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

                                        AGENDA

        A-97-R-10                                            MARCH 17, 1997

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

       2.  City Council Meeting of March 3, 1997
          
 V.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

       3. Ordinance designating as a Public Utility Easement, a 0.1275 (5555.6
          square feet) acre tract of land to install a sanitary sewer line in
          order to provide sanitary sewer service to the Freddie Benavides
          Sports Complex and to the abutting properties along Chacota Street
          being paved with Project 59 funds; said tract being the Westerly
          20.00 feet of Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6, Block 1191, Eastern
          Division, Webb County, Texas.

       4. Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with U.S.
          Cellular to construct a 100 feet.  high self-supporting tower and
          related equipment building for use as a cellular antenna site on a
          100 x 100 foot parcel in the corner of Lot 4, Block 1866, E.D. of the
          City of Laredo, Webb County, TX.  1.  The term of this lease shall be
          10 years commencing March, 1997 and ending March, 2007, and may be
              extended for one (5) year option ending March, 2012.
          2.  Monthly rent will by $600.00 payable annually in advance and
              adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price
              Index.

       5. Ordinance closing as a public easement a road dedicated to the Public
          described on Aurelio Luera's Subdivision Plat of Block 1436, Eastern
          Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, recorded in Vol. 1, Page 90 of
          the Webb County Plat Records and releasing any interest the City of
          Laredo may have on the title of the road property hereby abandoned as
          a public easement, and providing for effective date.

       6. Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary
          documents to effectively convey fee simple title to Lorraine Laurel
          for the sale at fair market value of "The Surface Only" of certain
          City property described as being a tract of land containing 3,741.41
          square feet (0.08589 of an acre) more or less, being the east one-
          half of that section of the former South Buena Vista Avenue between
          Tinaja Street and the west right-of-way line of Highway 83, also
          known as the 2700 block of South Buena Vista Avenue situated in the
          Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

  VI.  RESOLUTIONS

       7. 97-R-013  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a water rights
                    sales agreement for the purchase of 250 acre feet of class
                    A Water Rights from Certificate of Adjudication #23-289B
                    for a total of $90,000 from Soltex Development.
                    Authorizing the City Manager to make an application to
                    Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission for
                    conversion to municipal use, establish diversion point have
                    City of Laredo's Certificate of Adjudication no. 23-2997
                    amended by Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission

       8. 97-R-025  Supporting the Concord Hills Development and the provision
                    of downpayment assistance to qualifying low and moderate
                    income homebuyers in the form of individual loans of $3,000
                    and authorizing the execution of a contract with the Texas
                    Department of Housing and Community Affairs to further the
                    same, subject but not limited to the following conditions:
                    1.  That the $1.8 million dollar project be funded subject
                        to availability of HOME Investment Partnerships Program
                        (HOME) funds provided by the U.S.  Department 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
                        complete and construct housing as per the following
                        schedule:  50 homes by 9-30-97, 200 homes by 9-30-98,
                        200 homes by 9-30-99, 150 homes by 9-30-2000.  Fund
                        balance not utilized yearly as per schedule will be
                        forfeited.
                    3.  That the disbursement of funds by the City to the
                        homebuyer in the Concord Hills Development be
                        contingent on the State's and County's award of
                        matching funds.

       9. 97-R-031  Endorsing the Business Anti-Smuggling Coalition (BASC).
                    The Coalition was created to eliminate the use of
                    international trade shipments as a viable option for drug
                    smuggling by having importers and their partners, including
                    maquiladora plants, carriers, customhouse brokers and
                    warehouse proprietors, develop self-imposed business
                    standards and security measures that will effectively deter
                    narcotics traffickers. (Sponsored by Cm. Mario Alvarado)

      10. 97-R-032  Accepting a blanket easement from the Housing Authority of
                    Laredo to provide access to the water lines in Richter
                    Courts, authorizing the City Manager to enter into a
                    cooperation agreement between the City and Housing
                    Authority of Laredo. To accept each tenant in Richter
                    Courts as individual customers and setting specific
                    conditions and responsibilities for each party under such
                    agreement.

      11. 97-R-033  Authorizing the City Manager to endorse the City's
                    partnership with South Texas Development Council (STDC) for
                    the development of the South Texas Regional Water Supply
                    Plan Phase I, for:  Jim Hogg, Starr, Webb and Zapata
                    counties.  The City of Laredo will provide matching funds
                    not to exceed $2,500.00 for the proposed water resources
                    planning in the four counties.

      12. 97-R-034  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant in the
                    amount of $256,499.00 from the Texas Department of Health
                    for the HIV/STD Ryan White Care Consortium Project of the
                    City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning
                    April 1, 1997, through March 31, 1998.

      13. 97-R-036  Accepting the donation of a parcel of land as Dedication of
                    Right-of-Way from the First Baptist Church for the widening
                    of Malinche said parcel being situated in Block 1234, City
                    of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; described as being the
                    surface only of a 1,209.85 square feet tract of land, more
                    or less, out of Lot 1, Block 1234, Eastern Division,
                    property of the first Baptist Church of Laredo as per
                    Warranty Deed recorded in Volume 1198, Pages 359-360, of
                    the Webb County Deed Records, dated September 24, 1986; and
                    further described by metes and bounds.

      14. 97-R-037  Accepting the donation of one parcel of land as Dedication
                    of Right-of-Way for the extension of Cortez St. from Ejido
                    Avenue east to connect with Cortez Street at the Villa Del
                    Sol Subdivision; and two parcels of land as Utility
                    Easements for the installation of a revised drainage system
                    at the intersection of Cortez St.  and Ejido Avenue; said
                    parcels being situated in Webb County, Texas, and being
                    generally described below and more particularly described
                    by metes and bounds.

 VII.  MOTIONS

      15. Approval of bid specifications and authorization to advertise for
          bids for the following:
          a) traffic signal, and pedestrian signal hardware to be used in new
             traffic signals projects and the maintenance of existing traffic
             signals, b) purchase larger size, vandal proof street name signs
             to be installed on Non-CDBG areas with priority to intersections
             with missing or faded street name signs (a total of 1,792 street
             name sign blades for 448 intersections will be purchased),
          c) contract for providing assembling and installation services for
             1,640 new vandal proof street name signs with the City of Laredo.
          A tentative bid award is scheduled for April 21, 1997.

      16. Approval of bid specifications and authorization to advertise for
          bids and interest statements for the following:
          a) Design, produce, and deliver bronze sculptures for placement at
             the New International Airport and City Hall. A tentative contract
             award contingent of appropriation of funds for specific projects.
          b) mechanical joint fittings, annual contract-Utilities Department. A
             tentative bid award is scheduled for April 21, 1997.
          c) waterworks material, annual contract -Utilities Department. A
             tentative bid award is scheduled for April 21, 1997.
          d) 3/4 ton truck-Community Development Department.  A tentative bid
             award is scheduled for April 21, 1997.

      17. Authorization to advertise for Request for Proposals (RFPs) for
          consulting services to provide surveys, design and preparation of
          plans and specifications for a 16 Inch Water Line along Highway 359
          to service the proposed new Fire Training Facility, and the
          anticipation of the water services to the Colonias located on State
          Highway 359.

      18. Authorization to advertise for Request for Proposals (RFPs) for
          consulting services to prepare an engineering report with cost
          estimates for both construction and design, and provide surveys,
          design and the preparation of plans and specifications for the
          required utilities relocation and/or adjustments in conjunction with
          the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) proposed widening and
          installation of a proposed storm sewer line on U.S. Highway 59
          between San Dario and Ejido.  The project will be rendered in two
          phases.  Phase I is the preparation of a preliminary engineering
          report with cost estimates for both construction and design services.
          Phase II will be actual design and preparation of
          plans/specifications of the proposed utilities lines relocation
          and/or adjustments.

      19. Authorization to advertise for Request for Proposals (RFPs) for
          consulting services to provide surveys, design and preparation of
          plans and specifications for the Laredo International Bridge No. 1
          Pavement Reconstruction of Approaches, Phase I.

      20. Authorizing the City Manager to solicit request for proposals from
          qualified consultants for Stormwater sampling equipment supply &
          installation on a turn key basis, and request for bids from qualified
          analytical laboratories for stormwater samples for a period of three
          years for a grant awarded by the Texas Natural Resource Conservation
          Commission to be used for implementing Nonpoint Source Toxic
          Substance Project for Manadas Creek for the period from November 1,
          1996 through September 30, 1999.

      21. Approval of the construction plans and authorization to advertise for
          bids for the Southgate Pilot Channel Improvements to be placed over
          an existing earthen ditch located along the east side of Canada
          Avenue, approximately 2200 L.F.  and approximately 12 feet wide, from
          Norton to Ireland, curving southwesterly through the drainage
          easement located along the east side of New York to Southgate
          Boulevard. A tentative bid award is scheduled for April 21, 1997.

      22. Approval of the construction plans and authorization to advertise for
          bids for the Willow/Chacon Drainage Improvements with tentative award
          on May 5, 1997.

      23. Approval of the construction plans and authorization to advertise for
          bids for the Santa Maria Avenue Drainage Improvements between Del Mar
          Boulevard and Markley Lane. A tentative bid award is scheduled for
          April 21, 1997.

      24. Approval of the construction plans and authorization to advertise for
          bids for the San Salvador/Pine/Chestnut Drainage Improvements. A
          tentative bid award is scheduled for May 5, 1997.

      25. Approval of the construction plans and authorization to advertise for
          bids for the City of Laredo and the Laredo Independent School
          District (LISD) Sidewalk Program (13 LISD Schools) for Buenos Aires
          Elementary, Ochoa/Sanchez Elementary, J.C. Martin Elementary, D.D.
          Hachar Elementary, Kawas Elementary, Ligarde Elementary, Daiches
          Elementary, and Zachary Elementary Schools, for Cigarroa Middle,
          Memorial Middle and Lamar Middle Schools, and also for Cigarroa and
          Nixon High Schools. A tentative bid award is scheduled for April 21,
          1997.

      26. Award of contract to the Lowest Bidder Meeting Specifications Applied
          Earth Sciences, Inc., Corpus Christi, Texas, in the amount of
          $29,500.00 for the removal of 6 - 25,000 gallons underground storage
          tanks and ancillary equipment from the City of Laredo Airport Fuel
          Farm. Funding is available in the Airport Fuel Farm Account.

      27. Award of contract to the Low Bidder, Vanmar Inc., Laredo, Texas, in
          the estimated amount of $70,000.00 for providing asphalt/concrete
          repairs and water taps/T connections as required by the Utilities
          Department.  Vanmar submitted the lowest bid pricing on a per square
          foot cost basis to repair asphalt and concrete cuts required to
          repair distribution lines and is the low bidder on a unit cost for
          water tap and T connection installation service.  This type of
          service will be requested on a per need basis and all work is
          inspected by the Utilities Department for compliance with City
          requirements.  The bid pricing is the same as the last contract
          period. Funding is available in the Utilities Department Budget.

      28. Award of a construction contract to the Lowest Bidder, Ramex
          Construction Company, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of
          $152,315.00, for the Pace Street Drainage Extension and the
          Ligarde/Barrios Drainage Project.  A total five (5) bids were
          received on March 4, 1997. Funding is available in the Community
          Development 21 Action Year, and Drainage Improvements - Pace Street
          and in the Drainage Improvements Ligarde/Barrios Project.

      29. Award of a construction contract to the Lowest Bidder, Ramex
          Construction Company, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of
          $137,702.40, for the Malinche Avenue Re-alignment Street Improvements
          from Bartlett/Locust to Frost Street adjacent to J.W. Nixon High
          School to include reconstruction of the Bartlett/Locust intersection,
          construction of a bus drop-off lane on the north side of Malinche
          Avenue between Locust and Plum; reconstruction and widening of
          Malinche Avenue; construction of concrete curb and gutter, and
          sidewalks. A total of two (2) bids were received on February 27,
          1997.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvements Fund.

      30. Authorizing the City Manager to extend a contract with AT&T dated
          September 25, 1985, for a period not to exceed 60 days from date of
          expiration (February 28, 1997), while negotiations are finalized on
          the contract renewal for the Bridge conduit which is currently leased
          to AT&T.

      31. Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract between the City
          of Laredo and Brown & Root, Inc., in association with Mejia
          Engineering, Inc., for professional services in the development of a
          Flood Protection Plan for the Chacon Watershed, in an amount not to
          exceed $300,000.00. The study will prepare hydrological and hydraulic
          data required for the submittal of a Letter of Map Revision (LOMR) to
          the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will establish a stormwater
          information database identifying structures in the floodplain, will
          develop a Flood Protection Plan including proposed regulations for
          non-structural controls as well as a program of structural
          improvements for flood control purposes, and will provide the city
          with a computer model to plan the scheduled maintenance of stream
          beds and structures. Funding for this project will come from the city
          (($17,500.00), the County of Webb ($17,500.00), the Webb County
          Drainage District No. 1 ($5,000.00), and the Texas Water Development
          Board in the form of a grant ($260,000.00).

      32. Approval of a Professional Services Contract for an amount not to
          exceed $70,450.00 to Structural Engineering Associates, Inc. (SEA)
          (San Antonio) in association with Lockwood, Andrews & Newman, Inc.
          (LAN), Foster Engineering Company, Ashley Humphries & Sanchez
          Architects and Traffic Engineers, Inc.  for surveying services at the
          Laredo Northwest International Bridge (Fourth Bridge) and Border
          Facilities and authorization to the City Manager to negotiate an
          engineering contract for the balance of the scope of work of the
          project to include design, resident construction management.  Funding
          is available in the Bridge System Fourth Bridge Architectural Fees.

      33. Approval of change order no. 2, an increase of $2,240.10 to the
          construction contract with Ramex Construction Company, Inc., Houston,
          Texas, for required street patchwork in conjunction with the Sierra
          Vista 5 Million Gallon Ground Storage Tank and Pump Facility and the
          Santa Isabel Reverse Osmosis Facility Projects. Original contract
          amount was $4,035,915.10. This change order will bring the total
          contract amount to $4,035,175.20.  Funding is available in the
          Waterworks System Fund.

      34. Approval of amendment no. 2, an increase of $36,488.00 to the
          architectural/engineering contract with NRS Engineers, Harlingen,
          Texas, for additional services to include archaeological monitoring
          and to amend the O&M (Operation and Maintenance) Manual to include
          the entire facility including the new intake structure prior to final
          completion of the 60 Million Gallons per Day (MGD) Raw Water Intake
          Structure at the Jefferson Street Water Treatment Plant per the Texas
          Water Development Board Requirements. Original contract amount was
          $341,000.00. This amendment will bring the total contract amount to
          $397,888.00.  Funding is available in the Waterworks System Fund.

      35. Approval of proposal from Central Power & Light for $132,450.00, to
          transfer overhead power lines to underground on McPherson Road for
          the new City of Laredo Public Library. Funding is available through
          the sale of certificates of obligation series 1997B.

VIII.  CITY MANAGER'S REPORT

      36. Authorizing staff to negotiate thru possible donation or thru a Right
          of Entry and Possession instrument, the right to enter upon the
          proposed alignment of International Boulevard to be further described
          upon completion of formal survey for the purpose of surveying,
          grading, and aligning the proposed right-of-way of this extension.

      37. Presentation on the Operational Expenses for opening the Three Fire
          Stations.

      38. Authorizing staff to advertise the public sale by competitive bids
          for a 0.556 of an acre tract of land containing approximately 24,224
          square. ft. of land out of a 1.00 acre tract, out of Block 1, of the
          Don Rey of Texas, Inc. Subdivision, as per plat recorded in Volume 5,
          Page 82, Plat Records of Webb County, Texas; and formerly known as
          the Dairy Queen Restaurant; and being more particularly described by
          metes and bounds, with possible Executive Session for deliberation
          regarding real property as authorized by Section 551.072 of the Texas
          Government Code. A tentative bid award is scheduled for the April 28,
          1997 meeting.

      39. Authorizing the City Manager to amend Section 4, of the March 3, 1997
          amended 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 notice of renegotiation
          and cancellation period from 60 days to 120 days prior to the end of
          the fiscal year, during the entire term of this Interlocal Agreement,
          in order to include fire protection services to certain "Industrial
          Districts" as designated in Ordinance No. 97-O-011.

      40. Presentation with possible action to modify the current Sidewalk
          Program that includes sidewalks along major thoroughfares and add
          sidewalks along CDBG residential neighborhoods that would provide
          safe walkways to connect neighborhoods to local schools.  The current
          sidewalk program on San Bernardo Avenue between Houston Street and
          Tesoro Lane and Corpus Christi Street between San Dario Avenue and
          Arkansas Avenue was funded with 1993 and 1994 CDBG Funds.  The
          project is on hold due to lack of funding for non CDBG areas.  This
          modification would make it possible to continue the sidewalk program
          on schedule and help the City meet timely expenditures of CDBG funds.

      41. Authorizing 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

      42. Request for confirmation of candidate for appointment to the position
          of City Attorney with possible Executive Session pursuant to Section
          551.074 of the Texas Government Code to discuss said confirmation.

      43. Request of Executive Session to be conducted pursuant to Section
          551.074 of the Texas Government Code to discuss the selection of a
          Police Chief and a Fire Chief.

  IX.  COMMUNICATIONS

   X.  CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION AND PRESENTATION

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

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

       1.  Presentation by Reverend Juan Garza of the Calvary Center, Inc.,
           concerning their request for funding assistance from the City with
           possible action.  (Co-sponsored by Cm. Joe A. Guerra)

       2.  Presentation by Judge Raul Vasquez and Carol Sherwood of the
           Children's Coalition concerning National Child Abuse Prevention
           Month.

       3.  Presentation by Jim Moore, President of the Border Olympics.

    B.  Requests by Councilmember Jose R. Perez, Jr.

       1.  Discussion and possible action regarding the initiation of a study
           to determine how city employee salary's compare with equivalent
           positions in other cities.  This should involve a reevaluation of
           the Slavin, Nevans & Associates Study done in 1990.  This
           information should be completed prior to initiating the 1997-98
           budget process.

       2.  Appointing Peter Lizcano as my nominee to the Parks and Recreation
           Advisory Board.

    C.  Requests by Councilmember Louis H. Bruni

       1.  Status report with possible action on the recompletion of the Santa
           Isabel Creek test well #1.  (Co-sponsored Cm. Mario G. Alvarado).

       2.  Discussion and possible action concerning the waiving of tipping
           fees to Southern Sanitation on Saturdays for the month of April to
           aid in the Colonias "Clean-up" effort.

       3.  Discussion and possible action concerning the initiation of a
           traffic flow study around Ryan Elementary School and Lamar Middle
           School and to make specific recommendations on how to improve
           traffic flows.  4.  Presentation by Ray Campbell of Hydromizer
           concerning the use of a water saving device.

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

       1.  Discussion and possible action regarding the St.  Petersburg,
           Florida trip with respect to the COPS Program.

       2.  Discussion and possible action regarding Bridge Revenues.

       3.  Discussion and possible action regarding the request for RFP's for
           contract operations of the Utilities Department.

    E.  Requests by Councilmember Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

       1.  Discussion and possible action concerning the development of a city
           ordinance training program for patrol officers. (Co-sponsored by Cm.
           Joe A. Guerra)

       2.  Discussion and possible action concerning the development of a
           notification system to let citizens know that a specific department
           has looked into their certain concern.

    F.  Requests by Councilmember Joe A. Guerra

       1.  Discussion and possible action regarding the construction of
           sidewalks along Sandy Lane and Lindenwood leading to Trautman Middle
           School so that the parents and students do not have to walk on the
           street.

       2.  Discussion and possible action to construct Gallagher Street between
           Hillside and Calton Road with property owner's donation of right-of-
           way.

       3.  Discussion and possible action to re-name a street Gust Street in
           honor of Mr. Gust (WW II Hero).  (Co-sponsored by Cm. Louis Bruni)

    G.  Requests by Councilmember Mario G. Alvarado

       1.  Approval of my nominee, Sandra Rocha Taylor to the Parks and
           Recreation Advisory Board.

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

       3.  Discussion and possible regarding the yearly Mothers Day Concert
           sponsored by the City.

       4.  Status on pending right-of-way issues regarding the warehouse
           located on Mann Road and Riverside with possible Executive Session
           pursuant to Section 551.071 of the Texas Government Code to discuss
           pending litigation, City of Laredo vs.  Makro Business International
           Inc., Cause No. C-94-773-D3, in the 341st District Court of Webb
           County, Texas.

       5.  Request to have staff research and make a recommendation on
           establishing a water point at the Santa Isabel Water Well.
           (Co-sponsred by Cm. Loius H. Bruni)

  XI.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

      45. Public hearing approving an amendment to the contract with the Texas
          Department of Health and budget in the amount of $256,499.00 for the
          HIV/STD Ryan White Care Consortium Project of the City of Laredo
          Health Department for the period beginning April 1, 1997, through
          March 31, 1998.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance approving a contract with the Texas Department of Health
          and budget in the amount of $256,499.00 for the HIV/STD Ryan White
          Care Consortium Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for
          the period beginning April 1, 1997, through March 31, 1998; and
          increase revenue line item 226-0000-323-4051 from $0 to $256,499.00
          and expenditure line item 226-6060 from $0 to $256,499.00; and
          authorizing the City Manager to execute the contract.

      46. Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1996-97 annual budget by
          increasing the general fund revenues by $1,325,000.00 and
          appropriating $1,325,000.00 to the Telecommunications Department be
          used to allocate a $125,000.00 line item for administrative reserves
          fund and $1,200,000.00 for reimbursable expenses in the reserve line
          item and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1996-97 annual budget by
          increasing the general fund revenues by $1,325,000.00 and
          appropriating $1,325,000.00 to the Telecommunications Department be
          used to allocate a $125,000.00 line item for administrative reserves
          fund and $1,200,000.00 for reimbursable expenses in the reserve line
          item and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget.

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

      47. Approval of bid specifications and authorization to advertise for
          bids for the following:
          a) 15 UHF 100 watt mobile radios
          b) 15 Emergency foot switch
          c) 15 Handset microphones
          d) 15 Transit Antennas UHF97
          This equipment will be repaired for each new bus that will have a
          radio. A tentative bid award is scheduled for April 21, 1997.

      48. Approval of contract with GFI, Genfare in the amount of $65,500.00
          for the purchase of 15 GFI CENTSaBILL Fareboxes.  The Fareboxes are
          for use on the 15 new CNG buses scheduled for delivery at the end of
          June 1997.  GFI is the sole source for such equipment.

      49. Adopting the Equal Employment Opportunity Policy for the Laredo
          Municipal Transit System.

      50. Adopting the revised Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program and
          Goals.

      51. Supporting the proposal to the Texas Department of Transportation to
          host the 1998 Texas Public Transportation Conference in Laredo.

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, MARCH 14, 1997 AT 5:30 P.M.

                                       ________________________
                                        GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.
                                          CITY SECRETARY