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


                                      AGENDA


       A97-R-18                                   MAY 27, 1997

   I.  CALL TO ORDER
  II.  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
 III.  ROLL CALL
  IV.  FINAL READINGS


       2. 97-O-108  Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary
                    documents to effectively convey fee simple title to Mr. Gilbert
                    Narvaez and wife Diana G.  Narvaez for the sale at fair market
                    value of "The Surface Only" of certain property described as
                    being a tract of land containing 0.17715 of an acre (7,716.73
                    square feet) more or less, being out of the southerly 138.89' x
                    55.56' of Lot 4-A, Block 1980 formerly known as the south half
                    section of the 2000 block of S.  Smith Avenue between Chestnut
                    and Vicente Streets situated in the Eastern Division, City of
                    Laredo, Webb County, Texas, and providing for effective date.
                    (City Council)

       3. 97-O-109  Ordinance closing as a public easement those sections of:
                    A.  South Buena Vista between Chacota and Tinaja Streets, also
                        known as the 2600 block of South Buena Vista Avenue;
                    B.  Chacota Street between South Buena Vista and Tapeyste
                        Avenues, also; known as the 1800 block of Chacota Street,
                        situated in the Eastern Division, and providing for an
                        effective date.  (City Council)

       4. 97-O-110  Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary
                    documents to effectively convey title to a 0.2253 acre tract of
                    land and a 0.2343 acre tract of land to Gateway Centennial
                    Development Co. Inc., and Northtown Development Co.  Inc., in
                    accordance with the terms of the agreement approved by
                    Resolution No. 91-R-067 dated August 14, 1991.  Said properties
                    were to be reconveyed to the grantors in the event that the City
                    of Laredo was unable to meet the mutually agreed-upon deadline
                    date for acquisition of the necessary right-of-way for the
                    project. Said tracts being situated in North Creek Plaza
                    Subdivision, Webb County, Texas, and providing for effective
                    date.  (As Amended) (Joe A.  Guerra)

       5. 97-O-111  Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary
                    documents to effectively convey the "Surface Only" of an
                    approximately 0.556 acre tract of land, (approximately 24,224
                    square feet) out of a 1.0 acre tract of land out of Block 1, Don
                    Rey of Texas, Inc., as per plat recorded in Volume 5, page 82 of
                    the plat records of Webb County, Texas, with improvements
                    located at 202 West Del Mar Boulevard (formerly the Dairy Queen
                    Restaurant), to Gateway Centennial Development Company, Inc.,
                    and Northtown Development Company, Inc., as described in
                    "Exhibits A" and providing for an effective date.  A total of
                    four proposals were received for this purchase. Said property
                    being sold to the highest bidder as accepted by the Laredo City
                    Council pursuant to public sale of the property on May 19, 1997.
                    (Joe A. Guerra)

       6. 97-O-112  Ordinance adopting a annual budget for the new fund, Friends of
                    the Library Trust Fund for a donation by the Friends of the
                    Library, Laredo, Texas, Inc. in the amount of $125,000.00 to be
                    used for enhancements for the New Main Library.  (City Council)

       7. 97-O-113  Ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 1996-97 Annual Budget
                    to increase the revenues by an amount of $1,890,990.00 received
                    from Federal Aviation Administration Grant Offer No. 3-48-0136-
                    19-97 and from an amendment to Grant Offer No. 3-48-0136-18-96
                    and appropriating $2,111,101.00 comprising of the $1,890,990.00
                    in grants received plus the local match of $211,111.00 to the
                    Airport Capital Outlay/Improvements other than Buildings account
                    for the purpose of constructing the access road and parking lot
                    to the new airport passenger terminal. The local match is
                    available in the Airport new passenger terminal reserve account
                    line item.  (Louis H. Bruni)

       8. 97-O-114  Ordinance amending Ordinance No. 92-O-021 authorizing the Health
                    Department to increase the fee from $5.00 to $10.00 per person
                    who are not health department patients for phlebotomy services
                    at the Health Department Laboratory; and providing for
                    publication and effective date.  (City Council)

       9. 97-O-115  Ordinance approving an amendment to the contract with the Texas
                    Department of Health for a budget revision for additional funds
                    for a total of $1,880.00 and extending the terms of the Border
                    Area Survey of the City of Laredo Health Department for the
                    period beginning September 1, 1996 through July 31, 1997.
                    (City Council)

      10. 97-O-116  Ordinance amending Ordinance No. 94-O-208 with a revised fee
                    schedule and sliding fee scale for the Child Dental Health
                    Clinic of the City of Laredo Health Department; and providing
                    for effective date and publication. (City Council)

      11. 97-O-117  Ordinance amending Ordinance No. 90-O-179 to revise the fee
                    schedule for clinical services for the primary Health Care
                    Services (La Familia) Program and the Adult Health/Chronic
                    Disease Prevention (Buena Vida) Program of the City of Laredo
                    Health Department, providing for effective date and publication.
                    (City Council)

      12. 97-O-118  Ordinance to amend the City of Laredo's 1996-97 Annual Budget by
                    increasing the Drainage Fund revenues and expenditures by
                    $225,172.00 and authorizing the City Manager to implement said
                    budget.  The increase of $225,172.00 in revenues and
                    expenditures in the Drainage Fund is needed to complete funding
                    for the construction contract of the Santa Maria Avenue Drainage
                    Improvements between Del Mar Boulevard and Markley Lane.
                    (Mario G. Alvarado)

   V.  RESOLUTIONS

      13. 97-R-056  Adopting the list of capital improvement projects to be
                    submitted to the South Texas Development Council (STDC) for
                    incorporation in the Overall Economic Development Program Plan
                    (OEDP) to be provided to the U.S. Department of Commerce,
                    Economic Development Administration (EDA) for potential funding
                    consideration and authorizing the City Manager to submit a
                    follow-up grant application as may be directed by EDA.  Projects
                    named include:
                    1.  The Airport Redevelopment Project
                    2.  El Portal Riverfront Development Project
                    3.  The Extension of a 16" Diameter main on F.M. 1472 (Mines
                        Road) and Supporting 5 Million Gallon Water Storage Tank and
                        Booster Station Project
                    4.  The Extension of 16" Waterline from Larga Vista to the Fire
                        Fighting Training Facility Project.

      14. 97-R-057  Accepting the donation of nine parcels of land as utility
                    easements for construction of the San Salvador/ Pine/Chestnut
                    drainage improvements project said parcels being located in the
                    Eastern Division of the City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas and
                    said nine parcels of land being further described as:
                    Parcel 1 - A 1,951.14 square feet tract of land, more or less,
                    being out of and a part of the South 92.89 feet of Lot Number 6,
                    Block Number 1919, Eastern Division, as per the City of Laredo
                    original land grant, recorded in Volume 7, Page 15, plat records
                    of Webb County, Texas;
                    Parcel 2 - A 4,106.05 square feet tract of land, more or less,
                    being out of and a part of Lot Number 7, Block Number 1919,
                    Eastern Division, as per the City of Laredo original land grant,
                    recorded in Volume 7, Page 15, plat records of Webb County,
                    Texas;

                    Parcel 3 - A 468.35 square feet tract of land, more or less,
                    being out of and a part of the North 46 feet of Lot Number 6,
                    Block Number 1919, Eastern Division, as per the City of Laredo
                    original land grant, recorded in Volume 7, Page 15 plat records
                    of Webb County, Texas;

                    Parcel 4 - A 288.52. square feet tract of land, more or less,
                    being out of and a part of Lot Number 3, Block Number 1919,
                    Eastern Division, as per the City of Laredo original land grant,
                    recorded in Volume 7, Page 15, plat records of Webb County,
                    Texas;

                    Parcel 5 - A 3,820.95 square feet tract of land, more or less,
                    being out of and a part of the East 2/3 of Lot Number 2, Block
                    Number 1919, Eastern Division, as per the City of Laredo
                    original land grant, recorded in Volume 7, Page 15, plat records
                    of Webb County, Texas;

                    Parcel 6 - A 3,194.63.14 square feet tract of land, more or
                    less, being out of and a part of Lot Number 1 and the West 1/3
                    of Lot Number 2, Block Number 1919, Eastern Division, as per the
                    City of Laredo original land grant, recorded in Volume 7, Page
                    15, plat records of Webb County, Texas;

                    Parcel 7 - A 730.97 square feet tract of land, more or less,
                    being out of and a part of Lot Number 12, Block Number 1920,
                    Eastern Division, as per the City of Laredo original land grant,
                    recorded in Volume 7, Page 15, plat records of Webb County,
                    Texas;

                    Parcel 8 - A 618.67 square feet tract of land, more or less,
                    being out of and a part of the West 46.29 feet of Lot Number 6,
                    Block Number 1887, Eastern Division, as per the City of Laredo
                    original land grant, recorded in Volume 7, Page 15, plat records
                    of Webb County, Texas;

                    Parcel 9 - A 974.48 square feet tract of land, more or less,
                    being out of and a part of a property comprised of Lot Numbers
                    4, 5, and 6, Block Number 1886-A, Eastern Division, as per the
                    City of Laredo original land grant, recorded in Volume 7, Page
                    14, plat records of Webb County, Texas; further described by
                    metes and bounds.

  VI.  MOTIONS

      15. Authorization to advertise for Request for Proposals (RFPs) for consulting
          services to prepare an engineering preliminary survey and a survey of
          final improvements for 50 single family dwellings of affordable housing
          for low and moderate income applicants for Los Obispos Affordable Housing
          Project Phase I, located on Block 2, Lots 1-50 at Los Obispos Subdivision,
          Unit V.

      16. Authorization the line item transfer of Community Development Block Grant
          Funds from the Azteca Neighborhood Wastewater Improvements Project fund
          balance of $54,966.18 to the Santo Nino Wastewater Improvement Project for
          the construction of a 12" wastewater trunkline of approximately 3,500
          linear feet and authorizing the City Manager to advertise the Request for
          Proposals from qualified engineers for the design of this sewer line.
          This project will design a 12" wastewater trunk line that will help
          relieve the existing 10" wastewater line on Santa Clara Street that
          carries wastewater from a wide area in the Santo Nino and Las Americas
          neighborhoods.

      17. Award of a construction contract to the SOLE BIDDER, Ramex Construction
          Company, Houston, Texas, in the amount of $908,136.00 for the San
          Salvador/Pine/Chestnut Drainage Improvements.  Funding is available from
          Community Development Department monies. Contract time is 130 working
          days.  This item was tabled at the 5/19/97 City Council meeting as a
          result of easement acquisition concerns.  These have been taken care of
          and the project is ready to move forward.

      18. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER MEETING SPECIFICATIONS, Simon Ladder
          Towers, Inc., Epharate, PA., in the amount of $494,053.00, for the
          purchase of an aerial fire truck.  This truck will be a replacement for a
          1974 model aerial truck. The truck will be equipped with a 100 foot aerial
          apparatus, a 2,000 gpm (gallons per minute) fire pump, and a 300 gallon
          water tank.  The unit will be ready for delivery within thirty to sixty
          days.  Funding is available from contractual obligation bond monies.

      19. Approval of change order no. 1, an increase of $11,027.08 to the
          construction contract with Cutler Repaving Inc. to add per City Council
          Action on May 19, 1997 the 1300 and 1400 blocks of Hibiscus Lane and the
          1300 and 1400 Blocks of Wildrose Lane to the construction contract with
          Cutler Repaving, Inc., Lawrence, Kansas for the 1996-1997 Street Recycling
          Project (133.5 Blocks).  New total of blocks is 137.5 Blocks.  Funding is
          available in the Capital Improvement Fund Street Materials.

 VII.  CITY MANAGER'S REPORT

      20. Request for Executive Session pursuant to Section 551.071 of the Texas
          Government Code and consultation with Attorney to discuss the status and
          possible action to be taken regarding pending lawsuits for the City of
          Laredo:  a) Cause No. 96-CVQ01424-D3, In Re: Grand Jury Proceeding Re:
          Gustavo Guevara and the City of Laredo, in the 341st District Court of
          Webb County, Texas, b) City of Laredo v. Jose Rubio, Jr., et.al. Cause
          Number 96-CVQ-01548-D2, in the 111th District Court of Webb County, Texas,
          being handled by the Law Firm of Hunt, Hermansen, McKibben, and English.

      21. Request for Executive Session to be conducted pursuant to Section 551.071
          of the Texas Government Code to discuss possible litigation regarding a
          report prepared by Keith Lyons and Associates, Inc., regarding the Fleet
          Management Division.

      22. Presentation and possible action regarding the administrative
          investigation concerning the recovery of stolen vehicles from Nuevo Laredo
          on April 16, 1997. Briefing by Risk Manager, Gilbert Sanchez and Internal
          Affairs Investigator Sergio Moreno on the findings of the administrative
          investigation of April 16, 1997, stolen vehicle operation.

      23. Consideration and action instructing the City Manager to proceed with the
          selection of the Chief of Police.

      24. 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 for
             households with incomes of up to 80% of housing area median family
             income and $5,000.00 for households with incomes equal to or below 60%
             of housing area median family income.
          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.  e) recommend that
          assisted homebuyers make a minimum investment of $1,000.00
          f) recommend that assisted homebuyers enroll in a homebuyers course and
             that no more than $50.00 be used from downpayment assistance to pay for
             such course.
          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. This
          item was tabled at the May 5, 1997, City Council Meeting, as a result of
          concerns raised by members of the building community. Staff has met with
          members of the Laredo Builders Association. The above is a blending of
          staff's original proposals as well as those suggestions from the building
          community.

VIII.  COMMUNICATIONS

  IX.  CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION AND PRESENTATION


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

    A.  Requests by Councilmember Louis H. Bruni

       1. Requesting a status report on the external audit which has been conducted
          at the Fleet Maintenance Division with possible Executive Session pursuant
          to Section 551.071 of the Texas Government Code to discuss possible
          litigation, with possible action.

       2. Requesting a legal opinion from the City Attorney concerning Ordinance No.
          91-O-100, as well as a written response from the Texas Natural Resource
          Conservation Commission pertaining to Wet Water Rights, with possible
          action.

       3. Discussion and possible action concerning approaching the developers of
          North Heights Subdivision and request they consider opening Willow Creek
          Avenue as an additional access point for North Heights Subdivision.

       4. Discussion and possible action concerning the addition of the 2300 to the
          2700 Blocks of Plum Street to the Street Recycling Program.

       5. Discussion and possible action concerning reducing the speed limit on the
          2300 to the 2700 Blocks of Plum Street from 30 mph to 20 mph.

       6. Discussion and possible action concerning the addition of the 2300 to the
          2700 Blocks of Plum Street to the "Street Hump Pilot Project."

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

       1. Discussion and possible action regarding the hiring of a consultant for
          the privitization of the city's Utilities Department.

    C.  Requests by Councilmember Joe A. Guerra

       1. Discussion and possible concerning the placement of the following list of
          streets:
          1.  Entire length of Widener Lane
          2.  Winchester from Boise to Eaton
          3.  Nye from Fenwick to Boise
          4.  Boise from Plymouth to Widener into next years Street Recycling
              Program.

   X.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

      26. Public hearing concerning the application by Joaquin and Dolores Vasquez,
          amending the zoning ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning the
          west 46.3 feet of Lot 3, Block 1059, Eastern Division, located at 1915
          Norton Street from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-3 (Community
          Business 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 the west 46.3 feet of Lot 3, Block 1059, Eastern Division,
          located at 1915 Norton Street from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-3
          (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective
          date.

      27. Public hearing concerning the application by Veronica Flores, amending the
          Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning all of Block
          1777, Eastern Division, located north of Diaz Street between New York
          Avenue and Canada Avenue, from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to
          R-3 (Mixed Residential District). The Planning 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 all of Block 1777, Eastern Division, located north of Diaz Street
          between New York Avenue and Canada Avenue, from R-2 (Multi-Family
          Residential District) to R-3 (Mixed Residential District); providing for
          publication and effective date.

      28. Public hearing concerning the application by Dolores Hernandez, amending
          the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 8, Block
          2031, Eastern Division, located at 3220 Santa Barbara Street from R-3
          (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Business District).  The
          Planning and Zoning Commission recommends denial of the zone change.  This
          is an appeal from the Planning and Zoning Commission.

                            INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning Lot 8, Block 2031, Eastern Division, located at 3220 Santa
          Barbara Street from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited
          Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

      29. Public hearing concerning the application by Ernesto J. Cardenas, amending
          the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 7, and
          part of Lot 6, Lot 8 and part of Lot 5, Block 1705, Eastern Division,
          located at 2820 Chihuahua Street from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to
          B-1 (Limited Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission
          recommends denial of the zone change.  This is an appeal from the Planning
          and Zoning Commission.

                            INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning Lot 7, and part of Lot 6, Lot 8 and part of Lot 5, Block 1705,
          Eastern Division, located at 2820 Chihuahua Street from R-3 (Mixed
          Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Business District); providing for
          publication and effective date.

      30. Public hearing concerning the application by Arturo and Juanita Alvarez,
          amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot
          2, Block 600, Eastern Division, located at 1217 Hendricks Avenue from B-1
          (Limited Business District) to 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 Lot 2, Block 600, Eastern Division, located at 1217 Hendricks
          Avenue from B-1 (Limited Business District) to R-O (Residential/Office
          District); providing for publication and effective date.

      31. Public hearing concerning the application by Francisco and Tomasa
          Hernandez, amending Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning Lot 4, Block 1412, Eastern Division, located at 2414 Market
          Street from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Business
          District). The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval of the
          zone change.

                            INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning Lot 4, Block 1412, Eastern Division, located at 2414 Market
          Street from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Business
          District); providing for publication and effective date.

      32. Public hearing concerning the application by Francisco Velazquez, amending
          the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning the west 2/3
          of Lot 1, Block 876, Eastern Division, located at 2719 Meadow Avenue from
          R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Business 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 the west 2/3 of Lot 1, Block 876, Eastern Division, located at
          2719 Meadow Avenue from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited
          Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

      33. Public hearing concerning the application by Juan Manuel Esparza, amending
          the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block
          448, Eastern Division, located at 119 East Bustamante Street from R-3
          (Mixed Residential District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).  The
          Planning and Zoning Commission recommends denial of the zone change.  This
          is an appeal from the Planning and Zoning Commission.

                            INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning Lot 1, Block 448, Eastern Division, located at 119 East
          Bustamante Street from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-4 (Highway
          Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.

      34. Public hearing concerning the application by Rogelio Garcia, amending the
          Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning the north 60 feet
          of the south 110 feet of the east 48 feet and the southeast corner 50 x
          148 feet of the south 1/2 of Block 41, Calton Gardens Subdivision, located
          at 4602 and 4604 San Francisco, from B-1 (Limited Business District) to B-
          3 (Community Business 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 the north 60 feet of the south 110 feet of the east 48 feet and
          the southeast corner 50 x 148 feet of the south 1/2 of Block 41, Calton
          Gardens Subdivision, located at 4602 and 4604 San Francisco, from B-1
          (Limited Business District) to B-3 (Community Business District);
          providing for publication and effective date.

      35. Public hearing concerning the application by Kay Carmona, authorizing the
          issuance of a Special Use Permit for a Mobile Home Park known as Carmona's
          Mobile Home Park, on Block 2, 3, 15, and 18, out of the Calton Gardens
          Subdivision, located at 5000 Gallagher Avenue.  The Planning and Zoning
          Commission recommends approval of the Special Use Permit and variance.

                            INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for a Mobile
          Home Park known as Carmona's Mobile Home Park, on Block 2, 3, 15, and 18,
          out of the Calton Gardens Subdivision, located at 5000 Gallagher Avenue;
          providing for publication and effective date.

  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, MAY 23, 1997 AT 5:30
       P.M.

                                  ________________________
                                   GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.
                                   CITY SECRETARY