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

                                     AGENDA

       A97-R-09                                            MARCH 03, 1997

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

       2. Special City Council Meeting of February 15, 1997
          City Council Meeting of February 18, 1997
          City Council Meeting of February 24, 1997
          City Council Workshop of February 27, 1997

   V.  FINAL READINGS

       3. 97-O-052  Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1996-97 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 (1) Household Hazardous Waste Collection and
                    Proper Disposal Program event.  The event is scheduled for
                    April 19, 1997 and authorizing the City Manager to
                    implement said budget.  (City Council)

       4. 97-O-053  Ordinance amending the zoning ordinance (map) of the City
                    of Laredo by rezoning Lots 2, 3, & 4, Block 1005, Eastern
                    Division, located at 1800 Ligarde, from B-1 (Limited
                    Business District) to B-3 (Community Business District).
                    (Jose R. Perez Jr.)

       5. 97-O-054  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City
                    of Laredo by rezoning 18.77 acres out of Porcion 36,
                    Abstract 473, as further described by metes and bounds
                    located west of US 83 and north of Ca¤ones Boulevard from
                    AG (Agricultural District) and R-3 (Mixed Residential
                    District) to R-1-MH (Single Family Manufactured Housing
                    District).  (Jose R. Perez Jr.)

       6. 97-O-055  Ordinance authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit
                    for sand and gravel sales/storage, on Lot 1, Block 1,
                    Northeast Complex, located at 1319 Muller Road.
                    (Louis H.  Bruni)

       7. 97-O-056  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City
                    of Laredo by rezoning Lots 3 thru 8, Block 2012, Lots 7
                    and 8, Block 1941, Eastern Division, and 29,278.18 square
                    feet of closed public R.O.W.  formerly known as Laredo
                    Street, located at the northwest corner of Ejido Avenue
                    and Laredo Street, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District)
                    to M-1 (Light Manufacturing District). (Louis H.  Bruni)

       8. 97-O-057  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City
                    of Laredo by rezoning Lots 7C and 8C, Block 87, Eastern
                    Division, located at the northeast corner of Monterrey
                    Avenue and Rosario Street, from R-3 (Mixed Residential
                    District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing District).
                    (Alfonso "Poncho" Casso)

       9. 97-O-058  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City
                    of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use
                    Permit for truck/trailer rental on Lot 2, Block 8,
                    McPherson Acres Development, Unit III, located at 1613
                    Calle Del Norte.  (Eliseo Valdez, Jr.)

      10. 97-O-059  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City
                    of Laredo by rezoning Lots B and C, North Town Auto
                    Center, located at #1 Auto Road South, from B-3 (Community
                    Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).
                    (Joe A. Guerra)

      11. 97-O-060  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City
                    of Laredo by rezoning Tract "A", and Lot 1, Block 1, of
                    Tract "E", North Town Auto Center, located at 6001 San
                    Dario Ave., from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4
                    (Highway Commercial District).  (Joe A. Guerra)

      12. 97-O-061  Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1996-1997 annual
                    budget by increasing estimated revenues and appropriations
                    in the General Fund by $5,350.00, and authorizing the City
                    Manager to implement said budget.  (City Council)

      13. 97-O-062  Ordinance authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit
                    for Gas Extraction Facility to Waters Engineering &
                    Operating, Inc., for a 5.0 acre tract out of Abstract 239,
                    as further described by metes and bounds, located west of
                    Hwy. 83, north of Tinaja Street, and south of Saltillo
                    Street, known as Nora Lee Notzon No. 1 Well, of the City
                    of Laredo; providing for publication and effective date.
                    (City Council)

      14. 97-O-063  Ordinance amending Section 24.1.2.2 of the Laredo Land
                    Development Code of the City of Laredo relating to
                    "HISTORIC DISTRICT/LANDMARK BOARD; POWER AND DUTIES";
                    providing for publication and effective date.
                    (City Council)

  VI.  RESOLUTIONS

      15. 97-R-025  Supporting the Concord Hills Development and the provision
                    of downpayment assistance to qualifying low and moderate
                    income first-time homebuyers in the form of forgivable
                    individual loans of $3,000.  Passage of this resolution,
                    will allow the City to negotiate a contract with Vaquillas
                    Development  Ltd. and the Texas Department of Housing and
                    Community Affairs that details the specific conditions of
                    assistance to be provided including but not limited to:
                    1.  That the $1.8 million dollar project be funded subject
                        to the annual appropriation by City Council and the
                        availability of HOME Investment Partnerships Program
                        (HOME) funds provided by the U.S. Dept. of Housing and
                        Urban Development (HUD).
                    2.  That funds be allocated for each specific year based
                        on Vaquillas Development Ltd.'s performance and
                        ability to construct housing as per the schedule
                        proposed.  Fund balances not utilized will forfeited.
                    3.  That the form of assistance (forgivable loans)
                        provided to the Concord Hills Development be
                        consistent with the assistance provided citywide to
                        other individuals through the City's regular
                        Downpayment Assistance Program.
                    4.  That the disbursement of funds by the City to
                        Vaquillas Development Ltd. be contingent on the
                        State's and County's award of matching funds.
                    Once the project is underway, the City would also need to
                    enter into individual contracts with the homebuyers who
                    would be directly assisted.  It is further proposed that
                    this resolution authorize the revision of the City's
                    Downpayment Assistance Program as funded through the HOME
                    Program to conform with this initiative and provide for
                    fair and equal housing opportunities citywide to others
                    not associated with the Concord Hills Development and who
                    also seek downpayment assistance, by incorporating the
                    following changes:
                    1.  Raise the maximum assistance which can be provided
                        from $2,500 up to $3,000
                    2.  Convert the program from a payable loan to a
                        forgivable loan program contingent on the assisted
                        unit's continued affordability for a 5 year period.
                    3.  Eliminate the 50% match requirement.

      16. 97-R-027  Authorizing the issuance of a Drilling Permit to drill and
                    operate a natural gas well to Waters Engineering &
                    Operating, Inc. on 5.0 acres out of Abstract 239 as
                    further described by metes and bounds, located west of
                    Highway 83, south of Saltillo Street, and north of Tinaja
                    Street, known as the Nora L.  Notzon No.  1 Well.

      17. 97-R-028  Resolving that the City Manager may execute a Sub-
                    Ordination, Non-Disturbance and Attornment Agreement
                    between the City of Laredo, as Lessor, and L.A. Ventures,
                    Inc., as Lessee, and Laredo National Bank, as Lender, for
                    the purpose of securing a temporary and permanent loan for
                    the improvements made on Lot No. 4 of Block No. 1 at the
                    Laredo International Airpark Subdivision at the Laredo
                    International Airport.

      18. 97-R-029  Resolving that the City Manager may execute a Sub-
                    Ordination, Non-Disturbance and Attornment Agreement
                    between the City of Laredo, as Lessor, and L.A. Ventures,
                    Inc., as Lessee, and Laredo National Bank, as Lender, for
                    the purpose of securing a temporary and permanent loan for
                    the improvements made on Lot No. 5 of Block No. 1 at the
                    Laredo International Airpark Subdivision at the Laredo
                    International Airport.

 VII.  MOTIONS

      19. Approval of a professional services contract with Dr.  Maurice
          Click, to act as the Health Department's Health Authority under
          Section 121.033 of the Texas Health and Safety Code, for a period of
          two months, and Dr. Benson Huang, to serve as Tuberculosis
          Elimination Program Clinician, also for two months.

      20. Authorization to request Interest Statements from local physicians
          for the appointed position of Health Authority from April 1, 1997,
          to September 30, 1997, to be compensated at a monthly contract rate
          of $1,060.00, and Interest Statements for physician services related
          to the Tuberculosis Elimination Program from April 1, 1997, to
          September 30, 1997. Compensation for the Tuberculosis Program will
          be at a rate of $1,500.00, per month for the TB Jail Project, and
          $150.00, per clinic for the regular program clinic at the Health
          Department. Funding for the Health Authority will be from state
          grants. Funding for the TB Jail Program is from Webb County while
          funding for the regular TB Program is from state grants.

      21. Approval of the construction plans and authorization to advertise
          for bids for the Father Charles McNaboe Recreational Complex. A
          tentative bid award is scheduled for April 21, 1997.

      22. Approval of bid specifications and authorization to advertise for
          bids for the following:
          a)  landscaping contract - Farias, Tarver, and Cigarroa Recreation
              Centers
          b)  irrigation system installation - Farias, Tarver, and Cigarroa
              Recreation Center
          c)  swimming pool chemicals
          d)  bunker gear - Fire Department
          e)  safety footwear - Fire Department
          Tentative bid award is scheduled for April 7, 1997.

      23. Authorizing the City Manager to solicit Request for Proposals from
          qualified engineering consultants for developing a Comprehensive
          Stormwater Management Ordinance(s) and Best Management Practices
          (BMP) guidance manual, per the City's National Pollution Discharge
          Elimination System (NPDES) stormwater requirements.  These
          ordinances and the BMP guidance manual are the initiation of the
          Stormwater Master Planning Process. A tentative bid award is
          scheduled for April 1997.

      24. Award of a one year food and beverage concessions contract for West
          Martin Field to J & H, Laredo, Texas. The concession services will
          be provided for the 20 games (plus playoffs) that the Tecolotes De
          Los Dos Laredos will be playing at West Martin Field during the 1997
          Mexican Baseball Season plus any City-sponsored special events. The
          concessionaire will be paying the City 15% of sales.

      25. Award of an annual service contract to the SOLE BIDDER, Movac
          Environmental Service, Inc., McAllen, Texas, in the estimated amount
          of $30,000.00, for furnishing vacuum truck services to transport
          domestic sewage and/or sewage sludge for the Utilities Department -
          Wastewater Division.  Funding for this service is available in the
          Utilities Department's Wastewater Treatment Division Contractual
          Services Account.

      26. Authorize the purchase of twelve portable radios for the Police
          Department through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments
          (HGAC) -Cooperative Purchasing Program, in the total amount of
          $22,920.00.  These voice secure radios will be purchased through the
          cooperative purchasing contract vendor Motorola.  Delivery of these
          radios is expected within sixty days. Funding for this purchase is
          available in the Police Department's Trust Fund - Capital Outlay
          Account.

      27. Authorize the purchase of two fire pumpers through the Houston
          Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) - Cooperative
          Purchasing Program, in the total amount of $552,007.00.  These two
          pumper trucks will be replacements for two, 1979 Fire Fox fire
          trucks currently in operation.  The two replacement trucks will be
          assigned to Fire Station #3 (San Bernardo) and #8 (Del Mar).
          Funding is available from Contractual Obligation bond proceeds.
          Delivery is anticipated within six to nine months. This purchase
          will be made through the use of Certificates of Obligation.

      28. Award of an engineering contract to Crane Engineering Corporation,
          Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $67,500.00, to provide
          surveys, design and the preparation of plans and specifications for
          the Street Paving Assessment Project 60 (24 Blocks). Contract time
          is 120 calendar days. A total of 13 engineers/architects responded
          to the request for proposals. Funding is available in the Street
          Fund.

      29. Award of a construction contract to the LOW BIDDER, Pete Gallegos
          Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $98,790.00 for the
          Repairs to the Tinaja Creek Concrete Channel Improvements between
          San Salvador and Pecan Street. Contract time is 80 working days. A
          total two bids were received for this service. Funding is available
          in the Capital Improvements Fund.

      30. Award of a construction contract to the SOLE BIDDER, Cutler
          Repaving, Inc. in the amount of $257,803.04 for the 1996-1997 Street
          Recycling Project (133.5 Blocks). Contract time is 90 working days.
          Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund.

      31. Approval of change order no. 1, an increase of $12,955.00, for
          additional sealing on the expansion joint and additional grouting of
          structural cracks, and to add 60 calendar days as a result of an
          interruption of work to allow the consultant to review the condition
          of the tank where the additional work was required to determine a
          method of repair as well the time required to await cleaning work by
          the Utilities Department of the interior floor of the structure so
          that the consultant could again review all conditions to determine
          if any additional areas needed to be addressed, to the construction
          contract with N.G.  Painting, Inc., Kerrville, Texas, for the
          Repairs to the North Ground Water Storage Tank located at Lyon
          Street and Meadow Avenue. Original contract amount was $80,900.00.
          This change order will bring the total contract amount to
          $93,885.00.  Funding is available in the Waterworks System Fund.

      32. Approval of change order no. 1, an increase of $565.00, for the
          balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of
          the Geosynthetic Clay Liner for Type IV Landfill located at the City
          of Laredo Landfill on State Highway 359 in accordance with the
          Subtitle "D" Requirements of the Texas Natural Resource Conservation
          Commission (TNRCC), and approval of final payment in the amount of
          $24,228.00 to Big "D" Environmental, Midland, Texas.  Final
          construction contract amount is $237,195.00. The project was
          completed within the allotted time.  Funding is available in the
          Landfill Fund.

VIII.  CITY MANAGER'S REPORT

      33. Authorizing the City Manager to amend the November 18, 1996
          Interlocal Agreement between the County of Webb and the City of
          Laredo for fire protection, medical emergency, and rescue services
          to be provided outside the City limits to the unincorporated areas
          within Webb County, in order to increase the annual costs for these
          services from $400,000.00 to $500,000.00 per annum payable in equal
          monthly installments of $41,666.66 per annum for a term of three (3)
          years in order to include fire protection services to certain
          "Industrial Districts" as designated in Ordinance No. 97-O-011.

      34. Presentation regarding a status report on the progress of the water
          and wastewater Colonias Project.

      35. 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 for consultation with attorney pursuant to Section 551.071
          (1), (A) & (B) of the Texas Government Code.

  IX.  COMMUNICATIONS

       a. Presentation by Public Information Officer, Marco Alvarado regarding
          promotional videos on various City projects.

       b. Presentation by Candelario Viera concerning a request for a second
          extension of his injury leave status.

   X.  CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION AND PRESENTATION

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

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

       1.  Recognizing the accomplishments of the "Laredo All American
           Cheerleaders" which consists of 24 school girls ranging in ages
           from 9 to 14. These fine young ladies represented the City at the
           National Cheerleaders Association competition held in Dallas on
           February 15 & 16. They placed 22nd nationally out of a pool of 89
           teams.

    B.  Requests by Councilmember Louis H. Bruni

       1.  Presentation by former Mayor Aldo Tatangelo on the City of Laredo's
           position on affordable housing with possible action.

       2.  Presentation by former Mayor Aldo Tatangelo on the proposed
           demolition of two buildings at the Laredo International Airport
           with possible action.

       3.  Status report on the Montgomery/India Drainage Project with
           possible action.

       4.  Status report on the Santos Trailer Park with possible action.

       5.  Status report on the Casa Blanca Trailer Park with possible action.

       6.  Discussion and possible action concerning the addition of the 1100
           Block of Texas to the City's Paving Program.

    C.  Requests by Councilmember Alfonso I. "Poncho" Casso

       1.  Discussion and possible action regarding broken water pipes on the
           2400 Block of Fremont Street.

       2.  Discussion and possible action regarding our sign ordinance.

       3.  Discussion and possible action regarding the artwork for the statue
           to replace George Washington.

    D.  Requests by Councilmember Cecilia May Moreno

       1.  Status report regarding the painting of the Lyon Street water
           Tanks.

    E.  Requests by Councilmember Mario G. Alvarado

       1.  Recognition of the B.E.S.T. Organization and the Laredo-Webb
           Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc., for acquiring a $20,000.00,
           HOME Rehabilitation Grant for the Perez Family located on Burnside
           Street.

       2.  Presentation by John Arndt on a disc golf recreation program with a
           request to have the City's Education and Recreation Department
           review this program for possible consideration.

       2.  Appointing Norma Castilla as my nominee the Laredo Commission for
           Women.

  XI.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

      37. Public hearing regarding the amendment of the 19th and 20th Action
          Year (AY) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Final Statements
          and the 1996 Consolidated Plan as it pertains to the use of 22
          Action Year CDBG funds for the purpose of reprogramming a total of
          $1,633,886.00, to facilitate Phase I acquisition and relocation
          activities associated with the widening of Blocks 1700-2200 of
          Lafayette Street. CDBG funds and fund balances proposed to be
          reprogrammed include:
          19th Action Year CDBG
          Housing Rehab Administration . . . . . .$       91
          Housing Rehab Loans. . . . . . . . . . .$       17
          Project 48 Grants. . . . . . . . . . . .$    1,054
          Project 50 Grants. . . . . . . . . . . .$    1,370
          Project 47 Street Improvements . . . . .$       20
          Affordable Housing Infrastructure. . . .$  130,587
          Northeast Laredo Park. . . . . . . . . .$    4,321
                        Subtotal . . . . .$137,460
          20th Action Year CDBG
          Administration       . . . . . . . . . .$   24,655
          Housing Rehab Administration . . . . . .$   27,880
          Street Improvement Project 52 Grants . .$    9,120
          Street Improvement Project 54 Grants . .$   19,793
          Street Improvement Project 55 Grants . .$   17,780
          Street Improvement Project 56 Grants . .$    6,025
          Street Improvement Project 54. . . . . .$   22,807
          Santo Nino Wastewater Improvement
            Project. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$  150,000
          Azteca Neighborhood Wastewater Imp.
            Project. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$  150,000
          Laredo Webb Neighborhood Housing
            Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$   68,366
                        Subtotal . . . . .$496,426
          22nd AY CDBG
          Acquisition of Land for Affordable
            Housing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,000,000
                        Subtotal . . . .$1,000,000
                        Total. . . . . . . . . . .$1,633,886

 XII.  MOTION TO RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD

      38. 97-RT-026 Approval of Resolution authorizing the Laredo Municipal
                    Transit System to enter into an agreement with Mr. Paul
                    Garza, Property owner, and the Texas General Services
                    Commission, lessee, to permit an El Metro Bus and
                    Paratransit Van to access the new Texas Human Services
                    Department Building parking lot located at 4410 State
                    Highway 359 for safe boarding and alighting by passengers.
                    This will allow for the safe and proper boarding and
                    alighting of passengers visiting the new Human Services
                    Department Food Stamp Office.

      39. Public hearing concerning the extension of the El Metro bus route
          #8B, "Guadalupe/Villa del Sol", approximately 1.3 miles in order to
          provide public transportation to the new Texas Human Services
          Department located at 4410 State Highway 359. This extension will be
          effective March 10, 1997.

                             APPROVAL OF A MOTION
          Motion to extend the El Metro bus route #8B, "Guadalupe/Villa del
          Sol", approximately 1.3 miles in order to provide public transporta-
          tion to the new Texas Human Services Department located at 4100
          State Highway 359. This extension will be effective March 10, 1997.

      40. Award of contracts to the following LOW BIDDERS MEETING
          SPECIFICATIONS for the purchase of equipment and furniture for the
          Inter-modal Downtown Transit Center:
          a) Design Source, Laredo, Texas-Desks   $ 8,766.87
             (a total of five bids were received)
          b) Cook & Jones, McAllen, Texas-Seating $ 9,539.50
             (a total of five bids were received)
          c) Executive World, Laredo, Texas-
             Misc. Furniture                      $ 6,489.00
             (a total of five bids were received)
          d) Tenant, Anaheim, CA-Parking Lot
             Sweeper                              $31,917.39
             (a total of two bids were received)
          Funding is available in the Transit System -Section 3 Grant, Inter-
          Modal Transit Center Account.

      41. Approval of amendment no. 4, an increase of $2,300.00, to the
          professional engineering and architectural contract with Wilbur
          Smith Associates Engineers, Houston, Texas, for additional
          structural engineering design services for canopy improvements at
          the Intercity Bus Service Facility at Phase "B" of the Laredo
          Intermodal Transit Center. Original contract amount was $765,000.00.
          This change amendment will bring the total contract amount to
          $792,030.00. Funding is available in Transit System Purchase
          Professional Fee Account.

      42. Approval of change order no. 1, a decrease of $12,060.00, to the
          contract with Nova Bus, Inc., to purchase fifteen compressed natural
          gas transit buses, to delete the bus stripe painting option and have
          the El Metro's maintenance personnel apply logo and stripe decals.
          Original contract amount was $4,516,200.00. This change order will
          reduce the total contract amount to $4,504,140.00.

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 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 1997 AT
5:30 P.M.
                                  ________________________
                                   GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.
                                   CITY SECRETARY