CITY OF LAREDO
                              CITY COUNCIL MEETING
                                   M2000-R-12
                              CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
                               1110 HOUSTON STREET
                               LAREDO, TEXAS 78040
                                    MAY 1, 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 Montalvo, District VIII
        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.,             City Secretary
        Cynthia Collazo,                  Acting City Manager
        Larry Dovalina,                   Acting City Manager
        Jaime Flores,                     City Attorney
	
   IV.  MINUTES

        None

    V.  COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

        Announcements
          None

        Invitations
          None

        Mimi Valdez read the following letter:

          Mimi Valdez invited the Mayor, City Council and the public to attend the 
          Second Annual Dance Concert on behalf of the Laredo Community College 
          Music/Dance Department in association with the City of Laredo and the 
          Instituto Cultural Mexicano.  It will be featuring the LCC Ballet 
          Folklorico, LCC Flamingo group and other special guests.  The event will 
          take place May 5, at the Laredo Civic Center.  

        Recognitions

        a.  The Laredo Public Library's Poster Contest Award Winners.

            Janice Weber, Library Director, introduced Cynthia Koepp who announced 
            the winners of the poster contest.  The theme was returning your library 
            book on time.  The winners were:

First                    Second               Third                 Honorable Mention

Ages 5 & 6
Nini Longoria            Jessie Soto          Isaac S. Schwarz      John N. Torres
                                                                    Ruby Lopez

Ages 7 & 8
A. Nichole Serna         Tiffany Jo Salazar	  Esmeralda Lopez       Carlos Alonzo
                                                                    Cuatro Longoria

Ages 9 - 11
Annie Elizabeth Miller   Alejandrina Lopez    Azucena Barron        Nar Ramirez
                                                                    Susana I. Casas

Ages 12 - 14
Salvador Barron          Isabel Chavarria     Sarah Farias          Francisca Rodriguez
                                                                    Mallory K. Miles

Ages 15 - 17
Patricia Flores          Ricardo Medina       Dania Karina          Carmen L. Marquez
                                              Gomez Soria           Larry Miller, Jr.
		
        b.  Congratulations to American Eagle Laredo Station employees for garnering 
            Station of the Year for 1999 and Station of the 1st Quarter for 2000 for 
            Region 2 in the American Eagle System.

            Jose Flores, Airport Director, acknowledged the American Eagle Laredo 
            Station for being the recipient of the Station of the Year award for 1999 
            and 2000.  He recognized  Bob Janzarli, Station Manager, and Senior 
            Agents Marty Alarcon and Rick Garcia for their outstanding contributions 
            in achieving the award.   

        c.  Recognition of five individuals who saved a life on April 24, 2000, while
            at Lake Casa Blanca State Park.

            Mayor Flores and the City Council recognized the following individuals 
            for their heroic rescue in saving the life of a drowning victim at the 
            Laredo Casa Blanca on April 24, 2000:  Rico Lopez, Joshua Thompson, 
            Carlos Cuellar, Manuel Trevino and Ivan Coss. 

        Communiqués

        Cm.  Agredano read the following letter from Mr. Jose Espinoza:

I have been advised that there will not be a summer Parks & Recreation Program in Los
Obispos Middle School or any school in the Santa Rita, Sierra Vista, Los Obispos and 
Los Angeles area. I went before the City Council to request that a program be open at
Perez Elementary.  The City Council approved the request.  That summer Perez 
Elementary Parks and Recreation Program registered over 400 students.  This was 
before the Los Obispos Subdivision was developed. The program averaged 150 to 200 
students per day.  Now we have four elementary schools and one middle school in the 
area with a total enrollment of approximately 3,600 students in a five-mile radius.  
The Parks & Recreation Program is desperately needed in this area.  If the program is
being canceled due to the lack of interest in Los Obispos then the parents need to be
advised that the program is available.  When the programs first opened at Perez 
Elementary we gave every student a flyer about the program shortly before school let 
out for the summer.  At the present time there are no parks in the Sierra Vista, Los 
Obispos, Los Angeles area where the students can go and play during the day which 
leaves almost 3,600 students stuck at home on a daily basis because the parents are 
busy working.  I ask you as our councilmen to please have the city council reconsider
the decision and have a summer Parks & Recreation open up in this area. I will not be 
able to attend the city neighborhood meeting tomorrow at Cigarroa Recreation Center 
due to a previous commitment but I can be reached at my home or my cell phone.

                                                                Respectfully,
                                                                Joe Espinoza.

     Cm. Agredano expressed his concerns about the summer program for the children.

     Cm.  Moreno reiterated the importance of completing Project 11.  She added that 
     she had received a request in adding Tarvar Elementary School to the Speed Hump 
     Pi1ot Program.    

     She addressed the citizens of District IV stating:
 
     "This is a very special time for me. It is with mixed emotions that I attend my 
	 final meeting as a City Council member.  It has been a great honor for me to 
	 have served in this capacity and I have been blessed with many wonderful 
	 experiences.  These experiences have allowed me to work with many knowledgeable, 
     dedicated and committed City employees.  City of Laredo employees are the finest 
     and they truly care about the people of Laredo and the services they provide.  
	 Many of you know that I served on the Laredo City Council for ten years with no 
     financial compensation.  I always use this term no financial compensation 
     because I have been compensated in many other ways.  Your comments to me as 
     individuals, the relationships and the friendships that have developed have been 
     very rewarding.  I want to thank those individuals who served as my 
     representatives in various boards and commissions.  Your decisions will continue 
     to impact our community for many years.  Thank you for serving and for doing 
     such a fine job. I want to thank the mayors that have served and that have 
     provided the leadership during my term in office.  These include Mayor Aldo 
     Tatengelo, Mayor Saul Ramirez and Mayor Elizabeth G.  Flores.  You were always 
     an inspiration and you were a roll model for government leadership.  I most 
     especially want to thank the members of the City Council past and present that 
     have been so caring and so willing to share their ideas and their thoughts.  Our
     decisions as a City Council have been made with much knowledge and thought.  
     Each decision is important and each decision is made with much care.  Your 
     council members care about you, the residence of Laredo.  They spend many hours 
     preparing, planning and executing their rolls as decision makers.  This was a 
     very rewarding experience because I have worked with so many people. All of 
     which care about the outcome of the decisions that have been made."  

   VI.  APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSION, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

        1.  Confirmation of Cm. Louis H. Bruni, and appointment Cm. John C. Galo to 
            the Oil and Gas Committee to replace José Perez,  (co-sponsored by Cm. 
            Joe A. Guerra).

     Motion to approve.

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

  VII.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

        1.  Public hearing and introduction of an ordinance to amend the City of 
            Laredo's FY 1999-2000 annual budget by appropriating revenues and 
            expenditures in the 1998 Certificate of Obligation for interest earnings 
            which have been earned but not yet appropriated, and authorizing the City 
            Manager to implement said budget.  

                               INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
            Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's FY 1999-2000 Annual Budget by 
            appropriating revenues and expenditures in the 1998 Certificate of 
            Obligation for interest earnings which have been earned, but not yet 
            appropriated.

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

     Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

        2.  Public hearing amending the City of Laredo FY 1999-2000 Annual Budget to 
            appropriate the revenues and expenditures upon acceptance of a donation 
            of $4,000.00 for South Texas Distributors/Budweiser, $800.00 from Conoco 
            Pump-n-Shop and $3,000.00 from Clark Hardware, Inc., for the purchase of 
            a Teco mascot, Teco T-shirt and the sponsorship of the Famous Chicken, 
            respectively.

                                  INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
            Amending the City of Laredo FY 1999-2000 Annual Budget to appropriate the 
            revenues and expenditures upon acceptance of a donation of $4,000.00 from 
            South Texas Distributors/Budweiser, $800.00 from Conoco Pump-n-Shop and 
            $3,000.00 from Clark Hardware, Inc., for the purchase of a Teco mascot, 
            Teco T-shirt and the sponsorship of the Famous Chicken, respectively.

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

     Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

        3.  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.  Bruni
     For: 8	Against:  0	Abstain:  0

     There was no public input.

     Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

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

 VIII.  GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

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

                1.  Discussion on the synchronization of traffic signals located at 
                    Matamoros St./San Dario Ave. with Matamoros St./Santa Ursula 
                    Ave., with possible action.

                    Tony Garcia, Traffic Department, reassured the Council that the 
                    synchronization of traffic signals would be corrected in four 
                    weeks.  

                2.  Discussion on vagrant problems, with possible action.

                    Eliodoro Granados, Assistant Chief of Police, stated that Laredo 
                    has 39 hapless, homeless people.  He added that officers always 
                    respond to the calls however, it is difficult to incarcerate the 
                    individuals because the county jail is full to capacity.  He also
                    stated that the Police Department is working in conjunction with 
                    the Homeless Coalition to find better solutions to better serve 
                    the community.   

                    Cm.  Galo devoted considerable discussion about vagrants.  He 
                    expressed his concern was about the safety of Laredoans.  He 
                    instructed staff to vigorously pursue solutions for the problem.  

                3.  Discussion on the enforcement of garage sales and commercial 
                    sales by outdoor vendors, with possible action.

                    Benny Salinas, Building Director, explained the procedure for 
                    garage and commercial sales.  He informed the Council that the 
                    Building Department only has only two zoning officers for the 
                    entire City.  

                    Cm.  Galo expressed his concerns about businesses that are 
                    invading residential areas without going through the proper 
                    channels.
 
                    Eliodoro Granados, Assistant Chief of Police, stated vendors are 
                    sited if they are on the right-of-way.
 
                    Cindy Collazo, Acting City Manager, informed the Council that 
                    staff is reviewing the procedures.  She added that the permitting 
                    process is being considered in order to guarantee compliance. 

            B.  Request by Council Member Cecilia May Moreno	

                1.  Discussion with possible action to consider the agent of record 
                    designation currently being used as we address insurance.

                    Dan Migura, Administrative Service, recommended presenting the 
                    agent of record designation to an ad hoc committee.
 
     Motion to send the agent of record designation to the Ad Hoc Committee to review
     the issues.    

     Cm. Valdez was added to Ad Hoc Committee.

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

            C.  Request by Council Member Mario G. Alvarado

                1.  Status report on Mines Road Task Force activities and/or 
                    recommendations for traffic control on FM 1472, with possible 
                    action.

                    Tony Garcia, Traffic Department, reported that the fly over would
                    be fully functional within a couple of weeks.  The fly over will 
                    alleviate problems for a smoother traffic flow. 

                    Mayor Flores strongly emphasized the intensive planning of the 
                    traffic patterns for the Mines Road Project achieved through the 
                    combined efforts of the Metropolitan Planning Organization, TxDot 
                    and the County.

                    After elaborating on several projects that will give Mines Road 
                    back to the citizens, she stated that Laredo has acquired an 
                    additional $568 million dollars as a result of this planning.  
                    The council is aware of the traffic problem and will aggressively 
                    oversee all future projects.  
 
                    Larry Dovalina, Acting City Manager, stated that the City is 
                    waiting for TxDot to complete utility work along Interstate 35 
                    before connecting the newly constructed Killam Industrial 
                    Boulevard to the interstate.  He stated the project is 87% 
                    complete.  

                    With the above in mind, Cm.  Alvarado recommended several 
                    solutions brought to his attention by his constituents.  He gave 
                    several suggestions and stressed his desire to expedite all 
                    projects. 

(Recess)
(Press Availability)


   IX.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

        5.  Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease agreement with 
            Jose Mario Flores for approximately 25,264.80 square feet of land to 
            include Building No. 464 that consists of 8,332 square feet located at 
            1705 E. Hillside Road.  Lease term is for twenty five (25) years 
            commencing May 1, 2000 and ending on April 30, 2025 and may be extended 
            for one (1) term of five (5) years ending on April 30, 2030. Monthly rent
            shall be $1,333.00 and will be adjusted annually during the primary and 
            extension terms of this lease according to changes in the Consumer Price 
            Index, and further adjusted by Fair Market Value appraisal on the 10th 
            and 20th anniversaries.  Previous tenant was Madrid Printing paying 
            monthly rent of $1,318.71.

            Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

    X.  FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES 

        Internet Available:  //www.cityoflaredo.com

        Motion to waive final reading of ordinances # 2000-O-106, # 2000-O-107, 
        # 2000-O-108, # 2000-O-109,  # 2000-O-110, # 2000-O-112, # 2000-O-113, 
        # 2000-O-114, # 2000-O-117, # 2000-O-119, # 2000-O-120, # 2000-O-121, 
        # 2000-O-122 and # 2000-O-123.

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

        6.  2000-O-106  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.  
                        (City Council)

     Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-106.

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

            2000-O-107   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.  (Cm. John C. Galo)
 		
     Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-107.

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

            2000-O-108  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.  (Cm. Consuelo 
                        "Chelo" Montalvo) 

     Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-108.

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

            2000-O-109  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. (Cm. Alfredo Agredano)

     Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-109.

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

            2000-O-110  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.  (Cm. Alfredo Agredano)

     Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-110.

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

            2000-O-112  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 B-4 (Highway 
                        Commercial District); providing for publication and effective
                        date. (As amended) (Cm. Louis H. Bruni)

     Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-112.

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

            2000-O-113  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.  (Cm. Joe A. Guerra)

     Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-113.

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

            2000-O-114  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by 
                        authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a 
                        residence and catering services on Lot 4, Block 409, Western 
                        Division, located at 2202 Ventura; providing for publication 
                        and effective date. (As amended) (Cm. Consuelo "Chelo" 
                        Montalvo)

     Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-114.

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

            2000-O-117  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.  (Mayor Pro Tempore Consuelo "Chelo" 
                        Montalvo)

     Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-117.

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

            2000-O-118  A ordinance 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.  
                        (City Council) 

     Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-118.

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

            2000-O-119  An ordinance 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.   
                        (City Council)
				
     Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-119.

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

            2000-O-120  An ordinance 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.  (Cm. Mario G. Alvarado)

     Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-120.

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

            2000-O-121  An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to waive rental 
                        fees for Laredo Crime Stoppers, Inc. on 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 potential loss is approximately $580.00 based  
                        on the rental fees as set out in ordinance 96-O-057.  
                        (City Council)

     Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-121.

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

            2000-O-122  An ordinance 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.  (City Council)

     Motion to adopt Ordinance # 2000-O-122.

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

            2000-O-123  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. (Cm. Joe A. Guerra)

     Motion to adopt # 2000-O-123.

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

   XI.  RESOLUTIONS 

        7.  2000-R-058  A resolution opposing the creation of One Stop State Border 
                        Inspection Facilities as provided through Texas 
                        Transportation Commission Minute Order No. 108047 and further
                        calling on local, county, and state elected officials to 
                        unite in opposing implementation of the same that would 
                        impede the flow of commerce through ports of entry in Laredo,
                        El Paso, and Brownsville, Texas.

     Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-058 as amended, "Two Stop" instead of 
     "One Stop".

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

        8.  2000-R-061  Consideration to accept a 5.090 acre tract of land, more or 
                        less, from G.G. Salinas, adjacent to Village Heights 
                        Subdivision, Unit I, located at Eskimo Drive and Taiga Court, 
                        from Village Heights LTD, for use as a park and open space.	

     Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-061 as amended, 5.590 acres instead of 
     5.090 and Eduardo De La Chiva instead of G. G. Salinas.

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

        9.  2000-R-066  A resolution declaring the public necessity to re-acquire the 
                        lease on one tract of land, described as Block "Z", situated 
                        in the western division, Laredo, Webb County, Texas for a 
                        public purpose and public use, in order to provide and 
                        enhance additional downtown local, tourist, and visitor 
                        parking and shopping opportunities.

     Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-066.

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

       10.  2000-R-067  A resolution authorizing the City Manager to amend the 
                        Section 108 Loan Agreement between the City of Laredo, and 
                        the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in 
                        regards to the financing, renovation and conversion of the 
                        Hamilton Hotel.  It is proposed that the term of  payment for
                        the note be decreased from twenty (20) years to ten (10) 
                        years.  Future CDBG allocations and the City of Laredo 
                        General Fund guarantee the Section 108 Loan.

     Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-067.

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

       11.  2000-R-068  A resolution authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant 
                        from the Texas Book Festival in the amount of $2,500.00 for 
                        library books.

     Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-068.

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

       12.  2000-R-069  A resolution authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant 
                        application with the Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice
                        Division to fund the Texas Narcotics Control Program.  The 
                        total grant funding is in the amount of $1,552,624.00 with 
                        the Criminal Justice Division designating $1,164,468.00  
                        and the City of Laredo designating $388,156.00 in matching 
                        funds.  Funding is  available from the opening balance of 
                        the Narcotics Task Force Division and will be used to pay 
                        salaries, overtime, indirect operating expenses, and the 
                        purchase of equipment from June 1, 2000 through May 31, 2001.	

     Motion to approve Resolution # 2000-R-069.

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

        13.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to amend the Advance Funding 
             Agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation to reflect an 
             increase of $541,630.00 due to the revised cost estimate form Central 
             Power & Light Company to relocate two overhead power lines to meet the 
             new right-of-way, including the rerouting of one overhead 12.5kV 
             distribution line.  These improvements are necessary for the completion 
             of the Milo Interchange Project and will be funded from the City's 
             current State Infrastructure Bank Loan proceeds. 

     Motion to approve.

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

        14.  Consideration to rescind the selection of consultant G.G. Salinas 
             Engineering Company for the Fire Station No. 12 located at Bob Bullock 
             Loop in the vicinity of TAMIU, and to approve selection of consultant 
             Rosin Group, Inc., Laredo, Texas, and authorize staff to negotiate a 
             professional services contract.  Funding is available in the New Fire 
             Station Buildings.

     Motion to approve.

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

        15.  Consideration to award contract number FY00-090, to the SOLE BIDDER, 
             R.C. Kahn Corp. DBA Evergreen Landscaping, Laredo, Texas, in the amount 
             of $31,000.00, for the installation of a sprinkler irrigation system at 
             the North East Hillside Park located at 320 Wyoming.  The system will 
             irrigate the park grounds and the Zacate Creek drainage area that has 
             been hydro-seeded for erosion control.  Funding is available in the 
             Capital Improvement Fund - District 5 Construction Projects.

     Motion to approve.

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

        16.  Consideration to authorize the purchase of twenty two portable radios 
             for the Police Department through the Houston Galveston Area Council of 
             Governments (HGAC) - Cooperative Purchasing Program, in the principal 
             amount of $74,130.97.  These voice secure digital radios will be 
             purchased through the cooperative purchasing contract vendor Motorola.  
             Delivery of these radios is expected within sixty days.  These radios 
             will be purchased using the Police Trust Fund and will be assigned to 
             the new police cadets scheduled for graduation in June.

     Motion to approve.

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

        17.  Consideration to award a contract number 00-089, to the SOLE BIDDER, 
             Majic Car Wash Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of 
             $35,000.00, for furnishing car wash services for the City's automotive 
             fleet.  Bids were requested on car wash services with and without inside 
             vacuum.  All services are secured on an as needed basis.  The bid 
             pricing increased approximately 8% from the previous contract period.

     Motion to approve.

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

        18.  Consideration to authorize the City Administrative Services Director to 
             proceed with the recruitment of applicants for the position of City 
             Manager and to authorize a temporary adjustment in the pay of the two 
             Assistant City Managers during the interim period that they perform the 
             duties and responsibilities of Acting City Managers in accordance with 
             Section 2-87.7 (d)(11) of the Code of Ordinances, City of Laredo.

             Cm.  Moreno supports 10% rather than 15%.

     Motion to approve.

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

        19.  Consideration to award contract number 00-095, to the LOW BIDDER, for 
             the purchase of traffic signal mast arms and poles.  These will be 
             installed at the following intersections:  Muller/FM1472 (Mines Road) 
             and Taylor/Marcella.  Bids will be opened on Monday, May 1, and the low 
             bidder will be announced at the City Council meeting.  Funding is 
             available from the following budgets:  Muller/FM1472 - 1998 CO Street 
             Projects and Taylor/Marcella - Capital Improvement Project - Signalization.

     Motion to approve to preferred bidder JEM Engineer at a cost of $24,649.00

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

        20.  Consideration to amend a contract with CH2MHill to provide technical 
             support, value engineering, and research of various issues related to 
             the secondary water supply.  The current contract with CH2M Hill is for 
             $205,000.00 and will be increased by $100,000.00 for a total of 
             $305,000.00 with this amendment.

             Charles Martens spoke in favor allowing the consultants to charge an 
             extra $100,000.  He also spoke in favor keeping CH2MHill on as 
             consultants.

             Joe Aceves, representative from Zachary Thames Water, stated that the 
             company has eagerly achieved all requirements asked of them for the 
             evaluation.  He stated that his company has competitive costs on the 
             submittal and they have some distinct advantages in some of the key 
             considerations that are being made.  He requested to see the evaluations.    

             Mr. Zachary, from Zachary Thames, exemplified the importance of water. 
             He told the Council that their decision could be detrimental to the 
             growth and wellness of Laredo in the future.   He asked them to open up 
             their prospective. 

             Cm. Galo, questioned how the city is going to be billed for the monies.  
  
     Motion to approve.

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

 XIII.  STAFF REPORT

        21.  Presenting the recommendation of the Water Issues Committee regarding 
             selection of two firms to develop a second water supply project, with 
             possible action.

             Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, reported that the Water Issues 
             Committee had instructed staff to do three things.  

1.  The first motion was to develop proposals with U. S. Filter and United Water.

2.  The second motion was to begin negotiating with the owners of the northwest Webb 
    County Water to purchase the pumping or the developing rights.

3.  The third motion was to approve the hiring of CH2MHill.  

    He discussed proposals submitted by different companies.

    Cm. Bruni stated that since 1994 the Water Issues Committee has been very 
    concerned about the quality of the Rio Grande and securing a secondary source of 
    water.  He stated that water is one of the most important decisions that the 
    City Council is going to make in terms for securing the development and economic 
    development of the City of Laredo.  

    Cm.  Galo stated that the Council has the responsibility to secure a long-term 
    solution for the City of Laredo.  He added that he did not want to make the same 
    mistake that San Antonio made in 1960.  

     Motion to select two companies that submitted proposals for the city of Laredo 
     short-term secondary ground water development project.  More specifically, to 
     instruct the City Managers to finalize their proposals.  The two companies are 
     U. S. Filter Operating Services Inc. of Houston Texas and United Water Services 
     L L C of New Jersey.  Also, to instruct City Manager to proceed with the 
     negotiations with Zachary Thames for the long term source in Northwest Webb 
     County.  

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

     Motion to adjourn.

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

                                    City of Laredo
                                 City Council Meeting
                                      M2000-S-12
                                 City Council Chambers
                                  1110 Houston Street
                                  Laredo, Texas  78040
                                      May 1, 2000
                                        5:30 p.m.

                                   SUPPLEMENTAL AGENDA

 XIII.  Staff Report

        1.  A presentation by B. W. Zimmerman & Associates and Graphitiks 
            Advertising Design on the marketing strategy and plan for our upcoming 
            Automated Vehicle Identification and Weigh in Motion System, with 
            possible action.

The following information was submitted by B. W. Zimmerman & Associates/Graphitiks:

o The team of B. W. Zimmerman & Associates and Graphitiks answered a Request for 
  Proposal published by the City.
o BWZ is very proud to have worked with the City since 1998 and was recognized for 
  our support at the Bridge IV Grand opening
o Graphitiks has an outstanding reputation for their work with the City
o We prepared a "cafeteria-style" approach to our solution to allow the City to pick 
  and choose

  Phase I - Initial Marketing Activities

  Notice to Proceed
  Mobilization 
  Development Finalize Schedule
  Develop and Finalize Marketing Plan
  Image Design

     Motion to approve marketing plan for $200,000.

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

   XV.  Adjournment                                  Time:  8:20 p.m.

     Motion to adjourn.

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

I hereby certify that the above minutes contained in pages one to 18 are true, 
complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council Meeting held on the 1st of 
May, 2000.

                                                   ____________________________
                                                   Gustavo Guevara
                                                   City Secretary