CITY OF LAREDO
                       CITY COUNCIL MEETING
                            M2000-R-008
                       CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
                        1110 HOUSTON STREET
                        LAREDO, TEXAS 78040
                           MARCH 20, 2000
                              5:30 P.M.

     I.  CALL TO ORDER
	
         With a quorum present Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores called the 
         meeting to order.

    II.  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

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

   III.  ROLL CALL

         In Attendance:
         Elizabeth G. Flores,         Mayor
         Alfredo Agredano,            Councilmember, District I
         Louis H. Bruni,              Councilmember, District II
         John C. Galo,                Councilmember, District III
         Cecilia May Moreno,          Councilmember, District IV
         Eliseo Valdez, Jr.,          Councilmember, District V
         Joe A. Guerra,               Councilmember, District VI
         Mario G. Alvarado,           Councilmember, District VII
         Consuelo "Chelo" Montalvo,   Mayor Pro Tempore District VIII
         Gustavo Guevara, Jr.,        City Secretary
         Larry Dovalina,              Acting City Manager
         Cindy Collazo,               Acting City Manager
         Jaime L. Flores,             City Attorney
	
    IV.  MINUTES
           None

     V.  COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

         Announcements 
           None

         Invitations
           None

         Recognitions
           None	

         Communiques
           None

    VI.  APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES
           None

   VII.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

         1.  Public Hearing concerning an application by Hector 
             Luna amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City 
             of Laredo by rezoning Lot 4, Block 409, Western Division 
             located at 2202 Ventura, from R-2 (Multifamily 
             Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business 
             District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission 
             recommended denial of the proposed zone change.  This 
             is an appeal from an unfavorable recommendation from 
             the Planning and Zoning Commission.

                        INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

             Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of 
             Laredo by rezoning Lot 4, Block 409, Western Division,
             located at 2202 Ventura, from R-2 (Multifamily 
             Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business 
             District); providing for publication and effective date.

        Motion to open the public hearing.

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

        Mr. Hector Luna, applicant,  requested a rezoning from R-2 
        to B1 for a catering business.  He originally requested a 
        B-3.

        Motion to table and send it back to Planning and Zoning.

        Moved:  Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo
        Second:  Cm.  Galo
        For: 8	Against:  0	Abstain:  0
	     	
        2.  Public Hearing concerning an application by Cesar M. 
            Coronado amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the 
            City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 4, Block 848, Eastern 
            Division, located at 3920 Meadow Ave. from R-3 (Mixed 
            Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Business District).  
            The Planning and 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 Lot 4, Block 848, Eastern Division, 
            located at 3920 Meadow Ave., from R-3 (Mixed Residential 
            District) to B-1 (Limited Business District); providing 
            for publication and effective date.

        Motion to open the public hearing.

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

        Ms. Coronado, applicants' wife, spoke in favor of the zone 
        change. 

        Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

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

        Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Valdez

        3.  Public Hearing concerning an application by Oscar and 
            Mary Saenz amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the 
            City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 8, El Portal 
            Industrial Park Unit V, located at 8502 El Gato Rd., 
            from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to M-2 (Heavy 
            Manufacturing District).  The Planning and Zoning 
            Commission recommended denial of the proposed zone 
            change and approval of Conditional Use Permit.  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 1, Block 8, El Portal Industrial 
            Park Unit V, located at 8502 El Gato Rd., from M-1 
            (Light Manufacturing District) to M-2 (Heavy 
            Manufacturing District); providing for publication and 
            effective date.

        Motion to open the public hearing.

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

        Ron Whitehawk, representing Oscar and Mary Saenz, spoke in 
        favor of the zone change. 

        Motion to close the public hearing and introduce as a 
        Conditional Use Permit with the following conditions:


        1.)  The Conditional Use Permit is restricted to storage, 
             incidental to transportation, of used batteries only.
        2.)  The batteries will arrive loaded on an enclosed trailer 
             and are not to be transferred into a warehouse or an 
             open area.
        3.)  The Conditional Use Permit is issued to Oscar and Mary 
             Saenz and is not transferable.
        4.)  The Conditional Use Permit is valid for one (1) year.  

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

        Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Alvarado  

        4.  Public Hearing concerning an application by Jorge 
            Saldaņa amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City 
            of Laredo by rezoning 2.169 acres, as further described 
            by metes and bounds, located north of Hwy. 359 and west 
            of the City of Laredo Landfill, from R-1 (Single Family 
            Residential District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing 
            District).  The Planning and 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 2.169 acres, as further described by 
            metes and bounds, located north of Hwy. 359 and west of 
            the City of Laredo Landfill, from R-1 (Single Family 
            Residential District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing 
            District); providing for publication and effective date. 
	
        Motion to open the public hearing.

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

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

        Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

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

        Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Agredano

        5.  Public hearing concerning an application by Jorge O. 
            Gutierrez amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the 
            City of Laredo by rezoning 8.835 acres, as further 
            described by metes and bounds, located west of McPherson 
            Rd. and south of Tiara Trail, from R-1 (Single Family 
            Residential District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential 
            District).  The Planning and 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 8.835 acres, as further described by 
            metes and bounds, located west of McPherson Rd. and 
            south of Tiara Trail, from R-1 (Single Family 
            Residential District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential 
            District); providing for publication and effective date.

        Motion to open the public hearing.

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

        Ron Whitehawk, representing Jorge Gutierrez, spoke in favor 
        of the zone change.

        Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

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

        Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Guerra

        6.  Public hearing concerning an application by Jorge O. 
            Gutierrez amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the 
            City of Laredo by rezoning 5.00 acres, as further 
            described by metes and bounds, located at 9694 McPherson
            Rd., from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to 
            B-1 (Limited Business District).  The Planning and 
            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, located at 9694 McPherson Rd., from 
            R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-1 
            (Limited Business District); providing for publication 
            and effective date.

        Motion to open the public hearing.

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

        Ron Whitehawk, representing Jorge Gutierrez, spoke in favor 
        of the zone change.

        Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

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

        Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Guerra

        7.  Public hearing concerning an application by the City of 
            Laredo amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City 
            of Laredo by rezoning Lot 5, Block 494, Eastern Division, 
            located at the northwest corner of Springfield Ave. and 
            Ryan St., from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 
            (Limited Business District).  The Planning and Zoning 
            Commission recommended denial of the proposed zone 
            change and approval of a Conditional Use Permit. 	

                         INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

            Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of 
            Laredo by rezoning Lot 5, Block 494, Eastern Division, 
            located at the northwest corner of Springfield Ave. and 
            Ryan St., from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 
            (Limited Business District); providing for publication 
            and effective date.

        Motion to open the public hearing.

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

        Motion to close the public hearing and introduce as a 
        Conditional Use Permit with the conditions being the use as 
        a COP station for the City. 

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

        Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Valdez

        8.  Public hearing concerning an application by Lago Del 
            Mar, Ltd. amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the 
            City of Laredo by rezoning 8.8694 acres, as further 
            described by metes and bounds, located south of Del Mar 
            Blvd. and east of the proposed Bartlett Ave. extension, 
            from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) and R-2 
            (Multi Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community 
            Business District).  The Planning and 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 8.8694 acres, as further described by metes 
            and bounds, located south of Del Mar Blvd. and east of 
            the proposed Bartlett Ave. extension, from R-1 (Single 
            Family Residential District) and R-2 (Multi Family 
            Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business 
            District); providing for publication and effective date.

        Motion to open the public hearing.

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

        There was no public input.

        Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

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

        Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Bruni

        9.  Public hearing concerning an application by Mike Link 
            (Minuteman 10 Minute Lube) amending the Zoning Ordinance 
            (Map) of the City of Laredo by renewing a Conditional 
            Use Permit for truck rentals on Lots 2, 3, and 4, Block 
            1218, Eastern Division, located at 2119 Corpus Christi 
            St.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended 
            approval of the proposed CUP renewal for a period of 
            three (3) years. 	

                         INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE

            Amending Ordinance No. 99-O-049 authorizing the issuance 
            of a Conditional Use Permit for truck rentals on Lots 2, 
            3, and 4, Block 1218, Eastern Division, located at 
            2119 Corpus Christi St., by renewing the C.U.P. for 
            three years; providing for publication and effective 
            date.

        Motion to open the public hearing.

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

        There was no public input.

        Motion to close the public hearing and introduce with a 
        compromise of two years.

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

        Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Galo

       10.  Public hearing concerning an application by Javier and 
            Oralia Ortiz amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the 
            City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 255, Block 11, Dellwood 
            Section 5, located at 301 Orleans Loop from R-1 (Single 
            Family Residential District) to R-3 (Mixed Residential 
            District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission 
            recommended denial of the proposed zone change.  This 
            is an appeal from an unfavorable recommendation from 
            the Planning and Zoning Commission. 	

                         INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
            Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of 
            Laredo by rezoning Lot 255, Block 11, Dellwood Section 
            5, located at 301 Orleans Loop from R-1 (Single Family 
            Residential District) to R-3 (Mixed Residential District; 
            providing for publication and effective date.  

        Motion to open the public hearing.

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

        Ron Whitehawk, spoke on behalf of Javier and Oralia Ortiz, 
        in favor of the zone change.  

        Javier Ortiz, applicant, submitted a petition from 
        surrounding property owners that were in agreement with the 
        Zone changes. 

        Motion to close the public hearing and override the Planning
        and Zoning Commission by voting in favor of the zone change.   

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

        Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Alvarado
        
       11.  Public hearing to authorize the issuance of City of 
            Laredo, Texas, Combination Tax and Airport Revenue 
            Refunding Bonds, Series 2000, in the principal amount of 
            $2,060,000.00 for the purpose of paying all or a portion 
            of the city's contractual obligations for the purpose 
            of refunding the Airport Fund for land acquired by the 
            City of Laredo, Texas and the payment of legal and 
            fiscal fees in connection with this project, approving 
            an official statement, amending the General Fund FY 2000
            Budget to appropriate proceeds for said projects and 
            authorizing the execution of a purchase contract, and 
            other matters related thereto. 	

                        INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
            Authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas, 
            Combination Tax and Airport Revenue Refunding Bonds, 
            Series 2000, in the principal amount of $2,060,000.00 
            for the purpose of refunding the Airport Indenture 
            Obligation for release of land from indenture, and 
            ordaining other matters relating thereto.

        Motion to open the public hearing.

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

        There was no public input.

        Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

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

        Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

        12.  Public hearing to authorize the issuance of City of 
             Laredo, Texas, Combination Tax and Sewer System Revenue 
             Certificate of Obligation, Series 2000, in the 
             principal amount of $1,820,000.00 for the purpose of 
             paying all or a  portion of the City's Contractual 
             Obligations for the purpose of improving and extending 
             the City's Sewer System, and the payment of legal and 
             fiscal fees in connection with this project, approving 
             and official statement, amending the Sewer System FY 
             2000 Budget to appropriate proceeds for said projects 
             and authorizing the execution of a purchase contract, 
             and other matters related thereto.  	

                         INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
             Authorizing the issuance of 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 the purpose of paying all or a 
             portion of the City's Contractual Obligations for 
             improving and extending the City's Sewer System, and 
             for paying legal, fiscal, and engineering fees in 
             connection with this project and authorizing an 
             amendment to the City's Budget to appropriate such 
             proceeds for the purposes authorized herein.

        Motion to open the public hearing.

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

        There was no public input.

        Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

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

        Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

        13.  Public hearing to authorize the issuance of  City of 
             Laredo, Texas, Combination Tax and Waterworks System 
             Revenue Certificate of Obligation, Series 2000, in the 
             principal amount of $2,485,000.00 for the purpose of 
             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, 
             approving an official statement, amending the Waterworks 
             System FY 2000 Budget to appropriate proceeds for said 
             projects and authorizing the execution of a purchase 
             contract, and other matters related thereto.  	

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
             Authorizing the issuance of 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 the purpose of 
             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, and 
             other matters relating thereto in connection with this 
             project and authorizing an amendment to the City's 
             Budget to appropriate such proceeds for the purpose 
             authorized herein.

        Motion to open the public hearing.

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

        There was no public input.

        Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

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

        Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

        14.  Public hearing to authorize the issuance of City of 
             Laredo, Texas, Public Property Finance Contractual 
             Obligation, Series 2000, in the principal amount of 
             $2,135,000.00 for the purpose of paying all or a 
             portion of the City's Contractual Obligations of the 
             acquisition of automotive equipment and machinery & 
             equipment for various city departments, and the payment 
             of legal and fiscal fees in connection with this 
             project, approving an official statement, amending the 
             Contractual Obligation Fund FY 2000 Budget, as 
             necessary, to appropriate proceeds for said projects 
             and authorizing the execution of a purchase contract, 
             and other matters related thereto.	

                         INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
             Authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas, 
             Public Property Finance Contractual Obligation, Series 
             2000, in the principal amount of $2,315,000.00, for 
             the purchase of automotive equipment, park equipment, 
             cemetery equipment, street equipment, solid waste 
             equipment together with other City equipment, and 
             ordaining other matters relating to the subject and 
             authorizing an amendment to the City's Budget to 
             appropriate such proceeds for the purpose authorized 
             herein.

        Motion to open the public hearing.

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

        Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

  VIII.  GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

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

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

                      Tommy Ochoa, Court Administrator, stated that 
                      a detailed report is being compiled by John 
                      Hickey but that it is not yet finalized.  

                  2.  Request for status report on the Noise 
                      Abatement Project, with possible action.

        Cm.  Bruni asked the following questions:

        1.  The City pays eight percent of the property value to 
            acquire a Navigational Easement.  As air traffic 
            increases, in the future, Cm. Bruni questioned whether 
            or not the Federal Aviation Administration would 
            consider paying additional funds, when and if they 
            change their guidelines.  

        2. Furthermore, he questioned as to how the City arrived at 
           the eight percent  property value used to purchase the 
           aviation easements.

        3.  In closing Cm. Bruni, asked if acquisition of the homes 
            which prepares them for leasing would result in their 
            becoming a low income area.    

            Cindy Collazo, Acting City Manager, stated that the 
            Federal Aviation Administration does not have a 
            provision considering change in the noise levels.

            She stated that the City arrived at the eight percent 
            through an appraisal process done by Byron Hampton.  

            Finally, the homes acquired through the Noise Abatement 
            Program will be leased at market value, not as a 
            low-income housing project.

            Marisela Rangel, daughter of a property owner, requested 
            that a stipulation be included in the aviation contracts 
            that will allow property owners an increase in the 
            percentage depending on the traffic flow.

                  3.  Request for committee report from the Plumbing 
                      Ad Hoc Committee, with possible action.

            Fred Collazo, Chairman for the Plumbing Ad Hoc Committee, 
            reported that the committee is in the process of having 
            its first meeting.  He added that he would submit 
            recommendations to the Council.

              B.  Request by Council Member John C. Galo

                  1.  Status report on the recycling of Aldama and 
                      Corpus Christi Streets, with possible action.

              Rogelio Rivera, Engineering Director, confirmed that 
              the recycling of Aldama and Corpus Christi Streets 
              are up for approval.  He added that he would execute 
              the project in April of 2000.

              Cm.  Galo asked the Engineering Department to include 
              the intersection of Loring and Corpus Christi.  
 
                  2.  Status report on the repairs to Three Points 
                      Park.

              John Vidaurri, Parks and Recreation Director, 
              commented that John Hickey from Turner, Hickey and 
              Associates is currently preparing a report that will 
              be submitted to the Council. 

              Staff proposes to bring it back to the Council with a 
              redesign and an authorization to re-bid the project.
 
              Mayor Flores and Cm. Galo instructed staff to change 
              the policy for receiving bids.

                  3.  Discussion of alternative means to reduce 
                      illegal dumping especially along the railroad 
                      right-of-ways.

              Cindy Collazo, Acting City Manager, stated that the 
              City has held 'Operation Clean Sweeps' in the past 
              and would execute another project soon.  

              Cm.  Galo suggested that in addition to "Operation 
              Clean Sweep"  that staff  place dumpsters sporadically 
              throughout the city in order to encourage citizens to 
              dispose properly of unwanted items. 
			
              Mayor Flores asked  staff to create an analysis that 
              includes a schedule and a  cost amount in order to 
              execute the project of reducing illegal dumping.  
  
              C.   Request by Council Member Eliseo Valdez Jr.

                   1.  Discussion with possible action regarding 
                       problem areas on streets that curve sharply 
                       in residential areas, and possibly needing 
                       double striping to alleviate problems with 
                       on-coming traffic.

              Robert Murillo, Traffic Engineer, explained that he 
              would investigate areas that concern the Council.  He 
              commented that he would submit his recommendations
              at a later date.       

              D.  Request by Council Member Joe A. Guerra


                  1.  Recognition of the Laredo Police Explorers 
                      accomplishments and of the Citizens who have 
                      assisted the Laredo Police Dept. 9th Precinct 
                      Sub-Station's fight against crime.  
                      (Co Sponsored by Eliseo Valdez)

              Sergeant Roland Martinez, representing Laredo Police 
              Department, explained what a magnificent job the 
              Explorers have done in representing Laredo at various 
              competitions. 

              Abraham Diaz, advisor for Explorer Post, gave a brief 
              history of the Explorers.

              Cm. Valdez and Cm. Guerra issued certificates to 
              citizens who have courageously assisted the Laredo 
              Police Department.
  
              E.  Request by Council Member Mario G. Alvarado

                  1.  Status report on Mines Road Task Force 
                      activities and/or recommendations for traffic 
                      control on FM1472, with possible action.

              Robert Murillo, Traffic Engineer, informed the council 
              of upcoming closures.

                  2.  Status report on the flooding conditions in 
                      the Mines Road area to include recommendations 
                      from staff, with possible action.

              Rogelio Rivera, Engineering Director, reported that 
              the work has been terminated at the culvert because 
              the City does not have the necessary easements.   He 
              is working on a proposal with the property owners in 
              obtaining a right of entry.

        Motion to proclaim a public safety necessity to obtain a 
        right of entry from the landowner and use some of the 
        surplus pipe that we have to alleviate the flooding on 
        Mines Road.

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

                  3.  Request for a 4-way stop sign at the 
                      intersection of Albany and Quail Creek Drive, 
                      with possible action.

              Roberto Murillo, Traffic Engineer, stated that he 
              would conduct the appropriate study for the 
              intersection of Albany and Quail Creek Drive.  He 
              added that he needed to obtain more data for accuracy. 

                  4.  Request for traffic signalization at the 
                      intersection of Quail Creek Drive and FM 1472 
                      (Mines Road), with possible action.
     
              Roberto Murillo, Traffic Engineer, stated that the 
              intersection of Quail Creek Drive and FM 1472 did not 
              merit signalization in 1997, however, he would  
              re-analyze the area and report the findings back to 
              the council.  

              Mayor Flores suggested circulating flyers informing 
              citizens of alternative routes.

(Recess)
(Press Availability)

    IX.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

         16.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with 
              SER Jobs for Progress Southwest, Inc., for approximately 
              4,234 square feet constituting Building 1054 located 
              at 4812 North Bartlett Avenue.  Lease term is for one 
              (1) year commencing on March 1, 2000 and ending on 
              February 28, 2001.  New monthly rent shall be 
              $3,850.00.  Current monthly rent is $3,661.20.
	       
         Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

         17.  Ordering and proclaiming a General City Election to 
              be held on Saturday, May 6, 2000, designating polling 
              places, designating the run-off date, and providing 
              for publication.

         Ordinance Introduction:  City Council
	       
         18.  Authorizing the City Manager to grant a Right-of-Entry 
              Permit to the U.S. Government for construction, 
              training, and operations in the area encompassed by 
              the following City-owned blocks, including public 
              right-of-way abutting said blocks; all of Blocks 
              614, 629, 630, 644, 645, 656, 659, 666, 667, 668, 669,
              670, 671, 672 and 672-A; all being situated in the 
              Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, 
              and providing for an effective date.  
	
         Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

         19.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with 
              SER Jobs for Progress Southwest, Inc., for approximately 
              1,600 square feet constituting Suite No. 2 of Building 
              No. 134 located at 4603 Maher Avenue.  Lease term is 
              for one (1) year and eleven (11) months commencing on 
              January 1, 2000 and ending on November 30, 2001.  New 
              monthly rent shall be $1,500.00 and will be adjusted 
              annually according to changes in the Consumer Price 
              Index.  Current month rent is $1,418.00.
	
         Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

         20.  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into an 
              agreement with the Del Mar Little League Association 
              to conduct practices on City Property located at 
              Andrew Circle commencing on March 21, 2000 through 
              March 14, 2004, with the primary purpose being to 
              conduct a baseball program.
	
         Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Guerra

         21.  Authorizing the City Manager to set the maximum speed 
              limits in that portion of FM1472 between Santa Maria 
			  Ave. and Pan American Blvd., within the City Limits 
              of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, as 45 MPH, 50 MPH, 55 
              MPH and 60 MPH, as defined in the Texas Department of 
              Transportation Control Section Map 2150-04.  

        Ordinance Introduction:  Table for April 3, 2000.

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

     X. FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES  

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

        Motion to waive the final reading of ordinances # 2000-O-062, 
        # 2000-O-063, # 2000-O-064, # 2000-O-065, # 2000-O-066, 
        and  # 2000-O-067.

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

        22.  2000-O-062  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.  (City Council)

        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-062.

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

             2000-O-063  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-3 (Community Business 
                         District); providing for publication and 
                         effective date. (Cm. Cecilia May Moreno)
		
        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-063.

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

             2000-O-064  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the 
                         City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance 
                         of a Conditional Use Permit for a used car 
                         lot on Lot 9, Block 351, Eastern Division, 
                         located at 114 West Lyon St.; providing 
                         for publication and effective date.  
                         (Cm. Moreno) 
			
        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-064.

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

             2000-O-065  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.  
                         (City Council)

        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-065.

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

             2000-O-066   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. (City Council)
			
        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-066.

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

             2000-O-067  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 8:00 
                         p.m. and ending on March 25, 2000 at 12:00 
                         midnight.  Rent shall be $200.00
                         (City Council)

        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-067.

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

    XI.  RESOLUTIONS 

         23.  2000-R-040  Authorizing the City Manager to submit a 
                          grant application to the Texas Water 
                          Development Board in the amount of 
                          $300,000.00 with the City designating 
                          $100,000.00 in matching funds for the 
                          Storm Water Master Plan for Sombrerito 
                          Creek Watershed.

        Motion to approve Resolution  # 2000-R-040.

        Moved:  Cm.  Galo
        Second:  Cm.  Alvarado
        For: 8	Against:  0	Abstain:  0
	
        24.  2000-R-041  Authorizing the City Manager to accept 
                         $23,621.23 from the State's Law Enforcement
                         Officers Standards and Education (LEOSE) 
                         for continuing education of Laredo Police 
                         Department sworn personnel.  Funding is to 
                         be used for training purposes of sworn 
                         personnel from October 1, 1999 through 
                         September 30, 2000.

        Motion to approve Resolution  # 2000-R-041.

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

        25.  2000-R-042  Authorizing the City Manager to submit a 
                         grant application to the Governor's 
                         Automobile Theft Prevention Authority to 
                         fund the Laredo Auto Theft Task Force for 
                         the period of September 1, 2000 through 
                         August 31, 2001.

        Please note the following changes:

        * "Whereas, this grant will pay for 75% 

        * Laredo Police Department will pay for the additional 25%. 

        * Whereas, the Governor's Office will support his grant for 
          a ninth (previously eighth) year...

        * "Section 1:  The City Manager September 1, 2000 through 
          August 31, 2001."

        Motion to approve Resolution  # 2000-R-042.

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

        26.  2000-R-043  Authorizing the City Manager to submit a 
                         grant to the Criminal Justice Division in 
                         the amount of $53,986.00 in which the City 
                         of Laredo will designate $5,998.00 as a 
                         match for a total amount of $59,985.00 to 
                         fund the Juvenile Accountability Incentive 
                         Block Grant Program.

        Motion to approve Resolution  # 2000-R-043.

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

        27.  2000-R-044  Authorizing the City Manager to submit a 
                         grant application to the Office of the 
                         Governor, Criminal Justice Division in the 
                         amount of $80,000.00 with the City 
                         designating $35,000.00 in matching funds 
                         for a total of $115,000.00 for funding a 
                         Domestic Violence Program under the 
                         Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) for the 
                         period of June 01, 2000 through May 30,2001.

        Motion to approve Resolution  # 2000-R-044.

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

        28.  2000-R-045  Approving the creation of a Sister City 
                         affiliation between the City of Laredo, 
                         Texas, U.S.A. and the City of Guadalupe, 
                         Nuevo Leon, E. U. M.

        Motion to approve Resolution  # 2000-R-045.

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

        29.  2000-R-046  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a 
                         clinical affiliation agreement between the 
                         City of Laredo Fire Department EMS and 
                         Texas A&M International University Canseco 
                         School of Nursing.

        Motion to approve Resolution  # 2000-R-046.

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

        30.  2000-R-047  Authorizing the acceptance of the donation 
                         of a total of three (3) personal ice 
                         cooling systems for the United States 
                         Department of Energy.  For the use by the 
                         City of Laredo Fire Department Hazardous 
                         materials Emergency Response Teams and 
                         Emergency Medical Services for the 
                         protection of our personnel while 
                         responding to emergencies.

        Motion to approve Resolution  # 2000-R-047.

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

        31.  2000-R-033  Resolution by the City of Laredo, Texas, 
                         in support of Lost Creek Village Apartment 
                         Homes, a proposed affordable housing 
                         development by Community Housing Development 
                         Associates.

        Motion to table Resolution  # 2000-R-033.

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

   XII.  MOTIONS

         32.  Consideration to award a professional engineering 
              contract to SCS Engineers, Dallas, Texas, for an 
              amount not to exceed $23,465.00 for Emission Guidelines 
              and Title V for the City of Laredo Landfill as per 
              requirements of the Texas Natural Resource 
              Conservation Commission.  Funding is available in the 
              Solid Waste Fund.

        Motion to approve.

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

        33.  Refund of property tax to the following taxpayers and 
             companies:

             1.  Laredo National Bank in the amount of $537.68 due 
                 to an overpayment.
             2.  PEI Properties, Inc. in the amount of $679.36 due 
                 to an overpayment.
             3.  Gilberto & wf. Dora H. Herrera, in the amount of 
                 $541.61 due to an overpayment.
             4.  Jose Juan & wf. Zulema J. Garza, in the amount of 
                 $655.34 due to an overpayment.
             5.  Pan American Express, Inc. in the amount of $544.12
                 due to an overpayment.
	     	
        Motion to approve.

        Moved:  Cm.  Galo
        Second:  Cm.  Bruni
        For: 8	Against:  0	Abstain:  0
		
        34.  Consideration to approve monthly adjustments to the 
             tax roll.  The amount to be adjusted for the month of 
             February 2000, which represents an increase in levy, is  
             $9,814.99.  These adjustments are determined by the 
             County Appraisal District and by Court Orders.

        Motion to approve.

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

        35.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to execute 
             the three (3) year collective bargaining agreement 
             between City of Laredo and the Laredo Police Officers 
             Association effective October 1, 1999 through September
             30, 2002.
       
             Luis Dovalina, President of the Laredo Police Officer 
             Association, introduced the committee that assisted in 
             the bargaining plans for the contract.

             Jaime Flores, City Attorney, highlighted the financial 
             plan between the City of Laredo and the Laredo Police 
             Officers. 
  
        Motion to approve.

        Moved:  Cm.  Alvarado
        Second:  Cm.  Agredano
        For: 7	Against: 1	Abstain:  0
        Cm.  Guerra
	       
        36.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to submit 
             a grant application for $95,483.00 to the Texas 
             Department of Health for renewal of the HIV/AIDS Health 
             and Social Services Project of the City of Laredo 
             Health Department for the period beginning September 
             1, 2000 through August 31, 2001.

        Motion to approve.

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

        37.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to contract 
             with International Newspapers, Inc. for newspaper and 
             radio advertising in Mexico, at a total cost of 
             $28,450.93.  This is for the Laredo Convention and 
             Visitors Bureau Semana Santa advertising campaign.  
             The campaign includes newspaper advertisements in 
             Monterrey, Saltillo, Torreon and San Luis Potosi and 
             radio advertisement in Monterrey, Saltillo, Monclova, 
             Torreon, San Luis Potosi and Guadalajara.

        Motion to approve.

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

        38.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter 
             into a contract with the Laredo Chamber of Commerce to 
             share in the cost of operation of the "InfoCenter", 
             located in Monterrey, Mexico, with an April 1, 2000 
             effective date and continuing through March 31, 2001.  
             Total annual cost to the City of Laredo is $21,500.00.

        Motion to approve.

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

        39.  Consideration to award a demolition contract to the 
             SOLE BIDDER, III PG Enterprises, Inc. dba Demolition 
             Unlimited, of Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $19,900.00 
             for the demolition of the structures acquired for the 
             Lafayette Street Widening Project Phase III.  The 
             demolition consists of structures located at the 
             following addresses: 2109, 2113, 2202, and 2204 
             Lafayette.  Funding is available in the Community 
             Development Department Budget.

        Motion to approve.

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

        40.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to execute 
             a contract with Glenn Jarvis for legal services 
             regarding the City's Water Rights Acquisition including 
             providing advice regarding purchase procedures, 
             drafting required documents, providing escrow and 
             closing services, conducting title examination and 
             representing the City in application for administrative 
             approval for use of the water rights obtained.  The 
             contract is for legal fees at $200.00 per hour, plus 
             costs and expenses, for a maximum of $20,000.00 for 
             this contract.  Funding is available in the Water 
             Availability Fund.

        Motion to approve.

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

        41.  Consideration to award contract number FY00-017, to the
             LOW BIDDER Jem Pro, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of 
             $68,300.00 for the painting of the Airport water tank 
             and the Milmo ground water storage tank.  The 
             successful contractor will be required to provide all 
             material, equipment and labor to repaint these water 
             tanks.  The airport water tank will have a logo for 
             Alexander High School and the Milmo water tank will 
             have a logo for Cigarroa High School.  Funding is 
             available in the Utilities Department Budget.

        Motion to approve.

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

        42.  Consideration to award contract number FY00-078, to the
             LOW BIDDER, Texas Environmental Recycling, Houston, 
             Texas, in the estimated amount of $28,400.00, for the 
             grinding of wood waste material (brush, branches, 
             pallets, etc.) at the City Landfill.  Approximately 
             15,000 to 20,000 cubic yards of material are available 
             for disposal.  The contract is based on a unit cost of 
             $1.42 cubic yard of material.  Funding is available in 
             the Solid Waste Fund.

        Motion to approve.

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

        43.  Consideration to award contract number FY00-080, to the
             LOW BIDDER, Nueces Power Equipment, Laredo, Texas, in 
             the amount of $148,244.55, for the purchase of three 
             backhoes for the Utilities Department.  The bid price 
             includes a five year extended warranty.  These backhoes 
             will be assigned to the Water Distribution Division.  
             Delivery is expected within 30 days.  Funding is 
             available in the Water Distribution Capital Outlay 
             Budget.

        Motion to approve.

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

        44.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of thirty seven 
             (37) portable radios for the Police Department through 
             the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments   
             (HGAC) - Cooperative Purchasing Program, in the 
             principal amount of $124,835.08.  These voice secured 
             digital radios will be purchased through the 
             cooperative purchasing  contract vendor Motorola.  
             Delivery of these radios is expected within sixty 
             days.  These radios will be purchased using the Police 
             Department - Narcotic and Financial Task Force Grant 
             Funding.

        Motion to approve.

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

        45.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of forty (40), 
             mobile radios for the Police Department through 
             Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) - 
             Cooperative Purchasing Program, in the total amount of 
             $128,473.54.  These voice secured digital radios will 
             be purchased through the cooperative purchasing 
             contract vendor Motorola.  Delivery of these radios is 
             expected within thirty days.  These radios will be 
             installed on the new police sedans.  Funding is 
             available in the Police Department's Capital Outlay 
             Budget.

        Motion to approve.

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

        46.  Consideration to award contract number FY00-076, to the
             LOW BIDDER, Vulcan Sign, Foley, AL., in the amount of 
             $31,059.20 for the purchase of 2,944 street name signs.
             These are standard reflective street signs that will be
             installed at 736 intersections.  Delivery is expected 
             within forty five days.  Funding is available in the 
             Capital Improvement Fund.

        Motion to approve.

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

        47.  Consideration to award a three year uniform rental 
             contract (FY00-075) to the LOW BIDDER, Cintas 
             Corporation, San Antonio, Texas, in the estimated 
             yearly amount $146,640.00, for providing industrial 
             uniform rental and laundry service.  Industrial 
             uniforms are used by the Public Works, Parks and 
             Recreation, Water and Wastewater Utility, Civic Center,
             Traffic Safety, Airport, and Utilities Collection 
             departments.  This contract will require the contract 
             vendor to provide eleven new sets of uniforms and 
             provide weekly laundry service.  The new contract 
             pricing is approximately 12% higher than the previous 
             three year period.  Funding is available in the 
             respective departments budget.

             An employee committee reviewed different uniform 
             styles and recommended offering employees a choice of 
             100% cotton uniforms or uniforms in a poly cotton 
             blend.  The employee committee also recommended other 
             changes to the uniform program such as a 100% 
             replacement of uniforms after eighteen months, all 
             which where incorporated into the City's bid 
             specifications.

        Motion to approve.

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

        48.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of one, full 
             size, extended cab, 4x4 truck, through the Houston 
             Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) - 
             Cooperative Purchasing Program, in the total amount of 
             $22,094.95, for the Fire Department.  This is a 
             replacement for a 1989 truck that will be used to 
             transport the department's rescue boats.  Funding is 
             available from Public Property Finance Contractual 
             Obligations (PPFCO), Series 97-B proceeds.

        Motion to approve.

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

        49.  Consideration to award a Third Party contract to Laredo
             Veteran's Coalition for Fiscal Year 1999-2000 in the 
             amount of $60,000.00 for assistance in health and 
             social services; authorizing the City Manager to sign 
             and implement the contract.  Funding is available in 
             the General Fund.

        Motion to approve the following contract and  incorporate 
        the following changes in the amendment. 

        1.  The money will be advance to the qualifying veterans.
        2.  There will be a limit in assisting the veterans.

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

        50.  Consideration to award a construction contract to the 
             LOWEST BIDDER, Environmental Specialties International,
             Inc., of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in the amount of 
             $600,754.20 for the liner installation of Cell 15/16 
             for the City of Laredo Landfill.  Funding is available 
             in the Solid Waste Fund.

        Motion to approve.

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

        51.  Consideration to award a construction contract to the 
             LOWEST BIDDER Ramos Industries, Inc., Pasadena, Texas, 
             in the amount of $407,343.00 for the Cherry Hill Drive 
             Widening Project (Pappas to Sandman).  Funding is 
             available in the 1998 CO Issue Cherry Hill Drive 
             Widening Project. 

        Motion to approve.

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

        52.  Consideration to approve the selection of consultant 
             Design Group International, Laredo, Texas, for La 
             Ladrillera Facility Improvements and authorizing the 
             negotiation of a professional services contract.  
             Funding is available in the Community Development 
             Budget. 

        Motion to approve.

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

        53.  Consideration to award a construction contract to the 
             SOLE BIDDER Cutler Repaving, Inc., Lawrence, Kansas, 
             in the amount of $476,822.80 for the 1999-2000 Street  
             Recycling Project (175 Blocks), base bid plus 
             alternative no. 1 to include an additional 10 blocks.  
             Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund - 
             Street Materials/Cutler Repaving.

        Motion to approve.

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

        54.  Consideration to approve Change Order no. 9, a net 
             decrease of $257.00 to the construction contract with 
             MW Builders, Inc. Contractors for the Border Facilities
             for the World Trade Bridge (4th International Bridge) 
             for adjustments to the contract plans to accommodate 
             the City's separate contract for the installation to 
             the toll collection system and to utilize new CP&L 
             direct metering equipment at the Federal Administration
             Building; to relocate one stadium light, and various 
             conduit stub-outs in conflict with the GSA X-Ray 
             Facility; to purchase parts required to make the 
             Lincoln-Juarez Truck scale fully operational once 
             relocated to the project site; add alternative locksets
             and mechanical entry keypads at various doors as 
             requested by the Federal Inspection agencies; for the 
             redesign of the storm drainage outfall due to an 
             elevation discrepancy furnished by I.B.W.C.; and to 
             delete a portion of a CP&L allowance, a portion of six 
             foot tall fencing, and the cost for the purchase of 
             stainless steel detention benches not required for the 
             completion of the project.  Funding is available in the
             Bridge System Bridge #4 - Tax Exempt Bond, Tax Exempt, 
             SIB Loan and Taxable Bond.

        Motion to approve.

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

        55.  Motion to authorize the City Manager to adopt and 
             execute the Interlocal Agreement with the Texas 
             Municipal Intergovernmental Employee Benefits Pool 
             (TML-IEBP) and consent to assignment to enact a name 
             change from Texas Municipal League Group Benefits Risk 
             Pool (TML-GBRP) to Texas Municipal League 
             Intergovernmental Employee Benefit Pool (TML-IEBP).

        Motion to approve.

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

        56.  Consideration  to authorize the City Manager to accept 
             the World Trade Bridge Border Facilities constructed 
             by M.W. Builders Inc. and specifically identified as 
             the Import  Dock Building, the Federal Administration 
             Building/Pedestrian Processing, the Primary Commercial 
             Inspection Plaza, the Exit Control Plaza, the Trucker's
             Pavilion, the Empty Truck Inspection Facility, the 
             City of Laredo Tool Booths/Stage I (4 booths at South 
             End) and the City of Laredo Temporary Modular 
             Administration Building, as substantially complete 
             (99.9%) and allowing the occupation of the buildings 
             by the General Services Administration agencies (FDA, 
             USDA, & INS) effective immediately.

        Motion to approve.

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

  XIII.  ADJOURNMENT                           Time:  8:50 p.m.

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

I hereby certify that the above minutes contained in pages 01 to 26 
are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council 
held on the 20th day of March, 2000.

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Gustavo Guevara, Jr.
City Secretary