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

                                     AGENDA

       A98-R-17                                  APRIL 20, 1998

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

      2.  City Council Meeting of February 23, 1998
          Workshop on Economic Development on February 24, 1998
          Workshop with Legislative Consultant on February 25, 1998
          City Council Meeting of March 2, 1998
          City Council Meeting of March 16, 1998

   V.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

       3. Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Bowden Medical,
          Incorporated for approximately 3,588 square feet constituting
          Buildings #1432, #1438 and #1439. Building #1432 is located at 1803
          Pappas Street, and Buildings #1438 and #1439 are located at 1719
          Pappas Street.
          a. Lease term is for one (1) year commencing May 1, 1998 and ending
             April 30, 1999.
          b. Monthly rent shall be $674.10.  Previous monthly rent was $630.00.
          Premises are used to store medical equipment and supplies.

       4. Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Texas/Illinois
          Cellular Limited Partnership, by it's general partner Southwestern
          Bell Wireless, Inc., (sub-tenant) to co-located on the existing self
          support cellular tower constructed under that certain ground lease for
          cellular tower dated September 1, 1996 between the CIT of Laredo
          (Landlord) and Lar-Tex Cellular Telephone Company (Tenant) reference
          96-0-132, located on a tract of land out of and a part of lots 3 and
          4, Block 552, of the Eastern Division of the City of Laredo. The sub-
          tenant desires to attach and construct on such premises cellular phone
          antennas, and coaxial cables to the existing tower and install and
          equipment building.
          1. Term of the lease is 10 years with an option for 2 successive 5
             year renewals.
          2. Annual rent will be $2,500.00, to be adjusted on each anniversary
             dated according to the changes in the Consumer Price Index.

       5. Closing as a public easement PARCEL A, consisting of 175.09 square
          feet of land, more or less; and PARCEL B, consisting of 254.65 square
          feet of land, more or less; both parcels being out of and part of the
          400 Block of Price Street between Springfield and Maryland Avenues.
          Said parcels of land being encroached upon by the improvements of the
          abutting properties, being Lots 11 and 12, Block 337, Eastern
          Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; and authorizing the sale
          of the "Surface Only" of said parcels at the combined fair market
          value of $1,289.22, and further authorizing the City Manager to
          execute all necessary documents to effectively convey fee simple title
          to Cristina Cedillo and Librada Ramirez de Escobedo, respectively for
          said parcels being more particularly described by metes and bounds and
          providing for an effective date.

       6. Ordinance amending Chapter 30, Taxation, Article II, Hotel Occupancy
          Tax, Section 30-17; Levy; Exceptions, adding Subsections b (1,2,3,4,
          and 5), amending Subsection (c), and adding Subsections (d), (1,2,3,
          and 4), (e), (f), f(1), and (g) to the Code of Ordinances.

  VI.  FINAL READINGS

       7. 98-O-098  Ordinance 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. (City Council)

       8. 98-O-099  Ordinance closing as a public easement that section of the
                    3000 block of Ross Street between India and Canada Avenues,
                    situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb
                    County, Texas and providing for an effective date.
                    (City Council)

       9. 98-O-100  Ordinance authorizing the granting and conveyance of a 12
                    foot wide utility easement located behind the Freddie
                    Benavides Outdoor Recreational Complex to Central Power and
                    Light Company, and authorizing the City Manager to execute
                    any necessary documents of conveyance, in order to allow for
                    the provision of electrical services to the New Laredo
                    National Bank South Branch building located at the
                    intersection of State Highway 83 at Chacota Street said 12
                    foot wide utility easement being more particularly described
                    by metes and bounds. (City Council)

      10. 98-O-101  Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease
                    with the City of Laredo for approximately 4,000 square feet
                    of office space constituting the Second Floor of Building
                    No. 132 located at 4719 Maher Avenue.
                    a. Lease term is for one (1) year commencing May 1, 1998 and
                       ending April 30, 1999, and may be extended for four (4)
                       terms of one (1) year each ending April 30, 2000, April
                       30, 2001, April 30, 2002, and April 30, 2003.
                    b. Monthly rent shall be $3,200.00, and will be adjusted
                       annually during the primary and extension terms of this
                       lease according to changes in the Consumer Price Index.
                    This office space was previously occupied by the Airport
                    Director's Administrative Staff. (City Council)

      11. 98-O-102  Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease
                    with South Texas Workforce Development Board for
                    approximately 4,234 square feet constituting Building No.
                    1054 located at 4812 North Bartlett Avenue.
                    a. Lease term is for one (1) year commencing March 1, 1998
                       and ending February 28, 1999, and may be extended for one
                       (1) year ending February 29, 2000.
                    b. Monthly rent shall be $3,600.00, and will be adjusted
                       annually during the primary and extension term of this
                       lease. Previous monthly rent was $3,437.89.
                       (City Council)

      12. 98-O-103  Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute an
                    amendment to the Lease and Specialty Gift Shop Concession
                    Agreement approved by Ordinance No.
                    97-O-322 dated January 5, 1998, between the City of Laredo
                    and Jesus Garcia. Said amendment will include the
                    requirements for operating a Retail News/Gift Shop
                    Concession and because of a typing error change the square
                    footage from 1,556 to 556. (City Council)

      13. 98-O-105  Ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 1997-1998 Annual
                    Budget in the amount of $90,000.00, for a donation by the
                    Friends of the Library, Laredo, Texas, providing for
                    effective date. (City Council)

      14. 98-O-106  Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1998 budget in the
                    amount of $356,086.00, for funding of operating expenses and
                    personnel for an organized Multi-Agency Financial Disruption
                    Task Force for the period of January 1, 1998 through
                    December 31, 1998. (Louis H. Bruni)

      15. 98-O-107  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.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends
                    approval of this zone change. (Louis H. Bruni)

      16. 98-O-108  Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 Annual
                    Budget in the amount of $5,000.00, and authorizing the City
                    Manager to enter into an agreement with the Office of the
                    Comptroller for the reimbursement of $5,000.00, for funding
                    a Tobacco Compliance program.  This money will be used to
                    pay overtime wages for Laredo Police Crime Prevention
                    officers involved in this operation.  This will be the first
                    year the City has entered into this agreement and is at no
                    cost to the City. (City Council)

      17. 98-O-109  Ordinance approving an amendment to the contract with the
                    Texas Department of Health and Budget revision for the
                    Tuberculosis Prevention Control Projects of the City of
                    Laredo Health Department to reflect two budgets: the TB
                    Federal Projects for the period beginning January 1, 1998,
                    through December 31, 1998, in the amount of $99,950.00, and
                    the "Los Dos Laredos" TB Binational Project for the period
                    beginning January 1, 1998, through June 30, 1998, in the
                    amount of $46,438.00. (City Council)

VII.  RESOLUTIONS

      18. 98-R-053   Accepting a grant from the Texas Alternate Fuel Council in
                     the amount of $35,000.00 with the City designating
                     $37,839.49 in matching funds and/or in-kind services for a
                     total of $72,839.49, for conversion of 12 new and used
                     fleet vehicles to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) from several
                     City of Laredo Departments from February 1, 1998 through
                     August 31, 1998.

      19. 98-R-062   Accepting a grant from the Texas Department of Health in
                     the amount of $285,938.00, for the HIV Ryan White Care
                     Consortium Project of the City of Laredo Health Department
                     for the period beginning April 1, 1998, through March 31,
                     1999.

      20. 98-R-063   Accepting Texas Transportation Commission Minute Order no.
                     107439, regarding the construction of the Laredo Northwest
                     International Bridge (Fourth Bridge) and its connecting
                     facilities, from U.S. Interstate Highway 35 to the
                     international border crossing at the Rio Grande River,
                     located approximately 2.5 miles southwest of U.S.
                     Interstate Highway 35. Said international bridge and
                     facilities construction being subject to the project
                     participation provisions enumerated for the City of Laredo
                     and the State of Texas, on Minute Order.

      21. 98-R-064   Accepting a grant from Entex in the amount of $20,000.00,
                     to be used toward the purchase of dedicated CNG (compressed
                     natural gas) equipped vehicles or conversions of existing
                     fleet vehicles to CNG fuel.

      22. 98-R-066   Authorizing the City Manager to execute a clinical
                     affiliation agreement between the City of Laredo Fire
                     Department EMS and Texas A&M International University
                     Canseco School of Nursing.

VIII. MOTIONS

      23. Authorization to advertise for Request for Proposals from parties
          interested in providing Tennis Pro services for the City Tennis Courts
          Facilities.

      24. Authorization to advertise for Request for Proposals (RFPs) to provide
          professional engineering services for landfill design and permitting
          services for a proposed Type I landfill site which is to include, but
          not be limited to, surveying, geotechnical and hydrogeological
          investigations, engineering design, preparation of permit application,
          preparation of long-term cost estimates and fee analysis,
          administrative/technical review and agency coordination, and project
          management. The permit application will be prepared in accordance with
          applicable sections of the Texas Natural Resource Conservation
          Commission's Subtitle D Requirements of 30 TAC 330 Municipal Solid
          Waste Regulations and Applicable Portions of 30 TAC 305.  Funding is
          available in the 1998 C.O. Issue Capital Outlay -Land.

      25. Approval of bid specifications and authorization to advertise for bids
          for the following:
          a) office supplies - annual contract
          b) laboratory sterilizer - Health Department
          c) CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) Bi-Fuel Conversions - Public Works.
          A tentative bid award date is scheduled for May 18, 1998.

      26. Award of contract to the SOLE BIDDER, H&V Equipment Services, Inc.,
          Corpus Christi, Texas, in the amount of the $201,801.00, for the
          purchase of four tractors with mower attachments. This equipment will
          be assigned to the Public Works department and used in the creek
          cleaning operations. This equipment will be delivered within ninety
          days.  Funding is available in the Public Works Department - Street
          Maintenance Division -Capital Outlay.

      27. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, Power Equipment International,
          Inc., Corpus Christi, Texas, in the amount of $119,772.00, for the
          purchase of two, 12 cubic yard dump trucks for the Public Works
          Department. These trucks are for replacement and will be assigned to
          the creek cleaning operation.  It is anticipated that these trucks
          will be delivered within one hundred and twenty days. The City
          received a total of two bids for this purchase.  Funding is available
          in the Public Works Department - Street Maintenance -Capital Outlay.

      28. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, Valu Care Cleaners, Laredo,
          Texas, in the estimated amount of $43,734.00, for providing laundry
          dry cleaning services for Police Department uniforms. The bid pricing
          is approximately 12% less than the previous contract period.  The City
          received a total of three bids for these services.  Funding is
          available in the Police Department's contractual services, linen and
          laundry service.

      29. Award of construction contract to the LOWEST BIDDER, Bridge America,
          Inc., Alexandria, MN, in the amount of $38,977.00, for the Pre-
          Engineered/Prefabricated Steel Pedestrian Bridge for the Northeast
          Hillside Recreation Center and Park. Funding is available in the
          Capital Improvement Fund Northeast Hillside Park.

      30. Approval of professional services contract with Dr.  Maurice Click in
          the amount not to exceed $12,720.00 per year to continue to serve as
          the Health Department's Health Authority under Section 121.033 of the
          Texas Health and Safety Code, for the period of April 1, 1998, through
          March 31, 2000.

      31. Approval of amendment no. 1, an increase of $6,500.00, for additional
          Resident Project Representative (inspection services) to the
          engineering contract with Mejia Engineering Company, Laredo, Texas,
          for the Laredo International Airport Passenger Terminal Phase B.
          The additional inspection services is due mainly to several
          construction contract modifications and contract time extension to the
          construction contract.  The original contract amount was $104,000.00
          and this amendment will bring the total contract amount to
          $110,500.00.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction
          Inspection Fees.

      32. Authorization to enter into Adopt-A-Park agreement with community
          organizations. This agreement between the Parks and Recreation
          Department and community organizations stipulates the various
          responsibilities of each entity. The purpose of the agreement is to
          gain active support from the community in beautifying our parks. The
          agreement is for three years an automatically renews for a two year
          period.

      33. Approval of contract with Columbia Telecommunications Corporation to
          prepare request for proposals for the institutional network equipment
          in the amount of $12,402.50.

      34. Refund of property taxes to the following individual or company:
          a. Nations Banc Mortgage Corporation in the amount of $514.26 as a
             result of a clerical error.

      35. Authorizing the selection of a consultant for the West Laredo Traffic
          Circulation Study.  The consultants recommended for selection are
          Lockwood, Andrews, and Newman.

      36. Authorizing the transfer of reserve funds from the 1994 Water and
          Sewer bond issues to the following projects:
          Water
            97-98 Recycling Project             $ 20,000
            Hillside Water Lane Replacement     $ 50,000
          Wastewater
            North Laredo Belt Filter Press      $349,000
            South Laredo Belt Filter Press      $330,000
            97-98 Recycling Project             $ 20,000
            Privatization RFP
            (Request for Proposals)             $ 50,000

  IX.  CITY MANAGER'S REPORT

      37. Discussion and possible action regarding the appointment of the Ad Hoc
          Cemetery Board.

      38. Authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement between the
          City of Laredo and Bickerstaff, Heath, Smiley, Pollan, Kever &
          McDaniel, L.L.P., Attorney's at Law, to represent the City of Laredo
          in Hurd Urban Development, L.C., et. al. v. Federal Highway
          Administration, Kenneth R.  Wykle, et.al., Case Number: A-98CA-204-JN,
          in the United States District Court, Western District of Texas.

      39. Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code
          Section 551.071(1)(a) to discuss pending litigation in Cause No. A-
          98CA-204-JN, Hurd Urban Development, L.C., et.al. v. Federal Highway
          Administration, Kenneth R. Wykle, et.al., in the United States
          District Court, Western District of Texas, and return to open session
          for possible action thereon.

      40. Discussion and possible action regarding a water line reimbursement
          contract with Twin Peaks L.L.C., with possible Request for Executive
          Session to be conducted pursuant to Section 551.071(a) of the Texas
          Government Code.

      41. Discussion and possible action on the reorganization of City Hall
          offices.  An appropriation of $50,000 is available to implement these
          changes.

      42. Status report on the Regional Water Management Plan prepared in
          conjunction with the South Texas Development Council.

    7:00 RECESS

 X.  COMMUNICATIONS

XI.  CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION AND PRESENTATION

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

A. Requests by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores

   1.  Presentation by Audrey Salgado, Local Chapter President of the American
       Association of University of Women, regarding the AAUW Convention to be
       held in Laredo.

B. Requests by Councilmember Louis H. Bruni

   1.  Status report on the ongoing construction on Hwy 59 (Saunders), with
       possible action. (Co-sponsored by Councilman Eliseo Valdez).

   2.  Status report on the lack of waste water infrastructure on the north side
       of Hwy 59 between Ejido Street and the entrance of Casa Blanca State
       Park, with possible action.

   3.  Status report on the Brown and Root drainage study at the Laredo
       International Airport, with possible action.

   4.  Status report regarding the widening and storm drainage improvements to
       Cherry Hill Drive between Calton Road and Bustamante Street, with
       possible action.

C. Requests by Councilmember Alfonso "Poncho" Casso

   1. Discussion and possible action on the city wide Rabies Vacuna Program and
      the Animal Protective Society's role.

D. Requests by Councilmember Eliseo Valdez Jr.

   1. Presentation by Robert Pea on UPCOD, Inc.  (Underprivileged Children of
      Divorce).

   2. Request to instruct staff to conduct a traffic study a St. James and Calle
      Del Norte for the possible need of a traffic light.

   3. Status report on the frequency of water line breakage in the Hillside area
      particularly on Kentucky/India.

E. Requests by Councilmember Joe A. Guerra

   1. Update on the status of sidewalk leading to Clark Elementary School,
      request for staff to find funding, with possible action.

   2. Status report on the traffic congestion problems at Unitec Industrial
      Park, with possible action.

XII.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

      44. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo 1997-1998 (LEOSE) Account
          Fund Budget in the amount of $28,307.67. Law Enforcement Officers
          Standards and Education (LEOSE) Account for continuing education for
          Police Officers for the period of October 1, 1997 through September
          30, 1998.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the City of Laredo 1997-1998 (LEOSE) Account Fund Budget in
          the amount of $28,307.67.  Law Enforcement Officers Standards and
          Education (LEOSE) Account for continuing education for Police Officers
          for the period of October 1, 1997 through September 30, 1998.

      45. Public hearing amending the contract with the Texas Department of
          Health and budget in the amount of $285,938.00 for the HIV/STD Ryan
          White Care Consortium Project of the City of Laredo Health Department
          for the period beginning April 1, 1998, through March 31, 1999.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the contract with the Texas Department of Health and budget
          in the amount of $285,938.00 for the HIV/STD Ryan White Care
          Consortium Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the
          period beginning April 1, 1998, through March 31, 1999.

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

       46. 98-RMH-060  Requesting the approval from the Laredo Municipal Housing
                       Corporation (LMHC) Board of Directors to accept and
                       implement the Residential Lease/Purchase Agreement for
                       the prospective tenants at the Riverhills Subdivision,
                       Unit 1, under the Lease/Purchase Program, plus
                       authorization to implement a one time $500.00,
                       maintenance fee, plus authorization to implement a
                       $20.00, monthly late fee and provide the basis for the
                       estimated monthly rental rate for the houses under
                       Lease/Purchase Program.

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

       47. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, R&R Uniforms, Inc., San Antonio,
           Texas, in the estimated amount of $15,632.50, for the purchase of
           uniforms for the El Metro bus drivers. A total of 600 shirts and 300
           trousers will be purchased. The bid pricing includes sewing the
           Transit patches and pant length alterations. Bulk orders will be
           placed by the Transit System and issued to the operators on scheduled
           intervals.

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, APRIL 17, 1998 AT 5:30 P.M.


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                                   GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.
                                   CITY SECRETARY