CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2005-R-18

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

September 19, 2005

5:30 P.M.

DISABILITY ACCESS STATEMENT

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I.                    CALL TO ORDER

 

II.                  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

III.                ROLL CALL

 

IV.               MINUTES

 Approval of the minutes of August 8, 9, & 10, 2005.

 

V.                 COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

a.      Congratulating Dr. Hector F. Gonzalez, Health Department Director, who has been named by the Mexican Consul as a recipient of the OTHLI Award during the Fiestas Patrias.

b.      Recognition of Homero Cisneros, Juan M. Gonzalez, Jesus Marchan and Delfino Palos, of the Parks and Recreation Department, on their selection as August 2005 Employees of the Month.

 

Communiqués

a.      Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores reports on the City of Laredo Budget Department.

b.      Presentation by Blasita Lopez, Public Information Officer, regarding the new Community Photo Gallery Program.

VI.               APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

           

a.          Approval of City Manager Larry Dovalina's recommendations to the Keep Laredo Beautiful Board as follows: 

 

1.      Javier de Anda

2.      Guillermo Benavides

3.      Marina Ramirez

4.      David Trevino

 

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 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.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the proposed Conditional Use Permit.  

 

2.          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.            

 

3.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 15, Block 42, Las Americas Subdivision Unit 3, located at 2100 Ejido Avenue from R-1A (Single-Family Residential Reduced Area District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the proposed rezoning.        

 

4.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance 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.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the proposed rezoning.                

 

5.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance 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.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the proposed rezoning.             

 

6.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance 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.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the proposed Conditional Use Permit.

 

7.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance 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.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the proposed Conditional Use Permit.

 

8.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance 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.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the proposed Special Use Permit.           

9.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance 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.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the proposed Special Use Permit.                                             

10.      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 4 and 5, Block 176, Western Division, located at 1019 San Bernardo Avenue; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the proposed Conditional Use Permit.  

 

11.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance 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.  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended denial of the proposed zone change. 

 

12.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a multi year lease with the sole bidder El Portal Bridge Retail, L.P., a joint venture between El Portal Center, LLC owned by Horizon Group Properties, Inc., and Morgan Stern Realty Holdings and Laredo Duty Free Partners, LLC, an affiliate of Duty Free Americas that operates UETA Duty Free Stores. The leased property consists of approximately 32,542 square feet of unfinished retail space located at the corner of Convent and Water Street.

 

Lease will consist of:

1.      Twenty (20) year term;

2.      Annual rent:  Yrs. 1-4…..$488,130.00/yr. payable in equal monthly
                          installments of $40,678.00

 

Yrs. 5-8….$502,775.00/yr. payable in equal monthly  
           installments of $41,898.00

 

Yrs. 9-12…$517,858.00/yr. payable in equal monthly
           installments of $43,155.00

 

Yrs. 13-16...$533,393.00/yr. payable in equal monthly
           installments of $44,449.00

 

Yrs. 17-20…$549,395.00/yr. payable in equal monthly
           installments of $45,783.00

 

3.      Percentage rent: In addition to the minimum annual rent, Tenant shall pay as percentage rent three percent (3%) of each dollar of Gross Retail Sales exceeding the following breakpoints (each a (“Breakpoint”):

Yrs. 1-4……..$400 per square foot of retail space

Yrs. 5-8……..$412 per square foot of retail space

Yrs. 9-12……$424 per square foot of retail space

Yrs. 13-16…..$437 per square foot of retail space

Yrs. 17-20…..$450 per square foot of retail space

 

4.      Tenant pays all taxes and utilities;

 

5.      Tenant pays for all “common area” expenses.

 

13.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance 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.

 

14.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance 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.

 

15.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance 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.

 

16.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance 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.

 

17.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance 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.

 

18.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance 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.

 

19.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Ordinance No. 2004-O-087 by authorizing the granting to Batista Roman Enterprises, Inc., (a non-exclusive commercial container service franchise in the City of Laredo, Texas) an increase in service rates due to fuel and equipment price increases; and amending the franchise agreement to include Batista Roman Enterprises, Inc. dba Orange Waste Management. 

 

20.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance 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.

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

VIII.           INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

21.      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.

 

22.      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.

 

23.      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.

 

24.      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.

 

IX.               FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

25.       

2005-O-216               Amending Chapter 19, Motor Vehicle and Traffic, Article VII Stopping, Standing or Parking, Section 19-362 City-Owned Parking Lots, Rates and Hours of Operation of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo to reduce the monthly parking lot rate for specific parking lots from $60.00 to $40.00 to provide affordability to customers, more particularly to employees of downtown businesses; deleting Bridge I parking lot regulations due to non-existence; and providing for severability, publication and effective date.    

 

2005-O-217               Amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances as follows: Chapter 2, Article II, Division 6 (Pay Administration), Section 2-87.7 (12)(a), providing for a cost of living adjustment increase of 2.5%, except as otherwise stated in any Collective Bargaining Agreement; providing for an effective date of September 25, 2005.

 

2005-O-218               Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2004-2005 Health and Benefits Fund Budget and Solid Waste Fund Budget by transferring $3,100,000.00 from the Solid Waste Fund and appropriating it in the Health & Benefits Fund.  The amendment will draw down $3,100,000.00 from the Solid Waste Fund opening balance and appropriate a transfer out in the same amount to the Health & Benefits Fund for the purpose of funding the projected health insurance deficit.  It is the City’s intent to reimburse Solid Waste for the amount of the draw down at a later date.

 

2005-O-219               Adoption of the Annual Budget for fiscal year 2005-2006, as amended; appropriating the estimated revenues, expenditures and balances reported therein for the year beginning October 1, 2005 and ending September 30, 2006, consistent with the financial plan described in said Annual Budget; and authorizing the City Manager to implement said Annual Budget.

 

2005-O-220               Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2004-2005 Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $30,000.00 from the South Texas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (STCADA) for evaluating and monitoring services provided by the HIV/AIDS Program of the City of Laredo Health Department; and to approve the annual contract between the City of Laredo Health Department and STCADA for the term beginning July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2006, for these services. 

 

2005-O-221               Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2004 – 2005 Annual Budget by increasing revenues in the amount of $5,000.00 to the City of Laredo Health Department’s share of program income projected to be earned through fees collected from x-rays and Medicaid fee reimbursements by the Texas Department of State Health Services-Tuberculosis Elimination Program, for the grant period from September 1, 2004 through August 31, 2005.  The program income generated will be applied to further the activities and the scope of work of this program.

 

2005-O-222               Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2004-2005 Annual Budget by increasing revenues in the amount of $2,000.00 to the City of Laredo Health Department’s share of program income projected to be earned through fees collected from client co-payments and Medicaid fee reimbursements by the Texas Department of State Health Services – La Familia Health Care Program, for the grant period from September 1, 2004 through August 31, 2005. The program income generated will be applied to further the activities and the scope of work of this program.

 

2005-O-223               Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2004-2005 Annual Budget by increasing revenues in the amount of $9,000.00 to the City of Laredo Health Department’s share or program income projected to be earned through fees collected from vaccines administered by the Texas Department of State Health Services – Immunization Action Plan (IAP) Program, for the grant period from January 1, 2004 through August 31, 2005.  The program income generated will be applied to further the activities and the scope of work of this program.  

 

2005-O-224               Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2004-2005 Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $175,689.00 in funds from the Texas Department of State Health Services and from Program Income for the Immunization Action Plan (IAP) Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period of September 1, 2005 through August 31, 2006.

 

2005-O-225               Authorizing the City Manager to transfer $85,000.00 from the City of Laredo – Public Library Fiscal Year 2004 – 2005 Budget to the Friends of the Library Account.  The $85,000.00 represents the required City of Laredo’s match of 10%-13% of the estimated $850,000.00 Universal Service Program grant application to the School & Libraries Division / Universal Services Company / Federal Communications Commission. The grant is currently in the initial review stage, and official funding confirmation is still pending.

 

2005-O-226               Authorizing the City Manager to amend the Fiscal Year 2004 – 2005 250th Anniversary Celebration Budget to appropriate revenues and expenditures in the amount of $23,000.00 generated by sponsorship contributions from the 7 Flags 7 Cultures Festival.  Funds will be used for scheduled 250th Anniversary Celebration Events.

 

2005-O-227               Amending Section 23-3 Subsection (3) of Chapter 23 (Parks and Recreation) of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo to allow for rate changes in public swimming pool admission fees from $20.00 to $10.00 for seniors 65 years and over who participate in the water aerobics classes; providing for publication and effective date. 

 

2005-O-228               Amending Chapter 7, Building and Building Regulations, Section 7-2. Same Amendments, Section 108.3 Building permit valuations, of the Code of Ordinances by deleting existing mechanisms for establishing valuations and creating specific valuations for the determinations of permit fees; providing for publication and effective date.

 

2005-O-229               Amending the City of Laredo’s FY 2004-2005 General Fund Annual Budget to appropriate revenues and expenditures in the amount of $125,000.00 for attorney fees paid to De Anda Law Firm.  Expenditures will only be incurred and disbursed if the revenue is collected by the Tax Department.

 

2005-O-230               Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo’s Fiscal Year 2004-2005 El Metro Operations Fund Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $49,369.00 as a result of additional revenues from advertising and charters. Funds will be used for the purchase of fixed route bus parts.

 

2005-O-231               Providing for the adoption of a tax rate of $0.637000 per $100 value with a Maintenance and Operation rate of $0.512019 per $100 value and Interest and Sinking Fund rate of $0.124981 per $100 value and for the levy and the collection of General and Special ad valorem taxes for the City of Laredo and for the Tax Year 2005 and the Fiscal Year 2005-2006.  (Action needed on item # 29 prior to final reading.)

 

2005-O-232               Amending  the City of Laredo FY 2004-05 annual budget by authorizing the City Manager to accept, execute and appropriate revenue and expenditures for five grants (TB, Primary Care, OPHP, Bioterrorism, & Abstinence) from the Texas Department State Health Services, and the Full Time Equivalent (FTEs) involved.  The amount of the five grants totals to $1,001,942 in direct funds and $173,884 in program income, and $70,000 in-kind funds from LISD, for the City of Laredo Health Department.  See Tables A to E for Budget descriptions.  The term period for these five grants is from September 1, 2005, through September 30, 2006.

 

X.                 RESOLUTIONS

 

26.      2005-R-078     Confirming the appointment of representatives from the City of Laredo to serve on the Board of Directors of the South Texas Development Council for the period of October 1, 2005 to September 30, 2006.

 

27.      2005-R-090     Authorizing the use of surplus proceeds from the City of Laredo – Public Property Finance Contractual Obligations (PPFCO) Series 2000A, for the purchase of two (2) John Deere riding mowers for the Parks and Recreation Department; and authorizing the purchase of these two (2) mowers from the John Deere Company, Uvalde, Texas in the total amount of $15,374.86.

 

28.      2005-R-092     Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter into an Advance Funding Agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation for an amount of $1,750,000.00 to fund the implementation of the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Projects identified in the ITS Master Plan for the City of Laredo.  (Presentation on Staff Report # 52 (B) needed prior to adoption of Resolution).

XI.               MOTIONS

 

29.      Motion to introduce ordinance providing that property taxes be increased by the adoption of a tax rate of $0.637000 per $100.00 value with a Maintenance and Operation rate of $0.512019 per $100.00 value and an Interest and Sinking Fund rate of $0.124981 per $100.00 value and for the levy and the collection of General and Special ad valorem taxes for the City of Laredo and for the Tax Year 2005 and the Fiscal Year 2005-2006.

 

30.      Casting a vote in support of Daniel E. Migura, Jr., Administrative Services Department Director, for the 2005 Board of Trustees Election for Region 7 of the TML Intergovernmental Employee Benefits Pool.

 

31.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract between the RWL Group, Inc. and the City of Laredo, in which RWL Group, Inc. will continue to provide employee benefit services to the City of Laredo. The existing contract will expire September 30, 2005.  The new term will commence on October 1, 2005 and conclude on September 30, 2006 at a cost of $24,000.00.  RWL has provided the same level of service to the City of Laredo for the past three (3) years at the same cost, without raising fees or expenses.  Funding is available in the Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Administrative Services / Risk Management Division Budget.

  

32.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract between the RWL Group, Inc. and the City of Laredo, in which RWL Group, Inc. will continue to provide risk management with property and liability insurance consulting services to the City of Laredo.  The new term will commence on October 1, 2005 and conclude on September 30, 2006 at a cost of $16,200.00.  RWL has provided the same level of services to the City of Laredo for the past two (2) years at the same cost, without raising fees and expenses.  Funding is available in the Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Administrative Services / Risk Management Division Budget.

 

33.      Authorization to rescind contract negotiations with general contractor LEH Contractors, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, for the Los Obispos Unit-5, Remediation Project, Phase II.

 

34.      Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant Arcadis, Laredo, Texas, with Risa Fisher Associates, Dallas, Texas, for the Site Selection and Design of a Compost Facility for the City of Laredo Landfill in accordance with the requirements of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.

 

35.      Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 1, a decrease of $1,533.00 to delete one (1) light pole; acceptance of the Laredo International Airport East Fuel Farm Electrical Improvements; and approval of the release of retainage and final payment in the amount of $9,776.70 to A.M.P. Electric Company, Laredo, Texas. Final contract amount is $97,767.00. Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund.

 

36.      Consideration for approval of acceptance of the Laredo International Airport East Fuel Farm Paving and Fencing Improvements, and approval of final payment in the amount $43,182.30 to Gilmar Construction, Ltd., Laredo, Texas. Final contract amount is $126,687.00. Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund.

 

37.      Consideration to award contract number FY06-006 to the low bidder, for the installation of a new elevator at the Parking Division building located at 900 Matamoros (old Municipal Court building).  Funding is available in the Parking Meter Fund.  (Low bidder will be announced at City Council meeting.)

 

38.      Consideration to authorize the City Manager to negotiate and execute contracts with U.S. and Mexican print, billboard, and electronic media vendors listed in the Laredo Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Media Plan.  Media Plan advertisements for the Laredo Convention & Visitors Bureau will be placed effective October 1, 2005 through September 30, 2006.  Funding is available in the CVB Marketing Division Budget.

 

39.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute an amendment to the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the City of Laredo and Local 1390, International Association of Firefighters (April 1, 2001 through March 31, 2006) specifically Article 15, Monthly Base Pay Scale, by amending  Section 15.4. (c) to read as follows:

 

§         15.4 (c) 5th Contract Year: On April 1st of 2005, the base salary increase for the fifth (5th) contract year shall be set as follows:

 

§         Fire Captains, District Chiefs, Deputy Chiefs, Fire Marshall, and Assistant Chief shall receive a five percent (5%) increase of base salary.

 

§         Fire Drivers and Assistant Drivers shall receive a three percent (3%) increase of base salary.

 

§         All Fire Cadets and Fire Fighters shall receive a three percent (3%) increase of base salary.

 

§         The City of Laredo shall pay full back pay and benefits to all members of the Collective Bargaining Unit retroactive to April 1, 2005.

 

40.      Consideration to exercise a renewal option for one (1) additional year on the contract FY04-069 awarded to Nick Benavides, Laredo, Texas, in the annual amount of $72,168.00, for providing monthly mowing and maintenance of the Zacate Creek areas. This includes the collection of trash, debris, rubbish, and other floatable material along the creek from Meadow and Canal Streets to the mouth of the river. Funding is available in the Environmental Services Department Budget.

 

41.      Consideration to exercise a renewal option for one (1) additional year on contract number FY04-122, awarded to Envirosolve, L.L.C., Tulsa, OK, in the estimated amount of $34,858.00, for conducting two (2) Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection events and one (1) Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator (CESQG) collection event. The term of this contract was for one (1) year with an option to extend the contract for three (3), one (1) year terms. This will be the first option year. Funding is available in the Environmental Services Department Budget.

 

42.      Consideration to award contract number FY05-084 to InterNetworks Experts, San Antonio, Texas, for providing a centralized and network based video surveillance system for city departments. This system will provide the infrastructure for surveillance services citywide and will be implemented in phases. Phase I includes surveillance system for the Solid Waste Facility, Parking Division, and three City parks. Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund, Parking Meter Fund and Community Development – 30th Action Year Budget.

 

43.      Authorizing the City Manager to write-off various accounts receivable that are deemed to be un-collectable by the City’s audit of Garza, Martinez & Co. as per their Letter to Management. The total write-off amount is $3,865,656.98; a summary by account type is available for review. The financial impact to the City will be an expenditure of $11,609.01 for the fiscal year.

 

44.      Consideration to award contract FY06-002 to Principal Decision Systems International Inc., Orange, CA in the amount of $74,250.00 for the purchase of a PC-based constant staffing, overtime management, and notification software solution for the Fire Department. Funding is available from a Homeland Security Grant administered by the Fire Department.

 

45.      Authorizing the City Manager to enter into an Interlocal Agreement with Webb County, Texas to provide fire protection, emergency medical, and rescue services within the County of Webb, but excluding any incorporated city lying outside the incorporated limits of the City of Laredo, for a period of five (5) years, commencing on October 1, 2005 and ending September 30, 2010 at a cost of  $600,000.00 annually (payable  in sixty (60) equal monthly installments of $50,000.00) and the purchase of two (2) BrushMaster Fire Apparatus trucks upon the effective date of this agreement. 

 

46.      Authorizing the City Manager to amend the Laredo Veterans Coalition third party funding contract Section 2.9 by increasing the limit on aid to applicant from $400.00 to $800.00 for contract year 2004 – 2005.

 

47.      Authorizing the City Manager to instruct staff to negotiate a possible contract with Ventura Sports Group of El Paso, Texas, for the use of Veterans Field by an independent professional baseball league. 

 

48.      Approving monthly adjustments to the tax roll. The amount to be adjusted for the month of August 2005 represents an increase of $2,783.09. These adjustments are determined by Webb County Appraisal District and by court orders.

 

49.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of one (1) replacement tractor trailer truck, with a 24-30 cubic yard aluminum end dump semi-trailer, for the Utilities Department  - Wastewater Treatment Division, from Rush Truck Centers of Texas, L.P., in the total amount of $142,969.00 through the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative (Buy Board) contract pricing. Funding is available in the Utilities Department Budget.

 

50.      Authorizing the City Manager to negotiate a professional service contract with Cambridge Systematics, Inc. in association with Alliance Transportation Group, Inc. for the performance of a Hazardous Cargo Community Risk Assessment and Route Alternative Analysis.  Funding is available in the Bridge System Fund. 

 

51.      Authorizing the City Manager to enter into contract and award $6,213.21 in 2003 Emergency Shelter Grant funds to Bethany House for Homeless Prevention assistance.  These 2003 ESG funds are an unexpended fund balance from a contract with Webb County Community Action Agency.  The 2003 ESG funds are made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  (Action is necessary only if CAA does not meet its obligations by September 15, 2005.)

 

52.       Authorizing the City Manager to (1) terminate its 2004 Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) contract with the Laredo Webb County Community Action Agency (CAA) for homeless prevention assistance funds in the amount of $20,000.00, and (2) to enter into contract and award the $20,000.00 to Bethany House for homeless prevention assistance.  These changes pertain to 2004 Emergency Shelter Grant Funds which are made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  (Action is necessary only if CAA does not meet its contract obligations by September 15, 2005.)

 

XII.             STAFF REPORTS

 

53.       

A.          Staff presentation by Keith Selman, Planning Director, regarding the City’s sign ordinance.

 

B.          Presentation by the Traffic Safety Department regarding the initial phases of deployment for the City of Laredo – Intelligent Transportation Systems Master Plan.

 

C.         Discussion with possible action to consider Firefighter Anthony Joel Tice’s first request for an extension of injury leave with pay in accordance with 143.073(b) of the Texas Local Government Code.

 

D.         Discussion with possible action to consider Police Officer Jesus Muñoz’ second request for an extension of injury leave with pay in accordance with 143.073(b) of the Texas Local Government Code.

 

XIII.           GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

54.       

A.        Request by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores

1.           Appointment of City Council members to the City Council Downtown Redevelopment Committee and designation of a Downtown Redevelopment Organization for the purpose of promoting downtown development, implementing downtown marketing efforts, and keeping the City Council and the community informed of downtown redevelopment efforts undertaken by both the private and public sectors.

 

B.        Request by Council Member John C. Galo

1.           Move to appropriate a sum not to exceed $10,000.00 of Capital Improvement Project Discretionary Funds to create a pole barn at the Canizales Gym.

2.           Discussion with possible action on the need for a better structured process regarding reporting to City Council by the City Manager and his staff on all action items, including follow-up reporting.

3.           Move to initiate a formal request for proposals for electrical service providers for the City.

4.           Discussion regarding the creation of an investment zone in Downtown Laredo to include the consideration of incentives, with possible action.

 

C.        Request by Council Member Johnny Rendon

1.           Status report on the Upper Zacate Creek Drainage Project, with possible action.

2.           Discussion with possible action regarding a City Council resolution to continue dialogue between the City and United States and Mexico Federal Governments concerning the safe return of American citizens to the United States.

 

D.        Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

1.           Status report regarding waterline breaks in the Regency Subdivision, with possible action.

 

E.        Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Jose A. Valdez, Jr.

1.           Discussion with possible action to amend the Fiscal Year 2005-2006 Annual Budget to create an additional water distribution work crew within the Utilities Department by appropriating funds for additional FTE positions and equipment effective October 1, 2005. (Co-sponsored by Council Member Hector Garcia.)

2.           Status report on Father MaNaboe Park Improvements Phase II and directing staff to request bids for project construction immediately following project design. (Co-sponsored by Council Member Hector Garcia.)

 

F.         Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

1.           Discussion with possible action regarding the operations of El Metro by First Transit.

2.           Discussion with possible action regarding the installation of a fence on the soccer field located on the west bank of Zacate Creek between Gonzalez Street and Park Street.

3.           Discussion with possible action regarding the continued blocking of Sanchez Street by Union Pacific Railroad.

4.           Discussion with possible action regarding police patrols in the Downtown area.

 

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.

55.      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 government body in negotiations with a third person; and return to open session for possible action.

 

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

                       

56.      Motion to waive the bus fare collection during Seniors In Motion Day on October 6, 2005. This action will give El Metro an opportunity to attract new customers and educate our community on the importance of public transportation. The estimated revenue loss is $7,500.00.

           

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

 

XVII.       ADJOURNMENT

 

This notice was posted at the Municipal Government Offices, 1110 Houston Street, Laredo, Texas, at a place convenient and readily accessible to the public at all times. Said notice was posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2005 at 7:30 p.m.

                                                                       

 

 

                                                                         Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                 City Secretary