CITY OF LAREDO
                    CITY COUNCIL MEETING
                         M2000-R-009
                    CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
                     1110 HOUSTON STREET
                     LAREDO, TEXAS 78040
                        APRIL 03, 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
        Cindy Collazo,               Acting City Manager
        Larry Dovalina,              Acting City Manager
        Jaime Flores,                City Attorney

   IV.  MINUTES

        Approval of the minutes of February 28, 2000 and March 6, 2000.

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

    V.  COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

        Announcements

        Mayor Flores read the following letter from the Texas 
        Department of Transportation:

    Throughout the Border Region of Texas, we find that we face 
    many new challenges.  Among the greatest of these challenges is 
    insuring safe traffic conditions near our schools.  Particularly
    as our unpresidented growth prompts the constructions of so many
    new schools.  As part of our ongoing commitment to meet this 
    challenge, TxDot in April, will host two traffic safety briefings 
    for area school officials, state legislators, local government 
    officials and law enforcement personnel.  At these meetings, 
    TxDot will introduce a new program designed to make school zones
    safer by closely linking transportation planning with new school
    construction.  In recognition of the state wide importance of 
    this issue, each of our meetings will be co-hosted by members 
    of our state legislature.  Because we know you share our 
    interest in traffic safety issues, we invite you to join this 
    important discussion by attending one of these meetings and we 
    encourage you to include a colleague or any member of your staff
    who may benefit from our discussion.  The meetings are scheduled
    as follows.
  
    On Monday, April  24 at 10 a.m.  TxDot will hold their meeting 
    here in the Laredo District Office on Bob Bullock Loop and it is
    co-hosted by State Senator Judith Zaffirrini and State 
    Representative Henry Cuellar.  

    On Thursday, April 27 at 10:00 a.m.  at Eagle Pass City Hall 
    Council Chambers and it will be hosted by State Representative 
    Pete Gallego.  Please feel free to attend which ever meeting is 
    more convenient for you.  At TxDot safety is our greatest 
    responsibility.  

    End of Letter

    Mayor Flores announced that she had received a letter from the 
    Attorney General, John Cornyn thanking her for her dedication 
    as a member of the 1999-2000 Attorney General's Municipal 
    Advisory Committee.  She stated that the committee had assisted 
    in creating many articles.  The articles include the Texas 
    Conflict of Interest Laws, Texas Dual Office Holding Laws, 
    Texas Nepotism Laws and Texas Ethics, Gifts and Honorarium Laws. 

        Mayor Flores read the following letter from a constituent on 
        Kentucky Avenue:

    I want to commend two city employees who performed their duties 
    last week in an exemplary manner.  The two employees Julio 
    Gonzalez and Bernie Cortez work with the Health Department's 
    Animal Control Division.  After a dog bit me last week I called 
    and made a report.  These two gentlemen responded quickly and 
    impounded the dog and gave me a detailed explanation as to what 
    procedures were to be followed.  They were very professional, 
    and very courteous.  It is comforting to know that we have these
    type of people working for the City of Laredo. 

    End of Letter

    Mayor Flores read the following letter from Daniel B. Hastings 
    Inc. specifically David Trevino Human Resource Director:

    I wanted to take a moment to let you know how very much everyone
    at Daniel B.  Hastings, Inc.  appreciated your assistance, given
    the short notice.  The Daimler-Chrysler representatives from the
    United States and Mexico were very impressed with the 
    presentation given by Mr.  Rafael Garcia and his technical 
    support staff.  They were so impressed that they were wanting 
    Mr.  Garcia and his team to travel to Detroit and Mexico City to
    make similar presentations to corporate executives.  Thanks, in 
    part, to your and your staff's assistance, we feel very 
    confident that Daimler-Chrysler will continue to use the Port of
    Laredo as their primary port of entry on the southern border.  I
    would also like to thank Joseph Mendiola for his assistance in 
    ensuring our success.

    End of Letter
	     
    Cm.  Galo emphasized the importance of submitting the Census 
    2000 forms.

    Cm.  Agredano affirmed that the water tower in District I would 
    display the Cigarroa Mascot, which would be completed in May.

    Jesus Hernandez, a concerned citizen, inquired about the flags 
    for Memorial Day.  

    The Mayor assured Mr.  Hernandez that there were several 
    thousand flags at the cemetery in order to commemorate Memorial 
    Day.

    Mayor Flores enthusiastically encouraged the public to attend a 
    celebration at the new World Trade Bridge held April 9, 2000.  

    She also advised the public of the upcoming events:  
    April 14th -  United States of America/City of Laredo Bridge 
                  Ceremony
    April 15th -  World Trade Bridge would be open for business.  
    April 25th -  Mexico Bridge Ceremony and Festivities would 
                  commence.
  
    Invitations
      None

    Recognitions

    a.  Recognition of the 31 students from Amparo Gutierrez 
        Elementary School on their Millennium Dreamers Award for 
        the recording of their CD "Children of the Millennium".

    Mayor Flores and the City Council presented the Seven Flags 
    Certificates to 31 students from Amparo Gutierrez Elementary 
    School.  The children were individually commended for their 
    outstanding success in receiving the Millennium Dreamers Award.

    Communiqués

    a.  A report from the Streets of Laredo Mall regarding the 
        "Noche de Carnaval, Mardi Gras", would like to thank the 
        Council Members for the support received.

    Robert Gonzalez, spokesman for Streets of Laredo, reported on 
    the stupendous success of the Streets of Laredo.  The 
    organization sincerely thanked the Council and the public for 
    supporting the "Noche de Carnaval, Mardi Gras".

    VI.  APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES
           None

   VII.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

         1.  Public hearing to approve a contract with the U.S. 
             Department of Commerce, United States Census 2000, for 
             in-kind funding request in the amount not to exceed 
             $2,500.00 for the City of Laredo Health Department, 
             Public Health Promotion Division, for the period 
             beginning February 22, 2000, through June 30, 2000.

                        INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
             Approval of a contract with the U.S. Department of 
             Commerce, U.S. Census 2000, for in-kind funding in the 
             amount not to exceed $2,500.00 for the City of Laredo 
             Health Department, Public Health Promotion Division, 
             for the period beginning February 22, 2000, through 
             June 30, 2000.

        Motion to open the public hearing.

        Moved:  Cm.  Bruni
        Second:  Cm.  Galo
        For: 7	Against:  0	Abstain:  0
        Cm.  Alvarado was not present to vote.

        There was no public input.

        Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

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

        Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

        2.  Public hearing to approve an amendment to the budget 
            for the purpose of upgrading a .5 Full Time Equivalent 
            (FTE) Caseworker position to a 1.0 FTE Caseworker 
            position for the HIV Ryan White Title II Project of the 
            City of Laredo Health Department for the period 
            beginning April 1, 2000, through March 31, 2001.  Funds 
            are available in the project budget for this action.

                       INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
            Approval of an amendment to the contract with the Texas 
            Department of Health for the purpose of upgrading a .5 
            Full Time Equivalent (FTE) Caseworker position to a 1.0 
            Caseworker position for the HIV Ryan White Title II 
            Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the 
            period beginning April 1, 2000, through March 31, 2001.

        Motion to open the public hearing.

        Moved:  Cm.  Bruni
        Second:  Cm.  Agredano
        For: 7	Against:  0	Abstain:  0
        Cm.  Alvarado was not present to vote.

        There was no public input.

        Motion to close the public hearing and introduce. 

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

        Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

        3.  Public hearing concerning an application by Humberto 
            Treviño Jr. amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the 
            City of Laredo by rezoning 31.803 acres, as further 
            described by metes and bounds, located north of Hwy. 
            359 and east of Loop 20, from R-1 (Single Family 
            Residential District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing 
            District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission 
            recommended denial of the proposed zone change and 
            approval of a B-4 zoning.	

                       INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
            Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of 
            Laredo by rezoning 31.803 acres, as further described 
            by metes and bounds, located north of Hwy. 359 and east 
            of Loop 20, 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. Bruni
        Second:  Cm.  Galo
        For: 7	Against:  0	Abstain:  0
        Cm.  Alvarado was not present to vote.

        Carlos Mejia, from Mejia Engineering, stated that the 
        petitioner was willing to accept a B-4 Zoning.

        Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

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

        Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Bruni

        4.  Public hearing concerning an application by Arguindegui 
            Oil Co. amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City 
            of Laredo by rezoning 5.352 acres, as further described 
            by metes and bounds, located north of Hwy. 359 and east 
            of Loop 20, 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 5.352 acres, as further described by 
            metes and bounds, located north of Hwy. 359 and east of 
            Loop 20, 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.  Bruni
        Second:  Cm.  Agredano
        For: 7	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

        Carlos Mejia, from Mejia Engineering, spoke in favor of an 
        M-1zone change approval.

        Motion to close the public hearing and introduce with 
        staff's recommendation of a B-4 and deny M-1.

        Moved:  Cm.  Bruni
        Second:  Cm.  Galo
        For: 3	Against:  4	Abstain:  0
        Cm.  Agredano			Cm.  Valdez
        Cm.  Bruni				Cm.  Moreno
        Cm.  Galo				Cm.  Guerra
        Mayor Pro tempore Montalvo

        Cm.  Alvarado was not present to vote

        Motion to accept  M - 1 Zoning.

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

        Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Guerra

        5.  Public hearing accepting donations for the City Cemetery
            Irrigation Project totaling $3,384.01 from Elks Lodge, 
            Episcopal, Mexican Masonic, and Woodman Of The World 
            Organization and amending the City of Laredo Annual 
            Budget for 1999-2000 by appropriating donations to 
            increase the Revenue & Expenses for the Cemetery 
            Improvement Project under the Capital Improvement Fund 
            in the same amount.
				
                       INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
            Accepting donations for the City Cemetery Irrigation 
            Project totaling $3,384.01 from Elks Lodge, Episcopal, 
            Mexican Masonic, and Woodman Of The World Organization 
            and amending the City of Laredo Annual Budget for 1999-
            2000 by appropriating donations to increase the Revenue 
            & Expenses for the Cemetery Improvement Project under 
            the Capital Improvement Fund in the same amount.
	
        Motion to open the public hearing.

        Moved:  Cm.  Galo
        Second:  Cm.  Agredano  
        For: 7	Against:  0	Abstain:  0
        Alvarado was not present.

        Jesus Ponce asked whether the other organizations would be 
        getting water.

        Larry Dovalina, Acting City Manager, answered that they 
        would not. 

        Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

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

        Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

  VIII.  GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

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

                1.  Presentation by Mr. Pete Gallegos with Gallegos
                    Paving on the continuing theft of heavy 
                    equipment from city projects, with possible 
                    action.

        A report from Pete Gallegos, owner of Gallegos Paving, was 
        received relating to continuing theft of heavy equipment.   
        He stated that in the last three years forty backhoes have 
        been stolen.  He was extremely concerned about insurance 
        companies canceling businesses due to the volume of thefts.   

        Police Chief Dovalina stated that his department is working
        very diligently on reducing the number of thefts of heavy 
        equipment.  He also included that his staff would be 
        working in conjunction with companies affected by the theft
        for remedies and solutions.   

        Mayor Flores and Cm.  Bruni expressed their concerns and 
        suggested that the staff  formulate a monthly report with 
        suggestions for the most effective way to solve the problem.

                2.  Status report on the demolition of two buildings 
                    on Cactus St. at the Laredo International 
                    Airport, with possible action.

        Jose Flores, Airport Director, informed the Council that 
        the abatement process has been executed and will be 
        completed in four weeks. 

                3.  Status report on the cleanup of the creek 
                    intersecting Spur 400, with possible action.

        Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer , conveyed to the Council 
        that the cleanup of the creek is scheduled for the year 
        2001.  He added that the city must obtain permission from 
        property owners where the easements were not acquired.

                4.  Discussion with possible action on conducting 
                    a traffic count at the 2600 block of Rosario St.

        Robert Murillo, Traffic Engineer, reported that they would 
        conduct a traffic study and look at the area.

            B.  Request by Council Member Joe A. Guerra

                1.  Request by Dr. Rene Compean to discuss the 
                    condition of the baseball fields located in 
                    the various City Parks in North Laredo, with 
                    possible action.

        Bill Johnson, a concerned citizen, requested that the 
        council investigate the necessity and feasibility of 
        converting Community Park into two T-Ball Parks.  He also 
        discussed in depth the need to provide additional lighted 
        parks for Laredo's youth. 

        Motion to instruct staff to  investigate converting 
        Community park into two T-Ball Parks.  

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

             C.  Request by Council Member John C. Galo

                 1.  Discussion on the closing of the Jarvis 
                     easement of Tex-Mex and the opening of a 
                     Bartlett easement, with possible action.
   		    
        Motion made to send the closing of Jarvis easement of 
        Tex-Mex and the opening of a Bartlett easement to the Street
		Closing Committee.

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

                 2.  Staff report on the prosecution of applicants 
                     illegally applying for guns.

        Police Chief Dovalina clarified that the City is not 
        authorized to participate in citizens obtaining a firearm.  
        He expressed his concerns and suggestions to the Council.    
          
             D.  Request by Council Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

                 1.  Confirming the addition of an irrigation system
                     at North East Hillside Recreation Center as 
                     part of the $243,398.00 funds for District V 
                     Project in the Capital Improvement Fund.

             Cindy Collazo, Acting City Manager, confirmed the 
             addition of an irrigation system at North East Hillside
             Recreation Center as part of the funds for District V 
             Project in the Capital Improvement Fund.

             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.

             Roberto Murrillo, Traffic Engineer, remarked that all 
             projects on Mines Road would be completed in May.  

                 2.  Discussion on possible sites for a police sub-
                     station on Mines Road, with possible action.

             Agustin Dovalina, Chief of Police, reported that in 
             anticipation of the opening of the new World Trade 
             Bridge, his department has been making a prompt and 
             coordinated effort in finding an appropriate location 
             for a police sub-station.  He added that the most 
             appropriate location would be next to the fire station.   

             Cindy Collazo, Acting City Manager, urged the Council 
             to allow staff more time.  She stated that they would 
             like to negotiate with local schools, banks or 
             businesses in order to find a temporary site until a 
             more permanent one can be structured next to the fire 
             station.

             Cm.  Alvarado expressed his concerns about Mines Road 
             once the World Trade Bridge is open.  He was impressed 
             with the concept and goals of the staff and encouraged 
             them to execute before the bridge opening. 

                 3.  Presentation by the Laredo Crime Stoppers 
                     Organization to request the City's help with 
                     their upcoming softball tournament, with 
                     possible action.

             Motion to approve donating $400 to Laredo Crime 
             Stoppers Organization.  The funds will be awarded from 
             Cm.  Alvarado's budget for the softball tournament      
             to be held at the at Benavides Field. 

                 4.  Presentation by local concrete providers to 
                     discuss designated route for concrete delivery,
                     with possible action.

        Motion to table for April 17, 2000.

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

(Recess)
(Press Availability)

    IX.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

         7.  Rescinding Ordinance No. 98-O-0268 and the existing 
             Operations Agreement dated October 17, 1998 and 
             authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract by 
             and on behalf of  the City of Laredo as Zone Grantee 
             of Foreign-Trade Zone No. 94 for the operation of Zone 
             Site #3 within said Foreign Trade Zone, and 
             specifically authorizing the City Manager to enter into
             an Operation Agreement  with Seegrove International 
             Shippers, Inc., a Texas Corporation to operate an 
             approximately 96,676.5 square foot facility within 
             Foreign-Trade Zone No. 94-Site 3 located at the Killam 
             Industrial Park for a term of nine (9) years. 

         Ordinance Introduction:  City Council  

         8.  Establishing a 15% penalty on the 1999 delinquent tax 
             accounts as of July 1, 2000, to defray costs of 
             collection, pursuant to section 33.07 (a) of the Texas 
             State Property Tax Code; providing for publication and 
             effective date.	

         Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

         9.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with 
             Webb County Head Start for approximately 380 square 
             feet constituting Suite No.9 of Building No. S-1 
             located at 1718 E. Calton Road.  This space is occupied
             by Laredo Webb County Community Head Start Program.  
             Lease term is for one (1) year commencing on March 1, 
             2000 and ending on February 28, 2001, and may be 
             extended for one (1) year ending on February 29, 2002. 
             New monthly rent shall be $450.00.  Currently monthly 
             rent is $429.45   

         Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

        10.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with 
             Border City Rods, a non profit organization, for the 
             El Metro Park & Ride Lot, located at 4600 Daugherty 
             for the purpose of holding an auto show.  The lease 
             term is for two days, beginning 8:00 a.m. on September 
             2, 2000 and ending at 3:00 p.m. on September 3, 2000.  
             Rental fee shall be $1.00. 

         Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

        11.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease 
             amendment to the lease agreement authorized by 
             Ordinance No. 99-0-200 dated July 19, 1999, between the
             City of Laredo, as Lessor, and Jose Mario Flores, as 
             Lessee, for Building No. 2075 located at 1720 E. 
             Hillside Road at the Laredo International Airport, to 
             amend Section 1.04 (B), entitled "Rental Obligation and 
             Mode of Payment", so that payment of monthly rent be 
             effective March 1, 2000 instead of December 1, 1999.  
             All other terms and conditions remain unchanged and in 
             effect.  

         Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

        12.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Scheduled 
             Airline Operating Agreement and Terminal Building 
             Lease with Compass AirWays, Inc., for exclusive joint 
             use space located at the Laredo International Airport 
             passenger terminal for the purpose of conducting 
             commercial air transportation services.  The term of 
             the agreement is for fourteen (14) months effective 
             April 1, 2000 and ending June 30, 2001.  The monthly 
             rent including landing fees is capped at $1.50 per 
             enplaned revenue passenger. 

         Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

        13.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a two-year (2) 
             lease with the Laredo Amateur Boxing Club, Inc. for the 
             use of City property at 1610 Guadalupe, property known 
             as the Orlando and Gaby Canizalez Boxing Gym.
  
         Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

        14.  Granting a consent easement to P.G. & E. Gas 
             Transmission, Texas Corporation, P.G.& E. Gas 
             Transmission Teco, Inc., and P.G. & E. Energy Trading 
             - Gas Corporation, their wholly owned subsidiary 
             corporations and wholly owned subsidiary general and 
             limited partnerships, and their successors, lessees or 
             assigns, to maintain, use and operate certain natural 
             gas and/or natural gas liquids transmission pipelines 
             along, across, and under certain designated public 
             property and rights of way in the City of Laredo, Texas, 
             for a term of 25 years.

         Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

        15.  Designating as a one-way westbound that section of 
             Moctezuma, Block Number 800, between Santa Ursula 
             Avenue on the east and San Bernardo Avenue on the west,
             providing for the installation of appropriate signs to 
             indicate one-way traffic in the west direction and 
             providing for publication and effective date.

         Ordinance Introduction:  Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo  

     X.  FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES

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

         Motion to waive the final reading of ordinances: 
         # 2000-O-068, # 2000-O-069, # 2000-O-071, # 2000-O-072, 
         # 2000-O-073, # 2000-O-074, # 2000-O-075, # 2000-O-076, 
         # 2000-O-077, # 2000-O-078, # 2000-O-079, # 2000-O-080, 
         # 2000-O-081, # 2000-O-082, # 2000-O-083, # 2000-O-084, 
         # 2000-O-085 and # 2000-O-086.  

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

       16.  2000-O-068  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.  (City Council) 

        Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-068.

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

  2000-O-069  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a lease 
              agreement between the City of Laredo and the Del Mar 
              Little League for the use of City Property located at 
              1200 Andrew Court for the primary purpose of 
              conducting baseball practices.  (Cm. Joe A. Guerra)   

  Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-069.

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

  2000-O-071  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.  (Cm. Eliseo Valdez, Jr.)

  Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-071.

  Moved:  Cm.  Galo
  Second:  Cm.  Agredano
  For: 8	Against:  0	Abstain:  0
   
  2000-O-072  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of 
              Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Conditional 
              Use Permit for storage, incidental to transportation, 
              of used batteries on Lot 1, Block 8, El Portal 
              Industrial Park Unit V, located at 8502 El Gato Rd.; 
              providing for publication and effective date. 
              (Cm. Mario G. Alvarado) 

  Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-072.

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

  2000-O-073  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.   (Cm. Alfredo Agredano) 

  Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-073.

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

  2000-O-074  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.  (Cm. Joe A. Guerra)

  Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-074.

  Moved:  Cm.  Galo
  Second:  Cm.  Agredano
  For: 8	Against:  0	Abstain:  0
 
  2000-O-075  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. (Cm. Joe A. Guerra) 

  Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-075.

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

  2000-O-076  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of 
              Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Conditional 
              Use Permit for a police substation on Lot 5, Block 
              494, Eastern Division, located at the northwest 
              corner of Springfield Ave. and Ryan St.; providing 
              for publication and effective date. (Cm. Eliseo Valdez, Jr.) 
	
  Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-076.

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

  2000-O-077  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.  (Cm. Louis H. Bruni)

  Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-077.

  Moved:  Cm.  Galo
  Second:  Cm.  Agredano
  For: 8	Against:  0	Abstain:  0
 
  2000-O-078  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 two (2) years; providing for publication 
              and effective date. (Cm. John C. Galo) 

  Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-078.

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

  2000-O-079  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.  (Cm. Mario G. Alvarado) 

  Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-079.

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

  2000-O-080  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.(City Council) 
	 
  Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-080 and include awarding bond 
  to Dain Rausher Inc with a true interest cost rate of 5.631357%.

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

  2000-O-081  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. 
              (City Council)  
 


  Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-081 and include awarding of 
  bonds to Dain Rauscher Inc with a true interest cost rate of 
  5.640631%.

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

  2000-O-082  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.  (City Council)  

  Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-082 and include awarding of 
  bond to Salomon Smith Barney with a true interest cost rate of 
  5.617923%.

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

  2000-O-083  Authorizing 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 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.  (City Council)

  Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-083 and include awarding bond 
  to PaineWebber, Inc with a true interest cost rate of 5.096393%.

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

  2000-O-084  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.  
              (City Council) 
 
  Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-084.

  Moved:  Cm.  Galo
  Second:  Cm. Bruni
  For: 7	Against:  0	Abstain:  1
  Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo

  2000-O-085  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.  (City Council)  
 
  Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-085.

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

  2000-O-086  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. 
              (City Council)

  Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-086.

  Moved:  Cm.  Galo
  Second:  Cm.  Bruni
  For: 7	Against:  0	Abstain:  1
  Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo

    XI.  RESOLUTIONS 

         17.  2000-R-039  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a 
                          second Subordination, Non-Disturbance and 
                          Attornment Agreement between the City of 
                          Laredo, as Lessor, International Bank of 
                          Commerce and L.A. Ventures, Inc., as 
                          Lessee, which amends a previous 
                          Subordination, Non-Disturbance, and 
                          Attornment Agreement approved by 
                          Resolution No. 99-R-024; Amending the 
                          previous agreement in increasing the 
                          principal amount of the mortgage loan from
                          $1,880,000.00 to $1,977,690.00 and 
                          deleting the cap that on the interest rate
                          that can be charged to L.A. Ventures 
                          covering lots improved by Lessee with 
                          construction of air cargo buildings on 
                          Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 located at 
                          the Laredo International Airport.

        Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-039.

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

        18.  2000-R-048  Declaring the public necessity to acquire 
                         the "Surface Only" of three parcels of 
                         land for the widening of Bustamante St. at 
                         its intersection with McPherson Road.  Said
                         parcels consisting of Tracts "A" & "B", a 
                         774.14 sq. ft. (0.0177 acs.) tract of land 
                         out of Lot 7 & Lot 8; Tracts "C" and "D", 
                         a 733.47 sq. ft. (0.0168 acs.)  tract of 
                         land out of Lot 6A and Lot 7A; and Tract 
                         "E", a 540.38 sq. ft. (0.0124 acs.) tract 
                         of land out of Lot 5; all being situated 
                         in Block 665, Eastern Division, City of 
                         Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being generally
                         described below, and more particularly 
                         described by metes and bounds; and 
                         authorizing staff to negotiate for the 
                         purchase of said parcels at their market 
                         value to be established by a State Certified 
                         Real Estate Appraiser, 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 to a purchase price, conflicts of 
                         ownership, owner refusal to sell, and/or 
                         inability to locate a listed owner.	

        Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-048.

        Moved:  Cm.  Agredano
        Second:  Cm.  Moreno
        For: 8	Against:  0	Abstain:  0
  
        19.  2000-R-049  Accepting Mrs. Elvira E. Briones' donation 
                         of a parcel of land.  Said parcel of land 
                         being the North 23.14 feet of Lot 1, and 
                         the North 23.14 feet of the East part of 
                         Lot 2, located East of the railroad right-
                         of-way; Block 911, Western Division, and 
                         also known as 3506 Vidaurri St., City 
                         of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; and being 
                         delineated on copy of City Plat.  	

        Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-049.

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

        20.  2000-R-050  Advising the State of Texas, Department of 
                         Transportation of the City of Laredo's 
                         intent not to acquire at fair market value,
                         a surplus 5,000 sq. ft. tract out of 
                         Porcion 32, Abstract 296.  Said tract being
                         generally described below, and more 
                         particularly described by metes and bounds.  
		
             Being a 5,000 square foot tract, a 50 foot by 100 foot,
             area out of Porcion 32, Abstract 296, Antonio Trevino, 
             original grantee, said tract being out of share 1 of 
             the A.M. Bruni Estate, and out of State of Texas Right 
             of Way, Loop 20, of record in Volume 156, pages 349 - 
             350, Webb County Deed Records, City of Laredo, Webb 
             County, Texas.
 
        Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-050.

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

        21.  2000-R-051  A resolution supporting a timely solution 
                         to Mexico's noncompliance with the 1944 
                         Treaty.  The 1944 Treaty between the U.S. 
                         and Mexico identifies that Texas water 
                         right holders are entitled to one-third of 
                         the flow reaching the main channel of the 
                         Rio Grande from the Conchos, San Diego, 
                         Escondido and Salado Rivers and the Las 
                         Vacas Arroyo, provided that this third 
                         shall not be less, as an average amount in 
                         cycles of five consecutive years, than 
                         350,000 acre-feet annually.

        Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-051.

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

        22.  2000-R-052  Supporting Texas A&M International 
                         University's (TAMIU) submission of an 
                         application through the Texas Center for 
                         Border Economic and Enterprise Development 
                         (Texas Center) for funding availability 
                         under the U.S. Department of Housing and 
                         Urban Development's Community Outreach 
                         Partnership Program for the establishment 
                         of a Community Outreach Partnership Center 
                         (COPC).  The COPC will provide management 
                         education, technical, and financial 
                         assistance to existing and new business 
                         start-ups in the downtown area and 
                         surrounding neighborhoods.
 
        Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-052.

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

   XII.  MOTIONS

        23.  Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant 
             application for $95,483.00 to the Texas Department of 
             Health for continuation of the HIV 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  

        24.  Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant 
             application for $200,000.00 to the Texas Department of
             Health for continuation of the La Familia Health Care 
             Program 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  
  
        25.  Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant 
             application for $42,000.00 to the Texas Department of 
             Health for continuation of the Breast and Cervical 
             Cancer Control Program 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    

        26.  Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant 
             application for $146,000.00 to the Texas Department of 
             Health for continuation of the Title V - Population 
             Based Program 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  

        27.  Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant 
             application for $492,000.00 to the Texas Department of 
             Health for continuation of the Title V - Maternal and 
             Child Health Program 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  
  
        28.  Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant 
             application for $250,000.00 to the Texas Department of 
             Health for the Survey for Nutritional Assessment in 
             Children (SNAC) Program of the City of Laredo Health 
             Department for the period beginning July 1, 2000, 
             through August 31, 2001. 

        Motion to approve.

        Moved:  Cm.  Galo
        Second:  Cm.  Bruni
        For: 8	Against:  0	Abstain:  0  
  
        29.  Consideration to accept the Leachate Force Main and 
             Storage Tank Project at the City's Landfill and 
             approval of final payment in the amount of $32,331.09 
             to Organic Waste Technologies, Middleburg Heights, 
             Ohio.  Final construction contract amount is $293,919.00.  

        Motion to approve.

        Moved:  Cm.  Galo
        Second:  Cm.  Bruni
        For: 8	Against:  0	Abstain:  0  
 
        30.  Consideration to accept the Liner Installation of Cell 
             13/14 for the City of Laredo Landfill and approval of 
             final payment in the amount of $27,320.13 to Big D 
             Lining Systems Company of Midland, Texas.  Final 
             construction contract amount is $546,402.58. 

        Motion to approve.

        Moved:  Cm.  Galo
        Second:  Cm.  Bruni
        For: 8	Against:  0	Abstain:  0  
 
        31.  Consideration to award an Environmental Contract to 
             Bexar Environmental, Inc., of San Antonio, Texas, in 
             the amount of $17,970.00 for the asbestos abatement of 
             three (3) structures that were acquired by the City for
             the Lafayette Street Widening Project, Phase III.  The 
             asbestos abatement will be conducted at the following 
             addresses:  2210, 2218, and 2220 Lafayette.  Funding is
             available in the Department of Community Development 
             Budget. 

        Motion to approve.

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

        32.  Approval for the re-appointment of Dr. Maurice Click 
             as the Health Authority for the City of Laredo Health 
             Department and authorizing the City Manager to enter 
             into a professional services contract with Dr. Click 
             in the amount not to exceed $12,720.00 per year to 
             continue to serve as the Health Department's Health 
             Authority under Section 121.033 of the Texas Health 
             and Safety Code, for the period of April 1, 2000 
             through March 31, 2002.

        Motion to approve.

        Moved:  Cm.  Galo
        Second:  Cm.  Bruni
        For: 8	Against:  0	Abstain:  0
   
        33.  Amending the purchase price of 66 acre-feet of Class 
             "A" water rights obtained from Kenneth Owens due to an 
             error in classifying them as Class "B" water rights.  
             The price difference between purchasing Class "A" and 
             Class "B" is $7,425.00 and will be paid to seller in 
             exchange for a correction deed and assignment of water 
             rights needed by the Texas Natural Resource 
             Conservation Commission.  Funding is available in the 
             Water Availability Fund. 

        Motion to approve.

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

        34.  Authorizing the City Manager to request  proposals for 
             a technical study for the evaluation of a transfer 
             station for the City of Laredo and citizen collection 
             centers for Webb County and to make a presentation to 
             the Webb County Commissioners' Court.  The funding 
             amount for the proposed study is estimated at 
             $20,000.00.  The cost will be divided between the City,
             Webb County, and Southern Sanitation.  The City's 
             portion would be approximately $7,000.00.  Funding is 
             available in the Solid Waste Fund.  

        Motion to approve.

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

        35.  Authorizing the award of a contract in the amount of 
             $75,991.00 to Carter & Burgess, Inc. for the 
             development of a Corridor Intersection Analysis for 
             Laredo, TX.  The study will identify necessary capital 
             improvements at key intersections to enhance the safety 
             of the traveling public and expedite the flow of cars 
             and trucks to and though Laredo.  The study will 
             provide location and impact of infrastructure 
             deficiencies along identified corridors, capital 
             improvement alternatives, cost estimates, alternative 
             circulation recommendations and order of implementation
             for proposed improvements.  Funding for the project is 
             available through the Metropolitan Planning Organization 
             (MPO) account. 

        Motion to approve.

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

        36.  Consideration for approval of change order no. 1 an 
             increase of $57,549.25 to the construction contract 
             with Cutler Repaving, Inc., for the 1999-2000 Street 
             Recycling Project to recycle and resurface the Civil 
             Center Parking Lot.  Funding is available in the Civic 
             Center Budget. 

        Motion to approve.

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

        37.  Consideration for approval of the selection of 
             consultant for the Gateway to the Americas Bridge 
             (Bridge I) Access, Export Lot & Parking Lot 
             Modifications and authorization to negotiate a 
             professional services contract.  This item is being 
             presented to the Engineering Contract Review Committee 
             for their review and recommendation.  Funding is 
             available in the Bridge System Toll Plaza Improvements. 

        Motion to approve and to recommend Frank's Architect.

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

        38.  Consideration for approval of the selection of 
             consultant Design Group International, Laredo, Texas, 
             for the Dryden/Optimist Park Improvements and 
             authorization to negotiate a professional services 
             contract.  Funding is available in the Department of 
             Community Development Budget (25th Year Action Plan).  

        Motion to approve.

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

        39.  Presentation of the Fire Fighting Facility Conceptual 
             Plans by the City's Consultant Mejia Engineering 
             Company, and requesting authorization to finalize plans
             and specifications and schedule the project for bids. 

             Mayor Flores requested information on what percentage 
             of the facility will be used to fight fires and what 
             percentage will be used to train to fight Haz-Mat spills?

        Motion to approve.

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

        40.  Consideration for approval of the selection of 
             consultant Rosin  Group, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the 
             Zacate Creek Linear Park, Phase III, IV & V and 
             authorization to negotiate a professional services 
             contract.  Funding is available in the Department of 
             Community Development Budget (25th  Year Action Plan). 

        Motion to approve.

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

        41.  Consideration to award contract number FY00-082, to the
             SOLE BIDDER, Virgo Mfg. Corp., Conway, AR., in the 
             amount of $82,401.00, for the purchase of 1,500 
             replacement chairs, four chair dollies, and two storage
             racks for the Civic Center. Delivery is expected within
             sixty days.  Funding is available in the Civic Center 
             Fund. 

        Motion to approve.

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

        42.  Consideration to reject the SOLE BIDDER Laredo Class 
             One Builders, Laredo, Texas, for the Three Points Park 
             Bathhouse Renovation Project and authorize Staff to 
             revise the plans and specifications and construct the 
             project by In-House forces.  Funding is available in 
             the Department of Community Development Budget (24th 
             Year Action Plan).

        Motion to approve.

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

        43.  Consideration to approve the Project Plaque for the 
             East Hachar Recreation Center.

        Motion to approve.

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

        44.  Consideration to award an engineering contract to WSBC 
             Civil Engineers, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for an amount 
             not to exceed $28,500.00 for surveys, design, and 
             preparation of plans and specifications for the City 
             Wide - Sidewalks Project No. 14 (37 Blocks).

        Motion to approve.

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

        45.  Ratifying the amendment to the Contract for the 
             Construction of the Laredo IV / Nuevo Laredo III 
             International Bridge (World Trade Bridge) between the 
             City of Laredo and the Secretaria De Communicaciones y 
             Transporte de Los Estados Unidos  Mexicanos, which 
             amended the Eighth Clause establishing March 15, 2000 
             as the bridge construction completion date, and April 
             15, 2000 as the date for the commencement of 
             operations of the World Trade Bridge.

        Motion to approve.

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

        46.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to execute 
             a contract with Turner Collie & Braden Inc., contingent 
             on receipt of funding by the Texas Water Development 
             Board (TWDB), for project management and inspection 
             services regarding the Colonias Water and Wastewater 
             Improvements Project located in the Mines Road and SH 
             359 areas.  Services included are performing 
             administrative and management services to assist the 
             City in successfully completing work efforts on time, 
             within cost targets, and meeting performance criteria. 
             Additionally, the project manager will be responsible 
             for coordinating the construction of the projects 
             components with the City and the public funding 
             agencies.  The project manager as construction 
             inspector will perform timely and professional 
             monitoring of construction by on-site inspections, 
             reviews of actual construction work against the plans 
             and specifications, and make recommendations for 
             periodic and final application for payment.  The 
             contract is for $1,044,400.00.

        Motion to table.

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

  XIII.  STAFF REPORT

         47.  Report on the new Municipal Court Building Cost 
              Analysis Study prepared by Mr. John Hickey, Architect. 

              John Hickey from Turner, Hickey & Associates presented
              the following report:

         Study for a New Laredo Municipal Court Building

Limits of study:

Preliminary site and floor plan layouts with corresponding projected
costs for implementation on the following locations:
  
1.  The building immediately north of the Laredo Police Department 
Building.  This study would show how the Laredo Municipal Court 
could "retro-fit" this existing  building for use.

2.  The vacant lot proximal to the Laredo Police Department Building
but two streets due directly north.  This study would show a layout 
for a new building. 

Background:

 I.  Existing Conditions:

     A.  The existing building occupied by the Laredo Municipal 
         Court was originally designed to be a fire station and has 
         since been recognized for its historical is significance as 
         such;

     B.  Although the existing building was remodeled 21 years ago, 
         in 1978, to be used for the Laredo Municipal Court on the 
         ground floor and the 341st District Court on the second 
         floor, the District Court moved out some years ago and the 
         Laredo Municipal Court has been seeing a multiplication of 
         the number of citations that are processed.  Only last week 
         as many as 11,000 citations were issued.  Only in the time 
         that the new Judge has taken office, the number of citations
         that are processed has tripled;

     C.  The multiplying effect of the number of citations that are 
         processed is also reflected in the efficiency of the 
         operation in place.  This process necessitates all 
         activities occurring on the same floor.  Even though the 
         second floor of the building was vacated, the additional 
         space has been filled in for supporting activities and 
         cannot be used to resolve the new space needs required by 
         the increased activity.

II.  Areas of Concern:

     A.  The Municipal Court Building is inadequate to provide the 
         security measures that should be in place to protect all 
         individuals being served, city employees as well as the 
         public at large.

     B.  The number of parking spaces available for the number of 
         individuals being served by the Court is no longer adequate;

     C.  The physical Waiting Room space available to serve the 
         public is inadequate;

     D.  The existing building is not adequate for the needs of the 
         prosecuting attorney.; The public defender must displace 
         existing staff to confer privately with his clients;

     E.  The existing building is not adequate for staff needs.  
         Staff support facilities, restrooms, staff lounge, 
         employee access/egress, etc., are not up to standards or 
         are non-existent.

     Rationale:

     Building square footage:

     1.  Municipal Court Building operations work directly with the 
         Municipal Police.  As such proximity with the Police 
         department building is highly desired.  Both of the sites 
         in this study are sufficiently proximal to the Police 
         Department Building.

     2.  From the floor plan layout shown on A3 it is determined 
         that a building with approximately 18,000 square feet would
         be required to serve present needs.  The Courtroom would 
         seat up to 375 persons at one time and the Courtroom would 
         have a seating capacity to accommodate between 120 to 130 
         spectators.  

     3.  The floor plan on A 1 shows that the existing building in 
         questions is 15, 973 SF is size.  Although it could be 
         "retro-fitted" to accommodate the Laredo Municipal Court, 
         many large areas are already in use for mechanical space 
         such that an ideal situation does not exist for "retro-
         fitting" this existing structure.

         Parking -   Both sites shown on A1 and A2 can accommodate 
                     necessary parking.  The site on A2 can better 
                     accommodate the parking and future parking need
                     as well.

         Future needs - Only the site on A2 can accommodate future 
                        building expansion to house an additional 
                        Court and future parking.

         Cost projection - Based on current cost trends and on 
                           square footage it is projected that a 
                           new Municipal Court Building as shown on 
                           A2 could cost in the vicinity of ;1.5 
                           million dollars for building cost only.  
                           Although "retro-fitting" a building such 
                           as in shown on A1 could presumably cost 
                           less, it could still cost over 1 million 
                           dollars and still not be what would idealy 
                           be desired.

         Recommendation - In light of present and future needs we 
                          feel it would be more cost effective to 
                          build a new building for the Laredo 
                          Municipal Court. 

End of Report
     
         48.  Report by the Laredo Police Department on the current 
              status and future direction of the Community - 
              Oriented Policing (COPS) Philosophy.

Agustin Dovalina gave the following presentation:

                  Community-Oriented Policing
   
Current Status

The city of Laredo has been divided into four Sectors to better 
service the community.

     * Each Sector is headed by one Captain & One Lieutenant.
     * Each Sector has approximately 3 - 4 Precincts.
     * Each Precinct is headed by one Sergeant and is manned within 
       approximately 10 police office. 

     Sector 1 - Captain Mary Perez
     Sector 2 - Captain J. L. Martinez
     Sector 3 - Captain B.  Bluhm
     Sector 4 - Captain I.  Perez

Personnel

* Currently, there are ten police officers who are going through 
  the F. T. O.  Phase.
* These ten police officers are scheduled to be on their own by 
  late May.
* Once these officers are ready for duty, they will be assigned to 
  Precinct # 16. 
* There are currently 21 police officers in the Laredo Police 
  Academy.
* These officers will begin their F. T. O.  phase in mid June.
* It is projected that these officers will be ready for duty 
  sometime in October.
* These officers will be used to create Precinct 17 and to increase 
  support units.
* The Laredo Police Department will need to continue hiring 
  personnel for the following reasons:

  1.  To keep up with the city's growing population
  2.  To service newly annexed areas
  3.  To create new services for the public

Equipment

1.  New workstations will have to be furnished and equipped.
2.  Police equipment for new police personnel.

         49.  Status report on the continuation of the Operation 
              Clean-up and the scheduled citywide campaign for 
              Operation Clean Sweep.

              Erasmo Villarreal, Community Development Director, 
              stated that efforts are now underway for Operation 
              Clean Up.  In addition, he informed the Council of 
              Operation Clean Sweep to be held in May. 

         50.  Report regarding update on the acquisition of land 
              and proposed repairs on the Chacon - Meadow Bridge.

              Erasmo Villarreal, Community Development Director, 
              stated that once the court determines the ownership 
              of one small piece of property, then all properties 
              will be acquired. 

         51.  Report on the 10% retainage held on engineering fees, 
              with possible action.

              Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, voiced his support in 
              the retainage held on engineering fees.  He stated 
              that the City has practiced this procedure and he finds 
              it to be very efficient.

  XIV.  EXECUTIVE SESSION

        52.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to Section 
             551.071 (1)(A) Texas Government Code to consult with 
             the City Attorney regarding contemplated litigation to 
             (a) identify and obtain certain currently unrendered 
             taxable real and personal property for the City's 
             Tax Roll, and (b) collect all taxes potentially owed 
             to the City for the applicable statutory roll-back 
             period; and return to open session for possible action. 

        Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Section 
        551.071 (1) (A) Texas Government Code to consult with the 
        City Attorney regarding contemplation litigation to (a) 
        identify and obtain certain currently unrendered taxable 
        real and personal property for the City's Tax Roll, and (b) 
        collect all taxes potentially owed to the City for the 
        applicable statutory roll-back period; and return to open 
        session for possible action.

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

        After executive session Mayor Flores announced that no 
        formal action was taken.

  XVI.  ADJOURNMENT                                 Time:

        Motion to adjourn.

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

I hereby certify that the above minutes contained in pages 01 to 28 
are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council held
on the 3rd day of April.

	
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Gustavo Guevara, Jr.
City Secretary