CITY OF LAREDO COUNCIL MEETING

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
1110 HOUSTON STREET
LAREDO, TEXAS


5:30 P.M.

AGENDA

       M97-R-24                                  JULY 21, 1997

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


       2.  City Council Meeting of June 2, 1997
           City Council Meeting of June 16, 1997

   V.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

       3.  Closing as a public easement that section of South Jarvis Avenue
           between Cleveland and Blaine Streets, also known as the 700 block of
           South Jarvis Avenue, and providing for publication and effective
           date.

       4.  Closing as a public easement a 3,502.12 square foot tract of land
           more or less out of the northeast quarter of the 1800 block of Palo
           Blanco Street between Tapeyste Avenue and the east right-of-way line
           of Highway 83, situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb
           County, Texas, being more particularly described in "Exhibit A", and
           providing for publication and effective date.

       5.  Amending Ordinance No. 97-O-108, approved on May 27, 1997, to correct
           the block number of a property erroneously identified as Lot 4-A,
           Block 1980, Eastern Division to hereby correct to read Lot 4-A, Block
           1918, Eastern Division, providing for publication and effective date.

       6.  Amending Ordinance No. 96-O-075, thereby correcting the named lessee
           from "International Customs Services, Inc.", to "Rafael Quiroz, Jr.,
           D/B/A International Customs Services" thereby clearing the City
           Manager's authority to have signed the lease dated June 3, 1996, with
           Rafael Quiroz, Jr., D/B/A International Customs Services

       7.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a subordination, Non-
           disturbance, and Attornment Agreement between the City of Laredo and
           Rafael Quiroz, Jr., D/B/A International Customs Services
           subordinating the lease agreement dated June 3, 1996, between the
           City of Laredo and Rafael Quiroz, Jr., D/B/A International Customs
           Services, authorized by Ordinance No.  96-O-075, which ordinance was
           amended by Ordinance No.xx, at the Laredo International Airport.

       8.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to
           effectively convey, to the Laredo National Bank, title to the
           "Surface Only" of a 0.44900 of an acre tract of land, more or less,
           being a trangular tract and situated immediately East of Lot 1A,
           Block 1173, Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas;
           said tract being generally described below and more particularly
           described by metes and bounds. Said conveyance being in exchange for
           the "Surface Only" of lots one (1) and two (2), Block 1190 and the
           "Surface Only" of a tract of land containing 0.1181 of an acre (5,144
           square feet) all in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb
           County, Texas. Said tracts being generally described below and more
           particularly described by metes and bounds; and providing for an
           effective date.
           (Note: Action must first be initiated on item #22, prior to the
           initiation of any action on this item.)

  VI.  FINAL READINGS

       9. 97-O-151  Ordinance approving an assignment from Aero Center, Inc. to
                    the Laredo National Bank of that airport lease agreement for
                    hanger #142, buildings #144, #147, and #148 approved by
                    Ordinance No. 94-O-001 dated January 3, 1994 and authorizing
                    the City Manager to execute said Consent of Assignment.
                    (City Council)

      10. 97-O-152  Ordinance approving an assignment from Aero Center, Inc. to
                    the International Bank of Commerce and Sanchez-O'Brien Oil
                    and Gas Corporation, a joint venture, of that lease
                    agreement for an approximate 1.001 acre tract of improved
                    land approved by Ordinance No. 95-O-154 dated August 7,
                    1995, and authorizing the City Manager to execute said
                    Consent of Assignment. (City Council)

      11. 97-O-153  Ordinance authorizing the City of Laredo City council to
                    accept the assignment of a leased contract issued to
                    Panorama Broadcasting for the use of an area of land for the
                    construction of a television station tower and authorizing
                    the City Manager to take such steps as are necessary to
                    execute the document to finalize the transaction.
                    (City Council)

      12. 97-O-154  Ordinance Authorizing the City Manager to execute Quitclaim
                    Deeds, to the following seven grantors, the City of Laredo's
                    interest to the Mineral Rights acquired through the
                    conveyance of seven tracts of additional right-of-way for
                    the Mines Road Widening Project. Said seven tracts being
                    Parcel Nos. 29, 42, 43, 53, 54, 55, and 57; being situated
                    in Webb County, Texas, and providing for an effective date.
                    PARCEL 29 (Santos Costilla and San Juanita Costilla,
                    original grantors as per warranty deed to the City of
                    Laredo, recorded in volume 48, Pages 023-024, real property
                    records, Webb County, Texas). A 1.1006 acre tract being out
                    of Porcion 10, Tomas Sanchez, original grantee, Abstract
                    280, also being out of a 10.0 acre tract of land (Tract 2)
                    unrecorded 172.90 acre tract subdivision, Webb County, Texas
                    as conveyed by deed from Jack E.  Blanco to Santos Costilla
                    and San Juanita Costilla as recorded in volume 13, pages 747
                    and 748, real property records, Webb County, Texas.
                    PARCEL 42 (Venola Sanchez, Original Grantor, as per warranty
                    deed to the City of Laredo, recorded in volume 23, pages
                    233-234, real property records Webb County, Texas) - A
                    1.0080 acre tract being out of Porcion 10, Tomas Sanchez,
                    Original Grantee, Abstract 280, also being out of a 4.4292
                    acre tract (Tract 1) as conveyed by deed from Rodolfo
                    Salinas, Jr., to Venola Sanchez as recorded in volume 517,
                    pages 259-265, deed records, Webb County, Texas.
                    PARCEL 43 (Ernestina B. Wolter, Original Grantor as per
                    warranty deed to the City of Laredo, recorded in volume 21,
                    pages 771-772, real property records, Webb County, Texas) -
                    A 1.5225 acre tract being out of Porcion 10, Tomas Sanchez,
                    Original Grantee, Abstract 280, also being out of a 5.3614
                    acre tract (Tract 14) as conveyed by deed from Fernando
                    Babiak and wife, Elva Rosa Babiak to Ernestina B.  Wolter as
                    recorded in volume 572, Pages 97-101, deed records, Webb
                    County, Texas.
                    PARCEL 53 (Elias Herrera and wife, Olga F. Herrera, Original
                    Grantors as per warranty deed to the City of Laredo,
                    recorded in volume 160, pages 122-123, real property
                    records, Webb County, Texas). A 1.3167 acre tract being out
                    of Porcion 10, Tomas Sanchez, Original Grantee, Abstract
                    280, also being out of a 6.4119 acre tract (Tract 30) as
                    conveyed by deed from Rodolfo Salinas, Jr., to Elias Herrera
                    and Olga P. Herrera as recorded in volume 517, pages 410-
                    417, deed records, Webb County, Texas.
                    PARCEL 54 (C.C.M. Financial Inc., Original Grantor as per
                    warranty deed to the City of Laredo, recorded in volume 73,
                    page 881, real property records, Webb County, Texas). An
                    1.3186 acre tract being out of Porcion 10, Tomas Sanchez,
                    Original Grantee, Abstract 280, also being out of a 6.6788
                    acre tract (Tract 31) as conveyed by deed from Edward M.
                    Pina, a single man to Carlos Nelli Marsicano, et al, as
                    recorded in volume 1341, pages 5-8, deed records of Webb
                    County, Texas.
                    PARCEL 55 (Agustin Meza, Jr., and wife, Vilma Meza, Original
                    Grantors as per warranty deed to the City of Laredo,
                    recorded in volume 22, page 175, real property records, Webb
                    County, Texas).  A 1.3186 acre tract being out of Porcion
                    10, Tomas Sanchez, Original Grantee, Abstract 2280, also
                    being out of a 7.2909 acre tract (Tract 32) as conveyed by
                    deed from Rodolfo Salinas, Jr. to Mr. Agustin Meza Jr., and
                    Vilma S. Meza as recorded in volume 517, Pages 426-433, deed
                    records, Webb County, Texas.

                    PARCEL 57 (Carlos Casiano, Jr., David Casiano, Ramon
                    Casiano, Demetrios Casiano, Tomas Casiano, Daniel Casiano,
                    Raquel Casiano Elliott, Guadalupe Casiano Calvitt, Reynaldo
                    Mireles and Manuel Mireles, individually, and as independent
                    executor, Original Grantors as per warranty deed recorded i
                    Volume 100, Page 424, Real Property Records, Webb County,
                    Texas) - A2.8669 of an acre tract being out of Porcion 10,
                    Tomas Sanchez, Original Grantee, Abstract 280, also being
                    out of a 5.1272 acre tract (Tract 69) as conveyed by deed
                    from Rodolfo Salinas, Jr., to Carlos Casiano and wife, Julia
                    Casiano, as recorded in volume 589, pages 7-3-605, deed
                    records, Webb County, Texas. (City Council)

      13. 97-O-155  Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute all
                    necessary documents to revert a tract of land containing
                    20,380.31 square feet, more or less, out of the Mines Road
                    (FM 1472) R.O.W. to its original owner, but retaining it as
                    a Drainage & Utility Easement. Said tract of land being out
                    of a 5.9755 acre tract of land situated in parts of Porcion
                    Nos.  17 and 18, Webb County, Texas, and being generally
                    described below and more particularly described by metes and
                    bounds and providing for an effective date. (City Council)

      14. 97-O-156  Ordinance amending Ordinance No. 95-O-299 by changing
                    Exhibit A; thereby authorizing the City Manager to execute
                    database access agreements with any requestor of online
                    access to inspect city property tax records database via
                    computer modem; contract term to change so all will end on
                    September 30, 2002 and the annual maintenance, processing,
                    programming, and data manipulation fee will be eliminated; a
                    one time equipment fee is required for the cost of the
                    equipment; providing for an effective date. (City Council)

      15. 97-O-157  Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a ground
                    lease with Alderete Communications, Inc., a Texas
                    Corporation, for the erection, maintenance, and operation of
                    a skeletal steel guyed communications tower and associated
                    equipment building located at the Jefferson Street Water
                    Complex.
                    1. Lease term will be fifteen (15) years commencing July 22,
                       1997 and ending August 22, 2012 (Date will be determined
                       after second reading of this ordinance).
                    2. Rent will be payable in advance; first year's rent is
                       $8,676.00, and adjusted annually according to changes in
                       the consumer price index.  (City Council)

      16. 97-O-158  Ordinance approving amendment to the budget in the amount of
                    $9,500.00, for the Chronic Disease Prevention Program,
                    Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Project (BCCCP), of the
                    City of Laredo Health Department and extension of contract
                    term period from June 30, 1997, through August 31, 1997,
                    providing for publication and effective date.
                    (City Council)

      17. 97-O-159  Ordinance approving a contract with the University of Texas
                    Health Science Center at San Antonio and budget in the
                    amount of $5,250.00, for the Education and Training Program
                    of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period
                    beginning February 1, 1997, through September 28, 1997,
                    providing for publication and effective date.
                    (City Council)

      18. 97-O-160  Ordinance approving a contract with the Texas Natural
                    Resource and Conservation (TNRCC) and budget in the amount
                    of $25,000.00, to continue the operation of a continuous air
                    monitoring station (CAMS) by the City of Laredo Health
                    Department for the period beginning September 1, 1997,
                    through August 31, 1998, providing for publication and
                    effective date. (City Council)

 VII.  RESOLUTIONS

      19. 97-R-076  Re-appointing and appointing the following nominees of Mayor
                    Saul N.  Ramirez, Jr., to the Historic District/Landmark
                    Board:
                    Position #1 Appoint Robert Cantu
                    Position #2 Re-Appoint Elia Pruneda
                    Position #3 Re-Appoint Lawrence Friedman
                    Position #4 Appoint Diana Sanchez Schultz

      20. 97-R-077  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement with
                    the Texas Municipal League (TML) to participate in TML's
                    Group Benefits Risk Pool Retiree Medical Plan and to provide
                    for an effective date of October 1, 1997.

      21. 97-R-078  Identifying and granting retiree benefits to employees who
                    retired between January 1, 1987, through December 31, 1995;
                    and providing for an effective date of October 1, 1997.

VIII.  MOTIONS

      22. Authorizing the competitive bid award to the Laredo National Bank for
          the sale to the City of Laredo of the "Surface Only" of a tract of
          land generally described as 0.44900 of an acre, more or less and being
          a triangular tract of land situated immediately east of Lot 1A, Block
          1173, Eastern Division, as further described by metes and bounds, in
          exchange for the "Surface Only" of Lots 1 (one), and 2 (two), Block
          1190, and the "Surface Only" of a tract of land containing 0.1181 of
          an acre (5,144 square feet) all in the Eastern Division of the City of
          Laredo, being more particularly described by metes and bounds.

      23. Approval of bid specifications and authorization to advertise for bids
          for the purchase of two lift station pumps. The pumps are required to
          restore pumping capacity to the McPherson Lift Station to increase the
          production of effluent for reuse at the North Laredo Plant. The
          project will be funded by transferring reserve funds to a new project
          called "McPherson Lift Station" from the 1994 wastewater bond.

      24. Approval of bid specifications and authorizing the City Manager to
          advertise for bids for the following:
          a) Portrait of Mr. Luciano Guajardo for the Historical Collection;
          b) signage for book stacks and offices;
          c) display system for the multi-purpose room;
          d) archival digital scanning equipment;
          e) video & CD-ROM servers; and a
          f) photo ID machine.

      25. Refund of property taxes in various amounts to the following company:
          a. Taco Bell/Austaco, Inc., in the amount of $3,210.17, as a result of
             a double assessment.

      26. Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application and execute
          applicable documents to Central Power and Light Company in the amount
          of $100,000.00, to sponsor the Computer Lab for GED and ESL
          instruction in the New Main Library.

      27. Motion to authorize submittal of a Federal Transit Administration
          (FTA) Section 5307 grant for $2,407,189.00, operating assistance and
          $1,376,000.00, capital/planning assistance for the El Metro Transit
          System. The funds represent estimated FY 1998 allocations of FTA
          funds.

      28. Motion to authorize a $2,912,500.00, ($2,330,000.00 Federal Share),
          amendment to Project TX-90-X406 (Federal Transit Administration
          Section 5307) to provide funds for the purchase of eight buses, five
          vans, three support vehicles and maintenance equipment for the El
          Metro Transit System.

      29. Motion to authorize submittal of a grant in the amount of
          $1,320,457.00, to the Texas Department of Transportation for the State
          Urbanized Transportation Fund for the 1998-99 biennium. The funds
          requested will be used to support operating expenses at the El Metro
          Transit System during the 1998 fiscal year.

      30. To adopt three additional Retiree Medical Benefit Plans that will
          allow retirees under age 65 to purchase Medical Benefits at reduced
          rates and to provide for an effective date of October 1, 1997.

      31. Award of a thirty-six month rental contract in the estimated amount of
          $58,824.00, to the LOW BIDDER, Ozped, Laredo, Texas, for providing
          eleven copiers for various City Departments.  This contract is being
          awarded to the lowest bidder based on the lowest cost per copy cost.
          The per copy cost includes the use of the copier, a maintenance
          contract, and all consumable supplies (toner, developers) during the
          three year period. The contract pricing is approximately 5% less than
          the previous contract. A total of seven bids were received. Funding is
          available in the various department's contractual services-rental of
          equipment line item.

      32. Award of supply contracts to the LOW BIDDERS, DPC Industries, Inc.,
          Corpus Christi, Texas ($136,200.00), Bay Chemical and Supply, Odem,
          Texas ($47,200.00), Van Waters & Rodgers, Corpus Christi, Texas
          ($42,000.00), Polydnye, Inc., Parsippany, NJ ($41,080.00), Calgon
          Industries, Pittsburgh, PA ($23,496.00), Environmental Chemical,
          Alamo, Texas $20,400.00), La Roche Industries, Waxahachie, Texas
          ($10,920.00), Phoenix Distribution Service, Houston, Texas
          ($9,550.00), PENNCO, Belville, Texas ($6,250.00), Acetylene Oxygen
          Co., Alice, Texas ($4,980.00) and APG Lime Company, New Braunfels,
          Texas ($4,886.40), for the purchase of chemicals for the Utilities
          Department.
          There is a tie bid from Van Waters & Rodgers, Corpus Christi, Texas
          and Kenwater North American, Antioch, California, for the purchase of
          ferric sulfate. The contract vendor will be determined by choosing
          lots. A total of twenty-one bids were received. Funding is available
          in the Utilities Department line items: Water Treatment Division-
          Chemicals and Wastewater Treatment Division-Chemicals.

      33. Award of five year coin telephone service contract to AT&T, Dallas,
          Texas. The City requested proposals from vendors interested in
          providing coin operated telephone service, including long distance
          service, on City property, in City facilities, and on City right of
          way. This includes all coin telephones placed at current and future
          locations during the term of the contract. AT&T provided the most
          responsive proposal based on revenue to the City, vendor qualifica-
          tions, vendor capability, and general responsiveness to the City's
          Request for Proposal (RFP). AT&T has contracted Southwestern Bell to
          provide the telephone equipment and coin and intra-lata, long distance
          commissions. Based on the commission structure proposed, the City
          anticipates yearly revenue of approximately $38,000.00. This repre-
          sents a 73% increase in projected revenues. The Telecommunications
          Commission recommends approval of this contract.

      34. Acceptance of the Pace Street Drainage Extension and the Ligarde/
          Barrios Drainage Project and approval of final payment in the amount
          of $88,991.00, to Ramex Construction Company, Inc., Houston, Texas.
          Funding is available in the Drainage Fund - Pace Street and
          Ligarde/Barrios Drainage Project.  Contract was completed within the
          contract time of 131 calendar days at the original contract amount of
          $152,315.00.

      35. Approval to select: (1) Porras Engineering Company, Laredo, Texas, to
          provide consulting engineering services to include surveys, design,
          preparation of plans and specifications with cost estimates, for a 12
          inch diameter Wastewater Trunk Line (approximately 3500 linear feet)
          to serve the Santo Nino and Las Americas areas which will provide
          relief to a 10 inch line on Santa Clara; (2) Foster Engineering
          Company, Laredo, Texas, to provide consulting engineering services to
          include surveys, design, preparation of plans and specifications with
          cost estimates for the relocation of utilities and/or adjustments in
          conjunction with the Texas Department of Transportation's (TxDOT)
          proposed widening of U.S. Highway 59 between San Dario and Ejido. A
          total of five firms responded to the City's request for proposals.

      36. Award of an engineering contract to WSBC Civil Engineers, Laredo,
          Texas, for an amount not to exceed $17,270.00, to conduct a
          feasibility study and provide preliminary design for a 16 Inch Water
          Line along U.S. Highway 359 to service the proposed new Fire Training
          Facility, and the anticipation of the water services to the colonias
          located on State Highway 359. The feasibility study is necessary to
          determine and recommend the water line's designated route. Funding is
          available in Waterworks System Fund. A total of ten firms responded to
          the City's request for proposals on this project.  Contract time is 90
          days.

      37. Award of an Architectural/Engineering (A/E) Contract to Design Group
          International, Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $23,924.00,
          for the design and preparation of plans and specifications for Roof
          Repairs at the Center for the Arts Building Project. Funding is
          available in General Fund Building Rehabilitation Account. A total of
          two firms responded to the City's request for proposals. Contract time
          is 60 days.

      38. Award of an Architectural/Engineering (A/E) Contract to Design Group
          International, Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $13,328.00,
          to provide surveys, design and the preparation of plans and
          specifications for the Market Street Tennis Courts Improvements.
          Funding is available in Community Development - Market Street Courts
          Account. A total of thirteen firms responded to the City's request for
          proposals.  Contract time is 60 days.

      39. Approval of a change order no. 2, an increase of $357.60, for balance
          of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the
          Sidewalks, Storm Drainage, and Curb and Gutter Improvements on Calton
          Road, Maher Avenue and Thomas Avenue (3 streets - approximately 1,700
          L.F.) around the New Laredo Police Station Project, and approval of
          final payment in the amount of $30,352.80, to Ramex Construction
          Company, Houston, Texas. Original contract amount was for $44,265.00.
          Final construction contract amount is $50,861.80.  Funding is
          available in the Capital Improvement Fund. Contract was completed
          within the allotted contract time.

  IX.  CITY MANAGER'S REPORT
  
      40. Submission of the Fiscal Year 1997-1998 Annual Budget as per Article
          VI, Section 6.02, Submission of Budget of the Charter of the City of
          Laredo which states that "sixty (60) days before the end of the fiscal
          year, or any time before that, the City Manager shall present to the
          Council, in an open public meeting, after proper public notice, and
          having been placed on the Council meeting agenda, a budget for the
          ensuing fiscal year with an accompanying message."

      41. Presentation by the Administrative Services Department regarding the
          Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA),
          with possible action.

      42. Request for confirmation of Mr. Keith Selman for appointment to the
          position of Planning Director with possible Executive Session pursuant
          to section 551.074 of the Texas Government Code to deliberate the
          appointment.

   X.  COMMUNICATIONS

       a. Proclaiming the month of August 1997, as "Picture a Prayer" month.

  XI.  CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION AND PRESENTATION

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

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

       1. Congratulating the Olympia Track Team on qualifying for the National
          Junior Olympics to be held in North Carolina, and requesting any
          assistance that the City may provide to facilitate their trip.

    B.  Requests by Mayor Pro Tem Jose R. Perez, Jr.

       1. Directing staff to research the use of CDBG Section 108 Loan monies
          for use in Capital Improvements.

       2. Status report regarding the
          a) School Sidewalk Program
          b) the CDBG Sidewalk Program
          to include completion schedules.

    C.  Requests by Councilmember Louis H. Bruni

       1. Status report on the City of Laredo Drug Testing Policy with possible
          action.

       2. Presentation by Dr. Jose G. Garcia, M.D., M.P.H. on alcohol and drug
          abuse with possible action.

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

       1. Discussion and possible action regarding the Mayor Pro Tem's
          authority, duties, and responsibilities.

       2. Discussion and possible action regarding the Wrecker Service
          Ordinance.

       3. Discussion and possible action regarding the creation of a tree
          department and committee for the City's participation in the Tree City
          USA Program.

    E.  Requests by Councilmember Cecilia May Moreno

       1. Discussion and possible action on setting a timeline identifying
          possible funding sources and alignment of the proposed Outer Loop.

    F.  Requests by Councilmember Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

       1. Discussion and possible action regarding the upgrading of the lighting
          at Cruz Field.

       2. Discussion and possible action regarding the City initiating a tree
          reclamation program.

       3. Status report regarding where the City is with regard to the selection
          of a legislative liaison, with possible action.
          (Co-Sponsored by Mayor Pro Tem Jose R. Perez, Jr.)

    G.  Requests by Councilmember Joe A. Guerra

       1. Presentation by Frank Leach from the Laredo Development Foundation
          regarding the development of a Public/Private Partnership to
          Streamline the City's Platting & Building Permit Process.

    H.  Requests by Councilmember Mario G. Alvarado

       1. Update by the Utilities Department regarding the Santa Isabel Water
          Well Project, with possible action.

       2. Discussion and possible action requesting street maintenance on the
          railroad crossing at Industrial Boulevard.

       3. Follow-up on a request by City Council for a traffic signal at Mines
          Road and Rancho Viejo, with possible action.

       4. Discussion and possible action concerning acquiring an easement along
          the creek located between Finley Elementary School and Saint Jude
          Church.

    I.  Requests by Councilmember Consuelo "Chelo" Montalvo

       1. Discussion and possible action regarding the sale of three surplus
          vehicles to our Sister City of Cienega de Flores, Nuevo Leon, Mexico,
          as follows:
                 Vehicle                Value
          a. 1977 Chevrolet C-65 Truck, $3500
          b. 1986 Ford Pick-up,         $2000
          c. 1990 Chevrolet Pick-up.    $4000
          (Co-sponsored by Cm. Eliseo Valdez, Jr.)

 XII.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

      44. Public hearing concerning the application by B.P. Newman Investment
          Company, Max L. Watts, President amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map)
          of the City of Laredo by rezoning 27.9858 acres, as further described
          by metes and bounds, located on Ejido Avenue, south of Los Obispos
          Subdivision, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to R-1-MH (Single
          Family Manufactured Housing 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 27.9858 acres, as further described by metes and bounds,
          located on Ejido Avenue, south of Los Obispos Subdivision, from R-3
          (Mixed Residential District) to R-1-MH (Single Family Manufactured
          Housing District); providing for an effective date and publication.

      45. Public hearing concerning the application by B.P. Newman Investment
          Company, amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning 20.0801 acres, as further described by metes and bounds,
          located southeast of the intersection of Sierra Vista Boulevard and
          Ejido Avenue, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to R-1-MH (Single
          Family Manufactured Housing 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 20.0801 acres, as further described by metes and bounds,
          located southeast of the intersection of Sierra Vista Boulevard and
          Ejido Avenue, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to R-1-MH (Single
          Family Manufactured Housing District); providing for an effective date
          and publication.

      46. Public hearing concerning the application by Antonio Gonzalez,
          amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning
          Lot 2, Block 1, Los Presidentes Subdivision, Unit III, located at 3519
          Pine Street from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-1
          (Limited Business 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 2, Block 1, Los Presidentes Subdivision, Unit III,
          located at 3519 Pine Street from R-1 (Single Family Residential
          District) to B-1 (Limited Business District); providing for an
          effective date and publication.

      47. Public hearing concerning the application by Del Trautman, amending
          the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 22 acres,
          as further described by metes and bounds, located on the south side of
          Del Mar Boulevard, south of Bermuda Dunes Subdivision, from R-1
          (Single Family Residential District), R-2 (Multi-Family Residential
          District) and B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway
          Commercial 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 22 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located
          on the south side of Del Mar Boulevard, south of Bermuda Dunes
          Subdivision, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District), R-2
          (Multi-Family Residential District) and B-3 (Community Business
          District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for an
          effective date and publication.

      48. Public hearing concerning the application by Eduard C. Hachar and
          Robert D. Hachar, amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of
          Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a
          child education/day care center on Lots 1 and 2, Block 1697, Eastern
          Division, located at 2801 and 2807 East Fremont Street. The Planning
          and Zoning Commission recommends approval of this conditional use
          permit.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a child
          education/day care center on Lots 1 and 2, Block 1697, Eastern
          Division, located at 2801 and 2807 East Fremont; providing for an
          effective date and publication.

      49. Public hearing concerning the application by Ernesto J. Cardenas,
          amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a grocery
          store on Lot 7, and part of Lot 6, Lot 8, and part of Lot 5, Block
          1705, Eastern Division, located at 2820 Chihuahua Street. On appeal,
          the City Council at the meeting of May 27, 1997, requested that the
          item be sent back to the Planning and Zoning Commission for
          consideration of a conditional use permit. The Planning and Zoning
          Commission recommends denial of this conditional use permit.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a grocery
          store on Lot 7, and part of Lot 6, Lot 8, and part of Lot 5, Block
          1705, Eastern Division, located at 2820 Chihuahua Street; providing
          for an effective date and publication.

      50. Public hearing concerning the application by Jacaman Investment Group,
          LTD, amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning 107.74 acres, as further described by metes and bounds,
          located east of the Bob Bullock Loop and 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 107.74 acres, as further described by metes and bounds,
          located east of the Bob Bullock Loop and north of Lake Casa Blanca,
          from AG (Agricultural District) to R-1 (Single Family Residential
          District); providing for an effective date and publication.

      51. Public hearing concerning the application by Jacaman Investment Group,
          LTD, amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning 10.997 acres, located at 7100 Bob Bullock Loop, from AG
          (Agricultural District) to B-3 (Community Business 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 10.997 acres, as further described by metes and bounds,
          located at 7100 Bob Bullock Loop, from AG (Agricultural District) to
          B-3 (Community Business District); providing for an effective date and
          publication.  52. Public hearing concerning the application by Jacaman
          Investment Group, LTD, amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City
          of Laredo by rezoning 21.849 acres, as further described by metes and
          bounds, located east of the Bob Bullock Loop and north of Casa Blanca
          Lake, from AG (Agricultural District) to R-2 (Multi-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 21.849 acres, as further described by metes and bounds,
          located east of the Bob Bullock Loop and north of Casa Blanca Lake,
          from AG (Agricultural District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential
          District); providing for an effective date and publication.

      53. Public hearing concerning the application by Robert Kitzmiller for
          Border Broadcasters, Inc., amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the
          City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and
          12, Block 1481-A, Eastern Division, located on South Zapata Highway at
          Wooster Street, from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway
          Commercial District). This is an appeal from a recommendation for
          denial by the Planning and Zoning Commission.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12, Block 1481-A,
          Eastern Division, located on South Zapata Highway at Wooster Street,
          from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial
          District); providing for an effective date and publication.

      54. Public hearing concerning the application by Dr. George Garcia,
          amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning
          3.5 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located at 301
          International Boulevard, from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4
          (Highway Commercial 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 3.5 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located
          at 301 International Boulevard, from B-3 (Community Business District)
          to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for an effective date
          and publication.  55. Public hearing concerning the application by
          A.F. Muller, Jr., amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of
          Laredo by rezoning 2 acres, as further described by metes and bounds,
          located at 405 A.F. Muller Sr., Memorial Boulevard, from M-1 (Light
          Manufacturing District) to B-3 (Community Business 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 2 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located at
          405 A.F.  Muller Sr., Memorial Boulevard, from M-1 (Light
          Manufacturing District) to B-3 (Community Business District);
          providing for an effective date and publication.

      56. 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 3.409 acres out of
          Porcion 19, Abstract 591, as further described by metes and bounds,
          located west of F.M.  1472 across from the old municipal airport, from
          M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to B-3 (Community Business
          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 3.409 acres out of Porcion 19, Abstract 591, as further
          described by metes and bounds, located west of F.M. 1472 across from
          the old municipal airport, from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to
          B-3 (Community Business District); providing for an effective date and
          publication.

      57. Public hearing concerning the application by Edmundo Gomez, amending
          the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 3,
          Block 619, Western Division, located at 2314 Ventura Street, from R-2
          (Multi-Family Residential 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 3, Block 619, Western Division, located at 2314 Ventura
          Street, from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to R-3 (Mixed
          Residential District); providing for an effective date and
          publication.

      58. Public hearing concerning the application by Applied Petroleum
          Technologies, Sam J. Susser, amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of
          the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1 and 3, Block 169, Western
          Division, located at 1002 Santa Maria Avenue, from R-O
          (Residential/Office District) to B-1 (Limited Business 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 1 and 3, Block 169, Western Division, located at 1002
          Santa Maria Avenue, from R-O (Residential/Office District) to B-1
          (Limited Business District); providing for an effective date and
          publication.

      59. Public hearing approving an amendment to the budget in the amount of
          $37,691.00, for the HIV/AIDS Housing Opportunities for Persons with
          AIDS (HOPWA) Project of the City of Laredo Health Department, and
          extension of contract term period from June 30, 1997 through January
          31, 1998.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance approving an amendment to the budget in the amount of
          $37,691.00, for the HIV/AIDS Housing Opportunities for Persons with
          AIDS (HOPWA) Project of the City of Laredo Health Department, and
          extending the contract period from July 1, 1996, through June 30, 1997
          to July 1, 1996, through January 31, 1998; and increase revenue line
          item 226-0000-323-4058 from $55,996.00, to $93,687.00, and expenditure
          line item 226-6040 from $55,996.00 to $93,687.00.

      60. Public hearing allowing interested persons to comment on the 1997
          Consolidated Plan which identifies 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).  The projects are as follows:
          23rd Action Year CDBG ($4,372,000)
           1. Administration  . . . . . . . . . . .$  561,825
           2. Housing 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 II. . . . . . . . . . .$  800,000
           7. Gallagher Street Improvements . . . .$  110,000
           8. Guadalupe Street Improvements . . . .$   50,000
           9. Zacate Creek Beautification . . . . .$  300,000
          10. El Portal Riverfront Feasibility . . $   23,000
          11. Sidewalk Program (All CD District
              $307,296 and Districts 2, 3, & 4 -
              $477,000) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$  784,296
          12. Paving Project 60 Grants  . . . . . .$   27,673
          13. Tinaja/Chacon Creek Pilot
              Channel Phase I . . . . . . . . . . .$  358,000
          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. Maryland Toddler Park
              (Adjacent to Health Department) . . .$    6,000
          20. Los Dos Laredo Park Improvements  . .$    4,000
          21. Zacate Creek Park Soccer
              Field Improvements. . . . . . . . . .$   17,780
          HOME Investment Partnerships Program
          1997 Grant $1,192,000
           1. Downpayment Assistance. . . . . . . .$  700,000
           2. New Construction. . . . . . . . . . .$  200,134
           3. Community Housing
              Development Organization. . . . . . .$  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
		   
XIII.  MOTION TO RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD

      61. Motion to adopt the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program and 22%
          Goal for 1997-98.

      62. Approval of change order No. 6, an increase of $16,716.12, to the
          Intermodal Transit Center construction contract with Ramex
          Construction Company, Houston, Texas, for the addition of elevator
          sump pumps, heat detectors and metal partitions to comply with recent
          State and Local elevator code revisions; and interior changes to the
          office towers as requested by City staff.  Original contract amount
          was for $8,009,000.00.  This change order will bring the total
          $8,735,959.45.

 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, JULY 18, 1997 AT 5:30 P.M.

                                  ________________________
                                   GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.
                                   CITY SECRETARY