CITY OF LAREDO
                           CITY COUNCIL MEETING

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

                                 MINUTES

       M97-R-39                                 NOVEMBER 17, 1997

   I.  CALL TO ORDER

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

  II.  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

       Mayor Saul N. Ramirez, Jr. led in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 III.  ROLL CALL
       IN ATTENDANCE:
       SAUL N. RAMIREZ, JR., MAYOR
       JOSE R. PEREZ, JR.,   COUNCILMEMBER, DISTRICT I
       LOUIS H. BRUNI,              "     , DISTRICT II
       ALFONSO I. "PONCHO" CASSO,   "     , DISTRICT III
       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
       JERRY CAIN,           ASST. CITY ATTORNEY

       ABSENCES:

       City Attorney Jaime L. Flores.

       Motion to excuse Cw. Moreno.

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

       Motion to waive the regular order of business and move up items 40-A(1),
       IX-C, IX-A, and D(3) for discussion and consideration at this time.

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

  IV.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

       2. Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a lease agreement with St.
          Patrick's Church for the use of Veterans Field to conduct and promote
          a religious conference.
          1) Lease term is for 3 (three) days commencing on December 12, 1997
             and ending December 14, 1997.
          2) Total rent will be $3,000.00.

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

       3. Amending Ordinance No. 96-O-163, to authorize the City to accept water
          rights in lieu of payment of water availability fees, at a negotiated
          equivalency when the City intends to acquire real estate for a valid
          public purpose.

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

   V.  FINAL READINGS

       Motion to waive the final reading of ordinance #97-O-272, #97-O-273, #97-
       O-274, #97-O-275.

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

       4. 97-O-272  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 of November 18, 1997.  (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-272.

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

       5. 97-O-273  Amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 Annual Budget in the
                    amount of $50,000.00, and appropriate these funds to the
                    Department of Telecommunications salary line item to
                    establish the position of Telecommuni-cations Network
                    Specialist.  (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-273.

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

       6. 97-O-274  Amending the City of Laredo FY 1997-98 Annual Budget by
                    reclassifying three firefighters to three Captains for the
                    Airport Fire and Rescue Unit and authorizing the City
                    Manager to implement said budget.  (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-274.

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

       7. 97-O-275  Amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 annual budget by
                    authorizing the reclassification of one (1) Captain, two (2)
                    Lieutenants, three (3) Sergeants and ten (10) Investigator
                    positions at the Laredo Police Department and authorizing
                    the City Manager to implement said budget.  (City Council)
                    (As Amended)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #97-O-275.

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

  VI.  RESOLUTIONS

       8. 97-R-126  Supporting the designation of the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo as an
                    American Heritage River.
                    (Sponsored by Mayor Saul N. Ramirez, Jr.)

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-126.

                    Moved : Cm. Perez
                    Second: Cw. Montalvo

                    For:  6             Against:  1         Abstain:  0 Cm.
                                        Guerra

       9. 97-R-136  Accepting a grant from the Texas Department of Health in the
                    amount of $415,388.00, in funds and $31,200.00, in State
                    direct assistance, for the Comprehensive Public Health
                    Services Programming of the City of Laredo Health Department
                    for the period beginning Sept.  1, 1997, through August 31,
                    1998.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-136.

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

      10. 97-R-137  Accepting a grant from the Texas Department of Health in the
                    amount of $125,000.00, and in-kind match of $58,388.00, for
                    the School-Based Health Project of the City of Laredo Health
                    Department for the period beginning September 1, 1997, and
                    August 31, 1998.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-137.

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

      11. 97-R-139  Accepting a grant from the Texas Department of Health in the
                    amount of $11,400.00, for the Border Area Survey facilitated
                    by the City of Laredo Health Department for the period
                    beginning September 1, 1997, through August 31, 1998.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-139.

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

      12. 97-R-140  Incorporating into the Street Closing/ Sales Policy
                    Handbook, as Section 10, Provisions requiring the potential
                    buyer or lessee of a former street right-of-way to submit a
                    property improvement plan for said right-of-way when the
                    proposed use is for commercial or any other use, other than
                    residential.
                    1) The improvement plan shall provide, at no cost to the
                       City, for the elimination of all indication that said
                       property was previously a street by including and not
                       limited to the removal, extension, closure, widening of
                       curbs and gutters, landscaping and fencing, etc.
                    2) The street closing division will provide the Traffic,
                       Engineering, Planning and Building Departments with
                       copies of the proposed improvement plan for their
                       review/comments, and recommendations,
                    3) The improvement plan will be incorporated as part of the
                       Street Closure/Sales Ordinances which will be submitted
                       for Council approval.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-140.

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

      13. 97-R-141  Declaring the vote of the governing body of the City of
                    Laredo for its nominated candidates to the Webb County Tax
                    Appraisal District Board of Directors.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-141.

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

      14. 97-R-143  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant in the amount
                    of $277,757.00 for the Local Law Enforcement Block Grant
                    from the U.S. Department of Justice. The U.S. Department of
                    Justice's contribution will be $249,981.00, with the City
                    designating $27,776.00, in matching funds. The funding for
                    this grant will be from October 1, 1997 through September
                    30, 1999.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-143.

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

      15. 97-R-144  Accepting a grant from the Texas Department of Health in the
                    amount of $450,000.00, for the Children's Health Insurance
                    Pilot Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for
                    the period beginning December 1, 1997, through August 31,
                    1999.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-144.

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

      16. 97-R-145  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into and execute an
                    interlocal governmental agreement between the City of Laredo
                    and the Laredo Independent School District regarding a joint
                    use and maintenance agreement for the Cigarroa Neighborhood
                    Recreation Center as authorized by and pursuant to Chapter
                    791 V.T.C.A., Texas Government Code.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-145.

                    Moved : Cm. Guerra
                    Second: Cm. Alvarado
                    For:  6             Against:  0         Abstain:  1 Cm.
                                                            Perez

      17. 97-R-146  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into and execute an
                    interlocal governmental agreement between the City of Laredo
                    and the Laredo Independent School District regarding a joint
                    use and maintenance agree-ment for the Farias and Katherine
                    Tarver Neighborhood Recreation Centers as authorized by and
                    pursuant to Chapter 791 V.T.C.A., Texas Government Code.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-146.

                    Moved : Cm. Guerra
                    Second: Cm. Alvarado
                    For:  6             Against:  0         Abstain:  1 Cm.
                                                            Perez

      18. 97-R-147  Supporting the Calle Iturbide Redevelopment Project,
                    Downtown Laredo, Webb County, Texas.
                    (Sponsored by Cm.  Consuelo "Chelo" Montalvo)

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-147.

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

      19. 97-R-148  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from the
                    University of Texas/Border Region Health Professional
                    Education Initiative in the amount of $17,983.00, for the
                    purchase of health related materials; and authorizing the
                    City Manager to sign contracts and submit any and all
                    related documents as required.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-148.

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

      20. 97-R-149  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from the
                    Texas State Library for the 1998 MURL Grant Program in the
                    amount of $22,046.00, for the purchase of CD-ROM materials;
                    and authorizing the City Manager to sign contracts and
                    submit any and all related documents as required.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-149.

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

      21. 97-R-150  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Water Rights Sales
                    Agreement for the purchase of 898.75 acre feet of Class A
                    water rights from Certificate of Adjudication #23-582 for a
                    total of $258,840.00, from Winding Brook Corporation;
                    authorizing the City Manager to make application to the
                    Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission for their
                    conversion to municipal use, establish a diversion point,
                    and have the City of Laredo's Certificate of Adjudication
                    #23-3997 amended.  22. 97-R-151 Authorizing the City Manager
                    to enter into and execute an interlocal government agreement
                    between the City of Laredo and the County of Webb to provide
                    funding for the Meals on Wheels Program at a cost of
                    $18,750.00, contract term is for 12 months commencing
                    retroactively on October 1, 1997; providing for severability
                    and effective date.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #97-R-150.

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

 VII. MOTIONS

      23. Approval of construction plans and authorization to advertise for bids
          for the Roof Repairs at the Center for the Arts Building Project. A
          tentative bid award is scheduled for January 5, 1998.

          Motion to approve.

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

      24. Approval of construction plans and authorization to advertise for bids
          for the Market Street Tennis Courts Improvements. A tentative bid
          award is scheduled for January 5, 1998.

          Motion to approve.

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

      25. Approval of bid specifications and authorization to advertise for bids
          for the following:
          a) Printing Services, Birth and Death Certificates - Health Department
             b) SCBA Pak Alert Equipment - Fire Department A tentative bid award
             is scheduled for December 15, 1997.

          Motion to approve.

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

      26. Approval of bid specifications and authorizing to solicit bids for the
          purchase of a high vacuum/high temperature garbage sterilization
          system for the new passenger terminal.  This system is required by the
          U.S. Department of Agriculture in order to properly discard garbage
          arriving in international commercial passenger flights. USDA
          recommends using this sterilization method instead of an incinerator.

          Motion to approve.

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

      27. Authorizing the issuance of a Request for Proposals for architectural
          design and engineering services for the Paseo del Antiguo Laredo
          project.

          Motion to approve.

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

      28. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, Southwestern Bell Internet
          Services, San Antonio, Texas, in the amount of $16,775.00, for the
          securing of a one year contract for Internet services for the Public
          Library. Internet access will be available for all patrons using
          computers at the new Library building and at the Santo Nino Branch
          facility.  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.

          Motion to approve.

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

      29. Award of six month supply contracts to the LOW BIDDERS, A to Z Tire &
          Battery, Laredo, Texas ($41,164.86), Goodyear Auto Store, Laredo,
          Texas ($46,577.76), and STR Tire Co., Laredo, Texas ($2,040.77) to
          supply tires and tubes for all City vehicles. The bid pricing is
          approximately 3% less than the previous contract period. A total of
          three bids were received for this purchase.

          Motion to approve.

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

      30. Award of a construction contract to the LOWEST BIDDER, Molano
          Construction Company, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $788,068.00, for
          the Telecommunications Offices and Public Access Facility. Funding is
          available from the Reseve Appropriation. Additionally, the award is
          recommended subject to the approval of a transfer of $375,000.00, from
          the Public Access Channel Restricted Funds Account.

          Motion to approve.

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

      31. Award of an engineering contract, for an amount not to exceed
          $32,950.00, to EMCON Engineering and Environmental Services, Fort
          Worth, Texas, to provide professional engineering services for
          Mitigation of Methane Gas Migration at the City of Laredo Type I
          Landfill located at Highway 359 which include the nature and extent of
          the methane gas migration, engineering design, preparation of
          construction plans and specifications with cost estimates as required
          for compliance with the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission
          Subtitle D Requirements of 30 TAC 330 Municipal Solid Waste
          Regulations. Funding is available in Landfill Engineering Fees
          Account.

          Motion to approve.

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

          Motion to direct staff to include the partnering of gas production in
          the future with the private sector.

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

      32. Refund of property taxes in various amount to the following
          individuals or companies:
          a. Clark Rental System, Inc. in the amount of $2,439.60, as a result
             of a clerical error.
          b. Mitsui Vendor Leasing (USA) in the amount of $6,517.88, as a result
             of a double assessment, and
          c. Westerham Co., Inc. in the amount of $22,573.05, as a result of a
             final judgement on litigation.

          Motion to approve.

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

      33. Approval of change order no. 1, a decrease of $12,307.90 for the
          balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the
          Paving Improvements on Hilltop Road Improvements on Hilltop Road
          Improvements Project (approximately 1250 L.F. from Interstate IH-35 to
          Wagner Court), and approval of final payment in the amount of
          $40,737.70 to Pete Gallegos Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas.  Funding is
          available in Street Fund -Hilltop Street Project.

          Motion to approve.

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

      34. Approval of change order no. 1, a net decrease of $12.70 to the
          construction contract with Ramex Construction Company, Houston, Texas,
          for the Santa Maria Avenue Drainage Improvements between Del Mar
          Boulevard and Markley Lane for a modification of the pavement section
          for the patch work along Markley and Island, the addition of compacted
          caliche with prime coat for patch work along Santa Maria Avenue, and
          additional junction boxes at inlet locations to avoid adjustments/
          relocations of water transmission lines. The original contract amount
          was $1,993,475.00 and this change order brings the total contract
          amount to $1,993,462.30.  Funding is available in Drainage
          Improvements - Santa Maria Drainage Improvements Account.

          Motion to approve.

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

      35. Approval of General Fund Aid to Other Agencies Contracts for the
          Fiscal Year beginning October 1, 1997 through September 30, 1998, in
          the amount of $436,093.00.
            AGENCY                          FY 97-98 FUNDING
           1. Border Area Nutrition Council             $ 22,500
           2. Boy's and Girls Club                      $ 99,475
           3. Communities in Schools                    $ 12,500
           4. Catholic Social Services of Laredo, Inc.  $ 11,250
           5. Laredo Regional Food Bank, Inc.           $ 18,000
           6. Laredo State Center-Primavera             $ 11,250
           7. Laredo Webb County Food Bank              $ 28,050
           8. Lifeline of Laredo, Inc.                  $  9,000
           9. Literacy Volunteers of America-Laredo     $  7,500
          10. Mi Laredo Goals for the 90's              $  9,300
          11. Ruthe B. Cowl Rehabilitation Center       $ 75,000
          12. Sacred Heart Children's Home              $  2,625
          13. The Rio Grande International Study Center $  6,375
          14. Laredo Webb County Child Welfare          $  5,780
          15. Webb County American Red Cross            $  6,675
          16. Laredo Crime Stoppers, Inc.               $  7,500
          17. BEST-Bringing Everyone Special Together   $ 14,063
          18. Laredo Webb Neighborhood Housing Svcs.    $ 15,000
          19. SER Job For Progress, Inc.                $  2,250
          20. Bethany House                             $ 12,000
          21. Paisano Girl Scout Council                $ 10,000
          22. Stop Child Abuse and Neglect, Inc.        $ 50,000
              TOTAL GENERAL FUND                        $436,093

          Motion to approve.

          Moved : Cm. Perez
          Second: Cm. Valdez
          For:  7                       Against:  0         Abstain:  1 (Cm.
          Alvarado abstained on item #22 only)

      36. Approval of Hotel/Motel Fund Aid to Other Agencies Contracts for the
          Fiscal Year beginning October 1, 1997 through September 30, 1998, in
          the amount of $360,264.00.
            AGENCY                          FY 97-98 FUNDING
           1. Border Olympics, Inc.                     $  9,000
           2. Laredo Children's Museum                  $ 40,000
           3. Laredo Little Theater                     $ 11,839
           4. Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra             $ 37,000
           5. LCC Dance Theater                         $  5,000
           6. LCC Dance Performance Troupe              $  5,000
           7. LCC Music Department                      $ 12,600
           8. LCC Guitar Ensembles                      $  5,215
           9. Laredo Center for the Arts                $131,360
          10. Los Caminos Del Rio, Inc.                 $ 10,000
          11. Lulac Council #12                         $  4,500
          12. Webb County Heritage Foundation           $ 27,390
          13. WCHF/Republic of the Rio Grande Museum    $ 25,360
          14. Society of Martha Washington              $  4,500
          15. Lulac Council #7                          $  2,500
          16. Latin American Int'l Sports Hall of Fame  $  4,000
          17. San Agustine Church                       $ 20,000
          18. Ballet Folklorico                         $  5,000
              TOTAL HOTEL/MOTEL FUND                    $360,264

          Motion to approve.

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

      37. Approval of change order no. 1 to increase the contract time by 100
          working days to the construction contract with Ramex Construction
          Company, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the Manadas Creek 24 Inch Wastewater
          Interceptor as part of the North Laredo/Webb County Infrastructure
          Improvements Project (McPherson Road Extension) Economic Development
          Administration (EDA) Project No. 08-01-02878. The recommended
          additional construction contract time is due mainly to delays
          associated with additional Federal and State Requirements on
          Environmental Assessment and an antiquity assessment required by the
          Environmental Protection Agency and the Texas Historical Commission,
          respectively, and also to unexpected subsurface conditions not
          revealed by the geotechnical subsurface exploration. The original
          contract amount of $2,229,445.00 remains the same, and the original
          construction contract time of 260 working days, is increased by 100
          working days, there-fore, the project is scheduled for completion by
          March 1998.

          Motion to approve.

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

VIII.  CITY MANAGER'S REPORT

      38. Authorization to cancel the last City Council Meetings for the months
          of November (November 24, 1997) and December (December 22, 1997) as a
          result of activities due to the holidays.

          Motion to authorize to cancel the last City Council Meetings for the
          months of November (November 24, 1997) and December (December 22,
          1997) as a result of activities due to the holidays.

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

      39. Discussion and possible action regarding planning for a special
          election for the Office of Mayor, City of Laredo.

          Motion to instruct staff to proceed to prepare the necessary ordinance
          calling a Special City Election to fill the vacancy of Mayor for
          January 17, 1998.

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

  IX.  COMMUNICATIONS

       a. Presentation by Larry Collette of the General Services Administration
          regarding the design of the proposed new U.S.  Courthouse to be built
          in Laredo.

          Mr. Collette made a presentation of the design for the proposed U.S.
          Courthouse which will be located to the northwest corner of City Hall.
          They have presently acquired half of the site and are continuing to
          purchase the rest of the property and they are still continuing
          negotiations on the remaining portion of the site.  The project is
          anticipated to be completed by March 1998.

     Note:  The following is a verbatim requested by GSA on the item.

     Mayor Ramirez   -"We have under communications IX. item a.  presentation by
                     Larry Collette of the General Services Administration
                     regarding the design of the proposed new U.S. Courthouse to
                     be built in Laredo."

Mr. Collette:  "Good evening Mr. Mayor, members of the
               Council, ladies and gentlemen.  My name is
               Larry Collette I work in the Portfolio
               Management Division, of the Greater Southwest
               Region of the General Services Administration
               in Forth Worth.  Thank you for the opportunity
               to present the design for the new court house
               in Laredo.  Roger Curtis the Project Manager
               and members of the design team from the A/E
               firm that's the Architectural Engineering
               Firm, HDR will be making the presentation
               shortly.  First, it is my pleasure to announce
               that the government has recently purchased
               half of the site that is the block surrounded
               by Salinas, Washington, Juarez and Victoria.
               Negotiations are continuing in the remaining
               portion of the site, the block immediately
               east of the purchased block and west of the
               County Court House.  GSA hopes to complete the
               site acquisition by March 1998.  Now..I'll let
               Roger and the design architect...Rob West make
               the presentation."

Roger Curtis - "Thank you Larry.  This project started quite
               sometime ago, about six years ago, as a matter
               of fact.  In June of '96 there was a study
               done in which to determine what was the best
               way to provide a U.S. Courthouse here in
               Laredo and at that the time, the HDR the
               design team presently doing the design
               conducted a study and contacted many of the
               local people and organizations to develop
               a study.  From their study, it was determined
               to build the new Courthouse downtown, in which
               we are in the process of designing at this
               time.  The design was started in January, its
               been designed under an.. a design excellence
               program.  This is a program that GSA has ----
               and tried and make our buildings better
               buildings not only for the tenants, but also
               for the community in which it resides.
               Important difference in the design excellence
               program is that we now incorporate nationally
               recognized experts, we call them peers in our
               design process and they have been involved all
               the way up to this point.  As a matter of fact
               we have a meeting tomorrow with John U---on of
               the peers to further develop the design.  We
               are presently at approximately 50% of the
               design, what that means is that we've pretty
               much established what the building is gonna
               look like as far as the general shape or where
               its gonna be, that sort of thing.  We're
               working now on the refinements of that design.

               At this time I'd like to introduce Rob West
               who's the project architect, project architect
               from HDR....Thank you very much."

Rob West       -"We just have uh...uh...a few slides, I don't
               know maybe ten or twelve just sort of show how
               the building is organized, where it is and
               uh....I'm sure we're going to need to turn off
               this lights, if possible."


Mayor Ramirez  -"Sure...we can take care of
               that....Marcos...we'll fix it up."

Rob West      -"We included just a couple of slides here that
               I'm sure you are all quite familiar with...
               when we started the process and working with
               a lot of the people in the court system here,
               tried to get a sense of the community which is
               always where we try to start.  This is such a
               wonderful community, the heritage that exists
               here is something that I think the whole
               design team was pretty excited about.  What we
               were trying to do was to blend two basic
               issues in the appearance of the building.
               First of all, we were dealing of course with
               the heritage of Laredo, and also the heritage
               of federal court houses and of course you have
               a very beautiful example of new classical
               design in the limestone court house currently
               on Jarvis Plaza.  We...as...I believed Larry
               mentioned I don't know if you can see the
               area outlined in red is the site we are
               looking at now, it will front on Victoria
               Street...thanks Roger...of course if you can
               maybe point to where we are right.  One of the
               things that we are really looking to, to take
               advantage of, is the opportunity on Salinas
               Street which will now terminate at the entry
               to the site to have a very inviting and open
               courtyard or plaza facing south towards the
               historic downtown district.  Also, to front
               the front door of the new courthouse on the
               Victoria Street and reflect the existing
               organization of this sort of institutional
               area...this building, the county court house
               and so on also fronting on the same street.
               Its sort of dark isn't it....initially we
               looked at six or eight schemes of which again,
               as Roger mentioned, thru a very intensive
               process working with people in the local
               court, as well as architects from around the
               country trying determine which of three basic
               approaches would be most suitable.  Now as you
               can perhaps imagine a lot of that was driven
               by the function and the security requirements
               of a courthouse, I think we all remember the
               tragedy in Oklahoma city and a lot of the
               issues that have driven courthouse designs
               since then, have a lot to do with security.
               I'll point our certain features, in any event
               this is one scheme that shows the building set
               to the west of the site, you can perhaps see
               on the background  the existing Webb County
               Court House.  It was the second scheme that
               was fronted exactly on the closure of Salinas
               Street and I was attempting to break the scale
               of the building down onto smaller elements
               doing with more...uh...I guess you could
               say...with more specifics Laredo architectural
               features, protocol and the central courtyard,
               and the buildings were broken down into basic
               three pieces sort of arrange around the
               center.  This one is a lot of promise and a
               lot of discussion unfortunately in terms of
               its functional accommodation of the needs of
               the court, it was determined finally that it
               wasn't, it didn't provide us with this
               functionally as clean a solution.  This shows
               an early example of what was finally determine
               to be the scheme which...thats not at...this
               is a more refines version.  What we are
               looking at again, this is a view of Victoria
               Street again with the county court on the
               background and on the right the city hall.
               What we are trying to do is to situate the
               plaza that you see on the ---ground there
               directly on the Salinas Street corridor so
               what one would see coming up that street is an
               open plaza, there would be trees water
               features and the rotunda which you can see in
               the f--- ground of the building.  It an "L"
               shape building around, to the left there is a
               wind that house all the office components, the
               U.S. Attorney's office, the Clerk of Court and
               so on...and behind the rotunda are the courts
               themselves and...again, thats a very st------t
               sort of security and functional requirements
               that drove a lot of the decisions on this
               scheme.  This shows a site plan...again...the
               plaza in the center...the building in sort of
               an "L" shape configuration around it and heavy
               plannings along Victoria Street because we
               were conscious of the fact that the facade to
               the right was a solid wall for security
               reasons and so what we wanted to do is soften
               that wall and really focus the attention of
               public to the courtyard in the rotunda.  This
               shows an elevation looking at it from the
               south and again you eye coming from Salinas
               would be at the rotunda and the plaza.  This
               is the north, the east side facing the Webb
               County Courthouse, this is a view from the
               north, this are the office components ---along
               the north as well as loading docks and some
               mechanical areas.  This is a view...although
               we looking at the plantings the top of the
               rotunda has gotten a lot of debate...I think
               the ----- was brought up ...we are looking
               at...and some other features that'll be looked
               at tomorrow, but in any event this shows to a
               certain the degree the character looking in
               the courtyard and this is sort of a bird's eye
               view again with Victoria Street in the fair
               ground heavy plannings to the right and left
               and formal courthouse steps coming up to a ---
               -courtyard into the building.  I think this is
               my last...slide.

Mr. Curtis     -"I failed to mention the fact that during
               this entire process we've been working with
               the State Historical Commission and we have a
               memorandum of agreement with them and have had
               many meetings with them...in working with
               them."

Mayor Ramirez  -"Let me just for the record read a letter we
               received on Friday from the Webb County
               Historical Commission and is addressed to me
               and the councilmembers and it reads as
               follows.  They weren't able to be here cause
               they were having some sort of gathering, but
               they've all concurred with this is says:

               "The Webb County Historical Commission wishes
               to express its concern regarding the proposed
               design of the new Federal Courthouse of Webb County-Laredo.  This
               design, which was prepared without any community input,
               undercuts local efforts to maintain consistency in the architecture of our
               historic downtown area.

               As to its overall appearance, the design does
               not incorporate Border regional architectural
               components.  As to its material, limestone is
               planned, which is not keeping with the local
               materials.

               We would recommend softening the northern
               elevation, as it provides, a "fortress-like
               appearance" as presently designed.  Also we
               would recommend a change in the proposed blue
               tinted windows, which are not permitted in the
               Department of Interior guidelines for our
               historic areas.

               We respectfully request your consideration and
               assistance in providing these recommendations
               brought forth by community members of Laredo,
               Webb County, to GSA and Henningson, Durham and
               Richardson, Inc., who are responsible for the
               design.  We thank you for encouraging the
               Federal Courthouse to remain in our downtown
               as it will significantly contribute to our
               overall revitalization efforts.  Sincerely....
               and its signed by the Chairman, Nina Nixon-
               Mendez, and endorsed by the members of the
               board.

Mayor          -So may I suggest, Mr. Collette that perhaps
               you can get in contract with the Historical
               Commission members and I'd be glad to give you
               a copy of this letter...you have one already?.

Mr. Collette   -"I just was given one tonight."

Mayor Ramirez -"o.k. well....it was sent Friday but it got to
               my office today.  So I just wanted to read it
               for the record since we are like 50% into this
               that we bring these folks in and perhaps see
               what we can work out."

Mr. Collette   -"If I could?"

Mayor Ramirez  -"sure...sure..."

Mr. Collette   -"A lot of these comments are those that....
               like I said, we've been working with the State
               Historical Commission and a lot of these
               comments are the same as what the State
               Historical folks have presented.  The mention
               of limestone, limestone is a material at the
               present courthouse and so we wanted to keep that....uh...you
               can't see this very well but
               on the front of the courthouse there was very
               small windows and this same ----- on the other
               side.   This original design, since that
               design we have met with the State Historical
               Commission and we are working to get away from
               the fortress look, we certainly are, we are
               working on the rotunda and r----- and the
               finish--- and we will get in contact.

Mayor Ramirez  -"I surely appreciate that...thank you very
               much, any question for the representatives of
               GSA, if not, thank you so much for your
               presentation.

       b. Presentation by Armando Hinojosa, Artist, of a portion of the design
          of the "Campfire Scene" to be placed at the Laredo International
          Airport.

          Mr. Hinojosa exhibited a set of two horses which represents 1/3
          lifesize of the project.  The completion date is one year.

       c. Mayor Ramirez tendered his resignation from the Office of Mayor
          effective as of this date.  The letter read as follows:

          Dear Colleagues:
               I officially tender my resignation from the Office of Mayor of
          the City of Laredo.
               It has indeed been an honor for me to serve the citizens of this
          City as both a City Council Member and most recently as Mayor.  I take
          with me a great sense of pride for having in some small way
          contributed to the great strides that Laredo has made over the past
          few years, and look forward to seeing my City continue to grow and
          prosper as its prominence as an International Trade Center is
          maintained and expanded.
               I have enjoyed working with each of you, as well as with the
          members of previous City Councils that have served before you.  The
          experience has been both fruitful and rewarding, and together we have
          been able to move the City forward.  I leave you with my best wishes,
          and wish you God's Speed in the months to come as you tackle the hard
          issues facing Laredo.  Thank you and God Bless You.

       d. Cm. Guerra publicly congratulated the United Longhorns for the United
          High School Football Team for reaching district play.

       e. Mayor Ramirez publicly congratulated the District Champs J.W.  Nixon
          Mustangs.

   X.  CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION AND PRESENTATION

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

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

       1. Presentation by Curtis Grace, H.E.B. Store Director and Jesse
          Castillo, H.E.B. Store Director inviting of H.E.B. concerning the
          annual "Feast of Sharing" to be held at the Laredo Civic Center on
          Thursday, November 27, 1997, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

          Mr. Curtis Grace and Jesse Castillo from H.E.B. invited the Mayor,
          Council, and the general public to their "Feast of Sharing" on
          November 27th.

       2. Presentation by Jesus Hernandez regarding support for a project to
          develop the banks of the Rio Grande.

          Mr. Hernandez expressed his concern that the river banks have not been
          given the attention necessary to clean the Rio Grande River and to
          provide a walkway along the river.  He urge the council to place a
          priority to the river project and to utilize the Corps of Engineers.

       3. Discussion and possible action regarding the appointment of a Citizens
          Marine Corps Reserve Project Review Committee.

          Motion to authorize the Mayor to proceed to appoint a working Citizens
          Marine Corps Reserve Project Review Committee to do some work at
          United South School, plus other smaller projects for the city.

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

    B.  Requests by Councilmember Louis H. Bruni

       1. Discussion and possible action directing staff to develop a funding
          mechanism to complete the sidewalk around Newman Elementary School.

          Cm. Bruni said he has been trying to secure the funding to build the
          mentioned sidewalk.  They had instructed staff to go out on bids at
          the last meeting and they do have information on the bids.
          Subsequently, last week he was able to secure an additional donation
          besides the $15,500 that has been secured from Sonat Exploration.  He
          was able to secure an additional $2,000 from Capital Aggregates, LTD
          in San Antonio, and in addition to that he has also secured an extra
          $5,500 from H.B.  Zachry bringing up the amount to the total
          contributions to $23,200.  He is anticipating additional contributions
          from other oil companies for the sidewalk.  He wants to see the status
          in terms of shortfall.  He said we also have a commitment from UISD of
          $25,000 so he would like to see where we are at so that they can award
          the bid at the next meeting and start construction during the
          Christmas Holidays.

          Florencio Pea, Interim City Manager, stated this project had already
          gone out on bids and that the lowest bid received was Pete Gallegos
          with $83,275.50.

          Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer quoted the breakdown on the financing of
          this project was as follows:
          He said they received a low bid of $ 83,275.50 from Gallegos Paving,
          the pledge donation from Sonat of $15,712, left a balance for
          construction of $67,563.00, Cm. Bruni has approximately $7,500, UISD
          has a pledge $25,000,  which would leave a shortfall of about
          $35,000.00.

          Cm. Bruni asked if they could find some funding to at least cut this
          $35,000 in half to see if he can find the rest, he wants this
          uncommitted to building the sidewalk.

          Motion directing staff to find funds and approve half of the balance
          ($17,500) as the City's share.

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

          At this time Cm. Casso announced that he would take item C(2) first
          because it would lead into item C(1).

    C.  Requests by Councilmember Alfonso "Poncho" Casso

       1. Discussion and possible action regarding the re-routing of all
          commercial traffic to the Colombia/Solidarity Bridge.  (Co-sponsored
          by Cm. Louis H. Bruni and Cm. Joe A. Guerra)

          Cm. Casso stated that the reason he brought this item up was because
          he is trying to get some debate in this community on this issue.  It
          has gotten out of focus and they have a total different direction than
          he expected.  He added that the majority of the citizens want
          something done and is seeking alternatives to resolve this problem.
          He said that there is no traffic coordination on IH-35 and that it is
          affecting retail sales.  He wants some serious dialogue about what
          options are available.  He added there are three options:

          (1) The building of the bridge, this is a long term solution.  it will
          be built in two years and in two years the traffic is going to get
          worst, going beyond Del Mar Blvd.

          (2) He would try to get a staging area, he does not know how staff is
          doing on the requested study, but he is serious about it.

          (3) He stated if they don't go with the staging area then that they
          re-route all the commercial truck traffic through Columbia, close
          Bridge I to all commercial truck traffic and only allow traffic to
          flow through Bridge II between midnight and 6:00 a.m.

          He said these are only options, but needs help from the community.  If
          the answer is to leave everything on IH-35 for two more years, the
          citizens in the community are not going to tolerate it because it is a
          serious environmental hazard and
          it is dangerous.

          Alfonso "Poncho" Casso, Jr., local businessman and importer, stated
          re-routing the trucks to Columbia means an additional cost to them and
          suggested that if destination of goods is Mexico then that's fine, but
          if the origin is Laredo then they should export through Nuevo Laredo.

          Gustavo Quintanilla, local attorney representing the Agentes Aduanales
          and its 230 members, stated their concern is the increase in cost if
          they have to go through Columbia.  He said that an increase of about
          $14 million would have to be passed on to the customers and that they
          in turn may look at other ports and this is their main concern.

          Gary Jacobs stated that the shippers will decide, if Council wants a
          shock treatment, then they'll go elsewhere and Laredo stands to lose
          this business.  He added that the roads on the Mexican side from
          Columbia to Nuevo Laredo are hazardous for drivers and that we should
          push the contractor on IH-35 to

          finish the construction and place more signals.  He concluded by
          stating that IH-35 needs more policing.

          Carlos Zuniga spoke in opposition to re-routing the trucks, because
          theirs is a very competitive market and may lose their business to
          Eagle Pass, McAllen or elsewhere.

          Tom Wade, Vice-President of the Laredo Truckers Association, spoke
          against removing IH-35 as their truck route into Mexico because will
          lose trucking business if they divert to Columbia and urged that we
          wait for completion the of IH-35.

          Alejandro Garcia, Nuevo Laredo Mayor, stated that it is good that we
          have this problem because it shows we are experiencing good business
          and for this reason we need to construct the new bridge.  Some of his
          concerns are problems with the Federal Government and with their
          problems in concluding the construction of the new bridge, but there
          are problems with sending the cargo through Columbia Bridge.

          Mayor Ramirez suggested that an ad hoc committee be created and that
          they come out with 24-month solutions to the traffic problem on IH-35.

          Motion to create a Bridge Task Force Ad Hoc Committee with a 90 day
          life to explore this issue and include Cm. Bruni, Cm.  Alvarado, Cm.
          Casso, Chairperson Cw. Montalvo, Mayor from Nuevo Laredo, Fire Chief,
          Police Chief, DPS representative, Brokers representatives and anyone
          who wants to sign up tonight.

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

          The following persons signed:

          Glafiro Salinas Mendiola, Sergio Lujan C., Sergio E. Rivas, Fernando
          Mejia A., Mario Sanchez M., Alfonso Casso Jr., Enrique T. De La Garza,
          Cesar Valdez, Gustavo Quintanilla, Alberto Alarcon, Aldo Tatangelo,
          Mercurio Martinez III, Anthony Stahl, Jose Suarez, Fernando Alarcon,
          Mario Alejandro Garcia, Eusebio San Miguel S., Roque Godines, Daniel
          R. Barrera, Amanda Soler, and Hector Garcia.

       2. Discussion and possible action regarding the facilities required for
          the U.S. Border Station by the General Services Administration (GSA).

          Cm. Casso   -"I want to take item #2 first, cause it'll lead into item
                      1 and that's Discussion and possible action regarding the
                      facilities required for the U.S. Border Station by the
                      General Services Administration (GSA) and...uh... I placed
                      this item on the agenda because there is a letter dated
                      November the 7th from Betty S-----coordinator for the
                      U.S./Mexico Border Affairs.  She addressed
                it to Mr. Pena and it says its subsequent to
                my October 29th letter we had the opportunity
                to discuss with the General Services
                Administration the conversations with the
                City of Laredo concerning the facilities
                required for the U.S. Border station.  It was
                clear that this issue is not fully resolved,
                we will need the city, the federal inspection
                agencies and GSA to reach an understanding on
                this issue before the diplomatic notes may be
                exchanged.  I have urged GSA to continue
                working constructively with the City so that
                a resolution can be found.  Now...we've been
                h---- with this for the last sixty to ninety
                days where I think U.S. Customs wanted about
                71 acres or 75 acres and then we were only...
                we have only....we planned for 61 acres...I
                think...or 63...somewhere around there.
                Uh....what is staff doing?  I say just give
                them what they want, and then if you need
                another environmental assessment you can do
                it separate and apart it won't interfere with
                this, but what exactly is going on here
                because uh.... obviously and...also when I
                saw Betty S---in Santa Fe New Mexico she
                mentioned that we had a problem with
                this....and then we went to Washington she
                didn't bring it up and now she's bringing it
                up again.  So what's staff gonna do?  And I'd
                also like to...before you answer...I want to
                know...I think you ought to brief this
                council on the possibility that we may have
                to absorb the cost of the border stations and
                what its gonna do to the interest cost to
                this city, since we are gonna be discussing
                the CIP tomorrow in a special meeting.

Florencio Pena  -"Uh....o.k...uh...Mr. Casso, basically in
                regards to the GSA letter, Betty S----'s
                letter what she's referring to there is
                uh...the requirement that the GSA....the
                border station consists of 75 acres.  That
                was the original intent when the city filed
                this Presidential Permit for 75 acres,
                however, with the approval of all the federal
                agencies it was reduced down to approximately
                58 acres and that's the way the Presidential
                Permit was approved.  We have since met with
                the property owners and adjusted the border
                station to accommodate for 62 1/2 acres and
                in our meeting of October the 18th here in
                Laredo with the various inspection agencies
                we thought we had an agreement with them at
                that meeting, that the 62 1/2 acres would be
                adequate and that we would provide the 12 1/2
                additional acreage at a later date, and that
                we would be committed to providing that.
                Uh....we explained that to Betty S----- at
                the meeting in Washington and she provided us
                a letter...I think addressed to the Mayor
                addressing five areas that we needed to get a
                diplomatic note all of which we thought would
                be reasonably...could be reasonably obtained
                by the first week or second week of December.
                Since, that time then, she's followup with a
                second letter, stating that the 75 acre issue
                is still a concern and that we need to
                resolve this matter with GSA.  We have spoken
                to GSA last week and we are trying to
                schedule a meeting with them here in the next
                week...the following week..to continue the
                dialogue on this matter.  The fact is that
                the property is not configured such that the
                property is not configured such that the 12
                1/2 acres can be easily be obtained in order
                to get that magical figure of 75 acres.
                We've shown them and proven to them (GSA) and
                the inspection agencies, the entire Border
                Master Plan fits within the 62 1/2 acres and
                as long as it fits we've been told by
                Washington, GSA and even the local GSA...as
                long as it fits that....that's what they're
                concerned about, but frankly there has been,
                uh....with GSA...uh..a kind of a Peter and
                Paul and talk to Mary... type of conversation
                and we are very much concerned about it.  We
                feel that on the one hand we had a committed
                the 62 1/2 was adequate, with a separate
                Memorandum of Understanding that we would
                provide the additional 2 1/2 that seems
                to....according to Betty S----- not to be
                adequate so we need to address that issue.
                Uh...we submitted a map to GSA, Jessie
                Covarrubias, showing where this 12 1/2 acres
                additional can be...uh...gained or obtained.
                And its basically on the north side going
                towards Mines Road and also on the west side
                where the staging area is gonna be.  That
                might not be the area that they feel that
                they want the 12 1/2 acres, I'm not
                sure....uh...but they have those maps and
                we're ---- to go next week to visit with GSA
                to confirm that.  The problem with this
                property is that on the southside of that
                property there's a creek and those 12 1/2
                acres may have an environmental impact
                because there is a creek that borders the
                property on the southern side.  That deals
                with the 75 acre, I believe we can get it
                resolved, Mr.  Casso.  I believe GSA is
                mentioning things like they've hired a
                Transportation Consultant, recently to begin
                looking at all the border stations as it
                deals with the design of these facilities.
                Well that's all fine, but you know we
                received our Presidential Permit in December
                1994 and we feel that we've got a commitment
                from the Federal Government to proceed with
                the project and if we can show that if its
                within 62 1/2 acres that it should be
                adequate.  And that's the position we're
                taking and we will continue to pursue that
                and if we receive any more resistance to this
                then we may have to take other measures
                involved in our Congressional Delegation, but
                I feel that we're gonna be able to work this
                out.  As it deals with the financing of the
                bridge, the financing of the border station
                which includes the dock, the toll facility,
                and the parking lot for the tractor trailers
                we have met on October the 18th and we are
                gonna have another meeting on December 2nd
                here in Laredo with the inspection agencies
                to finalize the Master Plan.  We've divided
                the project up into phases and we think the
                first phase will run anywhere from eight to
                ten million dollars.  GSA has advised us that
                at the present time they do not have funds
                available to construct those facilities into
                the year 2000 or 2001 which means that the
                city 1) either have to build the facilities
                for GSA or 2) obtain some type of rental
                agreement which we have initiated discussions
                with GSA where we will build the facilities
                for them and they will rent the facilities,
                but we do not have that contract.  They have
                tentatively said that would be willing to do
                that, but we're in the negotiation stage at
                the present time.  If in fact we are not able
                to reach an agreement..uh..to rent the
                facilities, then the facilities will have to
                be built by the city in which case the impact
                on bridge fares may..may...may..be required
                in order to offset that cost."

Cm. Casso       -"Thank you...."

Mayor           -"Alright...the next item...

Cm. Casso       -"The next item is Discussion and possible
                action regarding the re-routing of all
                commercial traffic to the Colombia/Solidarity
                Bridge.  (Co-sponsored by Cm. Louis H. Cm.
                Bruni and Cm. Joe A. Guerra)."

Mayor           -"We've got a citizen who wants to comment on
                item 2..so..."

Cm. Casso       -"on item two?...ok...."

Gary Jacobs     -"Also...the next item....My name is Gary
                Jacobs.  On this GSA item, uh....it seems to
                me that GSA is always been a problem for us
                on bridges and..uh..and the commercial
                community whose here tonight loses lots of
                money and employees in this town lose lots of
                money because of GSA.  GSA sits in an ivory
                tower and tries...in my opinion, dictate,
                ..uh....things to Laredo, so we have huge
                delays in solving problems...I mean, its just been...we've come
                to meeting after meeting,
                and when we argue with GSA over putting an
                inspection station to make a Customs
                Inspector life easier to move trucks quicker...uh....we've been
                fortunate in this
                huge increases and freight volume thru this
                community.  I would urge the council to
                consider telling GSA "thank you" "no thank
                you" we will build the facility that the
                commercial community wants and that customs
                is in agreement that they can occupy and own
                it and keep GSA out of the picture if
                possible you possibly can.  I don't know if
                there is a way to do that or not, but if you
                can I would urge you to do it."

Mayor Ramirez   -"GSA has to rent, they you know...they...
                they know....they...they would be
                unprecedented for them not to want to rent,
                the way they hold this project back is by
                saying that as the agents for the other
                governmental entities customs, agriculture,
                and INS that if they don't feel ready to move
                on the project, that they won't move on the
                project.

---------       "------------"

Mayor Ramirez   -"I know...we know that...we know that...uh..
                but we feel that with the people that we've
                hired to construct this bridge, not to
                construct, but to design this bridge with the
                prior experience that've had with GSA, in
                dealing with this matter that GSA is going to
                be hard pressed to delay this project anymore
                than necessary without them being backed into
                a corner by the City of Laredo, because we
                have the expertise at all levels of the
                design of this facility that we've hired to
                be able to adequately justify our position as
                to what we feel we need in relation to the
                traffic that we currently have and the
                projections that we anticipate for the
                future.  And so, for them to take that hard
                of a position...uh....is...uh...I think...I
                would tend to agree more with my...our city
                manager that we will a find a solution to
                this before it gets to that points because it
                is a give and take, but one where if we have
                to we will build it but we're not gonna build
                it for free...they're gonna have to pay, one
                way or another.  Mr. Schwebel..."
Mr. Schwebel    -"Mr. Mayor thank you very much...members of
                the council, I'd like to add a comment to Mr.
                Jacob's bring up a point that's a very
                important point, that needless to say we
                still have to work with this agencies...
                uh....I don't understand why the reluctance
                of giving these agencies, their the ones that
                are going to approve this bridge.  The
                reluctance of giving them the 12 acres more
                now, we know that if we...if we...work on the
                premise that if all of these...if all of
                these....it was easy to get all these
                bridges...you know..."

Mayor Ramirez   -"There is no reluctance the problem is that
                this 12 acres are gonna require an additional environmental
                assessment and so that means
                that...that if we just go through that
                process alone, that's another 18 months on
                this ticket.  And so what we are saying is
                look, guys we're showing you here...we can
                build you everything we told you we were
                going to build based on the agreements that
                were acknowledged by you that were on the
                Presidential Permit as it was, as it
                was..authorized by the President of the
                United States to build it.  You can't change
                the rules half way through the game, and if
                you're going to change the rules we're saying
                well o.k. change the rules, but everything
                we've done up to this point has to keep going
                and the 12 acres we'll secure 'em for you but
                we're going to have to put those on a
                different track because we can't wait 18 more
                months to start construction on our bridge.
                We want to start construction by the end of
                this year."

Jerry Schwebel  -"I understand....I understand..."

Mr. Pena        -"Jerry...Jerry...and one other comment, in
                that regard is that finding those 12 1/2
                acres where they want it is not going to be
                an easy task because there is a creek on the
                ....and I just feel that if we don't need to
                complicate this issue, it fits within the 62
               1/2, we'll get you the additional 12 1/2 but
               lets not get hung up on exactly where all that
               is gonna be right now...cause..its going to
               delay the project"

Mayor Ramirez  -"We've even gone as far as to do this, as to
               say we will take our staging area out of the
               facility and we may, we'll take our area,
               our...250 or 300 trailers that we'll be able
               to handle eventually headed south on our side,
               and lets build that on the other side of the
               Mines Road and we'll stage 'em over there and
               release them from there to go south  ---

               (end of tape #1)

Mr. Schwebel   -" ----the person that says that not o.k. yet
               is the one that's gonna issue the Diplomatic
               Notes to the State Department their the ones
               are that writing the letter saying we need the
               75 acres.  And as long as you replay this give
               and take game we're gonna delay this thing
               more than the 18 months if thats the case..."

Mayor          -"And I'll tell you why its not gonna be
               delayed more than 18 months, our Presidential
               Permit will expire...all right..."

Mr. Schwebel   -"all right."

Mayor          -"all right....we're prepared to take them to
               court and prove to us, that we've been able to
               design with the necessary timetables in place,
               to prove to us that we can't proceed in
               constructing this bridge that we need.  And
               I'm telling you that right now we don't think
               its gonna go that far, but we are prepared if
               necessary to go that far."

Mr. Schwebel   -"well...I hope we're not Mr. Mayor...because
               I think if we use the example of the other
               city, of our neighbors up river at Eagle Pass
               where they got their presidential permit...
               8-9 months ago, and they stand to gain their
               diplomatic notes here sooner than we are, then
               obviously they're doing something different
               than we are, lets find out what it is because
               we're not getting there."

Mayor          -"Let me just say that the underline factor
               here, whether we want to say it or not is item
               1, item 1...the Colombia Bridge."

Mr. Schwebel   -"Well, I hope we can...I hope we have a
               chance to review that because its very
               important...that impact..."

Mayor          -"no...no...its not our problem, is the
               problem in Washington."

Mr. Schwebel   -"Well...but it becomes our problem....we have
               to face it."

Mayor          -"I know that... no...no...but understand what
               I'm telling you...you're asking me why are
               they being able to do something in Eagle Pass
               that we are not?  I'm trying to tell you that
               the reason why is Number 1, the're still not
               convinced that Colombia is being used the way
               it could be used."

Mr. Schwebel   -"You don't believe that if we were to give
               them 75 acres right now, based on whatever...

Mr. Pena       -"They would find something else, Jerry....
               My only concern here is that if we, if we're
               getting the ---- but if its out side the
               parameters of the existing land that we have,
               it just lends the points to create another
               environmental assessment and we don't want to
               delay the project.  We're not doing this to
               delay, we want the bridge done as soon as
               possible and we're concern that, now they give
               it to us in writing and it will require an
               environmental assessment and we may be able to
               do that, but...I..they won't be able to do
               that...I just..."

Mayor          -"The thing is that we've got all the facts
               are in our favor....the presidential permit
               was issued the way we've developed the
               project, they can't change it on us half way
               through the whole process, we are just weeks
               literally weeks, away from finalizing what we
               feel is the exchange of this Diplomatic Notes
               and they are not gonna be able to hold it back
               with this delay tactic we're convinced of it
               but we feel that we can sit at the table and
               as reasonable men and women rationalize this
               through and work it through without having to
               work it through without having to go thru the
               strategies that I've mentioned to you in
               general because we need to build this bridge
               and we're ready and we can't afford to
               continue have GSA drag their feet and if you
               got ideas or solutions that we haven't pursued
               share them with us Mr. Schwebel.

Mr. Schwebel   -"Well I would say, then thats my whole point,
               my whole point is that eliminate this points
               of contention on their part, eliminate the
               fact that they're asking for 75 acres and we
               would rather negotiate telling them what we
               believe it is that they need, and don't give
               them that excuse anymore.

Mayor          -"We already did, we told them we'll get you
               the additional 12 acres...."

Mr. Schwebel   -"but that's not what the letter's saying....

Mayor          -"What they are saying is that, we've said
               we'll give you the additional 12 acres, we
               know what that means to us, it means 18 to 24
               months of environmental assessments...Mr.
               Schwebel"

Mr. Pena       -"I think there is a misunderstanding here,
               but we've offered them the additional 12 1/2
               acres, they don't want it in that location.
               So we are not at the point now, where we are
               talking in general avenues anymore we are
               talking about design and....those 12 1/2 acres
               it appears they want them in a certain area
               and there is a creek bed there....uh...you
               know..."

Mr. Schwebel   -"---- need for the environmental assessment"

Mayor          -"Plus the fact that what do they want a creek
               for...is what we are saying.. and why do they
               want a creek?

Mr. Schwebel   -"well I'm saying....eliminate these reasons
               for them to block us"

Mayor          -"I agree with you...I agree with you...and
               that's what we're trying to do as best as we
               can"

Mr. Schwebel   -"make it easy...make it easy so they don't
               give us any more road blocks and lets get this
               things done"

Mayor          -"we have done...we have done everything
               except give away the kitchen sink....to GSA...
               and if we're throwing it away....I don't think
               we're ready cause we're going to draw the line
               and say its the City of Laredo that comes
               first, not GSA."

Mr. Schwebel   -"I think we can...I think that we would hope
               that the moment that we get one more road
               block that everybody in this room hops on and
               moves up there and park ourselves till we get
               this bridge done"

Mayor          -"hey...that's the way we got Colombia built."

Mr. Pena       -"This is why I mentioned...Jerry...a second
               ago, that by December 2nd we're having a
               meeting here again with these agencies.  If
               this issue is not resolved by that week,
               then...there's alot of people here and the
               council, we'll hop on a need to get
               congressional litigation involved because we
               got a Presidential Permit and..."

Cm. Casso      -"Let me just tell you...you're going to have
               problems, I can tell you right now...you are
               gonna have resistance because I've already
               spoken to the Port Director here and you are
               gonna have resistance they say they need the
               space and the additional acreage and that's
               the only reason that I'm bringing it
               here...I'm on the side of the city, but I'm
               telling you you're gonna have resistance and
               that's why I placed it on here because you are
               gonna have resistance and you better start
               getting prepared because if you say that if we
               were to give them the additional acreage that
               they would put on a road block I don't feel
               they would, why don't call their bluff
               and see if they are gonna do that.  Put it in
               writing, we'll give them the acreage and do
               what the Mayor says we won't tie it in, the
               environmental assessment will be separate and
               apart from the existing project so we won't
               delay it.  And an other thing that I'm opposed
               to I'll tell you right now, is cutting into
               our staging area because the Mayor said 200-
               300 trailers and that's not gonna cut it, we
               need enough for at least 600 trailers.  We
               start giving space away...for get it, we're
               gonna have the same problem that we're gonna
               talk about in a few minutes..."

Mayor          -"what I would say is move the staging area
               further up on property on the other side of
               the Mines Road..."

Cm. Casso      -"that will be fine, but we just....but we
               don't want to give up. ..

Mr. Pena       -"Mayor...we've shown them...if it was that
               easy to say here's 12 1/2 acres, we've got it,
               but its...they don't want it, they don't want
               to tell you where they want it, and where they
               want it appears to be at the present time is
               outside of the confines of the permit."

Cm. Casso      -"then that's the issue, the issue is not the
               amount of acreage, but the location of those
               acreage well then we need to settle it."

Mayor          -"And the thing is, the bottom line is this,
               that they are asking for something thats
               outside of what the President authorized, and
               we're saying you can't do that, you can ask
               for it but you can't change the rules of a
               Presidential Permit.  A Presidential Permit is
               very defined and you agreed on this and so if
               you want to change it, amend it the
               Presidential Permit on us and tell us that its
               amended to incorporate an additional 12 acres,
               but as it stands right now we have move ahead
               in good faith trying every possible technic of
               persuasion and again Mr. Schwebel I encourage
               you and invite you when we fall in short or
               you've got ideas please bring them to us
               because we are really trying to make this work
               as quickly and as effectively as we can."

Mr. Schwebel   -"Well I had proposed this for sometime Mr.
               Mayor, that this is one item we are at the
               tail end of this project.  We cannot afford
               for them to write a letter to give us an
               answer we should be working on this every
               single day having someone right there pushing
               this thing every single moment, we're at the
               tail end of this deal why do we want to wait
               lets go ahead and negotiate...we should be
               talking about this today and tomorrow and the
               day after....until we get this bridge.."

Mayor          -"but we are..."

Mr. Pena       -"Jerry...Jerry....

Mr. Schwebel   -"I just ------- because we get this letters,
               we get this comments and we're don't seem to
               be getting somewhere, that's my...that's my
               sense of urgency that I'm looking for is, hey
               folks what do we got to do?  If the action
               plan is for us come that date of December that
               the next day or the day before or if we find
               out anything sooner we're all up there, but
               you know what?  All the congressional
               delegation ------ are gone, we're gonna be
               dealing with the agencies same bureaucrats we
               are dealing with right now, are the same ones
               we're going to be dealing two weeks from now.
               So why -----------"

Mr. Pena       -"they don't have to be in Washington to be
               effective...uh..Jerry...I mean we can call
               them on the phone, but uh...we're doing
               everything we can....we sent GSA where this 12
               1/2 acre sites are, there're evaluating it,
               I'm hoping they'll accept those locations, or
               one of those locations and to get this issue
               75 acre behind us, but when they tell you one
               thing, then they come back and tell you
               another...you know...uh...they told us as long
               as it fits, the Master Plan fit, the final
               build out we're o.k. and Washington told us
               that...I'm talking about that at the highest
               level at customs and GSA as well, and we've
               done that our engineering, Jessie Covarrubias
               has prepared a final build out and it fits.
               They've hired Transportation Consultants that
               they're saying that they want to relook at it,
               well again I think that on December 2nd I...
               we'll have a much better feel we will have
               report for council and you Jerry...and
               everyone...else to, if we need to get on the
               phone with the Congressional people that'll be
               the time to do it and we'll have to start....

Mr. Schwebel   -"I think we should plan for united...I think
               everyone is united in this effort...I think we
               consider it the most important in our top
               three priorities, are the bridge, the bridge,
               and the bridge and that's what should be
               following as far as what we are concern...
               Thank you"

Mayor          -"Thank you Mr. Schwebel....o.k....item one...


    D.  Requests by Councilmember Eliseo Valdez Jr.

       1. Discussion and possible action regarding the use of signs to notify
          the general public of proposed zone changes in their immediate area.
          The sign would be posted in front of the property to be rezoned
          providing the citizens additional notice of the proposed action.

          Motion to instruct staff to draft an ordinance adopting the
          requirement of posting a sign in front of properties to be rezoned as
          additional public notice.

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

       2. Discussion and possible action regarding the City developing an area
          to be used by tractor owners/operators who regularly take their
          vehicle home.

          Motion to instruct staff to encourage some of the operators to use the
          Park and Ride facility to overnight their tractors, find a way of
          charging them a fee, have them park in certain area of the Park and
          Ride (not the whole area) possibly towards the back of the Park and
          Ride and possibility have another gate opened to let them out.

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

       3. Discussion and possible action regarding parking violation fine
          collections.

          Ms. Patti Cruz, of 504 Merlin, stated that she is a volunteer to issue
          tickets to violators of handicap places and that no collections have
          been done.  She said that over $68,000 are uncollected and that there
          is no recourse for multiple violators.  She asked that the city make
          it a priority in its collection and avoid a massive abuse of the law.

          Florencio Pea, Interim City Manager, reported that he had just became
          aware of this situation and he will look into the issue of the
          repeated offenders, and will have a full report to say what course of
          action will be taken.

          Mayor Ramirez suggested that maybe we should look at contracting a
          private collection agency to collect once they have been assessed so
          that we accelerate the collection
          efforts and be more aggressive.

    E.  Requests by Councilmember Consuelo "Chelo" Montalvo

       1. Discussion and possible action instructing staff to communicate with
          TxDOT personnel to install "Do Not Block Intersection" signs in both
          English and Spanish at the intersections of Houston/I.H. 35, and
          Matamoros/I.H.35 to minimize the blockage of these intersections.
          (Co-sponsored by Cm. Louis H.  Bruni)

          Mayor Ramirez suggested that they not just prepare signs that indicate
          "Do No Block Intersection", but also to say that they are subject to
          "x" amount of dollars for blocking the intersection where those signs
          are put up.  He also suggested that we once again we try to get the
          Department of Public Safety engaged with the City when it comes to
          enforcing traffic on IH-35 since this is a state maintained federal
          interstate.  He said they have been asked time and time again and that
          it is time again to go out there and ask them to come before council
          on the record and state why they don't feel they should engage on this
          endeavor.

          Motion to send a letter to the Corporal and ask them what the scenario
          is on this issue, that we also include and explanation of what we have
          done to further patrol and enforce our laws on IH-35, to see what kind
          of detail can be set up to work with them and share the duties the
          same as it is done with Border Patrol, U.S. Customs, because we want
          to setup a pilot program that would be an example to the rest of the
          border communities in Texas of what the Department of Public Safety
          can do with the City to help enforce commerce.  Also, that they ask
          DPS to help the City in the enforcement of traffic violations on Hwy.
          59.

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

  XI.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

      41. Public hearing concerning the application by Arguindegui Oil Company,
          authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for above ground
          storage of flammable liquids, on Lot 13, Block 2, Tex-Mex Industrial
          Park, located on the northwest corner of the intersection of Andy
          Ramos Road and Aguila Azteca Drive. The Planning and Zoning Commission
          recommends approval of this Special Use Permit.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for above ground
          storage of flammable liquids, on Lot 13, Block 2, Tex-Mex Industrial
          Park, located on the northwest corner of the intersection of Andy
          Ramos Road and Aguila Azteca Drive.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Perez

      42. Public hearing concerning the application by Alicia Lopez, amending
          the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 29,
          30, 43, 44, 45, and 46, El Rancho Subdivision, located on the south
          side of SH 359, east of Wildcat, from R-3 (Mixed Residential 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 29, 30, 43, 44, 45, and 46, El Rancho Subdivision, located on the
          south side of SH 359, east of Wildcat, from R-3 (Mixed Residential
          District) to B-3 (Community Business District).

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Perez

      43. Public hearing concerning the application by Frank Rodriguez, amending
          the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing the
          issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a pawn shop on Lots 7, 8, 9,
          and 10, Block 926, Eastern Division, located at 1718 Guadalupe Street.
          The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval of this
          Conditional Use Permit.

                       INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a pawn shop
          on Lots 7, 8, 9, and 10, Block 926, Eastern Division, located at 1718
          Guadalupe Street.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Ron Whitehawk, on behalf of Frank Rodriguez

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Casso

      44. Public hearing concerning the application by Aurelia D.  Garza and
          Gerardo Garza, amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of
          Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 354, Eastern Division, located at 302
          E. Lyon Street from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited
          Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends
          approval of this zone change.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning
          Lot 1, Block 354, Eastern Division, located at 302 E.  Lyon Street
          from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Business
          District).

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Perez

      45. Public hearing concerning the application by Federico and Juanita
          Nieto, amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning Lot 5, Block 665, Eastern Division, located at 1220 E.
          Bustamante Street from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1
          (Limited Business District). The Planning and Zoning Commission
          recommends approval of this zone change.

                       INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning
          Lot 5, Block 665, Eastern Division, located at 1220 E.  Bustamante
          Street from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Business
          District).

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Ron Whitehawk, representing Federico and Juanita Nieto, spoke in favor
          of the zone change request.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Valdez

      46. Public hearing concerning the application by Corona Land Development
          Co., Prisilliano Siller, amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the
          City of Laredo by rezoning 6.9741 acres, as further described by metes
          and bounds, located on Molly Drive, south of Shiloh Drive, from AG
          (Agricultural District to R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area 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
          6.9741 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located on
          Molly Drive, south of Shiloh Drive, from AG (Agricultural District to
          R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District).

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Guerra

      47. Public hearing concerning the application by Fasken Estate, Norbert
          Dickman, amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning 2,800 square feet as further described by metes and bounds,
          located on the west frontage road of I.H.  35, north of the Bob
          Bullock Loop, 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
          2,800 square feet as further described by metes and bounds, located on
          the west frontage road of I.H. 35, north of the Bob Bullock Loop, from
          AG (Agricultural District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Alvarado

      48. Public hearing amending Ordinance No. 97-O-108, Section 1, dated June
          16, 1997, to add a $10.00 overnight parking fee to the established
          schedule of fees at the Laredo Transit Center.

                       INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending Ordinance No. 97-O-108, Section 1, dated June 16, 1997, to
          add a $10.00 overnight parking fee to the established schedule of fees
          at the Laredo Transit Center.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      49. Public hearing regarding an ordinance transferring Restricted Fund
          Balance to Unrestricted Fund Balance and amending the City of Laredo
          FY 1997-1998 Public Access Channel Fund Balance to appropriate from
          the Unreserved Fund Balance $375,000.00, as a reserve appropriation
          for the awarding of a contract for the construction of a new
          Telecommunications Building; and authorizing the City Manager to
          implement said annual budget.

                       INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance transferring Restricted Fund Balance to Unrestricted Fund
          Balance and amending the City of Laredo's FY 1997-1998 Public Access
          Channel Fund Balance to appropriate from the Unreserved Fund Balance
          $375,000.00, as a reserve appropriation for the awarding of a contract
          for the construction of a new Telecommunications Building; and
          authorizing the City Manager to implement said annual budget.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      50. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo FY 1997-1998 Annual Budget
          in the amount of $22,046.00 for a grant awarded by Texas State Library
          - Major Urban Resource Library (MURL) program for CD-ROM materials for
          the period beginning October 1, 1997 and ending September 30, 1998.

                       INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the City of Laredo FY 1997- 1998 Annual Budget in the amount
          of $22,046.00 for a grant awarded by Texas State Library - Major Urban
          Resource Library (MURL) program for CD-ROM materials for the period
          beginning October 1, 1997 and ending September 30, 1998.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      51. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo FY 1997-1998 Annual Budget
          in the amount of $17,983.00 for a grant awarded by the University of
          Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio for the South Texas/Border
          Region Health Professional Education Initiative for health related
          materials.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the City of Laredo FY 1997-1998 Annual Budget in the amount
          of $17,983.00 for a grant awarded by the University of Texas Health
          Science Center at San Antonio for the South Texas/Border Region Health
          Professional Education Initiative for health related materials.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      52. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 annual budget
          in the amount of $277,757.00, for the Local Law Enforcement Block
          Grant from the U.S. Department of Justice for the first year of
          funding for this grant for the period of October 1, 1997, through
          September 30, 1999, and authorizing the City Manager to implement said
          budget.

		                   INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 annual budget in the amount of
          $277,757.00, for the Local Law Enforcement Block Grant from the U.S.
          Department of Justice for the first year of funding for this grant for
          the period of October 1, 1997, through September 30, 1999, and
          authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      53. Public hearing approving an amendment of a contract with the Texas
          Department of Health and two-year budget in the amount of $450,000.00,
          for the continuation of the Children's Health Insurance Pilot Project
          of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning
          December 1, 1997, through August 31, 1999; and increase revenue line
          item 226-0000-323-4074 from $0 to $235,000.00 each fiscal year and
          expenditure line item 226-6075 from $0 to $225,000.00, each fiscal
          year.
                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Approving an amendment of a contract with the Texas Department of
          Health and two-year budget in the amount of $450,000.00, for the
          continuation of the Children's Health Insurance pilot Project of the
          City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning December 1,
          1997, through August 31, 1999; and increase revenue line item 226-
          0000-323-4074 from $0 to $235,000.00 each fiscal year and expenditure
          line item 226-6075 from $0 to $225,000.00, each fiscal year.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      54. Public hearing for approval of an amendment to the contract with the
          Texas Department of Health and Budget in the amount of $415,388.00, in
          funds and $31,200.00, in State direct assistance for comprehensive
          public health services programming of the City of Laredo Health
          Department for the period beginning September 1, 1997, through August
          31, 1998, and increasing revenue line item no. 226-0000-323-4033 from
          $0 to $415,388.00, and increasing expenditure line item no.  226-6067
          from $0 to $415,388.00.

                       INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Approval of an amendment to the contract with the Texas Department of
          Health and Budget in the amount of $415,388.00, in funds and
          $31,200.00, in State direct assistance for comprehensive public health
          services programming of the City of Laredo Health Department for the
          period beginning September 1, 1997, through August 31, 1998, and
          increasing revenue line item no. 226-0000-323-4033 from $0 to
          $415,388.00, and increasing expenditure line item no.  226-6067 from
          $0 to $415,388.00.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      55. Public hearing for approval of an amendment to the contract with the
          Texas Department of Health and Budget revision in the amount of
          $678.00, for the Immunization Action Plan Project of the City of
          Laredo Health Department for the period beginning January 1, 1997,
          through December 31, 1997; and increasing revenue line item 226-0000-
          323-4056 from $123,696.00, to $124,374.00, and expenditure line item
          226-6058 from $123,696.00 to $124,374.00.

                       INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Approval of an amendment to the contract with the Texas Department of
          Health and Budget revision in the amount of $678.00, for the
          Immunization Action Plan Project of the City of Laredo Health
          Department for the period beginning January 1, 1997, through December
          31, 1997; and increasing revenue line item 226-0000-323-4056 from
          $123,696.00, to $124,374.00, and expenditure line item 226-6058 from
          $123,696.00 to $124,374.00.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      56. Public hearing for approval of an amendment to the contract with the
          Texas Department Health and Budget in the amount of $11,400.00, for
          the Border Area Survey facilitated by the City of Laredo Health
          Department for the period beginning September 1, 1997, through August
          31, 1998, and increasing revenue line item no. 226-0000-323-4075 from
          $0 to $11,400.00, and increasing expenditure line item no. 226-6074
          from $0 to $11,400.00.

                       INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Approval of an amendment to the contract with the Texas Department
          Health and Budget in the amount of $11,400.00, for the Border Area
          Survey facilitated by the City of Laredo Health Department for the
          period beginning September 1, 1997, through August 31, 1998, and
          increasing revenue line item no.  226-0000-323-4075 from $0 to
          $11,400.00, and increasing expenditure line item no. 226-6074 from $0
          to $11,400.00.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      57. Public hearing for approval of an amendment to the contract with the
          Texas Department Health and Budget in the amount of $125,000.00, and
          in-kind match of $58,388.00, for the School-Based Health Project of
          the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning
          September 1, 1997, through August 31, 1998.

                       INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Approval of an amendment to the contract with the Texas Department
          Health and Budget in the amount of $125,000.00, and in-kind match of
          $58,388.00, for the School-Based Health Project of the City of Laredo
          Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 1997, through
          August 31, 1998.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      58. Public hearing for approval of an amendment to the contract with the
          Texas Department Health and Budget in the amount of $13,000.00, for
          the Maternal and Child Health Program of the City of Laredo Health
          Department for the period beginning September 1, 1996, through August
          31, 1997; and reducing revenue line item no. 336-0000-323-4069 from
          $121,667.00, to $108,667.00, and reducing expenditure line item no.
          226-6043 from $121,667.00, to $108,667.00; and increasing revenue line
          item no. 226-0000-323-4034 from $492,000.00, to $505,000.00, and
          expenditure line item no. 226-6042 from $492,000.00, to $505,000.00.

                       INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Approval of an amendment to the contract with the Texas Department
          Health and Budget in the amount of $13,000.00, for the Maternal and
          Child Health Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the
          period beginning September 1, 1996, through August 31, 1997; and
          reducing revenue line item no.  336-0000-323-4069 from $121,667.00, to
          $108,667.00, and reducing expenditure line item no. 226-6043 from
          $121,667.00, to $108,667.00; and increasing revenue line item no. 226-
          0000-323-4034 from $492,000.00, to $505,000.00, and expenditure line
          item no. 226-6042 from $492,000.00, to $505,000.00.

          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 the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

 XII.  MOTION TO RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD

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

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

      59. Award of contract to the SOLE BIDDER, Harvey Schulmeier, Canyon Lake,
          Texas, in the amount of $20,000.00, per module, to conduct a
          "Transportation Journeyman Mechanic Certification Program".  The
          intent of this program is to provide a means for maintenance employees
          to acquire expertise in different aspects of bus maintenance.  This
          program will be conducted by this certified trainer at El Metro
          facilities and will include a handwritten and hands-on exam. All
          training will be conducted in accordance to the guidelines of the
          National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI).  Eighteen
          employees will be provided 120 hours of classroom worked and hands-on
          training.

          Motion to approve.

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

      60. Approval of change order no. 7 to add 14 days to the construction
          contract, acceptance of the Intermodal Transit Center and approval to
          deduct $8,260.00, from the final payment to Ramex Construction
          Company, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for late completion (28 days) and loss
          of rental income in lieu of liquidated damages of the Intercity Bus
          Facility of the Intermodal Transit Center. Also approval of the final
          payment to Ramex Construction Company, Inc.  in the amount of
          $428,537.97, which includes the deduction of $8,260.00.  Final
          construction contract amount is $8,735,959.45.  The original
          completion date was August 6, 1997 and this change order will

          bring the completion date to August 20, 1997.  Funding is available in
          the Transit System Retainage Payable Account.

          Motion to approve.

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

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

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

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

      61. Motion authorizing the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation (LMHC)
          Director to submit an application to the Webb County Appraisal
          District for recognition of property tax exemption for the fifty (50)
          lots purchased at the Riverhills Subdivision, Unit I under the LMHC
          Lease/Purchase Program.  This property tax exemption will allow LMHC
          to save the necessary funds that will be applied to closing costs for
          the Lease/Purchase Program.

          Motion to approve.

          Moved : Cm. Perez
          Second: Cm. Alvarado
          For:  7                       Against:  0         Abstain:  09

      62. 97-RMH-138  Approval from the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation
          (LMHC) Board of Directors to implement new rental rates on all fair
          market rental units and low income units at the Tomas Flores
          Apartments, located at 2300 Lafayette, effective January 1, 1998.  The
          proposed rental rates are as follows: $335.00 for a 2-Bedroom and
          $495.00 for a 3-Bedroom for Fair Market units and $220.00 for a 2-
          Bedroom and $240.00 for a 3-Bedroom for units under the Low Income
          Program.  The proposed rents are still lower than comparably sized
          apartments in our community including the rents authorized by HUD for
          the Section 8 Program.  This rental increase will not apply to the
          families participating in the Section 8 Program.  The revenues
          generated from the rental increase at Tomas Flores Apartments will be
          used to assist in covering operational costs.

          Motion to correct the amount of $495.00 for a 3-Bedroom to read
          $395.00 for a 3-Bedroom.

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

          Motion to approve Resolution #97-RMH-138.

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

       Motion to adjourn as Laredo Municipal Housing and convene as City
       Council.

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

 XIV.  ADJOURNMENT

       Motion to adjourn.

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

       Adjournment time: 9:25 p.m.

I HEREBY CERTIFY THAT THE ABOVE MINUTES CONTAINED IN PAGES 01 TO 53
ARE TRUE COMPLETE AND CORRECT PROCEEDING OF THE SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING
HELD IN THE 18TH DAY OF NOVEMBER, 1997.  A CERTIFIED COPY IS ON FILE AT THE CITY
SECRETARY'S OFFICE.


                                  ________________________
                                   GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.
                                   CITY SECRETARY