CITY OF LAREDO
                             CITY COUNCIL MEETING
                                  M2000-R-11
                             CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
                              1110 HOUSTON STREET
                              LAREDO, TEXAS 78040
                                 APRIL 24, 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
        Cynthia Collazo,                       Acting City Manager
        Larry Dovalina,                        Acting City Manager
        Jerry Cain,City Attorney

   IV.  MINUTES

	    None

    V.  COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

        Announcements

        a.  Presentation to the Council of a framed copy of an 1890 map of the City 
            of Laredo.

            Janice Weber, Library Director, and Joe Moreno from Library Archives 
            presented the framed map to the Mayor and City Council.  A copy was also 
            presented to the Webb County Heritage Foundation.
 
            The following information was submitted:

            "Filed as part of report of Committee of Surveys Feby 6th 1890.
            All unmarked streets to be 20 varas in width except those running North 
            and South West of Montgomery Street which are 21 1/2 varas."

            The map have the number "00393277"  stamped about two inches to the right 
            of the year 1890.  Major landmarks on the map included a city park at the 
            present location of Martin High School, U. S.  Fort McIntosh, the Yguana 
            Smelting and Refining Company and the H.  Garcia grant, Juan E. Farias 
            (grant?), A. G. Markely (grant?), the Mexican National machine shops 
            operations.  Also there was a foundry between McClelland St., Loring St.  
            Market St. and the Texas-Mexican railroad lines. 

            Three railroad lines and depots are noted.  These are the International & 
            Great Northern, the Rio Grande and Eagle Pass, and the Mexican National.  
            The I. & G. N.  depot was near Fort McIntosh between Matamoros St. and 
            Farragut St.  the R. G. & E. P. depot was on the northwest corner of Coke 
            St. and Vidaurri St., and the Mexican National depot was on Montezuma St. 
            between Convent and Salinas St.

            Street names are barely visible.  

        b.  Presentation by Cm Louis H. Bruni, Director of the South Texas Rain 
            Enhancement Association, on an up-to-date progress report. 

            A video was played.

            The following correspondence was submitted.

     Southwest Texas Rain
     Enhancement Association
     P.O.  Box 1433
     Carrizo Springs, Tx  78834
     wggwcd@brushco.net
  
     Dear Councilman Bruni,

     As of the first week in April, 2000 the project is fully functional with the 
     exception of one aircraft.  San Angelo weather mod is currently installing the 
     cloud seeding modifications and telemetry (tracking sys) on this 2nd aircraft.

     To give one a perspective of where the project really is and where it has come 
     from along with the dedication and commitment of the board and personnel, I have 
     listed the events and purchases over time.  

December

1.  Commitment by the Association to begin efforts to become self-sufficient.
2.  Acquired 54 foot tower from Victoria Airport (Ex Nat. Wx.  Bureau) free of  
    charge, provided there is no cost to the airport.

January

1.  Disassemble tower and move to Cotulla via contractor/bid.
2.  Received permission from LaSalle Commissioners court to erect tower.
3.  Submitted and received FAA approval to erect tower on the airport.
4.  Purchased 1st aircraft from Kansas WX Mod completely outfitted with exception 
     of telemetry (tracking) system which is now installed.
5.  Ordered complete set of cloud seeding modifications for second aircraft.
6.  Received soil core/engineering specs for tower foundation.
7.  Received cement engineering specs for tower foundation.
8.  Purchased a completely remanufactured 74-C weather radar with 8' dish and 12'   
    radome (Best available radar shy of new, 1/2 mil dollars, and one of 2-3 left.)

February

1.  Drilled 36' pillar cores, set steel, set forms, poured, placed/leveled anchor 
    bolts.
2.  Submitted and received FCC tower registration #. 
3.  Submitted for licenses from FCC on Radar, Voice, and Telemetry frequencies.
4.  Hired meteorologist out of the Kansas program, with 2yr/hail experience.
5.  Began new licensing process, (publishing in 11 newspapers) to add Zapata 
     County and hail suppression to all counties.
6.  Purchased complete insurance coverage on property and liability for the 
     association.   
  	
March

1.  Purchased 2nd aircraft.
2.  Erected tower, radar dish, and radome, total height being 66'.
3.  Purchased 12 X 40 portable building to house radar and office.  Tower 
     foundation, erection, building move/set/level/tie in, was accomplished in house.
4.  Purchased state of the art computer bank to operate the radar, telemetry, 
    internet/Nat Wx Serv monitoring, as well as provider to upload seeding events   
    via www.vsta.com/-synoptic web page.

April

1.  Submitted the completed process to TNRCC for new license for Zapata County  
    and Hail Suppression.
2.  Installed latest version of TITAN software via the author Farren Hiscutt form   
    South Africa and Karl Dewaal.
3.  Installed the telemetry system in the aircraft and radar, to track aircraft on the 
    radar screen which also be uploaded to the internet along with the rain cloud 
    cells.
4.  Hired full time pilot for Laredo.
5.  Secured hangar/office space at LaBaTa for the second aircraft.
6.  Put on line SWTREA's webb page, www.vsta.com/synoptic

    If I can be of further help, please feel free to let me know.

                                                              Respectfully,
                                                              Ed Walker

    End of Letter

        Invitations

        Recognitions

        Communiqués

     Cm.  Moreno stated that two blocks in front of Ochoa Hermelinda Elementary School
     were added to the Speed Hump Pilot Project.  Cm. Valdez exemplified the 
     importance of expediting the Speed Hump Pilot Project in the Chaparral 
     Subdivision.  Mayor Flores read the speech she gave at the bridge ceremonies on 
     Monday, April 24, 2000 and it reads as follows:

     Buenas tardes Nuevo Laredo.  Buenas tardes Senor Presidente Ernesto Zedillo, 
     Senor Gobernador, Tomas Yarrington, Senor Gobernador George W.  Bush, Senor 
     Presidente Municipal Horacio Garza Garza.  Les brindo un saludo de parte de 
     Laredo, Texas y una bienvenida a nuestra frontera.  Es con gran orgullo que me 
     uno a ustedes en esta importante ceremonia para el pueblo de Mexico y para Los 
     Dos Laredos.  Como ustedes saben, la ceremonia en el lado de Estados Unidos se 
     llevó a cabo el pasado 14 de abril.  Una vez mas deseo expresar mi agradecimiento 
     al Presidente Bill Clinton por la grata felicitación que nos envió a nuestra dos 
     cíudades mediante un mensaje grabado en video.  También expreso mil gracias al 
     Secretario de Transportación, Rodney Slater, por habernos acompañado como 
     Huesped de Honor.  Pero no habría sido completa nuestra ceremonia sin la 
     presencia de Saúl Ramirez, Alcalde Inmediato Anterior de Laredo, ahora 
     Subsecretario de Viviendas, quien ayudó a iniciar el proceso de este puente.
     Nuestras naciones son naciones con una nueva promesa.  Nuestras cíudades 
     fronterizas, es donde la frase "competencia global" ha sido transformada 
     substancialmente, para significar crecimiento economico en el mundo real, 
     mediante la vision, la experiencia y el trabajo de nuestra gente.  Mas y mas 
     personas cruzando lineas internacionales han realizado que la frontera norte de 
	 México, sur de los Estados Unidos forma una gran parte de esta nueva promesa.  
     Esta frontera no es el sitio donde termina Mexico o se inicia Estados Unidos.  
     Es más bién el lugar donde nuestras naciones se unen; es donde el comercio 
     internacional se convierte en ganancia nacional es donde las politicas 
     gubernamentales se convierten en franca realidad.  Desde que se establecio el 
     primer Puerto de entrada hemos desarrollado un sistema de transportacion 
     multimodal y una eficiencia en el manejo del comercio que no puede ser igualada 
     en ninguna otra parte.  El personal de las aduanas de ambos páises, los agentes 
     aduanales, las empresas de transporte, los ferrocarriles y las empresas de carga 
     aerea, continuamente dan prueba que son los de mayor experiencia, los mas rapidos 
     y mas eficientes en el manejo del intercambio comercial en la frontera Mexico/
     Estados Unidos.  Esta frontera, que esta contribuyendo tanto a la economia de dos
     grandes naciones, es un lugar muy especial.  Su gente es gente especial.  Yo 
     felicito al pueblo de Nuevo Laredo por su gran esfuerzo para abrir este puente 
     en el plazo fijado ...Le doy las gracias a mi amigo, Horacio Garza Garza, por su 
     ayuda para que este evento se realizara, y por ser el caballero que es, un lider 
     entre los lideres, y sobre todo un buen vecino.  Nuevo Laredo.  Tamaulipas.  
     Mexico...les brindo mi cariño, los felicito, les doy las gracias por permitirme 
     el honor de formar parte de esta ceremonia y les aseguro que nuestra amistad y 
     cooperacion seran para siempre.  Que Dios los bendiga,

     End of speech.
 
   VI.  APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

        a.  Appointment of Irma Trautmann by Council Member Joe Guerra to the City 
            Cemetery Board.
     
     Motion to approve.

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

        b.  Confirmation of the Mayor's appointment of Cm. Louis H. Bruni to the 
            Metropolitan Planning Organization.

            To replace Cm.  Moreno.

     Motion to approve.

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

        c.  Confirmation of Cm. John C. Galo appointment of Allison Lambreth to the 
            Tree Board Committee.

     Motion to approve.

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

        d.  Confirmation of Christopher Paul Arthur to the Board of Adjustments 
            nominated by Cm. Eliseo Valdez, Jr., District V. 

     Motion to approve.

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

  VII.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

        1.  Public hearing amending the FY1999-2000 budget in the amount of $74,000.00 
            allocating indirect (cost) funds reimbursed by the Texas Department of 
            Health to further the activities and scope of work of the Women and 
            Children Health Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the 
            period beginning October 1, 1999, through September 30, 2000, and 
            increasing revenue line item 226-0000-323-4137 from $0 to $74,000, and 
            expenditure line item 226-6800 from $0 to $74,000.

                                INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
            An ordinance amending the FY1999-2000 budget in the amount of $74,000.00 
            allocating indirect (cost) funds reimbursed by the Texas Department of 
            Health to further the activities and scope of work of the Women and 
            Children Health Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the 
            period beginning October 1, 1999, through September 30, 2000, and 
            increasing revenue line item 226-0000-323-4137 from $0 to $74,000, and 
            expenditure line item 226-6800 from $0 to $74,000.

     Motion to open the public hearing.

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

     There was no public input.

     Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

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

     Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

        2.  Public hearing amending Section 24.80 of the Laredo Land Development Code 
            by repealing the existing Model Subdivision Rules adopted on January 22, 
            1996 and adopting the new Model Subdivision Rules as revised and adopted 
            by the Texas Water Development Board and as provided by the Texas Water 
            Code regulating development within the extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ)
            of the City of Laredo; and amending Appendix A of the Laredo Land 
            Development Code; providing for publication and effective date.

                              INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
            An ordinance amending Section 24.80 of the Laredo Land Development Code by 
            repealing the existing Model Subdivision Rules adopted on January 22, 1996
            and adopting the new Model Subdivision Rules as revised and adopted by the
            Texas Water Development Board and as provided by the Texas Water Code 
            regulating development within the extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) of 
            the City of Laredo; and amending Appendix A of the Laredo Land Development
            Code; providing for publication and effective date.	

     Motion to open the public hearing.

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

     There was no public input.

     Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

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

     Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

        3.  Public hearing to amend the City of Laredo 1999-2000 Annual Budget by 
            increasing the estimated revenues and appropriations in the General Fund 
            by $7,833.00 for a Texas Historical Commission grant of $2,272.00 to 
            complete the preparation of an application for a National Register 
            District nomination for El Azteca Neighborhood.  A $5,561.00 match will 
            be provided by El Azteca Economic Development and Preservation 
            Corporation and the Webb County Heritage Foundation, Inc., which exceeds 
            the federal match requirement, to complete the final phase of the project.	

                                 INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
            An ordinance to amend the City of Laredo 1999-2000 Annual Budget by 
            increasing the estimated revenues and appropriations in the General Fund 
            by $7,833.00 for a Texas Historical Commission grant of $2,272.00 to 
            complete the preparation of an application for a National Register 
            District nomination for El Azteca Neighborhood.  A $5,561.00 match will 
            be provided by El Azteca Economic Development and Preservation 
            Corporation and the Webb County Heritage Foundation, Inc., which exceeds 
            the federal match requirement, to complete the final phase of the project.	

     Motion to open the public hearing.

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

     There was no public input.

     Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

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

     Ordinance Introduction:  Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo

        4.  Public hearing concerning an application by Salinas Investments amending 
            the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 441.393 
            acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located north of the City
            of Rio Bravo and west of Hwy. 83 from R-1 (Single Family Residential 
            District) to R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area 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 
            441.393 acres, as further described by metes and bounds; located north of 
            the City of Rio Bravo and west of Hwy. 83, from R-1 (Single Family 
            Residential District) to R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District); 
            providing for publication and effective date.

     Motion to open the public hearing.

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

     Jose Hernandez, from Mejia Engineering, spoke in favor of the zone change.

     Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

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

     Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Agredano

        5.  Public hearing concerning an application by Corona Land Development 
            amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 
            Lots 9 and 10, Block 10, Crown Ridge Subdivision Phase 5, located at 406 
            and 408 Northstar Rd. from B-3 (Community Business District) to R-1 
            (Single 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 
            Lots 9 and 10, Block 10, Crown Ridge Subdivision Phase 5, located at 406 
            and 408 Northstar Rd. from B-3 (Community Business District) to R-1 
            (Single Family Residential District); providing for publication and 
            effective date.

     Motion to open the public hearing.

     Moved:  Cm.  Guerra
     Second:  Cm.  Alvarado
     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:  Cm.  Guerra

        6.  Public hearing concerning an application by Salinas Investments amending 
            the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 47.317 acres,
            as further described by metes and bounds, located north of the City of Rio
            Bravo and west of Hwy. 83 from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to
            B-4 (Highway Commercial 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 
            47.317 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located north of 
            the City of Rio Bravo and west of Hwy. 83 from R-1 (Single Family 
            Residential District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for 
            publication and effective date.

     Motion to open the public hearing.

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

     There was no public input.

     Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

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

     Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Agredano

        7.  Public hearing concerning an application by Columbus Energy Corp., 
            authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for gas extraction on 
            3.00 acres out of Porcion - 46, Abstract 478, as further described by 
            metes and bounds, located west of Hwy. 83 and north of the City of Rio 
            Bravo.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the 
            Special Use Permit.  

                               INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
            Authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for gas extraction on 
            3.00 acres out of Porcion - 46, Abstract 478, as further described by 
            metes and bounds, located west of Hwy. 83  and north of the City of Rio 
            Bravo, known as McKendrick - Akin No. 2; providing for publication and 
            effective date.

     Motion to open the public hearing.

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

     Motion to close the public hearing and table this item.

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

        8.  Public hearing concerning an application by Humberto Treviño Jr., amending
            the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 2.784 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 
            2.784 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.  Alvarado
     Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo
     For: 8	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

     Jose Hernandez, from Mejia Engineering, spoke in favor of the zone change.

     Motion to close the public hearing and not allow M-1.

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

     Motion to reconsider.

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

     Motion to deny the M-1 and approved a B-4.

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

     Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Bruni

         9.  Public hearing concerning an application by Alfredo Santos, III, amending
             the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 6.008 acres,
             as further described by metes and bounds, located west of McPherson Rd. 
             and north of Shiloh Dr. from R-1 (Single 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 
             6.008 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located west of 
             McPherson Rd. and north of Shiloh Dr. from R-1 (Single Family Residential
             District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication
             and effective date.

     Motion to open the public hearing.

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

     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:  Cm.  Guerra

       10.  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 B-3 and B-1 
            zoning and recommended approval of a Conditional Use Permit for a 
            residence and catering services. 

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

     Mr.  Hector Luna was asking for the zone change to set up a catering service.

     Motion to close the public hearing and introduce as a Conditional Use Permit.

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

     Ordinance Introduction:  Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo

       11.  Public hearing concerning an application by N.W. Laredo Development, Ltd.,
            amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 
            2, Block 1, Bartlett Apartments Subdivision at Jacaman Ranch located west 
            of Bartlett Ave. and north of Jacaman Rd. from R-2 (Multifamily 
            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 Lot 
            2, Block 1, Bartlett Apartments Subdivision at Jacaman Ranch located west 
            of Bartlett Ave. and north of Jacaman Rd. 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.  Alvarado
     Second:  Cm.  Guerra
     For: 8	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

     There was no public input.

     Motion to close the public hearing and table this item.

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

       12.  Public hearing concerning an application by N.W. Laredo Development, Ltd.,
            amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 
            3, Block 1, Bartlett Apartments Subdivision at Jacaman Ranch located west 
            of Bartlett Ave. and north of Jacaman Rd. from R-2 (Multifamily 
            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 Lot 
            3, Block 1, Bartlett Apartments Subdivision at Jacaman Ranch located west 
            of Bartlett Ave. and north of Jacaman Rd. 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.  Alvarado
     Second:  Cm.  Galo
     For: 8	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

     There was no public input.

     Motion to close the public hearing and table.

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

       13.  Public hearing concerning an application by Luis Lauro Gonzalez amending 
            the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 8 and N 
            1/2 of 6, Block 485, Western Division, located at 309 Park St. from R-O 
            (Residential/Office District) to B-1 (Limited Business District).  The 
            Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the proposed 
            zoning.  

                               INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
            Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 
            8 and N 1/2 of 6, Block 485, Western Division, located at 309 Park St. 
            from R-O (Residential/Office District) to B-1 (Limited Business District);
            providing for publication and effective date.

     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 as B-1 Zoning.

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

     Ordinance Introduction:  Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo 

 VIII.  GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

        14.  A.  Request by Council Member Alfredo Agredano

   	             1.  Report on the program planned for the Memorial Day Ceremony.

                     John Vidaurri, Parks & Recreation Director, reported on the status
                     of the veteran's flags to be distributed on May 29, 2000.  

             B.  Request by Council Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

                 1.  Request for staff to survey areas available for Little League 
                     field practice in District V.

                     Larry Dovalina, Acting City Manager, stated that he would submit 
                     a report to Councilmember Valdez listing city owned properties 
                     that might be easily converted into a Little League field for 
                     Laredo's youth.   

                     He also stated that staff would have to survey the properties in 
                     question to ensure that they are not in a flood zone.  

                     Cm.  Galo suggested the use of the two city blocks adjacent to the
                     north of the Seven Flags Park.  

                 2.  Request for staff to review and make recommendations on an erosion
                     problem at the 3200 Block of San Francisco.

                     Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported that his staff has been 
                     working on the erosion problem.  He requested that he be allowed 
                     to further investigate the project and will submit recommendations
                     at a later date.

             C.  Request by Council Member Joe A. Guerra

                 1.  Discussion and possible action to use local vendors as much as 
                     possible when purchasing merchandise in general and services.

                     Cm.  Guerra complimented Mr.  Meza and staff for their fairness 
                     in awarding bids.  However, he requested staff to be more 
                     conscientious to local vendors. 

             D.  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.

                     Cm.  Alvarado commended Roberto Murillo for his outstanding 
                     stewardship.  He requested a report of TxDot on the progress of 
                     Mines Road.  Finally, he expressed his concerns about the status 
                     of the Killam Industrial Blvd Project.

He read the following letter:

     	To:  Larry Dovalina, Acting City Manager
     	From:  Roberto Murillo, P. E.  Traffic Director
     
The Traffic Department has been diligently working in the Mines Road area fine tuning 
timing for all traffic signals since Monday, April 17, 2000.  By Tuesday afternoon, 
the six different timing plans designed to provide improved signal progression between 
Flecha Lane and Killam Industrial Blvd. had been fine tuned and made fully operational.
Traffic signal operation continues to be monitored on a daily basis especially during 
the heavy a.m. and p.m. peak traffic periods and adjustments continue to be made 
accordingly.  Traffic delays have been significantly minimized in the area as a result 
of these signal-timing improvements and the assistance of the police department in 
directing traffic when necessary.  Different traffic signal plans providing different 
timing cycle lengths with signal progressions were developed for Mines Road.  These 
cycle lengths are activated throughout the week with the internal clock within each of 
the traffic signal controllers depending on the time of day.  A different plan is 
activated for each different peak traffic period so as to make any changes to any plan 
independent on the others.  It is important to note that the sequence and timing at the
new intersection of Loop 20 and Mines Road was designed and made operational by the 
Traffic Department specifically for that intersection.  The intended sequence in the 
original design would have significantly minimized available green time for the Mines 
Road through movements and would have created additional traffic delays.  Observations 
were made between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. during the week and necessary timing adjustments 
were made accordingly.  During the afternoon peak traffic periods, mainly between 5:00 
and 9:00 p.m., traffic backs up continue to be observed in the southbound direction as 
a result of the heavy amount of truck and vehicular traffic.  However, the traffic 
delays have been significantly minimized  with the timing improvements and the 
assistance of the police department.  The opening of the additional traffic lane and 
the bridge flyover off Mines Rd toward IH 35 by TxDot should improve roadway capacity 
and in turn minimize the traffic delays through this area.  TxDot is constantly being 
reminded to aggressively pursue completion of these improvements in order to alleviate 
congestion in this area.  We will continue to monitor this area especially during peak 
traffic periods and implement any additional timing improvements so as to minimize 
traffic delays to the Mines Road area.  If you have any questions regarding the above 
feel free to contact me at my office.

End of Letter

(Recess)
(Press Availability)

   IX.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

        15.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease agreement with LABATA 
             Services for approximately 117 square feet constituting AOA Office No. 3 
             of the Passenger Terminal Building located at 5210 Bob Bullock Loop.  
             Lease term is for one (1) year commencing March 1, 2000 and ending on 
             February 28, 2001, and may be extended for two (2) terms of one (1) year 
             each ending February 28,  2002 and February 28, 2003.  Monthly rent shall 
             be $150.00 and will be adjusted annually during the primary and extension 
             terms of this lease according to changes in the Consumer Price Index. 

	         Ordinance Introduction:  City Council
         
        16.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Scheduled Airline Operating 
             Agreement and Terminal Building Lease with Aerolitoral S. A. de C. V. dba 
             Aerolitoral Airlines for exclusive and non-exclusive joint use space 
             located at the Laredo International Airport passenger terminal for the 
             purpose of conducting commercial air transportation services.  The term 
             of the agreement is for fourteen (14) months effective May 2, 2000 and 
             ending on June 30, 2001. The monthly rent including landing fees is 
             capped at $1.50 per enplaned revenue passenger and the monthly rent is 
             waived for the first six (6) months of this agreement.

	         Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

        17.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to 
             effectively convey to Fasken, Ltd., a Texas Limited Partnership, a 0.3750 
             of an acre (16,346 sq. ft.), more or less, tract of land, being out of 
             Porcion 20, Abstract No. 48, Webb County, Texas; being generally described
             below, and more particularly described by metes and bounds; in exchange 
             for an equal size and equal value, 0.3750 of an acre (16,346 sq. ft.), 
             more or less, tract of land, from Fasken, Ltd., being out of Porcion 20, 
             Abstract No. 48, Webb County, Texas, being generally described below, and 
             more particularly described by metes and bounds; and providing for an 
             effective date.
	
	         Ordinance Introduction:  Cm.  Alvarado

        18.  Authorizing the City Manager to waive rental fees for May 27th and May 
             28th, 2000 at the Benavides Softball Complex, because Council finds that 
             it is in the public interest to support the Laredo Crime Stoppers Memorial
             Day Weekend Softball Tournament.  The maximum fees waived is approximately
             $580.00 based on the two-day rental fees.

             Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

        19.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with STPCS Joint Venture, 
             LLC, a corporation for a lease at the Del Mar Water Tower located on 6.7 
             acres out of Block 13, Del Mar Section 1A, Laredo, Webb County, Texas, to 
             locate cellular antennas and related equipment for use in connection with 
             its communication business.  Term of the lease in five (5) years 
             commencing May 1, 2000 and ending April 20, 2005, with three (3) 
             successive renewal terms of five (5) years.   Annual base rent shall be 
             $7,700.00 each year during the term of the lease and will be adjusted on 
             each anniversary of the commencement date according to changes in the 
             consumer price index, providing for effective date.

             Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

    X.  FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES  

        Internet Available:  www.cityoflaredo.com

        Motion to waive final reading of ordinances # 2000-O-102, # 2000-O-103, 
        # 2000-O-104 and # 2000-O-105.

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

        20.  2000-O-102  Amending Ordinance No. 97-O-334 by transferring three grant 
                         funded positions originally funded by the United States 
                         Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 319(h) grant to the 
                         NPDES Fund in order to continue the Illegal Dumping 
                         Enforcement Program and to enforce the other environmental 
                         ordinances and authorizing the City Manager to implement 
                         changes within the 1999-2000 Budget. (City Council)

     Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-102.

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

             2000-O-103  Ordinance amending the contract with the Texas Department of 
                         Health and Budget in the amount of $2,497.00 for the Special 
                         Project "Community-Based Tobacco Prevention Project" of the 
                         City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning May 
                         1, 2000, through June 5, 2000; and increasing revenue line 
                         item no. 226-0000-357-2566 from $0 to $2,497.00, and 
                         increasing expenditure line item no. 226-6400 from $0 to 
                         $2,497.00.  (Cm. Mario G. Alvarado)

     Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-103.

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

             2000-O-104  Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease 
                         with Aerocarga International, Inc., for approximately 2,040 
                         square feet constituting Building #1328 located at 4015 North 
                         Jarvis Avenue at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term
                         is for one (1) year commencing on April 1, 2000 and ending 
                         March 31, 2001 and may be extended for two-one year options 
                         ending on March 31, 2002 and March 31, 2003.  Monthly rental 
                         shall be $315.00 and will be adjusted annually according to 
                         changes in the Consumer Price Index.  (Cm. Louis H. Bruni)

     Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-104.

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

             2000-O-105  Ordinance Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease 
                         between the City of Laredo, as Lessor, and Jett Racing & 
                         Sales, as Lessee, for a tract of land containing approximately
                         3.01 acres located on Block No. 1, Lot No. 3 as Recorded in 
                         Volume 5, Page 1, Plat Records of Webb County, Texas, said 
                         property is located at the Laredo International Airport and 
                         is further described by metes and bounds description in the 
                         lease agreement.  Lease term is for twenty (20) years 
                         commencing on April 1, 2000 and ending on March 31, 2020 plus 
                         two consecutive ten-year renewal option periods until March 
                         31, 2040.  Monthly rent shall be $1,966.75 plus annual rent 
                         adjustment based on changes in the Consumer Price Index and 
                         the rental obligation shall be further adjusted based on Fair 
                         Market appraisal at each ten (10) year anniversary. 
                         (Cm. Louis H. Bruni)

     Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-105.

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

   XI.  RESOLUTIONS 

        21.  2000-R-055  A resolution confirming the appointment by the City Manager 
                         of a Member of the Fire Fighters' & Police Officers' Civil 
                         Service Commission of the City of Laredo. 

     Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-055 by naming Joaquin Romero.

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

        22.  2000-R-062  A resolution authorizing the City Manager of the City of 
                         Laredo to accept a grant (reimbursement program) from the 
                         Texas Historical Commission for Certified Local Government 
                         funding in the amount of $2,272 to complete the preparation 
                         of an application for a National Register District nomination 
                         for El Azteca Neighborhood for a total project cost of $7,833.  
                         A match of $5,561 will be provided by the Azteca Economic 
                         Development and Preservation Corporation and the Webb County 
                         Heritage Foundation, Inc., which exceeds the federal match 
                         requirement, to complete the final phase of the project.
		
     Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-062.

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

        23.  2000-R-063  A resolution declaring the public necessity to acquire the 
                         "Surface Only" of a 7,497.99 sq. ft. parcel of land, a 4.306 
                         acres (187,570.90 sq. ft.) parcel of land, and the southeast 
                         portion of Block 2139 E.D., for the Chacon Creek Improvements 
                         Project.  Said three parcels being situated in the Eastern 
                         Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being generally 
                         described below, and more particularly described by metes and 
                         bounds, and being delineated on city plats, respectively; and 
                         authorizing staff to negotiate for the purchase of said 
                         parcels at their market value or less, as established by State
                         Certified Real Estate Appraisers, and further authorizing the 
                         City Attorney to initiate condemnation proceedings to acquire 
                         those parcels that staff is unable to acquire through 
                         negotiations due to inability to agree 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-063.

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

        24.  2000-R-033  A resolution expressing the support of the City Council of the
                         City of Laredo towards the development of Laredo Viejo 
                         Apartment Homes, a proposed affordable housing community of 
                         approximately 108 affordable housing units by Atlantic 
                         Development & Investments, Inc., and Community Housing 
                         Development Associates.  Affordable housing will be provided 
                         to the citizens of the City of Laredo contingent upon the 
                         approval of the submission of a State of Texas Home 
                         Application under the Home Investment Partnership Program and 
                         the approval of the application submitted to the Texas State 
                         Department of Housing and Community Affairs for Housing Tax 
                         Credits under Section 42 of the Internal Revenue Code.  The 
                         Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs requires 
                         applicants to include evidence of local government support for
                         the proposed application.  This evidence must be in the form 
                         of a resolution and dated within six (6) months of the 
                         application submission deadline.

     Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-033.

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

        25.  2000-R-064  Expressing the support of the City Council, of the City of 
                         Laredo towards the development of Southview Estate, a proposed
                         affordable housing community of approximately 100 affordable 
                         housing units by Southview Estates, Limited.  Affordable 
                         housing will be provided to the citizens of the City of Laredo
                         contingent upon the approval of the submission of a State of 
                         Texas Home Application under the Home Investments Partnership 
                         Program and the approval of the application submitted to the 
                         Texas State Department of Housing and Community Affairs for 
                         Housing Tax Credits under Section 42 of the Internal Revenue 
                         Code.  The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs 
                         requires applicants to include evidence of local government 
                         support for the proposed application.  This evidence must be 
                         in the form of a resolution and dated within six (6) months of
                         the application submission deadline.

     Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-064.

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

        26.  2000-R-065  A resolution authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant 
                         application to the United States Department of Justice COPS 
                         Office for the acquisition of 40 additional Police Officers.
 
     Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-065.

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

  XII.  MOTIONS

        27.  Consideration to rescind the  award from R.P. Constructors, Inc., New 
             Braunfels, Texas, for the Bio-Solids Dewatering Project Parts A and B and 
             consideration to award the LOWEST RESPONSIBLE BIDDER to Lambda 
             Construction Co., New Braunfels, Texas, in the amount of $1,208,500.00.  
             After review and recalculation of bids based on the specifications proved 
             to be Lambda Construction the lowest responsible bidder.  Funding is 
             available in the 1994 & 1998A Sewer Construction Bonds.

     Motion to approve.

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

        28.  Consideration to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder, 
             Lambda Construction Co., New Braunfels, Texas, in the amount of 
             $925,181.00 for the construction of the San Isidro and Highland Booster 
             Stations.  The project consists of constructing two booster stations with 
             booster pumps, ground storage tanks, piping, valves, hydropneumatic tanks,
             SCADA system and water line extensions.   The construction time is 100 
             calendar days.  Funding is available in the 1999 Bond.

     Motion to approve.

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

        29.  Authorizing the City Manager to sign a contract with 
             Planergy to participate in a load curtailment program, 
             beginning June 1, 2000.  The City of Laredo Wastewater 
             Division agrees to reduce its electrical demand whenever
             possible during predefined periods.  In return, Planergy
             agrees to pay cash incentives to the City of Laredo for 
             such demand reduction between June 1 and September 30 of
             each year in which this agreement is in effect.
	     			
     Motion to approve.

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

        30.  Authorizing the City Manager to sign a contract with 
             Planergy to participate in a load curtailment program, 
             beginning June 1, 2000.  The City of Laredo Water 
             Division agrees to reduce its electrical demand whenever
             possible during predefined periods.  In return, Planergy
             agrees to pay cash incentives to the City of Laredo for 
             such demand reduction between June 1 and September 30 of
             each year in which this agreement is in effect.

     Motion to approve.

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

        31.  Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant 
             application in the amount of $109,000.00 to the Texas 
             Department of Health for the Survey on Health Risk 
             Factors and Needs Assessment of the City of Laredo 
             Health Department for the period beginning July 1, 2000,
             through August 31, 2001.

     Motion to approve.

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

        32.  Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant 
             application in the amount of $152,524.00 to the Texas 
             Department of Health for the Folic Acid Education and 
             Support Project of the City of Laredo Health Department 
             for the period beginning July 1, 2000, through August 
             31, 2001. 

     Motion to approve.

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

        33.  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement 
             with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) for 
             the purpose of obtaining a non-exclusive license from 
             the State to receive Laredo District Intelligent 
             Transportation System transportation related information
             and use Laredo District Intelligent Transportation (IT) 
             infrastructure to provide for improved traffic 
             management.  In return, the City would grant the State 
             the right to limited use of the City's I-Net fiber optic
             cable. 

     Motion to approve.

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

        34.  Consideration to award an engineering contract to 
             Sherfey Engineering Company, L.L.C., 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. 13 (16 Blocks), Project 
             No. 16 (12 Blocks) and Project No. 17 (8 Blocks) for a 
             total of 38 Blocks.  Funding is available in the Capitol
             Improvement Fund.

     Motion to approve with a correction of 36 blocks instead of 38 
     blocks.

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

        35.  Consideration to award a professional services contract 
             to Danny R. Anderson Consultants, Inc., El Paso, Texas, 
             for an amount not to exceed $17,640.00 to provide 
             laboratory, sampling and testing services of materials 
             for quality control for the 16-Inch Water Line along 
             State Highway 359.  Funding is available in the Water 
             Works 97 Bond Line Extensions.

     Motion to approve.

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

        36.  Consideration to reject the four bids received for the 
             McPherson Acres Drainage Improvements Phase I and to 
             authorize Staff to rebid the project since all bids were
             over budget.
 
     Motion to approve.

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

        37.  Consideration to award contract 00-093 to the SOLE 
             BIDDER, Paul Young Co., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of 
             $667,249.00, for the purchase of thirty vehicles for the
             Police Department.  These vehicles will be assigned to 
             the Laredo Multi-Agency and Laredo Police Department 
             Narcotics Units.  Funding is available from the Task 
             Force Fund. 

     Motion to approve.

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

 XIII.  STAFF REPORT

        38.  Presentation of the Volunteers in Action Annual Report.

             The following report was submitted by Jose Vela, III:

             Annual report
             February 1, 1999 to January 31, 2000
             Edited & Submitted by Janice Weber, Director Laredo 
               Public Library
             Prepared by Jose "Chito" Vela III, Coordinator
             Nonprofit Management & Volunteer Center
             Data Tabulated by Christina Fracchia, Clerk IV
             Nonprofit Management & Volunteer Center

                         
						 Introduction
						 
The purpose of the VIA Program is to promote participation by 
citizens in the expansion, enhancement and delivery of quality 
services by the City of Laredo.  The goals of the program are to:

* Encourage and provide opportunities for citizen participation in 
  the operations of city government.
* Improve the quality of life in Laredo by providing expanded City 
  services without increasing taxes.
* Enhance the provision of City services by utilizing volunteers to 
  supplement the work of paid City staff.
* Promote and assist citizen understanding of the programs, issues 
  and problems that municipal governments tackle daily
* Promote volunteerism within the community

The VIA Program is part of the Nonprofit Management & Volunteer 
Center, a division of the Laredo Public Library, and is staffed by 
two people, the Nonprofit Management and Volunteer Center Coordinator
and a Clerk IV.  The Center is housed in the Main Branch of the 
Laredo Public Library, at 1120 East Calton Road, Laredo, Texas.

                      Performance Report   

The City of Laredo Volunteers in Action (VIA) Program saw its 
busiest year ever in 1999.  During the past year, the Laredo VIA 
Program placed a total of 914 volunteers who performed 40,944 hours 
of service for the citizens of the city.  The value of the work of 
these volunteers totaled $231,352 for the year.  This figure 
represents an hourly wage savings that would have been paid to City 
employees for performing the work carried out by volunteers.  (The 
amount does not include benefits and other fringe payments.)

With more volunteers donating even greater amounts of time, VIA has 
been able to continue providing numerous City departments with 
volunteer help, while at the same time offering volunteer placements 
to nonprofit agencies within the City of Laredo.  In 1999, VIA placed
volunteers with the Laredo Children's Museum, Laredo Animal 
Protective Society, Laredo/Webb County Food Bank, Laredo Regional 
Food Bank, Laredo regional  Food Bank, Bethany House, Sacred Heart 
Children's Home, Laredo Community College Lamar Bruni Vergara 
Environmental Science Center, Ruthe B. Cowl Rehabilitation Center, 
and the Boy's and Girl's Club. 

Of the total number of volunteers, 202 individuals were classified 
as regular volunteers, or people who freely offered their services, 
talent and time to the City of Laredo.  Of these 202 volunteers, 93 
were persons under 18 years of age. 

Seventy-eight percent of the VIA volunteers in 1999, or 712 
individuals, were community service workers, individuals who were 
ordered by the court to make restitution for a criminal or 
misdemeanor offense.  Performing community service is an alternative 
to incarceration or a fine, while still holding offenders accountable. 

Work locations within City government represented almost all 
departments, ranging from the City Manager's Office to the Public 
Works Department.  In all, 34 sites served as locations for 
volunteers to work during 1999.  Volunteers' duties varied from 
department to department, and included activities such as supervising
children at play, shelving books, cleaning up city parks, and helping
prepare materials for meetings of the City Council.

An integral component of the VIA Program is having supervisors who 
are willing to accept volunteers and monitor both their work and 
their hours.  During 1999, City employees at approximately 34 
locations served as supervisors to VIA volunteers.  Some locations, 
such as the recreation centers and the Library, attracted the 
greatest number of volunteers due t the nature of their services.  
These departments are able to greatly augment service to the public 
by taking advantage of the strong spirit of volunteer service found 
in Laredo.

The tables attached to this report detail the activity of the 
Volunteers in Action Program from February 1, 1999 through January 
31, 2000.

                           Future Plans

For the coming program year, 2000, the Nonprofit Management and 
Volunteer Center plans to enter into more formal partnerships with 
both City departments and local nonprofits.  These partnerships will 
allow the development of specialized volunteer programs.  One example
is the Spring Break Volunteer Program.  In partnership with the 
Communities in Schools, the Center recruits high school students to 
perform volunteer work during spring break.  This type of program 
helps both the City, which gets volunteer labor when it mist needs 
it, and the high school student, who are kept off the streets and in 
a positive environment.  This summer, the Center plans to continue 
its partnership with Communities in Schools by initiating the City 
of Laredo Summer Internship Program.  High school students who have 
an interest in a specific field, such as computer sciences, 
accounting, or law, will be placed by the Center with appropriate 
City department.  The high school student gain valuable insight into 
a professional field, while the City gets much needed volunteer 
assistance. 

Another exciting partnership is with the Laredo Job Corps.  The 
Laredo Job Corps trains young people that have left school, but are 
still seeking valuable employment skills.  In return for the 
education that the Laredo Job Corps provides, its members are asked 
to give back to their community by performing volunteer work.  With 
over 200 members, a partnership between the VIA Program and the 
Laredo Job Corps could be extremely beneficial for both organizations.  

Finally, as part of the training workshops that is put on by the 
Center, management of volunteers is one of the topics that will be 
covered in the upcoming program year.  This type of training will 
help to provide a richer experience for both the volunteers and the 
City departments that benefit from the volunteers' contribution of 
time and talent. 

Number of Volunteers per Work Site:
Regular Volunteers - 202
Community Service - 712
Total - 914

Number of Volunteer Hours per Work Site
Regular Volunteers - 12,372
Community Service - 28,572
Total - 40,944

Dollar Value of Volunteer Hours per Work Site

Regular Volunteers - $74,323
Community Service - $157,120
Total - $ 231,352
	         
	        End of Report

  XIV.  ADJOURNMENT                            Time:  6:55 p.m.

     Motion to adjourn. 

     Moved:  Cm.  Galo
     Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Montalvo
     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 
Meeting held on the 22th Day of May, 2000.

                                      ___________________________
             				          Gustavo Guevara, Jr.
	    			                  City Secretary