CITY OF LAREDO
                  CITY COUNCIL MEETING
                      A2000-R-007
                  CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
                   1110 HOUSTON STREET
                   LAREDO, TEXAS 78040
                     MARCH 06, 2000
                        5:30 P.M.

    I.  CALL TO ORDER

   II.  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

  III.  ROLL CALL

   IV.  MINUTES
 
        Approval of the minutes of February 7, 2000 and 
        February 22, 2000.

    V. COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

       Announcements
       Invitations
       Recognitions

       Communiqués

       a.  Presentation to Council on Mi Laredo Youth Leadership 
           Project.

   VI.  APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

        Confirmation of the Mayor's appointment of Robert Summers 
        to the Citizens Environmental Committee.
		
        Confirmation of Council Member Eliseo Valdez's 
        appointment of Yolanda Alva  to the Citizens Environmental 
        Committee.

  VII.	PUBLIC HEARINGS

        1.  Amending the FY 1999-2000 budget in the amount of 
            $1,800.00 for the Vital Statistics Division of the 
            City of Laredo Health Department for the period 
            beginning October 1, 1999, through September 30, 2000; 
            the additional funds will be budgeted in the postage 
            line item for the purpose of mailing out certificates 
            by certified mail.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
            Amending the FY 1999-2000 budget in the amount of an 
            additional $1,800.00 for the Vital Statistics 
            Division of the City of Laredo Health Department for 
            the period beginning October 1, 1999, through 
            September 30, 2000, and increasing revenue line item 
            no. 226-0000-355-1052 from $0 to $1,800 and 
            increasing expenditure line item no. 226-2912 from 
            $130,457 to $132,257.

        2.  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.

        3.  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.

        4.  Public hearing to amend the Laredo Code of  
            Ordinances, Chapter 2, Administration, Article I, In 
            General, Section 2-3.  Fees for City Services, 
            Subsection (b) providing for postage, certified 
            mail - return receipt requested in the amount of 
            $3.10, and outside of the U.S., or Priority, Express 
            or International mail at the prevailing rate. 

                     INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
            Amending the Laredo Code of Ordinances, Chapter 2, 
            Administration, Article 1, In General Section 2-3.  
            Fees for City Services, Subsection (b) providing for 
            postage, certified mail - return receipt requested 
            in the U.S. in the amount of $3.10, and outside the 
            U.S. or priority, express or international mail at 
            the prevailing rate; providing severability; and 
            providing for an effective date and publication.

 VIII.  GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

        5. 
           A. Request by Council Member Louis H. Bruni
              1.  Status report on police pursuit policies, with 
                  possible action.
			   
              2.  Status report on the City of Laredo Curfew 
                  Ordinance, with possible action.

              3.  Status report on the new Municipal Court Building, 
                  with possible action.

              4.  Status report on the continuous median proposed by 
                  the Texas Department of Transportation on Saunders 
                  Ave., with possible action. 

           B. Request by Council Member John C. Galo
              1.  Request for staff to study the corner of 
                  Malinche Ave.  and Gustavus Street  for 
                  possible signalization or controls to prevent 
                  accidents.

              2.  Discussion on maintenance and prevention of 
                  grass growth on City curbs with possible action.

           C. Request by Council Member Joe A. Guerra
              1.  Discussion on the opening of a COPS Station for 
                  District VI - 618 E. Del Mar Blvd. currently 
                  housing the Risk Management Division which is 
                  scheduled to move into New Public Works Facility 
                  in December 2000 with possible action.

           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.

(Recess)
(Press Availability)

   IX.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

        6. Authorizing the granting and conveyance of an easement 
           from the City of Laredo to The United States of 
           America - General Services Administration for 
           approximately 77.00 acres, more or less, in Webb 
           County, Texas more particularly described as three 
           separate parcels for the installation, construction, 
           operation, and maintenance, etc., of various 
           improvements necessary for the federal facilities used 
           in connection with the border inspection station at 
           the World Trade Bridge, and authorizing the City 
           Manager to execute said easement agreement.

        7. Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with 
           American Red Cross to lease a portion of the 
           non-exclusive use premises located on the southernmost 
           section of the first (1st) floor of the Airport 
           Passenger Terminal located at 5210 Bob Bullock Loop.  
           The Laredo Chapter of the American Red Cross proposes 
           to host a dance event to raise funds.  Lease term is 
           for four (4) hours commencing on March 25, 2000 at 
           8:00p.m. and ending on March 25, 2000 at 12:00 midnight.  
           Rent shall be $200.00.

    X.  FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES  

        8.  2000-O-051  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.   (City Council)
		
            2000-O-052  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.  (Cm Louis H. Bruni)	
 		
            2000-O-053  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.  (City Council)
						
            2000-O-054  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.  (Cm Cecilia May Moreno)
			
            2000-O-055  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.  (Cm Mario Alvarado)
				
            2000-O-057  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.  (Cm Joe A. Guerra)
		
            2000-O-059  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. (City Council)

            2000-O-060  An Ordinance amending the City of Laredo 
                        Fiscal Year 1999-2000 Contractual Services 
                        Fund and Solid Waste Fund Annual Budget 
                        by appropriation revenues and expenditures 
                        in the amount of $2,135,000.00 from a 
                        proposed Public Property Finance Contractual 
                        Obligation to finance the acquisition of 
                        automotive equipment and machinery & 
                        equipment for various City departments.  
                        (City Council)

            2000-O-061  An Ordinance 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.  
                        (Cm Louis H. Bruni)

    XI.  RESOLUTIONS 

         9. 2000-R-015 Authorizing the City Manager to enter into 
                       and execute a memorandum of agreement 
                       between the United States of America, 
                       acting through its General Services 
                       Administration, and the City of Laredo 
                       concerning World Trade Bridge, Laredo, 
                       Texas.  It is the intent of the City of 
                       Laredo to convey fee title to approximately 
                       77.00 acres of land more or less, to the 
                       United States of America for the federal 
                       facilities at the Laredo IV Border Station, 
                       said conveyance of land to be accomplished 
                       at the same time title to the facilities 
                       is transferred to the United States after 
                       payment to the City in full.

        10. 2000-R-027 Authorizing the City Manager to submit a 
                       grant application in the amount of $15,000.00 
                       to the United States Environmental 
                       Protection Agency (EPA) for an Environmental 
                       Justice Grants and pledging that if a grant 
	                   is received, City of Laredo will comply with 
	                   grant requirements of the United States 
                       Environmental Protection Agency.

        11. 2000-R-028 Declaring the public necessity to acquire 
                       the "Surface Only" of forty-one parcels of 
                       land for the Chacon Creek Improvements 
                       Project.  Said parcels being: Lots 4, 5, 
                       6 & 7, Block 1206; all of Blocks 1289A, 
                       1335, and 1421A; Lots 3, 4, 5 & 6, Block 
                       1480; Lots 1 &2, Block 1571; all of Blocks 
                       1784, 1785, and 1867; Lots 1, 2, 3, 4 & 8, 
                       Block 1868; all of Blocks 1869 and 1870; 
                       Lots 5, 6 & 7, Block 2103; all of Blocks 
                       2104, 2105, 2106A, and 2107A; Lots 5 thru 
                       8, Block 2109; Lots 5 thru 8; Block 2110; 
                       Lots 1,2,7 & 8, Block 2114; all of Block 
                       2115; 2119A (except Lot 5); all of Block 
                       2151, 2152, 2153, 2154, 2155, 2157, 2158, 
                       2159, 2161, 2165A, and 2166; Block 2167 
                       (except Lot 8); all of Blocks 2169, 2170, 
                       and 2171, 2171A (Lot 7A), all ob Blocks 
                       2172 and 2172A; and a parcel of land 
                       adjacent to Block 2109, between Ejido Ave. 
                       and the original City Limits.  Said 
                       forty-one parcels being situated in the 
                       Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb 
                       County, Texas; being delineated on attached 
                       copies of City Plats; and authorizing 
                       staff to negotiate for the purchase of 
                       said parcels at their market value or less, 
                       as established by State Certified Real 
                       Estate Appraisers, and further authorizing 
                       the City Attorney to initiate condemnation 
                       proceedings to acquire those parcels that 
                       staff is unable to acquire through negotiations 
                       due to inability to agree on a purchase 
                       price, conflicts of ownership, owner refusal 
                       to sell, and/or inability to locate a 
                       listed owner.	

        12. 2000-R-029 Authorizing the City Manager the use of 
                       surplus proceeds from the City of Laredo 
                       - Public Property Finance Contractual 
                       Obligations (PPFCO), Series 97-B, in the 
                       amount of $30,000.00, for the purchase of 
                       a four wheel drive truck for the Fire 
                       Department.  This will be a replacement 
                       for a 1989 truck that has been sidelined 
                       due to mechanical problems.  This truck is 
                       used to transport the rescue boats to 
                       points along the Rio Grande River.

        13. 2000-R-032 Authorizing the City Manager to submit a 
                       grant application in the amount of 
                       $20,000.00 to the South Texas Development 
                       Council for a Regional Solid Waste Grant 
                       Program; authorizing the City Manager to 
                       act on behalf of the City of Laredo in all 
                       matters related to the application; and 
                       pledging that if a grant is received, City 
                       of Laredo will comply with the grant 
                       requirements of the South Texas Development 
                       Council, the Texas Natural Resource 
                       Conservation Commission, and the State of Texas.

        14. 2000-R-036 Supporting the promotion of economic growth 
                       of the City of Laredo, the economic 
                       interests of its citizens and businesses, 
                       and the commercial relationship with Mexico; 
                       and urging the U.S. International Trade 
                       Commission to revoke the current antidumping 
                       order against imports of cement from Mexico.

        15. 2000-R-037 Expressing the City Council support towards 
                       an application to the Texas Department of 
                       Housing and Community Affairs through the 
                       State's HOME Investment Partnerships Program 
                       by the Laredo-Webb Neighborhood Housing 
                       Services in partnership with Bringing Everyone 
                       Special Together (BEST) for a Homebuyer 
                       Assistance Grant in the amount of $150,000.00.  
                       This homebuyer assistance is sought to 
                       better meet the needs of the City's Special 
                       Needs Population.

        16. 2000-R-038 Expressing the City Council support towards 
                       the submittal of an application by the 
                       Hamilton Housing Partnership, Ltd. to the 
                       Texas Department of Housing and Community 
                       Affairs through the HOME Investment 
                       Partnerships Program for a Tenant-Based 
                       Rental Assistance Grant to assist the 
                       elderly residents of the Hamilton Hotel 
                       whose income falls below 50% of the area 
                       median income. 

   XII.  MOTIONS

         17.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to 
              accept a donation of 100 trash receptacles worth 
              approximately $20,000.00 from Southern Sanitation 
              for the Downtown area.  The trash receptacles will 
              be constructed of rod iron and will match the 
              receptacles that have been recently installed by 
              the Department of Public Works.  They will have a 
              sign bearing the Southern Sanitation name.  The 
              City of Laredo will be matching this donation with 
              an additional 100 trash receptacles.

         18.  Consideration to award Contract Number FY00-073, 
              to the LOW BIDDER, Envirosolve, LLC, Tulsa, OK., 
              in the amount of $59,840.00, for conducting a city 
              wide household hazardous waste collection event on 
              April 15, 2000, and the collection of hazardous 
              waste from the collection facility located at the 
              landfill.  Funding is available in the NPDES Fund. 

         19.  Consideration to reject the SOLE BID received for 
              awarding contract FY00-059, for providing water 
              taps/T connections as required by the Utilities 
              Department.  The City requested unit cost pricing 
              for unit cost for water taps and T-connection 
              installation service needed to repair distribution 
              lines.  The unit cost proposed by the sole bidder, 
              J. Solis Maintenance & Welding Service, Laredo, 
              Texas, far exceeded the estimated cost for this 
              service.  Staff is requesting authorization to 
              reject this bid and solicit new bids.

         20.  Consideration to award contract FY00-060 to the 
              LOW BIDDER, VMG Company, Laredo, Texas, in the 
              estimated amount of $78,950.00, for providing 
              asphalt/concrete repairs as required by the 
              Utilities Department.  VMG Company submitted the 
              lowest bid pricing on a per square foot cost on an 
              as needed basis to repair asphalt and concrete 
              cuts required to repair distribution lines.  This 
              type of service will be requested on an as needed 
              basis and all work is inspected by the Utilities 
              Department for compliance with City requirements.

         21.  Consideration to award contract FY00-070, to the 
              following LOW BIDDERS, for the purchase of vehicles 
              authorized in the FY00 capital equipment budget:

              Philpott Motors, Port Neches, Texas:

           13 - 1/2 ton Trucks          $204,620.00
 3-1/2 ton ext. Cab Truck (sb)           $53,205.00
   12 - 3/4 ton ext. Cab Truck          $246,564.00
 5-3/4 ton four door cab truck          $108,375.00
             1-full size sedan           $19,610.00
                    2-mini van           $39,084.00
                                        $671,458.00
               Southwest Ford, San Antonio, Texas:

  3-1/2 ton ext. cab truck (lb)          $53,868.00
              3-mid size sedan           $43,641.00
                                         $97,509.00

Delivery is expected within ninety to one hundred and twenty days.
	

         22.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to 
              purchase a replacement ambulance for the Fire 
              Department through the Houston Galveston Area 
              Council of Governments (HGAC)- Cooperative Purchase 
              Program, in the total amount of $120,188.00.  The 
              ambulance body will be installed on a Freightliner 
              chassis.  Funding for this ambulance will be secured 
              from the contractual obligation bond proceeds.

         23.  Consideration to award Contract Number FY00-068, to 
              the LOW BIDDER, Kahn Fence Corporation DBA Fence 
              Masters, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $39,900.00 
              for the provision of an infrastructure required for 
              the underground construction to trench approximately 
              15,000 linear feet and backfill as required to 
              provide electrical service to the World Trade Bridge 
              illumination system.  CP&L will be responsible for 
              the installation of electrical conduit and the 
              illumination poles and lamps.  Funding for this 
              project has been allocated in the Bridge System.

              The City did receive a lower bid from Ernesto Lopez, 
              Laredo, Texas, however, this vendor failed to submit 
              a bid bond as required by the bid documents.  Due 
              to this omission, staff is unable to accept this 
              bid.

         24.  Consideration to award a construction contract to 
              the LOWEST BIDDER R.P. Constructors, Inc., New 
              Braunfels, Texas in the amount of $1,195,000.00 for 
              the construction of the Bio-Solids Dewatering 
              Projects Parts A and B.  The Project includes the 
              installation of a belt filter press at the South 
              Laredo and North Laredo Wastewater Treatment Plants.  
              The construction time is 275 calendar days.  
              Funding is available in the 1994 and 1998 A Sewer 
              Construction Bonds.

         25.  Consideration for approval of final change order 
              no. 1, a decrease of $90.00 for the balance of 
              quantities actually constructed in place, 
              acceptance of the Concrete Reconstruction at 
              Calton/Springfield Intersection and approval of 
              final payment in the amount of $21,963.40 to Ramos 
              Industries, Inc., Pasadena, Texas.  Final 
              construction contract amount is $161,440.00.  
              Funding is available in the Capital Improvements 
              Fund - Truck Route Intersection.

         26.  Consideration for acceptance of the Azteca 
              Neighborhood Park and Paving Improvements 
              constructed by the in-house forces at a cost of 
              $101,112.00 and within the original budget.  This 
              is a Community Development Block Grant Project.

         27.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to 
              release 50% of the retainage in the amount of 
              $23,187.78 to Faulkner Construction, Inc., for the 
              Telecommunications Offices and Public Access 
              Facility Project located at 1101 Garden St., and 
              to retain $23,187.78 for punch list items and warranties.  

         28.  Consideration for acceptance of the Chaparral 
              Drainage Improvements from Calton Road to Canal 
              Street and approval of final payment in the amount 
              of $31,383.40 to Pete Gallegos Paving, Inc., Laredo, 
              Texas.  Final construction contract amount is 
              $245,387.00. 

         29.  Consideration for approval of final change order 
              no. 3, an increase of $1,959.30 for the balance of 
              quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance 
              of the Zacate Creek Beautification Project Phase I 
              and approval of final payment in the amount of 
              $39,346.87 to Dominguez Development and Construction, 
              Laredo, Texas.  Final construction contract amount 
              is $303,566.80.  This is a  Community Development 
              Block Grant Project.

         30.  Consideration for approval of final change order 
              no. 2, a decrease of $29,237.25 due to a reduction 
              in quantities not needed to complete the project, 
              acceptance of the Construction of Sidewalks 
              Improvements for Trautmann, Alma Pierce and Amparo 
              Gutierrez Elementary Schools and related improvements 
              and approval of final payment in the amount of 
              $60,060.75 to Pete Gallegos Paving, Inc., Laredo, 
              Texas.  Final construction contract amount is 
              $207,165.75.

         31.  Consideration to award a construction contract to 
              the LOWEST BIDDER Ramos Industries, Inc., Pasadena, 
              Texas, in the bid amount of $119,844.00 for the 
              Zacate Creek Beautification Project Phase II 
              (Re-bid).  Funding is available in the Community 
              Development Budget.

         32.  Consideration to approve the selection of four 
              consultants for the Sidewalks - City Wide Projects 
              12, 13, 14, 16 and 17 and authorizing the City 
              Manager to negotiate a professional services 
              contracts as follows:

              a. Rosin Group, Inc. - Project 12 (33 Blocks) and 
                 Project 17 (4 Blocks)

              b. WSBC Civil Engineers, Inc. - Project 14 (37 Blocks)

              c. G.G. Salinas Engineering Co. - Project 12 (33 
                 Blocks) and Project 17 (4 Blocks)

              d. Sherfey Engineering Company, L.L.C. - Project 13 
                 (16 Blocks), Project 16 (12 Blocks) and Project 
                 17 (8 Blocks)

              Funding is to be identified at the time A/E contract 
              negotiated.

         33. Consideration of approval of final change order 
             no. 1, an increase of $11,535.30 for the balance of 
             quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance 
             of the Zacate Creek Erosion Control Project and 
             approval of final payment in the amount of 
             f$82,514.62 to Ramos Industries, Inc., Pasadena, 
             Texas.  Final construction contract amount is 
             $508,548.70

         34. Consideration to cancel Council Meeting on March 27, 
             2000.

  XIII.  STAFF REPORT

         35.  Status report by the Nonprofit Management and 
              Volunteer Center, presentation of revised funding 
              criteria for Third Party Agencies with staff 
              recommendation and possible action.

         36.  Presentation of the 1998-1999 Comprehensive Annual 
              Financial Report (CAFR) prepared by the City of 
              Laredo's Financial Services Department and audited 
              by the independent audit firm of Baum, Mejia & Co.

         37.  Status report on the World Trade Bridge.

         38.  Status report on Capital Improvement Projects with 
              consideration of projects for FY 2000-2001, with 
              possible action.

   XIV.  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, March 01, 
         2000 at 6:00 p.m.

                                         Gustavo Guevara, Jr.
                                         City Secretary