CITY OF LAREDO
                          CITY COUNCIL MEETING

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

                                MINUTES


       M97-R-15                                   APRIL 28, 1997

   I.  CALL TO ORDER

       With a quorum present Mayor Protem Casso called the meeting to order.

  II.  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

       Mayor Protem Casso 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
       CONSUELO "CONSUELO MONTALVO, "     , DISTRICT VIII
       GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR., CITY SECRETARY
       FLORENCIO PENA,       CITY MANAGER
       JAIME L. FLORES,      CITY ATTORNEY

       ABSENCES:

       Motion to excuse Cm. Alvarado.

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

       Motion to dispense with the regular order of business and move
       up items #13, #14 - B(1) and B(2).

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

  IV.  FINAL READINGS

       Motion to #97-O-090, #97-O-092, #97-O-093, #97-O-094, #97-O-095,
       #97-O-096, #97-O-096, #97-O-097, and #97-O-098.

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

       2. 97-O-090  Ordinance 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.
                    (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-090.

                    Moved : Cm. Perez
                    Second: Cw. Montalvo
                    For:  5             Against:  0         Abstain:  2
                                                            Cm. Perez
                                                            Cw. Moreno

       3. 97-O-092  Ordinance 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.
                        (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-092.

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

       4. 97-O-093  Ordinance 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.
                        (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-093.

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

       5. 97-O-094  Ordinance 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
                       July 1, 1997 thru June 31, 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.
                       (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-094.

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

       6. 97-O-095  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. (City
                    Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-095.

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

       7. 97-O-096  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. (City Council)

                    Motion to approve #97-O-096.

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

       8. 97-O-097  Ordinance amending 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.
                        (City Council)

                    Motion to approve #97-O-097.

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

       9. 97-O-098  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.
                    (City Council)

                    Motion to approve #97-O-098.

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

   V.  RESOLUTIONS

      10. 97-R-046  Confirming the appointment by the City Manager of
                    the three members of the Fire Fighters' and Police
                    Officers' Civil Service Commission of the City of
                    Laredo.

                    Motion to amend the resolution by changing the
                    expiration terms for Raul Garcia from January 31,
                    1998 to April 28, 1998; Eduard Sherwood from
                    January 31, 1999 to April 28, 1999; and Joaquin
                    Romero from January 31, 2000 to April 28, 2000.

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

                    Motion confirming the appointment by the City
                    Manager of members of the Fire Fighters' and Police
                    Officers' Civil Service Commission of the City of
                    Laredo as follows:

                    Raul Garcia to serve one year from April 29, 1997
                                to April 28, 1998.

                    Edward Sherwood to serve two years from April 29,
                                1997 to April 28, 1999.

                    Joaquin Romero to serve three years from April 29,
                                1997 to April 28, 2000.

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

  VI.  MOTIONS

      11. Awarding a professional service contract between the Laredo
          Urban Transportation Study and Rust Lichliter/Jameson for
          professional services in the development of a Hazardous Cargo
          Community Risk Assessment and Route Alternative analysis by
          and through the City Manager of the City of Laredo, Texas in
          the aggregate amount of $30,000.00.  Funding is appropriated
          under a Section 112 grant.

          Motion to approve.

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

      12. Authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute a 1996-
          1997 urbanized area formula program grant (No. TX-90-X406)
          from the Federal Transit Administration in the maximum amount
          of $2,370,312.00 (Federal Share); and providing for grant
          funds to be deposited in the Mass Transit Department
          accounts.

          Motion to approve.

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

 VII.  CITY MANAGER'S REPORT

      13. Request for City Council confirmation of City Manager's
          recommendation for appointment and employment to the position
          of Laredo Chief of Police. The City Manager has interviewed
          the four final candidates. They are Richard Clark, Agustin
          Dovalina, Stephen Garza and E.J. Laurel.

          Motion to table until October 1st and to maintain status quo.

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

          Motion to reconsider the tabling for discussion.

          Moved : Cm. Casso
          Second: Cm. Guerra
          For:  3                       Against:  4         Abstain: 0
          Cm. Bruni                     Cm. Perez
          Cm. Casso                     Cw. Moreno
          Cm. Guerra                    Cm. Valdez
                                        Cw. Montalvo
          Note:  Verbatim is attached.

VIII.  COMMUNICATIONS

          Florencio Pea, City Manager, announced that he had received
          a phone call from Arquitecto Antonio Fuentes Flores who is
          representing the candidate for the position of Governor of
          Nuevo Leon, Fernando Clareond, Partido De Accion Nacional
          (PAN).  They have asked that the City Council be invited to
          attend a meeting on the Colombia side of our Solidarity
          Bridge to review and have an exchange of ideas on plans and
          programs for the future development of the Solidarity Bridge.
          There will be a city bus available to take the group to the
          bridge at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6.

          Cm. Valdez announced that May 1st is the National Day of
          Prayer and invited the Mayor and Council and community to
          participate at 12:45 p.m. at City Hall.

  IX.  CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION AND PRESENTATION

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

    A.  Requests by Mayor Saul N. Ramirez Jr.

       1.  Discussion and possible action concerning the sale of
           fifteen replacement vehicles to our Sister City of Nuevo
           Laredo, Tamps., as follows:
                   Vehicle
           a) 1989 Ford Taurus 4 door
           b) 1989 Ford LTD 4 door
           c) 1989 Ford Cargo Van 4 door
           d) 1989 Ford Pickup F-150
           e) 1989 Ford LTD 4 door
           f) 1986 Ford Taurus 4 door
           g) 1986 Ford 1/2 Ton Pickup
           h) 1977 Chev. winch Truck C-65
           i) 1990 Chev. Pickup C-10
           j) 1989 Chev. Ext. Pickup C-10
           k) 1992 Ford Crown Victoria 4 door
           l) 1993 Ford Crown Victoria 4 door
           m) 1993 Ford Crown Victoria 4 door
           n) 1993 Ford Crown Victoria 4 door
           o) 1993 Ford Crown Victoria 4 door

           Motion to approve.

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

           The book values as reported by Abelardo Medellin from Fleet
           Management through Joe Guerra, Public Works Director, are as
           follows:
                                                     Book Value
           a) 1989 Ford Taurus 4 door                  2000.00
           b) 1989 Ford LTD 4 door                     2500.00
           c) 1989 Ford Cargo Van 4 door               2500.00
           d) 1989 Ford Pickup F-150                   2000.00
           e) 1989 Ford LTD 4 door                     2500.00
           f) 1986 Ford Taurus 4 door                  2000.00
           g) 1986 Ford 1/2 Ton Pickup                 2000.00
           h) 1977 Chev. winch Truck C-65              3000.00
           i) 1990 Chev. Pickup C-10                   5000.00
           j) 1989 Chev. Ext. Pickup C-10              4000.00
           k) 1992 Ford Crown Victoria 4 door          3050.00
           l) 1993 Ford Crown Victoria 4 door          4250.00
           m) 1993 Ford Crown Victoria 4 door          4150.00
           n) 1993 Ford Crown Victoria 4 door          4150.00
           o) 1993 Ford Crown Victoria 4 door          4150.00

    B.  Requests by Councilmember Jose R. Perez Jr.

       1.  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, Agustin Dovalina, Stephen Garza and
           E.J. Laurel.

           Motion to table indefinitely.

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

       2.  Presentation by the Sylvia Bruni representative for Laredo
           Commission for Women regarding the criterion for selection
           of a new Police Chief.

           Ms. Sylvia Bruni requested if council should include as a
           criteria in the selection of the new police chief a specific
           work plan addressing domestic violence.

           Cm. Guerra commented that one of the candidates that Mr.
           Pea was recommending happens to be a board member of the
           Stop Child Abuse and Neglect and this is one of his
           priorities.

    C.  Requests by Councilmember Louis H. Bruni

       1.  Discussion and possible action regarding the placement of
           Ponderosa Street into the city's current paving program.

           Cm. Bruni stated that there seems to be four or five blocks
           in Ponderosa that are in poor shape which are in desperate
           need of repairs.  There might be some kind of under line
           problem that is causing this problem.  He also added that
           complaints have been received that tractor trailers are
           starting to use Ponderosa.

           Rogelio Rivera, Engineering Director, stated that coming
           south from Calton the western half of that street seems to
           have been torn up with heavy weight traffic.  They have
           looked at the under line problem and the possibility that
           there might be a water/sewer break line breakage, but Mr.
           Roman states that water/sewer lines do not run along
           Ponderosa, but rather cross the street.  The other thing
           probably would be that either there might be a drainage
           problem that when it rains, the water stays within those
           bounds of the street areas.  There might be some kind of
           ponding either from the watering of lawns or from water not
           draining properly to the valley gutters.  They will continue
           investigating and take elevations along the stretch that is
           torn up.  He thinks it does require a reconstruction of some type.

           Motion to instruct staff to bring back their recommendation
           with cost estimates for the next council meeting.

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

       2.  Discussion and possible action regarding the wastewater
           problems at the 400 block of Ponderosa Street.

           Note:  This item was combined with item #1.

       3.  Discussion and possible action regarding the placement of a
           barricade or similar device in order to prevent vehicles
           from accessing Casa Blanca Road from Clubview Drive.

           Cm. Bruni stated there is an ongoing problem there, it seems
           that every time a barricade is placed there it only lasts a
           week and is torned down.  The residents on Clubview Drive
           are upset that this intersection is being used to access
           Casa Blanca Road and there is traffic late at night that is
           coming out of Casa Blanca Road and making a short cut into
           this area.

           Mr. Luis Landin said he contacted the property owner because
           they come from the Casa Blanca Road into his property, they
           have installed barricades, they keep breaking them.  They
           have put dirt, now they are going around the dirt.  He will
           contact the property owner and suggest that he put some kind
           of cable or see what can be done to keep them out of the
           property.

           Cm. Bruni requested a timeline date and that it be brought
           at our next council meeting as an action item.

    D.  Requests by Councilmember Alfonso "Poncho" Casso

       1.  Discussion and possible action regarding the creation of a
           committee to study and make recommendations to streamline
           the permit process.

           Cm. Casso suggested that a committee be formed to study the
           whole permit process to become more competitive in the
           market.  He added that he would like to see a committee of
           developers, builders, realtors, engineers, etc. to get more
           input from the public to see how they can streamline that
           process.  He suggested that council name the members and
           have them come back to council and then have public
           hearings.

           Motion to place the item in the agenda for the May 15th
           meeting to name the Ad Hoc Committee members and at that
           time, charge the committee with a time certain as to the
           work that needs to be done and when they would like them to
           report back to council.

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

       2.  Discussion and possible action regarding the preparation of
           a 50 year lease with the childrens museum.

           Cm. Casso asked that this lease be placed on the fast track
           so that the childrens museum organization can start getting
           their donations.

           The City Attorney will prepare the lease by the May 5th
           meeting.

           Motion to reafirm our commitment to work with the Laredo
           Children's Museum to provide them with the necessary land to
           construct their new facility adjacent to our future library
           site.

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

       3.  Discussion and possible action regarding the reorganization
           of the Utilities Collections Division and Tax Division.

           Florencio Pea, City Manager, gave the following report:

           Issue 1
		   
           Customer service is poor and often do not know whether to go
           to the Tax Department or the Utilities Department to resolve
           a problem.  At times the City Manager's Office has
           interceded in resolving the customer's problem.

           Goal
		   
           This proposed reorganization will place clear accountability
           for all aspects of the Utility billing, meter reading and
           customer service with the Utilities Director.  Customers who
           have a problem related to "any aspect of their Utility
           Services will be assisted by the proposed Utilities
           Department Utility Billing Division.  The Tax Department
           will continue to perform "collections" functioning as a
           payment station.

           Issue 2
		   
           Since the reorganization in 1991, a significant number of
           discrepancies in the billing function have been reoccuring.
           Of major concern to City Management are the numerous
           accounts which have continued to receive services without
           being billed, thus, resulting in a significant loss of
           revenues in the water and sewer funds and the general fund
           since garbage fees are billed and collected via the utility
           bills.  The loss of funds is being attributed to accounts
           which are not being billed.

           Goal
		   
           The proposed organization will establish an organizational
           structure within the Utilities Department that has clearly
           defined functions of 1.) customer service, 2.) utility
           billing, and 3.) meter reading.  A supervisor will be
           assigned to each function and will be directly responsible
           for ensuring that discrepancies are not reoccurring and that
           they are resolved in a timely manner.

           Issue 3
		   
           Numerous complaints have been received from builders and
           property owners indicating that service connects and
           disconnects are not being performed on a timely basis.

           Goal
		   
           The proposed reorganization of the Utility Billing system
           will streamline field operations.  The disconnect and
           reconnect field operation procedures will be modified to
           enable meter servicemen to complete work orders promptly.
           Improved communication between the office staff and field
           employees will enable the City to perform disconnects and
           reconnects promptly and efficiently to reduce the number of
           days from the date of the customers request to perform
           disconnects and reconnects to the date the work order is
           completed.

           Issue 4
		   
           Improvement is needed in the area of meter reading to ensure
           that all meters are identified, included in the Utility
           Billing database and read every cycle route.  The Water
           Audit preliminary findings and the Non-deposit program have
           supported that this weakness is of great concern.

           Goal
		   
           Through coordinated efforts within the Utilities Department,
           cycle routes will be evaluated and revised as needed to
           ensure that all meter are identified and read every month.
           Utility billing exception reports will be used to ensure the
           discrepancies resulting from deficient meter readings are
           resolved promptly as possible to minimize revenue losses.

           Issue 5

           Some active delinquent customer are not being terminated in
           accordance with procedure, therefore, these customers
           continue to receive services.  Internal Audit findings
           identified an increase of 28% in the total dollar value of
           active delinquent customer accounts 120 days past due.  This
           problem appears to be related to an ineffective connect and
           disconnect system.

                  February 1996            March 1997

           Water   $171,418                  $213,487          24.5%
           Sewer    178,303                   238,505          33.8%
           Garbage   87,546                  $110,136          25.8%

           Total   $437,267                  $562,128          28.6%

           Goal

           This reorganization will enforce existing controls,
           therefore, minimizing the number of active customer
           accounts, that are over 120 days delinquent.  Thus, reducing
           the risk of customer defaulting in an amount that exceeds
           their $100.00 deposit.

           Issue 6

           Finding related to 1.) accounts not being billed.  2.)
           delinquent accounts not being disconnected in accordance
           with policy and 3.) not securing initial meter reads for
           newly initiated accounts were identified in the Fiscal Year
           1994-1995 external audit.  The audit comments suggested that
           procedures for new accounts and billing could be
           strengthened.
		   
           A Tax Department Utilities Division internal audit was
           performed in March 1996 which identified 10 areas which
           required strengthening.  The follow-up audit currently being
           completed indicates that only 2 of the 10 areas have been
           improved.

           Goal

           As part of the reorganization more detailed attention to
           systems and procedures will be applied to ensure:

           1) that customer accounts are set up properly with all
           appropriate charges,
           2) that new accounts are included in the billing system in a
           timely manner,
           3) that delinquent accounts are terminated within the
           established city policy to minimize default and
           uncollectible accounts.
           4) field operations for connects and disconnects are timely
           and well coordinated so that the appropriate customer
           account action is promptly taken.

           Mayor Ramirez asked if we would still be doing collections
           at the tax office.  He asked if his recommendation is to
           moved billing back to the Utilities Department at the
           airport.

           Mr. Pea answered that the Meter Readers would be the only
           employees that would physically be moved from city hall.

           Mayor Ramirez questioned, if a customer has questions in the
           billing would they still report them to city hall?

           Mr. Pea answered yes, the customer service person will be
           here and their questions will be answered, but that person
           reports to the Utilities Director.

           Cw. Moreno was concerned with the additional cost that will
           be incurred.

           Mr. Roman stated it is unavoidable to reorganize the
           structure, that regardless whether it stays here or not they
           need the cost for reorganizing and staffing.

           Mr. Pea stated that the way it is structured right now is
           all within the current budget.

           Mayor Ramirez asked that the City Manager come back with a
           recommendation to start off with the things like the meter
           readers, shifting them over and distributing their oversight
           to the current supervisor that exists in utilities.  That he
           also perhaps go into reorganizing the structure to allow
           utilities to have a more direct say in connects and
           disconnects during the billing cycles and see how that can
           be worked into the system to let utilities pick up more of
           the slack that we are running into.

           He added he hears Mr. Roman saying there is a problem, and
           Mrs. Colon is saying that there is a problem, why not get
           the two department heads to see how they can better
           structure their operations and divide what needs to be
           divided.

           Cw. Montalvo suggested that employees should be cross
           trained for tax and collecting utilities.

           Cm. Casso stated he agrees on the separation, but provided
           that it does not cost more money during the rest of this
           fiscal year.  They will then go to the budget workshops and
           rehash the entire issue, he wants to see the results in
           three or four months to see if it works.

           Mrs. Colon explained the process that they have gone through
           since 1988 when the departments were combined they went from
           27,000 to 40,000, a period of fast growth, which means a big
           load on their tax.  She requested an opportunity to work a
           good workable system.

           Motion to proceed with the condition that no additional
           monies will be incurred within the current budget and that
           it be duly noted that this is only temporary until the end
           of this fiscal year and it expires or gets ratified by
           council during the next budget.

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

       4.  Discussion and possible action regarding the Wrecker Service
           Ordinance.

           Cm. Casso stated he understands there is a rotation list by
           which the wrecker service companies operate.  One of his
           constituents had a concern in reference to the way this
           system works.  He said that from April 14th through April
           20th D.F. Gonzalez Towing was on the list for towing that
           week and they were by passed by seven different wrecker
           companies.  The business was given to Orozco Wrecker.  It
           is his understanding that there were 30 stolen vehicles that
           came from Mexico and were given to Orozco Wrecker to bring
           from Mexico to U.S. and wanted to know why?

           Interim Police Chief Dovalina stated he was correct,
           Gonzalez Wrecker Service was on duty on that particular
           week.  He explained that the Mexican Judicial Police made
           contact with our Police Division Commander of Detectives
           in reference to the return of these stolen vehicles from
           Nuevo Laredo into U.S.  Apparently, the Judicial Police had
           been contacted by the Mexican Wrecker service, by a business
           named Mora Wrecker Service.  The wrecker service owner had
           made contact, with the Mexican State Judicial Police and at
           the same time they had contacted this particular wrecker
           service, Orozco Wrecker Service and made arrangements with
           them directly about the actual return of these vehicles.
           They were informed that the arrangements had already been
           made, the lieutenant was informed that this particular
           wrecker service was on call that particular week, however
           they were faced with the possibility that because the
           arrangements had already been made with the wrecker service
           on this side that transfer of vehicles over to the U.S.
           would not occur.  The were faced with the dilemma of either
           going ahead and following it thru with the actual wrecker
           service that was on call or receiving the actual stolen
           vehicles.  So they decided to go ahead and let this
           particular arrangement follow thru so that they could have
           the return of these vehicles.

           Cm. Casso wanted to know what will be done to prevent this
           from happening in the future.

           Mr. Dovalina answered they have been informed that they will
           go ahead and use the wrecker service that is on rotation or
           on call on that particular week.

           Cm. Guerra spoke concerning wrecker service charges.  He
           said he had received calls from several wrecker service
           operators that are alleging that the rates they can charge
           according to our ordinances are to low.

           Mr. Dovalina stated that charges have not been raised since
           1985.

           Cm. Guerra requested that this item be placed on the agendas
           regarding wrecker charges for the next meeting.

           D.F. Gonzalez spoke in reference to the ordinance
           enforcement and compliance, said that the other companies
           are aware of the rotation list that the abide by it.  He
           asked that council look into it.

           Mayor Ramirez stated ordinance is at the Legal Department,
           public hearings will be held in reference to this ordinance
           and will be brought before council.

           Cw. Moreno asked that the wrecker services be advised as to
           when the public hearing will be held.

       5.  Discussion and possible action regarding the number of
           required parking spaces in commercial establishments.

           Cm. Casso stated that he has received numerous calls that
           the ordinance is not being enforced and wants feedback from
           staff as to what can be done.

           Benny Salinas, Building Director, explained the parking
           requirements which he states depends on the use of the
           commercial establishment and that our requirements are very
           minimum.

           Cm. Casso stated he will let Mr. Salinas know some specific
           sites where there are parking problems because he thinks
           that Planning and Zoning is going to have to revisit the
           issue because it is becoming a problem in the Heights area.

           Cw. Moreno asked that the they also look into the parking
           problems in one of the clinics around Cedar.

   X.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

      15. Public hearing concerning the application by Roberto Alvarez,
          amending the zoning ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning Lot 7, Block 1744, Eastern Division, located at 2806
          Cross Street, from R-2 (Multi-Family District) to R-3 (Mixed
          Residential District); and that an ordinance be introduced.
          The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval of the
          zone change.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the zoning ordinance (Map) of the City of
          Laredo by rezoning Lot 7, Block 1744, Eastern Division,
          located at 2806 Cross Street, from R-2 (Multi-Family
          District) to R-3 (Mixed Residential District); providing for
          publication and effective date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

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

          There was no public input.

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

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Perez

      16. Public hearing concerning the application by Gerardo
          Gutierrez, authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use
          Permit for used auto sales on Lot 5, Block 1950, Eastern
          Division, located at 3117 Clark Boulevard; and that an
          ordinance be introduced. Planning and Zoning Commission
          recommends approval of the Conditional Use Permit.  Staff
          recommends denial of this Conditional Use Permit.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use
          Permit for used auto sales on Lot 5, Block 1950, Eastern
          Division, located at 3117 Clark Boulevard; providing for
          publication and effective date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing; concur with staff and
          override Planning and Zoning and deny the Conditional Use
          Permit.

          Moved : Cm. Bruni
          Second: Cm. Perez
          For:  6                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0
          Cm. Casso was not present to vote.

      17. Public hearing concerning the application by Roberto
          Magallanes, amending the zoning ordinance (Map) of the City
          of Laredo by rezoning Lot 9, Block 623, Eastern Division,
          located at 520 McPherson Avenue, from M-1 (Light
          Manufacturing District) to R-3 (Mixed Residential District);
          and that an ordinance be introduced. The Planning and Zoning
          Commission recommends approval of the zone change.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the zoning ordinance (Map) of the City of
          Laredo by rezoning Lot 9, Block 623, Eastern Division,
          located at 520 McPherson Avenue, from M-1 (Light
          Manufacturing District) to R-3 (Mixed Residential District),
          providing for publication and effective date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

          Moved : Cm. Perez
          Second: Cw. Montalvo
          For:  6                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0
          Cm. Casso not present.

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the
          ordinance.

          Moved : Cm. Guerra
          Second: Cw. Montalvo
          For:  5                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0
          Cm. Casso and Cm. Bruni were not present.

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Guerra

      18. Public hearing concerning the application by Texas Mexican
          Railway Company, AFI Whse., authorizing the issuance of a
          Conditional Use Permit for warehousing of bagged sand on
          15,940 square feet of the north 1/2 of the Texas Mexican
          Railway Company Right-of-Way through Block 1082, Eastern
          Division, as further by metes and bounds, located at 701
          Buena Vista Avenue. The Planning and Zoning Commission
          recommends approval of the Conditional Use Permit.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for
          warehousing of bagged sand on 15,940 square feet of the North
          1/2 of the Texas Mexican Railway Company Right-of-Way through
          Block 1082, Eastern Division, as further described by metes
          and bounds, located at 701 Buena Vista Avenue; providing for
          publication and effective date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

          Moved : Cm. Perez
          Second: Cw. Moreno
          For:  6                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0
          Cm. Casso was not present.

          There was no public input.

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

          Moved : Cm. Perez
          Second: Cw. Montalvo
          For:  5                       Against:  1         Abstain:  0
                                        Cw. Moreno

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Perez

      19. Public hearing concerning the application by Irma A.  Garcia,
          amending the zoning ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning the south 1/2 of the southwest 1/4 of Block 40,
          Calton Garden Subdivision, located at 4601 San Francisco
          Avenue, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited
          Business District); and that an ordinance be introduced. The
          Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval of the
          zone change.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the zoning ordinance (Map) of the City of
          Laredo by rezoning the South 1/2 of the Southwest 1/4 of
          Block 40, Calton Garden Subdivision, located at 4601 San
          Francisco Avenue, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-
          1 (Limited Business District); providing for publication and
          effective date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the
          ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Guerra

      20. Public hearing concerning the application by Gilberto
          Salazar, amending the zoning ordinance (Map) of the City of
          Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 1, Salazar Distribution
          Center, located at 14002 Mines Road, from B-1 (Limited
          Business District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing District); and
          that an ordinance be introduced.  The Planning Zoning
          Commission recommends approval of the zone change.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance the zoning ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning Lot 1, Block 1, Salazar Distribution Center, located
          at 14002 Mines Road, from B-1 (Limited Business District) to
          M-1 (Light Manufacturing District); providing for publication
          and effective date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Ron Whitehawk, representing the owners, spoke in favor of the
          zone change to allow for a truck terminal.

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

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

          Ordinance Introduction:  Cw. Montalvo

      21. Public hearing concerning the application by the Estate of
          Mike S. Jacaman, Carmen Jacaman, and Independent Executrix,
          authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a
          pawn shop on Lot 10, Block 46, Western Division, located at
          1019 Farragut Street; providing for publication and effective
          date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval
          of the Conditional Use Permit.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use
          Permit for a pawn shop on Lot 10, Block 46, Western Division,
          located at 1019 Farragut Street; providing for publication
          and effective date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the
          ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cw. Montalvo

      22. Public hearing concerning the application by John D.
          Beckelhymer, authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use
          Permit for a jewelry only pawn shop on Lot 4 and the South
          8.56 Feet of Lot 3, Block 9, Western Division, located at
          1102 Zaragoza Street; providing for publication and effective
          date.  The Planning and Commission recommends approval of the
          Conditional Use Permit.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use
          Permit for a jewelry only pawn shop on Lot 4 and the South
          8.56 Feet of Lot 3, Block 9, Western Division, located at
          1102 Zaragoza Street; providing for publication and effective
          date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          George Becklehymer appeared before the council to answer any
          questions from the council or public.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the
          ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cw. Montalvo

  XI.  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:  7                          Against:  0         Abstain:  0

      23. Award of a contract to the Low Bidder, Star Data Systems, San
          Antonio, Texas, in the amount of $47,444.00, to provide all
          required materials and installation of a certified voice and
          data telecommunications cabling system at the New Laredo
          Transit Center.

          Motion to approve.

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

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

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

 XII.  ADJOURNMENT

          Motion to adjourn.

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

          Adjournment time: 7:24 p.m.

I HEREBY CERTIFY THAT THE ABOVE MINUTES CONTAINED IN PAGES 01 TO 25
ARE TRUE COMPLETE AND CORRECT PROCEEDINGS OF THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING
HELD ON THE 28TH DAY OF APRIL, 1997.  A CERTIFIED COPY IS ON FILE AT
THE CITY SECRETARY'S OFFICE.


                                  ________________________
                                   GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.
                                   CITY SECRETARY