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

                                       AGENDA

       A97-R-15                                               APRIL 28, 1997

   I.  CALL TO ORDER
  II.  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
 III.  ROLL CALL

  IV.  FINAL READINGS

       2. 97-O-090  Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with
                    Laredo Independent School District for approximately 9,216
                    square feet constituting Building #1325 located at 4103 Maher
                    Avenue.
                    1.  Lease term is for one (1) year commencing February 1, 1997
                        and ending January 31, 1998.
                    2.  Monthly rent shall be $1,996.89.  Previous monthly rent was
                        $1,901.80.
                    Lease premises are used for storage.  (City Council)

       3. 97-O-092  Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to grant a license to
                    Bestel, S.A. de C.V.  for the use of a telecommunications PVC
                    conduit on Juarez Lincoln International Bridge and on city
                    right-of-way on San Francisco Avenue and the Riverbank
                    1.  License term is for five (5) commencing on April xx, 1997,
                        and ending April xx, 2002.
                    2.  Annual rent shall be $10,000.00 and will be adjusted
                        annually during the term of this license according to
                        changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for effective
                        date.  (City Council)

      4. 97-O-093  Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with
                        Mercy Hospital of Laredo d/b/a Mercy Regional Medical Center
                        for approximately 9,902 square feet of land located on Block
                        No. 21 at the Laredo International Airport for the purpose
                        of constructing a roadway.
                    1.  Lease term is for twenty (20) years commencing May 1, 1997
                        and ending April 30, 2016 and may be extended for two terms
                        of ten years each ending April 30, 2016 and April 30, 2036.
                    2.  Monthly rent shall be $330.00 and will be adjusted annually
                        during the primary and extension terms of this lease
                        according to changes in the Consumer Price Index and further
                        adjusted on the 20th and 30th anniversaries based on the
                        appraised fair market value.  (City Council)

       5. 97-O-094  Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease
                    agreement by and between the City of Laredo, acting in their
                    capacity as the Mass Transit Board as Lessor, and Greyhound Bus
                    Lines Inc./Valley Transit Company Joint Venture as Lessee, for a
                    certain premise containing approximately 5,000 square feet of
                    commercial area, together with a bus parking area containing
                    approximately 18,000 square feet, said premises described as,
                    situated in Webb County, Texas and being all of Block Number
                    Forty Nine (49), Western Division, City of Laredo, said demised
                    premises are part of the City of Laredo's Downtown Intermodal
                    Transit Center,
                    1. Primary term of ten (10) years commencing on June 1, 1997
                       thru May 31, 2007, with four (4) additional five (5) year
                       renewal option periods,
                    2. Monthly rental rate of $8,850.00 per month, and adjusted once
                       every five (5) years according to the percentage increase in
                       the consumer price index up to a maximum of four percent (4%)
                       over the minimum rent charged the previous year, but only if
                       the amount arrived at exceeds the rental charge for the
                       previous year.  (City Council)

       6. 97-O-095  Ordinance authorizing the acceptance of a 0.6736 acre easement
                    out of Porcion 36 as recorded in volume 1407 pages 243-246 of
                    the Webb County records, and the release of a 40 foot utility
                    easement located on Santa Fe Subdivision as recorded in volume
                    49, pages 327-328 of the Webb County deed records.  This action
                    is a utility easement trade between the City and Santa Fe
                    Subdivision which is at no cost to the City. (City Council)

       7. 97-O-096  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. (City Council)

       8. 97-O-097  Ordinance amending the ordinance which establishes bus charter
                    service rates to be charged by the El Metro Transit System, to
                    be effective as of each fiscal year (October 1), to be based on
                    the budgeted operating cost per hour, increased by 25% to
                    provide for depreciation expense.  This amount would be referred
                    to the "base rate".  Currently, (FY 1996-97), the base rate
                    would be $50.00 per hour.  For each vehicle chartered, a two-
                    hour minimum would apply. Time chargeable for charters is
                    measured from the time the vehicle leaves the transit garage, to
                    the time the vehicle returns to the garage.
                    A.  The hourly rate for persons or entities not qualifying for
                        the base rate described above, or reduced rate described
                        below, would be charged 150% of the base rate.  Currently,
                        this would be $75.00 per hour.
                    B.  The hourly rate for organizations organized under the
                        following sections of the Internal Revenue Code would be
                        charged base rate (currently, $50.00 per hour):
                      * 501 (c)(3): Corporations, funds or foundations organized
                        exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific for public
                        safety, literary or educational purposes, or to foster
                        national or international sports competition, or the
                        prevention of cruelty to animals or children.
                     *  501 (c)(4): Civic league, an organization not organized for
                        profit, but operated exclusively for the promotion of social
                        welfare.
                     *  501 (c)(6): Business league, chamber of commerce, real
                        estate board, board of trade, professional football league,
                        not organized for profit.
                    C.  City of Laredo departments, other local, state and federal
                        government bodies, school districts, colleges and
                        universities would be charged the base rate.
                        (currently, $50.00 per hour)
                    D.  Conventions and events promoted and underwritten through the
                        Laredo Convention and Visitors Bureau would be charged at
                        80% of the base rate.  (Current charge would be $40.00 per
                        hour); providing for publication and effective date.
                        (City Council)

       9. 97-O-098  Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1996-1997 Annual Budget
                    by increasing the PAC Fund Revenues by $300,000.00 and
                    appropriating $300,000.00 to the public access capital outlay
                    line item to be used for purchasing of equipment for the new
                    public access building.  (City Council)

   V.  RESOLUTIONS

      10. 97-R-045  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a multi-year (FY 1997 &
                    FY 1998) Passenger and cargo Entitlement Grant from the Federal
                    Aviation Administration in the amount of $1,149,990.00, and
                    appropriating a local match of $127,777.00; and authorizing the
                    City Manager to execute any and all documents related to this
                    grant acceptance. The local match is available in the New
                    Airport Passenger Terminal Reserve Account. These monies will be
                    used to construct the New Airport passenger Terminal access road
                    and parking lot.

  VI.  MOTIONS

      11. Awarding a professional service contract between the Laredo Urban
          Transportation Study and Rust Lichliter/Jameson for professional services
          in the development of a Hazardous Cargo Community Risk Assessment and
          Route Alternative analysis by and through the City Manager of the City of
          Laredo, Texas in the aggregate amount of $30,000.00.

      12. Authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute a 1996-1997 urbanized
          area formula program grant (No.  TX-90-X406) from the Federal Transit
          Administration in the maximum amount of $2,370,312.00 (Federal Share); and
          providing for grant funds to be deposited in the Mass Transit Department
          accounts.

      13. Award of a construction contract to Don Krueger Construction Company,
          Victoria, Texas, in the amount of $2,097,481.75, to construct the Access
          Road and Parking Lot Improvements at the New Airport Passenger Terminal.
          Construction of the access road and parking lot will enable the opening of
          the terminal during the next five to six months.  Funding for this
          contract is available in the New Airport Passenger Terminal Account. The
          Federal Aviation Administration is funding approximately 90 percent of the
          cost.

 VII.  CITY MANAGER'S REPORT

      14. Accepting a proposal from the United States Postal Service ad authorizing
          the City Manager to execute the necessary documents to exchange a 0.8168
          acre tract of U.S. Postal Service owned land situated on the east portion
          of the Main Post Office for a 1.1959 acre tract of Airport Fund owned land
          situated on the north side and contiguous to the Main Post Office. In
          addition, the City agrees to replicate the parking lot that will be
          destroyed when the United States Postal Service conveys the 0.8168 acre
          tract to the City.  The exchange of properties is necessary to enable the
          extension of Arkansas Avenue onto the Airport.  The Economic Development
          Administration has awarded the City a $2.0 million grant to extend
          Arkansas Avenue from Saunders to Bustamante at Bartlett and to install an
          18 inch wastewater line along Bustamante from the intersection of Meadow
          to the Zacate Creek interceptor. The street extension includes sidewalks,
          landscaping, street lights and traffic control and signal devices. A
          portion of Meadow and a portion of Bustamante will be reconstructed.

      15. Request for City Council confirmation of City Manager's recommendation for
          appointment and employment to the position of Laredo Chief of Police. The
          City Manager has interviewed the four final candidates. They are Richard
          Clark, Augustin Dovalina, Stephen Garza and E.J. Laurel.

VIII.  COMMUNICATIONS

  IX.  CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION AND PRESENTATION

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

    A.  Requests by Councilmember Louis H. Bruni

       1.  Discussion and possible action regarding the placement of Ponderosa
           Street into the city's current paving program.

       2.  Discussion and possible action regarding the wastewater problems at the
           400 block of Ponderosa Street.

       3.  Discussion and possible action regarding the placement of a barricade or
           similar device in order to prevent vehicles from accessing Casa Blanca
           Road from Clubview Drive.

    B.  Requests by Councilmember Alfonso "Poncho" Casso

       1.  Discussion and possible action regarding the number of required parking
           spaces in commercial establishments.

    C.  Requests by Councilmember Consuelo Montalvo

       1.  Discussion and possible action to maintain branch library services at
           Bruni Plaza.

   X.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

      17. Public hearing concerning the application by Roberto Alvarez, amending the
          zoning ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 7, Block
          1744, Eastern Division, located at 2806 Cross Street, from R-2 (Multi-
          Family District) to R-3 (Mixed Residential District); and that an
          ordinance be introduced. 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 7, Block 1744, Eastern Division, located at 2806 Cross
          Street, from R-2 (Multi-Family District) to R-3 (Mixed Residential
          District); providing for publication and effective date.

      18. Public hearing concerning the application by Gerardo Gutierrez,
          authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for used auto sales
          on Lot 5, Block 1950, Eastern Division, located at 3117 Clark Boulevard;
          and that an ordinance be introduced. 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 used
          auto sales on Lot 5, Block 1950, Eastern Division, located at 3117 Clark
          Boulevard; providing for publication and effective date.

      19. Public hearing concerning the application by Roberto Magallanes, amending
          the zoning ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 9, Block
          623, Eastern Division, located at 520 McPherson Avenue, from M-1 (Light
          Manufacturing District) to R-3 (Mixed Residential District); and that an
          ordinance be introduced. 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 9, Block 623, Eastern Division, located at 520 McPherson
          Avenue, from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to R-3 (Mixed Residential
          District), providing for publication and effective date.

      20. Public hearing concerning the application by Texas Mexican Railway
          Company, AFI Whse., authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit
          for warehousing of bagged sand on 15,940 square feet of the north 1/2 of
          the Texas Mexican Railway Company Right-of-Way through Block 1082, Eastern
          Division, as further by metes and bounds, located at 701 Buena Vista
          Avenue.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval of the
          Conditional Use Permit.

                            INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for warehousing of
          bagged sand on 15,940 square feet of the North 1/2 of the Texas Mexican
          Railway Company Right-of-Way through Block 1082, Eastern Division, as
          further described by metes and bounds, located at 701 Buena Vista Avenue;
          providing for publication and effective date.

      21. Public hearing concerning the application by Irma A. Garcia, amending the
          zoning ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning the south 1/2 of
          the southwest 1/4 of Block 40, Calton Garden Subdivision, located at 4601
          San Francisco Avenue, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1
          (Limited Business District); and that an ordinance be introduced. 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 the South 1/2 of the Southwest 1/4 of Block 40, Calton Garden
          Subdivision, located at 4601 San Francisco Avenue, from R-3 (Mixed
          Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Business District); providing for
          publication and effective date.

      22. Public hearing concerning the application by Gilberto Salazar, amending
          the zoning ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block
          1, Salazar Distribution Center, located at 14002 Mines Road, from B-1
          (Limited Business District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing District); and
          that an ordinance be introduced.  The Planning Zoning Commission
          recommends approval of the zone change.

                            INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance the zoning ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot
          1, Block 1, Salazar Distribution Center, located at 14002 Mines Road, from
          B-1 (Limited Business District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing District);
          providing for publication and effective date.

      23. Public hearing concerning the application by the Estate of Mike S.
          Jacaman, Carmen Jacaman, and Independent Executrix, authorizing the
          issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a pawn shop on Lot 10, Block 46,
          Western Division, located at 1019 Farragut Street; 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 a pawn
          shop on Lot 10, Block 46, Western Division, located at 1019 Farragut
          Street; providing for publication and effective date.

      24. Public hearing concerning the application by John D. Beckelhymer,
          authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a jewelry only
          pawn shop on Lot 4 and the South 8.56 Feet of Lot 3, Block 9, Western
          Division, located at 1102 Zaragoza Street; providing for publication and
          effective date.  The Planning and Commission recommends approval of the
          Conditional Use Permit.

                            INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a
          jewelry only pawn shop on Lot 4 and the South 8.56 Feet of Lot 3, Block 9,
          Western Division, located at 1102 Zaragoza Street; providing for
          publication and effective date.

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

      25. Award of a contract to the Low Bidder, Star Data Systems, San Antonio,
          Texas, in the amount of $47,444.00, to provide all required materials and
          installation of a certified voice and data telecommunications cabling
          system at the New Laredo Transit Center.

 XII.  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 25, 1997 AT 5:30 P.M.

                                  ________________________
                                   GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.
                                   CITY SECRETARY

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