CITY OF LAREDO
                          CITY COUNCIL MEETING

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

                                MINUTES


       M-97-R-14                                   APRIL 21, 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,              "      , 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


       Motion to waive the regular order of business and move up items F(1),
       A(1), H(3), and #44.

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

  IV.  APPROVAL OF MINUTES

       2.  City Council Meeting of April 7, 1997
           Special City Council Meeting of April 8, 1997

           Motion to approve.

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

   V.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

       3.  Amending Section 2-17 of Article II, Chapter 2 of the code of
           ordinances to create a utilities billing division in the Utilities
           Department, and to create a Tax Assessing and Collection Division in
           the Tax Department.  This amendment will restructure the Tax and
           Utilities Departments by moving the utilities billing function to the
           Utilities department.

           Motion to table this item until budget time.

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

       4.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Laredo
           Independent School District for approximately 9,216 square feet
           constituting Building #1325 located at 4103 Maher Avenue.
           1.  Lease term is for one (1) year commencing February 1, 1997 and
               ending January 31, 1998.
           2.  Monthly rent shall be $1,996.89.  Previous monthly rent was
               $1,901.80.
           Lease premises are used for storage.

           Ordinance Introduction: City Council,
                                   except Cm. Perez & Cw. Moreno

       5.  Authorizing the City Manager to grant a license to Bestel, S.A. de
           C.V. for the use of a telecommunications PVC conduit on Juarez
           Lincoln International Bridge and on city right-of-way on San
           Francisco Avenue and the Riverbank
           1.  License term is for five (5) commencing on April xx, 1997, and
               ending April xx, 2002.
           2.  Annual rent shall be $10,000.00 and will be adjusted annually
               during the term of this license according to changes in the
               Consumer Price Index; providing for effective date.

           Ordinance Introduction: City Council

       6.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Mercy Hospital
           of Laredo d/b/a Mercy Regional Medical Center for approximately 9,902
           square feet of land located on Block No.  21 at the Laredo
           International Airport for the purpose of constructing a roadway.
           1.  Lease term is for twenty (20) years commencing May 1, 1997 and
               ending April 30, 2016 and may be extended for two terms of ten
               years each ending April 30, 2016 and April 30, 2036.
           2.  Monthly rent shall be $330.00 and will be adjusted annually
               during the primary and extension terms of this lease according to
               changes in the Consumer Price Index and further adjusted on the
               20th and 30th anniversaries based on the appraised fair market
               value.

           Ordinance Introduction: City Council, except Cm. Casso

       7.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease agreement by and
           between the City of Laredo, acting in their capacity as the Mass
           Transit Board as Lessor, and Greyhound Bus Lines Inc./Valley Transit
           Company Joint Venture as Lessee, for a certain premise containing
           approximately 5,000 square feet of commercial area, together with a
           bus parking area containing approximately 18,000 square feet, said
           premises described as, situated in Webb County, Texas and being all
           of Block Number Forty Nine (49), Western Division, City of Laredo,
           said demised premises are part of the City of Laredo's Downtown
           Intermodal Transit Center,
           1. Primary term of ten (10) years commencing on XXXXX, XX, 1997 thru
              XXXXX, XX, 2007, with four (4) additional five (5) year renewal
              option periods,
           2. Monthly rental rate of $8,850.00 per month, and adjusted once
              every five (5) years according to the percentage increase in the
              consumer price index up to a maximum of four percent (4%) over the
              minimum rent charged the previous year, but only if the amount
              arrived at exceeds the rental charge for the previous year.

           Ordinance Introduction: City Council

       8.  Ordinance authorizing the acceptance of a 0.6736 acre easement out of
           Porcion 36 as recorded in volume 1407 pages 243-246 of the Webb
           County records, and the release of a 40 foot utility easement located
           on Santa Fe Subdivision as recorded in volume 49, pages 327-328 of
           the Webb County deed records.  This action is a utility easement
           trade between the City and Santa Fe Subdivision which is at no cost
           to the City.

           Ordinance Introduction: City Council

       9.  Authorizing the release of two 6 foot utility easements located at
           the rear of lots 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, and 16, Block 2, El Portal
           Industrial Park, Unit IV, as recorded in volume 16, page 42 of the
           deed records of Webb County, Texas. Hurd Urbahn Development, LLC
           requested that certain easement be released so that the six lots in
           question can be sold as one property without a division in the
           center.  The utilities department has no objection to the proposed
           action since water and sewer lines exist in both streets where the
           lots front.

           Ordinance Introduction: City Council

  VI.  FINAL READINGS

       Motion to waive final reading of ordinances #97-O-083,
       #97-O-084, #97-O-085, #97-O-086, #97-O-087, #97-O-088, and
       #97-O-089.

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

      10. 97-O-083  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.
                    (Jose R. Perez, Jr.)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-083.

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

      11. 97-O-084  Ordinance 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.  (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-084.

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

      12. 97-O-085  Ordinance designating as a Public Utility Easement, a 0.1275
                    (5555.6 square feet) acre tract of land to install a
                    sanitary sewer line in order to provide no services 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. (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-085.

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

      13. 97-O-086  Ordinance 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.
                    (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-086.

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

      14. 97-O-087  Ordinance 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, (approximately
                    319.44 square feet of land) out of the Buena Vista Avenue
                    right-of-way between Musser and Fremont Streets, and which
                    abut 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. (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-087.

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

      15. 97-O-088  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. (Jose R. Perez, Jr.)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-088.

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

      16. 97-O-089  Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1997 Budget in the
                    amount of $356,086.00 for funding of equipment and personnel
                    for a multi-agency financial disruption task force for the
                    period of January 1, 1997 through December 31, 1997.
                    (Jose R. Perez, Jr.)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-089.

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

 VII.  RESOLUTIONS

      17. 97-R-044  Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application
                    to the Governor's Office for funding of personnel and direct
                    operating expenses for a Multi-Agency Narcotics Task Force
                    in the amount of $740,308.00 with the City designating
                    $397,880.00 in matching funds for a total of $1,138,188.00
                    and authorizing the City Manager to sign any and all
                    documents pertaining to this grant application.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-044.

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

      18. Discussion and possible action concerning the renaming of west Martin
          Field and possible adoption of Resolution 97-R-047 as follows:

          Mayor Ramirez stated staff was instructed to come back with several
          recommendations for names and in talking with several veterans they
          feel that the most appropriate name is "Veterans Field" dedicating it
          to war veterans.

          Mr. Richard R. Rosell spoke on behalf of the Gold Star Mothers and
          veterans who addressed this issue and spoke against renaming the field
          Rudy Gonzalez.

          Mayor Ramirez stated that the reason he brought this item up was
          because he received correspondence from the County Veterans Affairs
          Officer, Cw. Montalvo had nothing to do with it, and it is because of
          her brother's memory that they are taking this action in recognizing
          all veterans.

          Mr. Marcelino Castillo a war veteran read a letter on behalf of Post
          9194 who believes that if the name of West Martin has to be changed,
          that it be changed to Laredo Veterans Memorial Field because they feel
          that honoring all the fallen comrades is more justified.

          Mrs. Ofelia Arizola, a Gold Star Mother, read a letter from Alice
          Mecano from San Antonio on behalf of other Gold Star Mothers who
          expressed their comments and added that it is not fair to place
          emphasis on one individual when so many others gave their lives.  She
          said if they feel it has to be renamed that it be named "Heroes
          Field".

          Mr. Andres Sandoval expressed his concern over the renaming of West
          Martin Field.

          Mr. Bill Swisher representing the Marine Corp League expressed and
          commended Rudy Gonzalez and condemned the process that it went through
          for the name changing.  He said there is a protocol procedure, there
          is an order, and a chain of command to follow.

          97-R-047  Dedicating West martin Field in the name of "Veterans Field"
                    in dedication to the veterans of our community who have
                    given their lives for our country.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-047 with an amendment to
                    include the coat of arms of each branch at the entrance of
                    the field and on the side a plaque made of marble with all
                    the names of veterans from our community who have died
                    serving our country.

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

      19. 97-R-048  Opposing House Bill 3321 which seeks to create a statewide
                    franchising process and preempts the local government's
                    right to manage their rights-of-way.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-048.

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

VIII.  MOTIONS

      20. Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the
          Texas Alternative Fuels Council (AFC) for the conversion of fleet
          vehicles to compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel. The Texas Alternative
          Fuels Council (AFC) is requesting the submission of grant applications
          for possible funding of projects to enhance state goals of increasing
          the percentage of alternatively fueled Texas fleets. The city's grant
          application will be submitted in the amount of $35,000.00, with an
          equal monetary match in order to convert 15 vehicles.

          Motion to approve.

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

      21. Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the
          Governor's Automobile Theft Prevention Authority in the amount of
          $336,262.00 with the city designating $84,066.00 in matching funds for
          a total of $420,328.00 for the 6th year of funding of the Auto Theft
          Task Force for the period beginning September 1, 1997 through August
          31, 1998. The Task Force combats auto theft in the City of Laredo and
          County of Webb.

          Motion to approve.

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

      22. Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the
          Texas Department of Health for continuation of the La Familia Health
          Care Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period
          beginning September 1, 1997, through August 31, 1998. This program
          provides physician services, diagnostic services, medication
          assistance, nutritional education, counseling, referral and patient
          tracking for each person identified with a chronic condition.

          Motion to approve.

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

      23. Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the
          Texas Department of Health for continuation of the HIV/AIDS Education
          Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period
          beginning September 1, 1997, through August 31, 1998. This program
          provides peer outreach education to specific populations at high risk
          of HIV infection.

          Motion to approve.

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

      24. Approval of bid specifications and authorization to advertise for bids
          and interest statements for the following:
          a) laboratory analytical services for groundwater samples -Public
             Works Department - Landfill operations
          b) installation of groundwater monitoring and pumping system - Public
             Works Department -Landfill operations A tentative bid award is
             scheduled for June 2, 1997.

          Motion to approve.

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

      25. 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. Staff has revised the bid specifications and a special
          heavy duty battery used for emergency vehicles will be specified in
          the new bid documents. This should result in the purchase of less
          batteries for Police vehicles.  The staff has meet with several of the
          vendors and it was agreed that rebidding this contract would be the
          most pertinent.

          Motion to reject all bids received.

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

      26. Approval to reject the three bids received, approval to modify the
          construction plans and specifications and re-bid the Father Charles
          McNaboe Recreational Complex.

          Motion to reject three bids received, approval to modify the
          construction plans and specifications and re-bid the Father Charles
          McNaboe Recreational Complex.

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

      27. Authorize the cancellation of the purchase contract with Sames Motor
          Co., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $45,300.00, for the purchase of
          one 1/2 ton extended cab truck for the Public Works Department
          ($21,400.00) and one truck for the Risk Management Fund ($24,000.00).
          These vehicles were to be equipped with CNG bi-fuel fueling systems,
          however, Sames Motor Co. has indicated that they cannot provide the
          vehicles at their bid pricing.  Staff is requesting authorization to
          solicit new bid pricing and/or use the State of Texas contract pricing
          to purchase these bi-fuel vehicles.

          Motion to approve the cancellation of the purchase contract with Sames
          Motor Company.

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

      28. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, Lucent Technologies, Inc., San
          Antonio, Texas, in the amount of $53,327.91, for providing all
          required materials and installation of a certified voice and data
          telecommunications cabling system for the New Main Library.  The
          telecommunications cabling system will support voice and high speed
          data communications as well as a Community Antenna TV (CATV)
          distribution system and public address system.  The system will be
          completed within sixty days.  The city received three bids for this
          purchase. Funding for the service is available in the New Main Library
          Construction Project.

          Motion to table.

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

      29. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, Rochester Armored Car Co., Omaha,
          NE, in the estimated amount of $21,168.00, for providing armored car
          courier service for various city departments.  Courier service is
          requested for the International Bridge I and II operations, City Hall,
          and the Civic Center.  The bid pricing is approximately 17% less than
          the current contract pricing. The city received three bids this
          service.

          Motion to approve.

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

      30. 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. The city received four bids for
          this service.  Funding is available in the particular department's
          Budget.  The overall bid pricing remained the same as our current
          price structure.

          Motion to approve.

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

      31. Award of contract to SOLE BIDDER, Newman Traffic Sign, Inc.,
          Jamestown, ND in the amount of $19,918.10 for the purchase of 1,792
          street name blades for placement at 448 Non-CDBG intersections.  These
          larger street name signs facilitates the street identification by
          emergency vehicles.  Funding for the this purchase is available in the
          Street Reconstruction account. There was no change in price for this
          item from the last purchase.

          Motion to approve.

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

      32. Award of contract to SOLE BIDDER, Cantu Electric, Inc., Laredo, Texas
          in the amount of $55,678.00 for providing assembling and installation
          services for 1,640 new vandal proof street name signs within the City
          of Laredo.  The installation of these larger street name signs
          facilitates the street identification by emergency vehicles.  Funding
          for the purchase is available in the CDBG account and the Street
          Reconstruction account. There was no change in price for this item
          from the last purchase.

          Motion to approve.

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

      33. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, Signal Engineering, Shreveport,
          Louisiana, in the amount of $18,828.00 for the purchase of hardware
          for 47 traffic signal and 44 pedestrian signal assembles.  These
          materials will be utilized for maintenance of existing traffic signals
          and for the following new traffic signals projects.  Lyon and
          Monterrey, Chihuahua and McPherson, Taylor and McPherson, and Main and
          Washington.  The city received a total of five bids for the purchase
          of these materials.  Funding for this purchase is available in Capital
          Improvement Fund and the CDBG account. There was a slight decrease in
          price from the last purchase due to a change in the requested mounting
          brackets.

          Motion to approve.

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

      34. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER MEETING SPECIFICATIONS, Mission
          Western Wear, Mission, Texas, in the estimated amount of $30,496.60,
          for the purchase of footwear for Fire Department personnel. Three boot
          styles and one shoe style have been approved for departmental use.
          Footwear may be purchased as part of the clothing allowance issued to
          each firefighter.  The City did receive one lower bid, however, the
          brand and style of footwear proposed by the apparent low bidder had
          not been previously approved by the department.  The City received a
          total of six bids for these items.  Funding is available from the
          department's budget.  The bid pricing is approximately 7% higher than
          the previous contract.

          Motion to approve.

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

      35. Approval of amendment no. 1, an increase of $4,275.00 to the
          Professional Services Contract with Raba-Kistner Consultants, Inc.,
          Laredo, Texas, for additional Geotechnical Engineering Services to
          provide a Subsurface Soils Investigation for an additional donated 18-
          acre tract of land south of the site of the Father Charles M. McNaboe
          Recreational Complex. Original contract amount was for $7,180.00.
          Total contract amount including this amendment is $11,455.00.  Funding
          is available in the Capital Improvement Fund.

          Motion to approve.

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

      36. Approval of amendment no. 3, an increase of $19,360.00, for additional
          inspection services to the Resident Project Representative contract
          with Hickey & Associates, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the New Laredo
          Airport Passenger Terminal in compliance with Federal Aviation
          Administration (FAA) Requirements. This amendment will add 44 working
          days of inspection services to coincide with the general contractor's
          work schedule. Original contract amount was for $191,744.80.  New
          contract amount including amendment no. 3 is $266,984.80.  Funding is
          available in the New Airport Terminal Account.

          Motion to approve.

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

      37. Approval of change order no. 1, an increase of $12,412.00 to the
          construction contract Lambda Construction Company, New Braunfels,
          Texas, for the replacement of the bull gear housing of a clarifier at
          the Jefferson Street Water Treatment Plant Solids Handling
          Improvements. The manufacturer has one (1) housing of the proper size
          in stock.  If a new housing is placed or ordered to be cast at a later
          date, the City will face possible delays for the project and the cost
          may increase. Original contract amount was for $2,451,300.00. This
          change order will bring the total contract amount to $2,463,712.00.
          Funding is available in Jefferson Street Water Treatment Plant -
          Clarifiers Account.

          Motion to approve.

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

      38. Approval of change order no. 3, an increase of $9,473.75 for
          additional work and for balance of quantities actual constructed in
          place, acceptance of the West Laredo Overpass and approval of final
          payment in the amount of $110,503.48 to Concho Construction Company,
          Inc., Garland, Texas.  Original contract amount was for $2,515,931.70.
          Final construction contract amount including change order no. 3 is
          $2,535,772.61. Funding is available in West Laredo Overpass Reserve
          Account.

          Motion to approve.

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

      39. Approval of the following items for the 36 Inch Diameter Water Line
          Project from the Jefferson Street Water Treatment Plant to FM 1472
          Water Tower at Mines Road under construction contract with McLean
          Construction Company, Inc., Killeen, Texas:
          1.  Change order no.  5, an increase of $22,487.50 for the balance of
              quantities actually constructed in place including a revision to
              the original designed alignment,
          2.  Payment in the amount of $153,837.67, which includes change order
              no. 5, $68,729.12 of authorized construction work to date,
          3.  Partial release of the retainage in the amount of $62,621.05, and
          4.  To retain $50,000.00 pending final acceptance of the Cathodic
              Protection for the water line by the consultant.
          The project has been on-line since July 1996, however, the Cathodic
          Protection engineer needs additional testing for continuity before
          certifying the project. Current construction contract amount if
          $2,252,420.90.  Funding is available in the North Laredo 36 Inch Water
          Line.

          Motion to delete items 2, 3, and 4 and approve item #1.

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

      40. Approving the proposed guidelines and applications for the awarding of
          scholarships for attendance at Texas A&M International University.
          Staff is recommending the appointment of a four member committee
          consisting of a City Councilmember, the Chair of the Cable Commission,
          Paragon Representative, and a TAMIU Representative.

          Motion to approve.

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

          Cw. Moreno nominated Mayor Ramirez as the committee member
          representing the City Council.

          All were in favor.

      41. Appointing Ricardo de Anda as a representative from the
          Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ), and Danny Wyers representing
          developer and builder groups, to the Impact Fee Advisory Committee;
          appointing individuals from trade groups to the Impact Fee Ad Hoc
          Committee as follows:  Charles Martens (Developers), Edward Farias
          (Banking), Edward Garza (Engineering), Michael York (Realtors) and
          Arthur Zuniga (Builders).

          Motion to approve.

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

      42. Authorizing the City Manager to add an addendum to the Collective
          Bargaining Agreement between the City of Laredo and the Laredo Police
          Officers' Association (LPOA) thru its President Luis Dovalina for the
          period April 1, 1996 thru September 30, 1999.

          Motion to approve.

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

  IX.  CITY MANAGER'S REPORT

      43. Authorizing the City Manager to submit an application to the Federal
          Aviation Administration requesting a multi- year FY 1997 and FY 1998
          Airport Improvement Program, Passenger and Cargo Entitlement Grant in
          the amount of $1,149,990.00.  The grant if approved by the Federal
          Aviation Administration will require a local match of $127,777.00, the
          local match is available in the New Airport Passenger Terminal Reserve
          Account.  The federal and local funds will be used to construct the
          access road and parking lot at the New Airport Passenger Terminal.
          This action represents a shift in the City's funding strategy.  Staff
          was previously recommending the use of MAP funds to construct the
          access road and parking lot for the new passenger terminal.  The
          annual entitlement funds were proposed for other airport projects.

          Motion to approve.

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

      44. Report regarding the serpentine wall at the New Main Library with a
          possible approval of one of the following change order alternatives:
          a. Additional cost for the repairs and corrective work to the
             serpentine wall per original plans and specifications at the new
             main library as follows: Removal of existing forms; removal of
             plastic laminate; removal of damaged plywood; replacement of
             plywood; replacement of plastic laminate; and re-erection of forms
             at a cost of $65,915.70. (keep windows)
          b. Additional cost for the repairs and corrective work to the
             serpentine wall of the new main library if architectural
             characteristics of the wall are changed to a smooth rubbed
             uncolored concrete finish ready to paint the two (2) coats of one
             standard color paint, resulting in a solid blank wall.  Removal of
             existing forms; removal of damaged plywood; replacement of plywood
             and re-erecting forms; deletion of plastics laminate, deletion of a
             color in concrete, rub wall for paint (2) coats; Labor, materials,
             equipment rental at a cost of $32,682.00. (no windows)

          Motion to approve item (b).

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

      45. Authorizing staff to advertise the sale of surplus City-owned
          properties which can be sold by bids to the general public:
          Parcel 1 - Surface Only of Lot 2, Block 2165-A, Eastern Division,
                     located at the 2400 block of Diaz Street and,
          Parcel 2 - Surface Only of a 0.3543 of an acre (15,433.46 square feet)
                     tract of land out of that former section of Martin Avenue
                     between Laredo and Guadalupe Streets, located at the 1200
                     block of Martin Avenue, to the general public by
                     competitive bid procedures.  It is anticipated that the
                     award of bids for the sale of properties will be presented
                     to City Council on June 2, 1997.

          Motion to approve.

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

      46. Request for Executive Session to be conducted pursuant to Section
          551.074 of the Texas Government Code to deliberate the appointment and
          employment of the Chief of Police. The City Manager has interviewed
          the four final candidates. They are Richard Clark, Augustin Dovalina,
          Stephen Garza and E.J.  Laurel.

          Cm. Casso quoted, "I have a problem with this item because of the
          recently resolved situation concerning executive sessions.  Frankly, I
          do not see the need for deliberating anything having to do with the
          selection and appointment of the Chief of Police.  The City Manager
          has been directed to find someone to fill this position.  It stands to
          reason that he should find someone whom he believes is qualified and
          capable of fulfilling the needs of the department.

          I consider an executive session held for this purpose to be an
          exercise in futility.  We, as a body, cannot dictate to the City
          Manager whom he should recommend as the Chief of Police.  We can,
          however, freely discuss our individual views on the matter and tell
          him what qualities we expect to find in the person he selects.  I
          personally feel that, if we go into executive session to discuss the
          pros and cons of each candidate, it will be tantamount to taking part
          in the actual selection process.  That is not our function.

          In 1992, before the previous Chief of Police was selected, several
          members of the City Council sitting at the time participated in
          interviews of two of the candidates.  I believe that was wrong.  I
          don't believe that activity falls within the purview of our authority.
          Besides, it didn't do any good because, as it turned out, remember the
          fiasco caused by the person who was finally selected.

          I shall not, under any circumstances, participate in the executive
          session called for under this item.  I would like,
          however, to make public the attributes I expect to find in the City
          Manager's choice for Chief of Police and I respectfully invite my
          colleagues on this council to adopt my views.  I obtained this
          information from a book entitled Proactive Police Management.

          Whereas education and experience are obvious requirements, the book
          contains a chapter which specifically indicates that good leadership
          is more a matter of the leader's attitude and not simply one of
          knowledge acquired on the job.  The authors lists a variety of
          management styles each of which has been proven effective.  In
          essence, it tells us, therefore, that the management style needed for
          a given police department may be totally different from the style
          required in another.  With this in mind, these are the minimum
          qualities I hope to find our next Chief of Police.

          First and foremost, the candidate must be completely free from undue
          influence and/or coercion.  Second, he or she must not be beholden to
          any fraction, in or out of the department.
          Third, his or her main goal must be to improve all aspects of the work
          product or our department.  Fourth, the candidate should be a native
          of Laredo, totally familiar with our culture or traditions.  Fifth,
          the candidate should have stability and demonstrate a sincere
          intention of making this job the climax of his or her career and not
          use it as a stepping stone for other opportunities.  Sixth, the
          candidate should be completely fluent in the Spanish language.
          Seventh, the candidate should have an impressive combination of formal
          education and experience--preferably experience which was obtained in
          other law-enforcement agencies.
          Eighth, he or she should have a proven record of acceptable management
          skills.  Ninth, the candidate should possess and practice an attitude
          of justice and fair-play.  Tenth, he or she should be a proven team
          player, ready and willing to do whatever is necessary to accomplish
          our goals.  Eleventh, he or she should have a hands-on approach and
          should not expect to be an 8 to 5 employee.  Twelfth, he or she should
          have the ability to earn, within a reasonable length of time, the
          loyalty, confidence, respect and trust of the majority of the people
          he or she deals with.  Thirteenth, he or she should have the ability
          to motivate subordinates and to instill pride in the department.
          Fourteenth, he or she should have ample experience in personnel
          matters, and fifteenth, the candidate should be a good judge of
          character with expertise in the area of selecting subordinates for
          particularly sensitive and confidential tasks.

          If the City Manager feels that these attributes are superfluous, I
          invite his comments.  If there is a reason why the City Manager
          disagrees with my views, I'd like to know why.  Perhaps we can have an
          open discussion on the issue.  I suggest that the City Manager try to
          find someone who most closely fits this bill.  If that someone is one
          of the four candidates already interviewed.  I strongly urge the City
          Manager to make his recommendation to this council forthwith.

          He concluded by saying that this should be done in the next meeting
          because no action can be taken tonight.

          There was no action taken on this item as the Council agreed
          that any discussion on any candidate should be held in open session.
          It was suggested to Mr. Pena that he bring his recommendation at the
          next council meeting.

      47. Request for Executive Session to be conducted pursuant to Section
          551.071 of the Texas Government Code regarding settlement agreement in
          cause styled City of Laredo vs.  Gateway Centennial Development Co.,
          Inc., North Town Development, Inc., and Trautman Investment
          Properties, Ltd., Cause No.  C-91-143-D2, in the 111th District Court.

          Motion to go into Executive Session to be conducted pursuant to
          Section 551.071 of the Texas Government Code regarding settlement
          agreement in cause styled City of Laredo vs.  Gateway Centennial
          Development Co., Inc., North Town Development, Inc., and Trautman
          Investment Properties, Ltd., Cause No.  C-91-143-D2, in the 111th
          District Court.

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

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

          Motion to instruct the City Attorney to seek a settlement and bring
          back to council for further discussion.

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

      48. Request for Executive Session to be conducted pursuant to Section
          551.071 of the Texas Government Code to consult with City Attorneys
          and seek legal advice on the Fourth Court of Appeals Opinion delivered
          on April 16, 1997, on Inez P.  Rivera et. al. v. City of Laredo,
          Appeal No. 04-96-00058-CV.

          Mayor Ramirez stated he found the courts ruling very favorable on
          behalf of the city.  He added that they acted on good faith and the
          court recognized that except for the fact that they met two days after
          the recess and because we should post all our recesses.  The actions
          taken by the prior Chief stood firm and the court upheld that, the
          court also respected the privacy of the executive session per say
          improper.

          Mayor Ramirez entertained a motion as the conclusion of what the
          opinion states and read for the record, "government code awards cost
          of $10,000.00 in attorneys fees to appellants, which they have
          provided through their attorneys uncontroverted affidavit and we will
          not grant appellants request to order the city to make public its
          certified agendas for March 23rd, May 4th, and May 6th meetings.
          Since appellants did not present this issue to the trial court in its
          motion for summary judgement."

          Motion to proceed with the settlement of this case and pay attorney's
          fees of $10,000.

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

   X.  COMMUNICATIONS

          Cm. Bruni publicly congratulated State Senator Judith Zaffirini for
          being named Governor for a Day on April 19th.

  XI.  CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION AND PRESENTATION

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

    A.  Requests by Mayor Saul N. Ramirez Jr.

       1. Discussion and possible action concerning a request by the Library
          Board for a change order for the new main library's Serpentine Wall.

          This item was discussed and action taken on item #44.

       2. Discussion and possible action concerning City Council representation
          at the April 29, 1997, Governor's Awards for Environmental Excellence
          banquet in Austin as a result of the City's membership in the CLEAN
          CITIES 2000 Program.

          Motion to proceed and appoint Cm. Joe Guerra to represent Mayor
          Ramirez.

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

       3. Presentation by George Saenz of Central Power and Light Company
          concerning the deregulation issue currently before the Public
          Utilities Commission with possible action.

          Mr. George Saenz stated the issue is currently before the Texas
          Legislature and not the Public Utilities Commission as stated in the
          agenda.  He spoke of two separate things, the deregulation currently
          being proposed in our Texas Legislature and secondly, about an
          organization (The Coalition for Affordable Power for the State of
          Texas)
          that has been formed that has similar concerns to what they have
          regarding deregulation.

          He said that competition is good because it tends to bring prices
          down, it is good for companies because the company is forced to be
          efficient and be the best that they can be
          for that product or service, but when it comes to deregulation of the
          electric industry it is a complicated issue because it is not
          something that can be done easily and it is not simple to regulate the
          electric industry.

          He was afraid that if they deregulate the industry as has been
          proposed on the Legislature, this is going to give the competition the
          ability to pick and chose their customers.  If a competitor wants to
          compete with CP&L they are not going to move to Laredo and bring
          employees here and have the ability to provide good customer service,
          all they can do is generate electricity.  They would have to transmit
          electricity through CP&L's transmission and distribution lines to
          eventually get to their customers.  So what this is going to do for
          them is to give them the ability to pick and choose who they want to
          serve as their customer and obviously they will pick the big customers
          because that's where most of the revenues are.

          He added CPL being in a regulated monopoly today is required to serve
          everyone and they cannot discriminate anyone.  They feel there is no
          one coming to the table with a workable plan.

          They are concerned about rushing into deregulation and hope the
          Legislation will not act on it.  They are hoping that whatever happens
          that it is something that will be taking every customer into this plan
          and make sure that everyone is taken care of and that no one is going
          to have to pick up the price.  If a competitor comes and picks the
          largest customers they will be left with smaller revenues and fewer
          customers, and they still have the distribution lines to maintain, so
          they will be left with a cost to operate and maintain their equipment,
          they will have less revenues and they will have to increase their
          rates.

          In reference to the Coalition for Affordable Power, it is a non-profit
          organization based in Austin, they want to be the voice for small
          residential and small businesses in Austin.  They do not charge any
          membership fees for any members that want to join this coalition, and
          all they want to say is that they are the voice in Austin, they want
          to keep citizens informed as to what is happening with the
          deregulation in Austin.

          Larry Dovalina, Telecommunications Officer, stated that although they
          are in agreement on the opposition of this bill, they are not
          necessarily in agreement in joining the Coalition for Affordable Power
          that Mr. Saenz is proposing.  He added there are two organizations
          within the city structure which are already addressing the issues.
          He concluded by saying that we are opposed to this in general terms
          and it is critical that a motion be passed stating our opposition to
          this bill.

          Motion to state our position opposing the deregulation process, also
          bring back to City Council a resolution so stating our position and
          opposition of this move that's being
          considered by the State Legislature for our next Regular Council
          Meeting so that we can send them to our

          representatives.  Prior to that Mayor Ramirez would like to get
          authority to send correspondence immediately representing the views of
          the City Council opposing the deregulation process.

          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 implementation of the
          Police Departments COPS Program to include timelines for District I as
          well as the rest of the City, and the implementation of the citizens
          training program to compliment the COPS program.

          Agustin Dovalina, Interim Police Chief, reported that they implemented
          a community oriented policing problem solving task force, they have
          gathered logistical information and data that has been gathered by way
          of statistical reports of the entire city.  They are now in the
          process of putting together a workshop for the Councilmembers on for
          the first week of May.  They will be seeking direction from council as
          far as to where they will be heading and given the recommendations
          based on the information gathered.  They have implemented the first
          step that they consider is the initiation of community base policing
          in our city, that is effective this weekend.  They have implemented
          permanent districts for the patrol division and they will be
          patrolling every day.  The officers will become familiar with the
          community and the geographics.  On May 11th the first crop of officers
          will be graduating of field training officer phases, there will be
          about 18 officers for immediate duty.  The actual workshop will
          delineate what target areas they will be recommending for expansion in
          the Community Policing Program.  They are looking at anywhere from 1
          to 3 areas that they might be able to deploy geographic deployment
          substations depending on the direction from council as a result of the
          workshop.

          He added that by June of 1997 they will have another 10-12 officers
          that will be completing their FTO Phases, and will be functioning in
          several new locations within the city within the guidelines and
          recommendations given by council.
          The will also use grant data gathered for purposes of deployment, they
          are looking at late June or July to opening one to two more
          substations.  By September of 1997 approximately 11 new officers will
          be out to enforce thus giving the opportunity to implement community
          policing in another large area of the city depending on the resources.
          It is possible that by this time the cops philosophy can be
          implemented city wide.  They will be looking at a more stategic
          approach based on the numbers of personnel to man these areas.
          Citizens police academy is another area that they have been exploring
          and researching to try to tailor a program to will suit our community
          needs.

          Cw. Montalvo asked if the City Council took any action on a Police
          Substation at Mall Del Norte.

          Interim Police Chief stated that the minutes of March 18, 1996
          regarding the opening of a substation on Mall Del Norte reflect that
          there was discussion and that the mall manager was supposed to get
          back to council and to the City Manager with respect to an agreement
          being formed, and in effect was signed for the opening of a Mall del
          Norte Substation.

       2. Discussion and possible action concerning a clarification on the
          status of the billboard located on Loop 20 at Merida.

          Cm. Perez wanted to know if the mentioned billboard is legal or not
          and if it is not, that it be corrected.

          Jaime Flores, City Attorney, stated that when the sign was first put
          up there was not no question that it was in compliance with the Land
          Development Code and that's because the application itself requested
          an off premises sign. The request itself showed advertisement for a
          prior to business that was not on premises and in accordance with the
          requirements for off-premises sign it was complying in every
          way.

          The issue that now rises is that the sign advertisement itself has not
          changed to where it reads "an advertisement for the business that is
          on premises."  The definition of an on-premises sign is a sign which
          is advertising the product or business right on the premises where the
          business is located.  So what has happened is that the off-premises
          complied previously because it was and is 200 sq.ft., and for off-
          premises sign it is in compliance as long as it advertises the
          business that is not on the site of the business.

          As it stands now it advertises the business that is there (where the
          sign is) that makes it non-compliant.  Whereas the previous approval
          was correct, it has not changed character and that is what makes it
          not compliant. They have studied that and met with P&Z representatives
          and they will be making
          recommendation that the sign be remedied.  The remedies to this is
          either change the advertisement on the sign so that it is in complying
          with off-premises (it doesn't advertise the business on the site) or
          reduce it to the size which would make in compliance with on-premises
          (that is 100 sq.ft.) If it remains as is, they will find it non-
          compliant and they will be citing it for non-compliance for being in
          violation of the Land Development Code.  He concluded by saying that
          it matters who owns the business and the premises itself, which is
          what defines it.

       3. Discussion and possible action concerning the initiation of a survey
          in the Sierra Vista, Los Obispos, and the River South Subdivisions to
          determine if these areas are in accordance
          with the City's illumination policy.

          Roberto Murillo, Traffic Engineer, reported that a survey has been
          conducted and have identified about 20 lights that probably did not go
          through their office for approval for compliance with the ordinance.
          He added that they will advise the developers to comply with the
          ordinance.

          Cm. Perez requested staff to followup with a study to see if they are
          in compliance and report within 30 days.

       4. Discussion and possible action concerning the initiation of a traffic
          count at the intersection of U.S. Highway 83 and Masterson Road for
          possible placement of a traffic signal light or a yellow blinking
          light.

          Motion to initiate a traffic count at the intersection of Highway 83
          and Masterson Road for possible placement of a traffic signal light or
          a yellow blinking light.

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

    C.  Requests by Councilmember Louis H. Bruni

       1.  Status report on the current emergency plan (Storm Warning System) in
           the event of immediate approaching severe weather or tornadoes, with
           possible action.

           Mike Garza, Interim Fire Chief, stated that as far as getting
           advanced warning for storms that comes from Mexico he has gotten in
           contact with people from the National Weather Service in Corpus and
           that it is true, we have limited advance notice when storms come from
           the southwestern part of the country as was the case when the
           previous storm passed through town.  The warnings that were issued
           were given through TV stations and there were prowlers on several
           stations that offered advise on what to do in the event of a tornado.
           They explained to the public to seek shelter, realistically into ones
           homes.  There is a warning system in place in the Emergency
           Management Plan it

           calls through notification of the public through wherever means
           possible given the time factor.  They were in contact with the
           National Weather Service that evening with the 911 dispatch center.
           There is no warning system in place, but there will be times that we
           are not very much covered when it comes to storms coming from Mexico.
           They are broadcasted on the TV stations and radio stations as per
           Emergency Broadcast System.

           Cm. Bruni asked if it would be possible that when we get information
           pertaining to a storm hitting a particular part of town, that our
           Police Department advise citizens with their public address systems
           and warn the people to immediately take shelter?

           Interim Police Chief Dovalina replied that it is possible and it
           calls for that particular type of activity in the protocol itself.
           They are notified by the Texas Department of Public Safety through
           teletype and they do have a protocol in place where they would be
           going to the particular area where the storm is sighted and by means
           of the actual officers' sirens and by getting off the units and
           notifying the public of impending danger, they will be ready to do
           that.  He added that they had a watch commander in that shift
           appearing on the Weather Channel advising the public of what
           precautions to take such as taking shelter in the event of a touch
           down.

           Cm. Perez stated that probably the city can be looking into putting a
           special siren such as the ones used in the armed forces.

           Mayor Ramirez stated tornados are not very common in our area, the
           most effective thing is a doppler radar, except
           that with us we have limited coverage from our radar into Mexico so
           we don't know what might hit us from Mexico.  As far as sirens are
           concerned the protocol in the EMS would be that there wouldn't be a
           general siren, but there would be patrol cars and fire engines that
           would be out there ringing those sirens.  If we are not in an area
           that normally is prone to tornados when there is that kind of alarm
           activity, people tend to come out of their houses instead of staying
           in, that first we would have to go through a whole training of a
           community to know how to handle this kinds of alarms before they are
           installed.

           Cm. Bruni stated that the answer to this item would be to get
           together and work with the National Weather Service representatives
           to try to establish and get them to set up a doppler radar system
           here in Laredo.

           Mr. Garza stated there will be a seminar on May 5th with a program
           that will provide teaching the public on how to recognize events and
           assist the national weather service since we do not have doppler
           here.

       2.  Report by Ms. Nelda Juarez, District Manager of ENTEX, on the Texas
           Alternative Fuels Council Grant Money with possible action.

           Sonny Lozano from Entex stated that Mr. Greg Davis who was to make
           the presentation was unable to attend.  He added that the funds are
           still available and they are willing to assist staff and council.  He
           concluded by stating that he will forward the information packets to
           staff and council by tomorrow.

       3.  Status report on the Perforation of a Secondary Zone of the Santa
           Isabel Test Well #1 with possible action. (Cosponsored by Councilman
           Mario Alvarado)

           Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, reported that Perforation of
           Secondary Zone was completed three weeks ago, Woods Drilling did the
           job, installed the pump, and started testing it.  The preliminary
           results showed that they were pumping 150 gallons per minute versus
           105 that was the production before.  He clarified that the formation
           is still under development, they have a lot of sand migrating into
           the well and this has to be worked out for a few days before they
           know the actual output.  He thinks they will be able to pump between
           200-250 gallons per minute based on the first indications.  The pump
           that they have is a sacrificial pump and they will be using it until
           it goes because it is not ready at the temperature it should be, the
           pump is ready at 86 degrees and it is coming out at 105 degrees.  The
           water is still coming out dirty, but they will continue doing this.

           He concluded by saying that for the definite installation they will
           get a contractor to furnish the pump, installation, and warranty
           because they have had problems with materials.

       4.  Discussion and possible action on the implementation of SocialTech
           Incorporated TRAK SYSTEM (Technology to Recover Abducted Kids) as it
           pertains to abducted children, runaways, and child safety.

           Cm. Bruni showed a three minute video on the TRAK System.  After the
           video he stated that this software program is well worth it for the
           Police Department with a cost of $8,500 which includes hardware,
           software, and maintenance for three years.

           Motion to instruct staff to find the necessary funding for this
           system.

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

       5.  Presentation by Mr. George Mapus regarding water and sewer bills on
           his property north of the La Choza Motel with possible action.

           Ron Whitehawk, representing Mr. George Mapus, stated that
           Mr. Mapus's property water and sewer bill had dramatically increased
           since October of last year which they felt was an injustice.  He has
           been paying under protest for the past six months.  He said that they
           talked to Tax and Utilities staff and received feedback which
           essentially says that the easiest and most direct way to remedy the
           situation and to come to a reasonable logistical solution is to have
           what is called a "Deduct Meter" at the motel so that the amount of
           water that the motel is using becomes the basis for assessing a sewer
           fee at the motel.

           Once they know the water/sewer fees for the motel, then essentially
           you would say none of the other water usage would have a
           sewer/garbage fee attached to it because that service is not
           presently available.  There is no sewer service to anything other
           than La Choza, there is no garbage service to any of his properties
           north of Hwy 59 in the La Choza area.

           They were asking for two things: (1) that staff be directed and that
           they work with Mr. Mapus, that he be allowed at his own expense to
           install a deduct meter at La Choza Motel so that reasonable and fair
           sewer charge can be levied against that property, and (2) that the
           sewer and garbage charges for only the last six (6) months which is
           when he noticed the stricking increase in the bills, that there be a
           credit given to him for that sewer service and garbage service.  He
           would then apply to the future bills that he will be receiving from
           the city.

           Fernando Roman reported that the arguments reported by Mr.  Whitehawk
           were accurate and that they had come up with three
           alternatives presented to Mr. Mapus:
           (1) To install a second water meter on his connection which is on the
               Casa Blanca Road behind his property which would entail that he
               would have to extend his line thru his own property at cost for
               him of $2000 -$3,000.
           (2) To place a deduct meter which in concept presented a problem
               because this was to take place way within his property behind the
               motel and at the time they didn't know he was willing to provide
               an easement or right-of-way for staff to go read it.  It is at a
               minimum cost to him and it creates a situation that accomplishes
               what he wanted which is the separation of sewer charges.
           (3) To bore under Hwy 59 with a cost of about $20,000 of which he
               would have had to pay because it would a represent an extension
               of service to provide service to La Choza and adjacent areas, per
               our ordinance it is not possible for us to participate in
               providing labor and materials if this is an extension to a
               private party.

           Mr. Roman said that his request on the deduct meter is reasonable
           provided that the easements or right-of-way are dedicated.  On the
           issue of credit, they are allowed to investigate because we do not
           usually give credit and don't know what people do with the water once
           it goes through the meter and would like to confer with the City
           Manager on this issue.

           Mayor Ramirez suggested that he study this issue carefully and that
           we consider that option with all the ramifications involved and that
           he submit a report on the billing.

           Motion to allow staff to proceed and install a Deduct Meter at the
           proposed property, provided that the easements are dedicated.

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

       6.  Status report on the drainage problem at Clark and India Street with
           possible action.

           Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported that a culvert was
           constructed in that area and that problems were reported to TxDOT for
           correction.

           Juan Villarreal, Traffic Engineer from TxDOT assured Cm.  Bruni that
           water will not pond and will work with the contractor to assure that
           it will drain.

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

       1.  Discussion and possible action regarding the Animal Protective
           Society and the Vacuna Rabies Program.

           Cm. Casso stated that he had a copy of a letter from Mr.  Tamkin who
           is leasing the K-Mart building that the City of Laredo owns in
           regards to a certain doctor that is practicing there illegally and
           many local veterinarians are upset that he is coming into the Vacunas
           Rabies Program.
           He requested that staff enforce the ordinances that exists in regards
           zoning violations.

           Mr. Pe¤a stated that a growing number of individual businesses are
           locating in the K-Mart parking lot unknown to Mr. Tamkin and they are
           to trying to find a way to prevent these practices from happening.

           Jerry Robinson, Health Director, stated that vaccination is a needed
           measure and all dogs need to receive vacunas by a certain age, there
           is rabies problem in Webb County since 1992, it is abating, it is
           less of a problem but it is still there.  On the issue of a
           veterinarian giving vaccinations at a reduce rate and not
           participating in the official vacuna campaign that is ongoing, they
           would like to have all vets participate as a team beyond that they
           get into legal issues and at that point, it would be proper for him
           to refer the to the City Attorney.

           Jaime Flores, City Attorney, answered that it would appear that the
           answer on the legal issue is, yes, that kind of business can operate
           within those areas however having
           received this material this afternoon he wants to look at it and come
           back to council with regards to the lease itself which the city has
           with Tamkin Corporation.  He added that the letters states that Mr.
           Tamkin has not given permission for those businesses to exist,
           however he has not reviewed the lease between the city and Tamkin on
           whether it allows or not allows such businesses and whether if this
           business is not one of those allowable then it is up to them as the
           lessees to enforce the agreement with the city or be in violation of
           that lease.

           Cm. Casso suggested that this issue be looked at and that
           staff look at whether the city can buy the contract out.

       2.  Discussion and possible action regarding the civil litigation between
           the City of Laredo v. Joe Rubio Jr., Monica Notzon, Oscar J. Hale,
           and Odie Arambula.

           Cm. Casso wanted to know what was the status of the litigation and
           wants the tapes back.

           Jaime Flores, City Attorney, stated that he will follow up and report
           at a later meeting.

       3.  Discussion and possible action regarding Rivera v. City of Laredo.

           This was taken care off in item #48.

       4.  Discussion and possible action regarding the status of the Fourth
           International Bridge.

           Florencio Pe¤a, City Manager, reported that the city contracted an
           engineering firm to proceed with doing the surveying of approximately
           150 acres.  The survey should be completed by the end of May so by
           the first part of June the contracts to get the property donated to
           the city should be completed.  The environmental assessment study is
           underway and should be completed by the end of April.

           They extended the assessment recently to allow to conduct an
           environmental analysis of a fourth alternative, originally they were
           three, based on discussions with Mr. Hurd and Mr.  Dickman that have
           shown an interest regarding the donation of this right of way.  Once
           the environmental is complete then it will be submitted to TxDot and
           to the Federal Highway which will make a decision on whether or not
           they are ready for a public hearings on the environmental plans so
           that they can find that there is no significant effect.  If there is
           no significant effect on the four alternatives they think that by
           August or September then they should proceed to get the right of way
           from the Fasken Interest and hopefully the property will have been
           donated for the footing of the bridge.  If things go well on the U.S.
           side they will be looking for bids on December 1997 or on the first
           quarter of 1998.

           Cindy Collazo, CD Director, reported that the environmental
           assessment is on the way, they are already into the mid of the
           assessment document, as they are completing the sections they are
           being faxed to TxDot for their review.  They are reviewing them and
           bringing back comments that are being incorporated.  Once that is
           complete, then it has to be submitted to the Federal Highway once
           they are reviewed which would be other two more weeks, then they will
           send it back and authorize the city to proceed with the public
           hearings.  There is a 30 days notice period on that and so that will
           have to go ahead and be incorporated which bring this up to July.
           Then they have the hearing then another 30 days for comments, then do
           the analysis so they are looking at the end of August possibly
           September for the final decision to be made.

           Mr. Pe¤a stated that one of the most crucial factors is getting the
           right-of-way, getting the land donated to the city so that customs
           can place us in the top 10 priorities.
           He concluded by saying they are doing the survey, they will put it
           together and send a copy to council.

       5.  Discussion and possible action regarding Tree City USA.

           Lynn Nava, Parks & Recreation Superintendent, reported that by May
           5th they will bring a final plan of action before the council.

    E.  Requests by Councilmember Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

       1.  Discussion and possible action concerning the excessive waterline
           breakages in the Hillside Terrace area and directing staff to develop
           a plan of action to deal with this problem.

           Fernando Roman reported that the area they were studying was in the
           Arkansas side of Hillside, that was the area that they had problems
           with.  This time they received reports from the east side of the
           creek (Oklahoma) they have identified that most of the problems that
           they have in the area other than the water pipes are the services.
           When Hillside was constructed approximately 25-30 years ago, plastic
           services were installed in many homes, it was a new material and good
           technology at the time and today we know that people around the
           country are replacing this because they tend to get brittle and
           break.  They will come during the budget time with proposals to have
           a service replacement program in the area where they identify the
           have plastic services.  This should be multi-year plan, but they can
           do sections at a time and include in the repaving or resurfacing.  He
           does not think there is any problem with the original construction
           this is simply an evolution in the type of materials that have been
           used in the water industry.  They will replacing with copper as they
           are identified.  The will present this at budget time under line item
           named "Plastic service replacement" for this coming budget and will
           take place throughout several years.

       2.  Status report on the traffic study being conducted at the
           Intersection of Springfield and Gale.

           Roberto Murillo, Traffic Engineer, reported that the Traffic
           Department conducted a traffic signal warrant study at the subject
           location as requested with traffic data and onsight observations.
           The data collected was evaluated against the different applicable
           traffic signal warrants as set forth in the Texas Manual of Uniform
           Traffic Control Devices.  Their study findings revealed that a
           traffic signal is justified and that the cost estimate is
           approximately $45,000.  There are no funds presently available for
           this signal, but they will initiate planning for this installation
           upon securing of funds for this project.

       3.  Status report on the traffic light which was to be installed at the
           Intersection of Springfield and Taylor.

           Roberto Murillo reported that this light is scheduled for
           installation in September.

       4.  Discussion and possible action concerning the excessive speed on
           Colorado, Kentucky, Chaparral, Taylor, Maryland, and San Francisco,
           and directing staff to explore the installation of "Traffic Humps" or
           other devices designed to slow-down vehicular traffic.

           Roberto Murillo reported that they have information on the pros and
           cons on traffic humps and will give a report at the next council
           meeting.

           Mayor requested that this item be placed in the agenda sponsored by
           Cm. Valdez and co-sponsored by Cm. Guerra.

       5.  Discussion and possible action concerning the initiation of an
           illumination study in the older sections of District V, as well as an
           update on the light upgrade in the Hidden Meadows Subdivisions.

           Roberto Murillo reported that this has already been done, but that
           two or three lights may still need to be done.

    F.  Requests by Councilmember Joe A. Guerra

       1.  Recognizing the accomplishments of the United High School Larriettes
           for their fine representation of the City of Laredo locally and at
           state and national competitions.

           Motion recognizing the United High School Larriettes, the sponsors,
           and their parents for committing themselves and their time for
           participating in this kind of activity that can enhance the quality
           of life for themselves and everyone they touch.

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

       2.  Status report/update on the Police Substation at Mall del Norte, with
           possible action.

           Agustin Dovalina, Interim Police Chief, stated that they will be
           manning the substation in conjunction with the Webb County Sheriff's
           Office, providing the manpower and will be used as an office to do
           reports, etc. not only by that particular area but three or four
           surrounding areas that are tasked to patrolling.  It will be maned
           different hours of the day, they will be patrolling, there will be
           designated personnel throughout the day and at different times of the
           night, but they are not committing to be there 24 hours of the day.

           Motion to proceed with the plan as provided by Interim Police Chief
           Dovalina and that they proceed with tomorrow opening of this
           substation.

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

       3.  Status report/update on Hilltop Subdivision, Phase II, with possible
           action.

           Motion to table indefinitely.

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

    G.  Requests by Councilmember Mario G. Alvarado

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

           Florencio Pe¤a, City Manager, reported that he had a meeting with
           Customs and brought this issue before them.  He was told that the
           bumps were there for safety reasons.

           Mr. Luis Landin, Traffic Manager, stated that he had sent a letter to
           Customs on our concern on the height of the bumps and he has not
           received an answer from them.  He added that his office has received
           many calls on the bumps being too high damaging their automobiles.

           Mr. Jesus Ponce stated there are two type of speed bumps, rubber and
           cement, and it is not how high they are but how
           sharply they cut which is what really hurts the automobiles.

           Mayor Ramirez suggested that as Mr. Ponce mentioned, that other ports
           be checked to see how many of them have speed bumps crossing into the
           United States.

           Motion to send a letter of concern to the Ombudsman stating our
           opposition on the grade of the bumps in length and also cite the
           factors provided to us by our traffic engineers as to why we feel
           these bumps are unsafe and should be better proportion to provide a
           safer handling along that thoroughfare.

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

       2.  Discussion and possible action concerning the traffic hazard related
           to vehicles and tractor trailer that park on the shoulders of the
           road on Mines Road.

           Juan Villarreal, Traffic Engineer for TxDOT stated that they have
           installed posts and cable in certain areas to keep the trucks off the
           curb, but this comes down to an enforcement issue which the City has
           to pursue.

           Cm. Alvarado requested help from TxDOT to come up with a joint
           solution to remedy this problem.

           Cm. Bruni stated that the present thing to do is cite them and have
           them towed away.

           Florencio Pe¤a, City Manager, stated that they will provide council a
           report of how many police citations are given weekly on this activity
           and what locations.

       3.  Update on Lafayette bridge residents relocation project.

           Cindy Collazo, CD Director, reported that at the current
           time they are waiting environmental clearance which is at HUD and
           should be granted on May 1st this would authorize them to spend the
           federal dollars.  Once it is received they will go ahead and request
           title information, they will then get the appraisals underway, then
           come back to council so and declare the necessity and start the
           initiation negotiations.

    H.  Requests by Councilmember Consuelo Montalvo

       1.  Presentation by Andres Sandoval concerning the actions of the Laredo
           Fire Department and their Paramedics as well as the Laredo Police
           Department.

           Mr. Sandoval spoke on behalf of his daughters Maria Luisa, Patricia,
           and Sandra who stated he was a member of the grand jury and was
           terribly disappointed at the judicial system.
           He said recently they went through a case here in Laredo where his
           son was brutally murdered which is when he realized he was a victim
           of this system.

           His daughters coming from out of town asked him to publicly state
           that not everywhere are people treated in the same manner and to
           spread the word.  He was before the Mayor and City Council to use
           them to spread the word that this tragedy will straighten somebody
           out and perhaps keep on seeing true justice, as it has been restored
           to him by the actions of two Detective Perez and Detective Garcia who
           acted very professionally.  He commended Police and Firefighters on
           their actions and added that his faith was restored at police work
           and wants council to convey the message that his family is grateful.
           If anybody has been critical of Laredo it is him, but when credit is
           due credit should be given.  He asked that police and firefighters
           and the judicial system be praised and commended on their actions on
           his behalf.

       2.  Presentation concerning the possible transfer of Felipe Trejo's taxi
           cab permit #60 to his son.

           Motion to approve the transfer of Felipe Trejo's permit to his son
           and that the permit be brought back by resolution to City Council.

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

       3.  Discussion and possible action to maintain branch library services at
           Bruni Plaza.

           Cw. Montalvo wants a cost estimate as far as having a branch library
           at Bruni Plaza.

           Janice Weber prepared three different options:

           Option A: Service 40 hours per week

                   Tuesday-Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m...27 hours.
                   Friday 10:00  a.m. to 6:00 ............... 8 hours
                   Saturday 12:00 Noon to 5:00 p.m............5 hours

           This schedule will necessitate at least five library service
           personnel and one custodian.  The cost would be approximately
           $285,450.00.

           Option B: Service 20 hours per week.

                   Monday through Friday 2:00 to 6:00 p.m....20 hours

           This schedule will require one Librarian I, hard-time; two Clerk'I's
           and a custodian half-time.  The cost would be approximately
           $164,000.00 a year to operate.

           Option C:  Joint effort with the Boy's & Girls Club on Moctezuma.

           Implications:

           In addition to the operating expenses required for an additional
           facility, the following capital expenditures (Option A & B) must be
           considered if City Council desires to keep a branch downtown:

           1) Building Improvements - New roof, replacement of air-conditioning
           system, repainting inside & out, two new doors (rear), install fire
           alarm system, plumbing repairs, ADA compliance, T-1 communications
           line, etc.  Engineering & Building Rehab will have to estimate the
           cost.

           2) Book Collection - The Main Library will require a whole new
           collection.  Most of the current collection is used quite heavily by
           the entire west side of Laredo students, especially the Reference and
           General Nonfiction Collections.)  A one time capital investment of
           over $4.5 million would be required to have an opening day collection
           at the new main library.

           Option C will require budget expenses and collection development, but
           would not require building rehabilitation.
           She has not approached Boy's & Girls Clubs.

           She added that the implications are the biggest expenditures, not the
           operating expenses.

           Mr. Pe¤a stated that the plans are to move the Building and
           Planning Departments to the Bruni Library when the new library opens.
           There were some cost estimates to remodel that building to some
           extent, but they have not been brought them to City Council.

           Motion to table for the next meeting.

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

 XII.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

      50. Public Hearing concerning an amendment to the ordinance which
          establishes bus charter service rates to be charged by the El Metro
          Transit System, to be effective as of each fiscal year (October 1), to
          be based on the budgeted operating cost per hour, increased by 25% to
          provide for depreciation expense.  This amount would be referred to
          the "base rate".  Currently, (FY 1996-97), the base rate would be
          $50.00 per hour.  For each vehicle chartered, a two-hour minimum would
          apply.  Time chargeable for charters is measured from the time the
          vehicle

          leaves the transit garage, to the time the vehicle returns to the
          garage.
          A.  The hourly rate for persons or entities not qualifying for the
              base rate described above, or reduced rate described below, would
              be charged 150% of the base rate.  Currently, this would be $75.00
              per hour.
          B.  The hourly rate for organizations organized under the following
              sections of the Internal Revenue Code would be charged base rate
              (currently, $50.00 per hour):
            * 501 (c)(3): Corporations, funds or foundations organized
              exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific for public
              safety, literary or educational purposes, or to foster national or
              international sports competition, or the prevention of cruelty to
              animals or children.
           *  501 (c)(4): Civic league, an organization not organized for
              profit, but operated exclusively for the promotion of social
              welfare.
           *  501 (c)(6): Business league, chamber of commerce, real estate
              board, board of trade, professional football league, not organized
              for profit.
          C.  City of Laredo departments, other local, state and federal
              government bodies, school districts, colleges and universities
              would be charged the base rate. (currently, $50.00 per hour)
          D.  Conventions and events promoted and underwritten through the
              Laredo Convention and Visitors Bureau would be charged at 80% of
              the base rate.  (Current charge would be $40.00 per hour); and
              that an ordinance be introduced.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amendment to the ordinance which establishes bus charter service rates
          to be charged by the El Metro Transit System, to be effective as of
          each fiscal year (October 1), to be based on the budgeted operating
          cost per hour, increased by 25% to provide for depreciation expense.
          This amount would be referred to the "base rate".  Currently, (FY
          1996-97), the base rate would be $50.00 per hour.  For each vehicle
          chartered, a two-hour minimum would apply.  Time chargeable for
          charters is measured from the time the vehicle leaves the transit
          garage, to the time the vehicle returns to the garage.
           A.  The hourly rate for persons or entities not qualifying for the
               base rate described above, or reduced rate described below, would
               be charged 150% of the base rate.  Currently, this would be
               $75.00 per hour.
           B.  The hourly rate for organizations organized under the following
               sections of the Internal Revenue Code would be charged base rate
               (currently, $50.00 per hour):
             * 501 (c)(3): Corporations, funds or foundations organized
               exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific for public
               safety, literary or educational purposes, or to foster national
               or international sports competition, or the prevention of cruelty
               to animals or children.
            *  501 (c)(4): Civic league, an organization not organized for
               profit, but operated exclusively for the promotion of social
               welfare.
            *  501 (c)(6): Business league, chamber of commerce, real estate
               board, board of trade, professional football league, not
               organized for profit.
           C.  City of Laredo departments, other local, state and federal
               government bodies, school districts, colleges and universities
               would be charged the base rate.  (currently, $50.00 per hour)
           D.  Conventions and events promoted and underwritten through the
               Laredo Convention and Visitors Bureau would be charged at 80% of
               the base rate.  (Current charge would be $40.00 per hour);
               providing for publication and effective date.

          Motion to open the public.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      51. Public hearing providing community residents an opportunity to comment
          on their housing and community needs and the projects they wish to see
          funded through the 23rd Action Year Community Development Block Grant
          ($4,372,000), 1997 HOME Investment Partnerships Program ($1,192,000),
          and 1997 Emergency Shelter Grant ($115,000) in support of the
          preparation and submission of the 1997 Consolidated Plan to the U.S.
          Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  This hearing also
          provides an opportunity to present the FY95/96 Annual Community
          Assessment (ACA) prepared by HUD regarding the City's administration
          of HUD programs and allows for public comment.

          Motion to open the public.

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

          Cindy Collazo, Community Development Director, made the presentation
          and read the schedule dates for public hearings scheduled by CD to
          give citizens an opportunity to express their housing and community
          development needs.

          Robert Gutierrez, President of Armadillo Construction, stated that
          there are some observations on the Home Program, there have been
          discussions in the past that they were going to try to create a city
          wide downpayment assistance program and there is nothing in the 1997
          plan for a citywide downpayment assistance program.

          If they take $1,192,000.00 that they are allocating for this program
          and take away the three programs that they are funding that is only
          allowing for $295,000.00 for 1997.  He does not believe this is the
          criteria or the program council had set out this year for the idea for
          which they had concurred on.  The city purchased 150 lots and his
          question is, when is that project going into motion so that the city
          can get their monies back?  What is the city going to do when it does
          come back into the coffers?  How are we going to build these homes and
          where is the money going to come from to build these homes?  If the
          investment is $1.1 million obviously they have to fund the
          construction of these homes.  He would be asking what and how are
          these homes going to get built?  He went on further discussing the
          affordable housing situation and concerns and concluded by saying that
          the need for housing is there and were asking council to take a good
          hard look into developing a business plan on how many people they are
          trying to help, a monthly report on how many are actually helped, show
          a variance as to how many homes we are short or over, show the
          community what is available, what the plan is and if we are on mark or
          falling behind.  He asked that they create a solid downpayment
          assistance program that everybody can tap into.  Right now there is no
          mechanism for builders to really know what is available or for how
          long, and if it is going to be consistent.

          Cindy Collazo, Community Development Director, stated that regarding
          the '97 Plan that Mr. Gutierrez is requesting, this is what they are
          doing this evening the '97 plan which is why the figures are not
          there.  He is correct that basically what is going to be left from
          this coming year will be $294,000.00.  Council has the option of
          placing all that money in the downpayment assistance or do substantial
          rehabilitation whereas somebody that owns a house that is in bad shape
          can be knocked down to construct a new one on their own lot.

          Mayor Ramirez stated that we have $295,000.00 and it has been a trend
          that there is approximately $100,000 every year from that fund, he
          does not think that will happen anymore.  The situation has been fixed
          whereas the application and qualifications are simpler and it is city
          wide to help almost 99 families.  He thinks it is appropriate to use
          that $295,000.00 as a benchmark and track it for 90 days.
          The builders will take the initiative to tap into the resources
          because the last thing they want to do is over commit themselves to
          something and then run substantially short at the end of the year and
          not meeting the commitment and having HUD coming back to us to tell us
          that we don't spend the monies fast enough and have problems with our
          audits because they are not spend fast enough.

          Mrs. Collazo continued by explaining what happens with the money that
          the city puts out to the projects that are built such as Los Obispos
          and the $1.1 million that was put on land.  She said they paid
          approximately $900,000.00 for the land.  They are coming before
          council on the first meeting in May and are asking council to approve
          the plans and specs, they will then proceed with bids.  With the money
          that has come back (approximately $1,000,000.00) considered program
          income, then they will use that money to build more homes.
          Some of the funds are being used for the subsidies that they are
          providing and to cover the costs that they have to pay such as
          security, etc.

          Mrs. Collazo stated that there is approximately six month construction
          period so once they build in about six months and they might be able
          to recapture the $900,000.00.  They will only do 50 at a time, so in
          six months they will get $450,000.00 back.  They will provide
          proposals from different banks for construction.

          Mayor Ramirez stated that in essence in our plan we should set aside
          the $250,000.00, track it for three months, and in three months they
          will know how well the builders have been able to tap into it, it
          should not be as difficult as it has
          been in the past and hopefully they will have builders out there
          building.

          Cm. Alvarado suggested that yearly goals be set to address the housing
          issue, that they set some type of a tracking system, that quarterly
          reports or performance reports be made, and make sure that we are
          supportive in working the private sector to get this goals
          accomplished.

          Motion to close the public hearing.

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

      52. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo's 1996-1997 Annual Budget
          by increasing the PAC Fund Revenues by $300,000 and appropriating
          $300,000.00 to the public access capital outlay line item to be used
          for purchasing of equipment for the new public access building.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1996-1997 Annual Budget by
          increasing the PAC Fund Revenues by $300,000.00 and appropriating
          $300,000.00 to the public access capital outlay line item to be used
          for purchasing of equipment for the new public access building.

          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: City Council

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

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

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

      53. Approval of bid specifications and authorization to advertise bids for
          the following:
          a)  telephone system purchase and installation -Inter - Modal Downtown
              Transit Center

          Motion to approve specifications and authorize to advertise bid for
          the telephone system purchase and installation.

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

      54. Approval of change order no. 5 an increase of $19,892.52 to the
          Intermodal Transit Center construction contract with Ramex
          Construction Company, Houston, Texas, for the installation of the
          necessary telephone conduits to connect the Institutional Network and
          Internet.  Current construction contract amount is $8,719,243.33.
          This work needs to be put on a fast track basis due to the near
          completion of the building.  Funding is available in the Transit Fund
          Improvement.

          Motion to approve.

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

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

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

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

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

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

      55. Authorize the cancellation of the purchase contract with Sames Motor
          Co., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $36,200.00 for the purchase of
          one 1/2 ton truck ($18,200.00) and one cargo van ($18,000.00).  These
          vehicles where to be equipped with CNG bi-fuel fueling systems,
          however, Sames Motor
          Company has indicated that they cannot provide the vehicles
          at their bid pricing.  Staff is requesting authorization to solicit
          new bid pricing and/or use the State of Texas contract pricing to
          purchase these bi-fuel vehicles.

          Motion to authorize the cancellation of the purchase contract with
          Sames Motor Company.

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

      56. 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 approve.

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

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

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

                         SUPPLEMENTAL AGENDA

VIII.  MOTIONS

      A.  Refund of property taxes in various amounts to the following
          individuals or companies:

          a. Laredo National Bank in the amount of $930.74
             as a result of a double payment, and
          b. Fritz Companies, Inc., in the amount of
             $4,387.59, as a result of a re-appraisal.

          Motion to refund property taxes.

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

  XV.  ADJOURNMENT

          Motion to adjourn.

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

          Adjournment time: 10:15 p.m.

I HEREBY CERTIFY THAT THE ABOVE MINUTES CONTAINED IN PAGES O1 TO 44
ARE TRUE, COMPLETE, AND CORRECT PROCEEDINGS OF THE REGULAR CITY COUNCIL HELD ON
APRIL 21, 1997.  A CERTIFIED COPY IS ON FILE AT THE CITY SECRETARY'S OFFICE.


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                                        GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.
                                        CITY SECRETARY