

§         City Manager will make the final decision

 

The proposed commercial establishments exclusions are:

 

§         restaurants and other food establishments

§         used clothing establishments

§         institutional facilities with high-density areas (hotels, correctional facilities, etc.)

§         metal waste

 

The proposal before City Council is to proceed with the collection of the undercharges of $204,119.00 administratively.

 

                    Motion to instruct staff to incorporate the proposed changes and introduce an amendment to the current ordinance at the next City Council meeting and to proceed with the collection of undercharges of $204,119.00 administratively.

 

                    Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem E. Valdez, Jr.

                    Second:  Cm. Amaya

                    For:    8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            67.  Staff report on the proposed workshop regarding the City's Pension Plan.

 

        Dan Migura, Administrative Services Director, reported that Cm. Galo had requested a workshop at the July 16th council meeting.  He has met with the LPOA members on July 24th and they are scheduled to meet again on August 13th.  He wants to ask the council members to check their calendars to set a date and time for a meeting with the Texas Municipal Retirement System. 

 

        Mayor Flores asked that Dan Migura provide City Council with some meeting dates after the budget workshops.

 

68.  Discussion and possible action to authorize the City Manager to submit an application

to amend to the TNRCC Water and Sewer Certificates of Convenience and Necessity, for the provision of water and sewer services to the areas on Highway 359 adjacent to the colonias project but not currently on the City's CCN.

 

Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, made a presentation before City Council.  He stated that this certificate is a franchise that the state provides to anyone who operates a water and sewer system.  He mentioned that municipalities do not require Certificates of Convenience and Necessity, but the City has one as a matter of maintaining clean accounting.  The interest on the part of the landowners on Hwy. 359 to be provided services with the colonias oversize has prompted the department to increase the size of the jurisdiction.  These Certificates of Convenience and Necessity can be amended anytime that the City feels a need to do so. 

 

Mayor Flores inquired whether the City is always mindful as the City annexes land that it always maintains this franchise current. 

 

Mr. Roman stated that this extra-territorial jurisdiction is approximately two years old.  Therefore, the extra-territorial jurisdiction has moved as well.    He explained that what the City should do is apply for the amendment to a given landmark designation to make it an understandable issue for the TNRCC. 

 

Mayor Flores inquired whether there is any danger in the City annexing land where the County owns the Certificates of Convenience and Necessity and the City does not.

 

Mr. Roman stated that they are the providers of service in that case.

 

Motion to authorize the City Manager to submit an application to amend the TNRCC Water and Sewer Certificates of Convenience and Necessity for the provision of water and sewer services to the areas on Hwy. 359 adjacent to the colonias project but not currently on the City’s Certificates of Convenience and Necessity.

 

Moved:  Cm. Guerra

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

69.  Update report on the Secondary Water Supply Project with possible action.  Discussing

       the proposals received and possible next steps.

 

        Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, reported that his department produced and released documentation that has the commercial viability that would allow for negotiations on the City’s part as well as allow the interested companies to respond on a timely basis.  He stated that it was feasible to have the proposals back in time for an evaluation.  They now have one of the firms, H. B. Zachry, which stated they were no longer interested in the project because they could not secure the water source.  Another firm, U. S. Filter, sent correspondence stating that they did not have sufficient time to prepare a proposal and will not be participating.  A third firm, United Water, sent a submittal which does not address any of the topics in the proposal and, therefore, is a non-responsive proposal.

                   

                    Mayor Flores stated that City Council agreed on the deadlines because of the fact that there was a bill pending and City Council was worried about the deadlines. She inquired whether anything has changed from what City Council understood at that time.

 

                    Fernando Roman replied that the reading of the bill was such that would allow the department to go beyond the September 1st deadline without losing the privilege of the design, build, and operate phase.  The lawyers have done a reading on that and concur with the fact that the September 1st date is not important being that by virtue of creating the Laredo Water Corporation the City has grandfathered this project.  He did mention to City Council that if they can assume that perhaps the design, build, and operate is not something viable for this project, then the best thing would be to close this process of design, build, and operate and immediately contact the sources, establish some level of interest, and negotiate with some of them on specific terms, etc. in order to approach this project from a different perspective.  He explained that if the City can re-issue the Request for Proposals and give sufficient time to the companies who already understand the project to respond, nothing, in essence, would change.  He stated the need to have these companies comply with the service agreement within the format established by the City.  He further stated that the City might begin exploring another option such as looking into interested landowners that have contacted the City in the past and perhaps initiate some aspects of water supply development on their land.   In that way, the City could look into a parallel activity during the same time frame that the companies are due to respond. 

 

                    Cm. Galo asked for a clarification regarding the project being grandfathered in.

 

                    Denise Cheney, from the Bickerstaff Heath firm in Austin, stated that the reason this transaction was grandfathered in is because the City has created a local government corporation and the proposal was issued prior to the September 1st deadline. 

 

                    Mayor Pro Tem E. Valdez, Jr. inquired whether the City is considering redoing the RFP and during the interim of review, would the City revisit the matter of the industrial development corporation, the articles of incorporation, and the issue of verification cost.

 

                    Mr. Roman reported that the companies have stated they want to be co-investors in the verification.  Regarding the local government corporation, there are a few amendments to be made. 

 

                    Cm. Galo mentioned that in regards to the pricing information on the proposal, the companies have not changed their pricing levels and have maintained that they would stay with their initial price.

 

                    Mr. Roman commented that during the first phase, he specifically instructed the companies not to provide the City with any costs associated with the right-of-way, water, etc.  He clarified that they did refer to the pricing information on their proposal but he wants to ensure that the City Council is aware that looking at that price does not give them a complete price on the project.

 

                    Cm. J. Valdez, Jr. suggested that Mr. Roman contact all three companies again and inquire as to how much time they need to submit a suitable proposal.

 

                    Jaime Flores, City Attorney, stated that it is possible to revise the current RFP with an amendment rather than having to go through the entire process. 

 

                    Mr. Eric Rothstein, CH2MHill, recommended that the City re-issue the RFP to the three proponents as well as pursue alternative water sources in order to secure an arrangement that would be in the City’s best interest.   He also stated that the service agreement is constructed to provide a commercially viable circumstance for all the proponents.  It is a deal from which most project development companies can develop a substantive proposal, put together a pricing, and provide a basis for negotiation. 

 

                    Motion to re-issue a new Request for Proposals with amendments, and, at the same time, negotiate with interested landowners on water rights acquisition, and bring this item back for City Council action in two weeks.

 

                    Moved:  Cm. Bruni

                    Second:  Cm. Ramirez

                    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.

 

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

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

 

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

 

Moved:  Cm. Guerra

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

 

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. Guerra

            Second:  Cm. Agredano

            For:      8                                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

71.  Consideration to award a contract to Texas Bus Sales for the purchase of eight (8) Type

II Paratransit vehicles at a bid price of $55,694.00 each including options, totaling $445,552.00.  This bid received was determined as the lowest most qualified bid by the Community Council of Southwest Texas, Inc. Uvalde, Texas.  Funding is available in the Grant Agreement VCR#0103 with the Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

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

 

            Moved:  Cm. Galo

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:      8                                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

City Of Laredo

M2001-S-20

August 6, 2001

Supplemental Agenda

 

I.          Introductory Ordinances

 

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

effectively convey twenty (20) City-owned lots to the Metro Affordable Housing Corporation for a Lease-Purchase Program for residents of public housing.  Said twenty lots being lots 16, 17,18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34 & 35 all being situated in the Los Obispos Subdivision, Unit 5 Block 3, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being delineated on attached copy of City Plat, and providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

XVI.    ADJOURNMENT

 

            Motion to adjourn.                                                                                  Time:  10:28 p.m. 

 

            Moved:  Cm. Galo

            Second:  Cm. Agredano

            For:      8                                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            I, Gustavo Guevara, Jr., City Secretary, do hereby certify that the above minutes contained in pages 01 to 43 are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council Meeting held on August 6, 2001.

           

 

 

_______________________

Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

City Secretary