CITY OF LAREDO
                           CITY COUNCIL MEETING

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

                                  AGENDA


       M98-R-15                                  MARCH 23, 1998

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

       2. Amending Ordinance No. 92-O-113 granting Southwestern Bell
          Telephone Company the non-exclusive right to use the rights-of-
          way in the City for its telecommunications business, by
          amending Section 4 to extend the franchise term for a period of
          two months from the date of expiration of March 31, 1998 until
          May 30, 1998; providing for publication and effective date.

   V.  FINAL READINGS

       3. 98-O-076  Establishing a 15% penalty on delinquent tax accounts
                    as of July 1, 1998, to defray cost of collection
                    pursuant to Section 33.07 (a) of the Property Tax
                    Code.

       4. 98-O-083  Amending Chapter 2, Article II, Division 6, of the
                    Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo, entitled
                    pay administration, by amending Sections 2.87.7(d)
                    (15)(b), thereby adopting a revised pay schedule
                    increasing all steps in all grades in the pay
                    schedule from two and one half percent (2 1/2%) to
                    three and one-half percent (3 1/2%) with an effective
                    date of implementation of April 1, 1998; and

                    Amending Section 2.87.7(d)(15)(c), thereby adopting a
                    revised pay schedule decreasing all steps in all
                    grades in the pay schedule from two and one half
                    percent (2 1/2%) to one and one half percent (1
                    1/2%), with an effective date of implementation of
                    September 30, 1998.  (City Council)

       5. 98-O-084  Ordering and proclaiming a general city election to
                    be held on Saturday, May 2, 1998, designating polling
                    places, designating the run-off date, and providing
                    for publication. (City Council)

       6. 98-O-085  Amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 annual budget
                    by increasing estimated revenues and appropriations
                    in the General Fund by $3,500.00 to fund the
                    production of a Laredo Area Cemetery Preservation
                    Plan; and authorizing the City Manager to implement
                    said budget, providing for publication and effective
                    date.  (City Council)

       7. 98-O-086  Amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 annual budget
                    drawing down $500,000.00, from fund balance and
                    $209,048.00, from salary savings reserve and
                    transferring same to the Bridge Fund to appropriate
                    said funds for amendment no. 3 on the engineering
                    contract with Structural Engineering Company (SEA)
                    and authorizing the City Manager to implement said
                    budget.  (City Council)

      8. 98-O-087   Amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 U.S. Customs
                    Service Fund budget in the amount of $5,000.00, and
                    authorizing the City Manager to enter into an
                    agreement with the Department of Treasury/U.S.
                    Customs Service for the reimbursement of $5,000.00
                    for funding the Laredo Border Violence Task Force to
                    assist U.S.  Customs Agents in conducting official
                    Treasury investigations. These monies will be used to
                    pay overtime wages for Laredo Police Narcotics
                    officers involved in this Task Force. This will be
                    the first year the City has entered into this
                    agreement and is at no cost to the City; providing
                    for publication and effective date.  (City Council)

      9. 98-O-088   Altering and extending the boundary limits of the
                    City of Laredo, for the voluntary annexation
                    additional territory of 400.5859 acres, located in
                    Porciones 12, 13, and 14 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.
                    (City Council)

     10. 98-O-089   Approving an amendment to the contract with the Texas
                    Department of Health and budget revision in the
                    amount of $4,233.00 for the HIV/AIDS Housing
                    Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Project
                    of the City of Laredo Health Department for the
                    period beginning February 1, 1998, through January
                    31, 1999.  (City Council)

     11. 98-O-090   Authorizing the City Manager to amend the 1997-98
                    Airport Fund Budget to appropriate $1,491,897.00,
                    being the proceeds from the sale of Airport non-
                    aeronautical use land and to increase by $245,000.00,
                    the new airport passenger terminal construction line
                    item to provide funding for a food sanitizer,
                    restaurant and to finish out airline office space and
                    ticket counters and to provide contingency funding;
                    providing for publication and effective date.
                    (City Council)

VI.  RESOLUTIONS

     12. 98-R-037   Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City's
                    application to the Texas Department of Transportation
                    for a State Infrastructure Bank loan to reflect a
                    request for financing in the amount of $27,000,000.00
                    in support of the construction of the Laredo
                    Northwest International Bridge (Fourth Bridge) and
                    related improvements and to execute any and all
                    contracts resulting from this application amendment.

     13. 98-R-046   Appointing the nominee of Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores
                    to the Historic
                    District/Landmark Board.

     14. 98-R-048   Expressing the City of Laredo's appreciation to the
                    Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT), and
                    especially recognizing Mr. Robert Cuellar, P.E., in
                    his previous capacity as Acting Director, for working
                    in true partnership with the City in helping to
                    secure necessary state financing for the construction
                    of the Laredo Northwest International Bridge, related
                    facilities, and major improvements to the connecting
                    roadway system.

     15. 98-R-049   Authorizing the City Manager to accept a donation
                    from the Friends of the Library, Laredo, Texas, Inc.,
                    in the amount of $90,000 for the purchase of books to
                    augment the collection at the Laredo Public Library.

     16. 98-R-050   Authorizing the City Manager to accept a proposal and
                    gift from H.E. Butt Grocery Company, estimated value
                    of approximately $150,000 for the automation and
                    equipping of the Multi-Purpose Programming Room at
                    the Laredo Public Library, as presented by H.E.B.'s
                    consultants, Adamson Services.

VII. MOTIONS

     17.  Award of an engineering services contract to Traffic Engineers,
          Inc., Houston, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $28,460.00
          for surveying, design, and preparation of plans and
          specifications for the Farias Elementary School Access
          Improvements (school drop-off), a cost-sharing project with the
          City participating with $108,837.50, and the Laredo Independent
          School District contributing $128,325.00, for a total estimated
          project cost of $237,162.50. The funding will be taken form
          1998 C.O. bonds and LISD participation.

VIII.  CITY MANAGER'S REPORT

     18.  Informing the Laredo City Council of the status of the future
          sewer assessment on the north side of Highway 59 from Ejido to
          the Casa Blanca golf course, with possible action.

     19.  Discussion and possible action regarding a recommendation from
          the Airport Advisory Board to City Council regarding methods of
          funding passenger jet service at the Laredo International
          Airport being (a) continue to pursue the Economic Development
          Corporation sales tax election, (b) actively support the
          private sector initiative by joining with the Board's members
          to meet with community leaders, (c) consider a finding that the
          provision of jet service is a legitimate public purpose in
          relation to the legal opinion, and/or (d) explore other options
          for funding jet service.

     20.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code
          Section 551.071 (1)(a)(b) to discuss pending litigation and a
          settlement offer in Cause No. L-97-13, Luis Rodriguez, Santos
          Ayala, Ruben Alvarez, Francisco Alvarez, and Juan Lopez, v.
          City of Laredo, Texas, in the United States District Court for
          the Southern District of Texas Laredo Division, and return to
          open session for possible action.

     21.  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.

   7:00 RECESS

IX.  COMMUNICATIONS

 X.  CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION AND PRESENTATION

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

A.  Requests by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores

       1. Recognizing the accomplishments of the Laredo All-American
          Cheerleaders which consists of 26 school girls ranging in ages
          from nine to 14.  These outstanding young ladies represented
          the City of Laredo at the National Cheerleaders Association
          competition held in Dallas on February 27-28, and placed fourth
          nationally.

       2. Status report regarding the Market Street Tennis Courts
          Project, with possible action.

B.  Requests by Councilmember Louis H. Bruni

       1. Status report on the following long-term water supply projects
          with possible action:

               a. San Isabel Water Well
               b. Aquifer Storage and Recovery
               c. USGS Well Survey
               d. Effluent Reuse
               e. Weather Modification
               f. Regional Water Management Plan

       2. Discussion and possible action regarding the use of water
          rights in payment of water availability fees and connection
          charges.

       3. Discussion and possible action regarding the history of the
          renaming of Gust Street to Hillside Road.

       4. Status report on the Ropa Usada establishment located at 2601
          Ash Street.

C.  Requests by Councilmember Alfonso "Poncho" Casso, Jr.

       1. Discussion and possible action regarding the requirement of an
          application fee upon filing for city public office.

       2. Discussion and possible action regarding the creation of a Tree
          Board with possible appointees.

       3. Discussion and possible action regarding the distribution of
          police officers throughout the various city council districts.

       4. Discussion and possible action regarding the Laredo Emergency
          Planning Committee.

D.  Requests by Councilmember Cecilia May Moreno

       1. Status report on the painting of the Lyon Street water tanks.

E.  Requests by Councilmember Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

       1. Discussion and possible action on the increasing problem with
          vagrants/transients in the City of Laredo, in particular, the
          incident which occurred on Sunday, March 15, 1998.
          (Co-sponsored by Councilmembers Joe A. Guerra and Mario G.
          Alvarado)

       2. Status report on community parks improvements.

       3. Status report on the sidewalk program on Bustamante Street.

F.  Requests by Councilmember Joe A. Guerra

       1. Discussion and possible action regarding the request by the EMS
          Division of the Laredo Fire Department to split the EMS
          District in two in order to have three additional EMS
          supervisors.  This action would guarantee the presence of one
          supervisor per division at all times.

       2. Discussion and possible action on the proposed South Texas
          Regional Waste Management Project/Facility and a declaration of
          continued interest for the possible participation by the Laredo
          City Council.

       3. Discussion and public action on certain issues concerning the
          city cemetery.

G.  Requests by Councilmember Mario G. Alvarado

       1. Discussion and possible action on formulating an international
          trade advisory committee.

XI.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

      23. Public hearing rescinding Section 5-4:  No Permits Required for
          Agricultural Buildings, of the Subdivision Ordinance Handbook;
          and providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning
          and Zoning Commission recommends approval of this amendment.

                       INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Rescinding Section 5-4:  No Permits Required for Agricultural
          Buildings, of the Subdivision Ordinance Handbook; and providing
          for publication and effective date.

      24. Public hearing concerning the application by Hector Cabello
          amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for auto
          wrecker service and impound lot on all of Block 1559, Eastern
          Division, located at 2601 Guadalupe St.  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 auto
          wrecker service and impound lot on all of Block 1559, Eastern
          Division, located at 2601 Guadalupe St.

     25.  Public hearing concerning the application by Steve A.  Snow,
          East House Ltd., amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the
          City of Laredo by rezoning 0.755 acres as further described by
          metes and bounds located on Remington Dr., from R-1 (Single
          Family Residential District) to R-1A (Single Family Reduced
          Area District). The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends
          approval of this zone change.

                       INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Application by Steve A. Snow, East House Ltd., amending the
          Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 0.755
          acres as further described by metes and bounds located on
          Remington Dr., from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to
          R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District).

      26. Public hearing amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City
          of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1 and 2, Block 1537, Eastern
          Division, located on the northeast corner of the intersection
          of Ash St., and Texas Ave., from M-1 (Light Manufacturing
          District) to R-1 (Single 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 Lots 1 and 2, Block 1537, Eastern Division, located on
          the northeast corner of the intersection of Ash St., and Texas
          Ave., from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to R-1 (Single
          Family Residential District).

      27. Public hearing concerning the application by Domingo Salinas
          and Alejandro Ocampo amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the
          City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 7A, Block 906, Western Division,
          located at 3502 Santa Maria Ave., from B-1 (Limited Business
          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 Lot 7A, Block 906, Western Division, located at 3502
          Santa Maria Ave., from B-1 (Limited Business District) to B-3
          (Community Business District).

      28. Public hearing and introduction of an ordinance amending
          provisions of Section 24.73 of the Laredo Land Development Code
          relating to permits for the drilling, re-entry, or recompletion
          of oil and ga wells, specifically Section 24.73.1 (4)(a),
          providing distance restrictions for future development,
          24.73.3, providing enforcement for ordinance violations, and
          Section 24.73.4 (12), requiring a fee for re-entry and
          recompletion operations, and Appendix "A" amending the
          definition of "Recompletion Operations".

                       INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending provisions of Section 24.73 of the Laredo Land
          Development Code relating to permits for the drilling, re-
          entry, or recompletion of oil and gas wells, specifically
          Section 24.73.1 (4)(a), providing distance restrictions for
          future development, 24.73.3, providing enforcement for
          ordinance violations, and Section 24.73.4 (12), requiring a fee
          for re-entry and recompletion operations, and Appendix "A"
          amending the definition of "Recompletion Operations".

      29. Public hearing creating a special restricted revenue fund in
          accordance with the Canseco Foundation's Endowment in the
          amount of $50,000 to the Laredo Public Library for children's
          programming and amending the City of Laredo FY 1997-98 Annual
          Budget to reflect the creation of this fund.  The fund will be
          named the Canseco Foundation's Children Endowment Fund.

                       INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Creating a special restricted revenue fund in accordance with
          the Canseco Foundation's Endowment in the amount of $50,000 to
          the Laredo Public Library for children's programming and
          amending the City of Laredo FY 1997-98 Annual Budget to reflect
          the creation of this fund.  The fund will be named the Canseco
          Foundation's Children Endowment Fund.

      30. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo FY 1997-98 Annual
          Budget by reclassifying ten fire fighters to ten assistant
          driver positions authorized by City Council to be effective
          upon adoption, 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 ten fire fighters to ten assistant driver
          positions authorized by City Council to be effective upon
          adoption, and authorizing the City Manager to implement said
          budget.

XII.  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, MARCH 20, 1998
AT 5:30 P.M.


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                                   GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.
                                   CITY SECRETARY