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

                                     MINUTES

       M-97-R-12                                   APRIL 7, 1997

   I.  CALL TO ORDER

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

  II.  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

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

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

  IV.  APPROVAL OF MINUTES

       2.  City Council Meeting of March 17, 1997
           City Council Meeting of March 24, 1997

           Motion to approve.

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

   V.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

       3.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to
           effectively convey title to the surface only of the North 29 feet of
           the South 100 feet of Lot 1, Block 83, Western Division, City of
           Laredo, Webb County, Texas, to Mr. Derly N.  Ramirez and wife
           Guadalupe, and providing for an effective date. The City will receive
           $1,611.00 (appraised value), of which $1,400.00 will be paid to the
           various taxing entities and the remaining $211.00, will be applied to
           force cleaning liens.

           Ordinance Introduction: City Council

       4.  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 abutting properties along Chacota Street and
           which is 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, and more particularly described by metes
           and bounds.

           Ordinance Introduction: City Council

       5.  Establishing a 15% penalty on delinquent tax accounts as of July 1,
           1997, to defray costs of collection pursuant to Section 33.07 (a) of
           the Property Tax Code, with a presentation concerning the feasibility
           of the City doing its own Inhouse Delinquent Tax Collections.

           Ordinance Introduction: City Council

           Mrs Phyllis Colon, Tax Collector, reported that if the city wishes to
           pursue the collection of delinquent taxes inhouse it would require the
           hiring of staff in addition to those working in the Tax Department at
           the present.  The estimated cost of doing the collection inhouse is
           based on the costs derived from three different property tax law firms
           and reviewed by Purchasing and the Legal Department.  The cost to set
           up and operate is as follows:
                Fixed Expenses ................... $ 79,705.00
                Annual Expenses ..................  365,500.00

           On the pending question regarding having the County do the collection
           of taxes for the City, Mrs. Colon stated that she will provide a report
           in the near future.

       6.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to
           effectively convey title to the "Surface Only" of the east 2.3 feet of
           land, (Containing approximately 319.44 square feet of land) out of the
           Buena Vista Avenue right-of-way between Musser and Fremont Streets, and
           which abuts Lot 1, Block 1094, Eastern Division, to Mr. Daniel Lombra¤a
           and wife Adriana Lombra¤a at the established Fair Market Value of
           $599.00, which is adjusted after retention of a utility easement
           thereon by the City; said 2.3 feet of land being partially encroached-
           upon by a one-story wooden structure owned by Mr. and Mrs. Lombra¤a.

           Ordinance Introduction: City Council

  VI.  FINAL READINGS

       Motion to waive the final reading of ordinance #97-O-064, #97-O-069,
       #97-O-070, #97-O-071, #97-O-072, #97-O-073, #97-O-073, #97-O-074,
       #97-O-075, #97-O-076, #97-O-077, #97-O-078, #97-O-079, #97-O-080,
       #97-O-081, and #97-O-082.

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

       7. 97-O-064  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, Texas.
                    1.  Lease term is for 10 years commencing March, 1997 and
                        ending March, 2007, and may be extended for one (5) year
                        option ending March, 2012.
                    2.  Monthly rent shall be $600.00 payable annually in advance
                        and will be adjusted annually according during the primary
                        term of this lease according to changes in the Consumer
                        Price Index; providing for effective date. (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-0-064.

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

       8. 97-O-069  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, 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. (Cm.  Jose R. Perez, Jr.)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-069.

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

       9. 97-O-070  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. (Cm. Jose R.
                    Perez, Jr.)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-070.

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

      10. 97-O-071  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.
                    (Cm. Jose R. Perez, Jr.)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-071.

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

      11. 97-O-072  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.  (Cm. Jose R. Perez, Jr.)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-072.

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

      12. 97-O-073  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.  (Cm. Jose R. Perez, Jr.)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-073.

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

      13. 97-O-074  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.
                    (Cm. Jose R. Perez, Jr.)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-074.

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

      14. 97-O-075  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.  (Cm. Joe A. Guerra)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-075.

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

      15. 97-O-076  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.  (Cw. Cecilia May Moreno)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-076.

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

      16. 97-O-077  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.
                    (Cm. Joe A. Guerra)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-077.

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

      17. 97-O-078  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. (Cm. Joe A. Guerra)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-078.

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

      18. 97-O-079  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.
                    (Cm. Joe A.  Guerra)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-079.

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

      19. 97-O-080  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.  (Cm. Mario G. Alvarado)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-080.

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

      20. 97-O-081  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.  (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-081.

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

      21. 97-O-082  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.  (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-82.

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

 VII.  RESOLUTIONS

      22. 97-R-030  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Consent to Transfer
                    an assignment of Deed of Trust, Lien, Security Interest and
                    Subordination, Non-Disturbance and Attornment Agreement with
                    Aero Center, Inc., Lessee, the Laredo National Bank,
                    Transferee, and Euroamerica Credit Corporation, a Cayman
                    corporation, Transferor, and Deltamex Canada (USA) Inc., a
                    Florida corporation, Transferor, thereby agreeing to the
                    Laredo Natinal Bank succeeding Euroamerica Credit Corporation
                    and Deltamex Canada (USA) Inc., as Lenders, to Aero Center,
                    Inc., Airport Lessee, under a Subordination, Non-Disturbance
                    and Attornment Agreement approved by Resolution No. 96-R-029,
                    approved on March 18, 1996; providing for effective date.
                    This action will allow Euroamerica Credit Corporation to
                    transfer its lien holder status to six leases between the City
                    and Aero Center to the Laredo National Bank and thereby allow
                    Aero Center to refinance its debt incurred in the construction
                    of two hangers, an above ground fuel storage system, and the
                    construction of an addition to the Border Patrol hanger.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-030.

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

      23. 97-R-039  Authorizing the issuance of a Drilling permit to drill and
                    operate a natural gas well to Sonat Exploration Co. on 2.75
                    acres out of Porcion 39, Abstract 250 as further described by
                    metes and bounds, located west of HWY 83 and south of Santa
                    Rita Subdivision, known as the Johnson No. 3 Well.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-039.

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

      24. 97-R-040  Supporting the equalization of allowable duty-free purchases
                    in the United States by Mexican and Canadian residents. Should
                    the equalization occur, this would allow for an increase in
                    the allowable amount of duty-free purchases by Mexican
                    residents from $50.00 to $400.00, and an increase in the
                    allowable amount of duty-free purchases by Canadian residents
                    from as little as $35.00 to $400.00.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-040 with the amendment that
                    if the representatives are not successful in passing this
                    legislation, that they look at the possibility of adopting the
                    same restrictive measures that our two neighbors have and
                    revert to equal reciprocity in the same amounts that currently
                    exist.

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

      25. 97-R-041  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant in the amount
                    of $50,000.00, from the Meadows Foundation for the
                    archives/historical collections room at the new main library.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-041.

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

      26. 97-R-042  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from the Office
                    of National Drug Control Policy in the amount of $356,086.00
                    for the 7th year of funding for a Multi-Agency Financial
                    Disruption Task Force for the period beginning January 1, 1997
                    through December 31, 1997. This Task Force works in concert
                    with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) with its major
                    focus being the identification and removal of drug-related
                    assets.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-042.

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

      27. 97-R-043  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from the Office
                    of National Drug Control Policy in the amount of $48,540.00
                    for 1st year funding of the Multi-Agency Major Organization
                    Investigation Task Force for the period of October 1, 1996
                    through September 30, 1997. This Task Force will work in
                    conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigations (F.B.I.)
                    in investigating organized crime and drug trafficking in South
                    Texas.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-043.

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

                    Cw. Moreno joined the meeting at 5:50 p.m.

VIII.  MOTIONS

      28. Approval of bid specifications and interest statements and authorization
          to advertise for bids and interest statements for the following:
          a) water meters, annual contract - Utilities Department,
          b) fire hydrants, six month contract - Utilities Department,
          c) tires and tubes, six month contract - Fleet Maintenance Division,
          d) lubricants, six month contract - Fleet Maintenance Division,
          e) concession services - Benavides Baseball complex, and the Civic
             Center Swimming Pool.
          f) aerial fire truck - Fire Department.
          A tentative bid award for items a, b, & e is scheduled for
          May 5, 1997.
          A tentative bid award for items c, d & f is scheduled for
          May 19, 1997.

          Motion to approve.

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

      29. Approval of construction plans and authorization to advertise for bids
          for the Montgomery/India Drainage Improvements with tentative award May
          19, 1997.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund.

          Motion to approve.

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

      30. Authorization to advertise for Request for Proposals (RFPs) for
          consulting services to provide surveys and prepare plans and
          specifications for the construction of sidewalks along Community
          Development Block Grant (CDBG) residential neighborhoods to local
          schools.  Funding is available in Community Development 19th Action Year
          and in the Community Development 20th Action Year Sidewalk.

          Motion to approve.

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

      31. Authorization to advertise for Request for Proposals (RFPs) for
          consulting services to provide a feasibility site, provide surveys,
          platting design and preparation of plans and specifications, and provide
          cost estimates for the construction of a facility to house the
          Department of Public Works, the Parks and Recreation Department, the
          Water Utilities administration office, and the Traffic and Fleet
          Management Departments.  Funding is available in General Fund -
          Improvements Other Than Buildings Account.

          Motion to approve.

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

      32. Authorizing the issuance of requests for Engineer's design and project
          management for water and sewer improvements as described in the Colonias
          Facility Plan.  The RFP's are being solicited in anticipation of the
          Texas Water Development Board approval of the facility plan in May or
          June of this year.

          Motion to approve.

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

      33. Award of a financial services contract to the firm of Estrada-Hinojosa,
          for an amount not to exceed $48,300.00, (this amount is based on an
          estimated combination of a grant/loan total project cost of
          $13,000,000.00, for the Colonias Infrastructure Project) to act as the
          City's financial advisor on the Colonias Water and Sewer Project.  The
          financial application is prepared on a contingency basis with no cash
          disbursement by the City.

          Motion to approve with the amendment to select Estrada-Hinojosa as
          Financial Advisers for the city as the Colonia Water/Sewer Project and
          bring back the contract for Council approval on April 21st.

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

      34. Approval to reject all bids received for the purchase of automotive
          batteries for the Fleet Maintenance Division due to non-compliance with
          the City's bid specifications and authorize staff to solicit new bids.
          The two lowest bidders did not meet all the City's bid requirements and
          all other bids exceed the budgeted allocation for this commodity.

          Motion to approve the second lowest bid subject to legal advice and
          bring back to Council at the next meeting.

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

      35. Award of contracts to the LOW BIDDERS, La Yerba Buena, Laredo, Texas,
          for landscaping services, in the amount of $22,416.24, and Yardart,
          Inc., Laredo, Texas, for irrigation services, in the amount of
          $18,000.00 for the Farias, Tarver, and Cigarroa Recreation centers.
          Funding for these projects is available from Community Development Block
          Grant (CDBG) funds.

          Cm. Guerra stated for the record that he wants that the city be
          provided, at all times with insurance certificates from these service
          providers, so that the city will be held harmless from any liability
          that these people may incur on our behalf.

          Motion to approve.

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

      36. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, Vallen Safety Supply Co., Corpus
          Christi, Texas, in the amount of $34,941.69, for the purchase of 43 sets
          of protective clothing (bunker gear) for the Fire Department.  The sets
          include the protective coat, trousers, boots, gloves, suspenders, hoods,
          and helmets.  The proposed gear meets all the standards of the National
          Fire Protection Association (NFPA).  Funding is available in the Fire
          Department's Capital Outlay Account.  The bid pricing is approximately
          9% more than the previous year.

          Motion to approve.

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

      37. Award of a two year service contract to the LOW BIDDER, Walker Security
          Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the yearly amount of $301,457.52, for providing
          security guard services for the City's three International Bridges, the
          Health Department Complex, Civic Center/West Martin Field, and the City
          Hall building. Funding is available in the particular department's
          Budget. The overall bid pricing remained the same as our current price
          structure.

          Cm. Casso stated that Mr. Walker has indicated that he will withdraw his
          application for Chief of Police if this contract is awarded to him
          because it would be a conflict.

          Mr. Victor Soliz was concerned and stated he was the low bidder (one
          cent on each) however, his attorney told him that come September 1st the
          new minimum hourly requirement will come in and had questions in that
          regard.

          Motion to table for the next meeting for the purpose of clari-fying from
          the lowest bidder on the increase in minimum wage and how we anticipate
          covering that expense and explore the possibility to provide separate
          contracts.

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

      38. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, Sames Motor Co., Laredo, Texas, in
          the amount of $335,257.00, for the purchase of eleven, police package
          sedans six of which will immediately be placed on patrol with the
          remaining five being placed on reserve.  Staff is recommending that
          these vehicles be purchased with conventional gasoline engines due to
          the limited range (150 miles) of the CNG packages.  Delivery is expected
          within sixty to ninety days and all units will be assigned to the Police
          Patrol division.  Funding is available in the Police Trust Fund Budget.
          The bid pricing is 3% lower than the previous contract pricing.

          Motion to approve.

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

      39. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, Aqua Chlor Commercial Services, San
          Antonio, Texas, in the estimated amount of $24,505.00 for the purchase
          of trichlor tablets needed for the chlorination process for all the
          City's swimming pools.  Funding is available in the Parks Department -
          Chemicals Account.  The bid pricing is approximately 7% less that the
          previous contract pricing.

          Motion to approve.

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

      40. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDERS, Mission Clay Products, San
          Antonio, Texas, in the estimated amount of $201,394.75 and U.S.  Filter,
          Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $114,453.50, for the purchase
          of clay pipe, PVC/clay pipe fittings, and related materials, for use by
          the Utilities Department -Wastewater operations for construction and
          repair projects.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department's
          Budget. The contract pricing is approximately 4% higher than the
          previous contract.

          Motion to approve.

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

      41. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDERS, Gonzalez Auto Parts, Laredo,
          Texas, in the estimated amount of $47,790.03, and HiLo Auto Supply,
          Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $36,832.13, for the purchase
          of automotive parts for the Fleet Maintenance Division. All replacement
          automotive parts will be purchased on an as need basis.  Funding is
          available in the Fleet Maintenance Division's - Vehicle Repair Account.
          The contract pricing is approximately 4% higher than the previous
          contract.  Motion to approve.

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

      42. Award of contract to the SOLE BIDDER meeting specifications, J&A
          Pharmacy, Laredo, Texas, in the amount not to exceed $90,000.00, for
          pharmaceuticals as prescribed by licensed physicians to the clients of
          the HIV/AIDS Ryan White Title II Consortium Program of the City of
          Laredo Health Department.  Funding for this purchase is available in the
          form of State grant monies located in the Health Department's Budget.

          Motion to approve.

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

      43. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER meeting specifications, Home Care of
          Texas (Gulf Coast Home Health Care, Inc.), Laredo, Texas, in the amount
          not to exceed $37,500.00 for the delivery of home health care to the
          clients of the HIV/AIDS Ryan White Title II Consortium Program of the
          City of Laredo Health Department. Funding for the purchase of this
          service is available in the form of State grant monies located in the
          Health Department's Budget.

          Motion to approve.

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

      44. Approval of a Proposal for Professional Services for an amount not to
          exceed $25,772.76 from Brown & Root, Inc., Houston, Texas, for
          engineering services at the Gateway to the Americas International Bridge
          No. 1 related to the emergency repairs, structural evaluation and
          assessment of load carrying capacity, and recommendation for
          strengthening of the bridge, if required.  Funding is available in the
          Bridge Fund Construction Project Architectural Fees.

          Motion to approve.

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

      45. Award of an Professional Services Contract to WSBC Civil Engineers,
          Inc., Houston, Texas, in association with Rods Surveying, Inc., Laredo,
          Texas, for an amount not to exceed $28,308.70 to provide consulting
          engineering services to include design, surveys and preparation of plans
          and specifications for the Resurfacing, and for the Expansion Joints
          Replacement of the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge No. 2. Funding is
          available in the Bridge System Construction Project Import Lot.  The
          City received a total of two RFP's.

          Motion to approve.

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

      46. Award of an Professional Services Contract to Fernandez, Frazier, White
          & Associates, San Antonio, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $13,600.00
          to provide surveys, design and the preparation of plans and
          specifications for the Azteca Neighborhood Park at Zacate Creek.
          Funding is available in the Community Development 22nd Action Year
          Azteca Park.  The City received a total of 7 RFP's.

          Cw. Montalvo wanted to know the procedures on how this contract was
          awarded.

          Mr. Pe¤a explained that there is a departmental committee that meets and
          interviews the candidates, and based on council direction to distribute
          the work load to local architects and engineers, they also look at the
          specific experience that the architect or engineer has in that
          particular project.  They go through a waiting period and recommend to
          his office and then they place the matter before council.  He added that
          this is a council selection and a staff recommendation.

          Mr. Joe Garza, Parks and Recreation Director who is member of the
          Departmental Committee, explained other key points in their
          recommendation and added that the firm has had previous experience
          working with Zacate Creek in the early 80's.  They did an extensive
          study on possible Zacate Creek improvements which are two points in the
          criteria that weighed heavily in their recommendation.

          Cm. Valdez stated that he understands that there were other firms
          including another local firm that has invested a lot of time on the
          Azteca neighborhood and on that area.

          Mayor Ramirez suggested that the item be tabled and that staff revisits
          and reconsiders Frank Architects, Inc. for this particular contract in
          regards to the experience that they have within this area and see if
          after it is reviewed that perhaps maybe this may be the firm they would
          want to employ for this project.

          Cm. Casso stated for the record that he concurs with Cm. Valdez that
          Frank Architects probably has more knowledge than an out-of-town firm
          regarding the Zacate Creek, which also borders his district.  He stated
          that if we have experienced and qualified local firms we should award
          contracts to local firms and take care of our own people first.

          Mr. Pe¤a stated for the record that there was a local architect
          considered.

          Mayor Ramirez said they want to see what criteria was used to get to
          this point and why the other firm that has more hands on knowledge of
          that area and more inhouse information built in, might have not been
          looked at.

          Motion to table for the next Regular City Council Meeting.

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

      47. Award of a construction contract to the LOWEST BIDDER, Brothers Paving,
          Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $100,451.60 for Parking Lot Improvements
          for Three Neighborhood Centers (Cigarroa, Northeast-Hillside and
          Tarver). Three (3) bids were opened on March 26, 1997.  Funding is
          available in the Community Development 22nd Action Year and in the
          Recreational Center -Improvements Other Than Building.

          Motion to approve.

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

      48. Approval of change order no. 1 an increase of $6,239.00 to the
          construction contract with Ramex Construction Company, Houston, Texas,
          to furnish and install a 5'x 5' junction box and lower a section of a
          conflicting 36-inch drainage pipe located at the intersection of Thomas
          and Calton Road for the Sidewalks, Storm Drainage, and Curb ad Gutter
          Improvements on Calton Road, Maher Avenue, and Thomas Avenue (3 streets
          -approximately 1,700 L.F.) around the New Laredo Police Station Project.
          This work is needed as a result of a surveying/elevation error by
          Ueckert Engineering, the engineering consultant for the project.
          Original contract amount was $44,265.00. This change order will bring
          the total to $50,504.00.  Funding is available in the Capital
          Improvement Fund - Police Sidewalk/Curb and Gutter Project Account.

          Motion to approve.

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

      49. Approval of change order no. 2 an increase of $25,900.00 to the
          construction contract with N.G. Painting, Inc., Kerrville, Texas, for
          the Repairs to the North Ground Water Storage Tank located at Lyon
          Street and Meadow Avenue to repair an additional 518 feet of cracks as
          noted through an inspection by the City's Utilities Department and to
          add 60 working days to the construction contract time.  Original
          contract amount was $80,900.00.  This change order will bring the total
          to $119,755.00.  Funding is available in the Waterworks System Fund.

          Motion to approve.

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

      50. Approval of amendment no. 5, an increase of $15,925.00 to the
          engineering contract with Frontera Associates International, Inc., San
          Antonio, Texas, for the South Laredo (Chacon Creek) Wastewater
          Interceptor Project for additional archaeological and environmental
          information requested by the USEPA; additional services related to the
          archaeological findings at the Killam Tract, and for additional
          surveying services to avoid conflicts between the gas drilling
          authorized at the Southside Wastewater Treatment Plant and the
          interceptor project alignment.  Original contract amount was for
          $645,000.00.  This amendment will bring the total to $808,756.32.
          Funding is available in the Sewer System Fund.

          Motion to approve.

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

      51. Approval of amendment no. 2, an increase of $10,870.00, to the
          engineering contract with Sherfey Engineering in association with
          Naismith Engineering, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the Manadas Creek
          Wastewater Interceptor Project on a fast track basis in compliance with
          ASTM E 1527-94 Practice of Environmental Site Assessment, subject to EDA
          approval for additional archaeological work to uncover cultural
          materials which warrant further investigation. These services were not
          anticipated but due to the nature of investigation, additional
          archaeological and testing is required. Original contract amount was for
          $18,880.00. This amendment will bring the total to $46,310.00.

          Funding is available in Capital Improvement Fund - Economic Development
          Administration (EDA) Fund.

          Motion to approve.

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

      52. Approval of amendment no. 1, an increase of $2,000.00 to the
          architectural contract with Design Group International, Laredo, Texas,
          for additional roofing inspections and re-design of the roof edge detail
          not part of the original contract, for the Re-Roofing of the Airport
          Hangar 182 at the Laredo International Airport.  Original contract
          amount was for $9,900.00.  This amendment will bring the total contract
          amount to $11,900.00.  Funding is available in the Airport Fund.

          Motion to approve.

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

      53. Acceptance of the Re-Roofing of the Airport Hangar No. 182 at the Laredo
          International Airport, approval to assess liquidated damages in the
          amount of $3,800.00 for exceeding 19 days beyond the contract time
          allowed, and approval of net payment in the amount of $6,994.00 to
          Ponce's Roofing Company, Mission, Texas.  Original contact amount was
          $74,400.00.  Assessing liquidated damages will bring the total contract
          amount to $70,600.00.  Funding is available in the Airport Fund.

          Motion to approve.

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

  IX.  CITY MANAGER'S REPORT

      54. Presenation concerning a staff recommendation to discontinue the
          $200.00, administrative fee for unauthorized water usage, and to develop
          a program to refund those fees that have been charged if and only if a
          person can produce a receipt.

          Florencio Pe¤a, City Manager, stated that it appears that since 1992
          this fee has been levied without the appropriate documentation approved
          by council.

          Cm. Guerra pointed out that the City Council on a previous meeting
          instructed staff that they wanted the Tax Assessor Collector, City
          Attorney, and the Utilities Director to bring all the utilities
          ordinances in line with state regulations and for some reason they have
          not been able to coordinate all these different ordinances.

          Mayor Ramirez stated that there are a couple of them, Mr. Pe¤a and the
          staff are working to bring in a more encompassing ordinance, that maybe
          by budget time it would be a more appropriate time as it would involve
          fees and charges.  He concluded by saying that this clearly indicates
          that they will discontinue the $200 charge that has been in place.

          City Manager Pe¤a requested that council authorize him to refund
          administrative fees collected by the Tax Department Utilities Division
          under the following guidelines:

          1 - Customers complete an application for refund and submit proof of
              payment in the form of a receipt or canceled check within 90 days of
              notification by the City of Laredo.

          2 - Customers with an outstanding utility account balance for water
              consumption, be issued a credit to their account to liquidate their
              balance.  The remaining amount will then be refunded.

          Motion to authorize the City Manager to refund administrative fees
          collected by the Tax Department Utilities Division in accordance with
          the guidelines presented.

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

          Motion to waive the rules of order and move item XI.D(1).

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

      55. Presenting a status report on the progress of the water and wastewater
          Colonias project.

          Eddie Garza, Crane Engineering, briefed the council on the status of the
          Colonias project.  He said that they will go ahead and submit an
          environmental study on the sensitive areas, but it may require
          additional study.  On March 25th he brought his consultants to expedite
          the construction and route it around the environmental sensitive areas.
          They are presently negotiating with Tex-Mex Railway for right-of-ways
          and will resolve it in the next 10 days to 3 weeks.  They will submit a
          revision route and will continue with the project.

      56. Authorizing the submission of an application in partnership with the
          International Bank of Commerce (IBC) to the Federal Home Loan Bank
          (FHLB) for a grant in the amount of $175,000.00. The grant will be
          applied to 35 of the 50 dwelling units to be constructed under the
          Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation (LMHC) Lease/Purchase Program to be
          located at the Riverhill Subdivision. The subsidy being requested for
          the 35 dwelling units will reduce the total dwelling unit purchase price
          by $5,000.00.  The 35 dwelling units in which subsidy is being requested
          are targeted to families at 80% of the area median income.  The other 15
          units are targeted to families with incomes ranging above 80% to 115% of
          the area median income.  All efforts are being made by the City of
          Laredo and LMHC to make the Lease/Purchase Program affordable.  The LMHC
          Lease/Purchase Program is being developed in response to the need for
          affordable single family homes and to increase the availability of
          affordable housing through homeownership opportunities within our
          community.  The concept of the Lease/Purchase Program is to assist
          families that do not have or are not able to save for the downpayment
          and closing costs required to purchase an affordable home.  This program
          is targeted to families that are first time buyers, have a steady record
          of employment for two years prior to application and agree to undergo
          mandatory credit and homeownership counseling.

          Motion authorizing the submission of an application in partnership with
          the International Bank of Commerce (IBC) to the Federal Home Loan Bank
          (FHLB) for a grant in the amount of $175,000.00.

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

   X.  COMMUNICATIONS

       A. Presentation by the Library Board requesting a change order for the new
          main library's Serpentine Wall.

          Motion to table indefinitely.

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

  XI.  CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION AND PRESENTATION

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

    A.  Requests by Mayor Saul N. Ramirez Jr.

       1.  Presentation concerning the renaming of West Martin Field after Vietnam
           Veteran and former Martin High School Tiger, Rudy Gonzalez.

           Mr. Ed Dancause spoke on behalf of Mr. Felix Garcia to name the West
           Martin Baseball Field after one of the first Vietnam veterans to die
           from Laredo and who played baseball in that field.

           Mr. Jorge Haynes, member of the American Legion and G.I. Forum, spoke
           in favor or naming the field after Rudy Gonzalez.

           Motion to have this item be brought back to council for formal
           presentation by resolution and to incorporate that staff bring
           different suggestions on the actual naming.

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

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

       1.  Discussion and possible action concerning the waiving of tipping fees
           with the exception of the mandated $1.25/ton State fee, to the Laredo
           Independent School District for 500 tons of contaminated soil in the
           City's Type IV Landfill.
           (Co-sponsored by Councilmember Louis H. Bruni)

           Motion to approve the waiving of the tipping fees with the exception of
           the mandated $1.25/ton State fee and that it be done con Sundays.

           Moved : Cm. Bruni
           Second: Cm. Valdez
           For:  6                       Against:  0         Abstain:  2
                                                             Cm. Perez
                                                             Cw. Moreno

    C.  Requests by Councilmember Louis H. Bruni

       1.  Status report on the natural gas riser located at the intersection of
           Del Mar Boulevard and Loop 20 with possible action.

           Cm. Bruni requested a report on the timeline for its removal.

           Luis Landin, Traffic Manager, reported that he had talked to Mr. Ross
           and that he reported that within two (2) weeks the riser will be
           relocated to the northwest corner on the city's right of way, TxDot did
           not approve the moving of the riser to the TxDot right-of-way.  In two
           weeks he will get together with the City Engineer to find out the exact
           location where that riser will be located.  He concluded by saying that
           it will cost them approximately $8,000-$10,000 and council will receive
           a report within two weeks of the timetable and how long it is going to
           take them to move it.

       2.  Status report on the drainage problem and street recycling at the
           intersection of Ejido and Highway 59, with possible action.

           Cm. Bruni stated that a previous City Council report had a
           concern by Mr. Rivera that there was still some ponding on that street
           and that he had some recommendations.  He would like to see if the
           recommendations have been submitted and if so, he wants a timeline on
           the drainage problem and on the resurfacing of that intersection.

           Gabriel Martinez, Engineering Department, reported that in looking
           closer at that situation on Ejido they realized that there was a ditch
           that flows along the south side of Highway 59 which is in need of
           maintenance from time to time.  He added that Public Works took a
           backhoe and cleaned that ditch so that drainage could flow in the
           meantime.  As far as finding a permanent solution, they have talked
           about resurfacing, but that would not allow for proper drainage of the
           situation.  He acquired some plans from the storm drainage improvements
           from TxDot and they are proposing a 36" storm drain line at that
           location which will aid in draining that intersection.  In addition to
           installation of the main line, the city would be required to repair the
           existing surface because it is in poor shape right now and possibly to
           extend a storm drain system from the center of U.S. 59 south along
           Ejido the point at mid block.  They ran figures and are looking at a
           cost of approximately $40,000-$50,000 to remedy the problem.  They
           could suggest adding this work to a current work project or working in
           conjunction with TxDot to allow them to do the work as they install
           their main line.  The main line will be at TxDot's expense, but any
           lateral extensions to drain would need approximately $30,000-$40,000.
           The timeline according to TxDot is June of 1997 for bids.

           Cm. Bruni requested that a temporary measure be taken until it goes to
           the budget hearings.

           Mr. Martinez stated that in the meantime they can keep the drainage
           ditch area cleaned out.

           Mr. Pe¤a suggested that staff begin engineering so they will be ready
           to consider this project with the other CIP projects that council will
           be considering.

           Mayor Ramirez suggested that staff see if some of the work can be done
           inhouse to reduce the cost.

           Cm. Bruni also asked that staff give him a report if there is going to
           be street recycling of India/Montgomery, India/San Jose and Canada/San
           Jose because these intersections are in poor shape.

           Motion to instruct staff to proceed with preparing the engineering work
           at this intersection so that they have an idea as to what type of work
           would be required, and see if some of the work can done inhouse to duck
           tail the work that TxDot will be doing in June.

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

    D.  Requests by Councilmember Mario G. Alvarado

       1.  Recognition of Habitat for Humanity Board and volunteers.

           Cm. Alavarado presented a video on the work being done by Habitat for
           Humanity and its volunteers.  He proceeded by presenting a recognition
           award to Sister Cristine Blair and her group of volunteers and Beto
           Gutierrez from Armadillo Construction and his volunteers.  Those
           presented and recognized were Father Alfonso Narvaez, Tommy Narvaez,
           Jose Guerra, Emilio Martinez, Mr. Fernandez and Mr. Ornelas from Laredo
           Ready Mix, Big Loui Bruni, Raul Flores, Filiberto Morales, Jorge
           Flores, Wayo Ruiz, and Jesus Ruiz.

       2.  Presentation by Juan Avila concerning the speed bumps located at the
           GSA Facility (Bridge II).

           Motion to table for next meeting.

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

       3.  Discussion and possible action concerning bus charter fees for non-
           profit organizations, with a presentation by the Laredo Restaurant
           Association.

           Motion to instruct staff to bring back a fee schedule so that
           cost of operations would be the only charges that would be made
           to non-profit organizations.

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

           Motion to instruct staff that any non-profit organization that have
           come to the City of Laredo for charter buses at this time, that they be
           advised that this is the position that City Council will be taking and
           any bills sent to them would be pending until further action from this
           council.

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

    E.  Requests by Councilmember Consuelo Montalvo

       1.  Appointing Juvencia Gutierrez as my nominee to the Laredo
           Beautification Board.

           Motion appointing Juvencia Gutierrez as Cw. Montalvo's nominee to the
           Laredo Beautification Board.

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

 XII.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

      58. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo's 1996-1997 LEOSE account
          fund budget in the amount of $22,756.35 from the State's Law Enforcement
          Officers Standards and Education (LEOSE) account for continuing
          education for police officers for the period of October 01, 1996 through
          September 30, 1997.

                           INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1996-1997 (LEOSE) account fund
          budget in the amount of $22,756.35 from the State's Law Enforcement
          Officers Standards and Education (LEOSE) account for continuing
          education for police officers for the period of October 01, 1996 through
          September 30, 1997.

          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. Alvarado
          For:  8                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      59. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo's 1996-1997 Annual Budget in
          the amount of $356,086.00 for funding of equipment and personnel for an
          organized Multi-Agency Financial Disruption Task Force for the period of
          January 1, 1997 through December 31, 1997.

                           INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1996-1997 Annual Budget in the
          amount of $356,086.00 for funding of equipment and personnel for an
          organized Multi-Agency Financial Disruption Task Force for the period of
          January 1, 1997 through December 31, 1997.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      60. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo's 1996-1997 Budget for a
          grant from the Office of National Drug Control Policy in the amount of
          $48,540.00 for funding of the Multi-Agency major organization
          investigation task force for the period of October 1, 1996 through
          September 30, 1997.

                           INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1996-1997 Budget for a grant
          from the Office of National Drug Control Policy in the amount of
          $48,540.00 for funding of the Multi-Agency major organization
          investigation task force for the period of October 1, 1996 through
          September 30, 1997.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      61. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo's 1996-1997 Annual Budget in
          the amount of $3,338,041.00, for a grant award from the Economic
          Development Administration (EDA) of $2,000,000.00, including a private
          contribution by Mercy Regional Medical Center of $1,054,602.00, of which
          $430,000.00, are attributable through off-site and on-site improvements
          constructed by Mercy Regional Medical Center, and $283,439.00, as a
          local match from the Airport Fund, and amending the Airport Fund to
          appropriate $283,439.00, from fund balance to the Economic Development
          Administration Grant for the development of the Airport Medical
          Infrastructure Improvements Project.

                           INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1996-1997 Annual Budget in the
          amount of $3,338,041.00, for a grant award from the Economic Development
          Administration (EDA) of $2,000,000.00, including a private contribution
          by Mercy Regional Medical Center of $1,054,602.00, of which $430,000.00,
          are attributable through off-site and on-site improvements constructed
          by Mercy Regional Medical Center, and $283,439.00, as a local match from
          the Airport Fund, and amending the Airport Fund to appropriate
          $283,439.00, from fund balance to the Economic Development
          Administration Grant for the development of the Airport Medical
          Infrastructure Improvements Project.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Joe Flores, Airport Director, explained the project to the council and
          public.

          Mr. Jesus Ponce stated that this is a good project, but something has to
          be done with Meadow to widen along with other streets such as Cherry
          Circle.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Bruni

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

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

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

      62. To authorize issuance of request for proposals for:
          a) operation of the food service facility at the Laredo Transit Center.
          b) the leasing or purchasing of tires for the El Metro bus and van
          fleet.
          c) the installation of telephone and data wiring at the Laredo Transit
          Center.

          Motion to authorize issuance of request for proposals.

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

          Motion to recess as City Council and convene as The Laredo Municipal
          Housing Corporation.

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

 XIV.  MOTION TO RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MUNICIPAL HOUSING CORPORATION

       Motion to recess and convene as The Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation.

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

      63. Approval of bid specifications and authorization to advertise for bids
          for awarding a contract for the purchase of approximately 1,200 cases of
          floor tile.  Orders will be placed on a monthly basis (100 cases per
          month) and installed by Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation staff at
          the Jose A. Flores and Tomas Flores Apartment complexes.

          Motion to approve.

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

      64. Award of a two year service contract to the LOW BIDDER, Walker Security
          Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the yearly amount of $24,537.24, for providing
          security guard services for the Tomas Flores Apartment Complex.  One
          security guard is assigned Monday through Sunday patrolling this
          complex.

          Motion to table.

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

      65. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, Laredo Discount Metals Building
          Components, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $26,760.87, for the purchase
          of all the materials needed for the installation of security fencing at
          the Tomas Flores Apartments.  This project has been identified in the
          1997 Capital Improvement Project budget.  A security fence of
          approximately 2,265 linear feet will be installed around the perimeter
          of this apartment complex.

          Motion to approve.

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

 XIV.  MOTION TO RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO CONVENTION AND VISITOR'S BUREAU
       BOARD

       Motion to recess and convene as The Laredo Convention and Visitors Bureau
       Board.

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

      66. Status report on the ongoing activities of the Laredo Convention and
          Visitor's Bureau.

          Larry Dovalina, C&V Director, gave the council a brief overview of the
          coming activities such as the developing of brochures which have not
          been developed in the past, photo library as well as creating three year
          projection plans for advertising in Mexico and U.S., including tour
          group development which include tour buses to come into the city to see
          the historical sites or visit Mexico.  They are working with eight
          different groups which includes a research and development association
          who has a conference in the fall of this year with 200 room nights.
          They also committed to a Year 2000 for their annual spring meeting which
          is a 500+ room nights, U.S. Border Conference for 1997 its a bi-national
          conference.  They are also bidding for the U.S. National Assoc. of
          Postmasters for their 1999 conference.  They have an opportunity to bid
          for the Border Governors Conference which are 10 border Governors and
          that request was received from the Secretary of State's Office for the
          conference to be scheduled in May or June of 1998.  Also, the Marine
          Corp League Convention coming this June is attempting to bring their
          national convention.  He understands from the local people that we stand
          a very good chance of trying to land that.

          In addition they have special events that they are doing such as the
          group from Britain, the United Kingdom Group which is a virus group who
          have been in the city all day, they have been entertaining them all day
          and will be leaving the city tomorrow.

          He spoke of the book "Baseball on the Border" a tale of two Laredos
          which highlights experiences of the Tecolotes, it is a book about
          Laredo.  He spoke of other ongoing projects and stated that the Hotel-
          Motel occupancy for March figures are favorable and they appear to show
          that we are going to exceed our projections as far as Hotel-Motel
          revenues.  The sales tax report also shows an increase in retail sales
          as well.  They have been heavily advertising retail into Mexico and a
          portion of the results are being shown.

       Motion to adjourn and convene as the City Council.

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

  XV.  ADJOURNMENT

       Motion to adjourn.

       Moved : Cm. Casso
       Second: Cw. Moreno
       For:  4                          Against:  0         Abstain:  0

       I HEREBY CERTIFY THAT THE ABOVE MINUTES CONTAINED IN PAGES 01 TO 29
       ARE TRUE COMPLETE AND CORRECT PROCEEDINGS OF THE REGULAR CITY COUNCIL
       MEETING HELD ON THE 8TH DAY OF APRIL, 1997.  A CERTIFIED COPY IS ON
       FILE AT THE CITY SECRETARY'S OFFICE.


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                                   GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.
                                   CITY SECRETARY