CITY OF LAREDO
                   CITY COUNCIL MEETING
                       A2000-R-008
                   CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
                    1110 HOUSTON STREET
                    LAREDO, TEXAS 78040
                      MARCH 20, 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

    VI.  APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

   VII.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

         1.  Public Hearing concerning an application by Hector 
             Luna amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the 
             City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 4, Block 409, 
             Western Division located at 2202 Ventura, from 
             R-2 (Multifamily Residential District) to B-3 
             (Community Business District).  The Planning and 
             Zoning Commission recommended denial of the 
             proposed zone change.  This is an appeal from an 
             unfavorable recommendation from the Planning and 
             Zoning Commission.

                       INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

             Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of 
             Laredo by rezoning Lot 4, Block 409, Western 
             Division, located at 2202 Ventura, from R-2 
             (Multifamily Residential District) to B-3 
             (Community Business District); providing for 
             publication and effective date.

         2.  Public Hearing concerning an application by Cesar 
             M. Coronado amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) 
             of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 4, Block 
             848, Eastern Division, located at 3920 Meadow Ave. 
             from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 
             (Limited Business District).  The Planning and 
             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 Lot 4, Block 848, Eastern 
             Division, located at 3920 Meadow Ave., from R-3 
             (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited 
             Business District); providing for publication and 
             effective date.

         3.  Public Hearing concerning an application by Oscar 
             and Mary Saenz amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) 
             of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 8, 
             El Portal Industrial Park Unit V, located at 8502 
             El Gato Rd., from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District)
             to M-2 (Heavy Manufacturing District).  The 
             Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial 
             of the proposed zone change and approval of 
             Conditional Use Permit.  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 1, Block 8, El Portal 
             Industrial Park Unit V, located at 8502 El Gato Rd., 
             from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to M-2 
             (Heavy Manufacturing District); providing for 
             publication and effective date.

         4.  Public Hearing concerning an application by Jorge 
             Saldaña amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the
             City of Laredo by rezoning 2.169 acres, as further
             described by metes and bounds, located north of 
             Hwy. 359 and west of the City of Laredo Landfill, 
             from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to 
             M-1 (Light Manufacturing District).  The Planning 
             and 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 2.169 acres, as further 
             described by metes and bounds, located north of 
             Hwy. 359 and west of the City of Laredo Landfill, 
             from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to 
             M-1 (Light Manufacturing District); providing for 
             publication and effective date. 

         5.  Public hearing concerning an application by Jorge 
             O. Gutierrez amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) 
             of the City of Laredo by rezoning 8.835 acres, as 
             further described by metes and bounds, located 
             west of McPherson Rd. and south of Tiara Trail, 
             from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to 
             R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District).  The 
             Planning and 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 8.835 acres, as further 
             described by metes and bounds, located west of 
             McPherson Rd. and south of Tiara Trail, from R-1 
             (Single Family Residential District) to R-2 
             (Multi-Family Residential District); providing for
             publication and effective date.

         6.  Public hearing concerning an application by Jorge 
             O. Gutierrez amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) 
             of the City of Laredo by rezoning 5.00 acres, as 
             further described by metes and bounds, located at 
             9694 McPherson Rd., from R-1 (Single Family 
             Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Business 
             District).  The Planning and 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, located at 9694 McPherson Rd., 
             from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to 
             B-1 (Limited Business District); providing for 
             publication and effective date.

         7.  Public hearing concerning an application by the 
             City of Laredo amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map)
             of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 5, Block 
             494, Eastern Division, located at the northwest 
             corner of Springfield Ave. and Ryan St., from R-3 
             (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited 
             Business District).  The Planning and Zoning 
             Commission recommended denial of the proposed zone
             change and approval of a Conditional Use Permit. 	

                       INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

             Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of
             Laredo by rezoning Lot 5, Block 494, Eastern 
             Division, located at the northwest corner of 
             Springfield Ave. and Ryan St., from R-3 (Mixed 
             Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Business 
             District); providing for publication and effective 
             date.

         8.  Public hearing concerning an application by Lago 
             Del Mar, Ltd. amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) 
             of the City of Laredo by rezoning 8.8694 acres, as
             further described by metes and bounds, located 
             south of Del Mar Blvd. and east of the proposed 
             Bartlett Ave. extension, from R-1 (Single Family 
             Residential District) and R-2 (Multi Family 
             Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business 
             District).  The Planning and 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 8.8694 acres, as further 
             described by metes and bounds, located south of 
             Del Mar Blvd. and east of the proposed Bartlett 
             Ave. extension, from R-1 (Single Family Residential 
             District) and R-2 (Multi Family Residential 
             District) to B-3 (Community Business District); 
             providing for publication and effective date.

         9.  Public hearing concerning an application by Mike 
             Link (Minuteman 10 Minute Lube) amending the 
             Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by 
             renewing a Conditional Use Permit for truck rentals 
             on Lots 2, 3, and 4, Block 1218, Eastern Division,
             located at 2119 Corpus Christi St.  The Planning 
             and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the 
             proposed CUP renewal for a period of three (3) years. 	

                         INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

             Amending Ordinance No. 99-O-049 authorizing the 
             issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for truck 
             rentals on Lots 2, 3, and 4, Block 1218, Eastern 
             Division, located at 2119 Corpus Christi St., by 
             renewing the C.U.P. for three years; providing for
             publication and effective date.

        10.  Public hearing concerning an application by Javier
             and Oralia Ortiz amending the Zoning Ordinance 
             (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 255, 
             Block 11, Dellwood Section 5, located at 301 
             Orleans Loop from R-1 (Single Family Residential 
             District) to R-3 (Mixed Residential District).  
             The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended 
             denial of the proposed zone change.  This is an 
             appeal from an unfavorable recommendation from the
             Planning and Zoning Commission. 	

                       INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

             Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of
             Laredo by rezoning Lot 255, Block 11, Dellwood 
             Section 5, located at 301 Orleans Loop from R-1 
             (Single Family Residential District) to R-3 
             (Mixed Residential District); providing for 
             publication and effective date.  

        11.  Public hearing to authorize the issuance of City 
             of Laredo, Texas, Combination Tax and Airport 
             Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2000, in the 
             principal amount of $2,060,000.00 for the purpose 
             of paying all or a portion of the city's 
             contractual obligations for the purpose of 
             refunding the Airport Fund for land acquired by 
             the City of Laredo, Texas and the payment of legal
             and fiscal fees in connection with this project, 
             approving an official statement, amending the 
             General Fund FY 2000 Budget to appropriate proceeds 
             for said projects and authorizing the execution 
             of a purchase contract, and other matters related
             thereto. 	

                        INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

             Authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas,
             Combination Tax and Airport Revenue Refunding Bonds, 
             Series 2000, in the principal amount of $2,060,000.00 
             for the purpose of refunding the Airport Indenture
             Obligation for release of land from indenture, and
             ordaining other matters relating thereto.

        12.  Public hearing to authorize the issuance of City 
             of Laredo, Texas, Combination Tax and Sewer System
             Revenue Certificate of Obligation, Series 2000, in
             the principal amount of $1,820,000.00 for the 
             purpose of paying all or a  portion of the City's 
             Contractual Obligations for the purpose of 
             improving and extending the City's Sewer System, 
             and the payment of legal and fiscal fees in 
             connection with this project, approving and 
             official statement, amending the Sewer System FY 
             2000 Budget to appropriate proceeds for said 
             projects and authorizing the execution of a 
             purchase contract, and other matters related thereto.  	

                        INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

             Authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas,
             Combination Tax and Sewer System Revenue 
             Certificates of Obligation, Series 2000, in the 
             principal amount of $1,820,000.00 for the purpose 
             of paying all or a portion of the City's Contractual 
             Obligations for improving and extending the City's
             Sewer System, and for paying legal, fiscal, and 
             engineering fees in connection with this project 
             and authorizing an amendment to the City's Budget 
             to appropriate such proceeds for the purposes 
             authorized herein.

        13.  Public hearing to authorize the issuance of City 
             of Laredo, Texas, Combination Tax and Waterworks 
             System Revenue Certificate of Obligation, Series 
             2000, in the principal amount of $2,485,000.00 for
             the purpose of paying all or a portion of the 
             City's Contractual Obligations for the purpose of 
             improving and extending the City's Waterworks 
             System, and the payment of legal and fiscal fees 
             in connection with this project, approving an 
             official statement, amending the Waterworks System
             FY 2000 Budget to appropriate proceeds for said 
             projects and authorizing the execution of a 
             purchase contract, and other matters related thereto.  	

                     INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

             Authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas,
             Combination Tax and Waterworks System Revenue 
             Certificates of Obligation, Series 2000, in the 
             principal amount of $2,485,000.00 for the purpose 
             of paying all or a portion of the City's 
             Contractual Obligations for the purpose of 
             improving and extending the City's Waterworks 
             System, and the payment of legal and fiscal fees 
             in connection with this project, and other matters 
             relating thereto in connection with this project 
             and authorizing an amendment to the City's Budget 
             to appropriate such proceeds for the purpose 
             authorized herein.

        14.  Public hearing to authorize the issuance of City 
             of Laredo, Texas, Public Property Finance 
             Contractual Obligation, Series 2000, in the 
             principal amount of $2,135,000.00 for the purpose 
             of paying all or a portion of the City's 
             Contractual Obligations of the acquisition of 
             automotive equipment and machinery & equipment for
             various city departments, and the payment of legal
             and fiscal fees in connection with this project, 
             approving an official statement, amending the 
             Contractual Obligation Fund FY 2000 Budget, as 
             necessary, to appropriate proceeds for said 
             projects and  authorizing the execution of a 
             purchase contract, and other matters related thereto.	

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

             Authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas,
             Public Property Finance Contractual Obligation, 
             Series 2000, in the principal amount of $2,315,000.00, 
             for the purchase of automotive equipment, park 
             equipment, cemetery equipment, street equipment, 
             solid waste equipment together with other City 
             equipment, and ordaining other matters relating to 
             the subject and authorizing an amendment to the 
             City's Budget to appropriate such proceeds for the
             purpose authorized herein.

  VIII.  GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

         15.  A.  Request by Council Member Louis H. Bruni
                  1. Status report on the new Municipal Court 
                     Building, with possible action.

                  2. Request for status report on the Noise 
                     Abatement Project, with possible action.

                  3. Request for committee report from the 
                     Plumbing Ad  Hoc Committee, with possible 
                     action. 

              B.  Request by Council Member John C. Galo
                  1. Status report on the recycling of Aldama 
                     and Corpus Christi Streets, with possible 
                     action.

                  2. Status report on the repairs to Three Points Park.

                  3. Discussion of alternative means to reduce 
                     illegal dumping especially along the rail 
                     road right - of - ways.

              C. Request by Council Member Eliseo Valdez Jr.
                 1. Discussion with possible action regarding 
                    problem areas on streets that curve sharply
                    in residential areas, and possibly needing 
                    double striping to alliviate problems with 
                    on-coming traffic.

              D. Request by Council Member Joe A. Guerra
                 1. Recognition of the Laredo Police Explorers 
                    accomplishments and of the Citizens who 
                    have assisted the Laredo Police Dept. 9th 
                    Precinct Sub-Station's fight against crime.
                    (Co Sponsored by Eliseo Valdez)

              E. 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. Status report on the flooding conditions in
                    the Mines Road area to include 
                    recommendations from staff, with possible 
                    action.

                 3. Request for a 4-way stop sign at the 
                    intersection of Albany and Quail Creek 
                    Drive, with possible action.

                 4. Request for traffic signalization at the 
                    intersection of Quail Creek Drive and 
                    FM1472 (Mines Road), with possible action.
                
(Recess)
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    IX. INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

        16. Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease 
            with SER Jobs for Progress Southwest, Inc., for 
            approximately 4,234 square feet constituting 
            Building 1054 located at 4812 North Bartlett Avenue.  
            Lease term is for one (1) year commencing on March 
            1, 2000 and ending on February 28, 2001.  New 
            monthly rent shall be $3,850.00.  Current monthly 
            rent is $3,661.20.

        17. Ordering and proclaiming a General City Election to
            be held on Saturday, May 6, 2000, designating 
            polling places, designating the run-off date, and 
            providing for publication.

        18. Authorizing the City Manager to grant a Right-of-
            Entry Permit to the U.S. Government for construction, 
            training, and operations in the area encompassed by
            the following City-owned blocks, including public 
            right-of-way abutting said blocks; all of Blocks 
            614, 629, 630, 644, 645, 656, 659, 666, 667, 668, 
            669, 670, 671, 672 and 672-A; all being situated in
            the Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, 
            Texas, and providing for an effective date.  
	
        19. Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease 
            with SER Jobs for Progress Southwest, Inc., for 
            approximately 1,600 square feet constituting Suite 
            No. 2 of Building No. 134 located at 4603 Maher 
            Avenue.  Lease term is for one (1) year and eleven 
            (11) months commencing on January 1, 2000 and ending 
            on November 30, 2001.  New monthly rent shall be 
            $1,500.00 and will be adjusted annually according 
            to changes in the Consumer Price Index.  Current 
            month rent is $1,418.00.

        20. Authorizing the City Manager to enter into an 
            agreement with the Del Mar Little League Association 
            to conduct practices on City Property located at 
            Andrew Circle commencing on March 21, 2000 through 
            March 14, 2004, with the primary purpose being to 
            conduct a baseball program.

        21. Authorizing the City Manager to set the maximum 
            speed limits in that portion of FM1472 between 
            Santa Maria Ave. and Pan American Blvd., within the
            City Limits of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, as 45 
            MPH, 50 MPH, 55 MPH and 60 MPH, as defined in the 
            Texas Department of Transportation Control Section 
            Map 2150-04.  


     X.  FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES  

         22. 2000-O-062 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. 
                        (City Council)

             2000-O-063 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-3 (Community 
                        Business District); providing for 
                        publication and effective date. 
                        (Cm. Cecilia May Moreno)
 		
             2000-O-064 Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of 
                        the City of Laredo by authorizing the 
                        issuance of a Conditional Use Permit 
                        for a used car lot on Lot 9, Block 351,
                        Eastern Division, located at 114 West 
                        Lyon St.; providing for publication and 
                        effective date.  (Cm. Mario G. Alvarado) 

             2000-O-065 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.(City Council)
	
             2000-O-066 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. (City Council)

             2000-O-067 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(City Council)

    XI.  RESOLUTIONS 

         23. 2000-R-040 Authorizing the City Manager to submit 
                        a grant application to the Texas Water 
                        Development Board in the amount of 
                        $300,000.00 with the City designating 
                        $100,000.00 in matching funds for the 
                        Storm Water Master Plan for Sombrerito 
                        Creek Watershed.	

         24. 2000-R-041 Authorizing the City Manager to accept 
                        $23,621.23 from the State's Law 
                        Enforcement Officers Standards and 
                        Education (LEOSE) for continuing 
                        education of Laredo Police Department 
                        sworn personnel.  Funding is to be used
                        for training purposes of sworn personnel 
                        from October 1, 1999 through September 
                        30, 2000.

         25. 2000-R-042 Authorizing the City Manager to submit 
                        a grant application to the Governor's 
                        Automobile Theft Prevention Authority 
                        to fund the Laredo Auto Theft Task Force 
                        for the period of September 1, 2000 
                        through August 31, 2001.

         26. 2000-R-043 Authorizing the City Manager to submit 
                        a grant to the Criminal Justice Division 
                        in the amount of $53,986.00 in which the 
                        City of Laredo will designate $5,998.00 
                        as a match for a total amount of 
                        $59,985.00 to fund the Juvenile 
                        Accountability Incentive Block Grant 
                        Program.

         27. 2000-R-044 Authorizing the City Manager to submit 
                        a grant application to the Office of 
                        the Governor, Criminal Justice Division
                        in the amount of $80,000.00 with the 
                        City designating $35,000.00 in matching 
                        funds for a total of $115,000.00 for 
                        funding a Domestic Violence Program 
                        under the Violence Against Women Act 
                        (VAWA) for the period of June 01, 2000 
                        through May 30, 2001.

         28. 2000-R-045 Approving the creation of a Sister City 
                        affiliation between the City of Laredo,
                        Texas, U.S.A. and the City of Guadalupe, 
                        Nuevo Leon, E. U. M.

         29. 2000-R-046 Authorizing the City Manager to execute
                        a clinical affiliation agreement between 
                        the City of Laredo Fire Department EMS 
                        and Texas A&M International University 
                        Canseco School of Nursing.

         30. 2000-R-047 Authorizing the acceptance of the 
                        donation of a total of three (3) 
                        personal ice cooling systems for the 
                        United States Department of Energy.  
                        For the use by the City of Laredo Fire 
                        Department Hazardous materials Emergency 
                        Response Teams and Emergency Medical 
                        Services for the protection of our 
                        personnel while responding to emergencies.

         31. 2000-R-033 Resolution by the City of Laredo, Texas, 
                        in support of Lost Creek Village 
                        Apartment Homes, a proposed affordable 
                        housing development by Community Housing 
                        Development Associates.
          
   XII.  MOTIONS

         32.  Consideration to award a professional engineering
              contract to SCS Engineers, Dallas, Texas, for an 
              amount not to exceed $23,465.00 for Emission 
              Guidelines and Title V for the City of Laredo 
              Landfill as per requirements of the Texas Natural
              Resource Conservation Commission.  Funding is 
              available in the Solid Waste Fund.

         33.  Refund of property tax to the following taxpayers
              and companies:

              1. Laredo National Bank in the amount of $537.68 
                 due to an overpayment.
              2. PEI Properties, Inc. in the amount of $679.36 
                 due to an overpayment.
              3. Gilberto & wf. Dora H. Herrera, in the amount 
                 of $541.61 due to an overpayment.
              4. Jose Juan & wf. Zulema J. Garza, in the amount
                 of $655.34 due to an overpayment.
              5. Pan American Express, Inc. in the amount of 
                 $544.12 due to an overpayment.
	     			
         34.  Consideration to approve monthly adjustments to 
              the tax roll.  The amount to be adjusted for the 
              month of February 2000, which represents an 
              increase in levy, is  $9,814.99.  These adjustments 
              are determined by the County Appraisal District 
              and by Court Orders.

         35.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to 
              execute the three (3) year collective bargaining 
              agreement between City of Laredo and the Laredo 
              Police Officers Association effective October 1, 
              1999 through September 30, 2002.

         36.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to 
              submit a grant application for $95,483.00 to the 
              Texas Department of Health for renewal of the 
              HIV/AIDS Health and Social Services Project of the 
              City of Laredo Health Department for the period 
              beginning September 1, 2000 through August 31, 2001.

         37.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to 
              contract with International Newspapers, Inc. for 
              newspaper and radio advertising in Mexico, at a 
              total cost of $28,450.93.  This is for the Laredo
              Convention and Visitors Bureau Semana Santa 
              advertising campaign.  The campaign includes 
              newspaper advertisements in Monterrey, Saltillo, 
              Torreon and San Luis Potosi and radio advertisement 
              in Monterrey, Saltillo, Monclova, Torreon, San 
              Luis Potosi and Guadalajara.

         38.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to 
              enter into a contract with the Laredo Chamber of 
              Commerce to share in the cost of operation of the
              "InfoCenter", located in Monterrey, Mexico, with 
              an April 1, 2000 effective date and continuing 
              through March 31, 2001.  Total annual cost to the
              City of Laredo is $21,500.00.

         39.  Consideration to award a demolition contract to 
              the SOLE BIDDER, III PG Enterprises, Inc. dba 
              Demolition Unlimited, of Laredo, Texas, in the 
              amount of $19,900.00 for the demolition of the 
              structures acquired for the Lafayette Street 
              Widening Project Phase III.  The demolition 
              consists of structures located at the following 
              addresses: 2109, 2113, 2202, and 2204 Lafayette.
              Funding is available in the Community Development
              Department Budget.

         40.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to 
              execute a contract with Glenn Jarvis for legal 
              services regarding the City's Water Rights 
              Acquisition including providing advice regarding 
              purchase procedures, drafting required documents,
              providing escrow and closing services, conducting 
              title examination and representing the City in 
              application for administrative approval for use 
              of the water rights obtained.  The contract is 
              for legal fees at $200.00 per hour, plus costs 
              and expenses, for a maximum of $20,000.00 for 
              this contract.  Funding is available in the Water
              Availability Fund.

         41.  Consideration to award contract number FY00-017, 
              to the LOW BIDDER Jem Pro, Laredo, Texas, in the 
              amount of $68,300.00 for the painting of the 
              Airport water tank and the Milmo ground water 
              storage tank.  The successful contractor will be 
              required to provide all material, equipment and 
              labor to repaint these water tanks.  The airport 
              water tank will have a logo for Alexander High 
              School and the Milmo water tank will have a logo 
              for Cigarroa High School.  Funding is available 
              in the Utilities Department Budget.

         42.  Consideration to award contract number FY00-078, 
              to the LOW BIDDER, Texas Environmental Recycling,
              Houston, Texas, in the estimated amount of 
              $28,400.00, for the grinding of wood waste 
              material (brush, branches, pallets, etc.) at the 
              City Landfill.  Approximately 15,000 to 20,000 
              cubic yards of material are available for disposal.  
              The contract is based on a unit cost of $1.42 
              cubic yard of material.  Funding is available in 
              the Solid Waste Fund.

         43.  Consideration to award contract number FY00-080, 
              to the LOW BIDDER, Nueces Power Equipment, Laredo, 
              Texas, in the amount of $148,244.55, for the 
              purchase of three backhoes for the Utilities 
              Department.  The bid price includes a five year 
              extended warranty.  These backhoes will be 
              assigned to the Water Distribution Division.  
              Delivery is expected within 30 days.  Funding is 
              available in the Water Distribution Capital 
              Outlay Budget.

         44.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of thirty
              seven (37) portable radios for the Police 
              Department through the Houston Galveston Area 
              Council of Governments (HGAC) - Cooperative 
              Purchasing Program, in the principal amount of 
              $124,835.08.  These voice secured 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 - Narcotic and Financial Task Force 
              Grant Funding.


         45.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of forty 
              (40), mobile radios for the Police Department 
              through Houston Galveston Area Council of 
              Governments (HGAC) - Cooperative Purchasing 
              Program, in the total amount of $128,473.54.  
              These voice secured digital radios will be 
              purchased through the cooperative purchasing 
              contract vendor Motorola.  Delivery of these 
              radios is expected within thirty days.  These 
              radios will be installed on the new police sedans.  
              Funding is available in the Police Department's 
              Capital Outlay Budget.

         46.  Consideration to award contract number FY00-076, 
              to the LOW BIDDER, Vulcan Sign, Foley, AL., in 
              the amount of $31,059.20 for the purchase of 
              2,944 street name signs.  These are standard 
              reflective street signs that will be installed at
              736 intersections.  Delivery is expected within 
              forty five days.  Funding is available in the 
              Capital Improvement Fund.

         47.  Consideration to award a three year uniform 
              rental contract (FY00-075) to the LOW BIDDER, 
              Cintas Corporation, San Antonio, Texas, in the 
              estimated yearly amount $146,640.00, for 
              providing industrial uniform rental and laundry 
              service.  Industrial uniforms are used by the 
              Public Works, Parks and Recreation, Water and 
              Wastewater Utility, Civic Center, Traffic Safety,
              Airport, and Utilities Collection departments.  
              This contract will require the contract vendor to
              provide eleven new sets of uniforms and provide 
              weekly laundry service.  The new contract pricing
              is approximately 12% higher than the previous 
              three year period.  Funding is available in the 
              respective departments budget.

              An employee committee reviewed different uniform 
              styles and recommended offering employees a 
              choice of 100% cotton uniforms or uniforms in a 
              poly cotton blend.  The employee committee also 
              recommended other changes to the uniform program 
              such as a 100% replacement of uniforms after 
              eighteen months, all which where incorporated 
              into the City's bid specifications.

         48.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of one, 
              full size, extended cab, 4x4 truck, through the 
              Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments 
              (HGAC) - Cooperative Purchasing Program, in the 
              total amount of $22,094.95, for the Fire 
              Department.  This is a replacement for a 1989 
              truck that will be used to transport the 
              department's rescue boats.  Funding is available 
              from Public Property Finance Contractual 
              Obligations (PPFCO), Series 97-B proceeds.

         49.  Consideration to award a Third Party contract to 
              Laredo Veteran's Coalition for Fiscal Year 
              1999-2000 in the amount of $60,000.00 for 
              assistance in health and social services; 
              authorizing the City Manager to sign and 
              implement the contract.  Funding is available in 
              the General Fund.

         50.  Consideration to award a construction contract to
              the LOWEST BIDDER, Environmental Specialties 
              International, Inc., of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 
              in the amount of $600,754.20 for the liner 
              installation of Cell 15/16 for the City of Laredo
              Landfill.  Funding is available in the Solid 
              Waste Fund.

         51.  Consideration to award a construction contract to
              the LOWEST BIDDER Ramos Industries, Inc., 
              Pasadena, Texas, in the amount of $407,343.00 for
              the Cherry Hill Drive Widening Project (Pappas to
              Sandman).  Funding is available in the 1998 CO 
              Issue Cherry Hill Drive Widening Project. 

         52.  Consideration to approve the selection of 
              consultant Design Group International, Laredo, 
              Texas, for La Ladrillera Facility Improvements 
              and authorizing the negotiation of a professional
              services contract.  Funding is available in the 
              Community Development Budget. 

         53.  Consideration to award a construction contract to
              the SOLE BIDDER Cutler Repaving, Inc., Lawrence, 
              Kansas, in the amount of $476,822.80 for the 
              1999-2000 Street Recycling Project (175 Blocks), 
              base bid plus alternative no. 1 to include an 
              additional 10 blocks.  Funding is available in 
              the Capital Improvement Fund - Street Materials/
              Cutler Repaving.

         54.  Consideration to approve Change Order no. 9, a 
              net decrease of $257.00 to the construction 
              contract with MW Builders, Inc. Contractors for 
              the Border Facilities for the World Trade Bridge 
              (4th International Bridge) for adjustments to the
              contract plans to accommodate the City's separate
              contract for the installation to the toll 
              collection system and to utilize new CP&L direct 
              metering equipment at the Federal Administration 
              Building; to relocate one stadium light, and 
              various conduit stub-outs in conflict with the 
              GSA X-Ray Facility; to purchase parts required to
              make the Lincoln-Juarez Truck scale fully 
              operational once relocated to the project site; 
              add alternative locksets and mechanical entry 
              keypads at various doors as requested by the 
              Federal Inspection agencies; for the redesign of 
              the storm drainage outfall due to an elevation 
              discrepancy furnished by I.B.W.C.; and to delete 
              a portion of a CP&L allowance, a portion of six 
              foot tall fencing, and the cost for the purchase 
              of stainless steel detention benches not required
              for the completion of the project.  Funding is 
              available in the Bridge System Bridge #4 - Tax 
              Exempt Bond, Tax Exempt, SIB Loan and Taxable Bond.

         55.  Motion to authorize the City Manager to adopt and
              execute the Interlocal Agreement with the Texas 
              Municipal Intergovernmental Employee Benefits 
              Pool (TML-IEBP) and consent to assignment to 
              enact a name change from Texas Municipal League 
              Group Benefits Risk Pool (TML-GBRP) to Texas 
              Municipal League Intergovernmental Employee 
              Benefit Pool (TML-IEBP).

         56.  Consideration  to authorize the City Manager to 
              accept the World Trade Bridge Border Facilities 
              constructed by M.W. Builders Inc. and specifically 
              identified as the Import Dock Building, the 
              Federal Administration Building/Pedestrian 
              Processing, the Primary Commercial Inspection 
			  Plaza, the Exit Control Plaza, the Trucker's 
              Pavilion, the Empty Truck Inspection Facility, 
              the City of Laredo Tool Booths/Stage I (4 booths 
              at South End) and the City of Laredo Temporary 
              Modular Administration Building, as substantially
              complete (99.9%) and allowing the occupation of 
              the buildings by the General Services 
              Administration agencies (FDA, USDA, & INS) 
              effective immediately.

  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, March 15, 2000 at 6:00 p.m.
						

                                      Gustavo Guevara, Jr.
                                      City Secretary