CITY OF LAREDO
                           CITY COUNCIL MEETING

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


                                MINUTES


       M98-R-03                                    JANUARY 26, 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 Jose R. Perez, Jr. 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,       CITY MANAGER
       JAIME L. FLORES,      CITY ATTORNEY

       Motion waive the regular order of business and move up items
       IX - Communication, #14, B(1), and C(1).

       Moved : Cm. Valdez
       Second: Cw. Montalvo
       For:  6                          Against:  0         Abstain:  0
       Cm. Alvarado was not present.

  IV.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

       2. Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with the Washington's
          Birthday Celebration Association, Inc., for approximately one acre of
          land located at the north end of the Air Operations Area of the Laredo
          International Airport for the purpose of hosting an air show which
          will be free to the public.
          1. Lease term is for one (1) day commencing on February 22, 1998.
          2. Daily rent shall be $1.00.

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

          Cm. Alvarado came in at 5:40 p.m.

   V.  FINAL READINGS

       Motion to waive the final reading of ordinances #98-O-016,
       #98-O-017, #98-O-018, #98-O-019, #98-O-022, #98-O-024,
       #98-O-025, and #98-O-026.

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

    3. 98-O-016  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.  (City Council)

                 Motion to approve.

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

    4. 98-O-017  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.   (City
                 Council)

                 Motion to approve.

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

    5. 98-O-018  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.
                 (City Council)

                 Motion to approve.

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

    6. 98-O-019  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.  (City Council)

                 Motion to approve.

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

    7. 98-O-022  Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 Annual Budget
                 by an increase 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.
                 (City Council)

                 Motion to approve.

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

    8. 98-O-024  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.  (City Council)

                 Motion to approve.

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

    9. 98-O-025  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.  (City Council)

                 Motion to approve.

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

   10. 98-O-026  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.  (City Council)

                 Motion to approve.

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


  VI.  RESOLUTIONS

   11. 98-R-016  Accepting the donation of a 2.0378 acre tract of land from 4-G
                 Holdings, Ltd., and Three-B Estates, Ltd., both Texas Limited
                 Partnerships, for the construction of a fire station along
                 State Highway 359. Said tract being situated in Porcion 31,
                 Abstract 3116, Webb County, Texas; being more particularly
                 described by metes and bounds. Being 2.0378 acres of land out
                 of Las Cruces Subdivision Unit 1, a 34.5672 acre tract of land,
                 situated in Porcion 31, Abstract 3116, out of Part A-2,
                 containing 100.00 acres of Share No. 1 of the A.M.  Bruni
                 Estate as per plat recorded in Volume 2, Page 142, of the Webb
                 County, Texas, plat records, less and except a 0.875 acre strip
                 of land along the southerly boundary of Part A-2 acquired for
                 Highway 359 right-of-way per deed recorded in Volume 287, Pages
                 62-64 of the Webb County Deed Records.

                 Motion to approve.

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

   12. 98-R-024  Adopting Land Use Assumptions for the purpose of development
                 water and wastewater impact fees in
                 accordance with Chapter 395 of the local government code.

                 Motion to approve.

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

 VII. MOTIONS

      13. Awarding a supplemental professional service contract between the
          Laredo Urban Transportation Study (L.U.T.S.), the City of Laredo and
          Rust/Lichliter Jameson by and through the City Manager of the City of
          Laredo, Texas in the amount of $11,000.00 or services in the
          development of a Hazardous Cargo Community Risk Assessment and Route
          Alternative Analysis.  The Supplemental contract will increase
          modeling and calculations used to determine the risk assessment,
          including the addition of 9 links (street/road segments) to the
          alternative concepts as requested by the L.U.T.S.  and the City of
          Laredo.

          Motion to approve.

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

VIII.  CITY MANAGER'S REPORT

      14. Presentation by Major Lester Mills, Texas Department of Public Safety,
          regarding the status of analyses and evaluation of alternative
          hazardous cargo routing plans for the City of Laredo.

          Major Lester Mills from the Texas Department of Public Safety appeared
          before the council.  He stated that the letter received from the City
          Manager requested that they come and talk about the analyses and
          evaluation of the proposal.

          On September of 1995 they received a letter from Governor George Bush
          designating the Department of Public Safety as a hazardous material
          routing agency for the state.  That designation of the agency as that
          routing agency falls in line with Title 49 of Code of Federal
          Regulations Part 397 which requires that the Governor of an agency to
          be responsible for designating or approving all hazardous material
          routes in the State of Texas.  As part of that responsibility they
          implemented administrative rules which they filed with the Secretary
          of State Office and basically layed out the guidelines that an agency
          would have to go through in order to submit a proposal and the steps
          that they would take in doing so.  Those steps that the entity would
          have to go through consistent of those things that are listed in Part
          397 of the Federal Regulations.  Once they receive that proposal (in
          conjunction with the Texas Department of Transportation) will
          basically try to determine if the proposal meets all the guidelines
          that are required in the regulations and if it has sound basis, if all
          of the issues have been addressed and based upon the review of it,
          they will try to determine if the route will be approved or
          disapproved.  If approved they will file notice with the Secretary of
          States Office indicating that approval, if not approved then they
          submit it back to the entity submitting that proposal and tell them
          what was wrong with it and allot them an opportunity to correct it.

          He received a phone call from the attorney for Camino Colombia in
          April of 1996 in reference to the toll road designation.  He informed
          that he had been talking with the
          Department of Transportation, the City of Laredo, County Officials,
          concerning this matter and all issues with the affected parties and
          step by step into the process.

          On September of 1996 they received an official proposal from Camino
          Colombia, Inc. on this matter.  In his capacity as Haz-mat Coordinator
          for the department he began his review of that proposal.  Copies of
          that proposal were submitted to the Texas Department of Transportation
          and they also started with their process in analyzing their proposal.
          They have met in several occasions, discussed this matter between the
          agencies, asked question to the Camino Colombia attorney, submitted
          questions and they responded back favorably.  Because of the proposal
          itself they felt a need to come and talk with the city officials about
          the proposal.  Over a period of time they were able to come to a
          decision that the proposal met all the criteria and issued an approval
          in November 1997 and published in the Texas Registrar in December.

          The proposal as approved and submitted to the Texas Registrar approved
          the Camino Colombia Toll Road as a haz-mat route upon the completion
          and it also restricted to transportation of hazardous material across
          Bridge I and II in downtown
          Laredo upon effective filing of that document.

          In analyzing the proposal itself they went to great length to take
          into account the problems that are faced with the commercial vehicles
          and operators across the border and that operate throughout the city.
          They took into account the congestion that is faced along the border,
          the rush hour traffic, the number of vehicles that cross every day,
          the downtown bridges as opposed to the Colombia Bridge, and took into
          serious account the potential dangers that are faced with a hazardous
          material spill.  They have participated in meetings with the Attorney
          General's Office and they've had Customs representatives there that
          have talked about their problems inhaling some of the haz-materials
          that come through that are leaking, and that create potential problems
          for them.  Obviously, they put a lot of weight on the decision of
          Customs to say that they cannot have hazardous material spill at the
          downtown bridges that they were more equipped of handling a haz-
          material spill at the Colombia Bridge, that was a fact they also took
          into account.  They also took into account the fact that when they had
          the opportunity to be in Nuevo Laredo several months ago visiting with
          the transportation industry over there and while they were driving the
          long line of trucks waiting across the border they encountered a
          trailer that had split in half.  They looked at that and thought and
          considered what if that had been a hazardous material spill, the
          impact that would have had on the densely populated area in the
          downtown area during the day.  More than anything they did was put a
          lot of weight on City Council Members, Mayor and City Leaders and what
          your desires were and that is why they made an effort to come down and
          visit with the City Manager to follow up on a report that indicated
          that you all supported the restriction of the bridges and want to make
          sure that is what you all want to do.   One of the reasons they are
          here today, is because they are still interested in what council has
          to say and what are the concerns in this matter.

          They met with the transportation industry in Nuevo Laredo
          last Wednesday, with the Mayor's Office from Nuevo Laredo and a
          representative from the Governor of the State of Tamaulipas was there
          also.  They told them that they would listen to what they had to say
          about this issue.  Our decision to approve this route, again based
          upon the factors they looked and information they had at hand,
          approving the hazardous material route was an easy thing for them
          because that toll road once its built obviously should take and divert
          any traffic that is coming from the interior of Mexico headed to other
          locations away from Laredo should not have come through Laredo and add
          to congestion that is here.  Their biggest issue was the restriction
          of the downtown bridges and they believe that based upon the safety
          factor of all those analyses of trying to provide a safer environment
          for the people that work on the downtown area, that cross the bridge
          every day, to provide some level of safety for them was an important
          factor that they placed upon this decision.  In looking at the
          proposal that was submitted the factors of looking at the number of
          vehicles that operate, the mileage, and all the factors that go into
          making that proposal, the proposal as submitted did address those
          issues.  He is aware that there is a subsequent study that was done on
          behalf of the City of Laredo that addresses this same issue did not
          come to the same conclusion, that proposal that was submitted by
          Camino Colombia however they did not get preview to that study until
          recently and the information that they had in the proposal itself is
          the information that they had to based their decision upon.

          Cm. Alvarado questioned if the decision was to move all the hazardous
          material to Colombia Bridge.

          Mr. Mills answered that is true, base upon the proposal that was
          submitted by Camino Colombia, Inc.

          Cm. Alvarado stated most of the members supported the concept of the
          toll road, at this point we do not have a toll road and what they are
          being told is that his office has made a decision at this point to re-
          direct hazardous material to Colombia Bridge without the use of the
          toll road, in other words there is no toll road to use at this time.
          The concern that they have in the community is the fact that a
          decision was made at a state level that affects the local community
          and the local industry and that the industry nor the city staff was
          given opportunity to discuss and have input in that type of a
          decision.

          Mr. Mills answered that the decision was made at his level, the
          designation of the toll road as a haz-material route has no effect on
          transportation of haz-material across the
          Colombia Bridge.  If that transportation crossed the Colombia Bridge
          is destined for a location in Laredo.  The toll road from his stand
          point was not a factors in the restriction of the bridge at the
          downtown level.  He added that the County Commissioners in their
          resolution supported the toll road, they had no reference whatsoever
          to the restriction of the downtown bridges.

          Cm. Alvarado stated all they are asking is that we have the
          opportunity to dialogue and input these concerns with his agency at
          his level before making this type of change, there are many people
          that are being affected locally and unfortunately, they feel that they
          did not have the opportunity to discuss this at his level before
          taking this type of action because it will affect Laredo.

          Cm. Casso stated the letter referred to was not signed as a governing
          body so it does not have a force of law because they did not vote on
          that decision together.  They signed as supporting the project,
          however his position has always been getting all haz-mat from the two
          bridges, he does not want them in the downtown area.  He said that
          they based their decision on the construction of the Camino Colombia
          and Camino Colombia is not built yet.  He added that he thinks they
          were mislead by that document or letter, but that was just to support
          the Camino Colombia.

          Cw. Montalvo expressed that she was very concerned by the decision
          taken because Camino Colombia is a private road, in case of a spill
          who is doing the work, that is not even in
          place, they still need to find out who will be doing the enforcing of
          the cargo.

          Mr. Mills stated they had to take the letter into account and it was,
          it carries weight when they have all the signatures, it carries
          weight.  He added they had to pay attention to this.  The toll road
          being designated as haz-material route, there is nothing in the
          requirement in the regulations that would prevent the city of Laredo
          from establishing other routes as hazardous material routes.  Nothing
          will prevent a shipment of haz-mat that is destined for another
          location that driver has to obtain fuel, to obtain rest, and that has
          to obtain food from using the Mines Road or any other road other than
          a toll to come into Laredo.  He has to deal with the most direct route
          but the regulation says he has to have access to reasonable terminals,
          to food and to lodging, so even if you do not use another haz-mat
          route for the city and that toll road is built and transportation is
          coming from Monterrey going to Dallas and they need to get fuel or
          anything they can use any route.  He again expressed that nothing will
          prevent the city from establishing additional routes for the city.

          Cm. Valdez stated when he signed the letter they were approving the
          project in concept.  Their concern is that they want to maintain and
          have the flexibility of re-routing the traffic where ever they want.

          Florencio Pena, City Manager, stated that there are two points he
          wanted to clarify.   On or about November of 1996 when they met on
          this topic and Major Mills showed him this letter and he told him at
          that time that the letter had no
          force and effect, that the letter in fact was a statement by
          individual Councilmembers that it was not a collective or legislative
          decision and that it really was just an individual opinion.  He added
          that he was surprised that it had gone this far without any public
          policy decision or review of the matter, he did emphasize this to the
          council and advised them that unless council took some collective
          action as a legislative body, that really the City Council to his
          knowledge had never taken a position on the use of Colombia Bridge for
          hazardous material.  He did state at that meeting that our
          Presidential Permit for the Fourth Bridge provides that upon
          completion of the Fourth Bridge, that all hazardous material would go
          through Colombia and that was a condition of our Presidential Permit.
          To the best of his recollection that was the new position of the City
          Council.  At that time, they were in the initial stages, and point
          number two was that they were in the initial stages of developing a
          hazardous material route and were in the process of doing the first
          level which was identifying hazardous material in our community, they
          completed that in about four or five month period.  They are now into
          level 2 where they are identifying the routes themselves, the
          population that abuts them and they are almost complete with that, and
          hopefully in about three or four months they will be recommending to
          City Council what our hazardous materials route should be.  His
          request, if council concurs, is that they make a request of DPS and
          TxDOT to work with the City.  He added that the District Engineer is
          part of the Metropolitan Planning Organization and he is fully aware
          that we have been planning a hazardous material route for the City of
          Laredo, and that council allow them to complete this study and to
          submit it either to MPO and/or to the State for reconsideration of
          this matter.  At the present time they do have a request from TxDot
          which have officially asked for permission to place signs at Bridge I
          and II prohibiting hazardous materials until we had this meeting and
          they have advised them that was not something they could authorize
          because the law did go in effect that the registrar did publish as of
          January 1, 1998 that all hazardous material is to go through Colombia
          Bridge so at the present time TxDot is waiting any further response
          from us, but at the preset time they have advise them that they are
          not to put up  any signs.  He added that north bound hazardous
          material is going through Colombia (from Mexico to U.S.) as per
          directive of U.S.  Customs.  Loads are coming to Laredo to be
          distributed so hazardous material is all over town, except crossing
          only through Colombia northbound.  What this action is doing is
          forcing hazardous material that is going southbound to go through
          Colombia Bridge as well.
          At the present time there are several maquiladoras on the Nuevo Laredo
          side that would find it costly and unlogistically difficult for them
          to comply with this provision.  He said they need further guidance
          from
          council and Major Mills consideration as to whether or not they would
          defer any further enforcement of this until
          our hazardous material route study is completed.

          Tom Wade, of the Laredo Transportation Association, stated the only
          way they can control movement of hazardous materials in this port is
          through zoning laws.  The consultants that the city has hired has put
          out a preliminary report and their recommendation for hazardous
          materials routes are designating the truck routes as they exist today
          as hazardous material routes says nothing about restricting Bridge I
          and II and says when they build the Fourth Bridges that you'll go on
          and take other steps and eliminate some hazardous material routes, but
          the focus should start to be on zoning to move hazardous materials
          handlers outside of a certain.  He asked that they get some sort of
          letter or resolution written to postpone the implementation of the
          restrictions.  The designation of the Camino Colombia toll road is a
          non issue in the movement of hazardous material.  They were asking
          that council consider a resolution opposing this restriction on
          Bridges I and II at least until they get some more recommendations
          back from the consultants.  He added that if they make that
          resolution, he is working with the County Attorney's Office on
          approaching the Attorney General to see if there is some way that this
          implementation can be delayed until a study can be done to find out
          basically which one of the consulting groups is going to be right.

          Cm. Bruni stated the letter that certain Councilmembers signed except
          Cw. Montalvo as far as he is concerned has no weight, positions could
          have changed, but this council is not going to be intimidated by
          anybody saying that is a suppose violation of some Texas Open Meeting
          Act. He thinks they should concentrate on the issues and not by some
          supposed letter signed by several Councilmembers.

          Mr. Roque Godines stated he studied that road (Nuevo Laredo to
          Colombia Bridge) and said it is true, the road is very narrow, but
          said that there are worst roads in our city than in that city and what
          makes it dangers and Mines Road dangerous is the drivers especially if
          they are exceeding the speed limit.

          Carlos Lopez, Deputy Director of TxDot Division in Austin, on behalf
          of the department was present to appeal that council let the study
          being made by the consultant be finish.
          They have an issue with the signs that they will need to put up in
          order to comply with this order.

          Mayor Protem Perez stated that council is in disagreement with the
          action taken by the DPS, the letter sent was taken at phase value
          which was only for support of.  The project as far as the project is
          concerned, there is no problem but the problem is with the bridge.
          Once the consultants complete the study they will make another
          decision.  He suggested that council instructed staff to draft a
          resolution to defer any action on Bridges I and II.

          Mr. Pena stated this is not an action item and he will proceed to
          draft the resolution.

          Motion to waive the rules of order and move item #33.

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

      15. Presentation by staff regarding the injury leave status of Candelario
          Viera, with possible action.

          Dan Migura, Administrative Services Director, gave an update report on
          the status of Candelario Viera.  He said that the last action council
          took was on September 29, 1997.  Mr.  Viera made an appeal to council
          to extend his pay leave and council made a decision at that time to
          have him utilize his accrue leave, sick leave, and annual leave.  He
          added that Mr. Viera has been doing that and is currently under doctor
          treatment.  He has an appointment scheduled for February 18th, and at
          that time they will know more about what his status is.

          Staff recommends that because City Council has already given him one
          year extension, and then he came back and gave him another six months
          extension, they recommend that Mr. Viera continue on his pay leave
          status and investigate other options such as retirement disability, or
          other rehabilitation.  He said that as of January 23rd, he had 45 days
          of sick leave left (not used), and 66 days of annual leave left, from
          August 23rd to January 19th he had used 110 days of sick leave so his
          total of leave is approximately 111 days.  He is currently using his
          sick leave right now (used 110 days).

          Attorney Sergio Martinez, representing Mr. Viera, said that last time
          council agreed to 90 days and not 110 day.  He asked that council
          consider the commitment made by council at that time where they
          requested Mr. Viera to do something on his own behalf and comply with
          90 days sick leave.  He asked that they understand that this accident
          that happened to him, that it is for a person that has had two serious
          operations which occurred while Mr. Viera was working, and therefore
          is injury leave and not sick leave.  They were requesting six (6)
          months extension.

          Cw. Montalvo suggested that he use the rest of the sick leave before
          coming to council again.

          Mr. Martinez stated that if council grants Mr. Viera the six month
          extension, Mr. Viera is willing to take the 45 days that he has as
          sick leave.

          Cm. Valdez said they have a moral obligation, we are looking at 30
          years of service, but he suggested that he use up his sick leave and
          possibly some annual and wait for the doctors opinion in February and
          consider that six month extension.

          Mr. Viera stated he is willing to take the 45 days of sick leave, but
          also wants the six month extension also.  He said it is not only one
          injury that he has, there is another one from 1988.

          Mr. Martinez said his understanding was that last time it was agreed
          that he take sick leave and then he would come back and council would
          consider granting an additional six months.
          They opted to agree to it and abide by it.  He added if granted the
          six months, their position (Mr. Viera's and his) is not to come back
          with another six months.

          Motion to grant Mr. Viera the final six (6) months extension, and he
          agrees he will not come back for another extension.

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

      16. 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.

          Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Section 551.071 of the
          Texas Government Code to consult with legal counsel concerning the pending litigation styled Royal Joint Venture,
          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.

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

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

          Florencio Pena, City Manager, stated that the settlement agreement had
          been accepted by the plaintiffs and now needed council's action to
          accept the terms as follows:

          (1) - $150,000 of TML insurance money
          (2) - annexation of Unitec area
          (3) - capital improvement credit of $200,000
          (4) - costs and Attorney's fees paid by each party
          (5) - mutual release of all claims
          (6) - settlement of Plaintiffs v. Laredo Morning Times

          He added that the settlement agreement will remain conditional until
          final annexation of Unitec, therefore, the case will be dismissed when
          annexation is completed.

          Motion to approve the terms of a settlement agreement in
          the matter styled Royal Joint Venture, a Texas Joint Venture Comprised
          of LPC Capital Partnership, L.C.I. Group, Inc., Sawco, Inc., a Texas
          Corporation, and Moderm 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 as presented to City
          Council on this date in the open session and to instruct staff to
          begin annexation proceedings of the Unitec Development area as part of
          the terms of the settlement agreement for dismissal of this matter in
          court after finalization of such annexation.

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

  IX.  COMMUNICATIONS

       a. Profesor Felipe Saldivar R., Director del Archivo Historico
          Municipal made a formal invitation to the council of their 150th
          Anniversary as a municipality.  The function will be held on February
          2, 1998 at the Nuevo Laredo Council Chambers and will begin at 7:30
          p.m.

       b. Mr. Ben Everett, President of Colombia Hospital, publicly thanked the
          Council for the approval of their zone change request on the Dillworth
          property.

          Mr. Blackstone Dillworth also publicly thanked the Council.

       c. Cw. Montalvo recognized Larry Dovalina for putting on the Los Dos
          Laredo Marathon race this past weekend.

   X.  CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION AND PRESENTATION

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

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

       1. Discussion and possible action regarding conducting an annual
          performance appraisal of the City Manager with possible Executive
          Session pursuant to Section 551.074(a)(1) of the Texas Government Code
          regarding personnel matters.

          Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Section
          551.074(a)(1) of the Texas Government Code regarding personnel
          matters.

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

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

          Motion to amend the City of Laredo contract with the City Manager,
          Florencio Pena, specifically section 5.(A)(i) as to the salary of the
          City Manager by 10% effective February 1, 1998.

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

    B.  Requests by Councilmember Louis H. Bruni

       1. Discussion and possible action regarding the Airport Advisory Board's
          recommendation concerning the building remodeling of the Laredo
          Morning Times building leased from the city.

          Jose Flores, Airport Director, reported that he has not received the
          second letter from FAA.  He added that the Civil Aviation Security
          Field Office Inspector was here a couple of weeks ago and they are
          waiting written correspondence from him and hopefully this will happen
          within the next week or two.

          Motion to accept the recommendation of the Airport Advisory
          Board and that the building owned by the Laredo Morning Times and
          leased from the City of Laredo be remodeled as per the building plans
          submitted to the city building official and that the building permit
          be issued as soon as staff sees that should be done and as long as
          they comply with the FAA letter.

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

       2. Discussion and possible action regarding the American Heritage Rivers
          Initiative.

          Motion to table.

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

    C.  Requests by Councilmember Alfonso "Poncho" Casso

       1. Discussion and possible action regarding the construction of a
          flagpole similar to the one constructed in Nuevo Laredo.

          Cm. Casso stated that he would like to see something similar to the
          flag that Mexico erected.  He saw this flag and thought about doing
          something similar to what Nuevo Laredo is doing not to compete with
          them but to cooperate with them.  He added that if we put a flag the
          same size as theirs this would enhance the image and it would show the
          bond that these two borders have.   He asked for council to support
          the idea of putting a similar structure on this side of the border and
          put the flag at the edge of IH-35 between the bridge and IH-35.

          Nuevo Laredo Mayor Alejandro Garcia explained that the flag was an
          initiative of the President of Mexico which was constructed and
          maintained by the Mexican Army.

          Mr. Rodrigo Geraldo representing some citizens of Laredo stated he had
          already suggested this two months ago.  He called Cw. Montalvo and
          called the Governor of Texas.  He suggested Bridge I as the best site.

          Motion supporting a similar structure in Laredo at the edge
          of the bridge and IH-35; to instruct staff report the cost;
          and look into Hotel/Motel Funds if available and if they can be used
          for this purpose.

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

       2. Discussion and possible action regarding the appearance of two Laredo
          police officers in a television political campaign advertisement by
          Mayoral Candidate Fausto Sosa.

          Cm. Casso stated that he was going to let it slide when he read it in
          the Laredo Morning Times on January 13th, about some evidence missing
          against Lopez.  He added that due to his arrest along with other
          Councilmembers for trying to establish the chain of custody regarding
          evidence at the Police Department.  That was regarding the resurfacing
          of video tapes, some other evidence regarding an ax, which happened
          while in custody with the Police Department, then they had missing
          fingerprints and when he read that Ernie Cavazos, the Assistant D.A.
          explained that they would have problems without some of the evidence,
          because some evidence was destroyed he thought he would bring it up
          and talk about this because they have a serious problem again and
          wants to know what happen from the Chief of Police, because all he was
          trying to do was help the District Attorney.

          Also, he wanted a report from Chief Dovalina on the TV ads.
          Some employees from El Metro supposedly were at his campaign
          headquarters and they parked their vehicle by the Pizza Hut supposedly
          and they went to a 10-7, they got suspended, they lost 10 days without
          pay.  He does not want to pick on the officers, but nothing happened
          to the officers maybe it was a different situation and wants a report
          on this.  He said is a classic violation and nothing happened.  He
          added that maybe the officers were off from work, but nevertheless
          they were still in uniform.  The officers said they were there at the
          wrong place at the wrong time because Mr. Sosa didn't tell them that
          he was going to filming them which goes to show that the problem that
          he has had with Mr. Sosa from the beginning and the reason they ran
          him out here from City Hall approximately two years when he was forced
          to leave.

          Cm. Casso stated he ran a clean campaign, but that he did not
          like the way Mr. Sosa ran his, it was an underground nasty campaign
          accusing him of a thief on the radio stations, nevertheless he doesn't
          tell the officers that he is going to do a TV ad.  He added that he is
          an attorney he should know the law, just like he should have known the
          law when he took out this ads and were in violation of the law also.
          Yet he wants to put a cop on every street corner of the City of Laredo
          yet he wants to know how he is going to pay for it.
          He added that he goes around criticizing a colonia, that there is all
          kinds of crime there, that he grew up in that colonia, and for a fact
          he knows that he did not grow up in that colonia, he grew up across
          the border.   He said it upsets him that he does this.  He wants to
          know how we can have more coordinated law enforcement so this things
          don't happen in the future.

          Chief Dovalina answered that there was an incident involving some
          property relevant to a particular case that was in essence missing,
          but not missing to the effect of it being misplaced or something to
          that effect, if anything it was destroyed and disposed of.  When they
          found out, it was alleged that this particular property was missing,
          Chief Granados and himself spoke to the property evidence section
          custodian and technician regarding the disappearance of these
          particular pieces of evidence and they advised us that it was their
          understanding that the case had already been closed.  It is his
          understanding that there was at least two or three people that had
          already worked on this particular case and they had direction from the
          District Attorney's Office to go ahead and dispose of the evidence.
          They set up a meeting with the District Attorney himself, Chief
          Granados and him met with Mr. Rubio and Mrs. Notzon and discussed this
          particular case involving property that had been disposed of.  It was
          determined and agreed that the absence of a formal notification
          process in which they would be able to advise us specifically when to
          dispose of and when not to dispose of, absent that all they had was
          basically a verbal type of arrangement.  They have immediately
          implemented a new process where they will have actual written
          verification whenever they advise us that we can go ahead and dispose
          of property and that is already in place.

          In regards to the ad, they have a situation where they had a citizen
          coming forward to the community policing works stations located at
          this particular area wanting to talk about the community policing in
          general.  The officers advised that they had actually seen some camera
          people there but they thought nothing of it being anything other than
          probably just public information being broadcasted to the citizens
          regarding community policing.  As far as he knows from the officer,
          they spoke to him about community policing, they never told them what
          it was about or anything.

       3. Discussion and possible action regarding evidence missing from the
          evidence room at the Laredo Police Station.

          This item was discussed with item 1 above.

    D.  Requests by Councilmember Cecilia May Moreno

       1. Discussion and possible action regarding the accumulation of trash and
          debris in that section of McClelland Street that comes to a dead-end
          at Clark Boulevard.

          Cw. Moreno stated staff has done some cleaning, but her concern is
          that the area needs a permanent solution, something that does not
          require what it does now.  She wants staff to come back with
          suggestions maybe beautifying so it is easy to maintain maybe it with
          grass, asphalt, or pavement because what has been done only is
          barricade it.

          Motion to bring back recommendations on how to maintain that area.

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

    E.  Requests by Councilmember Mario G. Alvarado

       1. Discussion and possible action regarding a resolution to support the
          Texas Unified Statewide Plan on Community Service and Volunteerism.

          Cm. Alvarado read the recommendations of what the Texas Unified
          Statewide Plan on Community Service and Volunteerism should adopt by
          resolution by January 30, 1998.  The plan calls for the following:

           (Name your organization) commits to the following (these are from the
           Executive Planning Committee):

          * Encourage intergenerational activities that support educational
            attainment and cross-age tutoring and other education-oriented
            service learning. (Name of your organization)
          * Highlight collaborate partners at the state level and work with
            Welfare-to-Work, Parents as Teachers, early childhood intervention
            programs, businesses in schools and Peer Assistance Leadership.
            (Name of you organization)
          * Service Learning programs which focus on knowledge of and access to
            volunteer opportunities (Name of your organization)
          * Establish regional Youth Action Councils statewide. (Name of you
            Organization)
          * Communication among organizations that will lead to sharing models
            centered on how to reach volunteers, how to run diverse volunteer
            programs and how to reach out to diverse
            communities.  Ensure connectivity in communities so volunteerism
            opportunities are seamless. (Name of your organization)
          * Training that examines ways to empower individuals of all ages to
            serve.  Training to enhance the knowledge base of volunteer
            administrators and program directors. (name of you organization)
          * Events which strategically reach out to new audiences and
            participants.  Encourage events that are co-sponsored, including
            cross stream training events and focusing on existing volunteer days
            such as Make a Difference Day, National Volunteer Week, MLK Day,
            etc.
          * Work to involve the faith community; learn from religious
            institutions and include them in community action plans.
            (Name of your organization)
          * Provide Web links and publications for resource sharing, training
            and networking to include regional and local information such as
            lists of grants available and awarded, calendar of events, etc.
            (Name of your organization)
          * Encourage and assist in development and support of more DOVIAs,
            Volunteer Centers and Corporate Volunteer Councils by working with
            existing organizations that have such expertise and advocate for
            funding support for such organizations. (Name of your organization)
          * Strengthen the relationship among USP partners and Executive
            Planning Committee Members to include an ongoing working group
            meeting regularly. (Name of your organization)
          * Increase the recognition of volunteers and volunteer programs
            through an awards program. (Name of your organization)
          * Build collaborations with existing volunteerism and service
            organizations such as the Texas Municipal League, the Chamber of
            Commerce, Texas Education Agency.  (Name of your organization)
          * Connect to other conferences and provide workshops and consultations
            about human and financial resources. (Name of your organization)
          * Your Organization's Commitment, if different from above
          * Work strategically to promote service and volunteerism to new
            audiences, to underserved populations and t o youth.
            (Name of your Organization)
          * Work to have publications reaching new audiences through enhancement
            of the database we use by combining databases and sharing mailing
            labels. (Name of your Organization)
          * Use of a prominent public official or Texas to promote the benefits
            and services that volunteerism provide and individual and community.
            (Name of your Organization
          * Bring media attention to the effectiveness of local volunteer
            centers. (Name of your Organization)
          * Encourage having "good news" become a daily front page item and
            encourage the media to focus on the behind-the-scenes work that
            volunteer centers and other such organizations provide in
            communities.  Media strategies--statewide campaign promoting service
            as a tool to gain self-sufficiency and those skills gained through
            service.  Promote effective programs as models in the media; bring
            positive light onto successful programs; provide examples of
            positive effects in communities. (Name of your Organization)
          * Garner the statistics that show the benefits of volunteerism . (Name
            of your Organization)
          * Celebrate the national service days. (Name of your Organization)
          * Ensure messages are bilingual and culturally sensitive.
            (Name of your Organization)
          * A large collaborative statewide summit convened to share information
            such as the Texas Challenge Summit. (Name of your Organization)
          * Your Organization's Commitment, if different from above.
          * Incorporate existing training resources and network to assist those
            organizations striving towards Theme Two.
            (Name of your organization)
          * Training--develop cross stream training events focused on getting to
            know one another, learning mutual needs, discovering resources and
            working together to utilize each other as resource and provide more
            efficient and effective services.  Include: basic how-to in
            volunteer management; leadership training--particularly for youth
            and elderly; marketing skills for organizations and individuals;
            peer networking; service learning; continuing education; funding
            availability.  Include partnership building, collaborations and
            community mapping so that communities are effectively engaging all
            sectors in their plans for service and volunteering partnerships.
            (Name of your organization)
          * Identify model communities and find good examples of life skills
            programming. (Name of your organization)
          * Work with existing resources and organizations to bring training to
            local communities. (Name of your organization)
          * Establish a central "clearing house" for volunteerism (Name of your
            organization)
          * Statewide Listserv on volunteerism and technical issues.
            (name of your organization)
          * Expand current opportunities for volunteer managers to get effective
            training on how to run volunteer programs as well as to work with
            diversity.  (Name of your organization)
          * Work to build partnership in communities; teach communities how to
            collaborate. (Name of your organization)
          * Provide peer networking and brainstorming sessions. (Name of your
            organization)
          * Provide the venue of training opportunities through the Governor's
            Volunteer Leadership Conference and other regional trainings.  (Name
            of your organization)
          * Training on how to incorporate volunteerism into the corporate
            structure.  (Name of your organization)
          * Train the trainer opportunities, distance learning opportunities.
            (Name of your organization)
          * Downlink video conferences as a mode of training. (Name of your
            organization)
          * Your Organization's Commitment, if different from above
          * Sharing of models. (Name of your organization)
          * Research other state models of successful statewide partnership with
            similar goals. (Name of your organization)
          * Get assistance from national organizations such as Points of Light
            Foundation to assist in the development of a statewide plan which
            addresses building a statewide infrastructure of volunteer centers,
            DOVIAs and Corporate Volunteer Council. (Name of your organization)
          * Work in partnership with foundations and corporations to urge the
            funding of infrastructure-building activities.
            (Name of your organization)
          * Make service learning a part of the state educational curriculum;
            provide higher education learning incentives that incorporate
            service learning in college and university programs.  (Name of your
            organization)
          * Advocate for service learning curriculum training as part of
            teacher-training certification. (Name of your organization)
          * Centralized information dispensed for the field, i.e., via
            TxServe. (Name of your organization)
          * Recognize successful programs. (Name of your organization)
          * Nurture networks. (Name of your organization)
          * Create viable business partnerships. (Name of your organization)
          * Seek legislation to reinforce the goals. (Name of your organization)
          * Governor to endorse and encourage service learning. (Name of your
            organization)
          * Work with the Association of School Boards and with the Business
            Education Coalition. (Name of your organization)
          * Recruitment skills to gain good volunteers and good volunteer
            manager. (Name of your organization)
          * Your Organization Commitment, if different from above.

          Motion to instruct legal staff to draft a resolution supporting the
          different points outlined by the Executive Planning Committee of the
          Texas Commission for National & Community Service.

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

    F.  Requests by Councilmember Consuelo Montalvo

       1. Discussion and possible action regarding the waiving of the parking
          fees.

          Motion to waive the parking fees at El Metro Parking Facility during
          the Washington Birthday Parade and celebration.

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

  XI.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

      18. Public hearing amending Section 24.63.2 of the Laredo Land Development
          Code by allowing pawn shops in B-3 (Community Business District). The
          Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval of this zone
          change.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending Section 24.63.2 of the Laredo Land Development Code
          by allowing pawn shops in B-3 (Community Business District).

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Keith Selman, City Planner, made the presentation before the council.

          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

      19. Public hearing regarding an application by Yesenia Galvan and Evaristo
          Jimenez amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning Lot 12, Block 2071, Eastern Division, located at 3302 Santa
          Clara Street, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-3
          (Mixed Residential District). The Planning and Zoning Commission
          recommends approval of this zone change.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning Lot 12, Block 2071, Eastern Division, located at 3302 Santa
          Clara Street, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-3
          (Mixed Residential District).

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Guerra

      20. Public hearing regarding application by Maria Vasquez amending the
          Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 4, Block
          8, Moreno Addition, located at 3317 Guerrero Street, from R-1 (Single
          Family Residential District) to R-3 (Mixed Residential District). The
          Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval of this zone change

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning
          Lot 4, Block 8, Moreno Addition, located at 3317 Guerrero Street, from
          R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-3 (Mixed Residential
          District).

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Bruni

      21. Public hearing regarding application by Jesus V.  Cadena amending the
          Zoning Ordinance (Map) the of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 4B,
          5, 6, 7, and 8, Block 2021, Eastern Division, located at 3200 Block of
          Piedra China Street, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to M-1
          (Light Manufacturing District). The Planning and Zoning Commission
          recommends approval of this zone change.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) the of the City of
          Laredo by rezoning Lots 4B, 5, 6, 7, and 8, Block 2021, Eastern
          Division, located at 3200 Block of Piedra China Street, from R-3
          (Mixed Residential District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing District).

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Guerra

      22. Public hearing regarding application by John Joseph Jacaman amending
          the Zoning Ordinance (Map) the of the City of Laredo by rezoning 7.271
          acres as further described by metes and bounds, located on the west
          side of the Bob Bullock Loop, north the Diamond Subdivision, from R-1
          (Single Family Residential District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing
          District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval of
          this zone change.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) the of the City of
          Laredo by rezoning 7.271 acres as further described by metes and
          bounds, located on the west side of the Bob Bullock Loop, north the
          Diamond Subdivision, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to
          M-1 (Light Manufacturing District).

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Bruni

      23. Public hearing regarding application by John Joseph Jacaman amending
          the Zoning Ordinance (Map) the of the City of Laredo by rezoning 5.372
          acres as further described by metes and bounds, located on the west
          side of the Bob Bullock Loop, north the Diamond Subdivision, from R-1
          (Single Family Residential District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing
          District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval of
          this zone change.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) the of the City of
          Laredo by rezoning 5.372 acres as further described by metes and
          bounds, located on the west side of the Bob Bullock Loop, north the
          Diamond Subdivision, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to
          M-1 (Light Manufacturing District).

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Bruni

      24. Public hearing regarding application by John Joseph Jacaman amending
          the Zoning Ordinance (Map) the of the City of Laredo by rezoning 1.523
          acres as further described by metes and bounds, located on the west
          side of the Bob Bullock Loop, north the Diamond Subdivision, from R-1
          (Single Family Residential District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial
          District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval of
          this zone change.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) the of the City of
          Laredo by rezoning 1.523 acres as further described by metes and
          bounds, located on the west side of the Bob Bullock Loop, north the
          Diamond Subdivision, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to
          B-4 (Highway Commercial District).

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Bruni

      25. Public hearing regarding application by John Joseph Jacaman amending
          the Zoning Ordinance (Map) the of the City of Laredo by rezoning 2.212
          acres as further described by metes and bounds, located on the west
          side of the Bob Bullock Loop, north the Diamond Subdivision, from R-1
          (Single Family Residential District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial
          District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval of
          this zone change.

                 INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) the of the City of
          Laredo by rezoning 2.212 acres as further described by metes and
          bounds, located on the west side of the Bob Bullock Loop, north the
          Diamond Subdivision, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to
          B-4 (Highway Commercial District).

          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. Valdez
          For:  7                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Bruni

      26. Public hearing regarding application by John Joseph Jacaman amending
          the Zoning Ordinance (Map) the of the City of Laredo by rezoning 1.469
          acres as further described by metes and bounds, located on the west
          side of the Bob Bullock Loop, north the Diamond Subdivision, from R-1
          (Single Family Residential District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial
          District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval of
          this zone change.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) the of the City of
          Laredo by rezoning 1.469 acres as further described by metes and
          bounds, located on the west side of the Bob Bullock Loop, north the
          Diamond Subdivision, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to
          B-4 (Highway Commercial District).

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Bruni

      27. Public hearing regarding application by John Joseph Jacaman amending
          the Zoning Ordinance (Map) the of the City of Laredo by rezoning 8.452
          acres as further described by metes and bounds, located on the west
          side of the Bob Bullock Loop, north the Diamond Subdivision, from R-1
          (Single Family Residential District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing
          District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval of
          this zone change.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) the of the City of
          Laredo by rezoning 8.452 acres as further described by metes and
          bounds, located on the west side of the Bob Bullock Loop, north the
          Diamond Subdivision, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to
          M-1 (Light Manufacturing District).

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Bruni

      28. Public hearing regarding application by Enrique Coronado amending the
          Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing the
          issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for an income tax preparation
          office on Lot 10, Block 274, Eastern Division, located at 2008
          Springfield Avenue.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends
          approval of this Conditional Use Permit.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for an income tax
          preparation office on Lot 10, Block 274, Eastern Division, located at
          2008 Springfield Avenue.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Guerra

      29. Public hearing regarding application by Jesus Esparza amending the
          Zoning Ordinance (Map) the of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1
          and 2, Block 131, Eastern Division, located at 3520 Springfield Road,
          from B-1 (Limited Business District) to B-3 (Community Business
          District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval of
          this zone change.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) the of the City of
          Laredo by rezoning Lots 1 and 2, Block 131, Eastern Division, located
          at 3520 Springfield Road, from B-1 (Limited Business District) to B-3
          (Community Business District).

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Mr. Jesus Esparza, owner, spoke in favor of allowing the zone change
          request.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cw. Moreno

      30. Public hearing regarding application by Ana Bacerra and Adan Trejo
          amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) the of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning Lot 3, Block 848, Eastern Division, located at 1517 San Pedro
          Street, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-3 (Community
          Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends
          approval of this zone change.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) the of the City of
          Laredo by rezoning Lot 3, Block 848, Eastern Division, located at 1517
          San Pedro Street, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-3
          (Community Business District).

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Valdez

      31. Public hearing regarding application by Raquel Valle Senties amending
          the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 7
          and 8, Block 668, Eastern Division, located at 3901 McPherson Road,
          from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business
          District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval of
          this zone change.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning Lots 7 and 8, Block 668, Eastern Division, located at 3901
          McPherson Road, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-3
          (Community Business District).

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Valdez

      32. Public hearing regarding application by Piza¤a Outdoor Advertising
          Co., Nereyda B. Piza¤a, amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the
          City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1B, Block 1, Del Mar Hills Filing #1,
          located on the west side of McPherson Road, north of Del Mar
          Boulevard, from B-1 (Limited Business District) to B-3 (Community
          Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends
          approval of this zone change.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning Lot 1B, Block 1, Del Mar Hills Filing #1, located on the west
          side of McPherson Road, north of Del Mar Boulevard, from B-1 (Limited
          Business District) to B-3 (Community Business District).

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Guerra

      33. Public hearing regarding application by Blackstone Dilworth, amending
          the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 57.8
          acres as further described by metes and bounds, located at 10610
          McPherson Road, from AG (Agricultural District) to B-4 (Highway
          Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends
          approval of this zone change.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning 57.8 acres as further described by metes and bounds, located
          at 10610 McPherson Road, from AG (Agricultural District) to B-4
          (Highway Commercial District).

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Mr. Harry Jewett, representing Blackstone Dillworth property owners,
          spoke in favor of the zone change request and was present to answer
          any questions.

          Cm. Bruni read a letter and quoted, "I share the enthusiasm about our
          new Colombia Doctors Hospital and the promising future it brings to
          our community in the avenues of health,
          care, and job opportunities.  Any new venture that benefits Laredo is
          certainly a welcomed site to the City of Laredo.  It is my sincere
          wish however, that our eagerness to move our....to move on with our
          new hospital, we not forget the serious health care needs of our
          elderly and our indigent particularly those who live in deep South
          Laredo.  We need to make sure that these individuals who are
          productive members of our society do not fall through the cracks and
          that they too will have easy and readily accessible access to the
          quality health care that Colombia Doctors Hospital would provide to
          the entire community.  I stand ready in my capacity as a member of
          this City Council to assist Colombia Doctors Hospital in our quest to
          help our working people in need and those marginalized members of our
          community.  It is only fair and right that we work to ensure that this
          wish will become a positive reality."

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Guerra

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

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

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

      34. Public hearing authorizing the City Manager to execute an amendment
          (increase) to the Laredo Municipal Transit Systems FY 1997-98
          operating budget (revenue and expenditures; fund 558) in the amount of
          $9,800.00, to $7,031,497.00, from $7,021,697.00; transferring funds
          from the Transit Sales Tax proceeds budget reserve account (Fund 518).

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute an amendment
          (increase) to the Laredo Municipal Transit Systems FY 1997-98
          operating budget (revenue and expenditures; fund 558) in the amount of
          $9,800.00, to $7,031,497.00, from $7,021,697.00; transferring funds
          from the Transit Sales Tax proceeds budget reserve account (Fund 518).

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

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

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance to re-consider the realignment of the El Metro #5 Marcella
          bus route in order to increase its efficiency and remove a difficult
          turning maneuver from Bartlett to Jarvis.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and approve the motion.

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

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

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

XIII.  ADJOURNMENT

       Motion to adjourn.

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

       Adjournment time: 9:40 p.m.


I HEREBY CERTIFY THAT THE ABOVE MINUTES CONTAINED IN PAGES O1 TO 38
ARE TRUE, COMPLETE, AND CORRECT PROCEEDINGS OF THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON
THE 26TH DAY OF JANUARY, 1998.  A CERTIFIED COPY IS ON FILE AT
THE CITY SECRETARY'S OFFICE.


                                  ________________________
                                   GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.
                                   CITY SECRETARY