CITY OF LAREDO
                              CITY COUNCIL MEETING
                                    A98-R-36
                              CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
                               1110 HOUSTON STREET
                               LAREDO, TEXAS 78040
                                 AUGUST 17, 1998
                                    5:30 P.M.

    I. CALL TO ORDER
   II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
  III. ROLL CALL
   IV. INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCE
      2.  Ordinance amending Chapter 28, of the City of Laredo Code of
          Ordinances by deleting the provisions for noncommercial solicitation
          permits and adding provisions for certificates of registration for
          noncommercial street solicitation campaigns thereby requiring persons
          to submit a registration statement of such campaigns with a $20.00
          registration fee and submit financial statements when the campaigns
          are complete; amending Chapter 21, offenses and miscellaneous.
          provisions, thereby adding the following prohibitions against:
          aggressive solicitations including time, place, and manner
          restrictions, false or misleading solicitations and manner of street
          and highway solicitations; urinating or defecating in public; entering
          portions of public buildings without consent; entering motor vehicles
          without consent; public camping including a declaration that public
          camps are nuisances subject to abatement; providing for severability
          and an effective date.

      3.  Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to make application to the U.S.
          Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for a Section 108
          Loan in the amount of $1,700,000 to facilitate a second lien mortgage
          note payable to the Hamilton Hotel Partners Limited for the renovation
          and conversion of the Hamilton Hotel to include 165 low income rental
          units and first floor commercial office space and further authorizing
          the City Manager to execute any and all document resulting from this
          submission.

      4.  Ordinance to waive parking fees at the Laredo Transit Center for
          patrons at the Garage between 5:00P.M. and 10:00P.M. on Wednesday,
          October 7, 1998, subject to a $100.00 contribution by the Centro
          Iturbide Street Association. The parking fees will be waived in order
          to support the association's "Streets of Laredo" Mall Opening
          Festival, a community event in Downtown Laredo.

      5.  Ordinance to grant a permit to Southwestern Bell Telephone to use a
          City-owned twenty-foot-wide Utility Easement for the installation of
          an underground telecommunications cable, upon the condition that
          Southwestern Bell Telephone will at all times after doing any works
          within said Utility Easement, restore said premises to the condition
          in which same was found before such work was undertaken. Said easement
          being situated in Porcion 22, Abstract 277, Webb County, Texas; being
          more particularly described by metes and bounds; and providing for an
          effective date.

    V. FINAL READINGS

      6. 98-O-208  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.
                   (City Council)

      7. 98-O-209  Ordinance 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.  (City Council)

      8. 98-O-210  Ordinance 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.  (City Council)

      9. 98-O-211  Ordinance 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.
                   (City Council)

     10. 98-O-212  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.  (City Council)

     11. 98-O-213  Ordinance amending the City of Laredo Police Departments FY
                   1997-98 budget in the amount of $3,000.00, to purchase a
                   treadmill for the Police GYM. (City Council)

     12. 98-O-214  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. (City Council)

   VI. RESOLUTIONS

     13. 98-R-131  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a supplemental award
                   to the COPS Ahead grant from the United States Department of
                   Justice in the amount of $1,500,000 with the City designating
                   $1,105,247 in matching funds for a total of $2,605,247 for a
                   three year funding of the " Universal Hiring" Program
                   beginning May 1, 1998 through April 30, 2001.

     14. 98-R-137  Approval of a resolution authorizing the City Manager to
                   submit an application to the South Texas Development Council
                   of Governments for a grant in the amount of $100,000.00 with
                   the City designating $120,000.00 in matching funds and/or in-
                   kind services for a total of $220,000.00 to construct a
                   permanent household hazardous waste collection facility.

     15. 98-R-138  Accepting a grant from the Texas Department of Health in the
                   amount of $40,000 for the Chronic Disease Prevention Program,
                   Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Project (BCCCP), for the
                   City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning
                   September 1, 1998, through August 31, 1999.

     16. 98-R-139  Accepting a grant entitlement from the Texas Department of
                   Health in the amount of $542,000 ($492,000 of Title V funding
                   through TDH and $50,000 in other program fee income) for the
                   Maternal and Child Health (MCH) of the City of Laredo Health
                   Department for the period September 1, 1998, through August
                   31, 1999.

     17. 98-R-140  Authorizing the acceptance of a donation of $25,000.00 from
                   La Posada Hotel/Suites for the closing of Zaragoza Street
                   between Flores and Convent Street.

     18. 98-R-141  Authorizing the City Manager of the City of Laredo to submit
                   a grant application to the Texas Preservation Trust Fund of
                   the Texas Historical Commission in the amount of $100,000 for
                   the preservation of the Benavides-Herrera Home, located at
                   802 Grant Street; and authorizing the City Manager to execute
                   the necessary documents.

     19. 98-R-143  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Clinical
                   Affiliation Agreement between the City of Laredo Fire
                   Department and Mercy Regional Medical Center.

     20. 98-R-144  Authorizing the use of surplus proceeds from the contractual
                   obligation series 1997-B in the amount of $92,831 for the
                   purchase and installation of a complete emergency medical
                   service (EMS) pen-based data collection system. This system
                   will allow the Fire Department's Ambulance Crews to collect
                   all necessary medical data on hand-held collections devices.
                   The data collected during the shift will then be downloaded
                   to an ambulance billing software.  The automation will
                   eliminate the manual systems currently utilized.

     21. 98-R-145  City Council confirmation of appointment of John E.
                   Fitzgibbon to the Airport Advisory Committee.

     22. 98-R-146  Confirming the appointment of Gene Belmares to the Airport
                   Advisory Board by Council member Joe A.  Guerra.

     23. 98-R-147  Confirming the appointment of John Carlos Volpe to the
                   Transportation/Traffic Study Advisory Board and Sigifredo
                   Perez Jr. to the Ordinance Review Committee.

  VII. MOTIONS

     24.  Approval of bid specifications and authorization to advertise for bids
          for the following:
          a) Service Truck - Utilities Department
          b) Rubber Couplings/PVC Pipe, Annual Contract - Utilities Department
          c) Vacuum Truck Services, Annual Contract - Utilities Department d)
             Auditorium Carpet Replacement - Civic Center
          e) Two extended cab trucks - Parks and Recreation Department
             A tentative award contract date is scheduled for
             September 21, 1998.

     25.  Authorizing the City Manager to solicit proposals from qualified
          engineering firms to develop and implement the Risk Management Plan to
          comply with the requirements of the Environmental Protection Agency
          (EPA) 40 CPR Part 68 Accidental Release Prevention Requirements: Risk
          Management Program under the Clean Air Act Section 112r(7) with site
          specific risk management plan will be prepared by the Engineer for all
          city Facilities requiring compliance with referenced section. Funding
          is available in the Waterworks '97 Bond Issue EPA Clean Air Act
          Program.

     26.  Approval of selection of consultant and authorization an engineering
          contract with Brown & Root Company to develop a Storm Water Management
          Master Plan for the Zacate Creek Watershed.  The scope of the work
          includes but is not limited to:
          a. Updating the FEMA flood insurance map
          b. Inventory of drainage structures and drainage ways
          c. Developing hydrologic and hydraulic models
          d. Identifying and recommending the location of the regional detention
             pond and for the floatable control devices
          e. Developing and evaluating improvement alternatives and the funding
             mechanism
          The Engineering Contract Review Committee concurs with the
          recommendation.

     27.  Award of contract to the SOLE PROPOSER, Zoll Medical Corporation,
          Burlington, MA., in the amount of $87,831.00, for the purchase and
          installation of a complete Emergency Medical Services (EMS) pen-based
          data collection system. This system will allow the Fire Department's
          ambulance crews to collect all necessary medical data on hand-held
          collection devices. The data collected during the shift will then be
          downloaded to an ambulance billing software. This automation will
          eliminate the manual systems currently being utilized by the Fire
          Department's EMS Division and the Health Department's Ambulance
          Billing Division.

     28.  Award of a two-year contract to the LOWEST PROPOSER, Norwest Bank of
          Texas N.A. for banking services to the City of Laredo for fiscal year
          ending September 30, 1999 and September 30, 2000 at an estimated cost
          of $69,533.28 per year.

     29.  Award of contract to the SOLE BIDDER, Holmes and Shaw, Inc., San
          Antonio, Texas, in the amount of $18,332.00, for services to print and
          mail the 1998 tax statements and tax rolls. The contract vendor is
          provided the tax statement data in electronic format and they are
          responsible for preparing the mail addresses with the ZIP + 4 format
          in order to qualify for postage savings. The tax statements are then
          mailed by the contract vendor with a return envelope.  Approximately
          60,000 tax statements are mailed to land owners and 20,000 duplicate
          tax statements are mailed to mortgage companies.  The total contract
          pricing is approximately 20% higher than last year.

     30.  Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, Reynaldo Barraza dba Jobs
          Materials, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $76,500.00, for
          providing asphalt/concrete repairs and water taps/T connections as
          required by the Utilities Department.  Mr. Barraza submitted the
          lowest bid pricing on a per square foot cost basis to repair asphalt
          and concrete cuts required to repair distribution lines and is the low
          bidder on a unit cost for water tap and T connection installation
          service.  This type of service will be requested on a per need basis
          and all work is inspected by the Utilities Department for compliance
          with City requirements. A total of three bids were received for this
          contract. The bid pricing is approximately 24% less than previous
          contract pricing.

     31.  Award of six month supply contracts for the purchase of footwear for
          maintenance personnel, to the following LOW BIDDERS:
          a) Iron Age Corp., San Antonio, Texas
             (five safety footwear styles)          $ 24,135.50
          b) Skaggs-R&R Uniforms, San Antonio,
             Texas (three safety footwear styles)   $ 13,024.25
          c) Mary's Boots, McAllen, Texas,
             (two safety footwear styles)           $  9,798.60
          Contract pricing has been secured for the ten safety boot styles.
          Department personnel will have the option to choose the type of boot
          best suited for the work environment. All safety footwear is purchased
          on an as need basis. A total of four bids were received for this
          purchase.

     32.  Award of contract to the LOW BIDDERS MEETING SPECIFICATIONS, Reliable
          Emergency Vehicles, Comanche, Texas, in the amount of $89,775.00, for
          the purchase of a replacement ambulance.  The City received lower bids
          from Taylor Made Ambulance and Professional Ambulance Sales and
          Service. The bid submitted by Taylor Made Ambulance was not signed and
          the bid from Professional Ambulance contained important exceptions to
          the City's requirements. Due to these omissions, both bids are
          considered non responsive. The new ambulance will be delivered within
          one hundred and twenty days.

     33.  Award of a construction contract to the LOWEST BIDDER, Pete Gallegos
          Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas in the amount of $303,694.00 for the
          Calton Road Widening and Signalization from IH-35 (San Dario) to
          halfway between San Francisco Avenue to Yeary Street. Funding is
          available in the Capital Improvements Calton Road Widening and
          Signalization.

     34.  Approval of change order no. 1, a net increase of $5,381.13, for
          balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of
          construction of an approximately seven (7) acre composite landfill
          liner for Type I Cells 9 and 10 at the City of Laredo Landfill located
          at Highway 359, and approval of final payment in the amount of
          $31,922.13 to BNC Environmental Services, Inc., Houston, Texas.  The
          original contract amount was $530,820.00. This change order brings the
          total contract amount to $536,201.13.  Funding is available in the
          Landfill Improvements Other Than Buildings.

     35.  Approval of change order no. 2, a net increase of $5,289.20, for the
          balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the
          Manadas Creek 24 Inch Wastewater Interceptor as part of the North
          Laredo/Webb County Infrastructure Improvements Project (McPherson Road
          Extension) Economic Development Administration (EDA) Project No. 08-
          01-02878, and approval of final payment in the amount of $134,993.11
          to Ramex Construction Company, Inc., Houston, Texas. The original
          contract amount was $2,229,445.11. This change order brings the total
          contract amount to $2,304,734.31. Funding is available in the Sewer
          System '94 Bond Construction Manadas Creek Interceptor.

     36.  Refund of property tax to the following individual:
          a. Santiago Reyes in the amount of $1,391.37

     37.  In accordance with Article IX, Section 9.03 of the Charter of the City
          of Laredo referring the proposed City of Laredo Comprehensive Plan to
          the Planning and Zoning Commission on any recommendations to be
          brought back before the City Council no later than September 21, 1998.

     38.  Approval of change order no. 3, an increase of $14,718.00, for
          additional drainage improvements at the intersection of Cortez Street
          and Ejido Avenue, and acceptance of Street Paving Assessment Project
          50 (46 Blocks) constructed by the City's Department of Public Works
          and the Utilities Department. The original contract amount was
          $1,469,926.98.  This change order brings the total contract amount to
          $1,602,074.98. Funding is available in the Street Fund 1993 Water
          Bond, and 1992A Sewer Bond.

     39.  Acceptance of Street Paving Assessment Project 57 (34 Blocks)
          constructed by the City's Department of Public Works and the Utilities
          Department. Funding is available in the Street Fund, 1994 Water Bond,
          and 1994 Sewer Bond.

     40.  Acceptance of the Bond Issue Street Paving Assessment Project 58-I (12
          Blocks) constructed by the City's Department of Public Works and the
          Utilities Department. Funding is available in Street Fund, 1994 Water
          Bond, and 1994 Sewer Bond.

     41.  Calling for a public hearing to consider the proposed 1999-2003
          Capital Improvement Program on September 8, 1998 and notifying the
          public of said hearing by advertising ten consecutive days in the
          newspaper and informing the public that three copies of the proposed
          capital program are available at the City Secretary's office and the
          City Library in accordance with Article VI, Section 6.07 of the
          Charter of the City of Laredo.

     42.  Authorizing the City Manager to opt out of the Federal Health
          Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA),
          effective October 1, 1998 through September 30, 1999, as a result of
          the City currently meeting or exceeding minimum HIPAA benefit
          provisions,

     43.  Authorizing the City Manager to negotiate an interlocal cooperation
          agreement with the County of Webb for Fire Protection, Emergency
          Medical and Rescue Services.

     44.  Authorization to enter into a contract with an engineering company to
          provide research and surveying services for 19 tracts of land for
          unilateral annexation.

 VIII. CITY MANAGER'S REPORT

     45.  Presentation on the status of the Laredo Northwest International
          Bridge (Fourth Bridge).

     46.  Providing an update on the upcoming annexation and requesting Council
          to consider inclusion of an additional tract along Highway 83 south.

     47.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code
          Section 551.071(1)(A)(B) to discuss pending litigation and settlement
          offer regarding Southwestern Bell Telephone Company v. City of Laredo,
          Cause No. CA-L-98-47 in the U.S.  District Court for the Southern
          District of Texas Laredo Division, and return to open session for
          possible action thereon.

   IX. COMMUNICATIONS

     48.  Recognition by the Mayor and City Council members of employees that
          retired from the City of Laredo with 20 years or more of service for
          the period April 1998 thru June 1998.
          1. Alejandro E. Quintanilla (20 years), Fire Department, April 3, 1998
          2. Juan Palacios (23 years), Utilities Department, May 31, 1998
          3. Jesus Robles Jr. (24 years), Utilities Department, May 31, 1998
          4. Jesus R. Gonzalez (26 years), Health Department, June 30, 1998
          5. Dora Rodriguez (25 years), City Manager's Office, June 30, 1998

    X. CITY COUNCIL PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION

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

        A. Requests by Council member Alfredo Agredano

           1. Request by Maria Elena Guzman for City Council consideration of
              extending the hours of the Buena Vida Program at Cigarroa High
              School.

        B. Requests by Council member Louis H. Bruni

           1. Status report on the proposed Aviation Fuel Farm (Petroleum Oil
              Lubricants) at the Laredo International Airport, with possible
              action.

           2. Discussion and possible action on conducting a Traffic Flow Study
              for the purpose of installing a traffic control device at the
              entrance of J.B. Alexander High School. (Co-sponsored by
              Councilman Joe A. Guerra)

           3. Status report on the lack of wastewater infrastructure on the
              north side of HWY 59 between Ejido Street and the old entrance of
              Casa Blanca State Park, with possible action

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

        C. Requests by Council member Joe A. Guerra

           1. Presentation by the Laredo United Veterans Coalition of their
              request of an appointment by the City Council of a Veterans
              Affairs Committee to make recommendation on veterans issues.

        D. Requests by Council member Consuelo "Chelo" Montalvo

           1. Presentation by Raul Perales representing La Posada Hotel/Suites
              of the plans for the Zaragoza Street Improvement Project and their
              additional contribution of $25,000.00.

   XI. PUBLIC HEARINGS

     50.  Public hearing amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 annual budget
          in the amount of $109,869 for a supplemental grant to the COPS Ahead
          Grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.  The U. S. Department of
          Justice is contributing $63,724 with the City designating $46,145 in
          matching funds for the remaining fiscal year. The Universal Hiring
          Grant period will be from May 1, 1998 through April 30, 2001.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 annual budget in the
          amount of $109,869 for a supplemental grant to the COPS Ahead Grant
          from the U.S. Department of Justice.  The U. S. Department of Justice
          is contributing $63,724 with the City designating $46,145 in matching
          funds for the remaining fiscal year. The Universal Hiring Grant period
          will be from May 1, 1998 through April 30, 2001.

     51.  Public hearing amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 annual budget
          in the amount of $4,000.00 for the purchase of three canine cages to
          be installed in task force vehicles for the Financial Disruption Task
          Force for the period of January 1, 1998 and ending December 31, 1998.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 annual budget in the
          amount of $4,000.00 for the purchase of three canine cages to be
          installed in task force vehicles for the Financial Disruption Task
          Force for the period of January 1, 1998 and ending December 31, 1998.

     52.  Public hearing amending Ordinance 97-O-022, Section 2-3(b) of Chapter
          2 of the Code of Ordinance of the City of Laredo providing for an
          additional charge of $1.83 for birth certificates issued locally for
          births occurring in other cities and counties within the State of
          Texas.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending Ordinance 97-O-022, Section 2-3(b) of Chapter 2 of
          the Code of Ordinance of the City of Laredo providing for an
          additional charge of $1.83 for birth certificates issued locally for
          births occurring in other cities and counties within the State of
          Texas.

     53.  Public hearing amending the contract with the Texas Department of
          Health and budget in the amount of $40,000 for the Chronic Disease
          Prevention Program, Breast and cervical Cancer Control Project
          (BCCCP), of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period
          beginning September 1, 1998, through August 31, 1999.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the contract with the Texas Department of Health
          and budget in the amount of $40,000 for the Chronic Disease Prevention
          Program, Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Project (BCCCP), of the
          City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1,
          1998, through August 31, 1999.

     54.  Public hearing amending the contract with the Texas Department of
          Health and budget in the amount of $542,000 ($492,000 of Title V
          funding through TDH and $50,000 in other program fee income) for the
          Maternal and Child Health (MCH) of the City of Laredo Health
          Department for the period beginning September 1, 1998 through August
          31, 1999.
                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the contract with the Texas Department of Health
          and budget in the amount of $542,000 ($492,000 of Title V funding
          through TDH and $50,000 in other program fee income) for the Maternal
          and Child Health (MCH) of the City of Laredo Health Department for the
          period beginning September 1, 1998 through August 31, 1999.
 
 XII. MOTION TO RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT SYSTEM

     55.  98-RT-142  Authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute
                     a Texas Department of Transportation Grant in the
                     amount of $311,690 from the State Public
                     Transportation Fund for the 1998-99 Biennium: and
                     providing for grant funds to be deposited in the
                     City Transit Department Accounts.

     56.  Award of five year service agreement to the LOW BIDDER,
          Montgomery KONE, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, in the amount of
          $29,640.00, for providing elevator maintenance at the Laredo
          Intermodal Transit Center. This contract will provide for
          monthly maintenance on the three elevators operating at this
          location. These elevator where previously maintained by the
          general contractor under the one year building maintenance
          warranty.
 
     57.  To authorize negotiation of a contract with Bonanza
          Consultants and Investments, Inc., for bus bench and shelter
          advertising sales and service.

 XIII. 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, August 14, 1998, at 5:30 p.m.


                                          _________________________
                                            Gustavo Guevara, Jr.
                                            City Secretary