Minutes - March 24, 1997
                         CITY OF LAREDO COUNCIL MEETING
                              CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
                               1110 HOUSTON STREET
                                  LAREDO, TEXAS
                                    5:30 P.M.

                                     MINUTES

       M97-R-10                                   MARCH 17, 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 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,       CITY MANAGER
       JERRY BRUCE CAIN,     ASST. CITY ATTORNEY


  IV.  APPROVAL OF MINUTES

       2. City Council Meeting of March 3, 1997

          Motion to approve.

          Moved : Cm. Perez
          Second: Cm. Valdez
          For:  7                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0
          (Cw. Moreno was not present at this time.)

   V.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

       3. Ordinance designating as a Public Utility Easement, a 0.1275 (5555.6
          square feet) acre tract of land to install a sanitary sewer line in
          order to provide sanitary sewer service to the Freddie Benavides
          Sports Complex and to the abutting properties along Chacota Street
          being paved with Project 59 funds; said tract being the Westerly 20.00
          feet of Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6, Block 1191, Eastern Division, Webb
          County, Texas.

          Motion to table for the next council meeting.

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

       4. Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with U.S.
          Cellular to construct a 100 feet.  high self-supporting tower and
          related equipment building for use as a cellular antenna site on a 100
          x 100 foot parcel in the corner of Lot 4, Block 1866, E.D. of the City
          of Laredo, Webb County, TX.
          1.  The term of this lease shall be 10 years commencing March, 1997
              and ending March, 2007, and may be extended for one (5) year
              option ending March, 2012.
          2.  Monthly rent will by $600.00 payable annually in advance and
              adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price
              Index.

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

       5. Ordinance closing as a public easement a road dedicated to the Public
          described on Aurelio Luera's Subdivision Plat of Block 1436, Eastern
          Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, recorded in Vol. 1, Page 90 of
          the Webb County Plat Records and releasing any interest the City of
          Laredo may have on the title of the road property hereby abandoned as
          a public easement, and providing for effective date.

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

       6. Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary
          documents to effectively convey fee simple title to Lorraine Laurel
          for the sale at fair market value of "The Surface Only" of certain
          City property described as being a tract of land containing 3,741.41
          square feet (0.08589 of an acre) more or less, being the east one-half
          of that section of the former South Buena Vista Avenue between Tinaja
          Street and the west right-of-way line of Highway 83, also known as the
          2700 block of South Buena Vista Avenue situated in the Eastern
          Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

  VI.  RESOLUTIONS

       7. 97-R-013  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a water rights sales
                    agreement for the purchase of 250 acre feet of class A Water
                    Rights from Certificate of Adjudication #23-289B for a total
                    of $90,000 from Soltex Development.  Authorizing the City
                    Manager to make an application to Texas Natural Resource
                    Conservation Commission for conversion to municipal use,
                    establish diversion point have City of Laredo's Certificate
                    of Adjudication no. 23-2997 amended by Texas Natural
                    Resource Conservation Commission.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-013.

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

       8. 97-R-025  Supporting the Concord Hills Development and the provision
                    of downpayment assistance to qualifying low and moderate
                    income homebuyers in the form of individual loans of $3,000
                    and authorizing the execution of a contract with the Texas
                    Department of Housing and Community Affairs to further the
                    same, subject but not limited to the following conditions:
                    1.  That the $1.8 million dollar project be funded subject
                        to availability of HOME Investment Partnerships Program
                        (HOME) funds provided by the U.S.  Department of Housing
                        and Urban Development (HUD).
                    2.  That funds be allocated for each specific year based on
                        Vaquillas Development Ltd.'s performance and ability to
                        complete and construct housing as per the following
                        schedule:  50 homes by 9-30-97, 200 homes by 9-30-98,
                        200 homes by 9-30-99, 150 homes by 9-30-2000.  Fund
                        balance not utilized yearly as per schedule will be
                        forfeited.
                    3.  That the disbursement of funds by the City to the
                        homebuyer in the Concord Hills Development be contingent
                        on the State's and County's award of matching funds.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-025 as presented.

                    Moved : Cm. Perez
                    Second: Cm. Valdez
                    For:  6             Against:  1         Abstain:  0
                                        Cm. Casso

                    Cm. Casso requested an amendment to the resolution as
                    follows:

                    1 - Revise item #2 to require quarterly performance reviews
                        as it was discussed in the last meeting.
                    2 - Add to the resolution the language from the last agenda
                        revising our current downpayment assistance program to
                        provide for fair and equal housing opportunities
                        citywide, to others not associated with the Concord
                        Hills Development, these are items 1 and 3 from the
                        second part of the resolution as the way it appears on
                        our last agenda.  Item two is not applicable as we now
                        understand that we can work with a forgivable loan at
                        this time.  The downpayment assistance would have to be
                        repaid on the same schedule as the MPT program.
                    3 - Add to the resolution a requirement that the balance of
                        the City's home monies, specifically the $5 million that
                        the Mayor mentioned at our first meeting on this subject
                        be earmarked the citywide downpayment assistance over
                        the next four years.
                    4 - Add to the resolution the city's support for the state's
                        $3,000.00 downpayment assistance program related your
                        ongoing mortgage bond monies and the leveraging of the
                        city's $3,000.00 downpayment assistance monies with the
                        state's assistance when bond money is available by
                        combining city, state, and any other entities
                        participation in the single second lien.
                    5 - Add to the resolution a requirement that the staff
                        periodically review the geographical disbursement of our
                        downpayment assistance to ensure that assistance for
                        affordable housing is being made available in all
                        council districts.

                    Mayor Ramirez stated that these are the items that Cm.
                    Casso was not authorized to amend on the resolution and
                    resolution stands as presented and passed.

                    Cindy Collazo, Community Development Director, stated that
                    currently they have a match of 50% and they would go ahead
                    and delete that upon council's approval.  She also reported
                    that they have been in contact with HUD office and they
                    requested that council proceed as they wish with the
                    resolution however contingent upon HUD approval.  They
                    wanted to check with HUD headquarters just to make sure that
                    the structure was o.k. as far as the city participating with
                    the state, because the state would then become a recipient
                    of the city and basically that has not been done before so
                    they wanted to check that out.  She wanted council's
                    consideration on that.

                    Cm. Alvarado stated that it was discussed as a council that
                    they wanted to work something out on a citywide basis, he
                    knows that the builders association is working something out
                    to put something together, and since they are addressing
                    this right now he wanted to go on record as saying that
                    "that's the council's position and that we want staff to
                    work with the developers with the association to help pursue
                    on trying to get additional funds to make this a citywide
                    project."

                    Mr. Evan Quiros was before council and spoke of
                    the acreage that is going up for green space and added that
                    in Phase I they will be short approximately one acre under
                    the green space requirements.

                    Cw. Moreno joined the meeting at 6:05 p.m.

                    Motion to waive the rules of order and move item
                    X-A(2)(3) and G(2).

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

       9. 97-R-031  Endorsing the Business Anti-Smuggling Coalition (BASC).  The
                    Coalition was created to eliminate the use of international
                    trade shipments as a viable option for drug smuggling by
                    having importers and their partners, including maquiladora
                    plants, carriers, customhouse brokers and warehouse
                    proprietors, develop self-imposed business standards and
                    security measures that will effectively deter narcotics
                    traffickers.  (Sponsored by Cm. Mario G.  Alvarado)

                    Mr. Dan Hastings, Jr. appeared before the council
                    asking their support for this resolution.  He informed
                    council that on April 8th he and the Economic Development
                    Organizations along the South Texas border will be hosting a
                    conference on the new business-driven Business Anti-
                    Smuggling Coalition (BASC) program and invited the Mayor and
                    City Council to the conference.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-031.

                    Moved : Cm. Guerra
                    Second: Cw. Montalvo
                    For:  7             Against:  0         Abstain:  0
                    (Cm. Alvarado was temporarily out.)

      10. 97-R-032  Accepting a blanket easement from the Housing Authority of
                    Laredo to provide access to the water lines in Richter
                    Courts, authorizing the City Manager to enter into a
                    cooperation agreement between the City and Housing Authority
                    of Laredo.  To accept each tenant in Richter Courts as
                    individual customers and setting specific conditions and
                    responsibilities for each party under such agreement.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-032.

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

      11. 97-R-033  Authorizing the City Manager to endorse the City's
                    partnership with South Texas Development Council (STDC) for
                    the development of the South Texas Regional Water Supply
                    Plan Phase I, for:  Jim Hogg, Starr, Webb and Zapata
                    counties.  The City of Laredo will provide matching funds
                    not to exceed $2,500.00 for the proposed water resources
                    planning in the four counties.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-033.

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

      12. 97-R-034  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant in the amount
                    of $256,499.00 from the Texas Department of Health for the
                    HIV/STD Ryan White Care Consortium Project of the City of
                    Laredo Health Department for the period beginning April 1,
                    1997, through March 31, 1998.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-034.

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

      13. 97-R-036  Accepting the donation of a parcel of land as Dedication of
                    Right-of-Way from the First Baptist Church for the widening
                    of Malinche said parcel being situated in Block 1234, City
                    of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; described as being the
                    surface only of a 1,209.85 square feet tract of land, more
                    or less, out of Lot 1, Block 1234, Eastern Division,
                    property of the first Baptist Church of Laredo as per
                    Warranty Deed recorded in Volume 1198, Pages 359-360, of the
                    Webb County Deed Records, dated September 24, 1986; and
                    further described by metes and bounds.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-036.

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

      14. 97-R-037  Accepting the donation of one parcel of land as Dedication
                    of Right-of-Way for the extension of Cortez St. from Ejido
                    Avenue east to connect with Cortez Street at the Villa Del
                    Sol Subdivision; and two parcels of land as Utility
                    Easements for the installation of a revised drainage system
                    at the intersection of Cortez St. and Ejido Avenue; said
                    parcels being situated in Webb County, Texas, and being
                    generally described below and more particularly described by
                    metes and bounds.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-037.

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


 VII.  MOTIONS

      15. Approval of bid specifications and authorization to advertise for bids
          for the following:
          a) traffic signal, and pedestrian signal hardware to be used in new
             traffic signals projects and the maintenance of existing traffic
             signals, b) purchase larger size, vandal proof street name signs to
             be installed on Non-CDBG areas with priority to intersections with
             missing or faded street name signs (a total of 1,792 street name
             sign blades for 448 intersections will be purchased),
          c) contract for providing assembling and installation services for
             1,640 new vandal proof street name signs with the City of Laredo.
             A tentative bid award is scheduled for April 21, 1997.

          Motion to approve bid specifications and authorization to advertise
          for bids.

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

      16. Approval of bid specifications and authorization to advertise for bids
          and interest statements for the following:
          a) Design, produce, and deliver bronze sculptures for placement at the
             New International Airport and City Hall.  A tentative contract
             award contingent of appropriation of funds for specific projects.
          b) mechanical joint fittings, annual contract-Utilities

             Department. A tentative bid award is scheduled for April 21, 1997.
          c) waterworks material, annual contract -Utilities Department. A
             tentative bid award is scheduled for April 21, 1997.
          d) 3/4 ton truck-Community Development Department.  A tentative bid
             award is scheduled for April 21, 1997.

          Motion to approve bid specifications and authorization to advertise
          for bids and interest statements with the amendment that the artist
          for the New International Airport be brought separately for
          authorization.

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

      17. Authorization to advertise for Request for Proposals (RFPs) for
          consulting services to provide surveys, design and preparation of
          plans and specifications for a 16 Inch Water Line along Highway 359 to
          service the proposed new Fire Training Facility, and the anticipation
          of the water services to the Colonias located on State Highway 359.

          Motion to approve.

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

      18. Authorization to advertise for Request for Proposals (RFPs) for
          consulting services to prepare an engineering report with cost
          estimates for both construction and design, and provide surveys,
          design and the preparation of plans and specifications for the
          required utilities relocation and/or adjustments in conjunction with
          the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) proposed widening and
          installation of a proposed storm sewer line on U.S.  Highway 59
          between San Dario and Ejido.  The project will be rendered in two
          phases.  Phase I is the preparation of a preliminary engineering
          report with cost estimates for both construction and design services.
          Phase II will be actual design and preparation of plans/specifications
          of the proposed utilities lines relocation and/or adjustments.

          Motion to approve.

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

      19. Authorization to advertise for Request for Proposals (RFPs) for
          consulting services to provide surveys, design and preparation of
          plans and specifications for the Laredo International Bridge No. 1
          Pavement Reconstruction of Approaches, Phase I.

          Motion to approve.

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

      20. Authorizing the City Manager to solicit request for proposals from
          qualified consultants for Stormwater sampling equipment supply &
          installation on a turn key basis, and request for bids from qualified
          analytical laboratories for stormwater samples for a period of three
          years for a grant awarded by the Texas Natural Resource Conservation
          Commission to be used for implementing Nonpoint Source Toxic Substance
          Project for Manadas Creek for the period from November 1, 1996 through
          September 30, 1999.

          Motion to approve.

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

      21. Approval of the construction plans and authorization to advertise for
          bids for the Southgate Pilot Channel Improvements to be placed over an
          existing earthen ditch located along the east side of Canada Avenue,
          approximately 2200 L.F. and approximately 12 feet wide, from Norton to
          Ireland, curving southwesterly through the drainage easement located
          along the east side of New York to Southgate Boulevard. A tentative
          bid award is scheduled for April 21, 1997.

          Motion to approve.

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

      22. Approval of the construction plans and authorization to advertise for
          bids for the Willow/Chacon Drainage Improvements with tentative award
          on May 5, 1997.

          Motion to approve.

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

      23. Approval of the construction plans and authorization to advertise for
          bids for the Santa Maria Avenue Drainage Improvements between Del Mar
          Boulevard and Markley Lane. A tentative bid award is scheduled for
          April 21, 1997.

          Motion to approve.

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

      24. Approval of the construction plans and authorization to advertise for
          bids for the San Salvador/Pine/Chestnut Drainage Improvements. A
          tentative bid award is scheduled for May 5, 1997.

          Motion to approve.

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

      25. Approval of the construction plans and authorization to advertise for
          bids for the City of Laredo and the Laredo Independent School District
          (LISD) Sidewalk Program (13 LISD Schools) for Buenos Aires Elementary,
          Ochoa/Sanchez Elementary, J.C. Martin Elementary, D.D. Hachar
          Elementary, Kawas Elementary, Ligarde Elementary, Daiches Elementary,
          and Zachary Elementary Schools, for Cigarroa Middle, Memorial Middle
          and Lamar Middle Schools, and also for Cigarroa and Nixon High
          Schools. A tentative bid award is scheduled for April 21, 1997.

          Motion to approve.

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

      26. Award of contract to the Lowest Bidder Meeting Specifications Applied
          Earth Sciences, Inc., Corpus Christi, Texas, in the amount of
          $29,500.00 for the removal of 6 - 25,000 gallons underground storage
          tanks and ancillary equipment from the City of Laredo Airport Fuel
          Farm. Funding is available in the Airport Fuel Farm Account.

          Motion to approve.

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

      27. Award of contract to the Low Bidder, Vanmar Inc., Laredo, Texas, in
          the estimated amount of $70,000.00 for providing asphalt/concrete
          repairs and water taps/T connections as required by the Utilities
          Department.  Vanmar submitted the lowest bid pricing on a per square
          foot cost basis to repair asphalt and concrete cuts required to repair
          distribution lines and is the low bidder on a unit cost for water tap
          and T connection installation service.  This type of service will be
          requested on a per need basis and all work is inspected by the
          Utilities Department for compliance with City requirements.  The bid
          pricing is the same as the last contract period. Funding is available
          in the Utilities Department Budget.

          Motion to approve.

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

      28. Award of a construction contract to the Lowest Bidder, Ramex
          Construction Company, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of
          $152,315.00, for the Pace Street Drainage Extension and the
          Ligarde/Barrios Drainage Project.  A total five (5) bids were received
          on March 4, 1997. Funding is available in the Community Development 21
          Action Year, and Drainage Improvements - Pace Street and in the
          Drainage Improvements Ligarde/Barrios Project.

          Motion to approve.

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

      29. Award of a construction contract to the Lowest Bidder, Ramex
          Construction Company, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of
          $137,702.40, for the Malinche Avenue Re-alignment Street Improvements
          from Bartlett/Locust to Frost Street adjacent to J.W. Nixon High
          School to include reconstruction of the Bartlett/Locust intersection,
          construction of a bus drop-off lane on the north side of Malinche
          Avenue between Locust and Plum; reconstruction and widening of
          Malinche Avenue; construction of concrete curb and gutter, and
          sidewalks. A total of two (2) bids were received on February 27, 1997.
          Funding is available in the Capital Improvements Fund.

          Motion to approve.

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

      30. Authorizing the City Manager to extend a contract with AT&T dated
          September 25, 1985, for a period not to exceed 60 days from date of
          expiration (February 28, 1997), while negotiations are finalized on
          the contract renewal for the
          Bridge conduit which is currently leased to AT&T.

          Motion to approve.


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

      31. Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract between the City of
          Laredo and Brown & Root, Inc., in association with Mejia Engineering,
          Inc., for professional services in the development of a Flood
          Protection Plan for the Chacon Watershed, in an amount not to exceed
          $300,000.00. The study will prepare hydrological and hydraulic data
          required for the submittal of a Letter of Map Revision (LOMR) to the
          Federal Emergency Management Agency, will establish a stormwater
          information database identifying structures in the floodplain, will
          develop a Flood Protection Plan including proposed regulations for
          non-structural controls as well as a program of structural
          improvements for flood control purposes, and will provide the city
          with a computer model to plan the scheduled maintenance of stream beds
          and structures.  Funding for this project will come from the city
          (($17,500.00), the County of Webb ($17,500.00), the Webb County
          Drainage District No. 1 ($5,000.00), and the Texas Water Development
          Board in the form of a grant ($260,000.00).

          Motion to approve.

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

      32. Approval of a Professional Services Contract for an amount not to
          exceed $70,450.00 to Structural Engineering Associates, Inc.  (SEA)
          (San Antonio) in association with Lockwood, Andrews & Newman, Inc.
          (LAN), Foster Engineering Company, Ashley Humphries & Sanchez
          Architects and Traffic Engineers, Inc. for surveying services at the
          Laredo Northwest International Bridge (Fourth Bridge) and Border
          Facilities and authorization to the City Manager to negotiate an
          engineering contract for the balance of the scope of work of the
          project to include design, resident construction management.  
          Funding is available in the Bridge System Fourth Bridge 
          Architectural Fees.

          Motion to approve.

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

      33. Approval of change order no. 2, an increase of $2,240.10 to the
          construction contract with Ramex Construction Company, Inc., Houston,
          Texas, for required street patchwork in conjunction with the Sierra
          Vista 5 Million Gallon Ground Storage Tank and Pump Facility and the
          Santa Isabel Reverse Osmosis Facility Projects. Original contract
          amount was $4,035,915.10. This change order will bring the total
          contract amount to $4,035,175.20.  Funding is available in the
          Waterworks System Fund.

          Motion to approve.

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

      34. Approval of amendment no. 2, an increase of $36,488.00 to the
          architectural/engineering contract with NRS Engineers, Harlingen,
          Texas, for additional services to include archaeological monitoring
          and to amend the O&M (Operation and Maintenance) Manual to include the
          entire facility including the new intake structure prior to final
          completion of the 60 Million Gallons per Day (MGD) Raw Water Intake
          Structure at the Jefferson Street Water Treatment Plant per the Texas
          Water Development Board Requirements. Original contract amount was
          $341,000.00. This amendment will bring the total contract amount to
          $397,888.00.  Funding is available in the Waterworks System Fund.

          Motion to approve.

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

      35. Approval of proposal from Central Power & Light for $132,450.00, to
          transfer overhead power lines to underground on McPherson Road for the
          new City of Laredo Public Library.  Funding is available through the
          sale of certificates of obligation series 1997B.

          Motion to approve.

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


VIII.  CITY MANAGER'S REPORT

      36. Authorizing staff to negotiate thru possible donation or thru a Right
          of Entry and Possession instrument, the right to enter upon the
          proposed alignment of International Boulevard to be further described
          upon completion of formal survey for the purpose of surveying,
          grading, and aligning the proposed right-of-way of this extension.

          Motion authorizing staff to negotiate thru possible donation or thru a
          Right of Entry and Possession instrument, the right to enter upon the
          proposed alignment of International Boulevard to be further described
          upon completion of formal survey for the purpose of surveying,
          grading, and aligning the proposed right-of-way of this extension.

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

      37. Presentation on the Operational Expenses for opening the Three Fire
          Stations.

          Mike Garza, Interim Fire Chief, gave the following proposed schedule:

          October 1997 - Hire 19 firefighters for staffing of first fire
                         station (12)  and new EMS unit (7): training period -6 months.
          December 1997- Begin construction of first fire station.
                         April 1998 - Construction completed for first fire
                         station becomes operational.  New EMS unit becomes
                         operational.

          Staffing requirements:  reclassify 6 firefighters to 3 captains and 3
          driver positions.

          October 1998 - Hire 12 firefighters for staffing of second fire
                         station.  Purchase new fire apparatus -$300,000.
          December 1998- Begin construction of second fire station.
          April 1999   - Construction completed for second fire station becomes
                         operational.  Staffing requirements: reclassify 6
                         firefighters to 3 captains and 3 driver positions.
          October 1999 - Hire 12 firefighters for staffing of third fire
                         station.  Purchase of new fire apparatus -$300,000.
          December 1999- Begin construction of third fire station.
          April 2000   - Construction completed, becomes operational.

          Staffing requirements:  reclassify 6 firefighters to 3 captains and 3
          driver positions.

      38. Authorizing staff to advertise the public sale by competitive bids for
          a 0.556 of an acre tract of land containing approximately 24,224
          square. ft. of land out of a 1.00 acre tract, out of Block 1, of the
          Don Rey of Texas, Inc.  Subdivision, as per plat recorded in Volume 5,
          Page 82, Plat Records of Webb County, Texas; and formerly known as the
          Dairy Queen Restaurant; and being more particularly described by metes
          and bounds, with possible Executive Session for deliberation regarding
          real property as authorized by Section 551.072 of the Texas Government
          Code. A tentative bid award is scheduled for the April 28, 1997
          meeting.

          Motion authorizing staff to advertise the public sale by competitive
          bids for a 0.556 of an acre tract of land containing approximately
          24,224 square. ft. of land out of a 1.00 acre tract, out of Block 1,
          of the Don Rey of Texas, Inc.  Subdivision, as per plat recorded in
          Volume 5, Page 82, Plat Records of Webb County, Texas; and formerly
          known as the Dairy Queen Restaurant.

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

      39. Authorizing the City Manager to amend Section 4, of the March 3, 1997
          amended Interlocal Agreement between the County of Webb and the City
          of Laredo for fire protection, medical emergency, and rescue services
          to be provided outside the City limits to the unincorporated areas
          within Webb County, in order to increase the notice of re-negotiation
          and cancellation period from 60 days to 120 days prior to the end of
          the fiscal year, during the entire term of this Interlocal Agreement,
          in order to include fire protection services to certain "Industrial
          Districts" as designated in Ordinance No. 97-O-011.

          Motion to amend the contract to incorporate the cancellation period
          (instead of 60 days to 120 days) that it be stricken
          and that it be 12 months prior to the end of the fiscal year.

          Moved : Cm. Bruni
          Second: Cm. Guerra
          For:  8

          Motion to approve as amended.

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

      40. Presentation with possible action to modify the current Sidewalk
          Program that includes sidewalks along major thoroughfares and add
          sidewalks along CDBG residential neighborhoods that would provide safe
          walkways to connect neighborhoods to local schools.  The current
          sidewalk program on San Bernardo Avenue between Houston Street and
          Tesoro Lane and Corpus Christi Street between San Dario Avenue and
          Arkansas Avenue was funded with 1993 and 1994 CDBG Funds.  The project
          is on hold due to lack of funding for non CDBG areas.  This
          modification would make it possible to continue the sidewalk program
          on schedule and help the City meet timely expenditures of CDBG funds.

          Cindy Collazo, Community Development Director, made the presentation
          before council.  She added that currently they have about $425,000.00,
          the proposed cost for this project is $399,000.00 the difference would
          be used to hire an engineer and do the different costs that would be
          associated with the project.  She stated that they are proposing to
          contract these projects out.

          Mayor Ramirez suggested a modification for the future, that we start
          looking at blocks and doing blocks within the CDBG primarily, doing an
          entire block at a time and work from the main thoroughfares into the
          residential areas, but to do them by blocks.

          Motion to proceed and modify the current sidewalk program.

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

      41. Authorizing the amendment of the 19th and 20th Action Year (AY)
          Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Final Statements and the 1996
          Consolidated Plan as it pertains to the use of 22 Action Year CDBG
          funds for the purpose of reprogramming a total of $1,633,886.00, to
          facilitate Phase I acquisition and relocation activities associated
          with the widening of Blocks 1700-2200 of Lafayette Street.  CDBG funds
          and fund balances proposed to be reprogrammed include:
          19th Action Year CDBG
          Housing Rehab Administration . . . . . .$       91
          Housing Rehab Loans. . . . . . . . . . .$       17
          Project 48 Grants. . . . . . . . . . . .$    1,054
          Project 50 Grants. . . . . . . . . . . .$    1,370
          Project 47 Street Improvements . . . . .$       20
          Affordable Housing Infrastructure. . . .$  130,587
          Northeast Laredo Park. . . . . . . . . .$    4,321
                        Subtotal . . . . .$137,460
          20th Action Year CDBG
          Administration       . . . . . . . . . .$   24,655
          Housing Rehab Administration . . . . . .$   27,880
          Street Improvement Project 52 Grants . .$    9,120
          Street Improvement Project 54 Grants . .$   19,793
          Street Improvement Project 55 Grants . .$   17,780
          Street Improvement Project 56 Grants . .$    6,025
          Street Improvement Project 54. . . . . .$   22,807
          Santo Nino Wastewater Improvement
            Project. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$  150,000
          Azteca Neighborhood Wastewater Imp.
            Project. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$  150,000
          Laredo Webb Neighborhood Housing
            Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$   68,366
                        Subtotal . . . . .$496,426
          22nd AY CDBG
          Acquisition of Land for Affordable
            Housing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,000,000
                        Subtotal . . . .$1,000,000
                        Total. . . . . . . . . . .$1,633,886

          Motion to approve.

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

      42. Request for confirmation of candidate for appointment to the position
          of City Attorney with possible Executive Session pursuant to Section
          551.074 of the Texas Government Code to discuss said confirmation.

          Motion to confirm Mr. Jaime Flores as the new City Attorney as the
          appointee of City Manager Florencio Pena.

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

      43. Request of Executive Session to be conducted pursuant to Section
          551.074 of the Texas Government Code to discuss the selection of a
          Police Chief and a Fire Chief.

          Motion to table.

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


  IX.  COMMUNICATIONS

          Mr. Steve Wright, Wright Realty, requested that the $200
          administrative fee for illegal hookups be modified.

          Mayor Ramirez requested that this item be brought before the
          council under Cm. Guerra's presentation and at the same time instruct
          staff to present a report that shows how many of these illegal hookups
          have been discovered and the kind of circumstances generally, that
          have affected us discovering this hookups so that they can better
          address this one.

          Motion to place it on the agenda for the March 24th meeting for full
          discussion.

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

   X.  CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION AND PRESENTATION

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

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

       1.  Presentation by Reverend Juan Garza of the Calvary Center, Inc.,
           concerning their request for funding assistance from the City with
           possible action.  (Co-sponsored by Cm. Joe A. Guerra)

           Mrs. Isabel Garza requested financial assistance from the council for
           the Calvary Center.

           Cw. Montalvo requested that she apply to the City through
           the Third Party Funding Program for the next fiscal year.

       2.  Presentation by Judge Raul Vasquez and Carol Sherwood of the
           Children's Coalition concerning National Child Abuse Prevention
           Month.

           Judge Raul Vasquez representing the Webb County Children's Coalition
           asked for help and participation concerning the National Child Abuse
           Prevention for the month of April.  He asked that on April 1st at
           noon that a 30 second prayer or song be conducted by all the city
           employees and allow the distribution of ribbons.

           Mrs. Carol Sherwood asked that the City should recognize the families
           of the employees by providing pictures of the employees' families.
           She concluded by thanking the council for their time.

       3.  Presentation by Jim Moore, President of the Border Olympics.

           Mr. Moore publicly thanked the council for their support on behalf of
           all the directors and volunteers and named the council as Honorary
           Board Members and presented them with a cap and t-shirt.

    B.  Requests by Councilmember Jose R. Perez, Jr.

       1.  Discussion and possible action regarding the initiation of a study to
           determine how city employee salary's compare with equivalent
           positions in other cities.  This should involve a reevaluation of the
           Slavin, Nevins & Associates Study done in 1990.  This information
           should be completed prior to initiating the 1997-98 budget process.

           Dan Migura, Interim Administrative Services Director, briefed council
           on the Slavin & Nevins Program, he added that it was approved by
           council in 1991.  The intent of the program was to have an annual
           review and possible upgrade and since the conception of the program
           there hasn't been one.  He added that if we look at our salary
           program right now we are behind.  Mr.  Pena has instructed staff for
           sometime now, to look into that.
           With recent TML survey they compared and they have some figures that
           do support that we are substantially behind.  There currently exists
           a task working on this, they met last week and they are exploring
           options.  Staff suggested that since we already have a Health and
           Benefits Ad Hoc Committee they would like council to consider
           expanding the role of that Ad Hoc Committee to include a Salary
           Administration Program so they can work with that Ad Hoc Committee on
           options and recommendations and then come before council with those
           recommendations.

           Motion to initiate a study to determine how city employee salary's
           compare with equivalent positions in other cities.  This should
           involve a re-evaluation of the Slavin, Nevins & Associates Study done
           in 1990.  This information should be completed prior to initiating
           the 1997-98 budget process and
           that the motion be amended to include staff's suggestion to expand
           the role of the Health and Benefits Ad Hoc Committee to include a
           Salary Administration Program to explore options and make
           recommendations.

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

       2.  Appointing Peter Lizcano as my nominee to the Parks and Recreation
           Advisory Board.

           Motion appointing Peter Lizcano as Cm. Jose R. Perez's nominee to the
           Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.

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

    C.  Requests by Councilmember Louis H. Bruni

       1.  Status report with possible action on the recompletion of the Santa
           Isabel Creek test well #1.  (Co-sponsored Cm. Mario G.  Alvarado).

           Cm. Alvarado asked that this item be taken in conjunction with item
           G(5) to be considered at the same time.

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

           Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, gave the following report:

           The specific yield of the well was calculated in anticipation of the
           perforation of the secondary aquifer in the formation.  The specific
           capacity relates the well output to the drawdown, which is the
           difference in the water level before pumping and under pumping at
           steady conditions.  The Santa Isabel well specific yield is 0.4368
           gpm per foot of drawdown, or an output of 110 gpm for a level drop of
           288.75 ft.

           The performation of the secondary zone by Woods Drilling is scheduled
           for the week of March 24, 1997.  Following the job the well will be
           developed once more, and the specific yield calculated to evaluate
           the effect of the work done.

           In order to offer fire fighting water to the area, the Utilities
           Department has pumped approximately 200,000 gallons of water into the
           tank at the site, and set the pumps to work automatically upon a red
           fire hydrant being opened at the well site.  No other fire hydrants
           are active since we cannot put untreated water in the lines.  The
           hydrants will be active once the reverse osmosis system is working
           and the grid open for public distribution.

           On the reverse osmosis unit, the contractor has informed us that the
           treatment plant will be ready in mid April.  Most of the work pending
           involves electrical instrumentation.  Start up activities will be
           scheduled as soon as the plant is operational.

           Two individuals, Mr. Riley and Mr. Asmussen, have requested
           permission to extend an eight-inch line to their respective
           properties.  This water is to be used for residential purposes and
           the properties are in part within the 1,000 ft. band annexed along
           the Mines Road during the Laredo Colombia bridge construction.  To
           serve the portion outside the city limits we will have to ask the
           individuals to annex, or the City Council will have to extend a
           special dispensation by ordinance.

           Cm. Bruni requested that once the perforation of the secondary zone
           is done, that a flow test be conducted immediately and that a report
           be given to council on what our yield is and how dramatically it is
           going to affect the GPM's per minute.

       2.  Discussion and possible action concerning the waiving of tipping fees
           to Southern Sanitation on Saturdays for the month of April to aid in
           the Colonias "Clean-up" effort.

           A letter was received from Mary Nelda Barrera, Field Represent-ative
           for the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, asking for
           council's support on their 2nd Annual Colonia Clean Up Day during the
           month of April.  The project will include the colonias along Highway
           359, El Cenizo, Rio Bravo, and Larga Vista.

           Mayor Ramirez stated this is an effort that we can endorse and
           embrace, the only request that he would ask is that if we are going
           to waive the tipping fees, that one fee not be waived and that is the
           $1.25 that is charged by the state.

           Motion to proceed with the project, and having staff coordinate this
           with Nelda Barrera so that she can make everyone aware of the
           separation of trash and that all tipping fees that are charged by the
           state be covered by a third party or another interested party in
           order for this to work.

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

       3.  Discussion and possible action concerning the initiation of a traffic
           flow study around Ryan Elementary School and Lamar Middle School and
           to make specific recommendations on how to improve traffic flows.

           Robert Murillo, Traffic Engineer, stated that eight (8) months ago
           they had started a study and gave several suggestions to the LISD
           staff on Nixon, Milton, Alma Pierce, and Zachry.

           Motion to instruct staff to provide a traffic flow study around Ryan
           Elementary School and Lamar Middle School and make specific
           recommendations on how to improve traffic flows in these two schools
           and that the Police Department monitors traffic flows.

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

       4.  Presentation by Ray Campbell of Hydromizer concerning the use of a
           water saving device.

           Mr. Campbell, President of Hydromizer, stated that they have a
           flapper device that would save water in the toilet tank and can avoid
           water loss.

           Cm. Bruni suggested that Mr. Campbell gets together with staff
           for a demonstration and the possibility of placing them in city
           properties.

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

       1.  Discussion and possible action regarding the St. Petersburg, Florida
           trip with respect to the COPS Program.

           Cm. Casso wanted feedback from council on these issue.  He stated it
           was his understanding that they took this trip to Arizona because the
           Police Consultants that were hired in the past said they had
           implemented this program in Arizona and it turned out that it was not
           true that they had never heard about these
           consultants.  He has not been able to verify that nor has he had time
           to go back and look at the videos to see if they had made that
           statement before this council.  Nevertheless, they have not received
           a report regarding the Arizona trip, he does not know what they did
           over there, nothing has been seen from the Police Department or from
           staff.  He wants some type of information from the Arizona trip.

           Cm. Guerra stated that their trip to Arizona was a good trip, they
           saw the COPS Program in action, although it was very basic and
           somewhat limited more or less in the same lines as the one we have
           implemented here.  They have it in certain neighbor-
           hoods and it has not been implemented citywide yet, basically they
           are at the same speed that we are here.

           Mayor Ramirez suggested that instead of looking at the St.
           Petersburg, Florida trip if they would allow him to contact the U.S.
           Conference of Mayors to see where they have a full flesh cops
           programs in effect throughout the country which have had success
           ratios.  They could provide them with cities that have such full
           flesh cops programs that have been implemented and have been
           functioning for a few years, then from that list perhaps make a
           selection as to where anybody might want to go to see a full cops
           program in operation.

           Mr. Pena stated that's what the Police Department did in Tempe,
           Arizona and in St. Petersburg.  The trip in Tempe helped them
           understand that we are at grade or above grade in terms of the COPS
           Program because we are doing geographic deployment.  He added we have
           four areas and they only have one.  St. Peters-
           burg has a citywide program but it does not have a geographic
           deployment.  They do have one Sgt. or Officer assigned to one
           district.

           Interim Chief Dovalina stated they made inquiries of other cities on
           their COPS Program including the Tempe people and had submitted a
           report.  Eluding to what Cm. Casso mentioned he asked in reference to
           the Chief of Police being there and they had no idea who Mayo and
           Murphy were.  He continued by saying that the city of St. Petersburg
           has a citywide implementation of community policing services that has
           been in effect since 1990.  They have a rather different variation of
           what community policing services we have here, but that was another
           reason why they went ahead and wanted to view that program.  They
           have been working diligently with the community policing program, to
           come up with an overall three year plan and on how to expand these
           services, whether it is cost prohibited or cost effective to continue
           a full blown implementation program.

           Cm. Perez suggested that they look at different variations of
           programs for chosing purposes.

           Cm. Alvarado stated the whole thing here is looking at the expense
           and trying to implement it is as a citywide program.

           He added that their might have been some misrepresentation on behalf
           of the consultants that came in to do the police work, if that is
           true he has a great concern and suggested that this task be given to
           staff and the Chief of Police.

           Cm. Casso stated that there were four dates when Mayo and Murphy were
           here, Feb. 5, 1996, June 5, 1995, July 17, 1995 and June 19, 1995,
           they were paid approximately $175,000.00.  Their primary task was to
           come in here and to implement the COPS program.  He added that they
           didn't do a very good job because we still had to go out of town to
           get more information and get better educated on this program.  He
           then hears that Arizona had never heard about these people and was
           very concerned about it because in his opinion this is
           misrepresentation of facts, if they did say they went to Arizona.

       2.  Discussion and possible action regarding Bridge Revenues.

           Motion to table.

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

       3.  Discussion and possible action regarding the request for RFP's for
           contract operations of the Utilities Department.

           Cm. Casso wanted council's support on going out for RFP's.  He said
           some cities have paid more than $100,000.00 to get RFP's done, if
           they gave staff enough time and they get some sample RFP's from
           various companies that are in this type of business,
           we can do something without any commitment.  We can get four
           companies to do that and it is going to cost these companies about
           $50,000 to come here setup and do a study.  We will get about a
           quarter of a million dollars worth of studies to find out exactly
           what we are doing.  If PSG says they could set us a million, he has
           been talking to other companies that say if that's all they can save
           us, then we are doing an excellent job and there is no point in even
           trying to contract out.  Some companies say they can save us $3
           million so we should find out, they say they will come out here and
           do an analysis, they will tell us how much power each motor is
           pulling, and if that is the kind of report we will get, he thinks it
           will assist us and there is no commitment on our part and we don't
           have to contract with them.  He added that if we were to contract and
           if we are going to lay employees off he would be opposed to it.

           Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, reported that council asked for
           three things:
           1) To produce a study showing a view of the industry what we can
           expect and especially the treatment of employees, the maintenance of
           facilities and the level of savings.

           He has been working on this, he has a draft report to present to
           council within 30 days as a final report and has to discuss with Mr.
           Pena the final points to iron out and come up with a unified opinion.

           2) That they get a sample of RFP's from other cities.

           He has six (6) or seven (7) RFPs from other cities ranging from
           Houston to Oklahoma City.  They even produced a sample RFP that tries
           to simplify the process, there are two main avenues that can be
           pursed in trying to pursue this one. (1) Is that if they try an
           select a company based on qualifications then all they do is
           basically tell them come in and tell us how you can do this, present
           a technical approach, we look at their financial sheets, and other
           factors, plus see what savings they can produce.  (2) The second
           avenue should be a precursor to the agreement to the contract so it
           needs to be prepared in great detail, something that needs to be
           invested time and money
           to make sure we didn't leave things on the side that should have been
           addressed specifically the maintenance of the facilities.

           3) To comply a list of cities that we could visit as a group prior to
           making the decision.

           He has three cities, three are out of state that because of the size
           and complex operation would resemble Laredo.  Three are in the State
           of Texas which are very small, but Texas really hasn't opened up to
           contract operations in a large scale except Houston.

           He added that on his report he will put the good/bad experiences that
           the people in Houston and Corpus have not decided to add at all.

           In the meantime, they have talked to four companies and four
           engineering firms who are offering to coach staff to go into
           something called managed competition for a fee.  The range goes from
           $40,000-$200,000.  They come in and teach staff to improve the
           efficiency of operations specifically at the treatment plants
           (water/wastewater plants) they don't operate the system, they just
           simply offer to produce a study and they push them in with their new
           knowledge and you come up with a savings.

           Finally, one thing they have been exploring is staff grievance
           savings, what can we do if we decided not to do this.  If they can
           present a budget that is 5% less than last year, will we have an
           impact or we don't have an impact.  Simply to be able to open the
           doors to the three main ideas in this arena and that when council
           makes a decision to privatize or not privatize that they can look at
           all the possibilities.

           Mr. Roman wants that time be given to continue working on this and if
           the company is serious about coming in at no cost and teaching us
           something, he will pick them up.

           Mayor Ramirez suggested they wait after the 30 day report that Mr.
           Roman is finishing and at that point after the report is completed,
           then instruct staff to proceed according to whatever final analysis
           they have come up with.

    E.  Requests by Councilmember Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

       1.  Discussion and possible action concerning the development of a city
           ordinance training program for patrol officers.
           (Co-sponsored by Cm. Joe A.  Guerra)

           Agustin Dovalina, Interim Police Chief, reported that they conducted
           an in service training for new police officers as they come in
           immediately after the academy training.  The course consists of city
           ordinances and it's a 12-hour set-up
           in the course where they teach them about pertinent city ordinances
           that they are empowered to go ahead and enforce including the curfew,
           the truck route, the tow truck ordinance, the taxicab, the fireworks.
           A handbook is issued to each officer containing pertinent ordinances.
           The officers are also instructed in the ordinances, in our general
           manual which they are empowered to enforce.  Whenever there are
           amendments they are briefed in the briefing sessions.  Right now what
           they are doing with the legal advisor is setting up continued
           training in ordinances together with the training division to keep
           this officers updated.  The training is ongoing, but now they are
           incorporating the legal advisor to go ahead and assist.

       2.  Discussion and possible action concerning the development of a
           notification system to let citizens know that a specific department
           has looked into their certain concern.

           Cm. Alvarado requested that some type of software be purchased or
           notification system be developed that would notify the citizen that
           their complaint has been followed through and results if available.

           Cm. Guerra suggested that the council be reported on the status of
           any complaint in their district.

           Mr. Pena stated that they will develop a system.

    F.  Requests by Councilmember Joe A. Guerra

       1.  Discussion and possible action regarding the construction of
           sidewalks along Sandy Lane and Lindenwood leading to Trautman Middle
           School so that the parents and students do not have to walk on the
           street.

           Cm. Guerra stated that District VI does not qualify for CDBG funds so
           this would have to be done in-house.

           Florencio Pena, City Manager, stated that the sidewalks is 100% in
           non CDBG, with the school district its 50/50 match, in CDBG areas we
           pay if they qualify.

           Mayor Ramirez requested that staff provide a cost estimate for the
           next meeting.

       2.  Discussion and possible action to construct Gallagher Street between
           Hillside and Calton Road with property owner's donation of right-of-
           way.

           City Manager Florencio Pe¤a informed the council that a report will
           be ready by the next council meeting.

       3.  Discussion and possible action to re-name a street Gust Street in
           honor of Mr. Gust (WW II Hero).  (Co-sponsored by Cm. Louis H. Bruni)

           Cm. Guerra requested to place this request in our street name
           inventory for the next available new street.

    G.  Requests by Councilmember Mario G. Alvarado

       1.  Approval of my nominee, Sandra Rocha Taylor to the Parks and
           Recreation Advisory Board.

           Motion to appoint Sandra Rocha Taylor to the Parks and Recreation
           Advisory Board.

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

       2.  Presentation to Guerra Communications for their community involvement
           with the "Toys for Tejanitos Project."

           Belinda Guerra from Guerra Communications was publicly congratulated
           by Cm. Alvarado and Mayor Ramirez presented her with an appreciation
           award on behalf of all the council.

       3.  Discussion and possible action regarding the yearly Mothers Day
           Concert sponsored by the City.

           Motion to approve the sponsorship by the City of Laredo.

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

       4.  Status on pending right-of-way issues regarding the warehouse located
           on Mann Road and Riverside with possible Executive Session pursuant
           to Section 551.071 of the Texas Government Code to discuss pending
           litigation, City of Laredo vs. Makro Business International Inc.,
           Cause No. C-94-773-D3, in the 341st District Court of Webb County,
           Texas.

           Jerry Cain, Interim City Attorney, stated that matter was filed in
           1994 over an encroachment of one of our streets.  They got an agreed
           judgement on the matter, it has been signed  The judgement called for
           certain things to be done and the engineers are about to conclude an
           agreement with the property owners.

           Cm. Alvarado wanted to know the time frame on this issue.


           Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, stated that they had problems locating
           the owner, Mr. Posada from Mexico City, but finally they got in
           contact with local engineer that he hired.  He did express some
           concerns on some of the items that were presented in the plat that
           the engineer had.  Later on he said he would go back and forward a
           letter with his concerns and he did, they already have those and are
           now in a stage where they can move ahead and make those changes in
           the plat and then move to finalize it by the end of the month, but he
           does not have a time frame on their engineers.

           Mayor Ramirez stated if we are looking at approximately 120 days for
           all the process.

           Cm. Alvarado stated this issue has been going on since 1994 do we
           have a time frame or do we force the issue?

           Mayor stated that we are already in a point where they are coming
           back with a recommendation, if we don't receive anything within 60
           days that this item be brought back as an agenda item and at that
           time if we have to go back to court to say that they are not moving
           then we'll go back to court.

       5.  Request to have staff research and make a recommendation on
           establishing a water point at the Santa Isabel Water Well.
           (Co-sponsred by Cm. Loius H. Bruni)

           Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, reported that the request by Cm.
           Alvarado to research the possibility of installing a water point in
           the vicinity of the well will be investigated.  Main factors will be
           the traffic safety aspects of installing a facility on the Mines
           Road, the possibility of extending a line on one of the gravel roads,
           and the operation of the water point by the County.

           Rose Gonzalez of Pe¤itas invited Council to a meeting that will be
           held where they will be discussing problems and concerns that
           residents of the area have.

           Elvira Morales representing residents at Pe¤itas, Pico Road and along
           the Mines area stated their main concern was the truck trailer
           hazardous area where the well is located and the upcoming summer
           where health hazards will arise due to mosquitos and heat because it
           is very hard to get access to the point where it is located at now.

           Mayor Ramirez stated they will work with the county to see how they
           can help and extend it.


  XI.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

      45. Public hearing approving an amendment to the contract with the Texas
          Department of Health and budget in the amount of $256,499.00 for the
          HIV/STD Ryan White Care Consortium Project of the City of Laredo
          Health Department for the period beginning April 1, 1997, through
          March 31, 1998.

                       INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance approving a contract with the Texas Department of Health and
          budget in the amount of $256,499.00 for the HIV/STD Ryan White Care
          Consortium Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the
          period beginning April 1, 1997, through March 31, 1998; and increase
          revenue line item 226-0000-323-4051 from $0 to $256,499.00 and
          expenditure line item 226-6060 from $0 to $256,499.00; and authorizing
          the City Manager to execute the contract.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      46. Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1996-97 annual budget by
          increasing the general fund revenues by $1,325,000.00 and
          appropriating $1,325,000.00 to the Telecommunications Department be
          used to allocate a $125,000.00 line item for administrative reserves
          fund and $1,200,000.00 for reimbursable expenses in the reserve line
          item and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1996-97 annual budget by
          increasing the general fund revenues by $1,325,000.00 and
          appropriating $1,325,000.00 to the Telecommunications Department be
          used to allocate a $125,000.00 line item for administrative reserves
          fund and $1,200,000.00 for reimbursable expenses in the reserve line
          item and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

 XII.  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. Valdez
       For:  8                          Against:  0         Abstain:  0

      47. Approval of bid specifications and authorization to advertise for bids
          for the following:
          a) 15 UHF 100 watt mobile radios
          b) 15 Emergency foot switch
          c) 15 Handset microphones
          d) 15 Transit Antennas UHF97
          This equipment will be required for each new bus that will have a
          radio. A tentative bid award is scheduled for April 21, 1997.

          Motion to approve bid specifications and authorization to advertise
          for bids.

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

      48. Approval of contract with GFI, Genfare in the amount of $65,500.00 for
          the purchase of 15 GFI CENTSaBILL Fareboxes.  The Fareboxes are for
          use on the 15 new CNG buses scheduled for delivery at the end of June
          1997.  GFI is the sole source for such equipment.

          Motion to approve contract with GFI, Genfare in the amount of
          $65.500.00 for the purchase of 15 GFI CENTSaBILL Fareboxes.

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

      49. Adopting the Equal Employment Opportunity Policy for the Laredo
          Municipal Transit System.

          Motion adopting the Equal Employment Opportunity Policy for the Laredo
          Municipal Transit System.

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

      50. Adopting the revised Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program and
          Goals.

          Motion adopting the revised Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program
          and Goals.

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

      51. Supporting the proposal to the Texas Department of Transportation to
          host the 1998 Texas Public Transportation Conference in Laredo.

          Motion supporting the proposal to the Texas Department of
          Transportation to host the 1998 Texas Public Transportation
          Conference in Laredo.

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

XIII.  ADJOURNMENT

          Motion to adjourn.

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

          Adjournment time:  9:00 P.M.


I HEREBY CERTIFY THAT THE ABOVE MINUTES CONTAINED IN PAGES 01 TO 32 ARE TRUE
COMPLETE AND CORRECT PROCEEDING OF THE REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON THE
17TH DAY OF MARCH, 1997.  A COPY IS ON FILE AT THE
CITY SECRETARY'S OFFICE.


                                  ________________________
                                   GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.
                                   CITY SECRETARY