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

       M97-R-34                                               SEPTEMBER 29, 1997

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

       2. City Council Meeting of August 18, 1997
          City Council Meeting of August 25, 1997
          City Council Meeting of September 2, 1997
          City Council Meeting of September 8, 1997

   V.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

       3. Second reading of an ordinance amending Ordinance No. 92-O-113 known
          as the Southwestern Bell Telephone Company ("Telephone Company")
          franchise ordinance by amending Section 4 to extend the franchise term
          for a period of six months from the date of expiration of September
          30, 1997 until March 31, 1998 to ensure that the telephone company
          continues to provide telephone service in the City pending the grant
          of a new franchise.

       4. Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents
          associated with a public sale to convey the "Surface Only" of a 3.0183
          acre tract of non-aeronautical use land (approximately 131,480 square
          feet) being a part of Block No. 21-Subdivision Plat of Laredo Airport
          and located at the Laredo International Airport, together with
          improvements located thereon and subject to that lease agreement as
          amended between the City of Laredo, as Lessor and Pacific Southwest
          Bank, as Lessee, and being more particularly described by metes and
          bounds to Commerce Bank for the purchase price of $1,492,000.00. Said
          tract of land is located at the 2100 Block of Saunders Street.
          (NOTE: Action must first be initiated in item #11 prior to action
          being taken on this one.)

  VI.  FINAL READINGS

       5. 97-O-231  Ordinance approving the 1997 ad valorem tax rate for fiscal
                    year 1997-1998, and to provide for the levy and collection
                    of general and special ad valorem taxes for the City of
                    Laredo, and providing for the levy and collection of
                    alcoholic beverage taxes in accordance with the Laws of the
                    State of Texas.

       6. 97-O-232  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a lease agreement
                    with A.P.I. for the use of Veterans Field to conduct and
                    promote a boxing event.
                    1. Lease term is for two nights commencing on October 3,
                       1997 and ending on October 4, 1997;
                    2. Total rent shall be $2,000.00.

       7. 97-O-233  Amending Chapter 2, Article II, Division 6, of the Code of
                    Ordinances of the City of Laredo, entitled Pay
                    Administration by suspending Sections 2-87.7, Paragraph (d),
                    numbers one through seven, for Fiscal Year 1997-1998, and
                    adding a new Number Fifteen to Section 2-87.7, Paragraph (d)
                    by adopting a revised pay schedule with effective dates of
                    implementation of October 1, 1997, April 1, 1998, and
                    September 30, 1998.

       8. 97-O-234  Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's FY 1996-97 budget by
                    transferring $225,000.00 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
                    through current fiscal year and as line-item savings
                    materialize. (As Amended)

 VII.  RESOLUTIONS

       9. 97-R-108  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a supplemental grant
                    to the COPS Ahead grant from the United States Department of
                    Justice in the amount of $750,000.00, with the City
                    designating $407,650.00, in matching funds for a total of
                    $1,157,650.00, for a three year funding of the "Universal
                    Hiring" Program beginning August 1, 1997 through July 31,
                    2000.

      10. 97-R-110  Appointing Mr. Erasmo A Villarreal to the Board of Directors
                    of the Laredo Housing Finance Corporation.

VIII.  MOTIONS

      11. Authorizing competitive bid award to Sole Bidder meeting bid
          specifications Commerce Bank for the sale, in the amount of
          $1,492,000.00, of the "Surface Only" of a 3.0183 acre tract of non-
          aeronatical use land (approximately 131,480 square feet) being a part
          of Block No. 21 - Subdivision Plat of Laredo Airport and located at
          the Laredo International Airport, together with improvements located
          thereon and subject to that lease agreement as amended between the
          City of Laredo, as Lessor and Pacific Southwest Bank, as Lessee, and
          being more particularly described by metes and bounds.  Said tract of
          land is located at the 2100 Block of Saunders Street.

      12. Approve the bid specifications for the proposed public sale of one
          approximate 3.0004 acre tract of Airport Fund non-aeronautical use
          land located at the Laredo International Airport and authorizing the
          City Manager to re-bid the subject 3.0004 acre tract by itself. The
          subject property is bounded by Saunders Hwy. 59 on the south, Pacific
          Southwest Regional Medical Center Hospital to the west. The appraised
          and minimum value acceptable to the City for the subject tract is
          $918,000.00.

      13. Authorization to advertise for Requests for Proposals from interested
          parties to operate and manage concessions at the new airport passenger
          terminal of the Laredo International Airport.  Concessions consist of
          car rental, gift shop, restaurant, duty free store, advertising
          displays, and automated teller machine.

      14. Award of contracts to the LOW BIDDERS MEETING SPECIFICATIONS,
          a) Micron Electronics, Inc., Nampa, ID, in the amount of $22,747.20,
             for the purchase of eleven personal computers for various City
             Departments,
          b) Larry A. Norton Company, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $7,308.00,
             for the purchase of six computer terminals, and
          c) Omni Computers, Austin, Texas, in the amount of $6,190.00, for the
             purchase of two notebook computers. All vendors are State of Texas
             -Qualified Information System Vendors and will be delivered within
             30 days.

      15. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, H.E.S.T.  Fitness Products, San
          Antonio, Texas, in the amount of $32,428.00, for the purchase of
          exercise equipment for the four recreation centers. The equipment
          consist of climbers, crosstrainers and stationary bikes. A total of
          two bids were received for this purchase.  Funding is available in the
          Recreation Department's capital outlay budget.

      16. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, C.E.D.  Electrical Distributors,
          Inc., in the amount of $55,837.30, for the purchase of commercial tree
          lights and bulbs. These lights will be installed on trees within the
          downtown central business district. A total of two bids were received
          for this purchase. Funding for these lights is available from CDBG
          funds.  Delivery of all items ordered is expected within thirty days.

      17. Award of contract to the SOLE BIDDER, Jones Environmental Drilling,
          Inc. Corpus Christi, Texas, in the amount of $15,320.04 for
          Installation/Construction of four (4) Groundwater Monitoring Wells at
          the City's Municipal Landfill in compliance with Texas Natural
          Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) Chapter 330 Subchapter I
          (Groundwater Sampling and Monitoring) and Subchapter J (Closure).

      18. 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 9 and 10 at the City of Laredo Landfill
          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.

      19. Award of an engineering contract to Raba Kistner Consultants, Inc.,
          Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $149,337.00 to provide
          consulting services to design, preparation of plans and specifications
          with cost estimates and construction quality assurance for Cells 11
          and 12 at the City of Laredo Landfill locate at U.S. 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 Buildings Account.

      20. Award of an 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 11 and 12 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 Improvements Other Than Buildings Account.

  IX.  CITY MANAGER'S REPORT

      21. Presentation regarding a staff recommendation on the request by
          Candelario Viera for a third injury leave extension, with possible
          action.  Staff recommends that Mr. Viera first utilize his accrued
          sick leave and annual leave prior to the City Council considering a
          third injury leave extension.

      22. Consideration of a request by the Laredo Independent School District
          (LISD) to participate in the design and construction of a project to
          address the traffic circulation and drop-off area concerns at Farias
          Elementary School. LISD has agreed to pay 50% of the cost of the
          design to be prepared by Traffic Engineers, Inc., as well as the
          construction of this project and has appropriated $67,000.00, for this
          project. The City currently has enough funds to share in the cost of
          the design ($2,850.00) of this project.

      23. Presentation regarding the Gallagher Street Improvements Project to
          include 3 blocks of paved road with water and sewer improvements
          between Hillside Road and Calton Road in support of the Gallagher
          Gardens Low Income Housing Project which consists of 56 multi-family
          housing units to be constructed by the METRO Affordable Housing
          Corporation.

   X.  COMMUNICATIONS

  XI.  CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION AND PRESENTATION

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

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

       1. Recognizing Mr. Carlos Garza for his hard work abd dedication while
          serving on the Laredo Convention and Visitor's Bureau Advisory Board.

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

       1. Discussion and possible directing staff to develop an ordinance which
          will limit the number of discussion items that may be placed on a City
          Council Meeting by each Councilmember to three.

    C.  Requests by Councilmember Louis H. Bruni

       1. Discussion and possible action regarding directing staff to seek
          formal bids for the construction of a sidewalk around Newman
          Elementary School.

    D.  Requests by Councilmember Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

       1. Discussion and possible action regarding directing staff to work with
          the Laredo Independent School District to develop a traffic plan to
          help the flow of traffic around Alma Pierce Elementary School.

       2. Status report on the moving of the fences in El Chaparral and the
          Retama I area.

       3. Discussion and possible action regarding a large number of
          constituents who have received high utility bills over the past month.
          Directing staff to review billing methodology and to develop a plan to
          address these situations.

 XII.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

      25. Public hearing concerning the application by Killam Oil Company,
          amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning
          77.0961 acres, located on the Bob Bullock Loop south of T.A.M.I.U.,
          from AG (Agricultural 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 77.0961 acres, located on the Bob Bullock Loop south of
          T.A.M.I.U., from AG (Agricultural District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial
          District).  Providing for publication and effective date.

      26. Public hearing concerning the application by Eduardo Castillo,
          amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning
          Lot 6, Block 120, Eastern Division, located at 4119 Springfield
          Avenue, 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 Lot 6, Block 120, Eastern Division, located at 4119
          Springfield Avenue, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1
          (Limited Business District).  Providing for publication and effective
          date.

      27. Public hearing concerning the application by Miguel Angel Munoz,
          amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning
          Lot 7, Block 1800, Eastern Division, located at 2920 Musser Street,
          from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Business
          District). This is an appeal from a recommendation to deny by the
          Planning and Zoning Commission.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning Lot 7, Block 1800, Eastern Division, located at 2920 Musser
          Street, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Business
          District).  Providing for publication and effective date.

      28. Public hearing concerning the application by Oscar Pea, amending the
          Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 11, Block
          107, Eastern Division, located at 318 Ash Street from B-1 (Limited
          Business District) to R-O (Residential/Office District). The Planning
          and Zoning Commission recommends approval of this zone change.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning Lot 11, Block 107, Eastern Division, located at 318 Ash
          Street from B-1 (Limited Business District) to R-O (Residential/Office
          District).  Providing for publication and effective date.

      29. Public hearing concerning the application by Viviana Frank, amending
          the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 279,
          Block 18, Del Mar Hills, Section 1, Area C, located at 219 Del Mar
          Blvd., from R-2 (Multi-Family District) to R-O (Residential/Office
          District). The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval of
          this zone change.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning Lot 279, Block 18, Del Mar Hills, Section 1, Area C, located
          at 219 Del Mar Blvd., from R-2 (Multi-Family District) to R-O
          (Residential/Office District). Providing for publication and effective
          date.

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

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

      31. Public hearing concerning the application by Killam Investments, LTD.,
          amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning
          2.6387 acres, located on the southwest corner of the intersection of
          Killam Industrial Blvd., and FM1472, from B-1 (Limited 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 2.6387 acres, located on the southwest corner of the
          intersection of Killam Industrial Blvd., and FM1472, from B-1 (Limited
          Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for
          publication and effective date.

      32. Public hearing concerning the application by George Meyer, amending
          the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1,
          Block 1, Daniel Garza Plat, located at the intersection of Del Mar
          Blvd., and Santa Maria Road, 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 Lot 1, Block 1, Daniel Garza Plat, located at the
          intersection of Del Mar Blvd., and Santa Maria Road, from B-3
          (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).
          Providing for publication and effective date.

      33. Public hearing concerning the application by Killam Investments, LTD.,
          amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning
          1 acre, located on the southwest corner of the intersection of Killam
          Industrial Blvd., and FM 1472, from B-1 (Limited Business 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 1 acre, located on the southwest corner of the intersection
          of Killam Industrial Blvd., and FM 1472, from B-1 (Limited Business
          District) to B-3 (Community Business District). Providing for
          publication and effective date.

      34. Public hearing concerning the application by James P. Marchak and D.
          Vic McDaniel, authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for a
          sexually oriented business, on Lot 9, Block 1, Tejas Industrial Park,
          Unit V, located at 8703 San Lorenzo Drive.  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 a
          sexually oriented business, on Lot 9, Block 1, Tejas Industrial Park,
          Unit V, located at 8703 San Lorenzo Drive. Providing for publication
          and effective date.

      35. Public hearing concerning the application by Northern Tours, Inc.,
          Jerry Radcliff, amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of
          Laredo by rezoning Lots 1, 2, and 3, Block 176, Western Division,
          located at 1005 San Bernardo Avenue, from CBD (Central Business
          District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District). This is an appeal from
          a recommendation to deny 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, and 3, Block 176, Western Division, located at
          1005 San Bernardo Avenue, from CBD (Central Business District) to B-4
          (Highway Commercial District).  Providing for publication and
          effective date.

      36. Public hearing concerning the application by Pedro Villa, authorizing
          the issuance of a Special Use Permit for a bar in the Old Mercado
          Historic District, on Lot 2, Block 42, Western Division, located at
          513 San Agustin Avenue. This is an appeal from a recommendation to
          deny by the Planning and Zoning Commission.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for a bar
          in the Old Mercado Historic District, on Lot 2, Block 42, Western
          Division, located at 513 San Agustin Avenue. Providing for publication
          and effective date.

      37. Public hearing concerning the application by Jorge Gutierrez, amending
          the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots
          1,2,3, 4,5,6,10,11, and 12, and the east 83.6 ft. of Lots 7,8, and 9,
          Block 728, Western Division, located at 2402 Gonzalez Street, from M-1
          (Light Manufacturing 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 Lots 1,2,3, 4,5,6,10,11, and 12, and the east 83.6 ft. of
          Lots 7,8, and 9, Block 728, Western Division, located at 2402 Gonzalez
          Street, from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to R-3 (Mixed
          Residential District).  Providing for publication and effective date.

XIII.  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, SEPTEMBER 26, 1997 AT 5:30 P.M.

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                                   GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.
                                   CITY SECRETARY