CITY OF LAREDO
                       CITY COUNCIL MEETING
                           A2000-R-04
                      CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
                       1110 HOUSTON STREET
                       LAREDO, TEXAS 78040
                        FEBRUARY 7, 2000
                            5:30 P.M.

  I.   CALL TO ORDER

 II.   PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

III.   ROLL CALL

 IV.   MINUTES
       Approval of the minutes of City Council Meeting - January
       03, 2000 and City Council Workshop - January 12, 2000.

  V.   COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

	Announcements
	a.  Proclamation of the month of February as 
	    Customer Service Month.
			
	Invitations
	a.  Streets of Laredo Mall extends an invitation to the 
	    "Noche de Carnaval, Mardi Gras" to be held on Friday,
	    February 11, 2000.

	Recognitions
	a. Recognizing the City of Laredo for winning "The Best 
	   Little Blood Drive on the Border" held on November 2, 1999 
	   by the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center.
	   
	b. Recognizing the City of Laredo Public Works Department 
	   for being selected by International City / County Management 
	   Association (ICMA) as one of the top 6 in the nation for 
	   it's Landfill Methane Outreach Program.

 VI.	APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

VII.	PUBLIC HEARINGS
	1.  Public hearing concerning an application by Alfonso 
	Arguindegui, amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the 
	City of Laredo by rezoning the south 75 ft. of Lot 1, the 
	south 75 ft. of the west 49 ft. of Lot 2, and the north 36.11
	ft. of Lots 1 & 2, Block 59, Western Division, located at 801 
	and 803 Flores Ave., from CBD (Central Business District) to 
	B-4 (Highway Commercial District).  This is an appeal from 
	an unfavorable recommendation by the Planning and Zoning 
	Commission.

			INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
	Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of 
	Laredo by rezoning the south 75 ft. of Lot 1, the south 75 ft. 
	of the west 49 ft. of Lot 2, and the north 36.11 ft. of Lots 
	1 & 2, Block 59, Western Division, located at 801 and 803 Flores 
	Ave., from CBD (Central Business District) to B-4 (Highway 
	Commercial District).
	
	2.  Public hearing concerning the approval of an amendment 
	to the contract with the Texas Department of Health and 
	Budget in the amount of $111,336.00 for the Children's 
	Health Insurance Program (CHIP) outreach and enrollment 
	assistance activity of the City of Laredo Health Department 
	for the period beginning January 1, 2000 through December 
	31, 2000.

			INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
	Ordinance amending the contract with the Texas Department of 
	Health and Budget in the amount of $111,336.00 for the 
	Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) outreach and 
	enrollment assistance activity of the City of Laredo Health 
	Department for the period beginning January 1, 2000 through 
	December 31, 2000; and increase revenue line item 
	226-0000-323-4082 from $0 to $111,336.00, and expenditure 
	line item 226-6022 from $0 to $111,336.00.
	
	3.  Public hearing concerning the approval of an amendment to 
	the contract with the Texas Department of Health and Budget 
	in the amount of $100,000.00 to operate the Women, Infants 
	and Children (WIC) Program of the City of Laredo Health 
	Department for the period beginning October 1, 1999 through 
	September 30, 2000.

 			INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
	Ordinance amending the contract with the Texas Department of 
	Health and Budget in the amount of $100,000.00 in additional 
	funds for the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program of 
	the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning
	October 1, 1999, through September 30, 2000; and increasing 
	revenue line item for the WIC Program 226-0000-323-4037 from 
	$2,106,480.00 to $2,206,480.00 and expenditure line item 
	226-6014 from $2,106,480.00 to $2,206,480.00
	
	4. Public hearing concerning the amendment of the City of 
	Laredo's 1999-2000 annual budget in the amount of $55,519.00 
	with the Office of National Drug Control Policy (HIDTA) 
	contributing $49,888.00 and the City of Laredo designating 
	$5,631.00 to fund the Multi-Agency Major Organization 
	Investigation Task Force for the period of January 1, 2000 
	through December 31, 2000.

			INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
	Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1999-2000 annual 
	budget in the amount of $55,519.00 with the Office of National 
	Drug Control Policy (HIDTA) contributing $49,888.00 and City 
	of Laredo designating $5,631.00 to fund the Multi-Agency 
	Major Organization Investigation Task Force for the period of 
	January 1, 2000 through December 31, 2000.
	
	5. Public hearing concerning the amendment of the City of 
	Laredo FY1999-2000 annual budget in the amount of $770,496.00 
	to fund the Multi-Agency Financial Disruption Task Force.  
	The National Drug Control Policy (HIDTA) High Intensity Drug 
	Trafficking Area is funding the operation at no cost to the 
	City.  Funds will be used to pay for personnel salaries, 
	travel and operational expenses beginning January 1, 2000 
	through December 31, 2000.

			INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
	Ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY1999-2000 annual 
	budget in the amount of $770,496.00 to fund the Multi-Agency 
	Financial Disruption Task Force.  The National Drug Control 
	Policy (HIDTA) High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area is 
	funding the operation at no cost to the City.  Funds will be 
	used to pay for personnel salaries, travel and operational 
	expenses beginning January 1, 2000 through December 31, 2000.
	
	6. Public hearing concerning the amendment of the City of 
	Laredo's 1999-2000 annual budget in the amount of $729,000.00 
	for the Multi-Agency Narcotic Task Force.  Funding is 
	available from the opening balance of the Narcotic Task 
	Force Division and will be used to pay salaries and overtime 
	from December 1999 through May 2000, and to purchase 
	equipment.  Grant period is from June 1, 1999 through May 
	31, 2000.

			INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
	Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1999-2000 annual 
	budget in the amount of $729,000.00 for the Multi-Agency 
	Narcotic Task Force.  Funding is available from the opening 
	balance of the Narcotic Task Force Division and will be used 
	to pay salaries and overtime from December 1999 through 
	May 2000, and to purchase equipment.  Grant period is from 
	June 1, 1999 through May 31, 2000.

VIII.    GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS


   7.  	A.  Request by Council Member Cecilia May Moreno
   
   	    1. Discussion with possible action to conduct the study 
	       for speed humps at the 300 and 400 blocks of Garden St. 
	       leading to the Zacate Creek Park.
	    2. Status report on the Sidewalk Project for District IV.

	B.  Request by Council Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr.
	
	    1. Status report on the C.O.P.S. Sub-Station site in 
	       District V.	

	C. Request by Council Member Joe A. Guerra
	   1.  Discussion by Dr. Hector Farias and Manuel Menchaca 
	       on health and environmental issues.
	
	D.  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.
	   2.  Request for inventory of Union Pacific rail crossings 
	       that need maintenance up keep, for review on the 
	       meeting of February 22, 2000, with possible action.
	   3.  Status report on the Santa Maria Ave. Reconstruction 
	       Project with possible action.
	   4.  Status report on the Lafayette Bridge Relocation 
	       Project with possible action.
					
(Recess)
(Press Availability)

  IX. INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

	8.  Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a 
	    Scheduled Airline Operating Agreement and Terminal Building 
	    Lease with Continental Express for exclusive and non-exclusive 
	    joint use space located at the Laredo International Airport 
	    passenger terminal for the purpose of conducting commercial 
	    air transportation services.  The term of the agreement is for 
	    three (3) years effective July 1, 1998 and ending on June 30, 
	    2001. The monthly rent including landing fees is capped at 
	    $1.50 per enplaned revenue passenger and is retroactive to 
	    July 1, 1998.
	
	9.  Rescinding Ordinance No.97-0-011, entitled Industrial 
	    Fire District Designation, methodology for fire protection 
	    costs and contract for Industrial District Fire Fighting 
	    Services.

 X.  FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES  

     10.  2000-O-026 Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance 
	            (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing the 
	            issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a police 
	            substation on Lot 20, Block 5, Sierra Vista Police 
	            Station Plat, located on the north side of Sierra 
	            Vista Blvd. and east of Hwy 83.(Cm Alfredo Agredano)
				
	 2000-O-027 Ordinance authorizing the issuance of a Special 
		   Use Permit for above ground fuel tanks on Lot 4, Block 
		   1, Laredo International Airport Manufacturing Facilities, 
		   located at 5513 Thomas Ave.  (Cm Louis H. Bruni)	
		   
	 2000-O-028 Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) 
	 	   of the City of Laredo by rezoning 1.0441 acres, as 
		   further described by metes and bounds on attached 
		   Exhibit "A", located east of Bob Bullock Loop and 
		   south of Hwy 59, from R-1 (Single Family Residential) 
		   to R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District).   
		   (Cm Louis H. Bruni)
		   
	 2000-O-029 Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) 
	 	   of the City of Laredo by rezoning 2.000 acres, as 
		   further described by metes and bounds on attached 
		   Exhibit "A", located east of Bob Bullock Loop and 
		   south of Hwy. 59, from R-1 (Single Family Residential 
		   District) to R-O (Residential/Office District).    
		   (Cm Louis H. Bruni)
		   
	 2000-O-030 Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) 
	 	   of the City of Laredo by rezoning 5.6740 acres, as 
		   further described by metes and bounds on attached 
		   Exhibit "A", located east of Bob Bullock Loop and 
		   south of Clark Blvd., from R-1 (Single Family 
		   Residential District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial 
		   District).   (Cm Louis H. Bruni)
		   
	 2000-O-031 Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) 
	 	   of the City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance 
		   of a Conditional Use Permit for outdoor storage of 
		   pallets on Lots 3 and 4, Block 98, Eastern Division, 
		   located at 809 Market St. (City Council)
		   
	 2000-O-032 Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) 
	 	   of the City of Laredo by rezoning 4.7714 acres, 
		   as further described by metes and bounds on attached 
		   exhibit "A", located at the northwest corner of 
		   Springfield Ave. and Calle Del Norte Rd., from B-3 
		   (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway 
		   Commercial District).  (Cm Joe A. Guerra) 
		   
	 2000-O-033 Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) 
	 	   of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1-A and 1-B, 
		   Block 3, G&M Apartment and Townhouse Project, Del 
		   Mar Hills, located at the southeast corner of Del 
		   Mar Blvd. and Village Blvd., from R-2 (Multi-Family 
		   Residential District) to R-O (Residential/Office 
		   District).   (Cm Joe A. Guerra)
		   
	 2000-O-034 Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) 
	 	   of the City of Laredo by rezoning 566.409 acres, 
		   as further described by metes and bounds on attached 
		   Exhibit "A", located east of  the intersection of 
		   FM 1472 and FM 3338, from R-1 (Single Family 
		   Residential District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing 
		   District).  (Cm Mario G. Alvarado)
		   
	 2000-O-035 Ordinance amending the City of Laredo fiscal 
	 	   year 2000 Solid Waste Management Fund Annual Budget 
		   by appropriating capital lease proceeds in the 
		   amount of $899,856.00 for the lease purchase of 
		   eight (8) garbage trucks for the Sanitation Division.  
		   (City Council)
		   
	 2000-O-036 Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to 
	 	   execute a lease with the Washington's Birthday 
		   Celebration Association, Inc. (WBCA) for 
		   approximately one (1.0) acre of land located on 
		   the north end of the Air Operations Area of the 
		   Laredo International Airport for the purpose of 
		   hosting the Air Show 2000. Lease term is for one 
		   (1) day commencing on February 20, 2000. Rental 
		   obligation will be $1.00 because this event is 
		   free to the public. This event complements the 
		   rest of the activities celebrated by the WBCA.    
		   (Cm Louis H. Bruni)  

XI.  RESOLUTIONS 

     11. 2000-R-014  Accepting a grant from the Texas Department 
		   of Health in the amount of $111,336.00 for the 
		   Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) outreach 
		   and enrollment assistance activity of the City of 
		   Laredo Health Department for the period beginning 
		   January 1, 2000 through December 31, 2000.
	 
     12. 2000-R-016  Authorizing the City Manager to enter 
	 	   into and execute an Interlocal Cooperation Agreement 
		   between the City of Laredo and the County of Webb 
		   for the provision of Fire Protection, Emergency, 
		   Medical and Rescue Services for all unincorporated 
		   areas of the County of Webb, Texas, lying outside 
		   the incorporated limits of the City of Laredo.
		 
     13. 2000-R-018 Authorizing the City Manager to accept a 
	 	   grant from (HDTA) High Intensity Drug Trafficking 
		   Agency in the amount of $770,496.00 to fund the 
		   Multi-Agency Financial Disruption Task Force.  
		   The National Drug Control Policy (HIDTA) High 
		   Intensity Drug Trafficking Agency is funding the 
		   operation at no cost to the City.  Funds will be 
		   used to pay for personnel salaries, travel and 
		   operation expenses beginning January 1, 2000 
		   through December 31, 2000.
		   
     14.  2000-R-019 Authorizing the City Manager to accept 
	 	   a grant from the Office of National Drug Control 
		   Policy (HIDTA) in the amount of $49,888.00, with 
		   the City of Laredo designating $5,631.00 for a 
		   total of $55,519.00 to fund the Multi-Agency Major 
		   Organization Investigation Task Force for the 
		   period of January 1, 2000 through December 31, 2000.	
          
XII.	MOTIONS

	15.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to approve 
	     change Order No.1 for an amount not to exceed $49,365.57 
	     to the B. W. Zimmerman & Associates contract for an 
	     outstanding debt to the original B. W. Zimmerman & 
	     Associates contract to perform additional work necessary 
	     to insure complete installation of the total system 
	     upgrade.  The total cost for this additional work 
	     which has yet to be paid is $49,365.57.  This change 
	     will bring the total present contract amount to 
	     $299,360.57. Funding is available in bridge construction 
	     fund account.
		 
	16.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to award 
	     an abatement contract to the Low Bidder, Bexar 
	     Environmental, Inc., of San Antonio, Texas, in an 
	     amount not to exceed $56,900.00 to remove and dispose 
	     of asbestos containing materials from buildings No. 
	     574, No. 1112, No. 1448 and No. 1439 located at the 
	     Laredo International Airport.  Upon completion of the 
	     abatement work the subject buildings will be demolished.  
	     A total of three (3) bids were received.  Funding is 
	     available in the FY 1999-2000 Airport Fund Operating Budget.
		 
	17.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to select 
	     a consultant and enter into negotiations for the 
	     Comprehensive Mobility Plan for Laredo, TX.  The 
	     consultant recommended for selection is Wilbur Smith 
	     Associates.  The study will identify the location and 
	     impact of rail vehicle conflicts, as well as identify 
	     and analyze capital improvement alternatives.  Funding 
	     for the project is available through the Metropolitan 
	     Planning Organization (MPO) account.	
		 
	18.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to award 
              a contract to Competitive Government Strategies in 
	     an amount not to exceed $29,000.00 for the 
	     preparation of Request for Proposal documents to 
	     investigate the potential privatization of the 
	     Utilities Department.  Funding is available from 
	     line item (Privatization RFP) by transferring 
	     $29,000.00 from line item (Reserve Appropriation) 
	     to the Privatization RFP line item.
		 
	19.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to award 
	     a contract to Camp Dresser & McKee Inc., San Antonio, 
	     Texas for an amount not to exceed $49,800.00 to perform 
	     a feasibility study at the Zacate Wastewater Treatment 
	     Plant.  The scope of services includes the identification 
	     and qualification of odor and corrosion sources, 
	     exploration of process control to reduce the corrosion 
	     in the plant, exploration of odor control technologies 
	     to handle air streams, and a recommendation for capital 
	     improvements.  Funding is available in the Zacate Creek 
	     Wastewater Treatment Plant Corrosion Control Account.
		 
	20.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to 
	     refund property taxes to the following taxpayers and 
	     companies:
	     a. The Laredo National Bank in the amount of $1,459.13 
	        due to an overpayment.
	     b. Chase Manhattan Mortgage Corporation in the amount 
	        of $890.51.  Payment was made on an incorrect amount.
	     c. Carlos Contreras in the amount of $510.53 due to an 
	        overpayment.
	     d. Evelyn Maria Morales Cruz & Miguel A. Figueroa in 
	        the amount of $1,222.56 due to an overpayment.

	     These refunds will be paid from line Item Deferred 
	     Revenue/Unapplied Payments.  
		 
	 21. Consideration to authorize the City Manager to award 
	     a construction contract to the lowest bidder Pete 
	     Gallegos Paving Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of 
	     $757,770.00 for the 16" Waterline Extension on Hwy 359.  
	     Funding is available in the Line Extensions Fund from the 
	     1999 Bond Issues Account.
		 
	 22. Consideration to authorize the City Manager to award 
	     contract number FY00-0048, to the LOW BIDDER MEETING 
	     SPECIFICATIONS, Rush Truck Center, Laredo, Texas, in 
	     the principal amount of $899,856.00, for the lease 
	     purchase of eight refuse trucks and authorizing the 
	     City Manager to execute the necessary lease purchase 
	     documents.  These trucks will be leased purchased by 
	     the Solid Waste Management Fund on a three year lease 
	     purchase contract.    Delivery of these trucks is 
	     expected within one hundred and eighty days. Financing 
	     will be provided by The Associates, Dallas, Texas, 
	     Solid Waste Management Fund Account with an annual 
	     percentage rate of 5.88%.
		 
	 23. Consideration to authorize the City Manager to purchase 
	     ten lane barrier gates, in the amount of $42,220.00, 
	     from the SOLE  PROVIDER, Magnetic Automation Corp., 
	     Rockledge, Florida.  Eight gates will be installed at 
	     the World Trade Bridge and two will be installed at the 
	     Colombia Bridge.  These are designed to work in 
	     conjunction with the toll equipment being installed.  
	     Funding for this project has been allocated in the 
	     Bridge Fund.
		 
	 24. Consideration to authorize the City Manager to purchase 
	     twelve (12) portable radios for the Police Department 
	     through the Houston Galveston Area Council of 
	     Governments (HGAC) - Cooperative Purchasing Program, 
	     in the principal amount of $39,222.48.  These voice 
	     secure digital radios will be purchased through the 
	     cooperative purchasing contract vendor Motorola.  
	     Delivery of these radios is expected within sixty days.  
	     These radios will be purchased using the Police Department 
	     - Auto Theft Task Force Grant Funding Account.
		 
	 25. Consideration to authorize the City Manager to award 
	     an annual service contract #00-055, to Castaneda Sand 
	     and Gravel, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated 
	     amount of $51,000.00, for providing hauling services 
	     for the Utilities Department.  The contract vendor 
	     will be hauling approximately 1,000 cubic yards of 
	     dry sludge per month from the Water Treatment Plant 
	     to the City Landfill.  Castaneda's Sand and Gravel 
	     maintains all the required registrations from TNRCC 
	     and the City of Laredo.  Funding is available from 
	     Utilities Department - Water Treatment Division Budget.
		 
	 26. Consideration to authorize the City Manager to award 
	     contract # 00-57, for the re-plastering/fiber glassing 
	     of the Thomas swimming pool, to the LOW BIDDER, Rainbo 
	     Resurfacing Inc., Chicago, Ill., in the amount of 
	     $78,500.00, for fiberglass resurfacing and installation 
	     of Kool Decking.  $75,000.00 has been allocated in the 
	     capital improvement budget.  A budget transfer of $3,500.00 
	     will be prepared from the Parks Department operation 
	     budget to secure the additional funds needed to award 
	     this contract. 
		 
	     Border Pools, Laredo, Texas, did submit a lower bid for 
	     this work, however, this vendor did not submit the 
	     required bid bond with the bid package and therefore is 
	     not being considered for an award of contract.
		 
	 27. Consideration to authorize the City Manager to award 
	     contract # 00-056 to the LOW BIDDER, Quest, Walsenburg, 
	     CO., in the amount of $60,835.20, for the purchase of 
	     protective clothing (bunker gear) for the Fire 
	     Department.  The clothing includes fifty protective 
	     suits for conventional fire fighting situations and 
	     ten aluminized suits for the use in aviation type fires.   
	     The proposed gear meets all the standards of the National 
	     Fire Protection Association (NFPA).  Funding is available 
	     in the Fire Department Operations Budget,  Capital Outlay 
	     Account.
		 
	 28. Consideration to authorize the City Manager to award 
	     contract number FY00-58, to the LOW BIDDER, Leslies 
	     Swimming Pool Supplies, Chatsworth, CA., in the 
	     estimated amount of $27,317.25 for the purchase of 
	     trichlor tablets needed for the chlorination process 
	     for all the City's swimming pools.  The bid pricing 
	     is approximately 3% less than the previous contract 
	     pricing.  Funding is available from the Parks 
	     Department - Chemicals Account.
		 
	 29. Award of six month supply contracts (#00-038) for 
	     the purchase of safety footwear for city maintenance 
	     personnel, to the following vendors: 
		 
	     a. Iron Age Corp., San Antonio, Texas           $19,225.00
     	        (three safety footwear styles)
		
	     b.  Gateway Uniform Service, Laredo, Texas      $13,797.50
     	        (two safety footwear styles)
		
	     c.  Lehigh Safety Shoe Co., San Antonio, Texas  $12,597.50               
                  (three safety footwear styles)
			 
	     d.  Skaggs Co. Inc., San Antonio, Texas         $ 6,329.00
      	         (one safety footwear style)
				 
	     Contract pricing has been secured for boot styles 
	     approved for use by the Fire Department personnel and 
	     different styles for city maintenance personnel.  Each 
	     department will have the option to choose the type of 
	     boot best suited for the work environment and budget 
	     allocation.   All safety footwear is purchased on an 
	     as needed basis.           
		 
	 30. Consideration to authorize the City Manager to ratify a 
	     professional services contract to Raba-Kistner Consultants, 
	     Inc., San Antonio, Texas, for an amount not to exceed 
	     $66,369.00 to provide laboratory, sampling and testing 
	     services of materials for quality control for the 
	     Reconstruction of Portions of Taxiways "A", "F", and 
	     "G" Laredo International Airport AIP Project No. 
	     3-48-0136-22 and Reconstruction of Portion of Southwest 
	     Cargo Apron to include new construction of a new section 
	     of air cargo apron at the Laredo International Airport 
	     AIP Project No. 3-48-0136-23.  Funding is available in 
	     the Airport Budget Account.
		 
	 31. Consideration to authorize the City Manager to award a 
	     professional services contract to Trinity Testing 
	     Laboratories Inc., Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to 
	     exceed $72,860.00 to provide laboratory, sampling and 
	     testing services of materials for quality control during 
	     the construction of the South Laredo Wastewater 
	     Interceptor from South Laredo Wastewater Treatment to 
	     U.S. Hwy 59.  Funding is available in the Wastewater 
	     System 94 Bond Chacon Creek Interceptor Account.
		 
	 32. Consideration to authorize the City Manager to approve 
	     the construction plans and authorization to advertise 
	     for bids for the 1999-2000 Street Recycling Project 
	     (175 Blocks).  Funding is available in the Capital 
	     Improvement Fund Street Material/Cutler Repaving Account.
		 
	 33. Consideration to authorize the City Manager to award a 
	     contract # FY00-064, to the SOLE BIDDER, Austec Services, 
	     Olney, Texas, in the amount of $201,764.00, for the 
	     provision of a fiber optic network to provide voice, 
	     data, and video communication service from Bridge 3 
	     (Colombia) to Fire Station 9 located on the Mines Road.  
	     The City, under a separate contract, has provisioned a 
	     fiber optic network from Fire Station 9 to the World 
	     Trade Bridge.  This network will provide the path of 
	     communication for the Toll System being implemented at 
	     all four bridge locations and allow integration of these 
	     sites to the City's Institutional Network (I-Net).  The 
	     funding for this project has been allocated in the Bridge 
	     Fund.
		 
	 34. Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter into 
	     and execute a right-of-entry agreement with the U.S. Army 
	     Corps of Engineers for the purpose of testing soils at 
	     Robert Muller Park as part of the City of Laredo's 
	     Environmental Protection Agency Site Investigation 
	     Brownfields Program.  The site investigations are being 
	     funded through the Environmental Protection Agency 
	     (Superfund) and charged against the EPA Brownsfield Grant.
		 
	 35. Consideration to authorize the City Manager to accept 
	     the Martingale Drainage Improvements from Village Boulevard 
	     to Martingale as complete.  The project consisted of 
	     approximately 150 linear feet concrete channelization 
	     designed and constructed by In-House forces.  Funding is 
	     available in the Capital Improvements Projects Creek 
	     Concrete Pilot Channel.
		 
	 36. Consideration to authorize the City Manager to approve 
	     Amendment No. 3 an increase of $26,068.98 for additional
	     engineering services to the Santa Maria Reconstruction 
	     Project engineering contract with G.G. Salinas Engineering 
	     Company, Laredo, Texas, to provide the design for the 
	     construction of a 12" thick non-reinforced fast track 
	     paving section in lieu of the asphalt paving over 
	     asphalt stabilized base section for the intersections 
	     of Mann Road and Industrial Blvd. at Santa Maria Avenue.  
	     Funding is available in the 1998 CO Issue Santa Maria 
	     Reconstruction. 
		 
	 37. Consideration to authorize the City Manager to approve 
	     change order no. 3 a net increase of $133,735.25 to the 
	     Santa Maria Reconstruction Project with Pete Gallegos 
	     Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for additional construction 
	     work to include the concrete paving at the Mann Road 
	     Intersection and Industrial Blvd. Intersection with a 
	     12" thick non-reinforced fast track paving section in 
	     lieu of the asphalt paving over asphalt stabilized base 
	     section.  Funding is available in the 1998 CO Issue 
	     Santa Maria Reconstruction.
		 
	 38. Consideration to authorize the City Manager to submit 
	     request for proposals (RFP) for the Gateway to the 
	     Americas Bridge (Bridge I) Access, Export Lot, and 
	     Parking Modifications.  Funding is available in the 
	     Bridge System Toll Plaza Improvements.
		 
	 39. Consideration to authorize the City Manager to submit a 
	     proposal for a loan of $500,000.00 to the Environmental 
	     Protection Agency's Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan 
	     Fund (BCRLF) Pilot Program to provide funds to make 
	     loans to public and private parties to facilitate the 
	     cleanup and redevelopment of Brownfields properties.
		 
	 40. Consideration to authorize the City Manager to 
	     reschedule the regular City Council meeting from Monday, 
	     February 21, 2000 to Tuesday, February 22, 2000, in 
	     observation of President's Day.
		 
	 41. Consideration to authorize the City Manager to approve 
	     Amendment No. 1 to extend the contract with Brown & 
	     Root, Inc., until April 7, 2000 to complete the Storm 
	     Water Management Master Plan for the Zacate Creek 
	     Watershed. Due to delay in collection of data processing 
	     of the Digital Terrain Model and completion of the survey, 
	     the consultant requested the additional time.
		 
	 42. Consideration to authorize the City Manager to approve 
	     Amendment No. 2 for the "Chacon Creek Flood Protection 
	     Plan" engineering contract with Brown & Root, Inc., 
	     Houston, Texas to extend the contract time to March 20, 
	     2000 to complete the work described in the contract. 
		 
	 43. Consideration to authorize the City Manager to approve 
	     change Order No. 1 to the contract with III PG Enterprises 
	     for an additional 60 calendar day extension to the contract.  
	     This contract is for the demolition for the building 
	     located on 2518 Cedar.  There will be no financial 
	     impact.

XIII.   STAFF REPORT

	 44. Discussion on the progress made towards the selection 
	     of a partner for the development of a secondary source 
	     of water, with possible action.

 XIV.   RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MUNICIPAL HOUSING CORPORATION
 
 	 45. 2000-RMH-001 Approval from the Laredo Municipal Housing 
	                  Corporation (LMHC) Board of Directors to 
			implement new rental rates on four (4) 
			vacant rental units at the Jose A. Flores 
			Apartments as recommended by the LMHC Ad 
			Hoc Committee, effective February 8, 2000.  
			The proposed rental rates for these four (4) 
			rental units are as follows:  $388.00 for a 
			2-bedroom, $485.00 for a 3-bedroom and $546.00 
			for a 4-bedroom.  The proposed rental rates 
			are calculated at 80% of fair market rents. 
			
	 46. 2000-RMH-002 Approval from the Laredo Municipal Housing 
	                  Corporation (LMHC) Board of Directors to 
			implement new tenant security deposits at the 
			Jose A. Flores Apartments as recommended by the 
			LMHC Ad Hoc Committee.  The proposed tenant 
			security deposits will be equivalent to  one (1) 
			month's rent for new and renewed dwelling leases 
			executed after February 8, 2000.  New tenants 
			will be allowed to pay $200.00 upon executing 
			the dwelling lease and the balance to be paid in 
			four equal payments during the next four months.  
			The proposed tenant security  deposits are being 
			recommended to be increased as an incentive for 
			tenants to take better care of their rental units 
			and for LMHC to be able to cover some of the costs 
			incurred to repair and clean rental units when 
			they are vacated.

  XV.   EXECUTIVE SESSION
  
  	 47. Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government 
	     Code Section 551.071(1)(A)(B) to discuss settlement offer 
	     for pending litigation regarding the City of Laredo vs. 
	     Laredo Distribution Center, Inc., a Texas Corporation, 
	     Cause No.99CVQ00005-C1, and return to open session for 
	     possible action.
		 
	 48. Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government 
	     Code Section 551.072 in regards to deliberating the 
	     purchase, exchange, lease, or value of real property for 
	     a parcel being considered for acquisition to construct 
	     a park in the Zacate Creek area, because deliberation in 
	     an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the 
	     position of the governmental body in negotiations with a 
	     third person; and return to Open Session for possible 
	     action.
		 
	 49. Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government 
	     Code Section 551.071 (1)(A)(B) to discuss contemplated 
	     litigation and settlement offer regarding the City of 
	     San Benito vs. PG & E Gas Transmission, Texas Corporation 
	     et al.; Cause No. 96-12-7404-A; in the 107th Judicial 
	     District Court of Cameron County, Texas, and return to 
	     open session for possible action.

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, February 02, 2000 at 6:00 p.m.
						

					Gustavo Guevara, Jr.
					City Secretary