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

                                     AGENDA

       A97-R-12                                   APRIL 7, 1997

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

       2.  City Council Meeting of March 17, 1997
           City Council Meeting of March 24, 1997

   V.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

       3.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to
           effectively convey title to the surface only of the North 29 feet of
           the South 100 feet of Lot 1, Block 83, Western Division, City of
           Laredo, Webb County, Texas, to Mr. Derly N. Ramirez and wife
           Guadalupe, and providing for an effective date. The City will receive
           $1,611.00 (appraised value), of which $1,400.00 will be paid to the
           various taxing entities and the remaining $211.00, will be applied to
           force cleaning liens.

       4.  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 abutting properties along Chacota
           Street and which is 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, and more particularly
           described by metes and bounds.

       5.  Establishing a 15% penalty on delinquent tax accounts as of July 1,
           1997, to defray costs of collection pursuant to Section 33.07 (a) of
           the Property Tax Code, with a presentation concerning the feasibility
           of the City doing its own Inhouse Delinquent Tax Collections.

       6.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to
           effectively convey title to the "Surface Only" of the east 2.3 feet
           of land, (Containing approximately 319.44 square feet of land) out of
           the Buena Vista Avenue right-of-way between Musser and Freemont
           Streets, and which abuts Lot 1, Block 1094, Eastern Division, to Mr.
           Daniel Lombra¤a and wife Adriana Lombra¤a at the established Fair
           Market Value of $599.00, which is adjusted after retention of a
           utility easement theron by the City; said 2.3 feet of land being
           partially encroached-upon by a one-story wooden structure owned by
           Mr. and Mrs. Lombra¤a.

  VI.  FINAL READINGS

       7. 97-O-064  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, Texas.
                    1.  Lease term is for 10 years commencing March, 1997 and
                        ending March, 2007, and may be extended for one (5) year
                        option ending March, 2012.
                    2.  Monthly rent shall be $600.00 payable annually in
                        advance and will be adjusted annually according during
                        the primary term of this lease according to changes in
                        the Consumer Price Index; providing for effective date.
                        (City Council)

       8. 97-O-069  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, 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. (Cm. Jose R. Perez, Jr.)

       9. 97-O-070  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.
                    (Cm. Jose R. Perez, Jr.)

      10. 97-O-071  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.
                    (Cm. Jose R. Perez, Jr.)

      11. 97-O-072  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.  (Cm. Jose R. Perez, Jr.)

      12. 97-O-073  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.
                    (Cm. Jose R. Perez, Jr.)

      13. 97-O-074  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.
                    (Cm. Jose R. Perez, Jr.)

      14. 97-O-075  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.  (Cm. Joe A. Guerra)

      15. 97-O-076  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.
                    (Cm. Cecilia May Moreno)

      16. 97-O-077  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.  (Cm. Joe A. Guerra)

      17. 97-O-078  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. (Cm. Joe A. Guerra)

      18. 97-O-079  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.  (Cm. Joe A. Guerra)

      19. 97-O-080  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. (Cm. Mario G.
                    Alvarado) 20. 97-O-081  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.  (City Council)

      21. 97-O-082  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.  (City Council)

 VII.  RESOLUTIONS

      22. 97-R-030  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Consent to
                    Transfer an assignment of Deed of Trust, Lien, Security
                    Interest and Subordination, Non-Disturbance and Attornment
                    Agreement with Aero Center, Inc., Lessee, the Laredo
                    National Bank, Transferee, and Euroamerica Credit
                    Corporation, a Cayman corporation, Transferor, and Deltamex
                    Canada (USA) Inc., a Florida corporation, Transferor,
                    thereby agreeing to the Laredo National Bank succeeding
                    Euroamerica Credit Corporation and Deltamex Canada (USA)
                    Inc., as Lenders, to Aero Center, Inc., Airport Lessee,
                    under a Subordination, Non-Disturbance and Attornment
                    Agreement approved by Resolution No. 96-R-029, approved on
                    March 18, 1996; providing for effective date.  This action
                    will allow Euroamerica Credit Corporation to transfer its
                    lien holder status to six leases between the City and Aero
                    Center to the Laredo National Bank and thereby allow Aero
                    Center to refinance its debt incurred in the construction of
                    two hangers, an above ground fuel storage system, and the
                    construction of an addition to the Border Patrol hanger.

      23. 97-R-039  Authorizing the issuance of a Drilling permit to drill and
                    operate a natural gas well to Sonat Exploration Co. on 2.75
                    acres out of Porcion 39, Abstract 250 as further described
                    by metes and bounds, located west of HWY 83 and south of
                    Santa Rita Subdivision, known as the Johnson No. 3 Well.

      24. 97-R-040  Supporting the equalization of allowable duty-free purchases
                    in the United States by Mexican and Canadian residents.
                    Should the equalization occur, this would allow for an
                    increase in the allowable amount of duty-free purchases by
                    Mexican residents from $50.00 to $400.00, and an increase in
                    the allowable amount of duty-free purchases by Canadian
                    residents from as little as $35.00, to $400.00.

      25. 97-R-041  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant in the amount
                    of $50,000.00, from the Meadows Foundation for the archives/
                    historical collections room at the new main library.

      26. 97-R-042  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from the
                    Office of National Drug Control Policy in the amount of
                    $356,086.00 for the 7th year of funding for a Multi-Agency
                    Financial Disruption Task Force for the period beginning
                    January 1, 1997 through December 31, 1997. This Task Force
                    works in concert with the Drug Enforcement Administration
                    (DEA) with its major focus being the identification and
                    removal of drug-related assets.

      27. 97-R-043  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from the
                    Office of National Drug Control Policy in the amount of
                    $48,540.00 for 1st year funding of the Multi-Agency Major
                    Organization Investigation Task Force for the period of
                    October 1, 1996 through September 30, 1997. This Task Force
                    will work in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of
                    Investigations (F.B.I.) in investigating organized crime and
                    drug trafficking in South Texas.

VIII.  MOTIONS

      28. Approval of bid specifications and interest statements and
          authorization to advertise for bids and interest statements for the
          following:
          a) water meters, annual contract - Utilities Department,
          b) fire hydrants, six month contract - Utilities Department,
          c) tires and tubes, six month contract - Fleet Maintenance Division,
          d) lubricants, six month contract - Fleet Maintenance Division,
          e) concession services - Benavides Baseball complex, and the Civic
             Center Swimming Pool.
          f) aerial fire truck - Fire Department.
          A tentative bid award for items a, b, & e is scheduled for May 5,
          1997.
          A tentative bid award for items c, d & f is scheduled for May 19,
          1997.

      29. Approval of construction plans and authorization to advertise for bids
          for the Montgomery/India Drainage Improvements with tentative award
          May 19, 1997.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund.

      30. Authorization to advertise for Request for Proposals (RFPs) for
          consulting services to provide surveys and prepare plans and
          specifications for the construction of sidewalks along Community
          Development Block Grant (CDBG) residential neighborhoods to local
          schools.  Funding is available in Community Development 19th Action
          Year and in the Community Development 20th Action Year Sidewalk.

      31. Authorization to advertise for Request for Proposals (RFPs) for
          consulting services to provide a feasibility site, provide surveys,
          platting design and preparation of plans and specifications, and
          provide cost estimates for the construction of a facility to house the
          Department of Public Works, the Parks and Recreation Department, the
          Water Utilities administration office, and the Traffic and Fleet
          Management Departments. Funding is available in General Fund -
          Improvements Other Than Buildings Account.

      32. Authorizing the issuance of requests for Engineer's design and project
          management for water and sewer improvements as described in the
          Colonias Facility Plan.  The RFP's are being solicited in anticipation
          of the Texas Water Development Board approval of the facility plan in
          May or June of this year.  33. Award of a financial services contract
      to the firm of Estrada-Hinojosa, for an amount not to exceed $48,300.00,
          (this amount is based on an estimated combination of a grant/loan
          total project cost of $13,000,000.00, for the Colonias Infrastructure
          Project) to act as the City's financial advisor on the Colonias Water
          and Sewer Project. The financial application is prepared on a
          contingency basis with no cash disbursement by the City.

      34. Approval to reject all bids received for the purchase of automotive
          batteries for the Fleet Maintenance Division due to non-compliance
          with the City's bid specifications and authorize staff to solicit new
          bids.  The two lowest bidders did not meet all the City's bid
          requirements and all other bids exceed the budgeted allocation for
          this commodity.

      35. Award of contracts to the LOW BIDDERS, La Yerba Buena, Laredo, Texas,
          for landscaping services, in the amount of $22,416.24, and Yardart,
          Inc., Laredo, Texas, for irrigation services, in the amount of
          $18,000.00 for the Farias, Tarver, and Cigarroa Recreation centers.
          Funding for these projects is available from Community Development
          Block Grant (CDBG) funds.

      36. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, Vallen Safety Supply Co., Corpus
          Christi, Texas, in the amount of $34,941.69, for the purchase of 43
          sets of protective clothing (bunker gear) for the Fire Department.
          The sets include the protective coat, trousers, boots, gloves,
          suspenders, hoods, and helmets.  The proposed gear meets all the
          standards of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).  Funding
          is available in the Fire Department's Capital Outlay Account. The bid
          pricing is approximately 9% more than the previous year.

      37. Award of a two year service contract to the LOW BIDDER, Walker
          Security Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the yearly amount of $301,457.52, for
          providing security guard services for the City's three International
          Bridges, the Health Department Complex, Civic Center/West Martin
          Field, and the City Hall building. Funding is available in the
          particular department's Budget. The overall bid pricing remained the
          same as our current price structure.

      38. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, Sames Motor Co., Laredo, Texas,
          in the amount of $335,257.00, for the purchase of eleven, police
          package sedans six of which will immediately be placed on patrol with
          the remaining five being placed on reserve.  Staff is recommending
          that these vehicles be purchased with conventional gasoline engines
          due to the limited range (150 miles) of the CNG packages.  Delivery is
          expected within sixty to ninety days and all units will be assigned to
          the Police Patrol division.  Funding is available in the Police Trust
          Fund Budget.  The bid pricing is 3% lower than the previous contract
          pricing.

      39. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, Aqua Chlor Commercial Services,
          San Antonio, Texas, in the estimated amount of $24,505.00 for the
          purchase of trichlor tablets needed for the chlorination process for
          all the City's swimming pools. Funding is available in the Parks
          Department - Chemicals Account. The bid pricing is approximately 7%
          less that the previous contract pricing.

      40. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDERS, Mission Clay Products, San
          Antonio, Texas, in the estimated amount of $201,394.75 and U.S.
          Filter, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $114,453.50, for the
          purchase of clay pipe, PVC/clay pipe fittings, and related materials,
          for use by the Utilities Department - Wastewater operations for
          construction and repair projects. Funding is available in the
          Utilities Department's Budget. The contract pricing is approximately
          4% higher than the previous contract.

      41. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDERS, Gonzalez Auto Parts, Laredo,
          Texas, in the estimated amount of $47,790.03, and HiLo Auto Supply,
          Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $36,832.13, for the purchase
          of automotive parts for the Fleet Maintenance Division. All
          replacement automotive parts will be purchased on an as need basis.
          Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance Division's - Vehicle
          Repair Account. The contract pricing is approximately 4% higher than
          the previous contract.

      42. Award of contract to the SOLE BIDDER meeting specifications, J&A
          Pharmacy, Laredo, Texas, in the amount not to exceed $90,000.00, for
          pharmaceuticals as prescribed by licensed physicians to the clients of
          the HIV/AIDS Ryan White Title II Consortium Program of the City of
          Laredo Health Department. Funding for this purchase is available in
          the form of State grant monies located in the Health Department's
          Budget.

      43. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER meeting specifications, Home Care
          of Texas (Gulf Coast Home Health Care, Inc.), Laredo, Texas, in the
          amount not to exceed $37,500.00 for the delivery of home health care
          to the clients of the HIV/AIDS Ryan White Title II Consortium Program
          of the City of Laredo Health Department. Funding for the purchase of
          this service is available in the form of State grant monies located in
          the Health Department's Budget.

      44. Approval of a Proposal for Professional Services for an amount not to
          exceed $25,772.76 from Brown & Root, Inc., Houston, Texas, for
          engineering services at the Gateway to the Americas International
          Bridge No. 1 related to the emergency repairs, structural evaluation
          and assessment of load carrying capacity, and recommendation for
          strengthening of the bridge, if required.  Funding is available in the
          Bridge Fund Construction Project Architectural Fees.

      45. Award of an Professional Services Contract to WSBC Civil Engineers,
          Inc., Houston, Texas, in association with Rods Surveying, Inc.,
          Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $28,308.70 to provide
          consulting engineering services to include design, surveys and
          preparation of plans and specifications for the Resurfacing, and for
          the Expansion Joints Replacement of the Juarez-Lincoln International
          Bridge No. 2. Funding is available in the Bridge System Construction
          Project Import Lot.  The City received a total of two RFP's.

      46. Award of an Professional Services Contract to Fernandez, Frazier,
          White & Associates, San Antonio, Texas, for an amount not to exceed
          $13,600.00 to provide surveys, design and the preparation of plans and
          specifications for the Azteca Neighborhood Park at Zacate Creek.
          Funding is available in the Community Development 22nd Action Year
          Azteca Park.  The City received a total of 7 RFP's.

      47. Award of a construction contract to the LOWEST BIDDER, Brothers
          Paving, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $100,451.60 for Parking Lot
          Improvements for Three Neighborhood Centers (Cigarroa, Northeast-
          Hillside and Tarver). Three (3) bids were opened on March 26, 1997.
          Funding is available in the Community Development 22nd Action Year and
          in the Recreational Center - Improvements Other Than Building.

      48. Approval of change order no. 1 an increase of $6,239.00 to the
          construction contract with Ramex Construction Company, Houston, Texas,
          to furnish and install a 5'x 5' junction box and lower a section of a
          conflicting 36-inch drainage pipe located at the intersection of
          Thomas and Calton Road for the Sidewalks, Storm Drainage, and Curb ad
          Gutter Improvements on Calton Road, Maher Avenue, and Thomas Avenue (3
          streets - approximately 1,700 L.F.) around the New Laredo Police
          Station Project.  This work is needed as a result of a
          surveying/elevation error by Ueckert Engineering, the engineering
          consultant for the project.  Original contract amount was $44,265.00.
          This change order will bring the total to $50,504.00.  Funding is
          available in the Capital Improvement Fund - Police Sidewalk/Curb and
          Gutter Project Account.

      49. Approval of change order no. 2 an increase of $25,900.00 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 to repair an additional 518 feet of cracks as
          noted through an inspection by the City's Utilities Department and to
          add 60 working days to the construction contract time.  Original
          contract amount was $80,900.00.  This change order will bring the
          total to $119,755.00.  Funding is available in the Waterworks System
          Fund.

      50. Approval of amendment no. 5, an increase of $15,925.00 to the
          engineering contract with Frontera Associates International, Inc., San
          Antonio, Texas, for the South Laredo (Chacon Creek) Wastewater
          Interceptor Project for additional archaeological and environmental
          information requested by the USEPA; additional services related to the
          archaeological findings at the Killam Tract, and for additional
          surveying services to avoid conflicts between the gas drilling
          authorized at the Southside Wastewater Treatment Plant and the
          interceptor project alignment.  Original contract amount was for
          $645,000.00.  This amendment will bring the total to $808,756.32.
          Funding is available in the Sewer System Fund.

      51. Approval of amendment no. 2, an increase of $10,870.00, to the
          engineering contract with Sherfey Engineering in association with
          Naismith Engineering, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the Manadas Creek
          Wastewater Interceptor Project on a fast track basis in compliance
          with ASTM E 1527-94 Practice of Environmental Site Assessment, subject
          to EDA approval for additional archaeological work to uncover cultural
          materials which warrant further investigation. These services were not
          anticipated but due to the nature of investigation, additional
          archeological and testing is required. Original contract amount was
          for $18,880.00. This amendment will bring the total to $46,310.00.
          Funding is available in Capital Improvement Fund - Economic
          Development Administration (EDA) Fund.

      52. Approval of amendment no. 1, an increase of $2,000.00 to the
          architectural contract with Design Group International, Laredo, Texas,
          for additional roofing inspections and re-design of the roof edge
          detail not part of the original contract, for the Re-Roofing of the
          Airport Hangar 182 at the Laredo International Airport.  Original
          contract amount was for $9,900.00.  This amendment will bring the
          total contract amount to $11,900.00.  Funding is available in the
          Airport Fund.

      53. Acceptance of the Re-Roofing of the Airport Hangar No. 182 at the
          Laredo International Airport, approval to assess liquidated damages in
          the amount of $3,800.00 for exceeding 19 days beyond the contract time
          allowed, and approval of net payment in the amount of $6,994.00 to
          Ponce's Roofing Company, Mission, Texas.  Original contact amount was
          $74,400.00.  Assessing liquidated damages will bring the total
          contract amount to $70,600.00.  Funding is available in the Airport
          Fund.

  IX.  CITY MANAGER'S REPORT

      54. Presenting concerning a staff recommendation to discontinue the
          $200.00, administrative fee for unauthorized water usage, and to
          develop a program to refund those fees that have been charged if and
          only if a person can produce a receipt.

      55. Presenting a status report on the progress of the water and wastewater
          Colonias project.

      56. Authorizing the submission of an application in partnership with the
          International Bank of Commerce (IBC) to the Federal Home Loan Bank
          (FHLB) for a grant in the amount of $175,000.00. The grant will be
          applied to 35 of the 50 dwelling units to be constructed under the
          Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation (LMHC) Lease/Purchase Program to
          be located at the Riverhill Subdivision. The subsidy being requested
          for the 35 dwelling units will reduce the total dwelling unit purchase
          price by $5,000.00.  The 35 dwelling units in which subsidy is being
          requested are targeted to families at 80% of the area median income.
          The other 15 units are targeted to families with incomes ranging above
          80% to 115% of the area median income.  All efforts are being made by
          the City of Laredo and LMHC to make the Lease/Purchase Program
          affordable.  The LMHC Lease/Purchase Program is being developed in
          response to the need for affordable single family homes and to
          increase the availability of affordable housing through homeownership
          opportunities within our community.  The concept of the Lease/Purchase
          Program is to assist families that do not have or are not able to save
          for the downpayment and closing costs required to purchase an
          affordable home.  This program is targeted to families that are first
          time buyers, have a steady record of employment for two years prior to
          application and agree to undergo mandatory credit and homeownership
          counseling.

   X.  COMMUNICATIONS

       A. Presentation by the Library Board requesting a change order for the
          new main library's Serpentine Wall.

  XI.  CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION AND PRESENTATION

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

    A.  Requests by Mayor Saul N. Ramirez Jr.

       1.  Presentation concerning the renaming of West Martin Field after
           Vietnam Veteran and former Martin High School Tiger, Rudy Gonzalez.

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

       1.  Discussion and possible action concerning the waiving of tipping fees
           with the exception of the mandated $1.25/ton State fee, to the Laredo
           Independent School District to deposit x tons of contaminated soil in
           the City's Landfill.
           (Co-sponsored by Councilmember Louis H. Bruni)

    C.  Requests by Councilmember Louis H. Bruni

       1.  Status report on the natural gas riser located at the intersection of
           Del Mar Boulevard and Loop 20 with possible action.

       2.  Status report on the drainage problem and street recycling at the
           intersection of Ejido and Highway 59, with possible action.

    D.  Requests by Councilmember Mario G. Alvarado

       1.  Recognition of Habitat for Humanity Board and volunteers.

       2.  Presentation by Juan Avila concerning the speed bumps located at the
           GSA Facility (Bridge II).

       3.  Discussion and possible action concerning bus charter fees for non-
           profit organizations, with a presentation by the Laredo Restaurant
           Association.

    E.  Requests by Councilmember Consuelo Montalvo

       1.  Appointing Juvencia Gutierrez as my nominee to the Laredo
           Beautification Board.

 XII.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

      58. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo's 1996-1997 LEOSE account
          fund budget in the amount of $22,756.35 from the State's Law
          Enforcement Officers Standards and Education (LEOSE) account for
          continuing education for police officers for the period of October 01,
          1996 through September 30, 1997.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1996-1997 (LEOSE) account fund
          budget in the amount of $22,756.35 from the State's Law Enforcement
          Officers Standards and Education (LEOSE) account for continuing
          education for police officers for the period of October 01, 1996
          through September 30, 1997.

      59. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo's 1996-1997 Annual Budget
          in the amount of $356,086.00 for funding of equipment and personnel
          for an organized Multi-Agency Financial Disruption Task Force for the
          period of January 1, 1997 through December 31, 1997.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1996-1997 Annual Budget in the
          amount of $356,086.00 for funding of equipment and personnel for an
          organized Multi-Agency Financial Disruption Task Force for the period
          of January 1, 1997 through December 31, 1997.

      60. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo's 1996-1997 Budget for a
          grant from the Office of National Drug Control Policy in the amount of
          $48,540.00 for funding of the Multi-Agency major organization
          investigation task force for the period of October 1, 1996 through
          September 30, 1997.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1996-1997 Budget for a grant
          from the Office of National Drug Control Policy in the amount of
          $48,540.00 for funding of the Multi-Agency major organization
          investigation task force for the period of October 1, 1996 through
          September 30, 1997.

      61. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo's 1996-1997 Annual Budget
          in the amount of $3,338,041.00, for a grant award from the Economic
          Development Administration (EDA) of $2,000,000.00, including a private
          contribution by Mercy Regional Medical Center of $1,054,602.00, of
          which $430,000.00, are attributable through off-site and on-site
          improvements constructed by Mercy Regional Medical Center, and
          $283,439.00, as a local match from the Airport Fund, and amending the
          Airport Fund to appropriate $283,439.00, from fund balance to the
          Economic Development Administration Grant for the development of the
          Airport Medical Infrastructure Improvements Project.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1996-1997 Annual Budget in the
          amount of $3,338,041.00, for a grant award from the Economic
          Development Administration (EDA) of $2,000,000.00, including a private
          contribution by Mercy Regional Medical Center of $1,054,602.00, of
          which $430,000.00, are attributable through off-site and on-site
          improvements constructed by Mercy Regional Medical Center, and
          $283,439.00, as a local match from the Airport Fund, and amending the
          Airport Fund to appropriate $283,439.00, from fund balance to the
          Economic Development Administration Grant for the development of the
          Airport Medical Infrastructure Improvements Project.

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

      62. To authorize issuance of request for proposals for:
          a) operation of the food service facility at the Laredo Transit
             Center.
          b) the leasing or purchasing of tires for the El Metro bus and van
             fleet.
          c) the installation of telephone and data wiring at the Laredo Transit
             Center.

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

      63. Approval of bid specifications and authorization to advertise for bids
          for awarding a contract for the purchase of approximately 1,200 cases
          of floor tile.  Orders will be placed on a monthly basis (100 cases
          per month) and installed by Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation staff
          at the Jose A.  Flores and Tomas Flores Apartment complexes.

      64. Award of a two year service contract to the LOW BIDDER, Walker
          Security Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the yearly amount of $24,537.24, for
          providing security guard services for the Tomas Flores Apartment
          Complex.  One security guard is assigned Monday through Sunday
          patrolling this complex.

      65. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, Laredo Discount Metals Building
          Components, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $26,760.87, for the
          purchase of all the materials needed for the installation of security
          fencing at the Tomas Flores Apartments.  This project has been
          identified in the 1997 Capital Improvement Project budget.  A security
          fence of approximately 2,265 linear feet will be installed around the
          perimeter of this apartment complex.

 XIV.  MOTION TO RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO CONVENTION AND VISITOR'S
       BUREAU BOARD

      66. Status report on the ongoing activities of the Laredo Convention and
          Visitor's Bureau.

  XV.  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, APRIL 4, 1997 AT 5:30 P.M.


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                                   GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.
                                   CITY SECRETARY