CITY OF LAREDO
                          CITY COUNCIL MEETING
                               A2000-R-02
                          CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
                           1110 HOUSTON STREET
                           LAREDO, TX.   78040
                             JANUARY 17, 2000
                                 5:30 P.M.
  I.   CALL TO ORDER
 II.   ROLL CALL
III.   PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
 IV.   COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS
       Announcements
       Invitations
       Recognitions
       a.  Recognition by the Mayor and City Council Members of employees
           that retired from the City of Laredo with 20 years or more of service 
           for the period August 1999 thru December 1999. 
       b.  Recognition of Socorro Abrego by Mayor and City Council as an 
           exemplary citizen.  Mrs. Abrego is 102 years young.
       c.  Recognition to the Health Department. s Vital Records Registration  
           Staff for being awarded the 5-Star Vital Records Registration and       
           Excellence Award from the Texas Department of Health, Bureau of 
           Vital Statistics, out of 540 offices in Texas, only seven were awarded 
           the 5-Star Award for the third consecutive year.
       D.  Recognition of the Millennium Celebration sponsors (Univision 27, 
           Guerra Communication, South Texas Distributors)
 V.    APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES
           City Council confirmation of Council Member John C. Galo. s appointee
           of Rolando G. Ortiz to the Impact Fee Advisory Committee.
   
VI.    PUBLIC HEARINGS
           1.  Public hearing approving an amendment to the contract with the
               Texas Department of Health and 10-month budget in the amount 
               of $42,040 for the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Project (BCCCP),
               of the City Laredo Health Department for the period beginning 
               November 1, 1999, to August 31, 2000. The funding source for this
               project is the Texas Department of Health and it has been assigned
               a budget number 226-6020.  
                           INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
               Ordinance approving an amendment of the contract with 
               the Texas Department of Health and Budget in the amount of         
               $42,040 for the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Project, of                  
               the City Laredo Health Department for the period beginning         
               November 1, 1999, to August 31, 2000; and increase revenue         
               line item 226-0000-323-4055 from $0 to $42,040 and expenditure
               line item 226-6020 from $0 to $42,040.
        
           2.  Public hearing amending Chapter 15 (Health and 
               Sanitation) of the Code of Ordinances by establishing Article
               IV (Tire Business Registration), providing definitions, tire
               business registration, application, and terms of registration, 
               terms of renewal, terms of suspension and revocation, fees,
               disposal of tires, providing for penalty, injunctive relief, 
               severability, a publication schedule and establishing an
               effective date. 
                           INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
               Ordinance amending Chapter 15 (Health and Sanitation)
               of the Code of Ordinances by establishing Article IV (Tire
               Business Registration), providing definitions, tire business
               registration, application, and terms of registration, terms
               of renewal, terms of suspension and revocation, fees,         disposal
               of tires, providing for penalty, injunctive relief, 
               severability, a publication schedule and establishing an 
               effective date. 
           3.  Public hearing amending the FY 1999-2000 budget in    
               the amount of $15,000 for the Special Projects Program 
               of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period 
               beginning January 1, 2000, through September 30, 2000. 
               The funding sources for these projects are comprised
               of various organizations who contribute or donate funds to 
               the Health Department for the purpose of carrying 
               out special activities or events, and has  
               been assigned budget number 226-6400. 
                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
               Ordinance amending the FY 1999-2000 budget in the 
               amount of $15,000 for the Special Projects Program of 
               the City of Laredo Health Department for the period
               beginning January 1, 2000, through September 30, 2000. 
               The funding sources for these projects are comprised
               of various organizations who contribute or donate funds to 
               the Health Department for the purpose of carrying out 
               special activities or events, and has been assigned budget 
               number 226-6400.
            
          4.   Public hearing approving an amendment to the 
               contract with the Texas Department of Health and
               budget in the amount of $130,520 for local 
               staffing of the Childhood Immunization Action Plan         
               Project of the City of Laredo Health Department 
               $30,742 in state-paid staff, and approximately 
               $990,497 in vaccines for the period beginning January 
               1, 2000 through August 31, 2000. The funding source 
               for this project is the Texas Department of Health 
               and it has been assigned a budget number 226-6019.        
                            INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
               Ordinance on the approval of an amendment to 
               the contract with the Texas Department of Health and
               Budget in the amount of $130,520 for local staffing of 
               the Childhood Immunization Action Plan Project of the 
               City of Laredo Health Department; $30,742 in state-paid 
               staff; and approximately $990,497 in vaccines for the 
               period beginning January 1, 2000 through August 31, 
               2000; and increasing revenue line item 226-000-
               323-4056 from $0 to $130,520 and expenditure line
               item 226-6019 from $0 to $130,520
          
VII.   GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
               A. Request by Council Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr.
                  1.  Status report on the replacement of waterlines in the
                      Hillside area with possible action.
               B. Request by Council Member Joe A. Guerra
                  1.  Discussion and possible action on amending the City 
                      of Laredo FY 1999-2000 annual budget by raising the 
                      firefighter man years by twelve (12) firefighters and 
                      reclassifying nine (9) firefighters to three (3) Captains, 
                      three (3) Drivers, and three (3) Assistant Drivers to 
                      man Aerial Truck #3.  This truck will be temporarily  
                      stationed at Fire Station #10 upon completion of Fire 
                      Station #12 (TAMIU Fire Station), the aerial truck 
                      and crew will be transferred from Fire Station #10 
                      to Fire Station #12 and remain in full service indefinitely.
                
               C. Request by Council Member Mario G. Alvarado
                  1.  Status report on Mines Road Task Force activities 
                      and/or recommendations for traffic control on 
                      FM1472, with possible action.  Presentation by 
                      Trent Stricker regarding safety concerns at Father 
                      McNaboe Park with possible action.
               D. Request by Council Member Consuelo "Chelo" Montalvo
                  1.  Discussion and possible action on the release of 
                      lien placed on the property owned by Juan San 
                      Miguel, located at 317 Water Street by the Department
                      of Community Development.
(Recess)
(Press Availability)
VIII. INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES
       6.  Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with       
           International Schools for approximately 102,676 square feet of    
           land located at 4618 Maher Avenue at the Laredo International  
           Airport.  Lease term is for one (1) year commencing on February 1,   
           2000 and ending on January 31, 2001, and may be extended for  
           two (2) terms of one (1) year each ending January 31, 2002 and  
           January 31, 2003.  New monthly rent shall be $1,100.00 and will be 
           adjusted annually during the primary and extension terms of this  
           lease according to changes in the Consumer Price Index,  providing 
           for an effective date.  Current monthly rent is $1,000.00.
       7.  Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with 
           IRCO Corporation for approximately 47,934 square feet located  
           at 4705 Daugherty Avenue at the Laredo International Airport.    
           Lease term is for twenty (20) years commencing on January 1, 
           2000 and ending on December 31, 2019 and may be extended for 
           two (2) consecutive terms of ten (10) years each ending on 
           December 31, 2029 and December 31,  2039.  Monthly rent shall 
           be $680.00 and will be adjusted annually during the primary and 
           extension terms of this lease according to changes in the 
           Consumer Price Index and further adjusted by the Fair Market  
           Rental Value Appraisal on the 10th, 20th and 30th anniversaries, 
           providing for an effective date.
       8.  Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept an avigation   
           easement from Francisco Noriega and Juan Ramirez over  
           Summer Wind Subdivision, encompassing approximately  
           27.97 acres out of Survey 1021, Abstract 64, City of Laredo,  
           Webb County, Texas and located immediately northwest  
           of the Laredo International Airport and authorizing the City 
           Manager to grant a thirty (30) foot drainage easement  
           encompassing 0.7841 acres out of survey 1021, Abstract 64,  
           City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas to Francisco Noriega and  
           Juan Ramirez in exchange and being of equal value to the  
           avigation easement.
IX.  FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES  
     9. 2000-O-010  Ordinance amending the 1999-2000 budget 
                    in the amount of $2,000 for the Neural Tube 
                    Defect Project of the City of Laredo Health 
                    Department for the period beginning October 
                    1, 1999, through August 31, 2000.  The funding 
                    source for this project is the Texas Health 
                    Foundation and it has been assigned a budget 
                    number 226-6101. (City Council)
        2000-O-011  Ordinance amending Ordinance No. 95-O-100  
                    authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use 
                    Permit for a concrete batch plant on 5.0 acres, 
                    as further described by metes and bounds 
                    located on the west side of Hwy 83 and north 
                    of Masterson Road, by renewing the term of the 
                    Conditional Use Permit until April 15, 2002. 
                    (Cm Alfredo Agredano)
        2000-O-012  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of 
                    the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 22, 
                    Moreno Addition, located at 1417 Harding Avenue 
                    from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-4 (Highway 
                    Commercial District).  (Cm John C. Galo)
        2000-O-013  Ordinance designating as a one-way northbound 
                    that section of Santa Rita Avenue Block Number  
                    1500 through 3100 between Benavides Street 
                    and Blair Street which includes providing for the   
                    installation of appropriate signs to indicate 
                    one-way traffic in the designated direction and 
                    providing for publication and effective date. 
                    (Cm Consuelo "Chelo" Montalvo)
        2000-O-014  Ordinance designating as a two-way north and 
                    south bound that section of Juarez Avenue,
                    Block Number 1000 between Victoria Street 
                    on the south and Washington Street on the north,
                    providing for the installation of appropriate 
                    signs to indicate two-way traffic in both north 
                    and south directions and providing for publication 
                    and effective date. (Cm Consuelo . Chelo.  Montalvo)
        2000-O-015  Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute 
                    a lease with Roberto Villase?r for approximately 
                    960 square feet constituting Building No. 1319
                    located at 4011 North Jarvis Avenue.  Lease term
                    is for one (1) year commencing on December 1,
                    1999 and ending on November 30, 2000 and may 
                    be extended for two (2) terms of one (1) year 
                    each ending on November 30, 2001 and November 
                    30, 2002.  Monthly rent shall be $300 and will be 
                    adjusted annually during the primary and extension 
                    terms of this lease according to changes in the 
                    Consumer Price Index.  Current monthly rent is 
                    $295.02. (City Council)
       2000-O-016   Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a  
                    lease with LaBaTa Services for approximately 
                    416 square feet constituting Building No. 168 
                    located at 5103 Maher Avenue.  Lease term is for
                    three (3) years commencing on December 1, 
                    1999, and ending on November 30, 2002, and 
                    may be extended for two (2) terms of one (1) 
                    year each ending November 30, 2003, and 
                    November 30, 2004.  Monthly rent shall be 
                    $450.00 and will be adjusted annually during 
                    the primary and extension terms of this lease 
                    according to changes in the Consumer Price Index.  
                    Previous tenant was DynAir, Inc., paying $500.00 per  
                    month. (AS AMENDED) (City Council)
        2000-O-017  Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to grant a    
                    Non-Exclusive Revocable License with Autophone 
                    of Laredo, Inc., for the installation of radio
                    communications equipment atop the beacon tower
                    located at 4419 North Bartlett Avenue at the 
                    Laredo International Airport. Lease term is for 
                    three (3) years commencing on November 1, 1999 
                    and ending on October 31, 2002. 
                    Monthly rent shall be: 
                    1.  $250.00 from January 1, 2000 to December 31,  
                        2000, and   
                    2.  $270.00 from January 1, 2001 to December 31, 
                        2001, and           
                    3.  $290.00 from January 1, 2002 to December 31, 
                        2002. 
                    Current monthly rent is $230.15. License may be 
                    terminated by either party upon giving a sixty (60) 
                    day written notice. (City Council)
X.  RESOLUTIONS
    10.  2000-R-005  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant  from
                     the Texas Department of Health in the amount of  
                     $130,520 for local staffing of the Childhood Immunization 
                     Action Plan Project of the City of Laredo Health 
                     Department; $30,742 in state-paid staff; and 
                     approximately $990,497 in vaccines from the period 
                     beginning January 1, 2000 through August 31, 2000. 
                     The funding source for this project is the Texas 
                     Department of Health and it has been assigned a budget 
                     number 226-6019. 
    11.  2000-R-006  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from
                     the Texas Department of Health in the amount of 
                     $42,040 for the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control 
                     Project (BCCCP), of the City of Laredo Health 
                     Department for the period beginning November 1, 
                     1999 through August 31, 2000. The funding source 
                     for this project is the Texas Department of Health 
                     and it has been assigned a budget number 226-6020. 
    12.  2000-R-007  Officially adopting the 2000-2005 Parks and Open Space  
                     Master Plan as presented to the City Council in the 
                     Public Hearing of December 20, 1999 by Halff 
                     Associates, Dallas, Texas.
    13.  2000-R-009  Authorizing the City Manager to adopt a resolution
                     supporting a "Letter of Understanding" between the   
                     City of Laredo and the Texas Department of Mental 
                     Health and Mental Retardation dated April 8, 1999 
                     which places restrictions regarding the future 
                     development on a ninety-foot wide parcel, described
                     herein by metes and bounds legally described, to 
                     ensure that any future development on the subject
                     property is compatible with Laredo State Center and
                     sensitive to the needs and welfare of its consumers, 
                     and specifically, to prohibit variances that reduce or 
                     eliminate setback requirements.  This right-of-way is 
                     needed for the Cherry Hill widening Project.
    14.  2000-R-010  Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant 
                     application with the Office of the Governor, Criminal 
                     Justice Division to fund the Texas Narcotics Control  
                     Program. The total grant funding is in the amount of 
                     $1,511,974 with the Criminal Justice Division 
                     providing $1,133,980 and the City of Laredo           
                     providing $377,994 in matching funds. Funding is  
                     available from the opening balance of the Narcotic 
                     Task Force Division and will be used to pay salaries, 
                     overtime, indirect operating expenses, and the 
                     purchase of equipment from June 1, 2000 through May 
                     31, 2001.
    15.  2000-R-011  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into and execute 
                     an Interlocal Governmental Agreement pursuant to the 
                     Vernon's Texas Government Code, Chapter 791, 
                     between the City of Laredo and the County of Webb, in 
                     which Webb County's Law Enforcement Agency, namely 
                     the Webb County Sheriff. s Department and the City. s 
                     Law Enforcement Agency, namely the Laredo Police 
                     Department, require the formation of a Mutual Aid Law 
                     Enforcement Task Force to mutually assist each other in 
                     the areas of traffic control, crowd control, and general 
                     law enforcement both within and beyond the city limits 
                     during the "Menudo Bowl" scheduled for January 29, 
                     2000.
    16.  2000-R-012  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into and execute 
                     an Interlocal Governmental Agreement pursuant to the 
                     Vernon's Texas Government Code, Chapter 791, 
                     between the City of Laredo and the County of Webb, in 
                     which Webb County's Law Enforcement Agency, 
                     namely the Webb County Sheriff's Department and the 
                     City's Law Enforcement Agency, namely the Laredo 
                     Police Department, require the formation of a Mutual 
                     Aid Law Enforcement Task Force to mutually assist 
                     each other in the areas of traffic control, crowd control, 
                     and general law enforcement both within and beyond 
                     the city limits during the various Washington. s 
                     Birthday Celebration festivities scheduled for February 
                     5, 2000 to February 20, 2000.
XI.  MOTIONS
     17.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to issue a request   for 
          proposals (RFP) for the Corridor Intersection Analysis for   Laredo, 
          Texas, which will identify necessary capital improvements at   key 
          intersections to enhance the safety of the traveling public   and 
          expedite the flow of cars and trucks to and through Laredo.   The 
          study will provide location and impact of infrastructure   deficiencies 
          along identified corridors, capital improvement   alternatives, cost 
          estimates, alternative circulation recommendations and order                of implementation for proposed improvements.  Funding is 
          available through the MPO account.
     18.  Consideration to award contract number FY00-023, to the 
          LOW BIDDER, Hollywood Garden Company, Laredo, 
          Texas in the annual amount of $42,310, for providing lawn 
          maintenance services for the Airport Department. The term 
          of this contract is for two years contingent upon continued                 funding for this function. The contract requires lawn   maintenance 
          service at International Airport Facility, Building S-1 .    1718 E. 
          Calton, Building 1050 .  Calton Road/Bartlett Building 132 .  
          4719 Maher, and Building 134 .  4605 Maher. Funding is   available 
          in the Airport Fund. 
     19.  Consideration to approve change order no. 1 for an amount 
          not to exceed $145,941 to the Transcore contract for the 
          installation of the Laredo Bridge Toll System Upgrade. The
          original contract was for $8,442,136. This change order   brings 
          the total contract amount to $8,588,077. Camera surveillance
          will increase at every lane and at all  international   bridges. 
          This Digital Visual Auditing System will be the backbone to 
          the accountability and auditing of lanes. 
       
     20.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to accept the
          proposal by Vertex Targeted Opportunities (hereinafter 
          referred to as Vertex) of Dallas, Texas, to complete   Medicaid
          Administrative Claims for the City of Laredo Health   Department 
          for the period beginning October 1, 1999, through September   30, 2002.
     21.  Consideration to accept the World Trade Bridge Project Plaque.
     22.  Consideration to approve the Project Plaque for the City of   Laredo   
          Telecommunications Center.
     23.  Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant Mejia               Engineering Co., Laredo, Texas, for the Zacatecas Street 
          Extension Project from Las Americas Subdivision, Phase III 
          to Ejido Avenue, and authorization to negotiate a professional 
          services contract.  Funding is available in the Capital   Improvement 
          Fund-Zacatecas Street Extension.
     24.  Consideration for approval of a selection of consultant Foster 
          Engineering Company, Laredo, Texas, for the San Francisco 
          Xavier Road along Piedregal Street from Eagle Pass Street ,
          East to the Tex-Mex Railroad Bridge and authorization to   negotiate
          a professional services contract.  Funding is available in   the Capital 
          Improvement Fund Eagle Pass Underpass.
     25.  Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 1 an increase of               $20,767.70 for the balance of quantities actually constructed   in 
          place, acceptance of the Frost Street at McPherson Ave. And
          Plum Street at East San Francisco Avenue Drainage   Improvements
          and approval of final payment in the amount of $52,197.93 to   Ramos
          Industries, Inc., Pasadena, Texas. Final Construction   Contract 
          amount is $236,973.60.  Funding is available in the 1998 CO   Issue.
     26.  Consideration to award contract number FY 00-049, to the LOW  
          BIDDER, Skaggs, San Antonio, Texas,  in the amount of $22,954.50,  
          for the purchase of thirty pistols for the Police Department.  Funding 
          is available in the Police Trust Fund.   
         
     27.  Consideration to refund property taxes to the following 
          taxpayers:
          1.  U.S. Filter Distribution Group, Inc. in the amount of 
              $1,695.99 due to a clerical error 25.25(c) as per ARB 
              supplement 15, Cause #99-6311. 
          2.  Perez, Efrain Sergio in the amount of $538.88 due to a
              double payment made by Norwest Mortgage and Webb 
              County Title.  
          3.  PHH Mortgage Service Center erroneously paid $2,079.16 
              for 1998 and a local abstract company also
              paid the tax.
          4.  Solis, Javier and Yolanda erroneously paid the 1999 tax
              in the amount of $612.65. The Mortgage company is 
              responsible for the payment. 
              These  refunds will be paid from line item Deferred Revenue/Unapplied 
              Payments. Account #101-000-222-0300.
     28.  Consideration to approve monthly adjustments to the tax roll. The  
          amount to be adjusted for the month of November  1999, which      
          represents a decrease, is $526.76. The amount to be adjusted for  
          the month of December 1999, which represents an increase, is  
          $9,209.05. These adjustments are produced by the County  
          Appraisal District and by Court Orders.
     29.  Consideration to amend contract number 98-115 awarded to  
          Enpointe Technologies, Austin, Texas, in the amount of   
          $35,379.20, for the purchase and installation of communication  
          network equipment for Bridge 3 and Bridge 4. This equipment will   
          allow these facilities to be connected to the City. s Institutional 
          Network (I-Net). The original contract award was for $847,783.00 
          and included the purchase and installation of the City. s 
          institutional network equipment. The network has been 
          completed and equipment is needed for Bridge 3 and Bridge 4 to  
          use this network.
     30.  Consideration to reject the three bids received for the Zacate 
          Creek Beautification Project Phase II since all bids were over       
          budget and authorizing staff to revise the plans and  
          specifications and authorization to rebid the project. 
     31.  Consideration to award contract number FY00-051, to the 
          SOLE BIDDER, Smith Banc Equipment, Inc., San Antonio, 
          Texas, in the amount of $56,750.00, for the rental of one 
          modular building for use by the Bridge System as an 
          operations facility. The rental term shall be for a period of six 
          months. This modular building, which is similar to those 
          used by banks and other financial institutions as temporary 
          facilities, will house the bridge system staff at Bridge IV 
          while the permanent administrative structure is being built. 
          The building includes teller stations, work areas, and 
          security systems. Funding for this rental contact will be 
          made available in the Bridge Fund.
     32.  Consideration to approve change order no. 2, a net increase   
          of $119,409.50 to the Santa Maria Reconstruction Project with    
          Pete Gallegos Paving Inc., Laredo, Texas, for additional work  
          required to repair reinforced concrete pipe cave-ins,  
          construct additional fencing, utilities, drainage and other 
          miscellaneous improvements, and to add 93 working days of 
          contract time to cover the additional work and to cover 
          delays due to utility conflicts. Funding is available in the 1998 
          CO Issue-Santa Maria Reconstruction. 
      
     33.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to finalize a 
          negotiation and execute an Agreed Order with the TNRCC for   
          the completion of the Industrial Pretreatment Program for the  
          Utilities Department and the adoption of a Supplemental 
          Environmental Project (SEP) in lieu of a $7,000 fine.  The fine 
          would have been imposed because of delays in the 
          preparation of a plan to adopt a pretreatment program.  The 
          SEP is a continuation of a program initiated by Public Works 
          to clean illegal dumping sites.
     34.  Consideration to award a processional services contract to Danny R 
          Anderson Consultants, Inc., El Paso, Texas, for an amount not to    
          exceed $15,995.00 to provide laboratory, sampling and testing 
          services of materials for quality control for the Calton Road 
          Widening Project at the Public Library and the McPherson Road 
          Widening Project from Calton Road to the Culvert Drainage Channel 
          at Cotulla's Restaurant.  Funding is available in the Capital 
          Improvement Fund McPherson Widening I.
XII.  STAFF REPORT
       35. Status report on the development of the Customer Service Program.
XIII. 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, January 12, 2000 at 6:00 p.m.
                  
                       ________________________
                       Gustavo Guevara, Jr.
                       City Secretary