CITY OF LAREDO
                          CITY COUNCIL MEETING
                                A98-R-39
                         CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
                          1110 HOUSTON STREET
                          LAREDO, TEXAS 78040
                           SEPTEMBER 8, 1998
                               5:30 P.M.


    I. CALL TO ORDER


   II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE


  III. ROLL CALL


   IV. MINUTES

      1. City Council Meeting, July 20, 1998
         City Council Meeting, July 27, 1998
         City Council Meeting, July 29, 1998
         City Council Meeting, August 3, 1998
         City Council Meeting, August 5, 1998
         Special City Council Meeting, August 12, 1998
         Special City Council Meeting, August 13, 1998
         Budget Workshops, August 12, 13, 14, & 15

    V. INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCE


      2.  Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to enter into an
          agreement with Clemente M. Bedia for the leasing of 624.77
          square feet of building space at the South Laredo Pool Park
          site.

      3.  Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to enter into a lease
          agreement by and between the Laredo Municipal Transit System
          and the City of Laredo Department of Community Development
          for the lease of 6,628 square feet of building space at the
          Laredo Intermodal Transit Center located at 1301 Farragut
          (East), for the monthly sum of $3,314; to be paid as follows:
          Community Development Block Grant $2,534.50; Home Investment
          Partnership Program $159.50; and City of Laredo General Fund
          $620.00.

      4.  Ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 1997-1998 annual
          budget by reclassifying three firefighters to three captain
          positions due to the large amount of EMS calls for the City's
          rapid growth area of response.


   VI. FINAL READINGS

      5. 98-O-161  Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998
                   budget in the amount of $1,600.00 for the purchase
                   of canine dog food and supplies for the multi-agency
                   financial disruption force for the period beginning
                   January 1, 1998 and ending December 31, 1998.
                   (City Council)

      6. 98-O-224  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the
                   City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 4, 5, and the north
                   2/3 of Lot 3, Block 1424, Eastern Division, located
                   on the 2400 block of Cleveland Street from B-3
                   (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway
                   Commercial District).
                   (Council member Alfredo Agredano)

      7. 98-O-225  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the
                   City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 21, 25, and 26, El
                   Rancho Subdivision, located on the south side of SH
                   359 and east of Wildcat Drive, from R-3 (Mixed
                   Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business
                   District).  (Council member Alfredo Agredano)

      8. 98-O-226  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the
                   City of Laredo by rezoning 26.128 acres, as further
                   described by metes and bounds, located south of
                   Jacaman Road and east of McPherson Road from R-2
                   (Multi-Family Residential District) to B-3
                   (Community Business District).
                   (Council member Louis H. Bruni

      9. 98-O-227  Ordinance amending Ordinance No. 97-O-185
                   authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit
                   for a child education/day care center on Lots 1 and
                   2, Block 1697, Eastern Division, located at 2801 and
                   2807 E. Fremont Street, by revising the site plan.
                   (Council member Louis H. Bruni)

     10. 98-O-228  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the
                   City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 7A, Block 1413,
                   Eastern Division, located at 2414 Cortez Street,
                   from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to M-1 (Light
                   Manufacturing District).
                   (Council member John C. Galo)

     11. 98-O-229  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the
                   City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1, 2, and 3, Block
                   350, Eastern Division, located at 119 W. Lyon Street
                   from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1
                   (Limited Business District).
                   (Council member Eliseo Valdez Jr.)

     12. 98-O-230  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the
                   City of Laredo by rezoning the east 46.3 feet of Lot
                   4, Block 663, Eastern Division, located at 1219
                   Taylor Street from R-3 (Mixed Residential District)
                   to B-1 (Limited Business District).
                   (Council member Eliseo Valdez Jr.)

     13. 98-O-231  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the
                   City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 11 and 12, Block
                   448, Eastern Division, located at 118 and 120 East
                   San Carlos Street from R-3 (Mixed Residential
                   District) to B-1 (Limited Business District).
                   (Council member Eliseo Valdez Jr.)

     14. 98-O-232  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the
                   City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 5 and 6, Block 822,
                   Western Division, located at 1504 Blair Street from
                   B-1 (Limited Business District) to B-3 (Community
                   Business District).
                   (Council member Mario G. Alvarado)

     15. 98-O-233  Ordinance amending Ordinance No. 97-O-105
                   authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit
                   for a jewelry only pawn shop on Lot 4 and the south
                   8.56 feet of Lot 3, Block 9, Western Division,
                   located at 1102 Zaragoza Street by omitting the
                   "jewelry only" restriction and adding "no gasoline
                   or fuel burning merchandise", "no weapons/firearms"
                   and "no curbside/sidewalk display or sales".
                   (Council member Consuelo "Chelo" Montalvo)

     16. 98-O-234  Ordinance amending the City of Laredo General Fund
                   annual budget for fiscal year 1998 to appropriate
                   additional revenues of $20,000 from Entex Company
                   and $35,000 grant from the Alternative Fuel Council
                   for the conversion of City vehicles to compressed
                   natural gas.  (City Council)

     17. 98-O-235  Ordinance amending the contract with the Texas
                   Department of Health and budget in the amount of
                   $1,986,480 to operate the Women, Infants, and
                   Children (WIC) Program, and to issue approximately
                   $9,745,497 in federal food vouchers by the City of
                   Laredo Health Department for the period beginning
                   October 1, 1998 through September 30, 1999.
                   (City Council)

     18. 98-O-236  Ordinance authorizing the issuance of City of
                   Laredo, Texas International Toll Bridge System
                   Revenue Bonds, Series 1998A, and the execution of a
                   purchase contract, approving of an official
                   statement, and the execution of an escrow agreement.
                   (City Council)

     19. 98-O-237  Ordinance authorizing the issuance of City of
                   Laredo, Texas International Toll Bridge System
                   Taxable Revenue Bonds, Series 1998B, and the
                   execution of a purchase contract, approving of an
                   official statement, and the execution of an escrow
                   agreement. (City Council)


  VII. RESOLUTIONS


     20. 98-R-153  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a non-
                   financial agreement between the Laredo Community
                   College and the City of Laredo - Laredo Public
                   Library and its branches to provide Adult Basic
                   Education, English as a Second Language and
                   Citizenship classes to the undereducated adults
                   within the City of Laredo.

     21. 98-R-154  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a non-
                   financial agreement between the City of Laredo -
                   Laredo Public Library and the Webb County Head Start
                   Program to coordinate services provided to Head
                   Start families.

     22. 98-R-155  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from
                   the National Library of Medicine for staff training,
                   public seminars and presentations, printing fliers,
                   posters, etc. for the NLM's Consumer Health
                   Information Project for Public Libraries in the
                   amount of $5,000.

     23. 98-R-156  Accepting a grant from Entex in the amount of
                   $16,880.00, to be used toward the conversion of
                   existing fleet vehicles to Compressed Natural Gas
                   (CNG).

     24. 98-R-157  Amending the list of capital improvement projects to
                   be submitted to the South Texas Development Council
                   (STDC) for incorporation in the Overall Economic
                   Development Program Plan (OEDP) to be provided to
                   the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic
                   Development Administration (EDA) for potential
                   funding consideration and authorizing the City
                   Manager to submit a follow-up grant application as
                   may be directed by EDA. Projects named include:
                   1. El Portal Riverfront Development Project
                   2. Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Along F.M.
                      1472 (Mines Road) from the Pan American
                      Industrial Park to the Santa Isabel Creek Bridge
                   3. Railroad Overpass at the Unitec Industrial Park.


 VIII.  MOTIONS

     25.  Approval of bid specifications and authorization to advertise
          for bids for the following:
          a) Water Meters, Annual Contract - Utilities Department
          b) M.J. Fittings, Annual Contract - Utilities Department
          c) Water Distribution Material, Annual Contract -
             Utilities Department
          d) Air Scrubber Operation, Annual Service Contract -
             Utilities Department

     26.  Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER MEETING SPECIFICATIONS,
          Laurel Battery Co., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of
          $29,077.80, for the purchase of automotive batteries for the
          City's fleet. This contract will be for a period of one year.
          Since no battery inventory is maintained at the maintenance
          facility, all batteries are purchased on an as needed basis.
          The contract pricing is approximately 2% higher than the
          previous contract period for the same battery types.
          The City did receive lower bids from two other vendors,
          however, the batteries proposed by these vendors did not meet
          the minimum acceptable cranking amps or the reserve capacity
          rating required by the City.


     27.  Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER MEETING SPECIFICATIONS,
          Executive World, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $20,073.60,
          for the purchase of office furniture and office equipment.
          Desks, chairs, filing equipment, and general office equipment
          will be purchased for the eight police sub-stations. All
          items will be delivered within thirty days. The City received
          a lower bid from Office Max, San Antonio, Texas, however,
          some of the office equipment bid by this vendor did not meet
          the City's bid requirements.

     28.  Award of annual contracts for the purchase of automotive
          parts for the Fleet Maintenance Division, to the following
          LOW BIDDERS:
          A. Velco, Laredo, Texas
             Section I - Filters                $ 92,661.78

          B. NAPA Auto Parts, Laredo, Texas
             Section II - Bulbs, Lamps, Fuses   $ 22,492.50
             Section V - Hose, Clamps, Etc.     $ 10,351.45
             Subtotal                                       $ 32,843.95

          C. Gonzalez Auto Parts, Laredo, Texas
             Section III - Wheel Bearings,
              Seals, U-Joints                    $  9,754.75
             Section IV - Service Lubricants     $ 10,088.40
             Subtotal                                       $ 19,843.15


          D. A & A Automotive, San Antonio,
             Texas
             Section VI - Wiper Blades,
             Assemblies                          $  2,046.20
             TOTAL                                          $147,395.08

          All replacement automotive parts will be purchased on an as
          need basis.


     29.  Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, Newman Signs, Jamestown,
          N. Dakota, in the amount of $37,810.98, for the purchase of
          3,136 street name sign blades for 734 intersections. These
          are vandal proof street name signs which will be installed on
          CDBG and non-CDBG areas. The installation of these larger
          street name signs will facilitate the street identification
          by emergency vehicles. The bid pricing is approximately 9%
          more than the previous year's sign purchase.


     30.  Award of the Airport Liability insurance contract to the
          LOWEST BIDDER, Arthur J. Gallagher, broker on behalf of Great
          American Insurance Company, in the amount of $24,508, for the
          $20,000,000 policy limit. Also, award the Blanket Public
          Employee Dishonesty Bond to, Texas Municipal League
          Intergovernmental Risk Pool, in the amount of $6,916 for
          $1,000,000 policy limit. Both types of coverage will be for a
          period of twelve (12) months (October 1, 1998 through October
          1, 1999 12:01 a.m.) with a two-year renewal option.

     31.  Authorizing the City Manager to amend the professional
          engineering services contract with Structural Engineering
          Associates, Inc. (SEA) to reflect an increase in the amount
          of $20,715 to provide a scale model of the Laredo Northwest
          International Bridge, border station and approach roadway and
          to rescind the previous authorization to contract with Marmon
          Mok L.L.P. for the same. SEA's contract for professional
          engineering services related to the construction of the
          Laredo Northwest International Bridge will increase from
          $2,059,047.28 to $2,079,762.28.

     32.  Authorizing the award of a consultant contract to Foster
          Engineering Company for the written description and sketches
          of twenty-two tracts of land to be proposed for unilateral
          annexation. The amount of the contract for professional
          services is $109,500.00.

     33.  Approval of amendment no. 1, an increase of $61,291.00 to the
          Vertical Expansion of the City of Laredo Landfill engineering
          contract with Rust Environment and Infrastructure, Inc.,
          Houston, Texas, for additional consulting engineering work to
          add Wetlands, Alternate Daily Cover Operating Plan Design,
          Full Certification Compliance with Section 404 in compliance
          with new Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission
          (TNRCC) Policies of the Clean Water Act of 1977 and which
          must be submitted and approved by the United States Army
          Corps of Engineers before a vertical expansion permit is
          approved by TNRCC for the City of Laredo Landfill located at
          Highway 359.  The original engineering contract amount was
          $350,000.00.  This amendment will bring the engineering
          contract amount to $411,291.00.  Funding is available in
          Landfill Capital Outlay Improvements Other Than Building.

     34.  Approval of change order no. 4, a net decrease of $53,278.99
          for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place,
          acceptance of the Santa Maria Avenue Drainage Improvements
          between Del Mar Boulevard and Markley Lane, and approval of
          final payment in the amount of $145,683.90 to Ramex
          Construction Company, Houston, Texas.  The original
          construction contract amount was $1,993,475.00.  This
          change order will bring the final contract amount to
          $1,936,542.15.  Funding is available in the Drainage
          Improvements Santa Maria Drainage Improvements.

     35.  Authorize payment in an amount of $16,795.00 to Archeology
          Consultants, Inc. for additional Investigative diggings
          required by the Texas Historical Commission in order to clear
          Father McNaboe Recreational Complex from environmental review
          for construction.


     36.  Adopting a schedule of hearings and proceedings and directing
          staff to prepare a service plan for the unilateral annexation
          of 20 tracts of land totaling 5,433.494 acres, more or less,
          and 6 tracts of land for voluntary annexation totaling
          2,751.9493 acres, more or less, for a total of 8,185.4433
          acres in accordance with Section 43.052 of the Texas Local
          Government Code.

     37.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a three-month
          extension to the City of Laredo's current management contract
          with Ryder/ATE Management and Service Company, Inc., at the
          rate specified under the terms of the existing contract,
          specifically, for a monthly fee of $26,747, from October 1,
          1998 through December 31, 1998.

     38.  Refund of property tax to the following company:
          a. First Nationwide Mortgage in the amount of $661.68.

     39.  Confirmation of the Mayor's Declaration of a Local State of
          Emergency Regarding the Rio Grande River Flooding, in
          accordance with Code of Ordinances Section 11.5-21.

     40.  Authorizing the issuance of a Request for Proposals for
          professional environmental services under the City of
          Laredo's Brownfield Redevelopment Initiative.  The
          professional environmental services are to conduct Phase I
          and Phase II environmental assessments, risk evaluation, and
          develop re-use options for the Los Altos Del Rio Brownfields
          site in conformance with State and Federal requirements.


   IX. CITY MANAGER'S REPORT


     41.  Status report of the 1998 flood with presentation of the
          Executive Emergency Management Team and recognizing City
          staff who worked diligently during this trying period.

     42.  Presentation and discussion regarding City Council's
          Resolution No. 97-R-025 supporting the Concord Hills
          Development contract and abiding by the performance measures
          in the Resolution incorporated into the contract, stating
          that any monies not used at the end of each specific year
          will be forfeited by Vaquillas Development and will be made
          available for use by all builders. Further, that any homes
          not built at the end of and placed in the regular Down
          Payment Assistance Program.

     43.  Status report and presentation by Mr. Armando Hinojosa,
          Artist for professional services in the development and
          creation of a life sized bronze sculpture depicting a
          "Campfire scene," being comprised of the following (1) South
          Texas Cowboy, (2) Mexican Charro, (3) two Quarter Horses with
          saddle and gear, and (4) campfire ornaments for placement at
          the Laredo International Airport.


     44.  Presentation on the status report of the Laredo Northwest
          International Bridge (Fourth Bridge) for the month of
          September 1998.

     45.  Status regarding negotiations with Webb County for fire
          protection services with possible action.


    X. COMMUNICATIONS
       Presentation of Best of Show Display at the City Showcase that
       took place on Saturday, July 25, 1998 to the Engineering
       Department.


   XI. CITY COUNCIL PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION

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

         A. Request by Council member Alfredo Agredano

           1. Confirmation on the appointment of Mr. Ruben Castillo, to
              the Beautification Committee.

         B. Request by Council member Louis H. Bruni

           1. 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)

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

           3. Status report on the Laredo Land Development Code,
              Section 24-73, pertaining to oil and gas extraction and
              production, with possible action.
              (Co-sponsored by Councilman Joe A.  Guerra)

           4. Status report on resurfacing the 1600, 1700, and 1800
              Blocks of Milmo, with possible action.


         C. Request by Council member John C. Galo

           1. Discussion on the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation
              with possible action.

           2. Discussion on the need of city council to have the agenda
              posted sooner than the Friday before the meeting with
              possible action.


         D. Request by Council member Eliseo Valdez Jr.

           1. Discussion and possible action requesting a commitment
              from TxDOT on having them do everything possible to
              secure the maximum signage allowed by the state to warn
              the motorists about the designated truck lane on IH-35
              (ex. electronic or other state approved signs).

           2. Request to expedite the study mapping the new flood lines
              along the Zacate Creek to provide flood insurance relief
              for residents outside the flood plain with a monthly
              status report from City staff.

           3. Discussion and possible action on including Taylor Street
              on the sidewalk program as a priority because of truck
              traffic on that street that is used by alot of children
              on their way to school.

           4. Request for a monthly report on the status of the
              Chaparral Drainage Improvement Project.

         E. Request by Council member Joe A. Guerra

           1. Request by Ron Goodman to discuss issues concerning the
              movement and permitting of oversize loads within the City
              of Laredo.

           2. Discussion and possible action on the applicants by the
              City to TNRCC concerning the vertical expansion and other
              related issues of the Laredo Landfill.

           3. Discussion and possible action on status of the pre-
              application to EDA regarding the railroad overpass at
              Unitec Industrial Park.

         F. Request by Council member Mario G. Alvarado

           1. Update from staff on the Orilla Road project with
              possible action.

           2. Discussion and possible action on request from St. Jude
              Church for traffic signs along Bristol Road.

         G. Request by Council member Consuelo "Chelo" Montalvo

           1. Discussion and possible action to amend the Border Area
              Nutrition Council's proposed third party funding for the
              1998-1999 fiscal year to be increased from $22,500 to
              $30,000.
              (Co-sponsored by Cm. Eliseo Valdez and Cm. Joe A. Guerra)


  XII. PUBLIC HEARINGS

     47.  Public hearing concerning an application by Rodolfo Garza
          amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning Lot 1, Block 3, Towneast Subdivision, Unit I,
          located at the intersection of US 59 and West Fiesta Loop,
          from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-1 (Limited
          Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission
          recommends approval of the zone change.


                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of
          Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 3, Towneast Subdivision, Unit
          I, located at the intersection of US 59 and West Fiesta Loop,
          from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-1 (Limited
          Business District); providing for publication and effective
          date.

     48.  Public hearing to adopt the Annual Budget for fiscal year
          1998-1999 and appropriating the estimated revenues and
          balances reported therein for the year beginning October 1,
          1998 and ending September 30, 1999, consistent with the
          financial plan described in said Annual Budget; and
          authorizing the City Manager to implement said Annual Budget.


                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance to adopt the Annual Budget for fiscal year 1998-
          1999 and appropriating the estimated revenues and balances
          reported therein for the year beginning October 1, 1998 and
          ending September 30, 1999, consistent with the financial plan
          described in said Annual Budget; and authorizing the City
          Manager to implement said Annual Budget; providing for
          effective date.

     49.  Public hearing on the 1998 proposed Ad Valorem tax rate of
          $.53993, and introduction of an ordinance approving the 1998
          tax rate, and providing for the levy and collection of
          General and Special Ad Valorem Taxes and Alcoholic Beverage
          Taxes for the City of Laredo for the 1998 tax year and the
          1998-1999 fiscal year. A public hearing must be held when the
          tax levy to be adopted is more than the levy of 1997. The
          introductory ordinance is to be read in its complete form and
          voted on after the fiscal 1998-1999 budget ordinance is
          introduced and voted on. A notice of the tax rate ordinance
          must be published and the final vote taken within fourteen
          days of the public hearing.


                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance providing for the levy and the collection of
          General and Special Ad Valorem and Alcoholic Beverage Taxes
          for the City of Laredo for the tax year 1998 and the fiscal
          year 1998-1999; providing for effective date.  .
 

     50.  Public hearing amending the City of Laredo Health Department
          FY 97-98 annual budget (City of Laredo) by an additional
          $156,000; and increasing the General Fund transfer to the
          Health Fund by $156,000 to pay for the completion of a
          roofing project.


                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the City of Laredo Health Department FY
          97-98 annual budget (City of Laredo) by an additional
          $156,000; and increasing the General Fund transfer to the
          Health Fund by $156,000 to pay for the completion of a
          roofing project; providing for effective date.


     51.  Public hearing authorizing the City Manager to amend the City
          of Laredo Fire Department FY 1997-98 budget in the amount of
          $6,848.00 for funds distributed from Senate Bill 102
          Emergency Medical Services Trauma Care System Fund, to be
          used toward the purchase of educational and training
          equipment.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of
          Laredo Fire Department FY 1997-98 budget in the amount of
          $6,848.00 for funds distributed from Senate Bill 102
          Emergency Medical Services Trauma Care System Fund, to be
          used toward the purchase of educational and training
          equipment; providing for effective date.

     52.  Public hearing adopting the Comprehensive Plan of the City of
          Laredo without amendment in compliance with Article IX,
          Section 9.03 of the Charter of the City of Laredo.

                          RESOLUTION #98-R-158
          Resolution adopting the Comprehensive Plan of the City of
          Laredo. 

     53.  Public hearing adopting the 1999-2003 Capital Improvement
          Program for the City of Laredo.

                          RESOLUTION #98-R-159
          Resolution adopting the 1999-2003 Capital Improvement Program
          for the City of Laredo.


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

     54.  Public hearing adopting the Laredo Municipal Transit System's
          proposed annual operating budget for fiscal year 1998-99 and
          program of projects; appropriating the estimated revenues and
          balances reported therein for the year beginning October 1,
          1998 and ending September 30, 1999; and authorizing the City
          Manager to implement the budget.

                          RESOLUTION #98-RT-160
          Resolution adopting the Laredo Municipal Transit System's
          proposed annual operating budget for fiscal year 1998-99 and
          program of projects; appropriating the estimated revenues and
          balances reported therein for the year beginning October 1,
          1998 and ending September 30, 1999; and authorizing the City
          Manager to implement the budget.

 XII. ADJOURNMENT

         This notice was posted at the Municipal Government Offices,
         1110 Houston Street, Laredo, Texas, at a place convenient and
         readily accessible to the public at all times. Said notice was
         posted on Friday, September 4, 1998, at 5:30 p.m.


                                          _________________________
                                            Gustavo Guevara, Jr.
                                            City Secretary