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

                                 AGENDA

       A97-R-30                                          SEPTEMBER 2, 1997

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

       2. City Council Meeting of August 4, 1997
          Budget Workshop of August 8, 1997
          Budget Workshop of August 9, 1997
          City Council Meeting of August 14, 1997

   V.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

       3. Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Aircraft Parts
          and Development Corporation, a Texas Corporation, for approximately
          5,888 square feet constituting Building No. 1307 at the Laredo
          International Airport.
          1. Lease term is for one (1) year commencing August 1, 1997 and ending
             July 31, 1998 and may be extended for four (4) terms of one (1)
             year each ending July 31, 1999, July 31, 2000, July 31, 2001, and
             July 31, 2002. Lease may be terminated upon giving 90 days written
             notice.
          2. Monthly rent shall be $1,500.00 and will be adjusted annually
             during the primary and extension terms of this lease according to
             changes in the Consumer Price Index.

       4. Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with L.A. Ventures,
          Inc., for approximately 289 square of office space constituting Suite
          No. 8 of Building No. S-1 located at 1718 E. Calton Road.
          1. Lease term is for one (1) year commencing May 1, 1997, and ending
             April 30, 1998, and will be extended for one (1) year ending
             April 30, 1999.  Lease may be terminated by either party upon
             giving a sixty (60) day written notice.
          2. Monthly rent shall be $333.00 and will be adjusted annually during
             the primary and extension term of this lease according to changes
             in the Consumer Price Index.

       5. Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Comision Mexico-
          Americana Para La Eradicacion Del Gusano Barrenador (U.S.D.A.
          Screwworm Program) for approximately 19,765 square feet constituting
          Building No. 1308 and approximately 10,000 square feet of vehicle
          parking area located at 4305 Maher Avenue.
          1. Lease term is for five (5) years commencing June 1, 1997, and
             ending May 31, 2002. Lease may be terminated by either party upon
             giving one hundred twenty (120) days written notice.
          2. Monthly rent shall be $4,950.00 and will be adjusted annually
             according to changes in the Consumer Price Index.

       6. Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Juan Vargas d/b/a
          The Education Center for approximately 4,308 square feet constituting
          Building No. 1169 located at 4407 Foster Avenue, and used to house a
          day care facility.
          1. Lease term is for one (1) year commencing August 1, 1997, and
             ending July 31, 1998.
          2. Monthly rent shall be $800.00. Lease may be terminated upon giving
             120 days written notice.

       7. Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with All American
          Events, Inc., a Florida corporation, for approximately 4.0 acres of
          land located on the northeast corner of Hillside Road and Thomas
          Avenue at the Laredo International Airport.
          1. Lease term is for two (2) days commencing September 20, 1997, and
             ending September 21, 1997.
          2. Daily rent shall be $750.00. Premises will be used to host a circus
             and proceeds will be used for charitable causes. The Laredo Police
             Officers Associations is sponsoring this circus.
       8. Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Carlos Madrid
          d/b/a Madrid Printing Equipment for approximately 8,466 square feet
          constituting Building #464 locate at 1705 E. Hillside Road and to be
          used for a printing equipment shop.
          1. Lease term is for five (5) years commencing August 1, 1997 and
             ending July 31, 2002 and may be extended for one (1) term of five
             (5) years ending July 31, 2007.
          2. Monthly rent shall be $1,270.00 and will be adjusted annually
             during the primary and extension term of this lease.
          In an effort to provide additional land for development, Airport Staff
          wishes to demolish Building #1108 presently occupied by Mr. Madrid
          and, thus, relocate his business to Building #464.

       9. Amending Chapter 14, Garbage, Trash, And Refuse Article I, Section 14-
          4.1 (D), (7) rates, of the code of ordinance of the City of Laredo, in
          order to allow for the collection of landfill fees for disposal of
          garbage at the City's Landfill site by private individuals who are
          non-residents of the City of Laredo on Sundays, providing for
          publication and effective date.

      10. Amending Chapter 32, of the Code of Ordinances entitles vehicles for
          hire, by creating a new Article V, entitled shuttle-van operations,
          providing for restrictions in general, statement of policy,
          administration and enforcement, definitions, operating enforcement,
          definitions, operating authority, licensing, holder and driver
          regulations, fares, insurance coverage, vehicle and equipment
          requirements, providing for publication and effective date.

      11. Authorizing the City Manager to grant a license to AT&T Corporation, a
          New York Corporation, for the use of a conduit on Juarez Lincoln
          International Bridge,. License term is for five years commencing on
          September XX, 1997 and ending September XX, 2002. Annual rent shall be
          $5,000.00 and will be adjusted annually during the term of this
          license as provided for in said license plus a fee of $4.00 a square
          foot for the occupation of the City of Laredo right-of-way on Iturbide
          Street.

  VI.  FINAL READINGS

      12. 97-O-195  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.  (City Council)

      13. 97-O-196  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.
                    (Jose R. Perez)

      14. 97-O-197  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.
                    (Jose R. Perez)

      15. 97-O-198  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).
                    (Jose R. Perez)

      16. 97-O-199  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).
                    (Jose R. Perez)

      17. 97-O-200  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.  (Louis H. Bruni)

      18. 97-O-201  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.
                    (Alfonso Casso)

      19. 97-O-202  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.
                    (Joe A. Guerra)

      20. 97-O-203  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.
                    (Mario G. Alvarado)

      21. 97-O-204  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.
                    (Louis H. Bruni)

      22. 97-O-205  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 FM 1472, 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.  (Mario G. Alvarado)

 VII.  RESOLUTIONS

      23. 97-R-089  Authorizing the City Manager to utilize $63,000.00, worth of
                    proceeds from the City's combination Tax and Revenue
                    Certificates of Obligation, Series 1997-B to purchase an
                    emergency replacement Emergency Medical Services Unit
                    (Ambulance) for the City's Fire Department.

      24. 97-R-090  Accepting the donation of the south 1/2 of Block D and the
                    south 1/2 of Block E, W.D., from the heirs of Mr. Justo
                    Sabor Penn and Mr. Amadee Ligarde; provided however, that
                    any future use of said properties be for the construction of
                    a park or similar recreational-type facility. The donation
                    of the above-described property is also to be made on the
                    express condition that a dedication plaque honoring these
                    two fine individuals be erected at a strategic point upon
                    the proposed park or recreational-type facility. Said
                    properties being situated on the river vega between San
                    Francisco and San Enrique Avenues; and being further
                    described by a copy of the City of Laredo Plat.

      25. 97-R-091  Authorizing the City Manager to submit an application o the
                    South Texas Development Council for a grant in the amount of
                    $71,218.00 with the City designating $9,000.00 in matching
                    funds and for a total of $80,218.00 to implement a Household
                    Hazardous Waste Collection and Proper Disposal Program (HHWC
                    & PDP) for the Spring 1998.

      26. 97-R-092  Supporting Laredo Hamilton, L.P.'S efforts to convert the
                    Hamilton Hotel to low income elderly housing and authorizing
                    the City Manager, in further support of this project, to
                    apply to the U.S.  Department of Housing and Urban
                    Development for a Section 108 Loan of up to $1,550,000.00,
                    on behalf of Hamilton, L.P. subject to negotiations and
                    underwriting guidelines as may be beneficial to the City.

      27. 97-R-093  Requesting legislative Assistance to preserve and protect
                    the property of its' citizens and taxpayers that are held in
                    trust by Texas Cities, by protecting the citizens right to
                    charge and receive just compensation for the use of a
                    municipality's rights-of-way by charging the fair market
                    rental value for the use of the public rights-of-way and
                    advocating that the citizens right to receive just
                    compensation for the use of its rights-of-way and the
                    property interests of Texas citizens be the guiding
                    consideration in the formulation of an interim study to
                    analyze existing agreements between cities and entities
                    regarding the use of public rights-of-way, and the payment
                    of fair market rental values for its use.

VIII.  MOTIONS

      28. Approve the plans and specifications for the remodeling of the Pacific
          Southwest Bank located at 2114 Saunders Street. Under the lease
          agreement between City of Laredo, as Lessor, and Pacific Southwest
          Bank, as Lessee, Lessor's approval of the plans and specifications is
          required before Lessee commences any modifications to the improvements
          located on Airport leased premises.

      29. Authorization to advertise for Request for Proposals (RFP's) to
          provide Professional Engineering and/or Surveying Services for Cells
          11 and 12 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. Funding is available in the Landfill Fund Improvements
          Other Than Buildings.

      30. Authorization to advertise for Request for Proposals (RFP's) from area
          professional firms interested in providing consultant services to
          include preparation of Request for Proposals for the Toll System
          Upgrade and Electronic Toll Collection Implementation at all three of
          the City of Laredo International Bridges. Funding is available in the
          Bridge System Toll Plaza Improvements.

      31. Approval of bid specifications and authorization to advertise for bids
          for laboratory clinical testing services for the City of Laredo Health
          Department.  A reference laboratory is contracted to provide
          laboratory clinical testing services which are not provided in-house
          or by the Bureau of Laboratories of the Texas Department of Health. A
          tentative bid award is scheduled for October 6, 1997.

      32. Approval of bid specifications and authorization to advertise for bids
          for janitorial services at five building sites occupied by the WIC
          Program of the City of Laredo Health Department. Bids will also be
          requested for janitorial services for the four City of Laredo
          recreation centers as well as the Santo Nio Branch Library. The term
          of the agreement shall be for a two year period beginning October 1,
          1997, through September 30, 1999. A tentative bid award is scheduled
          for October 6, 1997.

      33. Approval to solicit new bid proposals from qualified Laboratories to
          perform analytical testing for Soil samples in compliance with the
          Resources Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA) for the City of Laredo's
          Brownfields site located at the Tex/Mex Railway Yard.

      34. Authorizing the issuance of Request for Qualifications for the design
          of plans and specifications for the addition of a Belt Filter Press at
          the Southside Wastewater Treatment Plan.  The Belt Filter Press will
          dry wastewater sludge in preparation for its final disposal at the
          sanitary landfill.

      35. Award of contract to the SOLE BIDDER, Montgomery Watson, Pasadena,
          California, in the amount of $47,800.00, for providing EPA Information
          Collection Rule (ICR) professional testing and support services for
          the Utilities Department. The City is required to complete an eighteen
          month monitoring requirement for sample collection and analysis of
          various chemical and micro-biological parameters at the water
          treatment plant and distribution system. Bid notices were sent to six
          potential vendors however, only Montgomery Watson submitted a bid
          proposal. This company is familiar with the ICR chemical testing
          program. Funding is available in Utilities Department - Construction
          Projects - Information Collection Rule.

      36. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, Nogalitos Janitorial Supplies,
          Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $18,459.74, for the purchase of
          equipment for the new passenger terminal. The equipment includes
          vacuum cleaners, buffers, pressure washers, and other janitorial
          equipment needed for the maintenance operations. A total of three bids
          were received for this purchase. Funding is available in Airport
          Department - Administration - Capital Outlay.

      37. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER MEETING SPECIFICATIONS,
          Underground Inc., Pearland, Texas, in the amount of $166,688.00, for
          the purchase of a combination vacuum/jet rodder truck for the
          Utilities Department - Wastewater Collection Division. This truck is
          used to clean wastewater basins and will replace an 1990 Ford truck
          with a Camel vacuum body. Delivery is expected within 120 days. A
          total of four bids were received for this purchase. Funding is
          available in Utilities Department - Wastewater Collection, Capital
          Outlay.

      38. Award of professional services contract to Porras Engineering Company,
          Laredo, Texas, in an amount not to exceed $11,000.00, for the re-
          design of Orilla Avenue between Mann Road and Riverside Road (Carrillo
          Road), surveying, and preparation of plans and specifications in
          conjunction with the extension of the West Laredo Truck Route. Funding
          is available in the Capital Improvement Fund Paving Project 43
          Deferred Streets.

      39. Award of a surveying contract to Howland Surveying Company, Inc.,
          Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $22,550.00, to provide
          boundary and topographic surveying, construction staking, and
          certification of the subgrade, HDPE panel layout with seams and
          repairs and the two-foot protective cover for Cells 9 and 10 at the
          City of Laredo Landfill located at U.S. Highway 359. These services
          provide support for the engineering design, construction plans and
          specifications, construction quality assurance, and GCLER/FMLER
          Reports as required for compliance with Texas Natural Resource
          Conservation Commission's (TNRCC) Subtitle D Requirements of 30 TAC
          330 Municipal Solid Waste Regulations. Funding is available in the
          Landfill Fund Capital Outlay Improvements Other Than Buildings.

      40. Award of an engineering contract to Rust Lichliter/Jameson, Houston,
          Texas, for an amount not to exceed $165,470.00, to provide
          professional engineering services for Cells No. 9 and No. 10 to
          include design, permit modification, preparation of construction plans
          and specifications with cost estimates, construction quality
          assurance, and GCLER/FMLER Reports as required for compliance with the
          Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission's Subtitle D
          Requirements of 30 TAC 330 Municipal Solid Waste Regulations. Funding
          is available in the Landfill Improvements Other Than Building.

      41. To approve and authorize the City Manager to enter into contract with
          the Laredo Affordable Housing Corporation, a nonprofit corporation, by
          allocating $2,435,590.00, of Home Investment Partnership Program
          (HOME) Grant and Program Income funds for the construction of 100
          affordable single family unit houses in South Laredo's Colonia Los
          Obispos Subdivision and 32 affordable single family unit houses in the
          Three Points Housing Development.

      42. Authorizing the City Manager to amend the contract with Laboratory
          Corporation of America for the period beginning October 1, 1996,
          through September 30, 1997, for the provision of laboratory clinical
          testing services, increasing the maximum compensation allowed from
          $55,000 to $99,000.

      43. Approval of change order no. 1, a decrease of $17,790.00, for the
          balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the
          Repairs to the Tinaja Creek Concrete Channel Improvements between San
          Salvador and Pecan Street, and approval of final payment in the amount
          of $21,708.00, to Pete Gallegos Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas.  The
          original contract amount was $98,790.00, this change order brings the
          total contract amount to $81,000.00.  Funding is available in Capital
          Improvement Fund Tinaja Creek Concrete Channel Improvement Project.

      44. Approval of change order no. 1, an increase of $4,421.00, to the
          construction contract with The Stewart Company, Laredo, Texas, for
          additional features recommended by the Consultant in conjunction with
          the New Air Conditioning System and its accompanying Roof Structural
          Support for the Bridge Administration Building Project located at the
          Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge No. 2, final acceptance of the
          project and approval of final payment in the amount of $15,483.00.
          Funding is available in the Bridge System Bridge Improvements.

      45. Approval of amendment no. 3, an increase of $13,500.00 to the
          engineering contract with Camp, Dresser & McKee, Austin, Texas, for
          additional engineering work consisting of field measurement and study
          of corrosion damage to existing clarifiers for the Upper and Lower
          Water Treatment Plants on Jefferson Street to increase their capacity
          from 38 million gallons per day to 55 million gallons per day project.
          Funding is available in the Waterworks System Fund. The original
          contract was $572,000.00 and this amendment brings the total contract
          amount to $708,320.00.  Funding is available in the Waterworks System
          Fund.

      46. Authorize the cancellation of a thirty-six month copier rental
          contract with Ozped, Laredo, Texas, for providing ten copiers for
          various City Departments due to non delivery. Staff is requesting that
          City Council award a contract to the next low bidder, Xerox
          Corporation, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $56,558.16.
          Xerox has been the successful contract vendor for the last four years.
          The contract pricing is approximately the same as the previous thirty
          six month contract period.

      47. Requesting authorization to proceed with an emergency purchase of a
          replacement ambulance from Reliable Emergency Vehicles, Comanche,
          Texas, in the amount of $85,000.00.  This ambulance will replace a
          1991 unit that was deemed inoperable and unsafe for emergency
          response. The City will receive a trade-in allowance in the amount of
          $22,000.00, which will be used to offset the total purchase cost. The
          remaining balance will be paid from surplus CO bond funds. Reliable
          Emergency Vehicles will deliver the new unit within one hundred twenty
          days.

      48. Motion to (1) accept the Webb County Appraisal District Property
          Appraisal Roll, (2) accept the Effective Tax Rate Calculation, (3)
          setting a Public Hearing for September 15, 1997, to discuss the
          proposed Tax Year 1997 tax rate, and (4) authorizing the Tax
          Assessor/Collector to begin publication of notices.

      49. Adopting a schedule of hearings and proceedings, and directing staff
          to prepare a service plan for the annexation of 12 parcels of land
          totaling 1,654.3424 acres in accordance with Section 43.052 of the
          Texas Local Government Code and which consists of the following:
          Unilateral Annexation:
          a) Tract 1a: Unitec Industrial Park Tract-338.7082 acres, more or less
          b) Tract 1b: IH35 Tract - 190.2584 acres, more or less
          c) Tract 2:  Bridge IV Tract - 181.2177 acres more or less
          d) Tract 8a: Highway 359 Tract - 61.7122 acres, more or less
          e) Tract 8b: Highway 359/Landfill Tract -429.1243 acres, more or less
          Voluntary Annexation:
          f) Tract 3:  Killam Industrial Tract - 10.6253 acres more or less
          g) Tract 4:  Hurd Tract - 17.8736 acres, more or less
          h) Tract 5:  Salinas Tract - 8.0 acres, more or less
          i) Tract 6:  Izaguirre Tract - 7.819 acres, more or less
          j) Tract 7:  Killam Loop 20 Tract - 15.7203 acres, more or less
          k) Tract 9:  Haynes Tract - 4.6808 acres, more or less
          l) Tract 10: Southern Development Tract - 95.7986 acres, more or less
          m) Tract 11: Garcia Tract - 265.2185 acres, more or less
          n) Tract 12: Newman Tract - 35.1439 ac., more or less

  IX.  CITY MANAGER'S REPORT

      50. Update on the status of the Colonias Facility Plan and financial
          application.

      51. Presenting a status report on the progress of the Santa Isabel Water
          Well with possible action.  Preliminary results show an improvement in
          the water quality samples taken on July 24, 1997.

   X.  COMMUNICATIONS

  XI.  CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION AND PRESENTATION

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

    A.  Requests by Mayor Saul N. Ramirez Jr.

       1. Requesting City Council concurrence on sending a five person
          delegation to San Antonio to attend the Governor's Volunteer
          Leadership Conference to be held on September 21-23, 1997.  Laredo has
          been asked to participate in panel discussions that focus on the
          resource goal areas that were identified at the President's Summit on
          America's Future in Philadelphia, with possible action.
          (Co-sponsored by Councilmember Mario G. Alvarado)

       2. Presentation by Ricardo de Anda on the Year End Report on Delinquent
          Tax Collections for year ending June 30, 1997.

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

       1. Discussion and possible action regarding the purchase of four
          computers and two printers for use by school children at the Santo
          Nio Branch Library so that they may be able to complete research
          papers and other homework.

       2. Status report regarding staff's research of the South Laredo Park and
          its possible use for affordable housing, with possible action.

    C.  Requests by Alfonso "Poncho" Casso

       1. Discussion and possible action regarding the assistant driver
          positions at the Fire Department.

    D.  Requests by Councilmember Eliseo Valdez Jr.

       1. Discussion and possible action regarding the agreement between the
          City of Laredo and Central Power and Light for the provision and
          maintenance of street illumination.  Specifically, the length of time
          it takes to replace a burned out light.  There are some lights that
          have been out for a long time.

       2. Discussion and possible action regarding the development of a plan to
          allow residents who have fences along creeks to move their fences
          adjacent to the creek thereby relieving the City of a maintenance
          problem.

    E.  Requests by Councilmember Joe A. Guerra

       1. Discussion and possible action regarding the disputed utilities
          billing for:
          a. Dr. George V. Garcia
          B. Francisco M. Fanelle.

    F.  Requests by Councilmember Mario G. Alvarado

       1. Discussion and possible action on recommendation from staff to help
          alleviate the truck problems on IH 35.

    G.  Requests by Councilmember Consuelo "Chelo" Montalvo

       1. Presentation by Marcelino Hinojosa regarding water utilities deposits.

 XII.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

      53. Public hearing amending Section 24.77.1 of the Laredo Land Development
          Code relating to permitted lot dimensions in certain districts,
          deleting lot depth requirements in AG, R-1, R-1A, R-2, RS, R-O, and B-
          1 districts, providing minimum lot area and frontage requirements for
          uses such as, but not limited to communication towers and off-premise
          signs on tracts platted in conformance to provisions provided in
          Section 212.0105 (b)(2) of the Local Government Code and Section
          16.343 of the Water Code; providing for publication and effective
          date.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending Section 24.77.1 of the Laredo Land Development Code
          relating to permitted lot dimensions in certain districts, deleting
          lot depth requirements in AG, R-1, R-1A, R-2, RS, R-O, and B-1
          districts, providing minimum lot area and frontage requirements for
          uses such as, but not limited to communication towers and off-premise
          signs on tracts platted in conformance to provisions provided in
          Section 212.0105 (b)(2) of the Local Government Code and Section
          16.343 of the Water Code; providing for publication and effective
          date.

      54. Public hearing to adopt the Annual Budget for fiscal year 1997-1998
          and appropriating the estimated revenues and balances reported therein
          for the year beginning October 1, 1997 and ending September 30, 1998,
          consistent with the financial plan described in said Annual Budget;
          and authorizing the City Manager to implement said Annual Budget.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance to adopt the Annual Budget for fiscal year 1997-1998 and
          appropriating the estimated revenues and balances reported therein for
          the year beginning October 1, 1997 and ending September 30, 1998,
          consistent with the financial plan described in said Annual Budget;
          and authorizing the City Manager to implement said Annual Budget.

      55. Public hearing concerning adoption of the 1998-2002 Capital
          Improvement Program for the City of Laredo.

          97-R-094  Adopting the 1998-2002 Five Year Capital Improvement Program
                    for the City of Laredo.

XIII.  RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE MASS TRANSIT BOARD

      56. Award of a two year service contract to the LOW BIDDER, Solis Security
          Specialist, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $51,376.00 per year, for
          providing security guard services at the Transit Center and El Metro
          Operations and Maintenance facility.  Three guards will be assigned to
          the Transit Center and one guard will be assigned to the Maintenance
          facility. A total of five bids were received for these services.
          Funding is available in the Transit System - General Administration -
          Security Guard Services.

      57. Award of a contract to the LOW BIDDER, Alamo Iron Works, San Antonio,
          Texas, in the amount of $10,101.60, for the purchase and installation
          of lubrication equipment. The equipment includes all hose reels,
          lubrication pumps, control valves, and a storage tank. This system
          will service the new buses which require a lubricant approved by the
          engine manufacturer Detroit Diesel. A total of two bids were received
          for this purchase. Funding is available in the Transit System -
          Capital Grants.

 XIV.  RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MUNICIPAL HOUSING CORPORATION

      58. Authorizing the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation Director to
          submit an application to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for
          recognition of tax exempt status under Section 501 (c) (3) of the
          Internal Revenue Code.  This designation will allow LMHC to apply for
          grants directly.

  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, AUGUST 29, 1997 AT 5:30 P.M.


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                                   GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.
                                   CITY SECRETARY