CITY OF LAREDO
                              CITY COUNCIL MEETING
                                    A98-R-31
                              CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
                               1110 HOUSTON STREET
                               LAREDO, TEXAS 78040
                                 AUGUST 3, 1998
                                    5:30 P.M.


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

      2.  Ordinance amending Chapter 31, Article II, regarding sewers and sewage
          disposal by deleting the provisions in Section 31-23 titled "Notice of
          Violations" of the Code of Ordinances or the City of Laredo; thereby
          eliminating the notice requirement when an infraction is detected and
          allowing a compliant to be filed immediately in Municipal Court.

      3. Amending Article IV, titled "Liquid Waste Transportation," of Chapter
         31, of the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances, thereby correcting minor
         language problems in the article expanding the ordinance to include its
         application of secondary transporters; and adding a Section 31-170
         regarding the requirements of a generator and disposal site operator;
         providing for severability and effective date and publication.

      4. Closing as a public easement a 666.10 square feet parcel of land more
         or less (2' x 333.05') out of the 4200 block of Santa Cleotilde Avenue
         between the north right-of-way lines of Tacuba and Chicago Streets,
         said parcel of land, being encroached by the improvements situated on
         Lot 1, Block 1048-A, and Lot 1, Block 1091-A, both situated in the
         Western Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, and authorizing the
         sale of "The Surface Only" of said parcel of land at the adjusted fair
         market value of $1,225.62 and authorizing the City Manager to execute
         all necessary documents to effectively convey fee simple title to
         Eduardo Diaz and providing for an effective date.

      5. Closing as a public easement a 17.7 feet wide alley dedicated for
         public use in Block 894, Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County,
         Texas, which traverses the middle of said block from east to west
         through its entire length, and abuts the north side of Lots 7, 8, 9,
         10, 11, & 12, and abuts the south side of Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6;
         providing for the reversion of the public's interest in said alley to
         the abutting owners, and providing for an effective date.

    V. FINAL READINGS

      6. 98-O-195  Ordinance granting Medina Electric Cooperative, Inc., its
                   legal representatives, successors, lessees and assigns, as
                   the grantee, herein, certain powers, licenses, rights-of-way,
                   privileges and franchise to construct and maintain in the
                   City of Laredo, Texas, as now or hereafter constituted, and
                   electric power utility system in said city and to use the
                   streets, avenues, easements, rights-of-way, alleys, highways,
                   sidewalks, bridges and other structures and places and public
                   grounds in said City for a period of ten (10) years with one
                   (1), ten (10) year renewal period subject to renegotiation by
                   the parties; and prescribing certain rights, duties, terms
                   and conditions herein mentioned and providing for the payment
                   to said City of a percentage of certain receipts of grantee
                   from its operations therein; and providing for the acceptance
                   of this ordinance by grantee; and containing a savings
                   clause, and providing for publication and an effective date.
                   (City Council)

      7. 98-O-196  Ordinance amending Section 24-82.3(d), Off Premises Signs, of
                   the Laredo Land Development Code.  (City Council)

      8. 98-O-197  Ordinance amending Section 24-92, amendments or district
                   changes, of the Laredo Land Development Code, by providing
                   for notification to property owners within 200 feet of the
                   site of a proposed zone change of an appeal to City Council
                   of an unfavorable recommendation by the Planning and Zoning
                   Commission.  (City Council)

      9. 98-O-198  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of
                   Laredo by rezoning 7.5076 acres, as further described by
                   metes and bounds, located on SH359 east of the Bob Bullock
                   Loop, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to M-1
                   (Light Manufacturing District).  (Council member Alfredo
                   Agredano)

     10. 98-O-199  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of
                   Laredo by rezoning 10.8623 acres, as further described by
                   metes and bounds, located on SH359 east of the Bob Bullock
                   Loop, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to M-1
                   (Light Manufacturing District).  (City Council except Council
                   member Alfredo Agredano)

     11. 98-O-200  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of
                   Laredo by rezoning Lot 1 and the west 1/3 of Lot 2, Block
                   2156, Eastern Division, located on the 3100 Block of Mercer
                   Street, from AG (Agricultural District) to R-3 (Mixed
                   Residential District).  (Council member John C. Galo)

     12. 98-O-201  Ordinance approving a contract with the Texas Natural
                   Resource and Conservation (TNRCC) and budget in the amount of
                   $25,000 to continue the operation of a continuous air
                   monitoring station (CAMS) by the City of Laredo Health
                   Department for the period beginning September 1, 1998,
                   through August 31, 1999.  (City Council)

     13. 98-O-202  Ordinance approving an amendment to the contract with the
                   Texas Department of Health and budget in the amount of
                   $95,483 for the HIV/AIDS Health and Social Services Project
                   of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period
                   beginning September 1, 1998, through August 31, 1999.
                   (City Council)

     14. 98-O-203  Ordinance approving an amendment to the contract with
                   the Texas Department of Health and Budget in the amount of
                   $146,000 for the MCH Community Health Education Project of
                   the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning
                   September 1, 1998, through August 31, 1999.  (City Council)

     15. 98-O-204  Ordinance approving an amendment to the contract with the
                   Texas Department of Health and Budget in the amount of
                   $200,000 for continuation of the La Familia Health Care
                   Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the
                   period beginning September 1, 1998, through August 31, 1999.
                   (City Council)

     16. 98-O-205  Ordinance approving an amendment to the contract with the
                   Texas Department of Health and Budget consisting of $392,388
                   in funds and $33,600 in State direct assistance, for the
                   Comprehensive Public Health Services Program of the City of
                   Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September
                   1, 1998, through August 31, 1999.  (City Council)

     17. 98-O-206  Ordinance approving an amendment to the contract with the
                   Texas Department of Health and Budget in the amount of
                   $205,928 for the Tuberculosis Elimination Program of the City
                   of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning
                   September 1, 1998, though August 31, 1999.  (City Council)

     18. 98-O-207  Ordinance approving an amendment to the contract with the
                   Texas Department of Health and Budget in the amount of
                   $155,809 (which consists of $93,750 in direct funds from the
                   State and in-kind services match of $62,059) for the School
                   Based Health Project of the City of Laredo Health Department
                   for the period beginning September 1, 1998, through August
                   31, 1999.  (City Council)

   VI. RESOLUTIONS

     19. 98-R-132  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into and execute an
                   interlocal government agreement between the City of Laredo
                   and the Laredo Independent School District for the
                   participation of the City of Laredo Police Department in the
                   School Resource Officer Program, with compensation in the
                   amount of One Hundred Forty Seven Thousand Seven Hundred
                   Forty Dollars ($147,740.00) to be paid by LISD for the 1998-
                   1999 school year, commencing on August 13, 1998.

     20. 98-R-135  The City Council confirmation of Mayor Flores appointment of
                   John C. Galo to the Water Issues Committee.

 VII.  MOTIONS

     21.  Approval of bid specifications and authorization to advertise for bids
          for the following:
          a) Street Sign Replacement Project - Traffic Safety Department

     22.  Award of contracts to the LOW BIDDERS MEETING SPECIFICATIONS, Texas
          State Distributors, Austin, Texas, in the amount of $13,650.00 and C&G
          Wholesalers, Dallas, Texas, in the amount of $8,945.00, for the
          purchase of practice and service ammunition for the Police Department.
          The City did receive lower bids, however, the Police Department is
          requesting specific brands of ammunition that have been tested and
          have been found to be safe and reliable. Seventy cases of practice
          ammunition and thirty one cases of service ammunition will be
          purchased. A total of three bids were received for this purchase.
          Funding is available in the Police Department -Ammunition account.

     23.  Award of contract to the SOLE BIDDER, Ceres Environmental Services,
          Inc., Brooklyn Park, MN., in the amount of $29,025.00, for the
          grinding of wood waste materials at the City Landfill. The wood waste
          consists mostly of mixed tree branches, tree stumps, pallets, and
          Christmas trees.  Approximately 19,000 cubic yards of wood material
          will be grinded. Funding is available in the Landfill Fund Budget.

     24.  Award of contract to the SOLE BIDDER, Jack Harrison and Associates,
          San Antonio, Texas, in the amount of $71,880.00, for the CNG
          (compressed natural gas) bi-fuel conversion of twelve, 1996 Ford
          trucks. The City has received grant funding from the Alternative Fuels
          Council for partial funding of these conversions.

     25.  Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, National Sanitary, Laredo, Texas,
          in the amount of $23,800.00 for the purchase of 500,000 plastic bags
          for use in the City's Recycling Program.  The per unit price is
          $0.0014/bag more than the previous contract purchase.  A total of four
          bids were received for this purchase. Funding is available in the
          Landfill Fund Budget.

     26.  Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, Union Metal Corporation, DeSoto,
          Texas, in the amount of $26,151.00, for the purchase of traffic signal
          mast arm assemblies for installation at the intersections of
          Bartlett/U.S.59, Meadow/U.S.59, Arkansas/U.S.59, Bartlett/Bustamante,
          and Meadow/Bustamante.
          A total of four bids were received for this purchase.

     27.  Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, Gateway Uniform Service, Laredo,
          Texas in the estimated amount of $34,243.90, for the purchase of
          uniforms for the Bridge Department personnel. Full service contracts,
          which include alteration services, will be awarded to the low bidder.
          The City has included delivery deadlines in the contract documents
          requiring that the clothing be delivered within forty five days after
          receipt of order. The overall contract pricing is 16% more than the
          previous contract pricing. A total of two bids were received for this
          purchase. Funding is available in the Bridge System Uniforms account.

     28.  Award of an engineering contract to WSBC Civil Engineers, Inc.,
          Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $21,070.00, to design and
          prepare plans and specifications for (1) 1200 Frost Street at Lyon
          Avenue (Stone Avenue to McPherson Avenue) Drainage Improvements and
          for (2) 400 W. Plum Street at San Francisco Avenue Drainage
          Improvements along Plum Street from Barcelona Avenue to Zacate Creek.
          Both projects are to alleviate localized flooding. Funding is
          available in the 1998 CO Issue.

     29.  Award of an engineering contract for an amount not to exceed
          $16,000.00, to Howland Surveying Company, Inc., Laredo, Texas, to
          provide professional engineering services for surveying and providing
          metes and bounds descriptions and maps for the acquisition of a tract
          of land approximately 850 L.F.  in length and 120 feet wide for the
          extension of the University Blvd., West of the Bob Bullock Loop to
          intersect the existing Casa Verde Road, and for the survey work and
          mapping required to vacate that portion of Casa Verde Road North of
          this intersection northward to the intersection of Casa Verde Road
          with the Bob Bullock Loop and for the design and preparation of plans
          and specifications for the road extension. Funding is available in the
          Capital Improvements.

     30.  Approval of change order no. 1, a net decrease of $63,986.00, to the
          construction contract with Krueger Construction Company, Victoria,
          Texas, to delete storm Drainage improvements along the parking lot
          already constructed through Phase B, and to add the removal of clay
          subgrade, modifications to the parking lot elevations to comply with
          Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and other related items, and to
          add 39 working days for the Laredo International Airport Passenger
          Terminal and Related Airside/Landside Improvements Phase C Landside
          and Landscape. The original contract amount was $2,097,481.75. This
          change order brings the total contract amount to $2,033,495.75.
          Funding is available in Improvements Other Than Buildings.

     31.  Approval of amendment no. 2, for an amount not to exceed $55,000.00,
          to the Resident Project Representative (inspection services) contract
          with Mejia Engineering Company, Laredo, Texas, to add inspection
          services for the Laredo International Airport Passenger Terminal and
          Related Airside/Landside Improvements Phase D - New Parallel Taxiway
          to comply with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Requirements.
          Mejia Engineering Company is providing inspection services for the
          Laredo International Airport Passenger Terminal and Related
          Airside/Landside Improvements Project Phase B. The original contract
          amount was $104,000.00. This amendment brings the total contract
          amount to $165,500.00. Funding is available in in Inspection Fees.

     32.  Acceptance of the Relocation of Utilities along the proposed Widening
          of U.S. Highway 59 between San Dario and Ejido Avenue and approval of
          final payment in the amount of $30,541.35 to Price Construction, Inc.,
          Laredo, Texas. Funding is available in the Retainage Payable.

     33.  Acceptance of the Laredo International Airport Passenger Terminal and
          Related Airside/Landside Improvements Phase B as substantially
          complete; approval to retain $50,000.00, for the completion of pending
          items and approval to release partial retainage in the amount of
          $512,064.73, to H.B.  Zachry Company, San Antonio, Texas, Funding is
          available in the Retainage Account.

     34.  Acceptance of the Santa Isabel Reverse Osmosis Facility Project, and
          approval of final payment in the amount of $32,062.89 to Ramex
          Construction Company, Inc., Houston, Texas, which is the release of
          the retainage for the punch list items completed.  Funding is
          available in the Retainage Payable.

     35.   Approving the submission of the 1998 Consolidated Plan to the U.S.
           Department of Housing and Urban Development in request for funding
           through the 24th Action Year Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
           in the amount of $4,274,000.00 and $39,900.00 in anticipated CDBG
           program income; the 1998 HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME)
           in the amount of $1,257,000.00; and the 1998 Emergency Shelter Grant
           (ESG) in the amount of $167,000.00 and authorizing the City Manager
           to execute all documents as a result of the Plan's submission.

                24th AY Community Development Block Grant
           Community Development Administration . . . . . . .$620,533
           Housing Rehabilitation Administration  . . . . . .$128,196
           Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program. . . . . . . .$350,000
           Code Enforcement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$251,050
           Paving Project 61 (includes anticipated program
             income $39,900). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$316,900
           School Sidewalk Approaches, District IV. . . . . .$150,000
           Acquisition of Park Land . . . . . . . . . . . . .$200,000
           East Hachar Recreation Center. . . . . . . . . . .$700,000
           Hamilton Hotel - Section 108 Loan
             Repayment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$148,000
           Tinaja/Chacon Pilot Channel. . . . . . . . . . . .$410,000
           Graffiti Removal Program . . . . . . . . . . . . .$ 28,359
           Acquisition & Relocation Related
             to Lafayette Widening. . . . . . . . . . . . . .$675,000
           Zacate Creek Linear Park
             (Saunders to Canal). . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$200,000
           Blaine/Milmo/Loop 20 Improvements. . . . . . . . .$ 90,000
           Clark/Hendricks Street Improvements. . . . . . . .$ 45,862

                             1998 Home Grant

           New Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$345,997
           Down Payment Assistance. . . . . . . . . . . . . .$600,000
           15% Community Housing Development
             Organization Set Aside . . . . . . . . . . . . .$188,550
           Administration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$122,453

                      1998 Emergency Shelter Grant

           Homeless Prevention Program. . . . . . . . . . . .$ 47,595
           Homeless Shelter Program (Operations). . . . . . .$111,055
           Administration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$  8,350

     36.   Authorizing to award architectural/engineering consultant contract
           for the Paseo Del Antiguo Laredo Pedestrian Facility Project, an
           ISTEA Enhancement Project, to Sprinkle Robey Architects, the contract
           amount is $120,000.

 VIII. CITY MANAGER'S REPORT

     37.  Status report for the Colonias Facility Plan with possible action.

     38.  Status report on the Santa Isabel Water Well with possible action.

     39.  Informing Council of the status of the Chacon Creek interceptor
          project.  The EPA has outsourced the environmental review and expects
          to issue the findings of no significant impact (FONSI) by December
          1998.  Bids can be solicited immediately afterwards.

     40.  Report on the Urban Empowerment Zone Application process.

     41.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code
          Section 551.071(1)(A), to discuss contemplated litigation by Texas A&M
          International University, and return to open session for possible
          action thereon.

     42.  Advising the City Council of the transfer of line-item savings, mainly
          in the contractual services of the street construction division of the
          Capital Improvement Fund., to Construction projects of the same fund
          for $155,000. This amount is in addition to the H.E.B. contribution of
          $200,000 to fund in part the total cost of $432,331 of the Calton Road
          widening project authorized by City Council on 7/20/98. The complement
          to the funding required will be in the form of in-kind services to be
          provided by the Traffic Department.

   IX. COMMUNICATIONS

    X. CITY COUNCIL PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION

     43.  Requests by Mayor and City Council members for presentation and
          discussion.

        A. Requests by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores

           1. Consideration and possible action to contract Judith Zaffirini,
              Ph.D. D.B.A. Zaffirini Communications to conduct a training
              workshop on August 29, 1998 with members of Council and various
              boards and commissions.  (See Attached)

        B. Requests by Council member Alfredo Agredano

           1. Presentation by Concord Hills residents.

        C. Requests by Council member Louis H. Bruni

           1. Status reports on long term water supply projects with possible
              action:
                Water Right Acquisition
                Groundwater Resources
                Aquifer Storage and Recovery Project
                USGS Aquifer Mapping
                Effluent Reuse Strategy
                Conservation Strategy
                Weather Modification
              (Co-sponsored by Council member Joe A. Guerra)

           2. Discussion and possible action on the Texas Department of Housing
              and Community Affairs Third Annual Colonia Clean-up in El Cenizo
              on Sunday, August 16.  The department would like to request the
              City of Laredo's participation by waiving City fees at the
              landfill.

        D. Requests by Council member Eliseo Valdez Jr.

           1. Status report from staff on IH35 Saunders Project.

           2. Presentation by Jessie Ibarra and Fausto Sosa
              concerning a taxicab permit.
              (Co-sponsored by Council member Joe A. Guerra)

        E. Requests by Council member Joe A. Guerra

           1. Discussion and possible action concerning a 100 foot right-of-way
              given by the Trautmann Investment Company for the purpose of Eden
              Lane through the Eden Subdivision Plat.

           2. Status report on the accident of July 18, 1998 at the entrance of
              Unitec Industrial Park, with possible action.

           3. Presentation by Fidel Santos requesting funds for Del Mar Little
              League Baseball, with possible action.

        F. Requests by Council member Consuelo "Chelo" Montalvo

           1. Presentation by the Laredo Custom Brokers and Freight Forwarders
              for the request of improvements to the existing road leading to
              the U.S. Customs Import Lot, with possible action.

   XI. PUBLIC HEARINGS

     44.  Public hearing amending the Laredo Police Departments FY 1997-98
          budget in the amount of $92,100.00 to pay for the salaries and fringe
          benefits for six police officers that will be transferred from the
          COPS "Ahead" grant to the general fund due to the expiration of the
          grant. These police officers were hired under the COPS "Ahead" grant
          for a period of three years.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Laredo Police Departments FY 1997-98 budget in
          the amount of $92,100.00 to pay for the salaries and fringe benefits
          for six police officers that will be transferred from the COPS "Ahead"
          grant to the general fund due to the expiration of the grant. These
          police officers were hired under the COPS "Ahead" grant for a period
          of three years.

     45.  Public hearing amending the City of Laredo Police Departments FY 1998-
          99 budget in the amount of $3,000.00, to purchase a treadmill for the
          Police GYM.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the City of Laredo Police Departments FY 1998-99
          budget in the amount of $3,000.00, to purchase a treadmill for the
          Police GYM.

     46.  Public hearing amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 Annual Budget
          in the amount of $3,000.00, and appropriate these funds to the Laredo
          Convention and Visitors Bureau regular salary line item to establish
          the position of a part-time information clerk for the information
          center at the Laredo International Airport Terminal.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 Annual Budget in the
          amount of $3,000.00, and appropriate these funds to the Laredo
          Convention and Bureau regular salary line item to establish the
          position of a part-time information clerk for the information center
          at the Laredo International Airport Terminal.

     47.  Public hearing regarding the proposed reprogramming of 19th, 20th
          Action Year Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Final Statements
          and the 1995 and 1996 Consolidated Plan as it pertains to the use of
          21st and 22nd AY CDBG Grant funds for the purpose of reprogramming
          funds in the amount of $377,500.00 for the acquisition of the Plaza
          Theater.

            19th Action Year Community Development Block Grant
                              (Fund Balances)

            Paving Project #51                 $15,733
            J. Ortiz - E. Valdez Park          $ 2,628
            Tarver Improvements                $ 3,483
            East Central Park                  $ 2,604
            Street Lights                      $ 1,881
                                               $26,329

           20th Action Year Community Development Block Grant
                             (Fund Balances)

            Paving Project #57 Grants          $ 7,042
            Paving Project #58 Grants          $ 5,896
            Neighborhood Housing Services      $28,090
            Reserve Appropriation              $ 3,306
                                               $44,334

           21st Action Year Community Development Block Grant
                             (Fund Balances)

            Pace Street Drainage               $74,206
            Southgate Pilot Channel            $20,142
                                               $94,348

           22nd Action Year Community Development Block Grant
                             (Fund Balances)

            San Salvador/Pine/Chestnut
              Drainage                         $198,000
            Paving Project #59 Grants          $ 14,012
            Graffiti Removal Program           $    477
                                               $212,489

            Total of Funds to be Reprogrammed              $377,500

          The funds identified above are proposed to finance the following
          project:  Acquisition of the Plaza Theater $377,500

  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, July 31, 1998, at 5:30 p.m.


                                          _________________________
                                            Gustavo Guevara, Jr.
                                            City Secretary