CITY OF LAREDO
                          CITY COUNCIL MEETING

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

                                MINUTES

       M97-R-17                                       MAY 19, 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

  IV.  APPROVAL OF MINUTES

       2.  City Council Meeting of April 21, 1997
           City Council Meeting of April 28, 1997
           City Council Meeting of May 5, 1997

           Motion to approve.

           Moved : Cm. Bruni
           Second: Cm. Perez
           For:  8                      Against:  0         Abstain:  0
           Motion to dispense with the regular order of business and move
           up items XI-A(1), #43, #47 and #10.

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


   V.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

       3.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary
           documents to effectively convey fee simple title to Mr.
           Gilbert Narvaez and wife Diana G. Narvaez for the sale at fair
           market value of "The Surface Only" of certain property
           described as being a tract of land containing 0.17715 of an
           acre (7,716.73 square feet) more or less, being out of the
           southerly 138.89' x 55.56' of Lot 4-A, Block 1980 formerly
           known as the south half section of the 2000 block of S.  Smith
           Avenue between Chestnut and Vicente Streets situated in the
           Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, and
           providing for effective date.

           Ordinance Introduction: City Council

       4.  Closing as a public easement those sections of:
           A.  South Buena Vista between Chacota and Tinaja Streets, also
               known as the 2600 block of South Buena Vista Avenue;
           B.  Chacota Street between South Buena Vista and Tapeyste
               Avenues, also; known as the 1800 block of Chacota Street,
               situated in the Eastern Division, and providing for an
               effective date.

           Ordinance Introduction: City Council

       5.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary
           documents to effectively convey title to a 0.2237 acre tract
           of land and a 0.2372 acre tract of land to Gateway Centennial
           Development Co. Inc., and Northtown Development Co. Inc., in
           accordance with the terms of the agreement approved by
           Resolution No. 91-R-067 dated August 14, 1991.  Said
           properties were to be reconveyed to the grantors in the event
           that the City of Laredo was unable to meet the mutually
           agreed-upon deadline date for acquisition of the necessary
           right-of-way for the project.  Said tracts being situated in
           The Don Rey of Texas Subdivision, Webb County, Texas, and
           being more particularly described "Exhibits A & B", and
           providing for effective date.

           Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Guerra

       6.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary
           documents to effectively convey the "Surface Only" of an
           approximately 0.556 acre tract of land, (approximately 24,224
           square feet) out of a 1.0 acre tract of land out of Block 1,
           Don Rey of Texas, Inc., Subdivision, as per plat recorded in
           Volume 5, page 82 of the plat records of Webb County, Texas,
           with improvements located at 202 West Del Mar Boulevard
           (formerly the Dairy Queen Restaurant), to Gateway Centennial
           Development Company, Inc., and Northtown Development Company,
           Inc., as described in "Exhibits A" and providing for an
           effective date.  A total of four proposals were received for
           this purchase. Said property being sold to the highest bidder
           as accepted by the Laredo City Council pursuant to public sale
           of the property on May 19, 1997.  (Note: Action must first be
           taken on Item # 14 prior to the initiation of action on this
           item.)

           Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Guerra


  VI.  FINAL READINGS

       Motion to waive the final reading of ordinances #97-O-106 and
       #97-O-107.

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

       7. 97-O-106  Ordinance 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.  (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-106.

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

       8. 97-O-107  Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a
                    lease with United Exports Trading Association
                    (U.E.T.A.) of Texas, Inc., for approximately 2,526
                    square feet out of Lot 10, Block 22, in the Western
                    Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, lying
                    North of the concrete pavement connecting Salinas
                    Street with Water Street.
                    1.  Lease term is for three (3) years commencing on
                        April 21, 1997 and ending April 20, 2000,
                    2.  Monthly rent will be $720.00, providing for
                        effective date.   (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-107.

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


 VII.  RESOLUTIONS

       9. 97-R-045  Accepting a multi year (FY 1997 and FY 1998)
                    Passenger and Cargo Entitlement Grant in the amount
                    of $1,149,990.00 and accepting an amendment to Grant
                    Offer Project No. 3-48-0136-18-96 increasing the
                    grant amount from $5,000,000.00 to $5,750,000.00 and
                    appropriating a local match of $211,111.00 and
                    authorizing the City Manager to execute the multi
                    year grant agreement and grant amendment.  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.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-O-045.

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

      10. 97-R-051  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a donation
                    from the Friends of the Library, Laredo, Texas, Inc.
                    in the amount of $125,000.00 for enhancements to the
                    Laredo Public Library. These monies will be earmarked
                    for:
                    CD-Rom Server                 $ 51,000.00
                    Video on demand Server          35,000.00
                    Children's Carrousel             5,000.00
                    Laminating Machine               1,500.00
                    Art and AV Carts (5)             1,000.00
                    Puppet Theater                     650.00
                    Art Paper Dispenser                375.00
                    Ellison Lettering Machine          700.00
                    Paper Cutters (2)                  120.00
                    Signage                          4,655.00
                    Board Room Furniture            15,000.00
                    Photo ID Machine                10,000.00
                                            TOTAL $125,000.00

                    Mr. & Mrs. Mike Amici made the presentation before
                    the council.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-051.

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

      11. 97-R-052  Appointing Hortencia Ochoa as Alternative Lay
                    Representative for the South Texas Library System for
                    the unexpired term of June 1, 1997 through August 31,
                    1997.

                    Motion appointing Hortencia Ochoa as Alternative Lay
                    Representative for the South Texas Library System
                    for the unexpired term of June 1, 1997 through August
                    31, 1997.

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

      12. 97-R-053  Supporting House Bill 2986 which will allow unclaimed
                    property to be retained by governmental entities
                    instead of escheating the proceeds to the state, and
                    abolish interest and penalties for noncompliance.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-053.

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

      13. 97-R-055  Authorizing the City Manager to execute the
                    acceptance of assignment of 79.2 acre feet of
                    Municipal water rights from the 800 acre feet deeded
                    to the City by Vaquillas Ranch Co., LTD, on November
                    1, 1993, Certificate of Adjudication 23-138 and
                    23-158 to pay water availability fees in connection
                    with the platting of Independence Hills Phase 2 and
                    3, Falcon Hills, Concord Hills and Mockingbird.

                    Cm. Bruni reported that the water and issues
                    committee met and did approve this particular item
                    but they did have some concerns and asked staff and
                    legal department to review it and come back to the
                    committee with the findings and to talk to TNRCC on
                    other concerns they had.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-055.

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


VIII.  MOTIONS

      14. Authorizing competitive bid award to high bidder Gateway
          Centennial Development Company, Inc. and Northtown Development
          Company, Inc. for the sale, in the amount of $325,000.00, of
          the "Surface Only" of a 0.556 of an acre tract of land
          (approximately 24,224 square feet), out of a 1.00 acre tract of
          land out of Block 1, Don Rey of Texas, Inc., Subdivision, as
          per plat recorded in Volume 5, page 82 of the Plat Records of
          Webb County, Texas, together with improvements located thereon,
          and being more particularly described by metes and bounds with
          possible executive session for deliberation regarding real
          property as authorized by Section 551.072 of the Texas
          Government Code.  Said tract of land is located at 202 W. Del
          Mar Boulevard (formerly the Dairy Queen Restaurant).

          Motion to approve.

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

      15. Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to
          the Texas Department of Health for continuation of the Breast
          and Cervical Cancer Control and Prevention Project of the City
          of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September
          1, 1997, through August 31, 1998.

          Motion to approve.

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

      16. Authorization to advertise for Request for Proposals (RFPs) for
          professional services to:  1) Perform drug and alcohol testing
          for City of Laredo employees; and 2) Provide services for an
          Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

          Motion to approve.

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

      17. Authorization to advertise for Request for Proposals (RFPs) for
          consulting services to design and prepare plans and
          specifications for Roof Repairs for the Center for the Arts
          Building.

          Motion to approve.

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

      18. Approval of bid specification and authorization to advertise
          for bids for the following:
          a)  blue recycling bags - Public Works Department
          b)  chemicals, annual contract - Utilities Department
          c)  office supplies, four month contract
          d)  granular activated carton - Utilities Department
          e)  relocation contract -Public Library
          f)  computer equipment - Health Department
          A tentative bid award for blue recycling bags (Public Works
          Department), office supplies, granular activated carbon
          (Utilities Department), and computer equipment (Health
          Department) is scheduled for June 16, 1997.  A tentative bid
          award for chemicals, annual contract (Utilities Department) and
          relocation contract (Public Library) is scheduled for July 7,
          1997.

          Motion to approve.

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

      19. Approval of construction plans and concurrence with Webb County
          to advertise for bids for the Wormser Road Realignment Project
          which will extend Southgate Boulevard from Columbia Drive to
          Wormser Road which is being constructed through a joint effort
          between the City of Laredo and Webb County.  The City's share
          is approximately $64,212.12 for the construction cost of the
          section of the road that lies between Columbia Drive and the
          East City's Limits (approximately 572 feet).  Webb County
          contracted Dannenbaum Engineering Corporation, Houston, Texas,
          to design and prepare plans and specifications.  Funding is
          available in the Capital Improvement Fund.

          Motion to approve.

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

      20. Approval of the construction plans and authorization to
          advertise for bids for the paving of International Boulevard
          from Salinas Key Subdivision, approximately 1,800 L.F.
          Tentative award is scheduled for July 7, 1997.  Funding is
          available in the Capital Improvement Fund.  '
          Motion to approve.

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

      21. Refund of property taxes in various amounts to the following
          individuals or companies:
          a.  International Bank of Commerce in the amount of $1,071.76,
              as a result of a payment in error,
          b.  International Bank of Commerce in the amount of $907.88, as
              a result of a double payment,
          c.  Countrywide in the amount of $1,420.00, as a result of an
              overpayment, and
          d.  First Nationwide Mortgage in the amount of $2,982.13 as a
              result of an overpayment.

          Motion to approve.

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

      22. Award of a construction contract to the LOWEST BIDDER MEETING
          SPECIFICATIONS, Pete Gallegos Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in
          the amount of $313,682.32, for the City of Laredo and Laredo
          Independent School District (LISD) Sidewalk Program (13
          Schools) for Buenos Aires Elementary, Ochoa/Sanchez Elementary,
          J.C. Martin Elementary, D.D. Hachar Elementary, Kawas
          Elementary, Ligarde Elementary, Daiches Elementary, Zachary
          Elementary, Cigarroa Middle, Memorial Middle, Lamar Middle,
          Cigarroa High and Nixon High Schools. The City of Laredo will
          pay 50% of the costs as will the Laredo Independent School
          District.  A total of five bids were received for this work.
          Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund/School
          Sidewalks and in the Community Development.  Construction time
          is 90 working days.  This item was tabled at the May 5, 1997,
          City Council Meeting pending a City Attorney opinion on the
          matter.

          Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported to council that
          Berlanga Construction was the lowest bidder after arithmetic
          corrections were made but they did not sign the bid proposal.
          Paragon Builders were third after arithmetic corrections and
          thus they were recommending Pete Gallegos as the lowest
          qualified bidder for this project.

          Cm. Bruni wanted a school list as per their construction
          schedule to which Mr. Rivera replied that all sidewalks will be
          completed within 90 days.

          Motion to approve.

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

      23. Award of a contract to the Sole Bidder, Records Consultants,
          Inc., of San Antonio, Texas, in the amount of $18,400.00, to
          conduct a physical records inventory for ten city departments.
          Funding is available in the City Secretary's budget, account
          number 101-1700-513-55-00.

          Motion to approve.

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

      24. Award of a contract to the LOW BIDDER, Library Interiors, Inc.,
          Bastrop, Texas in the amount of $474,925.55 for Library
          furniture and shelving for the New Main Library.  Furnishings
          include 20,826 linear feet of shelving capable of housing
          approximately 400,000 volumes; and will seat 850 persons.
          Funding is available in New Main Library account made possible
          through the sale of $1.5 million in C.O.'s in January. A total
          of six bids were received for this contract.

          Motion to approve.

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

      25. Award of contract to SOLE BIDDER, Ameritech (Dynix), Chicago,
          Illinois for a system network, hardware and software which will
          integrate functions for the New Main Library in the amount of
          $462,318.00.  Funding is available in the New Main Library
          account made possible through the sale of $1.5 million in
          C.O.'s in January.

          Motion to approve.

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

      26. Award of contract to LOW BIDDER, Dell Computers, Austin, Texas,
          for 113 personal computers in the amount of $277,641.00  These
          computers will be networked to access the online card catalog,
          the Internet, CD-Rom and Video Servers etc. for the New Main
          Library. Funding is available in the New Main Library account
          made possible through the sale of $1.5 million in C.O.'s in
          January. A total of nine bids were received for this contract.

          Motion to approve.

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

      27. Award of annual supply contracts to the LOW BIDDERS, Industrial
          International, Inc., San Antonio, Texas ($137,498.35), and U.S.
          Filter Distribution Group, Laredo, Texas ($130,534.37), for the
          purchase of water works materials on an as needed basis for
          construction and repair projects by the Utilities Department.
          The bid pricing is approximately 17% less than the previous
          contract period.  Funding is available in the Utilities
          Department budget.  A total of four bids were received for this
          purchase.

          Motion to approve.

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

      28. Award of six month supply contracts to the LOW BIDDERS, A to Z
          Tire & Battery, Laredo, Texas ($40,998.36), Goodyear Auto
          Store, Laredo, Texas ($30,229.14), ThreadCo, Laredo, Texas
          ($18,765.84), and STR Tire Company, Laredo, Texas ($2,040.77)
          to supply tires and tubes on an as needed basis for all City
          vehicles. The bid pricing is approximately 2% higher than the
          previous contract period.  Funding is available in the Fleet
          Maintenance fund.  A total of four bids were received for this
          purchase.

          Motion to approve.

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

      29. Award of a construction contract to the LOWEST BIDDER, Don
          Krueger Construction Company, Victoria, Texas, in the amount of
          $2,097,481.75 for the Laredo International Airport Passenger
          Terminal and Related Airside/Landside Improvements Phase "C"
          (Landside and Landscape) which will enable the opening of the
          new airport passenger terminal during the next five to six
          months. Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund.
          The Federal Aviation Administration is funding approximately 90
          percent of the cost. Contract time is 180 working days. A total
          of three bids were received for this contract.

          Motion to approve.

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

      30. Award of a construction contract to the Low Bidder, McLean
          Construction Company, Inc., Killeen, Texas, in the amount of
          $485,726.05 for the Montgomery/India Drainage Improvements.
          Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund.  Contract
          time is 175 working days. A total of three bids were received
          for this contract.

          Cm. Bruni wanted to know why the deduct alternates 1 and 2 were
          not done, specifically the drainage at Ash/Ejido and the storm
          drainage improvements at New York and Travis.

          Mr. Rogelio Rivera stated they are doing the alternatives,
          the $485,726. is for the base bid which is the complete package
          which includes the upstream and downstream of the main project
          which is to enhance the drainage system.

          Motion to approve.

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

      31. Award of a construction contract to the SOLE BIDDER, Ramex
          Construction Company, Houston, Texas, in the amount of
          $908,136.00 for the San Salvador/Pine/Chestnut Drainage
          Improvements.  Funding is available from Community Development
          Department monies.  Contract time is 130 working days.

          Motion to approve.

          Moved : Cm. Bruni
          Second: Cm. Guerra

          Motion to reconsider the item, rescind the prior action
          and to table subject to an easement clearance.

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

      32. Acceptance of the Drainage System for the South Side of Del Mar
          Boulevard from San Dario Avenue to Springfield Avenue Project,
          and approval of final payment in the amount of $4,504.70 to
          McLean Construction Company, Killeen, Texas.  Funding is
          available in the Capital Improvement Fund. The contract was
          completed within the 60 working days allowed by the contract.

          Motion to approve.

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

      33. Approval of change order no. 1, a decrease of $3,416.00, for
          balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance
          of Re-roofing Airport Building No. 1005, (approximately
          25,240.00 square feet), and approval of final payment in the
          amount of $8,958.40 to American Contracting Corporation,
          Laredo, Texas. Funding is available in the Airport Fund.
          Project was completed within the allotted contract time.

          Motion to approve.

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

      34. Award of a professional services contract to Frank Architects,
          Inc. Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $13,500.00 to
          provide surveys, design and the preparation of plans and
          specifications for the Azteca Neighborhood Park at Zacate
          Creek. A total of seven (7) Request for Proposals.  Funding is
          available in the Community Development 22nd Action Year Azteca
          Park.

          Motion to approve.

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

      35. Award of a professional services contract to Danny R. Anderson
          Consultants, Inc., Laredo, Texas to provide Laboratory,
          Sampling and Testing Services of materials for quality control
          for an amount not to exceed $34,030.00 for the 18 Inch Diameter
          Sanitary Sewer Main along Bustamante Street from Meadow Avenue
          to East San Francisco Avenue at Zacate Creek, part of an EDA
          Grant. A total of five proposals were received for this
          project. Funding is available in EDA Airport/Medical Park.

          Motion to approve.

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

      36. Awarding a professional service contract between the Laredo
          Urban Transportation Study (L.U.T.S.) (MPO-PL112 Funds) and
          Science Applications International Corporation for professional
          services in the development of a Computer Simulation Model for
          a State-of-the-art International Port of Entry by and through
          the City Manager of Laredo, in the aggregate amount of
          $39,957.00. The computer simulation model will be used to
          verify design decisions and investigate operational
          alternatives that effect vehicle flows and cargo processing
          activities in a state of the art U.S.-Mexican border crossing
          facility. The L.U.T.S. received only one proposal which was
          evaluated by a committee which included City, TxDOT, U.S.
          Customs, U.S.D.A., F.D.A., DOT, and L.T.A.  representatives.
          The project must be complete by August 31, 1997.

          Motion to approve.

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

      37. Award of a professional services contract between the City of
          Laredo, a Texas Municipal Corporation and Armando Hinojosa,
          Artist for professional services in the development and
          creation of a life sized bronze sculpture depicting a "CAMPFIRE
          SCENE," being comprised of a (1) South Texas Cowboy, (2)
          Mexican Charro, (3) two Quarter Horses with saddle and gear,
          and (4) campfire ornaments for placement at the Laredo
          International Airport Terminal in a total contract amount of
          $200,000.00, and authorizing the City Manager to execute said
          contract. Funding is available in the City's General Fund
          Reserve Appropriation for Capital Improvements Account recently
          created by City Council ($288,000.00).

          Motion to approve.

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

      38. Award of annual concession services contracts to Ruben
          Castillo, Laredo, Texas for the exclusive right to sell food
          items at the Benavides Softball Park complex and Chez
          Mauricette, Laredo, Texas, for the exclusive rights to sell
          food items at the Civic Center pool.  The successful vendors
          will be allowed to sell food, drinks (non-alcoholic), and
          miscellaneous items at the respective concession stands.

          Motion to approve.

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

          Motion to waive the rules of order and consider item 42 at this
          time.

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

  IX.  CITY MANAGER'S REPORT

      39. Presentation regarding the status of the City's Truck Parking
          Ordinance.

          Richard Perez, Assistant to the City Manager, reported that
          staff is looking at ways of enforcing this ordinance.  Their
          main goal is to bring all trucking element issues into one
          ordinance to minimize the rules for trucking.  They will bring
          a draft report in about 30 days for council consideration.

          Florencio Pea, City Manager, stated that staff will review the
          draft ordinance with the Laredo Transportation Association,
          hold public hearings and bring back a draft report.

      40. Presentation and possible action regarding the establishment of
          a City tree management program whose guidelines would enable
          the City to qualify as a "Tree City USA".

          Joe Garza, Parks & Recreation Director, reported that they have
          done the research and what is needed is to establish a compre-
          hensive tree management plan in order to take a more systematic
          approach to plant trees which would include the following:
          * utilization of tree fund monies to plant trees in various
            subdivisions as per the agreements with the individual
            developers;
          * identification of areas throughout the city which lack trees
            and implementation of a plan to plant trees in the areas:
          * identification of trees which may be diseased and implemen-
            tation of a plan to remove and replace these trees;
          * a tree pruning program; and
          * possible establishment and management of a tree farm.

          Garza stated that in order to attain the Tree City USA designa-
          tion, staff is recommending that the following take place:

          1 - City Council authorize the Parks & Recreation Advisory
              Board to act in an advisory capacity to the Parks &
              Recreation Dept. to provide direction and guidance for the
              establishment and implementation of a tree management
              program.  The establishment of this body will meet Tree
              City USA guideline #1 which calls for the establishment of
              a tree board or department.

          2 - City Council direct the committee to review and recommend
              any changes to the current tree ordinance to insure that it
              meets Tree City guideline #2.  The guidelines call for the
              ordinance to provide for clear guidance for planting,
              maintaining and removing trees from streets, parks and
              other public places.
          3 - Staff work on establishing a plan of action or programs
              whose goal is to plant trees in various subdivisions as per
              the numerous agreements with developers (approx. $100,000
              in the "tree fund").  In addition, staff will work on
              establishing a budget which outlines how much of our
              current parks division operations are dedicated to the tree
              maintenance.  Accomplishing this will help meet Tree City
              USA guidelines #3 which calls for the establishment of a
              community forestry program with an annual budget of at
              least $2 per capita.
          4 - Tree City USA guideline #4 calls for an Arbor Day
              observance and proclamation.

          Cm. Casso suggested that a separate tree board be created
          rather than the existing body.

          Mayor Ramirez suggested to go ahead and follow the suggestion
          presented by Cm. Casso and getting the two boards together by
          getting the active members incorporated with eight other
          community interested persons at large such as master gardeners
          and others who would like to get involved.

          Motion to direct staff to carry out the 4 objectives plan.

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

      41. Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Attorney-Client
          Retainer Agreements with the Law Firm of Denton, McKamie, and
          Navarro, a Professional Corporation, for legal services
          including advice and representation by attorney in the
          following cases pending in the courts of Texas:
          1.  Jacaman Investment Group, Ltd., John S. Jacaman Cattle Co,
              Ltd., John Jacaman and Laura Jacaman Sanchez vs. The City
              of Laredo, Cause No.
              C-95-00259-D2, in the 111th Judicial District; to date the
              City has paid $8,537.00, with an outstanding balance of
              $6,548.05, and
          2.  City of Laredo vs. Jacaman Investment Group, Ltd., et al
              Cause No. E-96-0002-C1, to date the City has paid
              $13,718.20.

          Motion to approve.

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

      42. Presentation and possible action regarding a HazMat ordinance
          as prepared by the Citizens Ad Hoc HazMat Committee.

          Maria Eugenia Guerra, Chairperson of the Citizens HazMat
          Committee, introduced Ms. Monika Schurtman professor of Law at
          St. Mary's University and Philip Doyle a law student at St.
          Mary's University who helped draft the ordinance.  Mr. Doyle
          stated that they worked under the confines of state and federal
          laws and explained how the ordinance is structured.  Ms. Guerra
          explained that the draft ordinance is finished for council
          consideration and a draft copy is available in the agenda book
          for public review.

          Cm. Casso requested that staff include the financial impact
          prior to going into the budget hearings.

          Motion to proceed to place the ordinance for introduction and
          to hold a public hearing.

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

      43. Appointment of Mayor Pro-Tem as per Ordinance No. 90-O-101
          which states that at the second meeting of the month of May or
          at the first meeting after all councilmembers are elected and
          qualified, City Council shall confirm one of the Councilmembers
          who shall be known and designated as Mayor Pro-Tem.

          Motion appointing Cm. Jose R. Perez, Jr. as Mayor Pro-tem as
          per Ordinance No. 90-O-101.

          Moved : Cm. Valdez
          Second: Cw. Moreno
          For : 5                       Against:  4         Abstain:  0
          Cm. Perez                     Cm. Bruni
          Cw. Moreno                    Cm. Casso
          Cm. Valdez                    Cm. Guerra
          Cw. Montalvo                  Cm. Alvarado
          Mayor Ramirez voted in favor to break the tie.

      44. Report regarding funding for the Santa Maria Avenue Drainage
          Improvements Project. Funding for this project is available
          from several sources: Drainage Fund $1,551,705.00; additional
          funding from Community Development Fund (CDBG) $225,172.00; and
          the Zacate Creek Upper Reach (Drainage Fund) Project savings of
          $216,599.00.

          Motion to approve the funding with an amendment to instruct
          staff to proceed to acquire the right-of-ways needed to widen
          the road.

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

      45. Requesting City Council concurrence regarding the 1) removal of
          the railroad tie median located on Del Mar Boulevard from the
          Mary Help of Christian School to Broadcrest Avenue, and 2) the
          complete reconstruction of San Lorenzo Road.

          Motion to approve.

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

      46. Requesting City Council concurrence on setting the date of May
          28, 1997, for a City Council Workshop regarding the City's COPS
          Program, and reminding the City Council that the next City
          Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 27, 1997, as a
          result of the Memorial Day holiday.

          Motion to set the date of May 29th at the Police Station.

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

      47. Authorization from the City Council to cancel the third City
          Council Meeting for the month of June (June 23, 1997) and July
          (July 28, 1997) as a result of scheduling conflicts with
          various City Councilmembers. The City Council, in previous
          years, has taken a similar action in order to have maximum City
          Council attendance. Staff will move all planning and zoning
          items to the second meeting of each month in order to insure
          that P & Z items are acted upon in a timely fashion.

          Motion to proceed.

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

          Motion to excuse Cw. Moreno from the rest of the meeting.

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


   X.  COMMUNICATIONS

          Cm. Casso congratulated City Manager Pea on his newborn.

          Mayor Ramirez announced a proclamation and ceremony on a unique
          book of Los Dos Laredos Tecolotes on international sports
          written by Alan Klin entitled "Baseball on the Border".  He
          read the proclamation and recognized Mr. Klin who will be at
          Book Mark Store at 6:00 p.m. to autograph his book.

          Motion to waive the rules of order and move item 48(D)(2).

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


  XI.  CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION AND PRESENTATION

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

    A.  Requests by Councilmember Louis H. Bruni

       1. Presentation by Mr. David Cape, Land Manager of Sonat
          Exploration with possible action.

          Mr. Cape from Sonat stated that Sonat Exploration wanted to
          express their appreciation to the city by contributing 25% of
          the low bid amount for the sidewalk construction for B.P.
          Newman Elementary School.  Mr. Cape gave the Mayor a check in
          the amount of $15,712.50, the Mayor in turn handed the check
          over to the City Manager.

       2. Discussion and possible action on the street recycling at the
          1300 and 1400 block of Hibiscus and 1400 block of Wildrose.

          Cm. Bruni stated that there were $200,000 left over from the
          Montgomery/India Drainage Project which was budgeted at
          $650,000 and the bid came in at $450,000 (the actual bid amount
          was $485,726.05 as approved in item #30 of this agenda).  He
          was asking to use this excess money towards the recycling of
          the 1300 and 1400 blocks of Hibiscus and the 1400 block of
          Wildrose.

          Motion to use the excess money from the Montgomery/India
          Drainage Project to recycle these 3 blocks.

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

       3. Status report on the intersection of Hwy 59 and Ejido with
          possible action.

          Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, stated that a cost of about
          $30,000 is needed to improve the drainage and do repair work.
          They have drawn the plans as per council directive and have
          submitted for a permit with TxDOT.

          Motion to use excess money from the Montgomery/India Project
          savings for the drainage problem at Ejido.

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

       4. Status report on the paving of the TexMex Right-of-Way at the
          intersection of Guadalupe and Arkansas.

          Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported that he met with the
          railroad people and that they are in agreement with the south
          side of the intersection, but are not in agreement on the north
          side due to safety reasons.  He is now proceeding to formalize
          the surveys in order to complete the project.

          Cm. Bruni would like a timeline on the survey work and cost
          from staff.

       5. Status report on the Chacon Creek interceptor with possible
          action.

          Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, stated that this project
          was originally scheduled to have various phases of the design
          and right-of-way acquisition completed this year.  The design
          is complete and are proceeding with right-of-way acquisitions.
          They have estimates that they can finish it in September, they
          had originally estimated that they would finish it in October.
          The project will be complete by December or January of next
          year and having that they will reach the critical junction of
          this project (the portion that will receive the water that
          comes from areas of Larga Vista and 359), they will then be
          reaching that intersection on January of 1999.  They will then
          complete the project as they had originally planned it, at Hwy
          59 and then Inner Loop in September of 1999 (nine months
          later).  They have a different scope in line for this so they
          can reach the north part of the East corridor on the Inner Loop
          and serve the area north of Casa Blanca Lake.  They will be
          coming back to council with a recommendation for budget and
          issuance of bonds which they are considering.

          Cm. Bruni asked that this project be expedited during the
          budget hearings and be placed on a fast track.

       6. Status report on the number of citations issued to tractor
          trailers being cited off the truck route on Arkansas and Clark
          Boulevard, with possible action.

          Cm. Bruni said that there will be an increased amount of
          18-wheelers trying to take a short cut going from Bob Bullock
          to Clark Boulevard and wants to see if they can get a special
          unit out at Clark and Arkansas stopping and citing the
          individuals that are not on the truck route.

          Interim Police Chief Agustin Dovalina stated that from June to
          March 1997 they had a total of 402 overall traffic violation
          citations, 29 of these were issued around the area of Arkansas
          and Clark.  For 1996 there were a total of 1,101 traffic
          violations overall most of these were concentrated on the west
          side of the city towards the Mines Road and the areas close to
          downtown.

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

       1. Discussion regarding the status of the city's investigation of
          the Police Department violating the wrecker service ordinance.

          Cm. Casso said he sent Mr. Pea a letter and inquired as to
          when will he get a response letter from Mr. Pea.  On the
          letter he was requesting an investigation on the Nuevo Laredo
          return of stolen vehicles.

          Florencio Pea, City Manager, stated that Cm. Casso had
          requested an investigation be done regarding the usage of
          Orozco Wrecking Company as part of bringing back 29 stolen
          vehicles from Nuevo Laredo.   He said that they will get a
          report by May 27th and added that the Police Internal Affairs
          in addition with the Risk Manager who will be working along
          with the Police Department conducting an investigation on the
          matter.

          Mr. Sergio Mora, owner of Gruas Mora in Nuevo Laredo, appeared
          before the council and stated that the return of the stolen
          vehicles was coordinated with Commandante Muniz.  They made the
          arrangement with Laredo Orozco Towing Service for the return of
          these vehicles.  He didn't think this would create a scandal
          which named Commandante Muniz and Police Officer Alardin.  He
          was before council to clarify the situation and added that the
          intent was to deliver the vehicles to Laredo, Texas.  He
          expressed that they were upset to the fact that there were
          newspapers publications made involving Mr. Alardin, Comandante
          Muniz and himself because they had done this in good faith and
          with a good intention.  He clarified that at no time was Mr.
          Alardin, Comandante Muniz nor himself involved in partition of
          monies at any time.

          Mayor Ramirez thanked them for the returning of these vehicles
          and added that there has never been a transaction such as this.
          He said that the ordinance as it stands now is only for
          vehicles that are being picked up daily in Laredo.  The
          ordinance the was written only specifies towing services
          within city initiated towing and not for foreign initiated
          towing services.  He apologized for any inconvenience caused by
          us or any body else as a result of the procedures taken.

       2. Discussion and possible action regarding the reconstruction of
          Meadow Street and the Chacon Bridge.

          Cm. Casso wanted to know where to get monies to finalize its
          construction and also for the bridge over the Tex-Mex railroad
          track and the bridge over Chacon Creek.

          Florencio Pea, City Manager, stated that the redoing of the
          bridge is in TxDOT's program for 1998.  He added that the
          reconstruction of Meadow is included in Project 59.


          Mayor Ramirez asked if the Chacon Creek is also included to be
          widen and not only reconstructed by the state?

          Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, explained that he spoke to TxDot
          staff and they said the bridge is going to be widen and
          reconstructed.  They are doing the street up to the bridge with
          Project 59, and TxDot will have to do that with the width of
          the street plus they have to allow for sidewalks.  He explained
          that TxDot is also going to do the Tex-Mex bridge which is
          scheduled for 1999.  He added that Meadow is included in
          Project 59, it is an ongoing project, they are working on the
          utilities removing the poles are relocating them, then they
          will have Entex go in, then the contractor by the end of the
          month.

       3. Discussion and possible action regarding Tree City USA.

          This item was discussed in item #40.

    C.  Requests by Councilmember Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

       1. Update on the speed hump study and directing staff to develop a
          pilot program in order to test the feasibility of using speed
          humps as a deterrent to speeding.

          Mr. Roberto Murillo provided a survey done in 1996 by members
          of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) of which he
          is a member.  He said the survey not only talks about speed
          bumps but other traffic calming devices presently being
          utilized.  He stated there have been many complaints about
          speeding, and very few methods to address them other than
          citing them or having speed limit signage and they have little
          effect because it requires a lot of enforcement and it is
          difficult because there is not enough manpower to enforce.  The
          topic of speed bumps was discussed in great detail since more
          cities are now implementing them mainly due to its low cost and
          measured effectiveness compared to the other types of traffic
          calming devices.  He explained the difference between speed
          "humps" and speed "bumps" and pointed some recommended ITE
          guidelines in the installation of speed bumps as follows:

          1.  A traffic engineering study should precede any installation
              with consideration to alternative traffic control measures.

          2.  Speed humps should only be installed on two-lane
              residential streets with volume greater than 500 vpd but
              less than 3000 vpd and functionally classified as "local
              streets.  Posted or prima facie speed should be 30 mph or
              less, and street width should be less than 40 feet.  Higher
              traffic volumes have been considered in some cities but
              require special evaluation and justification before
              approval.  An 85th percentile speed of at least 35mph
              should also be considered as a minimum requirement for
              speed hump consideration

          3.  Hump location should be closely coordinated with street
              geometry and grades.

          4.  They should not be installed on streets with significant
              amounts of emergency vehicles, transit or long wheeled
              vehicles.  Special consideration should be given to
              motorcycles, bicycles, and other types of special vehicles
              that may use the streets.  Speed humps impacts on these
              individual vehicle types should be considered in the
              decision to install humps and ultimately considered in
              their design and location.

          5.  Support from a documented majority of affected residents
              should be obtained before any installation.

          As recommended by ITE guidelines above, speed bumps should only
          be installed on those roadway facilities functionally
          classified as "local" streets which generally permit direct
          access to abutting lands, connect to higher classification
          streets, and offer low mobility.  In addition, these "local"
          streets should be residential in nature.

          Several requests have been made to address speeding concerns on
          streets for which speed bumps are not recommended.  These
          include those streets with road classification higher than a
          local street and/or those which carry significant amounts of
          traffic.  Regular police enforcement or other methods will need
          to be developed to address speeding concerns in these areas.
          It is important to note that no speed humps has been developed
          to address speeding concerns for use on streets with speed
          limits higher than 30 mph for those street which
          classification is other than a "local" street.  These higher
          classification streets are for the purpose of moving traffic
          and therefore the installation of speed hump on these roads
          would seriously disrupt the intended use of the street.  Also,
          speed humps on these roads can pose an increased liability
          potential for the city.

          Some of the main advantages of speed humps, as has been
          experienced by cities already utilizing them, as follows:

          (1)  where designed and installed with proper planning and
               review, speed bumps have been found to be effective at
               reducing vehicle speeds without creating accidents or
               increasing accident rates, thereby improving the inherent
               safety of the particular street or residential area,
          (2)  traffic speeds are decreased at the humps and at locations
               between properly spaced successive humps.  Speeds of the
               fastest drivers are affected as well as those of average
               drivers.  Speed reductions of 15-25 MPH at the hump and 25
               to 30 MPH between adequately spaced humps have been
               recorded, and

          (3)  the majority of local street residents normally support
               speed hump installations and endorse their continued use.

          There are several advantages in the use of speed humps on
          public streets but there are also some concerns some of which
          include:

          (a)  the potential liability of the City,
          (b)  the potential for complaints of noise by immediately
               adjacent residents,
          (c)  emergency vehicles may experience delays,
          (d)  the potential hazards that such pavement modifications may
               create for children on bicycles and roller blades,
          (e)  the potential cost of a program if applied and paid
               entirely by the City.

          Instructions were given to staff to bring back this item with
          recommendations, criteria, and costs on the following streets:
          Fenwick, McPherson Road, Shiloh Blvd., Taylor, Colorado,
          Kentucky, the areas around Alma Pierce and Tomas Sanchez,
          Bristol Road, and Rancho Viejo.

    D.  Requests by Councilmember Joe A. Guerra

       1. Request for information concerning the upcoming appointment of
          the Chief of Police with possible action.

          Cm. Guerra stated that the City has been without a Police Chief
          for almost a year, perhaps the City Attorney can enlighten as
          to the possible adverse legal ramifications and/or
          repercussions if any, the City may face for having this
          position unfilled by permanent appointee for that length of
          time.

          On April 21st this Council instructed the City Manager to be
          prepared to make his recommendation for Chief of Police during
          the meeting of April 28, 1997.  On April 28, 1997 before the

          City Manager was able to comply with council instructions, the
          corresponding agenda item was tabled on a motion by Cm. Perez
          and a second by Cw. Moreno.  Councilmebers Bruni, Casso and
          himself tried to open the matter for discussion only to be out
          voted by Councilmembers Perez, Moreno, Valdez, and Montalvo.
          Cm. Perez was later quoted by the media as saying that this
          Council needed more time to consider the matter.  He added that
          the Texas Local Government Code and the City Charter both state
          that the Chief of Police must be appointed by the City Manager
          and that choice must be confirmed by the City Council.  They
          may openly discuss their views and opinions on this matter, but
          they are prohibited from unduly influencing his decision.  Mr.
          Pea has already indicated that he is ready to make his
          recommendation and he made this choice known and it is up to
          Council to either confirm or reject that choice.  He added that
          if council accepts this choice its fine, if they don't then Mr.
          Pea needs to know so that he may begin to seek other qualified
          applicants immediately.  Whatever happens, they cannot afford
          to wait any longer, they must get on with their duty to
          administer to needs of the city.  His question is what is there
          to consider and why is more time needed?

          Cm. Perez stated that his previous motion stands as approved.

          Cw. Montalvo went on record wanting something in writing from
          the Legal Department on the question whether Cm. Alvarado has a
          conflict of interest if he were to vote on Mr. Laurel since Mr.
          Laurel is the Chairperson for SCAN and Cm. Alvarado is an
          employee of SCAN and Cw. Guerra is a second cousin to Mr. E. J.
          Laurel.

          Cm. Guerra requested that this item be brought back to council
          for consideration after written opinions on Cw. Montalvo's
          questions and after the wrecker service investigation report is
          complete and given to council.

          Mayor Ramirez asked that council consider leaving this item
          tabled as it stands and when the City Manager is prepared to
          bring back the report plus the other questions that have been
          brought up that at that time a date can be set for
          consideration.

       2. Presentation by Renato Zapata, Jr. regarding a traffic
          violation on F.M. 1472 (Mines Road) with possible action.

          Mr. Zapata stated that one of his shipments was ticketed twice
          by the Police Department on a shipment being sent to be
          weighted for a permit which was over 80,000 pounds and which
          was trucked back by Orozco Wrecker Service at $150.  He asked
          that if an accident were to occur, who is responsible and how
          is he going to get the permits in the future?

          Florencio Pea, City Manager, replied that he will look at the
          ordinance.  If the ordinance is not specific, then he sees no
          problem with providing the Bill of Lading for weights, but he
          will find a way to resolve the issue.

          Mayor Ramirez stated that whoever is doing the hauling is
          responsible for damages.

    E.  Requests by Councilmember Mario G. Alvarado

       1. Presentation by the delegation of Laredoans who attended the
          President's Summit on America's Future in Philadelphia (April
          26-30, 1997).

          Motion to table.

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

       2. Acknowledgment of the Laredo Civic Center, Parks and Recreation
          Department, and Guerra Communications personnel for their work
          with this year's Mothers Day Concert.

          Cm. Alvarado publicly recognized and congratulated the
          personnel and departments involved with this year's Mothers Day
          Concert.

    F.  Requests by Councilmember Consuelo "Chelo" Montalvo

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

          Cw. Montalvo stated that she is asking that this be considered
          for the benefit of the students in the west side of Laredo.

          Florencio Pea, City Manager, stated that staff will make a
          presentation on impact in next year's budget.

          Janice Webber, Library Director, identified various
          alternatives on using the Bruni Branch Library services and
          added that it will be around December when we will be able to
          get into the New Main Library.

          The proposal for the use of the Bruni Branch Library is as
          follows:

          Operating Plan

          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 p.m............... 8 hours
                     Saturday 12:00 Noon to 5:00 p.m..............5 hours
                        Total                           40 hours per week

          This schedule will necessitate at least five library service
          personnel and one custodian.

          Option B:  Service 20 hours per week:

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

          This schedule will require one Librarian I, half-time; two
          Clerk I's and a custodian half-time.

          Part of the Bruni Plaza site, approximately 1/3, would be used
          for limited library services; a core collection of reference
          books and access to on-line services with the Main Library; as
          well as a reading room accommodating approximately 30 people.
          Initial core reference collection will cost approximately
          $80,000.  Resources from the Main Library will be accessible t
          the Bruni Branch Library by fax/modem or daily courier, as is
          the case with Services provided to the Santo Nio Branch
          Library.  Staffing levels for the proposed Branch should be
          considered above and beyond staffing needs for the New
          Library.

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

          Annual Operating Budget Estimates Summary:

          Option A:   $285,450
          Option B:   $164,340
          Option C:   $164.340


 XII.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

      49. Public hearing adopting a annual budget for the new fund,
          Friends of the Library Trust Fund for a donation by the Friends
          of the Library, Laredo, Texas, Inc. in the amount of
          $125,000.00 to be used for enhancements for the New Main
          Library.

                       INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance adopting a annual budget for the new fund, Friends of
          the Library Trust Fund for a donation by the Friends of the
          Library, Laredo, Texas, Inc. in the amount of $125,000.00 to be
          used for enhancements for the New Main Library.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      50. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo FY 1996-97 Annual
          Budget to increase the revenues by an amount of $1,890,990.00
          received from Federal Aviation Administration Grant Offer No.
          3-48-0136-19-97 and from an amendment to Grant Offer No. 3-48-
          0136-18-96 and appropriating $2,111,101.00 comprising of the
          $1,890,990.00 in grants received plus the local match of
          $211,111.00 to the Airport Capital Outlay/Improvements other
          than Buildings account for the purpose of constructing the
          access road and parking lot to the new airport passenger
          terminal. The local match to the grants is available in the
          Airport passenger terminal reserve account line item.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 1996-97 Annual Budget
          to increase the revenues by an amount of $1,890,990.00 received
          from Federal Aviation Administration Grant Offer No.  3-48-
          0136-19-97 and from an amendment to Grant Offer No.
          3-48-0136-18-96 and appropriating $2,111,101.00 comprising of
          the $1,890,990.00 in grants received plus the local match of
          $211,111.00 to the Airport Capital Outlay/Improvements other
          than Buildings account for the purpose of constructing the
          access road and parking lot to the new airport passenger
          terminal.  The local match is available in the Airport new
          passenger terminal reserve account line item.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

          Moved : Cm. Perez
          Second: Cm. Bruni
          For:  5                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0
          (Cm. Guerra & Cm. Casso were out temporarily)

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

          Moved : Cm. Bruni
          Second: Cm. Valdez
          For:  5                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0
          (Cm. Guerra & Cm. Casso were out temporarily)

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Bruni

      51. Public hearing amending Ordinance No. 94-O-021 to authorize the
          City Laredo Health Department to increase the fee from $5.00 to
          $10.00 per person, who is not a Health Department patient, for
          phlebotomy services at the Laboratory of the Department.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending Ordinance No. 92-O-021 authorizing the
          Health Department to increase the fee from $5.00 to $10.00 per
          person who are not health department patients for phlebotomy
          services at the Health Department Laboratory; and 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 and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      52. Public hearing approving an amendment to the contract with the
          Texas Department of Health for a budget revision for additional
          funds for a total of $1,880.00 and extending the terms of the
          Border Area Survey of the City of Laredo Health Department for
          the period beginning September 1, 1996 through July 31, 1997.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance approving an amendment to the contract with the Texas
          Department of Health for a budget revision for additional funds
          for a total of $1,880.00 and extending the terms of the Border
          Area Survey of the City of Laredo Health Department for the
          period beginning September 1, 1996 through July 31, 1997.

          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 and introduce the ordinance.

          Moved : Cm. Perez
          Second: Cm. Alvarado
          For:  4                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0
          Mayor votes in favor

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      53. Public hearing amending the fee schedule and the sliding fee
          scale for the Child Dental Health Clinic of the City of Laredo
          Health Department providing for effective date and publication,
          and providing for waiver of the fee to persons unable to pay
          due to indigence.

                       INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending Ordinance No. 94-O-208 with a revised fee
          schedule and sliding fee scale for the Child Dental Health
          Clinic of the City of Laredo Health Department; and providing
          for effective date and publication.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

          Moved : Cm. Perez
          Second: Cm. Alvarado
          For:  4                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0
          Mayor votes in favor.

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      54. Public hearing amending Ordinance No. 90-O-179 to authorize the
          Health Department to revise the fee schedule for clinical
          services for the Primary Health Care Services (La Familia)
          Program and the Adult Health/Chronic Disease Prevention (Buena
          Vida) Program of the City of Laredo Health Department.

                       INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending Ordinance No. 90-O-179 to revise the fee
          schedule for clinical services for the primary Health Care
          Services (La Familia) Program and the Adult Health/Chronic
          Disease Prevention (Buena Vida) Program of the City of Laredo
          Health Department, providing for effective date and
          publication.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

          Moved : Cm. Alvarado
          Second: Cw. Montalvo
          For:  6                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0
          (Cm. Valdez was out temporarily)

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

          Moved : Cm. Perez
          Second: Cm. Guerra
          For:  6                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0
          (Cm. Valdez was out temporarily)

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      55. Public hearing to amend the City of Laredo's 1996-97 Annual
          Budget by increasing the Drainage Fund revenues and
          expenditures by $225,172.00 and authorizing the City Manager to
          implement said budget.  The increase of $225,172.00 in revenues
          and expenditures in the Drainage Fund is needed to complete
          funding for the construction contract of the Santa Maria Avenue
          Drainage Improvements between Del Mar Boulevard and Markley
          Lane.
                       INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance to amend the City of Laredo's 1996-97 Annual Budget
          by increasing the Drainage Fund revenues and expenditures by
          $225,172.00 and authorizing the City Manager to implement said
          budget.  The increase of $225,172.00 in revenues and
          expenditures in the Drainage Fund is needed to complete funding
          for the construction contract of the Santa Maria Avenue
          Drainage Improvements between Del Mar Boulevard and Markley
          Lane.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

          Moved : Cw. Montalvo
          Second: Cm. Alvarado
          For:  6                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0
          Cm. Valdez was not present.

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the
          ordinance.

          Moved : Cm. Alvarado
          Second: Cm. Guerra
          For:  6                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0
          Cm. Valdez not present.

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Alvarado

     55a. Motion to award of a construction contract to the LOWEST
          BIDDER, Ramex Construction Company, Houston, Texas in the
          alternate base bid amount of $1,993,475.00 for the Santa Maria
          Avenue Drainage Improvements between Del Mar Boulevard and
          Markley Lane. A total of four bids were received for this
          contract. Contract time is 180 working days.

          Motion to approve.

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

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. Guerra
       For:  7                           Against:  0         Abstain:  0

      56. Award of contracts to the LOW BIDDER, Southwestern Bell,
          Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $20,576.29, for the purchase of
          the Laredo Transit System Center's phone system.  The equipment
          includes forty phone sets for all City and Transit System
          operations.

          Motion to approve.

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

      57. Award of three year contract to the LOW BIDDER, Goodyear Tire
          and Rubber Company, Akron, Ohio, in the estimated amount of
          $204,564.63, for providing tires to be used for the Laredo
          Municipal Transit System's coaches (43) and Para-transit
          vehicles -"El Lift" (13). The Transit System will be charged
          monthly on a per-mile, per tire basis for the actual miles
          operated by each vehicle. The transit industry typically has
          been leasing tires because it can forego the large investment
          which purchasing tires constitutes. The bid pricing is
          approximately 38% less than the previous contract period.

          Motion to approve.

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

          Motion to adjourn as The Laredo Mass Transit Board.

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

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

       Motion to recess as City Council and convene as The Laredo
       Convention and Visitor's Bureau.

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

      58. Approval of a contract with Interlex for $22,000.00, to design
          a meeting planner guide, a general brochure, and a tour
          operator guide. A total of three proposals were submitted for
          this work. This contract was recommended for approval by the
          Convention and Visitor's Bureau Advisory Board.

          Motion to approve.

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

      59. Approval of a contract with Lammert Publications to produce a
          Visitors Guide Magazine for the Convention and Visitors Bureau
          at no cost to the Bureau. Quantity will be 30,000 copies.  A
          total of two proposals were received for this work. This
          contract was recommended for approval by the Convention and
          Visitor's Bureau Advisory Board.

          Motion to approve.

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

      60. Approval of a contract with Vendor, S.A. de C.V, for the rental
          of 16 billboard to be used for outdoor advertising in Mexico in
          the amount of $76,896.00.  This contract was recommended for
          approval by the Convention and Visitor's Bureau Advisory Board.

          Motion to approve.

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

          Motion to adjourn as The Laredo Convention and Visitors Bureau
          and reconvene as City Council.

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

  XV.  ADJOURNMENT

          Motion to adjourn.

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

          Adjournment time: 8:15 p.m.

I HEREBY CERTIFY THAT THE ABOVE MINUTES CONTAINED IN PAGES 01 TO 36
ARE TRUE, COMPLETE, AND CORRECT PROCEEDINGS OF THE REGULAR CITY COUNCIL
MEETING HELD ON THE 19TH DAY OF MAY, 1997.  A CERTIFIED COPY IS ON FILE
AT THE CITY SECRETARY'S OFFICE.


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                                   GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.
                                   CITY SECRETARY