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

                                     AGENDA

       A97-R-38                                 NOVEMBER 3, 1997

   I.  CALL TO ORDER
  II.  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
 III.  ROLL CALL
  IV.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

       2. Amending the City of Laredo FY 1997-98 Annual Budget by reclassifying
          three firefighters to three Captains to the Airport Fire and Rescue
          Unit and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget.

       3. Introducing an ordinance to amend the City of Laredo's 1997-1998
          annual budget authorizing the reclassification of one (1) Captain, two
          (2) Lieutenants, and ten (10) Investigator positions at the Laredo
          Police Department and authorizing the City Manager to implement said
          budget.

   V.  FINAL READINGS

       4. 97-O-261  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.
                    (City Council)

       5. 97-O-262  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.
                    (Jose R. Perez, Jr.)

       6. 97-O-263  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.
                    (Jose R. Perez) 7. 97-O-264  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.  (Mario G.  Alvarado)

       8. 97-O-265  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.
                    (Mario G.  Alvarado)

       9. 97-O-266  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. (Mario G. Alvarado)

      10. 97-O-267  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. (Mario G. Alvarado)

      11. 97-O-268  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. (Consuelo "Chelo" Montalvo)

      12. 97-O-269  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.  (City Council)

      13. 97-O-270  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.  (City Council)

      14. 97-O-271  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. (City Council)

  VI.  RESOLUTIONS

      15. 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.

      16. 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.

      17. 97-R-133  Appointing Natalie Guerra and Fernando Montemayor to the
                    Laredo Convention and Visitors Bureau Advisory Board
                    representing the retail sector.

      18. 97-R-134  Ratifying a provision for a $600.00 administrative fee for
                    the processing of requests to abandon and close streets and
                    alleys which were dedicated by plat as public easements, and
                    whereby title to the street or alley is held by abutting
                    property owners; and incorporating said provision as Section
                    9 of the Street Closing/Sales Policy Handbook, and providing
                    for an effective date.

      19. 97-R-135  Accepting a grant from the United States Environmental
                    Protection Agency through the Texas Natural Resource
                    Conservation Commission under the Clean Water Act Section
                    319(h) for a grant in the amount of $161,121.44 with the
                    City designating $107,476.00, in matching funds and/or in-
                    kind services for a total of $268,597.44, to develop a
                    Watershed Protection through Enforcement Program for the
                    period from November 1, 1997 through October 31, 2000.

 VII. MOTIONS

      20. Approval of bid specifications and authorization to advertise for bids
          for the following:
          a) Safety Footwear, six month contract - Fire Department
          b) Firearms - Police Department
          c) Computers - City Attorney (2), Airport (1), CV&B (2), Bridge System
             (4), Water Treatment (1), Water Administration (2), Wastewater
             Treatment (1), Wastewater Collection (2), Risk (1), Health Benefits
             (2), Police (7).
          d) Blue Bags for the City's Recycling Program -Public Works

      21. Authorize the purchase of five vehicles for the Police Department's
          Financial Task Force. Four vehicles will be purchased through the
          Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) -Cooperative
          Purchasing Program, in the total amount of $67,026.55, and one from
          the SOLE BIDDER, Powell Watson Motors, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the
          amount of $21,297.00. Bids were requested for five vehicles, however,
          Powell Watson Motors was the only vendor that responded to our bid
          notice.  Delivery of these vehicles is expected within sixty days.
          Funding is available in the Financial Task Force's capital outlay
          budget.

      22. Authorize the purchase of eight portable radios and one, six unit
          rapid charger unit for the Police Department through the Houston
          Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) - Cooperative Purchasing
          Program, in the total amount of $17,393.65. These voice secure radios
          will be purchased through the cooperative purchasing contract vendor
          Motorola. Delivery of these radios is expected within sixty days.
          Funding is available in the Police Department, Trust Fund - Capital
          Outlay (6 radios, 1 charger unit) and in the Police Department, HIDTA
          Program - Capital Outlay (2 radios).

      23. Award of two twelve month janitorial supply contracts to the LOW
          BIDDERS, Nogalito Janitorial Supplies, Laredo, Texas in the base
          amount of $14,803.00, and National Sanitary Supply, Laredo, Texas in
          the base amount of $12,595.91, for providing general janitorial
          supplies to all city departments. The base bid cost is approximately
          9% less than the previous contract period. A total of seven bids were
          received this purchase.

      24. Award of a construction contract to the LOWEST BIDDER, Pete Gallegos
          Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $1,425,343.50, for the
          construction of E.D.A. Project No. 08-01-03080 -Airport Medical
          Infrastructure Improvements Arkansas Avenue Extension. Contract time
          is eight months. A total of two bids were received for this project.
          Funding is available in the EDA Airport/Medical Park Improvements
          Other Than Building.

      25. Authorizing the City Manager to enter into contract with the Laredo
          Webb County Community Action Agency (CAA) in the amount of $34,500.00,
          to provide homeless prevention services with 1997 Emergency Shelter
          Grant (ESG) funds provided by the U.S.  Department of Housing and
          Urban Development.

      26. Authorizing the City Manager to award 1997 Emergency Shelter Grant
          funds (ESG) made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
          Development in the amount of $79,920.00 to Catholic Social Services of
          Laredo, Inc., for the rehabilitation of the Frontera Halfway House to
          include the addition of a security/waiting area and other general
          improvements and authorizing the City Manager to enter into contract.

      27. Approval of amendment no. 2, an increase of $13,545.00, to the
          contract with Naismith Engineering Inc., Laredo and Corpus Christi,
          Texas for soil boring to be completed as monitoring wells in
          compliance with Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission RG-17
          rules and regulations, at 4200 Bartlett (LPST ID No. 101133).  The
          increase which was not anticipated, is due to additional drilling,
          sampling, and laboratory analysis required as a result of the presence
          of sub-surface hydrocarbon contamination. The original contract amount
          was $42,087.00.  This amendment will bring the contract total to
          $58,968.00.  Funding is available in the Airport Fuel Account.

      28. Approval of change order no. 4, an increase of $23,378.28, to the
          construction contract with Ramex Construction Company, Inc., Houston,
          Texas, for additional gypsum board ceiling system and MEP revisions to
          accommodate the fire suppression system; to add a sign as requested by
          the Library; and other miscellaneous items to the New Main Library.
          The original contract amount was $5,641,000.00. This change order will
          bring the contract total to $5,783,381.28. Funding is available in the
          New Public Library Building.

      29. Approval to reject all bids received for the provision of Internet
          services for the Public Library. The City received bids from
          Southwestern Bell Internet Services, San Antonio, Texas, and AT&T,
          Laredo, Texas. The bid from AT&T exceeded our budget allocations and
          the bid from Southwestern Bell required a three year commitment. Only
          a one year commitment is needed due the construction of the City's
          Institutional Network (I-Net) which will provide Internet access for
          all City departments.  New bid specifications will be prepared with
          revised requirements and new bids solicited.

      30. Approval to select EMCON Engineering and Environmental Services, Fort
          Worth, Texas, and authorization to negotiate an engineering contract
          to provide professional engineering services for mitigation of Methane
          Gas Migration at the City of Laredo Type I Landfill located at Highway
          359. This work will include the nature and extent of the methane gas
          migration, engineering design, and the preparation of construction
          plans and specifications with cost estimates as required for
          compliance with the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission
          Subtitle D requirements of 30 TAC 330 Municipal Solid Waste
          Regulations. A total of six firms responded to the City's request for
          proposals. Funding is available in the Landfill Fund Contract
          Services.

      31. Authorizing the City Manager to contract with Catholic Social Services
          of Laredo, Inc. (CSS) in the amount of $114,629.00, to administer the
          City's Fiscal Year 1998 General Fund Welfare Assistance Program
          through which rental, utility, burial, transportation, ambulance, and
          health care assistance is provided to indigent individuals and
          families residing in the community.

VIII.  CITY MANAGER'S REPORT

      32. Presenting a status report on the progress of the Santa Isabel Water
          Well with possible action.

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

      34. Discussion and possible action regarding setting a date for a workshop
          to review and prioritize the list of capital projects for possible
          bond funding.

  IX.  COMMUNICATIONS

    CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION AND PRESENTATION

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

    A.  Requests by Mayor Saul N. Ramirez Jr.

       1. Presentation by Ricardo DeAnda, the City's Delinquent Tax Collector of
          the 1st Quarter Delinquent Tax Collection Report.

    B.  Requests by Councilmember Louis H. Bruni

       1. Discussion and possible action on instructing staff to conduct a study
          on the placement of temporary portable restrooms on IH-35 from
          Lincoln-Juarez Bridge No. 2 to the appropriate mile marker.
          (Co-sponsored by Councilmember Consuelo "Chelo" Montalvo)

    C.  Requests by Councilmember Cecilia May Moreno

       1. Status report with possible action on the Ochoa Neighborhood Park that
          was funded two years ago.

       2. Status report with possible action on the Health Department Playground
          that was approved two ago.

       3. The Industrial Loop (outer loop) is listed on the MPO work plan and
          divided into a number of smaller projects. This is a request to have
          City Council move-up the dates for those sections that connect I-35 to
          the Mines Road and US 83 to the Bob Bullock Loop, with possible
          action.

    D.  Requests by Councilmember Eliseo Valdez Jr.

       1. Discussion and possible action on placing concrete on the
          intersections of Calton Road/Springfield and Calton Road/Marcella due
          to heavy traffic deteriorating asphalt pavement at these
          intersections.
          (Co-sponsored by Councilmember Joe A.  Guerra)

    E.  Requests by Councilmember Joe A. Guerra

       1. Request by Dr. Hector Farias for a presentation concerning police
          matters and traffic congestion problems at Bridge I and II with
          possible action.

       2. Discussion and possible action on the proposed Fred M. Bruni Park in
          east Laredo.
          (Co-sponsored by Councilmember Consuelo "Chelo" Montalvo)

    F.  Requests by Councilmember Mario G. Alvarado

       1. Presentation by Del Mar Industrial Park representatives, with possible
          action.

       2. Presentation by Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs
          requesting the City's help and participation with a cleanup project
          schedule for the Mines Road area on November 16, with possible action.

  XI.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

      36. Public hearing repealing ordinance 97-O-149 dated July 7, 1997,
          Section 7; to decrease the fare on the EL LIFT Transportation Program
          from $1.00 to $0.75.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Repealing ordinance 97-O-149 dated July 7, 1997, Section 7; to
          decrease the fare on the EL LIFT Transportation Program from $1.00 to
          $0.75.  Providing for publication and effective date.

      37. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 Annual Budget
          in the amount of $50,000.00, and appropriating these funds to the
          Department of Telecommunication's line item to establish the position
          of Telecommunications Network Specialist.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 Annual Budget in the amount of
          $50,000.00, and appropriating these funds to the Department of
          Telecommunication's line item to establish the position of
          Telecommunications Network Specialist.

      38. Public hearing for the voluntary annexation of ten tracts of land
          totaling 491.1278 acres, more or less, and the unilateral annexation
          of three tracts of land totaling 1,286.5786 acres, more or less, for a
          total of 1,777.7064 acres.
          TRACTS PROPOSED FOR VOLUNTARY ANNEXATION:
          Tract 3:   Killam Industrial Park Tract - 10.6253 acres, more or less
                     Petitioner: Killam Industrial Development Partnership, LTD
          Tract 4:   Hurd Tract - 17.8736 acres, more or less,
                     Petitioner: Hurd Urban Development, LLC
          Tract 5:   Salinas Tract - 8.0 acres, more or less,
                     Petitioner: Gerardo G. Salinas, Manager, Village Heights,
                     LTD.
          Tract 6:   Izaguirre Tract - 8.0668 acres, more or less,
                     Petitioner: Tomas L. Izaguirre
          Tract 7:   Killam/Loop 20 Tract - 15.7203 acres, more or less,
                     Petitioner: Killam Oil Company
          Tract 9:   Haynes Tract - 4.6808 acres, more or less,
                     Petitioner: Richard E. Haynes
          Tract 10:  Southern Development Tract - 95.7986 acres, more or less,
                     Petitioner: A.R. Sanchez, Jr.
          Tract 11:  Garcia Tract - 265.2185 acres, more or less,
                     Petitioner: E.G. Ranch, Ltd.
          Tract 12:  Newman Tract - 35.1439 acres, more or less,
                     Petitioner: Newman Investment Company
          Tract 13:  Ramos Tract - 30.0 acres, more or less,
                     Petitioner: Dr. Oscar Ramos

          TRACTS PROPOSED FOR UNILATERAL ANNEXATION:
          Tract 1a:  Unitec Industrial park Tract -362.173 acres, more or less,
                     Petitioner: City of Laredo
          Tract 1b:  I.H. 35 Tract - 190.2584 acres, more or less,
                     Petitioner: City of Laredo
          Tract 2:   Bridge IV Tract - 181.2177 acres, more or less,
                     Petitioner: City of Laredo
          Tract 8a:  Highway 359 Tract - 61.7122 acres, more or less,
                     Petitioner: City of Laredo
          Tract 8b:  Highway 359/Landfill Tract - 490.8365 acres, more or less
                     Petitioner: City of Laredo

 XII.  MOTION TO RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MUNICIPAL HOUSING CORPORATION

      39. Approval of bid specifications and authorization to advertise for bids
          for the purchase of kitchen cabinets for the Jose A. Flores
          Apartments. Bids are being requested on the finished cabinets only,
          with the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation maintenance staff being
          responsible for their installation. Cabinets will be replaced in 15
          rental units. A tentative bid award is scheduled for December 1, 1997.

                               SUPPLEMENTAL AGENDA

  XI.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

       a. Amending the City of Laredo FY 1997-98 Annual Budget by reclassifying
          three firefighters to three Captains to the Airport Fire and Rescue
          Unit and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the City of Laredo FY 1997-98 Annual Budget by reclassifying
          three firefighters to three Captains to the Airport Fire and Rescue
          Unit and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget.

       b. Introducing an ordinance to amend the City of Laredo's 1997-1998
          annual budget authorizing the reclassification of one (1) Captain, two
          (2) Lieutenants, and ten (10) Investigator positions at the Laredo
          Police Department and authorizing the City Manager to implement said
          budget.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amend the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 annual budget authorizing the
          reclassification of one (1) Captain, two (2) Lieutenants, and ten (10)
          Investigator positions at the Laredo Police Department and authorizing
          the City Manager to implement said budget.

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, OCTOBER 31, 1997 AT 5:30 P.M.


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                                   GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.
                                   CITY SECRETARY