CITY OF LAREDO
                          CITY COUNCIL MEETING

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

                                MINUTES


      M-98-R-07                                  FEBRUARY 17, 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 led in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 III.  ROLL CALL
       IN ATTENDANCE:
       JOSE R. PEREZ, JR.,   COUNCILMEMBER, DISTRICT I
       LOUIS H. BRUNI,              "     , DISTRICT II
       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

       ABSENCES:

       Motion to excuse Cm. Casso.

       Moved : Cw. Montalvo
       Second: Cm. Guerra
       For:  4                Against:  0         Abstain:  0
       Cm. Alvarado and Cw. Montalvo were not present and Mayor Protem Perez was
       chairing the meeting.


  IV.  APPROVAL OF MINUTES

       2. City Council Meeting of January  5, 1998
          City Council Meeting of January 19, 1998
          City Council Meeting of January 26, 1998

          Motion to approve.

          Moved : Cm. Bruni
          Second: Cm. Valdez
          For : 4                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0

          Motion to waive the regular order of business and move up items under
          Communications, #43, B(1), and B(4).

          Moved : Cm. Bruni
          Second: Cm. Guerra
          For:  4                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0


   V.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

       3. Amending Article IV which includes Sections 15-59 through
          15-73 regarding handling, transportation and transfer of dangerous
          articles of Chapter 15 of the City of Laredo Code of Ordinance by
          deleting all of the said sections because a new City of Laredo
          Hazardous Materials Ordinance has been adopted and inserted into a
          newly created Chapter 33; providing for severability; and providing
          for an effective date.

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

       4. Closing as public easements those sections of the 1900 block of Garden
          and Constantinople Streets between Santa Rita and Vidaurri Avenues
          situated in the Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas
          and providing for an effective date.

          Ordinance Introduction: Cw. Montalvo

       5. Dedicating as public right-of-way, a tract of City-owned land, located
          adjacent to the South Laredo Fire Station, containing 0.3188 acres
          (13,889.00 sq. ft.), more or less.  Said tract of land being situated
          in Block 1191, Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas;
          being more particularly described by metes and bounds and providing
          for an effective date.

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

       6. Ordinance waiving hourly parking fees for February 21, 1998, at the
          Laredo Transit Center in cooperative support of the Washington's
          Birthday Celebration Association related activities. The maximum
          potential loss is approximately $2,346.00, based on full occupancy.

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council


  VI.  FINAL READINGS

       Motion to waive the final reading of ordinance #98-O-045,
       #98-O-046, #98-O-047, #98-O-048, #98-O-049, #98-O-050,
       #98-O-051, #98-O-052, and #98-O-053, except #98-O-045 which
       was tabled.

       Moved : Cm. Bruni
       Second: Cm. Valdez
       For:  4                          Against:  0         Abstain:  0

       7. 98-O-045  Amending Chapter 21 Offense and Miscellaneous provisions,
                    Article V.  Alarm Systems of the Code of Ordinances to the
                    City of Laredo. (City Council)

                    Motion to table Ordinance #98-O-045.

                    Moved : Cm. Bruni
                    Second: Cm. Guerra
                    For:  4             Against:  0         Abstain:  0

       8. 98-O-046  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with South
                    Texas Workforce Development Board for approximately 10,552
                    square feet constituting Building No. 979 located at 4717
                    Daugherty Avenue.
                    1. Lease term is for one (1) year commencing September 1,
                       1997 and ending August 31, 1998, and may be extended for
                       two (2) terms of one (1) year each ending August 31, 1999
                       and August 31, 2000.
                    2. Monthly rent shall be $4,221.00, and will be adjusted
                       annually according to changes in the Consumer Price
                       Index.  Previous monthly rent was $3,342.52.  (City
                       Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-046.

                    Moved : Cw. Montalvo
                    Second: Cm. Valdez
                    For:  4             Against:  0         Abstain:  0

       9. 98-O-047  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Jose
                    Santos for approximately 4,612 square feet constituting
                    Building No. 1112 located 1603 E.  Calton Road.
                    1. Lease term is for one (1) year commencing October 1, 1997
                       and ending September 30, 1998.
                    2. Lease may be terminated by either party upon giving a
                       ninety (90) day written notice.  Monthly rent shall be
                       $1,020.00.  Previous monthly rent was $971.46. (City
                       Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-047.

                    Moved : Cw. Montalvo
                    Second: Cm. Valdez
                    For:  4             Against:  0         Abstain:  0

      10. 98-O-048  Ordinance amending the contract with the Texas Department of
                    Health and Budget in the amount of $70,176.00, for the
                    HIV/AIDS housing opportunities for persons with AIDS (HOPWA)
                    Project, of the City of Laredo Health Department for the
                    period from February 1, 1998, through January 31, 1999.
                    (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-048.

                    Moved : Cw. Montalvo
                    Second: Cm. Valdez
                    For:  4             Against:  0         Abstain:  0

      11. 98-O-049  Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 Annual
                    Budget by increasing funding to Community Action
                    Agency/Elderly Nutrition Program, a third party agency, by
                    $20,000.00, from the General Fund Reserve Appropriation-
                    Salary Savings line item, and authorizing the City Manager
                    to implement said budget.  (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-049.

                    Moved : Cw. Montalvo
                    Second: Cm. Valdez
                    For:  4             Against:  0         Abstain:  0
      12. 98-O-050  Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 Annual
                    Budget in the amount of $59,068.00, for additional salary,
                    fringe benefit costs and direct operating expenses for a
                    Multi-Agency Narcotics Task Force for the period of June 1,
                    1997 and ending May 31, 1998.  (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-050.

                    Moved : Cw. Montalvo
                    Second: Cm. Valdez
                    For:  4             Against:  0         Abstain:  0

      13. 98-O-051  Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 Annual
                    Budget in the amount of $103,111.00, for direct operating
                    expenses, purchase of a K-9 and purchase of computer
                    equipment 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-051.

                    Moved : Cw. Montalvo
                    Second: Cm. Valdez
                    For:  4             Against:  0         Abstain:  0

      14. 98-O-052  Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 U.S.
                    Customs Service Fund budget in the amount of $105,000.00 and
                    authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement with
                    the Department of Treasury/U.S. Customs for the
                    reimbursement of $105,000.00, for funding the joint
                    Operation-Cooperation to search for stolen vehicles and
                    contraband crossing into Mexico at the City's International
                    Bridges. These monies will be used to pay overtime wages for
                    police officers involved in this operation. This will be the
                    9th year the City has entered into this agreement and is at
                    no cost to the City.  (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-052.

                    Moved : Cw. Montalvo
                    Second: Cm. Valdez
                    For:  4             Against:  0         Abstain:  0


      15. 98-O-053  Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a Lease
                    with Duty Free International, Inc. d/b/a UETA of Texas,
                    Inc., for a Specialty Duty Free Retail Shop Concession for
                    approximately 1,254 square feet constituting suite number
                    223 on the second (2nd) floor of the airport passenger
                    terminal located at 5210 Bob Bullock. Lease term is for five
                    (5) years commencing on the day the new airport passenger
                    terminal opens for business and will terminate five (5)
                    years thereafter.  Minimum annual rent guarantee of
                    $25,000.00 or ten (10%) percent of annual gross revenues,
                    whichever is greater.
                    (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-053.

                    Moved : Cw. Montalvo
                    Second: Cm. Valdez
                    For:  4             Against:  0         Abstain:  0

                    Cm. Alvarado joined the meeting at 6:35 p.m.

 VII.  RESOLUTIONS

      16. 98-R-013  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into and execute an
                    interlocal government agreement between the City of Laredo
                    and the County of Webb to provide funding for the Elderly
                    Nutrition Program at a cost of $20,000.00, contract term for
                    9 months commencing retroactively January 1, 1998; providing
                    for severability and effective date.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #98-R-013.

                    Moved : Cw. Montalvo
                    Second: Cm. Alvarado
                    For:  5             Against:  0         Abstain:  0

      17. 98-R-028  Opposing the decision of the Texas Department of Public
                    Safety to divert all hazardous materials to Colombia Bridge
                    and to request that any further transportation decisions
                    which affect Laredo be coordinated with and determined by
                    local government.

                    Motion to table item.

                    Moved : Cm. Guerra

                    Motion dies due to lack of a second.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #98-R-028.

                    Moved : Cw. Montalvo
                    Second: Cm. Alvarado
                    For:  4             Against: 1          Abstain:  0
                                        Cm. Guerra

      18. 98-R-030  Expressing official intent to reimburse costs for settlement
                    of eminent domain lawsuit City of Laredo vs. Jacaman
                    Investment Group in Cause No. E-96-2-C1 for the acquisition
                    of land by eminent domain for the Municipal Airport Runway
                    17L/35R Runway Extension Project.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #98-O-030.

                    Moved : Cm. Guerra
                    Second: Cm. Alvarado
                    For:  5             Against:  0         Abstain:  0

      19. 98-R-031  Authorizing the City Manager to accept an endowment from the
                    Canseco Foundation in the amount of $50,000.00, for
                    children's programming services at the Laredo Public
                    Library; and authorizing the City Manager and those
                    stipulated in the Gift Agreement to sign and submit any and
                    all related documents as required.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #98-R-031.

                    Moved : Cm. Guerra
                    Second: Cm. Alvarado
                    For:  5             Against:  0         Abstain:  0

      20. 98-R-032  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from the
                    Office of National Drug Control Policy in the amount of
                    $53,480.00, for funding of the Multi-Agency Major
                    Organization Investigation Task Force for the period of
                    January 1, 1998 to December 31, 1998. This grant pays for
                    overtime, travel, rental services, and equipment and
                    supplies for two investigators. This grant is in its second
                    year of funding.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #98-R-032.

                    Moved : Cm. Guerra
                    Second: Cm. Alvarado
                    For:  5             Against:  0         Abstain:  0

      21. 98-R-033  Authorizing the acceptance of the donation of a total of
                    eighteen (18) bicycles from Mercy Regional Medical Center
                    and Doctors Hospital Inc., for use by the City of Laredo
                    Fire Department E.M.S. Bike Patrol during certain designated
                    City of Laredo sponsored functions or events.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #98-R-033.

                    Moved : Cm. Guerra
                    Second: Cm. Alvarado
                    For:  5             Against:  0         Abstain:  0

      22. 98-R-034  Declaring the public necessity to acquire the "Surface Only"
                    of one parcel of land necessary for construction of the
                    Laredo Northwest International Bridge IV. Said parcel being
                    Parcel 1 (31.1786 acres of land, more or less), out of
                    Porcion 19, Abstract 47, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas;
                    more particularly described by metes and bounds and
                    authorizing the City

                    Motion to approve Resolution #98-R-034.

                    Moved : Cm. Guerra
                    Second: Cm. Alvarado
                    For:  5             Against:  0         Abstain:  0

      23. 98-R-036  Canvassing the returns of the special runoff election held
                    on February 14, 1998; and approving the results.

                    City Secretary, Gustavo Guevara, read the return figures
                    publicly as follows:
                                           Total Votes    Majority
                    Betty G. Flores           6,773         55.39%
                    Fausto Sosa               5,454         44.60%

                    The candidate getting the majority votes as the new Mayor
                    for the City of Laredo is Betty G. Flores.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #98-R-036.

                    Moved : Cm. Alvarado
                    Second: Cm. Valdez
                    For:  5             Against:  0         Abstain:  0

VIII. MOTIONS

      24. Approval of bid specifications and authorization to advertise for bids
          for the following:
          a) Electric Motor Repair - Utilities Department and b) Aerial Truck
          Remanufacturing - Fire Department
          A tentative bid of award date for the electric motor repair is
          scheduled for March 16, 1998. A tentative bid of award date for the
          aerial truck remanufacturing is scheduled for April 20, 1998.

          Motion to approve.

          Moved : Cm. Guerra
          Second: Cm. Valdez
          For:  5                       Against: 0          Abstain:  0

      25. Approval of the Aid to Other Agency contract for funding the Del Mar
          Little League, Inc., city-wide big league program in the amount of
          $3,300.00, for fiscal year beginning October 1, 1997 through September
          30, 1998.

          Motion to approve.

          Moved : Cm. Guerra
          Second: Cm. Valdez
          For:  5                       Against: 0          Abstain:  0

      26. Authorizing the City Manager to solicit proposals from interested
          engineering firms to prepare engineering plans and specifications to
          reconstruct aprons, taxiways and runways to include new construction
          of aprons and taxiways as may be needed from time to time by the City
          of Laredo, Laredo International Airport during the next five years.
          Notice to proceed with A&E services on any one project will be
          contingent on the availability of funding for said services and City
          Council approval.

          Motion to approve.

          Moved : Cm. Guerra
          Second: Cm. Valdez
          For:  5                       Against: 0          Abstain:  0
      27. Authorizing the City Manager to solicit Requests for Proposals from
          interested parties to construct, operate and manage a service station
          convenience store, car rental service center and other commercial
          development on an approximate 2.5 acre tract of land located north
          east of the new passenger terminal and along the Bob Bullock Loop road
          at the Laredo International Airport. The proposed lease term is for
          twenty years. The Proponent will specify a minimum monthly rental. In
          addition to the minimum rental, Proponent shall pay to City a
          percentage of gross sales as additional rent. The City would abate the
          cost of off-site improvements.

          Motion to approve.

          Moved : Cm. Guerra
          Second: Cm. Valdez
          For:  5                       Against: 0          Abstain:  0

      28. Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the
          Office of National Drug Control Policy in the amount of $356,086.00,
          for 8th year funding for a Multi-Agency Financial Disruption Task
          Force for the period of January 1, 1998 and ending December 31, 1998.

          Motion to approve.

          Moved : Cm. Guerra
          Second: Cm. Valdez
          For:  5                       Against: 0          Abstain:  0

      29. Award of a contract to the SOLE BIDDER, Holt Company of Laredo, Texas,
          in the amount of $383,364.00, for the purchase of one, 23 cubic yard
          landfill elevating scraper for the landfill operations. This equipment
          will be purchased using a total cost bid evaluation process. The bid
          pricing includes provisions for a five year maintenance contract and a
          guaranteed re-purchase price. Delivery of this equipment is expected
          within sixty days.  Funding is available in the Contractual Obligation
          Bond Proceeds.

          Motion to approve.

          Moved : Cw. Montalvo
          Second: Cm. Alvarado
          For:  5                       Against: 0          Abstain:  0

      30. Award of a contract to the SOLE BIDDER, Holt Company of Texas, Laredo,
          Texas, in the amount of $392,406.00, for the purchase of one, landfill
          compactor. This equipment will be purchased using a total cost bid
          evaluation process. The bid pricing includes provisions for a five
          year maintenance contract and a guaranteed re-purchase price.
          Delivery of this equipment is expected within sixty days. Funding is
          available in the Contractural Obligation Bond Proceeds.

          Motion to approve.

          Moved : Cw. Montalvo
          Second: Cm. Alvarado
          For:  5                       Against: 0          Abstain:  0

      31. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, Sports and Recreation Products,
          Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $16,554.25, for the purchase and
          installation of a playground module at the Azteca playground area
          under construction. This module will be delivered within sixty days. A
          total of two bids were received for this purchase. Funding is
          available from the Azteca Park Project (CD Budget).

          Motion to approve.

          Moved : Cw. Montalvo
          Second: Cm. Alvarado
          For:  5                       Against: 0          Abstain:  0

      32. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, Municipal Pipe and Fabricating
          Co., McAllen, Texas, in the amount of $37,463.00, for the purchase of
          1,750 linear feet of 18" PVC pipe for wastewater applications and 18
          fiberglass manholes for the Utilities Department. These items are
          needed for the Highway 59 construction project. A total of four bids
          were received for these purchases. Funding for this contract is
          available from the Utility Department -Construction Project account.

          Motion to approve.

          Moved : Cw. Montalvo
          Second: Cm. Alvarado
          For:  5                       Against: 0          Abstain:  0

      33. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, ACT Pipe & Supply Inc., San
          Antonio, Texas, in the amount of $26,083.00, for the purchase of steel
          pipe casing.  The steel casing is requested for the Highway 59
          construction project. Approximately 700 linear feet of 20" steel
          casing and 400 linear feet of 24" steel pipe casing will be purchased.
          A total of four bids were received for this purchase.  Funding is
          available in the Utility Department -Construction Project.

          Motion to approve.

          Moved : Cw. Montalvo
          Second: Cm. Alvarado
          For:  5                       Against: 0          Abstain:  0

      34. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, Wilson Fire Apparatus, New
          Braunfels, Texas, in the amount of $50,007.00, for the purchase of 60
          sets of protective clothing (bunker gear) for the Fire Department. The
          sets include the protective coat, trousers, boots, gloves, suspenders,
          hoods, and helmets. The proposed gear meets all the standards of the
          National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).  The bid pricing is
          approximately 3% more than the previous year. A total of five bids
          were received for this purchase. Funding is available in the Fire
          Department - Capital Outlay.

          Motion to approve.

          Moved : Cm. Guerra
          Second: Cm. Alvarado
          For:  5                       Against: 0          Abstain:  0

      35. Award of supply contract to the LOW BIDDERS MEETING SPECIFICATIONS,
          National Education Systems, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, in the amount of
          $132,187.50, for the purchase of 5,000 Spanish language titles
          (books/audio visual-CD), and Davidson Titles, Inc., Jackson, TN, in
          the amount of $107,111.09, for the purchase of 7,574 English language
          titles. This order will increase the book collection by 12,574 new
          additions. A total of eight bids were received for this purchase.
          Funding is available from Library-Books, Library-Audio Visual, Center
          for Non Profit.

          Motion to approve.

          Moved : Cm. Guerra
          Second: Cm. Alvarado
          For:  5                       Against: 0          Abstain:  0

      36. Award of an Architectural/Engineering (A/E) Contract to Sepulveda
          Associates Architects, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to
          exceed $51,000.00, to provide surveys, design and the preparation of
          plans and specifications for the

          Library Conversion (Bruni Plaza) Project. Funding is available in the
          Capital Improvement Fund Bruni Plaza.

          Motion to approve.

          Moved : Cm. Guerra
          Second: Cm. Alvarado
          For:  5                       Against: 0          Abstain:  0

      37. Award of a construction contract to the Sole Bidder, Cutler Repaving,
          Inc., in the amount of $292,485.96 for the 1997-98 Street Recycling
          Project (162 Blocks).  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement
          Fund Street Materials/Cutler Paving.

          Motion to approve.

          Moved : Cm. Guerra
          Second: Cm. Alvarado
          For:  5                       Against: 0          Abstain:  0

      38. Approval of change order no. 1, an increase of $7,142.65, to the
          construction contract with American Contracting Corporation of Texas,
          Laredo, Texas, to provide for improved moisture control for the Re-
          Roofing of the Center for the Arts Building Project located at 500 San
          Agustin Avenue, Old Mercado Historic District. The original
          construction contract amount was $152,000.00 and this change order
          brings the contract amount to $159,142.65. Funding is available in the
          Construction Project/Center for the Arts.

          Motion to approve.

          Moved : Cm. Guerra
          Second: Cm. Alvarado
          For:  5                       Against: 0          Abstain:  0

      39. Approval of change order no. 1, a decrease of $138,348.73, for the
          balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the
          Street Improvements Project 59 (45 Blocks), and approval of final
          payment in the amount of $143,817.37, to Ramex Construction Company
          Inc., Houston, Texas.  The original contract amount was $1,297,971.65.
          Final construction contract amount is $1,162,062.92. Funding is
          available in the Water Works '94 Bond Construction Paving Project 59;
          Sewer System '94 Bond Construction Paving Project 59 and Street Fund
          Paving Project 59 Improvements Other Than Building.

          Motion to approve.

          Moved : Cm. Guerra
          Second: Cm. Valdez
          For:  5                       Against: 0          Abstain:  0

          Cw. Moreno arrived and joined the meeting at 6:55 p.m.

  IX.  CITY MANAGER'S REPORT

      40. Presentation regarding the status of the Laredo Northwest
          International Bridge (Bridge IV) and the City's loan application to
          the Texas Department of Transportation for State Infrastructure Bank
          Program funds in support of this project.

          Florencio Pea, Interim City Manager, reported that they are at the
          stage to begin to finalize the loan application with the Department of
          Transportation.  He explained the project elements and project cost
          allocation.  They will be submitting a State Infrastructure Bank Loan
          application with TxDot for the amount of $22,531,632.00, they will be
          issuing tax exempt bonds for the amount of $3,465,055.00 and will be
          considering taxable bonds in the amount of $6,649,524.00 for a total
          funding of this project of $32,646,211.00.

          He explained the breakdown on the taxable part, they have had
          negotiations with GSA over the last six months, but it seems that the
          federal government is not going to budge, they do not have the funding
          to build the facilities, so they are asking the city to build the
          facilities for them, but they will pay rent over a period of 10 years
          to offset the entire principle and interest cost.  At the end of ten
          years the construction and the land would be donated to the federal
          government.  He said these are the conditions they brought to the city
          and that they feel comfortable with that.

          He explained the figures of the tax exempt portion and said they
          should be able to culminate the TxDot application
          within the next 45 days.  He explained overall structure of the cost
          of the project and said GSA has approved the Master Plan for the
          facilities and that they basically have an agreement with them.  They
          met with the State Department Representative and her counterpart in
          Mexico, and they did ask for one additional item other than the Master
          Plan which they will be working on this week.  Hopefully the
          diplomatic notes will be the issue.

          He pointed that many things must go forward regardless of the
          Diplomatic Notes that they must finalize the application with the
          state and the agreement of what the facility is going to look like.
          In addition, they have hired an attorney firm from Austin and they
          have prepared a draft construction agreement, that is between Mexico
          and the City of Laredo, it sets the conditions, time frames, and
          performance bonds for the construction of Bridge IV.  Our time frame
          is still to try to get the bridge portion of the project out for bids,
          by May or June 1998, so they can award contract in July.
          The plan is to have the bridge operational by October 1999 or December
          1999.

          There was an overview of the project, on the corridor layout, the
          construction funding source, the TxDot proposal and the City's
          proposal.

          Luis Ramirez, from Texas Department of Transportation, explained the
          tentative proposal of Phase I which is to upgrade from the interstate
          to the bridge facilities, Phase II which would build the overpass over
          the Mines Road, and Phase III which will build the interchange at
          Milo.

          He said he has to meet with Council, TxDot on a workshop setting, and
          have ironed out the application, because the deadline is on March
          10th.  The Highway Commission will be holding their 1st meeting on
          March 23rd, they need the application by March 10th to be able to get
          in their agenda.  At that meeting they will do their initial review of
          the application, and then on the last meeting of April, when it will
          be finally approved, funding will then be available in May, so they
          can go out for bids and begin construction.

          Mr. Pena again emphasized the time frame of March 10th when they must
          file the application.  The Highway Commission will then make a
          decision, they will either say they are going with the full amount if
          they are able to justify it, or they won't.  If they don't, then
          council needs to make a decision whether we want to fund it all
          ourselves or what are we going to do. He will set a meeting for
          February 23rd at 5:00 before the regular meeting and post the Regular
          Meeting at 6:00.

      41. Status report regarding an analysis of sites for a recreational
          facility/center within District II.

          John Vidaurri, Assistant City Manager, reported that they have looked
          at two potential sites within District II.
          The first site is located on Spur 400 east of Ejido and the second
          site at D.D. Hachar.  He said they have used National Recreation and
          Park Association standards for separation between centers, he showed a
          map of the other center locations in this case Farias, Tarver,
          Cigarroa and North East Hillside.  They covered about a quarter of a
          mile, to basically show the service area for each of the centers. He
          added that CDA staff has talked to LISD staff and they apparently
          agree in concept with the idea of using D.D.  Hachar School as a
          potential site for the construction of a recreation center.  LISD
          staff has indicated to CDA staff that they are willing to explore
          possibilities of becoming partners with the city for the construction
          of that recreational center, if in fact that site is selected. The
          area is located in a CDBG target area and it would be eligible for
          funding from the Block Program.  The cost is approximately $673,000.00
          and it excludes site acquisition cost.

          On Spur 400 the site is privately owned and they need further work on
          the site analysis to come back with potential cost for the use of that
          site.

          Cm. Bruni stated that the railroad tracks separate the districts in
          that area and if they can put a recreation center on the D.D. Hachar
          School and get it funded with CDBG Block Grant monies and see if they
          can get the land donated by LISD.

          Also, look at building a recreation center at Spur 400, because its a
          totally different neighborhood, totally divided, and the division is
          the railroad tracks.  He would like that they pursue the building of
          the recreation center on Spur 400 near Ejido.  He is already speaking
          to the Killam Family about land in that area (approx. acquiring two
          acres) or whatever is needed.  He asked that they find additional
          funding to build the other recreation center.

          Mr. Vidaurri stated that a facility is projected in the 1998-2002 CIP
          for Spur 400 for the year 2001.

          Cm. Bruni said he would like to get funding from CDBG funds for the
          Hachar facility and that thinks that it can be done sooner than the
          year 2001.

          Cm. Valdez asked that they also pursue discussions and negotiations on
          the Raquel Gonzalez property for development of an open space
          recreation.

          Motion to instruct staff to incorporate Cm. Bruni's request into the
          Parks & Recreation Master Plan that is already in place, that Mr.
          Vidaurri be instructed to bring back any funding mechanisms for this
          type of facilities, and that recommendations be brought back within a
          period of a month and a half.

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

      42. Advising the City Council of the practice of allowing off-duty Police
          Officers to work security at functions occurring at LIFE Downs and
          requesting City Council concurrence thereby allowing this practice to
          continue.

          The City Attorney asked that a closed session be moved to provide
          legal counsel pursuant to Open Meetings Act - Section 551.071(2).

          Motion to approve.

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

      43. Update on the status of the Colonias Facility Plan and financial
          application; informing Council that legal action has been taken
          against Paul Garza and Associates; and requesting authorization to
          enter into a contract with TRC Mariah for $34,000.00, to deliver an
          environmental information document to the TWDB and get the project
          moving.

          Florencio Pena, City Manager, stated this is an update on the status
          of the Colonias Facility Plan and financial application and read the
          action to be taken for the record, "this item is informing Council
          that legal action has been taken against Paul Garza and Associates;
          and requesting authorization to enter into a contract with TRC Mariah
          for $34,000.00, to deliver an environmental information document to
          the TWDB and get the project moving."

          Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, informed Council that
          they have come to the end of a long waited period, in which Mr.  Garza
          had promised to pay the subcontractors to get the environmental
          document to the Water Development Board.  That did not happen, so
          therefore following council's instructions from January, they sent him
          a letter of termination.  The letter in essences will take effect 20
          days after he receives it at the end of those 20 days, the services
          will be terminated.

          They left opened a possibility for Mr. Garza to continue onboard the
          project if payments are made and in essence if the obstacles to this
          projects are removed.  Today, around 3:00 p.m. he spoke to Mr. Garza
          who offered to send us a check for $18,100.00 and a letter agreeing to
          assign the remaining of this balance which is $15,900 to Miriah
          Environmental.  That would in essence take care of the $34,000 they
          were here prepared to ask to let them pay.  He said he would be here
          later, to deliver those documents and if that is the case, they will
          basically have cash to pay Miriah and that would get the environment
          document to the board.  He asked that the check be made out to Miriah
          instead of the city and then we would in turn, have him endorse his
          final payment to Miriah also, therefore facilitating that transaction.
          If it doesn't happen, he would like to ask that council authorize that
          they pay Miriah $34,000 in the absence of this action by Mr. Garza.

          Roque Vela, County Commissioner, wanted to know what is the timetable
          and when they can expect to have these deficiencies addressed and have
          this project finally approved by the Texas Water Development Board.

          Commissioner David Cortez thanked Mr. Roman and members of City
          Council in assisting in this project.

          Motion to authorize staff to pay Mariah $34,000 in the absence of this
          action by Mr. Garza.

          Moved : Cm. Bruni
          Second: Cm. Guerra
          For:  4                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0

          Motion to move item B(1) at this time.

          Moved : Cm. Bruni
          Second: Cm. Guerra
          For:  4                       Against: 0          Abstain:  0

      44. Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code
          Section 551.071(1)(a) to discuss contemplated litigation regarding
          Highland Subdivision Unit III and the North Laredo

          Wastewater Reclamation Plant, and return to open session for possible
          action thereon.

          Motion to Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section
          551.071(1)(a) to discuss contemplated litigation regarding Highland
          Subdivision Unit III and the North Laredo Wastewater Reclamation
          Plant.

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

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

          Motion instruct the City Manager to:
          1) Negotiate the purchase of Highland Park III lots affected by the
             North Laredo Wastewater Plant buffer zone.
          2) Waive the one-year warranty and adopt the maintenance of the
             segment of Shiloh Road affected by the pond seepage, due to
             extenuating circumstances.
          3) Negotiate an amendment to Sherfey Engineering's contract to include
             the design of new sludge handing facilities and to fund the project
             from bond residuals as available.
          4) Bid the fence project with a maximum amount of 50% of total cost
             with a limit of $10,000 to be paid by the city.

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

   X.  COMMUNICATIONS

          a.  County Commissioners Roque Vela and David Cortez asked they be
              included in a committee for the construction of a flag pole and
              flag to complement the Nuevo Laredo flag.  They stated that the
              County has received a donation of $5,000 from Chevron and that we
              should join forces between the City, County, and private sector to
              work on this project.  They estimated the cost of the flag to be
              approximately $25,000 and the flag pole between $60,000 and
              $70,000.

              Mayor Protem Perez stated that they will be contacted by the Metro
              Government Committee to meet on this project.

  XI.  CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION AND PRESENTATION

      45. 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 the use of any budgeted but
          not spent monies for capital improvement projects (CIP) in District I
          to be put back into projects within District I.

          Mayor Protem Perez stated that past practice was to have all the
          projects at the budget workshops outlined as to the way they were
          going to take place during the year, they would work on those
          projects, some had overruns, or underbudgeted.  So they were able to
          leverage all those kinds of monies.  He said he feels that everybody
          wants their monies and that they be spent on their own district, and
          if that is the way they are going to do it, then he would like for
          that to happen in his district.

          Cw. Moreno expressed that District I has received a lot of monies
          because they had a lot of needs, not because they were getting their
          fair share, they got more than their fair share.  She feels they need
          to look at the city as a whole, there has been a lot of division on
          the spending of monies, and thinks they should put an end to this or a
          stop to it.

          Cm. Alvarado stated there a many needs throughout the districts, some
          are more important than others, they cannot allow themselves to tie up
          monies that might be used to take care of some of the special needs by
          designating them in this matter.  He feels they need to prioritize
          when those emergency needs come up they need to prioritize those items
          and if there is additional funding that has not been exhausted in the
          CIP area then they need to shift them were needed, based on priority.

          Cm. Bruni stated some of the funding out there should go to particular
          districts, and for Cm. Alvarado to be talking about being against
          this, he just got $2-3 million for the Lafayette people that were
          being relocated.  He asked for six blocks of sidewalks and for Cw.
          Moreno to say that they are all looking out for their district, yes
          they have to look out for their district.  He thinks monies are not
          fair and equally distributed.

          Cm. Valdez wanted to go on record as agreeing with Cw.  Moreno.  He
          said this needs to stop somewhere, he is supportive of sidewalks,
          recreation centers, but here again we cannot tie up the City Manager's
          hands freezing him from being being able to take care of emergency
          situations such as the one in Chaparral, they have to be based
          themselves on priority.

    B.  Requests by Councilmember Louis H. Bruni

       1. Discussion and possible action on instructing staff to start all the
          necessary negotiations for a Land Use Agreement with the County of
          Webb for the Donation of County owned land on State Highway 59 for the
          construction of the City of Laredo's Regional Fire Training Facility.

          Cm. Bruni stated that he had spoken to County Commissioner Rick Reyes
          about the possibility of investigating the idea of building the fire
          training facility on County owned land,
          instead of in Hwy 359.  The county would deed over to the city for $10
          a year.  They own approximately 300 acres of land there, right now the
          city is doing monitoring on that land, because part that land was a
          landfill.

          Commissioners Vela and Cortez stated that they want to explore the
          possibility on the use of this land.  The County would give them the
          full support if viable and the safety aspects are overcomed.

          Cm. Bruni instructed staff to look at this issue, make recommendations
          to the Intergovernmental Committee and while they are studying the
          flag issue they can put this on the agenda as well and have staff and
          Commissioners see if indeed this can be used to save taxpayers money
          and if there is no TNRCC problems maybe then they can work out an
          agreement.

       2. Discussion and possible action regarding expanding the Brown and Root
          Drainage Study to include a master drainage plan for the Laredo
          International Airport.

          Cm. Bruni said they met with property owners to the south, with other
          constituents and with Commissioner Reyes on some concerns that they
          had about some runoff coming out of the Laredo International Airport.
          They were trying to see if there was private sector monies and if the
          county would commit some monies to expand this project.

          Jose Flores, Airport Director, reported that he had a meeting at
          airport with some private citizens and staff.  They expressed concerns
          on recent rain events, all of these people have properties that adjoin
          the airport or are in the close proximity to the airport.  They were
          indicating that improvements that were made at the airport have
          contributed to additional runoffs onto their properties and they've
          experienced some damages.  It is a delicate issue for the airport, it
          can be resolved by a study of that runoff.

          Cw. Moreno asked if this would entail any funding allocation and from
          where?

          Raj Guntner estimated that the study would cost between $8,000 and
          $10,000.  They need to look at the funds.  Once council authorizes
          them to do that, then they have to go back and see where the monies
          can be allocated from.

          Mr. Pena stated they will look at CIP projects to see which one they
          can close out and bring back an amendment to fund this project.

          Cm. Bruni asked that maybe they can meet with the County Commissioners
          Court because they promised funding on this project, maybe helping on
          match funding.

          Motion to instruct staff to seek funding, and amend the contract with
          Brown and Root drainage project to be included in the Master Plan
          because it's an ongoing project.

          Moved : Cm. Bruni
          Second: Cm. Valdez
          For:  6                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0

       3. Status report regarding the ongoing activities of the Police
          Department, as well as the establishment of a COPS Workstation in the
          Heritage Park Neighborhood.

          Cm. Bruni stated he has a petition from the Heritage Neighborhood with
          110 signatures.

          Police Chief Dovalina reported that they have special
          detailed police officers assigned to the Heritage Park area for the
          last couple of weeks.  The first day they assigned officers there was
          February 5th, this included the recreational vehicle, and they were
          addressing a couple of the problems issues at that particular park.
          The problems included possible gang activity and juvenile crime which
          included vandalism and theft.  They have made several arrests in the
          area, they have had meetings with the residents who are very satisfied
          with the fact that they have had a pro-active stand.  They will
          continue to direct their resources as much as they possible can to
          take care of some of the problems.

          With respect to Community Policing workstation issue that council has
          brought up, they had a workshop last year regarding community policing
          all together and what direction council wants them to take with
          respect to opening more
          workstations in different areas.  They conducted studies as per
          Council directive, and it was directed that they direct their efforts
          at opening up several workstations encompassing council districts.  He
          advised Council that on this area,
          he is awaiting direction from Council.

          Cm. Bruni asked if they can keep that ongoing program right now.  They
          did have arrests made the first night and he would like that Council
          allow the Chief to continue his patrols there until they can catch the
          other two or three bad apples that live there.  Out of 170 families in
          that area there are about two or three families that are causing all
          the problem and most are unsupervised juveniles.

          Chief of Police stated they are addressing the problem and will
          continue to target the area, but if there is another problem area they
          will have to pull those patrols out and target the other problem area.
          It is a matter of having to move around this particular operation, it
          is not one that will remain there, it will be moved depending on
          circumstances it comes to a matter of funding and personnel.

       4. Discussion and possible action regarding the El Metro route #16, TAMIU
          Express schedule. (Co-sponsored by Cm. Joe A.  Guerra)

          Arturo Sanchez III, a TAMIU student, spoke on route concerns, the bus
          schedule ends at 8:30 p.m. leaving the university and they have
          courses that do not let out until 8:45 to 9:00 p.m.  Some of those
          courses are graduate student courses and those students can not make
          it to the bus on time, so therefore they are not registering for those
          courses or they are trying to leave early.  He requested having an
          additional hour of service Monday through Friday which would extend
          the service until 9:30 p.m.  (leaving the university).  He said he
          mailed a letter expressing that possibly for the next 1998-99 school
          year if they can have enough funding to service seven days a week to
          the university.


          Cm. Guerra asked staff to look at the possibility of lowering
          the fares to TAMIU employees to the same of the students.

          Cm. Valdez asked staff to have a dialogue with TAMIU to assist with
          the employee fares.

          Mayor Protem Perez asked staff to prepare a report on the status of
          the Metro System's Strategic Plan for the next five years and on the
          short range plans and that it be sent to the Transit Committee for
          evaluation and recommendation.

          Motion to instruct staff to extend Route #16 one additional hour of
          service as soon as possible from Monday through Thursday (4 hours per
          week) and look at the funding possibility.

          Moved : Cm. Bruni
          Second: Cm. Guerra
          For:  4                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0

    C.  Requests by Councilmember Joe A. Guerra

       1. Discussion and possible action regarding various taxi cab issues.

          Cm. Guerra said there are certain concerns from taxi cab driver/owners
          that were experiencing several problems with the regulatory agency
          that the city has.
          1) These problems have to do with the performance bond requirements.
          2) About having to pay a higher fee than the customary fee that they
             have been paying in the past.
          3) Another concern was about when the situation arises that a taxicab
             becomes a disabled through a mechanical malfunction or collision,
             if it would be in order for them to operate one that does not have
             a meter while they get the taxicab fixed.

          Mr. Jesse Ibarra stated went over their grievances, the ordinance
          requirements and enforcement, and bond requirements.

          Florencio Pena, City Manager, pointed several areas of concern that
          Mr. Ibarra is mentioning.
          1) The performance bond, our ordinance requires a performance bond of
          $1,000 that ensures that they will be providing service, the insurance
          company charges them from $50.00 to $100.00 annually, and that is
          aside and apart from the insurance that the city requires to protect
          the passengers in case of an accident.  It is part a an ordinance and
          only the City Council can eliminate it.  He understands that 65
          taxicabs have renewed their permit and have paid this bond, 11 are
          still pending compliance.  Council may wish to eliminate it if they so
          desire, the reason why it is implemented or required is to make sure
          the they give service.  He feels this requirement should be left in
          the ordinance.

          Second, the taxicab meters, these are basically to give service in
          Laredo.  The requirement is that their taxicabs have taxi meters.  The
          problem is when they have a collision or accident, and the automobile
          is inoperable until repaired, they want to replace it with another
          vehicle.  Mr. Pena stated that there needs to be a system in place,
          they would need to amend the ordinance, set a time frame for the use
          of this other vehicles, it has to pass inspection, it would have to
          specify that they operate for a limited time, and they would have to
          comply with all the requirements.

          Juan Morales, Taxi Inspector, stated that the ordinance requires that
          the taxi cab has a meter in order to operate.
          If they implement such a system, he feels they won't be able to
          protect the customers in reference to charges.  How does the customer
          know how much he is supposed to be charged?

          Third, they have asked to negotiate tariffs to Mexico.  He said that
          the ordinance does not permit this in any way and they do not
          recommend permit negotiating what will be charged to tourists going
          into Mexico.  They have to charge a flat drop charge.

          Fourth, criminal record investigation, the ordinance requires that a
          criminal investigation on taxicab drivers, those were normally done by
          the local police department.  This year there was a change, they have
          asked that the criminal record investigation be done in Austin which
          is more comprehensive, it was implemented and they are asking that
          this not be done.

          Mr. Juan Morales, Taxicab Enforcement Officer, said they are not ready
          with any particular recommendation.   He wants the committee to first
          finish their work and bring all their recommendations.

          Cm. Guerra wants that the first two requirements be modified and that
          the third issue be left as is.  He feels that the taxicab owners will
          agree to pay the $6.  The two main issues are #1 the performance bond,
          if they can waive that requirement and work with them on issue #2,
          when a cab becomes disabled to give them a certain amount of time such
          as a week, 10 days, etc. in the meantime while they get their vehicle
          repaired or replaced.

          Cw. Montalvo stated that this issue should be sent back to the
          Transportation Committee.

          Mr. Pena stated the transportation and airport advisory committees,
          they have overseen these functions in the past, council can direct him
          to not use the committee on this case, if that's council's wish, but
          if council wants to use them, they will have to post a meeting.

          Cw. Montalvo stated the taxi cab drivers are in her district and she
          has dealt with this issues before, but lately they have been coming to
          Cm. Guerra in order to get changes done.  She added she has expressed
          to Mr. Ibarra that these are the
          reason for rules, that they have to abide by the rules that they as
          council implement, they have to go through proper channels.  If they
          continue the practice that anytime someone does not like something,
          and they go to another Councilmember to change whatever they didn't
          like, then they will never agree that there are rules and that they
          must abide by them.

          Cm. Guerra stated that they committee is taking to long to make
          recommendations, these people have a living to make to support
          themselves and their families.

          Mr. Pena suggested that we take these four topics be taken to the
          Transportation Committee for them to address them and make
          recommendations.

          Mayor Protem Perez asked for recommendations and or changes by the
          March 2nd meeting.

          Cw. Moreno stated that comments were made that soliciting was deleted
          on a prior ordinance, she wants the City Secretary to check to see
          what prior action was taken before, to see what deletions, additions,
          and recommendations were done before.  That he check to see if both
          issues were brought forth and if only one was changed or if they
          changed both and was not effectively changed in paper.

    D.  Requests by Councilmember Mario G. Alvarado

       1. Request for staff to schedule a tour of the Border Patrol River Road
          Project with possible action.  This tour should include
          representatives from the International Boundary and Water Commission,
          Rio Grande International Study Center, Border Patrol, Army Corps of
          Engineers, City Health Department, City Engineering Department, City
          Utilities Department, and City Planning Department.

          Motion to approve the tour for Thursday, February 26th at
          4:30 p.m.

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

       2. Update from our Legal Department on the noise nuisance ordinance.

          Jaime Flores, City Attorney, reported that they finished the drafting
          the ordinance on December 23rd.  The Police Department will give an
          update from that point forward.  They will provide City Council with a
          draft of the ordinance.  He added that it has been routed to the
          Police Department, and they were to take comments from there on
          forward.

          Esterina Pulido stated that the progress to this ordinance
          has been very slow and requested that Council and the Mayor place a
          proposed nuisance abatement for the city on the agenda at least once a
          month in order to check the progress and to expedite the review and if
          it all possible have in place before the summer.

          Chief Dovalina stated he is chairing the committee, the ordinance was
          submitted, they have had a number of meetings, lately they have not
          met because there was a matter of scheduling conflicts between some
          members, but the final draft was submitted to legal, and they are
          waiting for their final draft to distribute to the members to see if
          there are any final comments and once that is in place they will
          present it to council.

       3. Request for a preliminary feasibility study by the Planning Department
          of the proposed truck route extension through the CP&L property, with
          possible action.

          Keith Selman, Planning Director, stated that the road itself will be
          incorporated into the study. The request was to identify alternative
          routes and better access through west Laredo, this would be a
          potential option for doing that.  It is included in the RFP.  If
          council wishes them to work on an alignment before the study is done
          and start moving forward on something along those lines, it is up to
          City Council.

          Cm. Alvarado stated that because of the importance of the Bridge IV
          situation, and the traffic congestion in that area that they do
          everything possible to move the project along and that they also look
          at the visibility of it, if it is something that is not feasible then
          council needs to know.

          Motion that staff do everything possible to  move the project along
          and look at the visibility of it, if it is something that is not
          feasible that council be made aware of it.

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

       4. Update on the Orilla Avenue Paving Project, with possible action.

          Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported that the construction plans
          are better than 90% complete, the design of the retaining wall has
          been one of the major factors delaying this project because there are
          two warehouses that are to
          close to the right-of-way where the construction will take place and
          they need to build a retaining wall about 6-8 ft.  high before they
          take the existing retaining wall out of the right-of-way, so they can
          begin construction.  They hope to get the final plans for review in
          the next couple of weeks and will probably go to bids in March.

          This was part of a former project (Project 43) but because of the
          problems with the right-of-way, it got pulled out and they are hoping
          to bid it out separately so they can expedite the construction.

          Cm. Alvarado stated since they do not expect to pave this area before
          the actual work starts the portion of Santa Maria Project, he
          requested that Public Works maintain the road because this will be the
          only entrance and exit for this area.

    E.  Requests by Councilmember Consuelo "Chelo" Montalvo

       1. Discussion and possible action to direct staff to negotiate with
          United Artists Theaters for the purchase of the Plaza Theater for use
          as a community facility for fine art activities and directing staff to
          utilize HUD Section 108 Loan funds for the purchase and rehabilitation
          of said building.

          Larry Dovalina, C&V Director, stated that they went and viewed the
          facility as a possible place where the city might spent some money in
          revitalizing the downtown.  They sent a letter to United Artist
          representatives asking for the availability of the disposition of the
          property and did not receive a response until late December.  About
          the same time, they were contacted by Ann Vela, Martha Gonzalez and
          Margarita Araiza asking if they would be willing to serve on a
          committee with a joint public non-profit partnership in trying to
          purchase a facility, remodel it, and creating it as a Community Arts
          Facility.  They told them they would approach Council and ask for
          their blessing to allow them to help them out and put this together.

          Cindy Collazo, Community Development Director, stated that staff had
          approached United Artist with our interest on its sale.  They
          indicated strong willingness to participate with the city on that.
          They discussed this with Mr. Pena that in order to move quicker on
          this they would pursue upon council approval, a Section  108 Loan.
          They are looking at acquiring the building, rehabilitating it into a
          community use facility.  The approximate cost would be $1.5 million
          and they could incorporate it, upon council's approval in next budget
          year.

          She added that they wanted to come to council and ask if it was
          alright for them to pursue to continue to work on this project and
          with HUD at the same time.  They will bring back what it will cost and
          at that time Council can make a decision, this is not committing
          monies yet.

          Motion to pursue to continue to work on this project and work with HUD
          at the same time.

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

 XII.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

      46. Public hearing to inform the public about the Local Law Enforcement
          Block Grant Program and to solicit input from the public on the
          allocation of funds from the grant awarded to

          the Laredo Police Department by the U.S. Department of Justice.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Esterina Pulido stated that Police Department should tackle
          the crime problems in the needed areas and school areas.

          Motion to close the public hearing.

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

      47. Public hearing for the voluntary annexation of 420.00 acres, more or
          less, of Unitec Industrial Park Tract as described below, as required
          by Section 43,052 of the Texas Local Government Code.

          TRACT 1:  Unitec Industrial Park Tract - 420 acres,
                    more or less. Petitioner: Royal Joint Venture.

          Motion to open public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing.

          Moved : Cm. Guerra
          Second: Cm. Alvarado
          For:  5                       Against:  0         Abstain: 1 Cm. Bruni

      48. Public hearing to create two new positions as required by a grant,
          awarded by the United States Environmental Protection Agency through
          the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission to develop a
          "HazMat Education and Enforcement Program" for the period from January
          1, 1998 through August 31, 1999 and authorizing the City Manager to
          implement changes within man years.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance creating two new positions as required by a grant, awarded
          by the United States Environmental Protection Agency through the Texas
          Natural Resource Conservation Commission to develop a "HazMat
          Education and Enforcement Program" for the period from January 1, 1998
          through August 31, 1999 and authorizing the City Manager to implement
          changes within man years.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      49. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 Annual Budget
          in the amount of $31,845.00, for direct operating expenses for a
          Multi-Agency Financial Disruption Task Force for the period of July 1,
          1997 and ending June 30, 1998.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 Annual Budget in the
          amount of $31,845.00, for direct operating expenses for a Multi-Agency
          Financial Disruption Task Force for the period of July 1, 1997 and
          ending June 30, 1998.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

     50.  Public hearing regarding an ordinance creating and adopting Article XI
          of Chapter 19, motor vehicles and traffic, entitled "Truck Traffic" to
          include new sections 19-400 through 19-530, with Section 19-512
          reserved, thereby organizing current sections and the language of the
          code of ordinances as they pertain to truck traffic and adding new
          truck provisions; including: truck routes and sign posting,
          prohibition of nighttime residential departures from truck route, size
          and weight restrictions, oversize and overweight permits to be had at
          a central permitting office, oversize vehicle escort service license,
          truck parking in residential areas, near schools and in central
          business district, trailer parking on streets, adoption of provisions
          of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, minimum truck parking
          fines, delinquent truck lists; providing for severability; and
          providing for an effective date and publication.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance creating and adopting Article XI of Chapter 19, motor
          vehicles and traffic, entitled "Truck Traffic" to include new sections
          19-400 through 19-530, with Section 19-512 reserved, thereby
          organizing current sections and the language of the code of ordinances
          as they pertain to truck traffic and adding new truck provisions;
          including: truck routes and sign posting, prohibition of nighttime
          residential departures from truck route, size and weight restrictions,
          oversize and overweight permits to be had at a central permitting
          office, oversize vehicle escort service license, truck parking in
          residential areas, near schools and in central business district,
          trailer parking on streets, adoption of provisions of the Federal
          Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, minimum truck parking fines,
          delinquent truck lists; providing for severability; and providing for
          an effective date and publication.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Enrique De La Garza stated that his concern was on the part pertaining
          to truck traffic and adding new truck provisions.  He asked the only
          thing is that he hopes none of the provisions are above and beyond the
          federal regulations.
          The other concern is the "truck routes".  He asked that there be no
          more deletions on truck routes either keep what there is or add a few
          more truck routes.

          He also asked that no more truck routes be deleted in this ordinance
          or in future ordinances.

          Ginger Reinert, Assistant City Attorney, stated that the truck routes
          are essentially the same, there has been some language definition.  As
          far as the federal motor vehicle safety act, they just adopted the
          same thing that the state has.  They organized all the sections that
          had to do with truck traffic.  There are no new regulations above the
          city requirements.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      51. Public hearing regarding an ordinance amending the City of Laredo Code
          of Ordinances by deleting the contents of sections 19-12, 19-13, 19-
          267--19-279, 19-347, 28-2 and 28-5 regarding truck traffic and
          amending Section 24.65.0(a) of the Laredo Land Development Code
          regarding parking in residential zones, which said sections having
          been recodified and revised in the new "City of Laredo Truck Traffic
          Ordinance" to be created and adopted in Article XI of Chapter 19,
          providing for severability; and providing for and effective date.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances by deleting
          the contents of sections 19-12, 19-13, 19-267--19-279, 19-347, 28-2
          and 28-5 regarding truck traffic and amending Section 24.65.0(a) of
          the Laredo Land Development Code regarding parking in residential
          zones, which said sections having been recodified and revised in the
          new "City of Laredo Truck Traffic Ordinance" to be created and adopted

          in Article XI of Chapter 19, providing for severability; and providing
          for and effective date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

          Moved : Cm. Bruni
          Second: Cm. Valdez
          For:  6                       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:  6                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      52. Public hearing closing the hearing on the Paving Assessment Street
          Improvements Project 60 and fixing a lien and charge.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance closing the hearing on the Paving Assessment Street
          Improvements Project 60 and fixing a lien and charge.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, made the presentation before the
          council.

          Francis Villarreal, State Certified Appraiser, reported that
          the property values were enhanced by the values assessed except by 2
          parcels on Bayard Street between New York and Canada.  On Canada there
          is a drainage ditch and these two properties have been eroding toward
          the creek, in her opinion they would not be enhanced by the paving.
          She recommends no enhancement on both of those parcels (Parcels 108
          and Parcel 115).

          There was no public input.


          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

          Moved : Cw. Moreno
          Second: Cm. Valdez
          For:  6                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

     52a. Approval of construction of the Bond Issue Street Paving Assessment
          Project 60 (26 Blocks) by the Department of Public Works and the
          Utilities Department. Funding is available in the CD Department CDBG
          CD Project, Street Fund/Paving Project 60; Water Works '92 Bond-
          Construction Project 60, Water Works '92 A Bond Construction Paving
          Project 60, Water Works '93 Bond Construction Paving Project 60, Water
          Works '94 Bond Construction Paving Project 60; Sewer System '92 A Bond
          Construction Paving Project 60, Sewer System '90 Bond Construction
          Paving Project 60; and 98 CO Issue Paving Project 60.

          Motion to approve.

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


      53. Public hearing regarding an ordinance amending Article III, titled
          "Tow Services," of Chapter 32, of the City of Laredo Code of
          Ordinances, thereby revising the sections for tow services on the
          City's Rotation List; providing for permitting, regulations and
          penalties; providing for a restructuring of the fees (allowed to be)
          charged by tow services, increasing the storage and towing fees;
          providing (for the possibility of a centralized City Vehicle Storage
          Facility; providing) an increase in the Rotation List Permit Fee;
          (distinguishing between average towns and heavy-duty wrecker tows;
          calling for a bi-annual review; creating a separate list of tow
          services for tows or storage of stolen vehicles returned from Mexico
          and the fees charged) providing for severability; and providing for an
          effective date and publication.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending Article III, titled "Tow Services," of Chapter 32,
          of the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances, thereby revising the
          sections for tow services on the City's Rotation List; providing for
          permitting, regulations and penalties; providing for a restructuring
          of the fees (allowed to be) charged by tow services, increasing the
          storage and towing fees; providing (for the possibility of a
          centralized City Vehicle Storage Facility; providing) an increase in
          the Rotation List Permit Fee; (distinguishing between average towns
          and heavy-duty wrecker tows; calling for a bi-annual review; creating
          a separate list of tow services for tows or storage of stolen vehicles
          returned from Mexico and the fees charged) providing for severability;
          and providing for an effective date and publication.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Enrique De La Garza asked that in case of an accident will he be able
          to choose his own tow service.

          Ginger Reinart, Assistant City Attorney, stated that they will be
          allowed to choose their own tow service, but not if they are arrested,
          police initiated, or returns from Mexico.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      54. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo's FY 1997-98 annual budget
          in the amount of $369,563.00, for the purchase of creek cleaning
          equipment and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's FY 1997-98 annual budget in
          the amount of $369,563.00, for the purchase of creek cleaning
          equipment and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      55. Public hearing regarding an ordinance amending the City of Laredo's
          1997-1998 Annual Budget in the amount of $53,480.00, for funding of
          the Multi-Agency Major Organization Investigation Task Force for the
          period of January 1, 1998 through December 31, 1998.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 Annual Budget in the
          amount of $53,480.00, for funding of the Multi-Agency Major
          Organization Investigation Task Force for the period of 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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council


XIII.  MOTION TO RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO CONVENTION AND VISITOR'S
       BUREAU ADVISORY BOARD


       Motion to recess and convene as The Laredo Convention and
       Visitor's Bureau Advisory Board.

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

      56. Approval of a contract with Maverick Video Productions in the amount
          of $30,000.00, to produce a Spanish and English tourism video brochure
          for the Laredo Convention and Visitors Bureau.

          Motion to approve.

          Moved : Cw. Moreno
          Second: Cm. Valdez
          For:  6                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0

      57. Presentation regarding the on-going activities of the Laredo
          Convention and Visitor's Bureau.

          Larry Dovalina, Convention & Visitors Bureau Director, presented the
          Council with a brief case which also contained the report of the
          activities of the Bureau.

          Ramon Hernandez and Francisco Tamez went over the Bureau's
          promotions and advertisements made in their market.

          Motion to adjourn as The Laredo Convention and Visitors Bureau and
          convene as The City Council.

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

 XIV.  ADJOURNMENT

          Motion to adjourn.    Time: 10:30 p.m.

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

I HEREBY CERTIFY THAT THE ABOVE MINUTES CONTAINED IN PAGES 01 TO 39
ARE TRUE, COMPLETE, AND CORRECT PROCEEDINGS OF THE REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING
HELD ON THE 17TH DAY OF FEBRUARY, 1998.  A CERTIFIED COPY IS ON FILE AT THE CITY
SECRETARY'S OFFICE.


                                  ________________________
                                   GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.
                                   CITY SECRETARY