CITY OF LAREDO
                              CITY COUNCIL MEETING

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

                                     AGENDA

       A98-R-18                                  APRIL 27, 1998

   I.  CALL TO ORDER
  II.  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
 III.  ROLL CALL
  IV.  FINAL READINGS

       2. 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, increase in fee for overweight
                     permits, 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 regulations and penalties; providing for
                     severability; and providing for an effective date and
                     publication.   (City Council)

       3. 98-O-110  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.
                    (City Council)

       4. 98-O-111  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.  (City Council)

       5. 98-O-112  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.  (City Council)

       6. 98-O-113  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.  (City Council)

       7. 98-O-114  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.  (City Council)

       8. 98-O-115  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. (City Council)

  VI.  RESOLUTIONS

       9. 98-R-026   Amending the submission of a grant application to the
                     Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division in the
                     amount $78,172.00, with the City designating $36,996.00, in
                     matching funds for a total of $115,618.00, for funding a
                     Domestic Violence Grant under the Violence Against Women
                     Act (VAWA) for the period of June 1, 1998 through May 30,
                     1999.

      10. 98-R-061   Authorizing the Mayor Elizabeth G.  Flores, Metropolitan
                     Planning Organization Chairman, to submit an application
                     for relief from local match requirements to the Texas
                     Department of Transportation for the South Meadow Avenue
                     Bridge Project.

      11. 98-R-068   Confirming the appointment by the City Manager of a member
                     of the Fire Fighters' and Police Officers' Civil Service
                     Commission of the City of Laredo.

      12. 98-R-069   Supporting the Hamilton Housing Partners Limited, in their
                     efforts to renovate and convert the Hamilton Hotel located
                     at 815 Salinas, Laredo, Texas into 165 residential rental
                     units for low/moderate income residents including
                     commercial office spaces located on the first floor of the
                     hotel in their application to the Texas Department of
                     Housing and Community Affairs for low income housing tax
                     credits in the amount estimated at $9,328,500.00, for a
                     total project cost of $11,952,850.00.  The City of Laredo
                     hereby commits to make a $1,550,000.00 second lien mortgage
                     loan to Hamilton Housing Partners Limited, a Texas Limited
                     Partnership, subject to the approval of a $1,550,000.00
                     Section 108 loan from the U.S. Department of Housing and
                     Urban Development to the City of Laredo.  This loan is
                     subject to the terms and conditions hereby incorporated in
                     this Resolution.

VII. MOTIONS

      13. Authorizing the issuance of a request for proposals for the Laredo
          Transit Planning Study, which will identify location, scope, and
          demand of future transit corridors.

      14. Authorizing the issuance of a request for proposals to update the
          Metropolitan Transportation Plan, which covers a 20 year period and
          identifies facilities (including but not limited to major roadways,
          transit, and intermodal facilities) that should function as an
          integrated regional system, in conformance to State and Federal
          requirements.

      15. Acceptance of the Jefferson Street Water Treatment Solids Handling
          Improvements Project with Lambda Construction Company, New Braunfels,
          Texas, as substantially complete; approval of partial retainage
          release in the amount of $64,925.00 which is 2.5% of the total work
          to-date, and approval to retain the balance until completion and final
          acceptance of the project.  Funding is available in the Waterworks
          Retainage Payable.

      16. Award of a construction contract for the Street Improvements on the
          2500 Block of South Malinche Avenue between Zacatecas - Chacota and
          Parking Lot Improvements for the Cigarroa Park and South Laredo Fire
          Station to the Sole Bidder, Ramex Construction Company, Inc., Houston,
          Texas; approval of change order no. 1, a decrease of $43,836.00, to
          delete the retaining walls to bring the construction cost within the
          project's budget for a net award of contract to Ramex Construction
          Company, Inc., Houston, Texas, in the amount of $137,413.10; and
          approval of said retaining walls to be constructed by the Department
          of Public Works. This is a cost sharing project with the Laredo
          National Bank contributing $97,460.00, and the City's share being
          $50,000.00, plus right-of-way dedication and engineering services.
          Funding is available in the 1998 Contractual Obligation Issue -
          Cigarroa Parking Lot Construction Project.

VIII. CITY MANAGER'S REPORT

      17. Presentation and possible action on proposed mechanisms of a joint
          public/private partnership on improvements in Hilltop Subdivision,
          Phase II and authorizing the City Manager to sign onto the plat.

      18. Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code
          Section 551.071 (1)(A) to discuss contemplated litigation regarding
          the Twin Peaks, L.L.C., sewer line reimbursement agreement, and return
          to open session for possible action thereon.

      19. Authorizing the City Manager to pay Twin Peaks, L.L.C., $18,232
          pursuant to a sewer reimbursement contract dated August 15, 1994.  The
          following individuals and their companies have connected to this line:

          Name                 Date            Amount Owed
          Excel Bank           10/13/97         $2,029.00
          Agustin Maldonado      4/2/96        $10,947.00
          Steve Musolino         1/7/98         $2,935.00
          Eva Mejia              2/8/96         $2,321.00
                                       Total   $18,232.00

  IX. COMMUNICATIONS

      20. Recognition by the Mayor and City Council members of employees who
          retired from the City of Laredo with 20 years or more of service for
          the period October 1997 thru September 1997:
          a. Mario E. Martinez (28 years)
             Sanitation Division,
             Public Works Department,
             November 30, 1997
          b. Felix Vasquez (27 years)
             Fleet Maintenance Division
             Public Works Department
             November 30, 1997
          c. Jose R. Esquivel (21 years)
             Fleet Maintenance Division
             Public Works Department
             February 28, 1998

   X. CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION AND PRESENTATION

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

A. Requests by Councilmember Jose R. Perez, Jr.

          1. Discussion and possible action regarding the extension of El Metro
             service to include Saturday and Sunday at the Loma Alta Subdivision
             on Highway 359.  Currently, this particular bus route runs from
             Monday through Friday.

          2. Recognizing the members of the Mayor's Blue Ribbon Library Building
             Committee for their commitment and dedication towards the
             construction of the New Main Library:
             Norma Benavides            Guillermina Montes
             Gloria Canseco             Cecilia May Moreno
             Jan I. Carter              Robert Ochoa
             Cynthia Earle              Rogelio Rivera
             Reymundo Fuentes           Juan Homero Sanchez
             Elizabeth J. Gill          Jose Valdez
             Joe Guerra                 Martha Villarreal
             Laura Martens              Janice Weber
             Mary Lou Mendiola          Rose Woodruff
             Eulalia Moncivais

B. Requests by Councilmember Louis H. Bruni

          1. Status report on the state of the Rio Grande River as it pertains
             to bacteria and other contaminants with possible action.

          2. Status report regarding the infrastructure, waste water
             improvements, and extension of University Blvd. to intersect with
             Casa Verde Road with possible action.

          3. Status report on the wastewater problems at the 3300 block of
             Guadalupe and the city Tex-Mex right of way with possible action.

          4. Report on El Metros Bi-fuel vehicles comparing the consumption of
             Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) use vs. gasoline, with possible
             action.

C. Requests by Councilmember Mario Alvarado

          1. Staff update on the proposed truck route extension thru the CP&L
             Power plant property.  (Co-sponsored Joe A. Guerra)

          2. Discussion on the city's annual Mother's Day Concert with possible
             action.

          3. Request to lift the present City Council moratorium on plan unit
             developments with possible action.

XI.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

      22. Public hearing regarding application by Ermilio Richer, T.P.& W., Inc.
          amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning
          Lots 1 & 2, 6 & 7, Block 12, McPherson Acres IV, located at 802 Gale
          Street, from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to M-2 (Heavy
          Manufacturing District); Special Use Permit. The Planning and Zoning
          Commission recommends denial of this zone change.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning
          Lots 1 & 2, 6 & 7, Block 12, McPherson Acres IV, located at 802 Gale
          Street, from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to M-2 (Heavy
          Manufacturing District); Special Use Permit.

      23. Public hearing amending the Street Name Map of the City of Laredo by
          changing the name of San Pedro Street, between Foster Avenue and
          Bartlett Avenue to Gust Street. The Planning and Zoning Commission
          recommends approval of this amendment to the Street Name Map.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the Street Name Map of the City of Laredo by changing the
          name of San Pedro Street, between Foster Avenue and Bartlett Avenue to
          Gust Street.

      24. Public hearing regarding application by Cesar Almanza, amending the
          Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 10, Block
          942, Eastern Division, located at 2914 Mendiola Avenue, from R-3
          (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Business District).  The
          Planning and Zoning Commission recommends denial of this zone change.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning
          Lot 10, Block 942, Eastern Division, located at 2914 Mendiola Avenue,
          from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Business
          District).

      25. Public hearing regarding application by Blackstone Dilworth, amending
          the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 42.2
          acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located at 10611
          McPherson Road from AG (Agricultural District) to B-4 (Highway
          Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends
          approval of this zone change.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning
          42.2 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located at 10611
          McPherson Road from AG (Agricultural District) to B-4 (Highway
          Commercial District).

      26. Public hearing regarding People's Manufactured Housing, Jose Medina,
          authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for a mini-
          storage/warehouse, on Lot 1, Block 1, Crownridge Subdivision, located
          at 602 Shiloh Drive.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends
          approval of this Special Use Permit.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for a mini-
          storage/warehouse, on Lot 1, Block 1, Crownridge Subdivision, located
          at 602 Shiloh Drive.

      27. Public hearing regarding Cummins Southern Plains, Inc., A. Charles
          Funai, Vice President, amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City
          of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Condition Use Permit for
          storage of used batteries on Lot 1, Block 1, Javier Garza Plat,
          located at 12002 Mines Road.  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 Condition Use Permit for storage of used
          batteries on Lot 1, Block 1, Javier Garza Plat, located at 12002 Mines
          Road.

      28. Public hearing regarding Robles Real Estate Partnership, Les Norton
          amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a pawn shop
          on Lots 4 and 5, Block 3, Western Division, located at 308 Convent
          Avenue.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval of
          this Conditional Use Permit.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a pawn shop
          on Lots 4 and 5, Block 3, Western Division, located at 308 Convent
          Avenue.

      29. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo FY 1997-98 Annual Budget by
          creating a position of Clerk II for the Traffic Department at an
          annual cost of $17,468.00, including benefits and a one-time capital
          outlay request of $4,000.00, and authorizing the City Manager to
          implement said budget.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the City of Laredo FY 1997-98 Annual
          Budget by creating a position of Clerk II for the Traffic Department
          at an annual cost of $17,468.00, including benefits and a one-time
          capital outlay request of $4,000.00, and authorizing the City Manager
          to implement said budget.

      30. Public hearing providing community residents an opportunity to comment
          on their housing and community needs and the projects they wish to see
          funded through the 24th Action Year Community Development Block Grant
          ($4,274,000.00), and 1998 HOME Investment Partnerships Program
          ($1,257,000.00), and 1998 Emergency Shelter Grant ($167,000.00) in
          support of the preparation and submission of the 1998 Consolidated
          Plan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

 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, APRIL 24, 1998 AT 5:30 P.M.


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                                  GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.
                                  CITY SECRETARY