CITY OF LAREDO
                           CITY COUNCIL MEETING

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

                                  MINUTES


        M97-R-19                                  JUNE 2, 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. CASSO,           "      , DISTRICT III
       CECILIA MAY MORENO,         "      , DISTRICT IV
       ELISEO VALDEZ,              "      , DISTRICT V
       JOE A. GUERRA,              "      , DISTRICT VI
       MARIO GEORGE ALVARADO,      "      , DISTRICT VII
       CONSUELO MONTALVO,          "      , DISTRICT VIII
       GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR., CITY SECRETARY
       FLORENCIO PENA,       CITY MANAGER
       JAIME L. FLORES,      CITY ATTORNEY

       Motion to waive the regular order of business and move up items
       D-(4),(5),(6), E-(1),(2),(3),(4), and (6).

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

  IV.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

       2.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary
           documents to effectively convey fee simple title to Marcel
           C. Notzon, II and wife Nora Lee Notzon for the sale at fair
           market value of "The Surface Only" of certain properties
           described as being 0.3542 of an acre (15,432 square feet)
           more or less of a tract of land out of the former South
           Buena Vista Avenue between Chacota and Tinaja Streets, also
           known as the 2600 block of South Buena Vista Avenue; and a
           0.3542 of an acre (15,432 square feet) more or less of a
           tract of land out of the former Chacota Street between South
           Buena Vista and Tapeyste Avenues, also known as the 1800
           block of Chacota Street, situated in the Eastern Division,
           City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, providing for an
           effective date.

           Ordinance Introduction: City Council

       3.  Authorizing the abandonment and vacating of a 17.7 wide
           alley dedicated for public use in Block 893, Eastern
           Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, which
           traverses the middle of said block from east to west through
           its entire length, and abuts the north side of Lots 7, 8, 9,
           10, 11, and 12, and abuts the south side of Lots 1, 2, 3, 4,
           5, and 6, and providing for the reversion of the public's
           interest in said alley to the abutting landowners, and
           providing for an effective date.

           Ordinance Introduction: City Council


   V.  FINAL READINGS

       Motion to waive the final reading of ordinances #97-O-119,
       #97-O-120, #97-O-121, #97-O-122, #97-O-123, #97-0-124,
       #97-O-125, and #97-O-126.

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

       4. 97-O-119  Ordinance amending the zoning ordinance (Map) of
                    the City of Laredo by rezoning the west 46.3 feet
                    of Lot 3, Block 1059, Eastern Division, located at
                    1915 Norton Street from R-3 (Mixed Residential
                    District) to B-3 (Community Business District);
                    providing for publication and effective date.
                    (Jose R. Perez Jr.)
                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-119.

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

       5. 97-O-120  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of
                    the City of Laredo by rezoning all of Block 1777,
                    Eastern Division, located north of Diaz Street
                    between New York Avenue and Canada Avenue, from R-2
                    (Multi-Family Residential District) to R-3 (Mixed
                    Residential District); providing for publication
                    and effective date.  (Jose R. Perez Jr.)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-120.

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

       6. 97-O-121  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of
                    the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 8, Block 2031,
                    Eastern Division, located at 3220 Santa Barbara
                    Street from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1
                    (Limited Business District); providing for
                    publication and effective date.
                    (Jose R. Perez Jr.)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-121.

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

       7. 97-O-122  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of
                    the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 2, Block 600,
                    Eastern Division, located at 1217 Hendricks Avenue
                    from B-1 (Limited Business District) to R-O
                    (Residential/Office District); providing for
                    publication and effective date.
                    (Alfonso I. "Poncho" Casso)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-122.

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

       8. 97-O-123  Ordinance amending Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the
                    City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 4, Block 1412,
                    Eastern Division, located at 2414 Market Street
                    from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1
                    (Limited Business District); providing for
                    publication and effective date.
                    (Alfonso I. "Poncho" Casso)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-123.

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

       9. 97-O-124  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of
                    the City of Laredo by rezoning the west 2/3 of Lot
                    1, Block 876, Eastern Division, located at 2719
                    Meadow Avenue from R-3 (Mixed Residential District)
                    to B-1 (Limited Business District); providing for
                    publication and effective date.
                    (Cecilia May Moreno)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-124.

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

      10. 97-O-125  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of
                    the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 448,
                    Eastern Division, located at 119 East Bustamante
                    Street from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-4
                    (Highway Commercial District); providing for
                    publication and effective date.
                    (Eliseo Valdez, Jr.)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-125.

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

      11. 97-O-126  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of
                    the City of Laredo by rezoning the north 60 feet of
                    the south 110 feet of the east 48 feet and the
                    southeast corner 50 x 148 feet of the south 1/2 of
                    Block 41, Calton Gardens Subdivision, located at
                    4602 and 4604 San Francisco, from B-1 (Limited
                    Business District) to B-3 (Community Business

                    District); providing for publication and effective
                    date.  (Joe A. Guerra)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-126.

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

  VI.  RESOLUTIONS

      12. 97-R-058  Resolution requesting financial assistance from the
                    Texas Water Development Board for the issuance of
                    City of Laredo, Texas Subordinate Sewer System
                    Revenue Bonds, Series 1997 in the aggregate
                    principal amount of $340,000.00.

                    Motion to consider item #30 in conjunction with
                    this item.

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

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-058.

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

      13. 97-R-059  Resolution requesting financial assistance from the
                    Texas Water Development Board for the issuance of
                    City of Laredo, Texas Subordinate Waterworks System
                    Revenue Bonds, series 1997 in the aggregate
                    principal amount of $845,000.00

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-059.

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

 VII.  MOTIONS

      14. Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to
          the Texas Department of Health for continuation of the
          Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Program and the (MCH) Health
          Education Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for
          the period beginning September 1, 1997, through August 31,
          1998, in the amount of $638,000.00.

          Motion to approve.

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

      15. Approval of bid specifications and authorization to advertise
          for bids for the following:
          a)  copier rental program - Purchasing Division
          b)  replacement lights, Market Street Tennis Court - Parks
              and Recreation Department
          c)  Combination catch basin vacuum/jet rodder truck -
              Utilities Department
          d)  RFP - pay telephone services - Purchasing Division
          e)  activity books/t-shirts - Environmental Engineering
              Division
          A tentative bid award is scheduled for July 7, 1997.

          Motion to approve.

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

      16. Approval to reject the sole bid received in the amount of
          $137,437.50 for the Alma Pierce Drainage Improvements Project
          which is approximately 35% over the project budget, and
          authorization to modify the construction plans and re-bid the
          project.

          Florencio Pea, Interim City Manager, stated that they will
          combine this project with the Herradura/Rancho Viejo Drainage
          Improvements to see if they can possibly get a better price.

          Motion to reject the sole bid received in the amount of
          $137,437.50 for the Alma Pierce Drainage Improvements Project
          and authorization to modify the construction plans and re-bid
          the project.

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

      17. Approval of the construction plans and specifications and
          authorization to advertise for bids for the Herradura/Rancho
          Viejo Drainage Project at Lowry Farms and Rancho Viejo
          Subdivisions to alleviate localized flooding with tentative
          award on July 7, 1997.  This project is to be advertised in
          combination with the Alma Pierce Drainage Improvements
          Project in hopes that a larger project may encourage more
          competitive bids. Funding is available in the Capital
          Improvement Fund.

          Motion to approve.

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

      18. Approval of the construction plans and specifications and
          authorization to re-bid the Father Charles McNaboe
          Recreational Complex.  A tentative bid award is scheduled for
          July 7, 1997.

          Motion to approve.

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

      19. Authorize the purchase of fifteen portable radios for the
          Police Department through the Houston Galveston Area Council
          of Governments (HGAC) -Cooperative Purchasing Program, in the
          total amount of $28,650.00.  These voice secure radios will
          be purchased through the cooperative purchasing contract
          vendor Motorola.  Delivery of these radios is expected within
          sixty days.

          Cw. Moreno wants a report as to how many radios have been
          purchased for the past five years.

          Motion to approve.

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

      20. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, Laurel Battery Co.,
          Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $11,873.09, for the
          purchase of automotive batteries for the City's fleet.  This
          contract will be for a period of one year. All batteries are
          purchased on an as needed basis. No battery inventory is
          maintained at the maintenance facility. The contract pricing
          is approximately 10% higher than the previous contract
          period. A total of two bids were received for this purchase.
          Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance Fund.  City
          Council, at their meeting of April 21, 1997, rejected bids
          and authorized staff to solicit new bids for the purchase of
          this commodity.

          Motion to approve.

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

      21. Award of a construction contract to the LOWEST BIDDER, the
          Stewart Company, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $55,308.00
          for the purchase of a new air conditioning system and its
          accompanying roof structural support for the Bridge
          Administration Building located at the Juarez-Lincoln
          International Bridge No.  2. Two bids were received for this
          project. Funding is available in the Bridge System
          Construction Project Bridge Improvements.

          Motion to approve.

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

      22. Award of annual supply contract to the LOW BIDDER, Hersey
          Meters, Cleveland, NC, in the estimated amount of $79,909.66,
          for the purchase of water meters for the Utilities
          Department.  The bid pricing is approximately 7% higher than
          the previous contract pricing.  A total of five bids were
          received for this purchase. Funding is available in the
          Utilities Department -Water Transmission and Distribution
          Account.

          Motion to approve.

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

      23. Award of annual supply contracts to the LOW BIDDERS, US
          Filter Distribution Group, Laredo, Texas ($255,051.02), and
          Industrial International, San Antonio, Texas ($17,817.72),
          for the purchase of water works materials for construction
          and repair projects by the Utilities Department.  The City
          received three bids for an annual supply contract for
          providing water materials such as service saddles, couplings,
          and valves for the Utilities Department - Water operations.
          The bid pricing is approximately 3% higher than the previous
          contract pricing. Funding is available in the Utilities
          Department.

          Motion to approve.

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

      24. Award of six month supply contract to the SOLE BIDDER,
          Arguindegui Oil Co., Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of
          $28,845.46, for the purchase of lubricants for the Fleet
          Maintenance Division. The bid pricing will be firm during
          this six month period and all items will be purchased on an
          as need basis. The bid pricing is approximately 10% higher
          than the previous contract period. Funding is available in
          the Fleet Maintenance Fund.

          Motion to approve.

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

      25. Approval of an emergency repair contract to Holt Company of
          Texas, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $37,000.00,
          for repairs to a 1994 Caterpillar D8N dozer.  Extensive
          repairs are needed to the undercarriage of this dozer.  This
          equipment is vital to the operation of the City landfill and
          staff is requesting City Council authorization to proceed
          with these repairs.  The replacement cost for this equipment
          is approximately $370,000.00. With these repairs the City
          anticipates using this equipment for three more years.
          Funding is available in the Landfill Fund.

          Motion to approve.

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

      26. Approval of amendment no. 1, an increase of $14,330.00 to the
          engineering contract with Mejia Engineering Company, Laredo,
          Texas, to add the design and preparation of plans and
          specifications for the widening of Bustamante Street between
          Meadow Avenue to Foster Avenue, and the widening of Meadow
          Avenue between Saunders Street to Bustamante Street; to the
          18 Inch Diameter Sanitary Sewer Main Project along Bustamante
          Street from Meadow Avenue to East San Francisco Avenue at
          Zacate Creek, part of an EDA Grant. Original a/e contract was
          for $74,767.00. This amendment will bring that total to
          $89,097.00.  Funding is available in the EDA Airport/Medical
          Park. This amendment no. 1 is contingent upon approval by
          Economic Development Administration (EDA).

          Motion to approve.

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

      27. Approval of amendment no. 4, an increase of $11,550.00 to the
          Resident Project Representative Services Contract (inspection
          services) with Hickey and Associates, Inc., Laredo, Texas,
          for the New Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
          Requirements to provide additional uninterrupted inspection
          services.  New contract amount including amendment no. 4 is
          $278,534.80.  Funding is available in the Airport
          Construction Fund.

          Motion to approve.

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

      28. Authorizing the sale by competitive bids of the following two
          city owned properties to the highest bidders:
          1.) Jesse, Hector and George Martinez "Partnership" for the
              sale of the "Surface Only" of Lot 2, Block 2165-A,
              Eastern Division, located at the 2400 block of Diaz
              Street in the amount of $93,505.65, and
          2.) Cesar Cabello for the sale of the "Surface Only" of a
              0.3543 of an acre (15,433.46 square feet) tract of land
              out of that former section of Martin Avenue between
              Laredo and Guadalupe Streets, located at the 1200 block
              of Martin Avenue in the amount of $35,000.00 and being
              more particularly described by metes and bounds.

          Motion to approve.

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

          Florencio Pea, Interim City Manager, stated that this
          authorized to award the contract to the highest bidder, but
          they still have to come back with an ordinance to allow for
          the transfer of the property.


VIII.  CITY MANAGER'S REPORT

      29. Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a renewed
          interlocal agreement for FY 1996-97 between the City of
          Laredo and County of Webb in the amount of $60,000.00 for
          locally supported public health services to non-Laredo
          residents of Webb County, for the period beginning March 18,
          1997, through September 30, 1997.

          Motion to approve.

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

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

          Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, explained that the
          upgrade consists of two parts, resolutions and the timelines
          plus where they are with respect to finalization of the
          project.

          The resolutions are a requirement of the Texas Water
          Development Board in support of bonds that will cover the
          lower portion of this project.  The colonias project has
          approximately 85-90% grant portion and 10-15% loan portion.
          He explained that the way the State of Texas structures this
          is that they know when we accept the existing population (in
          this case the colonias have 560 households), and that we
          immediately gain customer base of that.  That to us this
          represents about $250,000.00 to $300,000.00 a year worth of
          revenues, of those revenues a certain percentage of that (if
          those 560 residents live in town) approximately 40-50% of the
          revenues will be used by us to pay for debt service.
          Following that rational the state takes that amount of money
          and they figure how much that customer base can support in
          bonds.  That is why we have the resolutions and the amount of
          money to be issued plus it represents no impact on the
          existing customers.

          He added that the timelines have not been projected as of
          today and concluded by reporting that they are one month
          behind schedule.

          Eddie Garza, from Crane Engineering and representing Paul
          Garza Engineering, reported that on the financial side the
          only thing that is pending is the review by the Texas Water
          Development Board.  On the environmental side, pending are
          the reviews from Texas Historical Commission, Texas Parks &
          Wildlife, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Texas
          Boundary & Water Commission.  On the technical side all the
          necessary work has been completed.

          Cm. Bruni went on record opposing the oversizing of the
          lines.

      31. Status report concerning the New Main Library.

          Janice Weber, Library Director, reported that CP&L is
          producing the delay, but that it will be done by next week.
          The contractor will finish the work within 10 weeks after
          getting power from CP&L.  They are looking at acceptance of
          the building by City Council by September 1st and might be
          ready to open by the 2nd week in November.

      32. Request for confirmation of City Manager's recommendation for
          appointment and employment to the position of Laredo Fire
          Chief.

          Florencio Pena, City Manager, announced his recommendation of
          Mike Garza to the position of Fire Chief.

          Motion to confirm the nomination of Mr. Mike Garza for the
          position of Fire Chief.

          Moved : Cw. Moreno
          Second: Cm. Perez
          For:  3                       Against:  5         Abstain: 0
          Cm. Perez                     Cm. Bruni
          Cw. Moreno                    Cm. Casso
          Cm. Montalvo                  Cm. Guerra
                                        Cm. Alvarado
                                        Cm. Valdez

          Mayor Ramirez vetoed the motion.

          Motion to reaffirm the count.

          Moved : Cm. Perez
          Second: Cw. Montalvo
          For:  3                       Against:  5         Abstain: 0
          Cm. Perez                     Cm. Bruni
          Cm. Moreno                    Cm. Casso
          Cm. Montalvo                  Cm. Guerra
                                        Cm. Valdez
                                        Cm. Alvarado

          Mr. Pena advised that Tomas Ramirez was the second candidate
          recommended by the committee and that at the next council
          meeting he will be bringing his name forth for nomination.


  IX.  COMMUNICATIONS

          Cm. Alvarado announced that he will be absent on June 16th
          due to Navy active duty training for two weeks.

          Motion to excuse Councilman Alvarado.

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


   X.  CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION AND PRESENTATION

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

    A.  Requests by Mayor Saul N. Ramirez, Jr.

       1. Recognizing Jessica Vela (age 9, St. Peters Memorial School,
          4th grader) daughter of Antonio and Petra Vela, for placing
          third in the state of Texas, in the 1997 U.S. Savings Bonds
          National Student Poster Contest, sponsored by the United
          States Department of the Treasury.

          Mayor Ramirez presented Miss Jessica Vela with a Certificate
          of Recognition.

       2. Appointing my nominee, Leopoldo Flores, to the Ad Hoc
          Ordinance Review Committee.

          Motion appointing Leopolodo Flores to the Ad Hoc Ordinance
          Review Committee.

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

    B.  Requests by Councilmember Louis H. Bruni

       1. Request for the City Council to authorize the issuance of
          subpoenas to the following individuals to appear before the
          City Council to be examined and give testimony regarding
          alleged financial irregularities and alleged misappropriation
          of property at the Fleet Maintenance Division of the City of
          Laredo, under Section 2.06 of Article II of the Charter of
          the City of Laredo, dealing with the roles and responsibi-
          ties of the City Council in regards to inquiries into the
          official conduct of any department, agency, office, or
          employee of the City of Laredo.
          (Co-sponsored by Councilman Alfonso Casso).

          1. Carlos Villarreal former Assistant City Manager of the
             City of Laredo
          2. Joe Aranda former Transportation Department Director of
             the City of Laredo
          3. Carlos Mendoza former Fleet Maintenance Manager of the
             City of Laredo
          4. Clemente Gonzalez, Jr., former Fleet Maintenance employee
             of the City of Laredo, and
          5. Abel J. Salinas owner of United Power Services.

          Cm. Bruni stated that on January 9, 1995 he had sent a letter
          to prior City Manager Peter Vargas requesting an investiga-
          tion into the Fleet Management Department.  On May 22, 1995
          he sent a follow-up letter since he did not get an answer on
          his initial request.  He quoted an article which appeared on
          the Laredo Morning Times where it says "Goes nowhere, City
          Attorney clarifies items of subpoena" he added that he thinks
          it is very inappropriate for the City Attorney to be making
          comments.  It appears to him that he is some kind of elected
          official.  It says that Mr. Flores however said it remains to
          be seen whether the subpoenas are issued.  He added that the
          next paragraph says, "it has been learned that the audit
          dated into early 1996 was initiated by then the Assistant
          City Manager, Carlos Villarreal with endorsement of the City
          Manager."  He wanted to know if the City Attorney made these
          comments or if it was a misquote of the Laredo Morning Times
          or how this comment came about, because Mr. Carlos Villarreal
          did not initiate those audits.  They were initiated by the
          letters he sent.  The newspaper also says, "Flores says that
          City Council has authority to issue subpoenas and the
          subpoenas are essentially unenforceable because there is no
          provision in an ordinance for penalty for contempt or failure
          to appear, it goes nowhere".

          He asked that council instruct the City Attorney, Mr. Flores,
          to generate an ordinance whereby there would be penalties to
          employees or ex-employees that don't come in front of council
          to be asked questions.  He added that he is not saying that
          any of the individuals he mentioned are guilty of wrong
          doing, what he is saying is that these individuals had first
          hand knowledge of what was going on these particular
          departments.  He was disturbed by the City Attorney's
          comments, and added that they are inappropriate.  He stated
          that whoever was running the department mismanaged the
          department and misused taxpayers money.  The reason they
          wanted to subpoena these individuals was not to say that they
          are guilty or innocent or shed them in a negative light, but
          to have them come before council and answer several
          questions.  He feels betrayed by the City Attorney and by the
          comments he made because by his comments he was telling these
          people that council wanted to talk to them, they did not have
          to come, that they are not obligated, and they don't have to
          bother and come by.  He feels he should have let that
          decision made by council.

          Cm. Casso stated he was disturbed by the statements made that
          the audit was initiated by the Assistant City Manager, which
          it was not.  He added that there was an audit report since
          June 2, 1995 and someone sat on it for 15 months and now it
          might be too late to do anything.  He said that on the
          February 7, 1997 letter from Judy Baber to Mr. Pena she
          states that the Internal Audit Division will perform a second
          follow-up audit in May 1997 to determine if improvements of
          controls are achieved.  Cm. Casso wants that audit presented
          to council.  They are not here to accuse anybody, but trying
          to shed some light as to what happened at the Fleet Division.

          Mr. Pena stated that the audit has not been started yet, a
          follow-up was given in February, 1997, but it will be done
          again.

          Mayor Ramirez stated that our attorney is correct our
          subpoena authority that we have under Charter has "no teeth"

          we have no ordinance to guide that subpoena authority that we
          have to either produce compliance or provide for penalties.

          Mr. Jaime Flores, City Attorney, addressed the issues brought
          up by several councilmembers and added that he will work to
          expedite to put together an ordinance that does have some
          kind of effort in the subpoena powers.

          Florencio Pena, City Manager, stated they discussed the
          deficiencies in section 2.06 that calls for investigations
          and it is one where there is nothing to follow this up.

          Cm. Alvarado requested an executive session item at each
          council meeting to figure out where this is going and to keep
          them up-to-date on the status of this issue.

          Motion to instruct the City Attorney to draft an ordinance
          whereby it would provide penalties and that it be brought
          back to council the first meeting of July.  That it tell
          council or set steps to follow if this ever happens again in
          the future, so that we can bring forward to this council the
          people that are involved to ask them to answer questions.

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

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

       1. Discussion and possible action regarding the Wrecker Service
          Administrative Investigation by the Risk Management Division.

          Cm. Casso stated that he had sent a letter to Florencio Pena,
          City Manager, requesting certain documents which he still has
          not received and still wants those documents.  That according
          to a report from Mr. Sanchez from Risk it says that according
          to an adjuster from an independent claims agency experienced
          in dealing with international stolen vehicle recoveries, the
          wrecker charge is based on 5-10% of the recovered vehicles
          actual cash value. If that is true, that it is 5-10% of the
          recovered vehicles actual cash value, then it is imperative
          that the police records are accurate, because he has a police
          report, in the section where it states the damage amounts of
          the damage vehicle, it was left blank.  In another section
          where is says "recovery value" they wrote $14,000.00, he has
          photos of the vehicles, and it is not worth $14,000.  If it
          was $14,000.00 and the used the figures provided 5-10%, then
          5% will be approximately $700.00 charged and the vehicle is
          not worth $14,000.00.  He asked that these reports be
          properly filled out.

          On page 7 of the same report it says, "Interim Chief Police
          Dovalina stated in the interview that he was advised by Lt.
          Alardin that if the city engaged in this operation with the
          Orozco Wrecker, City Code Ordinance 32-182 would be violated.
          Then, Lt. Alardin denied knowing that Orozco Wrecker was not
          in the rotation schedule and was not aware of the agreement
          between Gruas Mora and Orozco would violate the city
          ordinance.  Cm. Casso stated that what we have here is two
          individuals making two contradictory statements, so someone
          is distorting the facts.  He added that it is either the
          Interim Police Chief or Lt. Alardin and wants to know who's
          distorting the facts and asked that they go back to clear the
          facts.

          He expressed that Mr. Alardin has gone on record saying he is
          going to sue the City, Cm. Casso, and the Mexican newspaper.
          He added that it is his prerogative, however he would like to
          know why he is politicking during city time because he has
          been going to Cm. Bruni's office during all hours of the day
          politicking on behalf of the Interim Chief of Police.  The
          newspaper also goes to say the reason he is doing this is
          because he does not want the Interim Chief of Police as a
          Chief of Police.  The reason he placed this issue on the
          agenda was because a constituent came before him with this
          issue, he had no knowledge of the situation, he didn't know
          about the rotation list, he looked into it, saw all the
          irregularities and problems and that is why he placed it in
          the agenda.  Yes, it is no secret that he is not for the
          Interim Chief of Police because of all the irregularities
          that have occurred, the different problems regarding missing
          evidence, and because he has not been satisfied with his
          performance.  He said that the records are not properly
          filled out, there is tempering of records, when he was asked
          about it, there was a distortion of facts again.  He
          concluded by saying that his integrity is in question and he
          has a problem with him as a public official, so he cannot
          give him his endorsement.

          Cm. Casso wants to know what the City is going to do, he
          wants the city to look into this contradictory statements,
          find out whether the Interim Chief of Police is going to
          discipline Mr. Alardin for going to Cm. Bruni's office during
          working hours to solicit his vote for the Chief of Police,
          and what will be done with Mr. Orozco, will we just leave it
          as it is or are we going to sanction him for violating the
          ordinance.  He wants staff to look into a recommendation as
          to what they want to do.

       2. Status report regarding the Cindy Dovalina case.

          Cm. Casso wanted to know the status of the case and if
          restitution been made?

          Rick Sanchez, Risk Manager, reported that they had spoken to
          representatives of the District Office and basically she has
          made one payment towards the full restitution.  Apparently
          she has been requesting through her attorney a hearing or
          resetting of her hearing and basically has been kicked back,
          but the only payment they have received is only $2,000.00
          and the balance is $15,000.00 for full restitution.

          Jaime Flores, City Attorney, stated that information from the
          District Attorney's Office is that his assistant is working
          on that case.  There have been $2,000.00 paid to the registry
          of the court in restitution, the balance is stilled owed,
          there is a hearing set for this Thursday whereby Mrs.
          Dovalina will be reporting to the court as to what the status
          is.  She has received several continuances to the schedule
          for payback, and so she should be appearing before the court
          to give an explanation as to what the intention is to make
          payments.  The agreement was that she make full restitution
          and after making full restitution that would be the
          contingency for giving her any kind of probation, so it is
          all entirely possible that as of this Thursday, June 5th the
          judge may decide on that matter, that no more continuances
          and the matter goes for other penalties.

          Cm. Casso stated he wants the monies paid back.

    D.  Requests by Councilmember Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

       1. Discussion and possible action regarding the status of the
          connection of San Francisco Avenue (area located behind the
          HEB Mercado Grande).  (Co-sponsored by Cm. Joe Guerra)

          Rogelio Rivera, City Attorney, stated that the item was
          discussed in 1995, there was a preliminary cost estimation
          done in excess of $1 million and some of the concerns for
          that facility was the lack of right-of-way on San Francisco
          and the relocation of the major CPL lines that exist in that
          street which is a 20 ft. right-of-way.  The project is
          misaligned which would mean an S-bridge and looking at the
          safety aspects, it is not recommended.  It is in the flood
          plain and it would have to come to the Corp of Engineers and
          the FEMA standards.  It would have to be designed for the 100
          year flood elevation which would entail going into a ramping
          to the north and the south to elevate it to the proper
          elevation.  They had estimated a rough estimate in excess of
          $1 million and of course they would have to get into the land
          acquisition.  This project was never brought up as a Capital
          Improvements Project.

          Motion to instruct staff to conduct preliminary engineering
          for cost estimates for consideration in next C.I.P.

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

       2. Discussion and possible action concerning the placement of
          the entire length of Northpoint Avenue into next years Street
          Recycling Program.

          Motion to approve for consideration.

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

       3. Discussion and possible action concerning enhancements to the
          concrete landings on either end of the Ash/Blair Pedestrian
          Bridge located at the 3100 block of San Francisco Avenue.

          Cm. Valdez was concerned with erosion problem.

          Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported that they have been
          working on Ash/Blair Bridge, and have discussed with Cm.
          Valdez enhancing the ramps.  However, they did find that the
          existing ramps from the landing to the sidewalk area do not
          meet ADA requirements.  They will probably have to do more
          work than anticipated, they have to reconstruct some of the
          existing ramps, they will have to find out if this falls down
          under Community Development plus will also take a look at the
          other bridge.  It was only intended to do extension of the
          ramps now they are going to have to do reconstruct them.

       4. Presentation by Jose Diaz De Leon on the outcome of the El
          Portal Contest and to thank the City and Councilmembers for
          their support.  Discussion on the uplifting of International
          Bridge #1 on a historic basis.

          Mr. Diaz De Leon thanked the council and staff for their
          support on the El Portal Contest which got international
          recognition.  He stated that the winners are posted on the
          Web Page of the City of Laredo under the City Planning tab
          section.  He would like to see implementation of the
          recommendations presented in the contest to provide a
          facelift to Bridge I.  He would also like to see more
          landmarks developed in the historical area.

          Mr. Bruce Miller Earl publicly thanked the participants of
          the contest.

       5. Presentation by Jose Diaz De Leon on concerns of the landmark
          ordinance.

          Mr. Diaz De Leon stated that the Building Code Department was
          too spread out and when they need an inspector he is simply
          not available or has very little time.  He suggested that a
          full time inspector be created to attend to them.

          Mrs. Nina Nixon Mendez gave an update on the Benavidez-
          Herrera Home Tourist Visitors Center.  The council had
          approved the submission of a grant on October 25, 1993 in the
          amount of $20,000 from ISTEA.  Presently they have raised
          $20,000 of the required 20% ($50,000) local match required of
          which they are short $30,000 and are looking at the Meadows
          Foundation and fundraisers by Webb County Heritage
          Foundation.  She concluded by stating that the project must
          be let by August 31, 1999 and if the project is not obligated
          by the due date, it will be dropped.

       6. Presentation by Denise Cruz concerning the number of
          emergency shelters that were available during last weeks
          storm, with possible action.

          Mrs. Cruz stated that she was seeking answers from Council
          why there were no shelters opened.  She called 9-1-1 and the
          Fire Department to which she received no answers.  She was
          told that Cigarroa High School was the only shelter opened
          that night.  She is concerned for people like her who live in
          mobile homes.

          Mike Garza, Interim Fire Chief, stated that there is no safe
          place to shelter people from tornados and that these type of
          storms give no preparedness time to adequately warn people
          when and where a tornado does touch ground.  The reason
          Cigarroa was opened was in event of flash floods for the
          people in South Laredo who may be in flood areas.  His
          recommendations were to stay tuned to any media, listen to
          media advise, and to seek an area such as a closet with no
          objects that may fly around and injure someone.  He spoke to
          a meteorologist at Corpus Christi National Weather Service
          and advised him of Cm. Bruni's concerns primarily in trying
          to get a fixed facility in town (a Doppler Radar Facility).
          His response to that is that it is correct to look towards
          Mexico and see that we are really out of the way as far as
          Dopplers are concerned.  We have a minimal range of about 20
          to 25 miles into Mexico.

          Mayor Ramirez stated that besides doing that, they have been
          working with the National Guard and the Marine Corps to set
          up flying units so that they can bring in their radar
          equipment to order, to not only just facilitate their
          operations, but also provide a 24-hour coverage that we've
          been looking for in a more local way.  Even though the
          National Weather Service is not too inclined in listening to
          our petition to try to address these concerns, we are trying
          to find other ways as innovative as can be, in getting the
          systems here and recognizing they are expensive to put in and
          costly to operate.

          Larry Dovalina stated he was ready to make the Civic Center
          available should it be needed.  He added that since January
          1st every radio station in town has what is called an
          emergency alert system which is an upgrade from what used to
          be the emergency broadcast system.  They can simultaneously
          broadcast anytime there is eminent danger to assure that the
          citizens are warned.  In addition to that, the Chief has the
          code to blank out every cable channel that is on, so if you
          have your TV on to any channel on the cable, he can blank out
          the entire cable system to broadcast an eminent warning that
          something is happening.

          Mayor Ramirez stated that day he did get a Red Cross call,
          and called Mr. Dovalina to get shelters opened after the
          storm passed because the Red Cross was also concerned with
          the flash floods that might occur in South Laredo.

          Mr. Garza stated that one of the best preventives is public
          education on measures and precautions the public should take
          to take care and protect themselves and their families in
          these type of situations.

          Cm. Casso asked that the Interim Fire Chief give council a
          written report on what he plans to do and what procedures and
          steps he is going to follow so they can look at them and
          follow the suggestion that Cm. Alvarado suggested which is to
          start some public access campaign on tornadoes.

          Cm. Perez requested staff to explore having a siren for
          emergencies.

          Mr. Pena stated there is an emergency plan in place, but they
          will explore the issue on the sirens.

   E.  Requests by Councilmember Mario G. Alvarado

       1. Presentation by Pete Gallegos on Laredo Police impounding
          procedures with discussion and possible action.

          Pete Gallegos spoke of an incident where a wrecker was called
          and damaged to his equipment was caused by the wrecker
          service.  He questioned the fact that the officer did not
          allow him to call his wrecker of preference when the
          ordinance states that the owner shall have the right to
          select a tow service.  He spent many hours on the wrecker
          service with getting the proper equipment and the necessary
          work to repair the damages done to his equipment.  He wants
          the officers to know where the public stands on this
          ordinance.  He also wants to make sure that the wrecker
          service has the adequate equipment to pick up 18 wheel
          vehicles and their cargo.

          Officer Granados stated that the officers have been advised
          that the owner has the right to select his/her wrecker of
          preference.

       2. Presentation by Washington Middle School's HOST Program and
          recognition of their state and national achievements.

          Ms. Corina Romero, HOST teacher at Washington Middle School,
          spoke of the 43 sixth graders who did peer tutoring for the
          5th and 6th grades.  They spent approximately 6,000 hours
          which they donated to the schools which saved the schools
          about $16,000 which they would have incurred if they had
          hired tutors.  The statistics showed that of the 43 students
          tutored 29 passed the TAAS test with the help of the
          tutoring.  She thanked the council and recognized the
          students and mentors involved who were present and who
          introduced themselves to the council.  Ms. Romero announced
          that their school is the only Peer-Mentor Host School in the
          United States.  She was also recognized for receiving the
          Betty Shepard Memorial Award for her efforts and excellent
          work.
       3. Presentation by Mines Road residents concerning approval and
          funding of a traffic signal at the Rancho Viejo/Mines Road
          Intersection.

          Mr. Howard Wilcox, a resident of La Bota Subdivision,
          appeared before the council requesting a traffic signal at
          Rancho Viejo and the Mines Road for the safety of the
          students into the school areas.  He also requested that the
          speed limit be lowered from its present speed limit.  He
          presented the City Secretary a petition with 62 signatures.

          Mr. & Mrs. Ismael Gonzalez spoke on behalf of his family,
          teachers, and staff in Washington School to request that
          serious consideration be given to address the issue of a
          traffic light.

          Richard F. Flynn stated that more important than a traffic
          signal are the street signs and street numbers on every house
          in case of an emergency situation occurring in a residence or
          an area and asked that council consider that an ordinance be
          drafted to this effect for the sake of emergency vehicles.

          Luis Landin, Traffic Manager, reported that they have to
          coordinate with TxDOT and have to request another study to
          lower the speed limit.

          Motion to instruct staff to proceed with a speed limit study.

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

          Motion to use $45,000 from the $88,000 balance account for a
          traffic signal at Rancho Viejo and Mines Road.

          Moved : Cm. Alvarado
          Second: Cm. Guerra
          For:  5                        Against:  3         Abstain: 0
          Cm. Bruni                      Cm. Perez
          Cm. Casso                      Cw. Moreno
          Cm. Guerra                     Cm. Valdez
          Cm. Alvarado
          Cw. Montalvo

          Florencio Pena, City Manager, stated that staff has a
          priority listing for all projects and recommended traffic
          signals and will make a recommendation to the council by
          budget time.
       4. Discussion and possible action requesting the Traffic
          Department to work with TxDOT to reduce the speed limit on
          Mines Road.

          This item was joined with item #3 above.

       5. Request for an update with possible action regarding the
          legal status of acquiring the Right of Way on Orilla Avenue
          north of Mann Road (Makro Business International, Inc.,
          warehouse) and requesting a monthly update on this case.

          Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported that they have
          finally gotten word from the consultant on the judgement
          pending since 1995, however the area has to be platted in
          order to complete the construction.  He stated that the
          information is not all correct and a drawing has been done to
          satisfy all concerned.

          Florencio Pena, City Manager, stated that the settlement has
          been forwarded to the attorney for Makro.

          Cm. Alvarado requested that this item be brought back on the
          first meeting of every month until its final resolution.

       6. Request for funding of a traffic signal at the intersection
          of Industrial Boulevard and Santa Maria Avenue from the
          $88,000.00, remaining in the General Fund Reserve
          Appropriation for Capital Improvements account balance.

          Cm. Alvarado presented a one minute video of the area and the
          traffic situation.

          Mr. Jorge Gonzalez spoke of the concerns of the daily traffic
          problems at this location.

          Oscar Carrillo, a tenant at the Del Mar Industrial Park,
          stated that it's difficult to enter and exit the park.

          Mr. Steve LaMantia also spoke of the traffic problems in the
          area.

          Motion to take the balance of the $43,000 for a traffic light
          at Industrial Boulevard and Santa Maria Avenue.

          Moved : Cm. Alvarado
          Second: Cm. Guerra


          For:  2                       Against:  6         Abstain: 0
          Cm. Guerra                    Cm. Perez, Cm. Bruni, Cm. Casso
          Cm. Alvarado                  Cw. Moreno, Cm. Valdez and
                                        Cw. Cm. Montalvo

          Cm. Casso suggested that staff provide a prioritizing list.

          Luis Landin, Traffic Manager, stated that he will provide a
          list of all signals that are warranted by the next council
          meeting.

          Cm. Alvarado requested that this signal be placed on the
          priority list.

          Motion to waive the rules of order and move item 33.A(1) up
          at this time.

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

       7. Discussion with possible action requesting road maintenance
          by the Public Works Department on Markley Lane and Orilla
          Avenue (Makro Business International, Inc., warehouse area).

          Joe Guerra, Public Works Director, reported that Markley Lane
          will be finalized by this week.


  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:  8                          Against:  0         Abstain:  0

      34. 97-RT-060 Certifying that the Transit Department of the City
                    of Laredo, Texas is unable to acquire a three-
                    wheel, street-legal police vehicle as specified in
                    bid invitation #FY97-092, using compressed natural
                    gas at a project cost that is reasonably expected
                    to result in no greater net cost over the use of
                    gasoline, measured over its expected useful life.

                    Motion to approve.

                    Moved : Cm. Perez
                    Second: Cm. Bruni
                    For:  6             Against:  0         Abstain: 0
                    (Cm. Bruni and Cw. Montalvo were temporarily out.)

      35. Award of a contract to the SOLE BIDDER MEETING SPECIFICA-
          TIONS, White Bear Sales, Inc., Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in the
          amount of $18,500.00 for the purchase of one three-wheel,
          street legal police vehicle, GO-4 Model BT-57, for parking
          enforcement and security at the Laredo Transit Center.

          Motion to approve.

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

      36. Authorization to sell surplus vehicles to the highest bidder
          consisting of:
          a) 1969 GMC
          b) 1982 Gillig
          c) 1989 Ford
          Said vehicles have exhausted their lives; all items are being
          offered "as is" with no implied or express warranties or
          claims of serviceability.

          Motion to approve.

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

      37. Authorize the cancellation of the purchase contract with
          Design Source, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $8,766.87, for
          the purchase of office desks for the new Transit Center and
          award a new contract to next low bidder, Executive World,
          Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $9,635.00, for the purchase
          of this furniture.  Design Source has indicated that they are
          closing their business and cannot deliver the requested
          furniture.  Delivery of this furniture is expected within
          four weeks.

          Motion to approve.

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

          Motion to adjourn as the Laredo Mass Transit Board and
          reconvene as City Council.

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


 XII.  ADJOURNMENT

          Motion to adjourn.

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

I HEREBY CERTIFY THAT THE ABOVE MINUTES CONTAINED IN PAGES 01 TO 27
ARE TRUE, COMPLETE, AND CORRECT PROCEEDINGS OF THE REGULAR CITY COUNCIL
MEETING HELD ON THE 2ND DAY OF JUNE, 1997.  A CERTIFIED COPY IS ON FILE
AT THE CITY SECRETARY'S OFFICE.



                                       ________________________
                                        GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.
                                           CITY SECRETARY