CITY OF LAREDO
                          CITY COUNCIL MEETING

                         CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
                          1110 HOUSTON STREET
                             LAREDO, TEXAS
                               6:00 P.M.

                                 MINUTES


      M-98-R-09                                  FEBRUARY 23, 1998

   I.  CALL TO ORDER

       With a quorum present Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores called the meeting to
       order.

  II.  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

       Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores led in the Pledge of Allegiance.

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

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

       Moved : Cm. Valdez
       Second: Cm. Perez
       For:  8                          Against:  0         Abstain: 0

  IV.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

       2. Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to
          effectively convey fee simple title to Export Storage Co.,
          Incorporated, for the sale of the "Surface Only" at it's fair market
          value, of certain City properties described as Parcel "A" consisting
          of 13,890 square feet (55.55' x 250') out of that former section of
          the 1900 block of Garden Street between the west right-of-way line of
          Santa Rita Avenue and the east right-of-way line of Vidaurri Avenue
          and being bounded on the north by Block 557, W.D. and on the south by
          Block 550, W.D. and Parcel "B" consisting of 13,890 square feet
          (55.56' x 250') out of the former section of the 1900 block of
          Constantinople Street between the west right-of-way line of Santa Rita
          Avenue and the east right-of-way line of Vidaurri Avenue, being
          bounded on the north by Block 562, W.D. on the south by Block 557,
          W.D.  situated in the Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County,
          Texas, and hereby approving the submitted Improvement Plan and which
          is in compliance with Section 10 of the Street Closing/Sales Policy
          Handbook as approved per Resolution No. 97-R-140; and providing for an
          effective date. (Action must first be taken on item #8 prior to action
          being taken on this item.)

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

       3. Authorizing the City Manager to execute an agreement between the City
          of Laredo Utilities Department, as Seller and the City of Laredo
          General Fund, as Buyer, to purchase the leasehold interest from the
          Utilities Department consisting of an office building and improvements
          located at 4002 Bartlett at the Laredo International Airport.  The
          purchase price is $400,000.00, being the appraised fair market value
          of the building and improvements.

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

       4. Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease between the City of
          Laredo Airport Fund, as Lessor and the City of Laredo General Fund, as
          Lessee, for two tracts of land containing approximately 8.973 acres,
          consisting of 6.597 acres out of Block No.  30 and 2.376 acres out of
          Block No. 22, recorded in Volume 5, Page 1, Plat Records of Webb
          County, said property is located at the Laredo International Airport.
          1.  Lease term is for twenty five (25) years plus one 10 year renewal
          option.
          2. The initial monthly rent shall be $3,908.67 plus annual CPI rent
             adjustments and to include rent adjustments based on fair market
             appraisal at each 10 year anniversary period.

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

       5. Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease between the City of
          Laredo General Fund, as Lessor and the University of Texas Board of
          Texas Board of Regents for use and benefit of the University of Texas
          Health Science Center at San Antonio as Lessee, for two tracts of land
          containing approximately 8.973 acres, consisting of 6.597 acres out of
          Block No.  30 and 2.376 acres out of Block No. 22, recorded in Volume
          5, Page 1, Plat Records of Webb County, said property is located at
          the Laredo International Airport.
          1.  Lease term is for twenty five (25) years plus one 10 year renewal
              option.
          2.  The monthly rent during the term of the lease agreement and during
              any option to renew shall be $10.00 per year.
          The City hereby declares the establishment and construction of a
          localized medical education and research campus is sufficient
          consideration for this lease.

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

   V.  FINAL READINGS

       Motion to waive the final reading of ordinance #98-O-023,
       #98-O-054, #98-O-056, #98-O-057, #98-O-061, #98-O-062,
       #98-O-063, #98-O-064, and #98-O-065.

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

       6. 98-O-023  Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 Annual
                    Budget by increasing estimated revenues and appropriations
                    in the Paseo Del Antiguo Laredo fund by $1,345,198.00, and
                    authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget,
                    providing for publication and effective date. (As Amended)
                    (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-023.

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

       7. 98-O-054  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.  (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-054.

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

       8. 98-O-055  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.
                    (Consuelo "Chelo" Montalvo)

                    Motion to waive the final reading.

                    Moved : Cm. Perez
                    Second: Cw. Moreno
                    For:  8

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-055.

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

       9. 98-O-056  Dedicating as public right-of-way, a tract of City-owned
                    land, located adjacent to the South Laredo Fire Station, to
                    be officially designated as the 2500 Block of South Malinche
                    Avenue, and 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. (As Amended) (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-056.

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

      10. 98-O-057  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.  (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-057.

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

      11. 98-O-060  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.  (City Council)

                    Cw. Moreno asked if they are approving the position, if they
                    approve the ordinance?

                    Mr. Pena answered no, they will not, they have to bring back
                    an amendment to create the positions.

                    Cw. Moreno wanted to go on record as approving the concept,
                    but not approving the additional positions.

                    Motion to table.

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

      12. 98-O-061  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.  (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-061.

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

      13. 98-O-062  Ordinance closing the hearing on the Paving Assessment
                    Street Improvements Project 60 and fixing a lien and charge.
                    (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-062.

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

      14. 98-O-063  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. (City Council)

                    Jaime L. Flores, City Attorney, read for the record,
                    "Section 32-89 item #14 should read
                    "Political bumper stickers, no tow service shall allow any
                    of its wreckers to display political bumper stickers on any
                    lease initiated tow."  He said this wording was left out at
                    the first reading of this ordinance.

                    Motion to accept the amendment as read into the record by
                    the City Attorney.


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

      15. 98-O-064  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. (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-064.

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

      16. 98-O-065  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.
                    (City Council)

                    Motion to approve #98-O-065.

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

  VI. MOTIONS

      17. Authorizing the City Manager to extend and amend the current
          concessions contract with Juan Gamez, Miguel Gamez, and Hector Chapa
          d.b.a. J&H Concessions which provides for food and beverage concession
          operations at Veterans Field for a twelve (12) month term as per
          contract terms which allows for a 12 month extension. The amendment
          consists of a 5% increase in the percentage of revenues received for
          alcoholic beverages from 15% to 20%.

          Motion to approve.

          Moved : Cm. Perez
          Second: Cw. Moreno
          For:  8                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0


 VII.  CITY MANAGER'S REPORT

      18. Presentation of the 1996-97 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report
          (CAFR) prepared by the City of Laredo's Financial Services Department
          and audited by the independent audit firm of Baum & Mejia CPA's.

          Mr. Clayton Baum and Mr. Raul Garza of the firm Clayton Baum made the
          presentation.

          Mr. Garza reported that as a result of the new federal/state
          guidelines which became effective and were implemented for the fiscal
          year September 30, 1997, the have issued a total of three reports that
          cover three general areas.
          1) The city's financial statements.
          2) Its compliance with federal/state governing laws and regulations.
          3) Its internal control structure in place to help monitor the three
             areas mentioned.

          He added the type of report which he has issued is an unqualified
          opinion.  It is the highest possible opinion which they can issue on
          any entity.

          They did not find any material instances that were required by
          auditing standards to report to council.  They did however make some
          observations and recommendations which they have included in the
          letter to management and which have been presented to the audit
          committee today.

          He confirmed the audited unbalanced for the year ended September 30,
          1997.  The audited fund balance for the general fund at 9/30/97 is
          $11,280,237.  The budgeted fund balance for that period was $8,559,761
          ended up with $2,720,476 more than anticipated.  He said this
          primarily resulted because you received more revenues than anticipated
          and the expenditures were less than what was budgeted.

          Cw. Moreno questioned, the money that is in excess of the original
          amount and the fund balance, are we able to spend it during the year?
          Are we doing this properly in terms of spending the money or not?

          Mr. Garza quoted, "yes, those $11,280,237 that is what is called the
          undesignated fund balance, so pretty much you have it at your
          discretion to use it in the new year as you see fit."

          Jaime Flores, City Attorney, stated he has to review this issue and
          does not have an answer right now.

          Mr. Pena said that from the management prospective, he does not
          recommend the City Council to appropriate money from the fund balance
          but legally, he thinks that everyone has looked at it and they are
          saying it is o.k.  The charter has a provision that says that those
          fund balances, however, can only be used for one time expenditures,
          not for recurring expenditures so there is a restriction on the use of
          those fund balances.

      19. 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.

          Mr. Pena requested that this item be pulled out and said that they do
          not need to have discussion on this item, and that was no action
          needed.

          Motion to waive the rules and move this item to the end of the
          meeting.

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


VIII.  COMMUNICATIONS

       Mr. Rico Flynn congratulated and welcomed the New Mayor, Mrs. Betty
       Flores and congratulated Cm. Casso for the flag pole movement.  He said
       he had done a location scout and that the best site is next to the
       Holiday Inn.  He asked that they consult for advice from Mexico.  He does
       not think that our flag should be bigger because it is Texas, that it
       should be the same size and suggested that it be introduced on July 4th.

  IX.  CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION AND PRESENTATION

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

    A.  Requests by Councilmember Louis H. Bruni

       1. Discussion and possible action regarding infrastructure and water
          improvements in the Casa Verde acreage, and possible development of a
          joint agreement between the City of Laredo and Webb County for such
          improvements.

          Cm. Bruni stated that on February 29, 1996 he was handed a petition by
          60 property owners and residents of Casa Verde acres requesting water
          and wastewater services to include engineering of the roadway and
          construction of wastewater lines.  It has been over two years and he
          thinks they have gotten very far behind in their request.  He asked
          that staff formulate some kind a study where they can help these
          people.

          He wants staff to formulate a report and recommendation on the cost to
          extend University Blvd. approximately 300-400 ft.  to intersect with
          Casa Verde Road.  He was told that the Killam Family has agreed and he
          will be speaking to them.
          He was told that they have agreed to give us the necessary right-of-
          way, which is approximately 300 ft., if they can extend University
          Blvd. 300 ft to intersect with Casa Verde Road they would eliminate
          5,000 ft. of road that they now need to access their property and we
          would also eliminate a very dangerous TxDot crossing that intersects
          with Loop 20.

          He wants that on an immediate short term, they contact the property
          owners and respectfully request that they furnish the right-of-way,
          that we go in there and clear the right of way, and construct a 25-30
          foot caliche road so that the dangerous intersection can be
          eliminated.

          On the long term (during budget hearings) he suggested that staff see
          how they can help these people pertaining to water
          and wastewater infrastructure.

          Mr. Pena stated the property was annexed in 1991, it included a 1,500
          acre tract, he did not have an opportunity to get with staff regarding
          the reason for the annexation, but in the service plan it did provide
          for the city to immediately provide police protection, garbage collection which is being provided,
          and water and sewer services would be in accordance with the
          subdivision ordinances of the city.  As they plat the property owners
          are required to extend their lines, the City Charter also addresses the concern of water/sewer by stating that
          the city cannot extend at the request of developers the water/sewer
          lines.  They talked to the Texas Water Development Board to see if
          they qualify for any kind of funding like the colonias, and they got a
          replied that basically said "no" it did not, it did not have the elements of a
          colonia project.  So as the area plats, basically they will be
          extending water and sewer lines at the cost of the developer.

          In terms of the paving of streets, there is no restriction on that.
          Currently in the Calton Gardens area they have numerous streets that
          are unpaved and that they are currently in the process of finalizing
          the plans to go in there even though they do not have the adequate
          right-of-way, but in order to reduce the cost of maintenance go in
          there and lay some asphalt.  He said that this would be an effort to
          keep down the maintenance cost.

          Cm. Bruni stated that there is no developer out there that is going to
          foot the bill, these are 70 property owners, and we as city annexed
          them.  His concern is that it seems that there will never be services
          out there because they keep talking about the developer.  He said they
          need to find out how to get infrastructure to them, besides the
          pavement of the road and besides taking the dangerous curve off.

          Mr. Pena stated that state law allows cities to do assessment for
          water and sewer.  That would not be doing the water/sewer extension at
          the cost of the city.  In essence what they would do there, they would
          have to hold public hearings, and levy a lien on all abutting property
          owners, they will be in essence paying for it, but they would be on an
          assessment basis.  He said they can explore that possibility.  They
          would still pay for it, but the city may have to foot the bill upfront
          and then get reimbursed upon the platting of the properties.  It is
          called the sewer/water assessment program.

          Mayor Flores stated that they need to meet with the property owners
          and talk about the possibilities.

          Cm. Bruni stated they have meet with these people four or five times
          in February of 1996 and nothing has been done.

          Mr. Pena stated they have discussed water/sewer assessments with some
          property owners.

          Fernando Roman, Utilities Directors, stated the last time they put the
          project together (last year) they were looking at $700,0000-$800,000
          to bring water and sewer.  To bring the services fully to all lots it
          would be approximately
          $800,000.  Some residents suggested that whenever we extend the
          Jacaman Road from McPherson to the Loop, that if we were to put the
          water line at that point, that it would knock about $150,000 out of
          the total amount and they would like that because then obviously the
          tap goes down for them.
          To do a water/sewer assessment they are looking at about three
          quarters of a million that the city would have to invest.

          Mr. Javier Elizondo stated they have patiently waited for two years,
          they are not developers, and does not know what the elements of a
          colonia are, but he wants to know how water and sewer were put all the
          way to the detention center without getting a lien from the property
          owners.  He said they do not want any more studies done on this item.

          Mr. Pena stated there is an income requirement, the cost benefit
          ratio, and it was funded through an Economic Development Grant and
          that grant was to assist the county to provide services to their
          detention facility which provided job opportunities.  The criteria
          used there met that requirement.  He further stated that City Council
          approved that application and it was submitted.

          Cm. Bruni wants staff to set up a meeting with the landowners of the
          area.

          Motion instructing staff to look at the feasibility of extending
          University Blvd. approximately 300-400 ft. to intersect with Casa
          Verde Road.

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

          Motion to instruct staff to find the necessary funding to provide
          water and wastewater infrastructure for the Casa Verde acres for the
          next fiscal year and that staff come back with the report on the
          funding.

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

       2. Presentation by Abraham Rivera of the University Club at TAMIU
          regarding the 4th of July fireworks display, with possible action.

          Mr. Abraham Rivera suggested a fireworks display for the 4th of July
          at the Casa Blanca Fireworks Display.  He contacted
          several organizations that do this professionally.  He contacted
          personnel in charge of Casa Blanca at the Texas Parks & Wildlife
          Division as whether or not they can do the fireworks display there and
          was advised favorably.  He also contacted Laredo Philharmonic to ask
          them whether or not they would play and the indicated that they were
          interested in doing so.  The theater was also contacted and asked to
          perform and they said they would love to do this.

          He said that the cost is reasonable and he thinks that instead of the
          city funding this, he can get most of the stores involved to
          contribute to the fireworks display.  This could save the city money,
          he will ask the stores if the city backs this endeavor in some way.
          He suggested that maybe the city can provide the Park and Ride
          facility such as was it used for the Jalapeno Fest, this would
          minimize any type of damage to the park.  He spoke to several store
          managers and thinks they might put about 3/4 of the actual cost of the
          fireworks display if they know the city is backing it up in some way.
          This display would encourage people to stay in Laredo instead of going
          out of town to see a fireworks display.

          Cm. Casso recommended that maybe something can be done for the year
          2000.  They are estimating about $1,000 per minute for the display,
          Mr. Elizondo is asking $7,000 from the City and the rest from the
          stores, or a letter of support stating that the City likes the idea,
          the city cannot afford it, but suggested maybe supporting the concept
          so that he can go to the merchants with the letter asking them if they
          can fund the entire thing.  He said they might be able to give him a
          resolution if it is not going to require funding.

          Cm. Bruni thinks there is no problem trying to get this done and
          stated he will be happy to help find monies with the private sector.

          Cm. Alvarado was in favor, but said his concern is that in the past
          organized groups have sponsored this type of events, and when these
          activities are done they also have insurance to cover any type of
          liabilities.  He said someone needs to be responsible for that type of
          insurance and if this is an organized effort, by endorsing it (as a
          city) we would expose ourselves to some liability.

          Cm. Bruni suggested that the legal aspect be taken care of by the City
          Attorney and Mr. Rivera, but in concept they can endorse something
          without any legal ramification.  The promoter will have all the
          necessary insurance.  He suggested that they have a meeting with Mr.
          Rivera and the City Attorney to see if there is any liability to the
          City and see if they provide him with the support letter.

          Requests by Councilmember Alfonso "Poncho" Casso

       1. Discussion and possible action regarding an Economic Development
          Corporation.

          Cm. Casso stated he will not attend the workshop of the sales tax.  He
          expressed that Council needs to decide if we are in favor of the
          Economic Development Corporation and if we are, what are the pros and
          cons and do we want to fund this
          corporation through.  The only way they can create an Economic
          Corporation is through that sales tax and thinks that they need to
          decide whether that is what this council wants to pursue and whether
          they want to do it in the May or August election.

          The other issue is whether they are going to tie it jet service or to
          some other type of projects.  He said he does not like the approach
          being used to sell it to the public (through Jet Service), they need
          to sell it as an Economic Development Corporation even though the
          concept may be difficult for some people to understand.  They need to
          decide because it will be difficult selling it in August and they have
          to go on record as a Council to either supporting it or not supporting
          it.  They need to try to do it together as a
          community because there is opposition, but if it is delayed until
          August they are going to amount more opposition and it will not pass
          in August because it will be the only item before the voters.

          This council has made a decision to have this in May so he'd like to
          hear from council on whether they are in favor of these Economic
          Development Corporation and are they willing to fight for it or just
          kind of sit back and let somebody else fight for it and how is it
          going to be explained to the people.

          Cw. Montalvo's concern was that they do not have the projects in
          place.

          Cm. Casso stated the only way he will support this is if monies are
          going for infrastructure.

       2. Discussion and possible action regarding providing financial
          incentives for the Colombia Bridge.

          Cm. Casso said that the Bridge Manager and him have been talking about
          doing something to try to encourage more utilization of the Colombia
          Bridge through financial incentives, maybe lowering fees at Colombia.
          He asked that staff look into lowering the fees at Colombia, he knows
          that the Bridge Manager is working on something and perhaps this will
          give him his marching order to bring something before council.  If
          they look at the number of more empties that crossed last year versus
          the loaded trucks, there were more empties (395,000 empties vs.
          344,000 loaded) and if they can do something to re-route some of those
          empties from Bridge II to Colombia, through financial incentives it
          would reduce a lot of the congestion in downtown and in IH-35.  He
          wants that staff bring something back because the Bridge Manager had
          mentioned that he could actually enhance revenues by reducing the fees
          in Colombia, he wants to see what is formulated or what strategy he
          has.

          Cm. Casso wants staff to include incentives for empties, loaded,
          bobtails, etc for southbound trucks.

       3. Discussion and possible action regarding the fire training facility.

          Cm. Casso stated it was his understanding that some of those bond
          monies were misappropriated and they were used in another project.  He
          wants to know how much money was used of the total amount, the
          duration of time or if it has been paid back, or what exactly is
          happening?

          Conrado Hein, Finance Director, explained that back in late 1994 or
          early 1995 council approved the purchase of the acreage for the
          landfill.  About 57 acres at a cost of $625,000.00 that was used from
          the bond money to construct the fire training facility.  Out of the
          total price for the 200+ acres that were bought for the present
          landfill, the first 50+ acres, that are in the front, those were
          designated for a fire training facility, and those acres were given
          the appraised value at $625,000, those were purchased by bond money
          and they were approved by council.

          Cm. Casso stated they approved it, but that was for the fire training
          facility, now the land is not for the fire training facility.

          Mr. Hein stated three of four acres were used for the construction of
          the recycling facility.  Presently Carlos Mejia is looking at the
          feasibility of the construction of the fire training facility.

          Cm. Casso asked how much money has been invested for land for the fire
          training facility at this landfill?  Lets say we decide we are not
          going to locate there, what are we going to do with the $625,000.00
          plus interest.  He added that as council they never authorized to use
          bond monies to buy landfill property, it was to buy property for a
          fire training facility.

          Mr. Pena explained that the 57 acres were part of the total 200 acres
          that were bought, the total sale was $1.2 million for the 200 acres,
          50 acres of it was charged to the bond fund in the amount of
          $625,000.00, the 150 acres remaining were sold for the other
          $600,000.00, so 150 acres were bought for 650 acres and the 57 were
          bought for $650,000.00  The city had a lease, a 30 year lease, for
          $35,000.00 a year for that landfill and they bought it for $1.2
          million.

          The other issue was that it was bought for a fire training facility,
          but what happened since then was that in 1995 they built the MURF
          which was land that was purchased with bond money which needs to be
          reimbursed.   In the meantime the Fire Chief has been looking at these
          50 acre track which abuts Highway 359, its not a very suitable site
          for a fire training facility.  They have a lot of head knocking to
          whether they want to build it there or not.  Carlos Mejia was
          contracted to design the training facility in that location, he is two
          weeks away from showing his optimum design within that location.
          There is sense among staff that it is not the optimum location for
          this facility.  As soon as they get the report from Mejia to see how
          it fits, either they build it there or their recommendation to council
          then would be to properly make a decision to put it to market to sell
          it so they can use that money to buy some other property to build a
          fire training facility.  Arbitrate law says if you do not spend the
          money within five years, there is a penalty and we are about there,
          either this year or next year they will be on that phase because these
          bonds were purchased tax exempt.
          Within the next three months, they need to decide on the location so
          they can go forward to build the facility.

          Cm. Casso wants to see the chronology and all the paperwork as to what
          led to that decision.  He wants to see council votes and the action
          taken because it was a bad decision.

          Cm. Pena stated there is an alternative, and that is to build it at
          that location, which is what the original intention was.

          Cm. Casso stated they need to decide whether they are going to build
          there or not, he also wants to hear from the Fire
          Chief as to what he thinks about that location based on his
          professional opinion.

          Chief Ramirez stated he was not in favor of the location for several
          reasons, in 1994 there was a lot less population and it could have
          been more attractive, but at this time there are many people moving to
          that area, it has been annexed, and the configuration of the land is
          not to his liking.  At this time they are waiting for the design from
          Mejia Engineers to see if it is conceivable, they are still looking at
          several other options that may conceivable.

          Mr. Pena stated they will have a recommendation by the second meeting
          in March if it is feasible to build there based on what the engineers
          have designed or whether they should start considering other sites.

       4. Discussion and possible action regarding the Airport Advisory Board.

          Cm. Casso explained that when they went to the workshop he heard many
          of the Airport Board Members upset that they were not being informed
          with due time and told him that they got the jet service report that
          day at the meeting.  He said they want to get these reports in advance
          so that when they go to these meeting they have read them and they
          don't have to spend time reading them during the workshops and or at
          the meetings.  He added that the Airport Board did not go through this
          report before it went to the workshop and they are the ones working on
          jet service.

          Mr. Pena stated that council appointed a committee consisting of Mr.
          Bruni, the Mayor, and two Citizens to negotiate the contract with the
          airlines.  They worked with that committee and there was a lot of
          information that was somewhat kept close because of the negotiations
          with Continental and American and they didn't want either one to have
          an understanding of the whole picture.  There are still many details
          that have to be deliberated and they will either work with the Airport
          Advisory Board or with this committee however council wishes.

          Cm. Casso stated it is great that this committee was created, but
          nevertheless, that committee should have gone to the Airport Advisory
          Board.   They should have at least gotten this report in advanced.

          Cm. Bruni stated nobody saw the report, not even the committee or the
          council until that day.

    C.  Requests by Councilmember Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

       1. Report regarding the status of the City's utilities work portion of
          the Hwy 59 reconstruction and widening project.

          Cm. Valdez stated there are business concerns, some businesses are
          experiencing about 45% loss of their normal business, and he wants to
          know what commitment he can get from Mr. Roman as far as the utilities
          portion of the work.
          He also wants an idea as to what the original construction schedule
          is?  What the revised schedule is going to look like, and if they are
          able to implement some of the ideas discussed today.

          Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, briefed a recap of the work done
          by the Utilities Department.  There are water lines replacements close
          to the curve, most of the work is required between McPherson and IH-
          35, that is most of the labor intensive work.  They have 9-10
          crossings under the highway that they are doing as part of the bid
          that will be opened this Friday.  There are several adjustments
          between Ejido and McPherson that are not very challenging.

          On the wastewater side they have the most challenging work.  They have
          8 blocks of 18" line that need about 13 feet down and need to be
          backfilled with a certain specification and a method good enough to
          resist trailers and heavy traffic.

          There is approximately 6,000 ft. of sewer line that needs to follow
          going east from that 18" line.  All this replacements are necessary
          because the project seeks to eliminate the hump on 59 which provides
          the drainage for the runoff and instead they are putting a storm
          sewer.

          They have advanced and should be getting to Barcelona and should be
          advancing to Valencia by March 9th.  This is in anticipation of the
          results of the project bid which are going to be opened on February
          27th.  They will award the project on March 2nd.  They are hoping to
          get a contractor that can mobilize within 7-10 days after they let the
          project and that would mean that they could get started by March 9th
          or 12th.  In the meantime, they will maintain their force at work and
          continue working on the same sewer line as though we are doing the
          whole job.  They have asked TxDot to give them four months to finish
          all the water work between IH-35 and McPherson and they are saying
          that it would not necessarily lengthen the overall time of the
          project.

          Several scenarios that they can do in the meantime with the traffic
          are:
          1) To maintain the three lane closure as it is right now.
             The advantages of this is that the site is completely controlled
             and it is safer.  In terms of construction it allows for a faster
             pace, because they do not have to be moving barricades and moving
             machinery back and forth.
          2) That the 21 blocks from Ejido to McPherson remain the way they are
             because the contractor can do a lot of work right now.  They have
             gotten out of the way on that north side of the street and there is
             nothing to impede their progress.  They were discussing the pros
             and cons of allowing the city to open the five lanes of McPherson
             Road except for three blocks that are needed for the construction
             plus traffic control.  Some pros are that there are about 12 blocks
             opened to normal traffic and normal circulation.  The cons are that
             the safety liability goes up and traffic will be coming in and out
             of those five lanes into two lanes.  They also have to remove
             all the machinery at night from the site, cover the trenches.

          The decision they have to do is, do we open about 12 blocks
          for the full five lanes, assuming the liability and the safety aspects
          of job, which we would do as a city?   Do we leave the three lanes
          closed for the duration of the job, eliminating the safety issue, the
          safety liability, but knowing that we have to do something else so
          that the merchants can get some relief from the problems that we have
          right now.  This is basically where they are right now.  He said they
          did not conclude the meeting today with a conclusion, or
          recommendation because they need to meet with Mr. Pena and do
          additional work with him before they bring a recommendation to
          council.

          Cm. Bruni wants that they meet with TxDot to look at the possibility
          of working at night and that they also look at shortening the time
          line of 18 months.

          Juan Villarreal, Area Engineer for TxDot and Salvador Mercado,
          Director of Operations, were before council to give an update on the
          project.  They gave an overview of the project construction, the cost
          is approximately $5.7 million, the project was let in June 1997, they
          delayed the start of construction until after the Christmas Holidays,
          because they felt that is the time most of the merchants in the area
          have the most benefit.  At this time, the lapse time of the project is
          3% and the project is approximately 5% complete.

          As far as to how many blocks are ready as far as utilities and why
          Price Construction is not working on all 21 blocks,
          he said that the area from Ejido to McPherson had crossings all along.
          They could not proceed with construction until these crossings were
          adjusted.  All of the crossings have been adjusted and this was as of
          last week.  As of this week they started with the storm sewer system,
          the sewer system that the contractor is installing is going to be at a
          rate of 100 meters a day, it will progress fast and will get to
          McPherson fast.  TxDot looks at safety and they will go out of its way
          to expedite the project, they are talking to the city of possibilities
          of changing or refacing the construction.  If it is decided to go into
          different phasing where they reconstruct only up to McPherson and wait
          for the city to get done with utilities, they would still have to go
          down to the two lanes after the utilities are out of the way.
          They have scheduled weekly meetings with the contractor and the
          utility companies, where they provide them with the schedules, updates
          of what they have done and weekly plans.

          Cm. Perez wants a month per month status report in order to have
          merchants informed of the status of the project.

          Mr. Mercado stated they met with the property owners on February 5th
          which is when they found out about some of the concerns that they
          should have probably addressed earlier.  Some of the things asked by
          the property owners have been addressed.  He stated there were two
          things that were brought up, working at night and they are looking at
          this tonight.  Some operations are opened for working at night, but
          not the storm sewer.  They checked on the accidents and as of January
          1997 there were 21 accidents and in January 1998 they had 30.  U.S.
          359 is 97% complete, the contractor is 99.9 % complete and he has used
          only 97% of his time.

          Mr. Hector Alvarado, a businessman on Saunders, was concerned
          about the pace in which the project is done.  He asked help from the
          City, because businesses are dying, sale percentages
          have gone done, TxDot is concerned about employee safety, but asked
          what about them who are the backbone of the city and wants to know
          what will be done about it.

          Tony Gutierrez, of Kimberly Flower Box, stated they need some relief.
          He said that if they are laying a sanitary sewer on the north side of
          the highway, why don't they lay the storm sewer right next to it?  He
          knows that there are design problems, that they need to take care of,
          but asked that as they escavate that they do the two sewers and only
          do it one time, instead of closing on one side and opening on the
          center, that could have been a design that could have taken priority
          on the project.  He thinks that they should study that situation and
          maybe open only once, lay the two sewers, and go about the business.
          He asked for relief in the area of taxes from the city.

          Cristina Gloria, owner of Gloria Monument Company, had the same
          concerns as the other property owners.  She has had
          problems with too much traffic, she pointed a situation that occurred
          to her concerning a safety issue, and stated her business is going
          down, and has had drop in sales.  In Valentine' Day she had no sales
          in flowers and is loosing in the monument sales.

          Rosie Gregory on behalf of Gregory Driving School and Texas Against
          Drunk Drivers, questioned why contractors didn't take merchants into
          consideration before they closed the contract.  When she sees accident
          rates there is nothing that they can do to slow down motor vehicles
          drivers unless they kick off a public service announcement to remind
          the motor vehicle drivers of their responsibility in driving and to
          look at the stores on Saunders.  She asked what would it take for the
          City Council or for the Public Access Channel to get together with
          these merchants and make a safety tip for the rest of Laredo.  They
          can re-enact Mrs. Gloria's situation
          and create it into a public service.

          Mr. Roque Godines a concerned citizen stated he is not a business
          person who said these people are asking for help and he wants to see
          how fast help will come for them.

          Mr. Bob Price, President of Price Construction, stated he understands
          and is sympathetic to their plight.  As to their capability there has
          been eluding that they have too much work, spread too thin, etc.  He
          explained the job was awarded in June there have been numerous delays
          to this project.  It was not awarded initially, it was held off due to
          the staging of the utilities.  When they normally get a contract with
          TxDot the utilities are cleared, the bid and the job into the same
          month that its awarded by the highway commission and 30 days later
          they go to work and that has not been the case here.

          He said Price Construction employs 320 men, they have access to $20
          million worth of equipment, they do work in 3/4 of the state, they
          have the record to show that they are ahead of their timeline in all
          their projects.  It is important to know that Price has a contract for
          the Highway Department they have to demonstrate their financial
          capabilities to do these projects, they are not overextended at this
          point and time as evidenced by their records, however they are
          constrained other ways.  They are bond by the contract document, the
          bid, a scope of work, once they are the low bidder they are bound by
          those specifications and contract documents.  They must conform by the
          sequence of work, conform with the traffic control plan contained in
          the documents, wait on material approvals from TxDot, work with the
          chain of command encountering change orders and result in delays, and
          must wait on work performed by other parties.  They are at the
          starting gate and he can appreciate the frustration, from the
          residents, the business people and the Councilmembers but they do have
          constraints.  This project is an extremely structured project, to be
          and will be built in phases and stages, he can assure every person
          associated with this project that there will be delays and
          inconveniences, but want them to be assured that they have the
          capabilities to progress the job more rapidly than any other
          contractor that can come into Webb County.

       2. Status report regarding the program that was developed by the
          utilities department to address the frequent line breakages in the
          Hillside Terrace area, with possible action.

          Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, identified that Nebraska,
          South Dakota and Oklahoma had the highest frequency of vibrates.
          During the budget work shop last year the project was estimated at
          approximately $230,000 but has been revised
          and calculations may be more in the order of $120,000 based
          on considerations that need to be taken.

          In regards to the allocation of crews, seven crews are in the
          department, three on emergency response, one in resurfacing
          which is presently doing Gustavus and will be complete
          in approximately two months which is the most likely
          candidate to be moved out to the Hillside area.  Two crews
          are working TxDOT which probably will be committed for
          four months and have one doing taps and other construction
          projects and as work permits that crew will be called to move
          into the Hillside and begin replacing some of the lines.  In the
          meantime, when a broken pipe occurs it will be replaced rather than
          patching, but in reality there is about 3,000 ft.  of line that needs
          to be replaced and has and estimated value of $120,000.

    D.  Requests by Councilmember Mario G. Alvarado

       1. Discussion and possible action regarding the establishment of a water
          point at the Santa Isabel Water Well.

          Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, stated that the well is working,
          the reverse osmosis unit is working, and it can produce water.

          In the past, they have discussed the possibility of putting a water
          point similar to the one the county operates at the foot of La Bota
          Ranch elevated storage tank.  They have been looking at distances, for
          example the distance of Penitas, they traveled the 74 miles to go to
          La Bota vs. going to Santa Isabel.  For them putting a water point at
          Santa Isabel wouldn't necessarily be more convenient than going to La
          Bota, however there is population (approximately 120 people) between
          the Las Tiendas Road and Santa Isabel that would be benefit them by
          having a water point.  The water point would benefit us to keep the
          production up and keep the plant working.  He said that the county
          invested about $15,000 plus the machinery (water dispenser) on the
          water point at La Bota and he suggested that Council identify $20,000
          to begin so that they can install a water pump in the area and then
          serve the people who live in the immediate vicinity of Santa Isabel.

          He added they have been indicated to pursue some co-funding with the
          county and they have indicated that whatever residual monies the have
          to La Bota project, they would be glad to consider that for a project.
          He said he does not know what amount of money it is, but that they
          could take the item to their Commissioners Court and discuss the item
          in their session.

          Cm. Alvarado questioned what arrangement if any, do we have with the
          county regarding water points throughout the city and what are the
          average monthly estimates on the bills.

          Mr. Roman explained, we give them the location where it can be
          installed, we furnish the meter, they make the arrangements to have
          the site improved, we simply do the meter reading and send them the
          bill, they upgrade the water point.  He does not have the volume
          figures on estimates on the monthly bills, but will bring them at a
          later date.   The one that has the most consumption is at the Casa
          Blanca Lake and the one on the Mines Road.

          Mr. Roman stated thinks that the $20,000 can be taken from some
          residual funds on projects that have been finished, they will bring a
          report on an analysis of the reserves so that council can see where
          monies can be obtained.

          Cm. Alvarado asked Mr. Roman place this item on the Webb County
          Commissioners Court Agenda to make the request and that he be advised
          when the item is placed on the Commissioners Court agenda.

          Cw. Montalvo wants copies of the receipts that the county pays for
          those water services.

          Motion to instruct Mr. Roman to proceed on this item, meet with the
          county before March 16th to see what kind of financial arrangement can
          be made and who is going to pay for the meter cost and the consumption
          of water.  He wants Mr.  Roman to come back with the volume figures,
          reserve figures and that this item be brought back for Council
          approval on March 16th.

          Moved : Cm. Alvarado
          Second: Cw. Montalvo
          For:  8                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0


   X.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

      21. Second 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 the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

          Moved : Cm. Perez
          Second: Cw. Moreno
          For:  7                       Against:  0         Abstain:  1
                                                            Cm. Bruni

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      22. Public hearing concerning the application by TransTexas Gas
          Corporation c/o Ralph Bryant amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of
          the City of Laredo by rezoning 7.72 acres, as further described by
          metes and bounds, located on State Highway 359, also known as
          TransTexas Gas Corporation, from R-1 (Single Family Residential
          District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing District). The Planning and
          Zoning Commission recommends approval of the zone change.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning
          7.72 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located on State
          Highway 359, also known as TransTexas Gas Corporation, from R-1
          (Single Family Residential District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing
          District).

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Perez

      23. Public hearing concerning the application by Mercy Hospital, Owner,
          and Hamilton Management, Inc., Applicant, amending the Zoning
          Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 5.122 acres, as
          further described by metes and bounds, located at the 6300 Block of US
          59, from AG (Agricultural District) and R-1A (Single Family Reduced
          Area District) to R-1-MH (Single Family Manufactured Housing
          District). The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval of
          the proposed zone change.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning
          5.122 acres, as further described by metes and bounds, located at the
          6300 Block of US 59, from AG (Agricultural District) and R-1A (Single
          Family Reduced Area District) to R-1-MH (Single Family Manufactured
          Housing District).

          Motion to open the public hearing.

          Moved :  Cw. Montalvo
          Second:  Cm. Perez
          For:  8                      Against:  0         Abstain:  0

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Bruni

      24. Public hearing concerning the application by Mercy Hospital, Owner,
          and Hamilton Management Inc., Applicant, amending the Zoning Ordinance
          (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 0.997 acres, as further
          described by metes and bounds, located at the 6400 Block of U.S.
          Highway 59, from AG (Agricultural District) to B-3 (Community Business
          District), and authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit
          for manufactured housing sales on said site. The Planning and Zoning
          Commission recommends approval of the proposed zone change and
          conditional use permit.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning
          0.997 acres, located at the 6400 Block of U.S.  Highway 59, from AG
          (Agricultural District) to B-3 (Community Business District), and
          authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for manufactured
          housing sales on said site; providing for publication and effective
          date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

          Moved :  Cw. Montalvo
          Second:  Cm. Perez
          For:  8                      Against:  0         Abstain:  0

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

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

          Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Bruni

      25. Public hearing concerning the application by Donato D. Ramos, Owner,
          and North House Properties, Ltd., Applicant, amending City of Laredo
          Ordinance No.  96-O-097 which authorized the issuance of a Special Use
          Permit for a Mobile Home Park on 24.5 acres, as further described by
          metes and bounds located on Hwy 59, also known as Casa Del Sol Mobile
          Home Park, by revising the site plan.  The Planning and Zoning
          Commission recommends approval of the amendment to Ordinance No.
          96-O-097.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending City of Laredo Ordinance No. 96-O-097 which authorized the
          issuance of a Special Use Permit for a Mobile Home Park on 24.5 acres,
          as further described by metes and bounds located on Hwy 59, also known
          as Casa Del Sol Mobile Home Park, by revising the site plan.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

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

          Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Bruni

      26. Public hearing concerning the application by Claudia and Mary Ellen G.
          Fox amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning Lots 1 and 2, Block 470, Eastern Division, located at 4217
          Marcella Avenue, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited
          Business District). The Planning and Zoning Commission approval of the
          zone change.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning
          Lots 1 and 2, Block 470, Eastern Division, located at 4217 Marcella
          Avenue, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Business
          District).

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

          Moved :  Cm. Valdez
          Second:  Cm. Perez
          For:  8                      Against:  0         Abstain:  0

          Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Valdez

      27. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo's FY 1997-98 General Fund
          by appropriating $400,000.00, from fund balance to be transferred to
          the Water Fund and appropriating said balance in the Water Fund
          revenues and expenses.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the City of Laredo's FY 1997-98 General Fund by appropriating
          $400,000.00, from fund balance to be transferred to the Water Fund and
          appropriating said balance in the Water Fund revenues and expenses.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

          Moved :  Cm. Perez
          Second:  Cw. Moreno
          For:  8                      Against:  0         Abstain:  0

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

          Moved :  Cm. Perez
          Second:  Cm. Casso
          For:  8                      Against:  0         Abstain:  0

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

  XI.  ADJOURNMENT

          Motion to adjourn.

          Moved :  Cm. Valdez
          Second:  Cm. Bruni
          For:  8                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0
          Adjournment time:  9:45 P.M.

I HEREBY CERTIFY THAT THE ABOVE MINUTES CONTAINED IN PAGES 01 TO 29 ARE TRUE,
COMPLETE, AND CORRECT PROCEEDING OF THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON THE 23RD
DAY OF FEBRUARY, 1998.  A CERTIFIED COPY IS ON FILE AT THE CITY SECRETARY'S
OFFICE.



                                  ________________________
                                   GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.
                                   CITY SECRETARY

Minutes Prepared by:  Delia Rodriguez