CITY OF LAREDO
                      SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING

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

                                MINUTES

       M97-R-34                                  SEPTEMBER 29, 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, JR.,      COUNCILMEMBER, DISTRICT I
       ALFONSO I. "PONCHO" CASSO,      "     , DISTRICT II
       LOUIS H. BRUNI,                 "     , DISTRICT III
       CECILIA MAY MORENO,             "     , DISTRICT IV
       ELISEO VALDEZ,                  "     , 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

       ABSENCES:

       Motion to excuse Cm. Casso.

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

  IV.  APPROVAL OF MINUTES

       2. City Council Meeting of August 18, 1997
          City Council Meeting of August 25, 1997
          City Council Meeting of September 2, 1997
          City Council Meeting of September 8, 1997

          Motion to approve.

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

          Motion to waive the regular order of business and move up items XI-
          A(1) and #35.

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

   V.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

       3. Second reading of an ordinance 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

       4. Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents
          associated with a public sale to convey the "Surface Only" of a 3.0183
          acre tract of non-aeronautical use land (approximately 131,480 square
          feet) being a part of Block No. 21-Subdivision Plat of Laredo Airport
          and located at the Laredo International Airport, together with
          improvements located thereon and subject to that lease agreement as
          amended between the City of Laredo, as Lessor and Pacific Southwest
          Bank, as Lessee, and being more particularly described by metes and
          bounds to Commerce Bank for the purchase price of $1,492,000.00. Said
          tract of land is located at the 2100 Block of Saunders Street.  (NOTE:
          Action must first be initiated in item #11 prior to action being taken
          on this one.)

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

  VI.  FINAL READINGS
       Motion to waive the final reading of ordinances #97-O-231, #97-O-232,
       #97-O-233, and #97-O-234.

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

       5. 97-O-231  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.

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-231.

                    Moved : Cm. Perez
                    Second: Cw. Montalvo
                    For:  5             Against:  2         Abstain:  0
                    Cm. Perez           Cm. Bruni
                    Cw. Moreno          Cm. Guerra
                    Cm. Valdez
                    Cm. Alvarado
                    Cw. Montalvo

       6. 97-O-232  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.

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-232.

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

       7. 97-O-233  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.

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-233.

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

       8. 97-O-234  Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's FY 1996-97 budget by
                    transferring $225,000.00 from General Fund to Capital
                    Improvement Fund, and authorizing the City Manager to amend
                    budget for proposed FY 97-98 projects that can be funded
                    through current fiscal year and as line-item savings
                    materialize.  (As Amended)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-234.

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

 VII.  RESOLUTIONS

       9. 97-R-108  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a supplemental grant
                    to the COPS Ahead grant from the United States Department of
                    Justice in the amount of $750,000.00, with the City
                    designating $407,650.00, in matching funds for a total of
                    $1,157,650.00, for a three year funding of the "Universal
                    Hiring" Program beginning August 1, 1997 through July 31,
                    2000.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-108.

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

      10. 97-R-110  Appointing Mr. Erasmo A Villarreal to the Board of Directors
                    of the Laredo Housing Finance Corporation.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-110.

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

VIII.  MOTIONS

      11. Authorizing competitive bid award to Sole Bidder meeting bid
          specifications Commerce Bank for the sale, in the amount of
          $1,492,000.00, of the "Surface Only" of a 3.0183 acre tract of non-
          aeronatical use land (approximately 131,480 square feet) being a part
          of Block No. 21 - Subdivision Plat of Laredo Airport and located at
          the Laredo International Airport, together with improvements located
          thereon and subject to that lease agreement as amended between the
          City of Laredo, as Lessor and Pacific Southwest Bank, as Lessee, and
          being more particularly described by metes and bounds.  Said tract of
          land is located at the 2100 Block of Saunders Street.

          Motion to approve.

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

      12. Approve the bid specifications for the proposed public sale of one
          approximate 3.0004 acre tract of Airport Fund non-aeronautical use
          land located at the Laredo International Airport and authorizing the
          City Manager to re-bid the subject 3.0004 acre tract by itself. The
          subject property is bounded by Saunders Hwy. 59 on the south, Pacific
          Southwest Regional Medical Center Hospital to the west. The appraised
          and minimum value acceptable to the City for the subject tract is
          $918,000.00.

          Motion to approve.

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

      13. Authorization to advertise for Requests for Proposals from interested
          parties to operate and manage concessions at the new airport passenger
          terminal of the Laredo International Airport.  Concessions consist of
          car rental, gift shop,

          restaurant, duty free store, advertising displays, and automated
          teller machine.

          Motion to approve.

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

      14. Award of contracts to the LOW BIDDERS MEETING SPECIFICATIONS, a)
          Micron Electronics, Inc., Nampa, ID, in the amount of $22,747.20, for
          the purchase of eleven personal computers for various City
          Departments,
          b) Larry A. Norton Company, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $7,308.00,
             for the purchase of six computer terminals, and c) Omni Computers,
             Austin, Texas, in the amount of $6,190.00, for the purchase of two
             notebook computers. All vendors are State of Texas -Qualified
             Information System Vendors and will be delivered within 30 days.

          Motion to approve.

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

      15. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, H.E.S.T.  Fitness Products, San
          Antonio, Texas, in the amount of $32,428.00, for the purchase of
          exercise equipment for the four recreation centers. The equipment
          consist of climbers, crosstrainers and stationary bikes. A total of
          two bids were received for this purchase.  Funding is available in the
          Recreation Department's capital outlay budget.

          Motion to approve.

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

      16. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, C.E.D.  Electrical Distributors,
          Inc., in the amount of $55,837.30, for the purchase of commercial tree
          lights and bulbs. These lights will be installed on trees within the
          downtown central business district. A total of two bids were received
          for this purchase. Funding for these lights is available from CDBG
          funds.  Delivery of all items ordered is expected within thirty days.

          Motion to approve.

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

      17. Award of contract to the SOLE BIDDER, Jones Environmental Drilling,
          Inc. Corpus Christi, Texas, in the amount of $15,320.04 for
          Installation/Construction of four (4) Groundwater Monitoring Wells at
          the City's Municipal Landfill in compliance with Texas Natural
          Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) Chapter 330 Subchapter I
          (Groundwater Sampling and Monitoring) and Subchapter J (Closure).

          Motion to approve.

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

      18. Award of an engineering contract to Rust Lichliter/Jameson, Houston,
          Texas, for an amount not to exceed $165,470.00 to provide professional
          engineering services for Cells 9 and 10 at the City of Laredo Landfill
          to include design, permit modification, preparation of construction
          plans and specifications with cost estimates, construction quality
          assurance, and GCLER/FMLER Reports as required for compliance with the
          Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission's Subtitle D
          Requirements of 30 TAC 330 Municipal Solid Waste Regulations.  Funding
          is available in the Landfill Improvements Other Than Building.

          Motion to approve.

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

      19. Award of an engineering contract to Raba Kistner Consultants, Inc.,
          Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $149,337.00 to provide
          consulting services to design, preparation of plans and specifications
          with cost estimates and construction quality assurance for Cells 11
          and 12 at the City of Laredo Landfill locate at U.S. Natural Resource
          Conservation Commission's Subtitle D Requirements of 30 TAC 330
          Municipal Solid Waste Regulations.  Funding is available in the
          Landfill Improvements Other Than Buildings Account.

          Motion to approve.

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

      20. Award of an surveying contract to Howland Surveying Company, Inc.,
          Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $22,550.00 to provide
          boundary and topographic surveying, construction staking, and
          certification of the subgrade, HDPE panel layout with seams and
          repairs and the two-foot protective cover for Cells 11 and 12 at the
          City of Laredo Landfill located at U.S. Highway 359. These services
          provide support for the engineering design, construction plans and
          specifications, construction quality assurance, and GCLER/FMLER
          Reports as required for compliance with Texas Natural Resource
          Conservation Commission's (TNRCC) Subtitle D Requirements of 30 TAC
          330 Municipal Solid Waste Regulations. Funding is available in the
          Landfill Improvements Other Than Buildings Account.

          Motion to approve.

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

  IX.  CITY MANAGER'S REPORT

      21. Presentation regarding a staff recommendation on the request by
          Candelario Viera for a third injury leave extension, with possible
          action.  Staff recommends that Mr. Viera first utilize his accrued
          sick leave and annual leave prior to the City Council considering a
          third injury leave extension.

          Florencio Pea, Interim City Manager, recommended that
          Mr.  Viera utilize his accumulated sick leave days for the balance of
          his rehabilitation or until it is determined whether Mr. Viera will be
          able to return to work.  He also added that Mr. Viera explore the
          possibility of disability retirement should his treating doctor
          indicates he will be unable to return to his original job.

          Gilbert Sanchez, Risk Manager, stated that Mr. Viera has been granted
          2-1/2 years of paid injury to date and that he 143 days of accumulated
          sick leave and 73 days of accumulated annual leave currently.

          Motion to allow Mr. Viera to use 15 days out of the 143 sick leave and
          53 days of the 143 annual leave for a total of 68 days.

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

      22. Consideration of a request by the Laredo Independent School District
          (LISD) to participate in the design and construction of a project to
          address the traffic circulation and drop-off area concerns at Farias
          Elementary School. LISD has agreed to pay 50% of the cost of the
          design to be prepared by Traffic Engineers, Inc., as well as the
          construction of this project and has appropriated $67,000.00, for this
          project. The City currently has enough funds to share in the cost of
          the design ($2,850.00) of this project.

          Cm. Bruni stated that in the future schools should plan for drop off
          designations before the city approves any plans.

          Motion to instruct staff to meet with LISD Superintendent, principles,
          and board to have a dialogue and pursue issues and come up with a
          master plan to resolve these type of problems.

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

      23. Presentation regarding the Gallagher Street Improvements Project to
          include 3 blocks of paved road with water and sewer improvements
          between Hillside Road and Calton Road in support of the Gallagher
          Gardens Low Income Housing Project which consists of 56 multi-family
          housing units to be constructed by the METRO Affordable Housing
          Corporation.

          Cindy Collazo, CD Director, reported that the cost estimate is
          $288,746 of which only $110,000 is available and suggested that it be
          done in two phases.

          Florencio Pea, Interim City Manager, reported that we still don't
          have the right-of-ways because staff has experienced difficulty in
          obtaining it through donation.  He suggested

          that in order to expedite the project that staff is proposing a 20 ft.
          wide pavement section and water and sanitary sewer improvements.

          Motion to instruct staff to proceed with looking at various options
          for funding the remainder of the project and/or phasing the
          construction of this project over a couple of fiscal years to be able
          to fund it accordingly.

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

   X.  COMMUNICATIONS

          None.

  XI.  CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION AND PRESENTATION

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

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

       1. Recognizing Mr. Carlos Garza for his hard work and dedication while
          serving on the Laredo Convention and Visitor's Bureau Advisory Board.

          Mayor Ramirez recognized Mr. Carlos Garza for his hard work and
          dedication while serving on the Laredo Convention and Visitor's Bureau
          Advisory Board.

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

       1. Discussion and possible directing staff to develop an ordinance which
          will limit the number of discussion items that may be placed on a City
          Council Meeting by each Councilmember to three.

          Motion to approve with an amendment that the limit of items be four
          instead of three.

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

    C.  Requests by Councilmember Louis H. Bruni

       1. Discussion and possible action regarding directing staff to seek
          formal bids for the construction of a sidewalk around Newman
          Elementary School.

          Cm. Bruni stated that the school has already received $15,500 from a
          private source, he will try to see how much more he can get from the
          private sector, and that the city should come up with the balance.

          Motion to instruct staff to go out for formal bids.

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

    D.  Requests by Councilmember Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

       1. Discussion and possible action regarding directing staff to work with
          the Laredo Independent School District to develop a traffic plan to
          help the flow of traffic around Alma Pierce Elementary School.

          Cm. Valdez stated that this item has been taken care off already by staff.
		  staff.

       2. Status report on the moving of the fences in El Chaparral and the
          Retama I area.

          Cindy Collazo, CD Director, reported that there are 18 property owners
          of which 16 have signed up and 2 refused.  The adjacent property
          owners have agreed to take that over so they are just developing that
          form, their plan is to bring it to council at the first meeting in
          October.  After that they will move onto the Retama area.

       3. Discussion and possible action regarding a large number of
          constituents who have received high utility bills over the past month.
          Directing staff to review billing methodology and to develop a plan to
          address these situations.

          Cm. Valdez questioned what will be done with the consumer that
          consumes less than 4,000 gallons, will they receive some sort of a
          credit?

          Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, stated there is no credit, the
          minimum number of gallons is 4,000.  Anything between 0 and 4,000 will
          cost the minimum which is in the order of $28.00 plus garbage,
          mandates and any other charges.  The only option is if they reduce the
          minimum, it will change the composition of the revenues and it would
          need to be studied.  He presented a temperature vs.  production
          analysis of the 1997 summer showing 45% more in June than April in
          water usage.  The usage went from 27 million gallons per day in June
          to 36 million gallons in August.  He also reported that the accuracy
          in meter reading was 85% in June, 94% in July, and 97% in August.  He
          stated we need to improve in our customer maintenance via the meter
          maintenance.  He suggested that we do an allocation throughout this
          coming budget if they can identify the money to hire a force to help
          us maintain the meters.  There are 40,000 meters by the time they
          finish there will be about 42,000 meters or 44,000 customers if we
          consider apartments, etc.

          He suggested that in order to do this they need about 400 employee
          days in other words if he has 10 employees they would have do 100
          meter each a day each for 40 days.  Doing it with our own people would
          probably cost about $50,000-$60,000, they would be doing this on top
          of the work they have and do it on weekends.  They started two
          weekends ago but have had to pay overtime.  If we do this with an
          outside firm maybe we can do this for $20,000-$30,000.

          His second alternative is to clean the meters once and appeal to our
          customers to help us maintain the meters that will be in their benefit
          that their meters will always be correct.

          Cm. Valdez wants that an incentive be consider for people using less
          than the minimum, that the elderly and retired be considered, those
          that have a fixed income.

          Mr. Roman stated the only thing we have for the elderly is
          a waiver of the $100.00 deposit instead it is $30.00 for them.

          Cm. Alvarado stated that follow-up from staff should be made on calls,
          added that some type of a policy needs to be put in place on
          complaints.

          Cm. Valdez suggested that staff look at below poverty income to
          explore the idea and come up with a formula.

          Motion to instruct staff to look at a barebone fixed minimum rate
          fixed that we can charge persons over 65 that are within guidelines
          such as the ones used in Community Development, whereas they are the
          main providers of income of that household, make income the driving
          factor as to whether they can be allowed the exemption or not.  That
          staff see if it is something feasible and that we can do to be able to
          make another billing category of customer that the definition of that
          customer would be a consumer over 65 that has "x" amount maximum
          combined income and that it has to be a household, etc. and bring back
          to council with a minimum rate which would be what they would be
          charged on a fixed bases.

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

 XII.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

      25. Public hearing concerning the application by Killam Oil Company,
          amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning
          77.0961 acres, located on the Bob Bullock Loop south of T.A.M.I.U.,
          from AG (Agricultural District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).
          The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval of this zone
          change.
                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning 77.0961 acres, located on the Bob Bullock Loop south of
          T.A.M.I.U., from AG (Agricultural District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial
          District).  Providing for publication and effective date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Keith Selman, Planning Director, made the presentation.

          Carlos Mejia, from Mejia Engineering Company, spoke in favor of the
          zone change request due to the fact that they have complied with all
          the requirements of P&Z.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Bruni

      26. Public hearing concerning the application by Eduardo Castillo,
          amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning
          Lot 6, Block 120, Eastern Division, located at 4119 Springfield
          Avenue, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Business
          District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval of
          this zone change.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning Lot 6, Block 120, Eastern Division, located at 4119
          Springfield Avenue, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1
          (Limited Business District).  Providing for publication and effective
          date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Valdez

      27. Public hearing concerning the application by Miguel Angel Munoz,
          amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning
          Lot 7, Block 1800, Eastern Division, located at 2920 Musser Street,
          from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Business
          District). This is an appeal from a recommendation to deny by the
          Planning and Zoning Commission.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning Lot 7, Block 1800, Eastern Division, located at 2920 Musser
          Street, from R-3 (Mixed Residential

          District) to B-1 (Limited Business District).  Providing for
          publication and effective date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Mrs. Rebecca Castillo spoke against the zone change request.

          Motion to close the public hearing and concur with P&Z to deny the
          zone change request.

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

      28. Public hearing concerning the application by Oscar Pea, amending the
          Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 11, Block
          107, Eastern Division, located at 318 Ash Street from B-1 (Limited
          Business District) to R-O (Residential/Office District). The Planning
          and Zoning Commission recommends approval of this zone change.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning Lot 11, Block 107, Eastern Division, located at 318 Ash
          Street from B-1 (Limited Business District) to R-O (Residential/Office
          District).  Providing for publication and effective date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

          Moved : Cw. Moreno
          Second: Cm. Valdez
          For:  7                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0

          Ordinance Introduction: Cw. Moreno

      29. Public hearing concerning the application by Viviana Frank, amending
          the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 279,
          Block 18, Del Mar Hills, Section 1, Area C, located at 219 Del Mar
          Blvd., from R-2 (Multi-Family District) to R-O (Residential/Office
          District). The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval of
          this zone change.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning Lot 279, Block 18, Del Mar Hills, Section 1, Area C, located
          at 219 Del Mar Blvd., from R-2 (Multi-Family District) to R-O
          (Residential/Office District).  Providing for publication and
          effective date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Ms. Viviana Frank spoke in favor of the zone change without any
          conditions.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance with a
          conditional use for office and residential only and non-transferable
          restriction.

          Moved : Cm. Guerra
          Second: Cm. Bruni
          The second was withdrawn by Cm. Bruni and the motion died for lack of
          another second.

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

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Guerra

      30. Public hearing concerning the application by Kay Carmona amending the
          issuance of a Special Use Permit for a Mobile Home Park known as
          Carmona's Mobile Home Park, on Blocks 2, 3, 15, and 18, out of the
          Calton Gardens Subdivision, located

          at 5000 Gallagher Avenue.  The Planning and Zoning Commission
          recommends approval of this Special Use Permit and variance.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the issuance of a Special Use Permit for a Mobile
          Home Park known as Carmona's Mobile Home Park, on Blocks 2, 3, 15, and
          18, out of the Calton Gardens Subdivision, located at 5000 Gallagher
          Avenue.  Providing for publication and effective date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Mr. Rafael Algundin, husband of Kay Carmona, spoke in favor of the
          zone change request.

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

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Guerra

          Mayor Ramirez left the meeting at this point, time: 8:20 p.m.

      31. Public hearing concerning the application by Killam Investments, LTD.,
          amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning
          2.6387 acres, located on the southwest corner of the intersection of
          Killam Industrial Blvd., and FM1472, from B-1 (Limited Business
          District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District). The Planning and
          Zoning Commission recommends approval of this zone change.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning 2.6387 acres, located on the southwest corner of the
          intersection of Killam Industrial Blvd., and FM1472, from B-1 (Limited
          Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for
          publication and effective date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

          Moved : Cm. Guerra
          Second: Cw. Moreno
          For:  6                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0 Mayor
          Protem Perez was not voting.

          Jeff Brown, Investment Officer for Killam Investments, Ltd., spoke in
          favor of the zone change request.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Alvarado

      32. Public hearing concerning the application by George Meyer, amending
          the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1,
          Block 1, Daniel Garza Plat, located at the intersection of Del Mar
          Blvd., and Santa Maria Road, from B-3 (Community Business District) to
          B-4 (Highway Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission
          recommends approval of this zone change.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning Lot 1, Block 1, Daniel Garza Plat, located at the
          intersection of Del Mar Blvd., and Santa Maria Road, from B-3
          (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).
          Providing for publication and effective date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Alvarado

      33. Public hearing concerning the application by Killam Investments, LTD.,
          amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning
          1 acre, located on the southwest corner of the intersection of Killam
          Industrial Blvd., and FM 1472, from B-1 (Limited Business District) to
          B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission
          recommends approval of this zone change.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning 1 acre, located on the southwest corner of the intersection
          of Killam Industrial Blvd., and FM 1472, from B-1 (Limited Business
          District) to B-3 (Community Business District). Providing for
          publication and effective date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Alvarado

      34. Public hearing concerning the application by James P. Marchak and D.
          Vic McDaniel, authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for a
          sexually oriented business, on Lot 9, Block 1, Tejas Industrial Park,
          Unit V, located at 8703 San Lorenzo Drive.  The Planning and Zoning
          Commission recommends approval of this Special Use Permit.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for a
          sexually oriented business, on Lot 9, Block 1, Tejas Industrial Park,
          Unit V, located at 8703 San Lorenzo Drive.  Providing for publication
          and effective date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

          Moved : Cw. Montalvo
          Second: Cm. Alvarado
          For:  6                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

          Moved : Cm. Alvarado
          Motion died due to lack of a second.

          Motion to close the public hearing and deny issuance of a special use
          permit.

          Moved : Cw. Moreno
          Second: Cm. Valdez
          For:  5                       Against:  0         Abstain:  1
          Cm. Bruni                                        Cm. Alvarado Cw.
          Moreno
          Cm. Valdez
          Cm. Guerra
          Cw. Montalvo

      35. Public hearing concerning the application by Northern Tours, Inc.,
          Jerry Radcliff, amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of
          Laredo by rezoning Lots 1, 2, and 3, Block 176, Western Division,
          located at 1005 San Bernardo Avenue, from CBD (Central Business
          District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District). This is an appeal from
          a recommendation to deny by the Planning and Zoning Commission.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning Lots 1, 2, and 3, Block 176, Western Division, located at
          1005 San Bernardo Avenue, from CBD (Central Business District) to B-4
          (Highway Commercial District).  Providing for publication and
          effective date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Larry Dovalina, C&V Director, spoke against the zone change request
          due to the traffic congestion problems getting worse if a bus line is
          approved in that particular area, specially at peak times.  He also
          added that the evaluation is a concern since he has seen one bus get
          stuck at its entrance.

          Ron Whitehawk, representing Northern Tours, stated that the bus line
          wants to stay close to the Central Business District and close to IH-
          35.  He said that the owners may be willing to minimize buses during
          peak hours and that they have a driveway reconstruction permit
          approved by the Engineering Department to solve the elevation problem.

          Motion deny the zone change request.

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

          Motion to approve the request with a Conditional Use Permit as
          prepared by staff and bring back to council for approval and
          introduction with permit conditions.

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

      36. Public hearing concerning the application by Pedro Villa, authorizing
          the issuance of a Special Use Permit for a bar in the Old Mercado
          Historic District, on Lot 2, Block 42, Western Division, located at
          513 San Agustin Avenue. This is an appeal from a recommendation to
          deny by the Planning and Zoning Commission.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for a bar
          in the Old Mercado Historic District, on Lot 2, Block 42, Western
          Division, located at 513 San Agustin Avenue. Providing for publication
          and effective date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Larry Dovalina, C&V Director, spoke against the zone change request.
          The following persons spoke against the zone change request:

          (1) - Elizabeth Gil
          (2) - Rosa Hoffman
          (3) - Martha Gonzalez from the Laredo Center for the Arts
          (4) - Margarita Araiza from Webb County Heritage Foundation
		  (5) - Viviana Frank

          Motion to close the public hearing and concur with P&Z to deny the
          zone change request.

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

      37. Public hearing concerning the application by Jorge Gutierrez, amending
          the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots
          1,2,3, 4,5,6,10,11, and 12, and the east 83.6 ft. of Lots 7,8, and 9,
          Block 728, Western Division, located at 2402 Gonzalez Street, from M-1
          (Light Manufacturing District) to R-3 (Mixed Residential District).
          The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval of this zone
          change.

                 INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning Lots 1,2,3, 4,5,6,10,11, and 12, and the east 83.6 ft. of
          Lots 7,8, and 9, Block 728, Western Division, located at 2402 Gonzalez
          Street, from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to R-3 (Mixed
          Residential District).  Providing for publication and effective date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cw. Montalvo

XIII.  ADJOURNMENT

          Motion to adjourn.

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

          Adjournment time: 8:40 P.M.


I HEREBY CERTIFY THAT THE ABOVE MINUTES CONTAINED IN PAGES 01 TO 23
ARE TRUE, COMPLETE, AND CORRECT PROCEEDINGS OF THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON
SEPTEMBER 29, 1997.  A CERTIFIED COPY IS ON FILE AT THE CITY SECRETARY'S OFFICE.


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                                   GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.
                                   CITY SECRETARY