CITY OF LAREDO
                  CITY COUNCIL MEETING
                       M2000-R-04
                  CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
                   1110 HOUSTON STREET
                   LAREDO, TEXAS 78040
                     FEBRUARY 7, 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
         Ray Rodriguez,              City Attorney

    IV.  MINUTES

         Approval of the minutes of City Council Meeting held 
         January 03, 2000 and City Council Workshop held January 
         12, 2000.

         Motion to approve.

         Moved:  Cm.  Agredano
         Second:  Cm.  Galo
         For:	6	Against:  0 Abstain:  1
         Cm.  Bruni

         Cm.  Alvarado not present, he joined the meeting at 5:40 p.m.  

     V.  COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

         Announcements

         a.  Proclamation of the month of February as Customer 
             Service Month.

             Mayor Flores proclaimed the month of February as 
             Customer Service Month to the members of the Laredo 
             Chamber of Commerce.  Representing the Laredo Chamber 
             of Commerce were John Adams and Ana Maria Tamez.

         Invitations

         a.  Streets of Laredo Mall extends an invitation to the 
             "Noche de Carnaval, Mardi Gras" to be held on Friday, 
             February 11, 2000.

             Roberto Gonzalez, President of The Streets of Laredo, 
             formally invited Mayor, the City council members and 
             the public to attend the "Noche de Carnaval, Mardi 
             Gras" to be held on February 11, 2000.

             He read the following Mission statement for the Streets 
             of Laredo:

             The Mission Statement for the Streets of Laredo is to 
             preserve and amplify the eclectic atmosphere of the 
             historic Laredo while developing downtown into a place 
             to live, work and visit.  

             The purpose of our organization is to promote tourism, 
             economic diversification through the revitalization 
             and beautification of downtown Laredo.  

             To improve the access through better traffic flows, 
             and parking to promote improvements, maintenance and 
             security for all of downtown.  To protect and assist 
             private and public development of downtown Laredo.  
             To promote and enhance business and economic 
             opportunities through continuing efforts and actions 
             of the street of Laredo and others. 

         Recognitions

         a.  Recognizing the City of Laredo for winning "The Best 
             Little Blood Drive on the Border" held on November 2, 
             1999 by the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center.

             Dan Migura, Administrative Services Director, stated 
             the importance of donating blood during the holiday 
             season and he introduced Tammy Luis, Supervisor for 
             South Texas Blood and Tissue Center.

             Tammy Luis and Carmen Davila, Community Relations 
             Department, presented to Lita Vasquez, Risk Department, 
             an Outstanding Community Service Plaque for her 
             assistance in the recent blood drive. 

             Mayor Flores received the "Cup of Life" rotating 
             trophy for winning the Blood Draw Challenge for 1999. 

         b.  Recognizing the City of Laredo Public Works Department  
             for being selected by International City / County 
             Management Association (ICMA) as one of the top 6 in 
             the nation for it's Landfill Methane Outreach Program.

             Mayor Flores congratulated Joe Guerra, Public Works 
             Director and his staff, for their job of excellence.

         Communiques

         A.  Mayor Flores spoke on the 1999 Accomplishments 
             reflecting City Council Policy Statements and Goals:

             Mayor Flores gave the following statement:

             This is indeed an exciting time to live in Laredo, 
             and most importantly to be a Laredoan.  The tremendous 
             volume of growth in every area of this city is 
             allowing the City Council through city staff to 
             provide the citizens of this dynamic community the 
             best in services and quality of life.  The Laredo of 
             the 21st century will blare in comparison to the Laredo 
             of years past.  What we have accomplished as a 
             community is a testament to our growth, our vision, 
             and importance in the global community.  

             A year ago this City Council conducted a Strategic 
             Planning Session.  With the help of my colleagues on 
             the City Council, our objective to identify goals and 
             develop policy statements for a better Laredo was 
             accomplished.  Everything from transportation, public 
             safety, quality of life, economic development, and 
             customer service was touched upon.  The foundation by 
             which we developed these policy statements was built 
             upon three basic philosophical issues:  

             1.  to assist people that do not have access to the 
                 market place;
             2.  that government should be competitive, innovative 
                 and efficient;
             3.  and government should be measured by its results. 

             As we look to the new millennium let us embrace the 
             hope and challenges that lie ahead, as in the words 
             of Samuel Johnson, "The future is purchased by the 
             present."

             One hundred years ago the only traffic in Laredo was 
             horses and wagons on small dirt roads.  Today, this 
             thriving community, the hub of trade with Mexico, has 
             built state of the art roads and bridges to 
             accommodate all of the truck traffic related to trade 
             and at the same time making it safe for Laredoans in 
             their daily commutes.  The new World Trade Bridge, 
             which is a couple of months from opening, will further 
             solidify this city's role as the country's number one 
             inland port of entry and most importantly the country's 
             front door to the rest of the world. 

             As we look to the future, our goal of providing 
             citizens access to desired destinations in a quick, 
             convenient, safe and comfortable manner, through 
             projects such as the Calton Road widening, and the 
             Clark/Hendricks St.  Improvement, will be met.

             This city council has done much to create a feeling 
             of security among the citizens and to promote the 
             safety of the community.  This year we have had the 
             pleasure of opening two more fire stations, stations 
             ten and eleven, to provide additional fire protection 
             to residents in District I and VI.  This year has 
             also seen the acquisition of 102 new police cars to 
             the Police Department's fleet which will make it much 
             easier for officers to patrol the neighborhoods to 
             ensure our safety and that of our children.  These 
             new cars will also allow police officers to be readily 
             available to patrol highways and busy roads making 
             driving a pleasurable and safe experience for law 
             abiding citizens.

             In the future, Laredoans can rest assured that the 
             city will continue its effort in providing the best 
             in public safety with the addition of fire station 
             twelve, and to make sure that every district have at 
             least one police substation.  

             Everywhere across the community, from District I to 
             District VIII, you find signs of the fast improvement 
             in the quality of life of all citizens.  From the 
             young to the young at heart everyone is seeing a 
             dramatic improvement in the quality of life.  Last 
             year we inaugurated the construction for the 
             restoration of the Hamilton Hotel.  When complete 
             this historic building will be home and a meeting 
             place for many of Laredo's elderly citizens to enjoy 
             each others company and camaraderie. 

             Parks and places to get together with friends and 
             family is one area that is receiving high priority 
             from this council  In the past year we have 
             inaugurated or broke ground on a variety of projects 
             that will begin to satisfy the need for parks.  Parks 
             like the just opened Santa Fe Park in District I, the 
             Father NcNaboe Park in District VII, and the Zacate 
             Creek Linear Park in District V are just some examples 
             of the progress we have made in this area.  Also, 
             tennis players have already been taking advantage of 
             the improvements made to the Market Street Tennis 
             Courts, and boxers will soon be enjoying their sport 
             in the renovated Canizales gym.  And this is just the 
             beginning, in the future we will continue to provide 
             adequate support to city departments and staff who 
             provide leisure opportunities.  

             We have also taken significant steps in the area of 
             quality of life by initiating discussions for a 
             Multi-Purpose Center to attract and provide Laredoans 
             with good, quality, and affordable entertainment.

             It has been the goal of this council to make 
             government responsible to the needs of its constituents.  
             That is why we are promoting customer service as every 
             employees responsibility.  The City has implemented a 
             customer service plan to implement as the city's 
             program to provide excellent customer service.  As 
             part of this program, the city has hired a customer 
             service coordinator to oversee citizens needs and to 
             be responsible for timely tracking and solutions to 
             people complains, problems and suggestions.

             All of this can only be possible, if we are able to 
             give citizens the most basic of necessities - one 
             being water.  We can no longer rely and expect the 
             Rio Grande to be our only source of drinking water.  
             In past few months we have begun the process of 
             searching for an alternative source of drinking water 
             for the future need of this community.  

             In the past we have seen and experienced the 
             unpredictability of the Mother Nature, from floods to 
             droughts, nature knows no mercy.  This is why we have 
             started the process now, so that in the future we 
             won't be at the mercy of Mother Nature's unpredictability.  

             From Mother Nature's droughts and floods to Father 
             Nature's economic ups and downs, living in Laredo for 
             the past two-hundred-forty five years has been a 
             lesson in survivability.  We face many challenges 
             that are unique to Laredo, but it is that uniqueness 
             that also allows us to experience the benefits and 
             good fortunes that come with living on the border.  
             As we embark on the 21st century we can no longer be 
             separated by our differences, the only way we can 
             make a difference is by working together.  this is a 
             critical time in the history of this city, there is 
             too much at stake.  Our children who deserve the very 
             best and brightest future.

             End of statement.

         B.  Councilmember Moreno requested information on the 
             audit of financial statements.  The Original Fund 
             balance is $1.3 million dollars less and the Sales 
             Tax Revenue Projections were under reported by 1.6 
             million dollars.  

             Mayor Flores directed staff to notify council of the 
             audit changes in question.

         C.  Randy Blair, Washington Birthday Celebration 
             Association Director, expressed his concern in 
             obtaining a permit allowing the firework display to 
             be held this week at Life Downs.  

             Rodolfo Sepulveda, Deputy Chief, stated that he would 
             assist Mr. Blair in obtaining a permit as soon as 
             possible to avoid any complications 
 
    VI.  APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

         None

   VII.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

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

             Gary Rodriguez from McAllen, representing Marketing 
             Associates, spoke in favor of a Conditional Use 
             Permit.  He added that a market analysis was recently 
             performed downtown Laredo and the conclusion was 
             positive for the merchant and the customer.  Jose 
             Manuel Valdez, representative of the busing company, 
             spoke on the site improvements and asked for approval 
             of the zone change. 

             Ron Whitehawk, representing Norwest Bank, spoke 
             against the Conditional Use Permit.  They believe the 
             building is too small for the proposed use.

             Alfonso Arguindegui, property owner, spoke in favor 
             of providing the use of a bus charter service for his 
             location. 

             Motion to close the public hearing and introduce as a 
             Conditional Use Permit for a period of five years.

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

             Ordinance Introduction:  Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo  

         2.  Public hearing concerning the approval of an 
             amendment to the contract with the Texas Department 
             of Health and Budget in the amount of $111,336.00 for 
             the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) 
             outreach and enrollment assistance activity of the City
             of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning 
             January 1, 2000 through December 31, 2000.

                        INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
             Ordinance amending the contract with the Texas 
             Department of Health and Budget in the amount of 
             $111,336.00 for the Children's Health Insurance 
             Program (CHIP) outreach and enrollment assistance 
             activity of the City of Laredo Health Department for 
             the period beginning January 1, 2000 through December 
             31, 2000; and increase revenue line item 
             226-0000-323-4082 from $0 to $111,336.00, and 
             expenditure line item 226-6022 from $0 to $111,336.00.

             Motion to open the public hearing.

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

             There was no public input.

             Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

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

             Ordinance Introduction:  City Council  

             3.  Public hearing concerning the approval of an 
                 amendment to the contract with the Texas Department 
	             of Health and Budget in the amount of $100,000.00 to 
                 operate the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) 
                 Program of the City of Laredo Health Department 
                 for the period beginning October 1, 1999 through 
                 September 30, 2000.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
                 Ordinance amending the contract with the Texas 
                 Department of Health and Budget in the amount of 
                 $100,000.00 in additional funds for the Women, 
                 Infants and Children (WIC) Program of the City of 
                 Laredo Health Department for the period beginning 
                 October 1, 1999, through September 30, 2000; and 
                 increasing revenue line item for the WIC Program 
                 226-0000-323-4037 from $2,106,480.00 to $2,206,480.00 
                 and expenditure line item 226-6014 from $2,106,480.00 
                 to $2,206,480.00.

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

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

                 There was no public input.

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

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

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council  

                 4.  Public hearing concerning the amendment of 
                     the City of Laredo's 1999-2000 annual budget 
                     in the amount of $55,519.00 with the Office 
                     of National Drug Control Policy (HIDTA) 
                     contributing $49,888.00 and the City of Laredo 
                     designating $5,631.00 to fund the Multi-Agency 
                     Major Organization Investigation Task Force 
                     for the period of January 1, 2000 through 
                     December 31, 2000.

                              INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
                     Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 
                     1999-2000 annual budget in the amount of 
                     $55,519.00 with the Office of National Drug 
                     Control Policy (HIDTA) contributing $49,888.00 
                     and City of Laredo designating $5,631.00 to 
                     fund the Multi-Agency Major Organization 
                     Investigation Task Force for the period of 
                     January 1, 2000 through December 31, 2000.

                     Motion to table indefinitely.

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

                 5.  Public hearing concerning the amendment of 
                     the City of Laredo FY1999-2000 annual budget 
                     in the amount of $770,496.00 to fund the 
                     Multi-Agency Financial Disruption Task Force.  
                     The National Drug Control Policy (HIDTA) High 
                     Intensity Drug Trafficking Area is funding 
                     the operation at no cost to the City.  Funds 
                     will be used to pay for personnel salaries, 
                     travel and operational expenses beginning 
                     January 1, 2000 through December 31, 2000.

                             INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
                     Ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY1999-
                     2000 annual budget in the amount of $770,496.00 
                     to fund the Multi-Agency Financial Disruption 
                     Task Force.  The National Drug Control Policy 
                     (HIDTA) High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area 
                     is funding the operation at no cost to the 
                     City.  Funds will be used to pay for personnel 
                     salaries, travel and operational expenses 
                     beginning January 1, 2000 through December 
                     31, 2000.

                     Motion to open the public hearing.

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

                     There was no public input.

                     Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

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

                          Ordinance Introduction:  City Council  

                 6.  Public hearing concerning the amendment of the 
                     City of Laredo's 1999-2000 annual budget in 
                     the amount of $729,000.00 for the Multi-Agency 
                     Narcotic Task Force.  Funding is available 
                     from the opening balance of the Narcotic Task 
                     Force Division and will be used to pay salaries 
                     and overtime from December 1999 through May 
                     2000, and to purchase equipment.  Grant period 
                     is from June 1, 1999 through May 31, 2000.

                              INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
                     Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 
                     1999-2000 annual budget in the amount of
                     $729,000.00 for the Multi-Agency Narcotic 
                     Task Force.  Funding is available from the
                     opening balance of the Narcotic Task Force 
                     Division and will be used to pay salaries and
                     overtime from December 1999 through May 2000, 
                     and to purchase equipment.  Grant period is 
                     from June 1, 1999 through May 31, 2000.

                     Motion to open the public hearing.

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

                     There was no public input.

                     Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

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

                     Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

  VIII.  GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

         7.  A.  Request by Council Member Cecilia May Moreno

                 1.  Discussion with possible action to conduct the 
                     study for speed humps at the 300 and 400 blocks 
                     of Garden St. leading to the Zacate Creek Park.

                     Roberto Murillo, Traffic Engineer, stated that 
                     the Speed Hump Pilot Project will be completed at 
                     the end of February.  He will submit his 
                     recommendations to the council at that time. 

                     Mayor Flores asked for a list of all properties 
                     currently being evaluated in the Speed Hump Pilot 
                     Program.  

                     Motion to include the following properties to the 
                     Speed Hump Pilot Program: Block 300 and 400 of 
                     Garden street that leads to Zacate Creek Park and 
                     the 2400 or 2500 Block of Lane.

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

                 2.  Status report on the Sidewalk Project for 
                     District IV.
   		     
                     Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, stated the Sidewalk 
                     Projects are currently under construction and are 
                     approximately 28 percent complete.  

             B.  Request by Council Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

                 1.  Status report on the C.O.P.S. Sub-Station 
                     site in District V.

                     Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported that 
                     the subsurface investigations are being 
                     ordered and he is trying to set up a meeting 
                     with the consultants on the completion of the 
                     plans.  He added that all three sub-stations 
                     would be included on the quote. 

             C.  Request by Council Member Joe A. Guerra

                 1.  Discussion by Dr. Hector Farias and Manuel 
                     Menchaca on health and environmental issues.

                     Dr. Hector Farias, VIDA Chairman, and Manuel 
                     Menchaca, stated that they had already 
                     addressed the council in prior years to no 
                     avail.  They submitted the following list:

                 Problem:
                     The protections of our water source.  The 
                     river is our only source of water.  El Cenizo 
                     and Rio Bravo do not have adequate wastewater 
                     collection and treatment.  Most of their 
                     waste eventually goes into the river.  Nuevo 
                     Laredo is still dumping approximately 7 million 
                     gallons of raw sewerage every day into our 
                     only water source.  Warehouses on the Mines 
                     Road are not being inspected adequately to 
                     prevent a hazardous spill from getting into 
                     the river.
                 Solution:
                     More inspectors to provide constant surveillance, 
                     investigations and monitoring.  Enforcement 
                     powers for inspectors that are backed up by 
                     the courts and the council.  Collection and 
                     treatment of the seven million gallons per 
                     day of raw sewerage coming from Nuevo Laredo 
                     by the Army Corps of Engineers or by some 
                     other method.  Provide assistance to El Cenizo 
                     and Rio Bravo with their wastewater collection 
                     and treatment. 

                 Problem:
                     Providing wastewater collection for the Aztecas 
                     residents.  There is a major problem with the 
                     wastewater collection lines in the Azteca 
                     neighborhood.  This is a massive undertaking 
                     that requires replacement of all the old lines 
                     in that area.  This is the reason that it 
                     always smells so horrible of wastewater in 
                     the Azteca neighborhood and sometimes the 
                     downtown area.  This horrible smell has plagued 
                     us for a long time.  This horrible smell is 
                     one of the things we are not very proud of as 
                     Laredoans.
                 Solutions:
                     Replace all those water lines.  The cost is 
                     high.  We keep putting it off, but the
                     problem must be resolved.  The lines must be 
                     replaced, and it will be expensive.  Much of 
                     this waste also winds up going into the river.

                 Problem:
                     Getting water and sewer services to inner 
                     city residents.  There are about 14 families 
                     living alongside the Chacon Creek just off 
                     Highway 83 south and Chacon Street who, until 
                     recently, did not have electrical service and 
                     whose children were forced to do their homework 
                     before sunset and could not bathe property and 
                     get ready to go to school.
                 Solution:
                     The city is obligated to provide them water 
                     and wastewater services immediately.  These 
                     basic services must be provided because the 
                     city issued the permits allowing these families 
                     to set up their residence although there was 
                     no service available.

                 Problem:
                     Providing water and waste water collection to 
                     colonia residents.  The recent legislation 
                     has created the funding for infrastructure 
                     construction for colonia residents.  Indications 
                     are that population numbers are increasing in 
                     the colonias.  State and federal funding is 
                     available that must be matched by city and 
                     county funds.  Our resources must go to providing 
                     colonias with basic utilities.

                 Problem:
                     Webb County has the highest death rate due to 
                     diabetes.
                 Solution:
                     This deadly disease is killing our people, 
                     our friends and neighbors.  This must become 
                     a priority issue with the city council and the 
                     Health Department.  Outreach workers must be 
                     trained in nutrition and exercise programs so 
                     that they can visit with people who suffer 
                     from diabetes and get on the road to recovery.

                 Problem:
                     Very high rates of tuberculosis
                 Solution:
                     We must work closely with our partners from 
                     Mexico in eradicating this disease previously 
                     known as consumption. The number of cases, 
                     especially multi-drug resistant cases, is 
                     increasing.  Medications are very expensive 
                     and difficult to take because of their side 
                     effects leading patients to go into hiding 
                     out their medication and thereby, further 
                     spreading the disease.

                 Problem:
                     Worst dengue epidemic in recent history.
                 Solution:
                     More mosquito monitoring and surveillance is 
                     required year round.  More health education 
                     of the public is required.  More mosquito 
                     eradication techniques must be explored.  

             D.  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.

                     Roberto Murillo, Traffic Engineer, stated that 
                     the weekly meetings are continuing to discuss 
                     possible closures.  He informed the council of 
                     upcoming closures.  
  		
                 2.  Request for inventory of Union Pacific rail 
                     crossings that need maintenance up keep, for 
                     review on the meeting of February 22, 2000, 
                     with possible action.

                     Cm.  Alvarado stated that four years ago the  
                     council asked staff to work on an inventory list of 
                     substandard crossings.  He was concerned 
                     because there is a dispute between the city 
                     and the rail companies over who is financially 
                     liable for repairs.

                     Mayor Flores requested that staff to submit 
                     information to the council regarding the rail 
                     crossings.  Also, a progress report on the 
                     paving of City right-of-way and Tex-Mex 
                     Railway right-of-way at Guadalupe and Arkansas. 

                     Keith Selman, Planning Director, stated that 
                     the city has had difficulty with the rail 
                     companies at times, in terms of getting some 
                     of the rail crossings fixed and maintained.  
                     He stated that if it were the desire of the 
                     Council, he would put together the requested 
                     inventory and will bring it back for some 
                     type of formal action.             

                 3.  Status report on the Santa Maria Ave. 
                     Reconstruction Project with possible action.

                     Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported that 
                     the project is on schedule and will be 
                     completed in June or July of 2000.  

                 4.  Status report on the Lafayette Bridge Relocation 
                     Project with possible action.

                     Erasmo Villarreal, Community Development 
                     Director, reported they have acquired the 
                     properties and all residents have relocated 
                     with the exception of one.  He added that 
                     three houses were contaminated.  However, 
                     they were being treated and will be demolished.   

                     Cm.  Alvarado requested that for safety reasons, 
                     Community Development needs to expedite the 
                     project. 
					
(Recess)
(Press Availability)

    IX.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

         8.  Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a 
             Scheduled Airline Operating Agreement and Terminal 
             Building Lease with Continental Express for exclusive 
             and non-exclusive joint use space located at the 
             Laredo International Airport passenger terminal for 
             the purpose of conducting commercial air transportation 
             services.  The term of the agreement is for three (3) 
             years effective July 1, 1998 and ending on June 30,
             2001. The monthly rent including landing fees is 
             capped at $1.50 per enplaned revenue passenger and is 
             retroactive to July 1, 1998.

         Ordinance introduction:  Cm.  Bruni  

         9.  Rescinding Ordinance No.97-0-011, entitled Industrial 
             Fire District Designation, methodology for fire 
             protection costs and contract for Industrial District 
             Fire Fighting Services.

         Ordinance introduction:  City Council

     X.  FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES  
	
         Internet Available:  http://www.cityoflaredo.com

         Motion to waive final reading of ordinances # 2000-O-026, 
         #2000-O-027, #2000-O-028, #2000-O-029, #2000-O-030, 
         #2000-O-031, #2000-O-032, #2000-O-033, #2000-O-034
         #2000-O-035 and #2000-O-036.

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

         10.  2000-O-026  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance 
                          (Map) of the City of Laredo by 
                          authorizing the issuance of a Conditional 
                          Use Permit for a police substation on 
                          Lot 20, Block 5, Sierra Vista Police 
                          Station Plat, located on the north side 
                          of Sierra Vista Blvd. and east of Hwy 83.   
                          (Cm  Alfredo Agredano)
   
              Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-026.

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

              2000-O-027  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.  
                          (Cm  Louis H. Bruni)

              Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-027.

              Moved:  Cm.  Bruni
              Second:  Cm.  Alvarado
              For:	8	Against:  0	Abstain:  0
	 		
              2000-O-028  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). (Cm  Louis H. Bruni)

              Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-028.

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

              2000-O-029  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).    (Cm  Louis H. Bruni)

              Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-029.

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

              2000-O-030  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).   
                          (Cm. Louis H. Bruni)

              Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-030.

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

              2000-O-031  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance 
                          (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing
                          the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit 
                          for outdoor storage of pallets on Lots 3 
                          and 4, Block 98, Eastern Division, 
                          located at 809 Market St.  (City Council)

                          Diana Montemayor, of 719 Market, conveyed 
                          her disapproval of adopting the above 
                          ordinance.  

              Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-031.

              Moved:  Cm.  Bruni
              Second:  Cm.  Valdez
              For:	7	Against:  0	Abstain:  1
              Galo

              2000-O-032  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).  
                          (Cm Joe A. Guerra) 

              Motion to Ordinance # 2000-O-032.

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

              2000-O-033  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 
                          R-O (Residential/Office District).   
                          (Cm.  Joe A. Guerra)

              Motion to adopt # 2000-O-033.

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

              2000-O-034  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).  
                          (Cm.  Mario G. Alvarado)

              Motion to adopt # 2000-O-034.

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

              2000-O-035  Ordinance amending the City of Laredo 
                          fiscal year 2000 Solid Waste Management 
                          Fund Annual Budget by appropriating 
                          capital lease proceeds in the amount of 
                          $899,856.00 for the lease purchase of 
                          eight (8) garbage trucks for the Sanitation 
                          Division.  (City Council)

              Motion to table Ordinance # 2000-O-035.

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

              2000-O-036  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.
                          (Cm Louis H. Bruni)

              Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-036.

              Moved:  Cm.  Bruni
              Second:  Cm.  Alvarado
              For:	8	Against:  0	Abstain:  0
  
    XI.  RESOLUTIONS 

         11.  2000-R-014  Accepting a grant from the Texas 
                          Department of Health in the amount of 
                          $111,336.00 for the Children's Health 
                          Insurance Program (CHIP) outreach and 
                          enrollment assistance activity of the 
                          City of Laredo Health Department for the 
                          period beginning January 1, 2000 through 
                          December 31, 2000.

              Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-014.

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

         12.  2000-R-016  Authorizing the City Manager to enter 
                          into and execute an Interlocal Cooperation 
                          Agreement between the City of Laredo and 
                          the County of Webb for the provision of 
                          Fire Protection, Emergency, Medical and 
                          Rescue Services for all unincorporated 
                          areas of the County of Webb, Texas, lying 
                          outside the incorporated limits of the 
                          City of Laredo.

              Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-016.

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

         13.  2000-R-018  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a 
                          grant from (HDTA) High Intensity Drug 
                          Trafficking Agency in the amount of 
                          $770,496.00 to fund the Multi-Agency 
                          Financial Disruption Task Force.  The 
                          National Drug Control Policy (HIDTA) 
                          High Intensity Drug Trafficking Agency 
                          is funding the operation at no cost to 
                          the City.  Funds will be used to pay for 
                          personnel salaries, travel and operation 
                          expenses beginning January 1, 2000 
                          through December 31, 2000.

              Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-018

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

         14.  2000-R-019  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a 
                          grant from the Office of National Drug 
                          Control Policy (HIDTA) in the amount of 
                          $49,888.00, with the City of Laredo 
                          designating $5,631.00 for a total of 
                          $55,519.00 to fund the Multi-Agency 
                          Major Organization Investigation Task 
                          Force for the period of January 1, 2000 
                          through December 31, 2000.

              Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-019.

              Moved:  Cm.  Bruni
              Second:  Cm.  Valdez
              For:	8	Against:  0	Abstain:  0
	
   XII.  MOTIONS

         15.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to 
              approve change Order No. 1 for an amount not to 
              exceed $49,365.57 to the B. W. Zimmerman & Associates 
              contract for an outstanding debt to the original B.W. 
              Zimmerman & Associates contract to perform additional 
              work necessary to insure complete installation of the 
              total system upgrade.  The total cost for this 
              additional work which has yet to be paid is $49,365.57.  
              This change will bring the total present contract 
              amount to $299,360.57. Funding is available in bridge 
              construction fund account.

              Motion to approve.

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

         16.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to award 
              an abatement contract to the Low Bidder, Bexar 
              Environmental, Inc., of San Antonio, Texas, in an 
              amount not to exceed $56,900.00 to remove and 
              dispose of asbestos containing materials from 
              buildings No. 574, No. 1112, No. 1448 and No. 1439 
              located at the Laredo International Airport.  Upon 
              completion of the abatement work the subject buildings 
              will be demolished.  A total of three (3) bids were 
              received.  Funding is available in the FY 1999-2000 
              Airport Fund Operating Budget.

              Motion to approve.

              Moved:  Cm.  Bruni
              Second:  Cm.  Alvarado
              For:	8	Against:  0	Abstain:  0
			
         17.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to select 
              a consultant and enter into negotiations for the 
              Comprehensive Mobility Plan for Laredo, TX.  The 
              consultant recommended for selection is Wilbur Smith 
              Associates.  The study will identify the location and 
              impact of rail vehicle conflicts, as well as identify 
              and analyze capital improvement alternatives.  Funding 
              for the project is available through the Metropolitan 
              Planning Organization (MPO) account.

              Motion to approve.

              Moved:  Cm.  Bruni
              Second:  Cm.  Alvarado
              For:	8	Against:  0	Abstain:  0	
     			
         18.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to award 
              a contract to Competitive Government Strategies in 
              an amount not to exceed $29,000.00 for the preparation 
              of Request for Proposal documents to investigate the 
              potential privatization of the Utilities Department.  
              Funding is available from line item (Privatization 
              RFP) by transferring $29,000.00 from line item 
              (Reserve Appropriation) to the Privatization RFP 
              line item.

              Motion to approve.

              Moved:  Cm.  Bruni
              Second:  Cm.  Alvarado
              For:	6	Against:  2	Abstain:  0
              Cm.  Moreno        Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo

         19.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to award 
              a contract to Camp Dresser & McKee Inc., San Antonio, 
              Texas for an amount not to exceed $49,800.00 to 
              perform a feasibility study at the Zacate Wastewater 
              Treatment Plant.  The scope of services includes the 
              identification and qualification of odor and 
              corrosion sources, exploration of process control to 
              reduce the corrosion in the plant, exploration of 
              odor control technologies to handle air streams, and 
              a recommendation for capital improvements.  Funding 
              is available in the Zacate Creek Wastewater Treatment 
              Plant Corrosion Control Account.

              Motion to approve.

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

         20.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to refund 
              property taxes to the following taxpayers and companies:
              
			  a.  The Laredo National Bank in the amount of $1,459.13 
                  due to an overpayment.
              b.  Chase Manhattan Mortgage Corporation in the amount 
                  of $890.51.  Payment was made on an incorrect amount.
              c.  Carlos Contreras in the amount of $510.53 due to 
                  an overpayment.
              d.  Evelyn Maria Morales Cruz & Miguel A. Figueroa 
                  in the amount of $1,222.56 due to an overpayment.
                  These refunds will be paid from line Item Deferred 
                  Revenue/Unapplied Payments.  

              Motion to approve.

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

         21.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to award 
              a construction contract to the lowest bidder Pete 
              Gallegos Paving Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of 
              $757,770.00 for the 16" Waterline Extension on Hwy 
              359.  Funding is available in the Line Extensions 
              Fund from the 1999 Bond Issues Account.

              Motion to approve.

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

         22.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to award 
              contract number FY00-0048, to the LOW BIDDER MEETING 
              SPECIFICATIONS, Rush Truck Center, Laredo, Texas, in 
              the principal amount of $899,856.00, for the lease 
              purchase of eight refuse trucks and authorizing the 
              City Manager to execute the necessary lease purchase 
              documents.  These trucks will be leased purchased by 
              the Solid Waste Management Fund on a three year lease 
              purchase contract.  Delivery of these trucks is 
              expected within one hundred and eighty days. Financing 
              will be provided by The Associates, Dallas, Texas, 
              Solid Waste Management Fund Account with an annual 
              percentage rate of 5.88%.

              Motion to table for February 22, 2000.

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

         23.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to 
              purchase ten lane barrier gates, in the amount of 
              $42,220.00, from the SOLE  PROVIDER, Magnetic 
              Automation Corp., Rockledge, Florida.  Eight gates 
              will be installed at the World Trade Bridge and two 
              will be installed at the Colombia Bridge.  These are 
              designed to work in conjunction with the toll 
              equipment being installed.  Funding for this project 
              has been allocated in the Bridge Fund.

              Motion to approve.

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

         24.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to 
              purchase twelve (12) portable radios for the Police 
              Department through the Houston Galveston Area Council 
              of Governments (HGAC) - Cooperative Purchasing 
              Program, in the principal amount of $39,222.48.  
              These voice secure digital radios will be purchased 
              through the cooperative purchasing contract vendor 
              Motorola.  Delivery of these radios is expected 
              within sixty days.  These radios will be purchased 
              using the Police Department - Auto Theft Task Force 
              Grant Funding Account.

              Motion to approve.

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

         25.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to award 
              an annual service contract #00-055, to Castaneda 
              Sand and Gravel, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated 
              amount of $51,000.00, for providing hauling services 
              for the Utilities Department.  The contract vendor 
              will be hauling approximately 1,000 cubic yards of 
              dry sludge per month from the Water Treatment Plant 
              to the City Landfill.  Castaneda's Sand and Gravel 
              maintains all the required registrations from TNRCC 
              and the City of Laredo.  Funding is available from 
              Utilities Department - Water Treatment Division Budget.

              Motion to approve.

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

         26.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to award 
              contract # 00-57, for the re-plastering/fiber glassing 
              of the Thomas swimming pool, to the LOW BIDDER, Rainbo 
              Resurfacing Inc., Chicago, Ill., in the amount of 
              $78,500.00, for fiberglass resurfacing and installation 
              of Kool Decking.  $75,000.00 has been allocated in 
              the capital improvement budget.  A budget transfer of 
              $3,500.00 will be prepared from the Parks Department 
              operation budget to secure the additional funds 
              needed to award this contract. 

              Border Pools, Laredo, Texas, did submit a lower bid 
              for this work, however, this vendor did not submit 
              the required bid bond with the bid package and 
              therefore is not being considered for an award of contract.

              Motion to approve.

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

         27.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to award 
              contract # 00-056 to the LOW BIDDER, Quest, Walsenburg, 
              CO., in the amount of $60,835.20, for the purchase 
              of protective clothing (bunker gear) for the Fire 
              Department.  The clothing includes fifty protective 
              suits for conventional fire fighting situations and 
              ten aluminized suits for the use in aviation type 
              fires.   The proposed gear meets all the standards 
              of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).  
              Funding is available in the Fire Department Operations 
              Budget, Capital Outlay Account.

              Motion to approve.

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

         28.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to award 
              contract number FY00-58, to the LOW BIDDER, Leslies 
              Swimming Pool Supplies, Chatsworth, CA., in the 
              estimated amount of $27,317.25 for the purchase of 
              trichlor tablets needed for the chlorination process 
              for all the City's swimming pools.  The bid pricing 
              is approximately 3% less than the previous contract 
              pricing.  Funding is available from the Parks 
              Department - Chemicals Account.

              Motion to approve.

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

         29.  Award of six month supply contracts (#00-038) for the 
              purchase of safety footwear for city maintenance 
              personnel, to the following vendors: 
              
			  a.  Iron Age Corp.,                        $19,225.00
                  San Antonio, Texas       
                  (three safety footwear styles)
              b.  Gateway Uniform Service,               $13,797.50 
                  Laredo, Texas   
                  (two safety footwear styles)
              c.  Lehigh Safety Shoe Co.,                $12,597.50 
                  San Antonio, Texas               
                  (three safety footwear styles)
              d.  Skaggs Co. Inc.,                       $ 6,329.00
                  San Antonio, Texas      
                  (one safety footwear style)

              Contract pricing has been secured for boot styles 
              approved for use by the Fire Department personnel 
              and different styles for city maintenance personnel.  
              Each department will have the option to choose the 
              type of boot best suited for the work environment 
              and budget allocation.   All safety footwear is 
              purchased on an as needed basis.

              Motion to approve.

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

         30.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to ratify 
              a professional services contract to Raba-Kistner 
              Consultants, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, for an amount 
              not to exceed $66,369.00 to provide laboratory, 
              sampling and testing services of materials for quality 
              control for the Reconstruction of Portions of Taxiways 
              "A", "F", and "G" Laredo International Airport AIP 
              Project No. 3-48-0136-22 and Reconstruction of Portion 
              of Southwest Cargo Apron to include new construction 
              of a new section of air cargo apron at the Laredo 
              International Airport AIP Project No. 3-48-0136-23.  
              Funding is available in the Airport Budget Account.

              Motion to approve.

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

         31.  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 $72,860.00 to provide laboratory, sampling 
              and testing services of materials for quality control 
              during the construction of the South Laredo Wastewater 
              Interceptor from South Laredo Wastewater Treatment 
              to U.S. Hwy 59.  Funding is available in the Wastewater 
              System 94 Bond Chacon Creek Interceptor Account.

              Motion to approve.

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

         32.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to 
              approve the construction plans and authorization to 
              advertise for bids for the 1999-2000 Street Recycling 
              Project (175 Blocks).  Funding is available in the 
              Capital Improvement Fund Street Material/Cutler 
              Repaving Account.

              Motion to approve.

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

         33.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to award 
              a contract # FY00-064, to the SOLE BIDDER, Austec 
              Services, Olney, Texas, in the amount of $201,764.00, 
              for the provision of a fiber optic network to provide 
              voice, data, and video communication service from 
              Bridge 3 (Colombia) to Fire Station 9 located on the 
              Mines Road.  The City, under a separate contract, 
              has provisioned a fiber optic network from Fire Station
              9 to the World Trade Bridge.  This network will 
              provide the path of communication for the Toll System 
              being implemented at all four bridge locations and al
              low integration of these sites to the City's 
              Institutional Network (I-Net).  The funding for this 
              project has been allocated in the Bridge Fund.

              Motion to approve.

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

         34.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter 
              into and execute a right-of-entry agreement with the 
              U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the purpose of 
              testing soils at Robert Muller Park as part of the 
              City of Laredo's Environmental Protection Agency 
              Site Investigation Brownfields Program.  The site 
              investigations are being funded through the 
              Environmental Protection Agency (Superfund) and 
              charged against the EPA Brownsfield Grant.

              Motion to approve.

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

         35.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to accept 
              the Martingale Drainage Improvements from Village 
              Boulevard to Martingale as complete.  The project 
              consisted of approximately 150 linear feet concrete 
              channelization designed and constructed by In-House 
              forces.  Funding is available in the Capital 
              Improvements Projects Creek Concrete Pilot Channel.

              Motion to approve.

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

         36.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to 
              approve Amendment No. 3 an increase of $26,068.98 
              for additional engineering services to the Santa 
              Maria Reconstruction Project engineering contract 
              with G.G. Salinas Engineering Company, Laredo, Texas, 
              to provide the design for the construction of a 12" 
              thick non-reinforced fast track paving section in 
              lieu of the asphalt paving over asphalt stabilized 
              base section for the intersections of Mann Road and 
              Industrial Blvd. at Santa Maria Avenue.  Funding is 
              available in the 1998 CO Issue Santa Maria Reconstruction.

              Motion to approve.

              Moved:  Cm.  Galo
              Second:  Cm.  Bruni
              For:	7	Against:  0	Abstain:  1         
              Cm.  Guerra  

         37.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to 
              approve change order no. 3 a net increase of 
              $133,735.25 to the Santa Maria Reconstruction Project 
              with Pete Gallegos Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for 
              additional construction work to include the concrete 
              paving at the Mann Road Intersection and Industrial 
              Blvd. Intersection with a 12" thick non-reinforced 
              fast track paving section in lieu of the asphalt 
              paving over asphalt stabilized base section.  Funding 
              is available in the 1998 CO Issue Santa Maria 
              Reconstruction.

              Motion to approve.

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

         38.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to submit 
              request for proposals (RFP) for the Gateway to the 
              Americas Bridge (Bridge I) Access, Export Lot, and 
              Parking Modifications.  Funding is available in the 
              Bridge System Toll Plaza Improvements.

              Motion to approve.

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

         39.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to submit 
              a proposal for a loan of $500,000.00 to the Environmental 
              Protection Agency's Brownfields Cleanup Revolving 
              Loan Fund (BCRLF) Pilot Program to provide funds to 
              make loans to public and private parties to facilitate 
              the cleanup and redevelopment of Brownfields properties.

              Motion to approve.

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

         40.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to 
              reschedule the regular City Council meeting from 
              Monday, February 21, 2000 to Tuesday, February 22, 
              2000, in observation of President's Day.

              Motion to approve.

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

         41.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to 
              approve Amendment No. 1 to extend the contract with 
              Brown & Root, Inc., until April 7, 2000 to complete 
              the Storm Water Management Master Plan for the Zacate 
              Creek Watershed. Due to delay in collection of data 
              processing of the Digital Terrain Model and completion 
              of the survey, the consultant requested the additional 
              time.

              Motion to approve.

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

         42.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to 
              approve Amendment No. 2 for the "Chacon Creek Flood 
              Protection Plan" engineering contract with Brown & 
              Root, Inc., Houston, Texas to extend the contract 
              time to March 20, 2000 to complete the work described 
              in the contract. 

              Motion to approve.

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

         43.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to 
              approve change Order No. 1 to the contract with III 
              PG Enterprises for an additional 60 calendar day 
              extension to the contract.  This contract is for the 
              demolition for the building located on 2518 Cedar.  
              There will be no financial impact.

              Motion to approve.

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

  XIII.  STAFF REPORT

         44.  Discussion on the progress made towards the selection 
              of a partner for the development of a secondary 
              source of water, with possible action.

              Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, gave a summary of 
              what was presented at the Water Issues Committee on 
              February 2, 2000.  He stated that all five applicants 
              meet the city's requirements.  He added there would 
              be a final meeting in order to allow the companies to 
              further develop their ideas and answer any pending 
              questions.

              Cm.  Bruni requested that the current City Council 
              shall make the final decision in choosing a second 
              water source for Laredo.  

   XIV.  RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MUNICIPAL HOUSING CORPORATION

         Motion to recess as City Council and convene as Laredo 
         Municipal Housing Corporation.
	
         Moved:  Cm.  Galo
         Second:  Cm.  Bruni
         For:	8	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

         45.  2000-RMH-001  Approval from the Laredo Municipal 
                            Housing Corporation (LMHC) Board of 
                            Directors to implement new rental rates 
                            on four (4) vacant rental units at the 
                            Jose A. Flores Apartments as 
                            recommended by the LMHC Ad Hoc 
                            Committee, effective February 8, 2000.  
                            The proposed rental rates for these 
                            four (4) rental units are as follows: 
                            $388.00 for a 2-bedroom, $485.00 for a 
                            3-bedroom and $546.00 for a 4-bedroom.  
                            The proposed rental rates are calculated 
                            at 80% of fair market rents.

              Motion to approve.

              Moved:  Cm.  Guerra
              Second:  Cm.  Alvarado
              For:	8	Against:  0	Abstain:  0
 
         46.  2000-RMH-002  Approval from the Laredo Municipal 
                            Housing Corporation (LMHC) Board of 
                            Directors to implement new tenant 
                            security deposits at the Jose A. Flores 
                            Apartments as recommended by the LMHC 
                            Ad Hoc Committee.  The proposed tenant 
                            security deposits will be equivalent
                            to one (1) month's rent for new and 
                            renewed dwelling leases executed after 
                            February 8, 2000.  New tenants will be 
                            allowed to pay $200.00 upon executing 
                            the dwelling lease and the balance to 
                            be paid in four equal payments during 
                            the next four months.  The proposed 
                            tenant security deposits are being 
                            recommended to be increased as an 
                            incentive for tenants to take better 
                            care of their rental units and for 
                            LMHC to be able to cover some of the 
                            costs incurred to repair and clean 
                            rental units when they are vacated.

              Motion to approve.

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

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

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

    XV.  EXECUTIVE SESSION

         47.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas 
              Government Code Section 551.071(1)(A)(B) to discuss 
              settlement offer for pending litigation regarding 
              the City of Laredo vs. Laredo Distribution Center, 
              Inc., a Texas Corporation, Cause No.99CVQ00005-C1, 
              and return to open session for possible action.

              Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to 
              Texas Government Code Section 551.071 (1) (A) (B) to 
              discuss settlement offer for pending litigation 
              regarding the City of Laredo vs.  Laredo Distribution 
              Center, Inc., a Texas Corporation, Cause No. 99CVQ00005-
              C1, and return to open session for possible action .

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

              After Executive Session Mayor Flores announced that 
              no formal action was taken.

              Motion authorizing the acceptance of the terms of the 
              settlement agreement offer and authorizing final 
              payment for the purchase of 38.5933 acres of land at 
              $33,000.00 per acre, for a total purchase price of one 
              million, eighty thousand, five-hundred twenty and no 
              dollars ($1,080,520.00), as acquired by eminent 
              domain proceedings in Cause Number 99-CQQ-00005-C1, 
              styled City of Laredo vs. Laredo Distribution Center, 
              in the County Court at Law No. 2, Webb County, Texas 
              for the construction of the World Trade Bridge.

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

              Due to a mathematical error, the final settlement was 
              changed from $1,080,520.00 to $1,273,578.90.

         48.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas 
              Government Code Section 551.072 in regards to 
              deliberating the purchase, exchange, lease, or value 
              of real property for a parcel being considered for 
              acquisition to construct a park in the Zacate Creek 
              area, because deliberation in an open meeting would 
              have a detrimental effect on the position of the 
              governmental body in negotiations with a third person; 
              and return to Open Session for possible action.

              Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Texas 
              Government Code Section 551.072 in regards to 
              deliberating the purchase, exchange, lease, or value 
              of real property for a parcel being considered for 
              acquisition to construct a park in the Zacate Creek 
              area, because deliberation in an open meeting would 
              have a detrimental effect on the position of the 
              governmental body in negotiations with a third person; 
              and return to Open Session for possible action.  

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

              Motion authorizing the purchase of block number 486, 
              and block number 487, situated in the Western Division, 
              of the City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas and 
              authorizing payment for the purchase of said land in 
              the total amount of two hundred thousand dollars 
              ($200,000.00) for the Zacate Creek Lenier Park Project

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

         49.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas 
              Government Code Section 551.071 (1)(A)(B) to discuss 
              contemplated litigation and settlement offer 
              regarding the City of San Benito vs. PG & E Gas 
              Transmission, Texas Corporation et al.; Cause No. 
              96-12-7404-A; in the 107th Judicial District Court 
              of Cameron County, Texas, and return to open session 
              for possible action.

              Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Texas 
              Government Code Section 551.071 (1) (A) (B) to 
              discuss contemplated litigation and settlement offer 
              regarding the City of San Benito vs.  PG & E Gas 
              Transmission, Texas Corporation et al.;  Cause No.  
              96-12-7404-Al in the 107th Judicial District Court 
              of Cameron County, Texas, and return to open session 
              for possible action.

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

              Motion authorizing the acceptance of the terms of the 
              settlement agreement offer and electing to opt in and 
              participate and remain a member of the plaintiff 
              class as certified in Cause Number 96-12-7404-A, 
              styled City of San Benito Et., Al., V.  P. G. & E.  
              Gas Transmission Company, Inc., a Texas Corporation, 
              in the 107th District Court of Cameron County, Texas.
	       
              Moved:  Cm.  Bruni
              Second:  Cm.  Galo
              For:	7	Against:  1	Abstain:  0
              Cm.  Guerra

  XVII.  ADJOURNMENT                         Time:  9:00 p.m.

         Motion to adjourn.

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

I hereby certify that the above minutes contained in pages 01 to 28 
are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council 
Meeting held on the 7th day of February.

                                      _________________________
                                      Gustavo Guevara, Jr.
                                      City Secretary