CITY OF LAREDO
                CITY COUNCIL MEETING
                   A2000-R-006
               CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
                1110 HOUSTON STREET
                LAREDO, TEXAS 78040
                 FEBRUARY 28, 2000
                      5:30 P.M.

    I.  CALL TO ORDER

   II.  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

  III.  ROLL CALL

   IV.  MINUTES

    V.  COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

        Announcements
        Invitations
        Recognitions
        Communiqués

        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 of January, 
            2000 thru February, 2000.

    VI.  APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

   VII.  PUBLIC HEARINGS
	
         1.  Public hearing to amend Section 24.63.2 of the Laredo 
             Land Development Code allowing for the location of 
             bed and breakfasts within certain zoning districts; 
             amending Section 24.78(p)(2) of the Laredo Land 
             Development Code pertaining to "Off-Street Parking 
             and Loading Requirements" for Commercial Use; 
             amending Appendix A of the Laredo Land Development 
             Code; and providing for publication and effective date.

                       INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
             An ordinance amending Section 24.63.2 of the Laredo 
             Land Development Code allowing for the location of 
             bed and breakfasts within certain zoning districts; 
             amending Section 24.78(p)(2) of the Laredo Land 
             Development Code pertaining to "Off-Street Parking 
             and Loading Requirements" for Commercial Use; 
             amending Appendix A of the Laredo Land Development 
             Code; and providing for publication and effective date.

         2.  Public hearing to amend provisions of the Laredo 
             Land Development Code specifically Section 24.73 
             pertaining to oil and gas extraction and production 
             specific use zoning overlay district and permit 
             requirements; Section 24.63 pertaining to permitted 
             uses; Section 24.77.2 pertaining to dimensional 
             standards supplementary provisions; and amending 
             Appendix "A"; providing for publication and 
             effective date.	

                       INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
             Amending provisions of the Laredo Land Development 
             Code specifically Section 24.73 pertaining to oil 
             and gas extraction and production specific use 
             zoning overlay district and permit requirements; 
             Section 24.63 pertaining to permitted uses; Section 
             24.77.2 pertaining to dimensional standards 
             supplementary provisions; and amending Appendix "A"; 
             providing for publication and effective date.	

         3.  Public hearing concerning an application by San Isidro 
             Monarch, Ltd., amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) 
             of the City of Laredo by rezoning 5.00 acres as 
             further described by metes and bounds on attached 
             Exhibit "A" located east of McPherson Rd. and south 
             of Bob Bullock Loop, from AG (Agricultural District) 
             to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning 
             & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the 
             proposed zone change.

                       INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
             Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of 
             Laredo by rezoning 5.00 acres as further described 
             by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit "A" located 
             east of McPherson Rd. and south of Bob Bullock Loop, 
             from AG (Agricultural District) to B-3 (Community 
             Business District); providing for publication and 
             effective date.

         4.  Public hearing concerning an application by Eduardo 
             Gallegos, amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the 
             City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 5 and 6, Block 541, 
             Eastern Division located at 919 Kearney St., from 
             R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to R-2 (Multi-Family 
             Residential District).  The Planning & Zoning 
             Commission recommended approval of the proposed zone 
             change.

                       INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
             Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of 
             Laredo by rezoning Lots 5 and 6, Block 541, Eastern 
             Division located at 919 Kearney St., from R-3 (Mixed 
             Residential District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential 
             District); providing for publication and effective 
             date.

         5.  Public hearing concerning an application by Manuel 
             and Anna Torres, amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) 
             of the City of Laredo by rezoning 8.65 acres, as 
             further described by metes and bounds on attached 
             Exhibit "A", located at the southwest corner of F.M.
             1472 and El Pico Rd., from AG (Agricultural District) 
             to M-1 (Light Manufacturing District).  The Planning 
             & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the 
             proposed zone change.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
             Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of 
             Laredo by rezoning 8.65 acres, as further described 
             by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit "A", located 
             at the southwest corner of F.M. 1472 and El Pico Rd., 
             from AG (Agricultural District) to M-1 (Light 
             Manufacturing District); providing for publication 
             and effective date.

         6.  Public hearing concerning an application by Jesus 
             Luis de Leon, amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of 
             the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 9, Block 351, 
             Eastern Division, located at 114 West Lyon St., from 
             B-1 (Limited Business District) to B-3 (Community 
             Business District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission 
             recommended denial of the proposed zone change.  This 
             is an appeal from an unfavorable recommendation by 
             the Planning and Zoning Commission.

                        INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
             Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of 
             Laredo by rezoning Lot 9, Block 351, Eastern Division, 
             located at 114 West Lyon St., from B-1 (Limited 
             Business District) to B-3 (Community Business District); 
             providing for publication and effective date.

         7.  Public hearing concerning an application by San 
             Isidro Monarch, Ltd., amending the Zoning Ordinance 
             (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 8.00 acres 
             as further described by metes and bounds on attached 
             Exhibit "A" located east of McPherson Rd. and south 
             of Bob Bullock Loop, from AG (Agricultural District) 
             to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning 
             & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the 
             proposed zone change.

                        INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
             Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of 
             Laredo by rezoning 8.00 acres as further described 
             by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit "A" located 
             east of McPherson Rd. and south of Bob Bullock Loop, 
             from AG (Agricultural District) to B-3 (Community 
             Business District); providing for publication and 
             effective date.

         8.  Public hearing concerning an application by Jorge 
             Enrique Brizuela, amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) 
             of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 5, Block 927, 
             Western Division, located at 3616 Santa Maria Ave., 
             from B-1 (Limited Business District) to B-4 (Highway 
             Commercial District).  The Planning & Zoning 
             Commission has recommended denial of the proposed 
             zone change.  This is an appeal from an unfavorable 
             recommendation by the Planning & Zoning Commission. 

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
             Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of 
             Laredo by rezoning Lot 5, Block 927, Western Division, 
             located at 3616 Santa Maria Ave., from B-1 (Limited 
             Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial 
             District); providing for publication and effective 
             date.

         9.	 Public hearing to amend the City of Laredo's 1999-2000 
             annual budget in the amount of $484,250.00 to 
             purchase equipment for the Financial Disruption Task 
             Force.  Funding is available from the opening balance 
             of the Financial Task Force.  The National Drug 
             Control Policy (HIDTA) High Intensity Drug Trafficking 
             Area is funding the operation at no cost to the City.  
             The grant period is from January 1, 2000 through 
             December 31, 2000. 

                       INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
             Amending the City of Laredo's 1999-2000 annual budget 
             in the amount of $484,250.00 to purchase equipment 
             for the Financial Disruption Task Force.  Funding is 
             available from the opening balance of the Financial 
             Task Force.  The National Drug Control Policy (HIDTA) 
             High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area is funding the 
             operation at no cost to the City.  The grant period 
             is from January 1, 2000 through December 31, 2000.

        10.	 Public hearing to amend the City of Laredo FY 
             1999-2000 Contractual Obligations Fund, Solid Waste 
             Fund, General Fund and Police Trust Fund annual 
             budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in 
             the amount of $2,135,000.00 from a proposed Public 
             Property Finance Contractual Obligation (PPFCO) 
             Issue.  This bond issue will be used to finance the 
             acquisition of automotive equipment and machinery 
             and equipment for various City departments.  

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
             Amending the City of Laredo FY 1999-2000 Contractual 
             Obligations Fund, Solid Waste Fund, General Fund and 
             Police Trust Fund annual budget by appropriating 
             revenues and expenditures in the amount of $2,135,000.00 
             from a proposed Public Property Finance Contractual 
             Obligation (PPFCO) Issue.  This bond issue will be 
             used to finance the acquisition of automotive 
             equipment and machinery and equipment for various 
             City departments.  

  VIII.  GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

        11.  A.  Request by Council Member John C. Galo
                 1. Request for staff to study of corner of 
                    Malinche and Gustavus for possible signalization 
                    or controls to prevent accidents.
					
                 2. Discussion on maintenance and prevention of
                    grass growth on City curbs with possible action.

             B.  Request by Council Member Mario G. Alvarado
                 1. Status report on the CPL Road design contract 
                    with possible action.

                 2. Status report on the maintenance inventory of 
                    Union Pacific Rail Crossing with possible action.

                 3. Status report on Mines Road Task Force 
                    activities and/or recommendations for traffic 
                    control on FM1472, with possible action.

(Recess)
(Press Availability)

    IX.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

        12. Closing as a public easement that section of the 1200 
            block of North India Avenues between the north 
            right-of-way line of Guadalupe Street and the south 
            right-of-way of the Texas Mexican Railroad tracks, 
            situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, 
            County of Webb, Texas and providing for an effective 
            date.


     X.  FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES  

         13.  2000-O-044 To amend the City of Laredo's 1999-2000 
                         annual budget by increasing estimated 
                         revenues and appropriations in the 
                         General Fund by $2,667.00 to provide for 
                         the match to a $4,000.00 grand awarded 
                         by the Texas Historical Commission to 
                         prepare an application for a National 
                         Register District nomination for El 
                         Azteca for a total project cost of 
                         $6,667.00.  The match of $2,667.00 had 
                         been provided by the Webb County Historical 
                         Commission.  (City Council)
						 
              2000-O-045 Amending the contract with the Texas 
                         Department of Health and Budget in the 
                         amount of $285,938.00 for the HIV / AIDS 
                         Ryan White Title II Project of the City 
                         of Laredo Health Department for the 
                         period beginning April 1, 2000, through 
                         March 31, 2001; and increase revenue 
                         line Item 226-0000-323-4051 from $0 to 
                         $285,938.00 and expenditure line Item 
                         226-6023 from $0 to $285,938.00; and 
                         authorizing the City Manager to execute 
                         the contract.  (City Council)
 	

              2000-O-046 Amending the provisions of the City of 
                         Laredo's Code of Ordinances Chapter 2, 
                         Article II, Sec. 2-16, which sets forth 
                         the departments of the city; thereby 
                         eliminating the Traffic and Bridge 
                         Department and creating two separate 
                         departments:  Traffic Department and 
                         Bridge Department; providing for 
                         publication and providing for an 
                         effective date of April 3, 2000. 
                         (City Council)

              2000-O-047 Rescinding Ordinance No. 98-O-309 with 
                         Smith Helicopters, Inc., and authorizing 
                         the City Manager to execute a lease 
                         between the City of Laredo, as Lessor, 
                         and Jett Racing & Sales, as Lessee, for 
                         a tract of land containing approximately 
                         74,053 square feet located on Block No. 
                         1, as Recorded in Volume 5, Page1, Plat 
                         Records of Webb County, Texas, said 
                         property is located at the Laredo 
                         International Airport and is further 
                         described by metes and bounds description 
                         in the lease agreement.  Lease term is 
                         for twenty (20) years commencing on 
                         February 1, 2000 and ending on January 
                         31, 2019 plus two consecutive ten-year 
                         renewal option periods until January 31,
                         2039.  Monthly rent shall be $1,175.50 
                         plus annual rent adjustment based on 
                         changes in the Consumer Price Index and 
                         the rental obligation shall be further 
                         adjusted based on Fair Market appraisal 
                         at each ten (10) year anniversary. 
                         (City Council)

              2000-O-048 Authorizing the City Manager to execute 
                         an amendment to the Foreign Trade Zone 
                         Operators agreement between the City of 
                         Laredo, and Dairy Process, Inc., 
                         authorized by Ordinance No. 99-0-110 
                         dated April 26, 1999, that will increase 
                         the leased area from a 5,000 square foot 
                         facility to a 10,000 square foot facility 
                         within the Foreign-Trade Zone No. 94-Site 
                         1 located at the Laredo International 
                         Airport.   (Cm Louis H. Bruni)

              2000-O-049 Amending Division 2 (Connections) of 
                         Chapter 31 (Utilities), Section 31-32 
                         and Division 1 (Generally) of Chapter 31 
                         (Utilities), Section 31-113 of the Code 
                         of Ordinances to meet the requirements 
                         of the Texas Water Development Board that 
                         requires connection to the water and 
                         sewer system within 90 days from the date 
                         when services become available; and 
                         providing for publication and an 
                         effective date.  (City Council)

              2000-O-050 Authorizing the City Manager to execute 
                         a budget amendment to the Transit 
                         Operations Budget by appropriating 
                         additional state funding of $115,771.00, 
                         thereby, increasing Transit State 
                         Funding Budget from $1,122,922.00 to 
                         $1,228,693.00 and decreasing the local 
                         match from the Transit Sales Tax Budget 
                         from $1,246,090.00 to $1,130,319.00.  
                         (City Council)

    XI.  RESOLUTIONS 

         14.  2000-R-025 Adopting the list of capital improvement 
                         projects to be submitted to the South 
                         Texas Development Council (STDC) for 
                         incorporation in the Overall Economic 
                         Development Program Plan (OEDP) to be 
                         provided to the U.S. Department of 
                         Commerce, Economic Development 
                         Administration (EDA) for potential 
                         funding consideration and authorizing 
                         the City Manager to submit a follow-up 
                         grant application as may be directed by 
                         EDA.  Projects to be included:
                         1. Streets of Laredo Urban Mall
                         2. CP&L Road Extension - Industrial Blvd. 
                            to Mines Road
                         3. Cielito Lindo Commercial Development
                         4. El Portal Riverfront Development Project 

         15.  2000-R-026 Authorizing the City Manager to execute 
                         an Interlocal Government Agreement 
                         between the City of Laredo and the Texas 
                         Parks and Wildlife Department for the 
                         disposal of Lake Casa Blanca State Park 
                         debris and rubbish in exchange for City 
                         of Laredo use of Lake Casa Blanca State 
                         Park facilities.	
          
   XII.  MOTIONS

         16.  Refund of property tax to the following taxpayers 
              and companies:
              a. Hermenegildo & Sonia Gonzalez in the amount of 
                 $540.50 due to an Appraisal Review Board order.  
                 Mr. Gonzalez property was split into two accounts.
              b. Union Pacific System in the amount of $2,225.76 
                 due to a double payment.
              c. Leyendecker Materials in the amount of $3,643.91 
                 due to a change of jurisdiction as per the Appraisal 
                 Review Board order, account #801-12096-071.
              d. Leyendecker Materials in the amount of $1,065.52 
                 due to change of jurisdiction as per the Appraisal 
                 Review Board order, account #801-12096-072.
              e. Riverdrive Mall Associates, LTD in the amount of 
                 $1,482.81 due to a District Court Order, Case 
                 #97-CVQ00837-D2.
              f. Pete Gallegos Sr., in the amount of $970.35 due 
                 to double payment.

         17.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to make 
              monthly adjustments to the tax roll.  The amount to 
              be adjusted for the month of January 2000, is 
              $45,018.67 which represents a decrease in levy.  
              These adjustments are determined by the County 
              Appraisal District and by Court Orders.
	     			
         18.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to award 
              Contract Number 00-061, to the LOW BIDDER, Dinastia 
              Computer Superstore, Laredo, Texas, in the base 
              amount of $104,624.25, for the purchase of approximately 
              75 computers.  These computers will be purchased for 
              those departments that have been authorized computers 
              in the FY2000 fiscal budget.  The City has established 
              a base price for a 700 MHz computer and option 
              pricing for accessories such as modems and zip 
              drives.  Delivery of all requested equipment is 
              expected within thirty days.

         19.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to 
              execute an agreement with the Texas A&M University 
              System to operate and maintain the on-campus water 
              and sewer system and the pavement, lighting and 
              landscaping of University Boulevard, in exchange 
              for the ownership of the off-site water and sewer 
              lines by TAMUS during the construction of the 
              campus in 1993.  The term of this agreement is 
              indefinite. 

         20.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to 
              enter into and execute a right-of-entry agreement 
              with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers the purpose 
              of testing soils at two city properties as part of 
              the City of Laredo's Environmental Protection 
              Agency Site Investigation Brownfields Program: 
              1) a tract of land containing 11.081 acres, and 
              2) the property known as Vidaurri Avenue bounded 
                 by Jefferson St. on the north and Moctezuma St. 
                 on the south.

         21.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to 
              approve amending Contract Number FY00-002 awarded 
              to Digital Document Solutions, Laredo, Texas, for 
              providing four additional copiers.  The original 
              contract provided for a thirty-six month rental 
              contract for twenty seven copiers.  Staff is 
              requesting authorization to add four additional 
              copiers at the same contract pricing for the Public 
              Library (1), Traffic Department (1) and Bridge 
              System (2) at a monthly cost of $1,608.75.

  XIII.  STAFF REPORT

         22.  Update report on the Colonias water and wastewater 
              project with possible action.  Informing Council 
              that BECC awarded Laredo a grant for $264,000.00 
              to pursue the certification of the Colonias Project 
              and be eligible for supplemental funding by the 
              North American Development Bank.

         23.  Presentation by the Utilities Department on a 
              program to identify areas of potential energy 
              savings in the water and wastewater treatment plants.  
              The program will allow the City to pay for 
              construction of energy-related capital improvements 
              with the future savings.

    XIV.  EXECUTIVE SESSION

          24.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to Section 
               551.071(A) Government Code to discuss pending 
               litigation: Randal C. Spring v. City of Laredo, 
               Texas, and Agustin Dovalina, III, individually, 
               Civil Action No. L-99-111, in the United States 
               District Court for the Southern District of Texas 
               Laredo Division, and return to open session to 
               conduct name clearing hearing requested by Randal 
               C. Spring. 

    XV.  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 23, 
         2000 at 6:00 p.m.
						


					Gustavo Guevara, Jr.
					City Secretary