CITY OF LAREDO
                          CITY COUNCIL MEETING

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

                                 MINUTES

       M98-R-02                                    JANUARY 19, 1998

   I.  CALL TO ORDER

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

  II.  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

       Mayor Protem Perez led in the Pledge of Allegiance.

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

       ABSENCES:

       City Attorney Jaime L. Flores.

  IV.  APPROVAL OF MINUTES

       2. City Council Meeting of November 18, 1997
          City Council Meeting of December  1, 1997
          City Council Meeting of December 15, 1997
          City Council Meeting of December 19, 1997
          City Council Meeting of December 22, 1997

          Motion to approve.

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

   V.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

       3. Closing as a public easement a 227.50 square feet parcel of land more
          or less (3.5' x 65') out of the 700 block of Hendricks Avenue between
          Cortez and Guatemozin Streets, said parcel of land being encroached by
          the improvements of the abutting property being the North 1/2 of Lot
          1, Block 605, Eastern Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, and
          authorizing the sale of "The Surface Only" of said parcel of land at
          the adjusted fair market value of $395.85 and authorizing the City
          Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey fee
          simple title to Irma Yolanda Garcia and providing for an effective
          date.

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

       4. Establishing a 20 MPH maximum speed limit zone on Springfield Avenue
          from 150 feet south of Bustamante Street to 150 feet north of Ryan
          Street during the specified hours of operation starting at 7:15 A.M.
          to 8:30 A.M., and 2:30 P.M. to 3:30 P.M.  to provide for a safer
          crossing of students attending Alma Pierce Elementary school,
          prescribing penalties for violations and providing for publication and
          effective dates.

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

          Mr. Rico Flynn stated that 20 MPH speed limit should be establish for
          every school.

VI.  FINAL READINGS
     Motion to waive the final reading of ordinances #98-O-001,
     #98-O-002, #98-O-003, #98-O-004, #98-O-005, #98-O-006,
     and #98-O-007.

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

     5. 98-O-001  Closing as a public easement a 15 foot wide section of Diana
                  Avenue between Hillside Road and Aurora Street dedicated as a
                  public easement as per the Jesus G.  Sepulveda Replat of Block
                  Four (4), Calton Gardens Subdivision, Number One (1), Northern
                  Division of the City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas recorded
                  in Volume 2, Page 201 of the Webb County Plat Records and upon
                  closing of the street, the City will retain the entire
                  property as a utility easement and providing for an effective
                  date.  (City Council)

                  Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-001.

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

     6. 98-O-002  Street Improvements Project 60; declaring the necessity for
                  and ordering the paving and improvements of certain streets in
                  the City of Laredo, Texas; approving the Street Paving
                  Assessment Roll and cost estimates as prepared by the City
                  Engineer; and directing the City Secretary to file this
                  ordinance with the County Clerk as a notice of its enactment
                  and ordering and setting a public hearing on the 17th day of
                  February 1998.  (City Council)

                  Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-002.

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

     7. 98-O-003  Adopting the provisions of the return to work policies and
                  procedures for all city employees including civil service
                  employees pursuant to their collective bargaining agreement
                  and civil service rules and authorizing the City Manager to
                  implement the policies and procedures identified herein
                  pursuant to the City of Laredo's Code of Ordinances.  (City
                  Council)

                  Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-003.

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

     8. 98-O-004  Authorizing the City Manager to grant a Right-of-Entry Permit
                  to the U.S.  Government for military construction, training,
                  and operations in the area encompassed by the following City-
                  owned blocks, including any public right-of-way abutting said
                  blocks: all of Block 672A WD, all of Block 666 WD, all of
                  Block 677 WD, all of Block 667 WD, all of Block 676 WD, all of
                  Block 668 WD, all of Block 675 WD, all of Block 669 WD, all of
                  Block 670 WD, all of Block 671 WD, all of Block 672 WD, all of
                  Block 660 WD, all of Block 659 WD, all of Block 657 WD, all of
                  Block 658 WD, all of Block 645 WD, all of Block 644 WD, all of
                  Block 630 WD, all of Block 629 WD, all of Block 416 WD, all of
                  Block 415 WD, all of Block 414 WD, all of Block 425 WD, and
                  all of Block 426 WD.  Said Right-of-Entry Permit being
                  described and providing for an effective date.  (City Council)

                  Motion to table this item until after item #52.

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

                  Motion to table the item.

                  Moved : Cm. Bruni
                  Second: Cm. Casso
                  For:  3              Against:  4         Abstain:  0
                  Cm. Bruni            Cw. Moreno
                  Cm. Casso            Cm. Valdez
                  Cw. Montalvo         Cm. Guerra
                                       Cm. Alvarado

                  Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-004.

                  Moved : Cm. Guerra
                  Second: Cm. Alvarado
                  For:  4            Against:  3         Abstain:  0
                  Cw. Moreno         Cm. Bruni
                  Cm. Valdez         Cm. Casso
                  Cm. Guerra         Cw. Montalvo
                  Cm. Alvarado

     9. 98-O-005  Rescinding Ordinances dated December 22, 1981, closing,
                  vacating, and abandoning as a public easement that portion of
                  San Ignacio Avenue between Matamoros and Houston Streets in
                  the Western Division of the City of Laredo, Webb County,
                  Texas; and Ordinance dated June 21, 1982, authorizing the City
                  Manager to enter into the necessary contract and to execute a
                  deed for certain City property formally known as the 800 block
                  of San Ignacio Avenue between Houston and Matamoros Streets to
                  Pablo Lozano and hereby reopening as a public easement the
                  above mentioned street and providing for an effective date.
                  (City Council)

                  Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-005.

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

    10. 98-O-006  Authorizing the City Manager to accept modification of lease
                  agreement to an existing lease with Panorama Broadcasting
                  Company approved by Ordinance 84-O-160b; which was previously
                  executed November 29, 1995 without City Council authorization.
                  (City Council)

                  Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-006.

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

    11. 98-O-007  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a certain lease
                  agreement between the City of Laredo, as lessor, and the
                  Laredo Children's Museum, Inc., a Texas Non-profit
                  Corporation, as lessee, for a tract of land containing
                  approximately 3.5189 acres or approximately 153,283.28 square
                  feet, located at the New Laredo Public Library site located at
                  the intersection of McPherson Road and Sandman Road, for a
                  primary term of twenty-five (25) years commencing January 5,
                  1998, through January 4, 2023, at the annual rental rate of
                  ten and no/100 dollars ($10.00) with one (1) twenty five (25)
                  year renewal option.  (City Council)

                  Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-007.

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

    12. 98-O-008  Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary
                  documents to effectively convey title to the State of Texas to
                  the "Surface Only" of two parcels of land at the intersection
                  of IH35 and FM3464 (Milo Interchange) for the construction of
                  two turning lanes. Said parcels being situated in Porcion 20,
                  Webb County, Texas; being generally described below and more
                  particularly described by metes and bounds;
                  PARCEL 1 - Being a 15,678.00 square feet (0.35992 of an acre)
                  tract of land, more or less, out of and a part of the Barbara
                  T.  Fasken 489.11 acre tract of land lying and being in
                  Porcion 20, Abstract 48, original grantee, Bautista Garcia, as
                  executed by Palafox Exploration Company to Barbara T. Fasken
                  by deed dated December 17, 1984, and recorded in Volume 1089,
                  Pages 391-392, Webb County Real Property Records, save and
                  except 8.68 acres conveyed to the State of Texas by deed
                  recorded in Volume 1308, Pages 728-735, Webb County Real
                  Property Records.
                  PARCEL 2 - Being a 5,000.00 square feet (0.1148 of an acre)
                  tract of land, more or less, out of and a part of the Barbara
                  T.  Fasken 489.11 acre tract of land lying and being in
                  Porcion 20, Abstract 48, original grantee, Bautista Garcia, as
                  executed by Palafox Exploration Company to Barbara T. Fasken
                  by deed dated December 17, 1984, and recorded in volume 1089,
                  Pages 391-392, Webb County Real Property Records, save and
                  except 8.68 acres conveyed to the State of Texas by deed
                  recorded in Volume 1308, Pages 728-735, Webb County Real
                  Property Records.  (Mario G. Alvarado)

                  Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-008.

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

    13. 98-O-009  Amending the City of Laredo's Special Police Program 1997/1998
                  manyears by reclassifying two police officers from general
                  fund to Special Police Program for the Local Law Enforcement
                  Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.  This grant
                  will be in its second year of funding for the period of
                  October 1, 1997 through September 30, 1998.  (City Council)

                  Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-009 amending the City of
                  Laredo's Special Police Program 1997/1998 manyears by
                  transferring two police officers from general fund to Special
                  Police Program for the Local Law Enforcement Block Grant from
                  the U.S. Department of Justice.

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

    14. 98-O-010  Ordinance transferring Designated Fund Balance for
                  Construction to the Bridge Construction Projects for Fiscal
                  Year 1997-98 and amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998
                  Bridge Construction Fund for said purpose in the amount of
                  $371,061.00, and authorizing the City Manager to implement
                  said budget. (City Council)

                  Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-010.

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

    15. 98-O-011  To create a special revenue fund in accordance with the
                  provisions of the new proposed hazardous material ordinance
                  which requires that all fees collected shall revert to a
                  hazardous materials management permit fund and shall be used
                  for the purpose of administering and enforcing the provisions
                  of such ordinance and for the planning and development of
                  hazardous materials emergency response measures.  (City
                  Council)

                  Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-011.

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

    16. 98-O-012  Amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 annual budget by
                  increasing estimated revenues and appropriations in the
                  general fund by $3,445.20, and authorizing the City Manager to
                  implement said budget, providing for publication and effective
                  date.  (City Council)

                  Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-012.

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

    17. 98-O-013  Amending the contract with the Texas Department of Health and
                  budget in the amount of $78,916.00, for the HIV/AIDS
                  Prevention, Counseling and Partner Elicitation/Notification
                  (PCPE) Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the
                  period beginning January 1, 1998, through December 31, 1998.
                  (City Council)

                  Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-013.

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

    18. 98-O-014  Amending the City of Laredo's 1996-1997 Annual Budget in the
                  amount of $62,712.00, for additional salary, overtime, fringe
                  benefit costs and direct operating expenses for the Multi-
                  Financial Disruption Task Force awarded by the Office of
                  National Drug Control Policy for the period of July 1, 1997
                  and ending June 30, 1998.  (City Council)

                  Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-014.

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

    19. 98-O-015  Repealing Ordinance No. 97-O-275 and amending the City of
                  Laredo's 1997-1998 annual budget authorizing the
                  reclassification of one (1) Lieutenant for one (1) additional
                  Captain, reclassification of two (2) Sergeants for two (2)
                  additional Lieutenants, reclassification of three (3)
                  Investigators for three (3) additional Sergeants, and
                  reclassification of (10) Police Officers/Cadets for ten (10)
                  additional Investigator positions at the Laredo Police
                  Department and authorizing the City Manager to implement said
                  budget.  (City Council)

                  Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-015.

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

 VII.  RESOLUTIONS

    20. 98-R-010  Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to
                  the Governor's Office for funding of personnel and direct
                  operating expenses for a Multi-Agency Narcotics Task Force in
                  the amount of $830,135.00, with the City designating
                  $423,985.00, in matching funds for a total of $1,254,120.00,
                  and authorizing the City Manager to sign any and all documents
                  pertaining to this grant application.

                  Motion to approve Resolution #98-R-010.

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

    21. 98-R-011  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from the Texas
                  Department of Health in the amount of $173,829.00 for the
                  Immunization Action Plan Project of the City of Laredo Health
                  Department for the period beginning January 1, 1998, through
                  December 31, 1998.

                  Motion to approve Resolution #98-R-011.

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

    22. 98-R-012  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from the Texas
                  Department of Health in the amount of $142,492.00, for the
                  Neural Tube Defects Project of the City of Laredo Health
                  Department for the period beginning October 1, 1997, through
                  September 30, 1998.

                  Motion to approve Resolution #98-R-012.

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

    23. 98-R-014  Concurring with the findings of the Environmental Assessment
                  regarding Loop 20 (F.M. 3464) from I.H.  35 to the proposed
                  Laredo Northwest International Bridge and urging the Texas
                  Department of Transportation to initiate construction of this
                  project in order to coincide with the construction timetable
                  of the Laredo Northwest International Bridge.

                  Cm. Bruni wanted briefing on right-of-way amendments
                  for the Fasken property and the Muller property.  He said the
                  communication page indicates we are saving $4.13 million and
                  wants that staff brief them on the amendments and how much
                  these addendum to the right-
                  of-entry are going to cost the city.


                  Florencio Pena, City Manager, reported that there is a
                  provision in the environmental study that refers to a $4.1
                  million savings and that is one of the justifications used in
                  supporting alternative #2.

                  In addition there are two or three more reasons, in
                  regards to the Fasken interest for the right-of-entry which is
                  for the bridge head only, not for the right-of-way that they
                  entered an agreement with.  The contract provided, in the
                  addendum, certain conditions that the city had to comply with.
                  They have costs associated within, but his opinion as staff,
                  none of those costs are cost that would have been borne have
                  it not been for this development.  In other words, as the
                  property is being donated there are certain improvements that
                  have to be made to the property.  He discussed the
                  negotiations that they had on this right-of-entry and what the
                  cost of those items are.

                  First item, approximately $25,000 cost to relocate utilities
                  in the area.  Since the property has utility lines, in order
                  to continue servicing the property of the Faskens, they need
                  to be moved from the property that is being purchased and we
                  are doing it at our cost.  Since he is donating, it would not
                  be something we would require of the person that is donating
                  the property.

                  Another cost is the $180,000 for the extension of an 18" sewer
                  main.  This main is to service the property of the bridge and
                  the auxiliary uses of the bridge which include customs and
                  immigration.  Any oversizing that will be required for that
                  line to require future development of the area would be at the
                  cost of the developers.  There is no cost there, but the cost
                  of that extension is approximately $180,000.

                  He further pointed that the other is a $250,000 cost for a
                  lift station, he believes it is a 250,000 gallon a day lift
                  station.  He said that basically it is a force main, that lift
                  station is needed for the development, they cannot build the
                  bridge and have customs, immigration, and all the activities
                  of the trucking without getting rid of sewer, so a lift
                  station was required for the project.  It is being built, it
                  is built 50% greater than what would be required, so half the
                  cost is being over sized all ready.  In discussing this with
                  the engineers it is more economical to build a 250,000 gallon
                  facility than to go in there and tear up and build
                  additionally.

                  There is a $300,000 water line, there is a 12" water main on
                  Mines Road that needs to be extended to service our facility,
                  it cannot be serviced with anything less than that because of
                  the pressure (the PSI) required to service the bridge
                  facility. Any oversizing would have to be paid for by the
                  developers, so if developers ties into that line, and we are
                  not able to handle their capacity, at that point if it needs
                  to be oversized the developers will have to pay the cost of
                  that.

                  Finally, there is a perimeter fence around the entire bridge
                  footprint, they concur with it and think it is needed, and
                  customs would require it so there is a cost associated with
                  the perimeter fence anyway.  The only difference is that the
                  people donating the land are asking for it to be concrete
                  fence (block/brick) and to provide a berm in order to provide
                  additional noise breaks for the surrounding areas.  The
                  estimated cost is $176,000, for fence and berm.

                  He concluded by saying that those are the cost elements.  In
                  general he is advising that those costs would have been borne
                  by the city in any case, in the development of that bridge
                  property.  He further gave a chronology report of the
                  environmental assessment.  The city's time frame is no later
                  than July of 1999 to be under construction with the bridge and
                  to be finished maybe by October 1999 to be fully operational,
                  in the worst scenario maybe January 2000.

                  The total amount of figures is approximately
                  $1,009,000.00 which is what the city is going to have to put
                  in for development requirements.

                  Cm. Casso stated we are going to put $4.13 million in cost
                  savings, there are people saying that the city is not doing an
                  appraisal on the land is that correct or false?

                  Mr. Pena stated that the environmental assessment required an
                  appraisal to be done and they have the appraisal available.

                  Mr. Pena answered that is correct.

                  Cm. Casso stated that just to set the record straight, however
                  you are saying to reconstruct on a new road, how much more is
                  that going to cost?  In other words he is trying to get to the
                  cost of the savings because if Mr. Pena is saying $4 million
                  and the $4 million is just coming from the saving of the
                  right-of-way, and it doesn't include the relocation of
                  utilities, he wants to know what the true cost is because the
                  $4.1 million does not give you the true cost.

                  Mr. Pena stated the $1 million he just identified were cost
                  that would be included in that project whether the land is
                  donated or not.  For us to develop the bridge at that
                  location, and provide the water, and sewer to that area would
                  cost us this amount, so it does not matter.  If we keep it
                  there it will cost us $1.9 million and if we move it to the
                  new alignment it will cost $1.9 million.

                  Cm. Casso said that what needs to be stressed and to set the
                  record straight for the public is that this council is going
                  to be blamed if this bridge is delayed.  He added that Mr.
                  Hurd is going to sue the City of Laredo, and he is going to
                  delay the project.  He stated for the record, "that this
                  council, and this administration, primarily is not to blame
                  for the delay of that bridge....it is the previous
                  administration because it failed to acquire the right-of-way,
                  they should have acquired it two years ago and they never
                  did."  He added that he does not think that this
                  administration should be blamed for that, it is not their
                  fault that you have two landowners at each others throat.
 
                  Cm. Bruni stated that his concern is that there is no traffic
                  study to support the need of three roads approximately 1,000
                  feet away between IH-35 and the Mines Road.  There is no
                  engineering report telling council that F.M. 3464 will in fact
                  be disrupted by building a new road, and also this $4.13
                  million savings is coming out of thin air because in 1995 we
                  were told that it was going be $8.5 million savings and that
                  number has changed.  He thinks it makes no sense to accept the
                  conclusions of the environmental assessment without having an
                  opportunity to review the basis for those conclusions and
                  under those circumstances he would suggest that this
                  resolution be tabled.

                  Motion to table.

                  Moved : Cm. Bruni
                  Second: Cm. Guerra

                  Second withdrew his motion.

                  Motion dies for lack of second.

                  Motion to approve Resolution #98-R-014.

                  Moved : Cw. Moreno
                  Second: Cm. Alvarado
                  For:  5            Against:  2         Abstain:  0
                                     Cm. Bruni
                                     Cm. Guerra

    24. 98-R-015  Authorizing the City Manager of the City of Laredo to accept
                  an agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation to
                  widen and reconstruct the South Meadow Bridge at Chacon Creek
                  and to authorize the City Manager to execute the necessary
                  documents.

                  Motion to approve Resolution #98-R-015.

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

    25. 98-R-017  Canvassing the returns of the Special Election held on January
                  17, 1998; approving the results; and ordering a Special Run-
                  Off Election, if necessary.

                  City Secretary Gustavo Guevara, Jr. read the following
                  election results for the record:

                  MAYOR                     TOTAL VOTES       MAJORITY
                                                            (Percentage)

                  Betty G.  Flores              5,819           38.82%
                  John L. Cabello                 37              .24
                  "Rico" Flynn                    23              .15
                  Juan Ramon Barrera              19              .12
                  Felipe A. Castaneda Sr.         23              .15
                  Poncho Casso                 4,506            30.06
                  Fausto Sosa                  4,563            30.44
                     TOTAL NUMBER OF VOTES    14,990

                  Motion to approve Resolution #98-R-017.

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

    26. 98-R-018  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant in the amount
                  of $15,000.00, for the Speed STEP grant from the Texas
                  Department of Transportation. The Texas Department of
                  Transportation's contribution will be $9,750.00, with the City
                  designating $5,250.00, in matching funds. These funds reflect
                  the remaining balance awarded to the Laredo Police Department.
                  The funding for this grant will be from October 1, 1997
                  through September 30, 1998.

                  Motion to approve Resolution #98-R-018.

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

    27. 98-R-019  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant in the amount
                  of $10,000.00, for the Occupant Protection STEP grant from the
                  Texas Department of Transportation.  The Texas Department of
                  Transportation's contribution will be $5,000.00, with the City
                  designating $5,000.00, in matching funds. These funds reflect
                  the remaining balance awarded to the Laredo Police Department.
                  The funding for this grant will be from October 1, 1997
                  through September 30, 1998.

                  Motion to approve Resolution #98-R-019.

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

    28. 98-R-020  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant in the amount
                  of $37,500.00, for the "El Protector" grant from the Texas
                  Department of Transportation.  The Texas Department of
                  Transportation's contribution will be $24,375.00, with the
                  City designating $13,125.00, in matching funds. These funds
                  reflect the remaining balance (75%) awarded to the Laredo
                  Police Department.  The funding for this grant will be from
                  October 1, 1997 through September 30, 1998.

                  Motion to approve Resolution #98-R-020.

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

    29. 98-R-021  Appointing an interim member to the Policy Board of the
                  Metropolitan Planning Organization.  This member will serve
                  for the duration of Mayor Pro-Tem Jose R.  Perez, Jr.

                  Motion to approve Resolution #98-R-021 confirming Louis Bruni
                  as the interim member to the MPO.

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

    30. 98-R-022  Requesting that the Texas Water Development Board include a
                  representative of the City of Laredo as a member of the
                  initial water planning group for area "M" of the State, and
                  adopting nominations, pursuant to Senate Bill No.  1 of the
                  75th Texas Legislature.

                  Motion to approve Resolution #98-R-022.

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

VIII. MOTIONS

      31. Approval of bid specifications and authorization to advertise for bids
          for the following:
          a) Car Wash Services, Annual Contract - Public Works, Fleet
             Maintenance Division
          b) Dry Cleaning Services, Annual Contract, Police Department
          c) Manholes/PVC Pipe - Utilities Department, Wastewater Collection
             Division
          d) Steel Pipe Casing - Utilities Department, Water Distribution
             Division
          e) Vehicles and equipment as listed in the schedule of capital outlay
             from certificates of obligation for FY98
             2 - 1 1/2 ton trucks with aerial device (Parks-1,
             Traffic 1), 2 - dump trucks (Public Works - 1,
             Parks -1) 1 - riding mower, with a 72 inch cutting deck (Parks)
          A tentative bid award date for the Car Wash/Dry Cleaning Services,
          Manholes/PVC Pipe/Steel Pipe Casing - Utilities Department is
          scheduled for February 16, 1998 and for Vehicles/Equipment the bid
          award is scheduled for March 2, 1998. Funding is available in the
          respective Department's operating budgets.

          Motion to approve.

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

      32. Authorizing the issuance of a Request for Proposals for the West
          Laredo Traffic Circulation Study.  This study will analyze and
          identify traffic patterns and provide alternatives for improved
          circulation and the resolution of traffic congestion. It will be
          funded through L.U.T.S.

          Motion to approve.

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

      33. Authorization to advertise for Request for Proposals (RFPs) for
          consulting engineering services to include a feasibility study,
          surveys, design and preparation of plans and specifications for the
          Laredo Bridge Department Security Systems with an option for providers
          of security systems to provide and install all equipment and materials
          for a complete project at the three Laredo International Bridges and
          the proposed Fourth International Bridge.  Funding is available in the
          Laredo Bridge System Toll Plaza Improvements.

          Motion to approve.

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

      34. Approval to reject the sole bid received for the Extension of a Fence
          at the City of Laredo Cemetery and approval to modify the construction
          plans, and re-bid the project. Funding is available in the Cemetery
          Fence Improvements.

          Motion to approve.

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

      35. Authorize the rejection of all bids received for the annual contract
          for ready mix concrete and authorize that new bids be solicited. New
          bid specifications will be modified to include provisions for damages
          caused by substandard materials and will provide for higher penalties
          for failure to deliver materials within the time frame required.

          Mayor Protem Perez stated there were three bidders, two did not comply
          and the last one they had problems with.  His
          question is why if the third bidder complied with all the information,
          yet they are having problems with him, yet he did comply with all the
          information why was his bid not accepted?
          Why are we penalizing one person and the others didn't comply.

          Mr. Meza, Purchasing Director, said that the recommendation brought
          forth by the department is that they need to review the specs and make
          them more tighter as far as some of the requirements for complying
          with the delivery time, delivery of substandard materials, and
          penalizing for those standard materials.  There are some provisions
          that need to be strengthen.

          Cw. Moreno questioned why didn't they take care of that before putting
          out the specifications, why are they doing it after the bids are in?

          Mr. Meza said he could not answer that question, specs were reviewed
          and submitted to his office, they were published as they were
          presented to his office.

          Florencio Pena, City Manager, stated that they had discovered that in
          the specifications, that when a concrete fails a test and we have to
          go in there and tear it out, and the supplier comes back and puts
          concrete, that there is no penalty included in the contract or to
          reimburse the city the cost of the labor to re-paved that sidewalk,
          etc. and with this particular contractor it happened so many times.

          Cm. Perez suggested that staff ask for those requirements from him.

          Mr. Pena stated he would have to voluntarily agree to it, we could not
          require it of him or the contractor, they can ask him if he could
          consider a provision.

          Motion to table and ask the vendor if he would consider complying with
          our requirements or provision, and if he does not comply with the
          requirements then re-bid the item.

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

      36. Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a contract with the IBM
          Corporation in the amount of $12,589.44, for the purpose of providing
          maintenance to the AS400 computer and the uninterruptedly power supply
          (UPS) equipment at the Health Department for a one year period.
          Funding is available from Health Department program income.

          Motion to approve.

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

      37. Award of contract to the SOLE BIDDER, Rankin Automatic Transmission,
          Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $50,000.00, for an annual
          contract for transmission repairs for the Fleet Maintenance Division.
          The bid pricing will be firm during the contract period and all repair
          work will be secured on an as need basis. The price is the same as
          last year.

          Motion to approve.

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

      38. Award of annual service contract to the SOLE BIDDER, Cantu Electric,
          Inc., Laredo, Texas, in an amount not to exceed $100,000.00, for
          electrical services for traffic signals and street lights (Section I);
          and $100,000.00, for construction and underground work associated with
          new and/or upgraded traffic signals and maintenance of street lights
          (Section II).

          Motion to approve.

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

      39. Award of an annual contract to the LOW BIDDER, Gateway Auto Glass,
          Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $15,000.00, for providing
          glass replacement service for the Fleet Maintenance Division. A total
          of four bids were received for this service.

          Motion to approve.

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

      40. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, Juan Flores Roofing Inc., Laredo,
          Texas, in the amount of $11,500.00, for roof repairs needed at the
          Jefferson Street Water Treatment plant.  The City received three bids
          for this contract. The repairs will be completed within two weeks
          after award of contract.  Funding is available in the department's
          operation budget.

          Motion to table.

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

      41. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER MEETING SPECIFICATIONS, Duro-Test
          Corporation, Fairfield, NJ in the amount of $22,575.00, for the
          purchase of high quality, low maintenance traffic signal lamps.

          Motion to approve.

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

      42. Award of twenty four month copier rental contract to the Xerox
          Corporation and Best Office Solutions, Laredo, Texas, in the monthly
          amount of $1,095.00, for providing three copiers with coin vending
          devices. These three copiers will be rented in accordance to the
          provisions of the State of Texas ADA copier rental contract, class
          713-A3. These copiers are designed specifically for library use as
          they are designed with a beveled edge so that the spines of books are
          not damaged during the copying process. The monthly rental cost
          includes the use of the machines, consumable supplies except paper,
          and full maintenance.

          Motion to approve.

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

      43. Approval of: (1) change order no. 3, a decrease of $74,744.97, which
          includes $53,900.00, for liquidated damages at the Santa Isabel
          Reverse Osmosis Project, and $20,844.98, for decreased items of
          construction, (2) Acceptance of the Sierra Vista 5 Million Gallon
          Ground Water Storage Tank and approval of final payment in the amount
          of $192,150.26, to Ramex Construction Company, Inc., Houston, Texas;
          and (3) approval of retaining $32,063.71, for pending punch list items
          for the completion of the Santa Isabel Reverse Osmosis Facility
          Project. Final construction contract amount is $3,960,430.23.  Funding
          is available in the Water - Santa Isabel Waterwell and Water South
          Laredo Ground Storage Tank.

          Motion to approve.

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

      44. Approval of amendment no. 2, for an amount not to exceed $9,400.00, to
          the engineering contract with Structural Engineering Company (SEA),
          San Antonio, Texas, for the Laredo Northwest International Bridge
          (Fourth Bridge) for additional survey work made necessary by the
          increase in the area for the bridgehead. The original contract amount
          is $70,450.00 and this amendment brings the total contract amount to
          $679,850.00. Funding is available in Bridge System Architectural Fees.

          Motion to approve.

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

      45. Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City's contract with Parsons
          Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas, Inc., for Environmental Assessment (EA)
          Service associated with the Laredo Northwest International Bridge
          (Fourth Bridge) and connecting roadways at an increased labor cost of
          $13,861.00, plus expenses to compensate for project tasks not covered
          by the current contract and to extend the contract period from January
          15, 1998 to April 30, 1998. Contract price will increase from
          $113,426.00, plus expenses to $127,722.00, plus expenses.

          Motion to approve.

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

      46. Renewal of lease agreement with Casa Beto, Laredo, Texas, in the
          amount of $16,800.00, for the lease of a warehouse facility located at
          702 Davis. This warehouse is being utilized by the Health, Finance,
          Bridge, and Engineering Departments as a central storage facility of
          records and documents. This will be the third year that the City has
          occupied this facility. The lease cost of $0.16/sq. ft. is prorated
          based on the square footage utilized by each operation.

          Motion to approve.

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

      47. Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the
          Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division in the amount of
          $159,543.00, with the City designating $70,343.00 in matching funds
          for a total of $229,886.00, for funding a Domestic Violence Grant
          under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) for the period of June 1,
          1998 through May 30, 1999.

          Motion to approve.

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

      48. (1) Acceptance of the City of Laredo and the Laredo Independent School
          District (LISD) Sidewalk Program (13 LISD Schools) for Buenos Aires
          Elementary, Ochoa/Sanchez Elementary, J.C. Martin Elementary, D.D.
          Hachar Elementary, Kawas Elementary, Ligarde Elementary, Daiches
          Elementary, and Zachary Elementary Schools, for Cigarroa Middle,
          Memorial Middle and Lamar Middle Schools, and also for Cigarroa and
          Nixon High Schools, (2) Approval of payment in the amount of
          $30,718.58, to Pete Gallegos Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas, and (3)
          Approval to retain $6,496.54 in the sidewalk program, for pending
          sidewalks along Ejido Avenue at Zachary Elementary School where (LISD)
          is proceeding with work on a retaining wall. Funding is available in
          the Capital Improvement Fund Retainage Payable and in Capital
          Improvement Fund School Sidewalks.

          Motion to approve.

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

          Motion to waive the regular order of business and move up items D(1),
          A(1), and C(1).

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

  IX.  CITY MANAGER'S REPORT

      49. Return of Medicare overpayment for ambulance billings for the period
          of July 1, 1995, to June 30, 1996, in the amount of $137,316.01. The
          overpayment is resultant from:
          (A) Medicare policy that limits payments for strictly defined
              medically necessary ambulance transports with periodic changes to
              the definition;
          (B) yet, they pay all claims as submitted and one or two years later
              audit and determine how much they overpaid that must be returned.

          Motion to approve.

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

          Motion to waive the rules of order and move item #52 at this time and
          consider item #8 afterwards.

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

      50. Update on the status of the Colonias Facility Plan and financial
          application, to update contractual provisions with the consultant,
          Paul Garza and Associates with possible Request for Executive Session
          pursuant to Section 551.071(1)(A) of the Texas Government Code to
          consult with legal counsel concerning contemplated litigation
          regarding contractual provisions with the consultant Paul Garza and
          Associates, and return to open session for possible action.

          Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, reported that as per authorization
          from council to give the consultant 10 days before they took any
          action, including legal action, if he did not pay.  To this date Mr.
          Garza has paid about half of the monies that he owed to the
          environmental firm and has finished the facility plan.  He is ready to
          turn in the facility plan to the Texas Water Development Board.  Mr.
          Garza has expressed to him that he has obtained the money from the
          bank and he will be issuing checks tomorrow to the consulting
          engineers on the technical side, and that he will be assigning the
          remaining of the money (about $15,000 to the environmental company).
          In the meantime, they have the assurances of the environmental firm
          that have continued with the project but that they are not ready to
          release it until they have been paid.  They will have it ready so when
          they get the check they will send it to the state.  Unofficially, they
          had February 1st deadline to turn in this documents.  He asked if they
          can extend that deadline of 10 working days that they were granted the
          last time, to maybe this Friday to allow the consultants the
          opportunity to pay if indeed he has the money in his hand to issue the
          checks and then if that is not the case, then we would take the action
          required.

          Motion to extend the deadline until Friday, February 23rd to
          allow the consultant the opportunity to pay if indeed he has the money
          to issue the checks and then if that is not the case, then they will
          take the action required.

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

          Note:  Supplemental agenda item was taken at this time.

      51. Request for Executive Session pursuant to Section 551.071 of the Texas
          Government Code to consult with legal counsel concerning the pending
          litigation styled Royal Joint Venture, a Texas Joint Venture Comprised
          of LPC Capital Partnership, L.C.I. Group, Inc., Sawco, Inc., a Texas
          Corporation, and Modern Form Co., Inc. vs. Louis H.  Bruni,
          Individually and in his Official Capacity as City Council Member for
          District II of the City of Laredo, the Laredo Morning Times, a
          Division of the Hearst Corporation, the Hearst Corporation, NRS
          Consulting Engineers, and William F. Ueckert Jr., Professional
          Engineer, Individually, Civil Action No. L-95-136 in the U.S. District
          Court for the Southern District of Texas, and return to open session
          for possible action.

          Florencio Pea, Interim City Manager, reported that there was no
          update on this item and asked council to table it.

          Motion to table.

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

          Cm. Bruni stated that they have an update letter to the City Council
          and it was already discussed.  The letter was sent back to City
          Council's attorneys through our Municipal League Attorneys, that is
          why it is on the agenda.  Cm. Bruni said he wants the City Council to
          hear the response from the letter that was sent from the attorneys of
          the Plaintiff.

          Motion to reconsider this item.

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

          Motion to go into executive session.

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

          After executive session Mayor Protem Perez announced that no
          formal action was taken.

      52. Presentation by Border Patrol regarding the construction of the access
          road along the Rio Grande from Tex-Mex to Central Power & Light.

          Chief Border Patrol Luis Barker explained to the council the
          proposal to construct a river road beginning at the immediate west
          side of the Tex-Mex Railroad along the Rio Grande River to Ugarte
          Street which is approximately six (6) miles of road.  He added that
          the project consists of a clearance of a 32 feet wide area and will
          result in the construction of a 10 feet wide driving surface with a
          caliche base.  He said that they would assist the City of Laredo in
          preparing a request for additional funding in the following year to
          construct an additional 10 feet wide caliche-based roadway with the
          city providing the materials for a blacktop.  He advised that the
          military is being used to construct this roadway and assured the
          public that they are not armed and added that this project is for the
          purpose of Border Patrol usage and not for military troops.  The issue
          on the erosion is that it is natural and not due to the road, this
          issue has been addressed and taken care of.

          Cm. Alvarado stated some constituents were concerned as to how this is
          going to affect the area, the environment, and the impact it will
          have.  He said he went to planning and there is an existing path, and
          because of the illegal activity it can no longer be used for anything.
          If they can work something jointly, with the city they can develop it
          as a scenic route in the future.  He is in favor of the project as it
          stands at this point.

          Cm. Bruni had several concerns as follows:
          Item 1(b) says, restoration of the area in construction is not
          required and waived by the owner.  He said we are waiving the right of
          restoration and the damage done by the U.S.  Government, we are
          waiving that right.

          Item 2, Exhibit "A" says the permit includes the right of ingress and
          egress on other lands if necessary and not otherwise conveniently
          available to the government.  In essences what we are doing there is
          allowing the government to go into any street they want to in the City
          of Laredo.

          Item #4 talks about damages and he thinks there has already damage
          done to the ecology.  Why was the U.S. government not required to get
          a permit from the International Boundary and Water Commission.  Also,
          why our counterparts in Mexico, ICLA, were not advised?

          He wants to see the contract with LCC and why the public hearings were
          not initiated for the environmental impact study.

          Cm. Bruni quoted, "Mr. Mayor Pro-temp and fellow Councilmembers:  I am
          opposed to the U.S. Government's proposal to militarized our border.
          This is an idea whose time never should have come.  Militarization
          only bodes bad news for Los Dos Laredos.  We only have to look at the
          shooting death of an innocent west Texas goatherder at the hands of
          the military and to think that this tragedy could happen in Laredo if
          the military come in.  I fear that water will not be the only thing
          floating down the river.

          Furthermore, the area they want to set up shop in is highly
          ecologically sensitive.  We are already suffering contamination and
          erosion problems with the river.  Why are we going to hurt a bad
          situation even more?

          This proposal is also going to thwart our plans to construct a river
          walk that would bring positive economic development to the long
          neglected part of Laredo.  What kind of beauty are we going to have if
          the only things our citizens and tourists see along the river are
          olive green army trucks and vans with machine guns hoisted on top of
          them?  So much for our planned beautification if this happens.  And
          finally this whole proposal reeks of a bad waste of tax payer money.

          Therefore, Mr. Mayor Pro-temp and council members I CANNOT in good
          conscious support a measure that would threaten the safety of innocent
          lives, hurt both the highly sensitive ecology of the river, our plans
          for positive development in the area and shoot tax payer money down
          the drain.  Lets put a stop to this NOW."

          He added there is talk about a minimum of about 500 troops, that are
          going to be set up and down the river, and also of 200 personnel
          vehicles being bulldozers and other equipment, there is talk of
          setting up as many as 15 helicopter pads so we are going to have
          helicopters coming up and down the border.  Also, I want to go on
          record as saying that I am against drugs...I am against infiltration
          of drugs to enter the United States and to get into the hands of our
          school children, but not at the cost of setting up a military presence
          in the City of Laredo and on the river banks.  I think that what we
          are gonna do here is open the door for the military to set foot on
          City owned property and stay there, and my idea of the river is to
          beautify the river and to beautify it for economical...economic
          development and to have like San Antonio Riverwalk area, and not have
          the military there."

          Cm. Casso stated for the record that he is opposed to the
          City of Laredo granting a right-of-entry permit to the military for
          construction training and operations in this area for many reasons.
          1) Operation hardline has disrupted the flow of commerce in this
          community, its been a disaster and the federal government has not done
          much to help this community in expediting the flow of commerce.  If
          the government is going to spend a lot of money on 240 miles of road,
          then why is it that they don't put money in this community for
          infrastructure?  He added that he is opposed to drugs, but this is a
          phony drug war.

          He had concern with the environment, said he spoke to Dr.  Earhart
          from LCC, and he was opposed to it, there have been several articles
          in the newspaper where he has presented concerns.  He wants to
          revitalize the riverfront, maybe a convention center there, parks and
          trails, but he just doesn't think that we should grant the military
          the right-of-entry just like that.  He does not believe that we should
          have the military here right now, it is creating an adversary posture
          with Mexico.  He said that before we know it, we will have military
          all the way across the border, the flow of drugs will not be stopped,
          it is a poor anti-drug initiative, as long as there a demand for it,
          they will not stop because it is a billion dollar industry how are we
          going to stop it, not by clearing roads.

          Cm. Bruni stated the only thing that it would create would be setting
          up a military problem on both sides.

          Cm. Guerra disagreed with his colleagues and said we are loosing the
          war on drugs on illegal immigration and we need to put a stop to that.
          He further stated he thinks this is a step in the right direction and
          supports the efforts by the Border Patrol and the Department of
          Justice.

          Cm. Alvarado wants that city staff meet with border patrol so that we
          can have the scenic route that has been spoken of, so that we can
          beautify the area and make sure that all the environmental concerns discussed preivously are being looked.

          Cm. Bruni wants item #8 and #52 tabled until they have more
          information from staff and from the U.S. Government.  He also wants
          answers to his questions and wants clarification on "Exhibit A" item B and in item 2.

          Mayor Protem Perez stated they will ask the City Manager to follow-up
          on those items.

          Mr. Jesus Ponce spoke on the issue and stated the council needs to
          stop these congressmen from telling us or giving these rulings that hurt the communities along the river more than they
          help.

   X.  COMMUNICATIONS

       A. Candalario Viera appeared before the council to request an
          extension for his injury leave.

          Dan Migura, Administrative Services Director, summarized on Mr.
          Viera's request.  He said that on August or September of 1997 they had
          this item on the agenda, Mr. Viera was requesting an extension, he had
          exhausted the prior extension that was requested and had a summation
          of how much time had been spent on leave with pay.  On November 13th
          Mr. Viera went to the doctor and the doctor gave him an indication
          that he would not be able to work and that was an indefinite ruling.
          His next appointment is on February 12th, so they do not have any
          indication as to what his status his or ability to return is,
          currently the records indicate that he has used 110 days of his sick
          leave and approximately 45 days of sick leave accrued is remaining,
          and 66 days of annual leave is remaining.

          Mr. Viera stated he had a letter from the doctor which he submitted to
          city staff.

          Mr. Gilbert Sanchez stated the letter Mr. Viera provided does not
          indicate that he can return to full duty and that has been the
          underlined issue all along, (whether or not he can be released back to
          full duty).  He added that Mr. Viera has been out since 11-18-92.

          Mayor Protem Perez requested a complete analysis from staff
          and a recommendation, then council will make a decision for the next
          agenda on whether or not grant the extension.

      B.  Dr. Earhart spoke in reference to the item #52 and said there
          is great concern for the quality of life, has worked on this problem
          for 25 years.  He is concerned about what is taking place and believes
          that there are things that are very easy to see, we reside upon deep
          layers of river silk.  He spoke of the condition of the soil, water
          quality, erosion and the environmental assessment.  He said we need
          governmental help, we need the expertise of Corp of Engineers to help
          us understand the problems.


      C.  Cm. Casso stated for the record that he is not endorsing any candidate
          for the run-off election and announced he will be running for May 2nd.

  XI.  CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION AND PRESENTATION

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

    A.  Requests by Councilmember Louis H. Bruni

       1. Presentation by Tex-Mex Railroad representatives regarding the
          donation of a parcel of property situated between Arkansas Avenue and
          New York Avenue to provide traffic access to area residents.

          Larry Fields, President of Tex-Mex Railroad, announced to council that
          they were officially donating this property valued at $85,000 to the
          City.

          The second item Mr. Fields spoke of road consolidation and closures of
          railroad crossings.  He said Laredo is a Transportation Center, the
          trains and trucks built Laredo, they are history and will be our
          future.  He stated that Tex-Mex is moving out of town.  They are
          moving to the other side of Loop 20, they are building a $7 million
          yard, they will get out there and there won't be any road crossings,
          they are building 15 miles of track and this will help the City of
          Laredo, but they still need to close some of these roads.  If you go
          from Loring to Seymour it's 300 feet, 300 feet from one crossing to
          the other, they don't need every 300 feet and they don't have them
          every 300 feet.  They do not expect this council, or any council, or
          the citizens to support closing all road crossing.  Recently, they
          hired 101 people, increased their payroll by $5 million, those are
          real jobs and are jobs that pay taxes, those jobs average to $15 per
          hour, 82% of those people of citizens of Laredo, with that growth
          comes some pain and that is road crossing and its closures.  In almost
          every case Tex-Mex was there first in Laredo for the exception of two
          or three where the road existed before they got here, but if the
          railroad was there first then they are grandfathered.  If people want
          a road crossing, it is the city, state and county's responsibility to
          provide it, not the railroads.  He added that they want to work with
          the city, they want to get ISTEA funds, to build some overpasses/
          underpasses to help the citizens in South Laredo.  They were seeking
          help from council, because there will be more traffic generated and
          they need to think about what they will do on a long term, are they
          going to make every one happy when they consolidate or close the road,
          of course not, and they don't ask that and expect that, but they do
          think they need to look at closing some of them and doing some things
          to improve that, they were seeking help and will work with city when
          it's time to do that.

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

          Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, reported that the Chacon Creek
          Interceptor is very close to being a project under construction.  They
          have the design complete and they are just waiting for a permit by the
          railroad and arrangements with the three land owners along the route.
          They will have the money for the complete project by mid February and
          are awaiting the finding of no significant impact from the
          environmental report.  They have had all the public hearings and will
          be bidding this project by late February.  He said they have $9.8
          million of which $6 million come from EPA as a grant and they will be
          floating an issue of $5.4 to supplement.

       3. Status report on the extension of Arkansas Avenue with possible
          action.

          Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported that they have received the
          pre-construction on this project Friday.  They have been given orders
          to proceed commencing today and they have asked the contractor to
          coordinate the start-up with the outgoing construction contract that
          TxDot is doing on Highway 59.  The project is about 7- 1/2 months and
          the actual construction might take place by this coming week.

          Note:  Cm. Alvarado's items were taken at this time.

    B.  Requests by Councilmember Alfonso "Poncho" Casso

       1. Discussion and possible action regarding the hiring of Mario Martinez
          and Associates as a legislative consultant for the City of Laredo.
          (Co-Sponsored Cw. Consuelo Montalvo)

          Motion to authorize the City Manager to sign the contract with Mario
          Martinez and Associates.

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

       2. Discussion and possible action regarding the cleaning of creeks
          citywide.

          Cm. Casso requested that staff look at a Rosales Street and take
          appropriate measures to clean it, and maybe try to improve it.  He
          said that U.S. Celluar is close to this home where the creek is, there
          is some property there and they are dumping all kinds of debris.  He
          asked that staff go out and clean it up and hold owners accountable to
          that property because it's a fire hazard to the homes of the area.  He
          asked for a creek report by the next meeting.

          Cm. Bruni requested that the creek report include all districts
          including city easements.

    C.  Requests by Councilmember Joe A. Guerra

       1. Discussion and possible action concerning a request by Texas A&M
          International University to provide additional fixed route bus service
          on weekdays and implement service on Saturdays.

          Gilbert Segovia, El Metro Manager, stated that pursuant to last
          council direction, he had communicated formally with TAMIU to see what
          their ability and inclination to fund this and any other service
          increases.  Mr. Segovia said they are in the process of evaluating all
          our routes to determine what the productivity is of all routes in
          order to determine where the most productive routes are in order to
          identify where they might direct modifications during the next budget
          year.  They intend to discuss those preliminary findings with the Ad
          Hoc Committee next month.  They are also evaluating another service
          which is the LCC shuttle to determine if they need to do anything with
          that one.  The last time he was not in the position to recommend the
          increase in service because it does come at the beginning or the
          middle of the budget year and this service was not contemplated when
          they went to the budget workshops. For him to recommend an increase on
          that issue, would have not been to the best interest to the city.
          Several other reasons for that, are that there are several revenue
          sources that of which the realization are still in question.  The
          sales tax fortunately is coming in very well, but they have other
          revenues that they are looking at, primarily federal revenues.  The
          ISTEA was extended for a few months, they do not know what the final
          outcome is on the federal funding.

           In summary he thinks that to increase service, and any other service
          at this time, he is not the position to recommend this because of the
          budgetary implications.

          Florencio Pena, City Manager, stated that he recommends that we look
          at all the routes because there might be some routes that are not as
          efficient and maybe they can be changed some way, but that requires
          more time to get that information together.  There was a committee
          appointed by council, the Metro Committee, and they would like to
          share this with them because there is concern where they do not want
          to be in a situation next year where they do not intend to fund the El
          Metro with general fund monies.

          Cm. Alvarado stated that he sits on the Ad Hoc Committee and the next
          meeting will be held on February 3rd.  He added that these issues were
          brought up at a previous meeting, they have asked Mr. Segovia to start
          looking at a five year plan so they can look at the growth, demand,
          and how they expect to finance this growth.

          Arturo Sanchez III, TAMIU Student President, said that it's important
          that they have transportation to and from the University especially on
          Saturdays.  The need is for the students living on campus and students
          needing the campus facilities on Saturdays and he asked council to
          look at this issue.

          Mr. Pena said they will bring a budget amendment for the next meeting
          to amend the budget with a cost of $14,000.00 to implement that route.

          Motion to instruct staff to look for a solution and implement a route
          immediately on Saturdays.

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

    D.  Requests by Councilmember Mario G. Alvarado

       1. Report by the South Texas International Summit Committee on the Youth
          Conference held on the January 8 and 9, 1998, and acknowledgment of
          local businesses and entities who helped with the conference.

          Cristelo Garza, from the International Summit Committee, gave a report
          on the President's Summit in Laredo in which there were 800
          participants which included both school districts from Laredo,
          students from Zapata, Hebbronville, and some students from Nuevo
          Laredo.  The summit took place at TAMIU on January 8th and at LCC on
          the 9th.  He reported that they opened the ceremonies with
          entertainment, students were treated for lunch at campus, after that
          they were taken to several areas in the city where they did volunteer
          work, clean-up on the Zacate Creek area, after they finish the
          activities for the day, the boarded the buses back to school.  They
          following day the met at LCC where they had group session, workout
          sessions where the students discussed several items, foremost on those
          items for the break out sessions, were things that came out of the
          President's Submits which is that every child in America needs a
          marketable skill through education, an ongoing relationship with the
          carrying adult which would be a mentor, a tutor, a coach, a safe
          places and structured activities, during non-school hours, a healthy
          start, and an opportunity to give back through community service.
          After the breakout session at LCC students game out with some
          suggestions which they took back to their schools and now they will
          work through their schools to implement their suggestions for these
          five resources which came out of the President's Summit as something
          that the students/children of America need in order to succeed.

          Note:  There was a video presentation of the events that took place.

          Mayor Protem Perez recognized entities involved in this endeavor:
          International Bank of Commerce, Texas A&M International University,
          Mercy Regional Hospital, U.S.  Cellular, Laredo Community College,
          Colombia Doctors Hospital,
          ITT Automotive, Alexander Pay Phone Communications, Inc., Texas
          Department of Transportation Tourist Bureau, Office
          Communications Systems, and H.E.B.

       2. Report from staff on the Lafayette Bridge area relocation project.

          Cindy Collazo, CD Director, reported that on Phase I they completed
          all the acquisition.  On Phase II they lack one family that is still
          there, they are building a house that
         should be out by April.  Regarding the demolition, they have
          released several contracts.  They had to survey the area because of
          the lead base paint and the asbestos.  They have a contract already
          that council awarded in December for the abatement process.  They also
          have another contract that they have asked Mr. Pena to sign for the
          demolition.  Three of the units did not contain and lead base or
          asbestos so those will be sold by the contractor.  The gentleman that
          got the bid will be selling some of the units.  There is a 60-day turn
          around.  On Phase II they have already sent the letters, the
          appraisals are underway and they expect some appraisals by the end of
          the month and the remaining four by February so they can start making
          the offers and get those people moved.

          Cm. Alvarado stated he has received calls on traffic concerns on
          Lafayette and Pinder asked that Mr. Landin look into this matter and
          make recommendation.

 XII.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

      54. Approval of an amendment to the contract with the Texas Department of
          Health and budget in the amount of $173,829.00, for the Immunization
          Action Plan Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the
          period beginning January 1, 1998, through December 31, 1998.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Approval of an amendment to the contract with the Texas Department of
          Health and budget in the amount of $173,829.00, for the Immunization
          Action Plan Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the
          period beginning January 1, 1998, through December 31, 1998.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

          Moved : Cm. Bruni
          Second: Cw. Montalvo
          For:  6                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0
          Cm. Casso not present

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      55. Public hearing regarding approval of an amendment to the contract with
          the Texas Department of Health and budget in the amount of
          $142,492.00, for the Neural Tube Defects Project of

          the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning October
          1, 1997, through September 30, 1998.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance regarding approval of an amendment to the contract with the
          Texas Department of Health and budget in the amount of $142,492.00,
          for the Neural Tube Defects Project of the City of Laredo Health
          Department for the period beginning October 1, 1997, through September
          30, 1998.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      56. Public Hearing authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas
          Combination Tax and Revenue Certificates of Obligation, Series 1998-B,
          in the principal amount of $16,160,000.00, for the purpose of paying
          all or a portion of the City's Contractual Obligation for the
          construction of drainage improvements; construction of street
          improvements and repairs; construction of a New Public Works Building;
          repairing and remodeling the Canizalez Gym, Old Library Building, and
          Municipal Court Building; acquisition of municipal vehicles and
          equipment for municipal departments, together with a Landfill
          Collection System, and the acquisition of land for a Municipal
          Landfill, and for paying legal, fiscal, architectural, and engineering
          fees in connection with such projects; and other matters relating
          thereto.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas Combination Tax and
          Revenue Certificates of Obligation, Series 1998-B, in the principal
          amount of $16,160,000.00, for the purpose of paying all or a portion
          of the City's Contractual Obligation for the construction of drainage
          improvements; construction of street improvements and repairs;
          construction of a New Public Works Building; repairing and remodeling
          the Canizalez Gym, Old Library Building, and Municipal Court Building;
          acquisition of municipal vehicles and equipment for municipal
          departments, together with a Landfill Collection System, and the
          acquisition of land for a Municipal Landfill, and for paying legal,
          fiscal, architectural, and engineering fees in connection with such
          projects; and other matters relating thereto.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

          Moved : Cm. Guerra
          Second: Cw. Montalvo
          For:  6                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0

          Jesus Ponce reminded council that last year there were several bonds
          that were extended and was mentioned to cut down the premiums of those
          bonds I hope if these bonds go through to have improvements to our
          community, however we're going deeper into the hole in debt, ask that
          we make sure that they are well spent.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      57. Public hearing authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas
          Combination Tax and Sewer System Revenue Certificates of Obligation,
          Series 1998-A, in the principal amount of $6,415,000.00 for the
          purpose of paying all or a portion of the City's Contractual
          Obligation for improvements and extensions to the City's Sewer System,
          and acquisition of land in connection therewith, and for paying legal,
          fiscal, and engineering fees in connection with this project and other
          matters relating thereto.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas
          Combination Tax and Sewer System Revenue Certificates of Obligation,
          Series 1998-A, in the principal amount of $6,415,000.00 for the
          purpose of paying all or a portion of the City's Contractual
          Obligation for improvements and extensions to the City's Sewer System,
          and acquisition of land in connection therewith, and for paying legal,
          fiscal, and engineering fees in connection with this project and other
          matters relating thereto.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      58. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 Annual Budget
          in the amount of $345,000.00, for the sale of three motor graders to
          Holt Co. of Texas under the re-purchase program and the purchase of
          two new motor graders and the lease or purchase of a loader. Providing
          for publication and effective date.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 Annual Budget in the
          amount of $345,000.00, for the sale of three motor graders to Holt Co.
          of Texas under the re-purchase program and the purchase of two new
          motor graders and the lease or purchase of a loader. Providing for
          publication and effective date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.


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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      59. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 Annual Budget
          by increasing estimated revenues and appropriations in the Paseo Del
          Antiguo Laredo fund by $1,345,198.00, and authorizing the City Manager
          to implement said budget, providing for publication and effective
          date.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 Annual Budget by
          increasing estimated revenues and appropriations in the Paseo Del
          Antiguo Laredo fund by $1,345,198.00, and authorizing the City Manager
          to implement said budget, providing for publication and effective
          date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      60. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 Annual Budget
          in the amount of $15,000.00, for the Speed STEP grant from the Texas
          Department of Transportation. The Texas Department of Transportation's
          contribution will be $9,750.00, with the City designating $5,250.00,
          in matching funds. These funds reflect the remaining balance awarded
          to the Laredo Police Department. The funding for this grant will be
          from October 1, 1997 through September 30, 1998.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 Annual Budget in the
          amount of $15,000.00, for the Speed STEP grant from the Texas
          Department of Transportation. The Texas Department of Transportation's
          contribution will be $9,750.00, with the City designating $5,250.00,
          in matching funds. These funds reflect the remaining balance awarded
          to the Laredo Police Department. The funding for this grant will be
          from October 1, 1997 through September 30, 1998.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      61. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 Annual Budget
          in the amount of $10,000.00, for the Occupant Protection STEP grant
          from the Texas Department of Transportation.  The Texas Department of
          Transportation's contribution will be $5,000.00, with the City
          designating $5,000.00, in matching funds. These funds reflect the
          remaining balance awarded to the Laredo Police Department.  The
          funding for this grant will be from October 1, 1997 through September
          30, 1998.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 Annual Budget in the
          amount of $10,000.00, for the Occupant Protection STEP grant from the
          Texas Department of Transportation.  The Texas Department of
          Transportation's contribution will be $5,000.00, with the City
          designating $5,000.00, in matching funds. These funds reflect the
          remaining balance awarded to the Laredo Police Department.  The
          funding for this grant will be from October 1, 1997 through September
          30, 1998.

          Motion to open the public hearing.


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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

          Moved : Cw. Montalvo
          Second: Cw. Moreno
          For:  7                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      62. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 Annual Budget
          in the amount of $37,500.00, for the "El Protector" grant from the
          Texas Department of Transportation.  The Texas Department of
          Transportation's contribution will be $24,375.00, with the City
          designating $13,125.00, in matching funds. These funds reflect the
          remaining balance (75%) awarded to the Laredo Police Department.  The
          funding for this grant will be from October 1, 1997 through September
          30, 1998.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 Annual Budget in the
          amount of $37,500.00, for the "El Protector" grant from the Texas
          Department of Transportation.  The Texas Department of
          Transportation's contribution will be $24,375.00, with the City
          designating $13,125.00, in matching funds. These funds reflect the
          remaining balance (75%) awarded to the Laredo Police Department.  The
          funding for this grant will be from October 1, 1997 through September
          30, 1998.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

XIII.  MOTION TO RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MUNICIPAL HOUSING

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

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

      63. Adopting Resolution No. 98-RMH-09 to amend the Articles of Amendment
          to the Articles of Incorporation of the Laredo Municipal Housing
          Corporation (LMHC) as recommended by the Internal Revenue Service
          (IRS) in order to be considered for tax-exempt status under Section
          501 (C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The LMHC Board of Directors
          authorized the submit of an application for recognition of tax
          exemption under Section 501 (C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code on
          September 2, 1997.

          Motion to approve.

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

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

          Moved : Cm. Bruni
          Second: Cw. Montalvo
          For:  7

  XIV.  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. Bruni
        Second: Cw. Montalvo
        For:  7                         Against:  0         Abstain:  0

      64. Authorization to solicit bids for awarding a two year uniform rental
          contract for maintenance personnel. The contract will include weekly
          laundry service and includes forty four employees assigned to the
          maintenance division.  This service is provided in accordance to the
          terms of the collective bargaining agreement. A tentative bid award
          date is scheduled for February 16, 1998.

          Motion to approve.

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

      65. Public hearing regarding the realignment of the El Metro #5 Marcella
          bus route in order to increase its efficiency and remove a difficult
          turning maneuver from Bartlett Street to Jarvis Street.

                                 MOTION
          Approval of a motion to realign the El Metro #5 Marcella bus route in
          order to increase its efficiency and remove a difficult turning
          maneuver from Bartlett Street to Jarvis Street.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close and table.

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

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

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

                       SUPPLEMENTAL MINUTES

IX. CITY MANAGERS REPORT

       a. Consideration and action regarding a request from the Laredo National
          Bank of dedication as public right-of-way and paving improvements with
          sidewalks on a strip of City property adjacent and west of the South
          Laredo Fire Station and parallel to the former 2500 block of South
          Malinche Avenue between Zacatecas and Chacota and to include parking
          improvements and landscaping to the area South of the Fire Station.
          Total cost of the City's participation is $50,000.00, to be allocated
          from the 1998 C.O.'s and the dedication of the right-of-way appraised
          at approximately $50,000.00, and the engineering services.  The Laredo
          National Bank's share is approximately $97,460.00.  The total cost
          of the project is $197,460.00.  A presentation regarding these
          improvements will be made.

          Motion to approve.

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

  XV.  ADJOURNMENT

          Motion to adjourn.

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

          Adjournment time: 9:20 p.m.

I HEREBY CERTIFY THAT THE ABOVE MINUTES CONTAINED IN PAGES 01 TO 43
ARE TRUE, COMPLETE, AND CORRECT PROCEEDING OF THE REGULAR CITY COUNCIL
MEETING HELD ON THE 19TH DAY OF JANUARY, 1998.  A CERTIFIED COPY IS ON FILE AT
THE CITY SECRETARY'S OFFICE.


                                              ________________________
                                                GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.
                                                  CITY SECRETARY