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

                                     AGENDA

       A97-R-37                                  OCTOBER 27, 1997

   I.  CALL TO ORDER
  II.  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
 III.  ROLL CALL
  IV.  FINAL READINGS

       2. 97-O-257  Authorizing the City Manager to grant a license to Grande
                    River Communications, Inc., for the use of a telecommuni-
                    cations PVC Conduit on Juarez Lincoln International Bridge
                    and on 1000 square feet of City right-of-way on the 69 Block
                    of San Francisco Avenue and the River Bank for a term of
                    five (5) years with an annual rent of $10,000.00 plus a fee
                    of $4.00 a square feet for the occupation of the City of
                    Laredo Right-of-Way.  (City Council)

       3. 97-O-258  Amending Section 6-66 (c) titled "Special Permits" for large
                    livestock and wild animals, of Chapter 6, Animals and Fowl,
                    of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo; thereby
                    specifically clarifying the said subsection so that the
                    Health Director has the final authority to grant or deny a
                    special permit independent of whether abutting and adjacent
                    neighbors consent to or oppose the special permit; providing
                    for severability; and providing for an effective date and
                    publication.  (As Amended) (Mario G.  Alvarado)

       4. 97-O-259  Approving an amendment to the contract with the Texas
                    Department of Health and budget in the amount of
                    $1,516,584.00 to operate the Women, Infants, and Children
                    (WIC) Program, and to issue approximately $8,640,000.00, in
                    federal food vouchers by the City of Laredo Health
                    Department for the period beginning October 1, 1997, through
                    September 30, 1998; and increasing revenue line item for the
                    WIC Program 226-0000-323-4037 from $0 to $1,516,584.00, and
                    expenditure line item 226-6071 from $0 to $1,516,584.00.
                    (City Council)

       5. 97-O-260  Approving an amendment to the contract with the Texas
                    Department of Health and budget in the amount of
                    $200,000.00, for the restructured La Familia Health Care
                    Project (previously known as the Diabetic/Hypertension
                    Education Project) of the City of Laredo Health Department
                    for the period beginning September 1, 1997, through August
                    31, 1998; and increase revenue line item 226-0000-323-4036
                    from $0 to $200,000.00, and expenditure line item 226-6063
                    from $0 to $200,000.00.  (City Council)

   V.  RESOLUTIONS

       6. 97-R-127  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Right of Entry and
                    Possession instrument for the right to enter upon, and take
                    possession of, a parcel of land owned by Fasken Ltd., a
                    Texas Limited Partnership, for the construction of a part of
                    the Laredo Northwest International Bridge.

       7. 97-R-128  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant in the amount
                    of $12,500.00, for the "El Protector" grant from the Texas
                    Department of Transportation. The Texas Department of
                    Transportation's contribution will be $8,125.00, with the
                    City designating $4,375.00, in matching funds. These funds
                    reflect only 25% of the total amount of the grant. The
                    remaining 75% of the grant will be awarded in November 1997.
                    The funding for this grant will be from October 1, 1997
                    through September 30, 1998.

       8. 97-R-129  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant in the amount
                    of $5,000.00, for the Occupant Protection STEP grant from
                    the Texas Department of Transportation. The Texas Department
                    of Transportation's contribution will be $2,500.00, with the
                    City designating $2,500.00, in matching funds. These funds
                    reflect only 25% of the amount of the grant. The remaining
                    75% of the grant will be awarded in November 1997. The
                    funding for this grant will be from October 1, 1997 through
                    September 30, 1998.

       9. 97-R-130  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant in the amount
                    of $7,500.00, for the Speed STEP grant from the Texas
                    Department of Transportation. The Texas Department of
                    Transportation's contribution will be $4,875.00, with the
                    City designating $2,625.00, in matching funds. These funds
                    reflect only 25% of the total amount of the grant. The
                    remaining 75% of the grant will be awarded in November 1997.
                    The funding for this grant will be from October 1, 1997
                    through September 30, 1998.

      10. 97-R-131  Authorizing the City Manager of the City of Laredo to accept
                    a grant award (reimbursement program) from the Texas
                    Department of Transportation for Intermodal Surface
                    Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) Enhancement Funds in
                    the amount of $1,076,158.00, for streetscape improvements to
                    Convent Avenue, Hidalgo Street, Farragut Street, Zaragoza
                    Street and streets adjacent to San Agustin Plaza, and Santa
                    Ursula Avenue; and authorizing the City Manager to execute
                    all necessary documents.

      11. 97-R-132  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Right of Entry and
                    Possession instrument for the right to enter upon, and take
                    possession of, a parcel of land owned by Robert Muller
                    Family Partnership Ltd., d/b/a Robert Muller Ltd., for the
                    construction of a part of the Laredo Northwest International
                    Bridge.

  VI.  MOTIONS

      12. Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the
          Texas Department of Transportation in the amount of $15,000.00, for
          funding of the Holiday DWI STEP program for the period of October 1,
          1997 through September 30, 1998. The City is not required to provide
          matching funds for this grant. This grant will pay the overtime
          salaries for police officers to enforce the DWI Law during target
          holidays to include Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, Memorial Day,
          Easter, Spring Break, Independence Day, Labor Day, Halloween, and
          Veteran's Day.

 VII.  CITY MANAGER'S REPORT

      13. Discussion and possible action regarding the list of capital projects
          for possible bond funding.

      14. Staff report regarding recent heavy rains and their impact on the
          City's storm drainage system.

      15. Informing the City Council of the initiation of four much needed
          Utilities projects which will alleviate water and wastewater problems
          in the City. City Council has previously identified priority areas
          which are incorporated into these projects. Monies to fund these
          projects will come from reserves of residuals from completed bond
          projects in the amount of $381,000.00. The projects are as follows:
          1) Water Line Replacements in the amount of $100,000 in the following
		     areas:
             Gustavus from San Agustin Street to Seymour Street (9,570 linear
             feet); the 1500, 2100, 2400, and 2700 Blocks of Fremont (2,700
             linear feet); Corpus Christi Street from Sanders to Arkansas (8,400
             linear feet); and the Hillside Terrace 7 area (8,500 linear feet).
          2) Hillside Trunk Line from Yeary Street to I.H. 35 in the amount of$160,000. This project
             will alleviate the surcharge on the 18" sanitary sewer system for a
             90 Block area.
          3) Water Valve Replacement in the amount of $50,000.00.
             This project, which will be done on a city-wide basis, will replace
             malfunctioning valves and will help to minimize water loss
             attributed to line breakages.
          4) Jacaman Lift Station/Force Main in the amount of $71,000.00
             This project consists of the placement of 3,420 linear feet of 10"
             wastewater force main from Jacaman Road to the McPherson Lift
             Station.

      16. Request for Executive Session to deliberate the acquisiton of certain
          real property needed for the
          construction of a part of the Laredo Northwest International Bridge,
          pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.072 and return to open
          session for possible action authorizing the City Manager to execute a
          Right of Entry and Possession instrument for the right to enter upon,
          and take possession of, parcels of land owned by Fasken Ltd. and
          Robert Muller, a Texas Limited Partnership, for the construction of a
          part of the Laredo Northwest International Bridge.

      17. Request for Executive Session pursuant to Section 551.071 of the Texas
          Government Code to consult with legal counsel, concerning the pending
          litigation styled Royal Joint Venture et.al. v.  Louis H. Bruni,
          Individually and in his Official Capacity as City Council Member, City
          of Laredo, Civil Action No. L-95-136 in the U.S. District Court for
          the Southern District of Texas.

VIII.  COMMUNICATIONS

       a. Recognizing TransTexas Gas Corporation for being a good corporate
          citizen of the City of Laredo.

  IX.  CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION AND PRESENTATION

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

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

       1. Discussion and possible action to have staff evaluate the drainage
          system in south Laredo.

    B.  Requests by Councilmember Louis H. Bruni

       1. Discussion and possible action on the drainage/wastewater problems at
          3300 Elm Street, 1200 E. Calton Road, 3100 Montgomery Street, 3200 Ash
          Street, 2600 Plum Street, and 2600 San Jose Street, also 3200 Elm
          Street, and 1500 Cherry Hill with possible action.

       2. Discussion and possible action on including the 3300 block of Lane
          Street in the current paving project and also the paving or recycling
          of Cherry Hill from Calton Road to Bustamante.

       3. Discussion and possible action on reclassifying three firefighters to
          three captains for the airport rescue vehicle.

       4. Status report on the Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR), PART 150 Noise
          Abatement study with possible action.

    C.  Requests by Councilmember Alfonso "Poncho" Casso

       1. Discussion and possible action regarding the routine maintenance of
          storm drainage systems.

       2. Discussion and possible action on re-routing tractor-trailers
          transporting Haz-Mat materials southbound to use Columbia Bridge.

    D.  Requests by Councilmember Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

       1. Discussion and possible action on the creation of an Emergency Relief
          Fund.

    E.  Requests by Councilmember Mario G. Alvarado

       1. Presentation by Delmar Industrial Park representatives, with possible
          action.

       2. Discussion with possible action allowing Doctors Hospital physicians
          to participate, and to be rotated equally, with the City of Laredo
          Health Department Obstetrics clinic health care services and that all
          competitive City of Laredo funds being used to provide pre-non-
          natal/obstetrics services be made available to both Mercy and Columbia
          Doctors Hospital clinics located within the City of Laredo.

       3. Request for staff to coordinate a meeting between representatives of
          the City, Union Pacific Railroad, U.S. Customs, and U.S. Border
          Patrol, to discuss a combination of efforts which may provide some
          relief to the current railroad traffic congestion.

    F.  Requests by Councilmember Consuelo "Chelo" Montalvo

       1. Presentation by Laredo Police Officer's Association President Luis
          Dovalina, with possible action.  (Co-sponsored by Eliseo Valdez, Jr.)

   X.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

      19. Public hearing concerning the application by Anita Bruni, amending the
          Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block
          1 and Lot 1 Block 2, Freedom Park Subdivision, located at Loop 20 at
          N. Merida Drive 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
          Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning
          Lot 1, Block 1 and Lot 1 Block 2, Freedom Park Subdivision, located at
          Loop 20 at N. Merida Drive from AG (Agricultural District) to B-4
          (Highway Commercial District), providing for publication and effective
          date.

      20. Public hearing concerning the application by Anita Bruni, amending the
          Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 2 and 3,
          Block 1 and Lots 2 and 3, Block 2, Freedom Park Subdivision, located
          at Loop 20 at N. Merida Drive from AG (Agricultural District) and R-1A
          (Single Family Reduced Area District) to B-3 (Community Business
          District). The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval of
          this zone change.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning
          Lots 2 and 3, Block 1 and Lots 2 and 3, Block 2, Freedom Park
          Subdivision, located at Loop 20 at N. Merida Drive from AG
          (Agricultural District) and R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District)
          to B-3 (Community Business District), providing for publication and
          effective date.

      21. Public hearing concerning the application by John L. Gilbert,
          authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a Ropa Usada
          Business on all of Block 759, Western Division, located at 2802 Davis
          Street.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval of
          this conditional use permit.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a Ropa Usada
          Business on all of Block 759, Western Division, located at 2802 Davis
          Street, providing for publication and effective date.

      22. Public hearing concerning the application by Juan Jr., Arnulfo and
          Ricardo Cisneros, amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of
          Laredo by rezoning Lots 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12, Block 761 Western
          Division, located at 2800 Juarez Avenue, from B-1 (Limited Business
          District) to R-3 (Mixed Residential District). The Planning and Zoning
          Commission recommends approval of this zone change.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning
          Lots 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12, Block 761 Western Division, located at 2800
          Juarez Avenue, from B-1 (Limited Business District) to R-3 (Mixed
          Residential District), providing for publication and effective date.

      23. Public hearing concerning the application by Vilore Foods Company,
          Inc., amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning 0.782 acres out of Porcion 22, Abstract 277, as further
          described by metes and bounds located at 8219 San Lorenzo Drive from
          R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing
          District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval of
          this zone change.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning
          0.782 acres out of Porcion 22, Abstract 277, as further described by
          metes and bounds located at 8219 San Lorenzo Drive from R-2 (Multi-
          Family Residential District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing District),
          providing for publication and effective date.

      24. Public hearing concerning the application by Hector Hall (Owner),
          Romeo Uribe (Applicant), and Laredo Auto Clinic authorizing the
          issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for truck/trailer rentals and
          paint and body work on Lots 1, 2, 3, 10, 11 and 12, Block 1099,
          Western Division, located at 4420 San Bernardo Avenue. The Planning
          and Zoning Commission recommends approval of this conditional use
          permit.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for truck/trailer
          rentals and paint and body work on Lots 1, 2, 3, 10, 11 and 12, Block
          1099, Western Division, located at 4420 San Bernardo Avenue, providing
          for publication and effective date.

      25. Public hearing concerning the application by Northern Tours, Inc.,
          Jerry Radcliff authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit
          for a Bus Terminal on Lots 1, 2, and 3, Block 176, Western Division,
          located at 1005 San Bernardo Avenue.  The Planning and Zoning
          Commission recommends denial of this conditional use permit.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a Bus
          Terminal on Lots 1, 2, and 3, Block 176, Western Division, located at
          1005 San Bernardo Avenue, providing for publication and effective
          date.

      26. Public hearing to receive comments on the Land Use Assumptions for the
          City of Laredo, its Extra Territorial Jurisdiction and other areas,
          for the purpose of implementing water and sewer Impact Fees. The
          Impact Fees will support the infrastructure needs associated with
          growth and will be considered in order to minimize the need for future
          rate increases.

      27. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 annual budget
          in the amount of $12,500.00, for the "El Protector" grant from the
          Texas Department of Transportation. The Texas Department of
          Transportation's contribution will be $8,125.00, with the City
          designating $4,375.00, in matching funds. These funds reflect only 25%
          of the total amount of the grant. The remaining 75% of the grant will
          be awarded in November 1997. The funding for this grant will be from
          October 1, 1997 through September 30, 1998.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 annual budget in the amount of
          $12,500.00, for the "El Protector" grant from the Texas Department of
          Transportation. The Texas Department of Transportation's contribution
          will be $8,125.00, with the City designating $4,375.00, in matching
          funds. These funds reflect only 25% of the total amount of the grant.
          The remaining 75% of the grant will be awarded in November 1997. The
          funding for this grant will be from October 1, 1997 through September
          30, 1998.

      28. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 annual budget
          in the amount of $7,500.00, for the Speed STEP grant from the Texas
          Department of Transportation. The Texas Department of Transportation's
          contribution will be $4,875.00, with the City designating $2,625.00,
          in matching funds. These funds reflect only 25% of the total amount of
          the grant. The remaining 75% of the grant will be awarded in November
          1997. The funding for this grant will be from October 1, 1997 through
          September 30, 1998.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 annual budget in the amount of
          $7,500.00, for the Speed STEP grant from the Texas Department of
          Transportation. The Texas Department of Transportation's contribution
          will be $4,875.00, with the City designating $2,625.00, in matching
          funds. These funds reflect only 25% of the total amount of the grant.
          The remaining 75% of the grant will be awarded in November 1997. The
          funding for this grant will be from October 1, 1997 through September
          30, 1998.

      29. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 annual budget
          in the amount of $2,500.00, for the Occupant Protection STEP grant
          from the Texas Department of Transportation. The Texas Department of
          Transportation's contribution will be $2,500.00, with the City
          designating $2,500.00, in matching funds. These funds reflect only 25%
          of the total amount of the grant. The remaining 75% of the grant will
          be awarded in November 1997. The funding for this grant will be from
          October 1, 1997 through September 30, 1998.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 annual budget in the amount of
          $2,500.00, for the Occupant Protection STEP grant from the Texas
          Department of Transportation. The Texas Department of Transportation's
          contribution will be $2,500.00, with the City designating $2,500.00,
          in matching funds. These funds reflect only 25% of the total amount of
          the grant. The remaining 75% of the grant will be awarded in November
          1997. The funding for this grant will be from October 1, 1997 through
          September 30, 1998.

  XI.  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, OCTOBER 24, 1997 AT 5:30 P.M.

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                                              GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.
                                              CITY SECRETARY