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

                                 MINUTES


       M97-R-37                                  OCTOBER 27, 1997

   I.  CALL TO ORDER

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

  II.  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

       Mayor Saul N. Ramirez, Jr. called the meeting to order.

 III.  ROLL CALL
       SAUL N. RAMIREZ, JR., MAYOR
       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,               "     , DISTRICT V
       JOE A. GUERRA,               "     , DISTRICT VI
       MARIO G. ALVARADO,           "     , DISTRICT VII
       CONSUELO "CHELO" MONTALVO,   "     , DISTRICT VIII
       GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR., CITY SECRETARY
       FLORENCIO PENA, III,  CITY MANAGER
       JAIME L. FLORES,      CITY ATTORNEY

  IV.  FINAL READINGS

       Motion to waive the final readings of ordinances #97-O-257, #97-O-258,
       #97-O-259, and #97-O-260.

       Moved : Cm. Perez
       Second: Cm. Guerra
       For:  7                          Against:  0         Abstain:  0 Cm.
       Casso was not present.

       2. 97-O-257  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 69 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.  (City
                    Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-257.

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

       3. 97-O-258  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.  (As Amended)
                    (Mario G. Alvarado)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-258.

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

       4. 97-O-259  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.
                    (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-259.

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

       5. 97-O-260  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.   (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-260.

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

   V.  RESOLUTIONS

       6. 97-R-127  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Right of Entry and
                    Possession instrument for the right to enter upon, and take
                    possession of, a parcel of land owned by Fasken Ltd., a
                    Texas Limited Partnership, for the construction of a part of
                    the Laredo Northwest International Bridge.

                    Motion to waive the regular order of business and consider
                    item #16 for action at this time.

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

                    Motion to table this item for November 3rd.

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

       7. 97-R-128  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant in the amount
                    of $12,500.00, for the "El Protector" grant from the Texas
                    Department of Transportation.  The Texas Department of
                    Transportation's contribution will be $8,125.00, with the
                    City designating $4,375.00, in matching funds. These funds
                    reflect only 25% of the total amount of the grant. The
                    remaining 75% of the grant will be awarded in November 1997.
                    The funding for this grant will be from October 1, 1997
                    through September 30, 1998.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-128.

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

       8. 97-R-129  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant in the amount
                    of $5,000.00, for the Occupant Protection STEP grant from
                    the Texas Department of Transportation.  The Texas
                    Department of Transportation's contribution will be
                    $2,500.00, with the City designating $2,500.00, in matching
                    funds. These funds reflect only 25% of the amount of the
                    grant. The remaining 75% of the grant will be awarded in
                    November 1997.  The funding for this grant will be from
                    October 1, 1997 through September 30, 1998.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-129.

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

       9. 97-R-130  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant in the amount
                    of $7,500.00, for the Speed STEP grant from the Texas
                    Department of Transportation. The Texas Department of
                    Transportation's contribution will be $4,875.00, with the
                    City designating $2,625.00, in matching funds. These funds
                    reflect only 25% of the total amount of the grant. The
                    remaining 75% of the grant will be awarded in November 1997.
                    The funding for this grant will be from October 1, 1997
                    through September 30, 1998.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-130.

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

      10. 97-R-131  Authorizing the City Manager of the City of Laredo to accept
                    a grant award (reimbursement program) from the Texas
                    Department of Transportation for Intermodal Surface
                    Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) Enhancement Funds in
                    the amount of $1,076,158.00, for streetscape improvements to
                    Convent Avenue, Hidalgo Street, Farragut Street, Zaragoza
                    Street and streets adjacent to San Agustin Plaza, and Santa
                    Ursula Avenue; and authorizing the City Manager to execute
                    all necessary documents.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-131.

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

      11. 97-R-132  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Right of Entry and
                    Possession instrument for the right to enter upon, and take
                    possession of, a parcel of land owned by Robert Muller
                    Family Partnership Ltd., d/b/a Robert Muller Ltd., for the
                    construction of a part of the Laredo Northwest International
                    Bridge.

                    Motion to table this item for November 3rd.

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

                    Motion to waive the regular order of business move
                    up items B(4) and E(2).

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

  VI.  MOTIONS

      12. Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the
          Texas Department of Transportation in the amount of $15,000.00, for
          funding of the Holiday DWI STEP program for the period of October 1,
          1997 through September 30, 1998. The City is not required to provide
          matching funds for this grant. This grant will pay the overtime
          salaries for police officers to enforce the DWI Law during target
          holidays to include Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, Memorial Day,
          Easter, Spring Break, Independence Day, Labor Day, Halloween, and
          Veteran's Day.

          Motion to approve.

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

          Cm. Casso joined the meeting at 7:15 p.m.

 VII.  CITY MANAGER'S REPORT

      13. Discussion and possible action regarding the list of capital projects
          for possible bond funding.

           Florencio Pena, City Manager, stated previously they had
           presented a $10.5 million program for the following year,
           they were told by the financial advisor the bond issue
           size we can be looking forward to, but since that time
           interest rates have dropped and they have a revised
           figure which is now $14 million and in effect can afford
           the sale of $14 million worth of capital improvements
           without requiring an increase on the tax rate to support
           the debt.

           What will follow is a presentation of a review of the
           $10.5 million list of projects and after that, then they
           will possibly go to the identification of other projects
           that would make up the other $4 million.  They would like
           to go to the bond market in January so they can begin the
           engineering design of these projects and possibly be
           under construction by late 1998 or early 1999.

    Keith Selman, Planning Director, explained the
    reproduction of what is in the currently adopted CIP as
    follows:
                                                 PROPOSED
PROPOSED CERT. OF OBLIGATION ISSUANCE:          FY 1997-98

Drainage:
  The Zacate Creek upper region Erosion Control  800,000
  Chacon Creek Tributary Drainage -Phase II      600,000
  Laredo Street Drainage Improvements            600,000
 *McPherson Acres- Phase I                       950,000
Streets:
** Santa Maria Reconstruction                  2,600,000
     Project 60                                  250,000
     Project 61                                  200,000
   Public Works Facility                       2,500,000
   Building Repairs:
   Equipment                                   2,000,000

TOTAL PROPOSED CERT. OF OBLIG. BOND ISSUE     10,500,000 **

* UNFUNDED    600,000

PROPOSED SELF SUPPORTING DEBT ISSUANCE:

Wastewater Certificate of Oblig.               5,452,000
   Chacon creek Interceptor                      235,000
   TxDot Improvements                            400,000
   Zacate Creek WWTP Corrosion                   250,000
   Composting Facility (Land)
   Texas Water Development Board                 340,000
Texas Water Development Board                    845,000
   Wastewater
   Water
TOTAL PROPOSED SELF-SUPPORTING DEBT            7,552,000

TOTAL PROPOSED DEBT ISSUANCE                  18,022,000

*  Self Supporting:
   Landfill Fund
            Equipment                            830,000

** $9,670,000 ($10,500,000 minus self supporting amounts of
   $830,000) will be supported by Taxes to be paid from the
   "window" available in FY ending 9/30/99.

                         1998 C.I.P.
                        (UNFUNDED AND UNPROPOSED)

        PROJECTS                   AMOUNT               NOTES

Calton Road Improvements           300,000   (300,000 for Phase I and 400,000
                                              for Phase II) McPherson Acres
                                              Drainage Improve.  600,000
Texas Ave./Price Street Drainage   163,000   Engineering only
South Meadow Bridge at Chacon      400,000
Farias Elementary                  170,000
Municipal Court Expansion          225,000
                                 _________
                                 1,858,000

                      Capital Projects identified by
                     Council After CIP Adoption with
                       Direction for staff to fund.

Calton Road Improvements         700,000
Canizalez Gym                    170,000
Paving Project 60                265,000   d) 80% up in CDBG area
Paving Project 61                780,000   e) Out of 28, 24 CDBG elig.
Farias Elementary                170,000   a) Apply for Tx.D.O.T. grant.
Gallagher St. Widening           225,000
                               _________
TOTAL                          2,310,000

                       CAPITAL PROJECTS IDENTIFIED
                            AFTER CIP ADOPTION

Laredo Manor Apartments                 644,000 c)Apply for TxDot grant
Hilltop Phase II                              0 * To be negotiated with
                                                  developer.
Extension of Killam Industrial Blvd.  1,000,000 f) Private Contribution
                                                   $__________
Canizalez Gym                           170,000
School Drop Off                         500,000
Bruni Library Conversion                510,000 b) Roof, A/C slabing ___________
                                      2,824,000

    Mr. Selman said he tried to identify projects that
    council had given direction or indication as per their
    preferences.   He explained that unfunded and unproposed
    projects that are in the CIP are Calton Road Improvements
    which is a two phase project one in 1998 for $300,000,
    and $400,000 in 1999.  He added that McPherson Acres
    Drainage for $600,000; Texas Ave./Price Street Drainage
    for 163,000; South Meadow Bridge at Chacon for $400,000
    which needs to be funded because they strongly feel that
    this should be included.  He said that Farias Elementary
    for 170,000 has been discussed since the adoption of the
    CIP and has been put in at the final adoption of the CIP,
    plus the Municipal Court Expansion for 225,000.  Also,
    new numbers that have come up on the Santa Maria
    Improvements Project will increase by $316,000 and it
    would bring the figures of unfunded but projects in the
    CIP of approximately $2.2 million.

    Other project that council has identified are the Calton
    Road Improvements for $700,000; the Canizales Gym with
    $170,000; increasing paving Project 60 & 61, an increase
    of $650,000 to entirely complete that project and an
    increase of $780,000 to complete Project 61.

    He added that on Gallagher Street widening recent right-
    of-way acquisition has made possible the construction of
    curb and gutter.

    The Laredo Manor Apartments has come up recently, these
    are projects in the CIP but have been pushed into 1999.
    The Bruni Library conversion is on the CIP for $100,000,
    the rest are new projects that are not identified in the
    CIP (The Hilltop Road extension, extension of Killam
    Industrial Blvd. and school drop off zones).

    Mr. Pena stated that leaves them with a balance of $1.5
    million worth of projects that council may want to take
    from the list as presented by Mr. Selman which include
    the Laredo Manor, Hilltop Road Phase II, extension of
    Killman, and school drop offs.  On the Bruni Library
    conversion they have monies set aside in the budget to
    convert for the study area, there are $50,000 to relocate
    the Building Department there, the real cost to renovate
    that building is about $510,000.  That project was
    identified in the CIP because the building is in real bad
    shape (that is not funded), but they do have funds to
    convert it into a study area which are budgeted in this
    year's budget.

    Joe Guerra, Public Works Director, showed a video of the
    areas where flooding had occurred (Oct. 22nd) and
    explained what are the possible solutions to minimize the
    future flooding problems.  The major areas of flooding
    were at Las Cruzes, Flecha Lane, the creek along Calton
    Road that runs into Chaparral Subdivision, the road along
    the new library, McPherson and Town Lake.  He recommended
    placing measuring poles at certain creek crossings and
    suggested widening of the Chaparral Creek to help the
    Chaparral people.  He stated the majority of these houses
    at Chaparral have concrete block fences with no drainage
    going into the canal and suggested that they start
    drilling holes in their walls to prevent flooding into
    their back yards.

    Mayor Ramirez said they will combined item #13 and #14 to
    make sure that whatever projects council decides to move
    ahead with, those areas are addressed as council sees fit
    setting priorities.

    Rogelio Rivera, Engineering Director, reported that from
    1989 to date they have completed $11.5 million in
    projects, for FY97 they will have done about $4 million
    with the completion of the project that they are now
    working.  They have under design another $1.1 million and
    together with the paving project they have completed
    throughout the years they have another $1.6 million worth
    of drainage.  In the past eight years they have completed
    $18.7 million worth of drainage.

    He continued by identifying recent heavy rain floodings
    and an overview of areas around town where they had
    localized flooding and drainage problems.  He identified
    other areas that need to come to the table for funding.
    There were calls from different areas in town.  The areas
    hit the most were north/northeast of the airport and
    Hillside area, which is why Chaparral got the brunt of
    drainage.  On 9701 Espuela Court in Rancho Viejo he
    stated that there was too much water for those inlets;
    Mines Road at Las Cruzes where water was going over the
    bridge; Mann Road by Santa Maria Avenue there is a major
    problem there at the Versailles Apartments which is below
    street drain; Markely Lane and Anna Truck Route; Frost
    and Maryland with localized flooding where several lots
    are below street level; 406 W. Plum it's too close to the
    creek and water needs inlets to drain towards the Zacate
    Creek; 1405 Garza had localized flooding; 2300 of Block
    of Washington has low lying area; 1405 Garza with
    localized flooding; 2300 Washington under the Washington
    overpass with low line area; Dellwood Subdivision at
    Flecha Lane they will try to get permission from property
    owner and open up that berm; 5407 Cypress no underground
    drainage and water goes to Newman School; Chaparral area
    there is a privately owned area needs cleaning to get
    better water flow; 2102 Ash which is a low lying area and
    where there are concrete walls that are not allowing the
    flow of water.

    Cw. Montalvo asked that something be done about the
    Dellwood Subdivision on Flecha Lane drainage problems.
    She asked that they address and approach the property
    owners to get that appropriate concrete lining so that
    the drainage patterns can follow where they should.

    Mr. Rivera continued by saying that the 3500 Block
    of Ash was also reported, McClean Construction work is
    90% complete; 2605 Lyon, these lots are below street
    grade and had proposed a drainage extension and is being
    addressed by the Texas/Price Drainage that will be taking
    care of most of that area; 1201 Frost a low lying

    area, scheduled for FY-99 to extend the existing drainage
    project and possibly cast the water downstream before it
    gets down below to that area; 3300 Block of Sta. Clara
    which is an area where there are several streets, 3300
    Block of Lane; San Salvador, Santa Barbara, Sta. Clara
    and Pecan Acres that are outside the city limits and have
    not been dedicated, they are still unpaved and this area
    is one of those streets.  A family that lives at the
    bottom of the drainage outlet where Pecan Acres has been
    developing, they have a credit letter to do the drainage
    pipe to connect to our drainage system, but that has not
    been built yet, they will contact the engineer to see
    what the status is.  They also had a call from Prada on
    Santa Rita Subdivision where there is a wall, water was
    ponding, and the wall collapsed.

    Cm. Bruni outlined other blocks that were flooded that
    are not on the report and wants a report on these blocks.
    The 1200 Block of Calton where 10 apartments were
    flooded, 1500 Block of Cherry Hill, the 5400 Block of
    Cypress, 3218/3320 and 3800 Elm were flooded with
    wastewater backup, 3100 Block of Montgomery where the Montgomery/India
    Project is being constructed was totally
    flooded and wants a report from the engineer to see if
    they need to add additional inlets, 2600 Plum, 2600 Block
    of San Jose, 3300 Ash, 2600 Lyon, Club View Estates, Club
    View Drive and south of Club View Drive the storm drain
    inlets were plugged up by debri.

    Cm. Perez wants a report on the 2600 and 2700 Block of
    Pecan.

    Mr. Pena stated some fences are of block/brick and
    property owners need to take action and drill holes where
    drainage situations occur.

    Mayor Ramirez suggested that when they do come in for
    building fences that the include some kind of requirement
    that they install outlets at the time that they build
    fences.

    Mr. Bruni stated that the radar system has not been
    installed and is not in place, if they could have known
    and advised Public Works staff and residents it could
    have avoided much grief.  He wants to know the status on
    the radar system.

    The following items were requested by the various council
    members to be addressed in the C.I.P. for possible
    funding:

    Cm. Alvarado said that a major item in his district is
    the Santa Maria Reconstruction, monies were identified
    for this project, plus additional monies needed to
    complete that project and have been identified.  The
    Farias Elementary pickup and drop off point where they
    went before LISD and the board committed to funding their
    portion on this project.  He urged council to go ahead
    and work with the districts and approve this project to
    address the traffic concerns.  Last, the Flecha Lane
    drainage situation, there is no dollar amount on this
    yet.

    Cm. Guerra identified Hilltop Road Phase II where there
    are no funds identified for the project said they need to
    work with the developer.

    Mr. Pena stated that Mr. Salinas as the primary owner has
    developed construction plans to get all properly platted.
    He is asking the city to assist in contributing to part
    of that construction.  They do not have figures, Mr.
    Salinas does show the total cost figures, in essence he
    wants the city to participate in it and it is council's
    decision how much they want to contribute to that
    project.

    Mr. Selman stated the plat has gone for preliminary
    consideration on Phase II.  They will need to do a formal presentation on
    what Mr. Salinas is proposing the cost
    sharing and authorize Mr. Pena to sign off on the plan on
    behalf of the city on the right-of-way dedication.

    Cm. Guerra stated he does not see the extension of
    Springfield and the Trautman Elementary sidewalks and
    related improvements and wants to see if these can be
    included for possible funding.

    Mr. Pena stated that it is not shown as a project for
    1999, its shown as developers cost on the CIP.  These
    are projects after the adoption of the CIP.

    Mayor Ramirez suggested that maybe the Springfield
    project could be included in EDA submitted projects.

    Cm. Valdez stated that while they are talking about the
    Calton Road Improvements, that in those improvements that
    they include drainage improvements especially the area
    west of McPherson near the radio station and the
    Chaparral area.  That the Chaparral Drainage Improvements
    Project be amended or upgraded as a priority.  That
    $40,000-$50,000 for the 400 Block of West Plum on San
    Francisco for the flood problems that have been
    identified by the Engineering Department.  That we
    consider monies to consider the sidewalk program
    especially around the school areas.  That staff pursue
    and talk to Raquel Gonzalez the owner of a property for
    the development of a park on the Zacate Creek area; a
    Cruz lining program for the Cruz Field Park; continue
    improvements to the Community Park that we have in North
    Laredo.  He concluded by asking that staff do something
    to get the speed bumps program off the ground and go
    ahead with the pilot program.

    Cw. Moreno wants staff to concentrate on the paving and
    drainage projects.  That the Building and Public Works
    facility should be placed some place else.  There are
    many drainage problems citywide and they should have
    priority.  Two paving projects that have not been
    completed, have been put aside for later, and later is
    not something that we should be doing, those blocks
    deserve the same importance that all others and wants to
    see that whether or not they qualify for CDBG funds that
    they be funded out of this.  School drop offs have been
    identified, on the 1200 Block of Frost some drainage
    problems, 400 Block on Plum, drainage projects on Lyon.
    She concluded by saying that we should concentrate on
    drainage and paving.

    Cm. Casso requested that on the Public Works facility the
    message that we should be sending as a city is that we
    support this project so that if we do get funded by EDA
    and does not think we should send mix signals right now
    regarding that project.  High priority on his list, is
    South Meadow Bridge at Chacon, which he understands is
    $400,000.00 and the state is going to pay the balance to
    repair the balance.  He wants to make sure that we do not
    loose those $600,000.00 and that they do something within
    the next couple of months.  The Parks and Recreation
    move, he does not know if we have to issue debt, will
    that be required or not?

    Mr. Pena stated that they budgeted $50,000.00 to help
    renovate that facility, they can use more, but that will
    get them moved into the National Guard Armory at the
    present time.  A police substation will be located there
    and they will try to work this within the budget means to
    make the modifications.

    Cm. Casso also spoke of the Canizales Gym, it is shown in
    the list under unfunded, he had directed staff to fund
    this and he wants to see it in there.  He feels council
    should start looking at the extension of Bartlett because
    of the hospital, he wants to see a report in terms of
    what it will cost.  Last, there are $2 million earmarked
    for equipment (building repairs), he wants a list of the
    repairs.

    Cm. Bruni stated that his priority project he wants moved
    up is in the unfunded projects, the Texas/Price
    Drainage Project.  He added that the extension of
    Bartlett, the Chacon Creek Wastewater Interceptor for
    the orderly growth of District II to the east and wants
    this on the fast track and the airport recreation
    complex.  He said he had submitted a 12 items list to
    staff in the budget hearings and on the last meeting that
    reflect some items such as the Lamar Neighborhood Park,
    the Newman Neighborhood Park, the Eastwoods Park, Country
    Club Estates Park, the street lighting, signalization of
    the Bob Bullock Loop and University Drive, and the
    lighting of Spur 400.  Priority and most important issue
    besides the noise abatement issue that faces District II
    is the Texas Avenue/Price Improvement Drainage Project.

    Cm. Perez stated that the paving projects are a priority,
    the school safety study, the drainage project at Blaine
    and Loop 20 (wants monies set aside for this to start and
    getting relief at the intersection of 83 and Blaine).
    Additional monies for the Tinaja continuation of the
    channalization, Park and Ride Projected for South Laredo
    ($200,000 to start phasing it in), and a park at Century
    City.

    Cm. Bruni stated that under his items a proposed
    recreation center in District II in the immediate area of
    Spur 400.

    Cw. Montalvo stated that after the CIP adoption she had
    asked for the Bruni Library conversion.

    Mr. Pena stated they have budgeted $50,000 for the
    building department and the study center for $60,000 for
    a total of $110,000 to do the Bruni Library when they
    leave.

    Mayor Ramirez suggested that all projects be put
    together, put figures to them, take some of the ones he
    recommended and incorporate this in there to match them
    and get cost figures.

    Cm. Casso wants them in sub groups and then they will
    start eliminating them out.

      14. Staff report regarding recent heavy rains and their impact on the
          City's storm drainage system.

          This item was reported on item #13.

      15. Informing the City Council of the initiation of four much needed
          Utilities projects which will alleviate water and wastewater problems
          in the City. City Council has previously identified priority areas
          which are incorporated into these projects. Monies to fund these
          projects will come from reserves of residuals from completed bond
          projects in the amount of $1,068,341.00. The projects are as follows:
          1) Water Line Replacements in the following areas:
             Gustavus from San Agustin Street to Seymour Street (9,570 linear
             feet); the 1500, 2100, 2400, and 2700 Blocks of Fremont (2,700
             linear feet); Corpus Christi Street from Sanders to Arkansas (8,400
             linear feet); and the Hillside Terrace 7 area (8,500 linear feet).
          2) Hillside Trunk Line from Yeary Street to I.H.  35. This project
             will alleviate the surcharge on the 18" sanitary sewer system for a
             90 Block area.
          3) Water Valve Replacement.
             This project, which will be done on a city-wide basis, will replace
             malfunctioning valves and will help to minimize water loss
             attributed to line breakages.
          4) Jacaman Lift Station/Force Main
             This project consists of the placement of 3,420 linear feet of 10"
             wastewater force main from Jacaman Road to the McPherson Lift
             Station.

          Motion to approve the City Manager's report.

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

      16. Request for Executive Session to deliberate the acquisition of certain
          real property needed for the construction of a part of the Laredo
          Northwest International Bridge, pursuant to Texas Government Code
          Section 551.072 and return to open session for possible action
          authorizing the City Manager to execute a Right of Entry and
          Possession instrument for the right to enter upon, and take possession
          of, parcels of land owned by Fasken Ltd.  and Robert Muller, a Texas
          Limited Partnership, for the construction of a part of the Laredo
          Northwest International Bridge.

          Motion to go into Executive Session to deliberate the acquisition of
          certain real property needed for the construction of a part of the
          Laredo Northwest International Bridge, pursuant to Texas Government
          Code Section 551.072.

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

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

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

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

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

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

VIII.  COMMUNICATIONS

       a. Recognizing TransTexas Gas Corporation for being a good corporate
          citizen of the City of Laredo.

          This item was tabled for the November 3rd meeting.

  IX.  CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION AND PRESENTATION

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

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

       1. Discussion and possible action to have staff evaluate the drainage
          system in south Laredo.

          This item was taken care of on item #13.

    B.  Requests by Councilmember Louis H. Bruni

       1. Discussion and possible action on the drainage/wastewater problems at
          3300 Elm Street, 1200 E. Calton Road, 3100 Montgomery Street, 3200 Ash
          Street, 2600 Plum Street, and 2600 San Jose Street, also 3200 Elm
          Street, and 1500 Cherry Hill with possible action.

          This item was taken care of in item #13.

       2. Discussion and possible action on including the 3300 block of Lane
          Street in the current paving project and also the paving or recycling
          of Cherry Hill from Calton Road to Bustamante.

          Cm. Bruni requested that these streets be included in present paving
          projects.

          Rogelio Rivera, City Manager, stated that this is the one block that
          he reported that is in the same fix as San Salvador, Santa Barbara,
          Santa Clara that are beyond Ejido and beyond the original city limits,
          that they have to research to see whether it is dedicated or not
          dedicated.  It is a stretch of 100 feet that is unpaved.  They are
          presently doing a research and will proceed with the research, if in
          fact they find out that it is dedicated, then they can add it to
          Project 61.

          On the Cherry Hill it is a narrow right-of-way and if they were to
          widen that they would have to have additional right-of-way.

          It is a street about 24 feet wide without curb and gutter plus they
          would have to enhance the drainage needs first.

          Cm. Bruni stated that this area has inadequate drainage.

          Motion that before they go in and repair the street that they contact
          the property owners to see if we can widen the right-of-way and get
          some drainage easements.

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

       3. Discussion and possible action on reclassifying three firefighters to
          three captains for the airport rescue vehicle.

          Tomas Ramirez, Fire Chief, stated that the annual cost for all three
          (3) captains would be $26,244.

          Fernando Alarcon, President of the Association of Firefighters, stated
          that fire and police have been on a stand still for a long time as far
          as equipment is concern.  The only reason they are coming asking for
          more equipment and more manning is because they need to start catching
          up to the year 2000.

          Motion to approve the reclassification of three firefighters to three
          captains for the airport rescue vehicle.

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

       4. Status report on the Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR), PART 150 Noise
          Abatement study with possible action.

          Cm. Bruni stated he had asked staff to prepare answers to the
          questions he had previously asked for in the meeting of October 20th.
          He wants to know what council can do to alleviate the noise that is
          being felt at the Country Club Estates, the noise on the daily basis,
          interfering with their daily routines and with their sleep.

          Ms. Martha Garcia wanted to know that now that the landing strip would
          be opened by November 1st, what is going to happen to them with the
          increase of aircraft traffic.  When are we going to do something about
          the noise?  They fear the landing of an aircraft upon their home and
          wanted a date from council.

          Joe Flores, Airport Director, reported that it has been the city that
          started the process of getting this noise study approved by FAA or
          requested the funding to do the study as early as 1991 when we were in
          the process of completing our Master Plan for the airport.  He'd like
          to think that the City of Laredo has taken a pro-active approach to
          trying to solve and anticipate this noise.  He said that back then
          they realized that the city was growing, with NAFTA and all the
          additional activity that they have received, more aircraft operations,
          more employment opportunities and of course, with that they would see
          more noise happening in the immediate area of the airport.  Finally,
          in 1993 FAA did approve a grant for us to do the study.  In 1994 they
          approved our study, with that study it they can break it out in two
          parts (operational and land use).  On the operational side which are
          for things at the airport, they are about 80% done with those
          recommendations and the study.  The only remaining item is to finish
          that reconstruction of the runway and its extension, but before the
          extension can happen they need to acquire the land.  They started that
          process over a year ago, when the City of Laredo made an initial
          payment of $2 million to acquire 100 acres north of the airport to
          allow for the extension of that runway which when it is completed will
          help mitigate the noise impact on the south end of the airport.  That
          runway will also be the preferential use runway.

          They will try to minimize the use of the cross wind runway, which
          takes off in the northwest to the southeast, and they will be looking
          to minimize that activity as well.  The use of the runway is also
          predicated on winds and the direction of the winds and the type of
          aircraft.  That cross wind runway will only handle the lighter/smaller
          aircraft, not the commercial cargo, DC-8's or 727.

          On the land use side, FAA approved certain measures, the acquisition
          and fee simple of certain areas of which the Country Club Estates is
          part of, or the soundproofing of homes or simply acquiring a
          navigation easement from those property owners.  This is a voluntary
          program to the property owners, its up to them to see what measure
          they would prefer to consider.  Since 1994 the plan was approved, they
          have been applying for federal grants, this study was a prerequisite
          for getting federal grants, to this date they have not received
          funding, they understand they came very close to getting funding with
          FY 1997 and they understand that FAA is giving high priority to
          funding the noise abatement program during FY98 which they just
          started in October 1st.  This program is estimated to cost anywhere
          from $30-$50 million.  The funding becomes a challenge, the use of
          monies from the sale of properties is very minimal and those monies
          could be used to leverage federal grants.  The grants that would come
          to us are basically in a 90/10 basis and it would as to who to use those
          monies or other operational monies to try to leverage federal grants
          to implement this noise abatement program.  They will be in Washington
          later in the week and that is one of the projects to be presented to
          FAA and hopefully will come back with better information and news.

          Mr. Luciano Adrian Rodriguez stated that the city has approached this
          issue backwards, it is typical for land use and effective lands to be
          studied and be dealt with before you start constructing and before you
          start expanding runways.  These landowners should have been dealt with
          before.  He spoke on behalf of his clients on the expansion of the
          airport, the noise, and asked that the city do something.

          Mayor Ramirez stated that first and foremost that area was developed
          after this airport was built.  The administration at that time did not
          see the need to stop construction from taking place in those areas.
          They have taken a pro-active approach and have stop construction to
          the north.  He said that Mr.  Rodriguez is correct there are judicial
          remedies, and those remedies are such that they are honorus to say the
          least, because we working on a friendly basis with the FAA have
          struggled to get to this point.  We did not go backwards in putting
          this plan together, we built this plan into what was deeded over to
          this city by the Federal Government.

          His only requested to the residents of that area is that he does not
          think that the residents have pursued the remedies they need to
          pursued, which is to come to us and tell us what it is they need to
          remedy their situation, whether its to insulation, fortify it or buy
          it out.  Those are the things they need to have in order to push for
          funding in Washington.  When they go to Washington this week they will
          make sure they are putting their efforts forward to get the necessary
          funding to make this happen.  It is a $35-50 million, the fact of the
          matter remains that we are in competition with every other airport in
          this country for those monies.  He asked that Mr.  Rodriguez on behalf
          of all the council get the residents to start filing their request
          with our Airport Director because they can't solicit those, they have
          to draw that line at that point, because the Federal Government
          requires that it be the residents that pursue these avenues of relief.
          He asked that the residents affected join together and file their
          request to either get their houses insulated, fortified through
          foundations or get bought out, because those are the kinds of things
          that they need to take up to continue to build a case with the Federal
          Government.

          Cm. Bruni requested that aircraft be instructed to go south until they
          reach a certain amount of distance from the tip of the southern runway
          and then take a jog to the east or west going to Mexico.  He stated
          that we do not have a 24 hour tower, and that tower should be manned
          24-hours especially with that increase in air traffic.  Another
          concern he has is that staff make sure we install the TARDIS System
          (the FAA has not given the final approval to install that automated
          radar displace center) which is a plus for the safety for the
          citizens.  He asked an update written report from staff at every third
          meeting of every month on the status.

    C.  Requests by Councilmember Alfonso "Poncho" Casso

       1. Discussion and possible action regarding the routine maintenance of
          storm drainage systems.

          Cm. Casso reported that this item was already taken care off.

       2. Discussion and possible action on re-routing tractor-trailers
          transporting Haz-Mat materials southbound to use Columbia Bridge.

          Cm. Casso asked staff to look at re-routing the approximate 70 daily
          trucks that cross southbound to use the Columbia Bridge.

          Florencio Pea, Interim City Manager, stated that he will speak to
          Mexican Customs on the possibility and will bring back a report to
          council.

    D.  Requests by Councilmember Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

       1. Discussion and possible action on the creation of an Emergency Relief
          Fund.

          Cm. Valdez asked staff to look at what we can do to establish a fund
          and assist people with blankets, pumps, vacuums, etc.

          Mayor Ramirez suggested that we revisit with Red Cross and contract
          with them as one avenue for relief funding and coordinate the rental
          of equipment during emergencies.
          Motion to look at the different avenues and options on the possibility
          of providing relief during emergencies.

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

    E.  Requests by Councilmember Mario G. Alvarado

       1. Presentation by Del Mar Industrial Park representatives, with possible
          action.

          Cm. Alvarado stated that with all the drainage projects on going with
          the Santa Maria Project there were some concerns as to the resurfacing
          of Markley Lane and Ireland who have been directly affected by the
          drainage project and the fact they these streets have been opened.
          The maintenance of pots holes at the entrance of Industrial Blvd. and
          Sta. Maria intersection.  He added that there was a request and
          approval from council of the concrete lining at the entrance to
          Industrial Blvd. and Sta. Maria intersection versus regular asphalt.
          His last concern is the traffic problem with the with Union Pacific
          Railroad in the area and in the west side.

          Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, stated that he didn't recall if there
          was any action taken on the concrete lining to be included with the
          drainage, if there was any action taken in this issue, there might not
          have been any action taken because it is an area of heavy trailer
          traffic and he can understand why the concrete would probably be
          required because of the turning movements.  They might be able to
          include this with the reconstruction subject to funding being
          available.  He added that at this point they are not envisioning
          concreting that intersection but can be made part of the drainage
          project and maybe an alternative that can be included.

       2. Discussion with possible action allowing Doctors Hospital physicians
          to participate, and to be rotated equally, with the City of Laredo
          Health Department Obstetrics clinic health care services and that all
          non-competitive City of Laredo funds being used to provide pre-
          natal/obstetrics services be made available to both Mercy and Columbia
          Doctors Hospital clinics located within the City of Laredo.

          Jerry Robinson, Health Director, briefed the Mayor on the motion made
          on a prior meeting which was that the prenatal health care services
          that are given by the Health Department at the main clinic would be
          divided between LMG physicians and non-LMG physicians.  The practice
          before has been to negotiate coverage for those clinics and it has
          been difficult at times.  He recognized Dr. Trevino who has been the
          clinic coordinator of the pre-natal care clinic since 1985.

          Gustavo Guevara, Jr., City Secretary, quoted a motion made on a
          previous meeting.

          Mayor Ramirez stated he is not sure if it is to our best interest to
          mandate this or to have our Health Department Director come back with
          a recommendation as to how best to proceed.  He does not want to be
          boxed into a corner and diminish our effort in dictating how we carry
          out work.  He asked that if council wishes, that they have the Health
          Department Director to bring back several options to try to maximize
          the coverage.

          Mr. Pena stated that the instruction was to go back and work with the
          Laredo Medical Group to see how the rotating could be worked out.  He
          added that Mercy has their clinics in south Laredo and added that Cm.
          Alvarado's issue and concern is that there is another hospital.

          Ben Everett, Doctors Hospital Administrator, addressed the funding
          issue.  He stated he knows the city provides certain funds for Mercy
          LMG to operate a clinic in South Laredo, they operate the Women's
          Clinic at 1915 S. Zapata Highway and they would like to see those
          funds equally shared.  He believes that fair is fair and what right is
          right and what is equal is equal.  You can't only be just little bit
          right or a little bit equal.  He would like to meet with the Health
          Director and anyone else and resolve this.  He concluded by saying if
          we are going to be equal it should be equal.

          Dr. Juan Montalvo, Obstetrician/Gynecologist, stated the main issue he
          wants to addressed is that he currently provides prenatal care at the
          Health Department and is very interested in continuing to provide
          those services for the indigent population because there is a great
          need.  He thinks and agrees that it is good that all physicians be
          allowed to rotate equally, competition is good, the end product of the
          competition is better prenatal care for the indigent population and as
          long as that remains equal access to the decisions wanting to
          participate then that should continue and hopefully no exclusive
          doctor or group practice have rights only to participate in the care.

          Mayor Ramirez stated for the record, "that the Laredo Medical Group
          did not come into this intending to monopolize the service that we
          provide, they came into this as a partner to try to enhance the
          availability of health services at the Health Department, but knows
          that Doctors is here to do the same and that is why we want to make
          sure that is out there that is a responsible provider is able to
          provide that service."

          Ms. Rose Cruz and Ms. Corina Salinas, said they are independent
          doctors, they do not belong to Mercy and Doctors Hospital and they
          prefer to stay that way.  They want to continue to provide service at
          the Health Clinic and tubaligations to the ladies that have requested
          this service.  She added that 50% of the ladies will ask for this
          service because they have a hard time at Mercy getting the majority of
          them approved unless it is medically necessary because it is a
          catholic hospital.  They do not have a hard time at Doctors Hospital
          so they need both hospitals to be available to all patients at the
          City Health Clinic.

          Mr. Marsh Sawyer, President and Chief Executive Officer for Mercy,
          agreed with the comments made by Mr. Everett who said that what they
          are looking for is fair and equal participation.  The entire medical
          community would like to serve the city, be a partner with the city,
          and to try to create a healthier population of women who are about to
          deliver children.  They are not opposed to a fair and equal rotation
          among all appropriately credential providers for the delivery of care
          and pre-natal services.  He supports council's efforts and looks
          forward to meeting with all the interested parties and working
          together.

          Dr. David Garza, President of Health Care Lines of Laredo, stated that
          it's important to have all parties at the table to discuss the issues.

          Dr. Ricardo Cigarroa, President of Laredo Medical Group, agreed on
          equal access to the service in order to provide good care.

          Cm. Bruni announced that the Health Issues Committee will schedule a
          meeting will set the date of November 13th at 4:00 p.m. at Council
          Chambers.

       3. Request for staff to coordinate a meeting between representatives of
          the City, Union Pacific Railroad, U.S.  Customs, and U.S. Border
          Patrol, to discuss a combination of

          efforts which may provide some relief to the current railroad traffic
          congestion.

          Cm. Alvarado asked that staff bring the appropriate parties on board
          to look at ways to relief some of the ongoing traffic congestions.  He
          asked that the City Manager and staff go ahead and coordinate with the
          entities involved and he will also get himself available to their
          discretion.

    F.  Requests by Councilmember Consuelo "Chelo" Montalvo

       1. Presentation by Laredo Police Officer's Association President Luis
          Dovalina, with possible action.
          (Co-sponsored by Eliseo Valdez, Jr.)

          Luis Dovalina, President of the Laredo Police Association, made the
          presentation, spoke of statistics and stated that as the city grows
          the city never adjusts the ranks in file, such as captains,
          lieutenants, investigators, etc.  They were asking that council take
          public safety like they take Capital Improvements Projects and focus
          on where we want to be in the future and the Capital Improvement
          Projects for public safety and go to that level.  He stated if we want
          to be a 600 men force by the year 2005, we need to take steps going
          that way.  They were asking that at least 24 investigators be
          allotted, right not they have a current list for promotions, there are
          at least seven (7) investigators on the list and this is something
          that can be addressed.  He added that they gradually increase their
          level as they go along.  The Southwestern Law Enforcement institute
          has funding through the Meadows Foundation and if we press they can
          have mid-level supervisory school come down to Laredo to educate the
          mid-level management.  Another thing happening is that there will be a
          1/4 tax election in November in Corpus Christi (The Crime Control
          District) maybe staff can look into this to see if we qualify for this
          option.  He said that what this tax does is that all monies collected
          from the tax is used for the public safety.  He asked that they need
          to look into the domestic violence issues where they have 15-20 case
          loads per week and whether they solve them or not they get another 20
          the following week, there is only one investigator and recently they
          put two, but they need at least three or four investigators.  He
          concluded by saying they need help in the investigator levels.

          Mayor Ramirez stated that now there are seven investigators in line,
          if they took that pace in three years we would be up to

          the 24.  He questioned if their request was to go to 24 investigators
          this year?

          Mr. Dovalina stated that they can use seven (7) that are available
          right now, test again and as they go along they can improve to where
          they need the investigators at (investigation or COPS District).

          Mayor Ramirez stated when he was talking about another captain and two
          lieutenants he was not talking about creating three new positions, he
          was talking about upgrading current positions so that there would be
          another captain, two more lieutenants, and that maybe they can do the
          same thing with three (3) more investigators so that they have 10
          going in right now and that way addressing the issue.  He asked that
          council request to instruct staff to bring back a recommendation on
          the police department's side to upgrade five positions in total, (1)
          captain, (2) lieutenants, and (3) investigators so that we can move
          ahead with developing the COPPS program and providing them with the
          level of supervision and expanding the investigative manpower to carry
          out the responsibilities.

          Cm. Casso stated that the wanted to hear from the Chief and Management
          on the Department's needs and wants to review the quality of hires.

          Motion to accept the Mayor's recommendation on the Police Department's
          Police side to reclassify five positions three (3) investigators to
          make a total of 10 investigators, one (1) captain and two (2)
          lieutenants and bring back this recommendation back on November 3rd
          for funding.

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

   X.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

      19. Public hearing concerning the application by Anita Bruni, amending the
          Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block
          1 and Lot 1 Block 2, Freedom Park Subdivision, located at Loop 20 at
          N. Merida Drive from AG (Agricultural District) to B-4 (Highway
          Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends
          approval of this zone change.

                       INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning
          Lot 1, Block 1 and Lot 1 Block 2, Freedom Park Subdivision, located at
          Loop 20 at N. Merida Drive from AG (Agricultural District) to B-4
          (Highway Commercial District), providing for publication and effective
          date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Keith Selman, Planning Director, made the presentation.

          Ron Whitehawk spoke in favor.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Perez

      20. Public hearing concerning the application by Anita Bruni, amending the
          Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 2 and 3,
          Block 1 and Lots 2 and 3, Block 2, Freedom Park Subdivision, located
          at Loop 20 at N. Merida Drive from AG (Agricultural District) and R-1A
          (Single Family Reduced Area District) to B-3 (Community Business
          District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval of
          this zone change.

                       INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning
          Lots 2 and 3, Block 1 and Lots 2 and 3, Block 2, Freedom Park
          Subdivision, located at Loop 20 at N. Merida Drive from AG
          (Agricultural District) and R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District)
          to B-3 (Community Business District), providing for publication and
          effective date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Mr. Ron Whitehawk spoke in favor.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Perez

      21. Public hearing concerning the application by John L. Gilbert,
          authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a Ropa Usada
          Business on all of Block 759, Western Division, located at 2802 Davis
          Street.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval of
          this conditional use permit.

                       INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a Ropa Usada
          Business on all of Block 759, Western Division, located at 2802 Davis
          Street, providing for publication and effective date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Keith Selman, Planning Director, stated that staff does not support
          the proposed conditional use permit, P&Z recommends favorably for a
          C.U.P.  The following provisions were read into the record as follows:

          If, however the Conditional Use Permit is issued, it should be
          restricted to the following provisions:

          1) The C.U.P. is issued to Rags Intenational (Raul Medellin) and is
             non-transferable.
          2) Installation of a sprinkler system for fire protection.  This
             provision is especially important since the site is surrounded by
             residential uses.
          3) Construction of an opaque fence around the entire site as per
             Section 24-79 of the Laredo Land Development Code.
          4) The site be landscaped as per Section 24-83 of the Laredo Land
             Development Code.
          5) Any lots within Block 759, W.D. which are not used in conjunction
             with the ropa usada business shall be excluded from the C.U.P.

          Tomas Ramirez, Fire Chief, recommended that a sprinkler system
          installation be stipulated in the permit itself.

          Mr. Ron Whitehawk spoke on behalf of John Gilbert who is the
          applicant.  He said that the special use permit however would be used
          by Mr. Raul Medellin who is the operator and leases the property for
          the business.  The C.U.P. would be given to the user in this case Mr.
          Medellin who would be the beneficiary of the C.U.P.  If he were to
          leave the location in two or three years then the existing R-3 zoning
          would stay in place.
          It is his opinion that this property is exempt from being required to
          install a sprinkler system.

          Other points he wants to make on behalf of Mr. Gilbert are the
          conditions that are placed before council for consideration were not
          brought at the Planning and Zoning Commission by staff and therefore
          P&Z had no opinion one way or the other, but as it was presented to
          them.  They were asking for a Conditional Use Permit simply in terms
          of the use of the building, the building has lost its legal non-
          conforming status, it is zone R-3 however the brick industrial
          warehouse building does exist.  The possibility of it being used as
          residential seems to be remote, so unless some accommodation is given
          between the existing land use, the proposed use is going to be
          deteriorating building in a part of town that is surrounded by
          residential.

          In terms of conditions they have no problem with item #1, that the
          conditional use permit is not be transferable.  They would ask that
          the requirement for an overhead sprinkler system not be imposed on the
          property because his understanding of such a system makes it expensive
          and do plea the case that it is not necessary under the existing
          building code even for new construction much less for retro fitting an
          industrial building 35 years old.

          They were also asking that the other two items in terms of
          landscaping, under the Land Development Code which regulates new
          development.  They are not proposing to expand the building they are
          asking that the existing use be made legitimate so that the building
          can serve some useful economic purpose.

          Mr. Medellin spoke in favor of the zone change request.

          Mayor Ramirez stated for the record that he knows Mr. Medellin and his
          daughter for more than 15 years and he is a responsible businessman in
          this community and knows him to be a man of his word is he is asked to
          do things to be in compliance.

          Motion to close the public hearing, introduce the ordinance as
          approved by P&Z with the condition that the City Manager

          follow-up if whether or not they can be exempt under the fire item.

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

          Mr. Pena clarified if the only condition is the fire item, if it is
          required, and the non-tranferable.

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Alvarado

      22. Public hearing concerning the application by Juan Jr., Arnulfo and
          Ricardo Cisneros, amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of
          Laredo by rezoning Lots 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12, Block 761 Western
          Division, located at 2800 Juarez Avenue, from B-1 (Limited Business
          District) to R-3 (Mixed Residential District). The Planning and Zoning
          Commission recommends approval of this zone change.

                       INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning
          Lots 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12, Block 761 Western Division, located at 2800
          Juarez Avenue, from B-1 (Limited Business District) to R-3 (Mixed
          Residential District), providing for publication and effective date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Alvarado

      23. Public hearing concerning the application by Vilore Foods Company,
          Inc., amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning 0.782 acres out of Porcion 22, Abstract 277, as further
          described by metes and bounds located at 8219 San Lorenzo Drive from
          R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing
          District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval of
          this zone change.

                       INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning
          0.782 acres out of Porcion 22, Abstract 277, as further described by
          metes and bounds located at 8219 San Lorenzo Drive from R-2 (Multi-
          Family Residential District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing District),
          providing for publication and effective date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Alvarado

      24. Public hearing concerning the application by Hector Hall (Owner),
          Romeo Uribe (Applicant), and Laredo Auto Clinic authorizing the
          issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for truck/trailer rentals and
          paint and body work on Lots 1, 2, 3, 10, 11 and 12, Block 1099,
          Western Division, located at 4420 San Bernardo Avenue. The Planning
          and Zoning Commission recommends approval of this conditional use
          permit.

                       INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for truck/trailer
          rentals and paint and body work on Lots 1, 2, 3, 10, 11 and 12, Block
          1099, Western Division, located at 4420

          San Bernardo Avenue, providing for publication and effective date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Alvarado

      25. Public hearing concerning the application by Northern Tours, Inc.,
          Jerry Radcliff authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit
          for a Bus Terminal on Lots 1, 2, and 3, Block 176, Western Division,
          located at 1005 San Bernardo Avenue.  The Planning and Zoning
          Commission recommends denial of this conditional use permit.

                       INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a Bus
          Terminal on Lots 1, 2, and 3, Block 176, Western Division, located at
          1005 San Bernardo Avenue, providing for publication and effective
          date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Keith Selman, Planning Director, reported that staff does not support
          the approval due to the high volume of vehicles on Victoria, but in
          the event council choses to introduce the ordinance for a C.U.P. they
          would have some objections to the provisions recommended by the
          applicant.

          They recommended the following:

          1. The San Bernardo Avenue driveway, closest to Victoria St.  be
             "closed" by erecting a 4" concrete "curb", to parallel San Bernardo
             Ave. to prevent vehicular traffic from entering or exiting it.

             Staff supports this recommendation because this would be good for
             the site.

          2. Widening from 15 ft. to 20 ft. of the entrance on San Bernardo
             Avenue, immediately north of the entrance to be closed.

             Staff Recommendation:  Agreement, however, staff would further
             request that the slope of the newly widened entrance on San
             Bernardo Ave. and the exit on Victoria Street be decreased to at
             least 1' to 2' slope.

          3. Four buses per day operate from this location with the exception of
             the holiday seasons, when the allowed number of buses may double.

             Staff Recommendation:  Restrict the amount of buses per day to four
             (4), two arrivals, and two departures, which is the number of the
             buses the applicant testified to at the P&Z meeting of 9/4/97.

          4. Buses will not operate from this location between the hours of
             12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. except for weekends and holidays, when this
             time restriction shall not apply.

             Staff Recommendation:  Staff would prohibit buses from entering or
             existing the location between the hours of 11:00 A.M. and 1:30
             P.M., and 4:30 P.M. and 6:00 P.M. on all U.S.  workdays, excluding
             Saturdays.

          Ron Whitehawk, representing Jerry Radcliff, stated that it's their
          position that four buses a day (two arriving onto the site and 2
          leaving the site) are not adding to the congestion of downtown area,
          to Victoria, or to that particular corner.  There is not just enough
          traffic in terms of buses.  It is true that if the bus terminal does
          come about, that there will be people going to this site, the majority
          coming in will be coming in taxis or walking, but there is really no
          logical supposition that a total of four buses a day are going to add
          to the congestion.

          Motion to close the public hearing; over-ride P&Z and approve as a
          Conditional Use Permit with the provisions 1) to accept site plan for
          the one-way system for entering and exiting the facility, 2) include
          the hours of operations on the conditional use so that peak hours will
          be respected with the one proviso that it go from 5:00 to 6:00 and
          11:30 to 1:30, and possibly making the exit lower and wider or regrade
          that part and introduce the ordinance.

          Moved : Cw. Montalvo
          Second: Cm. Bruni
          For:  7                        Against:  0         Abstain:  0 Mayor
          Protem Perez not voting.

      26. Public hearing to receive comments on the Land Use Assumptions for the
          City of Laredo, its Extra Territorial Jurisdiction and other areas,
          for the purpose of implementing water and sewer Impact Fees. The
          Impact Fees will support the infrastructure needs associated with
          growth and will be considered in order to minimize the need for future
          rate increases.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Mayor Ramirez said he would open the public hearing, he did not want
          any presentations, he just wants to know if anybody wants them to put
          this issue right now and show all the fees.  He requested from council
          that this item be tabled and that a special meeting be held on this
          hearing.

          Motion to table.

          Moved :  Cm. Guerra
          Second:  Cm. Bruni

          There was no vote on the tabling.

          Mr. Roman stated they weres not presenting any fees, that this is a
          procedural matter to simply announce that they are using the land use
          assumptions.  This is just to announce, as they have done during the
          last three weeks, in the newspaper as per law requirement.

          Mayor Ramirez quoted, "let this be a public notice, that we are
          announcing that we have land use assumptions available for public
          review, from this day hence, and that we will be holding other public
          hearings at a more reasonable hour, so that we can further elaborate
          on how these fees will develop."

          Mr. Juan Ramon Barrera spoke in favor.

          Motion to close the public hearing.

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

      27. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 annual budget
          in the amount of $12,500.00, for the "El Protector" grant from the
          Texas Department of Transportation. The Texas Department of
          Transportation's contribution will be $8,125.00, with the City
          designating $4,375.00, in matching funds. These funds reflect only 25%
          of the total amount of the grant. The remaining 75% of the grant will
          be awarded in November 1997.  The funding for this grant will be from
          October 1, 1997 through September 30, 1998.

                       INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 annual budget in the amount of
          $12,500.00, for the "El Protector" grant from the Texas Department of
          Transportation. The Texas Department of Transportation's contribution
          will be $8,125.00, with the City designating $4,375.00, in matching
          funds. These funds reflect only 25% of the total amount of the grant.
          The remaining 75% of the grant will be awarded in November 1997.  The
          funding for this grant will be from October 1, 1997 through September
          30, 1998.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      28. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 annual budget
          in the amount of $7,500.00, for the Speed STEP grant from the Texas
          Department of Transportation. The Texas Department of Transportation's
          contribution will be $4,875.00, with the City designating $2,625.00,
          in matching funds. These funds reflect only 25% of the total amount of
          the grant. The remaining 75% of the grant will be awarded in November
          1997.  The funding for this grant will be from October 1, 1997 through
          September 30, 1998.

                       INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 annual budget in the amount of
          $7,500.00, for the Speed STEP grant from the Texas Department of
          Transportation. The Texas Department of Transportation's contribution
          will be $4,875.00, with the City designating $2,625.00, in matching
          funds. These funds reflect only 25% of the total amount of the grant.
          The remaining 75% of the grant will be awarded in November 1997.  The
          funding for this grant will be from October 1, 1997 through September
          30, 1998.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      29. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 annual budget
          in the amount of $2,500.00, for the Occupant Protection STEP grant
          from the Texas Department of Transportation. The Texas Department of
          Transportation's contribution will be $2,500.00, with the City
          designating $2,500.00, in matching funds. These funds reflect only 25%
          of the total amount of the grant. The remaining 75% of the grant will
          be awarded in November 1997. The funding for this grant will be from
          October 1, 1997 through September 30, 1998.

                       INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 annual budget in the amount of
          $2,500.00, for the Occupant Protection STEP grant from the Texas
          Department of Transportation. The Texas Department of Transportation's
          contribution will be $2,500.00, with the City designating $2,500.00,
          in matching funds. These funds reflect only 25% of the total amount of
          the grant. The remaining 75% of the grant will be awarded in November
          1997.  The funding for this grant will be from October 1, 1997 through
          September 30, 1998.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council


  XI.  ADJOURNMENT

       Motion to adjourn.

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

       Adjournment time: 10:40 P.M.

I HEREBY CERTIFY THAT THE ABOVE MINUTES CONTAINED IN PAGES 01 TO 37
ARE TRUE, COMPLETE, AND CORRECT PROCEEDINGS OF THE REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING
HELD ON OCTOBER 27, 1997.  A CERTIFIED COPY IS ON FILE AT THE CITY SECRETARY'S
OFFICE.


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                                   GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.
                                   CITY SECRETARY