CITY OF LAREDO
                      CITY COUNCIL MEETING
                           M2000-R-03
                      CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
                       1110 HOUSTON STREET
                       LAREDO, TEXAS 78040
                        JANUARY 24, 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
    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  

IV. MINUTES

Approval of the minutes of December 20, 1999.

Moved: Cm.  Guerra  
        Second: Cm.  Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo             
        For:  8                        Against:  0                   
Abstain:  0

 V.     COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

Announcements

         Mr.  Juan Carmona spoke on the city’s hiring procedures.   He stated
    that he has
         submitted several applications for positions within the city and has
    never been called for
         an interview.  He added that he is well qualified for those
    positions.  
    
         Mayor Flores suggested that the Personnel Department inform all job
    applicants of their
         employment status.
    
     Cm.  Alvarado forwarded a letter of complaint to be submitted to the City
Manager’s
     Office.

     Cm.  Bruni submitted the following letter for the record:

     Dear Mr.  Bruni,

     I am a resident of your District, and maybe you can help me out.  My
address is 3219 E.
         Price, which is on the corner of Price and Ejido.  I am writing you
    to see if you can get
         my street paved.  The part that has not been paved is on Ejido
    street in between Price and
         Stewart.  I have lived at my residence for over three years and this
    dirt road in question
         has been used for dumping and abandoned vehicles.  Also when it
    rains, all the water of
         the neighborhood runs at this point in front of my house.  Not to
    mention that it is a very
         dark and unlit shortcut.  I have also paid my street paving
    assessment.  Check into it
         please. 

     Thanking you in advance for your consideration in this matter.

     Sincerely,
     Thomas P. Harmon

     End of Letter

Invitations

     Cindy Collazo, Acting City Manager, invited the City Council to contact
her office for
     details of the arrangements made to visit the new bridge.
     
Recognitions
 
         Mayor  Flores announced that the city received recognition from the
    President’s Council
         on the Year 2000 Conversion.  She recognized Jerry Garza who was in
    charge of
         our Y2K Community Conversion’s Programs.

 a.  Recognition of the City of Laredo Health Department’s WIC (Women, Infants
and
     Children) Program staff for having received three (3) Statewide
Performance
     Recognition Awards.

     Jerry Robinson, Health Director, introduced the employees involved in
receiving the
     recognition.  Those employees were:

     Beatriz Duarte,              Registered Dietitian & Nutritionist     
             Nora Guerra,              Nutritionist                  
     Rebecca Valdez,              Registered Dietician & Nutritionist      
     Maria Genoveva Saenz-Ramirez,     Registered Dietician & Nutritionist 
     Sylvia Flores,               Nutritionist
     Rosario Cabello              Finance Director
     Humberto Delgado             Accountant

     Awards received were:   1.)  Child Hood Immunizations Service Award
              2.)  Knock Your Socks Off – Customer Service
              3.)  Excellence in Financial Status of WIC Expenditures 
         
b.  Recognition of the 2nd Annual Border Rumble Savate Championships on 
     January 28, 2000, Prof. Paul Raymond Buitron III.

     Paul Raymond Buitron, III, Savate Champion, appeared before the council to
invite the
         Council and public to attend  the upcoming 2nd Annual Border Rumble
    Savate
         Championship.  He also introduced the local participants.
    
    Ovid Rodriguez, trainer for karate, spoke on the Second Annual Karate
    Lone Star
    International Tournament which will be held at Laredo Community College
    on January
    28 & 29, 2000.  He also introduced the participants for that tournament.
     
VI.     APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

        None

 VII.   PUBLIC HEARINGS
 
1.  Public hearing concerning an application by Vimosa II, amending the Zoning
Ordinance
     (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 20, Block 5, Sierra Vista
Police Station
     Plat, located on the north side of Sierra Vista Blvd. and east of Hwy 83,
from R-1
     (Single Family Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Business District). 
This is an
     appeal  from an unfavorable recommendation by the Planning & Zoning
Commission.
 
                  INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
     Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
rezoning 
     Lot 20, Block 5, Sierra Vista Police Station Plat, located on the north
side of Sierra Vista
     Blvd. and east of Hwy 83, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to
B-1 (Limited
     Business District).

     Motion to open the public hearing.

             Moved: Cm.  Bruni   
             Second: Cm.  Moreno                  
             For:  8                   Against:  0                   
Abstain:  0

             There was no public input.

     Motion to close the public hearing and introduce as a
Conditional Use Permit.

     Moved:  Cm.  Agredano 
             Second:  Cm.  Bruni                  
             For:  8                   Against:  0                   
Abstain:  0

     Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Agredano 
2.  Public hearing concerning an application by Laredo International Airport,
authorizing
     the issuance of a Special Use Permit for above ground fuel tanks on Lot 4,
Block 1,
     Laredo International Airport Manufacturing Facilities, located at 5513
Thomas Ave.
     The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the proposed
Special
     Use Permit.
 
                  INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
     Ordinance authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for above
ground fuel tanks
     on Lot 4, Block 1, Laredo International Airport Manufacturing Facilities,
located at 5513
     Thomas Ave.

     Motion to open the public hearing.

                   Moved: Cm.  Bruni  
             Second: Cm.  Moreno                  
             For:  8                   Against:  0                   
Abstain:  0

             There was no public input.

             Motion to close the public hearing and introduce as a Special Use
Permit.
    
             Moved: Cm.  Bruni  
             Second: Cm.  Agredano                    
             For:  8                  Against:  0                   
Abstain:  0

             Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Bruni

3.  Public hearing concerning an application by Killam Oil Company, amending
the Zoning
     Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 1.0441 acres, as further
described by
     metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A”, located east of Bob Bullock Loop
and south
     of Hwy 59, from R-1 (Single Family Residential) toR-1A (Single Family
Reduced Area
     District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the
proposed
         zone change.
 
                  INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
    Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
    rezoning
    1.0441 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached
    Exhibit “A”, located
    east of Bob Bullock Loop and south of Hwy 59, from R-1 (Single Family
    Residential) to
    R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District).
    
    Motion to open the public hearing.

             Moved:  Cm.  Bruni  
             Second:  Cm.  Moreno                     
             For:  8                  Against:  0                   
Abstain:  0

             There was no public input.



     Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

     Moved:  Cm.  Bruni  
             Second:  Cm.  Galo              
             For:    8                 Against:  0                   
Abstain:  0

             Introduction ordinance:  Cm.  Bruni

4.  Public hearing concerning an application by Killam Oil Company, amending
the Zoning
     Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 2.000 acres, as further
described by
     metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A”, located east of Bob Bullock Loop
and south
     of Hwy. 59, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-O
(Residential/Office
     District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the
     proposed zone change.
 
                  INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
     Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
rezoning
     2.000 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit
“A”, located
     east of Bob Bullock Loop and south of Hwy. 59, from R-1 (Single Family
Residential
     District) to R-O (Residential/Office District).

     Motion to open the public hearing.

                   Moved:  Cm.  Bruni  
             Second:  Cm.  Moreno                 
             For:  8                   Against:  0                   
Abstain:  0

             There was no public input.

             Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

     Moved:  Cm.  Bruni  
             Second:  Cm.  Agredano                    
             For:  8                   Against:  0                   
Abstain:  0

             Ordinance introduction:  Cm.  Bruni

5.  Public hearing concerning an application by Danny Magee, amending the
Zoning
         Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 5.6740 acres, as
    further described by
         metes and bounds on attached exhibit “A”, located east of Bob
    Bullock Loop and south
         of Clark Blvd., from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-4
    (Highway
         Commercial District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended
    approval of
         the proposed zone change.
 
                  INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
     Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
rezoning
     5.6740 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit
“A”, located
         east of Bob Bullock Loop and south of Clark Blvd., from R-1 (Single
    Family Residential
         District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).
    
         Motion to open the public hearing.

     Moved:  Cm.  Bruni  
             Second:  Cm.  Moreno                 
             For:  8                   Against:  0                   
Abstain:  0

             There was no public input.

     Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

     Moved:  Cm.  Bruni  
             Second:  Cm.  Galo                   
             For:  8                   Against:  0                   
Abstain:  0

             Ordinance introduction:  Cm.  Bruni

6.  Public hearing concerning an application by Enrique Pena, amending the
Zoning
     Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 3 and 4, Block 98,
Eastern
     Division, located at 809 Market St., from B-3 (Community Business) to M-1
(Light
     Manufacturing District).  This is an appeal from an unfavorable
recommendation by the
     Planning & Zoning Commission.
 
                  INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
    Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
    rezoning
    Lots 3 and 4, Block 98, Eastern Division, located at 809 Market St., from
    B-3
    (Community Business) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing District).
    
    Motion to open the public hearing.
    
             Moved:  Cm.  Moreno 
             Second:  Cm.  Alvarado                   
             For:  7                  Against:  0                   
Abstain:  1
                                                          Cm.  Galo
             
             Maria De Los Angeles Pena, interested citizen, turned in her written
testimony in favor
     of the zone change.

         Ricardo Hinojosa, business owner, spoke in favor of the  zone
    change.
    
    Enrique Pena, property owner, asked that council to approve his request
    as a Conditional
    Use Permit.

     Motion to close public hearing and introduce as a Conditional Use Permit
and be further
         restricted to the following provisions:  1.)  The Conditional Use
    Permit is restricted to
         the site plan, Exhibit “A”, which is made a part hereof for all
    purposes.  2.)  The
         Conditional Use Permit is issued to Enrique Pena and is
    non-transferable.  3.)  The
         Conditional Use Permit is issued for outdoor storage of pallets
    only.  4.)  The stacking of
         pallets shall not exceed a height of 10 ft. and shall be located at
    a minimum distance of
         10 ft. from the property line.

             Moved: Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo  
             Second:  Cm.  Bruni                 
             For:  7                  Against:  0                   
Abstain:  1
                                                          Cm.  Galo

             Ordinance introduction:  City Council

7.  Public hearing concerning an application by Carlos M. Saeb, Javier
Elizondo, and
     Arnold Maldonado, amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of
Laredo by
     rezoning 4.7714 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on
attached Exhibit
     “A”, located at the northwest corner of Springfield Ave. and Calle Del
Norte Rd., from
         B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial
    District).  The
         Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the proposed
    zone change.
 
                  INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
     Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
rezoning
     4.7714 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached exhibit
“A”, located
     at the northwest corner of Springfield Ave. and Calle Del Norte Rd., from
B-3
     (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).

     Motion to open the public hearing.

                 Moved:  Cm.  Galo  
             Second:  Cm.  Agredano                    
             For:  8                   Against:  0                   
Abstain:  0

             Ron Whitehawk, representing the applicants, spoke in favor of the
zone change request.

     Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

             Moved:  Cm.  Agredano 
             Second:  Cm.  Bruni                  
             For:  8                   Against:  0                   
Abstain:  0

             Ordinance introduction:  Cm.  Guerra

    8.  Public hearing concerning an application by Enrique Arce, Inc.,
    amending the Zoning
         Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1-A and 1-B,
    Block 3, G&M
         Apartment and Townhouse Project, Del Mar Hills, located at the
    southeast corner of Del
         Mar Blvd. and Village Blvd., from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential
    District)  to B-1
         (Limited Business District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission
    recommended denial
         of the B-1 zoning and approval of R-O zoning.
 
                  INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
     Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
rezoning
     Lots 1-A and 1-B, Block 3, G&M Apartment and Townhouse Project, Del Mar
Hills, 
     located at the southeast corner of Del Mar Blvd. and Village Blvd., from
R-2 
             (Multi-Family Residential District)  to B-1 (Limited Business
District).


             Motion to open the public hearing.

             Moved:  Cm.  Agredano  
             Second:  Cm.  Valdez                 
             For:  8                   Against:  0                   
Abstain:  0

             There was no public input.

     Motion to close the public hearing and introduce as R-O Zoning.

     Moved:  Cm.  Guerra
             Second:  Cm.  Valdez                 
             For:  8                   Against:  0                   
Abstain:  0

             Ordinance introduction:  Cm.  Guerra

9.  Public hearing concerning an application by N.D. Hachar Trust, amending the
Zoning
     Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 566.409 acres, as
further described
         by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A”,  located east of the
    intersection of FM
        1472 and FM 3338, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to
    M-1 (Light
        Manufacturing District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission
    recommended approval of
        the proposed zone change.
         
                  INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
     Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
rezoning
         566.409 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached
    Exhibit “A”, 
         located east of  the intersection of FM 1472 and FM 3338, from R-1
    (Single Family
         Residential District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing District).
         
         Motion to open the public hearing.
    
                 Moved:  Cm.  Alvarado  
             Second:  Cm.  Agredano                   
             For:  8                  Against:  0                   
Abstain:  0

         Carlos Mejia, owner of Mejia Engineering, spoke in favor of the zone
    change.
    
         Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.
    
             Moved:  Cm.  Alvarado 
             Second:  Cm.  Valdez                     
             For:  8                  Against:  0                   
Abstain:  0

             Ordinance introduction:  Cm.  Alvarado

          10.  Public hearing concerning an application by Alfonso
Arguindegui, amending the Zoning
         Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning the south 75 ft.
    of Lot 1, the south
         75 ft. of the west 49 ft. of Lot 2, and the north 36.11 ft. of Lots
    1 & 2, Block 59, Western
     Division, located at 801 and 803 Flores Ave., from CBD (Central Business
District) to
         B-4 (Highway Commercial District).  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
     the south 75 ft. of Lot 1, the south 75 ft. of the west 49 ft. of Lot 2,
and the north 36.11
     ft. of Lots 1 & 2, Block 59, Western Division, located at 801 and 803
Flores Ave., from
     CBD (Central Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).

     Motion to open the public hearing.

                 Moved:  Cm.  Galo  
             Second:  Cm.  Moreno                 
             For:  8                   Against:  0                   
Abstain:  0

    Jose Manuel Valdez, representing the bus company, spoke in favor of the
    zone change.
    He presented the site plan, elevations, and bus specifications to the
    council.  He added
    that their plan is to restore the present building to its original form. 
    He presented a
    video of the route the buses will use if council approves the ordinance.
    
    Alfonso Arguindigui, property owner, spoke in favor of the zone change. 
    
    Ron Whitehawk, representing Norwest Bank, conveyed the bank’s disapproval
    for using
    this site as a bus terminal.
    
    Jorge Haynes, representing IBC, spoke against the zoning change. 
    
      Hector Casas, employee of the Construction Company, requested a
      Conditional Use Permit rather than a zoning change.  He added that the
      revenue to Laredo would be 3.6 million dollars provided council
      approves the Conditional Use Permit or Zone Change.      

     Motion to table the hearing for the next meeting.

             Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo  
             Second:  Cm.  Bruni                  
             For:  8                   Against:  0                   
Abstain:  0

          11.  Public hearing and introduction of an ordinance to amend the
City of  Laredo’s Solid
     Waste Management Fund annual budget by appropriating capital  lease
proceeds in the
     amount of $899,856 for the lease purchase of eight (8) garbage trucks for
the Sanitation
     Division.
 
                  INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
             Ordinance amending the City of Laredo fiscal year 2000 Solid Waste
Management 
     Fund Annual Budget by appropriating capital lease proceeds in the amount
of  $899,856
     for the lease purchase of eight (8) garbage trucks for the Sanitation
Division.

     Motion to open the public hearing.

                   Moved:  Cm.  Galo  
             Second:  Cm.  Alvarado                    
             For:  8                   Against:  0                   
Abstain:  0

             There was no public input.

     Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

             Moved:  Cm.  Guerra  
             Second:  Cm.  Valdez                 
             For:  8                   Against:  0                   
Abstain:  0

             Ordinance introduction:  City Council

VIII.   GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
 
12.  A.  Request by Council Member Louis H. Bruni
 
    1.  Status report on the progress by the City in acquiring jet service,
    with possible
              action.
         
              Jose Flores, Airport Director, notified the council that
         American Continental
              Express is currently in a program to replace their turbo prop
         equipment and go
              to an all jet fleet in the next couple of years.  The strategy
         that they employ is as
              follows:
         
              1.  They are addressing markets that are currently served by
         large jets where
              those markets are marginal and profitable. 
           2.  They are looking at new markets to service that they are not
           currently
                servicing with original jets. 
              3.  Airport communities like Laredo, who have turbo-prop
         service are at the
                   bottom of their list.  
         
              He added that Laredo will acquire jet service through natural
         progression.  
         
              Cm.  Galo expressed his concern on leasing the old terminal.
         
              Mayor Flores and Cm.  Bruni encouraged Mr.  Flores to remind
         all airlines of the
              importance of excellent customer service for Laredoans.
         
         Cm.  Bruni requested an update from Jose Flores concerning good
    public policy.
              
    2.  Status report on the paving of City right-of-way and Tex-Mex Railway 
         right-of-way at Guadalupe and Arkansas, with possible action.
    
           Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported that a plan has been
           established and that he will revisit with Tex-Mex to finalize the
           project.  He added that the cost estimate to do the connections
           to New York from Arkansas along Guadalupe would be $40,000. 
           Finally, he stated that if Tex-Mex will dedicate their
           right-of-way then the city can go forward and pave the city’s
           portion of the right-of- way.   
    
           Cm.  Alvarado voiced his concern about the substandard railroad
           crossings that are throughout the city.  He requested an itemized
           list of all crossings and whose  liability they fall under. He
           further requested a capital improvement project plan from the
           railroads. 
           
      Keith Selman, Planning and Zoning Director, stated that the
      Metropolitan
      Planning Organization and the Unified Planning Work Program has issued
      the
         Request for Proposals to do a study pertaining to railroad
         crossing.  He added
         that he has had difficulty  acquiring information pertinent in
         completing this
         project. 
    
    3.  Discussion with possible action on the continuing problem with
    tractor 
         trailers parking on City property on the 2300 and 2400 block of
    Saunders (old 
         K-Mart parking lot).
    
         Jaime Flores, City Attorney, reported on the issue of the truck
    problem.  He
         added whenever Tamkin receives a 30 day cure notice, they always
    comply.   

         Jose Flores, Airport Director, stated that a letter was sent
    reminding the tenant
         to enforce the agreement.
    
            B.  Request by Council Member John C. Galo
 
    1.  Discussion with possible action on the traffic congestion along the
    Mines Road.
    
         This item was discussed in conjunction with D (1).
    
               C.  Request by Council Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr.
 
    1.  Status report on the traffic problems along Northpoint and around the
    Amparo
         Gutierrez Elementary School, with possible action. 
    
         Roberto Murillo, Traffic Department, reported that he visited Amparo
    Gutierrez 
         Elementary School and confirmed that all traffic signs in that area
    are currently
         in place.  He added that until the Speed Hump Pilot Project is
    complete,  he could
         not recommend installing speed humps.  
    
         Agustin Dovalina, III, Chief of Police, stated that personnel has
    been assigned to
         Amparo Gutierrez Elementary and citations are being issued.   
    
             2.  Discussion with possible action in developing program on
vandalism problems at
         City’s parks, enforcing curfew, more involvement from the community
    police,
         increasing park vandalism fines, demand restitution, establish Crime
    Watch
         Program for areas around parks and a reward program.
    
         John Vidaurri, Parks & Recreation Director, mentioned several ways
    in which
              his department is trying to deter vandalism at City parks.  He
         stated that 
              vandalism has declined somewhat due to lighting project which
         began over a
              year ago.  He is currently pricing portable surveillance
         cameras, and working in 
              conjunction with the Public Access Channel in promotional
         announcements
              encouraging citizens to assist in policing parks. 
    
         Agustin Dovalina, III,  Police Chief, reassured the council that
    officers are
         currently visiting residents that live in the park areas, and
    encouraging them to
         participate in the Crime Watch  Program.
      
              Motion instructing staff to establish a reward program for
         reporting vandalism
              and destruction of public property; provide stiffer fines,
         include Drug Free and
              Gun Free Zones; and to bring back recommendations.   
    
         Moved:  Cm.  Valdez
         Second:  Cm.  Alvarado
                  For:  8             Against:  0                   
Abstain:  0
    
       D.  Request by Council Member Mario G. Alvarado
 
    1.  Status report on Mines Road Task Force activities and/or
    recommendations for
         traffic control on FM 1472, with possible action.
    
         Roberto Murillo, Traffic Manager, reported that continued meetings
    held every
         Friday with the Texas Department of Transportation, Zachary and the
    city keep
         each other abreast of issues that might create a problem for traffic
    on Mines
         Road.  
    
         Cm.  Alvarado stressed the importance of communication between
    departments.
    
         Eliodoro Granados, Assistant Chief of Police, reported that Mines
    Road is a
         priority for his department.   
     
    2.  Presentation by David Leija requesting speed humps along Lowry Road
    with
         possible action.
    
         Mr.  David Leija was unable to attend the meeting.
    
         Mrs.  Esterina Pulido stated that the road is being used for drag
    racing.  She
         asked that this be studied for street humps.
                              
IX.     INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES
 
          13.  Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with
the Washington’s
     Birthday Celebration Association, Inc. (WBCA) for approximately one (1.0)
acre of land
     located on the north end of the Air Operations Area of the Laredo
International Airport
     for the purpose of hosting the Air Show 2000. Lease term is for one (1)
day commencing
     on February 20, 2000. Rental obligation will be $1.00 because this event
is free to the
     public. This event complements the rest of the activities celebrated by
the WBCA.
 
             Ordinance introduction:  Cm.  Bruni
 




X.      FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES

        Internet Available:  http://www.cityoflaredo.com  
        
    Motion to waive final reading of ordinances # 2000-0-018, # 2000-0-019, #
    2000-0-020, 
    # 2000-0-021, # 2000-0-022, # 2000-0-023, # 2000-0-024 and # 2000-0-025.
    
    Moved:  Cm.  Bruni
    Second:  Cm.  Agredano
            For:  8                   Against:  0                   
Abstain:  0

14. 2000-O-018  Ordinance approving the acquisition of an approximate 8.973
acre tract
              (surface only including improvements located thereon) of non-
              aeronautical use land located at the Laredo International
              Airport by the
              City of Laredo General Fund from the City of Laredo Airport
              Fund. The
              subject property will be donated to the Board of Regents of
              the University
              of Texas for the public purpose of establishing and operating
              an extension
                                campus of the University of Texas Health
Science Center at San Antonio
              in accordance with Section 272.001 (j) of the Local
              Government Code.
              The fair market value of the subject 8.973 acre tract is
              $1,446,000.00.
              
              Motion to adopt, subject to the sale of bonds.
              
                      Moved:  Cm.  Bruni  
                           Second:  Cm.  Agredano                    
                           For:  8              Against:  0              Abstain:  0
 
      2000-O-019  Ordinance approving the donation of an approximate 8.97 acre
tract
                  (surface only including improvements located   thereon)
              of  non-
                  aeronautical use land located at the Laredo International
              Airport to the
             Board of Regents of the University of Texas for the public
         purpose of
                  establishing and operating an extension campus of the
              University of Texas
                  Health Science Center at San Antonio in accordance with
              Section 272.001
                  (j) of the Local Government Code and authorizing the City
              Manager to
                  execute all necessary conveyance documents. The Fair
              Market Value of
                  the subject property is $1,836,000.00. 
                 
              Motion to adopt, subject to the sale of bonds.
              
                      Moved:  Cm.  Bruni  
                           Second:  Cm.  Agredano                    
                      For:  8              Against:  0              
Abstain:  0
              
             
                  2000-O-020  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 adopt.
              
                      Moved:  Cm. Bruni  
                           Second:  Cm.  Agredano                    
                      For:  8              Against:  0              Abstain:  0
 
                  2000-O-021  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 (as
         amended).
              
              Motion to adopt.
              
                      Moved:  Cm. Bruni  
                           Second:  Cm.  Agredano                    
                      For:  8              Against:  0              Abstain:  0

      2000-O-022  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.
              
              Motion to adopt.
              
                      Moved:  Cm. Bruni  
                           Second:  Cm.  Agredano                    
                      For:  8              Against:  0              Abstain:  0
 
                  2000-O-023  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 adopt.
              
                     Moved:  Cm. Bruni  
                           Second:  Cm.  Agredano                    
                      For:  8              Against:  0              Abstain:  0
 
                  2000-O-024  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.
         
              Motion to adopt.
              
                      Moved:  Cm. Bruni  
                           Second:  Cm.  Agredano                    
                      For:  8              Against:  0              Abstain:  0
              
                   2000-O-025  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.

             Motion to adopt.
              
                      Moved:  Cm. Bruni  
                           Second:  Cm.  Agredano                    
                      For:  8              Against:  0              Abstain:  0
 
 XI.  RESOLUTIONS
 
15. 2000-R-004   Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Subordination, Non-
             Disturbance, and Attornment Agreement between the City of
         Laredo, 
                  International Bank of Commerce and IRCO Corporation,
              thereby
                  Subordinating the Lease Agreement authorized by Ordinance
              No. 92-182
                  dated October 5, 1992, at the Laredo International
              airport, to the Bank’s
                  Mortgage.
              
             Motion to approve.
              
                      Moved:  Cm.  Moreno  
                           Second:  Cm.  Agredano                    
                  For:  8             Against:  0              Abstain:  0 
 
16. 2000-R-013  Authorizing the City Manager to inform the Texas Natural
Resource
             Conservation Commission (TNRCC) that the City of Laredo wishes
         to be
                  recognized as the Designated Management Agency (DMA) for
              the
                  projects associated with the Colonias application in
              accordance with the
                  requirements of Section 209 of the Federal Water
              Pollution Control Act,
                  as amended.
              
              Motion to expunge.
              
                      Moved:  Cm.  Moreno  
                           Second:  Cm.  Agredano                    
                  For: 8              Against:  0              
              Abstain:  0
          
XII.    MOTIONS
 
             17.  Consideration to adopt the Implementation Procedures Manual as
the official
           administrative and procedural policy guidance document for the
    Residential Sound
           Insulation Program, which is a component of the City of Laredo
    International Airport 
           Noise Compatibility Program as administered by the Department of
    Community
           Development.
    
       Moved:  Cm.  Galo  
               Second:  Cm.  Agredano                  
       For:  8                    Against:  0                    Abstain:  0
    
        18.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to request interest
statements from
           professional firms interested in providing consultant services for
    the complete
           marketing plan of the upcoming Automated Vehicle Identification
    and Weigh In 
           Motion  systems. This is to include the development of a logo and
    the name of City’s 
           transponders.
    
       Moved:  Cm.  Galo  
               Second:  Cm.  Agredano                  
               For:  8                 Against:  0                   
Abstain:  0

          19.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to award a
professional services contract to
         Trinity Testing Laboratories, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for an amount not
    to exceed
         $23,655.00 to provide laboratory, sampling and testing services of
    materials for quality
         control for the City of Laredo Service Center (EDA Project No.
    08-01-03159). Funding
         is available in the Department of Public Works Infrastructure
    Development Testing
         Fees.
    
       Moved:  Cm.  Galo  
               Second:  Cm.  Agredano                  
                     For:  8                Against:  0                   
Abstain:  0
                  
          20.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to approve the
selection of consultant
         HNTB Corporation, Houston, Texas to provide professional services
    for wetlands
         assessment and mitigation for the City of Laredo Landfill as per
    requirements of the U.S.
         Army Corps of Engineers and authorization to negotiate a
    professional services contract.
         Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund. 
                 
     Moved:  Cm.  Bruni
             Second:  Cm.  Galo                   
     For:       8                 Against:  0                   Abstain:  0 

          21.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to approve the
selection of consultant SCS
     Engineers, Dallas, Texas to provide professional engineering services for
the Emission
     Guidelines and Title V for the City of Laredo Landfill as per requirements
of the Texas
         Natural Resource Conservation Commission and authorization to
    negotiate a
         professional services contract. Funding is available in the Solid
    Waste Fund.
 
                
     Moved:  Cm.  Bruni
             Second:  Cm.  Galo                   
     For:       8                 Against:  0                   Abstain:  0 


          22.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to approve the
selection of consultant
             Howland Surveying Company, Inc., Laredo, Texas to provide
engineering and surveying
     services for the FY-2000 for the City of Laredo Landfill as per 
     requirements of the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission and
     authorization to negotiate a professional services contract. Funding is
available in the
     Solid Waste Fund.

     Moved:  Cm.  Bruni
             Second:  Cm.  Galo                   
     For:       8                 Against:  0                   Abstain:  0 
 
          23.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to approve the
selection of consultant Secor
         International, Houston, Texas to provide engineering and
    Construction Quality
         Assurance services for Type IV cells for the City of Laredo Landfill
    as per requirements
         of the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission and
    authorization to negotiate
         a professional services contract. Funding is available in the Solid
    Waste Fund.
    
     Moved:  Cm.  Bruni
             Second:  Cm.  Galo                   
     For:       8                 Against:  0                   Abstain:  0 
                        
          24.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to approve a General
Fund Aid to Other
     Agencies Interlocal Government Agreement with the County of Webb for both
the
     Meals on Wheels Program and the Elderly Nutrition Program of the Community
Action
     Agency (CAA) for the Fiscal Year October 1, 1999 through September 30,
2000. The
         Meals on Wheels contract is for a total of $18,750 and the Elderly
    Nutrition Program
         contract is for a total of $20,000.
    
     Moved:  Cm.  Bruni
             Second:  Cm.  Galo                   
     For:       8                 Against:  0                   Abstain:  0 
 
          25.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to amend the
contract between the City of
             Laredo and the Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra for the fiscal year
1999-2000 to increase
     funding from $25,000 to $37,000 as directed by City Council on January
3rd, 2000 and
              authorizing the City Manager to execute such amendment.

     Moved:  Cm.  Bruni
             Second:  Cm.  Galo                   
     For:       8                 Against:  0                   Abstain:  0 
 
          26.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter into a
Memorandum of
         Understanding with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT),
    the U.S.
         Customs Service, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Laredo
    Transportation
         Association, Mercy Regional Medical Hospital, and other state or
    local agencies and
         organizations as may later be identified, as the means to establish
    a core group of
         agencies to organize, plan and implement Intelligent Transportation
    Systems (ITS)
         activities for the Laredo region. The Laredo District Office of
    TxDOT would serve as
         the lead agency.
    
     Moved:  Cm.  Galo
             Second:  Cm.  Bruni                  
     For:       8                 Against:  0                   Abstain:  0 
    
 
          27.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to award a contract
to Gerardo L. Salazar to
     paint a City of Laredo garbage truck with a Recycling Theme for a fee of
Four Thousand
     Dollars ($4,000.00) which includes labor and materials.

     Moved:  Cm.  Galo
             Second:  Cm.  Bruni                  
     For:       8                 Against:  0                   Abstain:  0
 
          28.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to submit FY2001
TEA-21
                 Transportation and Community and System Preservation Pilot
Program Discretionary
         Grant Applications to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in
    support of the
         design and planning of the Cuatro Vientos Trade Corridor Project,
    Phase I ($1,562,000)
         and the preparation of  engineering plans and specifications of El
    Portal Riverfront Park
         and Scenic Road Project ($1,026,630), and further authorizing the
    City Manager to
         execute any and all documents resulting from such submission.
    
     Moved:  Cm.  Galo
             Second:  Cm.  Bruni                  
         For:       8                 Against:  0                   
    Abstain:  0
                       
          29.  Consideration for approval of change order no. 2, a net decrease
of  $17,821.60 for the
     balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the
Tinaja/Chacon Pilot
     Channel Improvements from Louisiana Avenue to U.S. Hwy 83 and approval of
final
     payment in the amount of $64,663.10 to Ramos Industries, Inc., Pasadena,
Texas.
                 Final construction contract amount is $399,469.40.  Funding is
available in the
     Community Development Chacon Pilot Channel CD Projects.

     Moved:  Cm.  Galo
             Second:  Cm.  Bruni                  
     For:       8                 Against:  0                   Abstain:  0
 
          30.  Consideration for approval of change order no. 3 a net decrease
of $37,415.18 for the
     balance of quantities actually constructed in place and to add an
additional 22 working
     days to the construction contract time due to weather and cement shortage,
acceptance of
     the Laredo International Airport Passenger Terminal and Related Airside
Landside
     Improvements Phase D – New Parallel Taxiway; approval to retain $10,000.00
for the
     completion of pending punch list items, and approval to release partial
retainage in the
     amount of  $3,358,810.79. Funding is available in the FAA – Noise
Abatement Parallel
     Taxiway “D” Improvements Other Than Buildings.

     Moved:  Cm.  Galo
             Second:  Cm.  Bruni                  
     For:       8                 Against:  0                   Abstain:  0

XIII.   STAFF REPORT
 
          31.  Status report from the Non-Profit Management and Volunteer
Center with staff
     recommendations and possible action and presentation of revised funding
criteria for
     Third Party Agencies, with possible action.

    Jose Vela, III, coordinator for Third Party Funding, gave a presentation
    before the
    council.  He listed three recommendations for the council to consider:
    
    1.)  Adoption of the revised Third Party Funding Application
    
    2.)  Formation of an Ad Hoc Third Party Funding Advisory Committee.
    
    3.  Allocation of Third Party Funds as the start of the Third Party
    Funding Process.
    
    He also submitted the following Third Party Funding listed below:
    
    Fiscal year 1999 – 2000
    
    General Fund           $    647,043
    Hotel Motel Fund            $    376,175
    Interlocal Agreement        $    305,000
    Total Third Party Funding        $       1,328,218 
    
    Average of Fiscal Years for 1997-98, 1998-99, and 1999-2000 include the
    following:
    
    General Fund           $    563,776
    Hotel/Motel Fund            $    374,401
    Interlocal Agreement        $    271,666
    Total Average               $       1,209,843
     
         Mayor Flores thanked Mr. Flores for the presentation and she wanted
    him to return in
         two weeks to give the council more time to review over the material
    that he had
         submitted. 

     
          32.  Status report on the World Trade Bridge (Fourth Bridge).

             Rafael Garcia, Bridge Manager, made the presentation before the
Council discussing the
     completion of the World Trade Bridge.  He reported that they are currently
85% 
     complete.  He also presented a video for the City Council.

XIV.    ADJOURNMENT                                        Time:  9:20

     Motion to adjourn.

     Moved:  Cm.  Galo
     Second:  Cm.  Alvarado
             For:  8                   Against:  0                   
Abstain:  0 

    
      I hereby certify that the above minutes contained in pages 01 to 20 are
true, complete,
     and correct proceedings of the City Council Meeting held on the 24th day of
February
     2000.
                           
                                                           
__________________________________
                                                                         
    Gustavo Guevara, Jr.
                                                                         
          City Secretary