CITY OF LAREDO
               CITY COUNCIL MEETING
                   M2000-R-02
              CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
               1110 HOUSTON STREET
               LAREDO, TEXAS 78040
                JANUARY 17, 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
	Louis H. Bruni,              Councilmember, District II
	John C. Galo,                Councilmember, District III
	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

	ABSENT:

	Motion to excuse Cm. Moreno.

	Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo  
	Second:  Cm. Galo
	For:  7		Against:  0	Abstain:  0
        
 IV.  COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

	Announcements:
		None
	Invitations:
		None
	Recognitions:

	Mayor Flores presented to Margaret Rubio, daughter of 
	Mr. & Mrs. Joe Rubio, a Seven Flags Certificate of 
	Recognition.  She placed first in the Texas, Oklahoma 
	Region N. F. L.  Gatorade Punt Pass & Kick competition.  
	She then advanced to the Nationals in Jacksonville, 
	Florida where she placed 2nd  on January 15, 2000.

	a.  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 
        August 1999 through December 1999.

        Mayor Flores recognized the following City Employees 
        that recently retired:

        Eduardo Guardiola, employee of the Utilities Department,     
        retired after 22 years.

        Alejandro L. Diaz, employee of the Tax & Utilities Department,  
        retired after 40 years.

        Jose M. Moreno, Jr., employee of Community Development &        
        Municipal Office, retired
        after 31 years, and finally Alfonso Palacio, Jr., 
        employee of the Fire Department, retired
        after 27 years.

    b.  Recognition of Socorro Abrego by Mayor and City 
        Council as an exemplary citizen.

        Cm.  Agredano presented Socorro Abrego a certificate 
        of recognition for fulfilling her commitments and 
        paying her debts at her late age.

    c.  Recognition to the Health Department's Vital Records            
        Registration Staff for being awarded the 5-Star Vital 
        Records Registration and Excellence Award from the Texas
        Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, 
        out of 540 offices in Texas, only seven
        were awarded the 5 - Star Award for the third consecutive 
        year.

        Jerry Robinson, Director of Health & Vital Statistics,          
        recognized employees of Vital Statistics for receiving 
        the 5 – Star Award for the third consecutive year for 
        filing records on time.

    d.  Recognition of the Millennium Celebration sponsors 
        (Univision 27, Guerra Communication, South Texas 
        Distributors).

        Cm.  Alvarado thanked all the corporate sponsors for 
        their promotion of the Millennium Celebration.

  V.  APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

      City Council confirmation of Council Member Louis Bruni’s 
      appointee of Rolando G. Ortiz to the Impact Fee Advisory 
      Committee. 

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

 VI.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

      1.  Public hearing approving an amendment to the contract 
          with the Texas Department of Health and 10-month budget 
          in the amount of $42,040 for the Breast and Cervical
          Cancer Control Project (BCCCP), of the City Laredo Health 
          Department for the period beginning November 1, 1999, to 
          August 31, 2000. The funding source for this project is
          the Texas Department of Health and it has been assigned a 
          budget number 226-6020. 

                     INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance approving an amendment of the contract with the 
          Texas Department of Health and Budget in the amount of 
          $42,040 for the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Project, 
          of the City Laredo Health Department for the period beginning 
          November 1, 1999, to August 31, 2000; and increase revenue 
          line item 226-0000-323-4055 from $0 to $42,040 and expenditure 
          line item 226-6020 from $0 to $42,040.
                          
	Motion to open the public hearing.

	Moved:  Cm.  Bruni  
	Second:  Cm. Galo
	For:  7		Against:  0	Abstain:  0
                          
	There was no public input.

	Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

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

                Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

      2.  Public hearing amending Chapter 15 (Health and Sanitation) 
          of the Code of Ordinances by establishing Article IV 
          (Tire Business Registration), providing definitions, 
          tire business registration, application, and terms of 
          registration, terms of renewal, terms of
          suspension and revocation, fees, disposal of tires, 
          providing for penalty, injunctive relief, severability, a 
          publication schedule and establishing an effective date. 

                     INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending Chapter 15 (Health and Sanitation) of 
          the Code of Ordinances by establishing Article IV (Tire 
          Business Registration), providing definitions, tire business
          registration, application, and terms of registration, terms 
          of renewal, terms of suspension and revocation, fees, disposal 
          of tires, providing for penalty, injunctive relief,
          severability, a publication schedule and establishing an 
          effective date.

	Motion to open the public hearing.

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

    Aldo Tatangelo, former City Mayor, stated that he was in 
    favor of the implementation of the above mentioned ordinance.
    
    Cm.  Alvarado wanted reassurance that the ordinance 
    would be limited to wholesale and retail operations within the 
    industry.
    
    Jerry Robinson, Health Director, stated that the ordinance is 
    designed to work in conjunction with a previous ordinance that 
    applies only to retail and wholesale.  The ordinance allows the 
    city to monitor tires entering Laredo and their proper disposal.
    
    Cristobal Rodriguez, spokesman for the Tire Association, 
    voiced their support for the ordinance.
     
    Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

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

	Ordinance Introduced:  City Council
        
       3.  Public hearing amending the FY 1999-2000 budget in the 
           amount of $15,000 for the Special Projects Program of 
           the City of Laredo Health Department for the period 
           beginning January 1, 2000, through September 30, 2000. 
           The funding sources for these projects are comprised 
           of various organizations who contribute or donate 
           funds to the Health Department for the purpose of 
           carrying out special activities or events, and has 
           been assigned budget number 226-6400. 

                    INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
           Ordinance amending the FY 1999-2000 budget in the 
           amount of $15,000 for the Special Projects Program of 
           the City of Laredo Health Department for the period 
           beginning January 1, 2000, through September 30, 2000. 
           The funding sources for these projects are comprised 
           of various organizations who contribute or donate funds 
           to the Health Department for the purpose of carrying 
           out special activities or events, and has been assigned 
           budget number 226-6400.

	Motion to open the public hearing.

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

	There was no public input.

	Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

	Moved:  Cm.  Galo  
	Second:  Cm.  Agredano
	For:  7		Against:  0	Abstain:  0                   
        
                Ordinance Introduced:  City Council

       4.  Public hearing approving an amendment to the contract 
           with the Texas Department of Health and budget in the 
           amount of $130,520 for local staffing of the Childhood
           Immunization Action Plan Project of the City of Laredo 
           Health Department $30,742 in state-paid staff, and 
           approximately $990,497 in vaccines for the period 
           beginning January 1, 2000 through August 31, 2000.
           The funding source for this project is the Texas Department 
           of Health and it has been assigned a budget number 226-6019.

                       INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
           Ordinance on the approval of an amendment to the contract 
           with the Texas Department of Health and Budget in
           the amount of $130,520 for local staffing of the Childhood
           Immunization Action Plan Project of the City of Laredo 
           Health Department; $30,742 in state-paid staff; and 
           approximately $990,497 in vaccines for the period beginning 
           January 1, 2000 through August 31, 2000; and increasing 
           revenue line item 226-000-323-4056 from $0 to $130,520 
           and expenditure line item 226-6019 from $0 to $130,520.

	Motion to open public hearing.

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

	There was no public input.

	Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

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

	Ordinance Introduced:  Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo

VII.  GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

        5.  A.  Request by Council Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

                1. Status report on the replacement of waterlines 
                   in the Hillside area with possible action.
                                   
                   Fernando Roman, Utility Director, stated the 
                   project to replace the waterlines in the
                   Hillside area will commence in the later part 
                   of February. 
        
            B.  Request by Council Member Joe A. Guerra

                1.  Discussion and possible action on amending the 
                    City of Laredo FY 1999-2000 annual budget by 
                    raising the firefighter man years by twelve(12) 
                    firefighters and reclassifying nine (9)                    
                    firefighters to three (3) Captains, three (3) 
                    Drivers, and three (3) Assistant Drivers to 
                    man Aerial Truck #3.  This truck will be 
                    temporarily stationed at Fire Station #10 
                    upon completion of Fire Station #12 (TAMIU Fire 
                    Station), the aerial truck and crew will be      
                    transferred from Fire Station #10 to Fire Station 
                    #12 and remain in full service indefinitely.               
         
                    Herberto L. Ramirez, Budget Director, 
                    submitted the following memo:
         
                    As per your request regarding the cost of 
                    reclassifying nine (9) firefighters and 
                    creating an additional twelve positions, 
                    please refer to the analysis below:
         
                    $ 95,073  Cost of reclassifying nine firefighters.
                    $400,224  Cost of hiring an additional twelve (12)          
                              firefighters.
                    $525,000  Cost of replacing Reserve Aerial Truck
                  $1,020,297  Total Cost
         
                    Currently, we do not have sufficient reserve 
                    appropriations to fund such request.
                    Additionally, we cannot not use fund balance 
                    to fund operational expenditures as per City 
                    of Laredo Charter.
         
                    If a motion is made to fund the reclassifications 
                    and additional firefighters, then I recommend 
                    that we reduce expenditures from other General 
                    Fund departments including Parks, Public Works, 
                    and Police to make up the $1,020,297.
         
                    Cost of 12 Firefighters
         
                    23,688  Base Pay per Firefighter
                     2,368  Additional Pay – EMS
         
                    26,056  Sub-total
                     7,296  Benefits
     
                    33,352  Sub-total
                      X 12  Months
                   400,224   Total Cost of 12 Additional Firefighters
         
                   Fernando Alarcon, Union President, made the 
                   following presentation:
         
		This presentation is being made to express the need for 
		added safety for our city.  The city is in a position 
		to greatly improve the fire protection of our city’s 
		rapid growth.  Our request is to allocate the necessary 
		funds needed to man a full crew for Aerial Truck # 3, 
		consisting of Captains, Drivers, Assistant Drivers and 
		Firefighters.The following information will accurately 
		distinguish the difference between these two fire apparatus.
         
		Fire Engine (Pumper)
		Structure Fire
		*               Safety
		*               Extinguishments
		*               Water Supply
		*               Aerial Truck (Ladder Truck)
		*               Structure Fire
		*               Safety 
		*               Rescue
		*               Ventilation
		*               Salvage 
		*               Over-haul

		The city currently has two Aerial (Ladder) Trucks in 
		service, one stationed at Central Fire Station (#1 
		Guadalupe St.) the second at Fire Station #7(1120 W. 
		Calton Rd.).  The city also has one Aerial Truck 
		(Ladder #3) currently being used as a reserve (not in 
		service).  Due to the vast number of square miles that 
		the Laredo Fire Department must protect along with its 
		numerous warehouses; a third aerial truck implemented 
		into the city’s fire protection is most definitely
		justified.
         
		Aerial Truck #2 was put into service in 1980 along with 
		eight fire stations throughout the City.  As per the 
		Census of 1980 they were 100,500 people in the City of 
		Laredo.  The estimated growth in population for ten 
		years would be 21% (from 1990 –2000) the population 
		would be 189,021 according to the city’s Growth and 
		Statistics.  On December 17, 1999 CNN reported the 
		fastest growing cities in the U. S.  This report stated 
		that within the eight year span, the City of Laredo 
		for the past few years has been the second fastest 
		growing city and as of today, still has two Aerial 
		Truck in service protecting a larger geographical
		area.  
            
		The two aerial trucks currently in service must protect 
		the City along with other responsibilities.
         
		The crew from Aerial Truck # 1 must also man the 
		Rescue Boat.  This double duty will at certain times 
		leave Aerial Truck # 1 unmanned.  When this occurs, 
		the entire city is protected by only one Aerial Truck 
		in service.  In 1999, Aerial Truck # 1 responded
		to 231 calls, 43 of which were water rescue.
         
		The crew from Aerial Truck # 2 must also man the 
		Haz-Mat Truck.  This double duty will at certain time 
		leave Aerial Truck # 2 unmanned.  Aerial Truck # 2 
		must also respond to aircraft rescues when there is a 
		possibility of an airplane disaster.  When this occurs, 
		the entire city is protected by only one aerial truck 
		in service.  In 1999, Aerial Truck # 2 responded to 
		254 calls, 7 of which were haz-mat related incidents 
		and 11 ARRF (Aircraft Rescue Firefighting) related 
		incidents.
         
		The City’s downtown district requires that both Aerial 
		Trucks 1 & 2 respond due to the size and construction 
		of the downtown’s older buildings.  This occurrence 
		then leaves the City of Laredo without an aerial truck 
		to respond to a potential fire.
         
		Currently the Laredo Fire Department has two new fire 
		stations, one on HWY 359 (#11) and the other at 
		McPherson and Loop 20 (#10).  The Laredo Fire Department 
		has one aerial truck in reserve (AT-3) Which could be 
		put in service at Fire Station #10.  This would give 
		the City of Laredo fire protection in three very 
		distinct geographical locations.  One could serve the 
		City’s fast growing South area, the other would protect 
		the highly populated inner city and the third could 
		respond to the increasingly growing North portion of 
		the city.
    
		The Laredo Fire Department has the qualified personnel 
		and a newly built fire station in order to fully man 
		Aerial Truck # 3 at this time.  This would only 
		increase the fire protection for a city whose growth 
		we are trying to keep up with.  As our Mayor Betty 
		Flores stated in the City Council Meeting of November 
		22, 1999, “The Council and I want to be careful, but 
		we need to be bold.  We have had good leadership in 
		the past years, but we must ask ourselves, as your 
		elected representatives, can we do better?  And that 
		is where we are today.  The leadership that the City
		needs must start at the top.”  By fully manning Aerial 
		Truck # 3 the council has the opportunity to improve 
		the protection for a city with the title of the second 
		fastest growing city in the United States.
           
		Motion to postpone deliberation of the above mentioned 
		issue and reintroduce as a high priority issue for 
		the new budget.
         
		Moved:  Cm.  Guerra
		Second:  Cm.  Bruni
		For:  7      Against:  0         Abstain:  0 

           C.  Request by Council Member Mario G. Alvarado

            1. Status report on Mines Road Task Force activities 
               and/or recommendations for traffic control on 
               FM1472, with possible action.
    
               Luis Landin, Traffic Director, stated that his 
               department monitors the traffic on Mines Road 
               each day in an expeditious manner.  
    
               Cm.  Alvarado presented a video concerning Mines 
               Road problems.

            2. Presentation by Trent Stricker regarding safety              
               concerns at Father McNaboe Park with possible 
               action.                 
         
               Trent Stricker, resident by Father McNaboe Park,                  
               expressed his concern regarding safety, and                  
               suggested speed humps.                 
           
               John Vidaurri, Parks & Recreation Director, 
               noted that currently his department is  
               considering several different options in 
               securing Father McNaboe Park.                   
           
               Robert Murillo, Traffic Engineer, stated the 
               analysis of the Speed Hump Pilot Program was 
               in its second phase and would be completed in 
               February.                   

           D.  Request by Council Member Consuelo "Chelo" 
               Montalvo            

            1. Discussion and possible action on the 
               release of lien placed on the property 
               owned by Juan San Miguel, located at 317 
               Water Street by the Department of Community 
               Development.                  

	Motion to authorize the City Manager to resolve this issue.    
        
	Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo    
	Second:  Cm.  Alvarado    
	For:  7	Against:  0	Abstain:  0    

VIII.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

        6.  Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute 
            a lease with International Schools for approximately 
            102,676 square feet of land located at 4618 Maher 
            Avenue at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease 
            term is for one (1) year commencing on February 1,
            2000 and ending on January 31, 2001, and may be 
            extended for two (2) terms of one (1)year each 
            ending January 31, 2002 and January 31, 2003.  New 
            monthly rent shall be $1,100.00 and will be 
            adjusted annually during the primary and extension 
            terms of this lease according to changes in the 
            Consumer Price Index, providing for an effective 
            date.  Current monthly rent is $1,000.00.

            Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Bruni

        7.  Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute 
            a lease with IRCO Corporation for approximately 
            47,934 square feet located at 4705 Daugherty Avenue 
            at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is
            for twenty (20) years commencing on  January 1,2000 
            and ending on December 31, 2019 and may be extended 
            for two (2) consecutive terms of ten (10) years 
            each ending on December 31, 2029 and December 
            31,  2039. Monthly rent shall be $680.00 and will 
            be adjusted annually during the primary and 
            extension terms of this lease according to changes 
            in the Consumer Price Index and further adjusted by 
            the Fair Market Rental Value Appraisal on the 10th, 
            20th and 30th anniversaries, providing for an 
            effective date.

            Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Bruni

        8.  Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept 
            an aviation easement from Francisco Noriega and 
            Juan Ramirez over Summer Wind Subdivision, 
            encompassing approximately 27.97 acres out of Survey     
            1021, Abstract 64, City of Laredo, Webb County, 
            Texas and located immediately northwest of the 
            Laredo International Airport and authorizing the 
            City Manager to grant a thirty (30) foot drainage 
            easement encompassing 0.7841 acres out of survey 
            1021, Abstract 64, City of Laredo, Webb County, 
            Texas to Francisco Noriega and Juan Ramirez in 
            exchange and being of equal value to the aviation 
            easement.

	Motion to amend ordinance to incorporate additional 
	documentation advising all property  owners of aviation 
	easements that will affect the property. 

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

	Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Bruni

  IX.  FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES 

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

       Motion to waive final reading of ordinances #2000-O-010, 
       #2000-O-011, #2000-O-012,#2000-O-013, #2000-O-014, 
       #2000-O-015,2000-O-016, and #2000-O-017. 

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

       9.  2000-O-010  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.  (City Council)

	Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-0-010.

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

      10.  2000-O-011  Ordinance 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. (Cm. Alfredo 
                       Agredano)

	Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-0-011.

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

    11.  2000-O-012  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance 
                     (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing 
                     the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit 
                     for a welding shop on Lot 1, Block 22, 
                     Moreno Addition, located at 1417 Harding 
                     Ave. (Cm.  Agredano)
           
	Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-0-012.

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

    12.  2000-O-013  Ordinance designating as a one-way 
                     northbound that section of Santa Rita 
                     Avenue Block Number 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. (Cm Consuelo "Chelo" Montalvo)
              
	Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-0-013. 

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

    13.  2000-O-014  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. (Cm. Consuelo "Chelo" Montalvo)
         
	Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-0-014.

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

    14.  2000-O-015  Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to 
                     execute a lease with Roberto Villaseñor 
                     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. (City Council)

	Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-0-015.

	Moved:  Cm.  Bruni
	Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo
	For:  7		Against:  0	Abstain:  0
         
    15.  2000-O-016  Ordinance 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. (AS AMENDED)(City Council)

	Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-0-016.

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

    16.  2000-O-017  Ordinance 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
                
                     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. 
                     (City Council)

	Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-0-017

	Moved:  Cm.  Bruni
	Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo
	For:  7           Against:  0        Abstain:  0
         
   X.  RESOLUTIONS

       10.  2000-R-005  Authorizing the City Manager to accept 
                        a grant from the Texas Department of 
                        Health in the amount of  $130,520 for 
                        local staffing of the Childhood 
                        Immunization Action Plan Project of the 
                        City of Laredo Health Department; 
                        $30,742 in state-paid staff; and 
                        approximately $990,497 in vaccines from 
                        the period beginning January 1, 2000 
                        through August 31, 2000. The funding 
                        source for this project is the Texas
                        Department of Health and it has been 
                        assigned a budget number 226-6019. 

	Motion to approve Resolution #2000-R-005.

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

       11.  2000-R-006  Authorizing the City Manager to accept 
                        grant from the Texas Department of 
                        Health in the amount of $42,040 for the
                        Breast and Cervical Cancer Control 
                        Project (BCCCP), of the City of Laredo 
                        Health Department for the period
                        beginning November 1, 1999 through 
                        August 31, 2000. The funding source for 
                        this project is the Texas Department of     
                        Health and it has been assigned a 
                        budget number 226-6020.
             

	Motion to approve Resolution #2000-R-006.

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


       12.  2000-R-007  Officially adopting the 2000-2005 Parks 
                        and Open Space Master Plan as presented 
                        to the City Council in the Public Hearing 
                        of December 20, 1999 by Halff Associates, 
                        Dallas, Texas.
              
	Motion to approve Resolution #2000-R-007.

	Moved:  Cm.  Bruni
	Second:  Cm.  Alvarado
	For:   7		Against: 0	Abstain:  0
	
       13.  2000-R-009  Authorizing the City Manager to adopt 
                        a resolution supporting a "Letter of 
                        Understanding" between the City of Laredo
                        and the Texas Department of Mental 
                        Health and Mental Retardation dated 
                        April 8, 1999 which places restrictions
                        regarding the future development on a 
                        ninety-foot wide parcel, described 
                        herein by metes and bounds legally
                        described, to ensure that any future 
                        development on the subject property is 
                        compatible with Laredo State Center
                        and sensitive to the needs and welfare 
                        of its consumers, and specifically, to 
                        prohibit variances that reduce or 
                        eliminate setback requirements.  This 
                        right-of-way is needed for the Cherry 
                        Hill widening Project.
           
	Motion to approve Resolution #2000-R-009.
         
	Moved:  Cm.  Bruni
	Second:  Cm.  Agredano
	For:  7		Against:  0	Abstain:  0

       14.  2000-R-010  Authorizing the City Manager to submit 
                        a grant application with the Office of 
                        the Governor, Criminal Justice Division 
                        to fund the Texas Narcotics Control 
                        Program. The total grant funding is in 
                        the amount of $1,511,974 with the 
                        Criminal Justice Division providing
                        $1,133,980 and the City of Laredo 
                        providing $377,994 in matching funds.
                        Funding is available from the opening 
                        balance of the Narcotic Task Force 
                        Division and will be used to pay 
                        salaries, overtime, indirect operating
                        expenses, and the purchase of equipment 
                        from June 1, 2000 through May 31, 2001.
                  
	Motion to approve Resolution #2000-R-010.

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

       15.  2000-R-011  Authorizing the City Manager to enter 
                        into and execute an Interlocal Governmental 
                        Agreement pursuant to the Vernon's Texas
                        Government Code, Chapter 791, between 
                        the City of Laredo and the County of Webb,
                        in which Webb County's Law Enforcement 
                        Agency, namely the Webb County Sheriff's 
                        Department and the City’s Law Enforcement
                        Agency, namely the Laredo Police 
                        Department, require the formation of a
                        Mutual Aid Law Enforcement Task Force 
                        to mutually assist each other in the 
                        areas of traffic control, crowd control,
                        and general law enforcement both within 
                        and beyond the city limits during the 
                        "Menudo Bowl” scheduled for January 29, 2000.
                       
	Motion to approve Resolution #2000-R-011.
   
	Moved:  Cm.  Bruni
	Second:  Cm.  Agredano
	For:  7		Against:  0	Abstain:  0

       16.  2000-R-012  Authorizing the City Manager to enter 
                        into and execute an Interlocal 
                        Governmental Agreement pursuant to the 
                        Vernon's Texas Government Code, Chapter 
                        791, between the City of Laredo and the 
                        County of Webb, in which Webb County's 
                        Law Enforcement Agency, namely the Webb
                        County Sheriff's Department and the 
                        City's Law Enforcement Agency, namely 
                        the Laredo Police Department, require 
                        the formation of a Mutual Aid Law 
                        Enforcement Task Force to mutually
                        assist each other in the areas of 
                        traffic control, crowd control, and 
                        general law enforcement both within and 
                        beyond the city limits during the various
                        Washington's Birthday Celebration 
                        festivities scheduled for February 5, 
                        2000 to February 20, 2000.

	Motion to approve Resolution #2000-R-012.

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

  XI.  MOTIONS

       17.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to 
            issue a request for proposals (RFP) for the 
            Corridor Intersection Analysis for Laredo, Texas, 
            which will identify necessary capital improvements 
            at key intersections to enhance the safety of the 
            traveling public and expedite the flow of cars and 
            trucks to and through Laredo.  The study will 
            provide location and impact of infrastructure 
            deficiencies along identified corridors, capital
            improvement alternatives, cost estimates, 
            alternative circulation recommendations and
            order of implementation for proposed improvements. 
            Funding is available through the MPO account.

	Motion to approve.

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

       18.  Consideration to award contract number FY00-023, 
            to the LOW BIDDER, Hollywood Garden Company, Laredo, 
            Texas in the annual amount of $42,310, for providing 
            lawn maintenance services for the Airport Department. 
            The term of this contract is for two years contingent 
            upon continued funding for this function. The contract
            requires lawn maintenance service at International 
            Airport Facility, Building S-1-1718 E. Calton,
            Building 1050 - Calton Road/Bartlett Building 
            132-4719 Maher, and Building 134-4605 Maher. 
            Funding is available in the Airport Fund. 

	Motion to approve.

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

       19.  Consideration to approve change order no. 1 for an 
            amount not to exceed $145,941 to the Transcore 
            contract for the installation of the Laredo Bridge 
            Toll System Upgrade.  The original contract was for 
            $8,442,136. This change order brings the total 
            contract amount to $8,588,077. Camera surveillance 
            will increase at every lane and at all international
            bridges.  This Digital Visual Auditing System will 
            be the backbone to the accountability and auditing 
            of lanes.

	Motion to approve.

	Moved:  Cm.  Bruni
	Second:  Cm.  Agredano
	For:  7		Against:  0	Abstain:  0
    
       20.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to 
            accept the proposal by Vertex Targeted Opportunities 
            (hereinafter referred to as Vertex) of Dallas, 
            Texas, to complete Medicaid Administrative Claims 
            for the City of Laredo Health Department for the
            period beginning October 1, 1999, through September 
            30, 2002.

	Motion to approve.

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

       21.  Consideration to accept the World Trade Bridge 
            Project Plaque.

	Motion to approve.

	Moved:  Cm.  Bruni
	Second:  Cm.  Agredano
	For:  7		Against:  0	Abstain:  0
 
       22.  Consideration to approve the Project Plaque for the 
            City of Laredo Telecommunications Center.

	Motion to approve.

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

       23.  Consideration for approval of the selection of 
            consultant Mejia Engineering Co., Laredo, Texas,
            for the Zacatecas Street Extension Project from 
            Las Americas Subdivision, Phase III to Ejido Avenue, 
            and authorization to negotiate a professional
            services contract.  Funding is available in the 
            Capital Improvement Fund-Zacatecas Street Extension.

	Motion to approve.

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

       24.  Consideration for approval of a selection of 
            consultant Foster Engineering Company, Laredo, Texas,
            for the San Francisco Xavier Road along Piedregal 
            Street from Eagle Pass Street, East to the Tex-Mex 
            Railroad Bridge and authorization to negotiate a
            professional services contract.  Funding is available 
            in the Capital Improvement Fund Eagle Pass Underpass.

	Motion to approve.

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

       25.  Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 1 
            an increase of $20,767.70 for the balance of 
            quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance 
            of the Frost Street at McPherson Ave. and Plum 
            Street at East San Francisco Avenue Drainage 
            Improvements and approval of final payment in the 
            amount of $52,197.93 to Ramos Industries, Inc., 
            Pasadena, Texas. Final Construction Contract amount 
            is $236,973.60.  Funding is available in the 1998 
            CO Issue.

	Motion to approve.

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

       26.  Consideration to award contract number FY 00-049, 
            to the LOW BIDDER, Skaggs,  San Antonio, Texas, in 
            the amount of $22,954.50, for the purchase of
            thirty pistols for the Police Department.  Funding 
            is available in the Police Trust Fund.   
  
	Motion to approve.  G. T. Distributors of Austin, Texas in 
    the amount of $24,313.00 due to the fact that Skaggs is no 
    longer authorized to sell these firearms. 

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

       27.  Consideration to refund property taxes to the 
            following taxpayers:

            1.  U.S. Filter Distribution Group, Inc. in the 
                amount of  $1,695.99 due to a clerical error
                25.25(c) as per ARB supplement 15, Cause 
                #99-6311. 
            2.  Perez, Efrain Sergio in the amount of $538.88 
                due to a double payment made by Norwest Mortgage
                and Webb County Title.
            3.  PHH Mortgage Service Center erroneously paid 
                $2,079.16 for 1998 and a local abstract company
                also paid the tax.
            4.  Solis, Javier and Yolanda erroneously paid the 
                1999 tax in the amount of $612.65.  The Mortgage 
                company is responsible for the payment. 

            These  refunds will be paid from line item Deferred 
            Revenue/Unapplied Payments. Account #101-000-222-0300.

	Motion to approve.

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

       28.  Consideration to approve monthly adjustments to the 
            tax roll.  The amount to be adjusted for the month 
            of November  1999, which represents a decrease,
            is $526.76.  The amount to be adjusted for the 
            month of December 1999, which represents an
            increase, is $9,209.05.  These adjustments are 
            produced by the County Appraisal District and
            by Court Orders.

	Motion to approve.

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

       29.  Consideration to amend contract number 98-115 
            awarded to Enpointe Technologies, Austin, Texas, 
            in the amount of $35,379.20, for the purchase and
            installation of communication network equipment for 
            Bridge 3 and Bridge 4.  This equipment will allow
            these facilities to be connected to the City's 
            Institutional Network (I-Net). The original contract 
            award was for $847,783.00 and included the
            purchase and installation of the City's institutional
            network equipment. The network has
            been completed and equipment is needed for Bridge 3 
            and Bridge 4 to use this network.

	Motion to approve.

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

       30.  Consideration to reject the three bids received for 
            the Zacate Creek Beautification Project Phase II 
            since all bids were over budget and authorizing 
            staff to revise the plans and specifications and 
            authorization to rebid the project. 

	Motion to approve.

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

       31.  Consideration to award contract number FY00-051, 
            to the SOLE BIDDER, Smith Banc Equipment, Inc., 
            San Antonio, Texas, in the amount of $56,750.00, 
            for the rental of one modular building for use by 
            the Bridge System as an operations facility.
            The rental term shall be for a period of six months. 
            This modular building, which is similar to those
            used by banks and other financial institutions as 
            temporary facilities, will house the bridge system 
            staff at Bridge IV while the permanent administrative 
            structure is being built.  The building includes 
            teller stations, work areas, and security systems. 
            Funding for this rental contact will be made 
            available in the Bridge Fund.

	Motion to approve.

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

       32.  Consideration to approve change order no. 2, a net 
            increase of $119,409.50 to the Santa Maria
            Reconstruction Project with Pete Gallegos Paving 
            Inc., Laredo, Texas, for additional work required 
            to repair reinforced concrete pipe cave-ins, 
            construct additional fencing, utilities, drainage 
            and other miscellaneous improvements, and to
            add 93 working days of contract time to cover the 
            additional work and to cover delays due to utility 
            conflicts. Funding is available in the 1998 CO 
            Issue-Santa Maria Reconstruction.   

	Motion to approve.

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

       33.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to 
            finalize a negotiation and execute an Agreed
            Order with the TNRCC for the completion of the 
            Industrial Pretreatment Program for the Utilities 
            Department and the adoption of a Supplemental
            Environmental Project (SEP) in lieu of a $7,000 
            fine.  The fine would have been imposed because of 
            delays in the preparation of a plan to adopt a
            pretreatment program.  The SEP is a continuation 
            of a program initiated by Public Works to clean 
            illegal dumping sites.

	Motion to approve.

	Moved:  Cm.  Galo
	Second:  Cm.  Bruni
	For: 7		Against:  0	Abstain:  0
            
       34.  Consideration to award a processional services 
            contract to Danny R. Anderson Consultants, Inc., 
            El Paso, Texas, for an amount not to exceed 
            $15,995.00 to provide laboratory, sampling and 
            testing services of materials for quality control
            for the Calton Road Widening Project at the Public 
            Library and the McPherson Road Widening Project from
            Calton Road to the Culvert Drainage Channel at 
            Cotulla's Restaurant.  Funding is available in the 
            Capital Improvement Fund McPherson Widening I.
                   
	Motion to approve.

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

 XII.  STAFF REPORT

       35.  Status report on the development of the Customer 
            Service Program.

            Horacio De Deon, Assistant to the City Manager, 
            read following document for the record:
     
            Members of the City Council:

The customer service program has been of great success, 
employees from all city departments have accepted the 
challenge to be more conscience of their customer service 
practices and to place citizens first when service request 
are reported.  An example of this has been the Public Works 
Department.  Their Sanitation Division has under gone changes 
in scheduling of trash pick up to accommodate one work day a
week for the pick up of branches.  This has been very effective 
and complaints in that area have dropped. 

One strategy of the customer service plan was to acquire a
complaint tracking software; the software was acquired in July 
of 1999 and has been used in the City Manager’s Office since 
then.  Over 400 complaints have been logged and monitored.  
This program is very effective and will be more effective when 
satellite offices of the city have access to the software 
through the integrated network (I-Net), scheduled to be in 
place the later part of February.  
   
This will reduce the follow-up required now from the Customer
Service Coordinator and will give departments an online view 
of what’s pending in the system at any time.  Our Customer 
Service Coordinator position is currently vacant; Ana Verdin 
resigned effective December 31, 1999 to attend Graduate School. 
The position is currently posted with Administrative Services 
and interviews are expected to be conducted the last week of 
January.  In the meantime, the work load has been distributed 
among the secretaries in our office and myself.
  
Training has also been a big part of the program with front 
line employees and management attending training courses in 
telephone etiquette, hospitality, priority procedures for 
Mayor and City Council, Mastering Protocol the Laredo way, 
complaint tracking with Trackwise and other training seminars 
currently scheduled for next month.
       
Also, in compliance with the customer service plan an
implementation committee has been formed and is made up of one 
(1) representative from each department.  The committee meets 
on a monthly basis to discuss issues and strategize on how to 
improve customer service.  One project currently on the table 
is a city wide pamphlet that offers information about city 
services and offers a survey to the citizen on the quality of 
services being provided.

In addition to this we have initiated a monthly newsletter 
titled “Citizens First”, a copy has been passed out for your 
reading leisure.  This is intended to bring awareness to City 
Council and employees on the latest activities, improvements, 
milestones, recognition of employees by citizens for good 
customer service and tips to employees on the importance of 
good customer service.

Another important factor and improvement as a result of the
customer service plan has been the customer service employee
evaluation, performed on an annual basis as part of the 
regular employees evaluation.  This has brought accountability 
and responsibility from employees and rewarded those employees 
who practice good customer service I the workplace.  

Areas of the plan currently being developed include A Mystery 
Shopper, Survey forms and comment to the City Manager’s Office 
Upcoming events.

The month of February is scheduled to once again be proclaimed 
by the Mayor as Customer Service Month.  The Customer Service 
Committee from the Chamber of Commerce will be present on the 
first meeting of February before the Council to provide an 
update on some of the activities being undertaken by the 
private and public sector.

                  SUPPLEMENTAL AGENDA
  XI.  MOTIONS

       Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter 
       into and execute a Three Party Agreement for the 
       acceptance of the dedication and maintenance of roadway
       and improvements with La Bota Ranch Homeowners 
       Association, United Independent School District, and 
       the City of Laredo, Texas.

	Motion to approve and allow to continue to negotiate.

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

    Consideration to award a construction contract to the 
    lowest bidder Price Construction, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in 
    the amount of $171,277.35 for the University Blvd. 
    Extension Project.  Funding is available in the Capital 
    Improvement Fund University Blvd. Extension Project/Casa
    Verde and 1999-2000 Allocation of District II Projects.

	Motion to approve.

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

XIII.  ADJOURNMENT                       Time:  8:30 p.m.

	Motion to Adjourn.

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

I hereby certify that the above minutes contained in pages 01 
to 21 are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City 
Council Meeting held on the 17th day of February.
                                 
                                   _______________________
                                   Gustavo Guevara, Jr.
                                   City Secretary