CITY OF LAREDO COUNCIL MEETING


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

AGENDA

       A97-R-29                                     AUGUST 25, 1997

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

  IV.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

       2. Authorizing the City Manager to execute a partial release of covenant
          for the Southgate Subdivision, Unit II-A, Phase II Planned Unit
          Development.  This release will allow the developer to proceed with
          the sale of lots in this development.

   V.  FINAL READINGS

       3. 97-O-189  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Dynair
                    CFE Services, Inc., for approximately 416 square feet
                    constituting Building #168.
                    1. Lease term is for one (1) year commencing May 1, 1997 and
                       ending April 30, 1998 and be extended for one (1) year
                       ending April 30, 1999.
                    2. Monthly rent shall be $425.00 and will be adjusted
                       annually during the primary and extension term of this
                       lease according to changes in the Consumer Price Index.
                       Previous monthly rent was $369.51. Leased premises are
                       used for air freight operations.  (City Council)

       4. 97-O-190  Closing as a public easement a 513.1 square foot parcel of
                    land, more or less, out of the 1000 Block of Baltimore
                    Street between Flores and San Agustin Avenues and the 3500
                    Block of Flores Avenue between Baltimore and Lafayette
                    Streets, said parcel of land being encroached by the
                    improvements of the abutting property being Lot 2, Block
                    901, Western Division, being more particularly described by
                    metes and bounds, and authorizing the sale of the "surface
                    only" of said parcel of land at the adjusted fair market
                    value of $1,026.20, and authorizing the City Manager to
                    execute all necessary documents to effectively convey fee
                    simple title to Victor Alvarez and wife Sara A.  Alvarez and
                    Irene R. Sanchez, a single woman.  (City Council)

       5. 97-O-191  Closing as a public easement a 465.28 square foot parcel of
                    land, more or less, out of the 1800 Block of Logan Avenue
                    between Guerrero and Lane Streets, said parcel of land being
                    encroached by the improvements of the abutting property
                    being Lot 7, Block 250, Eastern Division, being more
                    particularly described by metes and bounds, and authorizing
                    the sale of the "surface only" of said parcel of land at the
                    adjusted fair market value of $697.92, and authorizing the
                    City Manager to execute all necessary documents to
                    effectively convey fee simple title to Adelina de Leon and
                    Virginia A. Gonzalez.  (City Council)

       6. 97-O-192  Authorizing the establishment of a limited-time deferred
                    payment plan for delinquent customers of the utilities
                    department who declare themselves willing but unable to pay
                    the full balance on their account, citing hardship, or
                    extraordinary circumstances.
                    (Joe A. Guerra)

       7. 97-O-193  Authorizing the Utilities Department to refuse service to
                    individuals or business entities who owe prior balances for
                    services received and who attempt to open an account under a
                    different name or location for the purpose of avoiding
                    payment of said rendered services; providing for effective
                    date and publication.  (Joe A. Guerra)

       8. 97-O-194  Ordinance amending the Capital Grant TX-90-X374 budget line
                    item Bus Purchases; from $900,000.00 to $983,481.00;
                    appropriating unused FY 95-96 federal operating funds in the
                    amount of $66,785.00 and applying previously appropriated
                    transit sales tax funds for bus purchases, in the amount of
                    $16,696.00, to serve as the 20% match.  (City Council)

  VI.  RESOLUTIONS

       9. 97-R-087  Authorizing the City Manager of the City of Laredo to submit
                    a grant application to the Texas Preservation Trust Fund of
                    the Texas Historical Commission in the amount of $66,666.00;
                    and authorizing the City Manager to execute the necessary
                    documents.

 VII.  MOTIONS

      10. Authorizing the City Manager to request proposals for engineering
          and/or planning of projects to be funded through the 23rd Action Year
          (AY) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) in anticipation of
          funding to be made available October 1, 1997 by the U.S. Department of
          Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Proposals will be sought for the
          following projects:
          1. Gallagher Street Improvements
          2. Zacate Creek Beautification Project
          3. Sidewalk Program
          4. Tinaja/Chacon Pilot Channel, Phase I
          5. Paving Project 61 Engineering
          6. El Portal Riverfront Feasibility Study

      11. Approval of construction plans and specifications and authorization to
          advertise for bids for the Laredo Health Department Canopy for
          Perimeter of W.I.C. Building located at 2600 Cedar Avenue with
          tentative award September 22, 1997. Funding is available in the
          Capital Improvement Fund Health Department Canopy Account.

      12. Approval of the construction plans and specifications and
          authorization to advertise for bids for the Azteca Neighborhood Park
          and Parking Lot Improvements with tentative award on September 22,
          1997. Funding is available in community development CDBG Azteca Park.

VIII.  CITY MANAGER'S REPORT

      13. Authorizing the City Manager to submit a proposal to the Federal
          Aviation Administration (FAA) to reimburse the City Airport Fund a
          monthly amount of $18,962.25 or $227,547.00 for FY 1997/98 for air
          traffic control services at Laredo International Airport. Air traffic
          control services for FY 1997/98 are budgeted at $280,000.00. FAA
          funding represents approximately 81 percent of the total cost to
          operate the air traffic control tower.

      14. Request the City Council Adhoc Committee to select a date to meet with
          staff to discuss and recommend
          a possible pay plan revision for fiscal year 1997/98.

      15. Request for Executive Session as authorized by Section 551.072 of the
          Texas Government Code, to deliberate a proposed exchange of land
          between the United States Federal Government and the City of Laredo,
          for the local United States Federal Courthouse Building being
          described as All of Block 140, Western Division, and located at 1300
          Matamoros, for that section of the 1000 Block of Salinas Avenue
          between Washington and Victoria Streets.

      16. Request for Executive Session as authorized by Section 551.072 of the
          Texas Government Code to deliberate land acquisition relating to the
          Laredo Northwest International Bridge (4th Bridge) to be located on
          Farm Road 1472.

      17. Request for Executive Session as authorized by Section 551.072 of the
          Texas Government Code to deliberate the possible acquisition of
          property at the northwest and southwest corners of FM 3464 and IH-35.

  IX.  COMMUNICATIONS

       A. Recognizing the hard work and dedication the following individuals
          provided to the City of Laredo in the development of the City's
          Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) Ordinance:
          1. Prof. Monica Schurtman
             Immigration and Human Rights Clinic
             St. Mary's University School of Law

          2. Phillip Doyle
             Student Attorney
             St. Mary's University School of Law

          3. Fr. John Moder
             President
             St. Mary's University

          4. Barbara Aldave
             Dean, School of Law
             St. Mary's University

          5. Frank Cardenas
             HazMat Inspector

   X.  CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION AND PRESENTATION

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

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

       1. Nominating:
                    Pete Saenz
                    Arturo Santos
                    Rene Herrera
                    Jose Lara
                    Bobbie Martinez
          to the Laredo Affordable Housing Board.

  XI.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

      19. Public hearing concerning the application by Manuel Vera and Son
          authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for sand and gravel
          sales/storage, on Lot 7, Block 2003, South Laredo Industrial Park,
          located at 2010 Rotary Street.  The Planning and Zoning Commission
          recommends approval of this Special Use Permit.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for sand an
          gravel sales/storage, on Lot 7, Block 2003, South Laredo Industrial
          Park, located at 2010 Rotary Street; providing for publication and
          effective date.

      20. Public hearing concerning the application by Daniel Garcia amending
          the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1, 2
          and 3, Block 204, Eastern Division, located at 1502 S. Zapata Hwy.,
          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 Lots 1, 2 and 3, Block 204, Eastern Division, located at 1502
          S. Zapata Hwy., from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway
          Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.

      21. Public hearing concerning the application by Jose De Jesus Raygoza
          amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning
          Lot 6, Block 1597, Eastern Division, located at 2606 Cross 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 6, Block 1597, Eastern Division, located at 2606 Cross
          Street, from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to R-3 (Mixed
          Residential District).

      22. Public hearing concerning the application by Elodia Chapa amending the
          Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 4, Block
          1750, Eastern Division, located at 2919 Cross 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 4, Block 1750, Eastern Division, located at 2919 Cross
          Street, from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to R-3 (Mixed
          Residential District).

      23. Public hearing concerning the application by Reno Sand and Gravel,
          Irma Garcia authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for sand
          an gravel sales/storage, on Lot 1, Block 1, Northeast Complex, located
          at 1319 Muller Road. The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends
          approval of this Special Use Permit.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for sand an
          gravel sales/storage, on Lot 1, Block 1, Northeast Complex, located at
          1319 Muller Road; providing for publication and effective date.

      24. Public hearing concerning the application by Adolfo Gonzalez, amending
          the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 7
          and 8, Block 697, Eastern Division, located at 1219 Chihuahua Street,
          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 7 and 8, Block 697, Eastern Division, located at 1219
          Chihuahua Street, from R-O (Residential/Office District) to B-1
          (Limited Business District).  Providing for publication and effective
          date.

      25. Public hearing concerning the application by Myrna I. Sanchez,
          amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning
          all of Block 53, Calton Gardens Subdivision, located at 5400
          Springfield Avenue, from R-3 (Mixed Residential 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 all of Block 53, Calton Gardens Subdivision, located at 5400
          Springfield Avenue, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-3
          (Community Business District).  Providing for publication and
          effective date.  26. Public hearing concerning the application by Jose
          De Hoyos, amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning Lots 5 and 6, Block 1067, Western Division, located at 1020
          Tacuba Street, from R-3 (Mixed 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 Lots 5 and 6, Block 1067, Western Division, located at 1020
          Tacuba Street, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited
          Business District).  Providing for publication and effective date.

      27. Public hearing amending Section 24.77.1 of the Laredo Development Code
          relating to permitted lot dimensions in certain districts, decreasing
          the allowable lot area in the R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area
          District) from 4500 square feet to 3700 square feet, reduce the
          frontage requirement for R-1A from 42 feet to 37 feet, deleting lot
          depth requirements in AG, R-1, R-1A, R-2, RS, R-O, and B-1 districts,
          providing minimum lot area requirements for lots intended for non-
          service oriented uses such as communication towers and off-premise
          signs, and providing for the staggering of side lot lines in R-1, R-
          1A, R-1MH, R-2, R-3, and R-0 developments; providing for publication
          and effective date.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending Section 24.77.1 of the Laredo Development Code
          relating to permitted lot dimensions in certain districts, decreasing
          the allowable lot area in the R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area
          District) from 4500 square feet to 3700 square feet, reduce the
          frontage requirement for R-1A from 42 feet to 37 feet, deleting lot
          depth requirements in AG, R-1, R-1A, R-2, RS, R-O, and B-1 districts,
          providing minimum lot area requirements for lots intended for non-
          service oriented uses such as communication towers and off-premise
          signs, and providing for the staggering of side lot lines in R-1, R-
          1A, R-1MH, R-2, R-3, and R-0 developments; providing for publication
          and effective date.

      28. Public hearing concerning the application by East House Properties,
          Danny Wyers amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo
          by rezoning 1.8117 acres, as further described by metes and bounds,
          located on the west side of Remington Drive, south of US 59, from R-1
          (Single Family Residential District) and B-3 (Community Business
          District) to R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District) Planned Unit
          Development.  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 1.8117 acres, as further described by metes and bounds,
          located on the west side of Remington Drive, south of US 59, from R-1
          (Single Family Residential District) and B-3 (Community Business
          District) to R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District) Planned Unit
          Development; providing for publication and effective date.

      29. Public hearing concerning the application by N.W.  House Ltd., Steve
          Snow, amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning 12.5 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located
          south of Killam Industrial Boulevard, west of FM 1472, from R-1A
          (Single Family Reduced Area District) to R-1A (Single Family Reduced
          Area District) Planned Unit Development.  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 12.5 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located
          south of Killam Industrial Boulevard, west of FM1472, from R-1A
          (Single Family Reduced Area District) to R-1A (Single Family Reduced
          Area District), Planned Unit Development. Providing for publication
          and effective date.

      30. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo's FY 1996-97 budget by
          transferring $485,000.00 from General Fund to Capital Improvement
          Fund, and authorizing the City Manager to amend budget for proposed FY
          97-98 projects that can be funded in the current fiscal year through
          line-item savings.  publication and effective date.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's FY 1996-97 budget by
          transferring $485,000.00 from General Fund to Capital Improvement
          Fund, and authorizing the City Manager to amend budget for proposed FY
          97-98 projects that can be funded in the current fiscal year through
          line-item savings.

     31.  Public hearing for setting a tax rate of $0.53993 with a maintenance
          and operation rate of $.336788 and an interest and sinking fund rate
          of $.203142 and a motion to set a date of September 2, 1997 for
          adoption of the 1997 tax rate.

 XII.  ADJOURNMENT

THIS NOTICE WAS POSTED AT THE MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 1110 HOUSTON STREET,
LAREDO, TEXAS, AT A PLACE CONVENIENT AND READILY ACCESSIBLE TO THE PUBLIC AT ALL
TIMES. SAID NOTICE WAS POSTED ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 22, 1997 AT 5:30 P.M.

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                                   GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.
                                   CITY SECRETARY