CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2005-R-19

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

October 3, 2005

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

            Hector Garcia,                                                                          Council Member, District II

            John C.  Galo,                                                                          Council Member, District III

            Johnny Amaya,                                                             Council Member, District IV

            Johnny Rendon                                                             Council Member, District V

            Gene Belmares,                                                                        Council Member, District VI

            Jose A.  Valdez, Jr.,                                                                 Mayor Pro Tem, District VII

            Juan Ramirez,                                                                           Council Member, District VIII

            Gustavo Guevara, Jr.,                                                               City Secretary

            Larry Dovalina,                                                                         City Manager

            Cynthia Collazo,                                                                       Deputy City Manager

            Jaime Flores,                                                                            City Attorney

           

IV.       MINUTES

            Approval of the minutes of August 1, 2005 and September 12, 2005.

 

            Motion to approve.

            Moved: Cm. Agredano

            Second: Cm. Amaya

            For:    7                                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Cm. Garcia was not present, but arrived at 5:52 p.m.

           

 

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

            Announcements

a.  Announcing the binational initiative for Día del Rio, scheduled for October 15, 2005, in

which the City of Laredo, Keep Laredo Beautiful, the Lamar Bruni Vergara Environmental Science Center and the Rio Grande International Study Center together with Mexico’s Comisión Internacional de Limites y Aguas will join in hosting a beautification project along the banks of the Rio Grande River.

 

Lynne Nava, Executive Director for Keep Laredo Beautiful, invited everyone to the LCC campus on October 15, 2005 at 8:00 a.m.  They will be doing several activities including the clearing up of trails while at the same time learning about our environment. 

 

            Invitations

 

            None.

 

            Recognitions

a.  Recognizing the City of Laredo Customer Service Representatives as part of Customer

     Service Week.

 

Eddie Zavala, Customer Service Coordinator, reported that this week is Customer Service Week and a proclamation was read shortly before the City Council meeting.  He  introduced the City’s customer service representatives who were in the audience and stated that they are indeed true problem solvers.  He added that the City of Laredo employees take pride in providing great customer service to everyone. 

 

b.  Congratulating Dr. Hector F. Gonzalez, Health Department Director, as a recipient of the

     OTHLI Award by the Mexican Consul during the Fiestas Patrias.

 

Mayor Flores and City Council congratulated Dr. Hector F. Gonzalez on his special recognition.  The OTHLI recognition consists of a silver medallion and a diploma, the medallion represents an Aztec god with a machete cutting pasture.  Othli is a Nahuatl word meaning “road”. In this case, it means “he who opens a road”, which is to say, those who have dedicated a great part of their life to the betterment of the Mexican community by opening roads and creating opportunities. 

 

c.  Recognizing Luis Gerardo Perez, from United High School, for his philanthropic efforts

demonstrated through his community service project of collecting sports equipment to donate to our sister City of Lampazos, Nuevo Leon.

 

Mayor Flores presented Mr. Luis G. Perez , a senior at United High School, with a Certificate of Recognition for his philanthropic efforts in providing this opportunity to children who would otherwise not be able to participate in sports. 

 

 

 

            Communiqués

 

Cm. Galo congratulated everyone involved in the team walk held this past weekend at the LCC South campus in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Week.  He stated that there were over 250 participants involved at the event.

 

Cm. Belmares announced that a joint Town Hall meeting would be held on Thursday, October 6, 2005, at 6:30 p.m. at United Middle School to include representatives from United Independent School District and the County of Webb.  He added that this will be another opportunity for the residents of District VI to share their concerns over different issues and discuss ongoing projects within District VI.  He also congratulated the Boys and Girls Club members who are kicking off their flag football season.  He thanked the parents for their involvement during the practices and games.

 

Mayor Pro Tem Valdez thanked everyone who attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Lilia Perez Community Center. He thanked his fellow council members and city staff for their attendance at the ceremony. 

 

Mayor Flores thanked the entire Emergency Management team for their participation at a debriefing held on Thursday, September 29, 2005.  Everything went exceptionally well in preparation for the influx of visitors due to the possibility of a natural disaster hitting our neighboring communities.   She thanked Erasmo Villarreal, Community Development Director, for his coordination efforts and for the exceptional job done in mobilizing everyone to do the best job possible. 

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

a.  Appointment by Council Member John Galo of Melissa Cigarroa to the Laredo

     Commission for Women.

 

     Motion to approve.

 

     Moved:  Cm. Agredano

     Second:  Cm. Ramirez

     For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

b.  Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores’ appointment of a Council Committee to work with City staff

     to bring a semi-professional baseball team to Veterans Field. 

 

Mayor Flores named Cm. John C. Galo, Mayor Pro Tem Jose A. Valdez, Jr. and Cm. Gene Belmares to serve on the committee.  

 

VII.     PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

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

City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a nationalization of vehicles enterprise on Lots 8-12, Block 808, Western Division, located at 3019 San Bernardo Avenue; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the proposed Conditional Use Permit.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Garcia

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ms. Maria Peña, member of the Flores Partnership, stated that she is willing to comply with all the regulations in order to improve the property for issuance of the conditional use permit. 

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Ramirez

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Valdez

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

Ordinance Introduction:   Cm. Ramirez

 

2.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager’s acceptance of

a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the amount of $87,750.00 with $29,250.00 in matching funds for a total of $117,000.00 and amending the City of Laredo’s Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Annual Budget for the NPDES Fund by appropriating the said grant revenue to the appropriate expenditure accounts. The grant funds will be used for the Chacon Creek Stream Restoration Project, Phase-2. 

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Garcia

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

3.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year

2005 – 2006 Communication System Fund Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $1,400,000.00 respectively. The revenues are from lease purchase proceeds related to financing of necessary equipment for the 800 MHz Radio Communication System.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Valdez

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Valdez

For:    8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:   City Council

 

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

Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 250th Anniversary Celebration Budget to appropriate a fund balance in the amount of $25,230.00 for a total budget of $59,665.00 for scheduled 250th Anniversary Celebration Events.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

5.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo 2005 – 2006

Annual Budget for the Communication System Fund in the amount of $1,159,758.00.  The City of Laredo will be utilizing these funds for the purchase of equipment for the City of Laredo’s proposed 800 MHz Trunking Radio Communication Project.  Funding is available as a transfer-in from various City Departments.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo 

Second:  Cm. Rendon

For:    8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

6.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year

2005 – 2006 Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $16,500.00 in grant funds from the United States –Mexico Border Health Commission in coordination with the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) for the Border Binational Health Week of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning October 1, 2005 through October 23, 2005.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Valdez

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:   City Council

 

7.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 15, Health and Sanitation,

Article VI “Indoor Clean Air”, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo, Texas by amending Sections 15-78 through 15-81; “Smoking in Public Places”, providing for violations, enforcement and penalties of the policies implementing this chapter, providing severability; and providing for an effective date and publication.

 

Motion to postpone and instruct staff to conduct a workshop.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

                                                                                                                                                                               

8.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo 2005 – 2006

Annual Budget in the amount of $124,624.00 and accepting a grant awarded by the Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance, in the amount of $124,624.00 for the 2005 – 2006 Justice Assistance Grant. The Office of Justice Programs is contributing the full grant amount of $124,624.00 with no match amount required of the City of Laredo. The City of Laredo and Webb County will each receive $62,312.00. The City of Laredo will utilize this funding for the purchase of equipment for Homeland Security purposes by the Laredo Police Department for the period of October 1, 2004 through September 30, 2008.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:   City Council

 

9.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance accepting a grant in the amount of $94,442.00

from the Texas Department of Transportation for the Comprehensive Commercial Motor Vehicle STEP Program and amending the City of Laredo’s Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Annual Budget in the amount of $44,442.00. The City of Laredo will be contributing a cash match in the amount of $24,668.00 for a total grant amount of $119,110.00. This grant is for overtime and fringe benefits.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Garcia

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Agredano

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:     8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

  10.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo’s 2005 – 2006

Annual Budget in the Capital Grant Fund by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $1,750,000.00 received in federal funds in 2005 to initiate the installation and activation of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget.

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

11.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year

2005 – 2006 Annual Budget for the Water Operations Fund by increasing the Full Time Equivalent positions (FTE’s) by five (5) and drawing down an opening balance and appropriating expenses in the amount of $469,424.00, for the addition of a five (5) member water distribution crew and equipment. 

 

Motion to open the public hearing.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:   8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

There was no public input.

 

Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Belmares

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

     

VIII.    FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

            Motion to waive the final readings of Ordinance # 2005-O-233, # 2005-O-234, # 2005-O-235, # 2005-O-236, # 2005-O-237, # 2005-O-238, # 2005-O-239, # 2005-O-240, # 2005-O-241, # 2005-O-242, # 2005-O-243, # 2005-O-244, # 2005-O-245, # 2005-O-246, # 2005-O-247, # 2005-O-248, # 2005-O-249, # 2005-O-250, and #2005-O-251. 

 

            Moved:  Cm. Galo

            Second:  Cm. Agredano

            For:    8                                                Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

12.  2005-O-233  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by

authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a mechanic, auto painting and body shop on Lot 5 and North 2/3 Lot 3, Block 927, Western Division, located at 3606 and 3616 Santa Maria Avenue; providing for publication and effective date. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-233.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain: 0

 

2005-O-234  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

3.16 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit  “A”, located at the northwest corner of Logistic Drive and Mines Road, from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.  

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-234.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain: 0

  

                   2005-O-235  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

     3.72 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit

     “A”, located at 100 W. Village Boulevard, from B-3 (Community

     Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for

     publication and effective date. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-235.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain: 0       

 

                   2005-O-236  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by

     authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for an outdoor amusement service

     on Lot 1A, Block 1, McPherson Acres Development Subdivision Unit 1,

     located at 5702 McPherson Road; providing for publication and effective

     date. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-236.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain: 0

 

                    2005-O-237  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by

     authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for outdoor storage of building

     materials on Lots 1 & 8 and west 1/3 of Lots 2 & 7, Block 9, Eastern

     Division, located at 601 Market Street; providing for publication and

     effective date. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-237.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain: 0

 

                   2005-O-238  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by

     authorizing a Special Use Permit for the addition of an antenna to an

     existing communication tower on Lot 1, Block 1, U.S. Cellular

     Subdivision, located at 27005 F.M. 1472 (Mines Rd.); providing for

     publication and effective date.   

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-238.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain: 0

 

                   2005-O-239  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by

     authorizing a Special Use Permit for oil and/or gas extraction on 1.65

     acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”,

     located along Wormser Road; providing for publication and effective

     date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-239.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

  

                   2005-O-240  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning

     5.6 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit

     “A”, located at 4307 Loop 20, from R-1 (Single Family Residential

     District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for

     publication and effective date. 

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-240.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                               Against:  0                                Abstain: 0

 

                   2005-O-241  Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2004 – 2005 Airport

     Construction Budget to recognize additional revenues from a grant

     received from the Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement

     Program being Grant Project No. 3-48-0136-46-05 in the amount of

     $1,000,000.00 to acquire Runway Protection Zone (RPZ) Land abutting

     the Laredo International Airport and appropriating said grant revenues to

     the appropriate expenditure accounts and authorizing the City Manager to

     implement said Budget amendment.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-241.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain: 0

 

2005-O-242  Amending the lease agreement with the Airport’s Fixed Base Operators

 and Self Fuelers by increasing the Fuel Flow Fee Rate from $0.055 to   

$0.060 per gallon of aviation fuel received by the Airport’s Fixed Base

Operators and Self Fuelers at the Laredo International Airport; providing

for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-242.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain: 0

 

2005-O-243  Authorizing the City Manager to amend Ordinance No. 2002-O-195 dated                  August 19, 2002, Establishing and Adopting Commercial Aircraft

Landing Fees and Landing Fee Rate for the Laredo International Airport, as follows: Increase the Signatory Landing Fee rate from $0.60 to $0.75, and add a Non-Signatory Non-Tenant airline category at a rate of $1.20 per thousand (1,000) pounds gross landed weight; providing for an effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-243.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain: 0

 

                   2005-O-244  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into an Interlocal Agreement with

    Webb County for the construction of a Splash Park at Father McNaboe

    Park and improvements at Lafayette and Farias Splash Parks, attached as

    Exhibit A and amending the Fiscal Year 2004 – 2005 Parks Capital Grants

    Fund to appropriate revenues and expenditures, provided by Webb

    County, in the amount of $275,000.00 for the Splash Park construction at

    Father McNaboe Park.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-244.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain: 0

 

 

 

2005-O-245  Amending the City of Laredo 2004 – 2005 Annual Budget by decreasing

revenues in the amount of $30,252.00 and accepting a grant awarded by the Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division in the amount of $49,748.00 for the 2005 – 2006 Violence Against Women Grant. The Office of the Governor is contributing $49,748.00 with the City designating $106,745.00 in matching funds for a total grant amount of $156,493.00. This funding will be used for the Domestic Awareness Response Team Program under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) for the period of September 1, 2005 through August 31, 2006.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-245.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain: 0

 

2005-O-246  Amending Ordinance No. 92-O-194, dated November 23, 1992, which

authorized the City of Laredo Police Department to charge designated fees for copies of case reports and traffic accident reports, and for arrest record searches and letters relating to thereof, fingerprint work and validating of taxicab meters to increase each fee designated therein; providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-246.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain: 0

 

                   2005-O-247  Authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute an amendment to

     Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Operating Grant TX-90-X664-01

     To increase the grant by $1,016,596.00 from $2,081,869.00 to

     $3,098,465.00; and to amend the Transit System’s Operating Budget by

     increasing the Fiscal Year 2004 – 2005 FTA Operating Grant

     Contribution and decreasing the Transit Sales Tax match for Operations

     by $1,016,596.00 and providing for grant funds to be deposited in the

     City of Laredo Transit Fund.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-247.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain: 0

 

                   2005-O-248  Closing as a public easement that section of the 300 Block of North New

    York Avenue between Chacon and Piedra China Streets, situated in the

    Eastern Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas, and providing

    for an effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-248.

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain: 0

                   2005-O-249  Closing as a public easement a 34.55 sq. ft. (6.91’ x 5) parcel of land,

more or less, out of the 1300 block of Green Street between S. Stone Avenue and the former S. Loring Avenue.”; authorizing the sale of the “Surface Only” of said parcel of land at the market value of $82.92; and authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey fee simple title to Patricia O. Hernandez and providing for an effective date. Said parcel of land is being encroached upon by the improvements of the abutting property being the N 2/3 of Lot 7, Block 714, Eastern Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, described in attached Exhibit “A.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-249.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                              Against: 0                                 Abstain: 0

 

                   2005-O-250  Designating as a one-way northbound the 1600, 1700 and 1800 Blocks of

     Milmo Avenue, between Mier Street and Lane Street, during the peak

     hours of 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., and 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday

     through Friday, during school days; providing for the installation of

     appropriate signs to indicate one-way traffic in the north direction; and

     providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-250.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                   2005-O-251  Designating as a one-way westbound the 1200 and 1300 Blocks of

     Galveston Street, between Loring Avenue and McPherson Avenue,

     during the peak hours of 7:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m., and 2:30 p.m. to 3:45

     p.m., Monday through Friday, during school days; providing for the

     installation of appropriate signs to indicate one-way traffic in the

     westbound direction; and providing for publication and effective date.

 

Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2005-O-251.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:     8                              Against:  0                                Abstain: 0

 

 

 

 

IX.       RESOLUTIONS

 

13.  2005-R-049  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into an Interlocal Government

Agreement with Webb County, wherein the City of Laredo will design and construct the water and sewer improvements for Colonia Tanquecitos I, and Webb County agrees to pay the costs of design and construction of sewer improvements only, in an amount not to exceed $500,000.00, with grant monies Webb County received from the Office of Rural Community Affairs (ORCA), to be spent in compliance with ORCA’s rules and regulations.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2005-R-049.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Valdez

For:    7                                Against: 0                                 Abstain: 1

                                                                                                                                    Cm. Amaya

 

14. 2005-R-063  Accepting the donation of a 0.9183 acre (40,000 sq. ft.), more or less,

parcel of land from Killam Ranch Properties, Ltd., for the construction of an elevated water storage tank in the Northeast Laredo area. Said parcel of land being situated in Porcion 23, Abstract 283, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; as described by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits A and B. 

 

Mr. Jed Brown, representing the Killam Family, stated that they started working with city staff over a year ago for construction of the water storage tank.  As of last Friday, they have delivered documents to the City to consummate the transaction. 

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2005-R-063.

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Valdez

For:    8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

15.  2005-R-094  Accepting the donation of one (1) utility easement from Margarita

Rodriguez, Alberto Villa, Esteban Trevino, Socorro Romero, Brenda Newcomb, and Roberto Garza, Jr., for the Pueblo Nuevo Subdivision Easement Acquisition Project.  This being a 0.3457 acre, more or less, parcel of land which is out of Lot X1, Block 20, Pueblo Nuevo Subdivision, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; as described by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits A and B. 

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2005-R-094.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Valdez

For:    8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

16.  2005-R-095  Accepting the donation of one (1) utility easement from Francisco Guerra,

Jr., for the extension of utility services lines to the Laredo Ranchettes Subdivision. This being a strip of land containing 0.17 of an acre, more or less, out of Francisco Guerra, Jr’s., 39.24 acre tract, Parcel 3, and being  situated in Porcion 32, Abstract 296, Webb County, Texas, as described by metes and bounds and survey attached as Exhibits A and B. 

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2005-R-095.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Valdez

For:    8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

17.  2005-R-096  Accepting the donation of one (1) utility easement from Francisco Guerra,

Sr., for the extension of utility services lines to the Laredo Ranchettes Subdivision. This being a strip of land containing 0.21 of an acre, more or less, out of Francisco Guerra Sr., 39.24 acre tract, Parcel 2, and being situated in Porcion 32, Abstract 296, Webb County, Texas, as described by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits A and B. 

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2005-R-096.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Valdez

For:    8                                Against:  0                                Abstain: 0

 

18.  2005-R-097  Accepting the donation of one (1) utility easement from Ana Laura

Gomez for the extension of utility services lines to the San Carlos Subdivision, Phase I. This being a strip of land 15.00 feet in width, containing 2,194.20 square feet or 0.050 of an acre, more or less, over and across Lot 3, Block 1, as recorded in Volume 4, page 34, plat records, Webb County, Texas, and described by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits A and B. 

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2005-R-097.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Valdez

For:    8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

19.  2005-R-098  Accepting the donation of one parcel of land as a utility easement from

Vaquillas Development, Ltd., for the North American Development Bank Water Distribution Project, said parcel containing 1.489 acres, more or less, and being situated in the City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, out of a 189.07 acre tract of land described in deed from E. G. Ranch, Ltd., to Vaquillas Development, Ltd., and recorded in Volume 1169, Pages 311-320, Webb County Official Public Records, and described by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits A and B.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2005-R-098.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Valdez

For:    8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

20.  2005-R-099  Declaring the public necessity to acquire the “Surface Only” of a parcel of

land legally described as  Lots 3B & 3C, in Block 1 of the William Bejarano Replat, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, as delineated on attached copy of City Plat, to be used as part of the Airport Runway Protection Zone for Runway 35R, and authorizing staff to initiate negotiations and acquire the property at its market value to be established by State Certified Independent Real Estate Appraisers; and further authorizing relocation benefit payments in accordance with the provisions of the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Act of 1970, as amended.  

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2005-R-099.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Valdez

For:    8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

21.  2005-R-100  Accepting the donation of one parcel of land as a utility easement from

Hilltop Farms, Ltd., for the North American Development Bank Water Distribution Project, said parcel containing 1.220 acres, more or less, situated in Porcion 33, Abstract 3084 and Porcion 34, Abstract 762, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, and described by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits A and B. 

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2005-R-100.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Valdez

For:    8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

22.  2005-R-101  Accepting the donation of two parcels of land as utility easements from E.

G. Ranch, Ltd., for the North American Development Bank Water Distribution Project, these being:

 

(1)  A parcel of land containing 4.148 acres, more or less, situated in

the  City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas out of a 20.000 acre tract described in deed from Marvin E. Melson to E. G. Ranch Ltd., and recorded in Volume 1190, Pages 103-105, Webb County Real Property Records and out of a 924.0 acre tract described in deed from Eloy Garcia and Bonnie L. Garcia to E. G. Ranch, Ltd., and recorded in Volume 451, Page 16, Webb County Real Property Records, and described  by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits A and B. 

 

(2) A parcel of land containing 0.020 acres, more or less, situated in the City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, out of a 20.000 acre tract described in deed from Marvin E. Melson to E. G. Ranch, Ltd., and recorded in Volume 1190, Pages 103-105, Webb County Real Property Records, and described by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits C and D.

 

    Motion to approve Resolution # 2005-R-101.

 

    Moved:  Cm. Galo

    Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Valdez

    For:    8                            Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

23.  2005-R-102  Declaring the public necessity to acquire the “Surface Only” of three

parcels of land for the McPherson Road/Hillside Road Intersection Reconstruction Project, these being:

 

(1)  A 50-square foot parcel of land out of Lot 1, Block 1, Samlon Joint Venture Subdivision, Phase I, as recorded in Volume 09, Page 32, Plat Records, Webb County, Texas, and described by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits A and B,

 

(2) A 199-square foot parcel of land out of Lot 1, Block 1, McPherson Plaza, as recorded in Volume 03, Page 30-A, Plat Records, Webb County, Texas, and described by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits C and D,

 

(3) A 312-square foot parcel of land out of Lot 78, Block 2, North Creek Subdivision, as recorded in Volume 03, Page 29-A, Plat Records, Webb County, Texas, and described by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits E and F; and authorizing staff to negotiate for the acquisition of said parcels by purchase at market values to be established by a State Certified Real Estate Appraiser, and further authorizing the City Attorney to initiate condemnation proceedings to acquire said parcels if 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 the listed owner(s).

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2005-R-102.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Valdez

For:    8                                Against:  0                                Abstain: 0

 

24.  2005-R-103  Expressing the concern of City Council and urging the Federal

Governments of the United States and of Mexico to bring their resources and attention to bear in a concerted effort to intensify their current efforts to obtain the safe return of all American Citizens, some of whom are from Laredo, to their parents and families.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2005-R-103.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Valdez

For:    8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

25.  2005-R-104  Accepting a grant in the amount of $40,000.00 from the Texas

Department of Transportation for the Comprehensive STEP program. The City of Laredo will be contributing a cash match in the amount of $10,537.00 for a total grant amount of $50,537.00. This grant is for overtime and fringe benefits for the Laredo Police Department.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2005-R-104.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Valdez

For:    8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

26.  2005-R-105  A resolution of the City of Laredo Council to nominate a candidate for the

Webb County Appraisal District Board of Directors and to cast 846 votes for City Council Member Hector ‘Tito’ Garcia, as the city of Laredo’s member to Webb County Appraisal District Board of Directors for the 2006 – 2007 term as per Section 6.03 of the Texas Property Tax Code. The remaining 228 votes will be cast in favor of the candidate for the Laredo Independent School District; and directing the Secretary to transmit a certified copy of this resolution to the Chief Appraiser of the Webb County Appraisal District before October 15, 2005.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2005-R-105.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Valdez

For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

27.  2005-R-107  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a contract with the South

Texas Development Council and accept the grant in the amount of $100,897.00 for the HIV/AIDS Health and Social Services Project of the City of Laredo Health Department, for the period beginning September 1, 2005, through August 31, 2006.  The City Manager is also authorized to accept additional funds from the South Texas Development Council in support of the activities funded by these grants.

 

Motion to approve Resolution # 2005-R-107.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Valdez

For:    8                                Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 

 

X.        MOTIONS

 

28.  Authorizing the City Manager to accept agreed upon terms by Laredo Police Officers

Association and the City of Laredo on September 20, 2005 in the estimated amount of $90,765.00.  Said amount is derived from the sale of Association Business Leave hours valued at $52,370.00 and Serious Illness Leave Hours with an estimated valued of        $38,395.00.  This transaction is to be retroactive, effective as of September 30, 2005.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:   8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

29.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to negotiate a contract for the procurement

and implementation of a new 800 MHz trunking radio communication system.  A Request for Proposal (RFP) was prepared to incorporate the City’s radio requirements and permit competitive and compliant proposals from the major radio vendors.  This system will replace the existing radio communication systems for the public safety and public service departments.  Two (2) vendors responded to the City request for proposal.

 

Motion to approve staff’s recommendation of Motorola.    

 

Moved:  Cm. Belmares

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Valdez

For:   7                                          Against:  1                                            Abstain:  0

                                                                        Cm. Ramirez

 

30.  Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to the lowest qualified

bidder Summit Contracting, Ltd., Laredo, Texas, in the bid amount of $687,767.80 for the Laredo International Bridge II Widening.  Funding is available in the Bridge Revenue Bond 2005A.

 

Cm. Galo mentioned that the Contract/Engineering Review Committee had met and the members disqualified Rhino Builders due to a technical issue.  He added that their total bid amount was $670,243.00 and it was the lowest bid submitted. 

 

Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported that there is a secondary issue on this item.  He stated that on the experience record on structures and bridges, Rhino Builders has only submitted one job, namely the Seven Flags Park

 

Mayor Pro Tem Valdez inquired whether the bid requirements included prior experience or projects worked on.

 

Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, replied that the reasons for disqualification of a bidder are included as part of the bid specifications and one of those items is the company’s experience record. 

 

Mr. Miguel Gomez, with Rhino Builders, stated that under Section C.3.09 of the bid specifications, the City might require the bidder to furnish complete statements of financial resources, a listing of prior experience on similar work done, etc.  However, the City never contacted him or asked him to provide any of this information. 

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, explained that staff does not have the right to waive any technical errors within any submitted proposals.  He added that City Council has the power to waive any technical errors.  He stated that he assumes the bidder is will be guaranteeing to City Council that he will adhere to the bottom figures and will absorb the difference due to his mathematical error.   

 

Motion to waive the technical differences and go with the lowest bidder, Rhino Builders.

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Valdez

Second:  Cm. Galo

For:   8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

31.  Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant Sepulveda Associates

Architects, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for remodeling of the Immunization Clinic and installation of new elevators at the City of Laredo Health Department and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.  Funding is available in the 2005 CO Account.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

32.  Consideration to exercise the renewal option for contract FY05-060, awarded to the

sole bidder, Rob-K Concrete, Laredo, Texas, for the purchase of rebar and wire mesh for a six (6) month period. This contract establishes pricing for these materials used for construction or repair projects scheduled during the next six (6) months. All materials will be purchased on an as needed basis. Funding is available in the Public Works Budget and the Capital Improvement.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:   8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

33.  Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 3 an increase of $1,314,051.00 to the

construction contract with Leyendecker Construction, Laredo, Texas, for the City of Laredo Bridge of Americas Modification Project (EL Portal) to expand the area on Building E by 18,800 square feet.  Funding is available in the Bridge Revenue Bond 2005A.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Valdez

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

34.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter into contract negotiations with

general contractor LEH Contractors, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, based on the best value proposal received for Los Obispos Unit-5, Remediation Project, Phase III.  Only one (1) proposal was received. Funding is available in the Capital Improvements Fund – Los Obispos Housing Project.

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

35.  Consideration for approval of Change Order No.1 an increase of $17,290.00 to the

construction contract with LEH Contractors, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, for the Los Obispos Phase I Project for additional quantities in the contract for all thirteen (13) units. Funding is available in the Capital Improvements Fund – Los Obispos Housing Project.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

36.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to sell surplus refuse equipment to El

Cenizo, and to our Sister Cities of Acambaro, Guanajuato and Montemorelos, Nuevo Leon.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain: 0

 

37.  Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant Harry Jewett Associates,

Laredo, Texas, for the Flecha Lane Drainage Improvements and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.  Funding is available in the 2005 CO Bond.

 

Motion to postpone. 

 

Moved:  Mayor Pro Tem Valdez

Second:  Cm. Agredano

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

 

38.  Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant Crane Engineering

Corporation, Laredo, Texas, for the Maryland Taylor Drainage Improvements and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.  Funding is available in the 2005 CO Bond.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:   8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

39.  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a contract with Catholic Social Services of

Laredo, Inc. (CSSL) in the amount of $45,135.00 to administer the City’s Fiscal Year 2005-2006 General Fund Welfare Assistance Program through which rental, utility, transportation, and health care assistance is provided to indigent individuals and families residing in the community.  The contract would cover expenditures for the period of October 1, 2005 to September 30, 2006.  Up to $40,622.00 of the General Welfare Funds would be designated for the assistance of indigent individuals and families of low income while $4,513.00 (approx. 10%) would be allocated to cover administrative expenses to include: overhead, wages, and office supply costs incurred by Catholic Social Services of Laredo, Inc.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

40.  Authorizing the City Manager to amend the 2001 Home Investment Partnership

Program, Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) Funds Contract with Metro Affordable Housing Corp. (METRO) by changing the type of housing construction from transitional to permanent housing.  This will allow Metro to construct 48 affordable housing units.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

41.  Authorizing the City Manager resume the use of the City’s original trademark logo

Laredo, Gateway to Mexico” for the Laredo Convention & Visitors Bureau Marketing Campaign.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

42.  Approval of selection of consultants Severn Trent Laboratories, Inc., Corpus Christi,

Texas, and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract to provide analytical services on stormwater samples in accordance to EPA approved standard methods.  Funding is available in the Environmental Services Department. 

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

43.  Consideration to rescind the contract awarded to Link2Gov on July 6, 2003 for an

internet and interactive voice response customer service system; and authorizing the City Manager to solicit new proposals for providing a system for accepting secure internet payments for City’s Utilities, Tax and Parking operations. The City was unable to finalize the contract award with Link2Gov due to programming issues relating to procedures required to interface with the City’s Sungard H.T.E. governmental software system.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

44.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract in the amount of $473,000.00 with

the Laredo Development Foundation to promote economic development activities/projects. The Laredo Development Foundation’s mission is to create jobs, attract industry, and enhance local business, which they do through the Industrial Attraction Division, Small Business Development Division/Center, and the Special Projects Division.  Funding is available in the General Fund and Bridge Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:   8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

45.  Awarding a third party contract to Laredo Veteran’s Coalition for Fiscal Year 2005 –

2006 in the amount of $30,000.00 to provide health and social services to veterans; and authorizing the City Manager to sign and implement the contract.  Funding is available in the General Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

46.  Consideration to ratify the emergency purchase of 1,008 military type cots from Reyes

Industries, Inc., San Antonio, Texas in the amount of $59,196.00. The cots were purchased for the various shelters housing Hurricane Rita evacuees. The City will submit for reimbursement for all expenses related to the Hurricane Rita relief effort from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:   8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain: 0

 

47.  Authorizing the City Manager to allocate an additional $25,000.00 to pay for legal

services related to the existing retainer agreement with the Law Offices of William M. Mckamie, P.C., for the lawsuit styled Carlos Blanco, Jr. and Maria Gloria Gonzalez . the City of Laredo, Cause No. 2004-CVQ-000760-D2, in the District Court 111th Judicial District, Webb County.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:   8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

48.  Consideration to authorize the purchase and installation of baseball field sports lighting

systems for two (2) baseball fields, one (1) at Dryden Park and one (1) at Father McNaboe Park from Musco Lighting, through the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative (Buy Board) contract pricing in the total amount of $240,650.00.  Funding is available in the 30th Action Year – 2005 Community Development Block Grants Fund for Dryden Park Improvements, in the Parks Capital Grants Fund and the 2005 C.O. for Father McNaboe Park.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:   8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain: 0

 

49.  Extending the existence of the Traffic Calming Ad Hoc Committee to April 30, 2006 as

requested by the Committee in order to continue addressing traffic calming issues especially as it pertains to introducing different traffic calming device alternatives for existing residential subdivisions.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against: 0                                             Abstain:  0

 

 

50.  Authorization to select and negotiate a contract with an engineering firm as announced

at the City Council meeting to design the TAMIU 2.0 Million Gallon Elevated Storage Tank, and prepare construction plans and specifications.  Funding is available in the 2005 Water Bond Issuance.

 

Motion to approve selection of NRS Consulting Engineers from Harlingen, Texas

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:   8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

51.  Authorization to select and negotiate a contract with an engineering firm as announced

at the City Council meeting to design and prepare construction plans and specifications for the 2005 – Pump Improvements to the Mary Help of Christian (MOHAC) Booster Station, including the installation and modification of the booster station facility to implement a separate 4th pressure zone pumping system to connect to the proposed 18 inch water transmission line feeding the proposed TAMIU Elevated Storage Tank. Funding is available in the 2004 Water Bond Issuance.

 

Motion to approve selection of Carter Burgess, Inc. from Austin, Texas

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against: 0                                             Abstain:  0

 

52.  Authorization to select and negotiate a contract with an engineering firm as announced

at the City Council meeting to design and prepare construction plans and specifications for the 18 Inch Water Transmission Line from McPherson Road to the proposed TAMIU Elevated Storage Tank, and provide a recommendation for an alignment with easement descriptions.  This project consists of extending approximately 5,000 feet of 18 inch water line.  Funding is available in the 2004 Water Bond Issuance.

 

Motion to approve selection of Crane Engineering Company. 

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

53.  Authorization to select and negotiate a contract with an engineering firm as announced

at the City Council meeting to design and prepare construction plans and specifications for the water and wastewater utilities relocation on FM 1472 Railroad Grade Separation due to Texas Department of Transportation Improvements.  Funding is available in the 2000 Water Bond Issuance.

 

Motion to approve selection of Foster Engineering. 

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

54.  Authorization to select and negotiate a contract with an engineering firm as announced

at the City Council meeting to design and prepare construction plans and specifications for the 18 Inch Water Transmission Line form MOHAC Booster Station to McPherson Rd. and to the North Elevated Storage Tank, and provide a recommendation for an alignment with easement descriptions.  This project consists of extending approximately 4,000 feet of 18 inch water line.  Funding is available in the 2004 Water Bond Issuance.

 

Motion to approve selection of Howland Engineering. 

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

55.  Consideration to award contract number FY05-123 to the low bidders, Montemayor

Construction, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $54,250.00 for asphalt repairs and J. Solis Maintenance & Welding Service, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $58,750.00 for concrete repairs. These services are needed after the Utilities Department personnel have repaired water line breaks. Funding is available in the Utilities Department Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

56.  Consideration to award contract number FY06-003 to the sole-bidder, Delta House

Electric, Freer, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $100,000.00 for providing electric motor repair service for the Utilities Department.  All repair work will be secured on an as needed basis. Funding is available in the Utilities Department Fund.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:   8                                          Against:  0                                            Abstain: 0

 

XI.       STAFF REPORTS

 

57.  A.  Staff report by Laredo Convention & Visitors Bureau Director, Patricia Taylor,

 regarding the 2005-2006 CVB Marketing & Media Plan.

 

Patricia Taylor, Convention & Visitors Bureau Director, submitted the 2005-2006 CVB Marketing Plan to Council.  She reported that for the past three months, staff has been reviewing all marketing activity including advertising, promotions, events, and travel.  She explained that the marketing plan is a fluid document which will continuously be updated throughout the year.  It includes an extensive situation  analyses section that allows the City to consider its challenges and strengths. 

 

Ramon Hernandez, Marketing Manager, mentioned some of the upcoming conventions and events to be hosted by the City of Laredo during the next month.

 

                   B.  Staff Report by the 800 MHz Radio Communication Evaluation Committee

 regarding the proposed recommendation to negotiate a contact for the procurement

 and implementation of a city wide radio communication system.

 

Jessica Hein, Executive Assistant to the City Manager, reported that the timeline applied and the resources that were put into the project.  She explained that 800 MHz trunking is computer controlled sharing of a small number of radio channels among a relatively large number of users.  She stated that the only two proposals that the City received were by Dailey-Wells and Motorola.  She added that both proposals guarantee a project implementation date of May 6, 2006.  The presentation included a review of the technical features specific to both Dailey-Wells and Motorola.   The Evaluation Committee agrees and recommends that the best proposal overall, based on cost, comes from Motorola. 

 

Cm. Belmares inquired from the consultant which of the two proposals would provide the best solution going forward into the future if cost were not a factor.

 

Mr. John Griesel, with Santa Rita Consultants, replied that both vendors state that they can achieve State of Texas Level 6 compatibility.   

 

Cm. Galo inquired whether either system could meet the requirements if the City would be required to change the hardware in the future in order to be Level 6 compliant. 

 

Mr. John Griesel stated that it depends on which of the two systems were to be selected.  He also explained that the FCC does not require the City to go to a Project 25, Phase II system.  He added that Level 6 simply means that the City can operate between digital systems without extensive patching. 

 

XII.     GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

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

 

1.  Status report on the proposed Municipal Golf Course, with possible action.

 

Miguel Pescador, Parks and Recreation Director, reported that the RFP was sent out on September 11, 2005.  He mentioned that the deadline for submission has been extended to Friday, October 21, 2005, at 4:00 p.m.  The criteria to be reviewed include the terrain, accessibility to the site, size and shape of the land, the condition of the soil, etc. 

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, explained that this project is under the Capital Improvement Program scheduled for 2009 and, being that it will be a lengthy process, this proposal is being brought forward now in order to ensure that the project will follow the anticipated timeline.   

 

 

                   B.  Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

1.  Discussion with possible action regarding the City of Laredo's Employee

Prescription Drug Plan provided by Blue Cross/Blue Shield.  (Co-sponsored by    

Council Member John C. Galo)

 

Cm. Galo is requesting clarification because he has received some calls from retirees regarding the cost involved for the purchase of a 3-month supply on certain medications. 

 

Ms. Tina Cerda, from Laurel Insurance, stated that due to a computer glitch the   prescription drug cards were mailed to incorrect addresses.  She mentioned that she is available to verify for employees that they are in the system.  She also explained that there is a change in the implementation of the prescription drug program that places prescription under three different categories.  She stated that those medications that are not listed in the booklet are the non-formulary, which are the higher end medications.  She stated that most of the medications have a generic or a name brand equivalent.  She added that those retirees who are under Medicare coverage will have prescription coverage starting January 1, 2006.  She also explained the process involved in filling out the order form for prescriptions.  She stated that the employees or retirees are welcome to go by their office to get assistance in filling out the form. 

 

2.  Discussion with possible action regarding the initiation of a Request for

     Proposals for the construction of a water park.

 

Cm. Ramirez mentioned that he understands that this water park is listed under the Capital Improvements Program for 2009.  He would like to initiate a Request for Proposal and perhaps that would generate interest from property owners to use it for that purpose.

 

Cm. Rendon stated that there were some individuals who had approached him regarding some property that is near the Laredo Entertainment Center.  He added that he is still waiting for them to set up a meeting with him in order to discuss some important issues. 

 

Miguel Pescador, Parks and Recreation Director, stated that they have not received anything in writing regarding this investor. 

 

Larry Dovalina, City Manager, stated that if the City Council so desires, Horacio De Leon, Assistant City Manager, and Miguel Pescador, Parks and Recreation Director, can bring back to City Council a proposal for their consideration. 

 

Horacio De Leon, Assistant City Manager, explained that for this size of city, investors typically look at the City to provide the land.  Until the City decides that there is some land available, then at that time the City would be ready for a Request for Proposals.  It could be that there are some investors that would be willing to fund the project, but the issue would be the land and the location.

 

 

Miguel Pescador, Parks and Recreation Director, mentioned that at a previous City Council meeting, the Council request was to bring a map with different sites for consideration which he could bring back to City Council. 

 

3.  Discussion with possible action regarding non-operational street lights located by

the Civic Center and in Downtown, specifically the 300 Block of Convent, the 300 block of Flores, and at the intersection of Zaragoza and Convent.

 

Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, reported that they do have a survey completed and they identified many of those lights mentioned.  He added that they did a follow-up survey this past weekend and there are more lights out which have been reported to AEP personnel.  He stated that they will get those lights working as soon as they can get power to those lights. 

 

Miguel Pescador, Parks and Recreation Director, reported on the light outages at the Civic Center grounds.  He stated that the lights have been checked and are functioning, but he will revisit the area and look into any other outages  immediately.    

 

XIII.    EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

The City Council hereby reserves the right to go into executive session at any time during this public meeting, if such is requested by the City Attorney or other legal counsel for the City, pursuant to his or her duty under Section 551.071(2) of the Government Code, to consult privately with his or her client on an item on the agenda, or on a matter arising out of such item.

 

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

regards to deliberation of the purchase, exchange, lease, or value of real property, along the upper Zacate Creek for purposes of drainage improvements; because deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the governmental body in negotiations with a third person; and return to open session for possible action.

 

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

 

Moved:  Cm. Galo

Second:  Cm. Amaya

For:    8                                         Against: 0                                             Abstain:  0

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

XIV.    ADJOURNMENT

 

            Motion to adjourn.                                                                                            Time: 9:14 p.m.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Agredano

            Second:  Mayor Pro Tem Valdez

            For:    8                                                Against:  0                                            Abstain: 0

 

I, Gustavo Guevara, Jr., City Secretary, do hereby certify that the above and foregoing is a true and correct copy of the minutes contained in pages 01 to 30 and they are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council meeting held on October 3, 2005.

 

 

 

                                                                                    ______________________________

                                                                                    Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                                    City Secretary