CITY OF LAREDO
                              CITY COUNCIL MEETING

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

                                     AGENDA

       A97-R-39                                 NOVEMBER 17, 1997

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

       2. Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a lease agreement with St.
          Patrick's Church for the use of Veterans Field to conduct and promote
          a religious conference.
          1) Lease term is for 3 (three) days commencing on December 12, 1997
             and ending December 14, 1997.
          2) Total rent will be $3,000.00.

       3. Amending Ordinance No. 96-O-163, to authorize the City to accept water
          rights in lieu of payment of water availability fees, at a negotiated
          equivalency when the City intends to acquire real estate for a valid
          public purpose.

   V.  FINAL READINGS

       4. 97-O-272  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 of November 18, 1997.  (City Council)

       5. 97-O-273  Amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 Annual Budget in the
                    amount of $50,000.00, and appropriate these funds to the
                    Department of Telecommunications salary line item to
                    establish the position of Telecommunications Network
                    Specialist.  (City Council)

       6. 97-O-274  Amending the City of Laredo FY 1997-98 Annual Budget by
                    reclassifying three firefighters to three Captains for the
                    Airport Fire and Rescue Unit and authorizing the City
                    Manager to implement said budget.  (City Council)

       7. 97-O-275  Amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 annual budget by
                    authorizing the reclassification of one (1) Captain, two (2)
                    Lieutenants, three (3) Sergeants and ten (10) Investigator
                    positions at the Laredo Police Department and authorizing
                    the City Manager to implement said budget.  (City Council)
                    (As Amended)

  VI.  RESOLUTIONS

       8. 97-R-126  Supporting the designation of the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo as an
                    American Heritage River.
                    (Sponsored by Mayor Saul N.  Ramirez, Jr.)

       9. 97-R-136  Accepting a grant from the Texas Department of Health in the
                    amount of $415,388.00, in funds and $31,200.00, in State
                    direct assistance, for the Comprehensive Public Health
                    Services Programming of the City of Laredo Health Department
                    for the period beginning Sept. 1, 1997, through August 31,
                    1998.

      10. 97-R-137  Accepting a grant from the Texas Department of Health in the
                    amount of $125,000.00, and in-kind match of $58,388.00, for
                    the School-Based Health Project of the City of Laredo Health
                    Department for the period beginning September 1, 1997, and
                    August 31, 1998.

      11. 97-R-139  Accepting a grant from the Texas Department of Health in the
                    amount of $11,400.00, for the Border Area Survey facilitated
                    by the City of Laredo Health Department for the period
                    beginning September 1, 1997, through August 31, 1998.

      12. 97-R-140  Incorporating into the Street Closing/ Sales Policy
                    Handbook, as Section 10, Provisions requiring the potential
                    buyer or lessee of a former street right-of-way to submit a
                    property improvement plan for said right-of-way when the
                    proposed use is for commercial or any other use, other than
                    residential.
                    1) The improvement plan shall provide, at no cost to the
                       City, for the elimination of all indication that said
                       property was previously a street by including and not
                       limited to the removal, extension, closure, widening of
                       curbs and gutters, landscaping and fencing, etc.
                    2) The street closing division will provide the Traffic,
                       Engineering, Planning and Building Departments with
                       copies of the proposed improvement plan for their
                       review/comments, and recommendations,
                    3) The improvement plan will be incorporated as part of the
                       Street Closure/Sales Ordinances which will be submitted
                       for Council approval.

      13. 97-R-141  Declaring the vote of the governing body of the City of
                    Laredo for its nominated candidates to the Webb County Tax
                    Appraisal District Board of Directors.

      14. 97-R-143  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant in the amount
                    of $277,757.00 for the Local Law Enforcement Block Grant
                    from the U.S. Department of Justice. The U.S. Department of
                    Justice's contribution will be $249,981.00, with the City
                    designating $27,776.00, in matching funds. The funding for
                    this grant will be from October 1, 1997 through September
                    30, 1999.

      15. 97-R-144  Accepting a grant from the Texas Department of Health in the
                    amount of $450,000.00, for the Children's Health Insurance
                    Pilot Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for
                    the period beginning December 1, 1997, through August 31,
                    1999.

      16. 97-R-145  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into and execute an
                    interlocal governmental agreement between the City of Laredo
                    and the Laredo Independent School District regarding a joint
                    use and maintenance agreement for the Cigarroa Neighborhood
                    Recreation Center as authorized by and pursuant to Chapter
                    791 V.T.C.A., Texas Government Code.

      17. 97-R-146  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into and execute an
                    interlocal governmental agreement between the City of Laredo
                    and the Laredo Independent School District regarding a joint
                    use and maintenance agreement for the Farias and Katherine
                    Tarver Neighborhood Recreation Centers as authorized by and
                    pursuant to Chapter 791 V.T.C.A., Texas Government Code.

      18. 97-R-147  Supporting the Calle Iturbide Redevelopment Project,
                    Downtown Laredo, Webb County, Texas.
                    (Sponsored by Cm.  Consuelo "Chelo" Montalvo)

      19. 97-R-148  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from the
                    University of Texas/Border Region Health Professional
                    Education Initiative in the amount of $17,983.00, for the
                    purchase of health related materials; and authorizing the
                    City Manager to sign contracts and submit any and all
                    related documents as required.

      20. 97-R-149  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from the
                    Texas State Library for the 1998 MURL Grant Program in the
                    amount of $22,046.00, for the purchase of CD-ROM materials;
                    and authorizing the City Manager to sign contracts and
                    submit any and all related documents as required.

      21. 97-R-150  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Water Rights Sales
                    Agreement for the purchase of 898.75 acre feet of Class A
                    water rights from Certificate of Adjudication #23-582 for a
                    total of $258,840.00, from Winding Brook Corporation;
                    authorizing the City Manager to make application to the
                    Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission for their
                    conversion to municipal use, establish a diversion point,
                    and have the City of Laredo's Certificate of Adjudication
                    #23-3997 amended.

      22. 97-R-151  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into and execute an
                    interlocal government agreement between the City of Laredo
                    and the County of Webb to provide funding for the Meals on
                    Wheels Program at a cost of $18,750.00, contract term is for
                    12 months commencing retroactively on October 1, 1997;
                    providing for severability and effective date.

 VII. MOTIONS

      23. Approval of construction plans and authorization to advertise for bids
          for the Roof Repairs at the Center for the Arts Building Project. A
          tentative bid award is scheduled for January 5, 1998.

      24. Approval of construction plans and authorization to advertise for bids
          for the Market Street Tennis Courts Improvements. A tentative bid
          award is scheduled for January 5, 1998.

      25. Approval of bid specifications and authorization to advertise for bids
          for the following:
          a) Printing Services, Birth and Death Certificates - Health Department
          b) SCBA Pak Alert Equipment - Fire Department A tentative bid award is
          scheduled for December 15, 1997.

      26. Approval of bid specifications and authorizing to solicit bids for the
          purchase of a high vacuum/high temperature garbage sterilization
          system for the new passenger terminal. This system is required by the
          U.S. Department of Agriculture in order to properly discard garbage
          arriving in international commercial passenger flights. USDA
          recommends using this sterilization method instead of an incinerator.

      27. Authorizing the issuance of a Request for Proposals for architectural
          design and engineering services for the Paseo del Antiguo Laredo
          project.

      28. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, Southwestern Bell Internet
          Services, San Antonio, Texas, in the amount of $16,775.00, for the
          securing of a one year contract for Internet services for the Public
          Library. Internet access will be available for all patrons using
          computers at the new Library building and at the Santo Nino Branch
          facility.  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.

      29. Award of six month supply contracts to the LOW BIDDERS, A to Z Tire &
          Battery, Laredo, Texas ($41,164.86), Goodyear Auto Store, Laredo,
          Texas ($46,577.76), and STR Tire Co., Laredo, Texas ($2,040.77) to
          supply tires and tubes for all City vehicles. The bid pricing is
          approximately 3% less than the previous contract period. A total of
          three bids were received for this purchase.

      30. Award of a construction contract to the LOWEST BIDDER, Molano
          Construction Company, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $788,068.00, for
          the Telecommunications Offices and Public Access Facility. Funding is
          available from the Reseve Appropriation. Additionally, the award is
          recommended subject to the approval of a transfer of $375,000.00, from
          the Public Access Channel Restricted Funds Account.

      31. Award of an engineering contract, for an amount not to exceed
          $32,950.00, to EMCON  Engineering and Environmental Services, Fort
          Worth, Texas, to provide professional engineering services for
          Mitigation of Methane Gas Migration at the City of Laredo Type I
          Landfill located at Highway 359 which include the nature and extent of
          the methane gas migration, engineering design, 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. Funding is available in Landfill Engineering Fees
          Account.

      32. Refund of property taxes in various amount to the following
          individuals or companies:
          a. Clark Rental System, Inc. in the amount of $2,439.60, as a result
             of a clerical error.
          b. Mitsui Vendor Leasing (USA) in the amount of $6,517.88, as a result
             of a double assessment, and
          c. Westerham Co., Inc. in the amount of $22,573.05, as a result of a
             final judgement on litigation.

      33. Approval of change order no. 1, a decrease of $12,307.90 for the
          balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the
          Paving Improvements on Hilltop Road Improvements on Hilltop Road
          Improvements Project (approximately 1250 L.F. from Interstate IH-35 to
          Wagner Court), and approval of final payment in the amount of
          $40,737.70 to Pete Gallegos Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas. Funding is
          available in Street Fund - Hilltop Street Project.

      34. Approval of change order no. 1, a net decrease of $12.70 to the
          construction contract with Ramex Construction Company, Houston, Texas,
          for the Santa Maria Avenue Drainage Improvements between Del Mar
          Boulevard and Markley Lane for a modification of the pavement section
          for the patch work along Markley and Island, the addition of compacted
          caliche with prime coat for patch work along Santa Maria Avenue, and
          additional junction boxes at inlet locations to avoid adjustments/
          relocations of water transmission lines. The original contract amount
          was $1,993,475.00 and this change order brings the total contract
          amount to $1,993,462.30.  Funding is available in Drainage
          Improvements - Santa Maria Drainage Improvements Account.

      35. Approval of General Fund Aid to Other Agencies Contracts for the
          Fiscal Year beginning October 1, 1997 through September 30, 1998, in
          the amount of $436,093.00.
              AGENCY                                     FY 97-98 FUNDING
           1. Border Area Nutrition Council                   $ 22,500
           2. Boy's and Girls Club                            $ 99,475
           3. Communities in Schools                          $ 12,500
           4. Catholic Social Services of Laredo, Inc.        $ 11,250
           5. Laredo Regional Food Bank, Inc.                 $ 18,000
           6. Laredo State Center-Primavera                   $ 11,250
           7. Laredo Webb County Food Bank                    $ 28,050
           8. Lifeline of Laredo, Inc.                        $  9,000
           9. Literacy Volunteers of America-Laredo           $  7,500
          10. Mi Laredo Goals for the 90's                    $  9,300
          11. Ruthe B. Cowl Rehabilitation Center             $ 75,000
          12. Sacred Heart Children's Home                    $  2,625
          13. The Rio Grande Int'l Study Center               $  6,375
          14. Laredo Webb County Child Welfare                $  5,780
          15. Webb County American Red Cross                  $  6,675
          16. Laredo Crime Stoppers, Inc.                     $  7,500
          17. BEST-Bringing Everyone Special Together         $ 14,063
          18. Laredo Webb Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. $ 15,000
          19. SER Job For Progress, Inc.                      $  2,250
          20. Bethany House                                   $ 12,000
          21. Paisano Girl Scout Council                      $ 10,000
          22. Stop Child Abuse and Neglect, Inc.              $ 50,000
              TOTAL GENERAL FUND                              $436,093

      36. Approval of Hotel/Motel Fund Aid to Other Agencies Contracts for the
          Fiscal Year beginning October 1, 1997 through September 30, 1998, in
          the amount of $360,264.00.
            AGENCY                                  FY 97-98 FUNDING
           1. Border Olympics, Inc.                      $  9,000
           2. Laredo Children's Museum                   $ 40,000
           3. Laredo Little Theater                      $ 11,839
           4. Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra              $ 37,000
           5. LCC Dance Theater                          $  5,000
           6. LCC Dance Performance Troupe               $  5,000
           7. LCC Music Department                       $ 12,600
           8. LCC Guitar Ensembles                       $  5,215
           9. Laredo Center for the Arts                 $131,360
          10. Los Caminos Del Rio, Inc.                  $ 10,000
          11. Lulac Council #12                          $  4,500
          12. Webb County Heritage Foundation            $ 27,390
          13. WCHF/Republic of the Rio Grande Museum     $ 25,360
          14. Society of Martha Washington               $  4,500
          15. Lulac Council #7                           $  2,500
          16. Latin American Int'l Sports Hall of Fame   $  4,000
          17. San Agustine Church                        $ 20,000
          18. Ballet Folklorico                          $  5,000
              TOTAL HOTEL/MOTEL FUND                     $360,264

      37. Approval of change order no. 1 to increase the contract time by 100
          working days to the construction contract with Ramex Construction
          Company, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the Manadas Creek 24 Inch Wastewater
          Interceptor as part of the North Laredo/Webb County Infrastructure
          Improvements Project (McPherson Road Extension) Economic Development
          Administration (EDA) Project No. 08-01-02878. The recommended
          additional construction contract time is due mainly to delays
          associated with additional Federal and State Requirements on
          Environmental Assessment and an antiquity assessment required by the
          Environmental Protection Agency and the Texas Historical Commission,
          respectively, and also to unexpected subsurface conditions not
          revealed by the geotechnical subsurface exploration. The original
          contract amount of $2,229,445.00 remains the same, and the original
          construction contract time of 260 working days, is increased by 100
          working days, therefore, the project is scheduled for completion by
          March 1998.

VIII.  CITY MANAGER'S REPORT

      38. Authorization to cancel the last City Council Meetings for the months
          of November (November 24, 1997) and December (December 22, 1997) as a
          result of activities due to the holidays.

      39. Discussion and possible action regarding planning for a special
          election for the Office of Mayor, City of Laredo.

  IX.  COMMUNICATIONS

       a. Presentation by Larry Collette of the General Services Administration
          regarding the design of the proposed new U.S. Courthouse to be built
          in Laredo.

       b. Presentation by Armando Hinojosa, Artist, of a portion of the design
          of the "Campfire Scene" to be placed at the Laredo International
          Airport.

   X.  CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION AND PRESENTATION

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

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

       1. Presentation by Curtis Grace, H.E.B. Store Director and Jesse
          Castillo, H.E.B. Store Director inviting of H.E.B.  concerning the
          annual "Feast of Sharing" to be held at the Laredo Civic Center on
          Thursday, November 27, 1997, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

       2. Presentation by Jesus Hernandez regarding support for a project to
          develop the banks of the Rio Grande.

       3. Discussion and possible action regarding the appointment of a Citizens
          Marine Corps Reserve Project Review Committee.

    B.  Requests by Councilmember Louis H. Bruni

       1. Discussion and possible action directing staff to develop a funding
          mechanism to complete the sidewalk around Newmann Elementary School.

    C.  Requests by Councilmember Alfonso "Poncho" Casso

       1. Discussion and possible action regarding the re-routing of all
          commercial traffic to the Colombia/Solidarity Bridge.
          (Co-sponsored by Cm. Louis H. Bruni and Cm. Joe A. Guerra)

       2. Discussion and possible action regarding the facilities required for
          the U.S. Border Station by the General Services Administration (GSA).

    D.  Requests by Councilmember Eliseo Valdez Jr.

       1. Discussion and possible action regarding the use of signs to notify
          the general public of proposed zone changes in their immediate area.
          The sign would be posted in front of the property to be rezoned
          providing the citizens additional notice of the proposed action.

       2. Discussion and possible action regarding the City developing an area
          to be used by tractor owners/ operators who regularly take their
          vehicle home.

       3. Discussion and possible action regarding parking violation fine
          collections.

    E.  Requests by Councilmember Consuelo "Chelo" Montalvo

       1. Discussion and possible action instructing staff to communicate with
          TxDOT personnel to install "Do Not Block Intersection" signs in both
          English and Spanish at the intersections of Houston/I.H. 35, and
          Matamoros/I.H.35 to minimize the blockage of these intersections.
          (Co-sponsored by Cm. Louis H.  Bruni)

  XI.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

      41. Public hearing concerning the application by Arguindegui Oil Company,
          authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for above ground
          storage of flammable liquids, on Lot 13, Block 2, Tex-Mex Industrial
          Park, located on the northwest corner of the intersection of Andy
          Ramos Road and Aguila Azteca Drive. The Planning and Zoning Commission
          recommends approval of this Special Use Permit.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for above ground
          storage of flammable liquids, on Lot 13, Block 2, Tex-Mex Industrial
          Park, located on the northwest corner of the intersection of Andy
          Ramos Road and Aguila Azteca Drive.

      42. Public hearing concerning the application by Alicia Lopez, amending
          the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 29,
          30, 43, 44, 45, and 46, El Rancho Subdivision, located on the south
          side of SH 359, east of Wildcat, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District)
          to B-3 (Community Business District). The Planning and Zoning
          Commission recommends approval of this zone change.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning
          Lots 29, 30, 43, 44, 45, and 46, El Rancho Subdivision, located on the
          south side of SH 359, east of Wildcat, from R-3 (Mixed Residential
          District) to B-3 (Community Business District).

      43. Public hearing concerning the application by Frank Rodriguez, amending
          the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing the
          issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a pawn shop on Lots 7, 8, 9,
          and 10, Block 926, Eastern Division, located at 1718 Guadalupe Street.
          The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval of this
          Conditional Use Permit.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a pawn shop
          on Lots 7, 8, 9, and 10, Block 926, Eastern Division, located at 1718
          Guadalupe Street.

      44. Public hearing concerning the application by Aurelia D. Garza and
          Gerardo Garza, amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of
          Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 354, Eastern Division, located at 302
          E. Lyon Street from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited
          Business District). The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends
          approval of this zone change.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning
          Lot 1, Block 354, Eastern Division, located at 302 E. Lyon Street from
          R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Business District).

      45. Public hearing concerning the application by Federico and Juanita
          Nieto, amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning Lot 5, Block 665, Eastern Division, located at 1220 E.
          Bustamante Street from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1
          (Limited Business District). The Planning and Zoning Commission
          recommends approval of this zone change.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning
          Lot 5, Block 665, Eastern Division, located at 1220 E. Bustamante
          Street from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Business
          District).

      46. Public hearing concerning the application by Corona Land Development
          Co., Prisilliano Siller, amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the
          City of Laredo by rezoning 6.9741 acres, as further described by metes
          and bounds, located on Molly Drive, south of Shiloh Drive, from AG
          (Agricultural District to R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area 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
          6.9741 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located on
          Molly Drive, south of Shiloh Drive, from AG (Agricultural District to
          R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District).

      47. Public hearing concerning the application by Fasken Estate, Norbert
          Dickman, amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning 2,800 square feet as further described by metes and bounds,
          located on the west frontage road of I.H.  35, north of the Bob
          Bullock Loop, 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
          2,800 square feet as further described by metes and bounds, located on
          the west frontage road of I.H. 35, north of the Bob Bullock Loop, from
          AG (Agricultural District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).

      48. Public hearing amending Ordinance No. 97-O-108, Section 1, dated June
          16, 1997, to add a $10.00 overnight parking fee to the established
          schedule of fees at the Laredo Transit Center.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending Ordinance No. 97-O-108, Section 1, dated June 16, 1997, to
          add a $10.00 overnight parking fee to the established schedule of fees
          at the Laredo Transit Center.

      49. Public hearing regarding an ordinance transferring Restricted Fund
          Balance to Unrestricted Fund Balance and amending the City of Laredo
          FY 1997-1998 Public Access Channel Fund Balance to appropriate from
          the Unreserved Fund Balance $375,000.00, as a reserve appropriation
          for the awarding of a contract for the construction of a new
          Telecommunications Building; and authorizing the City Manager to
          implement said annual budget.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance transferring Restricted Fund Balance to Unrestricted Fund
          Balance and amending the City of Laredo's FY 1997-1998 Public Access
          Channel Fund Balance to appropriate from the Unreserved Fund Balance
          $375,000.00, as a reserve appropriation for the awarding of a contract
          for the construction of a new Telecommunications Building; and
          authorizing the City Manager to implement said annual budget.

      50. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo FY 1997-1998 Annual Budget
          in the amount of $22,046.00 for a grant awarded by Texas State Library
          - Major Urban Resource Library (MURL) program for CD-ROM materials for
          the period beginning October 1, 1997 and ending September 30, 1998.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the City of Laredo FY 1997- 1998 Annual Budget in the amount
          of $22,046.00 for a grant awarded by Texas State Library - Major Urban
          Resource Library (MURL) program for CD-ROM materials for the period
          beginning October 1, 1997 and ending September 30, 1998.

      51. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo FY 1997-1998 Annual Budget
          in the amount of $17,983.00 for a grant awarded by the University of
          Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio for the South Texas/Border
          Region Health Professional Education Initiative for health related
          materials.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the City of Laredo FY 1997-1998 Annual Budget in the amount
          of $17,983.00 for a grant awarded by the University of Texas Health
          Science Center at San Antonio for the South Texas/Border Region Health
          Professional Education Initiative for health related materials.

      52. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 annual budget
          in the amount of $277,757.00, for the Local Law Enforcement Block
          Grant from the U.S. Department of Justice for the first year of
          funding for this grant for the period of October 1, 1997, through
          September 30, 1999, and authorizing the City Manager to implement said
          budget.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 annual budget in the amount of
          $277,757.00, for the Local Law Enforcement Block Grant from the U.S.
          Department of Justice for the first year of funding for this grant for
          the period of October 1, 1997, through September 30, 1999, and
          authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget.

      53. Public hearing approving an amendment of a contract with the Texas
          Department of Health and two-year budget in the amount of $450,000.00,
          for the continuation of the Children's Health Insurance Pilot Project
          of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning
          December 1, 1997, through August 31, 1999; and increase revenue line
          item 226-0000-323-4074 from $0 to $235,000.00 each fiscal year and
          expenditure line item 226-6075 from $0 to $225,000.00, each fiscal
          year.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Approving an amendment of a contract with the Texas Department of
          Health and two-year budget in the amount of $450,000.00, for the
          continuation of the Children's Health Insurance pilot Project of the
          City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning December 1,
          1997, through August 31, 1999; and increase revenue line item 226-
          0000-323-4074 from $0 to $235,000.00 each fiscal year and expenditure
          line item 226-6075 from $0 to $225,000.00, each fiscal year.

      54. Public hearing for approval of an amendment to the contract with the
          Texas Department of Health and Budget in the amount of $415,388.00, in
          funds and $31,200.00, in State direct assistance for comprehensive
          public health services programming of the City of Laredo Health
          Department for the period beginning September 1, 1997, through August
          31, 1998, and increasing revenue line item no. 226-0000-323-4033 from
          $0 to $415,388.00, and increasing expenditure line item no. 226-6067
          from $0 to $415,388.00.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Approval of an amendment to the contract with the Texas Department of
          Health and Budget in the amount of $415,388.00, in funds and
          $31,200.00, in State direct assistance for comprehensive public health
          services programming of the City of Laredo Health Department for the
          period beginning September 1, 1997, through August 31, 1998, and
          increasing revenue line item no. 226-0000-323-4033 from $0 to
          $415,388.00, and increasing expenditure line item no. 226-6067 from $0
          to $415,388.00.

      55. Public hearing for approval of an amendment to the contract with the
          Texas Department of Health and Budget revision in the amount of
          $678.00, for the Immunization Action Plan Project of the City of
          Laredo Health Department for the period beginning January 1, 1997,
          through December 31, 1997; and increasing revenue line item 226-0000-
          323-4056 from $123,696.00, to $124,374.00, and expenditure line item
          226-6058 from $123,696.00 to $124,374.00.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Approval of an amendment to the contract with the Texas Department of
          Health and Budget revision in the amount of $678.00, for the
          Immunization Action Plan Project of the City of Laredo Health
          Department for the period beginning January 1, 1997, through December
          31, 1997; and increasing revenue line item 226-0000-323-4056 from
          $123,696.00, to $124,374.00, and expenditure line item 226-6058 from
          $123,696.00 to $124,374.00.

      56. Public hearing for approval of an amendment to the contract with the
          Texas Department Health and Budget in the amount of $11,400.00, for
          the Border Area Survey facilitated by the City of Laredo Health
          Department for the period beginning September 1, 1997, through August
          31, 1998, and increasing revenue line item no. 226-0000-323-4075 from
          $0 to $11,400.00, and increasing expenditure line item no. 226-6074
          from $0 to $11,400.00.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Approval of an amendment to the contract with the Texas Department
          Health and Budget in the amount of $11,400.00, for the Border Area
          Survey facilitated by the City of Laredo Health Department for the
          period beginning September 1, 1997, through August 31, 1998, and
          increasing revenue line item no. 226-0000-323-4075 from $0 to
          $11,400.00, and increasing expenditure line item no. 226-6074 from $0
          to $11,400.00.

      57. Public hearing for approval of an amendment to the contract with the
          Texas Department Health and Budget in the amount of $125,000.00, and
          in-kind match of $58,388.00, for the School-Based Health Project of
          the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning
          September 1, 1997, through August 31, 1998.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Approval of an amendment to the contract with the Texas Department
          Health and Budget in the amount of $125,000.00, and in-kind match of
          $58,388.00, for the School-Based Health Project of the City of Laredo
          Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 1997, through
          August 31, 1998.

      58. Public hearing for approval of an amendment to the contract with the
          Texas Department Health and Budget in the amount of $13,000.00, for
          the Maternal and Child Health Program of the City of Laredo Health
          Department for the period beginning September 1, 1996, through August
          31, 1997; and reducing revenue line item no. 336-0000-323-4069 from
          $121,667.00, to $108,667.00, and reducing expenditure line item no.
          226-6043 from $121,667.00, to $108,667.00; and increasing revenue line
          item no. 226-0000-323-4034 from $492,000.00, to $505,000.00, and
          expenditure line item no. 226-6042 from $492,000.00, to $505,000.00.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Approval of an amendment to the contract with the Texas Department
          Health and Budget in the amount of $13,000.00, for the Maternal and
          Child Health Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the
          period beginning September 1, 1996, through August 31, 1997; and
          reducing revenue line item no.  336-0000-323-4069 from $121,667.00, to
          $108,667.00, and reducing expenditure line item no. 226-6043 from
          $121,667.00, to $108,667.00; and increasing revenue line item no. 226-
          0000-323-4034 from $492,000.00, to $505,000.00, and expenditure line
          item no. 226-6042 from $492,000.00, to $505,000.00.

 XII.  MOTION TO RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD

      59. Award of contract to the SOLE BIDDER, Harvey Schulmeier, Canyon Lake,
          Texas, in the amount of $20,000.00, per module, to conduct a
          "Transportation Journeyman Mechanic Certification Program".  The
          intent of this program is to provide a means for maintenance employees
          to acquire expertise in different aspects of bus maintenance.  This
          program will be conducted by this certified trainer at El Metro
          facilities and will include a handwritten and hands-on exam. All
          training will be conducted in accordance to the guidelines of the
          National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI).  Eighteen
          employees will be provided 120 hours of classroom worked and hands-on
          training.

      60. Approval of change order no. 7 to add 14 days to the construction
          contract, acceptance of the Intermodal Transit Center and approval to
          deduct $8,260.00, from the final payment to Ramex Construction
          Company, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for late completion (28 days) and loss
          of rental income in lieu of liquidated damages of the Intercity Bus
          Facility of the Intermodal Transit Center. Also approval of the final
          payment to Ramex Construction Company, Inc.  in the amount of
          $428,537.97, which includes the deduction of $8,260.00. Final
          construction contract amount is $8,735,959.45.  The original
          completion date was August 6, 1997 and this change order will bring
          the completion date to August 20, 1997.  Funding is available in the
          Transit System Retainage Payable Account.

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

      61. Motion authorizing the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation (LMHC)
          Director to submit an application to the Webb County Appraisal
          District for recognition of property tax exemption for the fifty (50)
          lots purchased at the Riverhills Subdivision, Unit I under the LMHC
          Lease/Purchase Program. This property tax exemption will allow LMHC to
          save the necessary funds that will be applied to closing costs for the
          Lease/Purchase Program.

      62. 97-RMH-138  Approval from the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation
                      (LMHC) Board of Directors to implement new rental rates on
                      all fair market rental units and low income units at the
                      Tomas Flores Apartments, located at 2300 Lafayette,
                      effective January 1, 1998.  The proposed rental rates are
                      as follows: $335.00 for a 2-Bedroom and $495.00 for a 3-
                      Bedroom for Fair Market units and $220.00 for a 2-Bedroom
                      and $240.00 for a 3-Bedroom for units under the Low Income
                      Program. The proposed rents are still lower than
                      comparably sized apartments in our community including the
                      rents authorized by HUD for the Section 8 Program. This
                      rental increase will not apply to the families
                      participating in the Section 8 Program.  The revenues
                      generated from the rental increase at Tomas Flores
                      Apartments will be used to assist in covering operational
                      costs.

 XIV.  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, NOVEMBER 14, 1997 AT 5:30 P.M.


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                                   GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.
                                   CITY SECRETARY