CITY OF LAREDO
                    CITY COUNCIL MEETING
                        M2000-R-007
                    CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
                     1110 HOUSTON STREET
                     LAREDO, TEXAS 78040
                        MARCH 06, 2000
                          5:30 P. M.

    I.  Call to Order.
	
        With a quorum present Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores called the
        meeting to order.

   II.  Pledge of Allegiance.

        Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores led in the Pledge of Allegiance.

  III.  Roll Call

        In Attendance:
        Elizabeth G.  Flores,       Mayor
        Alfredo Agredano,           Councilmember, District I
        Louis H.  Bruni,            Councilmember, District II
        John C. Galo,               Councilmember, District III
        Cecilia May Moreno          Councilmember, District IV
        Eliseo Valdez, Jr.,         Councilmember, District V
        Joe A. Guerra,              Councilmember, District VI
        Mario Alvarado,             Councilmember, District VII
        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
	
   IV.  Minutes

        Approval of the minutes of February 7, 2000 and February 
        22, 2000.

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

    V.  Communications and Recognitions

        Announcements
          None

        Invitations
          None

        Recognitions
          None

        Communiqués

        a.  Presentation to Council on Mi Laredo Youth Leadership 
            Project.

            Rebecca Guerra, Norma Soria, Margarita Jasso and Juan 
            Rodriguez spoke on behalf of Mi Laredo Youth Leadership 
            Class.  They selected a community problem that affects
            Laredo's youth, which is teenage pregnancy.   The group 
            was alarmed at the high number of teenage pregnancies 
            in Laredo.  They decided to promote abstinence by
            encouraging Laredo's youth to refrain from sex.  They 
            plan on informing, educating and supporting young 
            minds to make the right decisions.  
    
   VI.  Appointments to Commission, Boards and Committees

        Confirmation of the Mayor's appointment of Robert Summers 
        to the Citizens Environmental Committee.

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

        Confirmation of Council Member Eliseo Valdez's appointment
        of Yolanda Alva to the Citizens Environmental Committee.

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

  VII.  Public Hearings

        1.  Amending the FY 1999-2000 budget in the amount of 
            $1,800.00 for the Vital Statistics Division of the 
            City of Laredo Health Department for the period 
            beginning October 1, 1999, through September 30, 2000;
            the additional funds will be budgeted in the postage
            line item for the purpose of mailing out certificates 
            by certified mail.

                         INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
            Amending the FY 1999-2000 budget in the amount of an 
            additional $1,800.00 for the Vital Statistics Division 
            of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period
            beginning October 1, 1999, through September 30, 2000,
            and increasing revenue line item no. 226-0000-355-1052
            from $0 to $1,800 and increasing expenditure line item
            no. 226-2912 from $130,457 to $132,257.

        Motion to open the public hearing.

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

        There was no public input.

        Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

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

        Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

        2. 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: 8	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

        Mr. De Leon, property owner, stated that he is in agreement 
        with conditions of the Conditional Use Permit.

        Motion to close the public hearing and introduce as a 
        Conditional Use Permit for a used car lot with the 
        following restrictions:
  
        1.  The entire lot shall be paved except for the areas 
            landscaped.
        2.  Seventy-five (75) percent of the buildings shall be 
            composed of masonry, glass, or brick.
        3.  Mechanical or body repair shall not be allowed.
        4.  Inoperative cars or trucks shall not be allowed.
        5.  Heavy equipment or large trucks shall not be allowed.
        6.  Property adjoining a residential zone shall be divided 
            from that zone by an opaque fence of at least six (6) 
            feet high.
        7.  At least ten (10) percent of the lot area shall be 
            devoted to landscaping.  All property shall be kept in
            an attractive fashion with landscaping property 
            maintained.  All trash, garbage and other waste shall 
            be kept in sanitary containers, which at all times 
            must be concealed from public view.   

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

        Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Moreno

        3.  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: 8	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

        Mr. Jorge Enrique Brizuela asked for approval and stated 
        that he did not have any additional information to present
        to Council

        Motion to close the public hearing and introduce as a B-3.

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

        Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Alvarado

        4.  Public hearing to amend the Laredo Code of Ordinances,
            Chapter 2, Administration, Article I, In General, 
            Section 2-3.  Fees for City Services, Subsection (b) 
            providing for postage, certified mail - return receipt
            requested in the amount of $3.10, and outside of the 
            U.S., or Priority, Express or International mail at 
            the prevailing rate. 

                        INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
            Amending the Laredo Code of Ordinances, Chapter 2, 
            Administration, Article 1, In General Section 2-3.  
            Fees for City Services, Subsection (b) providing for 
            postage, certified mail - return receipt requested in 
            the U.S. in the amount of $3.10, and outside the U.S. 
            or priority, express or international mail at the 
            prevailing rate; providing severability; and providing
            for an effective date and publication.

        Motion to open the public hearing.

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

        There was no public input.

        Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

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

        Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 VIII.  General Council Discussions and Presentations

        5.  A.  Request by Council Member Louis H. Bruni

                1.  Status report on police pursuit policies, with
                    possible action.
		   
                    Eliodoro Granados, Assistant Chief of Police, 
                    reported that police officers receive extensive 
                    training in pursuit policies at the academy.  
                    He stated that he would report to Council with 
                    recommendations for upgrading educational 
                    policies that would enhance officer skills 
                    prior to the budget hearings.

                    Cm.  Bruni requested input on Police Pursuit 
                    Policies from the Police Department.  

                2.  Status report on the City of Laredo Curfew 
                    Ordinance, with possible action.

                    Eliodoro Granados, Assistant Chief of Police, 
                    stated that Chief Dovalina mailed letters, in 
                    reference to the curfew, to all of the high 
                    schools and only one had responded.  

                    Jaime Flores, City Attorney, stated that staff
                    does need to pursue getting input from 
                    teenagers on the City of Laredo Curfew Ordinance.  

                3.  Status report on the new Municipal Court 
                    Building, with possible action.

                    Municipal Court Judge Rosaura Tijerina stated 
                    that it is imperative to have a larger building 
                    to meet the needs of the community.  

                    John Hickey, working in conjunction with the 
                    Honorable Rosaura Tijerina, will complete an 
                    analysis within seven days to present to the 
                    Council in reference to a new Municipal Court 
                    Building.  
		
                    Cm. Bruni directed staff to include a status 
                    report on the next agenda.

                4.  Status report on the continuous median 
                    proposed by the Texas Department of 
                    Transportation on Saunders Ave., with possible
                    action.

                    Cm. Bruni expressed his dissatisfaction with 
                    Laredo losing it's funding of over $200,000 in
                    the U. S. 59 Median Project.  He stated that 
                    if any entity proposes that construction should 
                    take place, they should execute forward with 
                    their initial study.  Not after the fact, come
                    out with another study that terminates the 
                    project.  Cm. Bruni conveyed that he is not in
                    agreement with the Texas Department of
                    Transportation.

                    He added that the Council has gone through 
                    many hours of dialogue and that he himself has 
                    had numerous conversations with the property 
                    owners and the Planning Department, to 
                    suddenly be notified that the funding was lost.  

                    Finally, he acknowledged there has been a 
                    reduction in the number of accidents and 
                    collisions due to the relocation of K-Mart.  
                    However, the traffic problems will continue in
                    the future.   

                    Fitzgerald Sanchez, who is Director of 
                    Construction and the Acting Director of 
                    Transportation Operations for the Texas 
                    Department of Transportation for the Laredo 
                    District, stated that there is a call for 
                    projects every year out of the Hazard 
                    Elimination Safety Program.  This year it was 
                    in the order of 17 million dollars for the 
                    whole state. He stated that Federal Funding 
                    Programs are Site Specific and the most recent
                    study completed in December of 1999 indicated 
                    the reduction of traffic incidents in that 
                    area.  Every district shall submit candidate 
                    projects.  These are specifically tied down to
                    roadway sections and they are prioritized on a 
                    type of Index Safety.  They are based upon how
                    many people were killed, injured or how much 
                    property was damaged.  If funding is granted 
                    and is not used for the specific purpose 
                    requested, at the specific location, within a 
                    period of time, then the money is no longer 
                    available.

                    Mayor Flores asked Mr. Sanchez what the City 
                    of Laredo could do to ensure that studies are 
                    more current so that federal funds, that are 
                    Site Specific, will not be lost due to the 
                    rapid growth.  She stated that it is very 
                    difficult for the border to receive funds.  
                    Moreover it is extremely difficult for Laredo 
                    to receive funds.  

                    Mr. Sanchez assured the council that there has
                    not been a public notice that would affect 
                    Mines Road.   
	          	 
        Motion to instruct staff to conduct an analysis on the 
        Milmo's Right-of- Way and see if it warrants signalization.

        Moved:  Cm.  Bruni
        Second:  Cm.  Alvarado
        For: 8	Against:  0	Abstain:  0
   
            B.  Request by Council Member John C. Galo

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

                    Roberto Murillo, Traffic Engineer, obtained 
                    preliminary information from the Police 
                    Department in terms of  accidents in that 
                    location.  There have been at least 13 traffic
                    accidents in the last three years.  He requested 
                    that the council provide him more time to 
                    analyze the corner.  

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

                    Oscar Medina, Assistant Public Works Director, 
                    stated that his department will accelerate the
                    project of applying friendly herbicides to the
                    grass on City curbs.  He added that a 
                    maintenance plan is being developed and will 
                    be submitted to the Council.

            C.  Request by Council Member Joe A. Guerra

                1.  Discussion on the opening of a COPS Station 
                    for District VI - 618 E. Del Mar Blvd. 
                    currently housing the Risk Management Division
                    which is scheduled to move into New Public 
                    Works Facility in December 2000 with possible 
                    action.

                    Eliodor Granados stated that District VI does 
                    have the adequate personnel for a COPS station
                    in that district.
  
                    Motion made to approve an opening of a COPS 
                    station in District VI with the best location 
                    being 618 Del Mar and/or locate the best 
                    location with a recommendation of locations 
                    for the three different sectors that were 
                    identified.

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

        Cm.  Valdez requested a presentation before the Council 
        with a full-scale map ensuring coverage in each district. 

            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 stated that the meeting for 
                    the previous Friday was cancelled.  He did 
                    contact Texas Department of Transportation and
                    they do not have any closures scheduled.  

                    Cm.  Alvarado requested information on the 
                    traffic control at the new school located at 
                    the La Bota Entrance.

(Recess)
(Press Availability)

   IX.  Introductory Ordinances

        6.  Authorizing the granting and conveyance of an easement
            from the City of Laredo to The United States of 
            America - General Services Administration for 
            approximately 77.00 acres, more or less, in Webb County, 
            Texas more particularly described as three separate
            parcels for the installation, construction, operation,
            and maintenance, etc., of various improvements 
            necessary for the federal facilities used in 
            connection with the border inspection station at the 
            World Trade Bridge, and authorizing the City Manager to
            execute said easement agreement.

        Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

        7.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with 
            American Red Cross to lease a portion of the non-
            exclusive use premises located on the southernmost 
            section of the first (1st) floor of the Airport 
            Passenger Terminal located at 5210 Bob Bullock Loop.  
            The Laredo Chapter of the American Red Cross proposes 
            to host a dance event to raise funds.  Lease term is 
            for four (4) hours commencing on March 25, 2000 at 
            8:00p.m. and pending on March 25, 2000 at 12:00 
            midnight.  Rent shall be $200.00.

        Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

    X.  Final Reading of Ordinances

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

        Motion to waive the final reading of ordinances ;
        # 2000-O-051, # 2000-O-052, # 2000-O-053, # 2000-O-054, 
        # 2000-O-055, # 2000-O-057, # 2000-O-059, # 2000-O-060 and
        # 2000-O-061.

        Moved:  Cm.  Valdez
        Second:  Cm.  Bruni
        For: 8	Against:  0	Abstain:  0
  
        8.  2000-O-051  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.  
                        (City Council)

        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-051.

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

            2000-O-052  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.  (Cm.  Louis H. Bruni)	

        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-052.

        Moved:  Cm.  Bruni
        Second:  Cm.  Moreno
        For: 8	Against:  0	Abstain:  0
 		
            2000-O-053  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.  (Cm. Joe Guerra)

        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-053.

        Moved:  Cm.  Bruni
        Second:  Cm.  Moreno
        For: 8	Against:  0	Abstain:  0
		
            2000-O-054  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. (Cm.  Cecilia May Moreno)

        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-054.

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

            2000-O-055  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.  (Cm.  Mario Alvarado)

        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-055.

        Moved:  Cm.  Bruni
        Second:  Cm.  Moreno
        For: 8	Against:  0	Abstain:  0
				
            2000-O-057  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. (Cm.  Joe A. Guerra)

        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-057.

        Moved:  Cm.  Bruni
        Second:  Cm.  Moreno
        For: 8	Against:  0	Abstain:  0
		
            2000-O-059  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.  (City Council)

        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-059.

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

            2000-O-060  An Ordinance amending the City of Laredo 
                        Fiscal Year 1999-2000 Contractual Services 
                        Fund and Solid Waste Fund Annual Budget by 
                        appropriation revenues and expenditures in
                        the amount of $2,135,000.00 from a proposed 
		                Public Property Finance Contractual 
                        Obligation to finance the acquisition of 
                        automotive equipment and machinery & 
                        equipment for various City departments.  
                        (City Council)

        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-060.

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

            2000-O-061  An Ordinance 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.
                        (Cm Louis H. Bruni)

        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-061.


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

   XI.  Resolutions 

        9.  2000-R-015  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into
                        and execute a memorandum of agreement 
                        between the United States of America, 
                        acting through its General Services 
                        Administration, and the City of Laredo 
                        concerning World Trade Bridge, Laredo, 
                        Texas.  It is the intent of the City of 
                        Laredo to convey fee title to approximately 
                        77.00 acres of land more or less, to the
                        United States of America for the federal 
                        facilities at the Laredo IV Border Station, 
                        said conveyance of land to be accomplished
                        at the same time title to the facilities 
                        is transferred to the United States after 
                        payment to the City in full.

        Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-015.

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

       10.  2000-R-027  Authorizing the City Manager to submit a 
                        grant application in the amount of 
                        $15,000.00 to the United States 
                        Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
                        for an Environmental Justice Grants and 
                        pledging that if a grant is received,
                        City of Laredo will comply with grant 
                        requirements of the United States
                        Environmental  Protection Agency.

        Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-027.  Larry Dovalina, 
        Acting City Manager stated that the resolution should read
        ratifying the action of the City Manager rather than 
        authorizing.  

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

       11.  2000-R-028  Declaring the public necessity to acquire 
                        the "Surface Only" of forty-one parcels of 
                        land for the Chacon Creek Improvements 
                        Project.  Said parcels being: Lots 4, 5, 
                        6 & 7, Block 1206; all of Blocks 1289A, 
                        1335, and 1421A; Lots 3, 4, 5 & 6, Block 
                        1480; Lots 1 &2, Block 1571; all of Blocks
                        1784, 1785, and 1867; Lots 1, 2, 3, 4 & 8,
                        Block 1868; all of Blocks 1869 and 1870; 
                        Lots 5, 6 & 7, Block 2103; all of Blocks 
                        2104, 2105, 2106A, and 2107A; Lots 5 thru 
                        8, Block 2109; Lots 5 thru 8; Block 2110; 
                        Lots 1,2,7 & 8, Block 2114; all of Block 
                        2115; 2119A (except Lot 5); all of Block 
                        2151, 2152, 2153, 2154, 2155, 2157, 2158, 
                        2159, 2161, 2165A, and 2166; Block 2167 
                        (except Lot 8); all of Blocks 2169, 2170, 
                        and 2171, 2171A (Lot 7A), all ob Blocks 
                        2172 and 2172A; and a parcel of land 
                        adjacent to Block 2109, between Ejido Ave. 
                        and the original City Limits.  Said forty-
                        one parcels being situated in the Eastern 
                        Division, City of Laredo, Webb County,
                        Texas; being delineated on attached copies
                        of City Plats; and authorizing staff to 
                        negotiate for the purchase of said parcels
                        at their market value or less, as 
                        established by State Certified Real Estate
                        Appraisers, and further authorizing the 
                        City Attorney to initiate condemnation 
                        proceedings to acquire those parcels that 
                        staff is unable to acquire through 
                        negotiations due to inability to agree on 
                        a purchase price, conflicts of ownership, 
                        owner refusal to sell, and/or inability to
                        locate a listed owner.

        Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-028.

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

       12.  2000-R-029  Authorizing the City Manager the use of 
                        surplus proceeds from the City of Laredo 
                        - Public Property Finance Contractual 
                        Obligations (PPFCO), Series 97-B, in the 
                        amount of $30,000.00, for the purchase of 
                        a four wheel drive truck for the Fire 
                        Department.  This will be a replacement 
                        for a 1989 truck that has been sidelined 
                        due to mechanical problems.  This truck is
                        used to transport the rescue boats to 
                        points along the Rio Grande River.

        Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-029.

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

       13.  2000-R-032  Authorizing the City Manager to submit a 
                        grant application in the amount of 
                        $20,000.00 to the South Texas Development 
                        Council for a Regional Solid Waste Grant 
                        Program; authorizing the City Manager to 
                        act on behalf of the 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-032.

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

       14.  2000-R-036  Supporting the promotion of economic 
                        growth of the City of Laredo, the economic
                        interests of its citizens and businesses, 
                        and the commercial relationship with 
                        Mexico; and urging the U.S. International 
                        Trade Commission to revoke the current 
                        antidumping order against imports of
                        cement from Mexico.

        Motion to table Resolution # 2000-R-036.

        Allen Walsh, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating 
        Officer of the Alamo Cement Company from San Antonio, 
        testified against Resolution #2000-R-036.   He submitted 
        written testimony.

        Rose Mary Clyburn, Senior Vice President of Cemex U. S. A., 
        testified in favor of the resolution.

        Motion to table Resolution # 2000-R-036.

        Moved:  Cm.  Valdez
        Second:  Cm.  Guerra
        For: 8	Against:  0	Abstain:  0
 
       15.  2000-R-037  Expressing the City Council support towards 
                        an application to the Texas Department of 
                        Housing and Community Affairs through the 
                        State's HOME Investment Partnerships 
                        Program by the Laredo-Webb Neighborhood 
                        Housing Services in partnership with 
                        Bringing Everyone Special Together(BEST) 
                        for a Homebuyer Assistance Grant in the 
                        amount of $150,000.00.  This homebuyer 
                        assistance is sought to better meet the 
                        needs of the City's Special Needs 
                        Population.

        Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-037.
  
        Moved:  Cm.  Bruni
        Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo
        For: 8	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

       16.  2000-R-038  Expressing the City Council support 
                        towards the submittal of an application 
                        by the Hamilton Housing Partnership, Ltd. 
                        to the Texas Department of Housing and 
                        Community Affairs through the HOME 
                        Investment Partnerships Program for a 
                        Tenant-Based Rental Assistance Grant to 
                        assist the elderly residents of the 
                        Hamilton Hotel whose income falls below 50% 
                        of the area median income.
 
        Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-038.

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

  XII.  Motions

        17.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to accept
             a donation of 100 trash receptacles worth approximately 
             $20,000.00 from Southern Sanitation for the Downtown 
             area.  The trash receptacles will be constructed of 
             rod iron and will match the recepta cles that have 
             been recently installed by the Department of Public 
             Works.  They will have a sign bearing the Southern 
             Sanitation name.  The City of Laredo will be matching
             this donation with an additional 100 trash receptacles.

        Motion to approve.

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

        18.  Consideration to award Contract Number FY00-073, to 
             the LOW BIDDER, Envirosolve, LLC, Tulsa, OK., in the 
             amount of $59,840.00, for conducting a city wide 
             household hazardous waste collection event on April 
             15, 2000, and the collection of hazardous waste from 
             the collection facility located at the landfill.  
             Funding is available in the NPDES Fund.

        Motion to approve.

        Moved:  Cm.  Bruni
        Second:  Cm.  Galo
        For: 8	Against:  0	Abstain:  0
 
        19.  Consideration to reject the SOLE BID received for 
             awarding contract FY00-059, for providing water 
             taps/T connections as required by the Utilities 
             Department.  The City requested unit cost pricing for
             unit cost for water taps and T-connection installation 
             service needed to repair distribution lines.  The 
             unit cost proposed by the sole bidder, J. Solis 
             Maintenance & Welding Service, Laredo, Texas, far 
             exceeded the estimated cost for this service.  
             Staff is requesting authorization to reject this bid 
             and solicit new bids.

        Motion to approve.

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

        20.  Consideration to award contract FY00-060 to the LOW 
             BIDDER, VMG Company, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated 
             amount of $78,950.00, for providing asphalt/concrete 
             repairs as required by the Utilities Department.  
             VMG Company submitted the lowest bid pricing on a 
             per square foot cost on an as needed basis to repair 
             asphalt and concrete cuts required to repair 
             distribution lines.  This type of service will be 
             requested on an as needed basis and all work is 
             inspected by the Utilities Department for compliance 
             with City requirements.

        Motion to approve.

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

        21.  Consideration to award contract FY00-070, to the 
             following LOW BIDDERS, for the purchase of vehicles 
             authorized in the FY00 capital equipment budget:

             Philpott Motors, Port Neches, Texas:

       13 - 1/2 ton Trucks                  $204,620.00
        3 - 1/2 ton ext. Cab Truck (sb)     $ 53,205.00
       12 - 3/4 ton ext. Cab Truck          $246,564.00
        5 - 3/4 ton four door cab truck     $108,375.00
        1 - full size sedan                 $ 19,610.00
        2 - mini van                        $ 39,084.00
                                            $671,458.00

             Southwest Ford, San Antonio, Texas:

        3 - 1/2 ton ext. cab truck (lb)     $ 53,868.00
        3 - mid size sedan                  $ 43,641.00
                                            $ 97,509.00

        Delivery is expected within ninety to one hundred and 
        twenty days.

        Motion to approve.

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

        22.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to 
             purchase a replacement ambulance for the Fire 
             Department through the Houston Galveston Area Council
             of Governments (HGAC)- Cooperative Purchase Program, 
             in the total amount of $120,188.00.  The ambulance 
             body will be installed on a Freightliner chassis.  
             Funding for this ambulance will be secured from the 
             contractual obligation bond proceeds.

        Motion to approve.

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

        23.  Consideration to award Contract Number FY00-068, to 
             the LOW BIDDER, Kahn Fence Corporation DBA Fence 
             Masters, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $39,900.00 
             for the provision of an infrastructure required for 
             the underground construction to trench approximately 
             15,000 linear feet and backfill as required to 
             provide electrical service to the World Trade Bridge 
             illumination system.  CP&L will be responsible for 
             the installation of electrical conduit and the 
             illumination poles and lamps.  Funding for this 
             project has been allocated in the Bridge System.

             The City did receive a lower bid from Ernesto Lopez, 
             Laredo, Texas, however, this vendor failed to submit 
             a bid bond as required by the bid documents.  Due to 
             this omission, staff is unable to accept this bid.

        Motion to approve.

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

        24.  Consideration to award a construction contract to the
             LOWEST BIDDER R.P. Constructors, Inc., New Braunfels,
             Texas in the amount of $1,195,000.00 for the 
             construction of the Bio-Solids Dewatering Projects 
             Parts A and B.  The Project includes the installation
             of a belt filter press at the South Laredo and North 
             Laredo Wastewater Treatment Plants.  The construction
             time is 275 calendar days.  Funding is available in 
             the 1994 and 1998 A Sewer Construction Bonds.

        Motion to approve.

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

        25.  Consideration for approval of final change order no. 
             1, a decrease of $90.00 for the balance of quantities
             actually constructed in place, acceptance of the 
             Concrete Reconstruction at Calton/Springfield 
             Intersection and approval of final payment in the 
             amount of $21,963.40 to Ramos Industries, Inc., 
             Pasadena, Texas.  Final construction contract amount 
             is $161,440.00.  Funding is available in the Capital 
             Improvements Fund - Truck Route Intersection.

        Motion to approve.

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

        26.  Consideration for acceptance of the Azteca 
             Neighborhood Park and Paving Improvements constructed
             by the in-house forces at a cost of $101,112.00 and 
             within the original budget.  This is a Community 
             Development Block Grant Project.

        Motion to approve.

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

        27.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to 
             release 50% of the retainage in the amount of 
             $23,187.78 to Faulkner Construction, Inc., for the 
             Telecommunications Offices and Public Access Facility
             Project located at 1101 Garden St., and to retain   
             $23,187.78 for punch list items and warranties.

        Motion to approve.

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

        28.  Consideration for acceptance of the Chaparral Drainage 
             Improvements from Calton Road to Canal Street and 
             approval of final payment in the amount of $31,383.40
             to Pete Gallegos Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas.  Final 
             construction contract amount is $245,387.00.
 
        Motion to approve.

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

        29.  Consideration for approval of final change order no. 
             3, an increase of $1,959.30 for the balance of 
             quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance 
             of the Zacate Creek Beautification Project Phase I 
             and approval of final payment in the amount of 
             $39,346.87 to Dominguez Development and Construction,
             Laredo, Texas.  Final construction contract amount is
             $303,566.80.  This is a  Community Development 
             Block Grant Project.

        Motion to table for next meeting.

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

        30.  Consideration for approval of final change order no. 
             2, a decrease of $29,237.25 due to a reduction in 
             quantities not needed to complete the project, 
             acceptance of the Construction of Sidewalks 
             Improvements for Trautmann, Alma Pierce and Amparo 
             Gutierrez Elementary Schools and related improvements
             and approval of final payment in the amount of 
             $60,060.75 to Pete Gallegos Paving, Inc., Laredo, 
             Texas.  Final construction contract amount is $207,165.75.

        Motion to approve.

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

        31.  Consideration to award a construction contract to the
             LOWEST BIDDER Ramos Industries, Inc., Pasadena, 
             Texas, in the bid amount of $119,844.00 for the Zacate 
             Creek Beautification Project Phase II (Re-bid).  
             Funding is available in the Community Development 
             Budget.

        Motion to table for next meeting.

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

        32.  Consideration to approve the selection of four 
             consultants for the Sidewalks - City Wide Projects 
             12, 13, 14, 16 and 17 and authorizing the City 
             Manager to negotiate a professional services 
             contracts as follows:

     a. Rosin Group, Inc. - Project 12 (33 Blocks) and Project 17 
        (4 Blocks)
     b. WSBC Civil Engineers, Inc. - Project 14 (37 Blocks)
     c. G.G. Salinas Engineering Co. - Project 12 (33 Blocks) and 
        Project 17 (4 Blocks)
     d. Sherfey Engineering Company, L.L.C. - Project 13 (16 
        Blocks), Project 16 (12 Blocks) and Project 17 (8 Blocks)

             Funding is to be identified at the time A/E contract 
             negotiated.

        Motion to approve and add Sunset Loop to District I 
        Sidewalk Projects

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

        33.  Consideration of approval of final change order no. 
             1, an increase of $11,535.30 for the balance of 
             quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance 
             of the Zacate Creek Erosion Control Project and 
             approval of final payment in the amount of $82,514.62
             to Ramos Industries, Inc., Pasadena, Texas.  Final 
             construction contract amount is $508,548.70.

        Motion to approve.

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

        34.  Consideration to cancel Council Meeting on March 27, 
             2000.

        Motion to approve.

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

 XIII.  Staff Reports

        35.  Status report by the Nonprofit Management and 
             Volunteer Center, presentation of revised funding 
             criteria for Third Party Agencies with staff 
             recommendation and possible action.

             Chito Vela, Jr., representing Third Party Funding, 
             submitted the following documents:

          Third Party Funding Criteria Recommendations

* Adoption of the revised Third Party Funding Application
* Formation of an Ad Hoc Third Party Funding Advisory Committee
* Allocation of Third Party Funds as the start of the Third Party 
  Funding Process
* Creation of Funding Categories

                 Third Party Funding Application

* Based on existing applications from various state agencies, 
  cities, and the United Way.
* Used objective criteria.
* Requires detailed information about the organization's programs,
  budget and staff.

           Ad Hoc Third Party Funding Advisory Committee

* Nine Member Committee:

* 3 City Staff
* 3 Nonprofit Organizations
* 3 At Large

The committee will meet to review the Third Party Funding 
Applications and hear presentations from the applicants.  It will 
then make funding recommendations to City Council.  

Committee members who are from nonprofit organizations will be 
required to sign a conflict of interest form and abstain from 
voting on funding recommendations for those organizations with 
which they have a conflict of interest.

Allocation of Third Party Funding as the beginning of the process

Before the applications for Third Party Funding are available, 
City Council should allocate a specific amount of money for the 
coming fiscal year out of both the General and the Hotel/Motel 
Funds which will go towards Third Party Funding.  This would help 
budgetary planning and enhance competition between the organizations.

Creation of Funding Categories

The creations of funding categories allows City Council to direct 
Third Party Funding toward achieving specific goals and priorities.  
Proposed funding categories and amounts are :

                   General Fund
      Economic Development          $  20,000
      Health and Human Services     $ 500,000 
      Education                     $  45,000
      Environment                   $  20,000

            Total                   $ 585,000

                  Hotel/Motel Fund				
      Tourism and Promotion         $  60,000
      Historical                    $ 100,000
      Arts                          $ 200,000

             Total                  $ 360,000

                Interlocal Agreements
      Laredo Development Foundation       $ 185,000
      Laredo Animal Protective Society    $ 120,000
                  Total                   $ 305,000

                Nonprofit Venture Grants
      General Fund                        $  50,000
      Hotel/Motel                         $  40,000

                  Total                   $  90,000

     Total Proposed Third Party Funding  $1,340,000

                 Third Party Funding

               Fiscal Year 1999 - 2000 

         General Fund                   $  635,593
         Hotel Motel Fund				$  398,175
         Interlocal Agreement			$  305,000
         Total Third Party Funding		$1,338,768

                Average of Fiscal Years
            1997-1998, 1998-1999, 1999-2000

         General Fund                   $ 563,776
         Hotel Motel Fund               $ 374,401

        36.  Presentation of the 1998-1999 Comprehensive Annual 
             Financial Report (CAFR) prepared by the City of 
             Laredo's Financial Services Department and audited 
             by the independent audit firm of Baum, Mejia & Co.

             Rosaurio Cabello, Finance Service Director, introduced 
             the firm of Baum, Mejia and Company.  

             Raul Garza, representing Baum, Mejia and Company, 
             reported that as the result of audit procedures they 
             issued a total of three reports.  

             1.  Financial Statement of the City.
             2.  Compliance with the governing laws and it's 
                 regulations as stipulated by federal and state 
                 agencies 
             3.  Internal Control Structure that is in place to 
                 ensure that preparations of these financial 
                 statements and that they comply with the federal 
                 and state grants.

        He added that the report issued is unqualified.  They did 
        not find anything materially wrong with the financial 
        statements, its compliance with the federal and state 
        grants nor with the internal control structure that the 
        City has in place. 
 
        37.  Status report on the World Trade Bridge.

             Cindy Collazo, Acting City Manager, reported that 
             the World Trade Bridge would be completed April 15, 
             2000.  She also stated that the City Manager's Office
             is working very diligently to ensure a successful 
             opening for the World Trade Bridge.

             A video was presented on the Milo Interchange and the
             approach road projects.   

        38.  Status report on Capital Improvement Projects with 
             consideration of projects for FY 2000-2001, with 
             possible action.

             Keith Selman, Planning and Zoning Director, gave a 
             presentation before the council.  He named projects 
             that were recently completed.  He also reported a 
             list of the other projects with their percentage of 
             completion to the Council.  He stated that the Capitol 
             Improvement Projects Update might be viewed in the 
             City of Laredo Web Page.

             Cm.  Agredano read the following statement:

        "One project that is very important to South Laredo is the
         Cuatro Vientos Road which will be the extension of Loop 
         20 South.  This road will provide relief to Hwy. 83 which
         is currently very heavily congested.  It has come to my 
         attention that the project can be accelerated by the Texas 
         Department of Transportation if the City will participate
         in the Engineering  and the Environmental Work for this 
         road way.  The County has committed $500,000 to the 
         project and additional $500,000 is needed to make the 
         engineering part of the project complete.  Therefore I 
         respectfully request the support of the Council by way of
         a motion to work with all diligence to include this 
         project in next years Capital Improvement Program." 

        Motion to increase our Capital Improvement Project by 
        adding the Cuatro Vientos Road and the work that we have 
        to do on it.

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

        Cm.  Galo instructed staff to include North/South 
        connection of San Francisco behind the H. E. B. area in 
        the Capital Improvement Project.  He also asked staff to 
        contact the county in their assistance in analyzing and 
        discovering more right of ways even if they are just 
        county spec.  
       
                        City of Laredo
                     City Council Meeting
                         M2000-S-007
                     City Council Chambers
                      1110 Houston Street
                     Laredo, Texas  78040
                         March 6, 2000
                           5:30 p.m.
                      Supplemental Agenda

  XII.  Motion

        1.  Consideration to approve the site for construction of 
            a Skateboard Park on Zacate Creek Linear Park at the 
            intersection of Lyon Street and Valencia and 
            authorizing staff to proceed with the preparation of 
            construction plans and specifications.  Funding in the 
            amount of $125,000 is available from the Parks' 
            Department Capital outlay line item and $25,000 is 
            available from Parks' Professional Services Line Item

        Motion to approve.

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

   XV.  Adjournment                         Time:  8:50 p.m.

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

I hereby certify that the above minutes contained in pages 01 to 
22 are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council
Meeting held on the 6th day of March, 2000. 


                                         Gustavo Guevara, Jr.
                                         City Secretary