CITY OF LAREDO
                   CITY COUNCIL MEETING
                       M2000-R-01
                 LAREDO HOUSING AUTHORITY
                    COLONIA GUADALUPE
                 2000 SAN FRANCISCO AVENUE
                   LAREDO, TEXAS 78040
                     JANUARY 3, 2000
                         5:30 P.M.


  I.	CALL TO ORDER
         With a quorum present Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores called 
         the meeting to order.

 II.	PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
         Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores led in the pledge of Allegiance.

III.	ROLL CALL

	IN ATTENDANCE
	Elizabeth G. Flores,  		Mayor
	Alfredo Agredano,			Councilmember, District I 		
	John C. Galo,	                   Councilmember, District III
	Cecilia May Moreno,                  Councilmember, District IV
	Eliseo Valdez, Jr.,                  Councilmember, District V              	
	Joe A. Guerra,	                   Councilmember, District VI  
	Mario G. Alvarado,                   Councilmember, District VII
	Consuelo "Chelo" Montalvo,           Mayor Pro Tempore, District VIII
	Gustavo Guevara, Jr.,		City Secretary
	Larry Dovalina,			Acting City Manager
	Cindy Collazo,			Acting City Manager
	Jaime L. Flores, 			City Attorney

	ABSENCES:

	Motion to excuse Cm. Louis H. Bruni due to illness.

	Moved:   Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo
	Second:   Cm. Alvarado
	For:  7		Against:  0	Abstain:  0

 IV.	APPROVAL OF MINUTES
	None

  V.	COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

	Announcements

	Mayor Flores asked for a moment of silence in memory of Rodolfo 
	Javier Gonzalez and Alfonso Orneles, Jr.  Mr.  Gonzalez was the 
	Department of Public Works Supervisor, and a city employee 
	since 1970.  He passed away January 3, 2000.  Mr. Ornelas 
	served on the City of Laredo Appeals & Grievance Committee 
	for one year.  He passed away January 1, 2000.

Invitations

	Mayor Flores invited Councilman Galo to accompany her to San 
	Antonio to meet with the Mayor of that city, the Honorable 
	Howard Peek.  The main objective of their proposed meeting 
	would be to discuss the Texas Border Infrastructure Coalition 
	and related subjects.

	Furthermore, Mayor Flores invited the members of the City 
	Council to attend the Senate State Affairs Committee Meeting 
	and the Senate Border Affairs Committee.  Both will be held 
	at the Texas A & M University International.

	Finally, Mayor Flores invited the Council to attend a 
	reception in honor of Senator Florence Shapiro, leader of the 
	Senate State Affairs Committee.    

Recognitions

	Cm. Agredano presented a plaque of recognition to the Parks 
	& Recreation Department for  their support of District I 
	Scholarship Fund.

	a.  Recognition of City Staff.

	Mayor Flores thanked the City of Laredo Y2K Emergency 
	Response Team Members for making Y2K a non-issue for the City. 

	b. Recognition of District IV residents by Council Member 
	Cecilia May Moreno.

	Cm.  Moreno congratulated Abraham Rodriguez, Laredo Housing 
	Authority Director, on his outstanding achievement at being 
	recognized by the Federal Government for his job excellence 
	and service to our community.

	Cm.  Moreno also recognized Jose Cerda and Elda Lopez two 
	recipients of assistance from Mr.  Rodriguez's department.  
	They have recently received their Bachelor's Degrees from 
	the University.   

	Finally, Cm. Moreno recognized Resident Council Officers 
	from three Colonias.  They are as follows:  Patricia Negrete, 
	Laura Garza, Norma Perez, Rebecca Robles, Maria R. Lopez, 
	Raquel Martinez, Patricia Morales, Erminia Molina, Lupita 
	Venegas, Rosa I. Castaneda, Martha Castro and Myrna P. Zapata. 

VI.	APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

	a.  Confirming Council Member Cecilia May Moreno's appointment 
	    of Patricia Tijerina to the Laredo Women's Commission. 

     	    Motion to approve.

     	    Moved:   Cm.  Galo
     	    Second:   Cm. Agredano
     	    For:  7		Against:  0	Abstain:  0
	
	b.  Confirming Council Member Mario G. Alvarado's appointment 
	    of Jerry Elizondo to the Parks and Recreation Board.

     	    Motion to approve.

     	    Moved:   Cm.  Galo
     	    Second:   Cm.  Agredano
     	    For:  7		Against:  0	Abstain:  0

 VII.	PUBLIC HEARINGS

	1. Public hearing amending the 1999-2000 budget in the amount 
	of $2,000 for the Neural Tube Defects Project of the City of 
	Laredo Health Department for the period beginning October 1, 
	1999, through August 31, 2000. The funding source for this 
	project is the Texas Health Foundation and it has been 
	assigned a budget number 226-6101.

		INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
    	Ordinance amending the 1999-2000 budget in the amount 
	of $2,000 for the Neural Tube Defects Project of the 
	City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning
   	October 1, 1999, through August 31, 2000. The funding 
	source for this project is the Texas Health Foundation 
	and it has been assigned a budget number 226-6101.

    	Motion to open the public hearing.
			
    	Moved:   Cm.  Galo
    	Second:   Cm. Moreno
    	For:  7		Against:  0	Abstain:  0

    	There was no public input.

    	Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

    	Moved:   Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo
    	Second:   Cm. Alvarado
   	For:  7		Against:  0	Abstain:  0
				             
    	Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

	2.  Public hearing concerning an application by Laredo Ready 
	    Mix, amending Ordinance No. 95-O-100 authorizing the issuance 
	    of a Conditional Use Permit for a concrete batch plant on 
	    5.0 acres, as further described by metes and bounds located 
	    on the west side of Hwy 83 and north of Masterson Road, 
	    by renewing the term of the Conditional Use Permit until 
	    April 15, 2002. This is an appeal from an unfavorable 
	    recommendation by the Planning and Zoning Commission.

			INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
	Ordinance amending Ordinance No. 95-O-100 authorizing the 
	issuance of Conditional Use Permit for a concrete batch 
	plant on 5.0 acres, as further described by metes and  
         bounds located on the west side of Hwy 83 and north of 
	Masterson Road, by renewing the term of the Conditional 
	Use Permit until April 15, 2002. 
    
     	Motion to open the public hearing.

     	Moved:   Cm.  Alvarado
     	Second:   Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo
     	For:  7		Against:  0	Abstain:  0

	Ron Whitehawk, on behalf of David Richter and Mr. Garcia, 
	spoke in favor of approval of a Continuing Use Permit renewal.

	Jesus Ponce, concerned citizen, spoke on the hazards of 
	cement debris along the river.  He stated that frequent 
	inspections should be required insuring compliance of the 
	City's ordinances.

	Motion to close the public hearing and introduce approval of 
	Conditional Use Permit for two years.

    	Moved:   Cm.  Agredano
    	Second:   Cm.  Guerra
    	For:  7		Against:  0	Abstain:  0

    	Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Agredano

	3.  Public hearing concerning an application by Ricardo Paredes, 
         amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by 
	rezoning Lot 1, Block 22, Moreno Addition, located at 1417 
	Harding Avenue from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-4 
	(HighwayCommercial District). The Planning and Zoning 
	Commission has recommended denial of the proposed zone change 
	and approval of a Conditional Use Permit for a welding shop. 
	This is an appeal from an unfavorable recommendation by the 
	Planning and Zoning Commission.

		INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
     	Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City 
	of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 22, Moreno Addition, 
	located at 1417 Harding Avenue from R-3 (Mixed Residential 
	District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District). 

    	Motion to open the pubic hearing.

    	Moved:   Cm.  Galo
    	Second:   Cm.  Moreno
    	For:  7		Against:  0	Abstain:  0


     	Ron Whitehawk, representing Mr.  Ricardo Paredes, spoke 
	in favor of a Conditional Use Permit for a welding shop.  

	Mr.  Paredes, applicant, asked that he be granted the 
	Conditional Use Permit in order to operate his welding 
	shop.

	Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the 
	Conditional Use Permit with  the following restrictions:  
	1.)  Parking of vehicles will be restricted to the site;  
	No parking will be allowed on the public right-of-way 
	adjacent to the site.  2.)  The Conditional Use Permit 
	will be issued for a period not to exceed three years.  
	3.)  The welding shall be done within an enclosed 
	structure that provides shielding of sparks and welding 
	light from public view.  4.)  The hours of the welding 
	shop activity shall be restricted from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
	on weekdays and Saturdays.  5.)  No recharging of welding 
	tanks shall be permitted at this site.  6.)  Provide a 
	seven (7) ft. opaque wall from the residence to the rear 
	of the property on all sides.  

     	Moved:   Cm.  Galo
     	Second:   Cm.  Guerra
     	For:  7		Against:  0	Abstain:  0

	Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Galo

	4.  Public hearing designating as a one-way northbound that 
	section of Santa Rita Avenue Block Number of 1500 through 
	3100 between Benavides Street and Blair Street which includes 
	providing for the installation of appropriate signs to 
	indicate one-way traffic in the designated direction and 
	providing for publication and effective date.

		INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
     	Ordinance designating as a one-way northbound that 
	section of Santa Rita Avenue Block Number of 1500 through 
	3100 between Benavides Street and Blair Street which 
	includes providing for the installation of appropriate 
	signs to indicate one-way traffic in the designated 
	direction and providing for publication and effective 
	date.

    	Motion to open the public hearing.

    	Moved:   Cm.  Galo
    	Second:   Cm.  Agredano
    	For:  7		Against:  0	Abstain:  0

	No public input.

    	Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

    	Moved:   Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo
    	Second:   Cm.  Agredano
    	For:  7		Against:  0	Abstain:  0
	
	Ordinance Introduction:  Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo

	5.  Public hearing designating as a two-way north and south 
	bound that section of Juarez Avenue, Block Number 1000 
	between Victoria Street on the south and Washington Street on 
	the north, providing for the installation of appropriate 
	signs to indicate two-way traffic in both north and south 
	directions and providing for publication and effective date.

		INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
   	Ordinance designating as a two-way north and south bound that 
	section of Juarez Avenue, Block Number 1000 between Victoria 
	Street on the south and Washington Street on the north, 
	providing for the installation of appropriate signs to 
	indicate two-way traffic in both north and south directions 
	and providing for publication and effective date.

     	Motion to open the public hearing.

     	Moved:   Cm.  Galo
     	Second:   Cm.  Moreno
     	For:  7		Against:  0	Abstain:  0

	No public input.

     	Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

     	Moved:   Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo
     	Second:   Cm.  Agredano
     	For:  7		Against:  0	Abstain:  0

	Ordinance Introduction:  Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo
		
VIII.	GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

	6.  A.  Request by Council Member Louis H. Bruni
                
	    1.  Status report on the progress by the City in 
	        acquiring jet service with possible action.

     	        Motion to table.

     	        Moved:   Cm.  Alvarado
     	        Second:   Cm.  Agredano
 	        For:  7		Against:  0	Abstain:  0
   
	    B.  Request by Council Member John C. Galo

	    1.  Status report on 1704 Lane with possible action.
		
	        Cindy Collazo, Acting City Manager, and Benny Salinas, 
	        Building Director, reported that a citation was issued 
	        to the property owner and a court hearing was pending.  
	        At the hearing, Mr.  Salinas will ask the property owner 
	        to remove the mobile home or comply with the city 
	        requirements. 

	    2.  Status report of Chacon Creek Project (Clean-up & 
	        Land acquisition) with possible action.  

	        Erasmo Villarreal, Community Development Director, 
	        reported that his department is working diligently 
	        on acquiring the 20 acres approved by the City Council.  
	        He stated several problems such as encroachments, 
	        ownership discrepancies and other legalities are 
	        delaying the project.

	    3.  Discussion with possible action to authorize the City 
	        Manager to enter into a contract with the Texas 
	        Department of Parks and Wildlife to waive the dumping
	        fees for Lake Casa Blanca State Park in exchange for 
	        services. 

            	Mr. Henry Leal, representing Texas Department of Parks 
	        & Wildlife, requested a ontract with the City to waive 
	        the dumping fees for Lake Casa Blanca State Park.  He 
	        stated that Lake Casa Blanca State Park waives all 
	        entrance fees for the City's Parks & Recreation 
	        Department's "Kid's Fishing Derby".  

     	        Motion to instruct staff to enter into a contract with 
	        the Texas Parks & Wildlife for the exchange of these 
	        fees. 

     		Moved:   Cm.  Galo
     		Second:   Cm.  Alvarado
 		For:  7		Against:  0	Abstain:  0

     	C.  Request by Council Member Mario G. Alvarado

	    1.  Discussion on traffic signal funding for the 
	        intersection of FM 1472 and Muller Boulevard, with 
	        possible action.

	        Robert Murillo, Traffic Engineer, reported that 
	        signal warrant analysis for the intersection of FM 
	        1472 and Muller Boulevard are currently underway. 

                 He added that traffic signal warrant analysis that 
	        are in process are as follows:

	   	McPherson Rd. and Wyoming Ave.
	   	McPherson Rd. and Commerce Ave.
	   	Jefferson & San Francisco
	   	Springfield Ave and Mayberry
	   	Hillside Road and San Francisco Ave.
	   	Big Bend & F M 1472 (Mines Rd.)
	   	Country Club & Del Mar Blvd.
	   	Calton Rd. and Haynes
	   	Springfield Ave. and Village Blvd.
                                                              
	   	Cm.  Alvarado called for a letter to be sent to the United 
	   	Independent School District Board expressing the Council's 
	   	grave concerns about the traffic light that is needed at 
	   	F M 1472 and Muller Boulevard. He acknowledged the 
	   	importance of notifying United Independent School District 
	   	Board of the City's exact stipulations regarding the light. 

	    2.  Status report on Mines Road Task Force activities and/or 
	        recommendations for traffic control on FM 1742, with possible 
	        action. 

                 Luis Landin, Traffic Director, reported that Texas 
	        Department of Transportation, Zachary Construction 
	        and the city's Traffic Department meet weekly to 
	        discuss  ways to deter traffic congestion on Mines 
	        Road.  He stated that the Police Department monitors 
	        Mines Road and are quick in preventing problematic 
	        traffic congestion.
				             
IX.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

     7.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with 
	Roberto Villasenor for approximately 960 square feet 
	constituting Building No. 1319 located at 4011 North
         Jarvis Avenue.  Lease term is for one (1) year commencing 
	on December 1, 1999 and ending on November 30, 2000 and may 
	be extended for two (2) terms of one (1) year each ending on 
	November 30, 2001 and November 30, 2002.  Monthly rent shall 
	be $300 and will be adjusted annually during the primary and 
	extension terms of this lease according to changes in the 
	Consumer Price Index.  Current monthly rent is $295.02.

    	Ordinance Introduction:  City Council 

     8.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with 
	LaBaTa Services for approximately 416 square feet 
	constituting Building No. 168 located at 5103 Maher Avenue.  
	Lease term is for three (3) years commencing on December 
	1, 1999, and ending on November 30, 2002, and may be 
	extended for two (2) terms of one (1) year each ending 
	November 30, 2003, and November 30, 2004.  Monthly rent 
	shall be $450.00 and will be adjusted annually during the 
	primary and extension terms of this lease according to 
	changes in the Consumer Price Index.  Previous tenant was 
	DynAir, Inc., paying $500.00 per  month. 

	Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

     9.  Authorizing the City Manager to grant a Non-Exclusive 
         Revocable License with Autophone of Laredo, Inc., for 
	the installation of radio communications equipment atop
	the beacon tower located at 4419 North Bartlett Avenue 
	at the Laredo International Airport. Lease term is for 
	three (3) years commencing on November 1, 1999 and 
	ending on October 31, 2002.  Monthly rent shall be:
	 
	1.  $250.00 from January 1, 2000 to December 31, 2000, and   
    	2.  $270.00 from January 1, 2001 to December 31, 2001, and           
    	3.  $290.00 from January 1, 2002 to December 31, 2002. 
  
     	Current monthly rent is $230.15. License may be terminated 
	by either party upon giving a sixty (60) day written notice.

     	Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

X.  FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES

    Internet Available:  http://www.cityoflaredo.com

Motion to waive final reading of ordinances #2000-O-001, 
#2000-02; #2000-O-003;  #2000-004;  #2000-O-005 , #2000-O-006;  
#2000-O-007; #2000-O-008 and #2000-O-009.

Moved:   Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo
Second:   Cm.  Alvarado
For:  7		Against:  0		Abstain:  0

10.  2000-O-001  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) 
	        of the City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance 
	        of a Conditional Use Permit for a minor repairmechanic 
	        and oil change shop on Lot 10, Block 1625, Eastern
                 Division located at 2710 Barrios Street.  
	        (Alfredo Agredano)

                 Motion to approve.

                 Moved:   Cm.  Alvarado
     	        Second:   Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo
                 For:  7	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

     2000-O-002  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) 
	        of the City of Laredo by rezoning 1.13 acres (the unplatted 
	        remaining portion of Lot 2, Block 4, McPherson Plaza 
	        Subdivision), located on the south side of Hillside Road 
	        and east of McPherson Road from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential 
	        District) to B-1 (Limited Business District). (Louis H. Bruni)

                 Motion to approve.

                 Moved:   Cm.  Alvarado
     	        Second:   Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo
                 For:  7		Against:  0Abstain:  0

     2000-O-003  Ordinance authorizing the issuance of a Special 
	        Use Permit for a mini-storage facility on 1.13 acres (the 
	        unplatted remaining portion of Lot 2, Block 4, McPherson 
	        Plaza Subdivision), located on the south side of Hillside 
	        Road and east of McPherson Road. (Louis H. Bruni)

                 Motion to approve.

                 Moved:   Cm.  Alvarado
     	        Second:   Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo
                 For:  7		Against:  0	Abstain:  0

     2000-O-004  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of 
	        the City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance Conditional 
	        Use Permit for a child day care center on Lot 7, Block 738, 
	        Eastern Division, located at 1306 Reynolds Street. 
	        (Cecilia May Moreno)

                 Motion to approve.

    
                 Moved:   Cm.  Alvarado
     	        Second:   Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo
	        For:  7		Against:  0	Abstain:  0

     2000-O-005  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) 
	        of the City of Laredo by rezoning the east 2/3 of Lot 5, 
	        Block 972, Eastern Division, located at 1820 East Frost 
	        Street from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to R-O 
	        (Residential/Office District).  (Cecilia May Moreno)                    

            	Motion to approve.

            	Moved:   Cm.  Alvarado
            	Second:   Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo
            	For:  7	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

     2000-O-006  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) 
	        of the City of Laredo by rezoning 4.7088 acres, as 
	        further described by metes and bounds located on 
	        the east side of McPherson Road and north of Shiloh 
	        Drive from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) 
	        to R-O (Residential/Office District). (Joe A. Guerra)

                 Motion to approve.

                 Moved:   Cm.  Alvarado
     	        Second:   Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo
 	        For:  7		Against:  0	Abstain:  0
	
     2000-O-007  Ordinance approving an amendment to the contract 
	        with the Texas Department of Health and budget in the amount 
	        of $74,409 for the HIV/AIDS Housing Opportunities for Persons 
	        with AIDS (HOPWA) Project of the City of Laredo Health 
	        Department for the period beginning February 1, 2000, through 
	        January 31, 2001.  (City Council)

 	        Motion to approve.
 
                 Moved:   Cm.  Alvarado
     	        Second:   Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo
 	        For:  7		Against:  0	Abstain:  0

     2000-O-008  Ordinance amending the Hotel-Motel Fund FY 1999-00 
	        annual budget by appropriating additional funds for 
	        the Laredo Philharmonic Third Party Agency. Funds 
	        will be transferred from the Reserve Appropriations 
	        line item in the amount of $12,000 for a total budget 
	        of $37,000 for the Laredo Philharmonic and authorizing 
	        the City Manager to implement said budget. (City Council)

    		Motion to approve.

     		Moved:   Cm.  Alvarado
                  Second:   Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo
                  For:  7			Against:  0			Abstain:  0

     2000-O-009  Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to 
                 execute a lease with Laredo Little Theater for 
                 approximately 5,801 square feet constituting Building
                 no. 52 located at 4802 Thomas Avenue. Lease term is 
                 for five (5) years commencing on October 1, 1999 and 
                 ending on September 30, 2004 and may be extend for 
                 one (1) term of five (5) years ending on September 30,
                 2009. Appraised monthly rent shall be $2,206 and will 
                 be adjusted annually during the primary and extension 
                 term of this lease according to changes in the 
			     Consumer Price Index. Current monthly rent is $418.32. 
                 (Louis H. Bruni)

            	Motion to approve.

            	Moved:   Cm.  Alvarado
            	Second:   Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo
            	For:  7	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

XI.  RESOLUTIONS

     11.  2000-R-001  Accepting the assignment of 18.804 acre 
                      feet of municipal water rights from the 
                      balance of 800 acre feet deeded to the 
                      City of Laredo by Vaquillas Ranch Company, 
                      LTD., in payment of water availability
                      charges and 7.8 acre feet of municipal 
                      water rights in payment annexation charges
                      in connection with the final plat of Concord 
                      Hills Community, Phase V.

                      Motion to approve.

                      Moved:   Cm.  Galo
                      Second:   Cm.  Agredano
                      For:  7	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

     12.  2000-R-002  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a 
                      grant from the Texas Health Foundation in 
                      the amount of $2,000 for the Neural Tube 
                      Defects Project of the City of Laredo Health 
                      Department for the period beginning
                      October 1, 1999, through August 31, 2000. 
                      The funding source for this project is the 
                      Texas Health Foundation and it has been 
                      assigned a budget number 226-6101.
        
                      Motion to approve.

                      Moved:   Cm.  Alvarado
                      Second:   Cm.  Galo
                      For:  7	Against:  0	Abstain:  0
 
XII.  MOTIONS

      13.  Consideration to award service contract number FY00-030, 
           to the LOW BIDDER, J. Solis Maintenance and Welding 
           Service, Laredo, Texas, in an amount not to exceed
           $98,000, for furnishing all necessary equipment, 
           personnel, and appurtenances for the installation of 
           replacement fire hydrants. Twenty eight hydrants will 
           be replaced by the successful bidder. The City will 
           provide the fire hydrant and the contractor will be
           responsible for the installation of this hydrant and 
           any patch work needed such as backfilling, concrete 
           and asphalt replacement, and lawn repairs. The contract 
           term is for a six month period. Funding is available 
           in the Utilities Fund. 

           Motion to approve.

           Moved:   Cm.  Galo
           Second:   Cm.  Agredano
           For:  7	Against:  0		Abstain:  0
	
      14.  Consideration to award six month supply contracts 
           (FY00-032) to the LOW BIDDERS, Leyendecker Oil Inc., 
           Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $14,356.10, 
           Arguindegui Oil Co., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated 
           amount of $1,663.20, and Arnold Oil Co. dba Lone Star 
           Lubricants, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount
           of $1,146.44, for the purchase of lubricants for the 
           Fleet Maintenance Division. The bid pricing will be 
           firm during this six month period and all items will 
           be purchased on an as need basis. The overall bid 
           pricing is approximately 17% less than the previous
           contract period. 

           Motion to approve.

           Moved:   Cm.  Alvarado
           Second:   Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo
           For:  7	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

      15.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to submit 
           a grant application to the North American Development 
           Bank in the amount of $450,000 for funding assistance 
           through the United States Community Adjustment and 
           Investment Program (CAIP) in support of downtown 
           infrastructure improvements related to the Centro 
           Iturbide Project and to execute any and all documents 
           as a result of this submission.

           Motion to approve.

           Moved:   Cm.  Alvarado
           Second:   Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo
           For:  7	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

      16.  Consideration to award contract number FY00-041, to 
           the SOLE  BIDDER, Southwestern Bell Telephone, Laredo, 
           Texas, in the amount of $18,695.51, for the
           installation of a complete phone system at Bridge 4. 
           Funding for this project has been allocated in the 
           Bridge Fund.

           Motion to approve.

           Moved:   Cm.  Alvarado
           Second:   Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo
           For:  7	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

      17.  Consideration to award annual service contract number 
           FY00-046 to the Low Bidder Star Operations, Inc., 
           Corpus Christi, Texas, in the amount not to exceed 
           $400,000 for the furnishing of materials, machinery, 
           equipment, labor, and all other services necessary for 
           the maintenance of street lights (not maintained by 
           CP&L) and traffic signal lights throughout the city.  
           The contract includes electrical services for traffic
           signals and street lights, and for installation, 
           construction, and underground work, for new and/or 
           upgraded traffic signals and for the installation and 
           maintenance of street lights.  This contract also 
           contains provisions for City departmental electricals 
           service projects and repairs.

           Motion to approve.
	
           Moved:   Cm.  Alvarado
           Second:   Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo
           For:  7	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

      18.  Consideration to renew lease agreement with Casa Beto, 
           Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $16,800 per year, for 
           the lease of a warehouse facility located at 702 Davis. 
           This warehouse is being utilized by the Health, Finance, 
           Bridge, and Engineering Departments as a central 
           storage facility of records and documents.  This will 
           be the fourth year that the City has occupied this 
           facility.  The lease cost of $0.16/sq. ft. is prorated 
           based on the square footage utilized by each operation. 
           The term of this contract is anticipated to be fifteen 
           to eighteen months. This is to allow sufficient time
           for the records retention warehouse to be constructed 
           at the new Public Works facility.  All city records 
           stored at this facility will be relocated to the new 
           Public Works Records Retention Warehouse.

           Motion to approve.

           Moved:   Cm.  Alvarado
           Second:   Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo
           For:  7	Against:  0	Abstain:  0
            
      19.  Consideration to award the sole bid received from 
           Jorge Dominguez, DBA Laredo Class-One Builders, Inc., 
           Laredo, Texas, for the construction of restrooms at the
           Community Park located at 400 St.  James and Base 2 
           Baseball Field located on 700 East Cherry Hill Street 
           for a negotiated amount of $33,000. Funding is 
           available in General Fund - Parks Department and 
           Capital Improvement Budget.  
 
           Motion to approve.

           Moved:   Cm.  Galo
           Second:   Cm.  Agredano
           For:  7	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

      20.  Consideration to approve change order no. 1 a net 
           decrease of $7,203 for the balance of quantities 
           actually constructed in place, acceptance of the Mann 
           Road Drainage Improvement Project (Laredo Manor 
           Apartments) and approval of final payment in the amount 
           of $11,736.50 to Ramos Industries, Inc., Laredo, Texas. 
           Final contract amount is $117,365. Funding is available 
           in the 1998 CO Issue Laredo Manor. 

           Motion to approve.

           Moved:   Cm.  Galo
           Second:   Cm.  Agredano
           For:  7	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

      21.  Consideration to approve change order no. 3, which 
           constitutes a net decrease of $2,387 for the balance 
           of quantities actually constructed in place; to add 
           an additional 20 working days to the construction 
           contract time due to increase of work; acceptance
           of the Hilltop Subdivision Phase II Street Improvements 
		   (13 Blocks) Project; and approval of final payment 
           in the amount of $92,559.25 to Jimmy Closner and Sons
           Construction, Inc., Laredo, Texas. Final contract 
           amount is $897,210.07. Funding is available in the 
           1998 CO Issue.

           Motion to approve.

           Moved:   Cm.  Galo
           Second:   Cm.  Agredano
           For:  7	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

      22.  Consideration to award an engineering contract to 
           Crane Engineering Corporation, Laredo, Texas, for an 
           amount not to exceed $123,453 for surveys, design, and
           preparation of plans and specifications for the West 
           Laredo CP&L Road Extension.  Funding is available in 
           the Capital Improvement Fund CPL Road.

           Motion to approve.

           Moved:   Cm.  Galo
           Second:   Cm.  Agredano
           For:  7	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

      23.  Consideration to authorize the award of FY1999 HOME 
           Investment Partnership Program (HOME), Community 
           Housing Development Organization (CHDO) set-aside 
           funds in the amount of $203,100 to Laredo Webb 
           Neighborhood Housing Services to utilize towards the 
           purchase of 10 duplex (20) units. These units will be 
           rented to persons whose incomes fall at 80% or below 
           of area median family income.  These units are 
           located at 2502 and 2504 Boston and authorizing the 
           Motion to approve.

           Moved:   Cm.  Galo
           Second:   Cm.  Agredano
           For:  7	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

           City Manager to execute all documents.

      24.  Consideration to authorize amendment no. 2 for 
           $180,000 to the Groundwater Source Development 
           contract with CH2MHILL Engineers, for work related 
           to the selection of a groundwater provider; 
           development of the project requirements and 
           specifications; and assistance to the City on the 
           technical/financial aspects of the final contract
           negotiation with the selected firm.  This amendment 
           brings the total ground water contract to $385,000.00.

           Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, commented on the 
           selection of the groundwater provider.

           A motion to table was withdrawn by maker Cm.  Guerra.

           Motion to deny.

           Moved:   Cm.  Galo
           Second:   Cm.  Valdez
           For:  7	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

XIII.	RECESS AND CONVENE AS LAREDO MUNICIPAL HOUSING

Motion to recess as the City Council and convene as the Laredo 
Municipal Housing Board.

Moved:   Cm.  Galo
Second:   Cm.  Moreno
For:  7		Against:  0	Abstain:  0

25.  2000-RMH-003  The Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation (LMHC) 
                   Board of Directors authorizes the Executive 
                   Director to amend the Lease/Purchase Program 
                   guidelines by changing the income requirements
                   to allow families that exceed the 80% and 115% 
                   median average income to apply for the homes 
                   located and available at the Riverhills  
                   Subdivision, Unit I, thus creating a more mixed 
                   income project.

                   Motion to approve.

                   Moved:   Cm.  Galo
                   Second:   Cm.  Agredano
                   For: 	Against:  0  Abstain:  0

                   Motion to recess as the Laredo Municipal Housing 
                   Board and reconvene as City Council.

                   Moved:   Cm.  Galo
                   Second:   Cm.  Agredano
                   For:  7	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

XIV. ADJOURNMENT       			T I M E:   7:20 p.m.

Motion to adjourn.

Moved:   Cm.  Galo
Second:   Cm.  Guerra
For:  7			Against:  0		Abstain:  0

I hereby certify that the above minutes contained in pages 01 to 
16 are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council 
Meeting held on 3rd Day of January, 2000.

____________________________
Gustavo Guevara, Jr.
City Secretary