CITY OF LAREDO
                          CITY COUNCIL MEETING

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

                                MINUTES

       M97-R-21                                           JULY 7, 1997

   I.  CALL TO ORDER

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

  II.  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

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

 III.  ROLL CALL
       IN ATTENDANCE:
       SAUL N. RAMIREZ, JR., MAYOR
       JOSE R. PEREZ,        COUNCILMEMBER, DISTRICT I
       LOUIS H. BRUNI,              "     , DISTRICT II
       ALFONSO I. "PONCHO" CASSO,   "     , DISTRICT III
       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

       ABSENCES:

       Motion to Cw. Moreno due to an out-of-town commitment.

       Moved : Cm. Perez
       Second: Cm. Alvarado
       For:  6                          Against:  0         Abstain:  0

       Cm. Casso not present.

       Motion to dispense with the regular order of business and move
       up items D(1), (a) - Communications, A(1), #34 and #67 jointly,
       F(1) and #66.

       Moved : Cm. Alvarado
       Second: Cm. Guerra
       For:  6                      Against:  0         Abstain:  0

       Cm. Casso came joined the meeting at 5:40 p.m.

  IV.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

       2.  Approving an assignment from Aero Center, Inc. to the Laredo
           National Bank of that airport lease agreement for hanger
           #142, buildings #144, #147, and #148 approved by Ordinance
           No. 94-O-001 dated January 3, 1994 and authorizing the City
           Manager to execute said Consent of Assignment.

           Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

       3.  Approving an assignment from Aero Center, Inc. to the
           International Bank of Commerce and Sanchez-O'Brien Oil and
           Gas Corporation, a joint venture, of that lease agreement
           for an approximate 1.001 acre tract of improved land
           approved by Ordinance No. 95-O-154 dated August 7, 1995, and
           authorizing the City Manager to execute said Consent of
           Assignment.

           Ordinance Introduction: City Council

       4.  Authorizing the City of Laredo City council to accept the
           assignment of a leased contract issued to Panorama
           Broadcasting for the use of an area of land for the
           construction of a television station tower and authorizing
           the City Manager to take such steps as are necessary to
           execute the document to finalize the transaction.

           Ordinance Introduction: City Council

       5.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute Quitclaim Deeds, to
           the following seven grantors, the City of Laredo's interest
           to the Mineral Rights acquired through the conveyance of
           seven tracts of additional right-of-way for the Mines Road
           Widening Project. Said seven tracts being Parcel Nos. 29,
           42, 43, 53, 54, 55, and 57; being situated in Webb County,
           Texas, and providing for an effective date.
           PARCEL 29 (Santos Costilla and San Juanita Costilla,
           original grantors as per warranty deed to the City of
           Laredo, recorded in volume 48, Pages 023-024, real property
           records, Webb County, Texas). A 1.1006 acre tract being out
           of Porcion 10, Tomas Sanchez, original grantee, Abstract
           280, also being out of a 10.0 acre tract of land (Tract 2)
           unrecorded 172.90 acre tract subdivision, Webb County, Texas
           as conveyed by deed from Jack E.  Blanco to Santos Costilla
           and San Juanita Costilla as recorded in volume 13, pages 747
           and 748, real property records, Webb County, Texas.
           PARCEL 42 (Venola Sanchez, Original Grantor, as per warranty
           deed to the City of Laredo, recorded in volume 23, pages
           233-234, real property records Webb County, Texas) - A
           1.0080 acre tract being out of Porcion 10, Tomas Sanchez,
           Original Grantee, Abstract 280, also being out of a 4.4292
           acre tract (Tract 1) as conveyed by deed from Rodolfo
           Salinas, Jr., to Venola Sanchez as recorded in volume 517,
           pages 259-265, deed records, Webb County, Texas.
           PARCEL 43 (Ernestina B. Wolter, Original Grantor as per
           warranty deed to the City of Laredo, recorded in volume 21,
           pages 771-772, real property records, Webb County, Texas) -A
           1.5225 acre tract being out of Porcion 10, Tomas Sanchez,
           Original Grantee, Abstract 280, also being out of a 5.3614
           acre tract (Tract 14) as conveyed by deed from Fernando
           Babiak and wife, Elva Rosa Babiak to Ernestina B. Wolter as
           recorded in volume 572, Pages 97-101, deed records, Webb
           County, Texas.
           PARCEL 53 (Elias Herrera and wife, Olga F.  Herrera,
           Original Grantors as per warranty deed to the City of
           Laredo, recorded in volume 160, pages 122-123, real property
           records, Webb County, Texas). A 1.3167 acre tract being out
           of Porcion 10, Tomas Sanchez, Original Grantee, Abstract
           280, also being out of a 6.4119 acre tract (Tract 30) as
           conveyed by deed from Rodolfo Salinas, Jr., to Elias Herrera
           and Olga P. Herrera as recorded in volume 517, pages 410-
           417, deed records, Webb County, Texas.
           PARCEL 54 (C.C.M. Financial Inc., Original Grantor as per
           warranty deed to the City of Laredo, recorded in volume 73,
           page 881, real property records, Webb County, Texas). An
           1.3186 acre tract being out of Porcion 10, Tomas Sanchez,
           Original Grantee, Abstract 280, also being out of a 6.6788
           acre tract (Tract 31) as conveyed by deed from Edward M.
           Pina, a single man to Carlos Nelli Marsicano, et al, as
           recorded in volume 1341, pages 5-8, deed records of Webb
           County, Texas.
           PARCEL 55 (Agustin Meza, Jr., and wife, Vilma Meza, Original
           Grantors as per warranty deed to the City of Laredo,
           recorded in volume 22, page 175, real property records, Webb
           County, Texas).  Am 1.3186 acre tract being out of Porcion
           10, Tomas Sanchez, Original Grantee, Abstract 2280, also
           being out of a 7.2909 acre tract (Tract 32) as conveyed by
           deed from Rodolofo Salinas, Jr.  to Mr. Agustin Meza Jr.,

           and Vilma S. Meza as recorded in volume 517, Pages 426-433,
           deed records, Webb County, Texas.
           PARCEL 57 (Carlos Casiano, Jr., David Casiano, Ramon
           Casiano, Demetrios Casiano, Tomas Casiano, Daniel Casiano,
           Raquel Casiano Elliott, Guadalupe Casiano Calvitt, Reynaldo
           Mireles and Manuel Mireles, individually, and as independent
           executor, Original Grantors as per warranty deed recorded i
           Volume 100, Page 424, Real Property Records, Webb County,
           Texas) - A2.8669 of an acre tract being out of Porcion 10,
           Tomas Sanchez , Original Grantee, Abstract 280, also being
           out of a 5.1272 acre tract (Tract 69) as conveyed by deed
           from Rodlolfo Salinas, Jr., to Carlos Casiano and wife,
           Julia Casiao, as recorded in volume 589, pages 7-3-605, deed
           records, Webb County, Texas.

           Ordinance Introduction: City Council

       6.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary
           documents to revert a tract of land containing 20,380.31
           square feet, more or less, out of the Mines Road (FM 1472)
           R.O.W. to its original owner, but retaining it as a Drainage
           & Utility Easement. Said tract of land being out of a 5.9755
           acre tract of land situated in parts of Porcion Nos. 17 and
           18, Webb County, Texas, and being generally described below
           and more particularly described by metes and bounds and
           providing for an effective date.

           Ordinance Introduction: City Council

       7.  Amending Ordinance No. 95-O-299 by changing Exhibit A;
           thereby authorizing the City Manager to execute database
           access agreements with any requestor of online access to
           inspect city property tax records database via computer
           modem; contract term to change so all will end on September
           30, 2002 and the annual maintenance, processing,
           programming, and data manipulation fee will be eliminated; a
           one time equipment fee is required for the cost of the
           equipment; providing for an effective date.

           Ordinance Introduction: City Council

       8.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a ground lease with
           Alderete Communications, Inc., a Texas Corporation, for the
           erection, maintenance, and operation of a skeletal steel
           guyed communications tower and associated equipment building
           located at the Jefferson Street Water Complex.
           1. Lease term will be fifteen (15) years commencing August
              XX, 1997 and ending August XX, 2011 (Date will be
              determined after second reading of this ordinance).
           2. Rent will be payable in advance; first year's rent is
              $8,676.00, and adjusted annually according to changes in
              the consumer price index.

           Ordinance Introduction: City Council


   V.  FINAL READINGS

       Motion to waive the final reading of ordinances #97-O-119,
       #97-O-129, #97-O-130, #97-O-131, #97-O-132, #97-O-133,
       #97-O-133, #97-O-134, #97-O-135, #97-O-136, #97-O-137,
       #97-O-138, #97-O-139, #97-O-140, #97-O-141, #97-O-142,
       #97-O-143, #97-O-144, #97-O-145, #97-O-146, #97-O-147,
       #97-O-148, #97-O-149, and #97-O-150.

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

       9. 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.

                    Motion to approve.

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

      10. 97-O-129  Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute
                    all necessary documents to effectively convey the
                    "Surface Only" of Lot 2, Block 2165-A, Eastern
                    Division, as per replat recorded in Volume 16, Page
                    93, of the Webb County Plat Records, City of
                    Laredo, County of Webb, Texas, also known to be
                    located on the 2400 block of Diaz Street to Jesus
                    Javier Martinez and providing for an effective
                    date.  Said property is being sold to the highest
                    bidder as accepted by City Council pursuant to
                    public sale of this property on May 28, 1997.
                    (City Council)

                    Motion to approve.

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

      11. 97-O-130  Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute
                    all necessary documents to effectively convey fee
                    simple title to Cesar J. Cabello and Amparo A.
                    Cabello for the sale of the "Surface Only" of a
                    0.3543 of an acre (15,433.46 square feet) tract of
                    land being out of and a part of the former Martin
                    Avenue between Laredo and Guadalupe Streets, also
                    known as the 1200 block of Martin Avenue and
                    providing for effective date.  Said property being
                    sold to the highest bidder as accepted by City
                    Council pursuant to public sale of this property on
                    May 28, 1997.  (City Council)
                    Motion to approve.

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

      12. 97-O-131  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of
                    the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 30 and 31,
                    Block 12, Las Americas Subdivision, Unit II,
                    located at 2018 and 2020 Durango Avenue, from R-1
                    (Single Family Residential District) to R-2 (Multi-
                    Family District); providing for an effective date
                    and publication.  (Jose R. Perez Jr.)

                    Motion to approve.

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

      13. 97-O-132  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of
                    the City of Laredo by rezoning 15.57 acres, as
                    further described by metes and bounds, located
                    southwest of the intersection of Santa Barbara
                    Street and Avenida Los Presidentes, from R-1
                    (Single Family Residential District) to R-1A
                    (Single Family Reduced Area District); providing
                    for an effective date and publication.
                    (Jose R. Perez, Jr.)

                    Motion to approve.

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

      14. 97-O-133  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of
                    the City of Laredo by rezoning 10.670 acres, as
                    further described by metes and bounds, located west
                    of the Bob Bullock Loop and directly north of the
                    Laredo International Airport from R-1 (Single
                    Family Residential District) to M-1 (Light
                    Manufacturing District); providing for an effective
                    date and publication.  (Louis H. Bruni)

                    Motion to approve.

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

      15. 97-O-134  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of
                    the City of Laredo by rezoning 108.4 acres, as
                    further described by metes and bounds, located east
                    of the Bob Bullock Loop and directly north of Lake
                    Casa Blanca, from AG (Agricultural District) to R-1
                    (Single Family Residential District); providing for
                    an effective date and publication.
                    (Louis H. Bruni)

                    Motion to approve.

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

                    *NOTE: This ordinance was presented to council with
                     correction on acreage and given a new Ordinance
                     number (#97-O-170) on August 4, 1997.

      16. 97-O-135  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of
                    the City of Laredo by rezoning 67.7 acres as
                    further described by metes and bounds, located west
                    of McPherson Road, north of the Bob Bullock Loop
                    from AG (Agricultural District) to M-1 (Light
                    Manufacturing District); providing for an effective
                    date and publication.  (Joe A. Guerra)

                    Motion to approve.

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

      17. 97-O-136  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of
                    the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 10, Block 864,
                    Western Division, located at 1518 Burnside Street
                    from B-1 (Limited Business District) to R-3 (Mixed
                    Residential District); providing for an effective
                    date and publication.  (Jose R. Perez, Jr.)

                    Motion to approve.

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

      18. 97-O-137  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of
                    the City of Laredo by revoking a Special Use Permit
                    for a manufactured housing park, Ordinance No.
                    93-O-200 on 21.5921 acres out of Porcion 19,
                    Abstract 591, as further described by metes and
                    bounds located west of FM 1472, across from the old
                    municipal airport; providing for an effective date
                    and publication.  (Louis H. Bruni)

                    Motion to approve.

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

      19. 97-O-138  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of
                    the City of Laredo by rezoning 21.5921 acres out of
                    Porcion 19, Abstract 591, as further described by
                    metes and bounds located west of FM 1472, across
                    from the old municipal airport, from M-1 (Light
                    Manufacturing District) to R-1 (Single Family
                    Residential District); providing for an effective
                    date and publication.  (Louis H.  Bruni)

                    Motion to approve.

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

	   20. 97-O-139  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of
                    the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 8 and the north
                    1/2 of Lot 6, Block 485, Western Division, located
                    at 309 Park Street from B-1 (Limited Business
                    District) to R-O (Residential/Office District);
                    providing for an effective date and publication.
                    (Consuelo "Chelo" Montalvo)

                    Motion to approve.

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

      21. 97-O-140  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of
                    the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1A Block 681,
                    Western Division, located at 2302 Iturbide Street
                    from R-2 (Multi-Family District) to R-O
                    (Residential/Office District); providing for an
                    effective date and publication.
                    (Consuelo "Chelo" Montalvo)

                    Motion to approve.

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

      22. 97-O-141  Ordinance amending Section 24-82.4.1 of the Laredo
                    Land Development Code relating to permitted
                    dimensions of on-premises free-standing signs;
                    restricting large scale, on premise, signage to
                    Federal and State Highways in B-4, M-1, and M-2
                    Districts; deleting provisions requiring all one
                    face signs must be situated at least 150 feet from
                    the nearest Residential District and all two face
                    signs must be situated at least 350 feet from the
                    nearest Residential District; providing for
                    publication and effective date. (Jose A. Guerra)

                    Motion to approve.

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

      23. 97-O-142  Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1996-1997
                    budget in the amount of $20,479.00 for additional
                    salary and fringe benefit costs for six task force
                    investigators in the Multi-Agency Financial
                    Disruption Task Force awarded by the Office of
                    National Drug Control Policy for the period of July
                    1, 1996 and ending June 30, 1997; providing for
                    publication and effective date.  (Jose A.  Guerra)

                    Motion to approve.

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

      24. 97-O-143  Ordinance amending City of Laredo's 1996-1997
                    budget in the amount of $1,082,467.00. Of this
                    amount, $711,562.00 is grant funds, with the City
                    designating $370,905.00 in matching funds for a
                    grant from the Criminal Justice Division for Multi-
                    Agency Narcotics Task Force for the period of June
                    1, 1997 through May 31, 1998 and authorizing the
                    City Manager to sign any and all documents
                    pertaining to this grant application; providing for
                    publication and effective date.
                    (Consuelo "Chelo" Montalvo)

                    Motion to approve.

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

      25. 97-O-144  Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1996-97
                    annual budget in the amount of $325,000.00, for a
                    grant awarded by the Texas Water Development Board
                    to develop a Flood Protection Plan for the Chacon
                    Watershed; the composition of the $325,000.00, is
                    $260,000.00 from the Texas Water Development Board,
                    $42,500.00 Webb County, ($17,500.00 cash and
                    $25,000.00 in-kind), $5,000.00 from Webb County
                    Drainage District No. 1 and $17,500 from the City
                    of Laredo. The city will provide $25,000.00 in in-
                    kind services. (City Council)

                    Motion to approve.

                    Moved : Cm. Perez
                    Second: Cw. Montalvo
                    For:  7             Against:  0         Abstain:  0
      26. 97-O-145  Ordinance approving an amendment to the budget in
                    the amount of $24,000.00, for the Chronic Disease
                    Prevention Program, Breast and Cervical Cancer
                    Control Project (BCCCP), of the City of Laredo
                    Health Department for the period beginning July 1,
                    1996, through June 30, 1997.
                    (Consuelo "Chelo" Montalvo)

                    Motion to approve.

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

      27. 97-O-146  Ordinance establishing new parking meter zone
                    boundaries, prescribing parking meter rates and
                    parking meter time limits, removal of parking
                    meters in some areas, repealing all conflicting
                    ordinances, and providing for publication and
                    effective date.  (Jose R.  Perez Jr.)

                    Motion to approve.

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

      28. 97-O-147  Amending Ord. No. 86-O-226 and Article VIII,
                    Stopping, Standing or Parking of Chapter 19, Motor
                    Vehicles and Traffic Division 3, Violations,
                    Penalties, Section 19-355 of the Code of Ordinances
                    amending minimum penalties for violations of
                    Article VIII of Chapter 19 of the Code of
                    Ordinances, providing for publication and effective
                    date. (Joe A.  Guerra)

                    Motion to approve.

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

      29. 97-O-148  Ordinance amending Ordinance No. 88-O-006, as
                    amended by Ordinance No. 89-O-131 which established
                    fares for fixed route transit service and for EL
                    METRO ID cards.
                    A. The base adult fare will increase from sixty
                       cents ($0.60) to seventy-five cents ($0.75).
                    B. The fare for children of ages 5 to 11 will
                       remain unchanged at 25 cents ($0.25)
                    C. The fare for children under 5 years of age will
                       continue to be free of charge.
                    D. The fare for students will remain the same at
                       thirty-five cents ($0.35).  E. During peak hours
                       on Monday through Friday (except holidays), the
                       peak fare for seniors and persons with
                       disabilities will remain the same at ten cents
                       ($0.10).
                    F. During off-peak hours, and on Saturdays, Sundays
                       and holidays, the fare for seniors and persons
                       with disabilities, and possessing a valid ID
                       card will remain the same at zero cents ($0.0).
                    G. The fare for express route service will increase
                       from sixty cents ($0.60) to one dollar ($1.00).
                    H. The charge for an initial or replacement EL
                       METRO ID card will remain unchanged at $2.00
                    I. An initial EL LIFT ID card will continue to be
                       free of charge.
                    J. The charge for a replacement EL LIFT ID card
                       will continue to be $2.00.
                    The ordinance provides for publication and an
                    October 1, 1997 effective date.
                    (As Amended) (Jose R. Perez, Jr.)

                    Motion to approve.

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

      30. 97-O-149  Ordinance authorizing the adoption of the following
                    rate for paratransit Transportation Service on the
                    EL LIFT System.
                     *The fare for a one-way trip shall be $1.00
                    This ordinance provides for publication and an
                    October 1, 1997 effective date.
                    (AS Amended) (Jose R.  Perez, Jr.)

                    Motion to approve.

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

      31. 97-O-150  Ordinance continuing the City of Laredo's Juvenile
                    Curfew Ordinance No. 94-O-142 as amended by
                    Ordinance No. 96-O-030 for an additional three (3)
                    years starting July 18, 1997 until July 18, 2000 in
                    accordance with 370.002 of the Texas Local
                    Government Code; providing for severability;
                    providing for an effective date and publication.
                    (Jose R.  Perez, Jr.)

                    Motion to approve.

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

  VI.  RESOLUTIONS

      32. 97-R-066  Resolution accepting a grant from the Texas Natural
                    Resource and Conservation (TNRCC) in the amount of
                    $25,000.00, to continue the operation of a
                    continuous air monitoring station (CAMS) by the
                    City of Laredo Health Department for the period
                    beginning September 1, 1997, through August 31,
                    1998.

                    Motion to approve.

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

      33. 97-R-067  Resolution accepting a grant from the University of
                    Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in the
                    amount of $5,250.00 for the Education and Training
                    Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for
                    the period beginning February 1, 1997, through
                    September 28, 1997.

                    Motion to approve.

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

      34. 97-R-068  Resolution supporting efforts to improve air
                    service at Laredo International Airport.
                    (NOTE: Action must first be initiated on item #67,
                    prior to the passage of this Resolution.


                    Motion to approve.

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

      35. 97-R-069  Accepting the donation of three parcels of land as
                    Dedications of Right-of-Way for the extension of
                    International Boulevard, from the following owners:
                    Mr. Gerardo G. Salinas - 0.5246 of an acre, Mr.
                    Leopoldo G.  Benavides - 2.2903 acres, and Mr.
                    Leopoldo Flores -0.6108 of an acre.  Said parcels
                    being situated between the West Meadowlands
                    Subdivision in the City of Laredo, Webb County,
                    Texas and more particularly described by metes and
                    bounds as follows: PARCEL 1 - Gerardo G.  Salinas -
                    Being 0.5246 acres of land, more or less, out of
                    porcion 23, Abstract 283, Leonardo Sanchez,
                    Original Grantee, and being part of a 22.15 acre
                    tract conveyed to Gerardo G. Salinas by Juanita A.
                    Linares on 08-April-1991, as per Volume 1478, Page
                    307, real property records of Webb County, Texas.
                    PARCEL 2 - Leopoldo G. Benavides - Being .2903
                    acres of land, more or less, out of Porcion 23,
                    Abstract 283, Leonardo Sanchez, Original Grantee,
                    and being part of a 17.38 acre tract conveyed to
                    Leopoldo G. Benavides by Francis M. Hanson, et al
                    on 11-May-1990, as per volume 143, page 425, and a
                    21.5747 acre tract conveyed to Leopoldo G.
                    Benavides by Leopoldo Salinas et ux on 01-January-
                    1991, as per volume 1463, Page 149, both being out
                    of the real property records of Webb County, Texas.
                    PARCEL 3 - Leopoldo Flores - Being 0.6108 acres of
                    land, more or less, out of Porcion 23, Abstract
                    283, Leonardo Sanchez, Original Grantee, and
                    Porcion 24, Abstract 268, Toribio Rodriguez,
                    Original Grantee, and being part of a 8.5013 acre
                    tract conveyed to Leopoldo Flores by Agapita S.
                    Flores on 08-May-1979, as per volume 584, page 303,
                    deed records of Webb County, Texas.

                    Motion to approve.

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


      36. 97-R-070  A resolution to modify and update the procedural
                    rules on Resolution 92-R-132 to better reflect the
                    duties of the Planning and Zoning Commission in
                    their role as the Impact Fee Advisory Committee to
                    the City Council.

                    Motion to approve.

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

      37. 97-R-071  Expressing the City's official intent to reimburse
                    costs of International Bridge System improvements
                    specifically, costs in connection with the design,
                    planning, and surveying of the Laredo N.W.
                    International bridge (Fourth Bridge).
                    (Note: Item #'s 50 and 69 should also be addressed
                    at this time.)

                    Motion to move item #50 & 69 at this time.

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

                    Motion to approve.

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

      38. 97-R-073  Authorizing the City of Laredo City Council to
                    accept assignment of the concession contract of the
                    Laredo Civic Center from Alfredo R. Gutierrez to
                    J&H Concessions; and authorizing the City Manager
                    to execute all necessary documents to complete this
                    transaction.

                    Motion to approve.

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


 VII.  MOTIONS

      39. Refund of property taxes in various amounts to the following
          individuals or companies:
          a. Love Imports in the amount of $946.27, as a result of a
             clerical error,
          b. Texas Auto Service in the amount of $739.54, as a result
             of a clerical error,
          c. Dynair CFE Services in the amount of $1,932.92, as a
             result of a value not depreciated,
          d. HEB Grocery Company in the amount of $1,251.44, as a
             result of a double payment.

          Motion to approve.

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

      40. Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to
          the Local Law Enforcement Block Grant Program in the amount
          of $249,981.00, for second year funding of this grant for the
          period of October 1, 1997, through September 30, 1998. These
          monies will be used to pay for the salaries, fringe benefits,
          equipment, etc., of four officers.

          Motion to approve.

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

      41. Approval of bid specifications and authorization to advertise
          for bids for the following:
          a) telephone equipment - Public Library
          A tentative bid award is scheduled for August 18, 1997.

          Motion to approve.

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

      42. Approval of the construction plans and specifications and
          authorization to advertise for bids for the construction of a
          60 million gallon per day intake structure at the Jefferson
          Street Water Treatment Plant as per the Texas Water

          Development Board Requirements. Tentative award is scheduled
          for September 1, 1997.

          Motion to approve.

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

      43. Approval of the construction plans and specifications and
          authorization to advertise for bids for the construction of
          68 accessible ramps at 17 intersections at San Agustin Plaza,
          Bruni Plaza and Saint Peters Plaza and related access routes
          to Jarvis Plaza in compliance with the Americans with
          Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. Tentative award is
          scheduled for August 18, 1997.

          Motion to approve.

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

      44. Award of a four month office supply contract to the LOW
          BIDDER, Executive Office Supply, Laredo, Texas, for providing
          general office supplies for all City Departments. This
          contract is based on lowest bid submitted for forty-three
          general office supply items most commonly used by all City
          Departments.  A percentage discount will also be offered from
          the vendor's current catalog for general office supplies not
          listed on the city's bid list.  Items will be purchased on an
          as needed basis.  Contract pricing is 2% less than the
          previous contract amount. A total of 5 bids were received.

          Motion to approve.

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

      45. Award of an annual service contract to the LOW BIDDER, Lawn
          Masters, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $104,314.00, for
          providing ground maintenance services for the Utilities
          Department, the Bridge System, and the Parks Department. The
          contract includes cutting cycles at all three International
          Bridge locations, the water plants, booster station, the
          wastewater treatment plants, storage tank locations, utility
          easements, and the Clark Street median. A total of four bids
          were received for this service. The contract pricing is the
          same as the previous year. Funding for this contract is
          available in the particular Department's Budget.

          Motion to approve.

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

      46. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDERS, Consolidated Electrical
          Distributor, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of
          $11,400.00, for the purchase of forty area light fixtures.
          These will be replacements for the light fixtures currently
          installed at the Market Street Tennis Court. A total of four
          bids were received.  Funding is available in the Parks and
          Recreation Department budget.

          Motion to approve.

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

      47. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDERS, Proforma, Laredo,
          Texas, in the amount of $6,980.00, for the purchase of 2,000
          T-shirts, and Mendes Printing, Laredo, Texas, in the amount
          of $3,390.00, for the purchase of 7,000 activity books. These
          activity books and T-shirts will be used in conjunction with
          the educational and promotional activities of the Household
          Hazardous Waste Collection Program. A total of nine bids were
          received for the T-shirts, and seven were received for the
          activity books.  Funding is available in N.P.D.E.S. - Hazard
          Household Waste Collection Program Grant Monies.

          Motion to approve.

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

      48. Award of contract to MZB Video Solutions, Inc., Dallas,
          Texas, a State of Texas Qualified Information System Vendor,
          in the amount of $13,425.00, for the purchase of a
          replacement character generator for the Public Access
          Division.  This equipment is used to superimpose text and
          images on screen. Staff is recommending purchasing this
          equipment through the State of Texas -Catalogue Purchase
          Program. Funding is available in the Public Access Capital
          Outlay Budget.

          Motion to approve.

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

      49. Approval to select Design Group International to provide
          consulting architectural/engineering services for surveys,
          design and preparations of plans and specifications for the
          Major Rehabilitation of the Market Street Tennis Courts
          Project, one of the 1996-1997 Capital Improvements Projects,
          and authorization for the City Manager to negotiate a fee for
          professional services.  Funding is available in the C.D.
          Market St. Courts Account.

          Motion to approve.

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

      50. Authorizing the City Manager to negotiate an amendment to the
          Laredo Northwest International Bridge (Fourth Bridge)
          engineering contract with Structural Engineering Associates,
          Inc. (San Antonio) for an amount of approximately
          $600,000.00. The current contract for field surveys for the
          bridge head area is $70,450.00.  This amendment will provide
          for the professional services required to perform the Bridge
          design, the Border Station Masterplan, and the architectural
          design of the temporary Federal Facilities.  Funding is
          available in Bridge Fund.

          Motion to approve.

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

      51. Award of a construction contract to the LOWEST BIDDER,
          Libcon, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $304,542.50,
          for the Paving of International Boulevard from Salinas Key
          Subdivision to the west end of Meadowlands Subdivision,
          approximately 1,800 L.F.  Funding is available in the Capital
          Improvement Fund International Boulevard Construction

          Project. A total of two bids were received for this project.
          Contract time is 150 days.

          Motion to approve.

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

      52. Award of a construction contract to the LOWEST BIDDER, McLean
          Construction, Inc., Killeen, Texas, in the amount of
          $261,012.40, for the Alma Pierce Elementary School Drainage
          and the Herradura Rancho Viejo Drainage Improvements
          Projects. Funding is available in the Capital Improvement
          Fund Herradura/Rancho Viejo Drainage Project. A total of two
          bids were received for this project.  Contract time is 90
          days.

          Motion to approve.

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

      53. Award of an engineering contract to Foster Engineering
          Company for an amount not to exceed $20,401.95, to provide
          surveys, design and preparation of plans and specifications
          for the Laredo International Bridge No. 1 Pavement
          Reconstruction at Approaches, Phase I. Funding is available
          in Bridge System Construction Project -Import Lot. Contract
          time is 60 days.

          Motion to approve.

          Moved : Cm. Valdez
          Second: Cm. Alvarado
          For:  6                       Against:  0         Abstain:  1
                                                            Cm. Guerra

      54. Approval of amendment no. 1, an increase of $3,789.00, to the
          engineering contract with Ueckert Engineering, Laredo, Texas,
          for the Willow/Chacon Drainage Improvements for additional
          design of a culvert and street reconstruction at Chacon
          Street.  Funding is available in the Drainage Improvements
          Willow-Chacon Drainage.  Original Contract amount was for
          $5,800.00. This amendment will bring the total to $9,589.00.

          Motion to approve.

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

      55. Approval of amendment no. 2, an increase of $38,616.25, to
          the engineering contract with Foster Engineering, Laredo,
          Texas, for additional design work for widening on both side
          of Del Mar Boulevard, drainage and other related improvements
          in conjunction with the widening of Del Mar Boulevard between
          Springfield Avenue and McPherson Road. Funding is available
          in the Capital Improvement Fund Del Mar Boulevard
          Construction Project. Original Contract amount was for
          $81,500.00. This amendment will bring the total to
          $123,527.25.

          Motion to approve.

          Moved : Cm. Perez
          Second: Cm. Bruni
          For:  6                       Against:  0         Abstain:  1
                                                            Cm. Guerra

      56. Approval of amendment no. 5, an increase of $10,120.00, to
          the Resident Project Representative Services Contract
          (inspection services) with Hickey and Associates, Inc.,
          Laredo, Texas, for the New Laredo Airport Passenger Terminal
          in compliance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
          Requirements to provide additional uninterrupted inspection
          services. Funding is available in the Airport Construction
          Fund Inspection Fees.  Original Contract amount was for
          $191,744.80. This amendment will bring the total to
          $288,654.80.

          Motion to approve.

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

      57. Approval of amendment no. 1, an increase of $3,336.00, to the
          original contract of $42,087.00, to Naismith Engineering,
          Inc., Laredo and Corpus Christi, Texas to conduct risk based
          assessments of Underground Storage Tank sites, in compliance
          with Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission RG-17
          rules and regulations, at 4200 Bartlett (LPST ID No. 101133)
          and 518 Flightline site 6, (LPST ID No.  101536) and to
          complete the necessary paperwork for Texas Natural Resource

          Conservation Commission reimbursement process.  The increase
          of $3,336.00, which was not anticipated, is due to the
          additional drilling, sampling, and laboratory analysis.  This
          amendment will bring the total to $45,423.00.  Funding is
          available in Airport Fuel Account.

          Motion to approve.

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

      58. Approval of change order no. 3, a decrease of $41,095.10, as
          contract retainage for the deletion of the Toll Business
          Management System (TBMS) portion of the construction contract
          with Cubic Toll Systems, Hauppauge, New York, and acceptance
          of the Laredo International Bridge Toll Collection System at
          Bridge No. 1 and Bridge No. 2.  Final construction contract
          amount including this change order is $780,806.90. Funding is
          available in Bridge System Retainage Payable Construction
          Account.

          Motion to approve.

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

      59. Approval of change order no. 3, a net decrease of $39,220.60,
          to the construction contract with H.B.  Zachry Company, San
          Antonio, Texas for the New Laredo International Airport
          Passenger Terminal and Related Airside/Landside Improvements
          Phase B. This change order has an increase of $410,311.00,
          for the installation of new taxiway lights and runway lights,
          and a decrease (credit) of $449,531.60, is for underruns on
          the runway construction. Current construction contract amount
          is $11,068,510.71.  Funding is available in the Airport
          Construction Fund.

          Motion to approve.

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

      60. Approval of amendment no. 9, an increase of $38,000.00, to
          the architectural/engineering (A/E) contract with Hellmuth,
          Obata & Kassabaum, (HOK) Dallas, Texas, for the Re-design of
          electrical and lighting system for runway 17L/35R at the
          Laredo International Airport. This work was not in the
          original contract with HOK. The Federal Aviation
          Administration (FAA) is funding approximately 90 percent of
          the cost to reconstruction runway 17L/35R and approves of
          this change order. Funding is available from savings in the
          construction contract with H.B. Zachry, which contract is
          being amended to decrease the contract amount by $39,220.60.
          Original Contract amount was for $1,135,000.00. This
          amendment will bring the total to $2,452,851.85.

          Motion to approve.

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

      61. Approval of change order no. 1, an increase of $7,155.00, to
          the Malinche Avenue Re-Alignment Street Improvements
          construction contract with Ramex Construction Company, Inc.,
          Houston, Texas, for additional traffic signal underground
          conduits and to lower a 12 inch waterline. Funding is
          available in the Capital Improvement Fund Malinche Re-
          alingment Project. Original contract amount was for
          $137,702.40.  This amendment will bring the total to
          $144,857.40.

          Motion to approve.

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

      62. Authorize the sale of surplus heavy equipment through sealed
          bids.  The equipment will be sold to the highest bidder
          exceeding the City's minimum price.  The proceeds from this
          sale will be used to purchase a new dozer tractor for use at
          the City Landfill.  The equipment to be sold include:
                  Description                Minimum Bid
          a) 1985 Caterpillar Chipspreader   $ 35,000.00
          b) 1985 Bros. Reclaimer            $ 30,000.00
          c) 1985 Furakawa Front End Loader  $ 10,000.00
          d) 1989 Case Front Loader          $ 15,000.00
          e) 1988 Caterpiller Backhoe/Loader $ 10,000.00
          f) 1991 Caterpillar Scraper        $150,000.00
          g) 1991 Caterpillar Compactor      $ 30,000.00

          h) 1993 Caterpillar Bulldozer
             Tractor                         $140,000.00
                                             $420,000.00

          Motion to approve.

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

      63. Approval of specifications to bid EPA certified laboratory
          services to conduct the federally mandated "Information
          Collection Rule" studies on drinking water.

          Motion to approve.

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

      64. Authorizing the transfer of residual funds from completed
          projects, in various water and wastewater bond issues.

          Motion to approve.

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

      65. Approval of change order no. 2, an increase of $138,453.00,
          to the construction contract with Lambda Construction
          Company, New Braunfels, Texas, for the replacement of drive
          cages for sludge thickeners and rack arms which were severely
          damaged by corrosion at the Jefferson Street Water Treatment
          Solids Handling Improvements Project, and to add 90 calendar
          days to the construction contract time. Funding is available
          in the Waterworks System Fund. Original Contract amount was
          for $2,451,300.00.  This change order will bring the total to
          $2,602,165.00.

          Motion to approve.

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


VIII.  CITY MANAGER'S REPORT

      66. Request for confirmation of Mr. Tomas Ramirez for appointment
          to the position of Fire Chief with possible Executive Session
          pursuant to section 551.074 of the Texas Government Code to
          discuss said confirmation.

          Motion to confirm Mr. Tomas Ramirez for appointment to the
          position of Fire Chief.

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

      67. Presentation by Vesta Rea and Associates, airport consultant,
          regarding efforts to improve air service at Laredo
          International Airport, and consideration of a resolution in
          support of improved air service at Laredo International
          Airport.

          Vesta Rea, Aviation Consultant team of Vesta Rea & Associates
          and Apogee Research Inc., made the presentation before the
          council on the study and road map to expand the airline and
          air cargo markets at Laredo International Airport.  She
          explained the surveys conducted and the methodology used on
          airline market and route analysis study and airline
          presentation package.  She reported that the survey showed
          that of those passengers who indicated that they have taken
          more business trips than pleasure trips over the last 12
          months, 87% of them drove to San Antonio.  The main reason
          that they chose for having flown out of San Antonio is the
          ticket cost.  Business flyers out of either Laredo of San
          Antonio chose as their top destination both Dallas and
          Houston.  She added that 94% of the pleasure travelers drove
          to San Antonio because of ticket price and the top
          destinations flying out of either Laredo or San Antonio, were
          Las Vegas and Dallas.  The majority of business and pleasure
          travelers elected to fly Southwest Airlines out of San
          Antonio to their final destination if Southwest offered
          service out of Love Field to their end destination.

          Ms. Rea suggested that a team to sell Laredo needs to include
          members of the City Council.

          Florencio Pena, City Manager, requested that one council
          member be part of the team to sell Laredo.

          Mayor Ramirez volunteered and named Cm. Bruni to the team to
          sell Laredo.

          Cm. Bruni suggested that staff looks into the possibility of
          subsidizing jet service or whatever it takes to get a first
          class jet service to Laredo and asked support from the
          council.

          Mayor Ramirez suggested that we not only provide a plan of
          action to get domestic service on line, but also get Central
          and South American airlines to use Laredo as a HUB for both
          passengers and cargo.

      68. Update on the status of the Colonias Facility Plan and
          financial application.

          Edward Garza, from Crane Engineering and representing Paul
          Garza Engineering, reported that all engineering data has
          been approved by the Texas Water Development Board.  Comments
          by the Historical Commission have been received and they will
          wrap it up within 7 days.  They will review all information
          to see that it is proper and will send it back to the Water
          Development Board.  He concluded by saying that he is
          confident that they will move on it for the next months
          financial report review.

          Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, stated that the process
          throughout the state has been very slow, the last time he
          checked with the board they said they still had $250 million
          unallocated for projects and that they didn't have more than
          $50 million on their plate that they wanted to review.  He
          feels there is still plenty of money for the City of Laredo
          and added that the environmental industry is the one creating
          the slowdown.

      69. Authorize the City Manager to negotiate with the City of
          Laredo depository bank (NBC Bank of Laredo) an interim credit
          facility for the payment of costs associated with the design,
          planning, and surveying of the Laredo N.W. International
          Bridge, i.e. Bridge IV.

          Motion to approve.

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

      70. Presentation on proposed contract with Transworld Systems,
          Inc., for an amount not to exceed $8,800.00, for the purpose
          of implementing a pilot project at the City of Laredo Health
          Department for debt collection services on past due EMS
          service accounts owed to the City of Laredo.

          Motion to approve the proposed contract with Transworld
          Systems, Inc.

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

      71. Request for Executive Session to be conducted pursuant to
          Section 551.071 of the Texas Government Code to discuss
          pending or contemplated litigation: City of Laredo vs. Makro
          Business International, Inc., Cause No. C-94-00717-D3, in the
          341st Judicial District Court of Webb County, Texas.

          Jaime Flores, City Attorney, reported there is an agreed
          final judgment on the case.  Reading that judgement it is his
          opinion that it is unquestionably our property and we can go
          ahead with the construction.  He added there is still some
          replatting to be done by Makro Business International, but
          that is not a condition president for us not to proceed with
          the construction, the extension of the truck route, and the
          building of the retaining wall along Orilla.  Makro has yet
          to do the replatting and the building of the retaining wall
          around Mann.  They have gone out there and looked at it,
          looked at the agreed judgment and put it in writing in terms
          of what the City Engineer might need from us to say go ahead
          and proceed.  As to whether the funds are there to do that
          that's another matter, he is just rendering the opinion of
          the agreed final judgement which definitely gives us the go
          ahead and that there is nothing holding us back from
          proceeding with the construction.

          Cm. Alvarado asked the City Manager to have some cost figures
          for the budget hearings.

      72. Request for Executive Session to be conducted pursuant to
          Section 551.071 of the Texas Government Code to discuss
          pending or contemplated litigation regarding the
          investigation of the Fleet Maintenance Division.

          Motion to go into Executive Session to be conducted pursuant
          to Section 551.071 of the Texas Government Code to discuss

          pending or contemplated litigation regarding the
          investigation of the Fleet Maintenance Division.

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

          After executive session Mayor Ramirez announced that no
          formal action was taken.

          Mayor Ramirez informed the public that staff will take this
          item under advisement as per the City Attorney's advice.


  IX.  COMMUNICATIONS

       a. Recognition of employees who have retired from the City of
          Laredo with 20 years or more of service for the period of
          January, 1997 thru June, 1997.  These individuals are as
          follows:
          Magdalena Baez        (21 years) Day Care Division, Community
                                Development Department, February 28,
                                1997.
          Benito A. Bondoc      (26 years) Fleet Maintenance Division,
                                Public Works Department, February 28,
                                1997.
          Angel O. Cuellar      (20 years) Engineering Department,
                                April 30, 1997 - received by his son.
          Jesus L. De Leon      (20 years) Health Department, February
                                28, 1997.
          Francisco Flores      (26 years) Public Works Department,
                                January 31, 1997.
          Jose L. Leal          (24 years) Education and Recreation
                                Department, May 31, 1997.
          Carlos Mendoza        (25 years) Fleet Maintenance Division,
                                Public Works Department, January 31,
                                1997.
          Rosalinda Moncivais   (21 years) Day Care Division, Community
                                Development Department, February 28,
                                1997
          Adriana Salinas       (20 years) Day Care Division, Community
                                Development Department, February 28,
                                1997.

          Recognition was made to city employees who have retired from
          the City of Laredo with 20 years or more of service for the
          period of January, 1997 thru June, 1997 by Mayor Ramirez and
          Councilmembers.

          The following retirees were absent:

          Adolfo Esquivel       (28 years) Police Department, January
                                 31, 1997.
          Francisco R. Martinez (39 years) Police Department January
                                 31, 1997.
          Ramon Zamarripa       (27 years) Utilities Department,
                                 January 31, 1997.

       b. Cm. Bruni expressed condolences to the family of Charles
          Borchers.

       c. Florencio Pena, City Manager, reminded the Council of the
          COPS Workshop on Thursday, July 10th at 5:30 p.m.

   X.  CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION AND PRESENTATION

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

       A.  Requests by Mayor Pro Tem Jose R. Perez, Jr.

       1. Presentation regarding the U.S. Conference of Mayor's Annual
          Meeting in San Francisco.

          Cm. Perez expressed the exciting moment during the U.S.
          Conference of Mayors when President Clinton announced his
          appointment of Mayor Saul N. Ramirez, Jr. as Assistant
          Secretary of HUD.  He showed a video of the event that was
          shown on CNN.

       2. Discussion and possible action to form an Ad Hoc Committee
          for the Waste Management Program.

          This item was discussed together with item C(1).

          Mr. Perez reported that Hector Farias had requested to meet
          with staff on programs available to the city in the Waste
          Management Programs.  At this point he thinks we need an Ad
          Hoc Committee from the council to participate to keep close
          tabs on the things that are happening and to see if there is
          something they can offer the city to enhance the Waste
          Management Program.

          Cm. Casso wants to make sure that staff meet with these
          gentlemen because we need this information or analysis prior

          to our budget hearings because we need to explore other
          avenues to save money for the city.

          Mr. Pena stated that the request by Mr. Farias was to meet
          with City Council and himself, he was told that council had
          given 90 days to do that.  Mr. Farias said that what he
          really wants to do is meet with staff and get information.

          Mayor Ramirez named Cm. Perez as chairperson to the committee
          Cm. Casso and Cm. Bruni as the other two members.

       3. Requesting a status report on the following projects:
          a. Southgate Pilot Channel
          b. Channel repairs on San Salvador, and
          c. New York/Barrios additional water inlets drainage project.
          d. Channelization from San Salvador to Pine,
             to include timelines for construction completion.

          Florencio Pena, City Manager, made the presentation as
          follows.

          a) The plans were prepared in-house, the contractor is Pete
             Gallegos, contract is for $333,823.00, there was a
             pre-construction contract on June 17th, the contract
             period is 3-1/2 months, the estimated time of completion
             is October, 1997 and the project is on schedule.

          b) The engineering plans were done in-house, contract has
             been awarded to Pete Gallegos Paving Company for
             $98,790.00, there was a pre-construction contract on April
             21st, the contract period is four months, with an
             estimated time of completion date for August, 1997, the
             project is on schedule, but there is a change order
             pending on this project that might extend the contract
             time.

          c) The New York/Barrios additional water inlets is a drainage
             project that was requested last year to be done by Public
             Works, it involves the construction of a valley gutter,
             the reconstruction of approximately 75 linear feet of curb
             and gutter, the project was designed already, it is
             scheduled to be under construction within the next few
             weeks, maybe by the end of July.

          d) Engineering plans were prepared by Foster Engineering, the
             contractor is Ramex Construction, pre-construction
             conference was scheduled for July 10, 1997, contract
             period is six months, the estimated time of completion is
             January of 1998.

    B.  Requests by Councilmember Louis H. Bruni

       1. Discussion and possible action on adding the 3500 block of
          Guerrero, the 1800 block of Harding and the 2300 block of
          Canada to the current street paving project.

          Cm. Bruni requested the possibility of placing these blocks
          on project 60 with funds from project savings.

          Mr. Pena stated that this project has already been added to
          project 60, the problem with project 60 is short about
          $250,000.00 at the present time.

          Mayor Ramirez asked that staff bring back to council an
          analysis of our current bridge revenues with overages so that
          they will know the projected and actual collections on tolls
          at the bridge.  He also wants the assessments and where the
          receivables are, where the money has gone into, whether debt
          service, back into the general fund or whether it went to the
          city debt service.  Finally that staff come back with a
          recommendation for funding the additional $250,000 to see if
          they can reconfigure the actual Project 60 to see what
          streets are in there that they haven't included in CDBG for
          potential funding under the project.

          Florencio Pena, City Manager, replied that in approximately
          20 days staff can present what's available.

          Cm. Perez requested for staff to explore Section 108 funds.

          Motion direct staff to find the necessary funds to pave these
          three (3) blocks and include Milmo by the Aldo Tatangelo Day
          Care Center in the current paving project.

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

       2. Discussion and possible action on adding the following
          streets to our street recycling project: Hackberry, Post Oak,
          Cypress, Cactus and Dogwood.

          Motion to add the following streets to our street recycling
          project:  Hackberry, Post Oak, Cypress, Cactus and Dogwood
          (for next year's program).

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

       3. Discussion and possible action on the drainage problem at
          Clark (Spur 400) and Ejido.

          Florencio Pena, City Manager, stated they have been in
          contact with TxDot and they told staff that they will take
          care of this problem.  This is a problem where there is a
          concrete channel that runs perpendicular with Spur 400 that
          the culvert that is located at Spur 400 is higher than the
          elevation of the concrete channel so as a result there is
          some ponding of water.  TxDot has admitted that the elevation
          of the design of that concrete channel was not appropriate.
          They have asked for a timetable from them to correct it and
          the have admitted to the inappropriate design of the culvert
          and will be correcting it.

          Cm. Bruni stated that the issue is that it is wastewater
          with sludge, it is not acceptable, and it creates a health
          issue for the residents around the area and wants a
          preventive maintenance type of approach.

       4. Discussion and possible action on instructing staff to
          provide council with a cost estimate on adding brick paver's
          to the Clark Boulevard median between Bartlett and Arkansas.

          Florencio Pena, City Manager, stated that he will bring back
          estimates and recommendations.  The present estimates are
          $65,000 if we use base blocks and $51,000 if we use texture
          concrete.

          Cm. Bruni requested that we go out on informal bids.

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

       1. Discussion and possible action regarding the economic
          evaluation process for the Laredo Landfill.

          This item was discussed with A(2).

       2. Discussion and possible action regarding a presentation by
          Dr. Trevino regarding the Market Street Tennis Courts.

          Dr. Trevino, President of the Tennis Association, requested
          from Council the possibility of hiring a tennis professional
          to teach at the courts and that this person would also be
          responsible for policing and maintenance of the courts.  He
          stated that this would encourage greater use of the
          facilities and get more tournaments to Laredo.  The salary
          range would be between $18,000 to $23,000 per annum.

          Mrs. Tina Trevino asked support from council on this
          endeavor.

          Motion to request from staff to bring this item for
          presentation at budget time with costs and options.

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

       3. Discussion and possible action regarding the Supreme Court
          decision that struck down a key portion of the Brady federal
          gun-control law.

          Cm. Casso stated this law has been defeated, now the Police
          Department and the Sheriff's Department are not required by
          law to do background checks on individuals who apply for a
          gun license, is the Police Department still doing it, how
          many people are applying for handguns in Laredo and will the
          Police Department continue to do it?

          Agustin Dovalina, Interim Chief of Police, replied that "yes"
          they are still doing it, they will continue to keep it status
          quo, they will be conducting background checks, and the
          Sheriff's Department will also continue to do the same.  He
          will get Cm. Casso a count of how many people have applied
          for handguns in Laredo.

       4. Discussion and possible action regarding the tampering of
          police records with a presentation by Humberto Gonzalez.

          Motion to table for the next meeting for executive session.

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

    D.  Requests by Councilmember Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

       1. Presentation by Kayla Sanchez, Nena Dominguez, and Dante
          Munoz concerning the upcoming South Texas Youth Conference
          hosted by the Church of the Crossroads to be held from August
          7-10, and requesting a proclamation for "Picture-a-Prayer"
          Day.

          Wesley Boyd, on behalf of youth of the Church of the
          Crossroads, introduced Nena Dominguez who informed he council
          of the event to help troubled youth.

          Dante Munoz spoke on the upcoming events, commercials, and
          announcements and stated that this is the first event ever in
          the United States.

       2. Discussion and possible action regarding the development of
          an action plan to address the frequent number of waterline
          breakages in the Hillside Neighborhood, especially in the
          areas along Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois Streets.

          Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, stated they have
          identified the blocks that need to be replaced and identified
          the source of funds for these projects.  He thinks this
          project might cost between $40,000-$100,000 depending on the
          conditions of the lines.  They have not brought the project
          at council level because they need to discuss the final plans
          with Mr. Pena, but as soon as that is done then it will be
          brought for funding and then they can begin immediately.

          Cm. Valdez wants to know what kind of action can be taken to
          tackle this area.

          Mr. Pena stated that there are two areas of concern the
          Hillside area south of the creek which is South Dakota.  A
          plan is in place to replace those service lines, what
          happened is that they used some kind of plastic pipe on the
          service lines and they need to replace them, they will do
          this as soon as they have the funding approved.  All these
          Capital Improvement Projects will be decided during the CIP
          hearings and at that time they will have the project cost
          identified.

          Mr. Roman stated that the problem on the other side of the
          creek is more of a pressure problem.  They get pressure from
          the water plant or the Lyon Booster Station and one of the
          sides has much higher pressure than the other.  The plan is
          to provide some reduction of the pressure from the high side.

          Mr. Pena stated that they haven't designed a project at this
          time on how to resolve this problem, but they will work on it
          and by budget hearings they will have a cost estimate.

          Cm. Bruni stated they need an city-wide action plan to
          address for frequent water breakages.

          Motion to create a city-wide action plan to address for
          frequent water breakages and address it at the budget
          workshops.

          Moved : Cm. Alvarado
          Second: Cm. Bruni
          For:  6                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0
          Mayor Protem Perez was chairing the meeting.

       3. Status report on the construction of a pedestrian bridge
          connecting the Northeast Hillside Recreation Center to the
          park, with possible action.

          Cm. Valdez stated this is now a safety issue and a graffiti
          problem.

          Mayor Ramirez asked it was  scheduled to put lights in those
          areas.

          Joe Garza, Parks & Recreation Director, answered there were
          some lights installed at the recreation center that were
          operational a month ago.  The vandalism problem will take
          place with or without the bridge.  On the bridge, the last
          time they discussed this, they had a couple of possible leads
          for some individual private corporations to possibly donate
          the funds in order to build the bridge, the pieces haven't
          come together yet.  On the preliminary discussions on the CIP
          they have identified this as a priority when council reviews
          the projects.  He added that for a prefabricated structure
          it's about $50,000.00, they will look at options to bring the
          cost down, but nevertheless it wasn't identified as something
          that has been funded in this current fiscal year, but they
          are hoping to fund it next year.

          Motion to bring this item back with a cost estimate and if
          we don't have the funding, come up with set of plans, and
          draft a letter and approach the private sector.

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

       4. Requesting a staff report regarding the extension of Arkansas
          Boulevard connecting to Bustamante and how this increased
          traffic will impact McPherson Road between Bustamante and
          Calton Roads.

          Mr. Pena stated they can try and do some traffic projections
          of the additional traffic.  If we get funded in our second
          phase of the Economic Development Grant which is to build the
          Public Works Yard Facility on Bartlett north of the airport,
          they are going to extend Bartlett to connect to Gale, so in
          essence there will be some relief of traffic from McPherson
          by having that connection.  The long term plan which is not
          funded as of yet, would be to continue the extension of
          Bartlett to Del Mar.  There will be two parallel roads
          running north/south from Del Mar to Hwy. 59.  He added that
          they can still do some counts to assume what kind of
          projections will resolve when Bustamante is completed.

          Cm. Valdez requested a study or report with some type of
          action plan or recommendation to see how they can
          implement that into the CIP.

    E.  Requests by Councilmember Joe A. Guerra

       1. Presentation by Aldo Tatangelo regarding affordable housing.

          Mr. Aldo Tatangelo spoke about areas that are viable that
          nothing has been done, there are 40 parcels of land that
          still belong to the city, and added that the problem with
          affordable housing is the cost of land.  He added that we got
          into substandard housing and there is lack of affordable
          housing.  His concern is what are we doing for the barrio
          people for affordable housing.  He said that we have the
          capability, we attested that it can be done, we did it with
          Poncho de la Garza.

          Mayor Ramirez stated that at the Three Points area they have
          32 homes that have already been designed and we are going out
          for bids for housing behind the Aldo Tatangelo Day Care
          Center.  We do have some homes projected for construction on
          Cm. Valdez's area the only problem is that they have to make
          sure that residents have their due process.  The other thing
          is that they have been able to put over 200 homes on the
          ground including Poncho de la Garza housing project, they
          cannot build enough of them quick enough because we are a
          growing city.

          Cindy Collazo, CD Director, stated that on the one on
          Springfield there are eight (8) lots that can be utilized on
          Bustamante, however they are waiting that the lift station be
          eliminated through the 18" wastewater line that is currently
          under construction, that should be completed by December and
          hopefully by January they can go out on construction on that
          project.  Those are seven (7) homes, but if the lift station
          is eliminated they hope to add one more.

          On Marcella by Springfield they are hoping to place seven (7)
          homes, that property needs to be replatted, they need to get
          an engineer to get utilities in there.  It is paved and there
          is one other street that they are trying to add which will be
          added to the project.

          On the Three Points area they do have the 32 units that are
          currently under design by Sanchez & Sanchez, they are trying
          to work with that one using innovative methods to keep the
          cost of the construction down.  They are trying to target
          those people in the very bottom and hope to be under
          construction by November.

    F.  Requests by Councilmember Mario G. Alvarado

       1. Discussion and possible action requesting that the Laredo
          Police Department implement Senate Bill No. 267/House Bill
          No. 1379.  This legislation allows for public notification of
          sex offenders when they come back into our community after
          being released from prison.

          Ms. Cynthia Ambrose representing SCAN explained that this law
          has been in effect since September 1, 1995.  She added that
          the process is simple, the parole officer is responsible of
          notifying the offender to register, once they register
          (either adult or juvenile sex offenders) with their local law
          enforcement depending on the jurisdiction (Sheriff's Office
          or LPD) who is responsible for notifying the media and the
          superintendents of UISD or LISD.  She said they are pushing
          on notifying the communities also.  There have been many
          cases where many of these offenders are on probation but
          nobody knows, and these people continue to victimized these
          children.  They were before council hoping that council can
          help push and emphasized the points of utilizing the
          notification process.  She concluded by saying that people
          have the right to know what offenders are living in their
          jurisdiction.

          Ms. Sandra Hernandez of SCAN stated that community has the
          right to be know who is living in their neighborhood and the
          only way they can stop child abuse is by making the community
          aware of where these offenders are living.  She urged that
          council help them in utilizing the Police Department pass
          this bill.

          Cm. Alvarado stated that a copy of this bill has been
          forwarded to the Crimes Against Persons at the Police
          Department, he has talked to some officers and this
          particular right is not being utilized at this point and
          time.  He is hoping that this information has been looked at
          and reviewed and that action will be taken by the Police
          Department.

          Agustin Dovalina, Interim Chief of Police, stated they
          received the information and are reviewing the overall bill
          structure, they do have an existing registration system where
          sexual offenders do come by and register with PD.  They are
          reviewing the overall makeup to come up with something in the
          form of community notification system and are actively
          looking at that right now.

       2. Update regarding the status of the Father Charles McNaboe
          Park Project.

          Joe Garza, Parks & Recreation Director, stated that they went
          out on bids the second time and a few days ago they received
          the bid tabulation, there was only one contractor and it is
          $1 million over budget once again.  What they haven't been
          able to do is sit down as a staff and bring all the parties
          together to discuss what kind of alternatives they are going
          to present to council for recommendation purposes.  They need
          to bring UISD because they are playing a major role in this
          project, they have a $250,000 investment and they are hoping
          to come back to council with a recommendation at the next
          council meeting.

          Mr. Pena stated that by the time of Capital Improvements
          hearings they will come back with a strategy of how to
          accomplish this project.

       3. Follow-up on a request for a traffic signal study at the
          intersection of Milo and El Portal entrance.

          Mr. Roberto Murillo stated they looked at both locations and
          the traffic on Alburn was greater than the one at Gabin so

          they decided to conduct the study at that location.  In
          addition, they received a request from Hurd Development on
          behalf of Gateway Transfer where they provided projections
          for Gateway Transfer if and when they move all their
          operation and all the traffic it would generate.  They
          offered to participate in the funding of the signal, however
          the counts that they took indicated that a traffic signal was
          not warranted.

          Also discussed at the last meeting was the possibility of
          talking to TxDot regarding the use of these projections, they
          plugged the projections into the formula used for the
          warranting of a signal, using the projection there is a
          possibility that it would warrant if when and all the
          operation moves and if the numbers are according to what was
          provided.  In talking with TxDot's engineer he said that
          since it is on the state right-of-way, it would have to be
          approved by TxDot and that they might consider projections,
          however there needs to be a study done by a professional
          firms, submitted to TxDot for review and if it shows and
          indicates that it warrants it they would consider the
          projections.  He mentioned that they would give authorization
          to install the light, but would not be able to activate the
          light until figures show that it is warranted and until they
          meet the requirements.

          He concluded by saying that the final alignment of Milo will
          play a big role, so they are recommending that a signal not
          be installed because it is not warranted, and because they
          should wait to see what happens with the alignment of road.

          Cm. Alvarado wants something in writing on Mr. Murillo's
          explanation and on the requested study so that he can present
          it at the neighborhood meetings.  He wants to look at what
          traffic signals are going to be prioritized in his district
          wants options to see what steps can be taken, cost estimates
          as to what it would cost for that type of study by a
          professional firm.  In future request he wants a written
          report when the information is complete.

       4. Follow-up on a request made by the City Council on 6-2-97 to
          reduce the speed limit on the Mines Road.

          Mr. Landin, Bridge and Traffic Directors, stated that a
          letter sent to TxDot to go ahead and prepare a traffic study
          on Mines Road.  The information they received from TxDot is
          that they are going to make a study from the railroad
          crossing to where the road splits, one mile to the north.
          He added that (TTI) Texas Transportation Institute is
          contracted from the highway department to do their speed
          studies and the are not going to do this study until August

          when their fiscal monies come up.  The study will be done by
          October.

          Mr. Landin spoke in reference to the traffic signal at Mines
          Road, he said he received a letter from Mr. Killam opposing
          that traffic signal, but as soon as they have all the
          parameters of the situation he will bring this issue back to
          council.

          Cm. Alvarado wants a copy of Mr. Killam's letter.

       5. Discussion with possible action requesting road maintenance
          by the Public Works Department on Industrial Boulevard and
          Santa Maria.

          Joe Guerra, Public Works Director, stated that the road
          maintenance will have to be done on a Saturday because of the
          high traffic and if it needs an overlay, they will overlay
          without any problem.

  XI.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

      74. Public hearing concerning the Local Law Enforcement Block
          Grant.  This hearing is to inform the public about the Local
          Law Enforcement Block Grant Program and the application
          submitted by the City and the Laredo Police Department to the
          U.S. Department of Justice, as well as to solicit input from
          the public on the allocation of funds from the grant.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Miss Diana Navarro, Administration Planner for the Police
          Department, gave a history on the Block Grant Program.  She
          reported that these funds are for the hiring of new officers.

          Cm. Casso wants a breakdown report on how much it is spent in
          court time and breakdown on overtime where its going.

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing.

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

      75. Public hearing approving amendment two to the budget in the
          amount of $9,500.00, for the Chronic Disease Prevention
          Program, Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Project (BCCCP),
          of the City of Laredo Health Department and extension of
          contract term period from June 30, 1997, through August 31,
          1997.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance approving amendment two to the budget in the amount
          of $9,500.00, for the Chronic Disease Prevention Program,
          Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Project (BCCCP), of the
          City of Laredo Health Department and extension of contract
          term period from June 30, 1997, through August 31, 1997,
          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

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      76. Public hearing approving a contract with the University of
          Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and budget in the
          amount of $5,250.00, for the Education and Training Program
          of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period
          beginning February 1, 1997, through September 28, 1997.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance approving a contract with the University of Texas
          Health Science Center at San Antonio and budget in the amount
          of $5,250.00, for the Education and Training Program of the
          City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning
          February 1, 1997, through September 28, 1997, providing for
          publication and effective date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Mr. Juan Barrera wanted to know what kind of training it is.

          Mr. Robinson stated primarily for the nursing staff.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the
          ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      77. Public hearing approving a contract with the Texas Natural
          Resource and Conservation (TNRCC) and budget in the amount of
          $25,000.00, to continue the operation of a continuous air
          monitoring station (CAMS) by the City of Laredo Health
          Department for the period beginning September 1, 1997,
          through August 31, 1998.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance approving a contract with the Texas Natural
          Resource and Conservation (TNRCC) and budget in the amount of
          $25,000.00, to continue the operation of a continuous air
          monitoring station (CAMS) by the City of Laredo Health
          Department for the period beginning September 1, 1997,
          through August 31, 1998, providing for publication and
          effective date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the
          ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council


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

      78. Approval of bid specifications and authorization to advertise
          for bids for Security Guard Services for the Laredo Transit
          System/City of Laredo. The Security Guard Services Contract
          will provide four (4) uniformed security guards for the
          security and safety of the Laredo Municipal Transit Center,
          El Metro Operations and Maintenance Buildings and its
          patrons.

          Motion to approve bid specifications and authorize to
          advertise.

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

      79. Public hearing and motion to realign route #13 Heritage Park
          in order to provide public transportation to an area known as
          the ghost town neighborhood situated west of Arkansas Avenue.

          There is a correction from west to east by Mr. Gilbert
          Segovia, Transit Manager.

          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 realign route #13 Heritage Park in order to provide
          public transportation to an area known as the ghost town
          neighborhood situated west of Arkansas Avenue.

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

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

       Motion to recess as The Laredo Mass Transit Board and The Laredo
       Muncipal Housing Corporation.

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

      80. Authorization to advertise for Request for Proposals (RFPs)
          for consulting services to prepare an engineering preliminary
          survey and a survey of final improvements for 50 single
          family dwellings of affordable housing for applicants of the
          Lease/Purchase Program located on Block 1, Lots 16-24; Block
          2, Lots 2-10; Block 3, Lots 2-10 and 13-21; Block 4, Lots 2-8
          and 12-18 in Riverhills Subdivision, Unit 1.

          Motion to approve.

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

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

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


 XIV.  ADJOURNMENT

       Motion to adjourn.

       Moved :
       Second:
       For:                            Against:  0         Abstain:  0

       Adjournment time: 9:15 p.m.

I HEREBY CERTIFY THAT THE ABOVE MINUTES CONTAINED IN PAGES 01 TO 44
ARE TRUE COMPLETE AND CORRECT PROCEEDINGS OF THE REGULAR CITY COUNCIL
MEETING HELD ON THE 7TH DAY OF JULY, 1997.  A CERTIFIED COPY IS ON FILE
AT THE CITY SECRETARY'S OFFICE.


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                                   GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.
                                   CITY SECRETARY