CITY OF LAREDO

                                           CITY COUNCIL MEETING

                                                         M2001-R-28

                                          CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

                                              1110 HOUSTON STREET

                                               LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

                                                 NOVEMBER 13, 2001

                                                             5:30 P.M.

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

 

            With a quorum present, Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores called the meeting to order.

 

II.        PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

            Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores led in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

III.       ROLL CALL

 

            In Attendance:

 

            Elizabeth G. Flores,                                                      Mayor

            Alfredo Agredano,                                                        Council Member, District I

            Louis H. Bruni,                                                             Council Member, District II

            John C. Galo,                                                               Council Member, District III

            Johnny Amaya,                                                             Council Member, District IV

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

            Joe A. Guerra,                                                              Council Member, District VI

            Jose A. Valdez, Jr.,                                                      Council Member, District VII

            Juan Ramirez,                                                               Council Member, District VIII

            Gustavo Guevara, Jr.,                                                   City Secretary

            Larry Dovalina,                                                             City Manager

            Cynthia Collazo,                                                           Assistant City Manager

            Jaime Flores,                                                                City Attorney

 

IV.       MINUTES

 

Approval of the minutes of September 17, 2001 and September 26, 2001.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez

For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:   0

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

a.   A presentation by Bear’s Karate Academy to Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores and City Council Members for their support of the Lone Star International Karate Tournament in Laredo.

 

      Ovid Rodriguez, O. J. Chavez, Irene Garcia and Olivia Flores presented a Semurai Sword to the Mayor for her generous help in making the Lone Star International Karate Tournament a great success. 

     

Invitations

 

a.   Feast of Sharing Chairperson, Cesar Martinez, and Co-Chairperson, Pedro Gaytan,  

      invited the Mayor and Council Members to their 13th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner for  

      the elderly, disabled, and less fortunate residents of Laredo.

 

Cesar Martinez and Pedro Gaytan invited the Mayor, City Council Members and the public to attend the Feast of Sharing Thanksgiving Dinner sponsored by HEB Grocery Company and the City of Laredo.  The event will be held on November 18, 2001, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  at the Laredo Civic Center. 

 

Recognitions

 

a.   Recognition of Mr. Donato Ramos, a distinguished Laredo attorney, on his appointment to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission.

 

      Mr.  Donato Ramos was not able to attend.  Mayor Flores read the plaque which stated:

 

      "In recognition of his appointment to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission and for his dedication to Wildlife Conservation and to the youth of this community." 

 

b.   Recognition of the Laredo Independent School District for their  cooperation and participation in the Texas Parks and Wildlife Exposition.

 

      Horacio De Leon, Parks and Recreation Director, mentioned the sponsors for their assistance in the Texas Parks and Wildlife Exposition.  He also recognized the following students for their participation:

 

      Jaime Perez                                                                                    San Juanita Morado

      Mark Ibarra                                                                                   Virginia Pavon

      Chris Ibarra                                                                                    Malyssa Perusguia

      Daniel Bernal                                                                                  Jaime Rocha

      Carlos Sencion                                                                               Kristopher Santos

      Francisco Sencion                                                                          Milena Sierra

      Gabriel Arreola                                                                               Cristina Carrillo

      Dominic Casiano                                                                            Britney Salinas

      Joey Casiano                                                                                  Kimberly Carrillo

      Joey Fierro                                                                                     Ashley Salinas

      Tony Maciel                                                                                   Julie Ramirez

      Raymond Morado                                                                          Sergio Reyes

      Daniel Reyes                                                                                  Carlos Reyes

      Perla Reyes                                                                                    Cesar Sencion

 

c.   Recognition of the Laredo Crime Stoppers Board of Directors for having received International and State recognition for their performance.

 

      Mayor Flores recognized the Crime Stoppers Board of Directors for having received recognition for their outstanding performance.  More specifically, she presented Christopher Ben Villarreal a Seven Flags Certificate for his hard work and participation in the Laredo Crime Stoppers award winning Public Service Announcement.

 

      Alberto Martinez, Crime Stoppers President, stated that Laredo Crime Stoppers is a small group of committed civilian volunteers that work hand in hand with dedicated law enforcement officers.  He stated that Crime Stoppers has been working diligently for 20 years to improve Laredo's quality of life.  He said that they have been honored with over 35 awards and recognitions regionally, state wide, nationally and internationally.  Finally, he said that Crime Stoppers would not have such a high success rate if it was not for the help of the Council, media, and especially the community. 

 

      Caroline Leyendecker, Executive Director for Laredo Crime Stoppers, thanked the Council for their support.  She reiterated that the organization has been in existence for 20 years, and she thanked the community, law enforcement entities and the media for their unyielding support.   

 

d.   Recognition of Dillard’s Department Store employees, Dora Aguirre and Diana Beltran, for their work with cancer patients during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

 

      Mayor Flores recognized Diana Beltran.  Dora Aguirre was not able to attend.

   

e.   Recognition of KGNS Anchor, Claudia Lanese-Garcia, for her efforts to improve public awareness during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

 

      Mayor Flores recognized Claudia Lanese-Garcia and KGNS for their work in public awareness for Breast Cancer.  Mrs.  Lanese-Garcia was not present.

 

Communiques

 

Cm.  Agredano stated that his district held their 4th Annual 5 K Run and it was very

successful.  He thanked the Parks and Recreation Department for assistance.   He also

mentioned the Veterans' Day Parade that was held recently where he was Master of

Ceremonies.  He thanked all the individuals that participated in the successful event. 

 

Cm.  Bruni thanked the City Manager's Office and Department Heads that assist him with complaints that are submitted to him. 

 

Cm.  Galo asked staff to assist two individuals that will be representing Laredo in the upcoming Punt, Pass and Kick Contest that will be held in Houston, Texas.

 

Cm.  Amaya informed the public that he attended the Bi-National Meeting of Bridges and Border Crossings Conference that was held in Albuquerque New, Mexico.  He congratulated the City Staff for a great job.  He stated that he was impressed with their presentation on the City's Fifth International Bridge proposal and presentation.  He said that the report was very well prepared, and he noted that it was well received by the committee members. 

 

Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez thanked City Manager's staff, more specifically Jessica Hein, and Public Works for the tremendous work they do for the City of Laredo.    He added that he has been receiving many compliments on the expedient work of Public Works and other City staff as well. 

 

Cm.  Guerra noted that he was honored to represent the Mayor and Council at the National Education Week Event held at Mary Help of Christian School. 

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

a.   Appointment by Council Member Johnny Amaya of Rosa Crustner to the Citizens  Environmental Ad Hoc Committee.

 

      Motion to approve.

 

      Moved:  Cm.  Galo 

      Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

      For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:   0

 

b.   Appointment by Council Member Juan Ramirez of Jim Earhart to the Citizens Environmental Ad Hoc Committee.

 

      Motion to approve.

 

      Moved:  Cm.  Galo

      Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

      For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

c.   Appointment by Council Member Joe A. Guerra of Sabas Perez to the Vehicles for Hire Ad Hoc Committee.

 

      Moved:  Cm.  Galo

      Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

      For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

VII.     PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.   Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map)  

      of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 4, 5, and the East ½ of Lot 3, Block 1268,  

            Eastern Division, located at 2219 Clark Blvd., from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed zone change.

 

            Motion to open public hearing.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Cm.  Amaya

            For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

            Mario Gutierrez requested a Conditional Use Permit.

 

            Motion to close public hearing and postpone for the next meeting.

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

            Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

            For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

2.   Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the 2001-2002 Transit System budget by appropriating $158,000 from fund balance and appropriating such funds as a reserve to partially fund the acquisition of buses. 

 

      Motion to open public hearing.

 

      Moved:  Cm.  Galo

      Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

      For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

      There was no public input.

 

      Motion to close public hearing and introduce.

 

      Moved:  Cm.  Ramirez

      Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

      For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

      Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

           

3.   Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend Chapter 14, Garbage, Trash & Refuse, Article I, Section 14-1, Definitions; also Article II, Section 14-9, Rates, subsection (c) by deleting subparagraph (c)(4); adding subsection (d) Special Event Fee; deleting portions of subsection (e) garbage and mandate fees schedule, by changing the square footages and adjusting the rates for garbage collection; adding subsection (f) commercial establishments exclusions; adding subsection (g) Appeals Process; and amending subsections h to m to alphabetize each subsection correctly; providing for severability, effective date and publication. 

 

      Motion to open public hearing.

 

      Moved:  Cm.  Galo

      Second:   Cm.  Agredano

      For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:   0

 

      There was no public input.

 

      Motion to close public hearing and introduce.

 

      Moved:  Cm.  Galo

      Second:  Cm.  Agredano

      For:     6                                         Against:  2                                            Abstain:  0

                                                            Cm.  Guerra

                                                            Cm.  Ramirez   

 

      Ordinance Introduction:  City Council except Cm.  Guerra and Cm.  Ramirez

 

4.   Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Home Investment Partnerships Program 2001-2002 grant in the amount of $1,508,000.00 to reflect a $4,000.00 increase to Community Housing Development Organizations and Administrative Costs, and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment.

 

Motion to open public hearing.

 

      Moved:  Cm.  Galo

      Second:  Cm.  Agredano

      For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

      There was no public input.

 

      Motion to close public hearing and introduce.

 

      Moved:  Cm.  Galo

      Second:  Cm.  Amaya

      For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

      Ordinance Introduction: 

 

5.   Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo 2001-2002 annual budget in the amount of $30,000 for a Safe Streets Program Grant from the Texas Department of Transportation.  The Texas Department of Transportation will be designating $7,500 in matching funds.  The match for this grant is available in General Fund.

 

      Motion to open public hearing.

 

      Moved: Cm.  Galo

      Second:  Cm.  Amaya

      For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

      There was no public input.

 

      Motion to close public hearing and introduce with the amendment including that the Texas Department of Transportation will be designating  $22,500 in matching funds.

 

      Moved:  Cm.  Galo

      Second:  Cm.  Amaya

      For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

      Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

6.   Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo FY 2001-2002 annual budget in the amount of $125,000 to fund the Comprehensive STEP (S.T.O.M.P) Program.  The Texas Department of Transportation will be designating $95,000 and the City of Laredo will be designating $30,000 in matching funds.  The match for this grant is available in General Fund.  The funding for this grant will be from October 1, 2001 through September 30, 2002.

 

      Motion to open public hearing.

 

      Moved:  Cm.  Galo

      Second:  Cm.  Amaya

      For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

      There was no public input.

 

      Motion to close public hearing and introduce.

 

      Moved:  Cm.  Galo

      Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

      For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

      Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

7.   Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the FY 2001-2002 budget in the amount of $44,968 for the Medicaid Administrative Cost (MAC) Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning October 1, 2001, through September 30, 2002.

 

      Motion to open public hearing.

 

      Moved:  Cm.  Galo

      Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

      For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

      There was no public input.

 

      Motion to close public hearing and introduce.

 

      Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

      Second:  Cm.  Amaya

      For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:   0

 

      Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

           

8.   Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the FY 2001-2002 budget by transferring $59,217 in unexpended program income from the FY 2000-2001 fund balance to the current FY 2001-2002 budget for the Women and Children Health Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period of October 1, 2001, through September 30, 2002.

     

Motion to open public hearing.

 

      Moved:   Cm.  Galo

      Second:  Cm.  Agredano

      For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

      There was no public input.

 

      Motion to close public hearing and introduce.

 

      Moved:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

      Second:  Cm.  Galo

      For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain: 0

 

      Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

9.   Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute all documentation from the Texas Department of Health for the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Education Project of the City of Laredo Health Department and appropriate said budget in the amount of $153,470 for the period beginning January 1, 2002, through December 31, 2002.

 

      Motion to open public hearing.

 

      Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

      Second:  Cm.  Agredano

      For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

      There was no public input.

 

      Motion to close public hearing and introduce.

 

      Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

      Second:  Cm.  Galo

      For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

      Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

          10.   Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo’s FY 2001-2002 annual budget in the amount of  $1,418,975 to fund a program under the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Service (COPS) and authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant in the amount of $1,000,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Service (COPS).  The U.S. Department of Justice will be designating $1,000,000 and the City of Laredo will be designating $418,975 in matching funds.  Funding will be used to purchase Mobile Data Terminals (MDTs), computer hardware, and computer software needed to implement new technology in police units.  Matching funds are available in the Police Trust Fund.

 

      Motion to open public hearing.

 

      Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

      Second:  Cm.  Amaya

      For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0  

 

      There was no public input.

 

      Motion to close public hearing and introduce.

 

      Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

      Second:  Cm.  Galo

      For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

      Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

             

          11.   Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo’s 2001-2002 annual budget by authorizing the addition of four (4) Sergeant positions by reclassification of four (4) Investigator positions at the Laredo Police Department.  The approximate additional cost to General Fund is $24,000 to pay for the salaries and fringe benefits for four (4) additional Sergeant positions from November 20, 2001 through September 30, 2002.

 

      Motion to open public hearing.

 

      Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

      Second:  Cm.  Amaya

      For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

      There was no public input.

 

      Motion to close public hearing and introduce.

 

      Moved:  Cm.  Guerra

      Second:  Cm.  Amaya

      For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

      Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Guerra

 

VIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

Cm.  Bruni said the lighting at Hwy 359 water point is insufficient.  He also asked staff to contact TxDOT about installing traffic signs to advise drivers to slow down. 

 

Heberto Ramirez, Acting Utilities Director, reported that the water point is complete and has been active for two weeks.  He noted that the facility will have a ribbon cutting ceremony after a fence is installed.   

 

2.   Status report on the lack of water and wastewater infrastructures on Hwy 359, with possible action.

 

      Pablo Martinez, Utilities Engineer, reported that the cost to provide water and waste water services to that area of Hwy 359 and Hwy 20 is $41,450.  He noted that there are no funds in the reserves to cover the cost. 

 

      Herberto Ramirez, Acting Utilities Director, reported that they will be looking at project savings reserve balances to identify where monies are available.

 

3.   Discussion and possible action on resurfacing the 2200, 2300, and 2400 blocks of O’kane Street.

 

      Cm. Bruni stated that he would omit the 2400 block of O'Kane.  He asked staff to study resurfacing the 2200 and 2300 blocks of O'Kane.  He noted that he has enough funds in his Council District Capital Improvement Appropriated Funds to complete the project as soon as possible.

 

      Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, noted that they are already working on the project.  

 

4.   Status report on the concrete channelization on the creek that intersects Spur 400.

 

      Cm .  Bruni stressed the importance of the channelization for the creek that intersects Spur 400.  

 

      Larry Dovalina, City Manager, informed Council that Bill Skeen will be developing a department complex in that area for redevelopment. 

 

    B.    Request by Council Member John C. Galo

 

1.   Status report on the down payment assistance program including balance of funds and accountability, with possible action.

 

      Erasmo Villarreal, Community Development Director, gave a comprehensive report of the down payment assistance program.  He said that the City has assisted over 274 families with the 60% immediate income and 215 families with an 80% median income in the last two years.  He noted that the department has set aside $1,059,163 for assisting families that qualify. More specifically he said that in October 2001 the City gave 13 loans totaling $89,846. 

 

2.   Discussion with possible action to consider an exemption for those persons over 65 years of age with homestead exemptions for the basic charge for residential water service of $7.50 per month for consumption of up to 4,000 gallons, in the event that the City proceeds with the privatization of the Utilities Department.

 

      Motion to adopt an exemption policy for those persons who are receiving the Over-65 exemption that is on file at Webb County Appraisal District.    

 

      Moved:  Cm.  Galo

      Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez

      For:     8                                         Against:                                                Abstain:

 

3.   Discussion with possible action regarding the drop-off and pick-up points at Ryan Elementary.

 

      Cm.  Galo said that a meeting was held with Laredo Independent School District.  He noted that the school district agrees to work with the City.  The district is going to redesign the traffic flow around Ryan Elementary.  They requested that Texas and Martin be designated as one-ways for the school zone. 

 

Motion to have Traffic Safety come back with recommendations to assist Laredo Independent School District  for a safer drop off zone for children.   

 

Moved:  Cm.  Galo

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                                         Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

           

    C.    Request by Council Member Johnny Amaya

 

1.   Discussion with possible action regarding the traffic study at Jefferson and San Francisco.

 

      Roberto Murrillo, Traffic Safety Director, said the analysis indicates that an intersection does merit a traffic signal.  He noted that the signal will cost $65,000 and is not part of the Capital Improvement Plan; therefore, he needs to request funding. 

 

      Mayor Pro Tempore emphasized that staff should have budgeted for lights that need to be installed. 

 

      Larry Dovalina, City Manager, stated the discussed regarding increase of the fares at the Laredo Bridge System, also included the discussion on the Extensive Capital Improvement Program.  He informed the Council that he is working on a reimbursement resolution  where he can take funds out of the fund balance and pay it back over the budget year. 

   

      Motion to instruct staff to get the necessary funding to install lights at the corner of Jefferson and San Francisco.

 

       Moved:  Cm.  Amaya

       Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez

       For:     8                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

    D.    Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

 

1.   Status report regarding the Fire Department’s radio system upgrade.

 

Fire Chief Luis Sosa reported that staff has added two frequencies to the radios, and each truck now has a cellular.

 

2.   Discussion with possible action regarding the traffic issues in the area between I-35 and Monterrey on Saunders and Lafayette, including the status of the installation of a traffic light at the intersection of San Francisco West and Lafayette, and the Traffic Department’s recommendation for the most feasible solution to the high number of accidents and recent fatality in the area.

 

      Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, reported that the area is under TxDOT jurisdiction.  He said that TxDOT needs to do a study and come up with recommendations for the entire area.  He added that the analysis is lengthy and complex. 

 

E.   Request by Council Member Joe A. Guerra

 

1.   Presentation by Consuelo Ramirez, Counselor at Alma Pierce Elementary School regarding students’ projects depicting their concerns for the Manadas Wetland and future natural sites.

 

Mrs. Ramirez, Counselor at Alma Pierce Elementary School, stated on that October  19, 2001, the school held a conservation rally where students successfully expressed their concern and respect for their natural environment.  She noted that the students want to demonstrate their active support for conservation.  The students read statements urging Council to protect the Manadas Wetland. 

 

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

 

1.   Discussion with possible action regarding the feasibility of a pedestrian bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad lines located on Santa Rita adjacent to Farias Elementary School.

 

      Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported staff would have to include a right-of-way for the pedestrian bridge which might cause a problem because there is a warehouse at the location. 

 

      Cm.  Valdez requested an initial cost.  He wants the pedestrians to safely cross when a train is in the area. 

 

2.   Status report on the CP&L Road. 

 

Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported that staff has a report from Crane Engineering and has been looking at different alternatives.  He added that he is working with TxDOT and AEP/CPL.

 

Cm.  Valdez stated that he is concerned about the design for the grade separation. 

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, informed Council of the different approaches to resolve the project.  He noted that they are trying to keep the project under a million dollars, but each time an obstacle occurs the project exceeds that amount. 

 

Edward Garza, Crane Engineering, gave a comprehensive report on the CPL Road.  He reiterated the dilemmas that are delaying the project.  He noted that they are trying to resolve the project within the budget.  He stressed the importance of working closely with TxDOT. 

 

Cm.  Valdez instructed staff to meet with Crane Engineer and TxDOT to expedite solutions for the CP& L road.

 

G.   Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

1.   Discussion with possible action on creating residential parking districts in

District VIII.

 

Cm.  Ramirez asked for a solution for constituents that are abusing their parking privileges in District I. 

 

Motion to instruct staff to work on a project that will prohibit residents from  abusing their parking privileges and report back to council in an expedient manner.   

 

Moved:  Cm.  Ramirez

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2.   Status report on Vidaurri Street.

 

      Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, stated that staff is cleaning the area and will finish the preliminary alignments by next week, and they will proceed for the final alignment in two weeks. 

 

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

13.   Appointing Alfonso H. Ornelas, Jr., as Associate Municipal Court Judge for the City of Laredo for a limit of two (2) years; providing for effective date and severability.

 

         Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

14.   Closing as public easements those sections of:

 

A.  Tacuba St. between the east right-of-way line of Union Pacific Railroad Company and the west right-of-way line of Sta. Maria Avenue including the intersections.

B.  Davis Ave. between Chicago Street and the south right-of-way line of Ortiz Street.

C.  Main Ave. between Chicago Street and the south right-of-way line of Ortiz Street.

 

Situated in the Western Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas; and,

 

D.  Elm St. between Springfield and Monterrey Avenues including the intersections.

E.   Sanders Ave. between Locust and Ash Streets.

 

F.   Marcella Ave. between Locust and Ash Streets.

 

Situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas; and providing for an effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            15.   Closing the intersection of Jarvis Avenue and Market Street to vehicular traffic traveling in a Northerly and Southerly direction by barricading at the North and South right-of-way lines of said intersection, situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb and providing for an effective date.

 

                     Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Galo with the following amendments:  change the word "and Market to at Market".  Subject to Bartlett being open first. 

 

16.   Ratifying the City Manager’s acceptance of a grant in the amount of $34,000.00 from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and amendment of the FY 2001-2002 annual budget for the NPDES fund by appropriating the said grant revenue and local match of $10,000.00 to the appropriate expenditure accounts.  The grant monies will be used for collection and disposal of Hazardous Materials from the Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator (CESQG).  The local match is available in the NPDES Fund.

 

         Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

17.   Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Texas Migrant Council for approximately 1,600 square feet constituting Suite No. 8 of  Building No. 134 located at 4603 Maher Avenue at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for one (1) year and one (1) month commencing on October 1, 2001 and ending October 31, 2002.  Monthly rent shall be $1,800.00; providing for an effective date.

 

         Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

18.   Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Howland Surveying, Co., Inc. for approximately 6,174 square feet constituting Suite No. 100 Building No. 170 located at 5103 Maher Avenue at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for one year commencing on December 1, 2001 and ending on November 30, 2002.  Monthly rent shall be $2,532.00; providing for an effective date.

 

         Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

X.        FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

            Internet Available:  //wwwcityoflaredo.com

 

Motion to waive final readings of ordinances # 2001-O-250, 2001-O-252, 2001-O-253, 2001-O-254, 2001-O-255, 2001-O-256, 2001-O-257, 2001-O-258, and 2001-O-259.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni 

Second:  Cm.  Galo

For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

19.    2001-O-250  Authorizing the City Manager to accept funds and amend the City of Laredo FY 2001-2002 annual budget in the amount of $50,000 in funds from the Texas Department of Health for the Breast and Cervical Cancer Project – Case Management of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2001, through August 31, 2002.

 

                              Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2001-O-250.

 

                              Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                              Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                              For:     8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

        2001-O-252  Amending Chapter 21, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo by creating Article VII, establishing a juvenile day-time and night-time curfew, defining terms, creating offenses for minors, parent and guardians of minors, and business establishments violating curfew regulations, providing defenses, providing for enforcement by the Police Department, providing for a waiver by the Municipal Court of jurisdiction over a minor when required under the Texas Family Code, providing for a penalty not to exceed $500.00, providing for classification of any offense listed herein as a Class “C” misdemeanor, providing for a savings clause, providing for a severability clause, establishing an effective date, and providing for publication in a  local newspaper. (As amended)

 

                              Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2001-O-252.

 

 

 

                              Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                              Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                              For:     8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

                    2001-O-253  Amending the Zoning and Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning all of Blocks 954, Western Division, located at the 2100 block of Pierce St., from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District). 

 

                              Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2001-O-253.

 

                              Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                              Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                              For:     8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

2001-O-254  Amending the Zoning and Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning All of Blocks 955, Western Division, located at the 2200 block of Pierce St., from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District). 

 

                              Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2001-O-254.

 

                              Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                              Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                              For:     8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

                     2001-O-255  Amending the Zoning and Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a child daycare center on Lots 7 and 8, Block 529, Western Division, located at 1604 and 1606 Park St.  (As amended)

 

                              Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2001-O-255.

 

                              Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                              Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                              For:     8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

                     2001-O-256  Amending the Zoning and Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1-A and 1-B, Block 3, G & M Apartment and Townhouse Project, Del Mar Hills Subdivision, located at 7019 Village Blvd. from R-O (Residential/Office District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District). 

 

                              Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2001-O-256.

 

                              Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                              Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                              For:     8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

 

 

                     2001-O-257  Amending the Zoning and Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by  rezoning Lots 5-B and 5-C, Block 1, North Creek Plaza Subdivision located east of Springfield Rd. and north of Del Mar Blvd. from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) and B-4 (Highway Commercial District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District). 

 

                              Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2001-O-257.

 

                              Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                              Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                              For:     8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

                                   

2001-O-258  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract by and on behalf of the City of Laredo as Zone Grantee of Foreign-Trade Zone No. 94 for the operation of a Zone Site 3 within said Foreign Trade Zone and specifically authorizing the City Manager to enter into an operation agreement with Rafael A. Morales, to operate an approximate 5,000 square foot designated area within a 70,000 square foot facility at Foreign-Trade Zone No. 94-Site 3 located at the Killam Industrial Park, in return for the services provided by the City as a Foreign-Trade Zone Grantee and providing for an effective date. 

 

                              Motion to adopt Ordinance #2001-O-258.

 

                              Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                              Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                              For:     8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

                    2001-O-259  Approving and adopting the districting plan of the City of Laredo; providing for the redistricting of the eight (8) City Council Districts within the City of Laredo; providing for publication and effective date. (As amended)

 

                              Motion to adopt Ordinance #2001-O-259.

 

                              Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                              Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                              For:     8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

20.  2001-R-105   Authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement between the City of Laredo and Wal-Mart Real Estate Business Trust and Killam Oil Co., Ltd. for funding the installation of a traffic signal on Loop 20 at the northern access for the proposed Wal-Mart Super Center to be located at the intersection of Loop 20 and Spur 400. 

 

                                          Motion to approve Resolution # 2001-R-105.

 

 

                                          Moved:  Cm.  Bruni 

                                          Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

                                          For:     8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

21.  2001-R-108   Declaring the vote of the governing body of the City of Laredo for its nominated candidate(s) to the Webb County Appraisal District Board of Directors.  Each candidate elected will serve a two-year term.  They will serve from January 1, 2002 to December 31, 2003.

 

                                          Motion to approve Resolution # 2001-R-108 to cast their votes of 1058 for the Board of Director WCAD for Louis H.  Bruni.

 

                                          Moved:  Cm.  J. Valdez

                                          Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

                              For:     8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

22.  2001-R-117   Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant in the amount of $22,500 for the Safe Streets Program from the Texas Department of Transportation.  The City will designate $7,500 in matching funds for a total project budget of $30,000.  The City’s match is available in General Fund.  The funding for this grant will be from October 1, 2001 through September 30, 2002.

 

                                          Motion to approve Resolution # 2001-R-117.

 

                                          Moved:  Cm.  Bruni 

                                          Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

                              For:     8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

                             

 

23.  2001-R-118   Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant in the amount of $95,000 for the Comprehensive STEP from the Texas Department of Transportation.  The City will designate $30,000 in matching funds for a total project budget of $125,000.  The City’s match is available in the General Fund.  The funding for this grant will be from October 1, 2001 through September 30, 2002.

 

                                          Motion to approve Resolution # 2001-R-118.

 

                                          Moved:  Cm.  Bruni 

                                          Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

                              For:     8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

24.  2001-R-122   Declaring the public necessity to acquire the  “Surface Only” of two parcels of land for the Riverfront Development Project.  Said two parcels being Lots 3 & 4, Block 1110, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being delineated on attached copy of City Plat; and authorizing staff to negotiate with the owners for the acquisition of said two parcels by purchase at a market value to be established by a State Certified Real Estate Appraiser, and authorizing the City Attorney to initiate condemnation proceedings to acquire those parcels that staff is unable to acquire through negotiations due to inability to agree to a purchase price, conflict of ownership, owner refusal to sell, and/or inability to locate a listed owner.

 

                                          Motion to approve Resolution # 2001-R-122.

 

                                          Moved:  Cm.  Bruni 

                                          Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

                              For:     8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

25.  2001-R-123   Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.30 of an acre, more or less, parcel of land as a Drainage Easement from McPherson Partners Ltd., through Mr. Manuel T. Longoria, for the Zacate Creek Tributary-South of Calton Road Drainage Project.  Said parcel of land being out of GB&CNGRR Co., Survey 11019, Abstract 62, Northern Division of the City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being generally described below and more particularly described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”.

 

Being a tract of land containing 0.30 (13,096 square feet), more or less, out of GB&CNGRR Co., Survey 11019, Abstract 62, Northern Division of the City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, being out of that certain 6.1045 acre tract described in Deed from B.P. Newman Investment Co. to Manuel T. Longoria dated December 26, 1979, and recorded in Volume 602, Pages 531-534, of the Webb County Deed Records.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2001-R-123.

 

                                          Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                                          Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

26.  2001-R-124   Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.011 of an acre (483 sq. ft.), more or less, parcel of land from Fasken Ltd., a Texas Limited Partnership for the Milo Interchange Project.  Said parcel of land being out of Porcion 20, Abstract No. 48, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being generally described below, and more particularly described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”.

 

Being 0.011 of one acre (483 square feet) of land, out of Porcion 20, Bautista Garcia Original Grantee, Abstract No. 48, Webb County, Texas, being out of and part of that certain 75.21 acre tract conveyed to Palafox Exploration Company, by Deed recorded in Volume 254, Page 245, and Volume 254, Page 511, Deed Records of Webb County, Texas.

 

                                          Motion to approve Resolution # 2001-R-124.

 

 

 

                                          Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                                          Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

27.  2001-R-125   Ratifying the City Manager’s submittal of a grant application to the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s US-Mexico Border Program in the amount of $ 25,000.00 with the City designating $1,315.79 in matching funds for a total of $26,315.79 to implement a computer & electronic collection event.  Matching funds are available in the NPDES Fund.      

 

                                          Motion to approve Resolution # 2001-R-125.

 

                                          Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                                          Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                            Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

28.  2001-R-128    Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant in the amount of $1,750,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policy Service (COPS).  The City of Laredo will be designating $516,950 in matching funds within the three year life of the grant.  Funding will be used to hire 14 additional School Resource Officers (SRO).  The funding for this grant will be from September 1, 2001 through August 31, 2004.                 

 

                                          Motion to approve Resolution # 2001-R-128.

 

                                          Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                                          Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

29.  2001-R-129   A resolution expressing official intent to reimburse cost associated with the acquisition of four City of Laredo Fire Department Ambulances.  The four ambulances will be purchased from General Fund Reserves to service Fire Stations number 1, 2, 7, and 8.  General Fund will be reimbursed from the sale of the Personal Property Finance Contractual Obligation (PPFCO).

 

                                          Motion to approve Resolution # 2001-R-129.

 

                                          Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                                          Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

30.  2001-R-131   A resolution of the City of Laredo, Texas authorizing the City Manager to sign an electric supply agreement with the winning bidder for the electric load of South Texas Aggregation Project, Inc. (STAP) upon the confirmation of economic benefit to the City.

 

                                          Motion to approve Resolution # 2001-R-131.

 

                                          Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                                          Second:  Cm.  Agredano

For:     8                             Against:  0                                Abstain:  0 

 

XII.     MOTIONS

 

31.    Consideration to privatize the Utilities Department operations and authorize the City  Manager to enter into contract negotiations.

 

         This item was replaced with item # 1 of the Supplemental Agenda.

 

32.    Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract with Competitive Government  

         Strategies in the amount of $70,000, in addition to the Consultant’s out-of-pocket  charges and travel expenses, for Phase III of the Utilities Department privatization, as described in Exhibit 1 of the Contract for Professional Services.

 

         Motion to approve.

 

         Moved:  Cm.  Galo 

         Second:  Cm.  Guerra

         For:     5                                         Against:  3                                            Abstain:  0

                                                               Cm.  Bruni

                                                               Cm.  Amaya

                                                               Cm.  J.  Valdez 

 

33.    Authorizing the City Manager to retain the services of Hawkins, Delafield & Wood of New York as Legal Counsel during contract negotiations pertaining to the privatization of the Utilities Department.

 

                  Motion to approve.

 

                  Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                  Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

         For:     7                                         Against:  1                                            Abstain:  0

                                                               Cm.  Guerra 

 

34.    Consideration to award contract FY02-014, to the Lowest Bidder, WorldCom, Houston, Texas, in the annual amount of $26,700.00, for providing internet access for the institutional network (I-Net).  The term of the contract shall be for a period of one year with an option of two additional years at $2,150.00 per month.  Funding is available in the communications line item for all City departments.  The second and third year funding is subject to appropriation for future fiscal years.

 

Motion to approve.

 

                  Moved:  Cm.  Bruni 

                  Second:  Cm.  Galo 

         For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

35.    Consideration to approve a payment of $18,316 to the greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce as the City’s Annual Assessment for the period of October 2000 through October 2001.  These dues are the City’s contribution to support the efforts of the Texas Border Infrastructure Coalition.  The coalition’s goal is to address the infrastructure needs of the border cities and the people who live in these communities.  Funding is available in the General Fund.

        

Motion to approve.

 

                  Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                  Second:  Cm.  Agredano

         For:     7                                         Against:  1                                            Abstain:  0 

                                                                        Cm.  Guerra

 

36.    Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a one year service agreement with H.T.E., Inc, Lake Mary FL, for the amount of $49,383.00.  The service agreement is for service and maintenance on the municipal applications residing on the City’s I-Series 400 computer for the period of October 1, 2001 thru September 30, 2002.

        

Motion to approve.

 

                  Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                  Second:  Cm.  Agredano

         For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

 

37.    Consideration for approval to release retainage and final payment in the amount of $50,000.00 to M.W. Builders, Inc., Temple, Texas, for the Border Facilities for the World Trade Bridge.  Final contract amount is $31,560,585.13.  Funding is available in the Bridge System Retainage Payable-Restricted account.

 

                  Motion to approve.

 

                  Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                  Second:  Cm.  Agredano

         For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

38.    Consideration for approval of change order no. 2, an increase of $701,641.85 and the addition of 30 working days to the construction contract with Marshall Company, Corpus Christi, Texas, for the Fire Fighter/Law Enforcement Training Facility, and includes items of work which were previously deleted through change order no. 1 due to lack of funding.  These items are now partially being added back to the construction contract and include reinforced concrete pavement, street signs and traffic striping; reinforced concrete pipe, inlets, junction boxes and a headwall; the ARRF System concrete slab; construction of 4 metal sheds with benches, two CMU metal building; and apparatus bay drains with water/oil separator.  Funding is available in the Fire Training Facility Fund.

 

                  Motion to approve.

 

                  Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                  Second:  Cm.  Agredano

         For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

39.    Consideration for approval of change order no. 2 a decrease of $5,489.00 for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the City-Wide Project No. 14 (37 Blocks) and approval of final payment in the amount of $50,589.38 to Pete Gallegos Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas.  Final contract amount is $247,557.75.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund District 5 Sidewalks.

 

                  Motion to approve.

 

                  Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                  Second:  Cm.  Agredano

         For:     7                                         Against:  1                                            Abstain:  0 

                                                                        Cm. Guerra

 

40.    Consideration to award a construction contract to the low bidder A & R Demolition, Inc., Del Valle, Texas, in the bid amount of $229,000.00 for the removal of submerged concrete bridge components at Laredo International Bridge I.  Funding is available in the Bridge System Toll Plaza Improvements.

 

                  Motion to approve.

 

                  Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

                  Second:  Cm.  Agredano

         For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

41.    Consideration to approve the selection of exterior building materials and color scheme and the interior block selection and seating for the Laredo Entertainment Center.

 

                  Motion to approve design of color scheme as presented by Frank Rodneski.

 

                  Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                  Second:  Cm.  Agredano

         For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

42.    Consideration to award a professional services contract in the amount not to exceed $60,500.00 to Killis Almond and Associates, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, in association with Architects Plus, Inc., Laredo, Texas for a feasibility study consisting of rehabilitating and re-using the Plaza Theater in downtown Laredo.  Funding is available in the Community Development 26th Action Year Plaza Theater.

 

                  Motion to approve.

 

                  Moved: Cm.  Galo

                  Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

         For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

43.    Consideration to award supply contract FY02-001, for the purchase of water and wastewater treatment chemicals for the Utilities Department, to the following Low Bidders:

 

Fort Bend Services, Stafford, TX - $312,300.00

Altivia, Houston,TX  - $93,222.00

BayChem, Odom, TX- $77,740.00

Vopak USA, Inc. Corpus Christi, TX – $41,700.00

Kohn Chemical Stafford, TX  - $22,240.00

AOC Welding Supplies, Laredo, TX - $14,240.00

La Roche Industries, League City, TX - $11,500.00

Pennco Inc., Sealy, TX - $5,800.00

Chemical Lime Ltd., New Braunfels, TX - $5,288.40

 

The term of the contract is for a two-year period.  The amounts indicated are based on the estimated usage for a twelve-month period, subject to continued appropriations.  All products will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Water and Wastewater Funds.

 

Motion to approve contingent upon obtaining more information from the lowest bidder about delivery prices and reporting back to Council.

 

                  Moved:  Cm.  Galo 

                  Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

         For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

44.    Consideration to award contract number FY02-020 to the Low Bidder, Valu Care Cleaners, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $47,304, for providing laundry dry cleaning services for Police Department uniforms.  The City must provide dry cleaning service for police uniforms as a condition of the collective bargaining agreement.  Funding is available in the Police Department’s budget.

 

                  Motion to approve.

 

                  Moved:  Cm.  Galo 

                  Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

         For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

45.    Consideration to award contract FY02-002, to Bio-Aquatic Testing, Inc., Carrolton, Texas, in the base amount of $45,000.00, for providing laboratory analytical services in bio monitoring of the Zacate Creek and Southside wastewater treatment plants.  The testing laboratory will be responsible for the acute toxicity test required for the plant operating permits.  Funding is available in the Wastewater Fund.

 

                  Motion to approve.

 

                  Moved:  Cm.  Galo 

                  Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

         For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

                       

46.    Consideration to authorize the purchase of five, rear load refuse trucks and three, twelve cubic yard dump trucks, through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) – Cooperative Purchasing Program, in the total amount of $844,159.38.  These will be assigned to the Public Works – Sanitation Division.  Delivery is expected within ninety to one hundred days.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

                  Motion to approve.

 

                  Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                  Second:  Cm.  Agredano

         For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

47.    Consideration to award contract number FY01-68, to the Low Bidder, PABCO Industries, Newark, NJ, in the amount of $72,900.00 for the purchase of 1.5 million plastic bags for use in the City’s Recycling Program.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

                 

Motion to approve.

 

                  Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                  Second:  Cm.  Agredano

         For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

48.    Consideration to award annual contract number FY02-015, to the Low Bidders, JJJ International Safety, Laredo, Texas, in the base amount of $15,553.00, MSC Industrial, Harlingen, Texas, in the base amount of $3,447.00, Tools Unlimited, Laredo, Texas, in the base amount of $2,700.00 and C & S Safety, McAllen, Texas, in the base amount of $899.50, for the purchase of safety products for all operations.  Contract pricing has been established for safety products such as safety belts, vests, safety glasses, rain suits, hard hats, traffic cones, warning flags, water coolers, and gloves.  These items will be purchased throughout the year by all departments on an as needed basis.

 

                  Motion to approve.

 

                  Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                  Second:  Cm.  Agredano

         For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

49.    Consideration to ratify the emergency purchase of four vehicles for the Fire Department, from Lawrence Marshall Dealerships, Austin, Texas in the total amount of $99,954.00.  This purchase was completed through our Interlocal Participation Agreement with the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative (Buy Board) duly approved by the City Council on May 07, 2001.  Funding is available in the Fire Department Capital Outlay.

 

                  Motion to approve.

 

                  Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                  Second:  Cm.  Agredano

         For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

50.    Consideration to award supply contract number FY02-003 to the following Low Bidders:  Libcon Inc. DBA Leyendecker Materials, Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $1,322,000.00, for the purchase of asphalt, asphalt emulsions, black base, and gravel; City Ready Mix, Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $309,000.00, for the purchase of ready mix cement; 4G Asphalt DBA Big Buck Asphalt, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $222,500.00, for the purchase of flexible base and sand; Ergon Aphalt & Emulsions, Inc., Austin, Texas, in the estimated amount of $24,825.00, for the purchase of asphalt emulsions and Ben-Hur Enterprises, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $8,750.00, for the purchase of sand.  These will be the primary vendors for the purchase of materials required for all city paving and construction projects.  The contract pricing for asphalt is approximately 4% higher than the previous contract price and concrete is approximately 3% less. 

 

                  Motion to approve.

 

                  Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                  Second:  Cm.  Agredano

         For:     7                                         Against:  1                                            Abstain:  0

                                                               Cm.  Guerra 

 

51.    Consideration to authorize the purchase of four ambulances for the Fire Department through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) – Cooperative Purchasing Program, in the total amount of $471,364.00.  These ambulances will be delivered within one hundred twenty days.  Funding is available in the General Fund – Fire Department Budget.  Motion is contingent upon approval of Resolution No. 2001-R-129.

 

                  Motion to approve.

 

                  Moved: Cm.  Galo

                  Second:  Cm.  Agredano

         For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

52.    Consideration to award contract number FY01-010, to the Low Bidder, Quest Diagnostics, in the amount not to exceed $525,000 for a three-year contract, to provide laboratory testing services in the City of Laredo Health Department, Laboratory Division.  The term of the contract shall be from December 1, 2001, through November 30, 2004.  Funds for these services are available in the Health Department Budget.

 

                  Motion to approve.

 

                  Moved: Cm.  Galo

                  Second:  Cm.  Agredano

         For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

53.    Consideration for approval of change order no. 2 a decrease of $35,448.75 for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the City-Wide Sidewalks Project No. 12a (33 Blocks), Project No. 17a (4 Blocks) and Change Order No. 1 (7 Blocks) for a total of 44 Blocks and approval of final payment in the amount of $28,364.02 to Pete Gallegos Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas.  Final contract amount is $250,448.25.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvements Sidewalks Account.          

 

                  Motion to approve.

 

                  Moved: Cm.  Galo

                  Second:  Cm.  Agredano

         For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

54.    Consideration to award a professional services contract to Freese and Nichols, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $138,527.20 for design and preparation of plans and specifications for the service road for the Laredo International Airport.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund Grant #31 Engineering.

 

                  Motion to approve.

 

                  Moved: Cm.  Galo

                  Second:  Cm.  Agredano

         For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

55.    Consideration to award a professional services contract to Freese and Nichols, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $229,477.00 for design and preparation of plans and specifications for the Reconstruction of Taxiways “A”, “D” & “G” for the Laredo International Airport.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction Grant #29 Engineering.

 

                  Motion to approve.

 

                  Moved: Cm.  Galo

                  Second:  Cm.  Agredano

         For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

56.    Consideration to award a professional services contract to Freese and Nichols, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $661,461.40 for design and preparation of plans and specifications for the Northeast Cargo Apron for the Laredo International Airport.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund Grant #32 Engineering.

 

                  Motion to approve.

 

                  Moved: Cm.  Galo

                  Second:  Cm.  Agredano

         For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

57.    Consideration to award a professional services contract in the amount not to exceed $26,240.00 to Turner, Hickey & Associates, Laredo, Texas, for the South Laredo Park (in the vicinity of Kawas Elementary School).  Funding is available in the Community Development 26th Action Year South Laredo Park.

 

                  Motion to approve.

 

                  Moved: Cm.  Galo

                  Second:  Cm.  Agredano

         For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

XIII.    STAFF REPORTS

 

58.  Status report regarding water for the colonias on Hwy 359.

 

Rudy Saucedo, representing Turner, Collie and Brady provided a status report.  He said  the 3rd Model with cost estimates for the line oversize has been received and will be presented to the development community with a tentative meeting date for November 16, 2001. A formal presentation will be conducted to finalize the L. U. E. request.  He added that staff expects to have a new list within the next week of the meeting and have a final model for the Consultant Firms to design based on it.  He went on to say the design firms have proceeded with their design and have continued to have monthly meeting to discuss status reports.  Finally, he said the last meeting was held in October 29th along with Webb County representatives.  Basically, all firms are 75% or more complete in their design phase.

 

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.

 

59.  Request for executive session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.071          (A) & (B) for consultation with the City Attorney regarding settlement offer of pending litigation, being Francisca Almanza vs. City of Laredo, Cause No. 2001-CVQ-000403-D2, in the 111th Judicial District Court of Webb County, Texas and return to open session for possible action.

 

      Motion to open the Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section

551.071 (A) & (B) for consultation with the City Attorney regarding settlement offer of pending litigation, being Francisca Almanza vs. City of Laredo, Cause No. 2001-CVQ-000403-D2, in the 111th Judicial District Court of Webb County, Texas and return to open session for possible action.

 

      Moved:  Cm.  Agredano

      Second:  Cm.  Amaya

      For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

     

      Motion to authorize the City Manager to proceed with a settlement in the amount of $26,614.14, for the pending litigation between Francisca Almanza vs. City of Laredo, Cause No. 2001-CVQ-000403-D2, in the 111th District Court of Webb County, Texas.

 

 

 

      Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

      Second:  Cm. Amaya

      For:     8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

    

XV.      RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD

 

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

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:  Cm.  Agredano

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

            60.  Motion to waive bus fare collection on Sunday, November 18, 2001, for those 

                   citizens who choose to participate in the HEB Feast of Sharing being co-sponsored 

                   by the City of Laredo, and accepting a donation of $1,500 from HEB, which will 

                   help offset bus operating expenditures.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm.  Galo

                   Second:  Cm.  Agredano

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0   

                       

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

 

            Moved:  Cm.  Galo

            Second:   Cm.  Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Supplemental Agenda

I.                   Motion

 

1.  Motion to authorize the City Manager to enter into negotiations with United Water

and /or OMI to consider privatization.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member John C.  Galo and Council Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr.)  (This item replaced Item # 31 on the Regular City Council Agenda.)

 

Chris Arthur, representing the Laredo Builders Association, stated the association encouraged Council to enter into negotiations with the low bidder. 

 

Bill Skeen, Chairperson for the Infrastructure Committee, said that they have met with the City on various issues including the $45 million Capital Improvement Plan.   He stated that the secondary source of water is another very important issue that needs to be addressed and funded and he said that the privatization of the water will provide funding.  He also urged Council to place a timeline on the process.  

 

Raul Perales, representing Fasken Oil and Ranch, encouraged Council to enter into negotiations and complete the conversion of privatization. 

 

Jim Creedon, Senior Vice-President with United Water, wanted to encourage the council to begin negotiations with United Water as the low bid on the project. 

 

Miguel Martinez spoke against the privatization.  His concern was the control of the water rates to the residents. 

 

Jorge Haynes, representing International Bank of Commerce, spoke in favor the privatization.  He stated that there is no risk in negotiating.  He said only the contract will answer all questions that have been asked.

 

Nati Lozano, Chairman of the Board of the Chamber of Commerce, reported that they conducted a survey about privatization and the results favored privatization. 

 

The Mayor read the following statement:

 

"The taxpayer - the rate payer of this City has given the members of the Council and I an extra ordinary opportunity to set policies that have a direct effect on their lives sometimes on a daily basis.  Our challenge has been to take Laredo to the next step.

 

Towards this end, we have improved community policing, crime stoppers, fire safety streets, street lighting, traffic controls, sidewalks, efficiency at the international bridges that help us be the most efficient port.  Do you remember that on April 15, 2000 we opened the World Trade Bridge?   And gave I 35 & Bridges back to you--the traveling public?  Our focus was on what we could do to help run your business better because of the jobs you provide.

 

We combined all our resources so that Laredo could have a world class multi-purpose arena, airport and medical facilities.  We helped provide land in one instance, infrastructure, and support to assure that Laredoans had access to higher education from not just one but two university systems.

 

On the home front we made difficult decisions.  We changed managers when it became clear that our team was weak at the top.  That aggressive but fair and compassionate leadership, vision, and inclusive management was an integral part of our ability to serve you.  We made changes and took steps to help those Laredoans on fixed income by increasing the homestead exemption.  We helped fund veterans' health costs and are building a monument to celebrate, honor and thank them for our freedom. During this same time we built more parks, improved others and listened to the youth of Laredo by building a Skate Park with two more to come.  And it did not end there, this Council and Mayor are working on assuring your access to a secondary source of water.  Did you know Laredo is the only City to take advantage of legislation that will move beneficial to our future water needs?  We lobbied, advocated, presented, participated and literally fought for improved transportation infrastructure health benefits, teachers pay raises and work force development.  We fought for grants for housing assistance, improvements, down payment, airport abatement, noise abatement all helped to improve the quality of our lives.  We created tax abatements to attract new businesses and value added jobs to Laredo.  And we are working hard - in fact - taking the lead to make calls between Laredo and Nuevo Laredo more affordable to help your business and to help the people of Laredo.  The hard working people of Laredo who dutifully pay their taxes, their fees and who are the backbone of this community can be assured that we are working towards getting them better service at a lower cost.

 

All City of Laredo staff should be confident that the majority of the Council Members have no hidden agenda.  What you see is what you get.  Honest, hard working taxpayers who worked hard to get elected - not because the pay is great - but because we also know the value of a hard earned dollar.

 

Our mission, indeed our goal is to leave our office having done our best for you and your families.  Towards this end we make many decisions at every Council Meeting.  Many times we think out of the box but believe me if you know any one of these Council Members we keep our eye on the box!  As a result of today's vote to negotiate a privatization contract for water and waste water management services with two companies I am setting up three focus groups to work on the contracts." 

 

1.  Benefit/Oversight Group

 

             Cm.  Galo, Chairperson

             Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez

             Cm.  J.  Valdez

 

2.  Employee Focus Group

 

             Cm.  Amaya

             Cm.  Agredano

             Utilities Department employees that attended fact finding trips.

 

3.  City Managers Contract Focus Group

 

City Manager

City Manager Appointees

Oversight Group

 

Motion to go into negotiations with United Water and/or OMI to consider 

privatization. 

 

Moved:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

Second:  Cm.  Bruni

For:     8                                    Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Motion for report to Council with a decision for the privatization will be no later than April 22nd.

 

Moved:  Cm.  Bruni

Second:  Cm.  J.  Valdez

For:     8                                    Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Mayor Flores created Focus Groups and named Council member to these groups.

 

 

II.                Adjournment

 

Motion to adjourn.

 

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 32 are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council meeting held on November 13, 2001.

 

 

                                                                  ____________________________________

                                                                  Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                  City Secretary