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

                                     AGENDA

       A97-R-11                                          MARCH 24, 1997

   I.  CALL TO ORDER

  II.  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 III.  ROLL CALL

  IV.  FINAL READINGS

       2. 97-O-065  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. (City Council)

       3. 97-O-066  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.  (City
                    Council)

       4. 97-O-067  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.  (City Council)

       5. 97-O-068  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.  (City Council)

   V.  RESOLUTIONS

       6. 97-R-038  Supporting the naming of the new Federal Courthouse in
                    Brownsville after Judge Reynaldo G. Garza.
                    (Sponsored by Mayor Saul N. Ramirez Jr.)

 VI.  MOTIONS

       7. Approval of a professional services contract with Dr. Maurice Click in
          the amount not to exceed $12,720.00, to serve as the Health
          Department's Health Authority under Section 121.033 of the Texas
          Health and Safety Code, for a period of April 1, 1997, through March
          31, 1998.  A total of four (4) local physicians responded to the
          City's request for interest statements.

       8. Approval of a professional services contract with Dr. Winder Vasquez
          in the amount not to exceed $12,000.00, to serve as TB Elimination
          Program Clinician services and Dr. Benson Huang in the amount not to
          exceed $9,000.00 to serve as TB Jail Program Clinician to provide
          professional services to clients of the City of Laredo Health
          Department for the period beginning April 1, 1997, through March 31,
          1998.  A total of three (3) local physicians responded to the City's
          request for interest statements.

       9. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, Union Metal Corporation, DeSoto,
          Texas, in the amount of $24,140.00, for the purchase of traffic signal
          mast arms for the following intersections:  Lyon & Monterrey, Taylor
          and McPherson, Chihuahua and McPherson, Heritage and Hwy 59.  Union
          Metal has been the lowest bidder for the past two years, there is a
          26% average cost increase from last year purchase.  Funding is
          available in Capital Improvement Fund and CDBG Fund Accounts.

      10. Award of contract to the SOLE BIDDER, Naztec, Inc., Sugar Land, Texas
          in the amount of $55,200.00 for the purchase of four Traffic
          Controller Cabinets for the following intersections:  Lyon and
          Monterrey, Taylor and McPherson, Chihuahua and McPherson and
          Washington and Main. A comparable Traffic Control unit purchased last
          year $10,399.00.  However, due to the upgrading of the communication
          software and the wireless communication equipment for monitoring of
          intersections from the Traffic Central Office increase by 25% this
          year.  Funding is available in Capital Improvement Fund Account and
          CDBG Fund Accounts.  A total of four (4) bids were received for this
          commodity.

     11. Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City's contract with Parsons
          Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas, Inc. for Environmental Assessment
          Services (EA) associated with the Laredo Northwest International
          Bridge (Fourth Bridge) and connecting roadways at an increased labor
          cost of $13,808.00 plus expenses for conceptual engineering work
          related to the study of F.M. 3464 alignment alternatives 3 and 4.  The
          third alternative entails using F.M. 3464 and a realigned F.M. 3464 as
          one-way pairs from I.H. 35 up to and including the bridge.  The fourth
          alternative involves the alignment of F.M. 3464 between the existing
          roadway and that originally proposed to be constructed 1000 feet
          south.  The City is obligated to consider all comments received and to
          study all possible alternatives before environmental clearance can be
          granted.  Contract price will increase from $99,618.00 plus expenses
          to $113,426.00 plus expenses.

 VII.  CITY MANAGER'S REPORT

      12. Presentation regarding the selection of an artist for the design,
          production, and delivery of bronze sculptures for placement at the new
          International Airport terminal phase I and II.

      13. Presentation regarding an update of the Laredo Rail-Highway Crossing
          Safety Plan.

      14. Presentation of the Downtown Circulation Plan.

      15. Presentation concerning "Operation Blitz".

      16. Presentation regarding the closing of International Bridge I.

      17. Presentation regarding the method to be used in assisting the Texas
          Department of Housing and Community Affairs on Saturdays for the month
          of April to aid in the Colonias "Clean-up" effort.

7:00 RECESS

VIII.  COMMUNICATIONS

  IX.  CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION AND PRESENTATION

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

    A.  Requests by Mayor Saul N. Ramirez Jr.

       1.  Discussion concerning the city's participation in the Presidents
           Summit For Americas Future.

       2.  Discussion and possible action concerning the sale of nine Chevrolet
           Caprice replacement vehicles to our Sister Cities of Nuevo Laredo,
           Tamps., (six), and Cienega de Flores, N.L., (three).

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

       1.  Discussion and possible action concerning the placement of an alarm
           system or burglar bars at the Santo Nino Branch Library.

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

       1.  Appointing Ed Quiroga as my nominee to the Ad Hoc Ordinance Review
           Committee.

    D.  Requests by Councilmember Cecilia May Moreno

       1.  Appointing David Hernandez as my nominee to the Laredo Beautification
           Board.

   X.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

      19. Public hearing concerning the application by Sonat Exploration
          Company, authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for Gas
          Extraction to Sonat Exploration Co. on 2.75 acres out of Porcion 39,
          Abstract 250, as further described by metes and bounds on attached
          Exhibit "A", located west of Hwy. 83 and south of Santa Rita
          Subdivision.  Known as the Johnson No. 3 Well.  The Planning and
          Zoning Commission recommended approval of the Special Use Permit.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for gas
          extraction facility to Sonat Exploration Co. for a 2.75 acre tract out
          of Porcion 39, Abstract 250, as further described by metes and bounds
          on attached Exhibit "A", located west of Hwy 83 and south of Santa
          Rita subdivision, known as the Johnson No. 3 Well, of the City of
          Laredo; providing for publication and effective date.

      20. Public hearing concerning the application by Sofia Benavides, amending
          the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 4,
          5, 6, 7 and 8, Block 1294, Eastern Division, located at 2214 Blaine
          Street, from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to B-1 (Limited
          Business District); providing for publication and effective date.  The
          Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval of the zone change.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning Lots 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8, Block 1294, Eastern Division, located
          at 2214 Blaine Street, from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to B-1
          (Limited Business District); providing for publication and effective
          date.

      21. Public hearing concerning the application by Vaq-'94, Ltd, amending
          the zoning ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 103.41
          acres out of Porcion 31, Abstract 3166, located South of S.H.  359,
          approximately 3,500 feet East of the Bob Bullock Loop from R-1A
          (Single Family Reduced Area District) and B-3 (Community Business
          District) to R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District), planned unit
          development, providing for publication and effective date.  The
          Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval of the zone change.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the zoning ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning 103.41 acres out of Porcion 31, Abstract 3166, located South
          of S. H.  359, approximately 3,500 feet East of the Bob Bullock Loop
          from R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District) and B-3 (Community
          Business District) to R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District),
          planned unit development, providing for publication and effective
          date.

      22. Public hearing concerning the application by Carroll Summers/Ernest
          Bruni for Alta Mar Ltd.  amending the zoning ordinance (Map) of the
          City of Laredo by rezoning 28.47 acres out of Porcion 31, Abstract
          3116 and 298, located North of S.H. 359, approximately 5,000 feet East
          of the Bob Bullock Loop from R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area
          District) to R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District), planned unit
          development, providing for publication and effective date.  The
          Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval of the zone change.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the zoning ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning 28.47 acres out of Porcion 31, Abstract 3116 and 298, located
          North of S.H. 359, approximately 5,000 feet East of the Bob Bullock
          Loop from R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District) to R-1A (Single
          Family Reduced Area District), planned unit development, providing for
          publication and effective date.

      23. Public hearing concerning the application by Jesse Medellin, amending
          the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1,
          Block 88, Eastern Division, located at 1113 Monterrey Avenue, from R-3
          (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Business District);
          providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning
          Commission recommends approval of the zone change.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning Lot 1, Block 88, Eastern Division, located at 1113 Monterrey
          Avenue, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Business
          District); providing for publication and effective date.

      24. Public hearing concerning the application by Juan Antonio Rodriguez
          and Angelica M. Rodriguez, amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the
          City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 2, Block 623, Eastern Division, located
          at 1104 Willow Street, from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to R-3
          (Mixed Residential District); providing for publication and effective
          date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval of the
          zone change.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning Lot 2, Block 623, Eastern Division, located at 1104 Willow
          Street, from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to R-3 (Mixed
          Residential District); providing for publication and effective date.
          The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval of the zone
          change.

      25. Public hearing concerning the application by Mr. and Mrs. Jesus
          Maldonado, authorizing the issuance of a conditional use permit for
          antique sales on Lots 1, 2, and 3, Block 831, Eastern Division,
          located at 1501 Clark Boulevard; providing for publication and
          effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends
          approval of a Conditional Use Permit.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance authorizing the issuance of a conditional use permit for
          antique sales on Lots 1, 2, and 3, Block 831, Eastern Division,
          located at 1501 Clark Boulevard; providing for publication and
          effective date.

      26. Public hearing concerning the application by Grupo V and Antonio Pena,
          authorizing the issuance of a conditional use permit for heavy
          automotive sales on Lots 5, 7 and 8, Block 605, Western Division,
          located at 2619 San Dario Avenue; providing for publication and
          effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends
          approval of the Conditional Use Permit.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance authorizing the issuance of a conditional use permit for
          heavy automotive sales on Lots 5, 7 and 8, Block 605, Western
          Division, located at 2619 San Dario Avenue; providing for publication
          and effective date.

      27. Public hearing concerning the application by Merlin Development Co.,
          Ltd., amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning 14.033 acres out of Porcion 22, also known as the San Isidro
          Ranch, located west of McPherson Road and south of the United Day
          School, from AG (Agricultural District) to B-1 (Limited Business
          District) and R-O (Residential/Office District).  The Planning and
          Zoning Commission recommends approval of the zone change.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the zoning ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning 14.033 acres out of Porcion 22, San Isidro Ranch, located
          west of McPherson Road and south of the United Day School Site, from
          AG (Agricultural District) to B-1 (Limited Business District) and R-O
          (Residential/Office District) providing for publication and effective
          date.

      28. Public hearing concerning the application by Jamro, Ltd., amending the
          Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 50.978 acres
          out of Porcion 21 and 22, San Isidro Ranch, located on McPherson Road,
          West of the United Day School site from AG (Agricultural District) to
          R-1 (Single Family Residential District), providing for publication
          and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends
          approval of the zone change.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning 50.978 acres out of Porcion 21 and 22, San Isidro Ranch,
          located on McPherson Road, West of the United Day School site from AG
          (Agricultural District) to R-1 (Single Family Residential District),
          providing for publication and effective date.

      29. Public hearing concerning the application by Noelia Pedraza,
          authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a Child Day
          Care Center, on Lots 544 and 545, Block 30, Section 2-A, Del Mar
          Hills, located at 401 Lindenwood Drive, providing for publication and
          effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends the
          approval of the zone change.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a
          Child Day Care Center, on Lots 544 and 545, Block 30, Section 2-A, Del
          Mar Hills, located at 401 Lindenwood Drive, providing for publication
          and effective date.

      30. Public hearing concerning the application by the Estate of Rogelio L.
          Cabello DBA Cabello Del Norte Rentals, authorizing the issuance of a
          Conditional Use Permit for truck/trailer rentals on Lot 8, Block 977,
          Western Division, located at 3804 Santa Ursula Avenue.  The Planning
          and Zoning Commission recommends the approval of the Conditional Use
          Permit.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for
          truck/trailer rentals on Lot 8, Block 977, Western Division, located
          at 3804 Santa Ursula Avenue; providing for publication and effective
          date.

      31. Public hearing amending Section 24.62.5 of the Laredo Land Development
          Code of the City of Laredo providing for freestanding signs; amending
          Section 24.82.4 providing for special use permits for freestanding
          signs; creating Section 24.93.10 relating to special use permits for
          freestanding signs; providing for publication and effective date. The
          Planning and Zoning Commission recommends the approval of Proposal I.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending Section 24.62.5 of the Laredo Land Development Code
          of the City of Laredo providing for freestanding signs; amending
          Section 24.82.4 providing for special use permits for freestanding
          signs; creating Section 24.93.10 relating to special use permits for
          freestanding signs; providing for publication and effective date.

      32. Public hearing amending Section 24.62.5 of the Laredo Land Development
          Code of the City of Laredo to provide for communication towers and
          antennas; amending Section 24.63.2 to provide for allowable zoning
          districts and special use permits for communication towers and
          antennas; amending Section 24.65.13 to delete provisions providing for
          radio and television antennas; creating Section 24.93.10 relating to
          special use permits for communication towers and antennas; amending
          appendix "A" establishing definitions accordingly; providing for
          publication and effective date. The Telecommunications Commission has
          recommended approval of this ordinance as well as the Planning and
          Zoning Commission.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending Section 24.62.5 of the Laredo Land Development Code
          of the City of Laredo to provide for communication towers and
          antennas; amending Section 24.63.2 to provide for allowable zoning
          districts and special use permits for communication towers and
          antennas; amending Section 24.65.13 to delete provisions providing for
          radio and television antennas; creating Section 24.93.10 relating to
          special use permits for communication towers and antennas; amending
          appendix "A" establishing definitions accordingly; providing for
          publication and effective date.

      33. Public hearing amending Section 24.63.2 of the Laredo Land Development
          Code of the City of Laredo by allowing the establishment of multi-
          family residential uses in R-O (Residential/Office Districts);
          providing for  publication and effective date.  The Planning and
          Zoning Commission recommends approval of the zone change.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending Section 24.63.2 of the Laredo Land Development Code
          of the City of Laredo by allowing the establishment of multi-family
          residential uses in R-O (Residential/Office Districts); providing for
          publication and effective date.

      34. Public hearing concerning adoption of the City of Laredo International
          Airport Land Use Master Plan and Development Strategy.  The Airport
          Advisory Board has reviewed the plan extensively and adopted it as a
          development guideline pending adoption by City Council.  The City of
          Laredo Traffic Safety Advisory Board recommended approval of the
          proposed street network.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has
          recommended adoption of the plan.

          97-R-035  Resolution adopting the City of Laredo International Airport
                    Land Use Master Plan and Development Strategy.

  XI.  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 21, 1997 AT 5:30 P.M.

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                                   GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.
                                   CITY SECRETARY