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

                                     AGENDA

       A97-R-42                                 DECEMBER 15, 1997

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

       2. City Council Meeting of November 3, 1997
          City Council Meeting of November 17, 1997

   V.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

       3. Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Lease and Specialty Retail
          Gift Shop Concession Agreement with Jesus Garcia & Associates for
          approximately 1556 square feet constituting Room 222 at the new
          airport passenger terminal located at 5210 Bob Bullock.  Lease term is
          for five (5) years. Rent includes a minimum annual guarantee of
          $8,400.00 or 10% of annual gross sales of merchandise, whichever is
          greater.

       4. Authorizing the City Manager to execute an amendment to the lease
          agreement approved by Ordinance No. 93-O-029 dated March 1, 1993, with
          International Bank of Commerce and Sanchez O'Brien Oil and Gas
          Corporation, a joint venture, as Lessee, for the purpose of allowing
          Lessee to sublease its leased premises. Leased premises consist of
          approximately 26,965 square feet of land which includes 12,000 square
          feet constituting of the west portion of Hangar No. 1309 located at
          4015 North Jarvis Avenue. Lease term is for ten (10) years commencing
          March 1, 1993 and ending February 28, 2003 and may be extended for one
          (1) term of eight (8) years and two (2) months ending on April 30,
          3022. Current monthly rent is $1,338.84 and is adjusted annually
          according to changes in the Consumer Price Index and further adjusted
          by fair market appraisal on the 10th anniversary.

       5. Closing as a public easement that section of the 2100 block of Hidalgo
          Street between Santa Isabel and Eagle Pass Avenues, situated in the
          Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas and reserving the
          entire above mentioned property as a utility easement and approving
          the improvement plan whereby the Union Pacific Railroad Company has
          agreed to provide, install and maintain the improvements for the
          elimination of any and all indications that said property was
          previously a street at no cost to the City and providing for an
          effective date.

       6. Closing as a public easement that intersection of Gonzalez Street and
          Eagle Pass Avenue situated between the 2100 block and 2200 block of
          Gonzalez Street, situated in the Western Division, City of Laredo,
          County of Webb, Texas and upon closing of said street the City of
          Laredo will retain the entire property as a utility easement and
          hereby approving the Improvement Plan whereby the Union Pacific
          Railroad Company has agreed to provide, install and maintain the
          improvements for the elimination of any and all indications that said
          property was previously a street at no cost to the City and providing
          for an effective date.

  VI.  FINAL READINGS

       7. 97-O-296  Authorizing the City Manager to execute an agreement
                    providing possible reimbursement for part of the cost of
                    constructing a 356 foot, 8" sanitary sewer line and a 400
                    foot, 8" water line incurred by Laredo National Bank. Both
                    lines will be located on Chacota Street close to Hwy 83 and
                    the easement in the west boundary of the Zacatecas Fire
                    Station. (City Council)

       8. 97-O-297  Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary
                    documents of conveyance to grant an easement to Southwestern
                    Bell Telephone Company for the purpose of placing telephone
                    apparatus cabinets, concrete pads, anchors, buried telephone
                    conduits and cables, aerial cable and all appurtenances
                    thereto, as may be required by grantee from time to time.
                    Said easement being out of the Mines Road Fire Station plat
                    in Porcion 20, Webb County, Texas; being generally described
                    below, and providing for an effective date:
                      Being a 20-foot by 20-foot Southwestern Bell Telephone
                      easement out of Mines Road Fire Station plat and being out
                      of Porcion 20, Abstract 48, Bautista Garcia, original
                      grantee, recorded in Volume 10, Page 40, map records of
                      Webb County, Texas.  (City Council)

       9. 97-O-298  Ordering and proclaiming a Special City Election to be held
                    on Saturday, January 17, 1998, designating polling places,
                    designating the Run-Off date, and providing for publication.
                    (City Council)

      10. 97-O-299  Authorizing and allowing, under the act governing the Texas
                    Municipal Retirement System, "Updated Service Credits" in
                    said system on an annual basis for service performed by
                    qualifying members of such system who at the effective date
                    of the allowance are in the employment of the City of
                    Laredo; providing for increased prior and current service
                    annuities for retirees and beneficiaries of deceased
                    retirees of the City; providing for increased municipal
                    contributions to the current service annuity reserve at
                    retirement of the employees of the City; and establishing an
                    effective date for the ordinance. This ordinance will allow
                    for the upgrading of the City's contribution to the
                    employees pension plan from the current 7.5% to 10%.
                    (City Council)

      11. 97-O-300  Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary
                    documents to effectively convey fee simple title to NBC
                    Bank, Laredo N.A. and Sofia Benavides, for the sale of the
                    "Surface Only", at its fair market value, of certain city
                    property described as the former south one-half section of
                    Jarvis Avenue between Cleveland and Blaine Streets.  Said
                    parcel being situated in the Eastern Division of the City of
                    Laredo, Webb County, Texas and hereby approving the
                    submitted improvement plans which are in compliance with
                    Section 10 of the Street Closing/Sales Policy Handbook as
                    approved per Resolution No. 97-R-140; and providing for an
                    effective date.  (City Council)

      12. 97-O-301  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Lease with Duty
                    Free International, Inc.  d/b/a UETA of Texas, Inc., for a
                    Specialty Duty Free Retail Shop Concession for approximately
                    1,254 square feet constituting suite number 223 on the
                    second (2nd) floor of the airport passenger terminal located
                    at 5210 Bob Bullock. Lease term is for five (5) years
                    commencing on the day the new airport passenger terminal
                    opens for business and will terminate five (5) years
                    thereafter.  Minimum annual rent guarantee of $25,000.00 or
                    ten (10%) percent of annual gross revenues, whichever is
                    greater.  (City Council)

      13. 97-O-302  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a License with The
                    Laredo National Bank for a License and Automated Teller
                    Machine Concession for approximately 100 square feet in the
                    downstairs lobby area of the airport passenger terminal
                    located at 5210 Bob Bullock Loop. License term is for five
                    (5) years commencing on the first day the new airport
                    passenger terminal opens for business and will terminate
                    five (5) years thereafter.  Minimum annual rent guarantee of
                    $7,200.00.  (City Council)

      14. 97-O-303  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a License with In-
                    Ter-Space Services, Inc.  d/b/a/ Interspace Airport
                    Advertising for a License and Advertising and Display/Hotel
                    Panel Concession at the new airport passenger terminal for
                    the purpose of providing advertising and hotel courtesy
                    phones.  License term is for five (5) years commencing on
                    the day the new airport passenger terminal opens for
                    business and terminating five (5) years thereafter and may
                    be extended for an additional five (5) years based on
                    Licensee successfully fulfilling the performance criteria.
                    Minimum annual rent guarantee is $1,000.00 or thirty (30%)
                    percent of annual gross revenues, whichever is greater.
                    (City Council)

      15. 97-O-304  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Lease and
                    Restaurant Concession Agreement with Carlos Bella d/b/a
                    Villa Laredo Restaurant for approximately 1,116 square feet
                    constituting suite number 101 on the first (1st) floor of
                    the airport passenger terminal located at 5210 Bob Bullock
                    Loop. Lease term is for five (5) years commencing on the
                    first day the new airport passenger terminal opens for
                    business and ending five (5) years thereafter. Rent shall be
                    a minimum annual guarantee of $16,800.00 plus a performance
                    guarantee in the same amount.  (City Council)

      16. 97-O-305  Ordinance altering and extending the boundary limits of the
                    City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 265.2185
                    acres, located in Porcion 33, Abstract 84, as further
                    described by metes and bounds, specifically the Garcia
                    Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance,
                    adopting a Service Plan for the annexed territory, and
                    establishing the initial zoning.  (City Council)

      17. 97-O-306  Ordinance altering and extending the boundary limits of the
                    City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 61.7122
                    acres, located in Porcion 31 as further described by metes
                    and bounds, specifically the Highway 359 Tract, providing
                    for effective date of the ordinance, adopting a Service Plan
                    for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial
                    zoning.  (City Council)

      18. 97-O-307  Ordinance altering and extending the boundary limits of the
                    City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 484.7607
                    acres, located in Porciones 31 and 32 as further described
                    by metes and bounds, specifically the Highway 359/Landfill
                    Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance,
                    adopting a Service Plan for the annexed territory, and
                    establishing the initial zoning.  (Cecilia May Moreno)

      19. 97-O-308  Ordinance altering and extending the boundary limits of the
                    City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 4.6808
                    acres, located in Porcion 31, as further described by metes
                    and bounds, specifically the Haynes Tract, providing for the
                    effective date of the ordinance, adopting a Service Plan for
                    the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning.
                    (City Council)

      20. 97-O-309  Ordinance altering and extending the boundary limits of the
                    City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 89.2252
                    acres, located in Porciones 31 and 32, as further described
                    by metes and bounds, specifically the Southern Development
                    Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance,
                    adopting a Service Plan for the annexed territory, and
                    establishing the initial zoning.  (City Council)

      21. 97-O-310  Ordinance altering and extending the boundary limits of the
                    City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 35.1439
                    acres, located in Porciones 36 and 37, as further described
                    by metes and bounds, specifically the Newman Tract,
                    providing for the effective date of the ordinance, adopting
                    a Service Plan for the annexed territory, and establishing
                    the initial zoning.  (City Council)

      22. 97-O-311  Ordinance altering and extending the boundary limits of the
                    City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 23.904
                    acres, located in Porcion 32, Abstract 296, as further
                    described by metes and bounds, specifically the Ramos Tract,
                    providing for the effective date of the ordinance, adopting
                    a Service Plan for the annexed territory, and establishing
                    the initial zoning.  (City Council)

      23. 97-O-312  Ordinance altering and extending the boundary limits of the
                    City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 15.7203
                    acres, located in Porcion 28, Abstract 24, and Porcion 29,
                    Abstract 3086 as further described by metes and bounds,
                    specifically the Killam/Loop 20 Tract, providing for the
                    effective date of the ordinance, adopting a Service Plan for
                    the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning.
                    (Louis H. Bruni)

      24. 97-O-313  Ordinance altering and extending the boundary limits of the
                    City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 362.173
                    acres, located in Porcion 12, Abstract 278, Porcion 13,
                    Abstract 51, and Porcion 14, Abstract 56 as further
                    described by metes and bounds, specifically the Unitec
                    Industrial Park Tract, providing for the effective date of
                    the ordinance, adopting a Service Plan for the annexed
                    territory, and establishing the initial zoning.
                    (Joe A. Guerra)

      25. 97-O-314  Ordinance altering and extending the boundary limits of the
                    City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 8.0044
                    acres, located in Porcion 22, Abstract 277, as further
                    described by metes and bounds, specifically the Salinas
                    Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance,
                    adopting a Service Plan for the annexed territory, and
                    establishing the initial zoning.  (Louis H. Bruni)

      26. 97-O-315  Ordinance altering and extending the boundary limits of the
                    City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 8.0669
                    acres, located in Porcion 23, Abstract 283, as further
                    described by metes and bounds, specifically the Izaguirre
                    Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance,
                    adopting a Service Plan for the annexed territory, and
                    establishing the initial zoning.  (Joe A. Guerra)

      27. 97-O-316  Ordinance altering and extending the boundary limits of the
                    City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 190.6392
                    acres, located in Porciones 13, 14, 15, and 16 as further
                    described by metes and bounds, specifically the I.H. 35
                    Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance,
                    adopting a Service Plan for the annexed territory, and
                    establishing the initial zoning.  (Joe A. Guerra)

      28. 97-O-317  Ordinance altering and extending the boundary limits of the
                    City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 181.2177
                    acres, located in Porcion 19, Abstract 47, and Porcion 20,
                    Abstract 48  as further described by metes and bounds,
                    specifically the Bridge IV Tract, providing for the
                    effective date of the ordinance, adopting a Service Plan for
                    the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning.
                    (Mario G. Alvarado)

      29. 97-O-318  Ordinance altering and extending the boundary limits of the
                    City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 10.6253
                    acres, located in Porcion 18, Abstract 21, and Abstract 591
                    as further described by metes and bounds, specifically the
                    Killam Industrial Park Tract, providing for the effective
                    date of the ordinance, adopting a Service Plan for the
                    annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning.
                    (Mario G. Alvarado)

      30. 97-O-319  Ordinance altering and extending the boundary limits of the
                    City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 17.8736
                    acres, located in Porcion 19, Abstract 591, as further
                    described by metes and bounds, specifically the Hurd Tract,
                    providing for the effective date of the ordinance, adopting
                    a Service Plan for the annexed territory, and establishing
                    the initial zoning.  (Mario G. Alvarado)

      31. 97-O-320  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 IH 35,
                    north of the Bob Bullock Loop, from AG (Agricultural
                    District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).
                    (Mario G. Alvarado)

      32. 97-O-321  Ordinance approving an amendment to the contract with the
                    Texas Department of Health and Budget revision in the amount
                    of an additional $26,837.00, 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 revenue line item 226-0000-323-4056 from $123,696.00 to
                    $150,533.00, and expenditure line item 226-6058 from
                    $123,696.00 to $150,533.00.  (City Council)

 VII.  RESOLUTIONS

      33. 97-R-156  Directing publication of Notice of Intention To Issue City
                    of Laredo, Texas Combination Tax and Sewer Revenue Certifi-
                    cates of Obligation Series 1998, in the principal amount of
                    $6,500,000.00 for the purpose of paying all or a portion of
                    the City's contractual obligations for improvements and
                    extensions to the City's sewer system, and acquisition of
                    land in connection therewith, and for paying legal, fiscal,
                    and engineering fees in connection with this project.

      34. 97-R-157  Directing publication of Notice of Intention To Issue City
                    of Laredo, Texas Combination Tax and Sewer Revenue Certifi-
                    cates of Obligation Series 1998, in the principal amount of
                    $16,500,000.00 for the purpose of paying all or a portion of
                    the City's contractual obligations for the construction of
                    drainage improvements; construction of street improvements
                    and repairs; construction of a new Public Works Building;
                    repairing and remodeling the Canizalez Gym, Old Library
                    Building, and Municipal Court Building; acquisition of
                    municipal vehicles and equipment for municipal departments,
                    together with a landfill collection system, and the
                    acquisition of land for a municipal landfill, and for paying
                    legal, fiscal, architectural and engineering fees in
                    connection with such projects.

      35. 97-R-158  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from the
                    Texas Department of Health in the amount of $192,828.00 for
                    the Tuberculosis Prevention/Control Projects of the City of
                    Laredo Health Department for the period beginning January 1,
                    1998, through December 31, 1998.

      36. 97-R-159  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from the
                    Texas Department of Health and budget in the amount of
                    $190,332.00, for the Tuberculosis Elimination Program of the
                    City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning
                    September 1, 1997, through August 31, 1998.

      37. 97-R-160  Declaring the public necessity to acquire the "Surface Only"
                    of eight parcels of land for the Lafayette Street Widening
                    Project. Said parcels being Lots 1,2,3,4, and 6, Block 881,
                    the East one-half of Lot 7, Block 879, and Lot 1 and the
                    East and West parts of Lot 2, Block 911; all situated in the
                    Western Division of the City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas;
                    and authorizing payments to persons who will be displaced as
                    a result of the acquisition of those properties; and further
                    authorizing the City Attorney to institute eminent domain
                    proceedings to acquire those parcels that staff is unable to
                    acquire through negotiations due to inability to agree to a
                    purchase price, conflicts of ownership, owner refusal to
                    sell, and/or inability to locate a listed owner.

      38. 97-R-161  Accepting the donation of a parcel of land containing
                    16,391.01 square feet (0.37628 of an acre), more or less,
                    out and part of the approximately 200' wide Tex-Mex Railroad
                    right-of-way, for the purpose of providing traffic access to
                    the area residents. Said parcel being situated between
                    Arkansas Avenue and New York Avenue, northbounding Block
                    1705, Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas;
                    more particularly described by metes and bounds.

      39. 97-R-162  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a renewed
                    interlocal agreement for FY 1997-98 between the City of
                    Laredo and the County of Webb in the amount of $110,000.00,
                    for locally supported public health services to non-Laredo
                    residents of Webb County, for the period beginning October
                    1, 1997, through September 30, 1998.

VIII. MOTIONS

      40. Approval of bid specifications and authorization to advertise for bids
          for the following:
          a) Transmission Repairs, Annual Contract - Fleet Maintenance
          b) Annual Electrical Maintenance Contract -Transportation and Traffic
             Safety Department,
          c) Traffic signal Lamps - Transportation and Traffic Safety
             Department.

      41. Approval of the selection, and authorization to negotiate engineering
          contracts to design, prepare plans and specifications for the
          following:
          1. Tinaja/Chacon Pilot Channel Improvements to Porras Engineering (FY
             1997-1998 CDBG Capital Improvements Projects),
          2. Construction of Sidewalks and Handicap Ramps on School approaches
             and other streets located within the Community Development target
             areas to WSBC Civil Engineers (FY 1997-1998 CDBG Capital
             Improvements Projects),
          3. Paving Project 61 (31 Blocks) to G.G. Salinas Engineering (FY 1997-
             1998 CDBG Capital Improvements Projects),
          4. Gallagher Street Improvements to be done In-House (FY 1997-1998
             CDBG Capital Improvements Projects),
          5. Zacate Creek Beautification Project to Sherfey Engineering Company
             (FY 1997-1998 CDBG Capital Improvements Projects),
          6. El Portal Riverfront Feasibility Study to Frank Architects/Sherfey
             Engineering Company (FY 1997-1998 CDBG Capital Improvements
             Projects),
          7. Guadalupe Street Extension from New York Avenue to connect to
             Arkansas Avenue to be done In-House, contingent upon the dedication
             of the necessary right-of-way,
          8. The purchase, installation and start up of a second belt filter
             press at the Southside Wastewater Treatment Plant to Camp, Dresser
             & McKee, Austin, Texas.

      42. Approval of the construction plans and specifications and
          authorization to advertise for bids for following:
          1. Construction of sidewalks along Community Development Block Grant
             (CDBG) residential neighborhoods to provide safe walkways to
             connect neighborhoods to local schools with a tentative bid award
             scheduled for January 19, 1998.

      43. Authorizing the City Manager to solicit Requests for Proposals for the
          following:
          1. The design of 15 "Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Projects" and
             project coordination for the colonias' water and wastewater program
             from qualified engineers.
          2. The collection, packaging, transportation, and disposal services
             for two scheduled Household Hazardous Waste Collection events to be
             held in April 1998 and in November 1998 in accordance with the
             City's National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)
             storm water requirements from qualified environmental contractors.
          3. Consulting services to assist the City in developing a proposal for
             the possible privatization of the utilities functions.  The
             consultant will assist the City in evaluating the potential for
             privatization, prepare a procurement strategy, an evaluation
             criteria, procurement documents, and potentially assist in the
             selection of a contract operations firm.

      44. Approval to reject the three bids received for the Azteca Neighborhood
          Park and Paving Improvements Project since the bids are over the
          project budget, and approval for the project to be constructed by in-
          house forces. Funding is available in the Community Development Block
          Grant Fund.

      45. Award of six month supply contracts to the LOW BIDDER MEETING
          SPECIFICATIONS, Arnold Oil Co. dba Lone Star Lubricants, Laredo,
          Texas, in the estimated amount of $30,991.10, for the purchase of
          lubricants for the Fleet Maintenance Division. The bid pricing will be
          firm during this six month period and all items will be purchased on
          an as need basis. The City did receive a lower bid for some of the
          commodities from Golden West Oil, San Antonio, Texas, however this
          vendor did not submit the required specifications sheets for the
          products bid. Due to this omission, this vendor cannot be considered
          in the award process.

      46. Award of a supply contract to the LOW BIDDERS, Libcon, Inc. DBA
          Leyendecker Materials, Laredo, Texas ($1,257,975.00) 4G Asphalt DBA
          Big Buck Asphalt, Inc., Laredo, Texas ($198,325.00) and Gator
          Recycler, La Marque, Texas ($16,750.00), for the purchase of asphalt,
          black base, ready mix cement, asphalt oils and emulsions, flexible
          base, and sand, as required for all city paving and construction
          projects. A total of nine vendors submitted bids for these purchases.
          The City did receive a lower bid for ready mix concrete from City
          Ready Mix, Laredo, Texas, however, this company did not submit the
          required laboratory test reports for each class of concrete.  The
          submission of these reports is stipulated in the City's bid
          specifications. Additionally, City Ready Mix submitted several
          conditions as to their delivery of concrete to job sites that are not
          acceptable to the City.

      47. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, National Sanitary, Laredo, Texas,
          in the amount of $23,080.00, for the purchase of 500,000 plastic bags
          for use in the City's Recycling Program. The per unit price is the
          $0.0008/bag less than the previous contract purchase. A total of four
          bids were received for this purchase. Funding is available in the
          Landfill/Recycling Trust Fund -Janitorial Materials, Recycling.

      48. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, G.T.  Distributors, Inc., Austin,
          Texas, in the amount of $13,723.60, for the purchase of twenty-two
          pistols for the Police Department. The bid pricing is approximately 3%
          less than the previous contract purchase. These pistols will be
          delivered within sixty days. A total of three bids were received for
          this purchase.  Funding is available in the Police Trust Fund -
          Capital Outlay and Special Police Program Fund - Local Law
          Enforcement, Capital Outlay.

      49. Award of a contract to the LOW BIDDER, Mission Western Wear, Mission,
          Texas, in the estimated amount of $19,260.00, for the purchase of
          footwear for Fire Department personnel.  Two boot styles and one shoe
          style have been approved for departmental use. Footwear may be
          purchased as part of the clothing allowance issued to each
          firefighter. A total of six bids were received for this purchase.
          Funding is available from the department's budget.  The bid pricing is
          the same as the previous contract period.

      50. Award of a contract to the LOW BIDDER, Balch Machine Co., Inc.,
          Brownsville, Texas, in the amount of $12,500.00, to repair a 15
          million gallon, 20" Fairbanks Morse pump. This repaired pump will be
          used as a backup to three, raw water intake pumps at the Water
          Treatment Plant.  A total of two bids were received for this repair.
          Funding is available in the Utilities Department - Water Treatment
          Division.

      51. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, Sysco Food Services, San Antonio,
          Texas, in the amount of $26,979.06 for the purchase of commercial
          restaurant equipment for the new Airport terminal.  The commercial
          equipment being purchased includes: freezers, refrigerators, a gas
          range, a deep fryer, an ice maker, a microwave oven, a salad unit, a
          hot food server, and a dishwasher. The contract vendor will be
          responsible for the installation of this equipment. Delivery of all
          items requested will be within four weeks.

      52. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, Vallen Safety Supply Co., Corpus
          Christi, Texas, in the amount of $10,072.75, for the purchase of
          twenty-five pack alert devices for the Fire Department. These devices
          are installed on the air packs that warn the user that they are
          running out of air supply.  These items will be delivered within
          thirty days.

      53. Award of an asbestos abatement contract to the LOWEST BIDDER, Jupe
          Company, Inc. WBE, San Antonio, Texas in the amount of $20,500.00, for
          the Asbestos and Lead Base Paint Abatement as part of the demolition
          of the units acquired for Lafayette Street Relocation Project. The
          City received a total of three (3) bids. Funding is available in the
          Community Development Block Grant Fund (CDBG).

      54. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDERS:
          a) Omni Computers, Austin, Texas, in the amount of $31,350.00, for the
             purchase of twenty-two, pentium 200 Mhz personal computers,
          b) Micron Electronics, Inc., Nampa, ID., in the amount of $8,409.00,
             for the purchase of three, pentium 300 MHz personal computers, and
          c) Omtex Systems, Boerne, Texas, in the amount of $3,502.00, for the
             purchase of one, pentium 300 MHz computer.
          All vendors are State of Texas -Qualified Information System vendors.
          Computers are being purchased for the following departments: City
          Attorney (2), Airport (1), CV&B (2), Bridge System (4), Water
          Administration (2), Water Treatment (1), Wastewater Treatment (1),
          Wastewater Collection (2), Risk (1), Health Benefits (2), Police (7).
          A total of nine bids were received for this purchase.  Funding is
          available in the Police Department Trust Fund -Capital Outlay and
          Utilities Department -Capital Outlay Division.

      55. Setting the date of an aerial photography as the date to define the
          existing colonia dwellings to be provided water and wastewater
          services under the Texas Water Development Board grant umbrella.  The
          cut-off date is important because the Board will compensate the City
          for water availability and infrastructure use only on the dwellings
          considered in the facility plan.  Homes constructed after this date,
          will have to pay water availability, impact, or any other fees as
          required by the City elsewhere and authorize to advertise for
          photographic services should the cost excced $10,000.00

      56. Authorize the purchase of the Reverse 911 Interactive Community
          Policing System, from Sigma Micro Corporation, Indianapolis, Indiana,
          in the amount of $38,603.00. This is a computer based proprietary
          system that uses a combination of data base and GIS (computer mapping)
          technologies to advise the general public of important information.
          This system allows the Police Department to quickly contact residents
          in a very specific geographic area and to communicate information to
          them or solicit their cooperation in solving a crime. This is
          accomplished by automatically calling the specified residents and
          using a pre-recorded announcement. The system includes all software
          and hardware required to implement this program. This system is
          currently being utilized by various Police Departments, including the
          Fort Worth Police Department.

      57. Authorize the purchase of books for an opening day collection from
          Davidson Titles, Jackson, TN., in the amount of $134,665.24. This
          order represents 7,157 titles. Davidson Titles represents 130
          publishers throughout the United States and Canada.  These titles will
          be received and hopefully on the shelf for patron checkout by opening
          day at the new library.

      58. Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a contract with the
          providers listed below to provide physician coverage for prenatal care
          services to clients of the City of Laredo Health Department for the
          period specified on each contract.
                 Provider      Program Contract           Amount
          1) Dr. Victor          Maternal and           $25,000.00
             Trevino             Child Health

          2) Dr. Carlos Cruz     Maternal and           $20,000.00
                                 Child Health

          3) Dr. Ruben           Maternal and
             Bocanegra           Child Health           $14,000.00

          4) Dr. Esteban         Maternal and
             Alejo               Child Health           $14,000.00
                                                TOTAL   $73,000.00

      59. Amending the third party funding contracts between the City of Laredo
          and:
          1) Lifeline of Laredo, Inc., for Fiscal Year 1996-1997 to extend the
             October 15, 1997 deadline for final payment requests to December
             20, 1997 and approving the amended budget line item expenditures,
          2) The Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra for Fiscal Year 1997-1998 to
             authorize payment of expenditures which exceed the $9,250.00, per
             quarter allocation, with cumulative payments not to exceed the
             original contract amount of $37,000.00.

  IX.  CITY MANAGER'S REPORT

      60. Discussion and possible action regarding a recommendation for the City
          Council to review, and reconfigure the composition of the City of
          Laredo Street Closing/Opening and Paving Assessment Committee.

      61. Report regarding the cost of providing fire protection to the airport.

      62. Authorizing the City Manager to approve a request from the Laredo
          Morning Times, Lessee, and Bannum Co., Sublessee, to approve plans and
          specifications to modify the existing improvements located on leased
          premises to accommodate a half-way home facility.

      63. Status report and possible action on proposed return to work policy
          and procedure.

      64. Motion to approve the retention of the Law Firm of Bickerstaff, Heath,
          Smiley, Pollan, Kever & McDaniel, L.L.P., to provide professional
          legal services to the City of Laredo in the matter of the construction
          of the Laredo IV/Nuevo Laredo III International Bridge Project.

      65. Presentation and status report on the New Main Library and Grand
          Opening Ceremonies by the Library Advisory Board and Friends of Laredo
          Public Library, Inc.

      66. Discussion and possible action regarding the acquisition of a Utility
          Easement from Francis Richter Farm Partners, a Texas General
          Partnership.  Said parcel being described as a thirty-foot wide
          Utility Easement containing 1.01 acres of land, more or less, in Webb
          County, Texas; with possible Executive Session for consultation with
          the City Attorney as authorized by V.T.C.A. Government Code Section
          551.072, and return to Open Session for possible action.

      67. XXXXXX Request for Executive Session as authorized by Texas Government
          Code, Section 551.071 (1)(B) to discuss acquisition of land for Fire
          Stations and Fire Training Field at the proposed 50 acres of land
          located at the landfill.

      68. Request for Executive Session as authorized by Texas Government Code,
          Section 551.071 (1)(B), to discuss settlement offer of pending
          litigation in the case of City of Laredo vs. Pal-American dba La
          Hacienda, Cause No. 97CVQ00171-D2, 111th District Court, Webb County
          and return to open session for possible action.

      69. Request for Executive Session as authorized by Texas Government Code,
          Section 551.071 (1)(B), to discuss settlement offer of pending
          litigation in the case of City of Laredo vs. Maghna Corporation dba
          Executive House Hotel, Cause No.  97CVQ00172-D1, 49th District Court,
          Webb County and return to open session for possible action.

      70. CD RELOCATION TO TRANSIT FACILITY
          Request for Executive Session as authorized by Texas Government Code,
          Section 551.071 (1)(B), to discuss settlement offer of pending
          litigation in the case of City of Laredo vs. Maghna Corporation dba
          Executive House Hotel, Cause No.  97CVQ00172-D1, 49th District Court,
          Webb County and return to open session for possible action.

  7:00 RECESS

   X.  COMMUNICATIONS

       a) Request by City of Rio Bravo on assistance on the following subjects:
          1) Current plans to obtain ownership of the Webb County Water
             Treatment Plant located at 515 Martha Drive in our city.
          2) Annexation efforts of the immediate surrounding property including
             the U.I.S.D. schools in our area.

       b) To honor the Vital Statistics Staff for being awarded the 5-star Vital
          Registration and Excellence Award from the Texas Department of Health,
          Bureau of Vital Statistics.

       c) Recognizing all the hard work and dedication of the following
          employees upon retirement.

  XI.  CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION AND PRESENTATION

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

    A.  Requests by Councilmember Louis H. Bruni

       1. Discussion and possible action regarding the appointment of two
          alternates to the South Texas Development Council.  Status report
          regarding the ongoing negotiations between the City and the Laredo
          Childrens Museum, with possible action.

    B.  Requests by Councilmember Louis H. Bruni

       1. Status report regarding the ongoing negotiations between the City and
          the Laredo Childrens Museum, with possible action.

    C.  Requests by Councilmember Alfonso I. "Poncho" Casso

       1. Discussion and possible action on donation of City of Laredo Airport
          property to the University of Texas for the creation of a Regional
          Health Academic Center (RHAC). Co-sponsored by Cm. Joe A.  Guerra.

       2. Discussion and possible action regarding the Austin legislative
          consultant. (Co-sponsored with Mayor Pro-Tem Jose R. Perez and
          Cm. Eliseo Valdez)

       3. Discussion and possible action regarding a sports complex.

    D.  Requests by Councilmember Mario G. Alvarado

       1. Status report regarding Noise Ordinance.

       2. Appointing Mario Moreno to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.

       3. Request for a traffic signal study at the Mines Road and InterAmerica
          Boulevard, with possible action.

       4. Report from the Laredo Police Department on the number of traffic
          accidents occurring on the Mines Road within the past twelve months,
          with possible action.

 XII.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

      72. Public hearing concerning the application by Goyo and Sons Plumbing
          Contractors, Gregorio M.  Martinez, amending the Zoning Ordinance
          (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a
          Conditional Use Permit for a 100 foot communication tower on Lot 3,
          Block 1, Lam-Rick Subdivision, located at 105 Wright Way.  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 100 foot
          communication tower on Lot 3, Block 1, Lam-Rick Subdivision, located
          at 105 Wright Way.

      73. Public hearing concerning the application by Mary Hazel Diaz, amending
          the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 42,
          Block 1, El Rancho Subdivision, located on the northeast corner of the
          intersection of Loop 20 and Rancho Grande 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 42, Block 1, El Rancho Subdivision, located on the northeast
          corner of the intersection of Loop 20 and Rancho Grande Street, from
          R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Business District).

      74. Public hearing concerning the application by Felix Cruz III, amending
          the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 5,
          Block 179, Eastern Division, located at 3502 McDonnell Avenue, from R-
          3 (Mixed Residential District) to R-2 (Multi-Family 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
          Lot 5, Block 179, Eastern Division, located at 3502 McDonnell Avenue,
          from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential
          District).

      75. Public hearing concerning the application by Northwind Development,
          Ramon Diaz Barroso, amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of
          Laredo by rezoning 36.034 acres as further described by metes and
          bounds located on the northeast corner of the intersection of IH35 and
          the Bob Bullock Loop, from AG (Agricultural 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
          36.034 acres as further described by metes and bounds located on the
          northeast corner of the intersection of IH35 and the Bob Bullock Loop,
          from AG (Agricultural District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing District).

      76. Public hearing concerning the application by Merlin Development Co.,
          Ltd., amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning 9.548 acres as further described by metes and bounds located
          east of McPherson Road, north of Tiara Trail, from R-O
          (Residential/Office District) to R-2 (Multi-Family 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
          9.548 acres as further described by metes and bounds located east of
          McPherson Road, north of Tiara Trail, from R-O (Residential/Office
          District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District).

      77. Public hearing concerning the application by David J. Cantu,
          authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for above ground
          storage of flammable liquids, on Lots 4 and 5, Block 1, IH-35
          Industrial Park, located at 9001 San Dario Avenue.  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 Lots 4 and 5, Block 1, IH-35
          Industrial Park, located at 9001 San Dario Avenue.

      78. Public hearing to create a special revenue fund in accordance with the
          provisions of the new proposed hazardous material ordinance which
          requires that all fees collected shall revert to a hazardous materials
          management permit fund and shall be used for the purposes of
          administering and enforcing the provisions of such ordinance and for
          the planning and development of hazardous materials emergency response
          measures; and authorizing the City Manager to implement it is the City
          of Laredo Annual Budget.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Creating a special revenue fund in accordance with the provisions of
          the new proposed hazardous material ordinance which requires that all
          fees collected shall revert to a hazardous materials management permit
          fund and shall be used for the purposes of administering and enforcing
          the provisions of such ordinance and for the planning and development
          of hazardous materials emergency response measures; and authorizing
          the City Manager to implement it is the City of Laredo Annual Budget.

      79. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo FY 1997-98 annual budget by
          reclassifying eleven firefighters to eleven assistant drivers
          positions authorized by City Council effective January 1, 1998 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
          eleven firefighters to eleven assistant drivers positions authorized
          by City Council effective January 1, 1998 and authorizing the City
          Manager to implement said budget.

      80. Public hearing to create 3 new positions as required by grant, awarded
          by the United States Environmental Protection Agency through the Texas
          Natural Resource Conservation Commission to develop a "Watershed
          Protection through Enforcement Program" for the period from November
          1, 1997 through August 31, 2000 and authorizing the City Manager to
          implement changes within the budget.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Creating 3 new positions as required by grant, awarded by the United
          States Environmental Protection Agency through the Texas Natural
          Resource Conservation Commission in the amount of $161,121.00, with
          the City designating $107,414.00, in matching funds and/or in-kind
          services for a total of $268,535.00, to develop "Watershed Protection
          through Enforcement Program" for the period from November 1, 1997
          through August 31, 2000 and authorizing the City Manager to implement
          changes within the budget.

      81. Public hearing amending Chapter 21 Offense and Miscellaneous
          Provisions, Article V. Alarm Systems of the Code of Ordinances to the
          City of Laredo.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending Chapter 21 Offense and Miscellaneous Provisions, Article V.
          Alarm Systems of the Code of Ordinances to the City of Laredo.

      82. Public hearing approving an amendment to the contract with the Texas
          Department of Health and budget in the amount of $190,332.00, for the
          Tuberculosis Elimination Program of the City of Laredo Health
          Department for the period beginning September 1, 1997, through August
          31, 1998.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Approving an amendment to the contract with the Texas Department of
          Health and budget in the amount of $190,332.00, for the Tuberculosis
          Elimination Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the
          period beginning September 1, 1997, through August 31, 1998 and
          increasing revenue line item no. 226-0000-323-4042 from $0 to
          $190,332.00, and increasing expenditure line item no. 226-6062 from $0
          to $190,332.00.

      83. Public hearing approving an amendment to the contract with the Texas
          Department of Health and budget in the amount of $192,828.00, for the
          Tuberculosis Prevention/Control Projects of the City of Laredo Health
          Department for the period beginning January 1, 1998, through December
          31, 1998.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Approving an amendment to the contract with the Texas Department of
          Health and budget in the amount of $192,828.00, for the Tuberculosis
          Prevention/Control Projects of the City of Laredo Health Department
          for the period beginning January 1, 1998, through December 31, 1998
          and increasing revenue line item no. 226-0000-323-4071 from $0 to
          $192,828.00, and increasing expenditure line item no. 226-6076 from $0
          to $192,828.00.

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

      84. Public hearing and motion to realign the following three El Metro Bus
          routes in order to increase efficiency, productivity, and on-time
          performance and allow for the proper interlink with the two new routes
          Loop 20 Shuttle and South Laredo Circulator:
          a) Route #5 Marcella
          b) Route #9 Market
          c) Route #14 Santa Rita

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

      85. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, Home Art, Laredo, Texas, in the
          amount of $18,790.00, for the purchase of kitchen cabinets at the Jose
          A. Flores Apartments. Bids were received on finished cabinets only,
          with the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation maintenance staff being
          responsible for their installation. $19,800.00 is budgeted for the
          replacement of the cabinets in 15 rental units. A total of four bids
          were received for this purchase.  Funding is available in the Laredo
          Municipal Housing Corporation - buildings.

      86. Accepting the terms of the Interim Construction Agreement from
          International Bank of Commerce (IBC) in the amount of $2,205,500.00
          for the construction of 50 affordable homes under the Laredo Municipal
          Housing Corporation (LMHC) Lease/Purchase Program in the Riverhills
          Subdivision, Unit 1 and authorizing the LMHC Vice President to enter
          in agreement.

  XV.  ADJOURNMENT
  
THIS NOTICE WAS POSTED AT THE MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 1110 HOUSTON STREET,
LAREDO, TEXAS, AT A PLACE CONVENIENT AND READILY ACCESSIBLE TO THE PUBLIC AT ALL
TIMES. SAID NOTICE WAS POSTED ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1997 AT 5:30 P.M.

                                      ________________________
                                        GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.
                                          CITY SECRETARY