CITY OF LAREDO
                              CITY COUNCIL MEETING
                                    A98-R-41
                              CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
                               1110 HOUSTON STREET
                               LAREDO, TEXAS 78040
                               SEPTEMBER 21, 1998
                                    5:30 P.M.


    I. CALL TO ORDER
   II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
  III. ROLL CALL

   IV. INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCE

      1. Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a lease agreement with
         Adorable Promotions Inc., (A.P.I.),  for the use of Veterans Field to
         conduct and promote a boxing event.

      2. Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a lease agreement with
         Borderplex Adult Softball League for the use of Benavides Complex to
         conduct, promote, and establish year round softball leagues and events.

      3. Amending Chapter 2, Article II, Division 6, of the Code of Ordinances
         of the City of Laredo, entitled pay administration, by suspending
         Sections 2.87.7 (D), numbers one through seven, for Fiscal Year 1998-
         1999 and modifying number fifteen (15) in Section 2-87.7, by adopting a
         revised pay schedule with effective date of implementation of October
         1, 1998.

    V. FINAL READINGS

      4. 98-O-238  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.  (City Council)

      5. 98-O-239  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.  (City Council)

      6. 98-O-240  Ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 1997-1998 annual
                   budget by reclassifying three firefighters to three captain
                   positions as authorized by City Council to be effective upon
                   adoption and authorizing the City Manager to implement said
                   budget. (City Council)

      7. 98-O-241  Ordinance to adopt the Annual Budget for fiscal year 1998-
                   1999 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.  (City Council)

      8. 98-O-242  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. To adopt the tax rate and authorize staff to
                   proceed with the proposed ad valorem tax rate and set the
                   date of September 21, 1998, at 5:30p.m. in the City Council
                   Chambers as the date to take the final vote.  (City Council)

      9. 98-O-243  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.  (City Council)

     10. 98-O-244  Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of
                   Laredo Fire Department FY 1997-1998 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.  (City Council)

   VI. RESOLUTIONS

     11. 98-R-133  Authorizing the City Manager to accept an amendment to 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.

     12. 98-R-161  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant award from the
                   Governor's Automobile Theft Prevention Authority in the
                   amount of $253,000 with the City designating $73,318 in
                   matching funds and Webb County designating $39,935 in
                   matching funds for a total of $366,253 for funding the Laredo
                   Auto Theft Task Force for the period of September 1, 1998
                   through August 31, 1999.

     13. 98-R-162  Adopting the City of Laredo International Airport Noise
                   Compatibility Program Policy Guide as the official guidance
                   document for the administration of the City of Laredo
                   International Airport Noise Compatibility Program.

  VII.  MOTIONS

     14.  Approval of bid specifications and authorization to advertise for bids
          for the following:
          a) Automotive fuel, Annual Contract - Fleet Maintenance Division
          b) Cellular Phone Service - Two Year Contract - All Departments
          c) Copier Replacement Program

     15.  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a bid from the LOW BIDDER,
          Fiesta Housing, Inc., for a 2-pc., double-wide, pre-constructed
          building: 28' wide x 44' long in the amount of $41,576.00, contingent
          on approval from the Texas Department of Health, WIC Agency, and the
          U.S.D.A., to be used by the City of Laredo Health Department's WIC
          Program.

     16.  Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, Power Equipment International,
          Corpus Christi, Texas, in the amount of $42,474.15, for the purchase
          of one (1), three ton truck with service body. This truck will be
          assigned to the Utilities Department - Water Distribution Division.
          This truck will be delivered within one hundred and twenty days.

     17.  Award of construction contract to the LOW BIDDER, Summit Contracting,
          Inc., Weslaco, Texas, in the amount of $2,182,436.60 for the Laredo
          Northwest International Bridge (Fourth Bridge). Funding is available
          in the Bridge System Improvements Other Than Building.

     18.  Approval of amendment no. 5, for an amount not to exceed $15,162.50 to
          the engineering contract with Structural Engineering Company (SEA),
          San Antonio, Texas, for the Laredo Northwest International Bridge
          (Fourth Bridge) to perform an additional border station site survey
          around the perimeter of the site which is required to complete the
          site grading plan due to the implementation of the perimeter berms and
          walls and the drainage outfall near the river. The original
          engineering contract amount was $70,450.00. This amendment brings the
          total engineering contract amount to $2,094,924.78.  Funding is
          available in the Bridge System Architectural Fees.

     19.  Approval of change order no. 2, a net decrease of $1,033.50 for the
          balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of 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 and approval of final payment in the
          amount of $67,171.04 to Ramex Construction Company, Inc., Houston,
          Texas.  The original construction contract amount was $181,249.10.
          This amendment brings the total construction contract amount to
          $136,379.60.  Funding is available in the 1998 Contractor Obligation
          Issue Cigarroa Parking Lot Construction Project.

     20.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute professional services renewal
          contracts for one year with the providers listed below to provide
          physician coverage/pharmaceuticals to clients of the City of Laredo
          Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 1998, through
          August 31, 1999.
                                                     Contract Amount Program
           Provider Name            (Not to Exceed)
             MCH           Carlos Cruz, M.D.            $20,000
             MCH           Victor D. Trevino, M.D.      $25,000
           La Familia      J&A Pharmacy                 $30,000

     21.  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into appraisal services
          contracts with State Certified, Independent, Real Estate Fee
          Appraisers: Ms. Frances Villarreal, State Certified General Real
          Estate Appraiser, and Mr. Robbie Snyder, SRA, as property appraisers
          for a fee not to exceed $350.00 per appraisal; Mr. Byron B. Hinton,
          JDH/AUSTIN, as Avigation Easement appraiser for a fee not to exceed
          $650.00 per appraisal; and Mr. Vicente Segura, State Certified General
          Real Estate Appraiser, as appraisal reviewer, for a fee not to exceed
          $200.00 per review appraisal. These contracts need to be executed in
          order to implement the 1998 City of Laredo International Airport Noise
          Compatibility Program.

     22.  Amending the City of Laredo's 19th and 20th Action Year (AY) Community
          Development Block Grant (CDBG) Final Statements and its 1995 and 1996
          Consolidated Plans as they pertain to the use of 21st and 22nd AY CDBG
          funds for the purpose of reprogramming project balances for the
          acquisition of the Plaza Theater. CDBG funds and project balances to
          be reprogrammed include:

                19th Action Year CDBG (Project 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

                20th Action Year CDBG (Project Balances)
           Paving Project #57 Grants. . . . . . . . . . . . .$  7,042 Paving
           Project #58 Grants. . . . . . . . . . . . .$  5,896
           Neighborhood Housing Services. . . . . . . . . . .$ 28,090
           Reserve Appropriation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$  3,306

                21st Action Year CDBG (Project Balances)
           Pace Street Drainage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$ 74,206
           Southgate Pilot Channel. . . . . . . . . . . . . .$ 20,142

                22nd Action Year CDBG (Project Balances)
           San Salvador/Pine/Chestnut Drainage. . . . . . . .$198,000
           Paving Project #59 Grants. . . . . . . . . . . . .$ 14,012 Graffiti
           Removal Program . . . . . . . . . . . . .$    477

           Total of Funds to be Reprogrammed. . . . . . . . .$377,500

 VIII. CITY MANAGER'S REPORT

     23.  Presentation regarding the City of Laredo International Airport Land
          Use Master Plan.

     24.  Status report regarding negotiations with commercial passenger
          airlines operating at the Laredo International Airport.

     25.  Authorization to submit an application to the U.S. Department of
          Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for designation as an Empowerment
          Zone and further authorizing the City Manager to execute any and all
          documents which result from this submission.

     26.  Advising the City Council of procedural action taken on possible
          International Bridge Toll rate increases as directed at the City
          Council budget workshops on August 12 - 15, 1998 along with
          recommendations.

     27.  Presentation of Delinquent Tax Collections for the year beginning July
          1, 1997 and ending June 30, 1998.

   IX. COMMUNICATIONS

    X. CITY COUNCIL PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION

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

         A. Request by Council member Alfredo Agredano

           1. Rio Bravo requests authorization to annex 1/2 mile to the north
              and 1/2 mile south of its present boundaries.
              (Co-sponsored by Council member Louis H. Bruni)

         B. Request by Council member Louis H. Bruni

           1. Discussion and possible action regarding the August 29, 1998
              workshop for Council, boards, and commissions and the need for
              developing formal meeting protocol guidelines for all Council,
              board, and commission meetings.

           2. Discussion and possible action on the two city owned buildings on
              Cactus Street being used by the CAA.

           3. Request for Executive Session pursuant to Section 551.074 (a)(1)
              of the Texas Local Government Code to deliberate the re-assignment
              of City employee Christina Fracchia and return for open session
              for possible action.

        C. Request by Council member Eliseo Valdez Jr.

           1. Status report on the Community Park Improvements.

   XI. PUBLIC HEARINGS

     29.  Public hearing amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 Annual budget
          to reflect an appropriation in Transportation Planning Funds. The
          appropriation is for the remainder of the 1997-1998 fiscal year, as
          authorized under the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 Annual budget to
          reflect an appropriation in Transportation Planning Funds. The
          appropriation is for the remainder of the 1997-1998 fiscal year, as
          authorized under the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century;
          providing for publication and effective date.

     30.  Public hearing authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of
          Laredo FY 1997-1998 EDA Airport Medical Fund Budget to appropriate
          $27,316.00 and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget
          to increase the funding for the EDA Airport Medical Fund Budget by an
          amount of $27,316.00 to cover unbudgeted construction expenses
          consisting of additional surveying and utility improvements.

                         INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo FY
          1997-1998 EDA Airport Medical Fund Budget to appropriate $27,316.00
          and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget to increase
          the funding for the EDA Airport Medical Fund Budget by an amount of
          $27,316.00 to cover unbudgeted construction expenses consisting of
          additional surveying and utility improvements; providing for
          publication and effective date.

     31.  Public hearing amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 Annual Budget
          in the amount of $76,195.00 for personnel overtime costs for a Multi-
          Agency Narcotics Task Force for the period of June 1, 1998 and ending
          May 31, 1999.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 Annual Budget in the
          amount of $76,195.00 for personnel overtime costs for a Multi-Agency
          Narcotics Task Force for the period of June 1, 1998 and ending May 31,
          1999; providing for publication and effective date.

     32.  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;
          providing for publication and effective date.

     33.  Public hearing amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 Annual Budget
          in the amount of $366,253.00 for the Governor's Automobile Theft
          Prevention Authority grant. A.T.P.A. is contributing $253,000, the
          City designating $73,318 in matching funds and Webb County designating
          $39,935 in matching funds for a total of $366,253 to fund the Laredo
          Auto Theft Task Force for the period of September 1, 1998 through
          August 31, 1999.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 Annual Budget in the
          amount of $366,253.00 for the Governor's Automobile Theft Prevention
          Authority grant. A.T.P.A. is contributing $253,000, the City
          designating $73,318 in matching funds and Webb County designating
          $39,935 in matching funds for a total of $366,253 to fund the Laredo
          Auto Theft Task Force for the period of September 1, 1998 through
          August 31, 1999; providing for publication and effective date.

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

     34.  Approval of bid specifications and authorization to advertise
          for bids for the following:
          a) Automotive Fuel, Annual Contract
          b) Copier Replacement Program

 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 Wednesday, September 16, 1998, at 5:30 p.m.

                                          _________________________
                                            Gustavo Guevara, Jr.
                                            City Secretary