CITY OF LAREDO
                           CITY COUNCIL MEETING

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

                                 MINUTES


        M97-R-35                                  OCTOBER 6, 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

        Motion to dispense with the regular order of business and move up items
        D(1), #54, #55, and #18 for consideration at this time.

        Moved : Cm. Guerra
        Second: Cm. Alvarado
        For:  7                          Against:  0         Abstain:  0 Cm.
        Casso had not yet arrived.

        Cm. Casso joined the meeting at 5:35 p.m.

        Motion to move waive the rules of order and move item IX. under
        Communications.

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

  IV.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

       2. An ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute an agreement
          providing for possible reimbursement of part of the cost of
          constructing a sanitary sewer line incurred by Mr.  Camilo Prada.

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

       3. Granting a license to Grande River Communications, Inc., to erect,
          construct, maintain, and operate a wire telecommuni-cations system
          pursuant to the City of Laredo's Wire Telecommunications System
          licensing Ordinance No. 96-O-185.

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

       4. Granting a license to GST Telecom Texas, Inc. to erect, construct,
          maintain, and operate a wire telecommunications system pursuant to the
          City of Laredo's Wire Telecommunications System licensing Ordinance
          No.  96-O-185.

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

       5. Amending Section 2-5, titled "City Council Meetings," of the code of
          ordinances of the City of Laredo, thereby limiting the number of
          discussion items that may be placed on a City Council Meeting Agenda
          by each councilmember to four (4); providing severability; and
          providing for an effective date.

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

   V.  FINAL READINGS

          Motion to waive the final reading of ordinances #97-O-235, #97-O-237,
          #97-O-238, #97-O-239, #97-O-240, #97-O-241, #97-O-242, #97-O-243, #97-
          O-244, and #97-O-245.

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

       6. 97-O-235  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.  Said tract of land is
                    located at the 2100 Block of Saunders Street. (City Council)

                    Mayor Ramirez suggested that Mr. Landin come back with a
                    recommendation on to how to deal with the eventual sale of
                    this property, how this property would develop, how it
                    relates to the current construction that is going on for
                    traffic flow and what traffic patterns need to be adopted by
                    this council for the future development of the area.

                    Motion to table ordinance #97-O-235 for the next regular
                    meeting of October 20th subject to a staff recommendation on
                    dealing with the traffic congestion in the general area
                    prior to any action taken.

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

       7. 97-O-237  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.      (Louis H. Bruni)

                    Motion to approve ordinance #97-O-037.

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

       8. 97-O-238  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.     (Eliseo Valdez, Jr.)

                    Motion to approve ordinance #97-O-038.

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

       9. 97-O-239  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.      (Cecilia May Moreno)

                    Motion to approve ordinance #97-O-039.

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

      10. 97-O-240  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.  (Joe A.
                    Guerra)

                    Motion to approve ordinance #97-O-040.

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

      11. 97-O-241  Ordinance amending the issuance of a Special Use Permit for
                    a Mobile Home Park known as Carmona's Mobile Home Park, on
                    Blocks 2, 15, and 18, out of the Calton Gardens Subdivision,
                    located at 5000 Gallagher Avenue. Providing for publication
                    and effective date.  (Joe A. Guerra) (As Amended)

                    Motion to approve ordinance #97-O-041.

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

      12. 97-O-242  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
                    FM 1472, from B-1 (Limited Business District) to B-4
                    (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and
                    effective date.  (Mario G. Alvarado)

                    Motion to approve ordinance #97-O-042.

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

      13. 97-O-243  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.  (Mario G. Alvarado)

                    Motion approve ordinance #97-O-043.

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

      14. 97-O-244  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.   (Mario G. Alvarado)

                    Motion approve ordinance #97-O-044.

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

      15. 97-O-245  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.
                    (Consuelo "Chelo" Montalvo)

                    Motion approve ordinance #97-O-035.

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

  VI.  RESOLUTIONS

      16. 97-R-109  Authorizing the City Manager to accept an agreement with the
                    Drug Enforcement Administration in the amount of $98,391.00,
                    for the funding of the HIDTA Intelligence Unit (Special
                    Police Program) for the period beginning October 1, 1997 and
                    ending September 30, 1998.

                    Motion to approve.

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

      17. 97-R-111  Accepting two grants from the Texas Department of Health
                    totaling $638,000.00, as follows:
                    a) $492,000.00, for the Maternal and Child Health (MCH)
                       Program and
                    b) $146,000.00, for the (Community) Health Education Project
                       of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period
                       beginning September 1, 1997, through August 31, 1998.

                    Motion to approve.

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

      18. 97-R-112  Nominating candidates for the position to be filled on the
                    Board of Directors of the Webb County Appraisal District;
                    and directing the City Secretary to transmit a copy of this
                    resolution to the Chief Appraiser of the Webb County
                    Appraisal District on or before October 15, 1997 or as soon
                    as possible thereafter.

                    Mayor Ramirez nominated Cm. Bruni and Cm. Valdez, with Cm.
                    Bruni receiving the bulk of the votes to secure one position
                    and the remainder of the votes be assigned to Cm. Valdez.

                    Florencio Pena, City Manager, stated that this year it will
                    take 1,000 votes to get one representative from the city,
                    they have 989 which means that the other 11 votes will have
                    to be discussed with some of the other entities such as Rio
                    Bravo, Mirando, etc.  They can go ahead and nominate and
                    cast two names now, but they will come back for the actual
                    voting.

                    Motion to give the bulk of the votes to Cm. Bruni and any
                    balance to Cm. Valdez.

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

      19. 97-R-113  Accepting a grant from the Texas Department of Health in the
                    amount of $42,000.00, for the Chronic Disease Prevention
                    Program, Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Project of the
                    City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning
                    September 1, 1997, through August 31, 1998; and authorizing
                    the City Manager to execute the contract.

                    Motion to approve.

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

      20. 97-R-114  Accepting the donation of a parcel of land as a Dedication
                    of Right-of-Way from Mr. Miguel Gamez.  Said parcel of land
                    being the East 20 feet of Block 57, Calton Gardens
                    Subdivision, as per plat recorded in Volume 1, Page 119,
                    Webb County, Texas Plat Records; being adjacent and parallel
                    to Marcella Avenue, which runs the entire length of the
                    Eastern property line of Block 57.

                    Motion to approve.

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

      21. 97-R-115  Accepting the donation of a parcel of land as a Dedication
                    of Right-of-Way from Berlanga Builders, Inc. Said parcel of
                    land being the East 20 feet of Block 52, Calton Gardens
                    Subdivision, as per plat recorded in Volume 1, Page 119,
                    Webb County, Texas Plat Records; being adjacent and parallel
                    to Marcella Avenue, which runs the entire length of the
                    Eastern property line of Block 52.

                    Motion to approve.

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

      22. 97-R-116  Supporting the acceptance of individual fence relocation
                    agreements through which property owners, who reside in the
                    Chaparral subdivision and whose properties are located
                    adjacent to the Zacate Creek may relocate their fence lines
                    to encompass that portion of the City's easement for their
                    use and enjoyment on the condition that the owners maintain
                    the easement, continue to allow utility companies access and
                    refrain from constructing fences or placing structures which
                    impede the flow of water or cause ponding of flood waters as
                    they flow down the upper Zacate Creek for the duration that
                    the agreement remains in force until terminated by the City;
                    and authorizing the City Manager to execute all agreements
                    resulting from such action.

                    Motion to approve.

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

      23. 97-R-117  Accepting the donation of a two acre tract of land from Mr.
                    Blackstone Dilworth, Jr., Mr. J.B. "Scott" Dilworth, III,
                    and Ms. Diane Dilworth Gates, for construction of a fire
                    station on North McPherson Road. Said tract of land being
                    situated in Porcion 21, Porcion 22, and the northeast part
                    of survey number 2415, S.F. 14283, Webb County, Texas; being
                    generally described below, and more particularly described
                    by metes and bounds.  Being 2.00 acres (87,120 square feet)
                    of land situated in Porcion 21, Porcion 22, and the
                    northeast part of survey number 2415, S.F. 14283, Webb
                    County, Texas, being a portion of that certain 2,307.116
                    acre tract called 2,389.5 acres, known as San Isidro Ranch,
                    conveyed to B.  Dilworth by deed recorded in Volume 220,
                    pages 148-150 of the Deed of Records of Said County.

                    Motion to approve.

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

 VII.  MOTIONS

      24. Approval of bid specifications and authorization to advertise for bids
          for the following:
          a) Lubricants, six month contract - Fleet Maintenance Division b) Tire
          & Tubes, six month contract - Fleet Maintenance Division.
          c) Windshield repair service - Fleet Maintenance Division
          d) Office Supply Contract - All Departments
          e) Internet Service - Public Library
          f) Raw Water Pump Repair - Utilities Department, Water Treatment
             Division
          g) Hauling service, drying sludge - Utilities Department, Water
             Treatment Division
          A tentative bid award is scheduled for November 3, 1997.

          Motion to approve.

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

      25. Authorization to advertise for Request for Proposal (RFPs) to provide
          Professional Engineering Services for mitigation of methane gas
          migration at the City of Laredo Type I Landfill located on Highway 359
          which include the nature and extent of the methane gas migration,
          engineering design, preparation of construction plans and
          specifications with cost estimates as required for compliance with
          Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission's Subtitle D
          requirements of 30 TAC 330 municipal solid waste regulations. Funding
          is available in the Landfill Fund.

          Motion to approve.

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

      26. Approval to reject the four (4) bids received September 19, 1997 and
          re-bid the Telecommunications Offices and Public Access Facility to be
          located at the Civic Center on the 900 block of Garden Street.

          Motion to approve.

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

      27. Approval to reject two (2) bids received September 12, 1997 for the
          Azteca Neighborhood Park and Parking Lot Improvements, to modify
          plans, and re-bid the project.

          Motion to approve.

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

      28. Approval of the contract for professional services with the Laredo
          Development Foundation in the amount of $85,000.00, for fiscal year
          beginning October 1, 1997 through September 30, 1998.

          Motion to approve.

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

      29. Approval of the contract for professional services with the Animal
          Protective Society in the amount of $120,000.00, for fiscal year
          beginning October 1, 1997 through September 30, 1998.

          Motion to approve.

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

      30. Approval of a second-year contract with VERTEX TARGETED OPPORTUNITIES
          of Irving, Texas, to complete Medicaid Administrative Claims for the
          City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning October 1,
          1997, through September 30, 1998. Payment will be based on a rate of
          twenty-two (22%) of new funds reimbursed by Medicaid to the City of
          Laredo.

          Motion to approve.

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

      31. Award of a construction contract to the LOWEST BIDDER, Reddy Engineers
          and Contractors, Inc., Houston, Texas, in the amount of $2,629,749.00,
          for the 60 Million Gallon per Day Intake Structure at the Jefferson
          Street Water Treatment Plant per the Texas Water Development Board
          Requirements. A total of seven (7) bids were received. Funding is
          available in the Waterworks System Fund.

          Motion to approve.

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

      32. Award of a construction contract to the SOLE BIDDER, FMC Jetway
          Systems, Ogden Utah, in the amount of $1,713,766.00, for the Passenger
          Loading Bridges Package for the New Airport Passenger Terminal.
          Funding is available in FAA Grant Project No. 03-48-0136-20 which will
          pay 90% of the cost, the local 10% match is available in the Airport
          Fund.  (Note: Action must first be initiated on item #56, prior to
          action being initiated on this item.)

          Motion to approve.

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

      33. Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a contract in the amount
          not to exceed $60,000.00, with the LOW BIDDER, Laboratory Corporation
          of America, San Antonio, Texas, to provide clinical laboratory tests
          on specimens submitted by the City of Laredo Health Department. This
          laboratory is contracted to provide laboratory clinical testing
          services which are not provided in-house or by the Bureau of
          Laboratories of the Texas Department of Health. A total of two bids
          were received these services. The contract price remained the same as
          last year.

          Motion to approve.

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

      34. Award of contracts to the SOLE SOURCE VENDOR, 3M Safety and Security
          Division, St. Paul, MN., in the amount of $21,399.00, for the purchase
          and installation of a collection (book) security system. This system
          uses a magnetic security strip to prevent unauthorized removal of
          materials from the Public Library building.

          Motion to approve.

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

          Motion to waive the rules and move up item #56.

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

      35. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, Texas Spacesaver Systems, Inc.,
          Houston, Texas, in the amount of $17,955.00, for relocation services
          for the Public Library. The contract vendor will be responsible for
          the relocation of certain equipment, furniture, shelving, and the
          collection of books and library materials to the new Public Library. A
          total of three bids were received for these services. Funding is
          available in the Library Project Fund.

          Motion to approve.

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

      36. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, Border Maintenance Service Inc.,
          Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $36,600.00, for providing
          janitorial services for the Health Department - WIC Program, and the
          Santo Nino Branch Library.  The scope of work requires that the
          company provide all personnel, equipment, and supplies needed to
          properly clean the different locations. A total of three bids were
          received for these services.  Funding is available from their
          respective departments.

          Motion to approve.

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

      37. Approval of amendment no. 1, an increase of $3,500.00, to the
          professional services engineering contract with Resource Management
          International (RMI), Inc., Austin, Texas for additional services for
          the telecommunications and audio visual systems for the installation
          of two Intermediate Distribution Facilities (IDF) in conjunction with
          the New Main Library. The original contract amount was $35,293.00.
          This amendment will bring the contract total to $38,793.00. Funding is
          available in the New Main Library Engineering Fees Account.

          Motion to approve.

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

      38. Approval of amendment no. 1, an increase of $25,000.00, to Phase II of
          the professional services engineering contract with CH2M Hill, San
          Antonio, Texas, to conduct compatibility testing for an Aquifer
          Storage and Recovery (ASR) System.  The original contract amount was
          $150,000.00.  This amendment will bring the contract total to
          $175,000.00. Funding is available in the Water Availability Study
          Account.

          Motion to approve.

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

      39. Approval of change order no. 1, an increase in the amount of
          $13,451.13, to Library Interiors, Inc., Bastrop, Texas, for four
          workstations and an information desk for the new Public Library. These
          furnishing will be needed so that the current workstations and
          information desk may be used at the proposed Bruni Plaza branch
          library. Staff had initially planned to relocated these items to the
          new Library building. The workstations and information desk will be
          delivered with the original furniture order. The original contract
          amount was $474,924.55. This change order will bring the contract
          total to $488,375.68. Funding is available in the Main Library
          Project.

          Motion to approve.

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

      40. Approval of change order no. 1, an increase in the amount of
          $14,537.00, to Dell Computers, Austin, Texas, for upgrading the 113
          personal computers ordered for the new library. These computers will
          be upgraded to a faster Pentium Processor with MMX technology and will
          have a network card installed for an additional cost of $128.65 per
          system. This will allow for faster access to the network for on-line
          card catalog, the Internet, CD-ROM and Video Services. The original
          computer configuration was ordered during the month of May. The
          original contract amount was $277,641.00. This change order will bring
          the contract total to $292,178.00.  Funding is available from the
          Library construction budget.

          Motion to approve.

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

      41. Approval of change order no. 1, an increase in the amount of
          $12,150.00, to Lucent Technologies, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, for
          materials and labor to install a fiber optic network at the new Public
          Library building. The telecommunications cabling system will support
          voice and high speed data communications as well as a Community
          Antenna TV (CATV) distribution system and public address system. The
          original contract amount was $53,327.91. This change order will bring
          the contract total to $65,827.91. Funding is available from the
          Library construction budget.

          Motion to approve.

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

      42. Acceptance of the Milmo Avenue, East Corridor and Other Booster Pump
          Stations Project and approval of final payment in the amount of
          $41,184.31 to Lambda Construction Company, New Braunfels, Texas.
          Original contract amount was $677,400.00.  Final contract amount was
          for $702,086.17. The project was completed within the 265 working days
          allotted for the project.  Funding is available in the Waterworks
          System Fund.

          Motion to approve.

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

      43. Approving the City of Laredo Telecommunications Study as prepared by
          Columbia Telecommunications Corporation in order to proceed with the
          implementation of the Institutional Network (I-Net). This plan
          identifies a standard software that will be required of all users.

          Motion to approve.

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

      44. Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the
          Texas Department of Transportation in the amount $19,500, with the
          City designating $10,500.00, in matching funds for a total of
          $30,000.00, for funding of the Speed STEP program for the period of
          October 1, 1997 through September 30, 1998.

          Motion to approve.

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

      45. Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the
          Texas Department of Transportation in the amount $32,500, with the
          City designating $17,500.00, in matching funds for a total of
          $50,000.00, for funding of the "El Protector" Traffic Safety Education
          Program for the period of October 1, 1997 through September 30, 1998.

          Motion to approve.

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

      46. Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the
          Texas Department of Transportation in the amount $10,000.00, with the
          City designating $10,000.00, in matching funds for a total of
          $20,000.00, for funding of the Occupant Protection program (seat belt
          enforcement) for the period of October 1, 1997 through September 30,
          1998.

          Motion to approve.

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

      47. Approval of contracts with providers listed below to provide
          professional health services to clients of the City of Laredo Health
          Department for the period of October 1, 1997, through September 30,
          1998:
               Provider             Program           Contract Amount
          1) J & A Pharmacy   La Familia/HIV-Health     $75,000.00
                              and Social Services

          2) Zoila Meza, LVN  Immunizations/            $25,000.00 Tuberculosis

          3) Home Care of     HIV-Health and Social     $45,000.00
             Texas            Services                 $145,000.00

          Motion to approve.

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

VIII.  CITY MANAGER'S REPORT

      48. Presenting a status report on the progress of the Santa Isabel Water
          Well with possible action.

          Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, reported that he had a meeting
          with the contractor, the possible start up date for this project is
          still November 1st.  They are having the technicians from the member
          "A" company to install the actual arrow unit, next week they should
          have some training and do some trouble shooting in the last two weeks
          of October.

          Cm. Alvarado told Mr. Roman that they need to look at a water point
          for the residents in the area because many of the residents will not
          be able to hook up immediately.

          Cm. Bruni asked Mr. Roman to look at the cost to upgrade the water
          supply.

          Cm. Alvarado asked staff to address a letter to the County
          and advise them concerning the time frame that the city has gotten to
          have production on line and to request that Commissioner Cortez place
          us on the Commissioners Court for action on this matter.

          Mr. Roman stated he will inform them on the firm date so they can do
          the planning on this matter.

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

          Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, stated that the environmental work
          that was holding them up has been completed, the field work has been
          completed, they identified five lots where the Johnston Frankenia
          grass was, they left out four of these lots which belonged to a
          corporation and which were not eligible anyway.  On the fifth vacant
          lot they have to make an effort not to include it in the plan right
          now so that they don't put 5,000 people ahead of one lot.  They expect
          the report from the company doing this environmental work to be ready
          by October 31st, then they will submit it to the Texas Historical
          Commission which should take from 30-60 days.  He feels that the time
          that they will apply where they will put the application to the
          Finance Committee to the Texas Water Development Board would be
          January of 1998 to be funded in February.

      50. Request for Executive Session pursuant to Section 551.071 of the Texas
          Government Code to consult with legal counsel concerning the pending
          litigation filed by Jeffrey H. Tamkin and Joan Tamkin, Airport Lessee,
          as Plaintiffs, v. Webb County Appraisal District, Defendant, in Cause
          No.  97CVQ00898-D3, in the District 341st Judicial District, Webb
          County, Texas.  Return to open session for possible action.

          Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Section 551.071 of the
          Texas Government Code to consult with legal counsel concerning the
          pending litigation filed by Jeffrey H.  Tamkin and Joan Tamkin,
          Airport Lessee, as Plaintiffs, v. Webb County Appraisal District,
          Defendant, in Cause No.  97CVQ00898-D3, in the District 341st Judicial
          District, Webb County, Texas.  Return to open session for possible
          action.

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

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

          Motion to authorize the City Manager and City Attorney to intervene in
          this pending lawsuit in order to preserve and protect the interests of
          the City of Laredo.

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

      51. Request for Executive Session pursuant to Section 551.071 of the Texas
          Government Code to consult with legal counsel concerning the pending
          litigation styled Royal Joint Venture et.al. v.  Louis H. Bruni,
          individually and in his Official Capacity as City Council Member, City
          of Laredo, Civil Action No. L-95-136 in the U.S. District Court for
          the Southern District of Texas.

          Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Section 551.071 of the
          Texas Government Code to consult with legal counsel concerning the
          pending litigation styled Royal Joint Venture et. al. v. Louis H.
          Bruni, individually and in his Official Capacity as City Council
          Member, City of Laredo, Civil Action No. L-95-136 in the U.S. District
          Court for the Southern District of Texas.

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

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

      52. Request for Executive Session pursuant to Section 551.071 to consult
          with legal counsel concerning the contemplated litigation and ongoing
          investigation of the City of Laredo's Fleet Maintenance Department.

          Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Section 551.071 to
          consult with legal counsel concerning the contemplated litigation and
          ongoing investigation of the City of Laredo's Fleet Maintenance
          Department.

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

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

  IX.  COMMUNICATIONS

       a. Proclaiming October as "Adopt-a-Book" Month.

          Mayor Ramirez publicly read the proclamation and presented it to Ms.
          Rose Woodruff and Mrs. Chuck Owen.

   X.  CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION AND PRESENTATION

          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 setting of a date to hold
          a workshop to identify projects which are going to be funded through
          an issuance of debt.

          Motion to set the date of October 27, 1997.

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

    B.  Requests by Councilmember Alfonso "Poncho" Casso

       1. Status report on the staging area for eliminating the long lines of
          trucks on I.H. 35, with possible action.

          Cm. Casso wanted to know how many acres are being allocated for a
          queuing area at the 4th International Bridge for tractor trailers.

          Florencio Pea, City Manager, stated that staff will provide a detail
          report on amount of acres on both the U.S. side and on the Mexican
          side.

          Cm. Casso stated there are certain things that came from the
          Transportation Committee such as the increasing of bridge fares which
          he is totally against.  Their recommendation was to increase bridge
          fares to hire more police officers, but the hiring of more police
          officers is not going to reduce the long lines at IH-35.  They also
          suggested having concrete barriers on IH-35 up to where the Holiday
          Inn is and that does not solve the problem because we are still going
          to have the long lines up to Del Mar Blvd.  He wants real public input
          and discussion so that we can come back to the public and say "you are
          going to have to live with it for two more years until the bridge is
          operational or we have some different types of solutions".

          Cw. Montalvo suggested going back to using the River Drive Mall
          holding tank and using Santa Isabel Truck Route.

          Cw. Moreno asked what would it take to get additional hours of
          operation.

          Florencio Pea, Interim City Manager, stated that staff has had a
          meeting with the Laredo Transportation Association, custom brokers,
          TxDot, the Chairman of the Transportation Committee, other business
          representatives, and he invites the council to hold a public hearing
          and have those parties come in and give their input because they are
          people in the profession and they understand the situation.  They will
          give a report to council regarding the findings of that meeting.

          They felt that one of the biggest problems we now have is the ongoing
          construction and once it is completed and we have a dedicated lane,
          there will be more order to the movement because there will be two
          lanes that will be specifically for non-commercial type vehicles.

          He added hat they have worked with TxDot, there is some legislation
          that has been passed that allows us to dedicate a lane for commercial
          cargo only.  In essence we need to adopt an ordinance that allows us
          to impose a fine for any trucks that violate that designation.  They
          are looking at possible traffic signalization that would be introduced
          right prior getting into Victoria Street where the trucks may queue a
          little to the north of Victoria.

          He said that all these things are being explored, but the overall
          feeling of the committee is to allow the construction to be finished,
          allow the markings to be done (which will be in December), monitor as
          to how its going to work, in addition to

          that however, they recommend proceeding with the dedication of the
          inside lane as a commercial cargo lane.

          On the issue of mornings and more hours, staff has been working on an
          ordinance to bring back to council to accomplish that.  The use of the
          bridge in the morning was discussed and the feeling is that there are
          Mexican Customs procedures in place that probably do not encourage the
          use of the bridge in the morning.

          Cm. Casso requested a public hearing on October 20th for input from
          experts in the field.

          Cm. Bruni was concerned about the vehicular passengers/citizens that
          are driving near chemical cargo and requested that staff pursue
          contacting the U.S. Customs representatives and see about setting some
          passenger commuter lane where people that travel southbound/northbound
          that travel four or five times a day somehow have a card with them, or
          if they can expedite a
          lane whereby they are not be tied up in traffic.   He clarified he
          wants staff to contact U.S. Customs to see how we can facilitate
          southbound/northbound vehicular passenger vehicles whereas they don't
          have to be blocked near 18-wheelers with hazardous materials cargo.

       2. Discussion and possible action regarding the fence at the City
          Cemetery and the planting of trees along Meadow and Saunders.

          Cm. Casso stated it is his understanding that Mercy wants to pay for
          the planting of trees along Saunders, but that they need permission
          from council and we have not given them permission yet.  He wants
          clarification on the issue because he wants to move in that direction.
          He also wants to know what is going to happen with the other portion
          of the fence, are we going to do it?  If Mercy is going to pay for the
          trees, and if that is going to help the Tree City USA Campaign lets go
          for it and he also wants to know if there is a water well in the
          cemetery or not?

          Mr. Pena stated that the money is allocated to finish the rest of the
          project.

          Mayor Ramirez stated we are in a situation where we are looking at
          perhaps purchasing additional acreage because we are running out of
          plots, we have 550 plots that have been on the books for 100 years
          that have never been used by the organizations that bought them.  He
          added that the only way that we can take possession of these lots is
          to come up with approximately $120,000, to put it in escrow so that if
          there are any claims on these lots in the future, that there will be a
          fund that there would be available.  He proposed that council set
          aside these monies and take possession of these lots, this would add
          approximately seven more years of life to the cemetery.  If we set
          aside $120,000 we would recover those monies as we transfer the land
          and they would pay us the plot fee which would equate at the end to
          $120,000.00.  He stated it would be a good investment to proceed in
          that direction plus it would give council ample time to look for a new
          site for the city cemetery.

          Motion to bring back from staff a recommendation as to how to proceed
          with the current plots that are unused, but claimed at the City
          Cemetery and what actions can be taken by the City Council to remedy
          that situation.  A recommendation to proceed on the negotiations of
          planting of trees along Saunders in participation with Mercy Regional
          Medical Center.

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

       3. Discussion and possible action regarding the future site of the fire
          stations.

          Cm. Casso stated that in talking with some firefighters in regards to
          where to locate another station, they brought up the idea that there
          is some property on the airport that belongs to the city which is
          ideal for this because we would not have to pay for it or if we have
          to lease it from the airport all we would be doing is paying ourselves
          rent.  He wants staff to seriously consider the property at the
          airport.

          Cm. Casso wants to include item #4 as part of this discussion.

          Tomas Ramirez, Fire Chief, stated that as far as the property is
          concern, that has been considered as one of the sites for one of the
          stations, unfortunately it is a little out of their response time
          perimeter and that is the main reason that they hold off.  They may
          consider it in the future if they can't find anything more suitable,
          but at the present time they are trying to secure something closer to
          the Del Mar Loop, T.A.M.I.U. area or Casa Verde Road.  They have had
          some property donated that turned out to be inadequate for their needs
          and they are still trying to acquire property in that area, they are
          still negotiating on the southeast fire station, and are still waiting
          on word from two landowners.

       4. Discussion and possible action regarding the staffing requirements of
          the airport crash truck.

          Cm. Casso stated that many times the airport crash truck is not
          properly staffed, which creates a dangerous situation.  That perhaps
          if we had a fire station close to the airport and have it properly
          staffed we can solve that problem.

          Tomas Ramirez, Fire Chief, stated that previously they did have a full
          compliment of firefighters on that unit, unfortunately because of
          budgetary cutbacks and growth of the city and because they took them
          over to the Del Mar Fire Station at the time, they had to trim down on
          staff at this location.  He added that FAA only requires sufficient
          firefighters it doesn't define what sufficient is.  They would ideally
          like to have a full compliment of firefighters, unfortunately the
          budget does not allow for this at the present time.

          Cm. Bruni stated that FAA is not interested how much freight comes in,
          they only categorize us on the amount of passengers that come in, so
          the crash truck is sufficient for the amount of passengers.  He added
          that we should always make sure that we have a full crew for the
          airport crash truck and requested a report from staff with
          recommendations on having a full time crew, that does nothing there
          but guarding the safety of the citizens that fly in Continental
          Express, American Eagle, and Taesa.  He wants to know what is
          sufficient personnel to man that airport crash truck, and that the
          chief come with an overall analysis of how he sees that developing and
          how it currently exists.

       5. Discussion and possible action regarding the image portrayed by Police
          Officers in the performance of their duties.  (Co-sponsored by
          Councilmember Joe A.  Guerra)

          Cm. Casso spoke of past weekend incidents that occurred where the
          image of the Police Department has been deteriorating to an
          embarrassing level and where they have been described as the Keystone
          Cops.  He stated that this comedy of errors is becoming a tragedy of
          incompetence, it is an embarrassment and there have been one scandal
          after another.  He spoke of several incidents that have occurred in
          the past with the previous Chief of Police, added that consultants
          were hired and briefed on their findings and conclusions, which stated
          that the most urgent problem facing the department is divided top
          leadership and that the chief has been unable to obtain the loyal
          support of every member of his executive corp.  He is not saying that
          it exists now, but to certain extent it does, because some of the
          captains are still there.  It seems that these issues continue because
          of the way the department has been doing its job.  He wants to be
          informed about all the judgements and everything that is happening.
          He added that the previous attorney never kept them abreast of that,
          he wants the Legal Department to advise them as to what is going on.
          He knows police brutality exists here in Laredo and in all the country
          and something needs to be done.  What is wrong with the Police
          Department?  What is it, perhaps they have not given more money to the
          Police Department, perhaps they need to recruit college educated
          people and raise salaries, perhaps they are training officers and they
          are going to federal agencies and we end up doing the training and
          then they go to other federal agencies.  He feels that the problem is
          that we have an absences of leadership in the Police Department and
          that something needs to be done because there has been one scandal
          after another because they cannot do their job correctly.

          He continued by saying that he understands that there is a shredder at
          PD and they need to get rid of it because that is a violation of the
          Local Government Code under Subtitle C.  We already had a problem and
          we do not want more problems over there.  They never found out what
          happened with the lost fingerprints, and he never got an explanation
          that he can live with.  He concluded by asking what as council can
          they do to help?  Do they need that they appropriate more monies?  He
          asked what can they do to rectify the situation because its getting to
          become a tracksuit of incompetence and its a joke.

          Agustin Dovalina, III, Police Chief, replied that they are
          not a department filled with incompetents, he has very dedicated
          police officers who give their "all" everyday to go ahead and perform
          their duties as required to do so.  He added that they are not perfect
          and they are not an ideal police department, but again the police
          officer in all the country are trying to provide nothing short, but
          the best police services.  This is growing community and they are
          doing their best to correct anything that comes along.  In recent
          weeks there have a been a number incidents that have occurred, some of
          which are still under investigation and he will not go into specifics.
          They are looking at the process and procedures in place and trying to
          implement something new by way of improving their ways of conducting
          investigations and providing the services that they are supposed to
          provide the community.

          With respect to the budget, it would be ideal for him to come and ask
          for additional monies, more officers, and increase salaries but what
          he is trying to do is work within the confines of what they have on
          the table and not to create much of a burden on the city, but to work
          within the system to provide the best that they can.  They are looking
          at professionalism and at added training overall from the supervisors
          ranks all the way to the line personnel and into customer service as
          well.  He said that with Civil Service who has that added cover that
          limits them to go ahead as much of the corrective and disciplinary
          action as they would like to take, and of course that is due to a due
          process that each and everyone has, they are trying to do the best
          they possibly services.

          Cm. Casso stated they will help in any way they can, if it requires
          more monies that they let them know because something needs to be done
          to restore faith, he wants the image to be improved.

          Cw. Montalvo stated that she wants the chief to ask for whatever he
          needs.

    C.  Requests by Councilmember Louis H. Bruni

       1. Discussion and possible action regarding the development of some type
          of mechanism to set a flight path for all incoming and outgoing air
          traffic as well as time windows that they must follow.

          Cm. Bruni showed a video on the kind and type of dramatic increase of
          air traffic coming into our airport, the purpose of showing this to
          the public is to show the increase of air traffic the city is
          receiving which is good news to the city, but to a certain part of
          District II it is impeding in their sleeping habits.

          He said that the jets are landing from south to north and would like
          to show the public the reason for noisy nights at this district and to
          show them the type of aircraft coming in, that is generating the same
          noise as the 727's.

          He would like to see if staff can have a dialogue with the
          transportation/aviation people that are using the runways and also the
          increased number of private and corporate jets that leave our airport
          on a daily basis.  He stated it is inappropriate where it puts the
          residents in District II at a disadvantage that they are constantly
          bombarded 24 hours a day with incoming/outgoing jet and commercial
          airlines.  He wants to meet with staff and have the Airport Director
          to set some kind of parameter or develop some plan for
          incoming/outgoing freight, airlines, corporate and private jets, and
          have some kind of guidelines that they must follow when approaching
          and departing our airport.

          He directed staff to meet with FAA and set some kind of guidelines for
          these traffic so that in an orderly fashion they depart the runway and
          arrive in Laredo, plus maybe looking at the parameters or the
          possibilities of giving the people in District II on the south part of
          the runway at least a couple of hours of sleep.

          Jose L. Flores, Airport Director, stated that indeed traffic has gone
          up in the airport, that is why the city authorized a noise study to be
          made and basically that noise study is a perquisite to obtain federal
          funds to help mitigate some of the noise concerns.  Part of the noise
          abatement plan calls for the acquisition of some noise impacted
          residential structures, sound proofing the homes, and buying aviation
          easements from the impacted residents.  They have not placed that plan
          into effect (the acquisition part) because of the funding limitations,
          it would cost approximately from $35 million-$50 million to do the
          whole project that the plan recommends.  On the airport side, they are
          reconstructing runway 35R, 17L, 35R that will shift the noise contour
          slightly further to the east and a little bit further away from the
          south end of the airport and the more heavily residentially impacted
          areas.  They have noise abatement signs to remind the pilots to be
          conscientious about the residents on the south end of the airport.  He
          said that they hope to one day extend the runway to also help mitigate
          the noise impact south of the airport, by the year 2000 they will have
          to phase out all the noisier aircraft and implement the Stage III
          aircraft which is a more quiet operating aircraft.

       2. Discussion and possible action on instructing staff to conduct a
          traffic flow study around the Lamar Middle and Ryan Elementary school
          area. (To include Musser, Martin, Texas, Louisiana and Milmo Street).

          Motion to instruct staff to conduct a traffic flow study around the
          Lamar Middle and Ryan Elementary School area to include Musser,
          Martin, Texas, Louisiana and Milmo Street.

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

       3. Status report on the Chacon Creek wastewater interceptor with possible
          action.

          Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, stated that the project is on
          schedule.  On the right-of-way acquisition, they have the assurances
          that 26 out of the 32 tracks will give an easement or a right-of-way.
          On the six (6) left, CD staff have stated that by the end of the month
          they should be done with that.  That assurance would allow them to
          proceed with a potential bid date sometime in December, the
          environmental report was finished, they will hold a public hearing on
          October 28th and bearing any comments and investigations, the finding
          of no significant impacts on something called the F--- by the EPA
          would come 30-60 days later, they will be able to bid this process by
          December.

    D.  Requests by Councilmember Joe A. Guerra

       1. Presentation by Diana L. Martinez regarding the re-painting of the
          water tank located on Del Mar Boulevard to read: J.B.  Alexander
          Bulldogs Football Bi-District Champions '96-'97, with possible action.

          Motion to instruct staff to look at water towers in the area of J.B.
          Alexander to find a suitable water tower for the school.

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

  XI.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

      54. Public hearing concerning the application by Zachry Exploration, Inc.,
          authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for Gas Extraction on
          5.0 acres out of Porcion 35, as further described by metes and bounds,
          located east of Highway 83 and south of Southgate Boulevard, known as
          the Zachry No. 3 Well. The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends
          approval of this Special Use Permit.

                       INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for Gas Extraction on
          5.0 acres out of Porcion 35, as further described by metes and bounds,
          located east of Highway 83 and south of Southgate Boulevard, known as
          the Zachry No. 3 Well.  Providing for publication and effective date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Cm. Bruni stated that the Oil and Gas Review Committee had met and
          approved this request.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Perez

      55. Public hearing concerning the application by Plantation Centre Ltd.,
          amending Ordinance No. 94-O-077, authorizing the issuance of Special
          Use Permit for a gas extraction facility on Lot 1, Block 1, Plantation
          Centre Subdivision, Unit 1, located on the northeast corner of the
          intersection of McPherson Road and Del Mar Boulevard, amending Section
          3, (1), by changing the distance requirement for placement of
          structures near the well-head from 250 feet to 100 feet.  The Planning
          and Zoning Commission recommends approval of this amendment to the
          Special Use Permit for gas extraction.

                       INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending Ordinance No. 94-O-077, authorizing the issuance of Special
          Use Permit for gas extraction facility on Lot 1, Block 1, Plantation
          Centre Subdivision, Unit 1, located on the northeast corner of the
          intersection of McPherson Road and Del Mar Boulevard, amending Section
          3, (1), by changing the distance requirement for placement of
          structures near the well-head from 250 feet to 100 feet; providing for
          publication and effective date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Cm. Bruni reported that the Oil and Gas Committee had met and approved
          this request.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Guerra

      56. Public hearing regarding an ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY
          1997-98 Annual Budget to increase the revenues by an amount of
          $2,000,000.00 received from the Federal Aviation Administration Grant
          Offer No. 3-48-0136-20 and appropriating $2,222,223.00, comprising of
          the $2,000,000.00, grant plus the local match of $222,223.00, to the
          Airport Capital Outlay/Improvements other than Buildings account for
          the purpose of purchasing four passenger boarding bridges for the new
          airport passenger terminal and to acquire a portion of the Runway
          Protection Zone to Runway 35L. The local match to the grant is
          available in the Airport new passenger terminal reserve account line
          item.

                       INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the City of Laredo FY 1997-98 Annual Budget to increase the
          revenues by an amount of $2,000,000.00 received from the Federal
          Aviation Administration Grant Offer No. 3-48-0136-20 and appropriating
          $2,222,223.00, comprising of the $2,000,000.00, grant plus the local
          match of $222,223.00, to the Airport Capital Outlay/Improvements other
          than Buildings account for the purpose of purchasing four passenger
          boarding bridges for the new airport passenger terminal and to acquire
          a portion of the Runway Protection Zone to Runway 35L. The local match
          to the grant is available in the Airport new passenger terminal
          reserve account line item.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.


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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Bruni

      57. Public hearing approving an amendment to the contract with the Texas
          Department of Health and budgets in the amount of $492,000.00, for the
          Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Program and $146,000.00 for the
          (Community) Health Education Project (total $638,000.00) of the City
          of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1,
          1997, through August 31, 1998.

                       INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Approving an amendment to the contract with the Texas Department of
          Health and budgets in the amount of $492,000.00, for the Maternal and
          Child Health (MCH) Program and $146,000.00 for the (Community) Health
          Education Project (total $638,000.00) of the City of Laredo Health
          Department for the period beginning September 1, 1997, through August
          31, 1998; and increase revenue line item 226-0000-323-4034 from $0 to
          $492,000.00, and 226-000-323-4069 from $0 to $146,000.00, and
          expenditure line item 226-6065 from $0 to $492,000.00 and 226-6066
          from $0 to $146,000.00.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      58. Public hearing approving an amendment to the contract with the Texas
          Department of Health and budgets in the amount of $42,000.00, for the
          Chronic Disease Prevention Program, Breast and Cervical Cancer Control
          Project, of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period
          beginning September 1, 1997, through August 31, 1998.

                       INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Approving an amendment to the contract with the Texas Department of
          Health and budgets in the amount of $42,000.00, for the Chronic
          Disease Prevention Program, Breast and Cervical Cancer Control
          Project, of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period
          beginning September 1, 1997, through August 31, 1998; and increase
          revenue line item 226-0000-323-4055 from $0 to $42,000.00, and
          expenditure line item 226-6068 from $0 to $42,000.00.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      59. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 Annual Budget
          in the amount of $330,110.00.  The Department of Justice will provide
          $297,099.00, and the City will match $33,011.00, for the first year of
          funding. This supplemental award is under the "Universal Hiring" Grant
          for the COPS Ahead Grant which will fund the salaries and fringe
          benefits of ten police officers for a period of three years. The total
          amount of the grant is $750,000.00, with the City's match being
          $407,650.00, for a three year period (August 1, 1997 through July 31,
          2000).
                       INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Approving amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 Annual Budget in the
          amount of $330,110.00.  The Department of Justice will provide
          $297,099.00, and the City will match $33,011.00, for the first year of
          funding. This supplemental award is under the "Universal Hiring" Grant
          for the COPS Ahead Grant which will fund the salaries and fringe
          benefits of ten police officers for a period of three years.  The
          total amount of the grant is $750,000.00, with the City's match being
          $407,650.00, for a three year period (August 1, 1997 through July 31,
          2000).

          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: Cw. Moreno
          For:  8                        Against:  0         Abstain:  0

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      60. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo's 1996-1997 Special
          ordinance to amend City of Laredo's 1996-1997 Special Police Program
          Budget in the amount of $98,391.00, for an agreement with the Drug
          Enforcement Administration for the funding of an HIDTA Intelligence
          Unit for the period of October 1, 1997 and ending September 30, 1998.

                       INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Approving amending the City of Laredo's 1996-1997 Special ordinance to
          amend City of Laredo's 1996-1997 Special Police Program Budget in the
          amount of $98,391.00, for an agreement with the Drug Enforcement
          Administration for the funding of an HIDTA Intelligence Unit for the
          period of October 1, 1997 and ending September 30, 1998.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

 XII.  RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE MASS TRANSIT BOARD

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

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

      61. Authorize the purchase of a replacement bus engine from the SOLE
          BIDDER, Stewart & Stevenson, Aransas Pass, Texas, in the amount of
          $11,900.00. A new Detroit Diesel engine will be installed on a 1991
          transit bus which has over 350,000 miles of use.

          Motion to approve.

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

          Motion close as the Mass Transit Board and convene as the City
          Council.

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

XIII.  ADJOURNMENT

          Motion to adjourn.   Time:  9:05 p.m.

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

I HEREBY CERTIFY THAT THE ABOVE MINUTES CONTAINED IN PAGES 01 TO 33 ARE TRUE,
COMPLETE AND CORRECT PROCEEDING OF THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON 6TH DAY OF
OCTOBER, 1997.  A CERTIFIED COPY IS ON FILE AT THE CITY SECRETARY'S OFFICE.



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                                   GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.
                                   CITY SECRETARY