CITY OF LAREDO
                           CITY COUNCIL MEETING

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

                                 MINUTES

       M97-R-38                                 NOVEMBER 3, 1997

   I.  CALL TO ORDER

       With a quorum present Mayor Protem Perez 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
       CONSUELO "CHELO" MONTALVO, "      , DISTRICT VIII
       GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR., CITY SECRETARY
       FLORENCIO PENA,       CITY MANAGER
       JAIME L. FLORES,      CITY ATTORNEY

       ABSENCES:

       Motion to excuse Mayor Saul N. Ramirez, Jr.

       Moved : Cm. Guerra
       Second: Cm. Bruni
       For:  7                          Against:  0         Abstain:  0 Mayor
       Protem was chairing the meeting and not voting.

  IV.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

       2. Amending the City of Laredo FY 1997-98 Annual Budget by reclassifying
          three firefighters to three Captains to the Airport Fire and Rescue
          Unit and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget.

          Motion to table this item.

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

       3. Introducing an ordinance to amend the City of Laredo's 1997-1998
          annual budget authorizing the reclassification of one (1) Captain, two
          (2) Lieutenants, and ten (10) Investigator positions at the Laredo
          Police Department and authorizing the City Manager to implement said
          budget.

          Motion to table this item.

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

   V.  FINAL READINGS

       Motion to waive the final reading of ordinances #97-O-261, #97-O-262,
       #97-O-263, #97-O-264, #97-O-264, #97-O-265, #97-O-266, #97-O-267, #97-O-
       268, #97-O-269, #97-O-270, and #97-O-271.

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

       4. 97-O-261  Amending Ordinance No. 92-O-113 known as the Southwestern
                    Bell Telephone Company ("Telephone Company") franchise
                    ordinance by amending Section 4 to extend the franchise term
                    for a period of six months from the date of expiration of
                    September 30, 1997 until March 31, 1998 to ensure that the
                    telephone company continues to provide telephone service in
                    the City pending the grant of a new franchise.  (City
                    Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-261.

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

       5. 97-O-262  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.
                    (Jose R. Perez, Jr.)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-262.

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

       6. 97-O-263  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.
                    (Jose R. Perez)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-263.

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

       7. 97-O-264  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.
                    (Mario G. Alvarado)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-264.

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

       8. 97-O-265  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. (Mario G.
                    Alvarado)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-265.

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

       9. 97-O-266  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. (Mario G. Alvarado)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-266.

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

      10. 97-O-267  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.
                    (Mario G. Alvarado)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-267.

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

      11. 97-O-268  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.  (Consuelo "Chelo" Montalvo)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-268.

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

      12. 97-O-269  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.  (City
                    Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-269.

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

      13. 97-O-270  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.  (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-270.

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

      14. 97-O-271  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 Transporta-tion'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.  (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-271.

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

                    Motion to waive the rules of order and move item IX.B(1) and F(2).

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

  VI.  RESOLUTIONS

      15. 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.

                    Florencio Pea, Interim City Manager, reported that this
                    agreement is allowing the developer the exchange of water
                    rights at the value of $850 per acre foot when they plat and
                    develop the area in the future.

                    Cm. Bruni stated that he has a concern with the City
                    accepting water rights in lieu of money and the changing of
                    this type of agreement without the council's approval.  He
                    requested a legal interpre-tation if the same conditions
                    would apply to other developers and future repercussions.

                    Jaime Flores, City Attorney, stated that this agreement is
                    executable only upon amendment of the existing ordinance.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-127.

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

      16. 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 approve Resolution #97-R-132.

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

      17. 97-R-133  Appointing Natalie Guerra and Fernando Montemayor to the
                    Laredo Convention and Visitors Bureau Advisory Board
                    representing the retail sector.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-133.

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

      18. 97-R-134  Ratifying a provision for a $600.00 administrative fee for
                    the processing of requests to abandon and close streets and
                    alleys which were dedicated by plat as public easements, and
                    whereby title to the street or alley is held by abutting
                    property owners; and incorporating said provision as Section
                    9 of the Street Closing/Sales Policy Handbook, and providing
                    for an effective date.

                    Cm. Bruni wants to make sure that when the barracades are
                    installed that they are installed to specific-ation of the
                    City of Laredo and Public Works Department.

                    Cindy Collazo, Community Development Director, stated that
                    they will bring something at the next meeting that will
                    address the issue on the barracades.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-134.

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

      19. 97-R-135  Accepting a grant from the United States Environ-mental
                    Protection Agency through the Texas Natural Resource
                    Conservation Commission under the Clean Water Act Section
                    319(h) for a grant in the amount of $161,121.44 with the
                    City designating $107,476.00, in matching funds and/or in-
                    kind services for a total of $268,597.44, to develop a
                    Watershed Protection through Enforcement Program for the
                    period from November 1, 1997 through October 31, 2000.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-135 with the following
                    amount corrections:

                          $161,121.44 ----> $161,121.00
                           107,476.00 ---->  107,414.00
                           268,597.44 ---->  268,535.00

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

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

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

 VII. MOTIONS

      20. Approval of bid specifications and authorization to advertise for bids
          for the following:
          a) Safety Footwear, six month contract - Fire Department
          b) Firearms - Police Department
          c) Computers - City Attorney (2), Airport (1), CV&B (2), Bridge System
             (4), Water Treatment (1), Water Administration (2), Wastewater
             Treatment (1), Wastewater Collection (2), Risk (1), Health Benefits
             (2), Police (7).
          d) Blue Bags for the City's Recycling Program -Public Works

          Motion to approve.

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

      21. Authorize the purchase of five vehicles for the Police Department's
          Financial Task Force. Four vehicles will be purchased through the
          Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) -Cooperative
          Purchasing Program, in the total amount of $67,026.55, and one from
          the SOLE BIDDER, Powell Watson Motors, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the
          amount of $21,297.00. Bids were requested for five vehicles, however,
          Powell Watson Motors was the only vendor that responded to our bid
          notice.  Delivery of these vehicles is expected within sixty days.
          Funding is available in the Financial Task Force's capital outlay
          budget.

          Motion to approve.

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

      22. Authorize the purchase of eight portable radios and one, six unit
          rapid charger unit for the Police Department through the Houston
          Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) -Cooperative Purchasing
          Program, in the total amount of $17,393.65. These voice secure radios
          will be purchased through the cooperative purchasing contract vendor
          Motorola.  Delivery of these radios is expected within sixty days.
          Funding is available in the Police Department, Trust Fund -Capital
          Outlay (6 radios, 1 charger unit) and in the Police Department, HIDTA
          Program - Capital Outlay (2 radios).

          Motion to approve.

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

      23. Award of two twelve month janitorial supply contracts to the LOW
          BIDDERS, Nogalito Janitorial Supplies, Laredo, Texas in the base
          amount of $14,803.00, and National Sanitary Supply, Laredo, Texas in
          the base amount of $12,595.91, for providing general janitorial
          supplies to all city departments. The base bid cost is approximately
          9% less than the previous contract period. A total of seven bids were
          received this purchase.

          Motion to approve.

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

      24. Award of a construction contract to the LOWEST BIDDER, Pete Gallegos
          Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $1,425,343.50, for the
          construction of E.D.A. Project No. 08-01-03080 -Airport Medical
          Infrastructure Improvements Arkansas Avenue Extension. Contract time
          is eight months. A total of two bids were received for this project.
          Funding is available in the EDA Airport/Medical Park Improvements
          Other Than Building.

          Motion to approve contingent upon right-of-way acquisition from the
          U.S. Post Office.

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

      25. Authorizing the City Manager to enter into contract with the Laredo
          Webb County Community Action Agency (CAA) in the amount of $34,500.00,
          to provide homeless prevention services with 1997 Emergency Shelter
          Grant (ESG) funds provided by the U.S.  Department of Housing and
          Urban Development.

          Motion to approve.

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

      26. Authorizing the City Manager to award 1997 Emergency Shelter Grant
          funds (ESG) made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
          Development in the amount of $79,920.00 to Catholic Social Services of
          Laredo, Inc., for the rehabilitation of the Frontera Halfway House to
          include the addition of a security/waiting area and other general
          improvements and authorizing the City Manager to enter into contract.

          Motion to approve.

          Moved : Cm. Bruni
          Second: Cw. Moreno
          For:  6                        Against:  0         Abstain:  1 Cw.
                                                             Montalvo

      27. Approval of amendment no. 2, an increase of $13,545.00, to the
          contract with Naismith Engineering Inc., Laredo and Corpus Christi,
          Texas for soil boring to be completed as monitoring wells in
          compliance with Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission RG-17
          rules and regulations, at 4200 Bartlett (LPST ID No. 101133).  The
          increase which was not anticipated, is due to additional drilling,
          sampling, and laboratory analysis required as a result of the presence
          of sub-surface hydrocarbon contamination. The original contract amount
          was $42,087.00.  This amendment will bring the contract total to
          $58,968.00.  Funding is available in the Airport Fuel Account.

          Motion to approve.

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

      28. Approval of change order no. 4, an increase of $23,378.28, to the
          construction contract with Ramex Construction Company, Inc., Houston,
          Texas, for additional gypsum board ceiling system and MEP revisions to
          accommodate the fire suppression system; to add a sign as requested by
          the Library; and other miscellaneous items to the New Main Library.
          The original contract amount was $5,641,000.00. This change order will
          bring the contract total to $5,783,381.28. Funding is available in the
          New Public Library Building.

          Motion to approve.

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

      29. Approval to reject all bids received for the provision of Internet
          services for the Public Library. The City received bids from
          Southwestern Bell Internet Services, San Antonio, Texas, and AT&T,
          Laredo, Texas. The bid from AT&T exceeded our budget allocations and
          the bid from Southwestern Bell required a three year commitment. Only
          a one year commitment is needed due the construction of the City's
          Institutional Network (I-Net) which will provide Internet access for
          all City departments.  New bid specifications will be prepared with
          revised requirements and new bids solicited.

          Motion to approve.

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

      30. Approval to select EMCON Engineering and Environmental Services, Fort
          Worth, Texas, and authorization to negotiate an engineering contract
          to provide professional engineering services for mitigation of Methane
          Gas Migration at the City of Laredo Type I Landfill located at Highway
          359. This work will include the nature and extent of the methane gas
          migration, engineering design, and the preparation of construction
          plans and specifications with cost estimates as required for
          compliance with the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission
          Subtitle D requirements of 30 TAC 330 Municipal Solid Waste
          Regulations. A total of six firms responded to the City's request for
          proposals. Funding is available in the Landfill Fund Contract
          Services.

          Motion to approve.

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

      31. Authorizing the City Manager to contract with Catholic Social Services
          of Laredo, Inc. (CSS) in the amount of $114,629.00, to administer the
          City's Fiscal Year 1998 General Fund Welfare Assistance Program
          through which rental, utility, burial, transportation, ambulance, and
          health care assistance is provided to indigent individuals and
          families residing in the community.

          Judy Baber, Internal Auditor, stated that Catholic Social Services has
          requested that they do a monthly disbursement to them, the contract
          indicates quarterly so they are going to modify it upon council's
          approval with a one month advance so that they will have a cash flow
          to administer the program.

          Motion to approve.

          Moved : Cm. Bruni
          Second: Cw. Moreno
          For:  6                        Against:  0         Abstain:  1 Cw.
                                                             Montalvo
VIII.  CITY MANAGER'S REPORT

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

          Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, reported that the contractor has
          made all the systems work and they can produce water.  They need to go
          to the State for approval on its use for public consumption as a water
          supplier.  He added that the cost for placing an 8 inch water cost is
          about $300,000 per mile and the 16 inch line would cost about $400,000
          per mile to extend it to the residents.  On the water point
          distribution, he stated that there is a cost of $25,000 to $30,000 for
          dispensing the water.

          Cm. Alvarado asked that Mr. Roman follow-up on Senate Bill 1509 which
          is one of the items discussed at a meeting with the Mines Road
          residents.  He said he contacted Representative Henry Cuellar's staff
          to provide him information of this particular Senate Bill and to also
          provide an application to see if the residents in the Mines Road area
          would benefit from the provisions of this particular bill.  He said he
          does not have that information yet, but hopefully this may be one way
          that they can provide some type of relief and be able to get these
          people hooked up to the water well now that its ready to produce
          water.

          Motion to draft a formal request to the County in assistance, in the
          same agreement that we are continually working under, to setup a water
          point distribution out at the Santa Isabel Water Well so that we can
          make that water available not only to the residents that fall within
          the 500 feet, but to all of the residents that reside at the county.

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

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

          Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, stated that the supplemental
          environmental report that was being prepared as consequence of finding
          the Johnston Frankenia has been completed.  He said this information
          will be turned over to the Historical Commission by the 10th or 15th
          of this month and they normally have a 30-day review period.  The
          consultant is optimistic that this could be right at 30 days and that
          we will have the ability to go to the Finance Committee probably in
          late December, but with the coming holidays he suspects that we will
          be there in January.  He concluded by saying that everything is in
          order they will be going to the board for funding in February of 1998.

      34. Discussion and possible action regarding setting a date for a workshop
          to review and prioritize the list of capital projects for possible
          bond funding.

          City Council advised staff to call the meeting on Tuesday, November
          18th at 5:30 p.m.

  IX.  COMMUNICATIONS

          None.

    CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION AND PRESENTATION

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

    A.  Requests by Mayor Saul N. Ramirez Jr.

       1. Presentation by Ricardo DeAnda, the City's Delinquent Tax Collector of
          the 1st Quarter Delinquent Tax Collection Report.

          Ricardo DeAnda reported that the figures for delinquent tax
          collections for July through September 1997 as follows:

                       July 1         July -
                     Delinquent      September      Percent
                      Tax Roll      Collections    Collected
          1997       $3,625,297       901,077        24.9%
          1996        3,464,588       678,269        19.6%
          1995        3,359,277       761,840        22.7%
          1994        3,225,258       602,034        18.7%
          1993        3,029,404       501,490        16.6%

          July 1, 1997 Delinquent Tax Roll         $3,464,587
          Less:
              Double-Assessments                      -22,571
              Non-Existent Mobile Homes               -21,405
              Defunct Business Accounts              -295,908
              Governments-Owned Properties            -18,988
              Bankruptcies                           -521,805
              Deferred/Over 65                       -554,908
          Unencumbered July 1, Tax Roll            $2,028,999
          July - September Collections                901,077
          Percent of Unencumbered Roll Collected        44.4%

          Current Collection Rate:
          1997 (1996 Taxes)                            95.61%
          1996 (1995   "  )                            93.91%
          1995 (1994   "  )                            93.94%
          1994 (1993   "  )                            92.74%

                                     1995     1996     1997
          Lawsuits Filed              137      178      181
          Lawsuits Disposed           293      437      217
          Properties Posted
          for Foreclosure              15       35       53
          Properties Foreclosed         0        8        1
          Collection Letters Posted  20,860   12,218   15,489

    B.  Requests by Councilmember Louis H. Bruni

       1. Discussion and possible action on instructing staff to conduct a study
          on the placement of temporary portable restrooms on IH-35 from
          Lincoln-Juarez Bridge No. 2 to the appropriate mile marker. (Co-
          sponsored by Councilmember Consuelo Montalvo)

          Cm. Bruni asked that staff to meet with TxDOT and any other Department
          necessary to see the feasibility of placing temporary portable
          restrooms on IH-35.

          Tom Wade, Vice-President of the Transportation Association, stated
          that he concurred with Cm. Bruni's request.

          Cm. Casso stated that this was a waste of staff's time to conduct such
          a study and thinks that the idea is illegal and that staff should
          proceed to look at different alternatives to solve the problem.

          Cw. Montalvo asked that staff contact the state and ask if it is
          feasible or not.

          Motion to instruct staff to have a dialog with TxDOT to look at the
          feasibility of their request.

          Moved : Cm. Bruni
          Second: Cw. Montalvo
          For:  4                        Against:  2         Abstain:  1
          Cm. Bruni                      Cm. Casso           Cw. Moreno
          Cm. Valdez                     Cm. Guerra
          Cm. Alvarado
          Cw. Montalvo

    C.  Requests by Councilmember Cecilia May Moreno

       1. Status report with possible action on the Ochoa Neighborhood Park that
          was funded two years ago.

          John Vidaurri, Assistant City Manager, stated this project is a CDBG
          project, there is  approximately $75,000 for this project, legal
          completed the review of a Joint Use Agreement that was forwarded to
          LISD who is currently reviewing it.  He said they hope to have this
          agreement brought back to City Council prior to the end of this month
          and hopefully have the project moving forward for construction
          possibly by the early part of spring of 1998.  They will try to get
          this project moving as soon as

          possible subject to approval of the Joint Use Agreement to speed
          things up.

       2. Status report with possible action on the Health Department Playground
          that was approved two years ago.

          John Vidaurri reported that this is a CDBG funded project and they
          they have approximately $6,000 from CDBG for the project.  He
          understands from CDBG staff that on October 27, 1997 we requested a
          lease of funds for this project and other CDBG projects and have not
          received a response from HUD yet, but that they should be forth coming
          fairly soon.  All they are waiting for is the request of release of
          funds approval for this project and other CDBG projects from HUD.

       3. The Industrial Loop (outer loop) is listed on the MPO work plan and
          divided into a number of smaller projects. This is a request to have
          City Council move-up the dates for those sections that connect I-35 to
          the Mines Road and US 83 to the Bob Bullock Loop, with possible
          action.

          Cm. Alvarado stated that all the arteries that are on the Thoroughfare
          Range Plan need to be addressed by the MPO because these items will
          take years to be funded.  He added that Bridge IV is going to be a
          reality within the next couple of years and there will not be enough
          arteries to take care traffic.  He wants to make sure that all these
          arteries are looked at by the MPO to see which ones are the priority
          arterials and see how they are going to get funded.

          Motion to ask MPO to consider moving the timelines for that section of
          the Outer Loop that will tie I-35 to the Mines Road and that section
          of the road that would tie US 83 to the Highway 359.

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

    D.  Requests by Councilmember Eliseo Valdez Jr.

       1. Discussion and possible action on placing concrete on the
          intersections of Calton Road/Springfield and Calton Road/Marcella due
          to heavy traffic deteriorating asphalt pavement at these
          intersections.
          (Co-sponsored by Councilmember Joe A.  Guerra)


          Florencio Pea, City Manager, explained that what is going to be
          available is the bond funds that they hope to sell in January for
          projects that possibly could be used.  There was a program that was
          started years back that identified various intersections that need
          concrete lining, they are basically 15 intersections, some are more
          traveled than others, but it would be appropriate if council wants to
          include an allocation in this year's CIP to take care of these
          intersections.  He stated it is a matter of priorities and funding,
          the only funding source that is available would be the CIP funds in
          January.

          Cm. Bruni asked for the list of the 15 intersections on a per district
          basis and also wants to include Hillside and McPherson.

          Mr. Pena stated that they make list available and will include the
          traffic counts, so they can select and see which ones they want to do
          first.  He added that if council allocates monies in November 18th,
          they can discuss in more detail what they are going to cost.

          Motion to consider and look at the possibility of concrete lining
          those 15 intersections such Calton, Springfield, Marcella, and other
          streets as were prescribed by Councilmembers.  That they conduct the
          study and if the study justifies, then prioritizing those
          intersections and to include Cm. Bruni's request to include Hillside
          and McPherson plus include San Francisco and Calton Road and look at
          other construction projects that are still pending the intersections.

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

    E.  Requests by Councilmember Joe A. Guerra

       1. Request by Dr. Hector Farias for a presentation concerning police
          matters and traffic congestion problems at Bridge I and II with
          possible action.

          Dr. Farias addressed the council on the increase of trailer theft
          which he said has increased dramatically.  He stated that about 300
          trailers have been stolen since the peso devaluation and is concerned
          that the business may go elsewhere.  He feels that the Police
          Department has left this concern aside, they have tried unsuccessfully
          to meet with the Chief of Police.  He said they have several
          questions, has the city not been able to establish communications with
          the county?  Is there a task force in place involving Customs, the
          Department of Public Service, and the FBI so that everyone can control
          the theft of trailers when the thefts occur?  He said that by that
          meaning the county would control the county roads, the city the city
          roads, custom the bridges, so on and so forth.  The security advisors
          are concerned with the accelerated cost of insurance that has affected
          them.  The insurance and warehouse rates are very high and requests
          that council comes to grip with this situation.  He will meet with the
          Chief of Police, the Security Advisor and whoever Mr. Pena feels
          should participate in this meeting.

          Dr. Farias is also concerned with the haz-mat issue.  He asked that
          council direct all haz-mat traffic to the Columbia Bridge and that the
          city stop allowing them through Bridge I.  He said he feels it is not
          structurally sound.  His was also concern
          in case of a spill, and if it goes into the river what is the city's
          liability to the citizens of this community.

          On the issue of truck congestion on IH-35 he doesn't believe that all
          the trailers arrive at the same time to Laredo and that this is just
          poor planning by the freight forwarders.  He asked that council
          strongly considers the forming of a committee for international trade
          and include the hiring of a Director of International Trade.

          Cm. Casso said that they will meet to make recommendations to
          Council in a week or so.   On the International Trade Committee issue,
          he does not see a problem with that.  He thinks its a good idea if
          they can get more people involved and can get staff to start the
          paperwork and if council finds it acceptable they can get a committee
          to make recommendations so they can have future public hearings with
          things such as the re-routing of the haz-mat.  He added he wants to
          re-route everything through Colombia so they need to meet with the
          Mexican Officials to start moving in that direction.

          Cm. Guerra asked that staff follow-up on Cm. Casso's comments.  He
          said that we need to work closer with Dr. Farias and his group plus
          with TxDot and Customs to get input and see what direction can be
          taken to address the problems.

          Police Chief Agustin Dovalina stated that they are concerned with the
          theft problem, they have been trying to meet with Dr.  Farias.  He
          added that they are working with other agencies to tackle the problem
          and come up with solutions.

          Cm. Bruni stated for the record that he thinks that that Chief of
          Police is doing an excellent job, is doing all he can, he has not only
          cargo theft problems, but traffic congestion, murder problems and
          works under a budget also.  He said he would not like to see that
          politics are being played right now, its common knowledge in the city
          that Cm. Casso is always been against our present Chief of Police.  He
          was on the imposing side when the decision came to chose a police
          chief, quoted "Chief you are going to be picked on every time you come
          by here in stuff that is just politically motivated."

          Cm. Casso stated he did not place the item on the agenda,
          he had nothing to do with this, he did not talk to Mr. Farias about
          this issue.  The chief knows that he is not picking on him and wishes
          that Cm. Bruni would stop making reference to the fact that he is
          running for Mayor and that he is doing this for politics.

          Steve Landin, Laredo Firefighters Association, stated they would like
          the hazardous materials re-routed to the Colombia Bridge because that
          bridge is setup for haz-mat or has preventive structure.

          Rafael Garcia, Bridge Manager, stated that Bridge I is structurally
          safe, if it were not it would not be opened and they are doing
          everything in their power to maintain the safety of that bridge by
          minimizing the stress on it and minimizing the number of trucks that
          are on it on any one time.

          Mr. Farias stated that as far as the structurally soundness bridge, he
          questioned has the Mexican Government come in yet to fix that part of
          the bridge?  Has the Brown and Root report been resolved?

       2. Discussion and possible action on the proposed Fred M. Bruni Park in
          east Laredo.
          (Co-sponsored by Councilmember Consuelo "Chelo" Montalvo)

          Mr. Steve Snow stated that they will be dedicating to the City either
          9 or 14 acres as a park, depending on what UISD does.  They have a
          proposal outstanding to them now, to locate an elementary school there
          and they may take 5 of the 14 acres as part of that campus.  They
          would like to proposed to council that something be done with the
          school district, possibly city participation like it was done with
          Father McNaboe Park.

          Cw. Montalvo suggested that they bring figures in cost.

          Motion to name the subject property that the developers are going to
          dedicate to the city for a park in Mr. Fred M. Bruni's memory.

          Moved : Cm. Guerra
          Second: Cw. Moreno
          For:  6                        Against:  0         Abstain:  1 Cm.
                                                             Bruni

    F.  Requests by Councilmember Mario G. Alvarado

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

          Jorge Gonzalez, from El Banquito, spoke on the safety issue along
          Santa Maria and Del Mar Industrial Park and asked council for traffic
          signalization.

          Jaime Gomez, representing CPL workers at 7300 CPL Road, stated that
          the employees were requesting a traffic light also.

          Luis Landin, Traffic Director, stated that the signal at that
          intersection is warranted, it is on the CIP for 1998-99, and at budget
          time council needs to scheduled it in a line item on the CIP.  They
          have two signals for this coming year on TAMIU and Loop 20 and the
          other one in Gale and McPherson and the others will come up as per set
          priorities by council.  He explained that normally they do not like
          put four way stop signs unless they are really needed or necessary,
          that they rather wait and see if the signalization is warranted, then
          they come before council and get the funding and put them.  The cost
          is to place a signal is approximately $45,000 because they are
          installing them, but if they were to go through a consultant the cost
          would be $70,000-$80,000.

          Cm. Alvarado stated he had identified some reserve funds for both of
          those traffic signals, and it was Cm. Casso that decided at the time
          that they should get one and not both.
          He said there are people of several businesses requesting the traffic
          signal at Industrial Blvd. because of the amount of traffic and
          because it is very difficult to cross he had requested them to be here
          and put their request before the rest of the council.

          Motion to include Santa Maria/Industrial Blvd. with the understanding
          that Santa Maria is now under the drainage project and that we are
          also looking at resurfacing Santa.  Maria, that it will be
          approximately about a year to finish both of this particular projects,
          and that the traffic signals should be a priority at that particular
          intersections.  He added that they also address the extension of the
          truck route on Orilla Avenue through Industrial Blvd., to be
          considered as part of the CIP deliberations.

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

       2. Presentation by Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs
          requesting the City's help and participation with a cleanup project
          schedule for the Mines Road area on November 16, with possible action.

          Mary Nelda Barrera on behalf of the State Health Department and on
          behalf of Mi Laredo asked for council approval and support of free
          landfill.  She explained that the area to be covered is along the
          Mines Road and includes the Colonias of Penitas, Antonio Santos, Los
          Corralitos, and Los Minerales.

          Cm. Alvarado asked that they waive the fees for that one particular
          day (November 16th) for volunteers.  He said that Southern Sanitation
          will be doing the transportation, and asked on the possibility of
          adding the haz-mat component to one of the four sites at the Mines
          Road area.

          Tomas Ramirez, Fire Chief, stated that it can be done, some of the
          chemicals may not be so easy to dispose of because they have be
          contained, but it can be done and they can assign someone to look into
          it.

          Mr. Pena stated they have hired and paid a hazardous disposable
          company that will come on site November 15 they are the only certified
          handlers of hazardous materials and would have to amend their contract
          to take them out there and handle that material.  His question was if
          council wants to amend the contract for them to do that.  He added the
          current grant does not cover county property.

          Joe Guerra, Public Works Director, suggested that on the 15th people
          bring those household hazard waste to that Park and Ride and on Sunday
          they will pick up the rest of the trash.

          Motion to waive the landfill fees as a Cleanup Project on November
          16th, that the household haz-mat material disposal be made available
          to them and that this household hazardous

          materials be brought to the Park and Ride on a regular schedule day of
          (November 15th).

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

  XI.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

      36. Public hearing repealing ordinance 97-O-149 dated July 7, 1997,
          Section 7; to decrease the fare on the EL LIFT Transportation Program
          from $1.00 to $0.75.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Repealing ordinance 97-O-149 dated July 7, 1997, Section 7; to
          decrease the fare on the EL LIFT Transportation Program from $1.00 to
          $0.75.  Providing for publication and effective date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      37. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 Annual Budget
          in the amount of $50,000.00, and appropriating these funds to the
          Department of Telecommunication's line item to establish the position
          of Telecommunications Network Specialist.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 Annual Budget in the amount of
          $50,000.00, and appropriating these funds to the Department of
          Telecommunication's line item to establish the position of
          Telecommunications Network Specialist.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      38. 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.
          TRACTS PROPOSED FOR VOLUNTARY ANNEXATION:
          Tract 3:   Killam Industrial Park Tract - 10.6253 acres, more or less
                     Petitioner: Killam Industrial Development Partnership, LTD
          Tract 4:   Hurd Tract - 17.8736 acres, more or less, Petitioner: Hurd
                     Urban Development, LLC
          Tract 5:   Salinas Tract - 8.0 acres, more or less,
                     Petitioner: Gerardo G. Salinas, Manager, Village Heights,
                     LTD.
          Tract 6:   Izaguirre Tract - 8.0668 acres, more or less, Petitioner:
                     Tomas L. Izaguirre
          Tract 7:   Killam/Loop 20 Tract - 15.7203 acres, more or less,
                     Petitioner: Killam Oil Company
          Tract 9:   Haynes Tract - 4.6808 acres, more or less, Petitioner:
                     Richard E. Haynes
          Tract 10:  Southern Development Tract - 95.7986 acres, more or less,
                     Petitioner: A.R. Sanchez, Jr.
          Tract 11:  Garcia Tract - 265.2185 acres, more or less, Petitioner:
                     E.G. Ranch, Ltd.
          Tract 12:  Newman Tract - 35.1439 acres, more or less, Petitioner:
                     Newman Investment Company
          Tract 13:  Ramos Tract - 30.0 acres, more or less,
                     Petitioner: Dr. Oscar Ramos

          TRACTS PROPOSED FOR UNILATERAL ANNEXATION:
          Tract 1a:  Unitec Industrial park Tract -362.173 acres, more or less,
                     Petitioner: City of Laredo
          Tract 1b:  I.H. 35 Tract - 190.2584 acres, more or less, Petitioner:
                     City of Laredo
          Tract 2:   Bridge IV Tract - 181.2177 acres, more or less, Petitioner:
                     City of Laredo
          Tract 8a:  Highway 359 Tract - 61.7122 acres, more or less,
                     Petitioner: City of Laredo
          Tract 8b:  Highway 359/Landfill Tract - 490.8365 acres, more or less
                     Petitioner: City of Laredo

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Keith Selman, Planning Director, made a presentation on each tract and
          also explained the service plan for each tract.

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

 XII.  MOTION TO 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. Bruni
       Second: Cm. Alvarado
       For:  7                          Against:  0         Abstain:  0

      39. Approval of bid specifications and authorization to advertise for bids
          for the purchase of kitchen cabinets for the Jose A.  Flores
          Apartments. Bids are being requested on the finished cabinets only,
          with the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation maintenance staff being
          responsible for their installation.  Cabinets will be replaced in 15
          rental units. A tentative bid award is scheduled for December 1, 1997.

          Motion to approve.

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

          Motion to recess as The Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation and
          reconvene at the City Council.

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


      M97-R-38(S)          SUPPLEMENTAL AGENDA         NOVEMBER 3, 1997

  XI.  PUBLIC HEARING

       a.  Amending the City of Laredo FY 1997-98 Annual Budget by reclassifying
           three firefighters to three Captains to the Airport Fire and Rescue
           Unit and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget.

                       INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
           Amending the City of Laredo FY 1997-98 Annual Budget by reclassifying
           three firefighters to three Captains to the Airport Fire and Rescue
           Unit and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget.

           Motion to open the public hearing.

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

           There was no public input.

           Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

           Ordinance Introduction: City Council

       b.  Introducing an ordinance to amend the City of Laredo's
           1997-98 annual budget authorizing the reclassification of one (1)
           Captain, two (2) Lieutenants, and ten (10) Investigator positions at
           the Laredo Police Department and authorizing the City Manager to
           implement said budget.

                       INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
           Amend the City of Laredo 1997-1998 annual budget
           authorizing the reclassification of one (1) Captain, two
           (2) Lieutenants, and ten (10) Investigator positions at the Laredo
           Police Department and authorizing the City Manager to implement said
           budget.

           Motion to open the public hearing.

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

           There was no public input.

           Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

           Ordinance Introduction: City Council

XIII.  ADJOURNMENT

       Motion to adjourn.

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

       Adjournment time: 8:38 p.m.

I HEREBY CERTIFY THAT THE ABOVE MINUTES CONTAINED IN PAGES 01 TO 26
ARE TRUE, COMPLETE, AND CORRECT PROCEEDINGS OF THE REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING
HELD THE 3RD DAY OF NOVEMBER, 1997.  A CERTIFIED COPY IS ON FILE AT THE CITY
SECRETARY'S OFFICE.


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                                   GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.
                                   CITY SECRETARY