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

                                     MINUTES


       M97-R-11                                   MARCH 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 led in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 III.  ROLL CALL
       IN ATTENDANCE:
       SAUL N. RAMIREZ, JR.,  MAYOR
       JOSE R. PEREZ, JR.,    COUNCILMEMBER, DISTRICT I
       LOUIS H. BRUNI,               "     , DISTRICT II
       ALFONSO I. "PONCHO" CASSO,    "     , DISTRICT III
       CECILIA MAY MORENO,           "     , DISTRICT IV
       ELISEO VALDEZ,                "     , 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.  FINAL READINGS

       Motion to waive the final reading of ordinances #97-O-065,
       #97-O-066, #97-O-067, and #97-O-068.

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

       2. 97-O-065  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. (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-065.

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

       3. 97-O-066  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.  (City
                    Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-066.

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

       4. 97-O-067  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.  (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-067.

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

       5. 97-O-068  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.  (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-068.

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


   V.  RESOLUTIONS

       6. 97-R-038  Supporting the naming of the new Federal Courthouse in
                    Brownsville after Judge Reynaldo G. Garza.
                    (Sponsored by Mayor Saul N. Ramirez Jr.)

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-038.

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


  VI.  MOTIONS

       7. Approval of a professional services contract with Dr. Maurice Click in
          the amount not to exceed $12,720.00, to serve as the Health
          Department's Health Authority under Section 121.033 of the Texas
          Health and Safety Code, for a period of April 1, 1997, through March
          31, 1998.  A total of four (4) local physicians responded to the
          City's request for interest statements.

          Motion to approve.

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

       8. Approval of a professional services contract with Dr. Winder Vasquez
          in the amount not to exceed $12,000.00, to serve as TB Elimination
          Program Clinician services and Dr. Benson Huang in the amount not to
          exceed $9,000.00 to serve as TB Jail Program Clinician to provide
          professional services to clients of the City of Laredo Health
          Department for the period beginning April 1, 1997, through March 31,
          1998.

          A total of three (3) local physicians responded to the City's request
          for interest statements.

          Motion to approve.

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

       9. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, Union Metal Corporation, DeSoto,
          Texas, in the amount of $24,140.00, for the purchase of traffic signal
          mast arms for the following intersections: Lyon & Monterrey, Taylor
          and McPherson, Chihuahua and McPherson, Heritage and Hwy 59.  Union
          Metal has been the lowest bidder for the past two years, there is a
          26% average cost increase from last year purchase.  Funding is
          available in Capital Improvement Fund and CDBG Fund Accounts.

          Motion to approve.

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

      10. Award of contract to the SOLE BIDDER, Naztec, Inc., Sugar Land, Texas
          in the amount of $55,200.00 for the purchase of four Traffic
          Controller Cabinets for the following intersections:  Lyon and
          Monterrey, Taylor and McPherson, Chihuahua and McPherson and
          Washington and Main. A comparable Traffic Control unit purchased last
          year $10,399.00.  However, due to the upgrading of the communication
          software and the wireless communication equipment for monitoring of
          intersections from the Traffic Central Office increase by 25% this
          year.  Funding is available in Capital Improvement Fund Account and
          CDBG Fund Accounts.  A total of four (4) bids were received for this
          commodity.

          Motion to approve.

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

      11. Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City's contract with Parsons
          Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas, Inc. for Environmental Assessment
          Services (EA) associated with the Laredo Northwest International
          Bridge (Fourth Bridge) and connecting roadways at an increased labor
          cost of $13,808.00 plus expenses for conceptual engineering work
          related to the study of F.M. 3464 alignment alternatives 3 and 4.  The
          third alternative entails using F.M. 3464 and a realigned F.M. 3464 as
          one-way pairs from I.H. 35 up to and including the bridge.  The fourth
          alternative involves the alignment of F.M. 3464 between the existing
          roadway and that originally proposed to be constructed 1000 feet
          south.  The City is obligated to consider all comments received and to
          study all possible alternatives before environmental clearance can be
          granted.  Contract price will increase from $99,618.00 plus expenses
          to $113,426.00 plus expenses.

          Motion to approve.

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


 VII.  CITY MANAGER'S REPORT

      12. Presentation regarding the selection of an artist for the design,
          production, and delivery of bronze sculptures for placement at the new
          International Airport terminal phase I and II.

          Motion to select Armando Hinojosa as the artist.

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

          Cm. Alvarado joined the meeting at this time, 5:38 p.m.

      13. Presentation regarding an update of the Laredo Rail-Highway Crossing
          Safety Plan.

          Marina Sukup, Director or Planning, made the presentation before the
          council.

          The Laredo Highway-Rail Crossing Safety Plan ("Plan") evaluated the
          104 at-grade rail crossings located within the urbanized area as a
          congestion management project, recognizing the effects of rail
          congestion which affects the movement of international freight, as
          well as the impact on vehicular mobility.  Texas leads the nation in
          rail crossing accidents in Webb County is second only to Harris County
          (Houston) in the number of such accidents in Texas.

          The Plan which was adopted in October, 1995 needs revision.  The
          following are factors that contribute to the need to review the plan:

          1.  The northeast Mexico concession was awarded by the Texas Mexican
          Railway/KCS and TMN to form the TFM line.  As a result of this award,
          the Union Pacific Railroad has deferred its plan for the construction
          of a new rail bridge in North Laredo.  When originally proposed, this
          bridge would have diverted approximately 80% of the rail traffic
          entering Mexico from the "Laredo yard".

          2. The volume of rail traffic passing through Laredo/Nuevo
          Laredo has continued to increase.  The Tex Mex anticipates that the
          number of its trains will increase from six to twenty daily.

          3. Business in and around the Santa Maria run-around line continues to
          have serious problems with blockages and use of this line for storage.

          In compliance with the Plan, major improvements have either been made
          or are in progress for both railroads as follows:

          a. The UPRR has relocated its repair shop to the Port of Laredo
          eliminating the need to break the trains to pull out defective cars.
          The Tex Mex proposes to do the same at the time it relocates switching
          operations east of the city limits.

          b. A number of tracks have been removed by the UPRR between Garza and
          Jefferson.  This has permitted the reconstruction of the Sanchez
          Street crossing, which has been recommended for eventual closure.
          Sanchez Street lies approximately equidistant between Scott Street and
          Jefferson Street, and it is recommended that Hidalgo Street and
          Gonzalez Street be consolidated with the Sanchez Street crossing and
          Scott Street with the proviso that would affect when and only when
          there is the extension of Eagle Pass over to Santa Cleotilde and that
          there is a road in effect giving the residents an alternative with
          grate separated crossing.  Sanchez has had one of the highest accident
          rates of any of the Laredo crossing.  TxDot has committed $165,000 for
          signals at this location during the next fiscal period.  Other signal
          improvements proposed for Uniroyal Road, Main and Corpus Christi.

          c. Consolidated Examination Stations (CES) are in progress for both
          railroads, which will eliminate delays for customs and immigration
          inspections which has created major delays in the lower yard for many
          years.

          Larry Fields, President of Tex Mex Railway, addressed Cm.  Bruni's
          points where he states he has been trying to get something done at
          Arkansas Street for three years.  He stated that part of the school
          road is on Tex Mex property, it is private property, the city doesn't
          pay anything for that and who is liable?  He concluded by saying that
          they are willing to work with the city and they would prefer to sell
          that property to the city at a very low rate, then it would be the
          city's road and the city would have to maintain it and take care of
          it.  They would have to install a barrier to protect Tex Mex Railroad.
          They have some crossings that they are willing to give the city, they
          need help from the city and that they city try to get some ISTEA funds
          and do some grate separations, they want to work jointly with the city
          and have these things done.

      14. Presentation of the Downtown Circulation Plan.

          Marina Sukup, Director of Planning, made the presentation stating that
          this is the final report.  She reported that the study recommended for
          13 immediate strategies, 8 interim strategies, and 3 long term
          strategies.  Some of these strategies were:
          Immediate Strategies:
          - Conversion of Convent to one-way operation from Bridge #1 to Grant
          - Restrict parking and install signing on Santa Ursula and San Dario
            from Victoria to Bridge #2
          - Enforcement
          - Installation of signal at the intersection of Washington and Main
          - Improvements around Intermodal Terminal

          Interim Strategies:
          - Conversion of Washington to two-way operation to include
            channelization devices
          - Improve Scott and Santa Maria from IH 35 to Bridge #1
          - Relocation of Toll plaza on Bridge #1

          Long Term Strategies:
          - Extend San Francisco to the existing Import Lot
          - Fixed guideway recommendations
          - Parking Garage

      15. Presentation concerning "Operation Blitz".

          Phyllis Colon, Tax Assessor/Collector, made the presentation report
          before the council, as follows:

          In October of 1996 the Tax Department launched two programs to locate
          unauthorized utility users.  Since 1994 there had been numerous
          indicators that there were customers using water and having their
          garbage picked up without paying for the services.

          The first program began in October 1996, and is known as "The Non-
          Deposit Program".  This consist of locating meters from a computer
          report that are inactive on the system but are registering use of
          water.  This is a continuous problem where people turn on their own
          water frequently after they have been disconnected for non-payment or
          when they move into a place.  At the beginning of this program Mrs.
          Chita Deleza, Billing Supervisor confirmed that a computer listing
          existed of accounts which were inactive in 1990 when the records were
          transferred to the AS400 and the billing process was moved to the Tax
          Department from the Utility Department.  The 6,528 accounts on the
          list were never added to the system.  This was brought to the
          attention of Mr. Florencio Pena, City Manager, who authorized hiring
          temporary help to research the records, locate the meters and correct
          the problem.  This 1990 listing became known as "Operation Blitz" and
          has top priority.

          Many of the original 6,500 accounts has already been added to the
          computer.  As of March 15th, about 60% of the list has been completed
          with 2,827 account identified and checked out in the filed.  Of these
          accounts the break down is as follows:
               1,229    Locations were in the computer showing no account but
                        had an active meter with no deposit and was not being
                        billed.

                 356    Active meters with no location or meter in computer.

                  90    Need further investigation and are pending.

                  86    Meter with no number (may have been stolen units).

                 250    Empty lots with no meter.

                  17    Direct illegal connections

          ACTION TAKEN:

                 594    Meters were removed
                 531    Meters were locked down

          RESULT

                 979    Customers have signed contracts, started paying past due
                        amounts and are now on the system.

                        In addition customers will be clearing up accounts and
                         will become effective.

          The minimum financial impact of the 979 accounts now activated for one
          year at residential rates are:


                    Water                  $ 88,110.00
                    Sewer                   103,382.46
                    Garbage                  82,382.00
                    St/Fed Mandates          49,928.00
                    NPDS                      8,811.00
                    Sales                     6,578.88
                                           ____________
                                           $339,045.34 (as of Feb.1997)

          Administrative Fees Collected    $ 68,900.00 (This include the Non-
                                                       Deposits accounts also)

          The Non-Deposit program has identified 2,067 accounts using active
          meters not being billed form October 1st to February 28th.

                         620 Meters were locked down
                         695 Meters were removed
                         752 Pending

          A new locking device has made it much more difficult to open meters.
          The Department has 1,050 locks and has ordered 4,000 more.

          The largest percent of the accounts inspected are commercial
          properties and rental units.  In many cases the owners produced leases
          showing the tenant is responsible for the utilities.  In other cases
          the tenants have told us the water was on and the landlord or agent
          told them the utilities were paid.  In these cases the lease is often
          silent on the issue or there is no bill documentation.  Other
          customers have said they were waiting for someone to bill them and did
          not know they should pay for their water.  Many of these people had
          turned on their own water or purchased a home where the builder had
          left the water turned on.

          A large percent of the Non-Deposits are people who turned on their
          water after they were disconnected for non-payment.  Some of these
          have repeatedly turned on their own water.  Some of the builders and
          plumbers are part of the problem.

          The largest bill for past consumption was $26,000.00.  The majority of
          these accounts are for people under 40 years old.

          She concluded by saying that they work with those people who need to
          break down their payment into two or three months.

          Mr. Pena stated that once we are caught up with this "Blitz" program
          and after all accounts are identified, that we may want to re-evaluate
          our administrative charge for this


          unauthorized connections.  He added that once we have this program
          complete they will come back with a recommendation.

          Cm. Guerra stated one of his biggest concerns was the $200.00
          administrative fee that has been charged to some customers.  He wants
          that staff, the City Manager, the Legal Department and the Tax
          Department to take a look at the 1975 ordinance that we now have
          because it does needs revising.

          Mr. Steven Wright, Wright Realtors, stated that the problem here is
          the $200.00 "Administrative Fee" that is being assessed.  He stated
          that Mrs. Colon says that there has been notification, and there has
          not been any notifications to individuals.  Once the property is
          tagged as being illegal water hookups or no security deposit, it is
          automatically assessed, there is no chance for individuals to come in,
          there is no notification before the $200.00 administrative fee is
          implemented and hits you with it.  Staff is not taking into
          consideration vacant units.  He asked that council consider lowering
          the administrative fee from $200.00 to $25.00 when all the records are
          on the charts.

      16. Presentation regarding the closing of International Bridge I.

          Rafael Garcia, Bridge Manager, stated that aside from the
          obvious which was the inconvenience, congestions, and the honking of
          horns there was very little impact since the freight and other traffic
          was redistributed.

          Luis Landin, Traffic Director, reported that there were minor problems
          in the downtown district and that they are conduct-ing traffic counts
          on two closures and will report later as to their impact.

          Agustin Dovalina, Interim Chief of Police, reported that the
          modification of personnel deployment resulted in a negligible increase
          in overtime expenditures during the 8-day period.  He suggested that
          an ordinance be developed to provide fines for trucks cutting the
          lines.

          Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported no financial impact and that
          Brown & Root Engineers will be sending to them a proposal recommending
          the strengthening of concrete slabs and will identify the funds for
          contracting in April.

      17. Presentation regarding the method to be used in assisting the Texas
          Department of Housing and Community Affairs on Saturdays for the month
          of April to aid in the Colonias "Clean-up" effort.


          Ms. Nelda Barrera, Field Representative for the Texas Depart-ment of
          Housing and Community Affairs, asked for the City's support for the
          Sundays in April.

          Florencio Pea, City Manager, stated that the $1.25 charge will be
          charged to the commercial entity bringing the trash.


VIII.  COMMUNICATIONS


       a.  Cm. Guerra spoke of the $50.00 limit imposed to Mexican citizens on
           purchases from the U.S.  He explained that we are losing the
           commercial war with the neighboring countries (Mexico and Canada) and
           the efforts of our representatives in Washington have seemed be
           ineffective and at worst, non-existent.   Cm. Guerra wants a
           resolution in
           support of this efforts.

           Motion to prepare a resolution for the next council meeting in
           support of this legislation on behalf of the City Council of the City
           of Laredo and that we send our resolutions to our State
           Representatives, State Senators, National League of Cities, U.S.
           Conference of Mayors, and advising other border communities of the
           action taken, also solicit similar resolutions from the Laredo
           Chamber of Commerce and the Laredo Development Foundation.

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

       b.  Cw. Montalvo publicly congratulated Cm. Bruni for bringing the
           Tecolotes back to West Martin Field.


  IX.  CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION AND PRESENTATION

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

    A.  Requests by Mayor Saul N. Ramirez Jr.

       1.  Discussion concerning the city's participation in the Presidents
           Summit For Americas Future.

           Mayor Ramirez informed Council that he had received an invitation
           Retired Army General Colin Powell to participate in the President's
           Summit for America's Future to be held on April 27th - 29th.  He
           stated that various local organizations such as Communities In
           Schools, Boys Girls

           Club, etc. would be attending and he wanted some city departments who
           are interested to attend.

           Cm. Alvarado stated that he would be glad to offer his service and
           participate in this event.

           Motion to proceed with the invitation.

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

       2.  Discussion and possible action concerning the sale of nine Chevrolet
           Caprice replacement vehicles to our Sister Cities of Nuevo Laredo,
           Tamps., (six), and Cienega de Flores, N.L., (three).

           Motion to approve the sale of the vehicles for the followings prices:

           1994 vehicles - $2,400.00 ...... 1/2 -> $1,200.00
           1993    "     -  2,500.00 ......  "      1,250.00
           1992    "     -  1,900.00 ......  "        950.00

           A motion was made to amend the above sales prices by cutting them in
           half.  The second to the motion accepted the amendment.

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

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

       1.  Discussion and possible action concerning the placement of an alarm
           system or burglar bars at the Santo Nino Branch Library.

           Motion to instruct staff to proceed with acquiring costs.

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

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

       1.  Appointing Ed Quiroga as my nominee to the Ad Hoc Ordinance Review
           Committee.

           Motion appointing Ed Quiroga to the Ad Hoc Ordinance Review
           Committee.

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

    D.  Requests by Councilmember Cecilia May Moreno

       1.  Appointing David Hernandez as my nominee to the Laredo Beautification
           Board.

           Motion appointing David Hernandez to the Laredo Beautification Board.

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


   X.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

      19. Public hearing concerning the application by Sonat Exploration
          Company, authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for Gas
          Extraction to Sonat Exploration Co. on 2.75 acres out of Porcion 39,
          Abstract 250, as further described by metes and bounds on attached
          Exhibit "A", located west of Hwy. 83 and south of Santa Rita
          Subdivision.  Known as the Johnson No. 3 Well.  The Planning and
          Zoning Commission recommended approval of the Special Use Permit.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for gas
          extraction facility to Sonat Exploration Co. for a 2.75 acre tract out
          of Porcion 39, Abstract 250, as further described by metes and bounds
          on attached Exhibit "A", located west of Hwy 83 and south of Santa
          Rita subdivision, known as the Johnson No. 3 Well, of the City of
          Laredo; providing for publication and effective date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Perez

      20. Public hearing concerning the application by Sofia Benavides, amending
          the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 4,
          5, 6, 7 and 8, Block 1294, Eastern Division, located at 2214 Blaine
          Street, from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to B-1 (Limited
          Business District); providing for publication and effective date.  The
          Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval of the zone change.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning Lots 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8, Block 1294, Eastern Division, located
          at 2214 Blaine Street, from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to B-1
          (Limited Business District); providing for publication and effective
          date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Perez

      21. Public hearing concerning the application by Vaq-'94, Ltd, amending
          the zoning ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 103.41
          acres out of Porcion 31, Abstract 3166, located South of S.H.  359,
          approximately 3,500 feet East of the Bob Bullock Loop from R-1A
          (Single Family Reduced Area District) and B-3 (Community Business
          District) to R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District), planned unit
          development, providing for publication and effective date.  The
          Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval of the zone change.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the zoning ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning 103.41 acres out of Porcion 31, Abstract 3166, located South
          of S. H.  359, approximately 3,500 feet East of the Bob Bullock Loop
          from R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District) and B-3 (Community
          Business District) to R-1A

          (Single Family Reduced Area District), planned unit development,
          providing for publication and effective date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Perez

      22. Public hearing concerning the application by Carroll Summers/Ernest
          Bruni for Alta Mar Ltd. amending the zoning ordinance (Map) of the
          City of Laredo by rezoning 28.47 acres out of Porcion 31, Abstract
          3116 and 298, located North of S.H. 359, approximately 5,000 feet East
          of the Bob Bullock Loop from R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area
          District) to R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District), planned unit
          development, providing for publication and effective date.  The
          Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval of the zone change.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the zoning ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning 28.47 acres out of Porcion 31, Abstract 3116 and 298, located
          North of S.H. 359, approximately 5,000 feet East of the Bob Bullock
          Loop from R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District) to R-1A (Single
          Family Reduced Area District), planned unit development, providing for
          publication and effective date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.


          Moved : Cm. Perez
          Second: Cm. Valdez
          For:  7                       Against:  0         Abstain:  1
                                                            Cm. Bruni
          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Perez

      23. Public hearing concerning the application by Jesse Medellin, amending
          the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1,
          Block 88, Eastern Division, located at 1113 Monterrey Avenue, from R-3
          (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Business District);
          providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning
          Commission recommends approval of the zone change.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning Lot 1, Block 88, Eastern Division, located at 1113 Monterrey
          Avenue, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Business
          District); providing for publication and effective date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Perez

      24. Public hearing concerning the application by Juan Antonio Rodriguez
          and Angelica M. Rodriguez, amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the
          City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 2, Block 623, Eastern Division, located
          at 1104 Willow Street, from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to R-3
          (Mixed Residential District); providing for publication and effective
          date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval of the
          zone change.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning Lot 2, Block 623, Eastern Division, located at 1104 Willow
          Street, from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to R-3 (Mixed
          Residential District); providing for publication and effective date.
          The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval of the zone
          change.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Perez

      25. Public hearing concerning the application by Mr.  and Mrs.  Jesus
          Maldonado, authorizing the issuance of a conditional use permit for
          antique sales on Lots 1, 2, and 3, Block 831, Eastern Division,
          located at 1501 Clark Boulevard; providing for publication and
          effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends
          approval of a Conditional Use Permit.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance authorizing the issuance of a conditional use permit for
          antique sales on Lots 1, 2, and 3, Block 831, Eastern Division,
          located at 1501 Clark Boulevard; providing for publication and
          effective date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Ron Whitehawk, representing the property owner, spoke in favor of the
          zone change.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Guerra


      26. Public hearing concerning the application by Grupo V and Antonio Pena,
          authorizing the issuance of a conditional use permit for heavy
          automotive sales on Lots 5, 7 and 8, Block 605, Western Division,
          located at 2619 San Dario Avenue; providing for publication and
          effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends
          approval of the Conditional Use Permit.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance authorizing the issuance of a conditional use permit for
          heavy automotive sales on Lots 5, 7 and 8, Block 605, Western
          Division, located at 2619 San Dario Avenue; providing for publication
          and effective date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Ron Whitehawk, representing Grupo V, hoped council will concur with
          the zone change.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cw. Moreno

      27. Public hearing concerning the application by Merlin Development Co.,
          Ltd., amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning 14.033 acres out of Porcion 22, also known as the San Isidro
          Ranch, located west of McPherson Road and south of the United Day
          School, from AG (Agricultural District) to B-1 (Limited Business
          District) and R-O (Residential/Office District).  The Planning and
          Zoning Commission recommends approval of the zone change.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the zoning ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning 14.033 acres out of Porcion 22, San Isidro Ranch, located
          west of McPherson Road and south of the United Day School Site, from
          AG (Agricultural District) to B-1 (Limited Business District) and R-O
          (Residential/Office District) providing for publication and effective
          date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.


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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Guerra

      28. Public hearing concerning the application by Jamro, Ltd., amending the
          Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 50.978 acres
          out of Porcion 21 and 22, San Isidro Ranch, located on McPherson Road,
          West of the United Day School site from AG (Agricultural District) to
          R-1 (Single Family Residential District), providing for publication
          and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends
          approval of the zone change.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning 50.978 acres out of Porcion 21 and 22, San Isidro Ranch,
          located on McPherson Road, West of the United Day School site from AG
          (Agricultural District) to R-1 (Single Family Residential District),
          providing for publication and effective date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Harry Jewitt explained the plan and requested approval.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Guerra

      29. Public hearing concerning the application by Noelia Pedraza,
          authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a Child Day
          Care Center, on Lots 544 and 545, Block 30, Section 2-A, Del Mar
          Hills, located at 401 Lindenwood Drive, providing for publication and
          effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends the
          approval of the zone change.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a
          Child Day Care Center, on Lots 544 and 545, Block 30, Section 2-A, Del
          Mar Hills, located at 401 Lindenwood Drive, providing for publication
          and effective date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Guerra

      30. Public hearing concerning the application by the Estate of Rogelio L.
          Cabello DBA Cabello Del Norte Rentals, authorizing the issuance of a
          Conditional Use Permit for truck/trailer rentals on Lot 8, Block 977,
          Western Division, located at 3804 Santa Ursula Avenue.  The Planning
          and Zoning Commission recommends the approval of the Conditional Use
          Permit.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for
          truck/trailer rentals on Lot 8, Block 977, Western Division, located
          at 3804 Santa Ursula Avenue; providing for publication and effective
          date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Alvarado

      31. Public hearing amending Section 24.62.5 of the Laredo Land Development
          Code of the City of Laredo providing for freestanding signs; amending
          Section 24.82.4 providing for special use permits for freestanding
          signs; creating Section 24.93.10 relating to special use permits for
          freestanding signs; providing for publication and effective date. The
          Planning and Zoning Commission recommends the approval of Proposal I.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending Section 24.62.5 of the Laredo Land Development Code
          of the City of Laredo providing for freestanding signs; amending
          Section 24.82.4 providing for special use permits for freestanding
          signs; creating Section 24.93.10 relating to special use permits for
          freestanding signs; providing for publication and effective date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Mr. Keith Selman from the Planning Department explained the
          recommendation of Proposal 1.

          Cm. Bruni wanted to know if it addresses the abutting landowners and
          requested that this ordinance address this concern.  That the adjacent
          landowners be notified by mail that a sign will be put up.

          There was no public input.

          Motion to that:
          (1) for properties located adjacent to Federal, Interstate, U.S. and
          State Highways: 200 square feet for the first 100 feet of street
          frontage, plus 1.5 sq. ft. per linear foot of street frontage over 100
          ft. up to a maximum of 1,200 sq.  ft., provided the total allowable
          area of on-premise signage shall be reduced by one sq. ft. for each
          sq. ft. of free-standing off-premise signage located on the same
          premise (#97-O-21).

          (2) for properties not located adjacent to Federal, Interstate, U.S.,
          and State Highways: 200 sq. ft.  However, existing, in-use signage in
          excess of these requirements may remain and be replaced as necessary.

          (3) additional provisions for freestanding signage in B-4,
          M-1, and M-2 zoning districts: all signs must be situated at least 200
          feet from the front of the nearest residentially zoned and used lot.
          (amended Ord. #97-O-21, 1/27/97).  However, following a public
          hearing, the Zoning Board of Adjustments shall have authority to grant
          a variance of up to 25% of the distance and size requirements
          established herein.

          The second concurred to all 3 amendments proposed by Cm.  Guerra.

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

          Motion to close the public hearing and table and send back to P&Z and
          staff for review and bring back at a later date.

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

      32. Public hearing amending Section 24.62.5 of the Laredo Land Development
          Code of the City of Laredo to provide for communication towers and
          antennas; amending Section 24.63.2 to provide for allowable zoning
          districts and special use permits for communication towers and
          antennas; amending Section 24.65.13 to delete provisions providing for
          radio and television antennas; creating Section 24.93.10 relating to
          special use permits for communication towers and antennas; amending
          appendix "A" establishing definitions accordingly; providing for
          publication and effective date. The Telecommunications Commission has
          recommended approval of this ordinance as well as the Planning and
          Zoning Commission.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending Section 24.62.5 of the Laredo Land Development Code
          of the City of Laredo to provide for communication towers and
          antennas; amending Section 24.63.2 to provide for allowable zoning
          districts and special use permits for communication towers and
          antennas; amending Section 24.65.13 to delete provisions providing for
          radio and television antennas; creating Section 24.93.10 relating to
          special use permits for communication towers and antennas; amending
          appendix "A" establishing definitions accordingly; providing for
          publication and effective date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Keith Selman from the Planning Department made the presentation before
          the council.

          Larry Dovalina, Telecomunications Officer, gave a report on the
          background of this ordinance.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      33. Public hearing amending Section 24.63.2 of the Laredo Land Development
          Code of the City of Laredo by allowing the establishment of multi-
          family residential uses in R-O (Residential/Office Districts);
          providing for  publication and effective date.  The Planning and
          Zoning Commission recommends approval of the zone change.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending Section 24.63.2 of the Laredo Land Development Code
          of the City of Laredo by allowing the establishment of multi-family
          residential uses in R-O (Residential/Office Districts); providing for
          publication and effective date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      34. Public hearing concerning adoption of the City of Laredo International
          Airport Land Use Master Plan and Development Strategy.  The Airport
          Advisory Board has reviewed the plan extensively and adopted it as a
          development guideline pending adoption by City Council.  The City of
          Laredo Traffic Safety Advisory Board recommended approval of the
          proposed street network.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has
          recommended adoption of the plan.

          97-R-035  Resolution adopting the City of Laredo International Airport
                    Land Use Master Plan and Development Strategy.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Mayor Ramirez went on record to incorporate a reusing policy on trees
          and transplant those 5 trees.

          Florencio Pea, City Manager, stated that they will try to design the
          road to avoid the trees.

          Motion to close the public hearing and approve Resolution #97-R-035.

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

  XI.  ADJOURNMENT

          Motion to adjourn.

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

          Adjournment time: 8:30  P.M.

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


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                                   GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.
                                   CITY SECRETARY