CITY OF LAREDO CITY COUNCIL MEETING


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

AGENDA
       A97-R-20                                                       JUNE 16, 1997

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

       2.  City Council Meeting of May 19, 1997
           City Council Meeting of May 27, 1997
           COPS Workshop May 29, 1997

   V.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES


       3.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to
           effectively convey the "Surface Only" of Lot 2, Block 2165-A, Eastern
           Division, as per replat recorded in Volume 16, Page 93, of the Webb County
           Plat Records, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas, also known to be
           located on the 2400 block of Diaz Street to Jesus Javier Martinez and
           providing for an effective date.  Said property is being sold to the
           highest bidder as accepted by City Council pursuant to public sale of this
           property on May 28, 1997.

       4.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to
           effectively convey fee simple title to Cesar J. Cabello and Amparo A.
           Cabello for the sale of the "Surface Only" of a 0.3543 of an acre
           (15,433.46 square feet) tract of land being out of and a part of the
           former Martin Avenue between Laredo and Guadalupe Streets, also known as
           the 1200 block of Martin Avenue and providing for effective date.  Said
           property being sold to the highest bidder as accepted by City Council
           pursuant to public sale of this property on May 28, 1997.

  VI.  FINAL READINGS

       5. 97-O-108  Ordinance authorizing the adoption of the following rates to be
                    charged by EL METRO for public parking at the Laredo Transit
                    Center, 1300 Farragut Street, Laredo, Texas, and for
                    miscellaneous fees related to contract parking.
                    * The rate for daily parking shall be $.75 per hour, or portion
                      thereof, subject to a daily maximum of $6.00.
                    * The contract parking rate shall be $40.00 per month.  $25.00
                      shall be charged for the initial month of a contract if it
                      begins on or after the 16th day of the month.  Otherwise, no
                      proration of the monthly rate shall apply at either the
                      beginning or end of a contract term.
                    * In addition to the rate for contract parking, the following
                      fees shall apply:
                      a. Refundable key deposit: $10.00
                      b. Replacement charge for damaged key $10.00
                      c. Replacement charge for lost key $25.00
                    This ordinance provides for publication and an August 1, 1997
                    effective date.  (As amended)  (City Council)

       6. 97-O-127  Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary
                    documents to effectively convey fee simple title to Marcel C.
                    Notzon, II and wife Nora Lee Notzon for the sale at fair market
                    value of "The Surface Only" of certain properties described as
                    being 0.3542 of an acre (15,432 square feet) more or less of a
                    tract of land out of the former South Buena Vista Avenue between
                    Chacota and Tinaja Streets, also known as the 2600 block of South
                    Buena Vista Avenue; and a 0.3542 of an acre (15,432 square feet)
                    more or less of a tract of land out of the former Chacota Street
                    between South Buena Vista and Tapeyste Avenues, also known as the
                    1800 block of Chacota Street, situated in the Eastern Division,
                    City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, providing for an effective
                    date.  (City Council)

       7. 97-O-128  Ordinance authorizing the abandonment and vacating of a 17.7 wide
                    alley dedicated for public use in Block 893, Eastern Division,
                    City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, which traverses the middle of
                    said block from east to west through its entire length, and abuts
                    the north side of Lots 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12, and abuts the
                    south side of Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6, and providing for the
                    reversion of the public's interest in said alley to the abutting
                    landowners, and providing for an effective date. (City Council)

 VII.  RESOLUTIONS

       8. 97-R-061  Resolution authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from
                    the Governor's Office for funding of personnel and direct
                    operating expenses for a Multi-Agency Narcotics Task Force in the
                    amount of $711,562.00, with the City designating $370,905.00 in
                    matching funds for a total of $1,082,467.00 for the period
                    beginning June 1, 1997 and ending May 31, 1998 and authorizing
                    the City Manager to sign any and all documents pertaining to this
                    grant application. This will be the 11th year of funding for this
                    grant.

       9. 97-R-062  Resolution authorizing the City Manager to submit an application
                    to the Federal Aviation Administration to request that the Laredo
                    International Airport continue to participate in the Military
                    Airport Program (MAP) for a subsequent five year period beyond FY
                    1997.  The Military Airport Program provides grant assistance to
                    participating airports for conversion and capacity related
                    projects.  Laredo International Airport, formerly Laredo Air
                    Force Base is an eligible airport first approved for MAP
                    participation during 1993. The City's application requests $96.4
                    million funding assistance over a five-year period.

      10. 97-R-063  Resolution authorizing the City Manager to submit an application
                    to the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission for a grant
                    in the amount of $49,922.07, for continuation of the City of
                    Laredo's used oil collection and recycling program for the period
                    from October 1, 1997 through September 30, 1998.

      11. 97-R-064  Resolution expressing the position of the City Council that the
                    current membership on the Laredo Urban Transportation Study
                    Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Committee remain as it
                    currently exists.

      12. 97-R-065  Declaring the public necessity to acquire the "Surface Only" of
                    twenty parcels of land for the Lafayette Street widening project.
                    Said parcels being Lot 5, Block 881; Lots 1, 2, 3 and 4, Block
                    882; Lots 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12, Block 908; Lots 7, 8, 9, 10,
                    11, and 12, Block 909; the South 46.29 feet of Lots 7 and 8, and
                    all of Lots 9 and 10, Block 910; all situated in the Western
                    Division of the City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; and
                    authorizing payments to persons who will be displaced as a result
                    of the acquisition of those properties.

VIII.  MOTIONS

      13. Authorizing the City Manager to submit an Advancing Community Policing
          Grant Application to the U.S.  Department of Justice/Office of Community
          Oriented Policing Services in the amount of $250,000.00, for the period of
          September 1, 1997 through August 31, 1998.

      14. Appointing the members of the City of Laredo/Webb County Criminal Justice
          Committee to serve as the Advisory Board for the Local Law Enforcement
          Block Grant Program.  This committee consists of representatives from the
          Laredo Police Department; Laredo Independent School District, United
          Independent School District; the Texas Department of Human Services; the
          District Attorney's Office; Sheriff's Department; Community Supervision
          Corrections Department; Juvenile Probation Department; and County
          Commissioner's Court. The board will make nonbinding recommendations for
          the proposed use of funds received under this program and there must be at
          least one public hearing regarding the use of these funds.

      15. Approval of bid specifications and authorization to advertise for bids for
          the following:
          a) safety footwear - all departments
          b) janitorial equipment - Airport Department
          A tentative bid award is scheduled for
          July 21, 1997.

      16. Approve the bid specifications for the proposed public sale of two
          approximate 3.0 acres tracts of Airport Fund non-aeronautical use land
          located at the Laredo International Airport and authorizing the City
          Manager to solicit bids from the public.  The subject property is bounded
          by Saunders Hwy 59 on the south, Bartlett to the east, San Pedro to the
          north and the new Mercy Regional Medical Center Hospital to the west.  The
          appraised value of Tract No. 1 is $1,484,000.00 and $918,000.00, for Tract
          No. 2.

      17. Authorization to advertise for Request for Proposals (RFPs) to provide
          Professional Engineering and/or Surveying Services for Cells 9 and 10 of
          the City of Laredo Type I Landfill located on Texas Highway 359 and to
          include engineering design, preparation of plans and specifications with
          cost estimates, construction quality assurance, boundary and topographic
          surveying as required for compliance with the Texas Natural Resource
          Conservation Commission's Subtitle D Requirements of 30 TAC 330 Municipal
          Solid Waste Regulations.

      18. Authorizing the City Manager to request proposals from financial
          institutions interested in providing permanent mortgage financing of up to
          $40,000.00, per unit to qualifying low income homebuyers for the Los
          Obispos Affordable Housing Project, Phase I which consists of the
          construction of 50 single family units.

      19. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, Pumps Unlimited Inc., Co., San
          Antonio, Texas, in the amount of $22,274.00, for the purchase of one
          submersible sewage pump for the Utilities Department.  This replacement
          pump will be installed at the Zacate Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant's
          bifilter pump station.  Delivery is expected within sixteen weeks. Funding
          is available in the Utilities Department - Wastewater Treatment Division. A
          total of 3 bids were received.

      20. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, Chaparral Ford, Inc., Devine, Texas,
          in the amount of $47,811.00, for the purchase of one 1/2 ton extended cab
          truck ($23,111.74) for the Public Works Department and one truck
          ($24,699.85) for the Risk Management Fund.  These vehicles will be equipped
          with CNG bi-fuel fueling systems. Funding is available in the department's
          capital outlay budget. Delivery is anticipated within ninety days.
          A total of 3 bids were received for the 1/2 ton Extended Cab Truck and a
          total of 3 bids were received for the truck.

      21. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, Unisource, Corpus Christi, Texas, in
          the amount of $23,500.00, for the purchase of 500,000 plastic bags for use
          in the City's Recycling Program.  The per unit price is the $0.002/bag less
          than the previous contract purchase. A total of five bids were received.
          Funding is available in the Landfill/Recycling Trust Fund budget.

      22. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER MEETING SPECIFICATIONS, Industrial
          International, Inc., Helotes, Texas, in the estimated amount of $56,926.00,
          for the purchase of approximately eighty fire hydrants for use by the
          Utilities Department in construction and replacement projects. The bid
          pricing will be fixed for the six month contract period and all hydrants
          will be purchased on an as need basis. The bid pricing is approximately 8%
          higher than the previous contract period. Funding is available in the
          Utilities Department - Water Transmission/Distribution Division Account. A
          total of 3 bids were received.

      23. Award of contract to Micron Electronics Inc., Namp, Idaho, a State of Texas
          Qualified Information System Vendor, in the amount of $43,678.00, for the
          purchase of twenty four personal computers for the Police Department's
          Financial Task Force. State grant funding will be used to purchase these
          computers. This purchase is contingent upon authorization from the HIDTA
          Director. Staff is recommending purchasing these computers through the
          State of Texas - Catalogue Purchase Program.  Funding is available in the
          Financial Task Force 1996-1997 Grant - Capital Outlay.

      24. Award of a contract to Danny R. Anderson Consultants, Inc., Laredo, Texas,
          for an amount not to exceed $45,805.00 to provide Laboratory, Sampling and
          Testing Services of materials for quality control for the Laredo
          International Airport Passenger Terminal and Related Airside/Landside
          Improvements Phase "C" which includes access road, parking lots, concrete
          drives, brick pavers, sanitary sewer and water system, irrigation,
          landscaping, and site lighting.  Funding is available in Inspection Fees
          Account.

      25. Selection of seven (7) Professional Architectural/ Engineering (A/E)
          contracts and authorization for the City Manager to negotiate professional
          Architectural/Engineering fees to provide surveying, design and preparation
          of plans and specifications for the City of Laredo Capital Improvements
          Projects for the FY 96-97 as follows:
          1. Fire Fighting Facility to Mejia Engineering Company. Funding is
             available in Fire Training Facility Fund Engineering Fees Account.
          2. International Bridge No. 1 Pavement Reconstruction at Approaches, Phase
             I to Foster Engineering. Funding is available in Bridge Fund
             Construction Project Import Lot Line Item.
          3. Construction of sidewalks along Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
             Residential Neighborhood to connect to local schools to G.G.  Salinas
             Engineering Company. Funding is available in Community Development Fund
             Street Improvements Sidewalk Line Item.
          4. Relocation of utilities and/or adjustments in conjunction with Texas
             Department of Transportation's proposed widening of U.S. 59 between San
             Dario and Ejido to Porras Engineering. Funding is available in Water
             Fund 94 Construction Bond Utility Relocation TxDOT.
          5. 16-Inch water line on Highway 359 for the anticipation of the New Fire
             Training Facility and for water services to the colonias to WSBC Civil
             Engineers. Funding is available in Water Fund 97 Construction Bond Line
             Extension Fire Training Facility.
          6. Construction of a facility to house the Department of Public Works and
             other City Departments to Sepulveda & Associates, Inc.  Funding is
             available in the General Fund Building Rehabilitation.
          7. Roof repairs at the Center for the Arts Building to Design Group
             International. Funding is available in the General Fund Reserve
             Appropriation Account.

      26. Approval of change order no. 1, an increase of $10,223.50, to the
          construction contract with Brothers Paving, Laredo, Texas, for Parking Lot
          Improvements for Three Neighborhood Centers (Cigarroa, Northeast-Hillside
          and Tarver) for additional construction work in conjunction with the
          relocation of the south parking lot of the Tarver Recreational Center to
          the rear (west side) of the recreational building in order to provide
          additional green space for recreational use by the City and Laredo
          Independent School District (LISD).  Original contract was for $100,451.60.
          This change order will bring the total to $110,675.10. Funding is available
          in Recreation Centers - Improvements Other Than Building Account. Change
          order no. 1 is a 50% - 50% cost sharing project with Laredo Independent
          School District.

      27. Approval of change order no. 2, a decrease of $1,782.28, for the balance of
          quantities actually constructed in place and to add 6.5 blocks that were
          originally recommended for reconstruction and instead were recycled and
          resurfaced for continuity of construction and to extend their service life
          five (5) to ten (10) years, for a final total of 144.00 blocks, acceptance
          of the 1996-1997 Street Recycling Project, and approval of final payment in
          the amount of $39,852.81 to Cutler Repaving, Inc., Lawrence, Kansas.
          Original contract was for $257,803.04. This change order will bring the
          total to $267,047.84. Funding is available in Capital Improvements Fund.

  IX.  CITY MANAGER'S REPORT

      28. Status report by the City Council appointed Ad Hoc Economic Development
          Committee regarding recommendations on how to proceed regarding the
          development of a strategic economic development plan for the city of
          Laredo, with possible action.

      29. Presentation regarding the Community Oriented Policing Services Program
          (COPS), with possible action.

      30. Staff report regarding the status of approved and funded traffic signals,
          and a presentation of the priority of warranted traffic signals which are
          not funded.

      31. Report providing a status report on the Laredo Northwest International
          Bridge (Bridge IV).

      32. Declaring the "Surface Only" of a 0.44900 of an acre tract of land, more or
          less, as surplus property and authorizing City staff to advertise the
          public sale or exchange of said tract of land out of the Freddie Benavides
          Recreational Complex, said tract being situated in the Eastern Division and
          being more particularly described by metes and bounds with possible
          Executive Session for deliberation regarding real property as authorized by
          Section 551.072 of the Texas Government Code.  Award of bids for sale or
          for property exchange will be presented for City Council consideration at
          the meeting of July 21, 1997.

      33. Report requesting approval of the projects proposed to be funded by the
          U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through the 23rd Action
          Year Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), the 1997 HOME Investment
          Partnerships Program (HOME), and the 1997 Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) for
          the purpose of identifying them in the 1997 Consolidated Plan.  The
          projects are as follows:

          23rd Action Year Community Development Block Grant ($4,372,000)
           1. Administration . . . . . . . . . . . $  561,825 2. House Rehab Admin. .
           . . . . . . . . $  132,276
           3. Housing Rehab Loan Program . . . . . $  350,000
           4. Code Enforcement . . . . . . . . . . $  254,830
           5. Graffiti Removal Program . . . . . . $   34,100
           6. Lafayette Widening Project Phase I . $1,600,000
           7. Gallagher Street Improvements  . . . $  110,000
           8. Guadalupe Street Improvements. . . . $   50,000
           9. Zacate Creek Beautification  . . . . $  300,000
          10. El Portal Riverfront
              Feasibility Study  . . . . . . . . . $   23,000
          11. School Approaches Sidewalk Program . $  307,296
          12. Paving Project 60 Grants . . . . . . $   27,673
       *  13. Tinaja/Chacon Creek Pilot Channel
              Phase I Engineering  . . . . . . . . $   35,000
          14. Paving Project 60  . . . . . . . . . $  400,000
      **  15. Downtown Sidewalk
              Curb Construction  . . . . . . . . . $  119,000
          16. Paving Project 61 Engineering  . . . $   40,000
          Park Improvements
          17. East Martin Field Improvements . . . $    3,000
          18. Benavides Softball Complex
              Irrigation System  . . . . . . . . . $   10,000
          19. Health Department Toddler Park . . . $    6,000
          20. Los Dos Laredo Park Improvements . . $    4,000
          21. Zacate Creek Park
              Soccer Field Improvements  . . . . . $    4,000

          HOME Investment Partnerships Program 1997 Grant -$1,192,000
           1. Downpayment Assistance . . . . . . . $  700,000 2. New Construction . .
           . . . . . . . . $  200,134 3. Community Housing Development
              Organizations. . . . . . . . . . . . $ 178,800
           4. Administration . . . . . . . . . . . $ 113,066 Estimated HOME Program
          Income - $2,000,300 1. New Construction . . . . . . . . .  $1,600,300
           2. Substantial Rehabilitation . . . .  $  100,000
           3. Downpayment Assistance . . . . . .  $  300,000
          Emergency Shelter Grant - $115,000
           1. Homeless Prevention  . . . . . . .  $   34,500
           2. Shelter Rehabilitation . . . . . .  $   79,920
           3. Administration . . . . . . . . . .  $      580
          * It is important to note that Paving Project 60 is estimated to cost
            $912,000.00.  Of the 24 blocks scheduled to be paved, 22 are CDBG
            eligible. In order to award a contract in Fiscal year 1997-1998, the
            project may need to be broken down into two phases.  Phase II would be
            programmed for Fiscal Year 1998-1999. A list of streets scheduled for
            paving is attached.
          **Paving Project 61 is estimated to cost $784,000.00, with an engineering
            cost of approximately $78,000.00. Of the 28 blocks scheduled to be paved,
            24 are CDBG eligible.  Staff propose that $40,000.00, in CDBG funds and
            $40,000.00, in non-CDBG funds be allocated in Fiscal Year 1997-1998 for
            engineering.  Construction of this project would be scheduled for Fiscal
            Year 1998-1999.

      34. Discussion and possible action regarding setting a date of Saturday, July
          26, 1997, from 9:00 am -1:00 pm as the date for the 1997-1998 Aid to Other
          Agencies Presentations to be held at the City Council Chambers.

      35. Discussion and possible action regarding setting a date of June 24, 1997,
          to receive a report from the City's airline consultant regarding the City's
          efforts to secure jet service.

      36. Consideration and action regarding unilateral annexation of certain
          properties to be effective December 31, 1997. The three general areas of
          properties are as follows:
          a) Unitec Industrial Park, including a 1000' wide strip along I.H. 35 from
             the Union Pacific Port of Laredo up to the southern boundary of Unitec,
          b) Highway 359 strip of underdeveloped properties to the terminus of the
             road improvements planned for Highway 359 (approximately 3.48 miles east
             of Loop 20), and
          c) Various "donut hole" areas throughout the City.  7:00   RECESS

   X.  COMMUNICATIONS

  XI.  CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION AND PRESENTATION


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

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

       1. Presentation by Nuevo Laredo Municipal Officials regarding the status of
          their progress on International Bridge III (Bridge IV).

       2. Discussion and possible action requesting a status report on the progress
          of Laredo's Bridge IV.

       3. Presentation by the Laredo Delegation regarding the President's Summit on
          America's Future held in Philadelphia from April 26-30, 1997, and their
          ongoing activities, with possible action.

       4. Congratulating 18 year old Oscar J. Leal, Jr., for his exemplary academic
          and military accomplishments.

    B.  Requests by Councilmember Jose R. Perez

       1. Presentation by Hector Farias on developing a landfill in partnership with
          the City and private enterprises, with possible action.

       2. Status report regarding the night illumination on Sierra Vista/Los Obispos
          area, with possible action.

    C.  Requests by Councilmember Louis H. Bruni

       1. Status report regarding Airport Projects to include a. Runway 17L/35R
          Reconstruction
          b. Runway 17L/35R Extension
          c. Noise abatement program implementation
          d. New Airport Passenger Terminal
             with possible action.

       2. Status report regarding the creek cleaning crew established in the FY 1995-
          1996 Annual Budget to include when the crew was hired, how many members are
          in the crew, how many creeks were cleaned on an annual basis before this
          crew was established and how many are cleaned now, and the number of creeks
          they have cleaned to date to include those located in District II, with
          possible action.

       3. Status report on the Chacon Creek Interceptor, with possible action.

       4. Discussion and possible action on implementing the Data International
          Network Weather Center (DTN).

    D.  Requests by Councilmember Alfonso "Poncho" Casso

       1. Request for Executive Session pursuant to Section 551.074 of the Texas
          Government Code dealing with personnel matters to discuss the Interim
          Police Chief's and City Manager's decision as it relates to a personnel
          matter.

       2. Discussion and possible action regarding the drainage at the arroyo located
          at the end of Seymour.

       3. Discussion and possible action regarding the animal health control
          department and how it interfaces with the police department.

       4. Discussion and possible action regarding wrecker service towing charges.

    E.  Requests by Councilmember Eliseo Valdez Jr.

       1. Status report with possible action regarding the development and
          implementation of the notification process when a staff person visits a
          site which reports a complaint or concern.

       2. Discussion and possible action regarding the concrete lining of the creek
          located north of Hillside Road and along the Northeast Hillside Recreation
          Center and the park, as well as the lining of the creek bottoms in the
          smaller creek areas north of Gale and Calle del Norte, or the possible
          purchase of equipment which will allow the cleaning of the bottoms of these
          creeks. A cost estimate is also requested to determine the cost to clean
          the creeks vs. the cost to concrete line them.

       3. Discussion and possible regarding the demolition of the abandoned homes
          located at the 500 and 600 Blocks of San Pedro as well as throughout
          District V.

       4. Presentation by Wesley Boyd and Bob Kulick regarding the Laredo League for
          Family Fun and their annual 4th of July Celebration, with possible action
          to support this community endeavor.  (Co-sponsored by Cm. Guerra)

    E.  Requests by Councilmember Mario G. Alvarado

       1. Discussion and possible action requesting that the Laredo Police Department
          implement Senate Bill No. 267/House Bill No. 1379. This legislation allows
          for public notification of sex offenders when they come back into our
          community after being released from prison.

 XII.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

      38. Public hearing concerning the application by Jean Salinas amending the
          Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 30 and 31,
          Block 12, Las Americas Subdivision, Unit II, located at 2018 and 2020
          Durango Avenue, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-2
          (Multi-Family District). The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends
          approval of this zone change.

                             INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning Lots 30 and 31, Block 12, Las Americas Subdivision, Unit II,
          located at 2018 and 2020 Durango Avenue, from R-1 (Single Family
          Residential District) to R-2 (Multi-Family District); providing for an
          effective date and publication.

      39. Public hearing concerning the application by Paulino and Rosa Vigil
          amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 15.57
          acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located southwest of the
          intersection of Santa Barbara Street and Avenida Los Presidentes, from R-1
          (Single Family Residential District) to R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area
          District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval of this
          zone change.

                             INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning 15.57 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located
          southwest of the intersection of Santa Barbara Street and Avenida Los
          Presidentes, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-1A (Single
          Family Reduced Area District); providing for an effective date and
          publication.

      40. Public hearing concerning the application by Jacaman Investment Group, LTD,
          amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning
          10.670 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located west of the
          Bob Bullock Loop and directly north of the Laredo International Airport
          from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing
          District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval of this
          zone change.

                             INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning 10.670 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located
          west of the Bob Bullock Loop and directly north of the Laredo International
          Airport from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to
          M-1 (Light Manufacturing District); providing for an effective date and
          publication.

      41. Public hearing concerning the application by Jacaman Investment Group, LTD,
          amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 108.4
          acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located east of the Bob
          Bullock Loop and directly north of Lake Casa Blanca,  from AG (Agricultural
          District) to R-1 (Single Family Residential District). The Planning and
          Zoning Commission recommends approval of this zone change.

                             INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning 108.4 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located
          east of the Bob Bullock Loop and directly north of Lake Casa Blanca,  from
          AG (Agricultural District) to R-1 (Single Family Residential District);
          providing for an effective date and publication.

      42. Public hearing concerning the application by Blackstone Dilworth, amending
          the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 67.7 acres as
          further described by metes and bounds, located west of McPherson Road,
          north of the Bob Bullock Loop from AG (Agricultural District) to M-1 (Light
          Manufacturing District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends
          approval of this zone change.

                             INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning 67.7 acres as further described by metes and bounds, located west
          of McPherson Road, north of the Bob Bullock Loop from AG (Agricultural
          District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing District); providing for an effective
          date and publication.

      43. Public hearing concerning the application by Armandina Villarreal, amending
          the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 10, Block
          864, Western Division, located at 1518 Burnside Street from B-1 (Limited
          Business District) to R-3 (Mixed Residential District). The Planning and
          Zoning Commission recommends approval of this zone change.

                             INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning Lot 10, Block 864, Western Division, located at 1518 Burnside
          Street from B-1 (Limited Business District) to R-3 (Mixed Residential
          District); providing for an effective date and publication.

      44. Public hearing concerning the application by Refugio Hinojosa, Oscar
          Hinojosa, Eduardo Hinojosa, and Carlos Hinojosa, amending the Zoning
          Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by revoking a Special Use Permit for
          a manufactured housing park, Ordinance No. 93-O-200 on 21.5921 acres out of
          Porcion 19, Abstract 591, as further described by metes and bounds, located
          west of FM 1472, across from the old municipal airport. The Planning and
          Zoning Commission recommends approval of the revocation of this Special Use
          Permit.

                             INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          revoking a Special Use Permit for a manufactured housing park, Ordinance
          No. 93-O-200 on 21.5921 acres out of Porcion 19, Abstract 591, as further
          described by metes and bounds located west of FM 1472, across from the old
          municipal airport; providing for an effective date and publication.

      45. Public hearing concerning the application by Refugio Hinojosa, Oscar
          Hinojosa, Eduardo Hinojosa, and Carlos Hinojosa, amending the Zoning
          Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 21.5921 acres out of
          Porcion 19, Abstract 591, as further described by metes and bounds located
          west of FM 1472, across from the old municipal airport, from M-1 (Light
          Manufacturing District) to R-1 (Single Family Residential District).  The
          Planning and Zoning Commission recommends denial of the zone change.

                             INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning 21.5921 acres out of Porcion 19, Abstract 591, as further
          described by metes and bounds located west of FM 1472, across from the old
          municipal airport, from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to R-1 (Single
          Family Residential District); providing for an effective date and
          publication.

      46. Public hearing concerning the application by Gateway Community Health
          Center amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning Lot 8 and the north 1/2 of Lot 6, Block 485, Western Division,
          located at 309 Park Street 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 8 and the north 1/2 of Lot 6, Block 485, Western Division,
          located at 309 Park Street from B-1 (Limited Business District) to R-O
          (Residential/Office District); providing for an effective date and
          publication.

      47. Public hearing concerning the application by Ricardo Benavides amending the
          Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1A Block 681,
          Western Division, located at 2302 Iturbide Street from R-2 (Multi-Family
          District) to R-O (Residential/Office District). The Planning and Zoning
          Commission recommends approval of this zone change.

                             INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning Lot 1A Block 681, Western Division, located at 2302 Iturbide
          Street from R-2 (Multi-Family District) to R-O (Residential/Office
          District). The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval of this
          zone change; providing for an effective date and publication.

      48. Public hearing amending Section 24-62 of the Laredo Land Development Code
          relating to districts and boundaries; Section 24-82 relating to the
          permitted dimensions for on-premise and off-premise freestanding signs.
          This ordinance deletes the prohibition for on-premise freestanding signs
          within 350 feet of residential districts. The Planning and Zoning
          Commission recommends approval of this ordinance.

                             INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending Section 24-62 of the Laredo Land Development Code
          relating to districts and boundaries; Section 24-82 relating to the
          permitted dimensions for on-premise and off-premise freestanding signs;
          providing for publication and effective date; providing for an effective
          date and publication.

      49. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo's 1996-1997 budget in the amount
          of $20,479.00 for additional salary and fringe benefit costs for six task
          force investigators in the Multi-Agency Financial Disruption Task Force
          awarded by the Office of National Drug Control Policy for the period of
          July 1, 1996 and ending June 30, 1997.

                             INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1996-1997 budget in the amount of
          $20,479.00 for additional salary and fringe benefit costs for six task
          force investigators in the Multi-Agency Financial Disruption Task Force
          awarded by the Office of National Drug Control Policy for the period of
          July 1, 1996 and ending June 30, 1997; providing for publication and
          effective date.

      50. Public hearing amending City of Laredo's 1996-1997 budget in the amount of
          $1,082,467.00.  Of this amount, $711,562.00 is grant funds, with the City
          designating $370,905.00 in matching funds for a grant from the Criminal
          Justice Division for Multi-Agency Narcotics Task Force for the period of
          June 1, 1997 through May 31, 1998 and authorizing the City Manager to sign
          any and all documents pertaining to this grant application.

                             INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending City of Laredo's 1996-1997 budget in the amount of
          $1,082,467.00.  Of this amount, $711,562.00 is grant funds, with the City
          designating $370,905.00 in matching funds for a grant from the Criminal
          Justice Division for Multi-Agency Narcotics Task Force for the period of
          June 1, 1997 through May 31, 1998 and authorizing the City Manager to sign
          any and all documents pertaining to this grant application; providing for
          publication and effective date.

      51. Public hearing to receive public comment regarding the Chacon Creek Flood
          Protection Project. This project is being made possible through a grant
          from the Texas Water Development Board. The grant will fund a study to
          prepare hydrological and hydraulic data for the submittal of a Letter of
          Map Revision (LOMR) to the Federal Emergency Management Agency which will
          establish a stormwater information database identifying hydraulic
          structures in the floodplain, develop a Flood Protection Plan including
          proposed regulations for structural improvements, and will provide the City
          with a computer model to plan the scheduled maintenance of stream beds and
          structures; and to amend the City of Laredo's 1996-97 annual budget in the
          amount of $325,000.00, for a grant awarded by the Texas Water Development
          Board to develop a Flood Protection Plan for the Chacon Watershed; the
          composition of the $325,000.00, is $260,000.00 from the Texas Water
          Development Board, $42,500.00 Webb County, ($17,500 cash and $25,000.00 in-
          kind), $5,000.00 from Webb County Drainage District No. 1 and $17,500 from
          the City of Laredo. The City will also provide $25,000.00 in in-kind
          services.

                             INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1996-97 annual budget in the amount
          of $325,000.00, for a grant awarded by the Texas Water Development Board to
          develop a Flood Protection Plan for the Chacon Watershed; the composition
          of the $325,000.00, is $260,000.00 from the Texas Water Development Board,
          $42,500.00 Webb County, ($17,500 cash and $25,000.00 in-kind), $5,000.00
          from Webb County Drainage District No. 2 and $17,500 from the City of
          Laredo.

      52. Public hearing approving an amendment to the City of Laredo's Annual Budget
          in the amount of $24,000.00, for the Chronic Disease Prevention Program,
          Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Project (BCCCP), of the City of Laredo
          Health Department for the period beginning July 1, 1996, through June 30,
          1997.

                             INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance approving an amendment to the budget in the amount of $24,000.00,
          for the Chronic Disease Prevention Program, Breast and Cervical Cancer
          Control Project, of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period
          beginning July 1, 1996, through June 30, 1997; and increase revenue line
          item 226-0000-323-4055 from $41,500.00 to $65,500.00, and expenditure line
          item 226-6045 from $41,500.00, to $65,500.00.

      53. Public hearing establishing parking meter zones and associated parking
          meter rates for different parking areas within the Central Business
          District and authorizing the removal of several existing parking meters in
          outlying areas of the Central Business District, rescinding all previous
          conflicting ordinances, and providing for publication and effective date.

                             INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance establishing parking meter zones and associated parking meter
          rates for different parking areas within the Central Business District and
          authorizing the removal of several existing parking meters in outlying
          areas of the Central Business District, rescinding all previous conflicting
          ordinances, and providing for publication and effective date.

      54. Public hearing amending Ordinance 86-O-226 dated December 16, 1986
          increasing minimum fines for parking violations, providing for publication
          and effective date.

                             INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending Ordinance 86-O-226 dated December 16, 1986 increasing
          minimum fines for parking violations, providing for publication and
          effective date.

      55. Public hearing amending Ordinance No. 88-O-006, as amended by Ordinance No.
          89-O-131 which established fares for fixed route transit service and for EL
          METRO ID cards.
          A. The base adult fare will increase from sixty cents ($0.60) to seventy-
             five cents ($0.75).
          B. The fare for children of ages 5 to 11 will remain unchanged at 25 cents
             ($0.25)
          C. The fare for children under 5 years of age will continue to be free of
             charge.
          D. The fare for students will increase from thirty-five cents ($0.35) to
             fifty cents ($0.50).
          E. During peak hours on Monday through Friday (except holidays), the peak
             fare for seniors and persons with disabilities will increase from ten
             cents ($0.10) to fifty cents ($0.50).
          F. During off-peak hours, and on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, the fare
             for seniors and persons with disabilities, and possessing a valid ID
             card, will increase from zero ($0.0) to twenty-five cents ($0.25).
          G. The fare for express route service will increase from sixty cents
             ($0.60) to one dollar ($1.00).
          H. The charge for an initial or replacement EL METRO ID card will remain
             unchanged at $2.00
          I. An initial EL LIFT ID card will continue to be free of charge.
          J. The charge for a replacement EL LIFT ID card will continue to be $2.00.
          The ordinance provides for publication and an October 1, 1997 effective
          date.

                             INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending Ordinance No. 88-O-006, as amended by Ordinance No. 89-
          O-131 which established fares for fixed route transit service and for EL
          METRO ID cards.
          A. The base adult fare will increase from sixty cents ($0.60) to seventy-
             five cents ($0.75).
          B. The fare for children of ages 5 to 11 will remain unchanged at 25 cents
             ($0.25)
          C. The fare for children under 5 years of age will continue to be free of
             charge.
          D. The fare for students will increase from thirty-five cents ($0.35) to
             fifty cents ($0.50).
          E. During peak hours on Monday through Friday (except holidays), the peak
             fare for seniors and persons with disabilities will increase from ten
             cents ($0.10) to fifty cents ($0.50).
          F. During off-peak hours, and on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, the fare
             for seniors and persons with disabilities, and possessing a valid ID
             card, will increase from zero ($0.0) to twenty-five cents ($0.25).
          G. The fare for express route service will increase from sixty cents
             ($0.60) to one dollar ($1.00).
          H. The charge for an initial or replacement EL METRO ID card will remain
             unchanged at $2.00
          I. An initial EL LIFT ID card will continue to be free of charge.
          J. The charge for a replacement EL LIFT ID card will continue to be $2.00.
          The ordinance provides for publication and an October 1, 1997 effective
          date.

      56. Public hearing amending Ordinance No. 89-O-122, which established fares for
          paratransit transportation service on the EL LIFT system.
          The fare for a one-way trip shall increase from $0.75 to $1.50. This
          ordinance provides for publication and an October 1, 1997 effective date.

                             INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending Ordinance No. 89-O-122, which established fares for
          paratransit transportation service on the EL LIFT system.
          The fare for a one-way trip shall increase from $0.75 to $1.50. This
          ordinance provides for publication and an October 1, 1997 effective date.

      57. Public hearing continuing the City of Laredo's Juvenile Curfew Ordinance
          No. 94-O-142 as amended by Ordinance No. 96-O-030 for an additional three
          (3) years starting July 18, 1997 until July 18, 2000 in accordance with
          370.002 of the Texas Local Government Code; which mandates that before the
          third anniversary of the date of adoption of a juvenile curfew ordinance
          the municipality needs to review the ordinance's effect on the community
          and on problems the ordinance was intended to remedy, conduct public
          hearings on the need to continue the ordinance and abolish, continue or
          modify the ordinance; providing for severability; providing for an
          effective date and publication.

                             INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance continuing the City of Laredo's Juvenile Curfew Ordinance No. 94-
          O-142 as amended by Ordinance No. 96-O-030 for an additional three (3)
          years starting July 18, 1997 until July 18, 2000 in accordance with
          370.002 of the Texas Local Government Code; providing for severability;
          providing for an effective date and publication.

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

      58. 97-RT-064 Resolution authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute
                    amendment #1 fiscal year 1996-1997 Public Transportation Fund
                    Grant from the Texas Department of Transportation (Project No.
                    URB 9701 (22) 2), increasing the original amount of $543,787.00,
                    by $27,462.00, for an amended amount of $571,249.00; and
                    providing for grant funds to be deposited in the Mass Transit
                    Department accounts.

      59. Affirming the emergency purchase of a new Series 92 Detroit Diesel engine
          from Stewart & Stevenson Services, Corpus Christi, Texas, for $12,500.00.
          The purchase was necessitated by the major failure of a 1992 bus engine,
          which had accumulated over 250,000 miles.  The engine bears a one-year
          warranty.  The engine is available only through authorized Detroit Diesel
          dealers and was, therefore, a sole source procurement.

      60. Acknowledging the receipt of no proposals to lease the ground floor of the
          east tower of the Laredo Transit Center, and authorizing the General
          Manager to seek a tenant(s) to enter into a negotiated lease for this
          space.

      61. Approval of change order #1 in the amount of $7,601.06, to Star Data
          Systems, San Antonio, Texas, for providing additional data communication
          cabling and fiber optic provisions for the Laredo Transit System Center's
          telecommunication and data cabling system.  The original contract award was
          for $47,444.00 this change order will bring the total contract amount to
          $55,045.06. Funding is available in Transit System - Section 3 Grant,
          Inter-Modal Transit Center.

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

      62. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, Sames Motor Co., Laredo, Texas, in the
          amount of $22,300.00, for the purchase of one cargo van and Chaparral Ford,
          Inc., Devine, Texas, in the amount of $20,512.61 for the purchase of one
          1/2 ton truck.  These vehicles will be equipped with CNG bi-fuel fueling
          systems.  Funding is available in the department's capital outlay budget.
          Delivery is anticipated within ninety days. A total of 3 bids were received
          for the cargo van and a total of 3 bids were received for the 1/2 ton
          truck.  63. Approval of plans and specifications prepared by Turner, Hickey
          & Associates, Inc., and authorization to advertise for bids from general
          contractors for the construction of 50 units of affordable housing for the
          Lease/Purchase Program located in Riverhills Subdivision, Unit I.  The
          final plans and specifications include ten (10) different floor plans and
          fourteen (14) front elevations (facades).

  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, JUNE 13, 1997 AT 5:30 P.M.


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                                   GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.
                                   CITY SECRETARY