CITY OF LAREDO
                    CITY COUNCIL MEETING
                         M2000-R-05
                    CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
                     1110 HOUSTON STREET
                     LAREDO, TEXAS 78040
                      FEBRUARY 22, 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
         Consuelo "Chelo" Montalvo,  Mayor Pro Tempore, District VIII
         Gustavo Guevara,            City Secretary
         Larry Dovalina,             Acting City Manager
         Cindy Collazo,              Acting City Manager
         Jaime L.  Flores,           City Attorney

         Motion to excuse Cm.  Mario Alvarado.

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

    IV.  MINUTES

         Approval of the minutes of January 17, 2000 and January 
         24, 2000.

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

     V.  COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

         Announcements
          None

         Invitations
          None

         Recognitions
          None

         Communiqués

          Mayor Flores thanked everyone for their many contributions 
          toward a wonderful Washington Birthday Celebration.  She 
          specifically thanked each individual city department for 
          their leadership in yet another bigger and more 
          successful event.  

    VI.  APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES
         None

   VII.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

         1.  Public hearing to amend the City of Laredo 1999-2000 
             annual budget by increasing estimated revenues and 
             appropriations in the General Fund by $2,667.00 to 
             provide the match to a $4,000.00 grant awarded by the 
             Texas Historical Commission to prepare an application 
             for a National Register District nomination for El 
             Azteca for a total project cost of $6,667.00.  The 
             match of $2,667.00 has been provided by the Webb 
             County Historical Commission.

                         INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
             To amend the City of Laredo's 1999-2000 annual budget 
             by increasing estimated revenues and appropriations 
             in the General Fund by $2,667.00 to provide for the 
             match to a $4,000.00 grand awarded by the Texas 
             Historical Commission to prepare an application for 
             a National Register District nomination for El Azteca 
             for a total project cost of $6,667.00.  The match of 
             $2,667.00 had been provided by the Webb County 
             Historical Commission.

             Motion to open the public hearing.

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

             There was no public input.

             Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

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

             Ordinance Introduction:  City Council  

         2.  Public hearing to approve an amendment to the contract 
             with the Texas Department of Health and Budget in the 
             amount of $285,938.00 for the HIV/AIDS Ryan White 
             Title II Project of the City of Laredo Health Department 
             for the period beginning April 1, 2000, through March 
             31, 2001.	

                        INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
             Amending the contract with the Texas Department of 
             Health and Budget in the amount of $285,938.00 for 
             the HIV/AIDS Ryan White Title II Project of the City 
             of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning 
             April 1, 2000, through March 31, 2001; and increase 
             revenue line Item 226-0000-323-4051 from $0 to 
             $285,938.00 and expenditure line Item 226-6023 from 
             $0 to $285,938.00; and authorizing the City Manager to
             execute the contract.

             Motion to open the public hearing.

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

             There was no public input.

             Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

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

             Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

         3.  Public hearing to amend the provisions of the City of 
             Laredo's Code of Ordinances Chapter 2, Article II, 
             Sec. 2-16, which sets forth the departments of the 
             city; thereby eliminating the Traffic and Bridge 
             Department and creating two separate departments: 
             Traffic Department and Bridge Department; providing 
             for publication and providing for an effective date 
             of April 3, 2000. 

                       INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
             Amending the provisions of the City of Laredo's Code 
             of Ordinances Chapter 2, Article II, Sec. 2-16, which 
             sets forth the departments of the city; thereby 
             eliminating the Traffic and Bridge Department and 
             creating two separate departments:  Traffic Department 
             and Bridge Department; providing for publication and 
             providing for an effective date of April 3, 2000. 

             Motion to open the public hearing.

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

             There was no public input.

             Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

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

             Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

  VIII.  GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

         4.  A.  Request by Council Member John C. Galo

                 1.  Discussion of parking problem around Ruth B. Cowl 
                     with possible action.
	 
                     Eliodoro Granados, Assistant Police Chief, 
                     reported that police officers have been patrolling 
                     the area and several citations have been given.

                 2.  Discussion of problem regarding 911 calls, no 
                     answer on 2 occasions, with possible action.  

                     Eliodoro Granados, Assistant Police Chief, explained 
                     that if there are more than three calls to 911 at 
                     one time, the telephone will continue to ring until 
                     one of the call takers is available.  He gave 
                     additional telephone numbers for Laredoans to call 
                     for non-emergency situations: 795-2800, 795-2801, 
                     795-2802, 795-2803, 795-2804 and 795-2805.  

             B.  Request by Council Member Cecilia May Moreno

                 1.  Discussion with possible action to add the 2900 
                     block of Cedar Street west side to the Clark 
                     Sidewalk Project in District IV.

                     Mr.  Arturo Moore spoke before the council 
                     requesting that the above block be constructed 
                     for the use of the residents in the neighborhood 
                     and for the users of the church.  

                     Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported his 
                     department has the funds and they would 
                     execute the project immediately.

                     Motion to add the 2900 Block of Cedar Street 
                     to the Clark Sidewalk Project.

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

             C.  Request by Council Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

                 1.  Status report on the proposed traffic 
                     signalization for the intersection of 
                     McPherson Ave. and Wyoming St. with possible 
                     action.

                     Roberto Murillo, Traffic Engineer, reported 
                     that previous analysis indicated the 
                     intersection of McPherson Ave. and Wyoming 
                     Street does not merit a traffic light.  He 
                     added he would like to continue the analysis.  
                     However, he will include a larger spectrum.    

                     Cm.  Bruni suggested a cross stripe for 
                     pedestrians in that area.
 
                 2.  Status report on the drainage problem at the 
                     corner of Maryland and Eistetter with possible 
                     action.

                     Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, conveyed that 
                     the corner of Maryland and Eistetter are 
                     included in the year 2001 C. I. P.
		
             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 Engineer, reported 
                     that the meetings with Texas Department of 
                     Transportation, Zachary  Construction Company, 
                     and the City are continuing to meet on Friday 
                     mornings discussing traffic flow problems.

                     Eliodoro Granados reported that police officers 
                     are working overtime on the Mines Road to 
                     assist in smooth traffic flow and to issue 
                     citations to traffic offenders.
	
(Recess)
(Press Availability)

    IX.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

         5.  Rescinding Ordinance No. 98-O-309 with Smith Helicopters, 
             Inc., and authorizing the City Manager to execute a 
             lease between the City of Laredo, as Lessor, and Jett 
             Racing & Sales, as Lessee, for a tract of land containing 
             approximately 74,053 square feet located on Block No. 1, 
             as Recorded in Volume 5, Page1, Plat Records of Webb 
             County,  Texas, said property is located at the Laredo 
             International Airport and is further described by 
             metes and bounds description in the lease agreement.  
             Lease term is for twenty (20) years commencing on 
             February 1, 2000 and ending on January 31, 2019 plus 
             two consecutive ten-year renewal option periods until 
             January 31, 2039.  Monthly rent shall be $1,175.50 
             plus annual rent adjustment based on changes in the 
             Consumer Price Index and the rental obligation shall 
             be further adjusted based on Fair Market appraisal at 
             each ten (10) year anniversary. 

             Ordinance Introduction:  City Council  

         6.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute an amendment 
             to the Federal Trade Zone Operators agreement between 
             the City of Laredo, and Dairy Process, Inc., 
             authorized by Ordinance No. 99-0-110 dated April 26, 
             1999, that will increase the leased area from a 5,000 
             square foot facility to a 10,000 square foot facility 
             within the Foreign-Trade Zone No. 94-Site 1 located 
             at the Laredo International Airport.

             Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Bruni

         7.  Amending Division 2 (Connections) of Chapter 31 
             (Utilities), Section 31-32 and Division 1 (Generally) 
             of Chapter 31 (Utilities), Section 31-113 of the Code 
             of Ordinances to meet the requirements of the Texas 
             Water Development Board that requires connection to 
             the water and sewer system within 90 days from the 
             date when services become available; and providing 
             for publication and an effective date.

             Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

         8.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a budget 
             amendment to the Transit Operations Budget by 
             appropriating additional state funding of $115,771.00, 
             thereby, increasing Transit State Funding Budget from 
             $1,122,922.00 to $1,228,693.00 and decreasing the 
             local match from the Transit Sales Tax Budget from 
             $1,246,090.00 to $1,130,319.00.

             Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

     X.  FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES

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

         Motion to waive the final reading of ordinances 
         # 2000-O-035, # 2000-O-037, # 2000-O-038,  # 2000-O-039, 
         # 2000-O-040, # 2000-O-041, # 2000-O-042 and # 2000-O-043.

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

         9.  2000-O-035  Ordinance amending the City of Laredo 
                         fiscal year 2000 Solid Waste Management 
                         Fund Annual Budget by appropriating 
                         retained earnings - unreserved in the 
                         amount of $899,856.00 for the acquisition 
                         of eight (8) garbage trucks for the 
                         Sanitation Division.  The temporary draw 
                         down of retained earnings will be 
                         reimbursed from the proposed sale of a 
                         bond. (City Council) (As amended)

             Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-035.

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

             2000-O-037  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance 
                         (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing 
                         the issuance of a conditional use permit 
                         for a Bus Charter Service on 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 and 2, block 59, western division, 
                         located at 801 and 803 Flores Ave.; 
                         providing for publication and effective 
                         date.	 (Cm Consuelo "Chelo" Montalvo)

             Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-037.

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

             2000-O-038  Approval of an amendment to the contract 
                         with the Texas Department of Health and 
                         budget in the amount of $111,336 for the 
                         Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) 
                         outreach and enrollment assistance 
                         activity of the City of Laredo Health 
                         Department for the period beginning 
                         February 1, 2000, through January 31, 2001. 
                         (There is a change in the program period 
                         of January 1, 2000, through December 31, 
                         2000, previously communicated to Council.  
                         The correct program period is stated above 
                         and in the ordinance.)(City Council)(As amended).

             Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-038.

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

             2000-O-039  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  
                         (City Council).

             Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-039.

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

             2000-O-040  Ordinance amending the City of Laredo 
                         FY1999-2000 annul 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. (City Council).

             Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-040.

             Moved:  Cm.  Bruni
             Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo
             For:	7	Against:  0	Abstain: 0
	
             2000-O-041  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.  (City Council)

             Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-041.

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

             2000-O-042  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.(Cm Louis H. Bruni)

             Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-042.

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

             2000-O-043  Rescinding Ordinance No.  97-0-011, 
                         entitled Industrial Fire District 
                         Designation, methodology for fire 
                         protection costs and contract for 
                         Industrial District Fire Fighting Services.  
                         (City Council)

             Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-043.

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

    XI.  RESOLUTIONS 

         10.  2000-R-017  Expressing the support of the City Council, 
                          of the City of Laredo, for the proposed 
                          toll parkway known as  State Highway 130. 
                          SH 130 will provide important relief from 
                          congestion on existing north-south traffic 
                          arteries, including IH 35 between Austin 
                          and San Antonio.

              Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-017.
 
              Moved:  Cm.  Galo
              Second:  Cm.  Agredano
              For:	7	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

         11.  2000-R-020  Accepting a grant from the Texas 
                          Department of Health in the amount of 
                          $285,938.00 for the HIV/AIDS Ryan White 
                          Title II Project of the City of Laredo 
                          Health Department for the period beginning 
                          April 1, 2000, through March 31, 2001 and 
                          authorizing the City Manager to execute 
                          the contract.

              Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-020.

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

         12.  2000-R-021  Declaring the public necessity to 
                          acquire eight (8) Temporary Construction 
                          Easements, through donations, for the 
                          Water Street Improvement Project, from 
                          San Enrique to San Francisco Avenues.  
                          Said Temporary Construction Easements 
                          being situated on the southern portions 
                          of the properties abutting said Water 
                          Street, in an area of sufficient size to 
                          enable the City of Laredo to clean and 
                          stabilize the area, and to install a 
                          retaining wall on the properties; and 
                          authorizing staff to negotiate for the 
                          donations of said Temporary Construction 
                          Easements.	
               
              Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-021.

              Moved:  Cm.  Galo
              Second:  Cm.  Bruni
              For:	7	Against:  0	Abstain:  0
	
              13.  2000-R-022  Amending Resolution No. 96-R-024 
                               approved on February 24, 1997 and 
                               as amended by Resolution No. 99-R-137 
                               dated September 20, 1999, setting a 
                               ten year moratorium against future 
                               sale of land of non-aeronautical 
                               use at the Laredo International 
                               Airport to exclude the approximate 
                               3.03 acres from said moratorium.  
                               The subject tract increases the 
                               proposed site of the extension 
                               campus of the University of Texas 
                               Health Science Center at San Antonio 
                               from 8.973 to 12.003 acres.   The 
                               subject 3.03 acre tract is being 
                               acquired by the General Fund of the 
                               City of Laredo from the City of 
                               Laredo Airport Fund at its appraised 
                               fair market value of $561,000.00.  
                               The City proposes to donate the 
                               subject property to the University 
                               of Texas Board of Regents for the 
                               public purpose of establishing and 
                               operating the Laredo campus.

              Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-022.

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

         14.  2000-R-023  Resolution expressing official intent to 
                          reimburse cost of purchase of police cars, 
                          ambulance, garbage trucks, trucks, 
                          division vehicles, street maintenance 
                          equipment, fire equipment, parks equipment 
                          and cemetery equipment through a proposed 
                          $3,900,000.00 Public Property Finance 
                          Contractual Obligation issue.

              Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-023 with 
              correction on the amount from $3,900,000 to $2,135,000.

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

         15.  2000-R-024  Authorizing the City Manager to submit a 
                          grant application in the amount of 
                          $35,000.00 to the South Texas Development 
                          Council for a regional solid waste grant 
                          program: authorizing the City Manager to 
                          act on behalf of City of Laredo in all 
                          matters related to the application; and 
                          pledging that if a grant is received, 
                          City of Laredo will comply with the grant 
                          requirements of the South Texas Development 
                          Council, the Texas Natural Resource 
                          Conservation Commission, and the State 
                          of Texas.

              Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-024.

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

         16.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to award 
              contract to the lowest responsible bidder, Human 
              Resource Management and Staffing, to provide custodial 
              services for the airport passenger terminal located 
              at 5210 Bob Bullock Loop.  Said contract will hire 
              one (1) custodian that will be assigned to the 
              passenger terminal and will be in effect until 
              September 30, 2000, and authorizing the City Manager 
              to execute said contract. 

         Motion to approve.

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

         17.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to select 
              a consultant and enter into negotiations for the 
              Corridor Intersection Analysis for Laredo, Texas.  
              The consultant recommended for selection is Carter & 
              Burgess, Inc.  The study will identify necessary 
              capital improvements at key intersections to enhance 
              the safety of the traveling public and expedite the 
              flow of cars and trucks to and through Laredo.  The 
              study will provide location and impact of infrastructure 
              deficiencies along identified corridors, capital 
              improvement alternatives, cost estimates, alternative 
              circulation recommendations and order of implementation 
              for proposed improvements.  The MPO has budgeted 
              $73,485.00 for the project and funding is available 
              through the MPO account.

              Cm.  Moreno directed staff to include intersections 
              from all districts.

              Cm.  Galo requested the following properties to be 
              considered for the analysis: Springfield and Taylor, 
              Springfield and Calle Del Norte, Springfield and 
              Saunders, Hillside and Calton and other similar 
              intersections.  He also added the connection of San 
              Francisco North and South San Francisco behind HEB 
              on Taylor and the extension of Jacaman Road. 

              Cm.  Guerra informed staff that he is concerned about 
              the traffic flow at Santa Ursula and the Pep Boys area.

         Motion to approve.

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

         18.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to award 
              contract number FY00-048, to the LOW BIDDER MEETING 
              SPECIFICATIONS, Rush Truck Center, Laredo, Texas, in 
              the principal amount of $899,856.00, for the purchase 
              of eight refuse trucks.  Funding is available in the 
              Solid Waste Management Fund Account.

         Motion to approve.

         Moved:  Cm.  Galo
         Second:  Cm.  Agredano
         For:	7	Against:  0	Abstain:  0
  		
         19.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to award 
              a contract in the amount of $67,425.00 to Wilbur 
              Smith Associates for the development of a Comprehensive 
              Mobility Plan for Laredo, Texas.  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.  Galo
         Second:  Cm.  Agredano
         For:	7	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

         20.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to award 
              Contract Number FY00-043, to the SOLE BIDDER, 
              Southwestern Bell Telephone, Laredo, Texas, in the 
              amount of $30,338.71, for the installation of a 
              telecommunications wiring network for the Bridge 
              System's administration building at the World Trade 
              Bridge.  The contractor will install all the voice, 
              data and video wiring needed for the telephone system 
              and computers to be installed at this building.  
              Funding for this project has been allocated in the 
              Bridge System.

         Motion to approve.

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

         21.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to 
              approve Change Order #2, amending Contract Number 
              98-115 awarded to Enpointe Technologies, Austin, 
              Texas, in the amount of $27,050.00 for the purchase 
              and installation of communication network equipment 
              for all four bridge locations and the Police 
              Department.  The equipment being purchased included 
              additional firewalls to prevent unauthorized access 
              to the Bridge System Toll System network and the 
              Police Department's computer network.

              The original contract award was for $847,783.00 and 
              included the purchase and installation of the City's 
              Institutional Network equipment.  Change Order #1 in 
              the amount of $35,379.20 included all the equipment 
              needed for Bridge 3 and Bridge 4 to be connected to 
              the City's Institutional Network.

         Motion to approve.

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

         22.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to award 
              Contract Number FY00-0063, to the SOLE BIDDER, Capps 
              Rent a Car Inc., Dallas, Texas, for the rental of 
              vehicles for the Police Department's Financial, 
              Narcotics, Auto Theft, and FBI task forces.  Vehicles 
              are rented on an as needed basis.  The contract shall 
              be for a period of one year with options to renew 
              this contract for an additional two years.  Funding 
              is available in the Police Department's grant budgets.

         Motion to approve.

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

         23.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to award 
              contract number FY00-050, to the LOWEST PROPOSER, 
              Ron Turley Associates, Inc., Phoenix, AZ., in the 
              amount of $40,660.00, for the purchase and installation 
              of replacement Fleet Maintenance software program.  
              The contract includes conversion of computer files 
              and seven day of on-site training.  This will be a 
              server type software and will replace the current
              AS/400 computer software.  Funding is available in 
              the Fleet Maintenance Fund. 

         Motion to approve.

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

         24.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to award 
              Contract Number FY00-065, to the SOLE BIDDER, Holt 
              Co. of Texas, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of 
              $148,000.00, for the purchase of one 5,000 gallon 
              water wagon.  This equipment is used at the landfill 
              for dust and erosion control.  The water wagon is 
              manufactured by Caterpillar.  Funding is available 
              in the Solid Waste Fund.

         Motion to approve.

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

         25.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to 
              approve Change Order No. 8, a net increase of 
              $114,807.00 to the construction contract with M. W. 
              Builders, Inc. Contractors for the Border Facilities 
              for the World Trade Bridge (4th International Bridge) 
              for utility adjustments; to add services to the GSA 
              incinerator; to provide services to determine reuse 
              of Bridge 2 scale, and field changes to the GSA 
              Facilities to meet current City of Laredo building 
              code and requirements by T.D.L.R. (Texas Department 
              of Licensing and Regulation).  Funding is available 
              in the Bridge System Bridge #4 - SIB, Taxable Bond 
              and Tax Exempt Bond.

         Motion to approve.

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

         26.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to 
              approve selection of a design consultant Rosin Group, 
              Inc., San Antonio, Texas, for the Fire Station No. 
              12 located at Bob Bullock Loop in the vicinity of 
              TAMIU Loop, and authorization to negotiate a 
              professional services contract.  Funding is available 
              in the New Fire Station Buildings.

         Motion to approve and to award the contract to G. G. Salinas 
         Engineering Company.

         Moved:  Cm.  Bruni
         Second:  Cm.  Valdez
         For:	6	Against:  0	Abstain:  1
         Cm.  Guerra

         27.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to award 
              Part "A" of surveying and engineering contract for 
              the Tinaja/Chacon Drainage Improvement Phase II to 
              Porras Engineering Company, Laredo, Texas, for an 
              amount not to exceed $35,000.00 for professional 
              surveying services including boundary surveys for 
              approximately 100 tracts of land with metes and bounds 
              descriptions and maps for right-of-way and/or drainage 
              easement acquisition.   Funding is available in the 
              Community Development 24th Action Year CD Projects/
              Tinaja Chacon Pilot Channel.

         Motion to approve.

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

         28.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to award 
              a surveying/engineering contract to Howland Surveying 
              Company, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the amount of 
              $78,650.00 to provide engineering and surveying 
              services for the FY-2000 for the City of Laredo 
              Landfill as required for the implementation of the 
              vertical expansion permit and the Texas Natural 
              Resource Conservation Commission, Municipal Solid 
              Waste Subtitle D regulations.  Funding is available 
              in the Solid Waste Fund.

         Motion to approve.

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

         29.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to 
              execute a contract with Booth, Ahrens & Werkenthin, 
              P.C. for legal services regarding the City's Water 
              Rights Acquisition including advice regarding 
              purchase procedures, providing escrow and closing 
              services, conducting title examination and 
              representing the City in an application for 
              administrative approval for use of the water rights 
              obtained.  The contract is for legal fees at $75 - 
              $175.00 per hour, plus costs and expenses, for a 
              maximum of $20,000 contract.  Funding is available 
              in the Water Availability Fund.

         Motion to approve.

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

         30.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to 
              execute a contract for the purchase of 100 acre feet 
              of Class "A" water rights from Trans Texas Gas Corp. 
              for the sum of $60,000.00.   The water rights 
              convert to 50 acre feet of municipal water.

         Motion to approve.

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

         31.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter 
              into an agreement with the Rio Grande and American 
              Little League Associations to operate at individual 
              league fields commencing on February 21, 2000 through 
              March 14, 2004, with the primary purpose being to 
              institute baseball programs.

         Motion to approve.

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

         32.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to award 
              an engineering contract to Mejia Engineering Company, 
              Laredo Texas, in the amount of $19,700.00 for 
              surveying services and for design and preparation of 
              plans and specifications for the Zacatecas Street 
              Extension from Las Americas Subdivision Phase III to 
              Ejido Avenue.  Funding is available in Capital 
              Improvement Fund, Zacatecas Street Extension.

         Motion to approve.

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

         33.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to 
              approve Change Order No.1, amending Contract Number 
              FY00-036, awarded to Jorge Dominquez, DBA Laredo 
              Class-One Builders Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the amount 
              of $2,485.00, for the addition of an ADA compliant 
              restroom at the Community Park located at 400 St. 
              James.  The new contract amount is $35,485.00

              Cm.  Galo  request listing from staff of the work 
              that is going to be done there for that contract 
              amount.  Listing for some of the people that do have 
              concerns. 

         Motion to approve.

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

  XIII.  STAFF REPORT

         34.  Presentation of the Plan of Finance by Noe Hinojosa 
              of Estrada - Hinojosa Financial Consultants on a 
              proposed sale of various bond issues for the 
              acquisition of equipment and utility improvements 
              with possible action.

              Noe Hinojosa reported on the Plan of Finance for 
              Proposed 2000 bond issues. 

              Motion to authorize the City Manager to implement a 
              Plan of Finance and publicize the Notice of Intent 
              to issue certificates.

   XIV.  RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD

         Motion to recess as the City Council and convene as the 
         Laredo Mass Transit Board.

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

         35.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to file 
              an application with the Department of Transportation, 
              Federal Transit Administration, United States of 
              America, in the amount of $3,502,309.00 for fiscal 
              year 1999-2000, this grant is for operating assistance 
              and calculated through a census formula; and 
              authorizing the City Manager to execute the 
              application and all related documents.

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

         36.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to 
              accept and execute Amendment No. 1 for Grant 
              Agreement No. 51022F1011 between the Texas Department 
              of Transportation and the City of Laredo increasing 
              the original contract amount from $1,112,922.00 by 
              $115,771.00 to a revised total of $1,228,693.00, and 
              providing for grant funds to be deposited in the 
              Mass Transit Department Accounts.

         Motion to approve.

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

         37.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to award 
              Contract FY00-004 to Nova Bus Inc., for the purchase 
              of three (3) 40' x 102" buses, at the negotiated 
              price of $327,446.00 and an option to purchase two 
              (2) additional buses at the same base price on or 
              before April 30, 2000.  Funding is available from 
              Machinery & Equipment Grant No. TX03-0204.

         Motion to approve.

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

         Motion to recess as the Laredo Mass Transit Board and 
         convene as City Council.

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

   XVI.  ADJOURNMENT                    Time:  7:20 p.m.

         Motion to adjourn.

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

I hereby certify that the above minutes contained in pages 01 to 
16  are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council 
Meeting held on the 22nd day of February.

                                     __________________________		   					                      
                                     Gustavo Guevara, Jr.
                                     City Secretary