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

                                    MINUTES

       M97-R-07                                  FEBRUARY 24, 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,  CITY MANAGER
       JERRY BRUCE CAIN,     ASST. CITY ATTORNEY

  IV.  FINAL READINGS

       Motion to waive the final reading of ordinances #97-O-046, #97-O-047,
       #97-O-048, #97-O-049, #97-O-050 and #97-O-051.

       Moved : Cm. Perez
       Second: Cm. Bruni
       For:  7                           Against:  0         Abstain: 0
       (Cw. Moreno was not present)

       2. 97-O-046  Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease
                    with the State of Texas General Services Commission on
                    behalf of University of Texas Health Science Center at San
                    Antonio for 317 square feet of office space at the City of
                    Laredo Health Complex located at 2600 Cedar St.
                    1) Lease term will be from December 1, 1996, through August
                       31, 1997,
                    2) Monthly rental cost of $335.88 which includes the cost
                       of utilities and janitorial services.  (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-046.

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

       3. 97-O-047  Authorizing the granting of an access and utility easement
                    over, upon and across a 0.25 acre tract of land located in
                    Porcion 24, Laredo, Webb County, Texas as conveyed to the
                    City of Laredo in Volume 427, page 390, Webb County deed
                    records to LAR-TEX Telephone Company, Inc., for a term of
                    15 years, for the purposes of providing telephone service
                    and electrical power to their leased premises at the City
                    of Laredo Water Tower Site on Mines Road; and authorizing
                    the City Manager to execute said easement effectuating
                    same, 0.25 acre tract is more particularly described by
                    metes and bounds.  (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-047.

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

       4. 97-O-048  Approving license, NOAA License Number 97-ABF-201 for real
                    property at the Laredo International Airport between the
                    City of Laredo, as Grantor and the United States of
                    America, acting thru the U.S.  Department of Commerce,
                    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, as
                    Grantee.  The proposed license is for the installation,
                    operation, maintenance, repair, replacement and removal of
                    an Automated Surface Observing System (ASOS) equipment at
                    the airport at the sole cost and expense of the government.
                    The license is effective beginning February 28, 1997 for a
                    period of 15 years unless terminated earlier by mutual
                    agreement.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute said
                    license with the government.  (City Council)

                    Motion to table Ordinance #97-O-048 indefinitely.

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

       5. 97-O-049  Ordinance approving an amendment to the contract with the
                    Texas Department of Health and budget in the amount of
                    $125,730.00 for the Immunization Action Plan Project of the
                    City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning
                    January 1, 1997, through December 31, 1997; and increasing
                    revenue line item 226-0000-323-4056 from $0 to $125,730.00,
                    and expenditure line item 226-6058 from $0 to $125,730.00.
                    (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-049.

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

       6. 97-O-050  Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1996-1997 annual
                    budget by increasing estimated revenues and appropriations
                    in the general fund by $5,000.00 and authorizing the
                    Interim City Manager to implement said budget, providing
                    for publication and effective date.  (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-050.

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

       7. 97-O-051  Ordinance amending the City of Laredo Annual Budget for
                    fiscal year 1997 for mineral leases fund to account for the
                    drilling and special use permits fees.  Increasing drilling
                    permits fees by $4,000.00, special use fees by $400.00 and
                    reserve appropriations by $4,400.00.  (Jose R. Perez. Jr.)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-051.

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

   V.  RESOLUTIONS

       8. 97-R-023  Authorizing the City Manager of the City of Laredo to
                    accept an allocation from the Texas Historical Commission's
                    Certified Local Government Program in the amount of $5,350
                    and authorizing the City Manager to execute the necessary
                    documents. These monies will help fund the production of a
                    bilingual guide to historic sites in Los Dos Laredos.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-023.

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

       9. 97-R-024  Adopting a ten year moratorium against future sale of non-
                    aeronautical use land at the Laredo International Airport.
                    The Federal Aviation Administration as a condition to
                    granting concurrence to the proposed public sale of an
                    approximate 6.0 acre tract of land is requiring that the
                    City formally adopt said Moratorium.  The subject
                    approximate 6.0 acre tract of land is bounded by Saunders
                    Hwy. 59 on the south, Bartlett on the east, San Pedro on
                    the north and Mercy Regional Medical Center on the west
                    side.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-024.

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

  VI.  MOTIONS

      10. Approval of a construction contract to the Low Bidder, Big D Lining
          Systems Company, Midland, Texas, in the amount of $499,199.27 for the
          Construction of Cells No. 7 and No. 8 at the Laredo Landfill as per
          Subtitle D Requirements of the Texas Natural Resource Conservation
          Commission (TNRCC) for the City of Laredo Landfill located on Texas
          Highway 359.  A total of five bids were received for this service.
          Funding is available in the Landfill Fund.

          Motion to approve.

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

      11. Declaring an emergency and authorizing the repair of the Zacate Creek
          Wastewater Treatment Plant trickling filter as a result of damages
          caused by erosion of the feed pipe, and to repair the pump wetwell
          which is an integral part of the filter operation, as a result of
          damages caused by corrosion of the concrete from sewer gases. The
          cost of the repair is $131,049.00, and will be done by Reddy
          Engineers and Contractors, who are presently constructing the
          Southside Wastewater Treatment Plant expansion and are ready for
          immediate action.  The repair has to be done urgently to avoid
          damages to the environment and possible fines from the Texas Natural
          Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) and the U.S. Environmental
          Protection Agency (EPA).

          Motion declaring an emergency and authorizing the repair of the
          Zacate Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.

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

          Cw. Moreno joined the meeting at 5:45 p.m.

VII.  CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION AND PRESENTATION

      12. Discussion and possible action regarding possible partial settlement
          agreement in Cause No. C-95-00259-02 styled Jacaman Investment Group,
          LTD., John S. Jacaman Cattle Company, LTD., John Jacaman and Laura
          Jacaman Sanchez v. City of Laredo, with possible Executive Session
          for consultation with attorney pursuant to Section 551.071 (A), (B)
          of the Texas Government Code.

          Motion to go into Executive Session for consultation with attorney
          pursuant to Section 551.071 (A), (B) of the Texas Government Code
          regarding possible partial settlement agreement in Cause No. C-95-
          00259-02 styled Jacaman Investment Group, LTD., John S. Jacaman
          Cattle Company, LTD., John Jacaman and Laura Jacaman Sanchez v. City
          of Laredo.

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

          After Executive Session Mayor Ramirez announced that no formal action
          was taken.

VIII.  COMMUNICATIONS

          None.

  IX.  CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION AND PRESENTATION

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

    A.  Requests by Councilmember Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

       1.  Request for a traffic study to be conducted at the intersection of
           Gale and Springfield with possible action.

           Mr. Luis Landin, Traffic Director, stated that this location is
           already under study, they are doing a manual and regular traffic
           count to see if it merits a traffic signal and will
           report the results to council at the next council meeting.

           Motion to conduct a traffic count at the intersection of Gale and
           Springfield.

           Moved : Cm. Valdez
           Second: Cm. Bruni

           Motion to reaffirm council's support for the count at the
           intersection of Gale and Springfield.

           For:  8                      Against:  0         Abstain:  0

       2.  Status report concerning the traffic study being conducted at the
           intersection of Springfield and Saunders.

           Mr. Landin reported that they are taking a traffic count there, they
           found out that there is limited amount of protected right turning
           lanes within that area, however they are studying further to see if
           they can probably widen it up to make protective turns on both the
           north and south.  The area there is narrow and the highway
           department is also improving and upgrading Highway 59 so that's
           going to take some time.  They are also waiting on the acquisition
           of the east side so they can widen it up and see what they can do.

           Cm. Guerra stated he had requested from staff a status report on a
           traffic control device installed at the intersection of McPherson
           and Jacaman Road.

           Mr. Landin stated that they will be providing a list of all the
           signal projects, dates of installation, and all other
           recommendations that council and the public have made on the next
           council meeting and bring council up-to-date on all the projects
           including the Jacaman Road.

    B.  Requests by Councilmember Consuelo Montalvo

       1.  Presentation of the El Portal International Design Competition.

           Frank Rotnofsky and Viviana Frank of Urban Borders and Archi-tecture
           made the presentation before the council.  He explained that this is
           an international design competition for architects, planners, urban
           designers, landscape architects, and students/interns.  The
           competition is an open forum to discuss how the lost link between
           the life giving river and the city can be reestablished.  The focus
           is on a poorly defined public space with huge pedestrian and
           vehicular demands.  The projects should be sensitive to the built
           historic context, articulate a facade to the river, Nuevo Laredo,
           and Mexico, and create a monument which recognizes the city's status
           as land port.  The competition deadline is March 3rd.

   X.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

      14. Public hearing concerning the application by Felix De Leon, amending
          the zoning ordinance (map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 2,
          3, & 4, Block 1005, Eastern Division, located at 1800 Ligarde, 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 2, 3, & 4, Block 1005, Eastern Division, located at
          1800 Ligarde, from B-1 (Limited Business District) to B-3 (Community
          Business District).

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Marina Sukup, City Planner, made the presentation before the council.

          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

      15. Public hearing concerning the application by Santa Fe Development,
          L.C., amending the zoning ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning 18.77 acres out of Porcion 36, Abstract 473, as further
          described by metes and bounds, located west of US 83 and north of
          Canones Boulevard, from AG (Agricultural District) and R-3 (Mixed
          Residential 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 18.77 acres out of Porcion 36, Abstract 473, as further
          described by metes and bounds located west of US 83 and north of
          Canones Boulevard from AG (Agricultural District) and R-3 (Mixed
          Residential District) to R-1-MH (Single Family Manufactured Housing
          District).

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Perez

      16. Public hearing concerning the application by Tony Aguilera,
          authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for sand and gravel
          sales/storage, on Lot 1, Block 1, Northeast Complex, located at 1319
          Muller Road. 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 sand
          and gravel sales/storage, on Lot 1, Block 1, Northeast Complex,
          located at 1319 Muller Road.

          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. Guerra
          For:  8                        Against:  0         Abstain:  0

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Bruni

      17. Public hearing concerning the application by Richard R.  Garcia and
          Heirloom Investment, L.C., amending the zoning ordinance (map) of the
          City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 3 thru 8, Block 2012, Lots 7 and 8,
          Block 1941, Eastern Division, and 29,278.18 sq. ft.  of closed public
          R.O.W. formerly known as Laredo Street, located at the northwest
          corner of Ejido Avenue and Laredo Street, from R-3 (Mixed Residential
          District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing 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 3 thru 8, Block 2012, Lots 7 and 8, Block 1941,
          Eastern Division, and 29,278.18 sq. ft.  of closed public R.O.W.
          formerly known as Laredo Street, located at the northwest corner of
          Ejido Avenue and Laredo Street, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District)
          to M-1 (Light Manufacturing District).

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Ron Whitehawk, representing Miracle Candle Company, spoke in
          favor of the zone change request.

          Motion to close the public hearing; concur with P&Z; and introduce
          the ordinance.

          Moved : Cm. Bruni
          Second: Cm. Alvarado
          For:  7                        Against:  0         Abstain:  1
                                                             Cm. Casso
          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Bruni

      18. Public hearing concerning the application by Hugo and Leticia Seca
          and Jesus and Maria Canales, amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of
          the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 7C and 8C, Block 87, Eastern
          Division, located at the northeast corner of Monterrey Avenue and
          Rosario Street, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to M-1 (Light
          Manufacturing 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 7C and 8C, Block 87, Eastern Division, located at
          the northeast corner of Monterrey Avenue and Rosario Street, from R-3
          (Mixed Residential District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing District).

          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; concur with P&Z; and introduce
          the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Casso

      19. Public hearing concerning the application by Rodolfo Torres, amending
          the zoning ordinance (map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing the
          issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for truck/trailer rental on Lot
          2, Block 8, McPherson Acres Development, Unit III, located at 1613
          Calle Del Norte.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended
          approval of this conditional use permit.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo
          by authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for
          truck/trailer rental on Lot 2, Block 8, McPherson Acres Development,
          Unit III, located at 1613 Calle Del Norte.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Ron Whitehawk, on behalf of Rodolfo Torres, spoke in favor of the
          zone change request as a Conditional Use Permit to allow the use to
          continue as truck/trailer rental.

          Motion to close the public hearing; concur with staff; and introduce
          the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Valdez

      20. Public hearing concerning the application by W.R.  Powell and H.E.
          Watson Jr., amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo
          by rezoning Lots B and C, North Town Auto Center, located at #1 Auto
          Road South, from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway
          Commercial 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 B and C, North Town Auto Center, located at #1 Auto
          Road South, from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway
          Commercial District).

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Ron Whitehawk, on behalf of H.E. Watson, Jr., spoke in favor of the
          zone change.

          Motion to close the public hearing; concur with staff; and
          introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Guerra

      21. Public hearing concerning the application by Sames Motor Company,
          amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning
          Tract "A", and Lot 1, Block 1, of Tract "E", North Town Auto Center,
          located at 6001 San Dario Ave., from B-3 (Community Business
          District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial 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 Tract "A", and Lot 1, Block 1, of Tract "E", North Town
          Auto Center, located at 6001 San Dario Ave., from B-3 (Community
          Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Ron Whitehawk, representing Mr. Hank Sames, spoke in favor of the
          zone change.

          Motion to close the public hearing; concur with staff; and
          introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Guerra

      22. Public hearing concerning the application by George Quesada and
          Gateway Transfer Co., Inc., to authorize the issuance of a
          Conditional Use Permit for a commercial truck parking lot on Lots 5
          and 7, Block 257, Western Division, located at the southwest corner
          of Santa Cleotilde Avenue and Benavides Street.  The Planning and
          Zoning Commission recommended denial of this temporary conditional
          use permit.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a
          commercial truck parking lot on Lots 5 and 7, Block 257, Western
          Division, located at the southwest corner of Santa Cleotilde Ave. and
          Benavides St.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Marina Sukup, City Planner, explained that staff supports a temporary
          six month conditional use permit for parking of passenger vehicles
          only.

          The following persons appeared before the council to oppose the zone
          change request: Mrs. Fuentes of the 1800 block of Sta.  Cleotilde;
          Mrs. Veronica Chavarria of 1514 Sta.  Cleotilde; Mr.  Ruben Chavarria
          also of 1514 Sta. Cleotilde; Ms. Elsa Ibarra Valdez of 1717
          Washington read a letter from Ms. Toni Tenorio in opposition and also
          turned in 18 signature petitions and a 24 signature opposition list;
          Mrs. Maria Aguilar of Sta. Cleotilde; and Mrs. Maria Hernandez of
          1501 Sta. Cleotilde and representing her parents Mr. & Mrs. Roman
          Ibarra of 1715 Washington.

          Mr. Ron Whitehawk, representing Mr. Jorge Quesada, stated that the
          petitioner would be using the two (2) lots which would be accessing
          through Coke Street for use of private passenger vehicles for
          parking.

          Motion to close the public hearing and table the item.

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

          Motion to close the public hearing and concur with P&Z to deny the
          zone change request.

          Moved : Cw. Montalvo
          Second: Cm. Casso
          For:  6                        Against:  2         Abstain:  0
          Cm. Bruni,  Cm. Casso          Cm. Perez
          Cw. Moreno, Cm. Valdez         Cm. Alvarado
          Cm. Guerra, Cw. Montalvo

      23. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo's 1996-1997 annual budget
          by increasing estimated revenues and appropriations in the General
          Fund by $5,350.00, and authorizing the City Manager to implement said
          budget.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1996-1997 annual budget by
          increasing estimated revenues and appropriations in the General Fund
          by $5,350.00, and authorizing the City Manager to implement said
          budget.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      24. Public hearing authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for
          Gas Extraction to Waters Engineering & Operating, Inc., on 5.0 acres
          out of Abstract 239, as further described by metes and bounds,
          located west of Highway 83, north of Tinaja Street, and south of
          Saltillo Street, known as Nora Lee Notzon No. 1 Well.

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for Gas
          Extraction to Waters Engineering & Operating, Inc., on 5.0 acres out
          of Abstract 239, as further described by metes and bounds, located
          west of Hwy. 83, north of Tinaja Street, and south of Saltillo
          Street, Known as Nora Lee Notzon No. 1 Well, of the City of Laredo;
          providing for publication and effective date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Motion to incorporate into the ordinance that the bond be reduced
          from $100,000 to $20,000 and that Diesel is ....

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

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      25. Public hearing amending Section 24.1.2.2 of the Laredo Land
          Development Code of the City of Laredo relating to "HISTORIC
          DISTRICT/LANDMARK BOARD; POWER AND DUTIES".

                          INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending Section 24.1.2.2 of the Laredo Land Development
          Code of the City of Laredo relating to "HISTORIC DISTRICT/LANDMARK
          BOARD; POWER AND DUTIES"; providing for publication and effective
          date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

          Moved : Cm. Alvarado
          Second: Cm. Valdez
          For:  7                        Against:  0         Abstain:  0
          (Cw. Moreno was not present)

          Jose Diaz De Leon, Chairman of the Board, spoke in favor of adopting
          section 24.1.2.2 of the Land Development Code.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

  XI.  ADJOURNMENT

          Motion to adjourn.  Time: 7:50 p.m.

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

I HEREBY CERTIFY THAT THE ABOVE MINUTES CONTAINED IN PAGES 01 TO 14
ARE TRUE COMPLETE AND CORRECT PROCEEDINGS OF THE REGULAR CITY COUNCIL
MEETING HELD ON THE 24TH DAY OF FEBRUARY, 1997.  A CERTIFIED COPY IS ON FILE AT
THE CITY SECRETARY'S OFFICE.

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                                   GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.
                                   CITY SECRETARY