CITY OF LAREDO COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

            M97-R-03                                     JANUARY 27, 1997

   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       
       IN 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,     ASST. CITY ATTORENY

  IV.  FINAL READINGS

       Motion to waive final readings of ordinances #97-O-021, #97-O-028, #97-O-029,
       #97-O-030, #97-O-035, and #97-O-036.

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

       2. 97-O-021  Ordinance amending Section 24-82-4.1 of the Laredo Land
                    Development Code relating to permitted dimensions of on-premises
                    free-standing signs; providing for publication and effective
                    date; and approval of a motion to amend the Ordinance introduced
                    on January 6, 1997 as follows: 200 square feet for the first 100
                    feet of street frontage plus 1 square foot per linear foot of
                    street frontage over 200 feet up to a maximum of 800 square
                    feet. A maximum of 500 feet of additional signage may be allowed
                    if, and only if, the sign (s) is located more than 300 feet from
                    any adjacent public right-of-way and the sign is located more
                    than 150 feet from any residential district. The total allowable
                    area of on-premises signage shall be reduced by one square foot
                    for each square foot of free-standing off-premises signage
                    located on the same premises. (City Council)

                    Cm. Bruni suggested three items for incorporation into the
                    ordinance and suggested that items 1 and 2 be incorporated in
                    the ordinance and that staff comes back with his third request
                    which states as follows: (3) for the erection of new on premise
                    or off-premise signs, there must be public hearings held with
                    written notice of hearings to all property owners within 300
                    feet.

                    Motion to amend the final reading of Ordinance #97-O-021 to
                    state that (1) all one face signs must be situated at least 150
                    ft. from the nearest residence, (2) all two phase signs must be
                    situated at least 350 ft.  from the nearest residential district
                    hereafter before any building permit can be issued.

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

                    Mayor Ramirez announced that the ordinance stands as amended.

                    Motion to instruct staff to proceed with the third item as
                    recommended by Cm. Bruni as it relates to Ordinance 97-O-021 in
                    regards to public hearings and notifications.

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

                    Motion to adopt Ordinance #97-O-028, as amended.

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

       3. 97-O-028  Authorizing the Interim City Manager to execute a lease
                    amendment to the lease between the City of Laredo, as Lessor,
                    and Laredo Coachworks, Inc., as Lessee, dated January 6, 1992
                    and approved by Ordinance No.  92-O-001; said Amendment will
                    change Lessee's name from Laredo Coachworks, Inc., to LCW
                    Automotive Corporation; providing for effective date.

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-028.

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

       4. 97-O-029  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a partial release of
                    covenant (Vol. 1190 pg. 170 W.C.D.R.) for property originally
                    platted as the Plaza, Southgate II, Units 1 and 2 (Vol. 3 page
                    11, W.C.P.R.) as replatted for the Southgate Subdivision Unit
                    II-A, Phase 1, Planned Unit Development filed in Vol. 16 pgs.
                    69-70 W.C.P.R.  (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-029.

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

       5. 97-O-030  Granting a license to Alestra De Mexico for the use of a
                    telecommunications PVC conduit on Juarez Lincoln International
                    Bridge and on city right-of-way on Iturbide Street.

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-030.

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

       6. 97-O-034  Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's Special Police Program
                    1996/1997 budget in the amount of $236,457.00 for a Local Law
                    Enforcement Block Grants Program from the U.S. Department of
                    Justice for the first year funding of this grant for the period
                    of October 1, 1996 through September 30, 1997, and authorizing
                    the Interim City Manager to implement said budget.

                    Motion to table for the next meeting.

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

       7. 97-O-035  Ordinance approving a contract for fiscal year 1996-97 with the
                    Texas Department of Health and Budget in the amount of $78,916
                    for the HIV/AIDS counseling, testing, referral and partner
                    elicitation/notification (CTRPE) project of the City of Laredo
                    Health Department for the period beginning January 1, 1997,
                    through December 31, 1997; and increasing revenue line item 226-
                    0000-323-4043 from $0 to $78,916 and expenditure line item 226-
                    6059 from $0 to $78,916; and authorizing the Interim City
                    Manager to execute the contract.  (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-035.

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

       8. 97-O-036  Ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 1996-97 annual budget
                    to reflect the projected revenues and expenses required to
                    accept the donation of $9,841 from Norwest Bank Texas, South,
                    N.A. to purchase of four scoreboards for the new recreation
                    centers.  (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-036.

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

                    Motion to waive the regular order of business and move up items
                    D(1) and F(1).

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

   V.  MOTIONS

       9. Amending the contract between the City of Laredo and the Laredo
          Philharmonic Orchestra for Fiscal Year 1996-1997 to provide the option to
          disburse payments in excess of the $9,250 allocation per quarter with
          cumulative payments not exceeding the original contract award of $37,000.
          The impetus behind this amendment is to allow a disbursement of
          $20,718.50, since the majority of the LPO activity occurs within the first
          quarter of the fiscal year.

          Motion amending the contract.

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

  VI.  CITY MANAGER'S REPORT

      10. Presentation by Frank Carmichael, P.E., of Maxim Technologies, Inc.,
          concerning the City's Pavement Management System.

          Mr. Frank Carmichael of Maxim Technologies, Inc. made the presentation.
          The professional services contract was awarded on behalf of the Laredo
          Urban Transportation Study for the development of a pavement management
          system for an estimated 320 miles of streets.  On March 11, 1996 the
          $74,500 contract was amended on January 18, 1996 to add 197 miles of
          street to the project for a total of $92,380.  The L.U.T.S.  was required
          under the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 to
          develop a pavement management system for the metropolitan area which must
          include, at a minimum, all streets and thoroughfares classified as
          collector or better.  The Pavement Management System provides information
          concerning pavement condition based on criteria approved by the State of
          Texas, with objective assessment of maintenance priorities, pavement
          preservation strategies, anticipated pavement deterioration occasioned by
          usage and other factors, repair/rehabilitation costs, and effective
          scheduling of maintenance.  The proposed system permits mapping of
          pavement condition and maintenance priorities and a five year initial
          maintenance/rehabilitation plan is proposed.  The information will assist
          city personnel and elected officials in assessing the resource
          requirements for street maintenance in the annual budget and capital
          improvement program.  The software has been installed at the Public Works
          Department and personnel will be trained.

          Cm. Bruni requested a list of the information presented by districts.

 VII.  COMMUNICATIONS

          None.

VIII.  CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION AND PRESENTATION

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

    A.  Requests by Mayor Saul N. Ramirez, Jr.

       1.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to Section 551.074 of the Texas
           Government Code to discuss the selection of a City Manager.

           Mayor Ramirez requested from council if each member could arrive with a
           list of the top five candidates and after appropriate discussions and
           deliberations, a consensus can be reached on a short list of three
           individuals to travel to Laredo for face-to-face interviews.  This would
           provide adequate time for the applicants to schedule and prepare for
           their interviews and suggested that the interviews be conducted on
           Saturday, February 15, 1997.  He hoped that they will be able to reach a
           consensus on a new City Manager after they finished the interviews so
           that a formal announcement and contract approval can be made at the
           inception of the February 18, 1997 City Council Meeting.

           Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Section 551.074 of the
           Texas Government Code to discuss the selection of a City Manager.

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

           After executive session Mayor Ramirez announced that no formal action was
           taken in executive session and proceeded to announce the recommendations
           of the top four candidates as follows:
                    1 - Florencio Pea III
                    2 - Gibert T. Perales
                    3 - Hollis V. Rotledge, Jr.
                    4 - Oscar S. Rodriguez

           Motion to instruct Mayor Ramirez to proceed with contacting this four
           individuals for the recruiting and interviewing process for City Manager.

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

    B.  Requests by Councilmember Louis H. Bruni

       1.  Status report on the traffic count at the intersection of McPherson and
           Alta Vista with possible action.

           Robert Murillo, Traffic Engineer, reported that different types of
           intersection related traffic data were collected for the purpose of this
           study that included: 24 hour traffic counts, accident history, pedestrian
           counts, peak hour vehicle delay, and peak hour turning movement data.
           The traffic data collected was evaluated against the different applicable
           traffic signal warrants in the Texas Manual of Uniform Traffic Control
           Devices of which none were satisfied.  Police accident history data
           collected indicated

           that only one accident was reported within a two year period.

           He continued by stating that two nearby traffic signals on McPherson Road
           presently is adequate for the vehicular traffic on Alta Vista Drive, to
           access McPherson Road, evidenced by their study findings as it pertains
           to the low vehicular delays obtained.  The installation of a traffic
           signal would seriously disrupt the traffic flow on McPherson Road if
           installed.  He added that flashing lights can be a possibility used with
           problems on blind corners, wide streets, etc.

           Motion to instruct staff to proceed to set up pedestrian crossings signs
           or whatever traffic signalization would be in order to start making the
           vehicular traffic aware and warn motorist of increase pedestrian
           crossings plus the necessary markings at the crosswalks at the most
           direct route to the recreation centers.

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

       2.  Discussion and possible action on placing traffic signalization light on
           the intersection of McPherson and Alta Vista.

           This item was discussed with item #2 above.

       3.  Discussion and possible action on installing additional lighting around
           B.P. Newman Elementary School.

           Mr. Landin stated he met with staff from B.P. Newman, surveyed the area
           there, reported the lighting around the school is there, however he will
           recommend that they probably increase the luminage because the lights are
           every 300 feet as per the street light policy.  His recommendation is to
           probably increase from 16,000 to 27,500 and added that he can request
           this from CP&L.

           Motion to proceed as recommended by Mr. Landin, to increase the luminage
           of those lights, working in conjunction with CP&L for that area.

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

       4.  Discussion and possible action on the construction of a sidewalk on the
           city right-of-way around B.P. Newman Elementary School.

           Mr. Rolando Benavides, School Principle, stated that he was requesting
           the sidewalks for the purpose of security and safety.

           Cm. Bruni asked if staff can request a bid on what it would cost to a
           build the sidewalk and if he can get additional funding from the private
           sector to get this on a fast track.

           Florencio Pena, Interim City Manager, stated that they already have an
           in-house cost estimate and the total cost
           is approximately $112,000.00.

           Motion to proceed to make our offer to the U.I.S.D. for the 50-50
           arrangement with concurrence from the schools that they will be starting
           with B.P. Newman Elementary as a pilot project that they have selected as
           a city to see if it fits their agenda; to incorporate the possibility of
           the private sector coming up with part of the match for U.I.S.D. on this
           project, and included in that, an outside cost estimate from a private
           contractor as to the cost of construction.

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

    C.  Requests by Councilmember Alfonso I. "Poncho" Casso

       1.  Discussion regarding investigative procedures used at the Police
           Department.

           Cm. Casso stated for the record that it's costing them out of their money
           about $8,000-$10,000.00 on legal fees.  The taxpayers are not picking up
           the tap on this issue, it is costing them money out of their pocket.  He
           would like staff to try to answer to Mr. Aramabula how much it is costing
           the taxpayers.  The reason he placed this item in the agenda regarding
           the investigative procedures used at the Police Department is because he
           understands that there is a report that the Interim Chief of Police has
           completed and he is not sure if it has been submitted and if he has
           signed the report or not, but he was wondering when this council was
           going to be briefed as to what that report contains.

           Florencio Pea, Interim City Manager, stated that in light of pending
           legal proceedings, he would cautioned council,
           the Chief is ready to provide a summary of some of the issues that have
           been discussed, but the report has not been finalized, it has not been
           turned over to him, at this time he asked council to give them more time
           to finalize it.  This report is as a result of the November 6th meeting,
           they have been doing work at the Police Department in regards to
           investigative procedures in that department, they should have it
           finalized and provide a copy to council at their

           request.  He concluded by saying that they can expect the report within
           the next 10 days.

    D.  Requests by Councilmember Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

       1.  Presentation by the Elks Lodge Organization, with possible action on a
           resolution supporting the return of the Elks Lodge to the City of Laredo.

           Elks Lodge members from Brownsville gave a brief history of the Elks
           Lodge and the Laredo Lodge and of its benefits.  They pledge their
           support for the reopening of the Laredo Elks Lodge and asked for the
           support of the City Council.

           Motion to endorse the re-establishment of an Elks Lodge in our community
           and to present a resolution to that effect at the next council meeting.

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

       2.  Discussion and possible action concerning the condition of the drainage
           outfalls that lead into the creek in and around the Hillside area along
           Kentucky Avenue.

           Cm. Valdez stated that his concern was the erosion problem.

           Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported that the section behind the
           recreation center was built by the construction of McPherson and
           specifically when they had the project ongoing they met with the
           officials of the Wildlife and the Corp. of Engineers, and that section of
           the ditch was supposed to remain as an earthen ditch because they were
           having the rest of the channel (Hillside to Canal) concrete lined and as
           a result of voiding that section of all greenery they had to leave this
           section in that stage, as an earthen ditch.  They had to plant trees,
           otherwise they would have had the project stopped.

       3.  Status report on lighting in the Community Park area located on Martens
           Street, and the replacement lighting to be placed in the Hidden Meadows
           area, with possible action.

           Luis Landin, Traffic Manager, reported that CP&L is behind a month and a
           half because of the weather, the proposals have been signed by the City
           Manager, they are in the hands of CP&L and they promised to finish
           lighting area by the middle of February.

       4.  Status report on the replacement of street signs in Precinct 28 and 29.

           Luis Landin, Traffic Manager, reported that the signs have been ordered
           and they will be replacing the lights in the San Luis Rey, Alma Pierce
           and Tomas Sanchez areas.

       5.  Discussion and possible action concerning vacant and abandoned buildings
           in residential areas located in
           District V.

           Benny Salinas, Building Director, explained the procedure for citing the
           owners of vacant and abandoned buildings in residential areas.  He stated
           that first the inspector goes out and identifies the house, red tags it,
           come back and goes to the tax rolls and identify who the property owner
           is, sends them a letter giving the 120 days for them to respond, and then
           takes it before the standard building board.  The board then decides
           whether the structure can be repaired or if they can be teared down.  He
           added that some of the structures that were of concern, have been
           identified, some buildings can be saved and some cannot.  They work
           closely with CD to demolish some of the structures.

    E.  Requests by Councilmember Joe A. Guerra

       1.  Status report concerning the land acquisition for a fire station site to
           be located in the area of the Bob Bullock Loop and Del Mar Boulevard.
           (Co-sponsored by Mayor Saul N.  Ramirez, Jr.)

           Mike Garza, Interim Fire Chief, reported to council that they have been
           communicating with landowners along the Bob Bullock Loop and have come up
           with several options which they will discuss with the landowners this
           week.  Along Hwy.  359, they are waiting for a letter of land donation
           for two (2) acres by the end of this week.

       2.  Discussion and possible action concerning the placement of a warning
           beacon on Del Mar Boulevard at the St. Patricks Catholic Church.

           Mr. Landin stated he called three towns to see if they have beacons and
           none of them have beacons on churches, they do place church zone signs.

           Cm. Guerra suggested that maybe they can talk to the church club to
           participate in the cost.

           Mayor Ramirez stated that what Mr. Landin is saying is that if we
           establish presidence, that we should be prepared to establish that
           presidence with everyone else.  He added that they first take a pro-
           active position on this by installing the signs available and then
           perhaps approaching the church men's club at one of their meetings.
           Mayor Ramirez instructed staff to go ahead with the placing of Church
           Zone signs on Del Mar Boulevard at the St.  Patricks Catholic Church.

           Mr. Landin stated they will install the signs.

    F.  Requests by Councilmember Consuelo "Chelo" Montalvo

       1.  Presentation by Irma Morales concerning cargo transfer issues in Laredo.

           Mrs. Irma L. Morales, representing Lozano Transfer, and Sylvia Montemayor
           Segovia, representing Montemayor Trucking, stated that they were
           appearing before the council to protest the hauling of goods back to
           Mexico by Mexican truck drivers.  They also requested assistance from the
           council to have bridge open after midnight and assign another line for
           empty trucks to help with the delays by customs.

           Florencio Pea, Interim City Manager, stated that in regards to the
           bridge closing at midnight, that decision is a decision made by customs,
           the bridge is opened for vehicular traffic but customs as part of their
           memorandum of November 11th, has basically said that any tractors
           crossing after midnight have to cross through Colombia.  He said that if
           council wishes they can initiate another meeting with Customs and they
           can bring this topic up.

           Mrs. Morales stated she went to immigration, talked to Mr.  Juarez, he
           will bring a representative from San Antonio and they will meet with
           other members and will call the city to have someone represent the City
           and they will be having a meeting on this issue.

           Mayor Ramirez announced for the record that they had received
           correspondence from the Central Labor Council and that Mr. Rolando
           Herrera was present.

           Mr. Rolando Herrera, President of the Labor Group, stated they had a
           concern about the high rate of unemployment in the city, businesses have
           many costs to operate, and the competition that is being presently given
           to them as far as workers is unfair, they are big contributors to our
           taxes and they are concerned.  He wants to know what council can do and
           suggested that a committee be formed to study this deeper and that people
           in Washington be contacted in reference to this issue.

           Cm. Guerra requested that if they do have that meeting with Customs he
           would like that Mr. Walter Cordy to be present and wants to instruct
           staff to contact him if this meeting ever takes place.

           Motion to waive the rules and move item #18 and #19.

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

    IX.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

      12. Public hearing concerning the application by Sonat
          Exporation Company, Houston, Texas, authorizing the issuance of a Special
          Use Permit for Gas Extraction on 2.75 acres out of Porcion 36, Abstract
          473, as described by metes and bounds, located west of Hwy.  83, south of
          Masterson Road, and east of Riverside Subdivision.  Known as the Sonat-
          L.A.  Wright #7 Well.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended
          approval of this permit.

                            INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for a gas
          extraction facility to Sonat Exploration Company for a 2.75 acre tract out
          of Porcion 36, Abstract 473, as described by metes and bounds, located
          West of Hwy. 83, south of Masterson Road, and east of Riverside
          Subdivision, known as the Sonat-L.A. Wright No.  7 Well, of the City of
          Laredo; providing for publication and effective date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

          Moved : Cw. Montalvo
          Second: Cm. Bruni
          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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Perez

      13. Public hearing concerning the application by Sonat Exploration Company,
          Houston, Texas, authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for a gas
          extraction facility to Sonat Exploration Company for a 2.75 acre tract out
          of Porcion 36, Abstract 473, as described by metes and bounds, located
          west of Hwy. 83 and the South Laredo Sewer Treatment Plant, known as the
          Sonat-L.A.  Wright No. 14 Well.  The Planning and Zoning Commission
          recommended approval of this special use permit.

                            INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for a gas
          extraction facility to Sonat Exploration Company for a 2.75 acre tract out
          of Porcion 36, Abstract 473, as described by metes and bounds, located
          west of Hwy. 83 and the South Laredo Sewer Treatment Plant, known as the
          Sonat-L.A. Wright No. 14 Well, of the City of Laredo; providing for
          publication and effective date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Perez

      14. Public hearing concerning the application by Anastacio Ramirez, amending
          the zoning ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning the west 1/3
          of Lot 7 and the east 1/3 of Lot 8, Block 1991, Eastern Division, located
          at 3206 Ash Street, from B-3 (Community Business District) to R-3 (Mixed
          Residential District). The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended
          approval of this zone change.

                            INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the zoning ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning the west 1/3 of Lot 7 and the east 1/3 of Lot 8, Block 1991,
          Eastern Division, located at 3206 Ash Street, from B-3 (Community Business
          District) to R-3 (Mixed Residential District); providing for publication
          and effective date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Bruni

      15. Public hearing concerning the application by North House, Inc., amending
          the zoning ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 25.3348 acres
          out of Porcion 28, Abstract 241, as described by metes and bounds, located
          on the southside of US 59 and immediately south of the Heritage Park
          Subdivision, from R-1A (Single-Family Reduced Area District) to R-1-MH
          (Single Family Manufactured Housing District). The Planning and Zoning
          Commission recommended approval of this zone change.

                            INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the zoning ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning 25.3348 acres out of Porcion 28, Abstract 241, as described by
          metes and bounds, located on the southside of US 59 and immediately south
          of the Heritage Park Subdivision, from R-1A (Single-Family Reduced Area
          District) to R-1-MH (Single Family Manufactured Housing District);
          providing for publication and effective date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Bruni

      16. Public hearing concerning the application by Robert Muller, Ltd., amending
          the zoning ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 26.9405 acres
          out of Porcion 18, Abstract 591, as described by metes and bounds, located
          west of FM 1472 at the end of Killam Industrial Boulevard, from AG
          (Agricultural District) and M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to R-1A
          (Single Family Reduced Area District). The Planning and Zoning Commission
          recommended approval of this zone change.

                            INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the zoning ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning 26.9405 acres out of Porcion 18, Abstract 591, as described by
          metes and bounds, located West of FM 1472 at the end of Killam Industrial
          Boulevard, from AG (Agricultural District) and M-1 (Light Manufacturing
          District) to R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District); providing for
          publication and effective date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Alvarado

      17. Public hearing concerning the application by Pacific Southwest Bank,
          amending the zoning ordinance (map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning lots
          9 and 10, Block 111, Western Division, located at 817 San Dario Avenue,
          from B-1 (Limited Business District) to B-3 (Community Business District).
          The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of this zone
          change.

                            INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the zoning ordinance (map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning lots 9 and 10, Block 111, Western Division, located at 817 San
          Dario Avenue, from B-1 (Limited Business District) to B-3 (Community
          Business 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 : Cw. Montalvo
          Second: Cm. Valdez
          For:  8                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0

          Ordinance Introduction: Cw. Montalvo

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

      18.  Approval of a contract with Greyhound Lines and it's affiliates, Turismos
           Rapidos and Futura, for the operation of 16 buses (8, 4, 4 respectively)
           for two days (2-21-97 & 2-22-97) at the estimated cost of $15,520.00, but
           not to exceed $17,000.00.

           Motion to approve.

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

      19.  Approval of a contract between the Laredo Municipal Transit System and
           the Washington's Birthday Celebration Association and Jalapeno, Inc., to
           provide transportation services associated with the 100th Annual
           Washington's Birthday Celebration.

           Motion to approve.

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

           Motion to adjourn as The Mass Transit Board and convene as the City
           Council.

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

XI.  ADJOURNMENT

           Motion to adjourn.     Time:  7:25 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 17 ARE TRUE
COMPLETE AND CORRECT PROCEEDING OF THE REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON THE 27TH
DAY OF JANUARY, 1997.   A CERTIFIED COPY IS ON FILE AT THE CITY SECRETARY'S OFFICE.

                                  ________________________
                                   GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.
                                   CITY SECRETARY