CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2007-R-24

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

DECEMBER 17, 2007

5:30 P.M.

 

These are preliminary minutes from the City Council Meeting of December 17, 2007.  These minutes will be approved at a later date.

 

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

 

            With a quorum present, Mayor Raul G. Salinas called the meeting to order.

 

II.        PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

            Mayor Raul G. Salinas led in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

III.       ROLL CALL

 

            In attendance:

 

            Raul G.  Salinas,                                                                       Mayor

            Mike Garza,                                                                             Council Member, District I

            Hector Garcia,                                                                          Council Member, District II

            Michael Landeck,                                                                     Council Member, District III

            Johnny Amaya,                                                                         Council Member, District IV

            Johnny Rendon,                                                                        Council Member, District V

            Gene Belmares,                                                                        Mayor Pro Tem, District VI

            Juan Chavez,                                                                            Council Member, District VII

            Juan Ramirez,                                                                           Council Member, District VIII

            Gustavo Guevara, Jr.,                                                               City Secretary

            Carlos Villarreal,                                                                       City Manager

            Cynthia Collazo,                                                                       Deputy City Manager

            Horacio De Leon,                                                                     Assistant City Manager

            Jesus Olivares,                                                                          Assistant City Manager

            Raul Casso,                                                                              City Attorney

 

IV.       MINUTES

 

            Approval of the minutes of August 20, 2007.

 

            Motion to approve.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Rendon

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

            Recognitions

 

            Communiqués

 

            a.  Recognizing Mr. Mario Medina, District Engineer for the Texas Department of            

                 Transportation (TXDoT), for TXDoT’s commitment and dedication in accelerating the

                 construction of Loop 20 and Highway 59 and status of current TXDoT funding.

 

            Citizen comments

 

            Citizens are required to fill out a witness card and identify themselves at the microphone.              Comments should be relevant to City business and delivered in a professional manner.  No             derogatory remarks will be permitted.  There is a time limit of three minutes per speaker.

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

            None.

 

VII.     GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

            A.  Request by Mayor Raul G. Salinas

 

            1.  City Council approval to donate salvaged ambulance #9101 to the State of Guanajuato to

                 be turned over to the municipality of Santiago de la Union.

 

             B. Request by Council Member Dr. Michael Landeck

            1.  Presentation by a concerned citizen group and council discussion with possible action on

                 all issues permits and approvals given to the GEO group Inc., or their representatives

                 regarding the possible building of a private prison in south Laredo.

 

            2.  Discussion with possible action regarding the rental of the El Portal property to the

                 Khaledi Group and/or their associates.

 

            3.  Discussion with possible action regarding the Sewage treatment plant in South Laredo at

                 Santa Rita and related development issues.

 

VIII.    PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

            2.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance accepting a grant in the amount of $25,000.00

                 from the Texas Department of Transportation for enforcement of Impaired Driver                      Mobilization and amending the City of Laredo’s Fiscal Year 2007-2008 Annual

                 Budget/Special Police in the amount of $25,000.00.  This grant is for overtime salaries,

                 including fringe benefits, and is funded 100% by the Texas Department of

                 Transportation for a full year.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garza

                 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. Ramirez

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction: City Council

 

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

                 donation from the family of Amanda G. and Jose Maria Guerra in the amount of

                 $1,000.00 and amending and appropriating the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2007-2008

                 annual budget.  Funds will be deposited in the Friends of the Library Fund and will be

                 used to purchase books and DVDs about Alzheimer’s disease for the Main Library.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Ramirez

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction: City Council

 

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

                 Texas Department of Transportation Section 5307 Grant No. 51822F7052 for

                 $667,123.00 and amending the Fiscal Year 2007-2008 Transit Budget by increasing the

                 State Operating Grant contribution and decreasing Transit Sales Tax match for operating

                 expenses by $208,902.00.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Chavez

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

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

                 Memorandum of Understanding between the Laredo Police Department and the United

                 States Marshals Service (USMS), and to accept monetary reimbursement from the U. S.

                 Department of Justice and U. S. Marshals Service for salary expenses not to exceed

                 $15,572.00 annually per officer, incurred by the City of Laredo Police Department for

                 the Fugitive Apprehension Task Force Operation; and amending the City of Laredo’s

                 FY2007-08 budget in the amount of 75,000. 

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction: City Council

              

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

                 Department Fiscal Year 2007-2008 budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures

                 in the amount of $145,933.00 of additional funds from the Texas Department of State

                 Health Services for the Health Department Public Health Preparedness and

                 Epidemiology Program (Pandemic Influenza), for a total amount awarded of

                 $377,542.00.  The term is to be changed from ending on August 31, 2008 to end on July

                 31, 2008, and requesting to amend the approved full-time equivalent positions. 

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Ramirez

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            7.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Health

                 Department Fiscal Year 2007-2008 annual budget by decreasing revenues to the total

                 award amount of $23,227.00 from the Texas Department of State Health Services, with

                 an in-kind amount of $17,421.00 from L.I.S.D. and expenditures to $40,648.00 for the

                 continuation of the Health Department’s Abstinence Education Program, term from

                 October 1, 2007 through December 31, 2007.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            8.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance accepting a grant in the amount of $20,829.00

                 from the U.S. Department of Justice and amending the City of Laredo’s Fiscal Year

                 2007-2008 annual budget in the amount of $20,829.00.  This grant is part of the

                 Bulletproof Vest Partnership Program which will pay for 50% of the total cost of all

                 approved ballistic protective body armor.  The grant period is valid through September

                 30, 2012.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garza

                 Second:  Cm. Ramirez

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction: City Council

 

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

                 City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 8, Block 2, Moreno Addition, located at 1820 Harding

                 Avenue, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential

                 District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone

                 change.  District II

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                 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. Amaya

                 For:      8                                         Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Garcia

      

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

                   the City of Laredo by rezoning 1.79 acres out of Lot 6, Kahn Subdivision, as further

                   described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located at 9505 F.M. 1472,

                   from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).  The

                   Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.    District

                   VII 

 

                   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   There was no public input.

 

                   Motion to close the public hearing and deny.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Chavez

                   Second:  Cm. Rendon

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                  Ordinance Introduction:       

 

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

                   the City of Laredo by authorizing a Special Use Permit for the storage of flammable

                   and explosive products, on Lot 8, Block 1, Emerald Valley Subdivision, located at 1019

                   Emerald Valley Drive     District II

 

                   Motion to table.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

                   the City of Laredo by rezoning 4.85 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in

                   attached Exhibit “A”, located northwest of intersection of McPherson Road and Shiloh

                   Drive, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business

                   District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone

                   change.   District VI

                   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   There was no public input.

 

                   Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Rendon

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                  Ordinance Introduction:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares       

 

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

                   the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 2, Cuatro Vientos Norte Subdivision Phase

                   1 located at 3302 Cuatro Vientos Drive, from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District)

                   to B-1 (Limited Commercial District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission

                   recommended approval of the zone change.  District I     

 

                  Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Rendon

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   There was no public input.

 

                   Motion to close the public hearing and postpone.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garza

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

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

                   2007-2008 Annual Budget for the Certificate of Obligation Series 2006 Fund by

                   appropriating revenues and expenses in the amount of $290,746.00 which is derived by

                   interest earnings of $115,746.00 and $175,000.00 from the Webb County Local

                   Government and authorizing usage of $665,000.00 from the 2007 C.O. by deferring

                   $555,000.00 from Independence Park and transferring $110,000.00 from District I

                   Discretionary Funds in order to complete the funding for the El Eden Recreation

                   Center.

 

                   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Rendon

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   There was no public input.

 

                   Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garza

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                  Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

            15.  Amending the City of Laredo Drug and Alcohol Policy and Procedures Manual (

                   adopted by Resolution No. 95-R-068), together with the Addendum (Ordinance No. 97-

                   O-020), by expanding the Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy and Procedure to include

                   random testing of all those employees whose jobs fall within the expanded definition of

                   safety sensitive positions; excluding Police and Fire Department civil service

                   employees until such time as the Laredo International Association of Firefighters,

                   Local 1390, and the Laredo Police Officer’s association (LPOA) accept the terms of

                   this ordinance; providing that Police and Fire Department civil service employees shall

                   remain subject to all provisions of the current City of Laredo Drug and Alcohol Policy

                   and Procedures Manual (Resolution No. 95-R-068), together with the Addendum

                   (Ordinance No. 97-O-020); and inserting the policy in the City of Laredo’s Code of

                   Ordinances, Chapter 2-“City Work Policies” creating Subdivision IX, “Drug and

                   Alcohol”, beginning with Section Number 2-50.40; providing for severability and an

                   effective date.

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            16.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with the Washington’s Birthday

                   Celebration Association, Inc., (W.B.C.A.) for approximately ten (10.0) acres of

                   concrete ramp located on the West General Aviation parking ramp of the Air

                   Operations Area to include City owned vacant non-aeronautical use land located at the

                   Laredo International Airport for the purpose of hosting the 2008 W.B.C.A. Air Show. 

                   Lease term is for two (2) days commencing on February 16, 2008 and ending on

                   February 17, 2008.  City Council finds and declares that a valid public purpose would

                   be served in setting the daily rental fee at $1.00; providing for an effective date.

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            17.  Consenting to the assignment of that Lease Agreement to the premises consisting of

                   approximately 7,913 square feet constituting Building No. 900 located at 4502 Thomas

                   Avenue at the Laredo International Airport approved by Ordinance No. 94-O-072 dated

                   April 4, 1994 and as amended by Ordinance No. 95-O-048 between the City of Laredo,

                   as Lessor and Jackson-Buitron Funeral Home, Inc., as Lessee, to Buitron Dickey

                   Funeral and Cremation Services, L.L.C., a Texas limited liability company, as

                   Assignee, and authorizing the City Manager to execute Lessor’s Certifications,

                   Consent, Agreements and Subordination. All terms and conditions of the lease

                   agreement remain unchanged and in effect; providing for effective date. 

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            18.  Amending Chapter 19, Motor Vehicle and Traffic, Article VIII. Stopping, Standing or

                   Parking of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo, thereby creating Section 19-

                   365, City Hall Parking Restrictions, authorizing the issuance of parking citations and/or

                   towing of vehicles for violating posted parking restrictions for the City Hall parking lot

                   and establishing a minimum fine, providing for severability, publication and an

                   effective date.

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

X.        FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

            Motion to waive the final reading of Ordinance #

 

            Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

            Second:  Cm. Garza

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            19.  2007-O-250  Authorizing the City Manager to grant License Extension to that certain

                                        License Agreement by and between The City of Laredo, Texas and AT&T

                                        Corp., dated September 15, 1997 for the use of one (1) inner duct in the                                                Juarez-Lincoln Bridge and 555.5 linear feet of right-of-way.  Term of the

                                        extension shall be for five (5) years commencing at 12:00 a.m., October 1,

                                        2007 and terminating at 12:00 p.m., September 30, 2012.

 

                                        Annual duct fee shall be $17,000.00 and will increase by five percent

                                        (5%) every year the license is in place. In addition to the duct fee,

                                        Licensee shall pay a six dollar ($6.00) linear foot right-of-way fee, and

                                        will increase by five percent (5%) every year.

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-250.

 

                                        Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

                                     

                  2007-O-251  Approving  and  authorizing  the  City Manager to:  Execute an easement

                                        to the Department of Homeland Security for a term of 25 years for

                                        construction of a  Riverbend Roadway  with option to extend the term; 

                                        and Execute a Temporary Construction Easement to the Department for a

                                        term of two (2) years; and providing for an effective date.  (As amended)

 

                                        Motion to postpone as per motion on item on supplemental. 

 

                                        Moved: Cm. Ramirez

                                        Second:  Cm. Landeck

                                        For:     4                               Against:  4                                Abstain:  0

                                        Cm. Garza                            Cm. Garcia

                                        Cm. Landeck                       Cm. Amaya

                                        Cm. Chavez                         Cm. Rendon

                                        Cm. Ramirez                        Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                        Mayor

 

                  2007-O-252  Altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo,

                                        annexing additional territory of 4.02 acres, more or less, located east of

                                        FM 1472 and south of State Highway 255, specifically the Ed-Sal Tract,

                                        providing for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City

                                        Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed

                                        territory, and establishing the initial zoning of B-4 (Highway Commercial

                                        District).  Tract 1

 

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-252 as amended.

 

                                        Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Ramirez

                                        For:     7                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-253  Altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo,

                                        annexing additional territory of 84.77 acres, more or less, located

                                        approximately 1.55 miles east of Bob Bullock Loop and Highway 359, on

                                        the north side of Highway 359, specifically the RRTAIT Tract, providing

                                        for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to

                                        execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and

                                        establishing the initial zoning of R-1 (Single Family Residential District). 

                                        Tract 2

 

                                        Motion to withdraw # 2007-O-253.

 

                                        Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-254  Altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo,

                                        annexing additional territory of 88.56 acres, more or less, located

                                        approximately east of Interstate Highway 35 and north of Bob Bullock

                                        Loop, specifically the Killam Charco Tract, providing for the effective

                                        date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract

                                        adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the

                                        initial zoning of R-1 (Single Family Residential District).     Tract 3   

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-254.

 

                                        Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-255  Altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo,

                                        annexing additional territory of 194.08 acres, more or less, located east of

                                        Bob Bullock Loop and north of Casa Verde Road (future extension of Del

                                        Mar Boulevard), specifically the Killam Quiote Tract, providing for the

                                        effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a

                                        contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing

                                        the initial zoning of R-1 (Single Family Residential District).  Tract 4

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-255.

 

                                        Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-256  Altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo,

                                        annexing additional territory of 59.94 acres, more or less, located directly

                                        east of the City of Laredo landfill, specifically the H-5 Tract, providing for

                                        the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to

                                        execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and

                                        establishing the initial zoning of M-1 (Light Manufacturing District). 

                                        Tract 6

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-256.

 

                                        Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-257  Altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo,

                                        annexing additional territory of 10.85 acres, more or less, located east of

                                        Mines Road (FM 1472) and south of Las Tiendas Road (FM 3338),

                                        specifically the A.R. and Alicia Sanchez Tract, providing for the effective

                                        date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract

                                        adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the

                                        initial zoning of M-1 (Light Manufacturing District).  Tract 7

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-257.

 

                                        Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-258  Altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo,

                                        annexing additional territory of 172.13 acres, more or less, located

                                        approximately north of Wormser Road and east of Avenida Mexico,

                                        specifically the 4V Holdings Tract, providing for the effective date of the

                                        ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a

                                        service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of

                                        R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District).  Tract 8

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-258.

 

                                        Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-259  Altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo,

                                        annexing additional territory of 1330.83 acres, more or less, located

                                        approximately north of Mangana Hein Road and east of U.S. Highway 83,

                                        specifically the South Webb County Tract, providing for the effective date

                                        of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract

                                        adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the

                                        initial zoning of R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District).  Tract 9

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-259.

 

                                        Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-261  Altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo,

                                        annexing additional territory of 30.00 acres, more or less, located

                                        immediately east of Bob Bullock Loop and south of San Isidro Northeast,

                                        specifically the Daughters of Mary Help Tract, providing for the effective

                                        date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract

                                        adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the

                                        initial zoning of R-1 (Single Family Residential District).  Tract 11

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-261.

 

                                        Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-262  Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2007-2008 Contractual

                                        Obligation Fund by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the

                                        amount of $120,000.00.  A portion of the funds will be appropriated for

                                        the Alerting System Upgrade Project and the difference will be set aside in

                                        the Reserve Appropriation.

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2007-O-262.

 

                                        Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm.  Ramirez

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

            20.  2007-R-089  Accepting a donation from Las Misiones Partnership, of a 10.4343 acre

                                        tract of land, more or less, out of a 98.5533 acre tract as per the warranty

                                        deed recorded in Volume 1099 pages 154-158 of the deed records of

                                        Webb County, by dedication deed, copy of which is attached as Exhibit A;

                                        and hereby dedicating said property as drainage, parkland, right of way

                                        and any other purpose beneficial to the general public.  Out of the

                                        proposed 10.43 acres to be dedicated, the Parks Advisory Board

                                        recommended the credit of 7.69 acres be accepted as parkland.

 

                                        Motion to approve Resolution # 2007-R-089.

 

                                        Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

            21.  2007-R-090  A resolution of the City of Laredo authorizing the City Manager to submit                                  an application for funding assistance through the F2008 Economically

                                        Disadvantaged County Program for funding consideration of the Chacon

                                        Creek Bike and Pedestrian Trail Project, a joint development project

                                        between the City of Laredo and Texas Department of Transpiration.

 

                                        Motion to approve Resolution # 2007-R-090.

 

                                        Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

            22.  2007-R-091  Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the United

                                        States Department of Energy (USDOE) in the amount of $200,000.00 with

                                        no matching funds.  Funds will be used to fund the integration of solar

                                        technology into city energy planning and facilities.

 

                                        Motion to approve Resolution # 2007-R-091.

 

                                        Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 

            23.  2004-R-093  Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the Texas

                                        Water Development Board (TWDB), Fiscal Year 2007-2008 Flood

                                        Protection Planning Program in the amount of $200,000.00 with City

                                        designating $200,000.00 in matching funds for the Zacate Creek Flood

                                        Protection Plan.

 

                                        Motion to approve Resolution # 2007-R-093.

 

                                        Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 

            24.  2007-R-097  Endorsing and requesting the swift implementation of SB11 enacted by

                                        the 80th Texas Legislature that strengthens national and border security

                                        through an enhanced driver’s license by the State of Texas that would also

                                        reduce border crossing wait times.

 

                                        Motion to approve Resolution # 2007-R-097.

 

                                        Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

 

            25.  2007-R-098  Authorizing the City Manager to accept the grant award and enter into a

                                        Memorandum of Agreement between the U.S. Department of Justice,

                                        Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and explosives (ATF) Accelerant

                                        Detection Canine Program (ADCP) and the City of Laredo Fire

                                        Department for a Canine Program Unit.  The use of detection canines is

                                        needed and is necessary for determining the cause and origin of suspect

                                        fires.

 

                                        Motion to approve Resolution # 2007-R-089.

 

                                        Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                                        For:     8                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XII.     MOTIONS

 

            26.  Consideration to award a contract to Internetwork Experts, San Antonio, Texas, in the

                   total amount of $257,551.19 for an upgrade to the City’s Wide Area Network (WAN)

                   data core switch and an upgrade to the City Hall’s phone system.  The City is utilizing

                   contract pricing from the State of Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR)

                   contract awarded to Internetwork Experts.  Funding is available in the City’s Public

                   Property Finance Contract Obligation ($115,798.44) in the Telecommunication’s PEG

                   Fund ($140,000.00) and in the Information Technology and Support Services Fund

                  ($1,752.75).  (Contingent upon approval of Final Reading 2007-O-262)

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            27.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract with Westnet, Inc., in the amount

                   of $69,488.00.  The contract is for the following services:

                        1.  Annual maintenance $36,650.00

                        2.  System upgrade $21,838.00

                        3. On-site operator training for trouble shooting $11,000.00

 

                        Funding is available in the 2006 PPFCO and in the General Fund Fire Department.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            28.  Authorizing the issuance of a permit to the Streets of Laredo Urban Mall Association,

                   for the installation of a banner located across the intersection of Calton and Yeary and

                   at Springfield and Hillside Street to be hung from January 2, 2008 to January 29, 2008;

                   and to require that the Streets of Laredo sign a release of liability to the City of Laredo.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            29.  Approving monthly adjustments to the tax roll.  The amounts to be adjusted for the

                   month of November 2007, represent a decrease of $656.09.  These adjustments are

                   determined by Webb County Appraisal District and by court orders.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            30.  Authorizing the City Manager to extend the current agreement with Fort Dearborn Life

                   Insurance Company for the City’s Dental Benefit.  The current dental rates were

                   increased by approximately 14.5%.  This agreement will be effective January 1, 2008

                   through September 30, 2008.  Funding is available in the Health & Benefits Fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

            31.  Authorizing the City Manager to extend the current contract with Monumental Life

                   Insurance Company for the retiree Medicare Supplemental Health Insurance for one

                   year, effective January 1, 2008.  Not rate increase has been proposed since 2004.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            32.  Authorizing the City Manager to approve a Memorandum of Understanding between

                   the Public Health Foundation Enterprises, Inc. (PHFE, a collaboration between the

                   Centers for disease control and prevention (CDC) Border Infectious Disease

                   Surveillance (BIDS) project and Sanofi Pasteur) who will directly incur all costs to

                   support this project and the City of Laredo Health Department who will house (1) FTE

                   epidemiologist to conduct active surveillance, testing and training for clinical dengue

                   and other febrile and vector borne diseases beginning October 1, 2006 through

                   November 5, 2008.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            33.  Consideration to amend the contract to Arcadis, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of

                   $223,800.00 and deduct $111,148.00 to provide surveys for easements along the

                   Colonias in the Mines Road Area for the wastewater collection system, lift station and

                   force main system; and provide wastewater treatment plant revisions for the Rancho

                   Penitas West Wastewater Treatment Plant, including Wastewater Treatment Plant

                   permit application, Geotechnical report and post design services.  This project is funded

                   by the North American Development Bank (NADB) and is subject to their approval.

                   Funding is available in the Project Engineer Fees Account #451-8311-533-5512. 

                   Transfer needs to be made from Account #451-8311-535-9301.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            34.  Authorizing the City Manager to award a construction contract to Ellis and Ellis, Inc.,

                   in Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $150,000.00 for repair of a 250 linear feet of 12”

                   sewer line at Boulanger and South Malinche.  Funding is available in the 2006 Utility

                   Revenue Bond.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            35.  Authorizing the City Manager to award an Engineering Services Contract in the

                   amount of $4,447,000.00 to Carollo Engineers of Austin, Texas.  This contract will

                   provide for the final design and bid phase services for the 15 MGD expansion of the

                   Jefferson Upper Plant and the Electrical back-up power projects, and the construction

                   management services for the new Disinfection Facility.  Funding is available in the

                   2006 & 2007 Utilities Revenue Bond.

 

                   Motion to table at request by City Manager.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            36.  Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant O’Connor Engineering &

                   Science, Inc., Laredo, Texas, and Horizon Environmental Services, Inc., Austin, Texas,

                   for the Asbestos Containing Building Materials Investigations for Fiscal Year 2008 and

                   authorization to negotiate a professional services contract for each respective project on

                   a rotation basis.  Funding is to be available from each project account. 

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            37.  Consideration for approval of change order no. 3 an increase of $73,959.20 to the

                   construction contract with Amberland Development, Ltd., Laredo, Texas, for the

                   Bartlett Avenue Extension Straightening, Widening, Paving, Utilities and Drainage

                   Improvements from Hillside to Sandman for inlets needed to complete storm water

                   plan additional, caliche and excavation items required to address pumping of subgrade

                   due to moisture and high plasticity index of soil, backfill of water line trenches

                   requested by the City Utilities Department.  Current construction contract amount is

                   $689,637.20.  The project is scheduled  for completion by December 31, 2007. 

                   Funding is available in the 2004 Transit C.O. – PROJ#TRSAND – Improvements

                   Other Than Buildings.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            38.  Consideration for approval of amendment no. 2 an increase of $79,120.00 to the

                   professional services contract with Puig Engineering Company, Laredo, Texas, for the

                   Rancho Viejo Drainage Improvements Project to provide recommendations and

                   construction design modifications for water line improvements along FM 1472 between

                   San Gabriel to Loop 20 and to add ninety (90) calendar days to the contract time. 

                   Funding is available in the 1999 Water Bond Series.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            39.  Consideration for approval of change order no. 1 a decrease of $202,201.00 for a

                   reduction in scope of work as recommended by the consultant for value engineering

                   changes to the construction contract with Leyendecker Construction, Inc., Laredo,

                   Texas, for the Clinical/Laboratory Expansion and Renovation for the City of Laredo

                   Health Department.  Current construction contract amount with this change order

                   decrease is $2,671,799.00.  Substantial completion date for the project is April 4, 2008. 

                   Funding is available in the 2006 and 2007 Contractual of Obligation Issues – Health

                   Lab Construction.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

   

            40.  Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder

                   Closner Construction Company, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $439,877.50 for the

                   Flecha Lane Drainage Improvements.  Contract time is one hundred fifty (150) working

                   days.  Funding is available in the 2005 C.O. Bond.  

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

  

            41.  Consideration for approval of change order no. 1 a decrease of $46.50 for the balance

                   of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the Sidewalk and ADA Ramps

                   Improvements along Matamoros Street from Santa Maria Avenue to Flores Avenue (4

                   blocks) approximately 1200 linear feet of construction and approval of final payment in

                   the amount of $13,563.60 to ALC Construction, LLC., Laredo, Texas.  Final

                   construction contract amount is $72,333.50.  Funding is available in the Community

                   Development Block Grant – 31st Action Year.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            42.  Consideration for approval to award a professional services contract to Porras

                   Engineering Company, Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $155,000.00 for

                   design and preparation of plans and specifications for the Laredo International Airport

                   Street Improvements.  Funding is available in the 2007 CO Airport Truck Route.  

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            43.  Award a professional services contract with Arcadis-US, Inc., in the amount of

                   $48,500.00 to provide consulting services Laredo Street Drainage Improvement Phase

                   3 Project for the City of Laredo, Texas.  The project consists of the construction of a

                   new storm drainage system along Meadow Avenue from Laredo Street to Corpus

                   Christi Street and along Freemont Street from Seymour Avenue to Meadow Avenue to

                   reduce the localized flooding.  Funding is available in the 2007 Certificate of

                   Obligation Bond Proceeds.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            44.  Consideration to approve amendments No. 1 to LNV Engineering for an amount not to             exceed $41,000.00 for the additional professional services for the Laurel/Dellwood

                   Drainage Improvement Project for the City of Laredo, Texas.  The additional services

                   include 700 LF of RCP pipe along Laurel Drive between Dellwood and Crestview

                   Street and 360 LF of concrete lined channel south of Andrew Drive along the CPL

                   easement.  The total contract amount will be $74,053.00 with this amendment. 

                   Funding is available in the 2007 Certificate of Obligation Bond Proceeds.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            45.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Interlocal Agreement with Webb County

                   for the purpose of accepting a contribution in the amount of $175,000.00 from Webb

                   County for the construction of the El Eden Recreational Facility.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            46.  Consideration for approval of change order #1 to QRO-MEX Construction Co., Inc.,

                   Granite Shoals, Texas in the amount of $520,551.00 for the 24 inch Water

                   Transmission Main along Del Mar from McPherson north of Del Mar and at the

                   existing stub-out at Loop 20 and Del Mar. This change order consists of the installation

                   of 8 extra pressure reducing valves at Eden, Lindenwood, Broadcrest, Bedford,

                   McPherson and Winfield Parkway at Loop 20; a 20” jack and bore at Winfield

                   Parkway and Loop 20 and add 359 CY of Flowable Fill at Station (76+46) to (80+50)

                   The construction contract time is extended for an additional 120 calendar days. The

                   revised contract amount is $3,097,062.50. The new construction time including this

                   change order will be 390 calendar days.  Funding is available in the 2006 Utilities

                   Revenue Bond.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            47.  Amending a contract with Crane Engineering Corporation, Laredo, Texas in the

                   amount of $58,230.74 to include additional basic engineering and surveying services

                   required to do plans adjustments and revisions to the project for the 24 inch Water

                   Transmission Main along Del Mar from McPherson north of Del Mar and at the

                   existing stub-out at Loop 20 and Del Mar.  The amendment brings the total contract

                   amount to $165,730.74. Funding is available in the 2006 Utilities Revenue Bond.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            48.  Authorizing the City Manager to amend the 2003 HOME Investment Partnership,

                   Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) Contract with Metro

                   Affordable Housing Corporation to extend the deadline to expend program funds from

                   November 1, 2007 to August 30, 2008 in support of the Cardinal Point Project, a 40

                   unit town home development, of which 20 units will be HOME assisted.

 

                   Motion to table.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     7                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  1

                                                                                                                                    Cm. Ramirez

 

            49.  Authorizing the City Manager to amend the Library Services agreement between the

                   City of Laredo and Laredo Independent School District Section II by changing “Public

                   Use” from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. to read 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

            50.  Consideration for approval, a service contract with Medina Electric Cooperative, Inc.,

                   for a street light installation and electricity service.  The City will be contracting with

                   Medina Electric for streetlights for lighting roadways, streets, intersections, alleys and

                   other publicly accessible areas used by moving vehicles within the Laredo City limits

                   that are within the Cooperative’s service area.  Funding is available in the Traffic

                   Safety Department budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            51.  Consideration to award supply contract number FY08-022 to the low bidder, HD

                   Supply Waterworks, San Antonio, Texas in the estimated amount of $250,000.00 for

                   the purchase of PVC pipe used by the Utilities Department. This will be a sixty (60)

                   day supply contract with an option to extend the contract for an additional sixty day

                   periods. These materials are purchased on an as needed basis for construction and

                   repair projects. Funding is available in the Utilities Department budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            52.  Consideration to award contract FY08-028 to low bidder, Laredo Harley-Davidson,

                   Laredo, Texas in the amount of $241,728.00 for the purchase of twelve (12) law

                   enforcement motorcycles for the Police Department.  Funding is available in the Police

                   Trust Fund budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            53.  Consideration to amend contract FY07-134, currently awarded to HD Supply

                   Waterworks, San Antonio, Texas, an increase of $42,600.00 to the original contract

                   total for the purchase of additional water meters for the Utilities Department.  Due to an

                   increase in residential and commercial installations of water meters, the proposed

                   amendment would increase the current contract from $170,647.00 to $213,247.00. 

                   Funding is available in the department’s budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            54.  Consideration to award contract FY08-012 to Nick Benavides, Laredo, TX. in the

                   estimated amount of $65,950.00 to remove debris from the 18 acre Chacon Creek Lake

                   in the Chacon Creek watershed.    Funding is available in the Environmental Service

                   Department budget – Brownfield’s Grant.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            55.  Consideration to award supply contract number FY08-023 to the low bidder, Screen

                   Crushed Concrete Inc., Laredo, Texas in the estimated contract amount of $80,000.00

                   for the purchase of flexible base material Type D(crushed concrete) Grade 2 required

                   for city paving and construction projects. The term of this contract is for a one (1) year

                   period and is subject to the availability of funds. This material will be purchased on an

                   as needed basis utilizing Public Works construction project budgets.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            56.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of one (1) custom rescue fire pumper truck in

                   the total amount of $334,624.40 from American LaFrance Gulf Coast, Houston, Texas,

                   through contract pricing from the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments

                   (H-GAC) cooperative purchasing program.  Funding for this equipment is available

                   from 33rd Action Year Community Development Block Grant funds.  

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            57.  Consideration to award contract FY07-160 to Route Smart Technologies, Columbia,

                   Maryland in the amount of $75,900.00 for the purchase of a refuse collection route

                   optimization software system for the Solid Waste Department. This system will

                   improve the efficiency of   the City’s refuse collection services by optimizing the

                   efficiency of the City’s refuse collection services.  Funding is available in the Solid

                   Waste fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

            58.  Consideration to award annual service contract number FY08-015 to the sole bidder

                   MO-VAC, Inc., McAllen, Texas, in the estimated amount annual amount of

                   $489,000.00 for furnishing vacuum truck services to transport domestic, sewage,

                   sewage sludge, and/or sludge for the Utilities Department.  This service supplements

                   the department’s equipment capabilities and helps control sewage overflows during

                   emergencies.  The frequency and number of hours vary depending on the City’s need. 

                   The bid price is based on a flat hourly rate of $91.00 and a truck washout charge rate of

                   $100.00.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department-Wastewater Collection and

                   Water Transmission and Distribution Divisions.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            59.  Authorizing the City Manager to grant a public fireworks display permit for the Laredo

                   Entertainment Center for December 31, 2007 at 11:59 p.m.  The technicians for the

                   display will be Pyrotecnico of Louisiana, LLC.

 

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            60.  Ratification of the modification of the total amount of the engineering contract with

                   Turner Collie and Braden approved for the Texas Water Development Board

                   Economically Distressed Areas Program Colonia Projects on October 15, 2007.  In the

                   background information of the agenda item, it was stated that the total engineering

                   contract was $1,639,383.81.  The correct total is $1,975,483.00.  The engineering work

                   has been performed and approved by the Texas Water Development Board.  In

                   addition, a change order of $100,000.00 was approved for Turner Collie and Braden for

                   the project management services for the water and wastewater portions of the Colonias

                   project funding by NADB for a contract total of $160,000.00.  Both contracts have

                   been terminated effective October 31, 2007.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            61.  Consideration to award a contract to G.T. Distributors, Inc., Austin, TX., in the total

                   amount of $149,702.74 for the purchase of thirty seven level IIIA protective armor

                   vests and related equipment for the Police Department, utilizing the BuyBoard

                   cooperative purchasing contract pricing.  These are special armor vests used by the

                   Police Department’s S.W.A.T team.   Funding is available in the Police Trust

                   Fund budget and from the 2006 LETPP Special Fire Police Grant.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            62.  Consideration to award an annual lawn maintenance equipment parts/service contract

                   number (FY08-007) to the following bidders:

                        1.  Jones Equipment & Turf, Fort Worth, Texas, in the amount of $20,000.00

                        2.  Barbee Neuhaus, Weslaco, Texas, in the amount of $20,000.00

                        3.  Professional Turf Products, San Antonio, Texas, in the amount of $20,00.00

                            for the purpose of OEM lawn maintenance equipment parts and service for the                                      Fleet Department.  This contract establishes discount percentage pricing for lawn

                            equipment parts and services for the Fleet Department.  Parts and service will be

                            purchased on an as needed basis and funding is available in the Fleet

                            Management budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            63.  Consideration to award an annual contract number FY08-020 to the following low

                   bidders:

                   1) Beaver’s Source, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $25,000.00

                   2)  McCoy’s, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $15,000.00

                   3)  Dr. Ike’s, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $15,000.00;

                   for the purchase of Portland cement and concrete mix sacks. These materials will be

                   purchased on an as needed basis by the Utilities, Traffic, Public Works, and Parks and

                   Recreation Departments for construction and repairs projects.  The term of this contract

                   will be for a period of six (6) months with an option to extend for two (2) additional six

                   (6) month periods.     Funding is available in the respective departmental budgets.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            64.  Consideration to award contract number FY08-013, to the low bidders:

                   1) Gateway Uniforms, Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $75,000.00;

                   2) Mike’s Western Wear, Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $6,500.00;

                   3) J. C. Twiss Co, Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $5,000.00;

                   4) Koncepts Safety, San Antonio, Texas in the estimated amount of $3,500.00;

                   for the purchase of safety footwear for city maintenance personnel.  Funding is                           available in the respective departmental budgets.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            65.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of:

                   1)  two, pothole patcher units from Bergkamp Inc., Salina, KS in the total amount of

                        $109,924.50;

                   2)  two, GMC cab and chassis for the pot hole patcher units from Rush Truck Centers

                        of Texas L.P., Houston, TX in the total amount of $120,184.00;

                        through contract pricing from the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments

                       (H-GAC) cooperative purchasing program.  Funding is available from 2007

                       certificates of obligation bond proceeds.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XIII.    STAFF REPORTS

 

            66.  A.  Discussion with possible action to consider Police Officer Ernesto Cantu’s first

                         request for an extension of injury leave with pay in accordance with 143.073 (b) of

                         the Texas Local Government Code.

 

                   B.  Presentation by Dan Migura, Human Resources Director, regarding the recruitment

                         progress of the Police Chief position and explore the feasibility of hiring a

                         professional recruiter, with possible action.

 

XIV.    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.

 

            67.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.071

                   (1) (B) to consult with attorney on possible settlement of the case of Ruben Mendiola,

                   Jr. et al v. City of Laredo, et al, Cause No. 2006CVQ00232D2, in the 111th District

                   Court of Webb County; and return to open session for possible action.

 

                   Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section                    551.071 (1) (B) to consult with attorney on possible settlement of the case of Ruben

                   Mendiola, Jr. et al v. City of Laredo, et al, Cause No. 2006CVQ00232D2, in the 111th

                   District Court of Webb County; and return to open session for possible action.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Ramirez

                   Second:  Cm. Garcia

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   After Executive Session, Mayor Raul Salinas announced that no formal action was

                   taken.

 

                   Motion to

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garza

                   Second:  Cm. Garcia

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            68.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.071(1)

                   (A) & (B) for consultation with the City Attorney regarding pending litigation and

                   possible settlement of Armando Rodriguez, et al. vs. City of Laredo, et al, Cause No.

                   2006-CVQ-001878-D2; in the United States District Court, Southern District of Texas,

                   Laredo, Division; and return to open session for possible action.

 

                   Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section                    551.071(1) (A) & (B) for consultation with the City Attorney regarding pending

                   litigation and possible settlement of Armando Rodriguez, et al. vs. City of Laredo, et al,

                   Cause No. 2006-CVQ-001878-D2; in the United States District Court, Southern

                   District of Texas, Laredo, Division; and return to open session for possible action.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Ramirez

                   Second:  Cm. Garcia

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   After Executive Session, Mayor Raul Salinas announced that no formal action was

                   taken.

 

                   Motion to

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Garza

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

 

            69.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.071

                   (1)(A)&(B) for consultation with the City Attorney regarding pending litigation and

                   possible settlement of Anthony Stahl, et al v. City of Laredo, Texas, Cause No. 5:07-

                   cv-00093; in the United States District Court Southern District, Laredo Division; and

                   return to open session for possible action.

 

                   Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section                    551.071 (1)(A)&(B) for consultation with the City Attorney regarding pending

                   litigation and possible settlement of Anthony Stahl, et al v. City of Laredo, Texas,

                   Cause No. 5:07- cv-00093; in the United States District Court Southern District, Laredo

                   Division; and return to open session for possible action.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Ramirez

                   Second:  Cm. Garcia

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   After Executive Session, Mayor Raul Salinas announced that no formal action was

                   taken.

                  

XV.      RECESS AS THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO             MASS TRANSIT BOARD

           

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

 

            Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

           

            70.  Consideration to award annual contract FY08-025 to Andy’s Auto Air and Supply,

                   Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $60,000.00 for providing bus and van fleet

                   air conditioning services for the transit system.  The term of this contract will be for a

                   period of two (2) years.  Funding is available in the Laredo Transit Management, Inc.

                   operations budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:     8                                        Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XVI.    RECESS AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD AND RECONVENE AND             ADJOURN AS THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL

 

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

 

            Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

M2006-S-11

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

DECEMBER 17, 2007

5:30 P.M.

 

SUPPLEMENTAL AGENDA

 

I.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Recognitions

 

Recognition of Edna Lopez, of the Library Department, as the December employee of the month.

 

I.                   APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

Appointment by Council Member Dr. Michael Landeck of Michelle Marie Romani to the Convention & Visitors Bureau Advisory Committee.

 

Motion to approve.

 

Moved:  Cm. Garcia

Second:  Cm. Ramirez

For:     8                                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

II.                GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

1.  Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

     Discussion with possible action and presentation by Dr. Earhart regarding the     

     Riverbend Project.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member Dr. Michael Landeck)

 

III.             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.

 

IV.              ADJOURNMENT

 

            Motion to approve.

 

            Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

            Second:  Cm. Amaya

            For:     8                                               Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0