CITY OF LAREDO
                      SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING

                         CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
                          1110 HOUSTON STREET
                             LAREDO, TEXAS
                               11:00 A.M.

                                MINUTES


      M97-R-33                                  SEPTEMBER 27, 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 led in the Pledge of Allegiance.

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

       Cm. Casso joined the meeting at 11:05 a.m.

       Motion to waive the rules of order and item #2 until the end of the
       meeting.

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

  IV.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

       2. Ordinance approving the 1997 ad valorem tax rate for fiscal year 1997-
          1998, and to provide for the levy and collection of general and
          special ad valorem taxes for the City of Laredo, and providing for the
          levy and collection of alcoholic beverage taxes in accordance with the
          Laws of the State of Texas.

          Florencio Pea, Interim City Manager, gave an overview of the
          effective tax rate for FY97-98 illustrating the following figures:

                    Total Revenue Increase:
                    $20,550,142  Total Tax Levy Proposed FY1997-98 19,100,489
                     Total Tax Levy FY1996-97
                      1,449,653  Revenue Increase

                    $   862,764  Increase due to Improvements
                         49,844  Increase due to Annexations
                        537,046  Increase in Revenues
                    $ 1,449,654  Revenue Increase

                    Proposed Tax Rate:
                    $0.523413    Effective Tax Rate FY1997-98
                        1.03%    1.03 Times the Effective Tax Rate
                    $0.539900    Proposed Tax Rate FY1997-98

                    Total Tax Revenue Increase:
                    $ 1,449,653  Total FY1997-98 Revenues
                     19,100,489  Total FY1996-97 Tax Levy
                          7.59%  Total Levy Increase

                    Increase Over Previous Year's Actual Tax Rate:
                    $0.539930    Proposed FY1997-98 Tax Rate
                     0.526766    FY1996-97 Rax Rate

                     0.013164 - 2.50%

          Phyllis Colon, Tax Assessor/Collector, publicly read the ordinance.

          Motion to adopt the ad valorem tax rate of $0.539930 for FY-1997-98.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council with the exception of: Cm. Bruni,
          Cm. Casso, and Cm. Guerra.

       3. Amending Chapter 2, Article II, Division 6, of the Code of Ordinances
          of the City of Laredo, entitled Pay Administration by suspending
          Sections 2-87.7, Paragraph (d), numbers one through seven, for Fiscal
          Year 1997-1998, and adding a new Number Fifteen to Section 2-87.7,
          Paragraph (d) by adopting a revised pay schedule with effective dates
          of implementation of October 1, 1997, April 1, 1998, and September 30,
          1998.

          Florencio Pea, Interim City Manager, explained the pay plan calls for
          a 5% to all employees on October 1st, 2-1/2% on April 1st, and a 5% on
          September 30th which upgrades the pay plan by 10% by the end of the
          fiscal year.  He added council has been very aggressive in upgrading
          employees fringe benefits over the last two years.  Included in this
          budget is a 2 1/2% increase in our retirement program effective
          January 1st to come to a competitive retirement program and added the
          ordinance is still pending to come before City Council.

          Mayor Ramirez questioned if this contemplates the freezing of hirees
          for six months into the next fiscal year and do we freeze all step
          increases for a minimum of 18 months?

          Mr. Pena answered it does not, they propose to fund this plan through
          salary saving that they had throughout the year.  They would like to
          note that the impact on the property tax next year is approximately
          2.5 cents, so a 4.7% tax increase would be required next year based on
          current values in order to fully fund this plan next year.

          Dan Migura, Administrative Services Director, went over the figures
          that Mr. Pena had presented.  He stated that they are postponing or
          suspend any annual increases/annual review for the next 12 month.
          They are adding a new pay table effective October 1st.

          Mayor Ramirez asked if they are suspending any pay increases for the
          next 12 months?

          Mr. Migura answered yes.  In lieu of that they are proposing a 5%
          across the board effective October 1st, 2 1/2% across the board in
          April 1st, and 2 1/2 across the board on September 30th for a total
          increase in our overall pay plan of 10%.  He said the cost of the
          additional proposed pay plan for 97/98 is $823,621 which is in
          addition what was already budgeted $885,493, the cost impact for
          fiscal year 1998/99 is a total of $1,709,114.

          Cm. Perez stated that a fact that they need to consider is that this
          pay plan has not been upgraded and this is why this is going to cost
          us more, and if they wait more time then it will cost a greater
          amount.

          Mayor Ramirez stated for the record that it is this City Council that
          would be taking the most difficult step to bring the pay plan to where
          it needs to be.  What has happened is that during the last six (6)
          years they have had across the board increase every year, except what
          was happening was that it was not the plan that was being increase and
          the 5% was being used whereas some employees were getting 2%, some 4%
          or even 5% or more, and not everybody was getting a 5%.  He added that
          because some were growing and others weren't this was what was
          happening to the pay plan.  What they are doing under this
          recommendation is a real increase come October 1st, whatever the base
          pay is multiplied by 5% and multiply that by 2 1/2 by April 1st and 2
          1/2% on September.  He concluded that it will be the plan and not the
          positions that will be increased.  Merit increases will be suspended
          during the next 12 months.

          Mrs. Linda Cantu stated she has a problem with this proposed plan,
          that the last 2.5% in September 30th will not be actually be given for
          this fiscal year, but until next fiscal year, it is only committed
          this year.

          Rosalinda Garza, representing city employees, stated that they were
          against the pay plan and recommended the following three options:

	       (1) 15% total increase for FY1997-98, with 7-1/2%  October 1st plus 7-
              1/2% on anniversary or September 1st or 30th of 1998 followed with
              the merit increase plan.

		   (2) $2,500 increase for each employee to upgrade the pay scale
              effective October 1, 1997 or the anniversary date.  (3) 10% as of
              October 1, 1997 and continue with the merit plan.

          Mayor Ramirez questioned what is unfair about the 10% they are
          proposing right now.

          Mr. Garza stated she would like to see the 10% implemented as of
          October 1st.

          Mayor Ramirez explained that if they do this, this might mean cutting
          on positions, equipment, and activities that we currently undertake.
          The monies are not there as of October 1st, to do it for 12 months
          unless this council is willing to raise the taxes beyond the effective
          tax rate.  He added that what they are proposing is not a perfect
          plan, but its at least a step in the right direction.  He added that
          by doing this everybody's anniversary date is going to be October 1st,
          meaning that come next year there won't be employees getting 2%-5%, it
          will be whatever the next City Council decides to approve.

          Cm. Perez stated that this council is then committed to September 30,
          1998, so the other Councilmembers coming on board can make
          arrangements and commit for 1998/99 aside from the 10%.

          Mr. Pena stated that during budget time they will be analyzing how
          much they can afford the following year.  This ordinance suspends all
          anniversary dates, there will be no step increases under the ordinance
          provisions.

          Mayor Ramirez suggested to suspend all hirees for six months, let
          everybody catch up and at the same time it will afford us the
          opportunity to consider as a possibility on April 1st when the 2 1/2%
          comes in an additional 2% at that time based on the saving we might
          have incurred from the freeze on
          the hiring.  He wants staff to look at the vacant positions and come
          back with recommendation as to which ones are critical and which one
          can be frozen.  He said the 10% is the solution for the long term, but
          he wants them to see what can be done for the short term as well.  He
          wants staff to analyze those positions and hold them off.

          Mr. Pena stated they will address it to some extent, but not fully
          (not until at least 9/30/98) because all they are doing is 5 and 2.5.
          The other option that they might consider is that right now there is
          authority to hire based on skills or education everywhere in the pay
          plan, but that we limit all hires to step one.  He added if we do this
          we are still not
          competitive anyway.   He does not recommended freezing positions.
          Mayor Ramirez stated most of those positions have not been filled in
          three months, so if they were critical something must be going wrong.
          He wants Mr. Pena to come back and tell council which ones are
          critical and which ones are not, and if one becomes vacant that is
          critical that he let council know.

          Cm. Bruni wants to see if staff can come up with some funding sources
          of things that can be cut off that are not critical and see what the
          additional income from future annexations to do option 3.

          Mayor Ramirez stated that the reality is if they have to come up with
          $4 million now, people would have to be laid off and they don't want
          that.

          Cm. Alvarado spoke on the issue and said they are committed to work
          with the employee and do whatever is possible within the budget.  He
          concluded by saying that they will continue working to better the
          salaries.

          Cm. Valdez stated they are doing their best to give
          employees the maximum that they can, the majority of them will be here
          next year and committed to bigger increase possible next year and
          stands by that commitment.

          Cw. Moreno questioned if next year's council will decide to further
          improve the step by going and improving the steps, if whether to allow
          for merit increases/step increases to take place or any other option
          that staff brings then.  Is that a decision to be made at that time?

          Mayor Ramirez stated if we are able to generate an additional $250,000
          in savings then it may be that at that time they may consider that
          instead of being a 2.5% accelerating it to by adding the 2.5% that is
          proposed for September 30th to April 1st and everybody gets their 10%
          by April 1st instead of September 1st which is going to be guaranteed
          anyway.
          He stated that the plan that is up for today is guaranteeing a 10%
          total cumulative by the end of the year, by freezing if we do freeze
          these positions, and we see the money generated is enough, his
          suggestion to council is to consider that freeze so they can
          accelerate the last 2.5% that is guaranteed for September to April
          1st.

          Motion instructing staff to bring back a list of vacant positions with
          their status as critical or can be suspended for six months and this
          council upon looking at that list will make the decision on whether to
          freeze them or not and that this introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

       4. Amending Ordinance No. 92-O-113 known as the Southwestern Bell
          Telephone Company ("Telephone Company") franchise ordinance by
          amending Section 4 to extend the franchise term for a period of six
          months from the date of expiration of September 30, 1997 until March
          31, 1998 to ensure that the telephone company continues to provide
          telephone service in the City pending the grant of a new franchise.

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

       5. Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a lease agreement with
          A.P.I. for the use of Veterans Field to conduct and promote a boxing
          event.
          1. Lease term is for two nights commencing on October 3, 1997 and
             ending on October 4, 1997;
          2. Total rent shall be $2,000.00.

          Cw. Montalvo requested that staff should come before the council
          before they commit to any more agreements or contracts for Veterans
          Field.

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

   V.  FINAL READINGS
       Motion to waive the final reading of ordinances #97-O-216, #97-O-217,
       #97-O-218, #97-O-218, and #97-O-219.

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

       6. 97-O-216  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease renewal with
                    the State of Texas General Services Commission on behalf of
                    the Texas Department of Health, Public Health Regional 11,
                    for 2,268 square feet of office space at the City of Laredo
                    Health Complex located at 2600 Cedar Street.
                    1. Lease renewal term will be from September 1, 1997,
                       through August 31, 1998, at no space cost; 2. Monthly
                       electricity and janitorial services shall be $703.50.
                       (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-216.

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

       7. 97-O-217  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease renewal with
                    the State of Texas General Services Commission on behalf of
                    University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio for
                    317 square feet of office space at the City of Laredo Health
                    Complex located at 2600 Cedar Street.
                    1. Lease renewal term will be from September 1, 1997,
                       through August 31, 1998.
                    2. Monthly rent shall be $335.88 which includes cost of
                       utilities and janitorial services.  (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-217.

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

       8. 97-O-218  Designating as a public easement, seven tracts of land as
                    part of the proposed extension of Arkansas Avenue from
                    Saunders Street (U.S. Hwy. 59) to Foster Avenue. Said tracts
                    being Tract 1, Tract 2, Tract 3, Tract 4, Tract 5, Tract 6,
                    and Tract 7, out of the Airport Property, being generally
                    described below and providing for an effective date:
                    TRACT 1 - Being 0.335 acres out of Block 22, Subdivision
                    Plat of Laredo Airport in the City of Laredo, Webb County,
                    Texas, as recorded in Volume 5, Page 1, Map records of Webb
                    County, Texas.  TRACT 2 - Being 0.166 acres out of Block 30,
                    Subdivision Plat of Laredo Airport, in the City of Laredo,
                    Webb County, Texas, as recorded in Volume 5, Page 1, Plat
                    records of Webb County, Texas.  TRACT 3 - Being 1.126 acres
                    out of Block 20, Subdivision Plat of Laredo Airport, in the
                    City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, as recorded in Volume 5,
                    Page 1, Map records of Webb County, Texas.  TRACT 4 - Being
                    0.272 acres out of Block 7, Subdivision Plat of Laredo
                    Airport in the City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, as
                    recorded in Volume 5, Page 1, Plat records of Webb County,
                    Texas.  TRACT 5 - Being 2.902 acres out of Block 1,
                    Subdivision Plat of Laredo Airport in the City of Laredo,
                    Webb County, Texas, as recorded in Volume 5, Page 1, Plat
                    records of Webb County, Texas.  TRACT 6 - Being 1.549 acres
                    out of Laredo International Airport Property, as recorded in
                    Volume 478, Pages 479-481, Deed Records of Webb County,
                    Texas; being also out of Survey Number 799, Abstract Number
                    329, in the City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.
                    TRACT 7 - Being 0.642 acres out of the City of Laredo 8.1488
                    acre tract, recorded in Volume 1251, Pages 26-27, Real
                    Property Records of Webb County, Texas, being also out of
                    Survey Number 799, Abstract Number 329, in the City of
                    Laredo, Webb County, Texas.
                    (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-218.

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

       9. 97-O-219  Declaring the public necessity to convert the south 19.08
                    feet by 277.78 feet section of the 400 Block of Ryan Street
                    between Springfield and Maryland Avenues into a parking
                    facility for the East Central Laredo Park and the North side
                    section into a 19 foot wide one-way street from Springfield
                    to Maryland, and authorizing the transfer of $21,124.00,
                    from 1993 CDBG Paving Project 51 Line Item No. 211-9340-597-
                    4951 to the East Central Laredo Park Line Item No.  211-
                    9380-555-1166 to cover the construction of the improvements
                    for this project and providing for an effective date.
                    (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-219.

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

      10. 97-O-220  Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary
                    documents to convey those sections of San Agustin Avenue
                    between Zaragoza and Water Streets and Flores Avenue between
                    Zaragoza and Water Streets to Fasken Ltd., a Texas Limited
                    Partnership in exchange for two corner clip tracts at the
                    intersection of IH 35 and FM 3464 (Milo Interchange). Said
                    street sections being described on "Exhibits A & B" and said
                    corner clip tracts being more particularly described below
                    and more particularly described by Metes and Bounds on
                    "Exhibits C & D", respectively, and providing for an
                    effective date:
                    PARCEL 1 - Being a 15,678.00 square foot (0.35992 of an
                    acre) tract of land, more or less, out of and part of the
                    Barbara T. Fasken 489.11 acre tract of land lying and being
                    in Porcion 20, Abstract 48, Original Grantee, Bautista
                    Garcia, as executed by Palafox Exploration Company to
                    Barbara T.  Fasken by deed dated December 17, 1984 and
                    recorded in Volume 1089, Pages 391-392, Webb County Real
                    Property Records, save and except 8.68 acres conveyed to the
                    State of Texas by deed recorded in Volume 1308, Pages 728-
                    735, Webb County Real Property Records.  PARCEL 2 - Being a
                    5,000.00 square foot (0.1148 of an acre) tract of land, more
                    or less, out of and part of the  Barbara T. Fasken 489.11
                    acre tract of land lying and being in Porcion 20, Abstract
                    48, Original Grantee, Bautista Garcia, as executed by
                    Palafox Exploration Company to Barbara T.  Fasken by deed
                    dated December 17, 1984 and recorded in Volume 1089, Pages
                    391-392, Webb County Real Property Records, save and except
                    8.68 acres conveyed to the State of Texas by deed recorded
                    in Volume 1308, Pages 728-735, Webb County Real Property
                    Records.  (Mario G. Alvarado)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-220.

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

      11. 97-O-221  Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary
                    documents to effectively convey fee simple title to Elsa P.
                    Saenz and Olga Escobar for the sale at Fair Market Value of
                    "Surface Only" of certain City property described as that
                    former section of the 1400 Block of Santa Barbara Street
                    between Texas and Milmo Avenues situated in the Eastern
                    Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, and providing for an
                    effective date.  Louis H. Bruni)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-221 with a correction to
                    read "2500 block" instead of "1400 block" of Santa Barbara
                    Street.

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

      12. 97-O-222  Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary
                    documents to convey a 1.176 acre tract of City-Airport-owned
                    land situated in the north side and contiguous to the Main
                    Post Office, to the U.S.  Postal Service in exchange for the
                    U.S.  Postal Service conveyance to the City of a 0.813 of an
                    acre tract of land, situated in the east portion of the Main
                    Post Office, for the extension of Arkansas Avenue, north of
                    Saunders Street (U.S. Hwy. 59).  Providing for an effective
                    date.  (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-222.

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

      13. 97-O-223  Amending Chapter 14, Garbage, Trash, And Refuse Article I,
                    Section 14-4.1 (d)(7)(8)(9) - Rates, of the Code of
                    Ordinances of the City of Laredo, in order to allow for the
                    collection of landfill fees for disposal of garbage at the
                    City's Landfill site on Sundays by 1) private individuals
                    who are non-residents of the City of Laredo; providing for
                    publication and effective date.  (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-223.

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

      14. 97-O-224  Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1996-1997 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 September 1, 1997 through July 31, 1998 and authorizing
                    the City Manager to implement said budget.  (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-224.

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

      15. 97-O-225  Ordinance amending the City of Laredo, Texas investment
                    policy to comply with House Bill 2799 which amended the
                    public funds investment act, Chapter 2256, of the Texas
                    Government Code. The changes became effective September 1,
                    1997.
                    (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-225.

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

      16. 97-O-226  Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1996-1997 Annual
                    Budget in the amount of $343,844.00 for an Auto Theft Task
                    Force Grant for funding equipment, personnel, travel, and
                    direct operating expenses for the period of September 1,
                    1997 to August 31, 1998.  (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-226.

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

      17. 97-O-227  Ordinance amending a contract with the Texas Department of
                    Health and Budget in the amount of $92,707.00, for the
                    HIV/AIDS Health and Social Services Project of the City of
                    Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September
                    1, 1997, through August 31, 1998; and increase Revenue Line
                    Item 226-0000-323-4050 from $0 to $92,707.00, and
                    Expenditure Line Item 226-6061 from $0 to $92,707.00.  (City
                    Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-227.

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

      18. 97-O-228  Ordinance amending a contract with the Texas Department of
                    Health and Budget in the amount of $66,000.00 for the
                    HIV/AIDS Health Education/Risk Reduction Project of the City
                    of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning
                    September 1, 1997, through August 31, 1998; and increasing
                    Revenue Line Item 226-0000-323-4043 from $0 to $66,000.00,
                    and Expenditure Line Item 226-6063 from $0 to $66,000.00.
                    (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-228.

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

      19. 97-O-229  Ordinance amending the contract with the Texas Department of
                    Health and Budget in the amount of $11,400.00, for the
                    Border Environmental Survey of the City of Laredo Health
                    Department for the period beginning September 1, 1997,
                    through August 31, 1998; and increasing Revenue Line Item
                    226-0000-323-4075 from $0 to $11,400.00, and increasing
                    Expenditure Line Item 226-6074 from $0 to $11,400.00.  (City
                    Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-229.

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

      20. 97-O-230  Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1996-1997 budget in
                    the amount of $131,418.00, for additional salary and fringe
                    benefits and the purchase of five (5) vehicles for the
                    multi-agency financial disruption force grant awarded by the
                    office of National Drug Control Policy beginning July 1,
                    1997 and ending June 30, 1998.  (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-230.

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

  VI.  RESOLUTIONS

      21. 97-R-102  Accepting a Fiscal Year 1997 Military Airport Program (MAP)
                    Grant in the amount of $2.0 Million from the Federal
                    Aviation Administration (FAA) and appropriating the sum of
                    $222,223.00, as the local match and authorizing the City
                    Manager to execute the grant agreement.  The local match is
                    available in the New Airport Passenger Terminal Reserve
                    Account. The federal and local funds will be used to
                    purchase and install four passenger boarding bridges at the
                    new passenger terminal and to acquire a portion of the
                    Runway Protection Zone (RPZ) to Runway 35L.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-102.

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

      22. 97-R-103  Authorizing the Mayor of the City of Laredo to Execute the
                    Metropolitan Transportation Planning Contract with the Texas
                    Department of Transportation for and on behalf of the Laredo
                    Urban Transportation Study (L.U.T.S.).

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-103.

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

 VII.  COMMUNICATIONS

          Mayor Ramirez recognized Cw. Moreno as the newest appointed member by
          Governor Bush to the Texas Teachers Retirement System.

VIII.  ADJOURNMENT

       Motion to adjourn.  Time: 1:15 p.m.

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

I HEREBY CERTIFY THAT THE ABOVE MINUTES CONTAINED IN PAGES 01 TO 15
ARE TRUE COMPLETE AND CORRECT PROCEEDINGS OF THE SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING
HELD ON THE 27TH DAY OF SEPTEMBER, 1997.  A CERTIFIED COPY IS ON FILE AT THE
CITY SECRETARY'S OFFICE.

                                  ________________________
                                   GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.
                                   CITY SECRETARY