CITY OF LAREDO
                              CITY COUNCIL MEETING
                              CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
                               1110 HOUSTON STREET
                                  LAREDO, TEXAS
                                    6:00 P.M.

                                     AGENDA


        A98-R-09                               FEBRUARY 23, 1998

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

       2. Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to
          effectively convey fee simple title to Export Storage Co.,
          Incorporated, for the sale of the "Surface Only" at it's fair market
          value, of certain City properties described as Parcel "A" consisting
          of 13,890 square feet (55.55' x 250') out of that former section of
          the 1900 block of Garden Street between the west right-of-way line of
          Santa Rita Avenue and the east right-of-way line of Vidaurri Avenue
          and being bounded on the north by Block 557, W.D. and on the south by
          Block 550, W.D. and Parcel "B" consisting of 13,890 square feet
          (55.56' x 250') out of the former section of the 1900 block of
          Constantinople Street between the west right-of-way line of Santa Rita
          Avenue and the east right-of-way line of Vidaurri Avenue, being
          bounded on the north by Block 562, W.D. on the south by Block 557,
          W.D.  situated in the Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County,
          Texas, and hereby approving the submitted Improvement Plan and which
          is 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. (Action must first be taken on item #8 prior to action
          being taken on this item.)

       3. Authorizing the City Manager to execute an agreement between the City
          of Laredo Utilities Department, as Seller and the City of Laredo
          General Fund, as Buyer, to purchase the leasehold interest from the
          Utilities Department consisting of an office building and improvements
          located at 4002 Bartlett at the Laredo International Airport.  The
          purchase price is $400,000.00, being the appraised fair market value
          of the building and improvements.

       4. Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease between the City of
          Laredo Airport Fund, as Lessor and the City of Laredo General Fund, as
          Lessee, for two tracts of land containing approximately 8.973 acres,
          consisting of 6.597 acres out of Block No.  30 and 2.376 acres out of
          Block No. 22, recorded in Volume 5, Page 1, Plat Records of Webb
          County, said property is located at the Laredo International Airport.
          1. Lease term is for twenty five (25) years plus one 10 year renewal
             option.
          2. The initial monthly rent shall be $3,908.67 plus annual CPI rent
             adjustments and to include rent adjustments based on fair market
             appraisal at each 10 year anniversary period.

       5. Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease between the City of
          Laredo General Fund, as Lessor and the University of Texas Board of
          Texas Board of Regents for use and benefit of the University of Texas
          Health Science Center at San Antonio as Lessee, for two tracts of land
          containing approximately 8.973 acres, consisting of 6.597 acres out of
          Block No.  30 and 2.376 acres out of Block No. 22, recorded in Volume
          5, Page 1, Plat Records of Webb County, said property is located at
          the Laredo International Airport.
          1.  Lease term is for twenty five (25) years plus one 10 year renewal
              option.
          2.  The monthly rent during the term of the lease agreement and during
              any option to renew shall be $10.00 per year.
          The City hereby declares the establishment and construction of a
          localized medical education and research campus is sufficient
          consideration for this lease.

   V.  FINAL READINGS

       6. 98-O-023  Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 Annual
                    Budget by increasing estimated revenues and appropriations
                    in the Paseo Del Antiguo Laredo fund by $1,345,198.00, and
                    authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget,
                    providing for publication and effective date. (As Amended)
                    (City Council)

       7. 98-O-054  Amending Article IV which includes Sections 15-59 through
                    15-73 regarding handling, transportation and transfer of
                    dangerous articles of Chapter 15 of the City of Laredo Code
                    of Ordinance by deleting all of the said sections because a
                    new City of Laredo Hazardous Materials Ordinance has been
                    adopted and inserted into a newly created Chapter 33;
                    providing for severability; and providing for an effective
                    date.  (City Council)

       8. 98-O-055  Closing as public easements those sections of the 1900 block
                    of Garden and Constantinople Streets between Santa Rita and
                    Vidaurri Avenues situated in the Western Division, City of
                    Laredo, Webb County, Texas and providing for an effective
                    date.  (Consuelo "Chelo" Montalvo)

       9. 98-O-056  Dedicating as public right-of-way, a tract of City-owned
                    land, located adjacent to the South Laredo Fire Station, to
                    be officially designated as the 2500 Block of South Malinche
                    Avenue, and containing 0.3188 acres (13,889.00 sq.  ft.),
                    more or less.  Said tract of land being situated in Block
                    1191, Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas;
                    being more particularly described by metes and bounds and
                    providing for an effective date. (As Amended) (City Council)

      10. 98-O-057   Ordinance waiving hourly parking fees for February 21,
                     1998, at the Laredo Transit Center in cooperative support
                     of the Washington's Birthday Celebration Association
                     related activities. The maximum potential loss is
                     approximately $2,346.00, based on full occupancy.
                     (City Council)

      11. 98-O-060   Ordinance creating and adopting Article XI of Chapter 19,
                     motor vehicles and traffic, entitled "Truck Traffic" to
                     include new sections 19-400 through 19-530, with Section
                     19-512 reserved, thereby organizing current sections and
                     the language of the code of ordinances as they pertain to
                     truck traffic and adding new truck provisions; including:
                     truck routes and sign posting, prohibition of nighttime
                     residential departures from truck route, size and weight
                     restrictions, oversize and overweight permits to be had at
                     a central permitting office, oversize vehicle escort
                     service license, truck parking in residential areas, near
                     schools and in central business district, trailer parking
                     on streets, adoption of provisions of the Federal Motor
                     Carrier Safety Regulations, minimum truck parking fines,
                     delinquent truck lists; providing for severability; and
                     providing for an effective date and publication.
                     (City Council)

      12. 98-O-061   Ordinance amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances by
                     deleting the contents of sections 19-12, 19-13, 19-267--19-
                     279, 19-347, 28-2 and 28-5 regarding truck traffic and
                     amending Section 24.65.0(a) of the Laredo Land Development
                     Code regarding parking in residential zones, which said
                     sections having been recodified and revised in the new
                     "City of Laredo Truck Traffic Ordinance" to be created and
                     adopted in Article XI of Chapter 19, providing for
                     severability; and providing for and effective date.
                     (City Council)

      13. 98-O-062   Ordinance closing the hearing on the Paving Assessment
                     Street Improvements Project 60 and fixing a lien and
                     charge.  (City Council)

      14. 98-O-063   Ordinance amending Article III, titled "Tow Services," of
                     Chapter 32, of the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances,
                     thereby revising the sections for tow services on the
                     City's Rotation List; providing for permitting, regulations
                     and penalties; providing for a restructuring of the fees
                     (allowed to be) charged by tow services, increasing the
                     storage and towing fees; providing (for the possibility of
                     a centralized City Vehicle Storage Facility; providing) an
                     increase in the Rotation List Permit Fee; (distinguishing
                     between average towns and heavy-duty wrecker tows; calling
                     for a bi-annual review; creating a separate list of tow
                     services for tows or storage of stolen vehicles returned
                     from Mexico and the fees charged) providing for
                     severability; and providing for an effective date and
                     publication. (City Council)

      15. 98-O-064   Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's FY 1997-98 annual
                     budget in the amount of $369,563.00, for the purchase of
                     creek cleaning equipment and authorizing the City Manager
                     to implement said budget. (City Council)

      16. 98-O-065   Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 Annual
                     Budget in the amount of $53,480.00, for funding of the
                     Multi-Agency Major Organization Investigation Task Force
                     for the period of January 1, 1998 through December 31,
                     1998.  (City Council)

  VI. MOTIONS

      17. Authorizing the City Manager to extend and amend the current
          concessions contract with Juan Gamez, Miguel Gamez, and Hector Chapa
          d.b.a. J&H Concessions which provides for food and beverage concession
          operations at Veterans Field for a twelve (12) month term as per
          contract terms which allows for a 12 month extension. The amendment
          consists of a 5% increase in the percentage of revenues received for
          alcoholic beverages from 15% to 20%.

 VII.  CITY MANAGER'S REPORT

      18. Presentation of the 1996-97 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report
          (CAFR) prepared by the City of Laredo's Financial Services Department
          and audited by the independent audit firm of Baum & Mejia CPA's.

      19. Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code
          Section 551.071(1)(a) to discuss contemplated litigation regarding
          Highland Subdivision Unit III and the North Laredo Wastewater
          Reclamation Plant, and return to open session for possible action
          thereon.

VIII.  COMMUNICATIONS

  IX.  CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION AND PRESENTATION

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

    A.  Requests by Councilmember Louis H. Bruni

       1. Discussion and possible action regarding infrastructure and water
          improvements in the Casa Verde acreage, and possible development of a
          joint agreement between the City of Laredo and Webb County for such
          improvements.

       2. Presentation by Abraham Rivera of the University Club at TAMIU
          regarding the 4th of July fireworks display, with possible action.

    B.  Requests by Councilmember Alfonso "Poncho" Casso

       1. Discussion and possible action regarding an Economic Development
          Corporation.

       2. Discussion and possible action regarding providing financial
          incentives for the Colombia Bridge.

       3. Discussion and possible action regarding the fire training facility.

       4. Discussion and possible action regarding the Airport Advisory Board.

    C.  Requests by Councilmember Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

       1. Report regarding the status of the City's utilities work portion of
          the Hwy 59 reconstruction and widening project.

       2. Status report regarding the program that was developed by the
          utilities department to address the frequent line breakages in the
          Hillside Terrace area, with possible action.

    D.  Requests by Councilmember Mario G. Alvarado

       1. Discussion and possible action regarding the establishment of a water
          point at the Santa Isabel Water Well.

   X.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

      21. Second public hearing for the voluntary annexation of 420.00 acres,
          more or less, of Unitec Industrial Park Tract as described below, as
          required by Section 43,052 of the Texas Local Government Code.

          TRACT 1:  Unitec Industrial Park Tract - 420 acres,
                    more or less. Petitioner: Royal Joint Venture.

      22. Public hearing concerning the application by TransTexas Gas
          Corporation c/o Ralph Bryant amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of
          the City of Laredo by rezoning 7.72 acres, as further described by
          metes and bounds, located on State Highway 359, also known as
          TransTexas Gas Corporation, from R-1 (Single Family Residential
          District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing District). The Planning and
          Zoning Commission recommends approval of the zone change.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning
          7.72 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located on State
          Highway 359, also known as TransTexas Gas Corporation, from R-1
          (Single Family Residential District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing
          District).

      23. Public hearing concerning the application by Mercy Hospital, Owner,
          and Hamilton Management, Inc., Applicant, amending the Zoning
          Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 5.122 acres, as
          further described by metes and bounds, located at the 6300 Block of US
          59, from AG (Agricultural District) and R-1A (Single Family Reduced
          Area District) to R-1-MH (Single Family Manufactured Housing
          District). The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval of
          the proposed zone change.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning
          5.122 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located at the
          6300 Block of US 59, from AG (Agricultural District) and R-1A (Single
          Family Reduced Area District) to R-1-MH (Single Family Manufactured
          Housing District).

      24. Public hearing concerning the application by Mercy Hospital, Owner,
          and Hamilton Management Inc., Applicant, amending the Zoning Ordinance
          (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 0.997 acres, as further
          described by metes and bounds, located at the 6400 Block of U.S.
          Highway 59, from AG (Agricultural District) to B-3 (Community Business
          District), and authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit
          for manufactured housing sales on said site. The Planning and Zoning
          Commission recommends approval of the proposed zone change and
          conditional use permit.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning
          0.997 acres, located at the 6400 Block of U.S. Highway 59, from AG
          (Agricultural District) to B-3 (Community Business District), and
          authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for manufactured
          housing sales on said site; providing for publication and effective
          date.

      25. Public hearing concerning the application by Donato D. Ramos, Owner,
          and North House Properties, Ltd., Applicant, amending City of Laredo
          Ordinance No.  96-O-097 which authorized the issuance of a Special Use
          Permit for a Mobile Home Park on 24.5 acres, as further described by
          metes and bounds located on Hwy 59, also known as Casa Del Sol Mobile
          Home Park, by revising the site plan.  The Planning and Zoning
          Commission recommends approval of the amendment to Ordinance No. 96-O-
          097.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending City of Laredo Ordinance No. 96-O-097 which authorized the
          issuance of a Special Use Permit for a Mobile Home Park on 24.5 acres,
          as further described by metes and bounds located on Hwy 59, also known
          as Casa Del Sol Mobile Home Park, by revising the site plan.

      26. Public hearing concerning the application by Claudia and Mary Ellen G.
          Fox amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning Lots 1 and 2, Block 470, Eastern Division, located at 4217
          Marcella Avenue, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited
          Business District). The Planning and Zoning Commission approval of the
          zone change.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning
          Lots 1 and 2, Block 470, Eastern Division, located at 4217 Marcella
          Avenue, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Business
          District).

      27. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo's FY 1997-98 General Fund
          by appropriating $400,000.00, from fund balance to be transferred to
          the Water Fund and appropriating said balance in the Water Fund
          revenues and expenses.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the City of Laredo's FY 1997-98 General Fund by appropriating
          $400,000.00, from fund balance to be transferred to the Water Fund and
          appropriating said balance in the Water Fund revenues and expenses.

  XI.  ADJOURNMENT

THIS NOTICE WAS POSTED AT THE MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 1110 HOUSTON STREET,
LAREDO, TEXAS, AT A PLACE CONVENIENT AND READILY ACCESSIBLE TO THE PUBLIC AT ALL
TIMES. SAID NOTICE WAS POSTED ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 1998 AT 6:00 P.M.

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                                   GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.
                                   CITY SECRETARY