CITY OF LAREDO
                            CITY COUNCIL MEETING

                           CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
                            1110 HOUSTON STREET
                               LAREDO, TEXAS
                                 5:30 P.M.

                                  MINUTES

       M96-R-44                                   DECEMBER 16, 1996

   I.  CALL TO ORDER

       With a quorum present Mayor Saul N. Ramirez, Jr. called the meeting
       to order.

  II.  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

       Mayor Saul N. Ramirez, Jr. led in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 III.  ROLL CALL
 
       ATTENDANCE:
       SAUL N. RAMIREZ, JR.                  MAYOR
       JOSE R. PEREZ,         COUNCILMEMBER, DISTRICT I
       LOUIS H. BRUNI,               "     , DISTRICT II
       ALFONSO I. "PONCHO" CASSO,    "     , DISTRICT III
       CECILIA MAY MORENO,           "     , DISTRICT IV
       ELISEO VALDEZ, JR.,           "     , DISTRICT V
       JOE A. GUERRA,                "     , DISTRICT VI
       MARIO GEORGE ALVARADO,        "     , DISTRICT VII
       CONSUELO "CHELO" MONTALVO,    "     , DISTRICT VIII
       GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.,  CITY SECRETARY
       FLORENCIO PENA, III,   INTERIM CITY MANAGER
       JERRY BRUCE CAIN,      ACTING CITY ATTORNEY

       Cm. Casso came in at 5:40 p.m.

  IV.  APPROVAL OF MINUTES

       2.  City Council Meeting of November 18, 1996

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

   V.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

       3.  Amending the provisions of the City of Laredo's code of
           ordinances Chapter 2, Article II, Sec. 2-16, which sets forth
           the departments of the City; and 2-17 which sets forth the
           divisions in each department; thereby deleting the
           transportation department and adding two departments being the
           traffic and bridge department and the airport department; and
           modifying the divisions within the applicable departments;
           providing for publications and providing for effective date.
           (Mayor Saul N. Ramirez, Jr.)

           Ordinance Introduction: City Council

       4.  Authorizing the Interim City Manager to execute a lease with
           Terry E. Priestap for approximately 2,040 square feet
           constituting Building #1328 located at 4015 North Jarvis Avenue.
           1.  Lease term is for one year commencing November 1, 1996 and
               ending October 31, 1997 and may extended for one year ending
               October 31, 1998.  2.  Monthly rent shall be $200.00 and
               will be adjusted annually during the primary term and
               extension term of this lease according to changes in the
               Consumer Price Index.

           Ordinance Introduction: City Council

       5.  Approving and authorizing the execution of a 17' wide utility
           easement for electrical facilities located at the R.G. Barry
           leased premises at the Laredo International Airport to Central
           Power and Light Company and authorizing the Interim City Manager
           to execute all necessary documents of conveyance effectuating
           same.

           Ordinance Introduction: City Council

       6.  Authorizing the Interim City Manager to execute a lease
           agreement with the County of Webb on behalf of the Laredo-Webb
           County Community Action Agency to establish a Head Start Program
           Child Development Center on the properties legally described as
           Lots 5 and 6, Block 113, Eastern Division, located on the 200
           Block of West Kearney Street, in the City of Laredo, Webb
           County, Texas;
           1.  Lease term is for five years commencing January 1, 1997 and
               ending December 31, 2002 and may extended for one five year
               term ending December 31, 2007.
           2.  Yearly rent shall be $1.00, providing for an effective date.

           Ordinance Introduction: City Council

   VI.  FINAL READINGS

          Motion to waive the final reading of ordinances #96-O-220,
          #96-O-221, #96-O-222, #96-O-223, #96-O-224, #96-O-225,
          #96-O-226, #96-O-227, #96-O-228, and #96-O-229.

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

       7. 96-O-220  Ordinance amending Ordinance 90-O-130 dated August 20,
                    1990, by correcting the square footage from 232 square
                    feet to 240 square feet of the closure of a certain
                    section of Garza Street, between San Eduardo and San
                    Francisco Avenue abutting Lot 8-A, Block 353, Western
                    Division and correcting the square footage from 233.90
                    square feet to 269.29 square feet for the closure of a
                    certain section of San Eduardo Avenue between Garza and
                    Callaghan Streets also abutting Lot 8-A, Block 353,
                    Western Division, of the City of Laredo, Webb County,
                    Texas; and providing for an effective date.  (Consuelo
                    "Chelo" Montalvo)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance 96-O-220.

                    Moved : Cm. Perez
                    Second: Cw. Montalvo
                    For:  8             Against:  0         Abstain:  0

       8. 96-O-221  Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a
                    lease with U.S. Cellular for a ground and antenna lease
                    at the water tank at the Anzon America location for use
                    as a cellular antenna site.
                    1.  Lease term is for ten (10) years commencing
                        December xx, 1996, and ending December xx, 2006 and
                        may be extended for one (5) year option ending
                        December xx, 2011.
                    2.  Monthly rent shall be $600.00 and will be adjusted
                        annually during the primary term of this lease
                        according to changes in the consumer price index.
                        Providing for effective date.  (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance 96-O-221.

                    Moved : Cm. Perez
                    Second: Cw. Montalvo
                    For:  8             Against:  0         Abstain:  0

       9. 96-O-222  Ordinance authorizing the issuance of a conditional use
                    permit for a flower and gift shop, on lots 7 and 8,
                    Block 601, Eastern Division, located at 1002 and 1008
                    Chihuahua Street providing for publication and
                    effective date.  (Louis H. Bruni)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance 96-O-222.

                    Moved : Cm. Perez
                    Second: Cw. Montalvo
                    For:  8             Against:  0         Abstain:  0

      10. 96-O-223  Ordinance amending the zoning ordinance (Map) of the
                    City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1, 2, and 3, Block 817,
                    Eastern Division, located at 1501 thru 1511 Market
                    Street, from R-O (Residential/ Office District) to B-1
                    (Limited Business District); providing for publication
                    and effective date.  (Alfonso I. "Poncho" Casso)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance 96-O-223.

                    Moved : Cm. Perez
                    Second: Cw. Montalvo
                    For:  8             Against:  0         Abstain:  0

      11. 96-O-224  Ordinance adopting an Annual Budget for fiscal year
                    1997 for Mineral Leases Fund, and amending General Fund
                    budget to reflect changes in the accounting for
                    proceeds from mineral leases revenues. (Cm.  Bruni)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance 96-O-224.

                    Moved : Cm. Perez
                    Second: Cw. Montalvo
                    For:  8             Against:  0         Abstain:  0

      12. 96-O-225  Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1996-1997
                    annual budget by increasing estimated revenues and
                    appropriations in the General Fund by $260,000 for
                    Flood Protection Planning, by transferring appropriated
                    city funds in the amount of $47,500 for the project,
                    and authorizing the City Manager to implement said
                    budget providing for publication and effective date.
                    (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance 96-O-225.

                    Moved : Cm. Perez
                    Second: Cw. Montalvo
                    For:  8             Against:  0         Abstain:  0

      13. 96-O-226  Ordinance approving an amendment to the contract with
                    the Texas Department of Health and budget in the amount
                    of $6,700 in supplies for the City of Laredo Health
                    Department, Laboratory Services Division, for the
                    period beginning September 1, 1996, August 31, 1997.
                    (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance 96-O-226.

                    Moved : Cm. Perez
                    Second: Cw. Montalvo
                    For:  8             Against:  0         Abstain:  0

      14. 96-O-227  Ordinance approving an amendment to the budget in the
                    amount of $28,778 for the Chronic Disease Prevention
                    Program, Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Project, of
                    the City of Laredo Health Department for the period
                    beginning July 1, 1995, through June 30, 1996; and
                    increase revenue line item 226-0000-323-4055 from
                    $43,630 to $72,408 and expenditure line item 226-6019
                    from $43,630 to $72,408. (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance 96-O-227.

                    Moved : Cm. Perez
                    Second: Cw. Montalvo
                    For:  8             Against:  0         Abstain:  0

      15. 96-O-228  Ordinance approving an amendment to the contract with
                    the Texas Department of Health and Budget in the amount
                    of $142,492 for the neural tube defect project of the
                    City of Laredo Health Department for the period
                    beginning October 1, 1996, through September 30, 1997;
                    and increasing revenue line item no. 226-0000-323-4053
                    from $0 to $142,492, and increasing expenditure line
                    item no. 226-6052 from $0 to $142,492.  (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance 96-O-228.

                    Moved : Cm. Perez
                    Second: Cw. Montalvo
                    For:  8             Against:  0         Abstain:  0

      16. 96-O-229  Ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 1996-97 Annual
                    Budget of the West Martin Field Fund to reflect the
                    projected revenues and expenses required to execute a
                    contract with the Nuevo Laredo Tecolotes baseball team
                    to play 20 games at West Martin Field during the 1997
                    Mexican League baseball season.  Projected revenues are
                    $193,090 and projected expenses are $187,614.
                    (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance 96-O-229.

                    Moved : Cm. Perez
                    Second: Cw. Montalvo
                    For:  8             Against:  0         Abstain:  0

 VII.  RESOLUTIONS

      17. 96-R-142  Appointing the nominee of the Mayor and City Council
                    members to an Ad Hoc Noise Committee.  City Council
                    directed staff to develop this resolution and the
                    Interim Police Chief will be the lead staff person
                    assigned to this committee.

                    Motion confirming the appointment of Gilbert Garcia as
                    the nominee of Cm. Bruni.

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

      18. 96-R-150  Appointing the nominee of the Mayor and City Council
                    members to an Ad Hoc Ordinance Review Committee. City
                    Council directed staff to develop this resolution.

                    Motion confirming the appointment of Alfonso Ornelas as
                    the nominee of Cm. Perez.

                    Moved : Cm. Alvarado
                    Second: Cw. Montalvo
                    For:  8             Against:  0         Abstain:  0

      19. 96-R-156  Declaring the Public Necessity to acquire thirty-two
                    parcels of land as utility easements for the Chacon
                    Creek Interceptor Project and authorizing the City
                    Attorney to institute condemnation proceedings to
                    acquire those parcels that staff is unable to acquire
                    through negotiations due to conflicts of ownership,
                    owner refusal to sell, and/or inability to locate a
                    listed owner; said parcels being situated in Webb
                    County, Texas, and being more particularly described
                    as:

          Parcel 1 - Being the surface only of 1.01 acres of land, more or
          less, in Webb County, Texas, being out of a certain 119.3 acres
          of land, more or less, in Survey No. 2149, Abstract No.  594,
          Certificate No.  1526, Original Grantee R.  H. Rains, and Porcion
          No. 36, Abstract No. 473, Original Grantee Laureano Salinas; also
          being out of a 119.3 acre tract as described in a deed from
          Francis J. Richter and Wife, Majorie C. Richter, to Francis
          Richter Farm Partners, recorded in Vol. 1, pp. 243-245, Webb
          County, Real Property Records, Webb County, Texas.

          Parcel 2 - Being the surface only of 2.08 acres of land, more or
          less, in Webb County, Texas, being out of 226.522 acres, more or
          less, in Webb County, Texas, out of Jose M.  Diaz Porcion 35,
          Abstract No. 546, to the extent of 144.722 acres, and out of R.
          H. Rains Survey No. 2149, Abstract No.  594, to the extent of
          81.8 acres; also being out of a 226.522 acre tract as described
          in a deed from Paul Garza, Jr. & J. C.  Trevino, Jr. to Paul
          Garza Jr., & J. C. Trevino Jr., recorded in Vol.  1338, pp. 533-
          536, Webb County Deed Records, Webb County Texas.

          Parcel 3 - Being the surface only of 0.09 of an acre of land,
          more or less, in Webb County, Texas, out of Jose Miguel Diaz
          Porcion 35; also being out of a 1.55 acre tract of land as
          described in a deed from Helen Richter Watson, Horace E.  Watson,
          Julia S. Watson, Horace E. Watson, III, Jonathan E.  Watson,
          Julia Fondren Watson, Julia Watson Jones, James Kenton Jones,
          Jr., Julia Elizabeth Jones and Margaret Helen Jones to Dolly R.
          Investment Properties, recorded in Vol.  1027, pp. 538-540 Webb
          County Real Property Records, Webb County, Texas.

          Parcel 4 - Being the surface only of 0.47 of an acre tract of
          land, more or less, in Webb County Texas, being out of 43.6 acres
          of land out of the west part of Porcion 35, Original Grantee Jose
          A. Miguel Diaz, also being a tract of land as described in a deed
          from Maria Merriweather Lafon and husband L. A. Lafon to Louis A.
          Lafon, Jr., Diana M. Lafon and Josefine M. Lafon, recorded in
          Vol. 351, pp. 84-86, Webb County Texas.

          Parcel 5 - Being the Surface only of a tract of land containing
          0.24 of an acre more or less, in Webb County, Texas, being out of
          a 4.52 acre tract of land as described in a deed from Palmito
          Estates Inc. to Martha Cadena McDonald, recorded in Vol. 136, pp.
          546-548, Webb County Deed Records, Webb County, Texas.

          Parcel 6 - Part 1 - Being the surface only of a 0.082 of an acre
          of land, more or less, in Webb County, Texas, being out of a
          60.91 acre tract of land as described in deed from Sister Maria
          De La Paz Ubach to the Congregation of the Servants of the Sacred
          Heart of Jesus and of the Poor, recorded in Vol. 509, pp. 806-
          811, Webb County Real Property Records, Webb County, Texas.

          Parcel 6 - Part 2 - Being the surface only of a tract of land
          containing 0.152 of an acre, more or less, in Webb County, Texas,
          being out of a 60.91 acre tract of land as described in deed from
          Sister Maria De La Paz Ubach to the Congregation of the Servants
          of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Poor, recorded in Vol. 509,
          pp. 806-811, Webb County Real Property Records, Webb County,
          Texas.

          Parcel 6 - Part 3 - Being the surface only of a tract of land
          containing 0.203 of an acre of land, more or less, described in a
          deed from Sister Maria De La Paz Ubach to the Congregation of the
          Servants of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and

          the Poor, recorded in Vol. 509, pp. 806-811, Webb County Real
          Property Records, Webb County, Texas.

          Parcel 7 - Part 1 - Being the surface only of 0.71 acres of land,
          more or less, in Webb County, Texas, being out of Block number
          1047, Eastern Division of the City of Laredo and approximately
          two blocks of land on the west boundary of the Mary M. Furrh
          property as described in a deed from John DeWitt Furrh, Jr. to
          Mary M. Furrh, recorded in Vol.  133, pp. 518-519, Webb County
          Deed Records, Webb County, Texas.

          Parcel 7 - Part 2 - Being the surface only of 0.02 of an acre of
          land, more or less, in Webb County, Texas being out of a strip of
          land lying to the north of Tinaja Street 44.3 feet wide of the
          west end and 8.8 feet wide of the east end as described in a deed
          from John DeWitt Furrh, Jr. to Mary M.  Furrh, recorded in Vol.
          133, pp. 518-519, Webb County Deed Records, Webb County, Texas.

          Parcel 8 - Being the surface only of 0.95 acres of land, more or
          less, in Webb County, Texas, being out of the H.  Garcia Grant,
          Eastern Division of the City of Laredo as described in a deed
          from Daniel H. Withoff and wife Teresa Withoff, et al, to Marcel
          C. Notzon and wife Nora Lee Notzon, and Mrs. Maria Luisa Ostos
          Haynes, recorded in Vol. 397, pp. 333-340, Webb County Deed
          Records, Webb County, Texas.

          Parcel 9 - Part 1 - Being the surface only of 0.19 of an acre of
          land, more or less, in Webb County, Texas, being out of Lot
          numbers 2, 3, 6, and 7, Block number 2089, Eastern Division of
          the City of Laredo described in a deed from Adelaida R. Hein to
          Jorge O. Gutierrez and Gabriel A.  Palacios, recorded in Vol.
          112, pp. 860-862, Webb County Real Property Records, Webb County,
          Texas.

          Parcel 9 - Part 2 - Being the surface only of 0.19 of an acre of
          land, more or less, in Webb County, Texas, being out of Block
          number 2090, Eastern Division of the City of Laredo as described
          in a deed from Adelaida R. Hein to Jorge O.  Gutierrez and
          Gabriel A. Palacios, recorded in Vol. 112, pp.  860-862, Webb
          County Real Property Records, Webb County, Texas.

          Parcel 9 - Part 3 - Being the surface only of 0.16 of an acre of
          land, more or less, in Webb County, Texas, being out of Block
          number 2091, Eastern Division of the City of Laredo as described
          in a deed from Adelaida R. Hein to Jorge O.  Gutierrez and
          Gabriel A. Palacios, recorded in Vol. 112, pp.  860-862, Webb
          County Real Property Records, Webb County, Texas.

          Parcel 10 - Being the surface only of a 0.08 of an acre of land,
          more or less in Webb County, Texas, being out of the south one
          hundred feet (S 100') of Lots One and Five of Block 2107-A,
          Eastern Division of the City of Laredo as described from Octavio
          Guajardo and wife, Rosa Elena Guajardo to Benito Gonzalez and
          Guadalupe Cimiano, recorded in Vol. 1504, pp 704-706, Webb County
          Real Property Records, Webb County, Texas.

          Parcel 11 - Being the surface only of 0.07 of an acre of land,
          more or less, in Webb County, Texas, being out of Block number
          2167, Eastern Division, of the City of Laredo as described in a
          deed from Sinesio Martinez and wife, Maria Montalvo Martinez to
          Jesus Javier Martinez, Hector Felipe Martinez, and George Ricardo
          Martinez, recorded in Vol. 513,
          pp. 766-768, Webb County Real Property Records, Webb County,
          Texas.

          Parcel 12 - Being the surface only of 0.02 of an acre of land,
          more or less, in Webb County, Texas, being out of Block 2126,
          Eastern Division, of the City of Laredo as described in a deed
          from M-G Investments to Gonzalez Land and Cattle Company,
          recorded in Vol. 685, pp. 382, Webb County Real Property Records,
          Webb County, Texas.

          Parcel 13 - Being the surface only of 0.033 of an acre of land,
          more or less, in Webb County, Texas being out of Lot number 1 of
          Block number 1779, Eastern Division of the City of Laredo as
          described in a replat recorded in File Number 257294; dated
          August 10, 1979, Webb County Real Property Records, Webb County,
          Texas.

          Parcel 14 - Being the surface only of 0.033 of an acre of land,
          more or less, in Webb County, Texas, being out of Lot number 2 of
          Block number 1779, Eastern Division of the City of Laredo as
          described in a replat by Roberto Gonzalez, recorded in File
          Number 257294; dated August 10, 1979, Webb County Real Property
          Records, Webb County, Texas.

          Parcel 15 - Being the surface only of 0.033 of an acre of land,
          more or less, in Webb County, Texas, being out of Lot Number 3 of
          Block 1779, Eastern Division of the City of Laredo as described
          in a replat by Roberto Gonzalez, recorded in File Number 257294;
          dated August 10, 1979, Webb County Real Property Records, Webb
          County, Texas.

          Parcel 16 - Being the surface only of 0.033 of an acre of land,
          more or less, in Webb County, Texas, being out of Lot number 4 of
          Block number 1779, Eastern Division of the City of Laredo as
          described in a replat by Roberto Gonzalez, recorded in File
          Number 257294; dated August 10, 1979, Webb County Real Property
          Records, Webb County, Texas.

          Parcel 17 - Being the surface only of 0.027 of an acre of land,
          more or less, in Webb County, Texas, being out of Lot number 5 of
          Block number 1779, Eastern Division of the City of Laredo as
          described in a replat by Roberto Gonzalez, recorded in File
          Number 257294; dated August 10, 1979, Webb County Real Property
          Records, Webb County, Texas.

          Parcel 18 - Being the surface only of 0.012 of an acre of land,
          more or less, in Webb County, Texas, being out of Lot Number 6,
          Block Number 1779, Eastern Division of the City of Laredo as
          described in a replat by Roberto Gonzalez, recorded in File
          Number 257294, dated August 10, 1979, Webb County Real Property
          Records, Webb County, Texas.

          Parcel 19 - Being the surface only of 0.12 of an acre of land,
          more or less, in Webb County, Texas, being out of Block number
          2154, Lots 5,6,7,8 Eastern Division of the City of Laredo as
          described in an Oil, Gas, and Mineral Lease from Guillermo
          Cavazos and wife Maria Luisa Longoria de Cavazos, to South Texas
          Exploration Company, recorded in
          Vol. 470, pp. 335-338, Webb County Deed Records, Webb County,
          Texas.

          Parcel 20 - Being the surface only of 0.28 acres of land, more or
          less, in Webb County, Texas, being out of a 20 acre tract of land
          as described in a deed from A. H. Bruni, J. C.  Martin and John
          A.  Valls, as independent executors of the Estates of A. M. Bruni
          and Consolacion H. Bruni to Eloy B.
          Moreno, recorded in Vol. 158, pp. 362, Webb County Deed Records,
          Webb County, Texas.

          Parcel 21 - Being the surface only of 1.04 acres of land, more or
          less, in Webb County, Texas, being out of an 88.5135 acre tract
          of land as described in a deed from J. C. Martin, Jr. and J. C.
          Martin, III to Cheyenne Development Partnership, recorded in Vol.
          160, pp. 468-480, Webb County Real Property Records, Webb County,
          Texas.

          Parcel 22 - Being the surface only of 1.51 acres of land more or
          less, in Webb County, Texas, being out of Porcion 30, Jose F. C.
          Moreno, Original Grantee; also being out of a 17.72 acre tract of
          land known as Share No. 2 of the Moreno Partition as per plat
          recorded in Vol. 1, pp. 81 of the Plat Records of Webb County,
          Texas, also described in a deed from
          Concepcion B. Moreno, et al, to Eloy B. Moreno, recorded in Vol.
          88, pp. 609-610, Webb County Deed Records, Webb County, Texas.

          Parcel 23 - Being the surface only of 2.18 acres of land, more or
          less, in Webb County, Texas, being out of a 354.72 acre tract (K-
          5) as described in a deed from Killam & Hurd LTD. to Killam Oil
          Company, recorded in Vol. 684, pp. 459-468, Webb County Deed
          Records, Webb County, Texas.

          Parcel 24 - Being the surface only of 0.67 acres of land, more or
          less, in Webb County, Texas, being out of Porciones 28 and 29;
          also being out of a 35 acre tract as described in a deed from
          Alejandro E.  Villarreal, Jr. and wife, Frances A. Villarreal to
          Keith Asmussen and wife, Marilyn Asmussen, recorded in Vol. 437,
          pp. 44-46, Webb County Real Property
          Records. Webb County, Texas.

          Parcel 25 - Being the surface only of 1.81 acres of land, more or
          less, in Webb County, Texas, being out of a 162.125 acre tract
          (K-2) as described in a deed from Killam & Hurd LTD. to Killam
          Oil Company, recorded in Vol. 684, pp. 459-468, Webb County Deed
          Records, Webb County, Texas.

          Parcel 26 - Being the surface only of 0.03 of an acre of land,
          more or less, in Webb County, Texas, being out of Lot number 6,
          Block number 2102, Eastern Division of the City of Laredo as
          described in a deed from Andrea R. Davila and husband Francisco
          Salvador Davila to Belia Holguin, recorded in Vol. 1056, pp. 179-
          181, Webb County Deed Records, Webb County, Texas.

          Parcel 27 - Being the surface only of 0.07 of an acre of land,
          more or less, in Webb County, Texas, being out of Lot number 5,
          Block number 2102, Eastern Division of the City of Laredo as
          described in a deed from Andrea R. Davila and husband Francisco
          Salvador Davila to Maria Guadalupe Rodriguez, recorded in Vol.
          1056, pp. 182-184, Webb County Deed Records, Webb County, Texas.

          Parcel 28 - Part 1 - Being the surface only of 0.08 of an acre of
          land, more or less, in Webb County, Texas, being out of Lot
          numbers 1, 7, and 8, Block number 2172-A, Eastern Division of the
          City of Laredo as described in a deed from Vincent A. Schorsch,
          recorded in Vol. 1516, pp. 374, Webb County Deed Records, Webb
          County, Texas.

          Parcel 28 - Part 2 - Being the surface only of 0.05 of an acre of
          land, more or less, in Webb County, Texas, being out of Block
          number 2172 A, Eastern Division of the City of Laredo as
          described in a deed from Vincent A. Schorsch, recorded in Vol.
          1516, pp. 374, Webb County, Texas.

          Parcel 29 - Being the surface only of 0.05 of an acre of land,
          more or less, in Webb County, Texas, being out of Lot numbers 6
          and 7, Block number 1480, Eastern Division of the City of Laredo
          as described in a deed from Maria R. Vergara to Carlos J.
          Vergara, recorded in Vol. 158, pp. 81, Webb County Deed Records,
          Webb County, Texas.

          Parcel 30 - Part 1 - Being the surface only of 0.19 of an acre of
          land, more or less, in Webb County, Texas, being out of Lot
          numbers 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8, Block number 1778, Eastern Division of
          the City of Laredo as described in a deed from E.  J. Dryden to
          Laredo Optimist Club, Inc., recorded in Vol.  254, pp. 296-297,
          Webb County Deed Records, Webb County, Texas.

          Parcel 30 - Part 2 - Being the surface only of 0.08 of an acre of
          land, more or less, in Webb County, Texas, being out of Block
          number 1873, Eastern Division of the City of Laredo as described
          in a deed from E. J. Dryden to Laredo Optimist Club, Inc.,
          recorded in Vol. 262, pp. 143-144, Webb County Deed Records, Webb
          County, Texas.

          Parcel 30 - Part 3 - Being the surface only of 0.18 of an acre of
          land, more or less, in Webb County, Texas, being out of Block
          number 2159, Eastern Division of the City of Laredo as described
          in a deed from E. J. Dryden to Laredo Optimist Club, Inc.,
          recorded in Vol. 262, pp. 143-144, Webb County Deed Records, Webb
          County, Texas.

          Parcel 31 - Being the surface only of 1.12 acres of land, more or
          less, in Webb County, Texas, being out of 190.9 acres of land,
          consisting of 43.1 acres of land out of Porcion 32 and 147.8
          acres of land out of Porcion 31; also being out of a 190.9 acre
          tract of land as described in a deed from A.  H.  Bruni, J. C.
          Martin and John A. Valls to Filomeno Garcia and Guadalupe
          Martinez de Garcia, recorded in Vol. 166, pp. 11-12, Webb County
          Deed Records, Webb County, Texas.

          Parcel 32 - Being the surface only of 0.44 of an acre of land,
          more or less, in Webb County, Texas, being out of a 15.1 acre
          tract of land known as Share No. 1 of the Moreno Partition out of
          Porciones 30 and 31 as per plat recorded in Vol. 1, pp. 81 of the
          Plat Records of Webb County, Texas.

          Motion to adopt Resolution 96-R-156.

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

      20. 96-R-157  Authorizing the Interim City Manager to accept a grant
                    from the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission
                    in the amount of $250,000.00, with the city designating
                    $166,666.67, in matching funds and/or in-kind services
                    for a total of $416,666.67, to implement the Ecology
                    Demonstration Showcase at the father Charles McNaboe
                    Recreational Complex for the period from November 1,
                    1996, through December 31, 1998, and authorizing the
                    Interim City manager to execute all documents related
                    thereto.

                    Motion adopting Resolution 96-R-157.

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

      21. 96-R-158  Authorizing the Interim City Manager to accept a grant
                    from the Texas Department of Health in the amount of
                    $192,828.00, for the Tuberculosis Prevention/Control
                    Projects of the City of Laredo Health Department for
                    the period beginning January 1, 1997, through December
                    31, 1997; and authorizing the Interim City Manager to
                    execute said contract.

                    Motion adopting Resolution 96-R-158.

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

      22. 96-R-159  Authorizing the Interim City Manager to accept a
                    supplemental grant from the U.S. Department of Justice
                    in the amount of $750,000.00, with the City designating
                    $407,658.00, in matching funds for a total of
                    $1,157,658.00, for a three year funding of the
                    "Universal Hiring" Program beginning May 1, 1996
                    through April 30, 1999. This is a grant established by
                    the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services
                    (COPS) within the U.S.  Department of Justice to hire
                    additional sworn law enforcement officers. The City
                    will be able to hire ten additional officers under this
                    program.

                    Motion adopting Resolution 96-R-159.

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

      23. 96-R-160  Authorizing the Interim City Manager to accept a grant
                    from the Texas Department of Transportation in the
                    amount of $10,000.00, with the City designating
                    $10,000.00, in matching funds for a total of
                    $20,000.00, for funding of the City's Safety Belt
                    Enforcement Program for the period of October 1, 1996,
                    through September 30, 1997. This program is in its
                    sixth year of funding and pays for overtime salaries to
                    police officers to enforce the Safety Belt Law.

                    Motion adopting Resolution 96-R-160.

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

      24. 96-R-161  Authorizing the Interim City Manager to accept a grant
                    from the Texas Department of Transportation in the
                    amount of $22,500.00, with the City designating
                    $7,500.00, in matching funds for a total of $30,000.00,
                    for funding of the City's Speeding/Selective Traffic
                    Enforcement Program for the period of October 1, 1996,
                    through September 30, 1997. This program is in its
                    third year of funding and pays for overtime salaries to
                    police officers to enforce the Speeding Law.

                    Motion adopting Resolution 96-R-161.

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

      25. 96-R-162  Directing publication of notice of intention to issue
                    City of Laredo, Texas combination tax and revenue
                    certificates of obligation, series 1997-B, in the
                    principal amount of $3,665,000 for the purpose of
                    paying all or a portion of the City's Contractual
                    obligations for the acquisition of fire trucks and
                    related equipment; acquisition of library equipment and
                    construction of improvements at New Main Library;
                    purchase and acquisition of material recycling facility
                    from Southern Sanitation Services, Inc; and for paying
                    legal, fiscal, architectural, and engineering fees in
                    connection with such projects.  The projects are as
                    follows: Fire Department equipment consisting of one
                    aerial truck and two pumpers at $1.1 million, Library
                    equipment and underground utilities construction at
                    $1.5 million, acquisition of Municipal Recycling
                    facility (MRF) at $900,000.00, and contingency and bond
                    related costs at $165,000.00.

                    Motion adopting Resolution 96-R-162.

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

      26. 96-R-163  Directing publication of notice of intention to issue
                    City of Laredo, Texas combination tax and waterworks
                    system revenue certificates of obligation, series 1997-
                    A, in the principal amount of $2,860,000, for the
                    purpose of paying all or a portion of the City's
                    contractual obligations for improvements and extensions
                    to the City's Waterworks System and for paying legal,
                    fiscal, and engineering fees in connection with this
                    project.  The projects are as follows:
                    High Service Pump Station at the Jefferson Water
                    Treatment Plant at $1.5 million, Information Collection
                    Rule (ICR), an EPA mandated water quality monitoring
                    program at $400,000.00, Extension of a water line to
                    the Fire Training Facility proposed to be constructed
                    on Highway 359 (2 miles) at $800,000.00, and bond
                    issuance contingencies and related costs at
                    $160,000.00.

                    Motion adopting Resolution 96-R-163.

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

VIII.  MOTIONS

      27. Authorizing the Interim City Manager to submit a grant to the
          Office of National Drug Control Policy in the amount of
          $356,085.00, for seventh year funding of a multi-agency Financial
          Disruption Task Force for the period beginning January 1, 1997,
          through December 31, 1997. The task force works in concert with
          the Laredo Office of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to
          identify and remove drug related assets. There is no cash match
          required in order to apply for this grant.

          Motion authorizing the Interim City Manager to submit a grant to
          the Office of National Drug Control Policy in the amount of
          $356,085.00, for seventh year funding of a multi-agency Financial
          Disruption Task Force for the period beginning January 1, 1997,
          through December 31, 1997.

          Moved : Cm. Perez
          Second: Cw. Moreno
          For:  8                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0

      28. Authorizing the City of Laredo, Texas, to file an annual
          application for operating assistance with the Department of
          Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, United States of
          America, in the amount of $4,693,787 for fiscal year 1996-97,
          under the Federal Transit Act as codified at 49 U.S.C.  Chapter
          53, as amended, and authorizing the City Manager to execute the
          application and all related documents.

          Motion authorizing the City of Laredo, Texas, to file an annual
          application for operating assistance with the Department of
          Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, United States of
          America, in the amount of $4,693,787 for fiscal year 1996-97,
          under the Federal Transit Act as codified at 49 U.S.C. Chapter
          53, as amended, and authorizing

          the City Manager to execute the application and all related
          documents.

          Moved : Cm. Perez
          Second: Cw. Moreno
          For:  8                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0

      29. Authorizing the Interim City Manager to submit a grant
          application to the Texas Department of Transportation in the
          amount of $37,500.00, with the City designating $12,500.00, in
          matching funds for a total of $50,000.00, for funding of the "El
          Protector" Traffic Safety Education program for the period of
          October 1, 1996, through September 30, 1997. This program will be
          in its third year of funding.

          Motion authorizing the Interim City Manager to submit a grant
          application to the Texas Department of Transportation in the
          amount of $37,500.00, with the City designating $12,500.00, in
          matching funds for a total of $50,000.00, for funding of the "El
          Protector" Traffic Safety Education program for the period of
          October 1, 1996, through September 30, 1997.

          Moved : Cm. Perez
          Second: Cw. Moreno
          For:  8                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0

      30. Authorizing the Interim City Manager to submit an application to
          the Texas Historical Commission for a Texas Recorded Historical
          Subject Marker for Bruni Plaza.

          Motion authorizing the Interim City Manager to submit an
          application to the Texas Historical Commission for a Texas
          Recorded Historical Subject Marker for Bruni Plaza.

          Moved : Cm. Perez
          Second: Cw. Moreno
          For:  8                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0

      31. Authorizing the Interim City Manager to execute a cost sharing
          agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for remedial
          investigation at the Laredo International Airport, formerly the
          Laredo Air Force Base, fire fighting training pits.  The City's
          Airport Fund's share is $19,000.00 out of an estimated cost of
          $185,000.00 for this project.

          Motion authorizing the Interim City Manager to execute a cost
          sharing agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for
          remedial investigation at the Laredo International Airport,
          formerly the Laredo Air Force Base, fire fighting training pits.

          Moved : Cm. Perez
          Second: Cw. Moreno
          For:  8                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0

      32. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, Sam's Wholesale Club,
          Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $11,098.00, for the purchase of
          folding chairs and folding tables for the four recreation
          centers.  One hundred and fifty chairs and fifty tables will be
          distributed to each center. Funding is available from the Parks
          and Recreation Capital Outlay budget.

          Motion to award a contract to the low bidder, Sam's Wholesale
          Club, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $11,098.00, for the
          purchase of folding chairs and folding tables for the four
          recreation centers.

          Moved : Cm. Perez
          Second: Cw. Moreno
          For:  8                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0

      33. Award of contract to the SOLE BIDDER, Sico North American, Inc.,
          Minneapolis, MN., in the amount of $14,563.00, for the purchase
          of a mobile folding stage deck and related items for use at the
          Laredo Civic Center. Funding is available from the Civic Center's
          Capital Outlay budget.

          Motion to award a contract to the sole bidder, Sico North
          American, Inc., Minneapolis, MN., in the amount of $14,563.00,
          for the purchase of a mobile folding stage deck and related items
          for use at the Laredo Civic Center.

          Moved : Cm. Perez
          Second: Cw. Moreno
          For:  8                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0

      34. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, Newman Signs, Jamestown, N.
          Dakota, in the amount of $22,044.80, for the purchase of 1,850
          traffic signs.  Forty-two different styles will be purchased for
          new and replacement projects.  The bid pricing is approximately
          5% less than the previous sign purchase.

          Motion to award a contract to the low bidder, Newman Signs,
          Jamestown, N. Dakota, in the amount of $22,044.80, for the
          purchase of 1,850 traffic signs.

          Moved : Cm. Perez
          Second: Cw. Moreno
          For:  8                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0

      35. Award of contract to Orange Ford Lincoln Mercury, Orange, Texas
          in the amount of $335,257.00, for the purchase of seventeen,
          replacement police package sedans. Due to the critical need for
          these public safety vehicles, staff is recommending authorization
          to purchase these vehicles from Orange Ford who will deliver
          fifteen vehicles within ten days. The City did receive lower
          bids, however all other vendors require a ninety to one hundred
          and twenty day (3 to 4 months) delivery schedule. All vehicles
          will be assigned to the Police Patrol division.

          Motion to award a contract to Orange Ford Lincoln Mercury,
          Orange, Texas in the amount of $335,257.00, for the purchase of
          seventeen, replacement police package sedans.

          Moved : Cm. Perez
          Second: Cw. Moreno
          For:  8                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0

      36. Approving the scope of work for the International Port of Entry
          Cargo Inspections computer Simulation Model, a project of the
          Laredo Urban Transportation Study. Proposals will be opened on
          January 31, 1997, with a tentative bid award on February 17,
          1997.

          Motion approving the scope of work for the International Port of
          Entry Cargo Inspections computer Simulation Model.

          Moved : Cm. Perez
          Second: Cw. Moreno
          For:  8                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0

      37. Approval of bid specifications and authorization to advertise for
          bids to purchase larger size, vandal proof street name signs to
          be installed in CDBG areas with priority to intersections with
          missing or faded street name signs.  A total of 4,800 street name
          sign blades for 1,200 intersections will be purchased with an
          estimated cost of $48,000.  The installation of these larger
          street name signs facilitates the street identification by
          emergency vehicles.  Bids will be received on January 3, 1997,
          with a tentative bid award on January 20, 1997.

          Motion approving of bid specifications and authorization to
          advertise for bids to purchase larger size, vandal proof street
          name signs to be installed in CDBG areas with priority to
          intersections with missing or faded street name signs.

          Moved : Cm. Perez
          Second: Cm. Alvarado
          For:  7                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0
          (Cm. Casso was not present to vote.)

      38. Approve specifications for accessing an additional water bearing
          formation in the Santa Isabel water well.  The work is intended
          to increase the yield of the existing well. Bids will be received
          on January 7, 1997, with a tentative bid award on January 20,
          1997.

          Motion approving specifications for accessing an additional water
          bearing formation in the Santa Isabel water well.

          Moved : Cm. Perez
          Second: Cm. Alvarado
          For:  7                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0
          (Cm. Casso was not present to vote)

      39. Approval of bid specifications and authorization to advertise for
          bids for the purchase of eighteen school warning beacons for the
          Laredo Independent School District and the United Independent
          School District. Ten school flashers are being proposed for the
          L.I.S.D., six for U.I.S.D. and two additional for any new
          requests. The cost for each flasher should not exceed $750.00.
          Bids will be received on January 3, 1997, with a tentative bid
          award on January 20, 1997.

          Motion approving bid specifications and authorization to
          advertise for bids for the purchase of eighteen school warning
          beacons for the Laredo Independent School District and the United
          Independent School District.

          Moved : Cm. Perez
          Second: Cm. Alvarado
          For:  5                       Against:  0         Abstain:  2
          (Cm. Casso was not present to vote)               Cm. Perez
                                                            Cw. Moreno

      40. Approval of bid specifications and authorization to advertise for
          bids on traffic signal poles and traffic controller cabinets for
          traffic signal projects. This equipment will be utilized for the
          installation of traffic signal lights at Guadalupe/Monterrey,
          Chihuahua/McPherson, Monterrey/Lyon, Taylor/McPherson, and
          Washington/Main.  The total cost for each intersection shall not
          exceed $45,000.00.  Bids will be received on January 3, 1997,
          with a tentative bid award for January 20, 1997.

          Motion approving bid specifications and authorization to
          advertise for bids on traffic signal poles and traffic controller
          cabinets for traffic signal projects.

          Moved : Cm. Perez
          Second: Cm. Alvarado
          For:  7                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0

      41. Approval of the construction plans and authorization to advertise
          for bids for sidewalks, storm drainage, and curb and gutter
          improvements on Calton Road, Maher Avenue and Thomas Avenue (3
          streets) around the New Laredo Police Station with tentative
          award on January 20, 1997.  Funding is available in the Capital
          Improvement Fund/Police.

          Motion approving the construction plans and authorization to
          advertise for bids for sidewalks, storm drainage, and curb and
          gutter improvements on Calton Road, Maher Avenue and

          Thomas Avenue (3 streets) around the New Laredo Police Station.

          Moved : Cm. Perez
          Second: Cm. Alvarado
          For:  7                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0

      42. Award of an engineering contract to G.G. Salinas Engineering
          Company, Laredo, Texas, to provide surveys, design and the
          preparation of plans and specifications for an amount not to
          exceed $35,000.00 for the City of Laredo and the Laredo
          Independent School District (LISD) Sidewalk Program. Funding is
          available in Capital Improvement Fund/School Sidewalks and in the
          Community Development 20th Action Year.

          Motion awarding of an engineering contract to G.G. Salinas
          Engineering Company, Laredo, Texas, to provide surveys, design
          and the preparation of plans and specifications for an amount not
          to exceed $35,000.00 for the City of Laredo and the Laredo
          Independent School District (LISD) Sidewalk Program.

          Moved : Cm. Perez
          Second: Cm. Alvarado
          For:  5                       Against:  0         Abstain:  2
          (Cm. Casso not present to vote)                   Cm. Perez
                                                            Cw. Moreno

      43. Award of an Professional Services Contract to Trinity Testing
          Laboratories, Inc., for an amount not to exceed $19,670.00 for
          quality control testing during the construction of Street
          Improvements Project 59 which will include Subgrade and Fill for
          Pavement, Asphalt Stabilized Base, Asphalt Surface Course, and
          Concrete Testing.  Funding is available in the Street Fund -
          Testing Fees account.

          Motion awarding Professional Services Contract to Trinity Testing
          Laboratories, Inc., for an amount not to exceed $19,670.00 for
          quality control testing.

          Moved : Cm. Perez
          Second: Cm. Alvarado
          For:  7                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0

      44. Award of an Architectural/Engineering contract to Zuniga
          Engineering Company, Laredo, Texas, to design and prepare plans
          and specifications for an amount not to exceed $12,000.00 for a
          New Air Conditioning System and its accompanying Roof Structural
          Support for the Bridge Administration Building located at the
          Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge No. 2. Funding is available
          in Bridge Fund/Construction Project Bridge Improvements.

          Motion awarding Architectural/Engineering contract to Zuniga
          Engineering Company, Laredo, Texas, to design and prepare plans
          and specifications for an amount not to exceed $12,000.00 for a
          New Air Conditioning System and its accompanying Roof Structural
          Support for the Bridge Administration Building located at the
          Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge No. 2.

          Moved : Cm. Perez
          Second: Cm. Alvarado
          For:  7                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0

      45. Award of a professional consulting services contract for an
          amount not to exceed $42,087.00, to Naismith Engineering, Inc.,
          Laredo and Corpus Christi, Texas, to conduct risk based
          assessments of Underground Storage Tank sites, in compliance with
          Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) RG-17
          rules and regulations, at 4200 Bartlett (LPST ID No.  101133) and
          518 Flightline site 6, (LPST ID No. 101536) and to complete the
          necessary paperwork for TNRCC reimbursement.

          Motion awarding professional consulting services contract for an
          amount not to exceed $42,087.00, to Naismith Engineering, Inc.,
          Laredo and Corpus Christi, Texas, to conduct risk based
          assessments of Underground Storage Tank sites.

          Moved : Cm. Perez
          Second: Cm. Alvarado
          For:  7                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0

      46. Acceptance of the Lift Stations and Related Improvements Project
          in South Laredo and approval of final payment in the amount of
          $49,480.93 to Lambda Construction Company, Harlingen, Texas.
          Final construction contract amount is $591,568.50.  Funding is
          available in Sewer System Fund.

          Motion accepting of the Lift Stations and Related Improvements
          Project in South Laredo and approval of final payment in the
          amount of $49,480.93 to Lambda Construction Company, Harlingen,
          Texas.

          Moved : Cm. Perez
          Second: Cm. Alvarado
          For:  7                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0

      47. Approval of change order no. 2, a decrease of $1,348.00 for the
          balance of quantities actually constructed in place, and to
          extend the contract time by 47 days due to inclement weather,
          utility conflicts, and materials delays, acceptance of the Four
          Neighborhood Recreational Centers, and approval of final payment
          in the amount of $139,926.32 to Sedona Contracting, Inc., San
          Antonio, Texas.  Final construction contract amount is
          $2,726,296.00.  Funding is available in the Recreation Centers
          Capital Outlay account.

          Motion approving change order no. 2, a decrease of $1,348.00 for
          the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, and to
          extend the contract time by 47 days due to inclement weather,
          utility conflicts, and materials delays, acceptance of the Four
          Neighborhood Recreational Centers, and approval of final payment
          in the amount of $139,926.32 to Sedona Contracting, Inc., San
          Antonio, Texas.

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

      48. Approval of amendment no. 2, an increase of $6,400.00 to the
          engineering contract with Camp, Dresser & McKee, Inc., Austin,
          Texas, for the New High Services Pump Station and Clearwell at
          the Jefferson Street Upper Water Treatment Plant to provide the
          Construction Phase Services for the Repairs to the North Lyon
          Water Storage Tank located at the intersection of Lyon Avenue and
          Meadow Street. These services were not anticipated, however, due
          to the technical nature of the work, staff recommends that the
          design engineering firm oversee the construction phase of this
          work.  Current a/e contract amount is $281,300.00.  Funding is
          available in Waterworks Systems Fund.

          Motion approving amendment no. 2, an increase of $6,400.00 to the
          engineering contract with Camp, Dresser & McKee, Inc., Austin,
          Texas, for the New High Services Pump Station and Clearwell at
          the Jefferson Street Upper Water Treatment Plant to provide the
          Construction Phase Services for the Repairs to the North Lyon
          Water Storage Tank located at the intersection of Lyon Avenue and
          Meadow Street.

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

      49. Approval of change order no. 1, an increase of $68,119.51 to the
          construction contract with Ramex Construction Company, Inc.,
          Houston, Texas, for steel casings due to water encountered during
          the excavation of the foundation piers as allowed per contract,
          and to add 20 calendar days to the contract time, installation of
          voice/data system, and miscellaneous electrical changes/additions
          to the City of Laredo New Main Library.  New construction
          contract amount is therefore $5,701,119.51.  Funding is available
          Capital Outlay/Building.

          Motion approving change order no. 1, an increase of $68,119.51 to
          the construction contract with Ramex Construction Company, Inc.,
          Houston, Texas, for steel casings due to water encountered during
          the excavation of the foundation piers as allowed per contract,
          and to add 20 calendar days to the contract time, installation of
          voice/data system, and miscellaneous electrical changes/additions
          to the City of Laredo New Main Library.

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

      50. Approval of amendment no. 1, an increase of $40,040.00 for
          additional inspection services to the Resident Project
          Representative contract with Hickey & Associates, Inc., Laredo,
          Texas for the New Laredo Airport Passenger Terminal in compliance
          with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements. This
          amendment will bring the total contract amount to $231,784.80.
          Funding is available in the Inspection Fees account.

          Motion approving amendment no. 1, an increase of $40,040.00 for
          additional inspection services to the Resident Project
          Representative contract with Hickey & Associates, Inc., Laredo,
          Texas for the New Laredo Airport Passenger Terminal

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

      51. Approving an amendment to the lease by and between Laredo
          Community College District dated August 19, 1986, for the City's
          Public Access Center to include a $12,000.00 annual rental fee.
          Funding is available in the Public Access Reserve Fund.

          Motion approving an amendment to the lease by and between Laredo
          Community College District dated August 19, 1986, for the City's
          Public Access Center to include a $12,000.00 annual rental fee.

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

      52. Approving a contract with Colombia Telecom-munications to conduct
          a telecommunications infrastructure study for the city of Laredo
          in the amount of $26,000.00.

          Motion approving a contract with Colombia Telecom-munications to
          conduct a telecommunications infrastructure study for the city of
          Laredo in the amount of $26,000.00.

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

      53. Authorizing the Interim City Manager to execute a collective
          bargaining agreement between the City of Laredo and the Laredo
          Police Officers' Association (LPOA) thru its President Luis
          Dovalina for the period October 1, 1996 thru September 30, 1999.

          Motion authorizing the Interim City Manager to execute a
          collective bargaining agreement between the City of Laredo and
          the Laredo Police Officers' Association (LPOA) thru its President
          Luis Dovalina for the period April 1, 1996 thru September 30,
          1999.

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

          (NOTE:  The motion corrected the date of October 1, 1996 which
           should read April 1, 1996.)

      54. Authorizing the Interim City Manager to amend the City's contract
          with Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas, Inc. for Environmental
          Assessment Services (EA) associated with the Fourth Bridge and
          connecting roadways at an increased cost of $30,889 in order to
          provide for the preparation of a traffic analysis and additional
          points of study as identified necessary at the public meeting of
          September 18, 1996.  Contract price will increase from $68,729
          plus expenses to $99,618 plus expenses.

          Motion authorizing the Interim City Manager to amend the City's
          contract with Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas, Inc. for
          Environmental Assessment Services (EA) associated with the Fourth
          Bridge and connecting roadways at an increased cost of $30,889 in
          order to provide for the preparation of a traffic analysis and
          additional points of study as identified necessary at the public
          meeting of September 18, 1996.

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

  IX.  CITY MANAGER'S REPORT

      55. Authorizing the City Manager to remove parking meters from the
          southside of the 1300 Block of Houston as requested by the
          General Services Administration, Region 7, (Federal Courts).
          These parking meters generate approximately $5,000.00 annually
          but there were concerns to make the federal building a safer
          place for the public and Federal Court staff.

          Motion to approve.

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

      56. Authorizing the City Manager to transfer funds from the Capital
          Improvement Reserve Appropriation account to the Capital
          Improvement line items for $22,600.00. These monies are needed to
          relocate warning flashing beacon equipment from Jacaman Road/Loop
          20 to Casa Verde Road/Loop 20 for $5,000.00, and for trenching at
          Hwy 359 from Aldama to 1.0 mile east on Loop 20 for future street
          lights as widening of Hwy 359 is currently undergoing $8,000.00.
          These two projects are being undertaken so as not to incur
          additional costs once these projects are begun by the Texas
          Department of Transportation. Installation of a flasher at US 59
          and Heritage (Proposed Boy Scouts Camps Entrance) as previously
          approved by City Council for $9,600.00.

          Motion to approve.

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

      57. Authorize the City Manager to proceed with settlement which
          involves the transfer of $200,000 from Risk Reserve Fund 594 to
          conclude settlement of the lawsuit styled Sandra Salinas v. City
          of Laredo.

          Motion to approve.

          Moved : Cm. Valdez
          Second: Cm. Alvarado
          For:  8                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0
 
      58. Authorizing the Interim City Manager to enter into contracts with
          the providers listed below to provide professional health care
          services for amounts not to exceed the indicated amounts to
          clients of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period
          specified below:
                        PROVIDER        TOTAL DATE
          PROGRAM         NAME            AMOUNT      GRANT/TERM

          La Familia  Dr. G. Villarreal  l5,600    9-1-96 thru 8-31-97
          TB ELIM.    Dr. L. Mendoza     18,000   10-1-96 thru 9-30-97

          Motion to approve.

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

      59. Request for Executive Session to discuss the possible settlement
          of pending litigation pursuant to Section 551.071 of the Texas
          Government Code, being City of Laredo vs.  Gateway Centennial
          Development Company Inc., et.al., Cause No. C-91-0143-D2 in 111th
          Judicial District Court of Webb County, Texas.

          Motion go into executive session to discuss the possible
          settlement of pending litigation pursuant to Section 551.071 of
          the Tex. Gov. Code, being the City of Laredo vs. Gateway
          Centennial Development Company Inc.

          Moved : Cm. Bruni
          Second: Cw. Montalvo
          For:  8                      Against:  0         Abstain:  0

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

          Motion to instruct the Legal Staff to proceed with the
          settlement.

          Moved : Cm. Alvarado
          Second: Cw. Montalvo
          For:  8                      Against:  0         Abstain:  0

      60. Discussion and possible action concerning providing fire
          department services to Webb County.

          Motion to discuss this item together with A(1) and #69.

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

      61. Request for Executive Session to discuss litigation relating to
          alleged violations of the Texas Open Meetings Act pursuant to
          Section 551.071 of the Texas Government Code.

          Motion go into executive session to discuss litigation relating
          to alleged violations of the Texas Open Meetings Act pursuant to
          Section 551.071 of the Tex. Gov. Code.

          Moved : Cw. Montalvo
          Second: Cm. Alvarado
          For:  8                      Against:  0         Abstain:  0

          After executive session the Mayor Protem Casso announced that no
          formal action was taken.

   X.  COMMUNICATIONS

       a. Recognizing the City of Laredo 1996 Employee of the Year.

          Ms. Edna Coronado from Administrative Services announced that Mr.
          Jose Esquivel, Senior Mechanic from the Fire Department, had been
          selected as the Employee of the Year for 1996.

       b. Cm. Alvarado publicly thanked Mr. Carnie Guerra and family for
          their campaign in Toys for Tejanitos.

  XI.  CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION AND PRESENTATION

      62. Requests by Mayor and City Councilmembers for discussion and
          presentation.

    A.  Requests by Councilmember Jose R. Perez

       1.  Discussion and possible action concerning continuing fire
           services to Webb County, and to direct staff to continue
           developing the methodology for assessing charges for all parties
           concerned.

           This item was discussed in item #69.

    B.  Requests by Cm. Louis H. Bruni

       1.  Discussion and possible action concerning the results of the
           internal audit conducted at the Fleet Maintenance Division with
           possible Executive Session pursuant to Section 551.074 of the
           Texas Government Code to discuss personnel matters in relation
           to this internal audit.

           Cm. Bruni stated that in January, 1995 he sent a letter to Mr.
           Vargas requesting an audit of the Fleet Maintenance Division,
           the audit was completed in June of 1995.  Recently, a year and a
           half later they got the final
           draft of this internal audit and this report has serious
           accusations and serious problems that he sees.  For instance, in
           the cost and repairs to some of our police cars, when they were
           purchased they spent $11,999.00 and some of our Police
           Department cars have a total investment of over $34,000.00.  He
           said this does not make sense that if you paid $12,000.00 and
           you have $34,000.00 invested in repairs something is wrong.  He
           added there are other vehicles that have repairs in excess of
           50% of the purchase price.  One vehicle had repairs in excess of
           200% of its purchase price.

           The report lists about 15 different vehicles where the fuel tank
           size allows for only 20-gallon capacity, but yet somehow someone
           manage to put 29.8 gallons in it.  He added that vehicle #1291
           has capacity for 25 gallons yet they manage to put 42.2 gallons
           in it.  He said that apparently there is a serious problem on
           how they can get this much gasoline in a gas tank.  He said that
           vehicle #1298 has a 25 gallon gas tank, but they managed to put
           72 gallons in it.

           On November 4, 1994 a vehicle was auctioned, however the
           maintenance records indicate that they have been fixing flat
           tires on it. How do we fix or repair vehicles that we don't own
           anymore?

           On one of the police vehicles, within a year and a half we spent
           $4,485.00 on transmission repairs and we have three different
           transmissions put in.

           Also mechanics spent six hours fixing a siren, why not buy a new
           one and move on.

           He concluded by stating that this report is full of serious
           problems, that it was a waste of taxpayers money and asked staff
           how all these things happened, why it took so long to get this
           report, and what we are going to do to safeguard the taxpayers
           money.

           Florencio Pea, Interim City Manager, stated that he can't
           answer as to why it wasn't provided, anytime prior to July of
           1996 when he came on board.  He added that in the last five
           months they have been looking at this audit and have implemented
           many recommendations, there are still very serious problems, and
           he wants council to consider expanding the audit, the problems
           will be addressed and some changes have already implemented.

           Mayor Ramirez stated that he wants to see the definitive steps
           that have been taken on the part of Mr. Joe Guerra to safeguard
           a lot of these things happening now, and expand the audit to get
           more detail into the audit.  That we proceed to prosecute to the
           full extent of the law because we will not tolerate people
           scheming of any of our operations because it is not conducive to
           good government.  On the third component we should hold our
           comments to generalities and let staff and the internal auditors
           work on the specifics and details and as soon as they are
           prepared to come with us on a thorough report that they do so,
           but whenever they feel they are ready to proceed with filing
           charges at the District Attorney's office, that by consensus at
           this time, they authorize them to proceed in filing those
           charges at the D.A.'s office.

           Cw. Montalvo requested that the Audit Department gives a
           report to council directly instead of the City Manager.

           Mayor Ramirez stated that we should get the reports or whatever
           comes out, when it comes out and that it come to them (Mayor and
           Councilmembers) at the same time.

       2.  Discussion and possible action concerning the possible placement
           of a Terminal Automated Radar Display and Information System
           (TARDIS) at the Laredo International Airport.

           Mr. Bruce Earle stated that we need to update our airport by
           installing the radar installation information system in line for
           future traffic and air commerce.

           Motion to find the funding to implement the Terminal Automated
           Radar Display and Information System for the Laredo
           International Airport.

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

       3.  Discussion and possible action concerning future City Council
           approval of all detention ponds and the status of the ordinance
           requiring the concrete lining of all future detention ponds.

           Motion to table.

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

       4.  Discussion and possible action on the bidding process of the
           City of Laredo.

           Mr. Charles Martens spoke on the bidding process and asked
           council to let the bids be turned in and opened at the same
           time.

           Florencio Pea, Interim City Manager, informed Council and
           Mr. Martens that the changes are in effect now.

       5.  Status report on the Chacon Creek Interceptor Project, with
           possible action.

           Motion to table.

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

       6.  Status report on the Santos Trailer Park, with possible action.

           Motion to table.

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

    C.  Requests by Councilmember Alfonso "Poncho" Casso

       1.  Discussion and possible action regarding the selection of a City
           Manager with possible Executive Session pursuant to Section
           551.074 of the Texas Government Code.

           Mayor Ramirez asked staff to post a Special Meeting for
           January 13th at 5:30 p.m. for discussion and possible action in
           the selection of a City Manager.

    D.  Requests by Councilmember Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

       1.  Discussion and possible action concerning the status of the
           Zamudio Warehouse located on Taylor Street as it relates to
           compliance with City Ordinances and hazardous materials handling
           and storage procedures.

           Cm. Alvarado said there was a spill sometime ago and wants to
           know what corrective action was taken and asked whether they
           were cited.  He added that sometime ago they went before the P&Z
           Commission for a zone change or a special use permit, they made
           some type of agreement with the residents of the area and they
           have not come thru with the agreement.

           Benny Salinas, Building Department Director, stated that the
           location is zoned MS which is a permitted use on that area.  He
           did some research and did not find any special use permit and
           they are registered with the Fire Department for haz-mat.  One
           of the concerns from the residents was that the fence was down
           on Taylor and that has been put up recently.

           Mr. Aldo Tatangelo stated that there was a moratorium issued on
           warehouses, that no warehouses would be built unless they were
           the warehouse district.  Warehouses cannot be permitted on
           neighborhoods and unless strong measures are taken there will
           always be these problems.

           Mike Garza, Acting Fire Chief, reported that in regards to the
           hazardous material permit, this firm is currently in compliance
           with the permit and added that this firm was recently in the
           middle of the controversy due to the fact that there were some
           drums sitting outside in part of the area that had been thought
           to be containing hazardous material or hazardous waste which was
           the center of much discussion between the environmental group
           and other people interested in hazardous materials.  He
           understands that a few months ago the materials were removed
           from the premises and are not there anymore.

       2.  Discussion and possible action concerning the Police
           Department's personnel scheduling, (Gang Unit, Investigators,
           Patrols, Street Level Narcotics Unit) and what they are
           proposing to do for the holidays, with a crime statistics report
           for the last three months for District V.

           Agustin Dovalina, Interim Chief of Police, stated that they will
           be implementing alternative deployment plans to assist in
           patrolling areas where they have experienced or are expected to
           experience a high rate of property crime.  Most residential
           areas are being targeted for an increased level of patrol
           surveillance at peak hours.  To accomplish this, they will be
           modifying existing patrol, detective and special investigative
           units scheduling to take care of this objective.  This includes
           the temporary re-assignment of some gang unit investigators,
           COPS, and narcotics units personnel for ready patrol deployment
           and to concentrate on some of the targeted residential areas.

           They will also be re-scheduling the traffic section officers for
           increased traffic enforcement during peak traffic hours;
           especially during the late evening to early morning hours during
           the holiday season.  Furthermore, since school will be out for
           the next 2-3 weeks, they will also be
           re-scheduling the Student Resource Officer (SRO's) to assist
           increased patrol surveillance objective.  He continued by saying
           that they also have a large contingency of certified bike patrol
           officers which will also be utilized in the deployment plan.

           With the additional traffic enforcement grants including the
           STEP grants, they will have additional police officers on patrol
           as well.

           He concluded by saying that they will utilize every possible
           resource available to ensure that we have the most optimum level
           of police officers out in full force during this season.

       3.  Discussion and possible action concerning the enforcement of
           ordinances after hours (tractor trailers with freezer units
           parking in empty lots in neighborhoods).

           Cm. Valdez stated that after hours some trucks are parked on the
           sidewalks or on the street, but if they are parked on private
           property he does not know how these trailers make it to private
           property inside the neighborhoods that are way off the truck
           routes.  He would like to see somebody on a 24-hour call to
           enforce the ordinance and wants that someone go by Cedar and
           Clark, another location about half block from Roli's Dance Hall.

           Florencio Pea, Interim City Manager, asked that Cm. Valdez give
           them the general location or a general address because code
           enforcement officers can work at night as well, so they can
           program them and spot them at night, they can have code
           enforcement officers on call.  He added there is a staff
           committee and they are looking at ways of amending our existing
           ordinance that deals with tractor trailers in residential areas.
           They will try to get a recommendation to deal more
           comprehensively with that kind of problem.

           Cm. Valdez stated he will give staff a specific addresses.

    E.  Requests by Councilmember Joe A. Guerra

       1.  Discussion and possible action regarding the creation of a
           right-of-way maintenance crew for the Public Works Department to
           maintain double frontage lots.

           This item was discussed together with F(4).

           Joe Guerra, Public Works Director, stated that one of the
           biggest problems that he has is double frontage lots, there are
           over 10 miles of sidewalks that they have to clean, not only the
           sidewalks, but they also have trees along the sidewalks, they
           have palm trees, and he asked Cm. Alvarado if that is what he
           wants, for them to clean all the palm trees, and get out all the
           grass out?   If this is what he wants it will take a lot of time
           and money.

           Cm. Alvarado stated his main concern was to determine whether
           these areas are the city's responsibility to maintain, then if
           we determine that we are responsible for the maintenance then we
           need to address the issue to see how it can be addressed.

           Cm. Guerra stated that it has been established that we are
           responsible, they went out and surveyed the areas, Mr. Pea
           stated that he could find funds to address this problem by
           furnishing more equipment and manpower to Public Works.

           Mayor Ramirez said that in new subdivisions pavement of
           sidewalks is already required, but not in other areas.  He
           suggested that in the areas where pavement of sidewalks is still
           not required and where we don't have them, let's set up a policy
           to go in there, do it and assess them just like we assess for
           paving.  He said that they had talked about

           using environmentally safe chemicals to kill the weeds and we
           haven't been using that.

           Mr. Guerra stated that they have used the chemicals.

           Mayor Ramirez stated that if we took a more aggressive approach
           in killing those weeds with environmentally safe chemicals would
           help a great deal.

           Motion to look into the possibility of maintaining these
           right-of-ways at least on a quarterly basis, at least once every
           three months.

           Moved : Cm. Guerra
           Second: Cm. Alvarado
           For:  6                      Against:  0         Abstain: 0
           (Cm. Bruni and Cm. Casso were not present.)

    F.  Requests by Councilmember Mario Alvarado

       1.  Request for study from traffic department on setting up stop
           signs along Rancho Viejo Road and Bristol Road to slow down the
           speed.

           Motion to instruct staff to provide a traffic study to set up
           stop signs along Rancho Viejo Road and Bristol Road.

           Moved : Cm. Alvarado
           Second: Cw. Montalvo
           For:  8                      Against:  0         Abstain: 0

       2.  Follow up on the request for the legal department concerning
           resolution of union membership, collection, and direct deduction
           of union dues.

           Mayor Ramirez entertained a motion that clearly states that they
           have to bring to the table 150 members and when they
           bring the 150 members they can start deducting the dues.

           Cm. Alvarado stated that it was very clear from the last time
           that they discussed it, what was not clear was the fact that
           there was another union who was presently on board, which is why
           he was asking legal direction because this other union is crying
           fowl play.

           Jerry Cain, Acting City Attorney, stated it is not mandatory
           that the city collect association dues for anybody, however the
           city may under a state statutes.  It says that the city or any
           municipality may collect dues at the request of association
           members and the key words are "of a bonafide employee
           association", so now it's up to council to decide for purposes
           of the City of Laredo what a bonafide employee association is.
           If they can do that by the establishment of some kind of
           numerical or percentage basis, then that's what they need to
           adopt in this policy.

           Motion to allow the unions to come up with 150 dues paying
           members within 6 months or nobody get any deductions.

           Moved : Cm. Alvarado
           Second: Cw. Montalvo
           For:  8                      Against:  0         Abstain: 0

       3.  Request for the Traffic Division to set-up speed limit signs on
           Riverside Road from Calton Road to Mann Road, and a stop sign at
           the intersection of Riverside Road and Mann Road.

           This item had been taken care of by Mr. Landin.

       4.  Discussion with possible action requesting Public Works to
           address maintenance of the sidewalk area on the north side of
           Bristol Road in the Delwood Subdivision.

           This item was discussed with item E(1).

       5.  Request for the Traffic Division to conduct traffic study at the
           intersection of Santa Maria and Industrial Boulevard for the
           possible placement of a traffic signal light.

           Cm. Alvarado wanted to know if a traffic study had been
           conducted at this location.

           Mr. Murillo stated they had initiated a traffic count late last
           year, but basically because of the funding it was not included.

           Motion to instruct staff to conduct a traffic study at the
           intersection of Santa Maria and Industrial Boulevard for the
           possible placement of a traffic signal light.

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

    G.  Requests by Councilmember Consuelo Montalvo

       1.  Presentation by Alejandro Arreguin concerning building permit
           fees.

           Ale Arreguin stated that excessive and illegal permit fees
           was his concern and that after 1992 the fees were increased and
           if the figures are compared between 1992 and 1993 they collected
           $754,000.00 and in 1993 when they raised the figures it jump up
           to $1,897,555.00 which is over 150% increase.  Comparing the
           totals of '93, '94, and '95 the total amount collected in those
           years is $4.4 million, if the case is that 60% profit is made
           they have overcharged the people that get building permits over
           $2.6 million, and this is not counting 1996.  He added that the
           property owners are the ones affected.  He said that the fees
           collected are not equal to the service the city provides and
           added this fees need to be reduced now.

           Benny Salinas, Building Code Director, reported they have been
           reinforcing the standard building code, and in the code there is
           a suggested fee schedule, in the 1991 edition the fees schedule
           almost doubled, some of the fees were excessive, especially the
           plan check fee.  There was an ordinance consequently that was
           brought up to council, and was changed, the maximum plan check
           fee that we now have is $1,500.00 because they felt it was
           excessive, there is an ordinance to that effect putting a
           ceiling on the plan check fee.

           Cm. Alvarado asked if this is comparable to what other
           municipalities are doing as far as the rate structure.

           Mr. Salinas stated that our fees are compatible with other
           municipalities.  He would like to revisit that issue with other
           cities and see how they are doing, get comparisons and see
           whether they are accessible.

           Cm. Guerra wants to know how the city figures the base rate
           structure?

           Mr. Salinas stated that the schedule is based on the
           construction cost and on the amount that the contractor is going
           to be spending.  That doesn't mean that they accept their
           figures completely, they also based themselves on data collected
           on a national construction scale as comparison, plus then they
           compare with their fees schedule which is how they arrive to the
           fees.

       2.  Presentation by Aldo Tatangelo concerning the downtown area.

           Aldo Tatangelo reported on the improvements done to several
           areas in downtown and added that these 20 projects were
           committed by him as Chairman of the Laredo Chamber of Commerce.

           The list included such improvements as:

           1. Removal of brick wall to enable LNB to paint warehouse on
              corner of 800 of Hidalgo.
           2. Painted wall on 1200 block of Convent.
           3. Painted office of Laredo Transportation Company.
           4. Painted building of parking of lot of J.C. Martin - 900 Block
              of Hidalgo.
           5. Painted wall parking lot-City of Laredo on the 900 Block of
              Lincoln.                                            '
           6. Painted fence on 802 Lincoln house.
           7. Painted building on corner Lincoln and San Bernardo.
           8. Painting on Farrias resident, St. Augustine and 800 Block of
              Iturbide.
           9. Painted Auto Shop on 800 Block of Iturbide.
          10. Painted wall on 904 Iturbide.
          11. Painted wall on 914 Block Iturbide.
          12. Painted door and windows of Plaza Theater.
          13. Painted Conoco Station at 1000 Matamoros & Flores.
          14. Painted wall parking lot 1000 Farragut across HEB.
          15. Painted Canopy Restaurant corner street St. Augustine and
              Farragut.
          16. Painted canopy corner 800 Block Farragut and Santa Urusla.
          17. Painted windows and doors Santa Ursula.
          18. Painted carriage house rear on 800 Block of Farragut.
          19. Painted canopy corner of Flores 600 Block of Lincoln.
          20. Painted wall of building Richter and old LNB, Aldo Tatangelo
              Walkway of St. Augustine St.

           He concluded by requesting that the lighting and improvements
           downtown be done.

 XII.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

      63. Public hearing concerning the application by Ernesto Benavides,
          III, and David Martinez to amend the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of
          the City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Special Use
          Permit for a Sexually Oriented Business on Lot 9, Block 1, Tejas
          Industrial Park, Unit V, located at 8307 San Lorenzo Drive; with
          possible Executive Session under Section 551.071(1)(A) of the
          Texas Government Code.  This item was tabled at the December 2,
          1996 City Council Meeting in order that the item could be
          properly posted to go into executive session should staff feel
          the need to do so.

                        INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for a
          Sexually Oriented Business, on Lot 9, Block 1, Tejas Industrial
          Park, Unit V, located at 8307 San Lorenzo Drive, providing for
          publication and effective date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

          Moved : Cm. Perez
          Second: Cw. Montalvo
          For:  8                      Against:  0         Abstain:  0

          Marina Sukup, Director of Planning, reported that this item was
          tabled from the last council meeting.

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance
          and concur with the Planning & Zoning Commission.

          Moved : Cm. Perez
          Second: Cm. Alvarado
          For:  6                      Against:            Abstain:  0
                                       Cw. Moreno
                                       Cm. Valdez

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council except Cm. Bruni and
                                  Cm. Valdez

      64. Public hearing concerning the application by Del A. Trautman to
          amend the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning a 8.5846 acres out of Porcion 25, Abstract 50, as
          further described by metes and bounds, located south of Del Mar
          Boulevard east of Country Club Drive from R-2 (Multi-Family
          Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District).

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of
          Laredo by rezoning a 8.5846 acres out of Porcion 25, Abstract 50,
          as further described by metes and bounds, located south of Del
          Mar Boulevard east of Country Club Drive from R-2 (Multi-Family
          Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District).

          Motion to open the public hearing.

          Moved : Cm. Valdez
          Second: Cw. Montalvo
          For:  8                      Against:  0         Abstain:  0

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Bruni

      65. Public hearing concerning the application by Graciela Botello to
          amend the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning 5.332 acres out of Porcion 25, Abstract 50, as further
          described by metes and bounds, located on Del Mar Boulevard east
          of the Winfield Subdivision from R-1 (Single Family Residential
          District) to B-1 (Limited Business District).

                        INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of
          Laredo by rezoning 5.332 acres out of Porcion 25, Abstract 50, as
          further described by metes and bounds, located on Del Mar
          Boulevard east of the Winfield Subdivision from R-1 (Single
          Family Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Business District);
          providing for publication and effective date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Mr. Tomas Ramirez spoke in favor of the zone change request.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Guerra

      66. Public hearing concerning the application by Graciela Botello to
          amend the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning 3.1 acres out of Porcion 25, Abstract 50, as further
          described by metes and bounds, located on Del Mar Boulevard east
          of the Winfield Subdivision from R-1 (Single Family Residential
          District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District).

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of
          Laredo by rezoning 3.1 acres out of Porcion 25, Abstract 50, as
          further described by metes and bounds, located on Del Mar
          Boulevard east of the Winfield Subdivision from R-1 (Single
          Family Residential District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential
          District); providing for publication and effective date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

          Moved : Cm. Perez
          Second: Cw. Montalvo
          For:  8                      Against:  0         Abstain:  0

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Guerra

      67. Public hearing concerning the application by Robert Muller, LTD.,
          to amend the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning Lots 1, 2, and 3, Block 10, Interamerica Distribution
          Park, Phase V, located on Killam Industrial Boulevard east of
          Atlanta Drive, from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to R-2
          (Multi-Family Residential District).

                        INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of
          Laredo by rezoning Lots 1, 2, and 3, Block 10, Interamerica
          Distribution Park, Phase V, located on Killam Industrial
          Boulevard east of Atlanta Drive, from M-1 (Light Manufacturing
          District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District); providing
          for publication and effective date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Alvarado

      68. Public hearing concerning an ordinance amending Section 31-92(A)
          pertaining to the schedule of Sewer Rates of Chapter 31
          (Utilities) of the Code of Ordinances by increasing the minimum
          rate from $5.50 to $8.50, for residential customers; and from
          $10.00 to $13.00, for commercial customers; increasing the
          escalating rate structure by approximately 14 percent for
          commercial and residential customers; and providing for
          publication and effective date.

                        INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending Section 31-92(A) pertaining to the schedule of
          Sewer Rates of Chapter 31 (Utilities) of the Code of Ordinances
          by increasing the minimum rate from $5.50 to $8.50, for
          residential customers; and from $10.00 to $13.00, for commercial
          customers; increasing the escalating rate structure by
          approximately 14 percent for commercial and

          residential customers; and providing for publication and
          effective date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

          Moved : Cm. Perez
          Second: Cm. Guerra
          For:  5                      Against:  3         Abstain:  0
          Cm. Perez                    Cw. Moreno
          Cm. Bruni                    Cm. Valdez
          Cm. Casso                    Cw. Montalvo
          Cm. Guerra
          Cm. Alvarado

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council except Cw. Moreno,
                                  Cm. Valdez, and Cw. Montalvo

      69. Public hearing concerning an ordinance amending Chapter 12 of the
          Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo entitled Fire Prevention
          and Protection, by creating a new Article III, entitled
          Industrial Districts and a new section 12-61, entitled
          "Industrial District Designation", and creating a new section 12-
          62. Authorizing a methodology for allocation of Fire Protection
          Costs; authorizing the City Manager to enter into and execute
          said "Industrial District" Fire-Fighting Services contracts on
          behalf of the City of Laredo, and providing for publication and
          effective date.

                        INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending Chapter 12 of the Code of Ordinances of the
          City of Laredo entitled Fire Prevention and Protection, by
          creating a new Article III, entitled Industrial Districts and a
          new section 12-61, entitled "Industrial District Designation",
          and creating a new section 12-62.  Authorizing a methodology for
          allocation of Fire Protection Costs; authorizing the City manager
          to enter into and execute said "Industrial District" Fire-
          Fighting Services contracts on behalf of the City of Laredo, and
          providing for publication and effective date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Rene Garcia representing various warehouses expressed concern if
          and when this is going to happen and if this is fair and
          equitable.  He asked the question if they will be footing the
          bill for everybody in the county and that 30 days was not enough
          to study this issue at length.  He wants time to sit down and
          look at the numbers and is concerned if they will be getting the
          service and if they will pay the fees that an immunity to
          annexation clause be provided.

          Evan J. Quiroz, owner of eight (8) acres in UNITEC Park, spoke
          against the adoption of fire protection costs for the industrial
          parks and he urged council to get back to the original contract
          which is more equitable.

          Gene Belmares expressed his concern over the extra charges to be
          assessed and asked that council should contract with the county
          with an equitable amount.  He also asked that Cm.  Bruni abstain
          from voting because of business ties he has with county
          businesses.

          Aldo Tatangelo stated that this is not a valid contract and was
          against the contract.  He added that the county should have their
          own fire station and that it is not fair to the City of Laredo
          taxpayers.

          Florencio Pea, Interim City Manager, reported that staff had
          identified three industrial districts (Unitec, Pinto Valle, and
          Commerce Center) and have come up with three methodology
          alternatives.

          Conrado Hein, Finance Director, explained the methodology with
          adjusted tax rates.  The  following were the 3 proposed
          protection costs:

                             1 - $ 0.118484
                             2 -   0.177726
                             3 -   0.236967

          Mr. Alberto Magnon, representing the Fernando & Eduardo Garcia
          properties, stated that the owners are ready to pay their fair
          share adding that council has to take a stand but not to hold the
          owners hostage until the negotiations are settled.

          Mr. Murray Basse from the International Commerce Center stated
          that council needs to contact the owners of the lots before
          committing to any agreements and that the starting point should
          be a specific rate to warehouses and not to include vacant lots.

          Cm. Bruni stated for the record that there will not be one day
          when they will be without service.

          Motion to close the public hearing.

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

          Motion to introduce the ordinance with the rate of $0.236967.

          Moved : Cm. Bruni
          Second: Cm. Casso
          For:  4                      Against:  5         Abstain:  0
          Cm. Bruni                    Cm. Perez
          Cm. Casso                    Cw. Moreno
          Cm. Alvarado                 Cm. Valdez
          Cw. Montalvo                 Cm. Guerra

          Mayor Ramirez voted against the introduction of the ordinance to
          break the tie.

          Motion to introduce the ordinance with the rate of $0.118484.

          Moved : Cw. Moreno
          Second: Cm. Perez
          For:  8                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0

      70. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo's 1996-1997 budget in
          the amount of thirty thousand five hundred fifty nine dollars
          ($30,559) to reflect expenditures for the purchase of equipment
          for the Laredo Police Department and authorizing the City Manager
          to implement said budget.

                        INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1996-1997 budget in the
          amount of thirty thousand five hundred fifty nine dollars
          ($30,559) to reflect expenditures for the purchase of equipment
          for the Laredo Police Department and authorizing the City Manager
          to implement said budget.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

          Moved : Cm. Perez
          Second: Cm. Casso
          For:  8                      Against:  0         Abstain:  0

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

          Moved : Cm. Guerra
          Second: Cm. Alvarado
          For:  7                      Against:  0         Abstain:  1
                                                           Cm. Perez

      71. Public hearing concerning an ordinance amending the City of
          Laredo's Special Police Program 1996-1997 budget in the amount of
          $96,228.00, for a supplemental grant to the Cops Ahead Grant from
          the U.S. Department of Justice for the first year funding of the
          "Universal Hiring" Program for the period of October 1, 1996
          through September 30, 1997, and authorizing the Interim City
          Manager to implement said budget.

                     INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's Special Police Program
          1996-1997 budget in the amount of $96,228.00, for a supplemental
          grant to the Cops Ahead Grant from the U.S.  Department of
          Justice for the first year funding of the "Universal Hiring"
          Program for the period of October 1, 1996 through September 30,
          1997, and authorizing the Interim City Manager to implement said
          budget.

          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 introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      72. Public hearing concerning approval of an amendment to the
          contract with the Texas Department of Health and a budget in the
          amount of $192,828, for the Tuberculosis Prevention/ Control
          Projects of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period
          beginning January 1, 1997, through December 31, 1997.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Approval of an amendment to the contract with the Texas
          Department of Health and a budget in the amount of $192,828, for
          the period beginning January 1, 1997, through December 31, 1997;
          and increasing Revenue Line Item No. 226-0000-323-4071 from $0 to
          $192,828.00, and Expenditure Line Item No.  226-6057 from $0 to
          $192,828.00.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

      73. Public hearing to transfer Designated Fund Balance for
          contingencies to Unreserved Fund Balance and amending the City of
          Laredo's 1996-1997 General Fund budget to appropriate from the
          Unreserved Fund Balance $288,000 as a Reserve Appropriation for
          Capital Improvements to be used only upon the prior approval of
          City Council and authorizing the City Manager to implement said
          budget.

                        INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance to transfer Designated Fund Balance for contingencies
          to Unreserved Fund Balance and amending the City of Laredo's
          1996-1997 General Fund budget to appropriate from the Unreserved
          Fund Balance $288,000 as a Reserve Appropriation for Capital
          Improvements to be used only upon the prior approval of City
          Council and authorizing the City Manager to implement said
          budget.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

          Moved : Cm. Perez
          Second: Cw. Montalvo
          For:  7                      Against:  1         Abstain:  0
                                       Cw. Moreno

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

XIII.  MOTION TO RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD

          Motion to recess as City Council and convene as the Laredo Mass
          Transit Board.

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

      74. Approval of change no. 3, an increase of $430,730.00 to the
          Intermodal Transit Center construction contract with Ramex
          Construction Company, Houston, Texas, for the finish-out
          improvements to the Intercity Bus Service Facility of the
          Intermodel Transit Center.  Current construction contract amount
          is $8,511,282.09.  Funding is available in the Transit System
          Improvements other than Building - Transit Center.  Motion to
          approve change no. 3, an increase of $430,730.00 to the
          Intermodal Transit Center construction contract with Ramex
          Construction Company, for the finish-out improvements to the
          Intercity Bus Service Facility of the Intermodel Transit Center.

          Moved : Cm. Perez
          Second: Cm. Alvarado
          For:  7                      Against:  1         Abstain:  0
                                       Cm. Guerra

      75. Approval of change no. 4, an increase of $188,068.71 to the
          Intermodal Transit Center construction contract with Ramex
          Construction Company, Houston, Texas, for the Laredo finish-out
          improvements of the east tower tower's second and third level
          floors redesigned for relocation of City of Laredo Offices,
          installation of a four inch PVC Conduit required for the City of
          Laredo's I-Net System, and miscellaneous electrical and
          architectural revisions. Current construction contract amount is
          $8,699,350.81.  Funding is available in the Transit System
          Improvements other than Building -Transit Center.

          Motion to approve change no. 4, an increase of $188,068.71 to the
          Intermodal Transit Center construction contract with Ramex
          Construction Company.

          Moved : Cm. Perez
          Second: Cm. Alvarado
          For:  7                       Against:  1         Abstain:  0
                                        Cm. Guerra

 XIV.  ADJOURNMENT

       Motion to adjourn.     Time:  10:45 p.m.

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

I HEREBY CERTIFY THAT THE ABOVE MINUTES CONTAINED IN PAGES 01 TO 45
ARE TRUE COMPLETE AN CORRECT PROCEEDINGS OF THE REGULAR CITY COUNCIL
MEETGING HELD ON THE 2ND DAY OF DECEMBER, 1996.  A CERTIFIED COPY IS ON
FILE AT THE CITY SECRETARY'S OFFICE.

                                  ________________________
                                   GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.
                                   CITY SECRETARY