CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2002-R-05

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

MARCH 11, 2002

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 February 11, 2002.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Amaya

Second:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

For:      8                                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

           

None.

 

Invitations

 

            None.

 

Recognitions

 

a.   Recognition of the International Soccer League President and Board for their 2nd year

      youth soccer games at the Father McNaboe Park.

 

      Mayor Flores and the City Council recognized the League President and Board Members for promoting positive youth activities within our community.  The individuals recognized were:  Cesar Merla, President of the International Soccer League together with Board Members Victor Manrique, Martin Serrano, and Efrain Galindo. 

 

b.   Recognition of the Laredo Police Department Community Relations Unit for winning      

      1st place honors in the WBCA Youth Parade (Best Commercial Float).

 

      Police Chief Agustin Dovalina stated that he was extremely proud of this outstanding group for the diligent work they continuously do and for their countless hours of public service.  He mentioned they are under the direction of Sgt. Efren Chavez and introduced the participants:   Ofcr. Hector Rodriguez, Ofcr. Mario Casarez, Ofcr. Cesar Gutierrez, Ofcr. Frank Salas, Ofcr. Jerry Gonzalez, and El Protector Ofcr. Abraham Diaz. 

 

c.   Recognition of the American Heart Walk participants.

 

      Dan Migura, Administrative Services Department Director, mentioned that 66 city employees participated in this year's campaign and that is what made it successful.  The total funds raised for 2002 were $5,759.45.   He recognized the city employees who were involved at the planning stage of this event:

                 

DAN MIGURA – Administrative Services

BLASITA LOPEZ – City Manager’s Office

LUCIA ANTU –Administrative Services   

ANITA STANLEY – Parks and Recreation

DONNA COPELAND – City Secretary's Office  

LINDA  C. TENIENTE – Administrative Services

ROSALINDA GARZA – City Secretary's Office  

RUTH SILVA – City Manager’s Office

JERRY ELIZONDO – Administrative Services      

EDDIE ZAVALA – City Manager’s Office

 

      Mayor Flores presented trophies for top winners at the American Heart Walk.

 

      Elisa Flores -- Third Place Walker

      Bertha Infante -- Second Place Walker

      Patricia Campos --  First Place Walker

 

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

      The City Secretary's Office and the City Manager's Office were both recognized for the highest percent participation by a department.  Keith Selman, City Planner, was  recognized for the most funds raised by an individual.

 

 Communiqués

 

a.  Certificate presented to Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores by the New York Fire Department in

     appreciation to the contributions of the people of the City of Laredo.

 

      Mayor Flores read and displayed the special commendation awarded to the City

      of Laredo by the New York City Fire Commissioner.  She mentioned that this special

commendation was made in recognition of our city's support of the New York City Fire Department and expressed their deepest appreciation for our community's help.

 

b.  Brief report on meetings held in Washington, D.C. on March 4, 2002 through March 6,

2002 by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores, Council Member Alfredo Agredano, and Council Member Johnny Amaya.

 

No presentation was made.  The item will be placed on the next council agenda.

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

           

            None.

 

VII.     PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

            Motion was made to move up Items 31 and 35.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Galo

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:    8                                    Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

1.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo fiscal year 2002

General Fund and Fire Training Facility Fund Budget by appropriating $1,500,000.00 for a transfer out to Fire Training Facility Fund from the General Fund and appropriating a transfer in and expenditure in the Fire/Law Enforcement Training Facility in the amount of $1,500,000.00 for the purpose of completing the Fire/Law Enforcement Training Facility.  The amendment will draw down $1,500,000.00 from the General Fund opening balance as authorized by Section 6.04 of the City Charter that states "Excess carry over funds from a prior fiscal year may be appropriated in the ensuing fiscal year for a one time appropriations only."

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

2.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept and

execute all documentation from the Texas Department of Health for the HIV Ryan White Title II Project of the City of Laredo Health Department in the amount of $151,764.00 for the period beginning April 1, 2002, through August 31, 2002, and amending the City of Laredo FY 2001-2002 budget in the same amount.  

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

3.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend

Chapter 19, Motor Vehicle and Traffic, Article XI, Truck Traffic, Division 5, Truck Stopping, Standing and Parking, by adding two (2) new sections namely, Section 19-489 Controlled Access Parking Lots and Section 19-490, 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 Colombia Solidarity Bridge Export Lot, providing for effective date and publication. 

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing.

 

 

 


Moved:  Cm. Amaya

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

4.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept and

execute the Federal Transit Administration Grant, section 5307, in the amount of $3,511,128.00 for Fiscal Year 2001-02 and amending the Transit Systems Operating budget by increasing the Federal Transit Administration Operating Grant contribution from $3,500,000.00 to $3,511,128.00 and decreasing the sales tax match for operating expenses from $2,733,648.00 to $2,722,520.00 and providing for grant funds to be deposited in the City of Laredo Transit Fund.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Bruni

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

5.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the

City of Laredo's FY 2001-2002 Full Time Equivalent positions by amending the budget and creating one district chief and one captain for the International Fire Training Facility Division in the Fire Department.  Funding for these positions is available in the reserve appropriations and will be transferred to the International Training Facility Division in the amount of $40,454.00.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. Bruni

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. Galo

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

 

VIII.   GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

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

 

1.  Status on Chacon Creek clean up and Texas Parks & Wildlife Grant.

 

      Motion to postpone.

 

      Moved:  Cm. Galo

      Second:  Cm. Amaya

      For:    8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2.  Operation Clean up for District III.

 

      Motion to postpone.

 

      Moved:  Cm. Galo

      Second:  Cm. Amaya

      For:    8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

3.  Authorizing allocation of $25,000.00 from discretionary funds for playground

     equipment for Santa Fe Park.          

 

      Motion to postpone.

 

      Moved:  Cm. Galo

      Second:  Cm. Amaya

      For:    8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

              B.  Request by Council Member Johnny Amaya

 

1.  Status report on the Inner City Park.

 

      Motion to postpone.

 

      Moved:  Cm. Galo

      Second:  Cm. Amaya

      For:    8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

           

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

 

1.  Discussion with possible action regarding Casa Verde water sewer extension

     project.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member Louis H. Bruni)

 

      Motion to postpone.

 

 

      Moved:  Cm. Galo

      Second:  Cm. Amaya

      For:    8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

               D.  Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

1.  Discussion with possible action on the use of Las Palmas Park for the Easter

     Sunday Holiday.

 

      Motion to postpone.

 

      Moved:  Cm. Galo

      Second:  Cm. Amaya

      For:    8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

2.  Status report on the two city blocks owned by the City at River Drive Mall on

     Ventura and Piedregal.

 

      Motion to postpone.

 

      Moved:  Cm. Galo

      Second:  Cm. Amaya

      For:    8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

3.  Status report on 2615 San Agustin.

 

      Motion to postpone.

 

      Moved:  Cm. Galo

      Second:  Cm. Amaya

      For:    8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

7.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Corpus Christi SMSA Limited

Partnership, dba Cingular Wireless, by its general partner, Southwestern Bell Wireless, L.L.C. for ground space at the Fire Station located at 5210 Highway 359 Laredo, Webb County, Texas and being more fully described in exhibit "A" of lease agreement to construct on such premises a 100 feet high monopole and related equipment building for use with is communications business.  Term of the lease is ten (10) years commencing March 25, 2002 and ending March 24, 2012 with three (3) successive renewal terms of five (5) years.  Annual base rent shall be $8,400.00 each year during the term of the lease and will be adjusted by four percent (4%) on each anniversary of the commencement date, providing for publication and effective date.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

8.  Amending Ordinance 98-071 by authorizing the City Manager to execute an amendment

to that certain ground lease between the City of Laredo and ATC Tower Services, dated October 20, 1998, for the purpose of correctly describing the property that the City of Laredo is leasing to ATC Tower Services.  All terms and conditions of the lease remain in full force and effect.

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

X.        FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES 

 

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

 

Motion to waive the final readings of Ordinance # 2002-O-037, # 2002-0-038, # 2002-O-039,  # 2002-O-040,  # 2002-O-041,  # 2002-O-042,  # 2002-O-043,  # 2002-O-045,  # 2002-O-046, # 2002-O-047, # 2002-O-048, and #  2002-O-049.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Bruni

For:    8                                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

9.  2002-O-037  Authorizing the City Manager to amend FY 2001-2002 budget in the

amount of $17,833.00 in additional funds for the Tuberculosis Elimination  

Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2001, through August 31, 2002. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2002-O-037.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Bruni

For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                 2002-O-038  Authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute all documentation  

                                       from the Texas Department of Health for the HIV/AIDS Housing        

   Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Project of the City of Laredo Health

   Department in the amount of $55,072.00 in additional funds for the period

   beginning February 1, 2002, through January 31, 2003, amending the City

   of Laredo FY 2001-2002 budget in the same amount.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2002-O-038.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Bruni

For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2002-O-039  Establishing a fee structure for Tecolote Baseball Game ticket prices at

    Veteran's Field, including special rates for senior citizens age 55 and over 

    as well as children 12 and under.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2002-O-039.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Bruni

For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

     2002-O-040  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning               

   4.06 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in  

   attached exhibit "A", located south of Mines Road and approximately 5

   miles west of La Bota Ranch Subdivision, from AG (Agricultural District)

   to M-1 (Light Manufacturing District); providing for publication and

   effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended

   approval of the proposed zone change.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2002-O-040.

 

Moved:  Cm.Galo

Second:  Cm. Bruni

For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                       

2002-O-041  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning

Lot 252, Block 13, Del Mar Hills Subdivision, Section 1, Area "A", located at #2 Lindenwood Drive, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-O (Residential-Office District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed zone change.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2002-O-041.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Bruni

For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                 2002-O-042  Authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit to Harry E. Sames, III for

  an above ground fuel storage tank on Lot 1, Block 1, TXDOT-IH-35

  Subdivision, Phase I, located at 6105 San Dario Avenue; providing for

  publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has

  recommended approval of the proposed Special Use Permit.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2002-O-042.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Bruni

For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                 2002-O-043  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning

   Lot 9, Block 1108, Western Division, located at 117 Houston Street from

   B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District);

   providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning

   Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2002-O-043.

 

 

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Bruni

For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                 2002-O-045  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning

   0.0145 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached exhibit

   "A", located east of the Bob Bullock Loop and north of Del Mar Blvd.

   from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-4 (Highway

   Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.  The

   Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the

   proposed zone change.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2002-O-045.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Bruni

For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                 2002-O-046  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2001-2002 General Fund Budget by

   transferring $22,000.00 from the General Fund Reserve Appropriation. 

   The amendment will withdraw $22,000.00 and transfer the monies to the

   Veterans Field Fund amending the Professional Services-Tecolotes

   Contract line item by $22,000.  This transfer is for the purpose of fulfilling

   contractual obligations with Grupo Vision Empresarial d.b.a. Tecolotes de

   Los Dos Laredos. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2002-O-046.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Bruni

For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                 2002-O-047  Amending Ordinance 2001-O-259 by adding voting precincts 227 and 250        

                                       to District II; defining and correcting boundary lines for precincts 227,

                                       250, and 231; and providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2002-O-047.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Bruni

For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                 2002-O-048  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease renewal with Pinkerton

                           for two office spaces totaling approximately 500 square feet and

                           located at International Bridges I & II.

 

1.  Lease term is for one (1) year commencing on November 1, 2001

     and ending on October 31, 2002.

 

2.  Monthly rent will be $2,000.00 for both properties.

 

3.  City of Laredo may terminate this lease with ninety (90) days

     written notice.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2002-O-048.

 

Moved: Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Bruni

For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                 2002-O-049  Authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute all documentation

                                       from the Texas Department of Health for the Tuberculosis

                                       Prevention/Control Federal Project of the City of Laredo Health

                                       Department in the amount of $161,793.00 for the period beginning January  

                                       1, 2002, through December 31, 2002, and amending the City of Laredo's

                                       FY 2001-2002 budget in the same amount. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2002-O-049.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Bruni

For:     8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

           

            10.  2002-R-018  Authorizing the use of surplus proceeds from the City of Laredo - Public

Property Finance Contractual Obligations (PPFCO), Series 2000-A, in the amount of $33,000.00, for the purchase of one, service truck and cutter mower attachment for the Parks and Recreation Department; and authorizing the purchase of this service truck through the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative (Buy Board) contract from Lawrence Marshall Dealerships, Austin, Texas, in the total amount of $21,165.00. 

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2002-R-018.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Bruni

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

            11.  2002-R-020  Authorizing the use of surplus proceeds from the City of Laredo -

Contractual Obligations, Series 97-B Certificate of Obligation, in the amount of $49,318.00, for the purchase of security system equipment for the City Hall building; and awarding contract number FY01-067, to the Low Bidder, AET, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $49,318.00, for the purchase and installation of security equipment at the City Hall building.  The system will include video surveillance, intrusion (alarm), and building access equipment. 

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2002-R-020.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Bruni

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

12.  2002-R-021  Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the Office

of the National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) to fund the Laredo Financial Disruption Task Force at no cost to the City.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2002-R-021.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Bruni

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

13.  2002-R-022  Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the Office

of the National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) to fund the Public Corruption Task Force at no cost to the City.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2002-R-022.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Bruni

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

14.  2002-R-023  Authorizing the City Manager to submit an application to the United

States Environmental Protection Agency for a grant in the amount of $150,000.00 with the City designating $7,500.00 in matching funds and/or in-kind services for a total of $157,500.00 to be used for a municipal storm water inspection training and Inflow/Infiltration study to identify sewer infiltration into the storm sewer system.  Matching funds are available in the NPDES Fund.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2002-R-023.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Bruni

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

15.  2002-R-024  Ordering and proclaiming a general city election to be held on Saturday,

May 4, 2002; designating polling places; designating a run-off date; providing for publication; and authorizing the City Manager to enter into contract with the Webb County Elections Administrator for the purpose of conducting a joint election with the City of Laredo.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2002-R-024.

 

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Bruni

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

16.  2002-R-025  Resolution opposing the unilateral sponsorship and construction by Webb

County of a bridge across the Rio Grande within the corporate city limits of the City of Laredo; refusing the consent of the City of Laredo to the construction by Webb County of a bridge across the Rio Grande River within the corporate limits of the City of Laredo; and setting forth reasons for such opposition and refusal of consent.

 

 Motion to approve Resolution # 2002-R-025.

 

 Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

 Second:  Cm. Galo

 For:    6                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  2

                                                                                                                                    Cm. Amaya

                                                                                                                                    Mayor  Pro

                                                                                                                                    Tempore Valdez

 

XII.     MOTIONS

 

17.  Consideration to award contract number FY 02-071, to the Sole Bidder, Naztec, Inc.,

Sugar Land, Texas, in the amount of $102,100.00 for the purchase of eight traffic signal cabinets and controllers.  These will be installed at the following intersections:  McPherson & Jacaman, Jacaman & Loop 20, Jacaman & Sinatra Parkway, San Francisco & US 59, Jefferson & San Francisco, Cielito Lindo & US 83, Wal-Mart entrance & Loop 20, and Del Mar & Country Club Drive.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Project Fund, Sports and Community Venue Fund (Arena Project) and 1998 Contractual Obligations proceeds.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

18.  Motion to award a professional services contract to Garza, Martinez & Company,

P.L.L.C., Certified Public Accountants for a period of two years in the amounts not to exceed $80,000.00 and $77,000.00 to provide audit services for fiscal year ending September 30, 2002 and for fiscal year ending September 30, 2003.  Contract will be subject to future budget appropriation for fiscal year 2003 and 2004.  Audit fees will be allocated to the professional services line item among the different funds to be audited.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. J. Valdez, Jr.

Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Valdez

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

19.  Consideration for approval of amendment no. 2 an increase of $388,000.00 to the

architectural/engineering contract with Frank Architects, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the Gateway to the Americas Bridge (Bridge I) Access, Export Lot & Parking Lot Modifications to prepare construction documents, specifications and bid documents.  Funding is available in the Bridge Improvements Project.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

20.  Approval of selection of consultant and authorization to negotiate a professional

services contract with Carter & Burgess, Inc. Fort Worth, Texas to provide consulting ervices for the Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) storm water permit application project.  The purpose of the project is to develop a comprehensive TPDES stormwater permit application for the City of Laredo to comply with the state and federal stormwater regulations.  Funding is available in the NPDES Fund.  The scope of services that include, but are not limited to the following elements.

 

1. Review and analyze the stormwater data for the last five years,

 

2. Review the legal authority, and produce the outfall information in GIS format,

 

3. Review the revenue and expenditure for the proposed permit compliance,

 

4. Prepare, submit and negotiate the permit with TNRCC to represent the City's best    

    interest to protect the waters of the United States,

 

5.  Agency Coordination (TNRCC/EPA/IBWC/USACE etc.) for necessary permits and

     approval.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

21.  Rescinding the award of 2001 Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) Funds of $15,200.00 to

the local chapter of the Salvation Army as per the request of the same, and further authorizing the increase of 2001 ESG funds to the Laredo Webb County Community Action Agency (CAA) from $15,200.00 to $30,400.00 for the provision of homeless prevention assistance.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

22.  Consideration to award contract number FY02-070, for the purchase of vehicles

       authorized in the FY 02 budget to the following bidders:    

 

Philpott Motors, Nederland, Tx. -  $373,511.00

5 - Sport Utility Vehicles, 4 x 4  - $144,270.00   - Low Bidder Meeting    

     Specifications

1 - Full Size Car - $20,594.00 - Low Bidder Meeting Specifications

1 - 1/2 ton Truck - $15,696.00 - Low Bidder

9 - 3/4 ton Trucks, 4 dr. crew cab, long bed - $192,951.00 -  Low Bidder

 

Paul Young Co., Laredo, Texas - $263,155.00

1 - Mini Passenger Van - $19,184.00  - Bidders Principal Place of Business

     Provision

1 - Mid Size Car- $13,484.00 - Low Bidder

9 - 1/2 ton Reg. Cab Truck, long bed - $131,787.00 - Bidders Principal Place of

     Business Provision

4 - 1/2 ton Trucks, 4 dr. crew cab, short bed - $98,700.00 - Low Bidder Meeting

     Specifications

 

Boerne Chrysler, Boerne, TX.  - $254,830.26

1 - 8 passenger van - $17,974.00  -  Low Bidder

2 - 3/4 ton Cargo vans w/racks - $32,613.26  - Low Bidder Meeting Specifications

6 - 3/4 Ton Ext. Cab Truck  - $111,252.00  -  Low Bidder Meeting Specifications

4 -  1/2 Ext. Cab Truck, short bed - $72,280.00 - Low Bidder

1 - 1/2 Ton Ext. Cab Truck, short bed, 4 x 4 - $20,711.00 - Low Bidder

 

Motion to approve bid by Paul Young Co., as it offers the local government the best combination of contract price and additional economic development opportunities and is within 3 % of the lowest bid price received for the ten vehicles.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

23.  Consideration for approval of change order no. 1 an increase of $28,600.00 to the

construction with C.F. Jordan, L.P., El Paso, Texas, for the rehabilitation of concrete bridge deck, repairs, structural evaluation and assessment of load carrying capacity, and strengthening of the Laredo International Bridge 1 for the additional milling of unforeseen existing concrete topping and scarifying of the bridge deck.  Funding is available in the Bridge System Toll Plaza Improvements.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

24.  Amending the City Capital Improvement Program Number 04-225-003 to include a

       sidewalk project for Stewart Street. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

25.  Award of a design build contract to Reliant Energy, in the amount not to exceed

$455,985.00 and authorizing the City Manager to execute the necessary contract document for the design and build contract for a CNG fueling facility for the City of Laredo.  Funding is available in the Fleet Management Fund.

 

Motion to postpone.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Bruni

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            26.  Consideration to accept the Shiloh Drive Widening Project from IH 35 McPherson

Road and approval of final payment in the amount of $62,533.70 to Price Construction, Inc. Laredo, Texas.  Final contract amount is $609,392.10.  Funding is available in the Shiloh Widening Project.           

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Bruni

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

27.  Consideration to award a professional services contract in the amount not to exceed

$52,450.00 to Foster Engineering Company, Laredo, Texas, for surveying services along Chacon Creek from Rio Grande River to Hwy 359 in conjunction with the Chacon Creek Flood Management Program and Park Development.  Funding is available in the CD Projects/Chacon Creek Improvements.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Bruni

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

28.  Authorizing City Manager to enter into contract with St. Augustine High School for use

of Veterans Field for the 2002 baseball season and granting request to waive all existing fees.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Bruni

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

29.  Consideration to award a one year contract to Hector Chapa, Juan Gamez and Miguel

Gamez d.b.a. J&H Concessions to provide food and beverage concessions as well as alcoholic beverage sales at Veterans Field for a twelve (12) month term.  Services will be provided for the twenty (20) games for the 2002 season of the Tecolotes de Los Dos Laredos and any other event at Veterans Field.  The concessionaire pays a 20-percent commission to the City of its gross sales on food, beverage and alcohol.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Bruni

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            30.  Consideration for the City of Laredo to renew their contract with Grupo Vision

Empresarial, Nuevo Laredo, S.A. de C.V., a Mexican corporation operating as the Tecolotes de Los Dos Laredos of the professional "Triple-A" Mexican Baseball League for the 2002 season and in an amount not to exceed $150,000. The Tecolotes play twenty (20) games at Veterans Field.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Bruni

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

31.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Interim Agreement for Secondary Water

Supply Services with the Laredo City Water Local Government Corporation, at a cost not to exceed $280,000.00, while completing negotiations for the Secondary Water Supply Agreement, and appropriating funds not to exceed $280,000.00 for such purpose from the Water Availability Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Bruni

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XIII.    STAFF REPORTS

 

32.  Presentation by the Traffic Safety Department regarding the speeding concern within

       the Buena Vista Subdivision, with possible action.

 

       Motion to postpone.

 

       Moved:  Cm. Galo

       Second:  Cm. Bruni

                   For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

33.  Status report on the construction of a Veteran's Monument at the Civic Center grounds.

 

       Motion to postpone.

 

       Moved:  Cm. Galo

       Second:  Cm. Bruni

       For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XIV.    EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

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

 

XV.           RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MUNICIPAL HOUSING CORPORATION

 

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

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Bruni

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

34.  Consideration to award contract number FY 02-070 to the Low Bidder, Boerne

Chrysler, Boerne, Texas, in the amount of $18,070.00 for the purchase of one 1/2 ton extended cab truck and Paul Young Company, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $14,643.00 for the purchase of one, 1/2 ton regular cab truck.  Funding is available in the Municipal Housing budget.  The truck being purchased from the Paul Young Company, Laredo, Texas is being secured using provisions of Section 271.905 of the Local Government Code that allow municipalities with a population less than 200,000 to consider the location of the bidders principal place of business in awarding contracts.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Bruni

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Motion to adjourn as the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation and convene as the Laredo City Water Local Government Corporation.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Bruni

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XVI.    RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO CITY WATER LOCAL

GOVERNMENT CORPORATION

 

35.  2002-RW-002  Authorizing the President of The Laredo City Water Local Government

Corporation to execute an advanced authorization to proceed agreement with MWH Americas, Inc. for interim work while finalizing negotiations for the Secondary Water Supply Agreement, at a cost not to exceed $280,000.00.

 

Motion to approve 2002-RW-2002.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Bruni

For:    8                            Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

Motion to adjourn as the Laredo City Water Local Government Corporation and convene as the Laredo City Council.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                                   Against:  0                                         Abstain:  0

 

Motion to ratify the order of the agenda items as was followed by City Council this evening.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Galo

            Second:  Cm. Agredano

            For:    8                                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XVII.   ADJOURNMENT

 

Motion to adjourn.                                                                                        Time:  6:10 p.m.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:      8                                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

I, Gustavo Guevara, Jr., City Secretary, do hereby certify that the above minutes contained in pages 01 through 19 are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council meeting held on March 11, 2002.

 

                                                                                                ____________________

                                                                                                Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                                                City Secretary