CITY OF LAREDO
                   CITY COUNCIL MEETING
                        M2000-R-006
                   CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
                    1110 HOUSTON STREET
                    LAREDO, TEXAS 78040
                     FEBRUARY 28, 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
        Cecilia May Moreno,       Councilmember, District IV
        Eliseo Valdez, Jr.,       Councilmember, District V
        Joe A. Guerra,            Councilmember, District VI
        Mario G. Alvarado,        Councilmember, District VII
        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.,     City Secretary
        Larry Dovalina,           Acting City Manager
        Cindy Collazo,            Acting City Manager
        Jaime Flores,             City Attorney

        Motion to excuse Cm.  John Galo and Mayor Pro Tempore 
        Consuelo Montalvo.
	
        Moved:  Cm.  Agredano
        Second:  Cm.  Alvarado
        For: 6	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

   IV.  MINUTES

        None

    V.  COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

        Announcements
        Cm.  Valdez introduced Mr.  Luis Diaz De Leon, spokesperson 
        for "Coahuitecans de Laredo", who informed the council of 
        a new event that offers entertainment which includes 
        culture and history of Laredo.  He invited the Mayor, the 
        Council and the public to attend the upcoming festivity 
        that will be held at the Dos Laredo's Park.  

        Invitations
        Mayor Flores discussed an invitation she had received from
        the Honorable John David France, Mayor for the City of 
        Hidalgo.   The invitation was to attend a press conference 
        announcing the opening of a new hockey arena that seats 
        3,500 people.  The event is scheduled for Wednesday, March
        1, at the Hidalgo City Hall. 
  
        Cm.  Alvarado invited the public to attend the Laredo 
        International Fair Exhibition at LIFE Downs. 

        Recognitions

        a.  Recognition by the Mayor and City Council Members of 
            employees that retired from the City of Laredo with 
            20 years or more of service for the period of January,
            2000 thru February, 2000.

        Mayor Flores recognized employees that retired from the 
        City of Laredo with more than twenty years or more of 
        service.  

        Recognized was Isaac Moncada an employee of twenty years 
        at the City Health Department.  Arturo Gomez an employee 
        of twenty-two years in the Public Works Department.  
        Tomasita C. Garza an employee of twenty-four years in the 
        Police Department.  Lucy Limon an employee of twenty years 
        in the Finance Department.

        Not present were Jesusita De Leza and Luis Rendon.  Jesusita 
        De Leza was employed thirty-four years with the Utilities 
        Department and Luis Rendon was employed twenty-five years 
        with the Utilities Department.
   
        Communiqués 
        None

   VI.  APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

        None

  VII.  PUBLIC HEARINGS
	
        1.  Public hearing to amend Section 24.63.2 of the Laredo 
            Land Development Code allowing for the location of 
            bed and breakfasts within certain zoning districts; 
            amending Section 24.78(p)(2) of the Laredo Land 
            Development Code pertaining to "Off-Street Parking and 
            Loading Requirements" for Commercial Use; amending 
            Appendix A of the Laredo Land Development Code; and 
            providing for publication and effective date.


                         INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
            An ordinance amending Section 24.63.2 of the Laredo 
            Land Development Code allowing for the location of bed
            and breakfasts within certain zoning districts; 
            amending Section 24.78(p)(2) of the Laredo Land 
            Development Code pertaining to "Off-Street Parking and 
            Loading Requirements" for Commercial Use; amending 
            Appendix A of the Laredo Land Development Code; and 
            providing for publication and effective date.

        Motion to open the public hearing.

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

        There was no public input.

        Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

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

        Ordinance Introduction:  City Council    

        2.  Public hearing to amend provisions of the Laredo Land 
            Development Code specifically Section 24.73 pertaining 
            to oil and gas extraction and production specific use 
            zoning overlay district and permit requirements; 
            Section 24.63 pertaining to permitted uses; Section 
            24.77.2 pertaining to dimensional standards 
            supplementary provisions; and amending Appendix "A"; 
            providing for publication and effective date.	

                        INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
            Amending provisions of the Laredo Land Development 
            Code specifically Section 24.73 pertaining to oil and 
            gas extraction and production specific use zoning 
            overlay district and permit requirements; Section 
            24.63 pertaining to permitted uses; Section 24.77.2
            pertaining to dimensional standards supplementary 
            provisions; and amending Appendix "A"; providing for 
            publication and effective date.	

        Motion to open the public hearing.

        Moved:  Cm.  Bruni
        Second:  Cm.  Alvarado
        For: 6	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

        There was no public input.

        Cm.  Bruni directed staff to send a copy of the above 
        ordinance, in its entirety, to all oil companies with a 
        vested interest.
 
        Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

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

        Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Bruni

        3.  Public hearing concerning an application by San Isidro 
            Monarch, Ltd., amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of 
            the City of Laredo by rezoning 5.00 acres as further
            described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit "A" 
            located east of McPherson Rd. and south of Bob Bullock 
            Loop, from AG (Agricultural District) to B-3 (Community
            Business District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission 
            recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

                        INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
            Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of 
            Laredo by rezoning 5.00 acres as further described by 
            metes and bounds on attached Exhibit "A" located east 
            of McPherson Rd. and south of Bob Bullock Loop, from 
            AG (Agricultural District) to B-3 (Community Business 
            District); providing for publication and effective date.

        Motion to open the public hearing.

        Moved:  Cm.  Alvarado
        Second:  Cm.  Agredano
        For: 6	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

        There was no public input.

        Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

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

        Ordinance Introduction:  City Council    

        4.  Public hearing concerning an application by Eduardo 
            Gallegos, amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the 
            City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 5 and 6, Block 541, 
            Eastern Division located at 919 Kearney St., from R-3 
            (Mixed Residential District) to R-2 (Multi-Family 
            Residential District).  The Planning & Zoning 
            Commission recommended approval of the proposed zone 
            change.

                        INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
            Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of 
            Laredo by rezoning Lots 5 and 6, Block 541, Eastern 
            Division located at 919 Kearney St., from R-3 (Mixed 
            Residential District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential
            District); providing for publication and effective date.

        Motion to open the public hearing.

        Moved:  Cm.  Alvarado
        Second:  Cm.  Moreno
        For: 6	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

        There was no public input.

        Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

        Moved:  Cm.  Moreno
        Second:  Cm.  Agredano
        For: 6	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

        Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Moreno

        5.  Public hearing concerning an application by Manuel and
            Anna Torres, amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of 
            the City of Laredo by rezoning 8.65 acres, as further
            described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit "A",
            located at the southwest corner of F.M.1472 and El 
            Pico Rd., from AG (Agricultural District) to M-1 (Light
            Manufacturing District).  The Planning & Zoning 
            Commission recommended approval of the proposed zone 
            change.

                        INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
            Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of 
            Laredo by rezoning 8.65 acres, as further described by
            metes and bounds on attached Exhibit "A", located at 
            the southwest corner of F.M. 1472 and El Pico Rd., 
            from AG (Agricultural District) to M-1 (Light 
            Manufacturing District); providing for publication and
            effective date.

        Motion to open the public hearing.

        Moved:  Cm.  Alvarado
        Second:  Cm.  Valdez
        For: 6	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

        Ron Whitehawk, representing Manuel Torres, voiced his 
        support for the ordinance.

        Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

        Moved:  Cm.  Alvarado
        Second:  Cm.  Agredano
        For: 6	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

        Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Alvarado    

        6.  Public hearing concerning an application by Jesus Luis
            de Leon, amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the 
            City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 9, Block 351, Eastern 
            Division, located at 114 West Lyon St., from B-1 
            (Limited Business District) to B-3 (Community Business 
            District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission 
            recommended denial of the proposed zone change.  This 
            is an appeal from an unfavorable recommendation by the
            Planning and Zoning Commission.

                        INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
            Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of 
            Laredo by rezoning Lot 9, Block 351, Eastern Division,
            located at 114 West Lyon St., from B-1 (Limited Business
            District) to B-3 (Community Business District); 
            providing for publication and effective date.

        Motion to open the public hearing.

        Moved:  Cm.  Alvarado
        Second:  Cm.  Agredano
        For: 6	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

        Jesus Luis De Leon, property owner, requested the zone 
        change for a used car lot. 

        Motion to close the public hearing and to table.

        Moved:  Cm.  Moreno
        Second:  Cm.  Bruni
        For: 6	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

        7.  Public hearing concerning an application by San Isidro
            Monarch, Ltd., amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of 
            the City of Laredo by rezoning 8.00 acres as further
            described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit "A" 
            located east of McPherson Rd. and south of Bob Bullock 
            Loop, from AG (Agricultural District) to B-3 (Community
            Business District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission 
            recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

                       INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
            Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of 
            Laredo by rezoning 8.00 acres as further described by 
            metes and bounds on attached Exhibit "A" located east 
            of McPherson Rd. and south of Bob Bullock Loop, from 
            AG (Agricultural District) to B-3 (Community Business 
            District); providing for publication and effective date.

        Motion to open the public hearing.

        Moved:  Cm.  Guerra
        Second:  Cm.  Alvarado
        For: 6	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

        There was no public input.

        Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

        Moved:  Cm.  Guerra
        Second:  Cm.  Alvarado
        For: 6	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

        Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Guerra    

        8.  Public hearing concerning an application by Jorge 
            Enrique Brizuela, amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) 
            of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 5, Block 927, 
            Western Division, located at 3616 Santa Maria Ave., 
            from B-1 (Limited Business District) to B-4 (Highway 
            Commercial District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission 
            has recommended denial of the proposed zone change.  
            This is an appeal from an unfavorable recommendation 
            by the Planning & Zoning Commission. 

                       INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
            Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of 
            Laredo by rezoning Lot 5, Block 927, Western Division,
            located at 3616 Santa Maria Ave., from B-1 (Limited 
            Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); 
            providing for publication and effective date.

        Motion to open the public hearing.

        Moved:  Cm.  Alvarado
        Second:  Cm.  Agredano
        For: 6	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

        Jorge Enrique Brizuela, property owner, requested the zone
        change for a mechanic/auto body and paint shop and 
        residence.

        Motion to close the public hearing and table for March 6th.

        Moved:  Cm.  Alvarado
        Second:  Cm.  Agredano
        For: 6	Against:  0	Abstain:  0
    
        9.  Public hearing to amend the City of Laredo's 1999-2000
            annual budget in the amount of $484,250.00 to purchase
            equipment for the Financial Disruption Task Force.  
            Funding is available from the opening balance of the 
            Financial Task Force.  The National Drug Control Policy 
            (HIDTA) High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area is funding 
            the operation at no cost to the City.  The grant 
            period is from January 1, 2000 through December 31, 2000. 

                       INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
            Amending the City of Laredo's 1999-2000 annual budget 
            in the amount of $484,250.00 to purchase equipment for
            the Financial Disruption Task Force.  Funding is 
            available from the opening balance of the Financial 
            Task Force.  The National Drug Control Policy (HIDTA) 
            High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area is funding the 
            operation at no cost to the City.  The grant period is
            from January 1, 2000 through December 31, 2000.

        Motion to open the public hearing.

        Moved:  Cm. Alvarado
        Second:  Cm.  Agredano
        For: 6	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

        There was no public input.

        Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

        Moved:  Cm.  Guerra
        Second:  Cm.  Agredano
        For: 6	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

        Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

        10.  Public hearing to amend the City of Laredo FY 
             1999-2000 Contractual Obligations Fund, Solid Waste 
             Fund, General Fund and Police Trust Fund annual budget 
             by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the 
             amount of $2,135,000.00 from a proposed Public 
             Property Finance Contractual Obligation (PPFCO) Issue.  
             This bond issue will be used to finance the 
             acquisition of automotive equipment and machinery and
             equipment for various City departments.  

                         INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
             Amending the City of Laredo FY 1999-2000 Contractual 
             Obligations Fund, Solid Waste Fund, General Fund and 
             Police Trust Fund annual budget by appropriating 
             revenues and expenditures in the amount of 
             $2,135,000.00 from a proposed Public Property Finance
             Contractual Obligation (PPFCO) Issue.  This bond 
             issue will be used to finance the acquisition of 
             automotive equipment and machinery and equipment for 
             various City departments. 

        Motion to open the public hearing.

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

        There was no public input.

        Motion to close the public hearing and introduce with 
        corrections as follows:

        Amending the City of Laredo FY 1999-2000 Contractual 
        Services Fund and Solid Waste Annual Budget by 
        appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of 
        $2,135,000 from a proposed Public Property Finance 
        Contractual Obligation to finance the acquisition of 
        automotive equipment and machinery and equipment for 
        various city departments.

        Moved:  Cm.  Valdez
        Second:  Cm.  Agredano
        For: 6	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

        Ordinance Introduction:  City Council    

 VIII.  GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

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

                 1.  Request for staff to study of corner of 
                     Malinche and Gustavus for possible
                     signalization or controls to prevent accidents.

                 Table for the March 6, 2000 meeting.

                 2.  Discussion on maintenance and prevention of 
                     grass growth on City curbs with possible 
                     action.

                 Table for the March 6, 2000 meeting.

             B.  Request by Council Member Mario G. Alvarado

                 1.  Status report on the CPL Road design contract
                     with possible action.

                 Eddie D. Garza, President of Crane Engineering 
                 Corporation, presented the following Status Report:

        Engineering Contract Approved by City Council   1/3/2000
        Notice to Proceed                               1/4/2000

        Work Completed to Date:
		  
        1.  Conducted deed research for properties along proposed .
            route.  Acquired deeds and plats of property within 
            project limits.

        NOTE:  95% of project area is not platted requiring the 
               recreation of deeds in the field to ensure property
               boundaries comply with deed documents.
    
        2.  Acquired right of way map from Union Pacific Railroad.
            U.P.R.R.  Contact:     Mr. Dan Leis
                                   Union Pacific Railroad Company
                                   Real Estate Department
                                   1800 Farnam Street
                                   Omaha, Nebraska 68102

        3.  Acquired Gas Line information from Reliant Energy 
            (Formally Entex) identifying location of gas lines 
            within project limits.

        4.  Met with CPL  Power Plant Manager, Jaime Gomez, P. E.
            to coordinate project & secure authorization to enter 
            CPL property as required.

        5.  Met with Charlie Gutierrez, land owner representative 
            along Mines Road to coordinate project.

        6.  Met with Steve Lamantia of Budweiser to coordinate 
            project and discuss the need to relocate a portion of 
            his building to accommodate the proposed 70' right of 
            way.

        7.  Currently completing topographic survey of proposed 
            route from Industrial Blvd. to Mines Road; topographic 
            field work is 98% complete and consists of the 
            following information:

            *Fences         *Railroad          *Creeks
            *Buildings      *High Pressure     *Major Grade Drops
            *Utilities      *Street

        8.  Currently completing recreation of boundary surveys 
            for CPL and Budweiser property.  Field work is 98% 
            complete.  Land area for these two (2) tracts exceed 
            125 acres.

        9.  Prepared preliminary topographic, boundary and right 
            of way map.  (See attached Plan)

       10.  Met with City Managers and City Engineer to provide 
            update and receive direction.

       Status Report

       11.  Met with CP&L electrical engineers to discuss power 
            line relocation possibilities and existing electrical 
            manhole within proposed 70' right of way.

       12.  Met with TxDoT area engineer, Mr.  Carlos Rodriguez, 
            P. E., to coordinate project, secure ROW maps, and 
            discuss possible connections to Mines Road.  He advised 
            of a proposed overpass and or underpass currently 
            being planed to provide grade separation from FM 1472 
            to IH 35.

       13.  Spoke with Mr. Fitzgerald Sanchez, P. E. and Ms. Joann
            Garcia of TxDoT District Office to discuss proposed 
            overpass and or underpass to identify project limits.

       Work Plan for Next 20 Working Days:

       * Establish final road alignment and secure approval from 
         City;
       * Complete topographic & boundary surveys for Budweiser & 
         Mines Rd. area;
       * Complete all right of way acquisition surveys;
       * Stake centerline of proposed Right of Way;
       * Conduct Phase 1 Site Assessment;
       * Conduct Geo-technical investigation;
       * Prepare preliminary street layout and update cost estimate. 

       Project Concerns:

       * Existing earthen excavation at several locations within 
         CPL property will impact project construction budget 
         unless site is restored to previous conditions.
       * Texas Department of Transportation recognizes connections 
         into Mines Road at original study location.  Freedom to 
         explore other options practically eliminated.
       * Original location of Mines Road connection adjacent to 
         Manadas Creek Bridge will not allow for construction of 
         deceleration lane without widening of bridge.  Not in 
         this budget.
       * Portion of Budweiser building along Central Power and 
         Light Road and material yard temporary office along Mines
         Road will require relocation.  

                  City of Laredo CP& L Road Project

          Property Owners affected by Proposed Right of Way

Tract       Area (SF)       Area (AC)   Owner
1           10,117          0.2323      Coca-Cola
2            6,333          0.1454      Budweiser
3            2,713          0.0623      CP& L
4            4,327          0.0993      Budweiser
5           40,362          0.9266      Dedicated Public Road 
                                          by Deed
6          166,093          3.813       CP & L
7           39,375          0.9039      Superior Mobile Homes 
                                          & Guadalupe S. Gutierrez

                 2.  Status report on the maintenance inventory of
                     Union Pacific Rail Crossing with possible 
                     action.

                     Keith Selman submitted the following letter:

                 Subject:  Status report on the condition of 
                           pavement along rail lines owned by
                           the Union Pacific Railroad Company.

                 A team was assembled to conduct site surveys and 
                 analyze the conditions of the pavement and planks
                 along crossing of the Union Pacific Railroad 
                 Company.  The attached report details the findings 
                 of the survey by crossing.

                 Preliminary costs estimates for re-pavement of 
                 crossings (Union Pacific only):

                 Zaragoza to Sanchez        29,540
                 Park to Madison            16,067
                 Lafayette to Chicago        4,160
                 Markley to Mann            21,358
                 Industrial to Uni-royal    10,956
                                           $82,081

                   From Zaragoza to Sanchez
Crossing     Pvmt.   Improvements Needed (notes)    Prel. Cost Est.
            Status

Zaragoza       6     Re-pavement recommended           $6,551
Zaragoza       5     Re-pavement recommended           $7,431
Hidalgo              Closed
Hidalgo        3     Re-pavement recommended/          $  871
                       no planking visible
Washington           Dead end sign required 
                       under bridge
Sta. Isabel    4     Re-pavement recommn.              $3,900
                     Gate arms recomm.
                     May be along Tex-Mex line
Scott          8     Arms being installed/Wood 
                       planning OK
Sta. Isabel    4     Where RG splits from main         $4,880
                       line/no planking
                       visible/re-pavement recomm.
Sta. Isabel    5     May be on Tex-Mex line/           $3,667
                       not in use (ends)Link
                       between ML and Tex-Mex
Garza          3     Sign blocked by trees/no          $1,200
                       planks
Sanchez        7     Gate arms funded/no planks
Sanchez        5     Wood planks-fair                  $1,040

                     Total (Zaragoza-Sanchez)          29,540

                   From Park to Madison
Crossing     Pvmt.   Improvements Needed (notes)    Prel. Cost Est.
            Status

Park          4      Re-planking required (wood)       $2,400
Bruni         7      Planks need minor repairs
Gonzalez      8      Re-planking required (wood)
Shea          4      Re-planking recommended           $1,240
Jefferson     6      No planks                         $3,911
                       446795B & 446796H are in 
                       close proximity
Jefferson     2      Re-planking required              $3,556
Frankfort     2      Planks-fair                       $2,400
Blair         8      1 sign down
Madison       5      1 sign missing/planks             $2,560
                       on one-poor

                     Total (Park-Madison)             $16,067

                  From Lafayette to Chicago
Crossing     Pvmt.   Improvements Needed (notes)    Prel. Cost Est.
            Status

Lafayette     7      Wood planks - fair
Baltimore     8      Wood planks - fair
Baltimore     5      Wood planks - fair                $1,440
Pierce        8      Wood planks - fair
Boston        7      Wood planks - fair
Philadelphia  7      Wood planks - fair
Ugarte        8      Wood planks - fair
Pace          6      Wood planks - fair                $1,160
Chicago       7      Extremely steep/wood 
                       planks - fair
Chicago       4      Re-planking required/             $1,560
                       being redesigned

                     Total (Lafayette - Chicago)       $4,160

                    From Markley to Mann Rd.
Crossing     Pvmt.   Improvements Needed (notes)    Prel. Cost Est.
            Status

Markley        5     Planks need minor repair          $  800
Markley        4     1 track ends                      $3,178
Modern Ln.     4     Re-pavement recommended/          $3,042
                       1 sign missing                  
Calton         2     Re-plaking required               $5,067
Calton         9     Gate arms recommended
Justo Penn     4     Re-planking required              $2,111
Justo Penn     3     1 sign missing/re-planking        $1,240
                       req./ lights recomm.      
Island         5     Planks need minor repair          $1,040
Island         4     Re-planking required              $1,360
Mann           5     Arms recomm/ planks need          $1,760
                       repairs
Mann           3     Arms recomm/Planks need           $1,760
                       repairs/ sign missing

                     Total ( Markley-Mann)            $21,358

                  From Industrial to Uniroyal
Crossing     Pvmt.   Improvements Needed (notes)    Prel. Cost Est.
            Status

Industrial     1     Replanking required                $9,476
Santa Maria   10
Tejas          7     Planks - fair
Las Cruces     7     Planks - good
San Loreno     4     Planks need repairs (wood)         $1,480
San Mateo      7     Replanking required
Loop 20       10     Consider closing after 
                       overpass complete
Trade Center   7     Private crossing/Big Buck 
                       Asphalt
Unidentified   7     Private crossing
Port Laredo   10
Uniroyal      10

                     Total (Industrial-Uniroyal)       $10,956
    
        Pavement Status

        PVMT  7+  Overall good condition/re-pavement not required.
        PVMT  6-  Pavement condition fair to poor/re-pavement 
                  recommended and/or required.
        Estimates for re-pavement only - calculated at $20/ square
        yard

        Motion to instruct staff to obtain a Capitol Improvement 
        Plan, within a time frame, from the railroad companies.  
        In addition, staff shall request ownership of the spurs 
        that are in question so that when there is a problem of 
        maintenance, the city will know exactly who the owner is. 

        Moved:  Cm.  Alvarado
        Second:  Cm.  Guerra
        For: 6	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

                3.  Status report on Mines Road Task Force 
                    activities and/or recommendations for traffic 
                    control on FM 1472, with possible action.
  
                Roberto Murillo, Traffic Engineer, informed the 
                Council that weekly meetings are held with Zachary
                Construction, Texas Department of Transportation, 
                the Engineer Department and the Police Department 
                to collaborate information resulting in a smoother
                traffic flow.  

                He added that construction on the first bridge 
                will be completed in March and all the bridges 
                will be complete in June.

                Agustin Dovalina III, Chief of Police, stated that
                police officers are assigned to patrol the school 
                zone, especially during peak hours. Police Officers 
                are working in conjunction with United Independent
                School District Police Department to ensure 
                motorist safety.  

        Motion to forward a letter from the Council to the Texas 
        Department of Transportation, requesting their support in 
        providing blinking lights that will announce the upcoming 
        school zone area on Mines Road in order to avoid a traffic
        mishap.  

        Moved:  Cm.  Alvarado
        Second:  Cm.  Guerra
        For: 6	Against:  0	Abstain:  0
			
(Recess)
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   IX.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

        12.  Closing as a public easement that section of the 1200
             block of North India Avenues between the north 
             right-of-way line of Guadalupe Street and the south 
             right-of-way of the Texas Mexican Railroad tracks, 
             situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo,
             County of Webb, Texas and providing for an effective 
             date.

             Ordinance introduction:  Cm.  Bruni  

    X.  FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES

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        Motion to waive final reading of ordinances # 2000-O-044, 
        # 2000-O-045, # 2000-O-046, # 2000-O-047, # 2000-O-048, 
        # 2000-O-049 and # 2000-O-050.  

        Moved:  Cm.  Bruni
        Second:  Cm.  Moreno
        For: 6	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

        13.  2000-O-044  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.(City Council)

        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-044.

        Moved:  Cm.  Bruni
        Second:  Cm.  Alvarado
        For: 6	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

             2000-O-045  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.  
                         (City Council)

        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-045.

        Moved:  Cm.  Bruni
        Second:  Cm.  Alvarado
        For: 6	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

             2000-O-046  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. (City Council)

        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-046.

        Moved:  Cm.  Bruni
        Second:  Cm.  Alvarado
        For: 6	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

             2000-O-047  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, Page 1, 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.   (City Council)

        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-047.

        Moved:  Cm.  Bruni
        Second:  Cm.  Alvarado 
        For: 6	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

             2000-O-048  Authorizing the City Manager to execute 
                         an amendment to the Foreign 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.   (Cm Louis H. Bruni)

        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-048.

        Moved:  Cm.  Bruni
        Second:  Cm.  Alvarado
        For: 6	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

             2000-O-049  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.  
                         (City Council)

        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-049.

        Moved:  Cm.  Bruni
        Second:  Cm.  Alvarado
        For: 6	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

             2000-O-050  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.  (City Council)

        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-050.

        Moved:  Cm.  Bruni
        Second:  Cm.  Alvarado
        For: 6	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

   XI.  RESOLUTIONS 

        14.  2000-R-025  Adopting the list of capital improvement 
                         projects to be submitted to the South 
                         Texas Development Council (STDC) for 
                         incorporation in the Overall Economic 
                         Development Program Plan (OEDP) to be 
                         provided to the U.S. Department of 
                         Commerce, Economic Development 
                         Administration (EDA) for potential 
                         funding consideration and authorizing
                         the City Manager to submit a follow-up 
                         grant application as may be directed by 
                         EDA.  Projects to be included:
        1.  Streets of Laredo Urban Mall

            1.  CP&L Road Extension - Industrial Blvd. to Mines 
                Road
            2.  Cielito Lindo Commercial Development
            3.  El Portal Riverfront Development Project 

        Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-025.

        Moved:  Cm.  Alvarado
        Second:  Cm.  Valdez
        For: 6	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

        15.  2000-R-026  Authorizing the City Manager to execute 
                         an Interlocal Government Agreement between 
                         the City of Laredo and the Texas Parks 
                         and Wildlife Department for the disposal 
                         of Lake Casa Blanca State Park debris and
                         rubbish in exchange for City of Laredo 
                         use of Lake Casa Blanca State Park facilities.

        Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-026.	

        Moved:  Cm.  Alvarado
        Second:  Cm.  Valdez
        For: 6	Against:  0	Abstain:  0
          
  XII.  MOTIONS

        16.  Refund of property tax to the following taxpayers and
             companies
             a.  Hermenegildo & Sonia Gonzalez in the amount of 
                 $540.50 due to an Appraisal Review Board order.  
                 Mr. Gonzalez property was split into two accounts.
             b.  Union Pacific System in the amount of $2,225.76 
                 due to a double payment.
             c.  Leyendecker Materials in the amount of $3,643.91 
                 due to a change of jurisdiction as per the 
                 Appraisal Review Board order, account #801-12096-071.
             d.  Leyendecker Materials in the amount of $1,065.52 
                 due to change of jurisdiction as per the Appraisal 
                 Review Board order, account #801-12096-072.
             e.  Riverdrive Mall Associates, LTD in the amount of 
                 $1,482.81 due to a District Court Order, Case 
                 #97-CVQ00837-D2.
             f.  Pete Gallegos Sr., in the amount of $970.35 due 
                 to double payment.

        Motion to approve.

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

        17.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to make 
             monthly adjustments to the tax roll.  The amount to 
             be adjusted for the month of January 2000, is $45,018.67 
             which represents a decrease in levy.  These adjustments 
             are determined by the County Appraisal District and 
             by Court Orders.

        Motion to approve.

        Moved:  Cm.  Agredano
        Second:  Cm.  Bruni
        For: 6	Against:  0	Abstain:  0           
	     			
        18.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to award 
             Contract Number 00-061, to the LOW BIDDER, Dinastia 
             Computer Superstore, Laredo, Texas, in the base amount 
             of $104,624.25, for the purchase of approximately 75 
             computers.  These computers will be purchased for 
             those departments that have been authorized computers
             in the FY2000 fiscal budget.  The City has established 
             a base price for a 700 MHz computer and option pricing 
             for accessories such as modems and zip drives.  
             Delivery of all requested equipment is expected 
             within thirty days.

        Motion to approve.

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

        19.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to 
             execute an agreement with the Texas A & M University 
             System to operate and maintain the on-campus water 
             and sewer system and the pavement, lighting and 
             landscaping of University Boulevard, in exchange for 
             the ownership of the off-site water and sewer lines 
             by TAMUS during the construction of the campus in 
             1993.  The term of this agreement is indefinite.

        Motion to approve.

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

        20.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter 
             into and execute a right-of-entry agreement with the 
             U.S. Army Corps of Engineers the purpose of testing 
             soils at two city properties as part of the City of 
             Laredo's Environmental Protection Agency Site 
             Investigation Brownfields Program: 
             1) a tract of land containing 11.081 acres, and 
             2) the property known as Vidaurri Avenue bounded by 
                Jefferson St. on the north and Moctezuma St. on 
                the south.

        Motion to approve.

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

        21.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to 
             approve amending Contract Number FY00-002 awarded to 
             Digital Document Solutions, Laredo, Texas, for 
             providing four additional copiers.  The original 
             contract provided for a thirty-six month rental 
             contract for twenty seven copiers.  Staff is 
             requesting authorization to add four additional
             copiers at the same contract pricing for the Public 
             Library (1), Traffic Department (1) and Bridge System
             (2) at a monthly cost of $1,608.75.

        Motion to approve.

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

 XIII.  STAFF REPORT

        22.  Update report on the Colonias water and wastewater 
             project with possible action.  Informing Council that 
             BECC awarded Laredo a grant for $264,000.00 to pursue
             the certification of the Colonias Project and be 
             eligible for supplemental funding by the North 
             American Development Bank.

             Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, submitted the 
             following information:

           Texas Water Development Board

             * 15 Million Grant
             * 1.5 Million Loan
             * Water for all colonias
             * Conventional Sewer for 359
             * Septic tanks for Penitas and Mines Road.

           Revenues

             * Water connections :  658 - 853
             * Water revenue - $130,000 - $170,000
             * Sewer connections - $447 - 528
             * Sewer revenue - $100,000 - $120,000
             * (Does not consider Penitas)

           BECC-NADBANK

             * $264,000 for Technical assistance approved
             * $6 Million (Loan or Grand?)
             * Conventional Wastewater for Penitas and Mines 
               Road (Except Los Corralitos)

           Timeline (Applications)

             * March - Financial Application to staff
             * April - Review by Finance Committee
             * May - TWDB full board meeting
             * June - Funding for engineering and construction
             * September - BECC Board Meeting
  
           Timeline (Project)

             * March 2000 - Selection of program manager
             * June 2000 - Sections of design teams.
             * March 2001 - All design complete
             * April 2001 - Construction begins
             * October 2002 - Project completion

           Pending Issues

             * Public hearings (TWDB/BECC)
             * Right-of-way
             * Model Subdivision rules
             * On-Site sewage facilities
             * Growth potential along colonias corridor

        Motion to name Cm.  Alvarado and Cm.  Agredano to 
        represent the City in the Steering Committee.

        Moved:  Cm.  Alvarado
        Second:  Cm.  Agredano
        For: 6	Against:  0	Abstain:  0  

        23.  Presentation by the Utilities Department on a program
             to identify areas of potential energy savings in the 
             water and wastewater treatment plants.  The program 
             will allow the City to pay for construction of 
             energy-related capital improvements with the future
             savings.

             Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, stated that a 
             committee team would give the city a report that will
             indicate how much electricity it can save by acting 
             on some capital improvements related to energy savings.    

             Cm.  Bruni stated that the Water Committee did request 
             an analysis considering the possibility of powering 
             some of our equipment with natural gas.  

             Fernando Roman, stated that previous studies indicated 
             that powering equipment with natural gas will not 
             have a significant savings because it increases the 
             mechanical expense on the gas engines.  
       
  XIV.  EXECUTIVE SESSION
	
        24.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to Section 
             551.071(A) Government Code to discuss pending 
             litigation: Randal C. Spring v. City of Laredo, 
             Texas, and Agustin Dovalina, III, individually, Civil
             Action No. L-99-111, in the United States District
             Court for the Southern District of Texas Laredo 
             Division, and return to open session to conduct name 
             clearing hearing requested by Randal C. Spring. 

        Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Section 
        551.071 (A) Government Code to discuss pending litigation:
        Randal C.  Spring v.  City of Laredo, Texas, and Agustin 
        Dovalina, III individually, Civil Action No. L-99-111, in 
        the United States District Court for the Southern District
        of Texas Laredo Division, and return to open session to 
        conduct name clearing hearing request by Randal C. Spring.

        Moved:  Cm.  Guerra 
        Second:  Cm.  Agredano
        For: 6	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

        After Executive Session, Mayor Flores announced that Jaime
        Flores, City Attorney, stated that Mr. Spring's Attorney 
        petitioned Federal Court stating Council must have the 
        name clearing hearing.  However, he petitioned the State 
        Court to enjoin the Council from having a name clearing 
        hearing.

        No formal action was taken.

   XV.  ADJOURNMENT

                       CITY OF LAREDO
                    CITY COUNCIL MEETING
                        M2000-S-006
                    CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
                     1110 HOUSTON STREET
                     LAREDO, TEXAS 78040
                      FEBRUARY 28, 2000
                          5:30 P.M.

                     SUPPLEMENTAL AGENDA

   VI.  APPOINTMENTS

        Confirmation of the Mayor's appointment of Silvia Ornelas 
        to the Appeals and Grievances Committee.
	
        Motion to approve the appointment of Silvia Ornelas to the
        Appeals and Grievances Committee.

        Moved:  Cm.  Valdez
        Second:  Cm.  Alvarado
        For: 6	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

        City Council confirmation of the City Council as the 
        Complete Census Count Committee.

        Motion to approve the City Council confirmation of the 
        City Council as the Complete Census Count Committee.	

        Moved:  Cm.  Alvarado
        Second:  Cm.  Guerra
        For: 6	Against:  0	Abstain:  0	

  VII.  GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

        11.  C.  Request by Council Member Alfredo Agredano

                 1.  Status report on the painting of the Cigarroa
                     Mascot at the South Laredo Water Tank.

             Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, reported that the
             Cigarroa Mascot, at the South Laredo Water Tank, 
             would be painted in April 2000. 

   XI.  RESOLUTIONS

        2000-R-030  Directing publication of notice of intention 
                    to issue City of Laredo, Texas combination Tax
                    and Waterworks System Revenue Certificates of 
                    Obligation, Series 2000, in the principal 
                    amount of $2,485,000.00 for paying all or a 
                    portion of the City's contractual obligations 
                    for the purpose of improving and extending the 
                    City's waterworks system, and the payment of 
                    legal and fiscal fees in connection with this 
                    project.

        Motion to approved Resolution # 2000-R-030.

        Moved:  Cm.  Guerra
        Second:  Cm.  Agredano
        For: 6	Against:  0	Abstain:  0	

        2000-R-031  Directing publication of notice of intention 
                    to issue City of Laredo, Texas combination Tax
                    and Sewer System Revenue Certificates of 
                    Obligation, Series 2000, in the principal 
                    amount of $1,820,000.00 for paying all or a 
                    portion of the City's contractual obligations 
                    for the purposes of improving and extending 
                    the City's sewer system, and the payment of 
                    legal and fiscal fees in connection with this 
                    project.

        Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-031.

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

        2000-R-034  Requesting financial assistance from the Texas
                    Water Development Board for the colonias 
                    project, under the Economically Distressed 
                    Areas Program; authorizing the filing of an 
                    application for sewer improvements assistance;
                    and making certain findings in connection 
                    therewith.

                    Rosario Camarillo-Cabello, Finance Director, 
                    stated that the original amount listed was 
                    $695,000 and the corrected amount will be 
                    $705,000.
	
        Motion to approved Resolution # 2000-R-034.

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

        2000-R-035	Requesting financial assistance from the Texas
                    Water Development Board; for the colonias 
                    project, under the Economically Distressed 
                    Areas Program; authorizing the filing of an 
                    application for water improvements assistance;
                    and making certain findings in connection 
                    therewith.

        Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-035.

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

   XV.  ADJOURNMENT                           TIME: 8:00 p.m.

        Motion to adjourn.

        Moved:  Cm.  Alvarado
        Second:  Cm.  Agredano
        For: 6	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

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

                                          ______________________
                                          Gustavo Guevara, Jr.
                                          City Secretary