CITY OF LAREDO
                          CITY COUNCIL MEETING

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

                                MINUTES


      M97-R-25                                      AUGUST 4, 1997

   I.  CALL TO ORDER

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

  II.  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

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

 III.  ROLL CALL
       IN ATTENDANCE:
       SAUL N. RAMIREZ, JR., MAYOR
       JOSE R. PEREZ,        COUNCILMEMBER, DISTRICT I
       LOUIS H. BRUNI,              "     , DISTRICT II
       ALFONSO I. "PONCHO" CASSO,   "     , DISTRICT III
       CECILIA MAY MORENO,          "     , DISTRICT IV
       ELISEO VALDEZ,               "     , DISTRICT V
       JOE A. GUERRA,               "     , DISTRICT VI
       MARIO G. ALVARADO,           "     , DISTRICT VII
       CONSUELO MONTALVO,           "     , DISTRICT VIII
       GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR., CITY SECRETARY
       FLORENCIO PENA,       CITY MANAGER
       JAIME L. FLORES,      CITY ATTORNEY

  IV.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

       2.  Amending Section 2 of Ordinance No. 90-O-101, to clarify and
           set forth the voting powers  of the Mayor Pro Tem of the
           City of Laredo, and for other purposes.

           Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

       3.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Border
           Maintenance Service, Inc., for approximately 2,304 square
           feet constituting Building #1421 located at 1817 Pappas
           Street at the Laredo International Airport. Lease premises
           are used for office space and a maintenance service
           workshop.
           1. Lease term is for one (1) year commencing July 1, 1997
              and ending June 30, 1998.
           2. Monthly rent shall be $550.00.  Previous monthly rent was
              $500.00.

           Ordinance Introduction: City Council

       4.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Loomis,
           Fargo & Co., for approximately 1,380 square feet
           constituting Building #S-3 located at 1703 Sandman Street.
           Lease premises are used for armored car security services.
           1. Lease term is for one (1) year commencing July 1, 1997
              and ending June 30, 1998 and may be extended for one (1)
              year ending June 30, 1999.
           2. Monthly rent shall be $1,104.00 and will be adjusted
              annually during the primary and extension term of this
              lease according to changes in the Consumer Price Index.
              Previous monthly rent was $992.41.

           Ordinance Introduction: City Council

       5.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Bowden
           Medical, Inc., for approximately 3,588 square feet
           constituting Building #1432, #1438 and #1439. Building #1432
           is located at 1803 Pappas Street, and Building #1438 & #1439
           are located at 1719 Pappas Street at the Laredo
           International Airport.  Lease premises are used to store
           medical equipment and supplies.
           1. Lease term is for one (1) year commencing May 1, 1997 and
              ending April 30, 1998.
           2. Monthly rent shall be $630.00.  Previous monthly rent was
              $600.00.

           Ordinance Introduction: City Council

       6.  Amending the provisions o the City of Laredo's Code of
           Ordinances Chapter 2, Article II, Sec. 2-16, which sets
           forth the Departments of the City; and 2017 which sets forth
           the division in each department; thereby deleting the
           Educational and Recreational Services Department and the
           Developmental Services Department and adding four
           departments being the Parks and Recreation Department, the
           Building Inspections Department, the Library Department, and
           the Convention and Visitors' Bureau; and modifying the
           divisions within the applicable Departments; providing for
           publication and providing for effective date.

           Ordinance Introduction: City Council

       7.  Authorizing the execution of an interim loan agreement
           between the City of Laredo and NBC Bank -Laredo, N.A., in
           the amount of $1,350,000.00, payable from surplus revenues
           of the City's International Toll Bridge System, and other
           matters related to this subject.

           Ordinance Introduction: City Council

   V.  FINAL READINGS

       Motion to waive the final reading of Ordinance(s) #97-O-161,
       #97-O-162, #97-O-163, #97-O-164, #97-O-165, #97-O-166,
       #97-O-167, #97-O-168, #97-O-169, #97-O-170, #97-O-171,
       #97-O-172, #97-O-173, #97-O-174, #97-O-175, #97-O-176,
       #97-O-177, and #97-O-178.

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

       8. 97-O-161  Closing as a public easement that section of South
                    Jarvis Avenue between Cleveland and Blaine Streets,
                    also known as the 700 block of South Jarvis Avenue,
                    and providing for an effective date.
                    (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-161.

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

       9. 97-O-162  Closing as a public easement a 3,502.12 square foot
                    tract of land more or less out of the northeast
                    quarter of the 1800 block of Palo Blanco Street
                    between Tapeyste Avenue and the east right-of-way
                    line of Highway 83, situated in the Eastern
                    Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, being
                    more particularly described in "Exhibit A", and
                    providing for an effective date.  (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-162.
                    Moved : Cm. Perez
                    Second: Cw. Montalvo
                    For:  7             Against:  0         Abstain:  0

      10. 97-O-163  Amending Ordinance No. 97-O-108, approved on May
                    27, 1997, to correct the block number of a property
                    erroneously identified as Lot 4-A, Block 1980,
                    Eastern Division to hereby correct to read Lot 4-A,
                    Block 1918, Eastern Division, providing for
                    publication and effective date. (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-163.

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

      11. 97-O-164  Amending Ordinance No. 96-O-075, thereby correcting
                    the named lessee from "International Customs
                    Services, Inc.", to "Rafael Quiroz, Jr., D/B/A
                    International Customs Services" thereby clearing
                    the City Manager's authority to have signed the
                    lease dated June 3, 1996, with Rafael Quiroz, Jr.,
                    D/B/A International Customs Services.
                    (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-164.

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

      12. 97-O-165  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a
                    subordination, Non-disturbance, and Attornment
                    Agreement between the City of Laredo and Rafael
                    Quiroz, Jr., D/B/A International Customs Services
                    subordinating the lease agreement dated June 3,
                    1996, between the City of Laredo and Rafael Quiroz,
                    Jr., D/B/A International Customs Services,
                    authorized by Ordinance No.  96-O-075, which
                    ordinance was amended by Ordinance No.97-O-164, at
                    the Laredo International Airport.  (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-165.

                    Moved : Cm. Perez
                    Second: Cw. Montalvo
                    For:  7             Against:  0         Abstain:  0
      13. 97-O-166  Authorizing the City Manager to execute all
                    necessary documents to effectively convey, to the
                    Laredo National Bank, title to the "Surface Only"
                    of a 0.44900 of an acre tract of land, more or
                    less, being a triangular tract and situated
                    immediately East of Lot 1A, Block 1173, Eastern
                    Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; said
                    tract being generally described below and more
                    particularly described by metes and bounds. Said
                    conveyance being in exchange for the "Surface Only"
                    of lots one (1) and two (2), Block 1190 and the
                    "Surface Only" of a tract of land containing 0.1181
                    of an acre (5,144 square feet) all in the Eastern
                    Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas. Said
                    tracts being generally described below and more
                    particularly described by metes and bounds; and
                    providing for an effective date.  (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-166.

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

      14. 97-O-167  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of
                    the City of Laredo by rezoning 27.9858 acres, as
                    further described by metes and bounds, located on
                    Ejido Avenue, south of Los Obispos Subdivision,
                    from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to R-1-MH
                    (Single Family Manufactured Housing District);
                    providing for an effective date and publication.
                    (Jose R. Perez, Jr.)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-167.

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

      15. 97-O-168  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of
                    the City of Laredo by rezoning 20.0801 acres, as
                    further described by metes and bounds, located
                    southeast of the intersection of Sierra Vista
                    Boulevard and Ejido Avenue, from R-3 (Mixed
                    Residential District) to R-1-MH (Single Family
                    Manufactured Housing District); providing for an
                    effective date and publication.
                    (Jose R. Perez, Jr.)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-168.

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

      16. 97-O-169  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of
                    the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 2, Block 1, Los
                    Presidentes Subdivision, Unit III, located at 3519
                    Pine Street from R-1 (Single Family Residential
                    District) to B-1 (Limited Business District);
                    providing for an effective date and publication.
                    (Jose R. Perez, Jr.)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-169.

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

      17. 97-O-170  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of
                    the City of Laredo by rezoning 107.74 acres, as
                    further described by metes and bounds, located east
                    of the Bob Bullock Loop and 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 Ordinance #97-O-170.

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

      18. 97-O-171  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of
                    the City of Laredo by rezoning 10.997 acres, as
                    further described by metes and bounds, located at
                    7100 Bob Bullock Loop, from AG (Agricultural
                    District) to B-3 (Community Business District);
                    providing for an effective date and publication.
                    (Louis H. Bruni)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-171.

                    Moved : Cm. Perez
                    Second: Cw. Montalvo
                    For:  7             Against:  0         Abstain:  0
      19. 97-O-172  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of
                    the City of Laredo by rezoning 21.849 acres, as
                    further described by metes and bounds, located east
                    of the Bob Bullock Loop and north of Casa Blanca
                    Lake, from AG (Agricultural District) to R-2
                    (Multi-Family Residential District); providing for
                    an effective date and publication. (Louis H. Bruni)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-172.

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

      20. 97-O-173  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of
                    the City of Laredo by rezoning 3.5 acres, as
                    further described by metes and bounds, located at
                    301 International Boulevard, from B-3 (Community
                    Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial
                    District); providing for an effective date and
                    publication. (Joe A. Guerra)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-173.

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

      21. 97-O-174  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of
                    the City of Laredo by rezoning 2 acres, as further
                    described by metes and bounds, located at 405 A.F.
                    Muller Sr., Memorial Boulevard, from M-1 (Light
                    Manufacturing District) to B-3 (Community Business
                    District); providing for an effective date and
                    publication.  (Mario G. Alvarado)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-174.

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

      22. 97-O-175  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of
                    the City of Laredo by rezoning 3.409 acres out of
                    Porcion 19, Abstract 591, as further described by
                    metes and bounds, located west of F.M. 1472 across
                    from the old municipal airport, from M-1 (Light
                    Manufacturing District) to B-3 (Community Business
                    District); providing for an effective date and
                    publication.  (Mario G. Alvarado)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-175.

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

      23. 97-O-176  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of
                    the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 3, Block 619,
                    Western Division, located at 2314 Ventura Street,
                    from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to R-3
                    (Mixed Residential District); providing for an
                    effective date and publication.
                    (Consuelo "Chelo" Montalvo)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-176.

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

      24. 97-O-177  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of
                    the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1 and 3, Block
                    169, Western Division, located at 1002 Santa Maria
                    Avenue, from R-O (Residential/Office District) to
                    B-1 (Limited Business District); providing for an
                    effective date and publication.
                    (Consuelo "Chelo" Montalvo)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-177.

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

      25. 97-O-178  Ordinance approving an amendment to the budget in
                    the amount of $37,691.00, for the HIV/AIDS Housing
                    Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Project
                    of the City of Laredo Health Department, and
                    extending the contract period from July 1, 1996,
                    through June 30, 1997 to July 1, 1996, through
                    January 31, 1998; and increase revenue line item
                    226-0000-323-4058 from $55,996.00, to $93,687.00,
                    and expenditure line item 226-6040 from $55,996.00
                    to $93,687.00. (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-178.

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

  VI.  RESOLUTIONS

      26. 97-R-072  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a
                    supplemental grant from the Governor's Office,
                    Criminal Justice Division for funding of supplies
                    and direct operating expenses for a multi-agency
                    Narcotics Task Force in the amount of $28,746.00,
                    with the City designating $26,975.00, in matching
                    funds for a total of $55,721.00, and authorizing
                    the City Manager to sign any and all documents
                    pertaining to this grant application.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-072.

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

      27. 97-R-079  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into and
                    execute an interlocal government agreement between
                    the City of Laredo and the Laredo Independent
                    School District for the participation of the City
                    of Laredo Police Department in the School Resource
                    Officer Program, with compensation in the amount of
                    one hundred thirty six thousand eight hundred
                    eighty seven dollars and 41/100 ($136,887.41), for
                    the 1997-1998 school year, commencing on August 14,
                    1997.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-O-079.

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

      28. 97-R-081  Accepting a grant from the Texas Natural Resource
                    Conservation Commission in the amount of $49,922.00
                    to enhance the City of Laredo's used oil collection
                    and recycling program for the period from October
                    1, 1997 through September 30, 1998.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-081.

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

      29. 97-R-082  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from
                    the Texas Department of Public Safety Division of
                    Emergency Management in the amount of $24,000.00,
                    with the City designating $6,000.00, in matching
                    funds for a total of $30,000.00, to conduct a
                    Hazard Vulnerability Analysis.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-082.

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

      30. 97-R-083  Resolution whereby the City of Laredo seeks
                    designation as a Management Agency for Wastewater
                    Collection and Treatment for the Colonias on
                    Highway 359 and Mines Road, in accordance with the
                    requirements of Section 208 of the Federal Water
                    Pollution Control Act, as amended.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-083.

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

      31. 97-R-084  Authorizing the City Manager to utilize surplus
                    proceeds from the City's sale of $3,660,000.00,
                    combination Tax and Revenue Certificates of
                    Obligation, Series 1997-B, not to exceed
                    $70,000.00, to purchase a replacement Emergency
                    Medical Services Unit (Ambulance) for the City's
                    Fire Department.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-084.

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

                    Cw. Moreno joined the meeting at 5:45 p.m.

 VII.  MOTIONS

      32. Approving the submission of the 1997 Consolidated Plan to
          U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in request
          for funding through the 23rd Action Year Community
          Development block Grant (CDBG) in the amount of
          $4,372,000.00; the 1997 HOME Investment Partnerships Program
          (HOME) in the amount of $1,192,000.00; and the 1997 Emergency
          Shelter Grant (ESG) in the amount of $115,000.00 and
          authorizing the City Manager to execute all documents as a
          result of the Plan's submission.

          Motion to approve.

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

      33. Approval to reject sole bid received June 30, 1997, in the
          amount of $2,894,000.00, by Modern Construction, Inc. for Los
          Obispos Affordable Housing Project Phase I and approval to
          use the Laredo Affordable Housing Corporation a Non-Profit
          Corporation for the construction of affordable housing.

          Motion to approve.

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

      34. Approval of bid specifications and authorization to advertise
          for bids for the following:
          a) ammunition - Police Department
          b) jackets/windbreakers - Fire Department
          c) line stopping equipment - Utilities Department
          d) dozer - Public Works, Landfill
          A tentative award is scheduled for Sept. 2, 1997.

          Motion to approve.

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

      35. Authorizing to proceed with an emergency purchase of a
          replacement ambulance from reliable Emergency Vehicles,
          Comanche, Texas, in the amount of $78,575.00. This ambulance
          will replace a 1992 unit that was damaged beyond repair in a
          vehicle collision. The City received an insurance settlement
          in the amount of $20,320.00, which will be used to offset the
          total purchase cost. The remaining balance will be paid from
          surplus CO bond funds. Reliable Emergency Vehicles will
          deliver the new unit within 120 days and will provide a
          loaner ambulance at no charge to the City.

          Motion to approve.

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

      36. Awarding a professional service contract between the City of
          Laredo and A.G. Pellegrin, M.D., to: 1) Perform drug and
          alcohol testing for City of Laredo employees; and South Texas
          Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse to: 2) Provide services for
          an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). City Council authorized
          staff to solicit requests for proposals for drug and alcohol
          testing and for the provision of an employee assistance
          program (EAP) on May 19, 1997.

          Motion to approve.

          Moved : Cm. Perez
          Second: Cm. Bruni
          For:  7                       Against:  0         Abstain:  1
                                                            Cm. Casso

      37. Authorize the sale of the following surplus heavy equipment
          to the highest bidders: TKO Equipment Co., New Braunfels,
          Texas ($378,500.00), Martinez Paving Co., Inc., Laredo,
          Texas, ($117,696.00), and Joe A. Santos, Laredo, Texas
          ($14,500.00), 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:
                                  Minimum Bid   Sale Price
          a) 1985 Caterpillar     $ 35,000.00   $ 39,999.00
          b) 1985 Bros. Reclaimer $ 30,000.00   $ 32,500.00
          c) 1985 Furakawa Front
             End Loader           $ 10,000.00   $ 18,199.00
          d) 1989 Case Front
             Loader               $ 15,000.00   $ 24,199.00
          e) 1988 Caterpillar
             Backhoe/Loader       $ 10,000.00   $ 14,500.00

          f) 1991 Caterpillar
             Scraper              $150,000.00   $163,500.00
          g) 1991 Caterpillar
             Compactor            $ 30,000.00   $ 35,299.00
          h) 1993 Caterpillar
             Bulldozer Tractor    $140,000.00   $182,500.00
                                  $420,000.00   $510,696.00

          Motion to approve.

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

      38. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, Gateway Uniform Service,
          Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $100,197.99, for the
          purchase of uniforms for the Police, Fire, and Bridge
          department personnel.  Full service contracts, which include
          alteration services, will be awarded to the low bidder.  The
          City has included delivery deadlines in the contract
          documents requiring that the clothing be delivered within
          forty five days after receipt of order.  The overall contract
          pricing is 3% less than the previous year. A total of four
          bids were received.  Funding is available in Police
          Department Uniforms, Fire Department Uniforms, and Bridge
          System Uniforms.

          Motion to approve.

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

      39. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, Printers Unlimited,
          Corpus Christi, Texas, in the amount of $26,855.00, for the
          printing of a tour operator guide and a general brochure for
          the Convention and Visitors Bureau.  Approximately 60,000
          brochures will be printed in English and 30,000 will be
          printed in Spanish. A total of four bids were received for
          these printing services contract.  Funding is available in
          Convention and Visitors Bureau - Printing Services, Brochure.

          Motion to approve.

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

      40. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, Mary's Boots, McAllen,
          Texas, in the base amount of $17,200.00, for the purchase of
          footwear for maintenance personnel. Contract pricing has been
          secured for the two most common boot styles requested for
          city maintenance personnel. A total of five bids were
          received for this purchase. Funding is available from the
          particular department's budget. The bid pricing is
          approximately 8% less than the previous contract period.

          Motion to approve.

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

      41. Award of an engineering contract to Foster Engineering
          Company, Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed
          $32,040.00 for the preparation of an engineering report with
          cost estimates for both construction and design, and provide
          surveys, design and the preparation of plans and
          specifications for the required utilities relocation and/or
          adjustments in conjunction with the Texas Department of
          Transportation (TxDOT) proposed widening of U.S. Highway 59
          between San Dario and Ejido. Funding is available in the
          Utility Relocation - TxDOT Account. Contract time is 30 days
          after issuance of a notice to proceed.

          Motion to approve.

          Moved : Cm. Perez
          Second: Cm. Alvarado
          For:  7                       Against:  0         Abstain:  1
                                                            Cm. Guerra

      42. Award of a contract to Danny R. Anderson Consultants, Inc.,
          Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $36,615.00 to
          provide Laboratory, Sampling and Testing Services of
          materials for quality control for the Santa Maria Avenue
          Drainage Improvements between Markley Lane to Del Mar Blvd.
          Funding is available in the Drainage Improvements -Santa
          Maria Drainage Improvements.

          Motion to approve.

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

      43. Approval of a change order no. 2, a decrease of $3,122.00 for
          the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, and
          acceptance of the Pace Street Drainage Extension and the
          Ligarde/Barrios Drainage Project and approval of final
          payment in the amount of $86,494.00 to Ramex Construction
          Company, Inc., Houston, Texas. The original construction
          contract was $152,315.00 and this change order brings the
          total contract amount to $149,818.00. Funding is available in
          the Drainage Fund - Pace/Ligarde/Barrios Drainage Project.

          Motion to approve.

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

      44. Approval of a change order no. 2, an increase of $90,000.00
          for additional paving, drainage, and utility improvements
          along Cortez Street between Ejido Avenue and Espa¤a Drive
          South to the Street Paving Assessment Project 50 (41 Blocks)
          being constructed by the City's Department of Public Works
          and the Utilities Department.  Funding is available in Street
          Paving Assessment Project 50.  Initial contract amount was
          for $1,469,296.98. This change order brings the total
          contract amount to $1,587,356.98.

          Motion to approve.

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

      45. Approval of amendment no. 1, for an amount not to exceed
          $600,000.00 to the engineering contact with Structural
          Engineering Company (SEA), San Antonio, Texas, for the Laredo
          Northwest International Bridge (Fourth Bridge). The current
          contract of field surveys for the bridgehead area is
          $70,450.00.  This amendment no. 1 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
          the Bridge System Architectural Fees Account. This amendment
          brings the contract amount to $670,450.00.
          Motion to approve.

          Moved : Cm. Perez
          Second: Cm. Bruni
          For:  8                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0
          Motion to waive the regular order of business and move up
          items X-A(2), #51, and #55.

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

VIII.  CITY MANAGER'S REPORT

      46. Presentation regarding the status of the progress of the
          Santa Isabel Water Well Project, with possible action.
          Preliminary results show an improvement in the water quality
          samples taken on July 24, 1997.

          Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, gave the following
          report to Council:

          1992      - sold $500,000 bonds
          1993      - well construction         $125,000
          Oct. 1994 - tank & booster station     248,000
          Apr. 1996 - reverse osmosis plant      650,000
          Sept 1996 - site enhancement            75,000
          Mar. 1996 - well capacity expansion     12,000
                      Engineering                120,000
                                                --------
                      Project total ......... $1,230,000

          Technical Data:
                    well yield before expansion  105 gpm
                    well yield after  expansion  150 gpm
                    production capacity, R.O.     88 gpm
                    population coverage          974
                    number of households         226

          Construction cost comparison:
                    Desalinization plant ...... $11.80 /gal CON
                    Surface water plant .......   3.00 /gal CON
          Operation & Maintenance:
                    Desalinization plant ...... $ 4.00 /1,000 gal
                    Surface water plant .......   0.75 /1,000 gal

          Mr. Roman stated that the latest problem they have and one
          that might be cleared within 90 days is that the contractor
          has accumulated 141 days delay.  A theft had occurred in the
          plant and that the contractor's computers and software were
          stolen.

          Cm. Alvarado wanted a recommendation from Mr. Roman on to
          either stop the project or proceed with it.

          Mr. Roman replied that he recommends proceeding with the
          project, because they have put in $1.2 million, the water
          will be good, we could have alternative uses for it, there is
          a bottling plant next door which is not in operation and they
          might be potential clients, but if anything at all the least
          we should do is to run the facility, run it periodically to
          keep it alive and put it into operation as soon as possible.

          Cm. Alvarado questioned when?

          Mr. Roman stated they have given the contractor the go ahead
          to test the plant, the contractor said they had stolen their
          computers, they are saying it will take them 30 days to buy
          them, but in his opinion it would take them 90 days.

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

          Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, stated they have heard
          from environmental and have a couple of issues that are
          complicating the board's acceptance of the financial
          application as presented.

          1) The first issue had been the Ocelots Environment on the
          359 area where they are going to put a sewer line.  They
          chose to change alignment to the other side of the tracks on
          this particular creek, along this creek bed and that
          apparently is going to take care of the problem, however
          alignment also has to be studied.
          2) The botanists have found a grass species which is known as
          Johnston Frankenia in some private property on the
          tanquesitos colonia.  This has a complicated factor in the
          sense that this is an endangered species and it could do two
          things (1) delay the project for a long time or (2) cause us
          to cease work at the tanquesitos area for the time being.

          3) Associated with this environmental issue they have the
          companion issue which is that the funding of the extended
          environmental studies is outside of the scope that they
          originally planned to do.

          4) There is an issue of funding that in itself is complicated
          because if they go to the board for extra funding then we
          they will have about 60 days just to get to the point that
          they say "yes" and then the time it takes (60-90 days) to do
          the environmental etc.  He added Commissioner Cortez was
          present and suggested that maybe this issue can be discussed
          and see if they can come up with the monies to pay for the
          extra environmental work and on a reversible basis we would
          ask the board to do that and that they we can do immediately.
          They feel they are coming to the finance committee in August,
          but the environmental issues have derailed and they don't
          think they will get there till November.

          David Juarez, from Hogan & Associates in association with
          Paul Garza Engineering, stated the tract of at Tanquesitos is
          approximately 40 lots that average to 2 or 3 acres in size.
          This area is in the center of the project on Hwy 59 area.
          Right now where they stand is that they had to move the line,
          there was no way around that, the archaeological survey that
          was done identified five sites that had potential historical
          significance so they had do move the line in order to avoid
          those sites.  One thing they could do is still go through
          that route, however that would require additional testing,
          that would require additional funding and additional time,
          anywhere from 4-6 months depending on what significance they
          find out there and that might add a few more months.  That is
          why they chose to re-route the line to avoid those sites.
          The only problem they run into is that they still need to go
          out there. on the ground survey for the archeology.  He
          stated there are two issues the biology which addresses the
          Frankenia grass and the archaeology which is the sub-surface.

          Mr. Roman stated that the two sites are independent from each
          other.  The grass site is in private property and the
          implication of that is that alter the land in anyway they
          have to get a permit from the Texas Parks & Wildlife, that in
          itself is in a private issue.  One of the options would be to
          let them see the Phase I archeology on the re-alignment of
          the pipe and ask the governmental experts whether the grass
          issue can be solved by other means.

          Mayor Ramirez concurred with Mr. Roman's option.

          Commissioner David Cortez, stated this is upsetting to the
          community and Webb County residents who have been waiting for
          this water.  He added Mr. Johnson is holding the entire
          project.  He pointed they are prepared to do whatever has to
          be done to speed up this project.  This hurdle is not going
          to stop them.  Their only concern they had is that when this
          application gets to Austin, they are hoping that there is
          still money available?  These projects are going to be
          awarded on first come, first awarded, up to "x" number of
          billion dollars.  He said many projects will be left out, and
          they don't want Webb County to be left out.  There is
          additional cost, Commissioner Vela and himself are prepared
          to go to Commissioners' Court and seek additional funding if
          needed.  The only concern he has is to make sure that we are
          there when the dollars are still available.

          Cm. Casso stated they will work and do whatever is possible
          to make this a reality.

          Mayor Ramirez stated they support Mr. Roman's recommendation
          by consensus concur that they proceed with the study to
          accelerate that into the archaeological question.

          Mr. Simon Glory of the Texas Water Development Board stated
          he was glad they agreed with Mr. Roman about leaving
          Tanquesitos in, that has been part of the project since the
          beginning.  As far as the timeline, the best alternate is to
          front the money for them by mineral work to be done.  That
          would show that the project is moving forward, if we don't do
          that then he has to take the scope of work and the cost
          associated with that for this environmental survey to their
          board and the earliest would be in September.  After that is
          approved which would put them behind a couple of months, the
          best alternate is for the County to put this money up front.
          He added that before they fund this money he would like to
          see the scope of work and the cost associated with that
          first, so that his archaeologist would agree with that, then
          they could notify the county and the city to go ahead and
          advance that amount.

      48. Presentation by the Administrative Services Department
          regarding the random drug and alcohol testing with possible
          action.

          Dan Migura, Administrative Services Director, reported that
          they surveyed 13 cities similar in demographics and found
          that of these 13 cities there are three of them that have
          some kind of random program for the citywide employees.
          The City of Pasadena currently has a random program that
          doesn't include all employees, it is defined a safety
          sensitive, they do have their police and fire included in
          that.  In Midland they have a program that only affects their
          drivers, those driving city vehicles.  In McAllen they have a
          program that is geared to reasonable suspicion in that if a
          department has reasonable suspicion to where that level of
          activity is such that they would suspect more people, more
          employees would be affected, they would implement a random
          test for that department.  They also looked at the sister
          cities, Corpus Christi, Austin, and San Antonio.  Corpus
          Christi currently does not have a random test for all
          employees, Austin does not have random test for all employees
          as well as San Antonio.  Austin is developing a program, but
          they don't know what the details of their program are going
          to be.  Corpus has a random program for their police/fire
          employees.  He thinks that information is telling us that
          cities and municipalities are being cautious with the issue
          of privacy vs. need to know.  The courts are demonstrating
          that if you pursue random testing without a good reasonable
          suspicion, without a good basis, they are determining that
          there is a possibility that you are violating rights in the
          government sector.  In the private sector, employers do what
          they need to do.

          He added that one of the things that we can consider and the
          survey data supports that, is that there is a possibility to
          look at police and fire officers.  He recommends that we go
          slow in this arena, what they have done is implement a city-
          wide alcohol testing program in February, also have provided
          supervisors with reasonable suspicion training, for the most
          part, talked to all employees and have them certified about
          how reasonable suspicion works.  They have seen that
          reasonable suspicion is working, in several departments they
          have found that they have had reason to suspect there is a
          problem and have taken the action needed, in some cases they
          have terminated employees, in the short time that the program
          has been in effect they are seeing positive results on the
          impact of that.  If council wants to consider random testing,
          on police and fire they've put preliminary figures together,
          and it would cost approximately $8,400 per year with the
          current rates.

          He concluded by suggesting that council consider allowing
          one year of reasonable suspicion addressing some of the
          problem.

          Mayor Ramirez recommended that we continue with the current
          program and after a year under our belts, then they can come
          back with any future recommendations to work with the system.

          Motion to waive the rules and move up items B(2) and B(3).

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

      49. Authorization to proceed with the placement of a monument at
          Veterans Field in honor of all Laredo Veterans.

          Marcelino Castillo stated that there are 14 organizations
          that have to do with veteran, or veteran movement, the people
          have decided that they want to hold a parade, the route being
          opposite to the Washington Birthday Celebration parade,
          starting in St. Peters and ending in the Civic Center.  The
          other option is starting at St. Peter and ending at St.
          Agustin Plaza.  They just want to inform council that
          regardless what ceremonies are planned for the installation
          of the monument, on November 11th their ceremony has to be
          at 11:00 a.m. so that they don't interfere with the city's
          ceremony.

          Mayor Ramirez stated that our ceremony will be scheduled
          around their particular activities.

          Motion to approve the placement of the monument, that staff
          schedule a formal dedication of veterans field on November
          11th to coincide with the activities that are already being
          scheduled through the veterans and at the same time within
          the motion that our staff be made available in those
          particular ceremonies.

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

      50. Presentation regarding the status of traffic signal proposed
          for the intersection of Guadalupe/Monterrey and requesting
          City Council authorization to proceed with the placement of a
          traffic signal at the intersection of New York/Loop 20. The
          Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) denied the
          placement of a traffic signal at the intersection of
          Guadalupe/Monterrey as a result of the traffic volumes on
          Monterrey not meeting the volume requirements set forth in
          the Texas Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices. Staff is
          therefore requesting authorization to place the signal at the
          intersection of New York/Loop 20.  This location has been
          approved by TxDOT and is the next CDBG eligible intersection
          on the list of intersections needing signals.

          Florencio Pena, City Manager, stated they are asking to allow
          them to transfer the money to the New York/Loop 20 project
          since the Monterrey/Guadalupe Project was not eligible.


          Roberto Murillo, Traffic Engineer, stated the signal was
          funded this fiscal year for Guadalupe/Monterrey.  They
          conducted the study to determine the need for the light, they
          based their justification on traffic volumes, and the volumes
          were not adequate to meet the requirements.  What they did
          was collected as much data as possible, one of the main
          concerns was a school nearby and the fire station was another
          aspect for justification.  They submitted the reports to
          TxDot requesting their assistance, and authorizing the
          installation and the first report was submitted on December
          1, 1996.  They came back and requested additional data,
          mainly to see if we could meet one of the requirements in the
          manual.  They went back and collected more data (mainly
          pedestrian data) and submitted the information again, they
          again the indicated that they need to see the numbers and
          volumes.

          Cm. Casso asked if they based their decision on volume
          requirements, not on safety?

          Mr. Murillo stated that it did indicate school flashers,
          signage prohibiting parking to protect the visibility problem
          or additional enforcement in the area.  He added they have
          all they indicated in place and have even increased
          enforcement.

          Cm. Casso wants the record to show that TXDoT over-ruled
          the City Council.

          Cm. Valdez suggested staff look at different schools, check
          for signage, street markings around school areas to make sure
          they are in place before school starts.

          Mr. Murillo stated they have already initiated the school
          flasher maintenance program before school starts.

          Motion to authorize proceed with the placement of a traffic
          signal at the intersection of New York/Loop 20.

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

      51. Request for Executive Session pursuant to Section 551.072 of
          the Texas Government Code to deliberate a 1926 conveyance of
          real property and the city's possible ownership, value and
          exchange of its mineral interest in such real property
          including a 60.91 acre tract conveyed to the Sacred Heart
          Children's Home (The congregation of the Servants of the
          Sacred Heart of Jesus and of the Poor, a Texas Corporation).
          Return to open session for further discussion and possible
          action involving the city's possible ownership of certain
          real property ad mineral interests in part of a 60.91 acre
          tract of land purportedly conveyed to the Sacred Heart
          Children's Home (The Congregation of the Servants of the
          Sacred Heart of Jesus and of the Poor, a Texas Corporation).
          Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Section
          551.072 of the Texas Government Code to deliberate a 1926
          conveyance of real property and the city's possible
          ownership, value and exchange of its mineral interest in such
          real property including a 60.91 acre tract conveyed to the
          Sacred Heart Children's Home

          Cm. Casso stated for the record that he does not want to go
          into executive session.  He wanted to state his position, the
          idea of engaging in litigation against The Congregation the
          Servants of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and of the Poor which
          he understands is an orphanage is totally unacceptable to
          him, it disgusts him, he begs council to drop the litigation
          and have the orphanage have the mineral interest.  He added
          it is for the children of the community, and he does not want
          any part of this whatsoever.  He asked council support on
          this position.

          Cm. Bruni stated that the gas well is not generating much
          energy and much revenues.

          Motion to instruct staff to prepare the proper conveyance
          documents, but at the same time in this conveyance make it
          clear that the purpose of this property is for the service of
          the neglected and orphan children of our community and that
          as long that it is used for those kinds of activities to
          promote a better environment for abused, neglected or orphan
          children that this City Council is in concurrence with the
          actual conveyance of these mineral rights and any land right
          that might be in question as a result of a faulty conveyance
          back in 1926.

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

      52. 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.


          Jaime Flores, City Attorney, reported that there was no need
          to go into executive session, there was no report to be
          given.

          Mayor Ramirez asked that this item be placed for the first
          Monday of the following month.


  IX.  COMMUNICATIONS

          None.

   X.  CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION AND PRESENTATION

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

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

       1. Discussion and possible action regarding the transferring of
          the "Vehicles for Hire Inspector" from the El Metro Transit
          System to the Traffic Division.

          Motion to look into the possibility of transferring the
          inspector to the Code Department, Police Department, or
          Traffic Department and what implications it may have and to
          consider it at the budget hearings.

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

       2. Discussion and possible action to implement additional bus
          service to south Laredo (Park-n-Ride System), as well as
          other areas of the City requiring additional service.

          Gilbert Segovia, El Metro Manager, reported that the demands
          from South Laredo are extensive and this issue will be
          addressed, but presently there are an inadequate amount of
          vehicles to serve the demands.  They are currently receiving
          15 new buses, unfortunately those are primarily replacement
          vehicles, as they look at the number of vehicles required for
          services out there they have a total of 33 vehicles on active
          fleet.  They are required 28 vehicles to provide the service
          with 5 spares only which is not a good number of spares for
          this system because there is always ongoing maintenance.

          Cm. Perez stated that we need to look at other avenues,
          and if some buses need to be leased while we have additional
          buses we are going to have to do that, because are the
          fastest growing city and we need to keep up with the demand.
          He stated if the buses are not adequate to refurbish, then he
          thinks we need to look for other avenues, and wants other
          alternatives be brought back at the budget sessions.

          Mr. Pena stated they can cost out what it would cost to tie
          some areas particularly in South Laredo and other areas, but
          he asked what studies they were referring to.

          Mayor Ramirez stated that it was a demand study presented
          about two years ago.

          Mr. Segovia stated it was in 1994, and it did call for
          expanding service in different areas, acquisition has fallen
          behind schedule, the vehicles are actually one year over due.

          Mayor Ramirez stated they need to come back to council during
          the budget hearings, on either alternatives to do some lease,
          options to expand the service, develop some park-n-ride
          facilities within those areas within those areas that are
          well lighted and guarded and can provide additional capacity
          for service to those areas to be able to start catching up
          with the demand again.

          Mr. Jose Valdez pointed that they have conducted a survey on
          potential passengers and documented the needs.  He said the
          routes are already there, the passengers and the surveys, it
          is just a matter of rearranging the hours and accelerate the
          process due to school starting soon.

          Commissioner David Cortez was before council asking for
          support on this issue.

          Mr. Abrahan Rodriguez asked consideration on their
          assessments and that their surveys be considered.

          Motion to take action on the demands, to square all the
          avenues and alternatives for those areas by budget time
          hearings and come back with costs.

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

          Motion to accelerate the action for the service and to
          incorporate the studies that have been prepared by LISD
          and that such studies be incorporated into additional
          capacity for ridership availability in those areas throughout
          El Metro before the school starts.

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

       3. Discussion and possible action regarding the status of the
          South Laredo Park.

          Cm. Perez stated that this is the park where they have the
          old swimming pool, he wants to know how can this land be used
          if it is no longer used for a park, because there is a state
          law that prohibit that land park be used for other than a
          park.

          Motion to instruct staff to investigate if this area can be
          used for something else other than a park.  If there is need
          for an election, then he would like to put it into an
          election at election time so that it can be used for
          affordable housing or any other project that council may see
          fit.

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

       4. Presentation by Alvaro Alvarez, taxicab permit holder #017 &
          022, regarding the securing of an additional taxi cab permit
          under Chapter 32, Section 32-32 Application for Additional
          Taxicabs of the Code of Ordinances, with possible action.

          Cm. Perez stated that the section quoted is not accurately,
          individuals cannot apply individually, it would have to go
          into a lottery system.

          Florencio Pena, City Manager, stated that any pending permits
          must be selected by lottery as per ordinance 92-O-102.
          What the ordinance did, was set the number of taxi operators
          to 71 which further said that for every 1,800 new residents
          from May, 1992 they can add one additional new permit and
          that has not been done.

          Mr. Tito Tijerina stated there are presently 71 out of 75 of
          which 4 permits are inactive.
          Mayor Ramirez stated that currently the ordinance states that
          if we are going to issue new permits, they need to go into a
          lottery system, it does not speak to additional permits for
          current operator.

          It is at council's discretion to vote on it, if that is what
          council wants to do they can.

          Mr. Pena stated that what they need to do is determine the
          number of taxicab permits that should be available as per
          population growth and asked that staff do that by the August
          18th meeting.

          Motion to grant taxicab permits as requested to Alvaro
          Alvarez and Manuel Raul Jimenez.

          Moved : Cm. Guerra
          Second: Cm. Perez

          The Cm. Perez withdrew his second and the motion died for the
          lack of a second.

          Motion to do the permits by lottery and draw names for the 4
          inactive permits and advertise for the next 30 days with the
          lottery at the 31st day.

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

          Florencio Pena, City Manager, stated that they will do
          determine whether or not the population growth merits
          additional two cabs and bring the information back to
          council.

       5. Discussion and possible action regarding providing a shuttle
          service from Los Obispos/Santa Rita area to the Lamar, Bruni,
          Vergara Boys and Girls Club on Saturday, August 9, 1997,
          during the proposed immunization clinic.

          Motion to approve the free shuttle service from Los Obispos/
          Santa Rita area to the Lamar, Bruni, Vergara Boys and Girls
          Club on Saturday, August 9, 1997 and include the park-n-ride
          facility also.

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

    B.  Requests by Councilmember Louis H. Bruni

       1. Discussion and possible action on instructing staff to
          contact the U.S. Corps of Engineers to conduct a feasibility
          and cost study on building a regional water retention
          facility south of Del Mar Boulevard, east of McPherson and
          north of Jacaman Road in order to protect the down stream
          residents from increased flooding due to the development in
          the study area.

          Cm. Bruni stated he wanted the information form the Corp of
          Engineers before they acted on the proposed hospital site and
          before the increased development takes place, but that
          council acted a different way so he wants to see an immediate
          reply from the Corp of Engineers as to what needs to be done
          in that area to minimize the flooding and the problems that
          they will have there.

          Motion instructing staff to contact the U.S. Corps of
          Engineers to conduct a feasibility and cost study on building
          a regional water retention facility south of Del Mar
          Boulevard, east of McPherson and north of Jacaman Road in
          order to protect the down stream residents from increased
          flooding due to the development in the study area.

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

       2. Discussion and possible action on finding the necessary
          funding to construct a new sidewalk south of the new library
          on Calton Road.

          Jan Little stated that there exists a problem of foresight on
          access to the new library being that there were no sidewalks
          planned on Cherry Hill coming in from Calton Road.  Her
          concern is for the children walking south of Calton and to
          the east of the library which will not be safe when walking
          or riding their bikes to this new library.  Almost all the
          people walking to the library will enter from the Calton side
          in addition to the car entrance to this library will be
          through Calton which will increase the traffic.  She asked
          why the sidewalk was not included in the original design and
          has not been added since, concluded by saying that the city
          has to apply the same standards to its own projects.  She
          urged that they build sidewalks on either north or south of
          Calton from McPherson to Cherry Hill.
          Mr. Pena stated this project has been identified in the CIP
          for 1999.  There is no funding for it, the engineers have
          advised that there are ditches in both sides of Calton
          leading to Sandman and what is needed there to prevent the
          sidewalk from eroding or not functioning properly is to
          widen that road with a drainage structure and to pave the
          sidewalks on an assessment type basis.  The cost of that
          project is about $400,000.  It is identified as a need, the
          budget allocation process is a political process, a process
          of setting priorities, a process of deciding which projects
          are more important than others, and that time will happen in
          the next few months.  The funding sources that would be
          available for this primarily would have to be from the bond
          issue that they are proposing in January.  They will try to
          find other funding sources for it.

          Cm. Bruni requested that staff prepare a cost estimate.

       3. Presentation by Jesus "Chuy" Laurel regarding the
          establishment of a 500 square foot area in the New Main
          Library to be used as an Elderly Assistance Center.

          Mr. Jesus Laurel made the presentation before City Council.

          Mayor Ramirez stated the new main library will not be on line
          until November or December based on construction projections.
          In addition space allocation has not been completed as to how
          they are going to configure the current capacity of books and
          equipment.

          Motion to instruct staff to look at a possible site for
          approximately 500 sq. ft. within a centrally located area
          either at the new library or the new transit center or any
          other facility to make it available to the AARP.

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

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

       1. Status report regarding the RFP's for the Utilities
          Department.

          Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, stated that on June he
          presented a schedule of four possible locations to visit and
          they have not come to any decision.  He would like to make a

          recommendation after conferring with Mr. Pena on the
          objectives of the visits.  He presented the possibilities of
          going to two cities, one that has been privatized for 12
          years.  He added it is a very complex city and that would
          answer the question as to how this works.  The contrary also,
          Charlotte County in Florida, a city that has gone through the
          process of privatization, proposals and then finally they
          ended up rejecting the idea for their own reasons.  He thinks
          that would be very informative for the team that goes.

          He proposed that council as a group decide if they have a
          team that would like to attend and go to these two cities
          representing the City and asking the questions that need to
          be asked, pick a particular window of dates to be set as to
          when they want to go.

          The cities he proposed are Oklahoma City and Charlotte
          County, Florida with tentative dates of September 3-6;
          September 6-10; September 27-October 1, October 1-4, October
          9-13, or October 8-11.

          Mayor Ramirez asked that staff gets a feel from the Council
          as to what they personally think of this process, about
          participating on these trips, concentrate on the pros and
          cons, and in the interim give the Councilmembers time to
          think about it and also bring the information prior to the
          council meeting so that they can use that as a basis to work
          the process through and then they will see whether they want
          to take these trips, and see how strong this commitment is
          because it is going to require a great deal of resources
          (time wise) to put something like this together.

          Mr. Roman stated they are looking at everything possible as
          to where they can cut expenses and generate savings without
          jeopardizing the level of service that they offer.

          Cm. Casso stated he has mixed feeling on this issue, all he
          wants is explore different avenues, he does not think they
          should waste much time, but get these professionals here and
          let them do their work and find out.

          Mr. Pena stated they will prepare pros and cons, get
          information from other cities that have gone through this
          process to see what literature or information they analyzed
          and put it back on the first meeting of September.

       2. Discussion and possible action regarding the legislative
          consultant. (Co-sponsored by Mayor Pro Tem Jose R. Perez,
          Jr., and Councilmember Eliseo Valdez)

          Cm. Casso reported that the committee has decided on this
          issue, they are planning on having another meeting to try to
          get the private sector involved, come up with three to five
          issues that they feel are important that the community should
          be fighting for in Austin.

          The general consensus of the committee is that they probably
          concentrate on Economic Development/International Trade, the
          water issue and infrastructure which are the three most
          important issues facing this community.

          He added that they interviewed five or six applicants, they
          left the 3 1/2 hour session with a lot of knowledge, and it
          was an extremely productive meeting.  The next step will be
          to have a committee meeting with an advisory board from the
          private sector to see if they will participate with the city.

       3. Discussion and possible action regarding all department heads
          having e-mail.

          Mike De La Fuente, M.I.S. Director, reported that all the
          departments will be getting e-mail service by the end of the
          month.

       4. Discussion and possible action regarding the possible set-
          back violations created by the Concord Hills Developers.

          Motion to table indefinitely.

          Moved : Cm. Casso
          Second: Cm. Guerra
          For:  7                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0
          (Cm. Bruni was out temporarily.)

       5. Discussion and possible action regarding the Police
          Department abdicating its responsibility regarding the
          recovery of stolen vehicles.

          Cm. Casso stated that this is an important issue and
          something needs to be done because today the estimated value
          of aircraft/vehicles stolen in the U.S. and taken into Mexico
          each year excess over $100 million and at the same time
          aircraft allegedly stolen or embezzled have become the
          principle means of transporting contraband to Mexico.
          Electronic goods, appliances, firearms, valued more than
          $1 billion are now taken from the U.S. each year into Mexico
          in violation of that country's laws.  The new convention has
          been drafted with these problems in mind, which was the
          treaty that he spoke about a month ago.  It was expected to
          result in the return of a significantly large amount of
          registered vehicles and aircraft from Mexico, and in better
          law enforcement along the border, however our Police
          Department violated our own city ordinance and has ignored
          the convention with Mexico for the recovery return of stolen
          or embezzled vehicles and aircraft.

          At the last meeting he pointed the principle features of the
          treaty and he doesn't think it's right to advocate our
          responsibility right now, especially when we have the auto
          theft task force, we're matching about $80,000 in the state
          government through the Governor's Office is matching about
          $420,000 for the Auto Theft Task Force.  If we are going to
          be shifting that responsibility to another law enforcement
          agency well then what good is all that task force?  How can
          we justify receiving these monies?

          Another thing is the U.S. Customs Service Outbound
          Enforcement Program, entitled Operation/Co-operation, the
          primary objective of that operation/co-operation is prevent
          the illegal shipments of weapons, ammunitions, high tech
          equipment, unreported high tech equipments and chemicals and
          stolen vehicles.  The funding is obtained by the department
          of Treasury Forfeiture Fund in order to reimburse these
          agencies for the overtime expenditures at the time of entry.

          For fiscal year 1991 to 1997 there is a charge, there are
          only two (2) entities in Laredo that are receiving monies
          from this fund, TxDot and the Laredo Police Department.  The
          Police Department has received in 1991 received, $97,000,
          1992 received $147,000, 1993 received $167,000, 1994-
          $109,000, 1995-$116,000, 1996-$140,000 and in 1997 it dropped
          to $50,000.00, he does not know why, and wants that this be
          explored, to find out from the Interim Chief as what is going
          on here?  If the sheriff's department wants to help that is
          fine, but he does not think that we should turn it over to
          another entity.  It is our responsibility and he thinks we
          need to make sure that we do not have that shifting policy.
          If you do want to change the ordinance and make a
          recommendation, he would recommend to change the rotation
          policy and allow all the wrecker service companies to
          participate in the business in the recovery of stolen
          vehicles, have them all participate.  He added that one thing
          he does not like and that he thinks is against the NAFTA
          Treaty is that we can't go across to Mexico, but they can
          come over here and bring the cars, which he thinks is not
          right and needs to be explored.

          Cm. Casso questioned a memorandum sent by Mr. Pena which
          stated there was a meeting held on July 27th which was
          attended by different agency representatives one of those
          representatives was the U.S. Consul.  He said he had learned
          from an officer that in that meeting the U.S. Consul did not
          want to do anything with the recovery of stolen vehicles
          because he was fearful about going by the treaty and wants
          the Interim Police Chief to explain on this issue.

          Mayor Ramirez stated for the record that the memo provided by
          Mr. Pena clearly stated there was no shift in policy.  There
          might have been miscommunications that took place in getting
          the information second or third hand in the media, and as a
          result of that, this happened.

          Agustin Dovalina, Interim Chief of Police, briefed that they
          did have a meeting on July 25th and all the parties included
          in the memo did attend, there was considerable discussion
          about what all the other agencies are doing with respect to
          the recovery of stolen vehicles from Mexico.  The U.S.
          Consulate was in attendance and he advised that there is a
          provision in the treaty that allows something called a
          mutually acceptable agreement with respect to notification.
          He said that as long a we have that in place there is no
          problem.  He concluded by saying that they are further
          researching to streamline the process to make sure they
          eliminate as much controversy as possible.  They have not
          advocated any kind of responsibility at anyone, the other
          agencies that are involved all have some jurisdictions as
          ours in the recovery of stolen property.  They currently have
          a verbal agreement, the understanding is that they advise us
          and notify us when they have something recovered over there
          by way of stolen vehicles.

          Mr. Perez stated that then our agreement is just on the
          notification process.

          Cw. Montalvo stated she had asked the City Manager to see if
          we could have one or two lots for a compound by budget time.

          Mr. Hector Cabello, Cabello Wrecker, expressed his concern
          on wrecker services because they as a wrecker service cannot
          go into Mexico and they can come to U.S. and charge between
          $175-$200 to bring a vehicle.  He said the Police Department
          is not policing their authority, because they need to be
          licensed if they come and operate here.  He wants this issue
          investigated because they are losing money.

       6. Discussion and possible action regarding the privatization of
          the landfill.

          Cm. Casso stated that Mr. Guerra had expressed to him that he
          will be making a presentation before council during the
          budget workshops on this issue, which is fine, but he
          wants the questions that were posed by the group answered,
          then they will hear the presentation during the budget
          workshops and after that go from there.

       7. Discussion and possible action regarding the membership of
          the MPO.

          Keith Selman, Planning Director, stated that the MPO took
          action to amend its by-laws altering its membership, what
          they did was added the Director of Transportation and
          Planning with TxDot as member, added two members of the
          County Commissioners to the MPO and the State Representative
          Henry Cuellar and State Senator Judith Zaffirini are now ex-
          officio members and are not voting members.  He added there
          are four (4) of the City Council, three (3) from Webb County
          and two (2) from TxDoT.

    D.  Requests by Councilmember Joe A. Guerra

       1. Presentation by Manuel Raul Jimenez, taxicab permit holder
          #075, regarding the securing of an additional taxi cab permit
          under Chapter 32, Section 32-32 Application for Additional
          Taxicabs of the Code of Ordinances, with possible action.

          This item was discussed together with A(4).

    E.  Requests by Councilmember Mario G. Alvarado

       1. Update by staff on the Santa Maria Drainage Project, and
          acquisition of right-of-way needed to complete this project
          with possible action.

          Florencio Pena, City Manager, stated that on July 24th Ramex
          Construction was awarded the $2 million project which
          consists of underground drainage with re-enforced concrete
          inlets, manholes, and related drainage items.  Currently they
          are working on the southside towards the river, to construct
          the drainage inlets there.  The project is funded by CD Block
          Grant Funds.  It is an 8-month project, the project will be
          completed on April of 1998.  The hard construction on Sta.
          Maria will not start for about three months, which is when
          the inconvenience will show itself, they intend to put out
          notices for residents in the area.

          As far as the right of way issue, they are about 17 parcels
          need in order to widen that road to the desired design.
          Currently there is no funding for the project, it is one of
          the projects that is being proposed for possible funding out
          of the $10 million that will be available in January 1998.
          An amount has been set aside for land acquisition if needed.
          They recommend that during the CIP process when the council
          allocates monies for projects and if this project is
          included, that at that point and time they begin negotiating
          a contract with G.G. Salinas who is doing the drainage work
          to do the survey for the land acquisition of those 17
          parcels, but they do not have the funds to authorize that
          work now.

          Mr. Pena pointed that they have the right-of-way for the
          drainage, it is the expansion of the road where they don't
          have the right-of-way and the funding.

          Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported that they have
          approximately 60 ft. of right-of-way all the way throughout.
          Actually there are fences that are encroaching, the
          additional 5 feet are need for actual construction of the
          sidewalks.  Throughout the project the additional land needed
          is for the sidewalks which is required per city ordinance.

          Cm. Alvarado wants a schedule of what sections will be worked
          at for the drainage project so that residents are made aware.

          Mr. Rivera stated they will have a traffic plan in place by
          the time they get to Santa Maria.

       2. Status report on the Santa Isabel Well, with possible action.

          This item was discussed with item #46.

  XI.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

      54. Public hearing concerning the application by Eduard C. Hachar
          and Robert D. Hachar, amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of
          the City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a
          Conditional Use Permit for a child education/day care center
          on Lots 1 and 2, Block 1697, Eastern Division, located at
          2801 and 2807 East Fremont Street. The Planning and Zoning
          Commission recommends approval of this conditional use
          permit. This item was tabled at the Council Meeting of July
          21, 1997, pending the removal of all off-street parking on
          Fremont Street.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of
          Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use
          Permit for a child education/day care center on Lots 1 and 2,
          Block 1697, Eastern Division, located at 2801 and 2807 East
          Fremont; providing for an effective date and publication.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          George Hachar, representing the owners, stated that no
          parking on Fremont will be allowed.

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

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Bruni

      55. Public hearing concerning the application by Del Trautman,
          amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning 22 acres, as further described by metes and bounds,
          located on the south side of Del Mar Boulevard, south of
          Bermuda Dunes Subdivision, from R-1 (Single Family
          Residential District), R-2 (Multi-Family Residential
          District) and B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4
          (Highway Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning
          Commission recommends approval of this zone change. This item
          was tabled at the Council Meeting of July 21, 1997. (Co-
          sponsored by Councilmembers Alfonso I. "Poncho" Casso, and
          Joe A. Guerra)

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of
          Laredo by rezoning 22 acres, as further described by metes
          and bounds, located on the south side of Del Mar Boulevard,
          south of Bermuda Dunes Subdivision, from R-1 (Single Family
          Residential District), R-2 (Multi-Family Residential
          District) and B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4
          (Highway Commercial District); providing for an effective
          date and publication.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Keith Selman, Planning Director, made the presentation on the
          zone change request issue.

          Mr. Del Trautman made his presentation on the land use,
          noise, and water detention ponds.

          Ben Everett, Chief Executive Officer of Columbia Hospital,
          asked the council to do what is right so they can move
          forward to continue with the platting process and
          construction.

          Mercurio Martinez III spoke in favor of the zone change
          request and urged the council to approve the request.

          Cm. Bruni stated that he was not against the construction of
          Colombia Hospital, but has some concerns about the proposed
          site.  First, the proposed location has five schools in its
          immediate proximity, Alexander to the east, United Middle,
          Santos Benavides, Mary Help of Christians and Nye Elementary
          are we putting our children at a risk?  He wants a traffic
          study to show what are the effects of ambulances, emergency
          vehicles, and any increase in traffic around the school
          zones.  Second, he wants a legal opinion on who is
          responsible since by city ordinance we as a council, are
          changing the zone which is not recommended by staff and if a
          traffic accident should occur with ambulances and school
          buses whose responsible?

          He has a concern with two retention/detention ponds proposed,
          this area is low line, it is prone to flooding and receives
          all the runoff of wastewater and heavy fertilization from the
          Laredo Country Club.  He wants a written study and report on
          the contaminated soil, stagnant water of the proposed site.
          Also, maybe we could incorporate the U.S. Corps of
          Engineering study that he is proposing in one of his agenda
          items.  He added that the proposed site is directly the
          flight path of arriving/departing heavy commercial aircraft
          on Runway 37R17L which is our north/south heavy freight
          runway.  He wants a written report on noise profiles of the
          area from staff and the FAA, including height restrictions,
          noise contours, possible noise contours and navegational
          easements the City of Laredo may require.  He also wants a
          written report on the impact of our wastewater infrastructure
          as it affects our McPherson lift station.  He wants a written
          report since property is on or near the flood plain and storm
          water drainage from the upper Zacate Creek Tributaries from
          our ongoing Brown & Root Zacate Project Study that is not
          complete yet.  He would like a report from staff on the EPA,
          if any laws are being violated since wastewater and heavy
          fertilization is being released from the Country Club to the
          proposed site due to lack of wastewater circulation at the
          Country Club.

          He quoted, "I as a Councilmember cannot in my heart approve
          something that's going to be there for 50-60 years that is
          going to impact our community.  The residents of District II
          which I was elected to, to take care of and to guide refuse
          of such importance come to my district."  He added he is not
          ready at this point until he gets all this information and
          takes it as an a front from Cm. Guerra and Cm. Casso to put
          his issue where he represents under their items.  He added he
          was elected to take care of his constituents.

          He called to the attention of Cm. Casso that he received
          calls of ongoing problems in his district and since he was
          not available for comment he took care of those problems.

          Motion to table for the August 18th meeting.

          Moved : Cm. Bruni
          Second: Cm. Perez
          For:  2                      Against:  5         Abstain:  1
          Cm. Perez                    Cm. Casso           Cw. Moreno
          Cm. Bruni                    Cm. Valdez
                                       Cm. Guerra
                                       Cm. Alvarado
                                       Cw. Montalvo

          Florencio Pena, City Manager, stated that as it deals with
          the wastewater issue and the capacity of the sewer line
          handling the facility, that stage of the development that
          will take place when the building permit is filed.  He said
          that Mr. Trautman has been placed on notice that there may be
          a concern there with the lift station, but in any event as
          with any builder in town that is building a facility, we
          don't have any obligation to expand our system to handle
          additional capacity at that location.  That issue would be
          taken care of at the building permit stage.

          In regards to the flooding, there had been some concerns and
          Cm. Bruni is correct and he has raised them, the need to have
          design standards for detention/retention facilities which
          staff has not finalized, they have been working on it, they
          have Brown & Root working on the Chacon Creek watershed in
          developing best practices management for that area and one of
          which will include a design specifications for water
          retention basin. Unfortunately, they don't have that right
          now, however what they have been doing and are recommending
          on this one is that the engineer that designed the project
          will have to assume responsibility for designing a system
          that will work.  The plan that was presented here was
          presented to the Engineering staff and they are showing that
          they are handling the water within their property and not
          causing any additional runoff downstream.  There is a concern
          downstream south of them, that a study in 1989 and a study in
          1993 conducted by U.S. Corp of Engineers showed the need to
          design or develop a regional detention basin.  That would be
          done in order to save their property from not being used by
          such small retention basins and the high cost of maintenance
          associated with the smaller detention basins.  The plan that
          they submitted will handle the drainage, there will be a need
          possibly when we get into the Corp of Engineers to request
          them to assist us in putting more detailed information,
          possibly funding considerations to develop a regional
          detention basin for that area.  They met with the property
          owners in the area, they have expressed and interest in
          working together to develop that.  In the meantime, the way
          this would work is that those retention basins that are built
          with this project, would continue to handle the drainage and
          the event the detention basin is developed that would be
          abandoned.

          In regards to the noise, they have the noise contours map.
          The have a preliminary opinion, there is a trigometric
          formula that is used to determine the height of buildings
          from flight zones and in that regard, the have gotten a
          preliminary, that a maximum 10-story structure could be
          built at that distance.  In terms of noise compatibility,
          every developer that builds in that area, there are standards
          required to be included in the building design in order to
          comply with our noise compatibility ordinance that we have in
          place. So certain standards would have to be required.
          In regards to traffic, the primary recommendation of the
          Planning Department at that time when they made the
          recommendation to not recommend approval was the fact that
          the ordinance requires a hospital to be located in a major
          arterial, this particular facility has been shown with a road
          connecting to Del Mar and not abutting Del Mar Blvd.  A
          strict interpretation of that made them recommend denial, but
          in re-analyzing this situation and by having the road that
          connects the hospital to Del Mar by having it signalized
          provides a much better traffic control than having the entire
          facility in front of Del Mar Blvd.  They are going to try and
          have some controlled access off certain roads.

          Cm. Casso stated this is a $70 million investment in the
          community, it will provide 250 jobs, provide greater access
          to health care and like Cm. Bruni said he had taken care of
          problems in his district, he has also taken care of problems
          in his district also.  He added that there is wide spread
          support for this project to be constructed and that they stop
          fooling around here at the council and go forward with this
          project, this is an issue that should be dealt at with, at
          the platting level not at the Planning & Zoning level.  Right
          now the developer can go in and put in 160 apartment complex
          units and go ahead and do that without a zone change.  The
          arguments that his colleague raises are invalid, so what they
          have to do is go forward with this project because with both
          hospitals it is over $180 million dollar investment and we
          owe it to this community to improve the quality of health
          care, need to go forward with it and not run the risk of
          torpedoing this investment because it needs to be done and
          they just need to move forward.

          Cm. Bruni stated that he wants Doctors Hospital to be built,
          that another concern is with Federal Government.  On the
          Laredo Times of July 31st it says "Colombia Executives
          indicated".  Three executives of Colombia Health Care
          Corporation the giant for profit hospital chain is a target
          of federal fraud pro.  He added that is another problem he
          has.  He does not know the federal government is going to
          react to us just jumping in there and doing it.  In the San
          Antonio newspaper it says three health care executives
          charged with fraud indictments first pro in medicare
          cheating.  It says prosecutors charged three Colombia HCA
          officials with cheating medicare and an indictment in an
          unsealed indictment, Wednesday, the first charges of a
          federal pro that has shaken the nation's largest for profit
          hospital chain.

          It says the first criminal defendants were named within two
          week of a dramatic seven state 35 Colombia and affiliate
          sites raid on these facilities where their documents were
          sealed by the federal government and confiscated.  That is
          another problem he has.  He was asking for two weeks to see
          what the real problems are, he asked that they allow him the
          time that he needs to study the concerns he brought forward.

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

          Moved : Cm. Casso
          Second: Cm. Guerra
          For:  7                       Against:  1         Abstain:  0
                                        Cm. Bruni

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Casso and Cm. Guerra

      56. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998,
          annual budget in the amount of $49,922.00 for a grant awarded
          by the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission's Used
          Oil Division to be used for enhancing and continuing the Used
          Oil Collection and Recycling Program for the period from
          October 1, 1997 through September 30, 1998 and authorizing
          the City Manager to implement said budget.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998, annual
          budget in the amount of $49,922.00 for a grant awarded by the
          Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission's Used Oil
          Division to be used for enhancing and continuing the Used Oil
          Collection and Recycling Program for the period from October
          1, 1997 through September 30, 1998 and authorizing the City
          Manager to implement said budget.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing, correct the ordinance
          wording from "amending" to "incorporating", and introduce the
          ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      57. Public hearing to amend the City of Laredo's 1997-1998,
          annual budget in the amount of $55,721.00 for funding of
          supplies and direct operating expenses for a Multi-Agency
          Narcotics Task Force for the period of June 1, 1997 through
          May 31, 1998.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998, annual
          budget in the amount of $55,721.00 for funding of supplies
          and direct operating expenses for a Multi-Agency Narcotics
          Task Force for the period of June 1, 1997 through May 31,
          1998.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing, correct the ordinance to
          read "1996-1997" instead of "1997-1998", and introduce the
          ordinance.

          Moved : Cw. Moreno
          Second: Cw. Montalvo
          For:  8                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      58. Public hearing to amend the City of Laredo's 1996-1997,
          Annual Budget in the amount of $24,000.00, for a grant from
          the Texas Department of Public Safety Division of Emergency
          Management in order to complete a Hazard Vulnerability
          Analysis.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the City of Laredo's 1996-1997, Annual Budget in the
          amount of $24,000.00, for a grant from the Texas Department

          of Public Safety Division of Emergency Management in order to
          complete a Hazard Vulnerability Analysis.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the
          ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

 XII.  RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE MASS TRANSIT BOARD

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

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

      59. Approval of bid specifications and authorization to advertise
          for bids for the following:
          a) motor oil for new buses A tentative award is scheduled for
          Sept. 2, 1997.

          Motion to approve.

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

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

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

XIII.  ADJOURNMENT

       Motion to adjourn.

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

       Adjournment time: 9:40  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 4TH DAY OF AUGUST, 1997.  A CERTIFIED COPY IS ON
FILE AT THE CITY SECRETARY'S OFFICE.


                                  ________________________
                                   GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.
                                   CITY SECRETARY