CITY OF LAREDO
                           CITY COUNCIL MEETING

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

                                  MINUTES


       M97-R-36                                  OCTOBER 20, 1997

   I.  CALL TO ORDER

       With a quorum present Mayor Protem Jose R. Perez, Jr. called the meeting
       to order.

  II.  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

       Mayor Protem Perez led in the Pledge of Allegiance.

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

       ABSENCES:

       Motion to excuse Mayor Saul N. Ramirez, Jr. and Cw. Montalvo.

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

       Mayor Protem Perez was chairing the meeting and not voting.

  IV.  APPROVAL OF MINUTES

       2. City Council Meeting of September 15, 1997
          Special City Council Meeting of September 27, 1997
          Special City Council Meeting of September 29, 1997
          City Council Meeting of October 6, 1997

          Motion to approve.

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

   V.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

       3. Authorizing the City Manager to grant a license to Grande River
          Communications, Inc., for the use of a telecommunications PVC Conduit
          on Juarez Lincoln International bridge and on 1000 square feet of City
          right-of-way on the XXXXX block of San Francisco Avenue and the River
          Bank for a term of five (5) years with an annual rent of $10,000.00
          plus a fee of $4.00 a square feet for the occupation of the City of
          Laredo Right-of-Way.

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

       4. Amending Section 6-66 (c) titled "Special Permits" for large livestock
          and wild animals, of Chapter 6, Animals and Fowl, of the Code of
          Ordinances of the City of Laredo; thereby specifically clarifying the
          said subsection so that the Health Director has the final authority to
          grant or deny a special permit independent of whether abutting and
          adjacent neighbors consent to or oppose the special permit; providing
          for severability; and providing for an effective date and publication.

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Alvarado

          Motion to reconsider item #4 and change the wording from "Future
          Farmers of America" to "students participating in agriculture
          education programs".

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

  VI.  FINAL READINGS

          Motion to waive the final reading of ordinances 97-O-235, 97-O-246,
          97-O-247, 97-O-248, 97-O-249, 97-O-250, 97-O-251, 97-O-252, 97-O-253,
          97-O-254, 97-O-255, and 97-O-256.

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

       5. 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 $1,492,000.00. Said tract of land
                    is located at the 2100 Block of Saunders Street.  (City
                    Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-235.

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

       6. 97-O-246  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 Camilo Prada.
                    (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-246.

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

       7. 97-O-247  Ordinance granting a license to Grande River Communications,
                    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.  (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-247.

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

       8. 97-O-248  Ordinance 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.  (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-248.

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

       9. 97-O-249  Ordinance 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.  (City Council)

                    Motion to approve #97-O-249.

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

      10. 97-O-250  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.  (Jose R. Perez, Jr.)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-250.

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

      11. 97-O-251  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.  (Joe A.
                    Guerra) Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-251.

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

      12. 97-O-252  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.  (Louis H.  Bruni)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-252.

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

      13. 97-O-253  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.  (City
                    Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-253.

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

      14. 97-O-254  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.   (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-254.

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

      15. 97-O-255  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).
                    (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-255.

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

      16. 97-O-256  Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 Annual
                    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.  (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-256.

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

                    Motion to waive the regular order of business and consider
                    items G(2), B(4), and F(1) at this time.

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

 VII.  RESOLUTIONS

      17. 97-R-120  Authorizing participation by the City of Laredo with other
                    Texas cities in the Texas Coalition of Cities for franchised
                    utility issues; naming a representative to the steering
                    committee; authorizing payment of a participation fee and
                    providing an effective date.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-120.

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

      18. 97-R-121  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from the
                    Texas Department of Health in the amount of $200,000.00 for
                    the restructured La Familia Health Care Project (previously
                    known as the Diabetic/ Hypertension Education Project) of
                    the City of Laredo Health Department for the period
                    beginning September 1, 1997, through August 31, 1998.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-121.

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

      19. 97-R-122  Accepting a grant from the Texas Department of Health in the
                    amount of $1,516,584.00 to operate the Women, Infants, and
                    Children (WIC) Program, and to issue approximately
                    $8,460,000.00 in federal food vouchers by the City of Laredo
                    Health Department for the period beginning October 1, 1997,
                    through September 30, 1998.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-122.

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

      20. 97-R-123  Urging the United States Congress to amend the $12.00,
                    International Arrival and the $12.00, International
                    Departure Aviation Excise Tax levied on international air
                    travelers to exempt United States airports located on the
                    Mexican and Canadian borders from collecting said tax.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-123.

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

      21. 97-R-124  Authorizing the acceptance of a donation of the "surface
                    only" of lot number 47-A, in Block Number 2, of the
                    Eastwoods Subdivision, Phase, III, a Subdivision in the City
                    of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, as per plat of said
                    subdivision recorded in Volume 17, Page 19, Webb County plat
                    records for use as a city park from Big O Development, L.C.,
                    a Texas Limited Liability Company.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-124.

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

      22. 97-R-125  Authorizing the issuance of a Drilling permit to drill and
                    operate a natural gas well 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 Zachry
                    No. 3 Well.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-125.

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

      23. 97-R-126  Supporting the designation of the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo as an
                    American Heritage River.

                    Cm. Guerra read a letter from State Representative Robert
                    Turner on the American Heritage Rivers Initiative dated
                    August 18, 1997 as follows:

                    "Please register my strongest possible objection to the
                    President's American Heritage Rivers Initiative.  When I
                    consider the amount of energy that has been expended by my
                    office alone in an effort to keep the President from
                    launching this illogical, ill-conceived and poorly-defined
                    initiative it makes me quite angry.  Over the past three
                    years Texas has been the target of several efforts to give
                    federal designations to our land and waters and frankly, we
                    are tired of it.

                    If this idea made any sense at all perhaps I wouldn't be so
                    annoyed.  There is nothing it proposes to accomplish,
                    however, that cannot be accomplished now especially if, as I
                    have been told, the AHRI will not involve the appropriation
                    of any new money or the creation of any new rules.  Whether
                    the issue is economic development or environmental quality,
                    there is no problem that this federal designation can solve
                    that cannot be solved without a designation.

                    If the problem is that federal agencies need to improve the
                    "delivery of services" I would be happy to suggest a much
                    better, more direct and certainly a more appropriate remedy
                    than giving a federal designation to a river.  Moreover, if
                    federal agencies can spare an employee to act as a River
                    Navigator to do a job that elected officials are there do to
                    according to the wishes of their constituents, then the
                    federal agencies have too many employees.  I would be happy
                    to suggest a remedy for that problem, too.

                    There are too many unanswered questions.  The AHRI makes no
                    sense.  If the President issues an executive order enacting
                    the AHRI, one of two things must be true.  Either this
                    administration supports programs that are meaningless and
                    illogical or there is more to the AHRI than has been
                    presented.

                    I reiterate my disapproval of the AHRI and make a specific
                    request that the proposal be withdrawn completely."

                    Cm. Guerra also read part of a letter from Ron Paul who
                    represents an area called Surfside, Texas which states what
                    he is leading a team of 8 Texas Congressman who sent a
                    letter to President Clinton urging him to withdraw his
                    executive order.  He said the letter closes by saying that
                    the federal government has absolutely no authority to step
                    in and regulate the rivers and the lands through which the
                    rivers flow.  The President is acting far outside the bounds
                    of the constitution and this initiative must be stopped.

                    Cm. Guerra urged that council vote against this resolution.

                    Cm. Casso read the third paragraph of the resolution where
                    it states, "we have been assured by the President's office
                    that designation of the Rio Grande as an American Heritage
                    River will not impose any new laws, mandates, nor
                    limitations or restrictions to existing property rights
                    and/or water rights, nor will it result in overzealous
                    application of existing regulations."  He said he is in
                    support of protecting the river, but if the clause he read
                    is meaningless than they are going to approve a resolution
                    that could be detrimental to this community's future and the
                    river's future.

                    Florencio Pea, Interim City Manager, stated that this item
                    was brought forth by Mayor Ramirez as support to the
                    President, the idea that the river be recognized as a
                    ecological and cultural importance to our country.  He said
                    there is not much detail as to how this program is going to
                    work so they included the provision read by Cm. Casso.
                    There is not much written on it, it was tend to support it
                    on its global way, but with that specific provisions that it
                    does not have an effect on property owners' right.

                    Cm. Valdez wants to make sure that when this resolution
                    comes back to them again, that it has a listing of all the
                    pros and cons, benefits and effects before it is considered.

                    Motion to table this item until the Mayor is present.

                    Moved : Cm. Casso
                    Second: Cw. Moreno
                    For:  6             Against:  0         Abstain: 0

      24. 97-R-127  Authorizing staff to negotiate and execute a Right of Entry
                    and Possession instrument, the right to enter upon an
                    approximately sixty-two-acre parcel of land owned by Fasken
                    Ltd., a Texas Limited Partnership, for the construction of
                    the Laredo Northwest International Bridge. Said sixty-two-
                    acre parcel and to be further described on a certified
                    document at a later date.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-127.

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

                    Motion to reconsider this item to rescind its adoption.

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

                    Motion to table.

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

VIII.  MOTIONS

      25. Approval of the construction plans and specifications and
          authorization to advertise for bids for the Laredo International
          Bridge No. 1 Pavement Reconstruction at Approaches, Phase I with
          tentative award on December 1, 1997.  Funding is available in the
          Bridge System Import Lot.

          Motion to approve.

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

      26. Approval of bid specifications and authorization to advertise for bids
          for the following:
          a) Public Works Materials - Annual Contract
          b) Restaurant Equipment - Airport Terminal
          c) Vehicles: Police Department (8), Airport (1), Bridge (4), Utilities
             - Water Billing (2), Civic Center (1)
          Funding is available in the respective Department's operating budget.
          A tentative bid award is set for November 17, 1997.

          Motion to approve.

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

      27. Authorization to advertise for Request for Proposal (RFPs) for
          consulting engineering services to design and prepare plans and
          specifications for a belt filter press to be added to the South Laredo
          Wastewater Treatment Plant.

          Motion to approve.

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

      28. Award of annual supply contract to the LOW BIDDER, Thomas Petroleum,
          Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $900,000.00, for the
          purchase of transport loads of unleaded fuel and low sulfur diesel
          fuel, and tank wagon loads of low sulfur diesel and unleaded fuel, for
          the City of Laredo's fleet.  The bid price unleaded fuel is $0.003
          cents less than the previous year and $0.0015 cents more for diesel
          fuel.  A total of two bids were received on purchase.

          Motion to approve.

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

      29. Award of an annual contract to the LOW BIDDER, TREADCO, Inc., Laredo,
          Texas, in the estimated amount of $11,480.00, for providing tire
          recapping services for the Fleet Maintenance Division. The Fleet
          Maintenance Division has been recapping tires used on the refuse and
          dump trucks with good results.  New tires can be recapped two to three
          times therefore extending the usefulness of the core tire. Each tire
          sent for recapping is inspected and repaired as needed prior to the
          recapping process.  A total of three bids were received for these
          services. The bid pricing is approximately 5% less than the previous
          contract period. Funding is available in the Fleet departments
          maintenance budget.

          Motion to approve.

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

      30. Award of a construction contract to the LOWEST BIDDER, Cantu-American
          Construction Co., Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $133,000.00,
          for the Laredo Health Department Canopy for Perimeter of the W.I.C.
          Building located at 2600 Cedar Avenue.  Funding is available in the
          Health Fund.

          Motion to approve.

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

      31. Approval of change order no. 1, an increase of $985.00, acceptance of
          the Willow/Chacon Drainage Improvements, and approval of final payment
          in the amount of $13,616.50, to Ramex Construction Company, Inc.,
          Laredo, Texas.  The original contract amount was $103,995.00. This
          change order will bring the contract total to $104,980.00.  Funding is
          available in Community Development Willow/Chacon Drainage Project.

          Motion to approve.

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

      32. Approval of change order no. 1, a decrease of $13,532.20, acceptance
          of the 18 Inch Diameter Sanitary Sewer Main along Bustamante Street
          from Meadow Avenue to East San Francisco at Zacate Creek, and approval
          of final payment in the amount of $74,928.35 to BRH Garver, Inc.,
          Houston, Texas.  The original contract amount was $742,983.00. This
          change order will bring the contract total to $729,450.80. Funding is
          available in EDA Airport/Medical Park Improvements Other Than
          Building.

          Motion to approve.

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

      33. Approval to release two and one half percent of the five percent
          retainage of the items that are one hundred percent (100%) complete
          and accepted in the amount of $360,724.96 to Don Krueger Construction
          Company, Victoria, Texas in conjunction with the Laredo International
          Airport New Passenger Terminal Project.  The total contract amount is
          $15,087,145.00.  Funding is available in the Retainage Payable.

          Motion to approve.

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

      34. Approval of a contract with Texas Department of Transportation -Ads in
          the amount of $16,800.00, for the purchase of a 1/2 page, 4 color
          advertisement in the "1998 Texas State Travel Guide." The Laredo
          Convention and Visitors Bureau Board recommends approval of this
          contract.

          Motion to approve.

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

      35. Authorizing a lease purchase contract, in the amount of $391,888.05,
          from the LOW BIDDER, DSI Consulting, McAllen, Texas, for the purchase
          of a new AS/400 computer. This computer will replace the current
          system which maintains the City's financial and operational software
          requirements. The software packages currently installed includes:
          governmental accounting, budget, purchasing, payroll, utility billing,
          miscellaneous receivables, fleet maintenance, fixed assets, and the
          Health Department's medical software. The term of the lease purchase
          contract shall be for a 5 year period and will be financed by IBM
          Credit at an effective interest rate of 5.85%.

          Motion to approve.

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

      36. Authorizing the City Manager to enter into contracts with the
          providers listed below to provide professional health care services to
          clients of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period of
          September 1, 1997, through August 31, 1998.
             Provider             Program             Contract Amount
          1) Dr. Victor          Maternal and           $35,000.00
             Trevino             Child Health

          2) Dr. Antonio         Maternal and           $20,000.00
             Salinas/Carlos Cruz Child Health

          3) Mercy Regional  (a) Maternal and
             Medical Ctr.        Child Health           $50,000.00

                             (b) Breast and Cervical
                                 Cancer Control Project $50,000.00

          4) Dr. Winder Vasquez  TB                     $20,000.00

          5) Dr. Benson Huang    TB                     $20,000.00

          6) Dr. Maurice Click   ADM./HIV               $25,000.00 $215,000.00

          Jerry Robinson, Health Director, explained about Title V, medicaid
          delivery fees and how they work.  He said that the Health Department
          by state law, must have a physician that serves in the capacity of
          Health Authority and Dr. Click was selected.  He explained the RFP's,
          the agreement with Dr. Click, and the provider program and amounts.

          Dr. Mark Stater, President CEO of Mercy Health System of Texas,
          representing Mercy Regional Medical Center and Laredo Medical Group.
          He said both groups have asked that six or seven family medicine
          physicians and OBGYN Physicians rotate equally in the Health
          Department Program in delivering clinics for the Health Department
          patients who are expecting.  He added that Mr.  Robinson pointed out
          that at their Mercy Hachar, Cigarroa Center, and Zacatecas they
          delivered about $350,000 worth of services billed at medicaid rate
          last year and they participated with the Health Department which paid
          us $50,000.00 which is fine, that's part of Mercy's mission, and part
          of their responsibilities as religious sponsor not for profit health
          organization.  In the breast/cervical cancer control program they
          delivered about $250,000 worth of services billed at medicaid rate and
          they were paid about $50,000.  He said that with Dr. Click serving as
          the Health Authority Director and the HIV Physician, many of those HIV
          patients will eventually need in patient care, most of them are
          eventually terminal and that care is delivered at Mercy and is free of
          charge.

          One of the areas where there is compensation available, not through
          the city but through subsequent medicare payment is in the
          maternal/child health care, and approximately 90% of that is delivered
          at the Health Department.  Currently Laredo Medical Group Physicians
          are not included in that rotation, and that is his request, that the
          seven (7) members of Laredo Medical Group who are family medicine
          physicians and OBGYN's who wish to rotate and participated would be
          allowed too.  His second proposal which they have not discussed in
          writing, is that currently the Health Department is paying $100,000 in
          preventive prenatal health care services to physicians.  Laredo
          Medical Group if they chose to contract with LMG exclusively they
          would be willing to waive that fee which is currently costing the city
          $100,000 annually that way the city can take those monies and apply
          them to other needed services such as diagnostic services, lab
          services, etc.

          Motion that the Laredo Medical Group physicians be rotated
          and allowed to participate with 6 or 7 of their OBGYN physicians and
          that all physicians who provide coverage for the OB Clinic at the
          Health Department be rotated equally to provide the needed services.

          Moved : Cm. Bruni
          Second: Cm. Valdez
          For:  5                       Against:  0         Abstain:  1 Cm.
                                                            Casso

          Dr. Mark Stater clarified that they made two offers, to rotate equally
          with current provision of compensation or a second option is an
          exclusive where they would waive the current compensation.

          Mr. Pena stated they will bring both back to council with
          an analysis of each.

          Motion to approve items 3(b), 4, 5, and 6.

          Moved : Cm. Guerra
          Second: Cm. Valdez
          For:  5                       Against:  0         Abstain:  1 Cm.
                                                            Casso

      37. Authorizing the City Manager to sell to Holt Company of Texas three
          motor graders under the guaranteed re-purchase program for
          $115,000.00, each and using the proceeds to go out for bids to
          purchase two new larger 140H motor graders.

          Motion to approve.

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

  IX.  CITY MANAGER'S REPORT

      38. Requesting authorization to direct the Laredo Affordable Housing
          Corporation to allow the Laredo Builders Association an opportunity to
          review the construction plans for the Los Obispos Housing Project and
          to prepare bid specifications in such a way so as to allow general
          contractors and/or subconstractors to bid on the project. Any
          significant change to construction specifi-cations will be brought
          back to City Council for approval.

          Cm. Casso stated that when we went out to bids the first time they did
          allow contractors to bid and subcontractors.  What happened was that
          there was only one bid, one company was only interested, then it
          turned out it was too expensive, so what they did was to create this
          non-profit organization, so that we can build the homes ourselves.  He
          is opposed to stopping or going back, supposedly the builders
          association had nothing to do with this.  As a group the association
          did not endorse what is being put in the City Manager's Report.  What
          he thinks is happening is that they don't like the fact that we are
          going to build larger homes, in larger lots, for lot less money,
          that's the problem.  He added that 132 homes to him is not going to do
          much damage to local developers in terms of competition.  He thinks
          these homes should be built, he is completely opposed to stopping the
          project right now.  If we were to stop it who is going to pay the
          architects again to do all the work again?

          Florencio Pena, City Manager, stated that it was the Chairman Mr.
          Chris Arthur of the Builders Association Committee that made the
          request.  They felt they wanted an opportunity to bid in the project
          and to review the specifications.  As far as cost, if in fact they
          want to recommend changes to specifications (to the building size)
          those changes would have to come back to City Council for approval and
          at that point we would have to pay the architect.

          Cm. Casso stated that if they wanted to bid on the project, why didn't
          they bid on the project based on the specs that council authorized.
          He doesn't want these people coming over here and reducing the size of
          the homes, if we can put people in homes larger than 800 sq.ft., lets
          do so.

          Cm. Bruni quoted, "this council had already given the City Manager a
          directive and instructions, and you didn't follow them, you brought
          them back, you already have your marching orders...Mr. City Manager.
          In the future, once this council tells you to do something, the whole
          council you just go ahead and do it."

          Cm. Casso stated they had acted on this item, they already made policy
          on it and they are not going to stop in the middle of the road.  He
          stated for the record that he is opposed to the lot size and the home
          size.  It angers and irritates him that the homes being built are
          bunkers, which is why this council temporarily suspended the project
          because certain developers were skirting the guidelines.

          Cm. Guerra stated we do need a city participation in this effort in
          order to maintain a balance between the public and private sectors.

      39. Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Local Government Code
          551.071 to consult with legal counsel regarding contemplated
          litigation regarding 1st and 14th Amendment Constitutional issues
          arising from an application for a Special Use Permit for a sexually
          oriented business.

          Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Texas Local Government
          Code  551.071 to consult with legal counsel regarding contemplated
          litigation regarding 1st and 14th Amendment Constitutional issues
          arising from an application for a Special Use Permit for a sexually
          oriented business.

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

          After Executive Session Mayor Protem Perez announced that no formal
          action was taken.

   X.  COMMUNICATIONS

          Cm. Guerra read a letter from Southwestern Bell Company which reads as
          follows:

          Dear Customer:

          Beginning this month, Southwestern Bell's deregulated pay phone
          organization will increase pay phone rates to 35 cents in Texas.  A 35
          cent charge for directory assistance also will be implemented.

          The rate changes are a result of the federally mandated deregulation
          of pay phone services, which will result in market-based pricing in
          the pay phone industry.

          Pay phones will be changed over to the new rates over the next few
          weeks.  Our technicians will be visiting each of our pay phones to
          post new instruction cards.

          These changes will not affect Southwestern Bell's contract with your
          company, the structure of our agreement, the commission rate your
          company receives or other elements of our arrangement.  If usage
          remains the same, commissions on local coin calls, excluding directory
          assistance, should increase.

          Southwestern Bell remains committed to providing the best pay phone
          value to site owners and customers alike.

          Cm. Guerra stated he did not have an opportunity to place the item on
          the agenda and they will not be able to act on it.
          He stated he was displeased with the action taken unilaterally.
          because they were advised after the fact.  He instructed staff to look
          into this issue and bring a report at the next meeting.

  XI.  CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION AND PRESENTATION

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

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

       1. Announcing an invitation by our Sister City of Cienega de Flores'
          Mayor Homero Quiroga to his "Tercer Informe del Gobierno Municipal de
          Cienega de Flores," to be held on Thursday October 30, 1997, at 8:00
          p.m. This will be his last official act as Mayor and consequently he
          would like to invite the Mayor and City Council to this event.

          Mayor Protem Perez read formally read the invitation to the council.

    B.  Requests by Councilmember Louis H. Bruni

       1. Status report on the FAR PART 150 Noise Abatement project with
          possible action.

    Mr. Pena stated that basically they have a grant pending
    for approximately $30 million to help property owners
    that live within the noise contour on the south side to
    reduce the level of noise by either fixing their homes
    and/or purchasing, if necessary.  He added that the grant
    is still pending.  They will be going to Washington next
    week to get a status on some grants, this one in
    particular.

    He said that in regards to the pamphlet that was passed
    out, they have received approval from FAA on it and are
    proposing to mail the notifications to those property
    owners on the status of the program.

    Cm. Bruni wants to see if this flyer can be mailed to
    everybody in the affected area, probably from the 2400
    block of the east/west streets from Guadalupe back up
    towards Saunders all the way to the east end part of
    District II.  He wants that included with this flyer,
    that staff mail a letter explaining how close we are in
    getting funding for this study.

    He wants information on the day/night average sound
    levels, if they have increased since the study was taken
    in 1994.  If they have increased, he wants to know to
    what levels and the frequency of the increase.  In the
    1994 study it showed that a jet flying over 1,000 ft. is
    equivalent to the indoor sound of a rock band and he is
    afraid that District II is rocking a lot lately.  He
    added that it is interfering with the sleep, the
    tranquility of the residents and they are getting very
    upset.  He continued by saying that additional commerce
    and airfreight is good for the city, but its to the point
    where it literally does not let anybody sleep.  On some
    nights there is heavy commercial jet lower than 1,000 ft.
    so the maximum sound level is probably higher than 110
    which is creating problems with security systems going
    off, car alarms and most importantly people are awaken.
    He wants to know if the daytime/nighttime sound levels
    have increased and wants a report from staff addressing
    all these problems.

    There is also contamination problems, on some roofs there
    is aviation fuels which is another concern.  The
    breathing of aviation fuel is also another concern, and
    wants that the Health Department address this issue.
    What are we doing to better the quality of living in that
    area.

    Cm. Bruni wants to know the status on the negotiations
    for the extension of our runway to the north.  He wants a
    report given to council and if there are any comments
    from any other members of the committee.

    Charles Martens, member of the Airport Advisory Board,
    stated they are going through a $155 million growth right
    now, consisting of a $25 million passenger terminal, $11
    million to reconstruct runway 17L 35R (approximately $2
    million for land acquisition, approximately $5 million
    for the Runway 17L 35R extension, also Phase I of the FAR
    PART 150 Noise Compatibility Program that is a $30
    million program of which Phase I is a $5 million).  They
    are going through the Arkansas Street extension which is
    $3 million, the new Mercy Hospital which is $102 million,
    relocation of Public Works for $2.5 million, that is $140
    million ongoing with the $155 million that we are doing.

    He added that land acquisition has been slow with the
    family that owns the property to the north due to
    negotiation problems.  On the runway extension, they have
    planes taking off right off at Highway 59, some jets do
    leak, there are fumes, they are loud, this is part of the
    noise compatibility program, they are behind schedule,
    they have not received the $5 million from FAA and they
    are working as a group.   The point that needs to be made
    is that the 2,000 ft. extension to the north is the key.

          Humberto Garza, Airport Operations Manager, reported that on noise
          program flyer, the are now compiling a database of all the parties
          affected with the noise and they will have that flyer going out in
          about two weeks.  He added that concerning the runway reconstruction,
          that is 99% complete and they should have it ready by October 21st.

       2. Status report on the reconstruction of Runway 17L/35R with possible
          action.

          This item was discussed with #1 above.

       3. Discussion and possible action on IH-35 congestion at the Lincoln
          Juarez Bridge with possible short term solutions to the congestion
          problem, until the completion of the new Fourth International Bridge.
          (Co-sponsored by Councilman Mario G.  Alvarado)

          This item was discussed together with B(3), C(3), and #43.

       4. Request by UISD to have district campuses included in metro government
          committee review of traffic circulation around schools with possible
          action.  (Co-sponsored by Councilmember Eliseo Valdez, Jr. and Joe A.
          Guerra)

          Robert Chapa, UISD Risk Manager, and Jim Ramsey, UISD Assistant
          Superintendent, thanked the city staff of different departments for
          their assistance in making their district a safer operating campuses.
          He also commended the City Councilmembers for their effort to ensure
          the safety of their young Laredo citizens for the creation of the
          Metro Committee which is timely and critical given the explosive
          growth of our city and the traffic problems accompanying that growth.
          He added that UISD is presently engaged in the district wide review of
          traffic safety in their campuses since 23 of their 27 campuses are
          located in the city limits.  They were relief to read in the newspaper
          that the city has initiated efforts to review the traffic safety via
          the Metro Government Committee.  They were requesting that UISD
          campuses be included in the city's traffic safety review and any
          actions taken to improve the safety of the children.

          Motion to include UISD campuses in the review process with the Metro
          Government Committee, allow the UISD Board to select the official
          representatives, and identify the problems.

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

    C. Requests by Councilmember Alfonso "Poncho" Casso

       1. Discussion and possible action regarding the procurement of the proper
          equipment to combat fires in the county and status report on the
          airport crash truck.

          Tomas Ramirez, Fire Chief, reported that he has been in contact with
          the County Purchasing Agent on the possibility of the county
          purchasing Forestry Service Tankers with the tank capacity of 1,000-
          1,500 gallons which is two or three times as much water as they can
          carry on the much more expensive pumpers that they have to put into
          service.  They can purchase them for about $300,000-$350,000, where
          the cost for the rural areas could possibly purchase Forestry Service
          Vehicles for possibly less than $50,000 each.  If they can purchase
          them and lend them to city to fight these fires, we would have a
          bigger advantage and at the same time cut down drastically on the
          mistreatment of our equipment because these trucks are made for paved
          and wide

          streets.  He concluded by saying that he will keep the City Manager
          and council informed.

          Cm. Bruni stated if we accept this trucks from the county, who is
          going to be responsible for the maintenance and repairs.

          Mr. Ramirez stated that we might go ahead and take the responsibility,
          he will try and reach an agreement for them to pay for the parts, our
          mechanics are very well trained in pumpers and diesel engines.

          Cm. Bruni stated he is not too sure about accepting equipment from the
          county and then the city having to foot the bill for the repairs.

          Mr. Ramirez stated to his information these are new vehicles, they are
          made available to the county because of the rural
          areas and are  made available at a discount by the Forestry Service.
          There are two vehicles at the county compound, that are sitting there,
          that they had to turn in when they requested them back at one time.
          They will lend them to the city, but they are still county property
          and whenever they want them back they can have them back.

          Cm. Bruni encouraged the county to establish their own Fire
          Department.

          Cm. Casso stated his position is completely opposite to Cm.  Bruni's
          position which is that the county should be fighting
          their own fires.   Yes, they should be fighting their own fires in
          terms of cost, but he does not believe we the taxpayers should pay
          because 80% of the taxpayers in Webb consist of Laredo citizens and
          the tax base comes from Laredo citizens.  He is not one to encourage
          the county to start their own Fire Department because the one ending
          paying for it are the citizens of Laredo.  All that has to be done is
          reach an agreement as to who is going to bear the cost and work out
          all the legal ramifications.

          In reference to the airport crash truck, it is said that it takes 60
          seconds to respond to an airplane crash, in other words all we have is
          60 seconds, are we o.k. in terms of staff there and in terms of
          safety?  Is it a fair statement to say that right now we can respond
          without adding a captain there or will it actually help the situation
          if we had a captain there.

          Chief Ramirez stated that the statement from 60 seconds to 90 seconds
          to have a better chance of effective rescue because in an aircraft
          fuel fire the heat is intense and if you don't
          have the crash trucks there within a period of time, there is very
          little possibility of getting anybody out of there alive.  The fire
          service and every study recommends a minimum of four people (4 men on
          each unit).  They recently upgraded the Colombia unit with four
          people.  Every unit is made up of an officer which for reasons of
          responsibility is responsible for the full crew plus equipment.  At
          the present time the monies are not available to fund for personnel on
          the crash truck and there are only three people there.

          Cm. Casso concluded by saying that they will start looking at trying
          to get a captain for the next budget or will look at it in the next
          few months.

       2. Discussion and possible action regarding the Metro paratransit lift
          program and the FTA Grant Application (project #tx-90-x406-0) for the
          purchase of eight buses, and five paratransit vans.

          Cm. Casso stated that he had received complaints on problems with the
          scheduling, calls from physicians that they have had to take patients
          home because there is no transportation available under the El Lift
          program.  There are some problems with the El Lift Program, it is not
          working well, there is need out there and something needs to be done.

          William Caine, General Chairman of Local 1670 Union of El Metro,
          representing the drivers and maintenance personnel of El Metro, stated
          that the concerns that they have are about efficiency, double
          scheduling, and dispatch problems.  Last week after he had a meeting
          with Cm. Casso and discussed this issue with the company, the company
          completely revamp the dispatch and with that switch in one day they
          caught up and improved the system, in that same day they also put 10
          more people in the scheduling.  This problem have existed and have
          been there for a long time, but are being addressed and now things are
          moving.

          Florencio Pea, Interim City Manager, stated that this is the first
          that he had heard of these problems and asked that Gilbert Segovia,
          Transit Manager, address the questions and the changes that have been
          done to improve the operation.

          Gilbert Segovia, Transit Manager, replied that they have addressed
          some of the problems in the efficiency area primarily due to
          scheduling difficulties.  There has been a manual scheduling forever
          and now they are looking at automating the scheduling process to be
          more efficient and do on the fly scheduling.  One of the things done
          recently is to assign some personnel that they felt might be strong in
          this area.  Another process going on is that are they are going
          through the client list and purging those because they do have a
          number of people that on the schedule continuously for various reasons
          (dialysis, school, work, etc.) that their need for the service is no
          longer there and so they periodically purge those lists, which they
          expect will also increase the productivity of the system and the
          responsiveness.  The system has a lot of demands, they heard the
          request for additional service, this is a service that is limitless
          and one that they have to every year determine the level of service,
          balance it off against the fix route service, against their budget,
          they have taken the steps to evaluate what the need are and then
          recommend to council what if any, increases in the service they will
          propose.

          Cm. Casso wanted the status on the FTA grant on buses and extra vans.

          Mr. Segovia stated that in reference to the buses, they are on the
          agenda tonight, they received 15 CNG buses, the contract had an option
          on it for eight additional ones and what they will do is allow them to
          accelerate that process rather than going out for bids again.  They
          will exercise that option to receive those buses in about a year which
          is the delivery time.  As far as the vans, those are in the same
          grant, however they are not out for vans but will be very shortly.
          The grant is not approved yet, the approval is in the process now,
          they do not expect any problems, and do expect approval by the end of
          the year and by that time they will schedule the bids to come in at
          the time of the grant approval.

       3. Status report on the staging area for the elimination of the trailer
          congestion on IH-35.

          This item was discussed with B(3), C(3), and #43.

       4. Discussion and possible action regarding the Canizales Boxing Gym on
          Guadalupe Street. (co-sponsored by Cm. Joe A. Guerra)

          Cm. Casso asked that staff look at the building and get a cost
          estimate of all necessary repairs, air conditioning, and refurbishing
          the building and look at a bond issue for financing.

    D.  Requests by Councilmember Cecilia May Moreno

       1. Discussion and possible action regarding a request to have staff look
          at increasing the illumination at the intersection of Ash and
          Springfield Streets, and for a 3 block radius from said intersection.

          Roberto Murillo, Traffic Engineer, reported that they did a quick
          survey for that area, all intersections have a straight light in place
          right now.  What they need to do now is to make sure that it is the
          lumins, and if it is the lumins, they can be upgraded.

       2. Discussion and possible action regarding the Health Department's
          mosquito spraying program to include a schedule of spraying times and
          places.  Additionally, what other programs are in place to eliminate
          other animals such as opossums, etc.?

          Jerry Robinson, Health Director, reported that depending on the
          temperature they start mosquito control activities in April and
          continue through October.  During periods of high rainfall, such as
          this year, we may continue our fogging operations until November.
          Mosquito control activities include area fogging, and site specific
          insecticide application.  Fogging is done daily from 4:00 a.m. to 7:30
          a.m. and site spraying is done during the day.  During wet months we
          continuously fog the entire city covering the city every five days.
          Because of wet weather we are continuing this weekly schedule until
          the weather changes.  The Animal Control Program has impounded 7,221
          animals during FY96-97, of these, 525 or 8% of the total number were
          opossums.  As of today we have fifty (50) traps that we have set at
          different areas of the city in order to catch these elusive animals.

    E.  Requests by Councilmember Eliseo Valdez Jr.

       1. Status report regarding the drainage and erosion problems along the
          fence which borders the eastern section of the Hidden Meadows
          Subdivision fence.

          Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, stated that as a temporary measure what
          Public Works has gone in there and cleaned the area.  They have
          addressed the bottom of the ditch, they have cleared the area where
          they can come back and put as a temporary measure for an erosion
          control of the footing on the fence some type of rip-rap as a
          temporary measure until they come back with a permanent solution which
          is either the use of the additional pipe that we have on the McPherson
          Drainage project.  They have to study the sizing of the drainage
          system that is needed, if they can use the 36" pipe they will put it
          as part of this years' program.

       2. Status report regarding the recommendation on a special sewer rate for
          elderly individuals on fixed incomes.

          Florencio Pea, Interim City Manager, reported that staff is looking
          at restructuring our sewer rates to accommodate the elderly.  There
          are some problems associated with doing that which Mr. Roman is
          researching and they will get a report by the first meeting in
          November regarding the pros and cons.

       3. Status report regarding a staff recommendation on a safe crossing area
          for children to use while walking to Alma Pierce Elementary School
          along Springfield Avenue.

          Roberto Murillo stated they have looked at the area, but what they
          need to do is get a pedestrian count at peak hours to see where the
          majority of children cross.  They have a traffic light at the
          intersection of Springfield and Taylor, this would be the safest place
          for the children to cross, what they can do is improve the signal, put
          pedestrian signals, and push buttons at crosswalks.  They will
          continue to look and see where the majority of the children are
          crossing if not, they can always try to recommend that they channelize
          them to go toward the end where the traffic signal is.

          Cm. Valdez stated there is Taylor which is a long way from San Pedro
          and Bustamante, feedback from residents is that Bustamante is one of
          the streets being used the most by the children.  He wants signage or
          stripping or whatever can be done along
          that street (Bustamante).

          Mr. Murillo stated they will continue looking at the area and at
          Bustamante to see if there is need in that area.

       4. Status report regarding the development of the City's "Snowbird"
          attraction plan.

          Florencio Pea, Interim City Manager, stated that if council is
          interested in being a builder of a trailer park for winter tourist as
          a developer, the only source of monies he can think of at this point
          to do this would be the airport.  There is a plan for strategic
          development which will involve trying to get other sources of income,
          but right now there are no sources of income do this plan.  There will
          be a public hearing for the CIP meeting where council will allocate
          some monies to do something like this because he is not sure the
          airport has the resources to develop a project at the present time.
          What they can do with the Convention and Visitors Bureau is put out a
          request from builders in town that we are willing to work with them in
          whatever way we can within our financial resources by either favorable
          lease arrangements at the airport or something such as this for
          someone to develop a park.

          Cm. Valdez stated something needs to be done to leverage the tourist
          attraction and that we need to diversify and do something on this
          regard.  He stated he expects another report next month as to what
          will be done or what we can do.

    F.  Requests by Councilmember Joe A. Guerra

       1. Request by the BEST Organization to discuss their concerns about the
          service being provided by El Metro and El Lift with possible action.

          Mr. Danny LaDuque, a four year Laredo resident, stated that he was
          grateful for the services provided by El Lift vans, but spoke against
          the 25 cents increase to the El Lift program.

          John Arndt, from BEST Organization, asked council to rescind the 25
          cent increase and added that some people are not being picked up due
          to the lack of vans and drivers because lack of funds.  He said that
          ADA does bite, someone refused to put a ramp costing $50.00 requested
          by disabled people, it got to the word of some of the advocates and
          they took it up.  Those people are still settling that suit for $2,200
          in fines plus they are going to do the ramp and do modifications on
          the inside, which is what it cost them because they refuse to put a
          $50.00 ramp.  He said that they don't want that situation with the
          city because the ADA says they are going to fine them according to the
          debt of their pocket.  If there was someone calling that they were
          going to the doctor tomorrow and they were told by the Lift that they
          can't go, it is against the law to turn them down.  The ADA says if
          they call 18 hours in advance they cannot turn them down, them must
          haul them.

          He asked council to consider the situations presented, maybe it takes
          more funds, let them have it, take better care of the disabled, the
          ADA is a dual that bites when they do the move.  He asked that the
          rescind the 25 cents, he wants that council give them more monies so
          they don't have to turn anybody down and obey the law so that the city
          won't have to be liable for lawsuits by ADA.

          Jaime L. Flores, City Attorney stated that it would be more
          in order to instruct the City Manager to take this matter to the
          Transportation Committee.

          Mr. Pena stated it would be in order to instruct staff to re-evaluate
          the 25 cent increase which was considered by the Transportation
          Committee, a public hearing was held and was adopted, Council can
          consider that fare.

          Motion to bring item C(2) in conjunction with this item.

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

          Motion to instruct staff to prepare the necessary documents to rescind
          the 25 cent increase for the elderly and handicapped only, plus
          instruct staff to look at the risk matters presented by Mr. Arndt and
          to evaluate the service route system.

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

          Motion to waive the rules of order and move item H(1).

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

       2. Update on the drainage problems along Mann Road (at Laredo Manor) with
          possible action.

          Florencio Pea, Interim City Manager, reported that he had met with
          the owners and they did come back with a revised cost estimate as was
          requested.  Their cost estimate came down to $600,000 and they also
          received an opinion from CD Block Grants stating that a portion of the
          project will be eligible which is still subject to approval under
          Community Development Block Grants.  The entire portion is not
          eligible, but the run-off portion that the housing project creates.

          Cindy Collazo, CD Director, stated that they have requested a survey
          of the occupants of the 100 units and it turned out that 100% were low
          and moderate at that time.  The only thing is that everybody around
          the area does not qualify as low/moderate the only thing that they
          could do is pro-rate the cost and what they got was the on-site
          improvements which is about $30,700 could be eligible for CD funding,
          the total cost of the project is estimated at $644,000 and they don't
          have any funds allocated.  They spoke to Mr. Anderson and he was
          willing to have it placed

          on the CIP if council wishes.  They can wait to see if any funds can
          become available.

          Cm. Guerra stated that owners of the project brought monies to the
          table approximately 183,000 plus 30,000 from CDBG (not allocated yet),
          council would have to find some funds to allocate.

          Mr. Pena stated they are about $400,000 short.

          Motion to incorporate the Manor Apartments Project (Drainage Project)
          into CIP and place the item for Monday's meeting for discussion.

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

    G.  Requests by Councilmember Mario G. Alvarado

       1. Discussion and possible action on reviving the Youth Advisory Council.

          Cm. Alvarado stated that the Laredo delegation that went to the
          President Youth Initiative in Philadelphia have requested that we also
          involve the youth participation in this activity and what better
          vehicle than this particular vehicle to bring in the youth and get
          them involved in this process.  He had asked staff to bring council
          up-to-date as to the perimeters, duties, responsibilities and
          guidelines that have been placed before.

          Cindy Collazo stated that the Youth Advisory Commission was created in
          1992, with age group of 13-21, single or married, they sent out
          applications and had them apply, council selected two members plus one
          alternate for each district, in fiscal year 1993 it was funded with
          $15,000 and $15,000 in fiscal year 1994, the funds were for the youth
          and the fundraisers, for CIS (Communities in Schools), the Johnny
          Canales Show.  Since then it was transferred again in 1994 to the
          Parks and Recreation Department and she knows they were actively
          involved in the Spurs Scholarship Fund and the CIS.  She understands
          they
          were working together with Parks and Recreation but she does not know
          to what extent and thinks what needs to be done is to revive the
          members.

          Cm. Alvarado concluded by saying that his wish is to revive this youth
          council and asked if there were any perameters or

          guidelines that they need to adhere to in looking at reviving this
          activity.

          Mrs. Collazo stated it was left opened, it is up to council if they
          want to designate any perimeters.  She will provide council with all
          the previous information on the youth commission.

       2. Presentation by the Red Ribbon Coalition.

          Ms. Toni Gamboa, Webb County Coalition Chairperson, announced that
          this year's fight against drugs and their campaign "Say No To Drugs"
          will begin with a parade on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. on Park Street in
          front of Martin High School and continue into Shirley Stadium.  There
          will be a ceremony at 7:00 with approximately 3,000 students
          participating.  She informed council that the coalition is composed of
          the different law enforcement agencies, the Health Department,
          students, and other volunteers.  She concluded by inviting the council
          and public to join them in this very important event.

    H.  Requests by Councilmember Consuelo "Chelo" Montalvo

       1. Discussion and possible action regarding the naming of a three member
          Ad Hoc Committee to review the ongoing operations at the City's El
          Metro Transit System.

          Motion to name Mayor Protem Perez, Cm. Alvarado, and Cw.  Montalvo to
          the El Metro Ad Hoc Committee.

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

 XII.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

      41. Public hearing providing interested citizens an opportunity to comment
          on the City's proposed change in the use of the South Laredo Community
          Center from a social service facility to administrative office space
          for the Parks and Recreation Department in compliance with the
          Community Development Block Grant regulations cited in 24 CFR 570.505;
          and approval of a Motion to convert the South Laredo Community Center
          from a social service facility to administrative office space for the
          Parks and Recreation Department and to reimburse the Community
          Development Block Grant Program for the purchase and rehabilitation of
          the facility at the appraised fair market value of $440,000.00, to be
          amortized over a 20 year period to allow for 240 monthly payments of
          $1,833.33.

          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 approve.

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

      42. Public hearing for the voluntary annexation of ten tracts of land
          totaling 491.1278 acres, more or less, and the unilateral annexation
          of three tracts of land totaling 1,286.5786 acres, more or less, for a
          total of 1,777.7064 acres, as required by Section 43.052 of the Texas
          Local Government Code.

          Tracts proposed for voluntary annexation are as follows:
       a) Tract 3: Killam Industrial Park Tract - 10.6253 acres, more or less.
                   Petitioner: Killam Industrial Development Partnership, LTD.
       b) Tract 4: Hurd Tract - 17.8736 acres, more or less.  Petitioner: Hurd
                   Urban Development, LLC c) Tract 5: Salinas Tract -8.0 acres,
                   more or less.
                   Petitioner: Gerardo G. Salinas, Manager
                               Village Heights, LTD.
       d) Tract 6: Izaguirre Tract - 8.0668 acres, more or less.  Petitioner:
                   Tomas L. Izaguirre
       e) Tract 7: Killam/Loop 20 Tract - 15.7203 acres, more or less.
                   Petitioner: Killam Oil Company
       f) Tract 9: Haynes Tract - 4.6808 acres, more or less.
                   Petitioner: Richard E. Haynes
       g) Tract 10: Southern Development Tract - 95.7986 acres, more or less.
                    Petitioner: A.R. Sanchez Jr.
       h) Tract 11: Garcia Tract - 265.2185 acres, more or less.  Petitioner:
                    E.G. Ranch, LTD
       i) Tract 12: Newman Tract - 35.1439 acres, more or less.  Petitioner:
                    Newman Investment Company
       j) Tract 13: Ramos Tract - 30.0 acres, more or less.
                    Petitioner: Dr. Oscar Ramos

          Tracts proposed for unilateral annexation are as follows:
       k) Tract 1a: Unitec Industrial Park Tract - 362.173 acres, more or less.
                    Petitioner: City of Laredo
       l) Tract 1b: I.H. 35 Tract - 190.2584 acres, more or less.  Petitioner:
                    City of Laredo
       m) Tract 2:  Bridge IV Tract - 181.2177 acres, more or less.  Petitioner:
                    City of Laredo
       n) Tract 8a: Highway 359 Tract - 61.7122 acres, more or less.
                    Petitioner: City of Laredo
       o) Tract 8b: Highway 359/Landfill Tract - 490.8365 acres, more or less.
                    Petitioner: City of Laredo

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Keith Selman, City Planner, made the presentation before the council
          and read the service plans for the unilateral annex-ation and the
          voluntary annexations.  A written service plan was not provided by the
          City Planner to the City Secretary for public review.

          Jesus Ponce asked how the city is going to afford the services for all
          of these annexations.

          Keith Selman replied that the only tracts for which the services are
          required are those that are unilateral in nature, that is unvoluntary
          annexations, there are services currently provided in those areas and
          services are available specifically water services.  The water line in
          359 and the water that already exists up towards the Unitec area.

          Motion to close the public hearing and proceed with the annexation
          hearings.

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

      43. Public hearing to receive citizen input on the feasibility of
          establishing a truck staging area in North Laredo to contain
          commercial trucks transporting cargo into Mexico, via Bridge II.
          Additionally, informing the public regarding the complete
          reconstruction of Saunders Avenue (Highway 59) from Ejido Avenue to
          Interstate 35 and how it will impact cargo as well as passenger
          traffic during the next 18 months.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Mr. Tom Wade, Executive Vice President of the Laredo Transportation
          Association, reported that their recommendations were as follows:

          * Upon completion of the IH-35 project by TxDOT, projected completion
            date in December 1997;
          * Utilizing Texas Senate Bill 773, pass a city ordinance designating
            the inside left lane of Southbound IH-35, for use by all cargo
            carrying commercial traffic entering Mexico;
          * Thus allowing other vehicles the use of the remaining lanes;
          * And with the assistance of TxDOT, erect signs to indicate the lane
            designation in a manner sufficient to inform all motorist of the
            lane designations;
          * And with the assistance of the Laredo Police Department, enforce the
            above ordinance by utilizing dedicated officers along the Southbound
            IH-35 area, including, providing traffic control at all cross
            streets at the entrance of Bridge II;
          * And have the City of Laredo Traffic Department work with TxDOT to
            install traffic signals that can better control the movement of
            commercial traffic and passenger cars at the cross streets located
            just before entering the southbound toll lanes of Bridge II;
          * And if funding is required to provide full time traffic control, and
            enforcement of the proposed ordinance restricting commercial traffic
            destined for Mexico, entering at Bridge II, impose a $.05 increase
            in the toll of all vehicles entering Mexico at all Laredo Bridge
            system toll booths as recommended by the City of Laredo's Traffic
            Safety Advisory Board.  This $.05 toll increase to be utilized to
            fund traffic control and enforcement.  This toll to last the
            duration of the ordinance designating special land usage;
          * And when Bridge IV becomes operational, abolish the ordinance
            designating special lane usage on southbound IH-35 and by ordinance
            move all commercial traffic to Bridge IV, and Bridge III (Colombia
            Solidarity Bridge);
          * And that all, of the above recommendations have been discussed with
            the staff of various departments within the City of Laredo municipal
            government, including, but not
            limited to; City Manager, Planning, Traffic, Police, Bridge System,
            and that a portion of these recommendations relating to IH-35
            traffic control, have been discussed with the Texas Department of
            Transportation.
          * The membership of the LTA opposes the ideas of any truck staging
            that would occur at a location that is not immediately adjacent to
            the bridge.  The membership feels that an off site staging area
            would in fact only move the line of commercial vehicles entering
            Mexico from IH-35 to a line of commercial vehicles located at the
            entrance/exit and surrounding areas of an off-site staging area.

          Should the City of Laredo choose to implement an off-site area, we
          would ask that commercial traffic be allowed to remain on IH-35 until
          the completion of that off site staging location.  Should the City of
          Laredo implement changes in the hours of bridge access for commercial
          vehicles going to Mexico via Bridge II, we would ask for 30 day
          notice, to allow us time to contract our shipping customers, and
          advise them of the changes, so they can make essential decisions on
          the movement of their cargo being shipped through the Port of Laredo.

          Mr. Richard Francis Flynn, Chairman of Pro-Life America 2000, spoke of
          loud noise produced by the trucks, stated that the city needs a noise
          abatement ordinance.

          Cm. Bruni stated that he was in agreement with the recommenda-tions
          provided by the Transportation Association.

          Keith Selman, Planning Director, reported that the Planning and Zoning
          Commission felt that different alternatives should be taken into
          consideration, one being much as stated continuing
          to use IH-35, adopt legislation to enforce it, another being looking
          at methodology to use the Anna Truck Route and Santa Isabel as
          potential staging area as well, and possibly providing an on ramp on
          the other side of bridge two, looking at a methodology using 1472 as
          staging area in conjunction with possibly using the Colombia Bridge,
          making better usage of signage along highway in English/Spanish on IH-
          35 and finally, potentially looking at fee scheduling to provide
          incentives for the movement of truck during certain hours of a working
          day.

          Jesus Ponce stated that the train people should hire more people to
          help with the crossings and that if a staging area is the best
          solution, then it should be done.

          Charles Martens stated that the Fourth bridge is the answer and we
          should move on it as quickly as possible.
          Cm. Casso stated he is opposed to the increasing of toll fees, and
          feels that the additional bridge charge should be placed on commercial
          traffic to absorb that cost, not the entire citizens.  On the queuing
          area, we are going to have a staging area, basically what the LTA said
          on their letter, that they are opposed to a staging area that is away
          from the bridge because that is what is going to happen with the
          Fourth Bridge we are going to have a staging area there.  He needs to
          know how much acreage there is going to be, because from the last
          meeting there wasn't that much acreage assigned to handle 240-500
          trucks, so staff needs to look into that because we are going to be
          transferring the problem from IH-35 to the Mines Road.  People are
          beginning to question the location, people are saying that saying that
          all we are doing is transferring the problem to the Mines Road in
          terms of traffic.  He can't see leaving trucks on IH-35 another two
          years past Del Mar Blvd. and thinks that council is going to have to
          act or a referendum is going to be the only alternative to see what
          people really want.

          Hemeregildo Gonzalez, representing the Mexican Customs Brokers from
          Nuevo Laredo, stated that they are also looking for solutions, but the
          problem is the increase in cargo and that includes rail shipments.  He
          said that Columbia Bridge implicates additional costs and it's up to
          the importer and they won't use it due to the increase in cost.  They
          are working with Mr. Pena to find a solution and that their
          association will work with the City of Laredo in finding a solution to
          this problem.

          Juan Villarreal, TxDot Engineer, gave an update of the undergoing
          construction of IH-35 and on Hwy 59 project.

          Motion to adopt the recommendations of the Laredo Transportation
          Association and incorporate them into the public hearing and instruct
          staff to advise TXDoT to strip the dedicated lane and place additional
          signage at IH-35, instruct staff to prepare the documentation and
          explore the feasibility of a staging area, working with the private
          sector to make the plan work, and to push for a dialogue between
          Laredo/Nuevo Laredo getting them to crossing the bridge during the
          extended hours (early in the morning and later in the evening) and to
          see if they can continue with that dialogue and get some type of
          solution there too.

          Moved : Cm. Bruni
          Second: Cm. Valdez
          For:  4                        Against:  2         Abstain:  0 Cm.
                                         Casso
                                         Cm. Guerra

          Mr. Pena stated the direction is to prepare an ordinance, and
          hopefully within the next 30-45 days they will bring the ordinance,
          and would have met with Highway Department to see how it is going to
          work, will have an analysis as to the possibility of a staging area,
          and the costs.

          Motion to close the public hearing.

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

      44. Public hearing 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 8307 San Lorenzo Drive.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN 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 8307 San Lorenzo Drive, providing for publication and
          effective date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Jeffrey Czar, Attorney for James Marchak, stated that his client has
          complied with all requirements under the Sexually Oriented Business
          Special Use Permit provisions and was requesting approval from
          council.

          Motion to close the public hearing, rescind previous council action,
          and table for further review by staff with the owners.

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

      45. Public hearing approving an amendment to the contract with the Texas
          Department of Health and budget in the amount of $1,516,584.00 to
          operate the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program, and to issue
          approximately $8,640,000.00, in federal food vouchers by the City of
          Laredo Health Department for the period beginning October 1, 1997,
          through September 30, 1998.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Approving an amendment to the contract with the Texas Department of
          Health and budget in the amount of $1,516,584.00 to operate the Women,
          Infants, and Children (WIC) Program, and to issue approximately
          $8,640,000.00, in federal food vouchers by the City of Laredo Health
          Department for the period beginning October 1, 1997, through September
          30, 1998; and increasing revenue line item for the WIC Program 226-
          0000-323-4037 from $0 to $1,516,584.00, and expenditure line item 226-
          6071 from $0 to $1,516,584.00.

          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 : Cm. Guerra
          Second: Cm. Bruni
          For:  6                        Against:  0         Abstain:  0

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      46. Public hearing approving an amendment to the contract with the Texas
          Department of Health and budget in the amount of $200,000.00, for the
          restructured La Familia Health Care Project (previously known as the
          Diabetic/Hypertension Education 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 budget in the amount of $200,000.00, for the restructured
          La Familia Health Care Project (previously known as the
          Diabetic/Hypertension Education Project) of the City of Laredo Health
          Department for the period beginning September 1, 1997, through August
          31, 1998; and increase revenue line item 226-0000-323-4036 from $0 to
          $200,000.00, and expenditure line item 226-6063 from $0 to
          $200,000.00.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

XIII.  RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD

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

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

      47. Award of an annual supply contract in the estimated amount of
          $400,000.00, to the LOW BIDDERS, Thomas Petroleum, Laredo, Texas, for
          the purchase of transport loads of low sulfur diesel fuel and tank
          wagon loads of unleaded fuel for the El Metro fleet. The bid price for
          unleaded fuel is $0.0015 cents more than the previous year and $0.0030
          cents more for diesel fuel.  A total of two bids were received for
          this purchase.

          Motion to approve.

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

      48. Motion to waive all bus fare collection on November 28, 1997, as
          participation in the City of Laredo's co-sponsoring the HEB Feast of
          Sharing. This action will introduce new riders to El Metro. Based on
          Thanksgiving Day 1995 revenues of $2,350.00 and HEB's contribution of
          $1,000.00, the estimated forgone revenue will be approximately
          $1,300.00.

          Motion to waive all bus fare collections on November 28, 1997 as
          participation in the City of Laredo's co-sponsoring the HEB Feast of
          Sharing.

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

      49. Motion to exercise a contract option to purchase an additional 8 Nova
          coaches for the total price of $2,499,128.00 ($312,391.00 each)
          contingent upon approval of Federal Transit Administration grant
          amendment.

          Motion to approve.

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

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

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

 XIV.  RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MUNICIPAL HOUSING CORPORATION

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

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

   50. 97-RMH-118  Authorization from the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation
                   (LMHC) Board of Directors to accept and implement the Annual
                   factor increase offered from the Laredo Housing Authority -
                   Section 8 Housing Assistance Payment Program.  The U.S.
                   Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) allows
                   landlords to increase the Section 8 rents by the annual
                   factor increase percentages which are as follows: 2.6% for
                   rents ranging from $310.00 -$349.00 and 2.3% for rents
                   ranging from $350.00-$419.00.  The rents being proposed are
                   still lower than comparably sized apartments throughout our
                   community. HUD pays the difference of the rent charged by
                   landlords, meaning that this proposed increase will not
                   affect the current rent being paid by Section 8 participants.
                   In addition, Section 8 participants are only responsible for
                   paying rent based on 30% of their income.  The revenues
                   generated from the rental rate increase will be used to
                   assist in funding the necessary LMHC Capital Improvement
                   Projects (CIP) and operational costs.  The Section 8 Annual
                   Factor increase will be implemented to all Section 8
                   contracts as they are renewed at both the Jose A. Flores
                   Apartments and Tomas Flores Apartments.

                   Motion to approve.

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

                          SUPPLEMENTAL AGENDA

    97-R-36 (S)                                       OCTOBER 20, 1997

IX. CITY MANAGER'S REPORT

   A. Consideration and action to develop a program to address the drop-off and
      traffic congestion problem at L.I.S.D. schools.

      Florencio Pea, Interim City Manager, reported that the Metro Committee
      met with a representative of LISD Board on October 16th, Cm. Alvarado and
      Cm. Perez were present at the board meeting when they appointed three of
      their members Frank Staggs, Mr. Rodriguez, and Joe Valdez to a committee
      to deal with the City Council on working with LISD schools to develop a
      program to address school drop-off problems.  In addition, they
      specifically dealt with Farias Elementary School which council authorized
      a study to be done there, and they have a proposal which was delivered to
      council which shows the city cost contribution to be approximately
      $113,000 to construct Ortiz Street and put a traffic signal in that area.
      The rest of the improvements which are basically parking lot improvement
      and a drop-off zone on the Chicago Street side would be paid for by the
      school district.  They took further action at that meeting directing their
      staff to appropriate funds approximately $830,000 to make this project a
      reality.  The city does not have the $113,000, there will be a workshop on
      the Capital Improvements Program in October 27th and council might want to
      consider that project.  The school district was very interested in
      developing a funding program by meeting with the Metro Committee and their
      committee and prioritizing as to which schools can be done within the next
      two or three years.

      Cw. Moreno asked that staff makes sure that Buenos Aires is included in
      this program.

      Motion to incorporate the plan to address the drop-off and traffic
      congestion problems at LISD into the CIP.

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

  XV.  ADJOURNMENT

       Motion to adjourn.   Time:  10:30 p.m.

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

I HEREBY CERTIFY THAT THE ABOVE MINUTES CONTAINED IN PAGES O1 TO 42
ARE TRUE, COMPLETE, AND CORRECT PROCEEDING OF THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON
THE 20TH DAY OF OCTOBER, 1997.  A CERTIFIED COPY IS ON FILE AT
THE CITY SECRETARY'S OFFICE.


                                  ________________________
                                   GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.
                                   CITY SECRETARY