CITY OF LAREDO COUNCIL MEETING
                                CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
                                 1110 HOUSTON STREET
                                    LAREDO, TEXAS
                                      5:30 P.M.

                                        AGENDA

             A-97-R-06                                  FEBRUARY 18, 1997

   I.  CALL TO ORDER
  II.  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
 III.  ROLL CALL
  IV.  APPROVAL OF MINUTES

       2.  City Council Meeting of January 27, 1997
           City Council Meeting of February 3, 1997

 V.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

       3. Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with the State of
          Texas General Services Commission on behalf of University of Texas Health
          Science Center at San Antonio for 317 square feet of office space at the
          City of Laredo Health Complex located at 2600 Cedar St.
          1) Lease term will be from December 1, 1996, through August 31, 1997,
          2) Monthly rental cost of $335.88 which includes the cost of utilities and
             janitorial services.

       4. Authorizing the granting of an access and utility easement over, upon and
          across a 0.25 acre tract of land located in Porcion 24, Laredo, Webb
          County, Texas as conveyed to the City of Laredo in Volume 427, page 390,
          Webb County deed records to LAR-TEX Telephone Company, Inc., for a term of
          15 years, for the purposes of providing telephone service and electrical
          power to their leased premises at the City of Laredo Water Tower Site on
          Mines Road; and authorizing the City Manager to execute said easement
          effectuating same, 0.25 acre tract is more particularly described by metes
          and bounds.

      5.  Approving license, NOAA License Number 97-ABF-201 for real property at the
          Laredo International Airport between the City of Laredo, as Grantor and the
          United States of America, acting thru the U.S.  Department of Commerce,
          National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, as Grantee.  The proposed
          license is for the installation, operation, maintenance, repair,
          replacement and removal of an Automated Surface Observing System (ASOS)
          equipment at the airport at the sole cost and expense of the government.
          The license is effective beginning February 28, 1997 for a period of 15
          years unless terminated earlier by mutual agreement.  Authorizing the City
          Manager to execute said license with the government.

  VI.  FINAL READINGS

       6. 97-O-043  Ordinance authorizing the Interim City Manager to execute a lease
                    with Texas Migrant Council (CCMS) for approximately 883 square
                    feet of office space constituting Suite No. 5 of Building #134
                    located at 4603 Maher Avenue.
                    1) Lease term is for ten (10) months commencing February 1, 1997
                       and ending November 30, 1997 and may be extended for two (2)
                       terms of one (1) year each ending November 30, 1998 and
                       November 30, 1999.
                    2) Monthly rent shall be $679.91 and will be adjusted annually
                       during the primary and extension terms of this lease according
                       to changes in the Consumer Price Index.  (City Council)

       7. 97-O-044  Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute two leases with
                    Southwestern Bell Mobile Systems for an antenna installation
                    lease at the water tanks located on McPherson Avenue and at the
                    Laredo International Airport.
                    1) Terms of the leases are for fifteen (15) years commencing on
                       February XX, 1997 and ending February XX, 2012.
                    2) Annual rent shall be $7,200.00 payable in advance, and will be
                       adjusted annually during the term of the lease according to
                       changes in the consumer price index, providing for effective
                       date. (City Council)

       8. 97-O-045  Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1996-1997 annual budget
                    by increasing estimated revenues and appropriations in the
                    General Fund by $4,004.00 and authorizing the Interim City
                    Manager to implement said budget, providing for publication and
                    effective date.  (City Council)

 VII.  RESOLUTIONS

       9. 97-R-017  Authorizing the Interim City Manager of the City of Laredo to
                    accept an grant from the Texas Council for the Humanities in the
                    amount of $5,000.00 and authorizing the Interim City Manager to
                    execute the necessary documents.

      10. 97-R-018  Accepting a grant from the Texas Department of Health in the
                    amount of $125,730.00 for the Immunization Action Plan Project of
                    the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning
                    January 1, 1997, through December 31, 1997; and authorizing the
                    Interim City Manager to execute the contract.

      11. 97-R-019  Endorsing the City's partnership with Laredo Community College in
                    developing and submitting an EPA Environment Education Grant
                    application; pledging matching funds not to exceed $10,000.00 to
                    be used for the construction of models of the Water and
                    Wastewater Treatment Plants. Authorizing the City Manager to
                    execute a memorandum of understanding with Laredo Community
                    College with regard to said matching funds for the proposed
                    project.

      12. 97-R-020  Accepting a grant from the Texas Natural Resource Conservation
                    Commission through the South Texas Development Council in the
                    amount of $59,795.00, with the City designating $21,823.00, in
                    matching funds and/or in-kind services for a total of $81,623.00,
                    to develop and implement one Household Hazardous Waste Collection
                    and Proper Disposal Program Event. The event is scheduled for
                    April 19, 1997, and authorizing the Interim City Manager to
                    execute all documents related thereto.

      13. 97-R-021  Declaring the public necessity to acquire through donations, six
                    parcels of land as permanent drainage easements for the Willow
                    Chacon Drainage Improvements Project. Said parcels being situated
                    in Block 1566, Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County,
                    Texas; and more particularly described as follows:
                    Parcel 1 - Being the surface only of a 1,389.00 sq. ft. tract of
                    land, more or less, being out of and a part of the north 1/3 of
                    Lot No. 3, Block No. 1566, Eastern Division, as per the City of
                    Laredo, Webb County, Texas; and being generally described below
                    and more particularly described by metes and bounds.
                    Parcel 2 - Being the surface only of a 926.00 sq. ft. tract of
                    land, more or less, being out of and a part of the middle 1/3 of
                    Lot No. 3, Block No. 1566, Eastern Division, as per the City of
                    Laredo original land grant, recorded in Volume 7, Page 15, plat
                    records of Webb County, Texas.
                    Parcel 3 - Being the surface only of a 926.00 sq. ft. tract of
                    land, more or less, being out of and a part of the south 1/3 of
                    Lot No. 3, Block No. 1566, Eastern Division, as per the City of
                    Laredo original land grant, recorded in Volume 7, Page 15, plat
                    records of Webb County, Texas.
                    Parcel 4 - Being the surface only of a 926.00 sq. ft. tract of
                    land, more or less, being out of and a part of Lot No.  10, Block
                    No. 1566, Eastern Division, as per the City of Laredo original
                    land grant, recorded in Volume 7, Page 15, plat records of Webb
                    County, Texas.
                    Parcel 5 - Being the surface only of a 1,157.50 sq. ft. tract of
                    land, more or less, being out of and a part of Lot No.  11, Block
                    No. 1566, Eastern Division, as per the City of Laredo original
                    land grant, recorded in Volume 7, Page 15, plat records of Webb
                    County, Texas.
                    Parcel 5 - Being the surface only of a 1,157.50 sq. ft. tract of
                    land, more or less, being out of and a part of Lot No.  11, Block
                    No. 1566, Eastern Division, as per the City of Laredo original
                    land grant, recorded in Volume 7, Page 15, plat records of Webb
                    County, Texas.

                    Parcel 6 - Being the surface only of a 1,620.50 sq. ft. tract of
                    land, more or less, being out of and a part of Lot No.  12, Block
                    1566, Eastern Division, as per the City of Laredo original land
                    grant, recorded in Volume 7, Page 15, plat records of Webb
                    County, Texas.

      14. 97-R-022  Authorizing the City of Laredo to intervene before the Public
                    Utility Commission of Texas in Docket No. 16995, Central Power
                    and Light Company's Integrated Resource Plan filing and request
                    for approval of new power supplies; and authorizing participation
                    with other cities through a steering committee; and authorizing
                    recovery of Cities rate case expenses.

VIII.  MOTIONS

      15. Approving an employment contract between the Laredo City Council and the
          City Manager of the City of Laredo.

      16. Approval of bid specifications and authorization to advertise for bids for
          pharmaceutical services and home health nursing care provided to the
          clients of the City of Laredo Health Department's HIV/AIDS Ryan White
          Project and HIV/AIDS Social Services Project. Bids will be received on
          March 11, 1997 with a tentative bid award for March 17, 1997.

      17. Approval of bid specifications and authorization to advertise for bids for
          the following:
          a) voice and data installation - New Main Library,
          b) furniture - New Main Library,
          c) equipment - New Main Library
          Bids will be received on March 24, 1997 with a tentative bid award for
          April 3, 1997.

      18. Refund of property taxes in various amount to the following individuals or
          companies:
          a.  Cindy Boudloche in the amount of $620.38 as a result of an over-
              payment,
          b.  Shiloh Heights LTD in the amount $1,071.76, as a result of a clerical
              error,
          c.  Michael and Theresa Powell in the amount of $524.50, as a result of a
              double payment.

      19. Award of contract to the Low Bidder, U.S.  Rental, Laredo, Texas, in the
          amount of $11,474.92, for the purchase of one trailer mounted, diesel trash
          pump for use by the Utilities Department -Water Distribution Division.
          This pump is used to clear water and debris from repair and construction
          job sites. The city received a total of six bids for this equipment.
          Funding is available in the Department's capital outlay budget.

      20. Award of contract to the Low Bidder, Laidlaw Environmental Services, Inc.,
          San Antonio, Texas in the amount of $47,122.08, for two collection events
          for the collection, processing, packing and disposal of Household Hazardous
          Waste Collection and Proper Disposal Program. The City received a total of
          three bids for this service. The proposed dates for the collection events
          are April 19 and November 15, 1997.

      21. Award of contract to the Low Bidder, Royal Treat Carwash, Laredo, Texas, in
          the estimated amount of $26,000.00, for furnishing car wash services for
          the City's automotive fleet. Bids were requested on car wash service with
          and without inside vacuum.  The City received a total of two bids for this
          service. The bid pricing is approximately 38% higher than the previous
          contract period.  All services are secured on an as need basis.

      22. Award of three year uniform rental contract to the Low Bidder, Cintas
          Corporation, San Antonio, Texas, in the yearly amount of $108,784.00, 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 sets of uniforms and provide weekly laundry service. Staff
          also requested bids for the outright purchase of industrial uniforms,
          however, staff is requesting authorization to reject these bids.
          Previously the city purchased three to four sets of uniforms for most of
          these employees and provided no laundry service. It has been determined
          that providing these employees with commercial laundry service would be
          more beneficial to our service employees and eliminate any potential health
          hazards. The City received a total of three bids for this service.  Funding
          is available in the respective department's budgets.

      23. Award of contract to the Low Bidder, Promaxima Manufacturing, Houston,
          Texas, in the amount of $18,000.00, for the purchase and installation of
          three universal gym weight systems at the Farias, N.E. Hillside, and Tarver
          Recreation Centers.  The contract vendor will install these seven station
          weight systems within thirty days.  Funding is available from the Parks and
          Recreation capital outlay account.  Bid pricing is currently being
          requested on a twelve station weight system for the Cigarroa Recreation
          Center. This center has a larger weight room and the appropriate size
          system will be installed at this location. The Laredo Independent School
          District contributed an additional $50,000.00, to increase the size of the
          multi-purpose at the Cigarroa Recreation Center.

      24. Approval of change order no. 5, an increase of $22,487.50, for the balance
          of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the project, and
          approval of payment in the amount of $153,837.67, for the 36 Inch Diameter
          Water Line Project from the Jefferson Water Plant to F.M. 1472 Water Tower
          at Mines construction contract with McLean Construction Company, Inc.
          Killeen, Texas.  Also, approval to retain $50,000.00, pending final
          acceptance of the Cathodic Protection for the water line.  Current
          construction contract amount is $2,252,420.90.  Funding is available in the
          Waterworks System Fund.

      25. Approval of change order no. 1, a decrease of $1,900.00, for the balance of
          quantities actually constructed in place, and acceptance of the Roof
          Repairs at the El Mercado Buildings Project and approval of final payment
          in the amount of $20,100.00, to American Contracting Corporation, Laredo,
          Texas. Final construction contract amount is $20,100.00. Funding is
          available in Mercado Fund.

      26. Approval of change order no. 2, a net decrease of $98.05 (includes an
          increase of $234,067.85, and a decrease of $234,165.90) for balance of
          quantities thus far installed in the project and to add 49 working days to
          the contract time to the construction contract with H.B.  Zachry Company,
          San Antonio, Texas for the Laredo International Airport Passenger Terminal
          & Related Airside/Landside Improvements Phase B.  Current construction
          construction amount is $11,107,731.31.  Funding is available in Airport
          Construction Fund.

      27. Approval of the release of $72,600.00, approximately 60% of the retainage
          of the construction contract of the West Laredo Overpass with Concho
          Construction Company, Garland, Texas, and acceptance of the bridge and
          approach portions of the project as outlined in Paragraph C.7.12 of the
          project contract documents.  Current construction contract amount is
          $2,517,931.70, and current remaining retainage is $48,402.68.

      28. Approval of change order no. 2, an increase of $8,366.61, for additional
          work and to add 30 calendar days to the construction contract with Concho
          Construction Company, Inc., Garland, Texas, for the West Laredo Overpass.
          Current construction contract amount is $2,526,298.31. Funding is available
          in the West Laredo Overpass -Improvements Other Than Building.

      29. Approval of amendment no. 2, an increase of $15,840.00 for an additional 36
          working days of inspection services to the Resident Project Representative
          contract with Hickey & Associates, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the New Laredo
          Airport Passenger Terminal in compliance with Federal Aviation
          Administration (FAA) Requirements.  The additional days are being increased
          to coincide with the general contractor's schedule which also has approved
          contract extensions. New contract amount is $247,624.80.  Funding is
          available in Inspection Fees.

      30. Authorizing the Interim City Manager to submit a grant to the Texas State
          Library for MURL (Major Urban Resource Library) SFY 1998 in the amount of
          $22,046.00 for audio visual materials and the execution of any and all
          documents resulting from such submission.

      31. Authorizing the Interim City Manager to submit a grant application to the
          Office of National Drug Control Policy in the amount of $48,540.00 for
          first year funding of the Multi-Agency Major Organization Investigation
          Task Force for the period of October 1, 1996 through September 30, 1997.
          This grant will pay the overtime, travel, equipment and supplies for two
          Laredo Police Officers.

      32. Authorizing the Interim City Manager to enter into and execute an
          interlocal government agreement between the City of Laredo and the County
          of Webb to provide funding for the Meals on Wheels Program at a cost of
          $18,750.00 and the Elderly Nutrition Program at a cost of $25,000.00;
          contract term for 12 months commencing retroactively on October 1, 1996;
          providing for severability and effective date.

  IX.  CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION AND PRESENTATION

      33. Discussion and possible action regarding possible partial settlement
          agreement in Cause No. C-95-00259-02 styled Jacaman Investment Group, LTD.,
          John S. Jacaman Cattle Company, LTD., John Jacaman and Laura Jacaman
          Sanchez v. City of Laredo, with possible Executive Session pursuant to
          Section 551.074 (A) (B) of the Texas Government Code.

   X.  COMMUNICATIONS

  XI.  CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION AND PRESENTATION

      34. Requests by Mayor and City Councilmembers for discussion and presentation.

    A.  Requests by Mayor Saul N. Ramirez, Jr.

       1.  Recognizing U.S. Marine Sgt. Cruz Vargas for his valiant and unselfish
           efforts in stopping and rendering aid to four accident victims on U.S.
           Highway 359.

       2.  Discussion and possible action concerning approval of the terms set forth
           in the February 13, 1997, letter from Webb County Judge Mercurio Martinez,
           Jr., concerning providing fire, Hazmat and EMS protection to the
           unincorporated areas of Webb County.

       3.  Presentation by Reverend Juan Garza of the Calvary Center, Inc.,
           concerning their request for funding assistance from the City with
           possible action.

    B.  Requests by Councilmember Louis H. Bruni

       1.  Discussion and possible action requiring developers to obtain a special
           use permit for all future retention ponds and status report on the
           ordinance requiring the concrete lining of all future retention ponds.

       2.  Status report on several fires that occurred on the Union Pacific Railroad
           right-of-way on IH 35 at the 12 mile marker with possible action.

    C.  Requests by Councilmember Alfonso "Poncho" Casso

       1.  Discussion and possible action regarding the County of Webb removing the
           George Washington Statue from City Hall and the City of Laredo giving a
           commission to an artist to design a bronze statue of an Eagle
           commemorating all the Veterans of Laredo to be placed at the entrance of
           City Hall. (Co-sponsored by Councilmember Louis H.  Bruni)

       2.  Discussion and possible action to rescind ordinance # 95-O-170 which
           concerns encroachment agreements.

       3.  Status report on the VAQ 94 commercial billboard located at the
           intersection of North Merida Drive and Loop 20, with possible action.

    D.  Requests by Councilmember Joe A. Guerra

       1.  Presentation by former Mayor Aldo Tatangelo concerning property taxes and
           the way they are used to fund school districts.

    E.  Requests by Councilmember Mario G. Alvarado

       1.  Recognition presentation for Habitat for Humanities Volunteers.

       2.  Presentation to Guerra Communications for their community involvement with
           the "Toys for Tejanitos Project."

       3.  Discussion and possible action on an update regarding traffic count study
           for a traffic signal at Mines Road and Ranch Viejo area.

       4.  Request for a study and recommendation by the Traffic and Transportation
           Committee regarding the extension of the Anna Truck Route to Flecha Lane.

 XII.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

      35. Public hearing approving an amendment to the contract with the Texas
          Department of Health and budget in the amount of $125,730.00, for the
          Immunization Action Plan Project of the City of Laredo Health Department
          for the period beginning January 1, 1997, through December 31, 1997; and
          increasing revenue line item 226-0000-323-4056 from $0 to $125,730.00, and
          expenditure line item 226-6058 from $0 to $125,730.00.

                             INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance approving an amendment to the contract with the Texas Department
          of Health and budget in the amount of $125,730.00 for the Immunization
          Action Plan Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period
          beginning January 1, 1997, through December 31, 1997; and increasing
          revenue line item 226-0000-323-4056 from $0 to $125,730.00, and expenditure
          line item 226-6058 from $0 to $125,730.00.

      36. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo's 1996-1997 annual budget by
          increasing estimated revenues and appropriations in the General Fund by
          $5,000.00 and authorizing the Interim City Manager to implement said
          budget.

                             INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1996-1997 annual budget by
          increasing estimated revenues and appropriations in the general fund by
          $5,000.00 and authorizing the Interim City Manager to implement said
          budget, providing for publication and effective date.

      37. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo Annual Budget for 1997-1997 for
          the special revenue fund "Mineral Leases Fund" to account for the drilling
          and special use permits fees.  Drilling Permits line item will be increased
          by $4,000.00 and Special Use Permits by $400.00 and the Reserve
          Appropriation line item by $4,400.00.

                             INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the City of Laredo Annual Budget for fiscal year 1997
          for mineral leases fund to account for the drilling and special use permits
          fees.  Increasing drilling permits fees by $4,000.00, special use fees by
          $400.00 and reserve appropriations by $4,400.00.  38. Public hearing
          concerning an ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1996-1997 Annual
          Budget in the amount of $59,795.00, for a grant awarded by the Texas
          Natural Resource Conservation Commission through the South Texas
          Development Council to develop and implement one Household Hazardous waste
          Collection and Proper Disposal Program Event, and authorizing the Interim
          City Manager to implement said budget.

                             INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1996-1997 Annual Budget in the
          amount of $59,795.00, for a grant awarded by the Texas Natural Resource
          Conservation Commission through the South Texas Development Council to
          develop and implement one Household Hazardous waste Collection and Proper
          Disposal Program Event, and authorizing the Interim City Manager to
          implement said budget.

XIII.  MOTION TO RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MUNICIPAL HOUSING CORPORATION

      39. Authorization to reject the sole bid submitted by Aranda Iron Works Inc.,
          Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $162,746.73, for the installation of
          security fencing at the Tomas Flores Apartments, and approval of new bid
          specifications for the purchase of the fence materials only.  This project
          has been identified in the 1997 Capital Improvement Project Budget.
          Approximately 2,265 linear feet will be installed around the perimeter of
          this apartment complex. The bid submitted by Aranda Iron Works, Inc., is
          approximately 80% over the allocated budget for this project.  Staff is
          proposing purchasing the materials needed and constructing the fence with
          temporary or contract employees.

 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 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 1997 AT 5:30 P.M.

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                                   GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.
                                     CITY SECRETARY