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

                                     AGENDA

       A97-R-16                                   MAY 5, 1997

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

  IV.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

       2.  Amending Section 2-17 of Article II, Chapter 2 of the code of
           ordinances to create a utilities billing division in the Utilities
           Department, and to create a Tax Assessing and Collection Division in
           the Tax Department.  This amendment will restructure the Tax and
           Utilities Departments by moving the utilities billing function to the
           Utilities department.

       3.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with United Exports
           Trading Association (U.E.T.A.) of Texas, Inc., for approximately
           2,526 square feet out of Lot 10, Block 22, in the Western Division,
           City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, lying North of the concrete
           pavement connecting Salinas Street with Water Street.
           1.  Lease term is for three (3) years commencing on April 21, 1997
               and ending April 20, 2000,
           2.  Monthly rent will be $720.00, providing for effective date.

   V.  FINAL READINGS

       4. 97-O-099  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.  (Jose R. Perez Jr.)

       5. 97-O-100  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 Manufactur-
                    ing District) to R-3 (Mixed Residential District), providing
                    for publication and effective date.  (Joe A. Guerra)

       6. 97-O-101  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.
                    (Jose R. Perez)

       7. 97-O-102  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.  (Joe A. Guerra)

       8. 97-O-103  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.  (Consuelo Montalvo)

       9. 97-O-104  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. (Consuelo Montalvo)

      10. 97-O-105  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.  (Consuelo Montalvo)

  VI.  RESOLUTIONS

      11. 97-R-050  Opposing Senate Bill 1937 which will severely limit a local
                    government's right to manage their right-of-ways.

 VII.  MOTIONS

      12. Approval of a preliminary plan for the Three Points Affordable Housing
          Project as prepared by Sanchez and Sanchez Architects for 32 single
          family affordable housing dwellings for low income applicants ranging
          from $12,000.00, to $15,000.00/annual income. These homes will be
          located in an area bounded by Piedra China on the north, Mercer on the
          south, New York on the west and Canada on the east. The preliminary
          plan includes one (1) floor plan and four (4) different elevations
          (facades). At the March 3, 1997, meeting, City Council directed staff
          to develop a project to provide housing for low income families (those
          earning between $12,000.00 and $15,000.00 annually). Staff is seeking
          City Council authorization to proceed.

      13. Approval of plans and specifications as prepared by Frank Architects,
          Inc., and authorization to advertise for bids from general contractors
          for 50 single family affordable housing dwellings for low and moderate
          income applicants for the Los Obispos Affordable Housing Project Phase
          I, to be located on Block 2, Lots 1-50 at Los Obispos Subdivision,
          Unit V. The final plans include six (6) different floor plans and six
          (6) different front elevations (facades) for a home of approximately
          1,100 square feet. A tentative bid award is scheduled for June 23,
          1997.

      14. Approval of bid specifications and authorization to advertise for bids
          for the following:
          a) uniforms - Police/Fire Departments/Bridge System
          b) lawn maintenance services - Utilities Department/Bridge System
          c) purchase of a submersible sewage pump -Utilities Department -
             Wastewater Treatment Division.
          A tentative bid award is scheduled for June 16, 1997.

      15. Approval of construction plans and specifications and authorization to
          advertise for bids for the Alma Pierce Drainage Improvements. The
          project consists of extending an existing storm sewer along Logan
          Avenue from San Carlos Street to Ryan Street in order to improve the
          drainage around Alma Pierce Elementary School. A tentative bid award
          is scheduled for June 16, 1997.

      16. Approval of construction plans and specifications and authorization to
          advertise for bids for a New Air Conditioning System and its
          accompanying Roof Structural Support for the Bridge Administration
          Building located at the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge No. 2. A
          tentative bid award is scheduled for June 16, 1997.

      17. Award of a contract to the LOW BIDDER, Gillespie Ford, San Antonio,
          Texas, in the amount of $20,820.00, for the purchase of one 3/4 ton
          truck for the Community Development Department.  This vehicle will be
          equipped with a CNG bi-fuel fueling system. Funding is available in
          the department's capital outlay budget and will be used by the newly
          established graffiti removal crew. A total of two bids were received
          for a bi-fueled vehicle, while a total of three bids were received for
          a conventionally fueled vehicle. Delivery is anticipated within ninety
          days.

      18. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, Lucent Technologies Inc., San
          Antonio, Texas, in the amount of $53,327.91, for providing all
          required materials and installation of a certified voice and data
          telecommunications cabling system at the new Public Library building.
          The telecommunications cabling system will support voice and high
          speed data communications as well as a Community Antenna TV (CATV)
          distribution system and public address system. Funding is available in
          the new Main Library Construction Project Account. A total of three
          bids were received for this work. The system will be completed within
          sixty days.

      19. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, Brance-Krachy Company, Inc.,
          Houston, Texas, in the amount of $11,974.00, for the purchase of two,
          replacement motors with a gear reducers for the Utilities Department.
          These will be installed on #3 and #4 flocculators at the Jefferson
          Street Water Treatment plant. Flocculators mix the chemicals and water
          during the second stage of the water treatment process. Funding is
          available in the Utilities Department - Water Treatment, Capital
          Outlay Account. A total of two bids were received for this purchase.
          The motors will be delivered within two weeks.

      20. Award of annual supply contracts to the LOW BIDDER MEETING
          SPECIFICATIONS, U.S. Filter Corporation, Laredo, Texas, in the
          estimated amount of $138,648.33, for supplying water line repair
          clamps for the Utilities Department. All items will be purchased on an
          as need basis. A total of two bids were received for this purchase.
          Funding is available in the Utilities Department - Water Division
          Account. The contract pricing is approximately 5% more than the
          previous contract.

      21. Award of contract to the SOLE SOURCE PROVIDER, New York Blower,
          Willbrock, Illinois, in the amount of $15,495.80, for the purchase of
          two, replacement fan blowers, for the Utilities Department.  These
          will be installed at the Zacate Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant for
          the removal of hydrogen sulfide from the primary clarifiers. These
          blowers create a vacuum which directs the toxic hydrogen sulfide gases
          to a carbon filtering system within the clarifiers. Funding is
          available in the Utilities Department - Wastewater Treatment Capital
          Outlay Account. Delivery is expected within three weeks.  These
          blowers are available only from the original equipment manufacturer.

      22. Award of a construction contract to the LOWEST BIDDER, Pete Gallegos
          Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $333,823.00, for the
          Southgate Pilot Channel Improvements to be placed over an existing
          earthen ditch located along the east side of Canada Avenue,
          approximately 2,200 linear feet, and approximately 12 feet wide, from
          Norton Street to Ireland Street, curving southwesterly through the
          drainage easement located along the east side of New York Street to
          Southgate Boulevard. A total of two bids were received for this work.
          Funding is available in the Drainage Improvements Southgate Pilot
          Channel Account. Construction time is 70 working days.

      23. Award of a construction contract to the LOWEST BIDDER, Ramex
          Construction Company, Inc., Houston, Texas, in the amount of
          $103,995.00, for the Willow/Chacon Drainage Improvements. This project
          consists of the extension of an underground drainage system to
          alleviate erosion abutting private property at mid-block between Texas
          Avenue and U.S. Highway 83 between Willow and Chacon Streets. A total
          of two bids were received for this work. Funding is available in the
          Drainage Improvements Willow/Chacon Drainage Improvements Account.
          Construction time is 45 working days.

      24. Award of a construction contract to the LOWEST BIDDER MEETING
          SPECIFICATIONS, Pete Gallegos Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the
          amount of $313,682.32, for the City of Laredo and Laredo Independent
          School District (LISD) Sidewalk Program (13 Schools) for Buenos Aires
          Elementary, Ochoa/Sanchez Elementary, J.C. Martin Elementary, D.D.
          Hachar Elementary, Kawas Elementary, Ligarde Elementary, Daiches
          Elementary, Zachary Elementary, Cigarroa Middle, Memorial Middle,
          Lamar Middle, Cigarroa High and Nixon High Schools. The City of Laredo
          will pay 50% of the costs as will the Laredo Independent School
          District. A total of five bids were received for this work.  Funding
          is available in the Capital Improvement Fund School Sidewalks Account
          and in the Community Development Department. Construction time is 90
          working days.

      25. Approval of change order no. 3, a net increase of $18,201.49, to the
          construction contract with Ramex Construction Company, Houston, Texas,
          for
          a) the installation of two (2) additional security cameras and various
             other miscellaneous items
          b) to delete the circulation desk screen, and
          c) a savings on the interior signage
          at the City of Laredo New Main Library. This change order will also
          add 87 calendar days to the contract consisting of 21 calendar days
          for bad weather plus 66 calendar days for the additional work required
          for change order no. 3. The project is scheduled for completion by
          October 1997.  Original contract amount was $5,641,000.00.  This
          change order will bring the total to $5,760,003.00.  Funding is
          available in the New Main Library Buildings Capital Outlay Account.

      26. Awarding a professional consulting services contract for an amount not
          to exceed $126,720.00, to Carter and Burgess, Inc., Houston, Texas, to
          develop a Comprehensive Stormwater Management Ordinance(s) and Best
          Management Practices (BMP) guidance manual, as required by the City's
          National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) stormwater
          requirements. These ordinances and the BMP guidance manual will govern
          the criteria regarding special use permits for detention/retention
          ponds, and are the initiation of the Stormwater Master Planning
          Process. A total of four firms responded to the City's request for
          proposals.  Funding is available in the Environmental Engineering
          Division.

VIII.  CITY MANAGER'S REPORT

      27. Presentation regarding the status of the lease with the Laredo
           Children's Museum.

      28. Amending the HOME Investment Partnerships Program Policy and
          Procedures Manual as it pertains to Downpayment Assistance Program.
          The following are the proposed changes:
          a) increase the loan amount of $2,500.00, up to a maximum of
             $3,000.00,
          b) eliminate the 50% match required from the applicant,
          c) decrease the 5% interest on the principal loan amount to 0%, and
          d) define the deferred payment period to 3 years.  After the deferment
          period, the eligible borrower(s) will start making payments on the
          Downpayment Assistance Loan as per a predetermined schedule based on
          the loan amount.  There will not be any prepayment penalties. The
          repayment period may not exceed five years. A second Lien Deed of
          Trust with Vendor's Lien and Real Estate Lien Note will be recorded
          against the property being purchased.  The property should remain
          affordable for a period of five years. This program is Citywide and
          may be used towards the purchase of an existing or a newly constructed
          home. The proposed changes will allow the Citywide program to coincide
          with the recently approved Concord Hills Downpayment Assistance
          Program by providing qualifying applicants with assistance of up to
          $3,000.00.

      29. Presentation regarding the status of the City's National Pollutant
          Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) stormwater discharge requirements
          and acceptance of the permit issued by the U.S.  Environmental
          Protection Agency (EPA) in compliance with 40 CFR 122 and 124.

      30. Presentation regarding the status of the detention pond ordinance. An
          ordinance will be introduced at a subsequent meeting which will
          provide for the concrete lining of the detention pond's embankment.

      31. Discussion and possible action regarding proposed partial settlement
          agreement in Cause No. C-95-00259-D2 styled Jacaman Investment Group
          LTD., et al. v. City of Laredo with possible executive session for
          consultation with City Attorney, as per Section 551.071 of the Texas
          Government Code.

  IX.  COMMUNICATIONS

       a. Recognizing Les Norton and Dennis Longoria for their exemplary service
          to the City of Laredo Fire Fighters' and Police Officers' Civil
          Service Commission. Their service to the City is 16 and 11 years
          respectively.

       b. Recognizing the Department of Public Works for their receipt of the
          Texas Clean Cities 2000 award.

   X.  CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION AND PRESENTATION

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

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

       1. Recognizing the participation of City of Laredo employees in the 1996-
          1997 United Way Campaign.

    B.  Requests by Councilmember Louis H. Bruni

       1. Status report on the Air Passenger Survey conducted by the City of
          Laredo's airport consultant Vesta Rae Associates, with possible
          action.

       2. Staff presentation regarding a cost proposal for the inclusion of
          Ponderosa Street into a current paving program, with possible action.

       3. Staff presentation regarding a proposal to deal with the problem of
          vehicles accessing Casa Blanca Road from Clubview Drive.

    C.  Requests by Councilmember Alfonso I. Casso

       1. Discussion and possible action regarding the landfill and the
          possibility of producing electricity.

       2. Discussion and possible action regarding the planting of cypress trees
          on Meadow Street in front of both cemeteries.

       3. Discussion and possible action regarding the parking of tractor
          trailers in residential areas.

       4. Discussion and possible action regarding the collection of city taxes
          by the county.  (Co-sponsored by Councilman Louis H. Bruni)

       5. Discussion and possible action regarding the repaving of Malinche
          Street.

       6. Discussion and possible action regarding the proposed dam by Webb
          County.

    D.  Requests by Councilmember Joe A. Guerra

       1. Discussion and possible action concerning a presentation by Dr. Hector
          Farias regarding international trade.

    E.  Requests by Councilmember Mario G. Alvarado

       1. Discussion and possible action requesting traffic department staff to
          review the traffic light signals change sequence from Del Mar
          Boulevard and Santa Maria up to Del Mar and Springfield in order to
          help improve the flow of traffic.  (Co-sponsored by Joe A. Guerra)

       2. Discussion and possible action requesting traffic department staff to
          meet with Farias School Administrators to work on a temporary road
          block plan during the schools pickup and dropoff hours.

       3. Discussion and possible action requesting traffic department staff for
          street crossing times for Farias Elementary School.

       4. Discussion and possible action requesting Public Works to setup a
          schedule for street sweeper maintenance along the Mines Road area.

       5. Report from Public Works on repair work scheduled for San Lorenzo
          Street at the 8300 block area.

    F.  Requests by Councilmember Consuelo "Chelo" Montalvo

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

  XI.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

      33. Public hearing concerning the adoption of an ordinance setting the
          rates to be charged by El Metro for parking at the Laredo Transit
          Center, located at 1300 Farragut Street, Laredo, Texas, and for
          various miscellaneous fees related to contract parking as follows:
          a) daily parking rate shall be $1.50 per hour or portion thereof,
             subject to a daily maximum of $7.50.
          b) Contract parking rate shall be $75.00, per month. $40.00, shall be
             charged for the initial month of a contract if it begins on or
             after the 16th day of the month. Otherwise, no proportion of the
             monthly rate shall apply at either the beginning or end of a
             contract term.
          c) The following miscellaneous fees shall also apply:
             1) refundable key deposit: $10.00,
             2) replacement charge for damaged key: $10.00,
             3) replacement charge for lost key: $25.00.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance setting the rates to be charged by El Metro for parking at
          the Laredo Transit Center, located at 1300 Farragut Street, Laredo,
          Texas, and for various miscellaneous fees related to contract parking
          as follows:
          a) daily parking rate shall be $1.50 per hour or portion thereof,
             subject to a daily maximum of $7.50.
          b) Contract parking rate shall be $75.00, per month. $40.00, shall be
             charged for the initial month of a contract if it begins on or
             after the 16th day of the month. Otherwise, no proportion of the
             monthly rate shall apply at either the beginning or end of a
             contract term.
          c) The following miscellaneous fees shall also apply:
             1) refundable key deposit: $10.00,
             2) replacement charge for damaged key: $10.00,
             3) replacement charge for lost key: $25.00.
           Providing for publication and a July 4, 1997, effective date.

      34. Public hearing regarding the adoption of the Los Dos Laredos
          Environmental Management Plan.  The environmental plan is a bi-
          national planning project developed jointly by staff in Laredo, Texas
          and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas.

          97-R-049  Resolution authorizing the adoption of Los Dos Laredos
                    Environmental Management Plan, a Bi-National planning
                    project.

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

      35. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, Leyendecker Lumber, Laredo,
          Texas, in the amount of $23,928.00, 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.  Funding is available in the LMHC's Capital Outlay Account.
          A total of six bids were received for this purchase. The contract is
          approximately 6% less than the previous contract price.

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

      36. Award of contracts to the LOW BIDDER Autophone of Laredo, Inc.,
          Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $20,160.00, for the purchase and
          installation of fifteen mobile radios for the new transit buses.


                               SUPPLEMENTAL AGENDA

VIII.  RESOLUTIONS

      xx. 97-R-045  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a multi-year grant
                    from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the amount
                    of $1,149,990.00, said grant is derived by adding the Fiscal
                    Year 1997 and Fiscal Year 1998 Passenger and Cargo
                    Entitlement Funds available to the City under FAA's Airport
                    Improvement Program and acknowledging the sum of
                    $127,777.00, as the City's local matching funds for the
                    purpose of constructing the access road and parking lot to
                    the new airport passenger terminal at the Laredo
                    International Airport.

VIII.  MOTIONS

      25. Award of a construction contract to the LOWEST BIDDER, 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 new airport passenger
          terminal during the next five to six months. A total of three bids
          were received for this work. Funding for this contract is available in
          the New Airport Passenger Terminal.  The Federal Aviation
          Administration is funding approximately 90 percent of the cost.
          Construction time is 180 working days.


 XIV.  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, MAY 2, 1997 AT 5:30 P.M.


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                                   GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.
                                   CITY SECRETARY