CITY OF LAREDO
                          CITY COUNCIL MEETING

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

                                MINUTES


        M98-R-13                                  MARCH 2, 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
       CONSUELO "CHELO" MONTALVO,     "      , DISTRICT VIII
       GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.     CITY SECRETARY
       FLORENCIO PENA, III,     CITY MANAGER
       JAIME L. FLORES,         CITY ATTORNEY

       ABSENCES:

       Motion to excuse Cm. Alvarado.

       Moved : Cm. Valdez
       Second: Cm. Bruni
       For:  5                          Against:  0         Abstain:  0
       Cm. Casso  Cw. Moreno

       Motion to waive the regular order of business and move up items
       C(2) and D(1) for consideration and discussion.

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

       Cm. Casso came in at 5:36 p.m. and Cw. Moreno at 5:43 p.m.

  IV.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

       2. Establishing a 15% penalty on delinquent tax accounts as of July 1,
          1998, to defray cost of collection pursuant to Section 33.07(a) of the
          Property Tax Code.

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

   V.  FINAL READINGS

       Motion to waive the final reading #98-O-045, #98-O-059,
       #98-O-066, #98-O-067, #98-O-068, #98-O-069, #98-O-070,
       #98-O-071, #98-O-072, #98-O-073, #98-O-074, and #98-O-075.

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


       3. 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 approve Ordinance #98-O-045.

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

       4. 98-O-059  Amend 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. (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-059.

                    Moved : Cm. Perez
                    Second: Cm. Guerra
                    For:               Against:  0         Abstain: 0
       5. 98-O-066  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.  (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-066.

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

       6. 98-O-067  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.  (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-067.

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

       7. 98-O-068  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 15 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. (City Council) (As Amended)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-068.

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

       8. 98-O-069  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 15
                        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. (City Council) (As
                    Amended)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-069.

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

       9. 98-O-070  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).
                    (Jose R.  Perez)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-070.

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

      10. 98-O-071  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).  (Louis H. Bruni)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-071.

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

      11. 98-O-072  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.
                    (Louis H. Bruni)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-072.

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

      12. 98-O-073  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.  (Louis H. Bruni)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-073.

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

      13. 98-O-074  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).  (Eliseo
                    Valdez Jr.)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-074.

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

      14. 98-O-075  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.   (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-075.

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

  VI.  RESOLUTIONS

      15. 98-R-039  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from the
                    Office of National Drug Control Policy in the amount of
                    $356,086.00, for funding personnel and supplies for the
                    Multi-Agency Financial Disruption Task Force for the period
                    beginning January 1, 1998 through December 31, 1998.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #98-R-039.

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

      16. 98-R-041  Rescinding Resolution No. 97-R-117 by which the City of
                    Laredo accepted the donation of a two-acre tract of land
                    from Mr. Blackstone Dilworth, Jr., Mr. J.B.  "Scott"
                    Dilworth III, and Ms. Diane Dilworth Gates, for the
                    construction of a fire station on North McPherson Road at
                    its intersection with Grand Central Boulevard, and accepting
                    the donation of an alternative two-acre tract from the
                    above-mentioned members of the Dilworth family for same fire
                    station construction. Said alternative tract being 2.000
                    acres of land situated in Porcion 20 and the northeast part
                    of Survey Number 2415, School File 14283, Webb County,
                    Texas; being more particularly described by metes and bounds
                    as follows:
                    Being 2.000 acres of land situated in porcion 20 and the
                    northeast part of survey number 2415, School File 14283,
                    Webb County, Texas, being a portion of that certain larger
                    tract containing 2,307.1165 acres (called 2,389.5) and known
                    as "San Isidro Ranch" conveyed to Blackstone Dilworth, Jr.,
                    J.B. "Scott" Dilworth III, and Diane Dilworth Gates, by deed
                    recorded in Volume 1395, page 085, of the Deed Records of
                    said County.

                    Motion to approve Resolution #98-R-041.

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

 VII. MOTIONS

      17. Approval of bid specifications and authorization to advertise for bids
          for the following:
          a) Vehicle Lease - Police Department
          b) Vibratory Trench Compactors - Utilities Department
          c) Dedicated Groundwater Monitoring and Pumping System for the City
             Landfill
          d) Request for Proposal - Automated Telephone Customer Information
             System - Utility Billing Division
          e) Cargo Van - Traffic Safety Department f) Equipment rental 2-
             scrapers, 1-water wagon, 1-sheepfoot compactor-Public Works
             Department, Father McNaboe Park construction project.
          A tentative award date is scheduled for April 6, 1998.

          Motion to approve.

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

      18. Approval of the construction plans and authorization to advertise for
          bids for Cells 9 and 10 at the City of Laredo Landfill to include
          construction of an approximately seven (7) acre composite landfill
          liner for Type I Cells 9 and 10 with tentative award on April 6, 1998.
          Funding is available in the Landfill Advertising.

          Motion to approve.

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

      19. Authorization to advertise for Request for Proposals (RFPs) for
          consulting engineering services for an automated leachate collection
          system at the City of Laredo Type I Landfill located on Highway 359
          which is to include surveying, engineering design, specifications for
          pumps, sensors, control panels, other system components and storage
          facility, preparation of specifications construction plans, cost
          estimates, and construction management as required for compliance with
          the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission's Subtitle D
          Requirements of 30 TAC 330 Municipal Solid Waste Regulations.  Funding
          is available in the Landfill Fund Advertising.

          Motion to approve.

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

      20. Authorizing the City Manager to solicit proposals from qualified
          environmental consultants to develop a "Guidance Manual" to compliment
          the existing HazMat ordinance, as required by the HazMat Education and
          Enforcement Grant on a fast track basis.

          Motion to approve.

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

      21. Authorizing the City Manager to solicit proposals from qualified
          environmental consultants to develop a NPDES (National Pollutant
          Discharge Elimination System) Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan
          for the City of Laredo Type I Landfill located on Highway 359 with the
          option to investigate the requirements of similar services for all
          other closed landfills.  The scope of work shall include developing a
          drainage master plan, implementing best management practices,
          monitoring and sampling plan as required for compliance with the 40
          CFR 122.26.

          Motion to approve.

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

      22. Award of contract to the SOLE BIDDER, Royal Treat Carwash, Laredo,
          Texas, in the estimated amount of $26,000.00, for furnishing car wash
          services for the City's automotive fleet.  Bids were requested on car
          wash service with and without inside vacuum.  The total bid pricing is
          approximately the same as the previous contract period. All services
          are secured on an as need basis.

          Motion to approve.

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

      23. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, UEC Equipment Co., Oklahoma City,
          Oklahoma, in the amount of $97,504.00, for the purchase of two 1/2 ton
          trucks with an aerial device. One will be assigned to the Traffic
          Safety Department and the other to the Parks and Recreation
          Department. This equipment will be delivered within one hundred and
          twenty days. A total of five bids were received for this purchase.
          Funding is available from certificate of obligation proceeds.

          Motion to approve.

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


      24. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER MEETING SPECIFICATIONS, Accu-Rite
          Roofing, San Antonio, Texas, in the amount of $15,995.00, for roof
          repairs needed at the Jefferson Street Water Treatment plant. The City
          received three bids for this contract. The repairs will be completed
          with two weeks after award of contract. Funding is available in the
          department's operation budget.

          The City did receive a lower bid from Flores Roofing, Laredo, Texas,
          however this vendor is in arrears in City taxes and cannot be
          considered for this contract work.

          Motion to approve.

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

      25. Award of contract to the LOWEST BIDDER, Laidlaw Environmental
          Services, San Antonio, Texas in the amount of $50,625.80, for
          coordinating two events in the year 1998 for the collection,
          processing, packing, transporting and proper disposal of household
          hazardous waste as part of the city's Household Hazardous Waste
          Collection and Proper Disposal Program. The cost of disposal is the
          same as that of the previous years.

          Motion to approve.

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

      26. Award of contracts to the LOW BIDDERS, Laredo Diesel, Laredo, Texas,
          in the amount of $59,613.00, for the purchase of one 12 cubic yard
          dump truck for the Public Works Department and Power Equipment
          International, Inc., Corpus Christi, Texas, in the amount of
          $42,024.00, for the purchase of one 6 cubic yard dump truck for the
          Parks and Recreation Department.  These trucks will be delivered
          within one hundred and twenty days.

          Motion to approve.

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


      27. Award of contracts to the LOW BIDDERS, U.S. Filter Distribution Group,
          Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $212,267.00, for the
          purchase of PVC pipe, and Municipal Pipe and Fabricating Company,
          Mission, Texas, in the estimated amount of $124,423.00, for the
          purchase of PVC and ductile iron pipe. These materials are purchased
          on an as needed basis by the Utilities Department - Water Operations
          for construction and repair projects.  The bid pricing is
          approximately 34% higher than the previous contract.

          Motion to approve.

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

      28. Award of three (3) engineering contracts, for surveying, design and
          preparation of plans and specifications for the FY 97-98 as follows:
          1. Tinaja/Chacon Pilot Channel Improvements Phase I to Porras
             Engineering for an amount not to exceed $26,000.00.
          2. Construction of Sidewalks and Handicap Ramps on School approaches
             and other streets located within the Community Development target
             areas to WSBC Civil Engineers for an amount not to exceed
             $69,466.65.
          3. El Portal Riverfront Feasibility Study to Frank Architects/Sherfey
             Engineering Company for an amount not to exceed $23,000.00.
          Funding is available in: 1) Community Development CDBG Tinaja/Chacon
          Pilot Channel; 2) Community Development CDBG Sidewalk and 3) Community
          Development CDBG El Portal Riverfront Study.

          Cm. Bruni requested a report on the specifications used for the base
          materials used to construct the road to see if it meets TxDOT and City
          of Laredo criteria.

          Dr. James Earhart, Director of the Rio Grande International Study
          Center, stated that he supports El Portal Project and added that we
          need to move quickly before we loose more trees and the erosion gets
          worse and prevent the creation of more arroyos.  His concern are the
          heavy rains and the need for corrective and preventive action with the
          addition of planting trees and mulching the roads.

          Motion to approve.

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

      29. Approval of amendment no. 1 an increase of $3,818.34, to the original
          contract of $15,320.04, to Jones Environmental Drilling, Inc., Corpus
          Christi, Texas, for Installation/Construction of an additional
          Groundwater Monitoring Well at the City's Municipal Landfill in
          compliance with Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC)
          Chapter 330 Subchapter I (Groundwater Sampling and Monitoring) and
          Subchapter J (Closure). The original amount of wells was 4 and with
          this amendment the total amount of wells will be 5.   This amendment
          brings the total to $19,138.38.

          Motion to approve.

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

      30. Approval to reject the two bids received for the Laredo Independent
          School District (LISD) Ochoa-Sanchez Park located at Locust Street and
          Monterrey Avenue, and re-bid the project. This a City of Laredo/LISD
          Project with funding available from Community Development CDBG Ochoa-
          Elementary Park.

          Motion to table.

          Moved : Cw. Montalvo
          Second: Cm. Guerra
          For:  5                       Against:  0         Abstain:  2
                                                            Cw. Moreno
                                                            Cm. Perez

      31. Authorizing the City Manager to execute a cooperative agreement with
          the County of Webb, Head Start Program, on behalf of the City of
          Laredo Health Department for health services and disease prevention
          activities to be provided through the WIC Program and the Health
          Protective Services Division for the period beginning September 1,
          1997, through August 31, 1998.

          Motion to approve.

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

      32. Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract with the Texas
          Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, for the purpose of
          providing on-line computer services through the City of Laredo Health
          Department's Vital Statistics Division.

          Motion to approve.

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

      33. Authorizing the City Manager to amend Section 2.7 of the Catholic
          Social Services' of Laredo, Inc.  (CSSL) contract for funding to
          administer the City's Fiscal Year 1997-1998 General Fund Welfare
          Assistance Program retroactively to October 1, 1997.

          Motion to approve.

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

      34. Approval of the revised plan for the construction of the Father
          Charles McNaboe Recreational Complex and authorization for staff to
          proceed with project construction. Funding is available in the Capital
          Improvement Fund.

          Motion to approve.

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

      35. Informing Council of the results of the bids for the relocation of
          utilities on Hwy. 59; awarding the contract to the sole responsible
          bidder, Price Construction, in the amount of $610,827.00.

          Motion to approve.

          Moved : Cm. Perez
          Second: Cm. Valdez
          For:  5                       Against:  1         Abstain:  0
                                        Cm. Bruni
          Cm. Casso was not present.

VIII.  CITY MANAGER'S REPORT

      36. Presentation and possible action on a motion by the Telecommunications
          Commission recommending to City Council that the City petition the
          Attorney General to file a class action lawsuit against payless
          communications.

          Motion to approve.

          Moved : Cm. Perez
          Second: Cm. Guerra
          For:  6                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0
          Mayor Flores passed her gavel to Cw. Moreno while she was temporarily
          absent.

      37. Update on the status of the Colonias Facility Plan and financial
          application.

          Jerry Pinzon, Assistant Utilities Director, stated that
          Steve Mendoza received the plan that was submitted by Holgan
          Corporation along with the response to the preliminary review
          of the facility plan and ten questions with answers that were
          submitted by Paul Garza.  Will be calling back to see if anything else
          is pending.  As far as the Environmental Information Document it has
          not been submitted to TNRCC by MARIAH which is a subcontract to Paul
          Garza due to the check sent not clearing as of yet, will follow-up on
          it.

          Mayor requested a report on this status on March 16th.

      38. Status reports regarding the implementation of the City of Laredo FAR
          PART 150 Airport Noise Compatibility Program and installation of the
          Terminal Automated Radar Display Information System (TARDIS).

          Jose Flores, Airport Director, updated, as of last week FAA still had
          not released any monies for any noise abatement
          project across the country, however, FAA has recently requested
          comments regarding proposed changes to the airport
          layout plan and those changes will include the acquisition of
          land for noise compatibility purposes, so if FAA has already
          started the process of soliciting comments then there is a very good
          likelihood that we will get funded anytime from this week to 60 days
          from today.

      39. Request for Executive Session as authorized by Texas Government Code,
          Section 551.071(1)(B), to discuss settlement offer of pending
          litigation in the case of City of Laredo vs.  Magna Corporation dba
          Executive House Hotel, Cause No.  97CVQ00172-D1, 49th District Court,
          Webb County and return to open session for possible action.

          Motion to go into Executive Session as authorized by Texas Government
          Code, Section 551.071(1)(B), to discuss settlement offer of pending
          litigation in the case of City of Laredo vs.  Magna Corporation dba
          Executive House Hotel, Cause No.  97CVQ00172-D1, 49th District Court,
          Webb County.

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

          After executive session Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores announced that no
          formal action was taken.

          Motion to accept the offer of $10,851.36 from Magna Corp., dba
          Executive House Hotel, Cause No.  97CVQ00172-D1, 49th District Court,
          Webb County.

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

  IX.  COMMUNICATIONS

          Alfonso Holguin, from the Laredo Boxing Club and father of Gabriel and
          Jorge Holguin, along with the Laredo Boxing President Angel Santiago
          recognized the two boxers for receiving the Best Fighter Awards in San
          Antonio.

   X.  CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION AND PRESENTATION

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

    A.  Requests by Councilmember Louis H. Bruni

       1. Discussion and possible action regarding the placement of a traffic
          signal at the intersection of Milmo and Saunders Streets.


          Luis Landin, Traffic Director, stated that Mr. Robert Casso
          one of the property owners was willing to donate that portion
          of the easement providing that a signal would be installed there.
          TxDOT stated that they refuse to install anything until the road is
          complete and then will have a study to see if it's warranted.  Also,
          Tamkin Company refused HEB to place
          the signal there.

          Cm. Bruni requested a report from Police Chief Dovalina on the number
          of accidents that have taken place within the last
          months due to it being a highly congested area.

          Luis Landin, Traffic Director, stated that a traffic study
          was conducted from Ejido to Buena Vista and recommended that
          TxDOT put up a median there to keep traffic from coming across the
          highway system, TTI only recommended from Arkansas
          to part of Las Plazas area.  TxDOT needs to let them know
          where they stand in regards to the signal that is needed there.

       2. Status report regarding the widening and storm drainage improvements
          to Cherry Hill Drive between Calton Road and Bustamante Street.

          Alejandro Lambrada, from the Engineering Department, reported that
          they have identified some demolition and pavement reconstruction, some
          utilities and drainage improvement and will need approximately 35 ft.
          additional right-of-way
          fronting on the old MHMR truck.  Cost is estimated to be about
          $465,000 and have done some preliminary surveys to
          identify the funding source.

          Motion to instruct staff to find the funding for the design work; to
          go out on bids; and to identify the right-of-ways needed.

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

          Florencio Pena, City Manager, stated that staff will bring back a
          report to council for the funding of the design work
          and the status of the project funds.

       3. Status report regarding the paving of the 3300 Block of Lane, and the
          resurfacing the 1600, 1700, and 1800 Blocks of Milmo with possible
          action.

          Florencio Pena, City Manager, stated that during the budget process a
          3 year recycling program was identified due to the
          Payment Management System.  The council added the criteria
          that we needed to try to balance the money to all the districts and
          approved this year's program of 159 blocks which does not include
          Milmo Street for the year 1997 and 1998.  Milmo Street does appear for
          the 1999 and 2000 program, which is the 3rd year program.
          The Utilities Department needs to program their work to do the work
          underneath the street in anticipation of the recycling.

          Jerry Pinzon, Assistant Utilities Director, stated that some work
          needs to be done on the 1600 and 1700 blocks of Milmo
          Street and is estimated at $22,000 dollars and takes approximately 1-
          1/2 weeks of work.  Currently they are working on the recycling
          streets that are to be completed this March.

          Motion to instruct staff to schedule repair of the water sewer lines
          within 4 months infrastructure needs and if not
          to add it to the present project.

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

       4. Discussion and possible action on the sidewalk improvements to the
          Montgomery India Project with funding available from cost saving from
          said project.

          Motion to start the pavement of the 8 blocks with the cost savings the
          staff has provided.

          Moved : Cm. Bruni
          Second: Cm. Guerra
          For:  5                       Against:  2         Abstain:  0
          Cm. Bruni                     Cm. Perez
          Cm. Casso                     Cm. Valdez
          Cw. Moreno
          Cw. Guerra
          Cw. Montalvo

    B.  Requests by Councilmember Alfonso I. Casso

       1. Discussion and possible action regarding Tree City USA and the tree
          maintenance program.

          Cm. Casso asked how the $20,000 that was earmarked for the
          program has been spent so far.

          John Vidaurri, Parks & Recreation Director, read the requirements on
          standards to be eligible as a Tree City USA.
          He stated that 1st - a Tree Board needs to be appointed by the Mayor;
          2nd - a Community Tree Ordinance Board needs to be in place; 3rd an
          annual budget of $2 per capita needs to be established, approximately
          $350,000; and 4th that the Community observes the Annual National
          Arbor Day.

          Cm. Casso requested that we start the ordinance and appoint the board
          as soon as possible with the possibility of merging
          it with the Parks Board.

          Ms. Danita Benavides, property owner, showed the Council pictures of
          trees that were cut down to the stumps by CPL and that they are not
          using a sealer to prevent decay.

          Mr. Richard Gentry, Gentry's Garden Center, stated that no
          prior notification was given to homeowners in the area about
          the pruning of the trees.  He also stated that no pruning paint was
          used to protect trees from termites and bores that
          will affect the trees in the future.

          Mr. Florencio Pena, City Manager, stated that staff will contact CPL
          and put them on notice on any future tree cutting and pruning.

       2. Discussion and possible action regarding the recent personnel re-
          assignments.

          Cm. Casso, stated that he wanted the whole council to discuss this
          issue since on February 23rd a letter called the Quality Service Task
          Force from the City Manager was sent regarding the 2 different task force that the City Manager created.  On
          February 26th another letter in regards to the personnel re-
          assignments was sent and Mr. John Vidaurri who was hired as an
          Assistant City Manager was reassigned as a Parks and
          Recreation Dept. Director.

          Cm. Casso stated that he is concerned about what has happened
          because in the past we used to have 1 City Manager and 2 Assistant
          City Managers.  After City Manager Pena was given the title, he was
          advised from a policy stand point that an Assistant City Manager was necessary because of the excessive
          work load that makes it difficult for one person to try to coordinate
          everything.  Inspite of the different department heads, someone that
          will coordinate everything with all the Department Directors is needed in the event that Mr. Pena were to get
          ill or stricken from work.

          Cm. Casso stated that he would like to see that in the future
          the Department Directors come before the Council once a month
          and give a brief update.

          Florencio Pena, City Manager, stated that regarding the Quality
          Service Task Force was not a personnel re-assignment, but more of an
          effort to address a concern that the Council has had in regards to
          improve customer service, monitor the quality of work by employees in
          certain areas, a need to establish innovativeness, and a need to
          better City Council concerns and issues.  He felt that the 2 areas
          that need improvement was the Public Works or Operations Area.  In the
          meantime, he created a task force for a period of 6 months that will
          evaluate organizational structures, evaluate service delivery and to
          try to address those 4 areas of concern and within 6 months make
          recommendations to him and possibly implement some matters.  In the Public Works Area it
          would be utilities, public works, engineering, bridge and traffic.  In
          the Planning and Management Area it would be in the planning
          department, community development department and building inspection
          department which have alot in common and feels he needs some
          assistance particularly in project management and customer service.  Two chairs have been designated to
          oversee those 2 committees, one is Fernando Roman, to oversee and work together as a team with those
          4 people to develop some recommendations, the other is
          Cindy Collazo who has been designated as the chair in the
          Community Development Area.  These 2 individuals will be
          addressing the problems of service delivery, quality control,
          customer service and innovativeness.

          In regards to Mr. Vidaurri, Parks and Recreation has become
          a concern with recreational centers that were open and had their areas
          of need, the Tecolotes contract and now the Tree City USA are about to get started and feels that with Mr.
          Vidaurri's experience and contribution to the city, he would
          best suit the Parks Department on a full time basis.

          In regards to the micromangement, most departments have good
          quality department heads and does not get involved on a day to day
          basis, but does expect accountability and holds them responsible for
          their areas.

          Regarding Mr. Pena's absence to the city, the City Council would
          appoint someone in an acting capacity and would not be up to him, but
          in the past he would normally go with the most experienced department
          heads to oversee the day to day operations.

          In regards to replace Mr. Vidaurri's and Mr. Perez positions that were
          re-assigned, he plans to advertise Richard's position of Assistant to
          the City Manager, as far as the
          Assistant City Manager, he plans to spend sometime over the next 3
          months to see what direction these 2 task forces go in terms of the
          needs and response that will be provided by other department heads and
          their departments, then make an analysis and go forward.

          Cm. Bruni stated that for sometime now, Mr. Pena has been asked to
          hire an Assistant City Manager and for some reason
          has not followed the council's directive, he feels that having to wait
          3 more months to hire an Assistant City Manager is not going to do the
          board any good and does not
          make for good business sense because a person is needed at all times.

          Mayor Betty Flores, concluded by addressing to Mr. Pena that
          all councilmembers have requested from him to hire and fill
          the 2 vacant positions as soon as possible.

       3. Discussion and possible action regarding a land use agreement with
          Webb County for the donation of County owned land by the old detention
          center for the construction of the City of Laredo Fire Training
          Facility.

          Cm. Casso stated that he wants to make sure that the County is giving
          the city good quality land and asked if the proposed land for the Fire
          Training Facility could be used for the Type IV landfill.

          Florencio Pena, City Manager, replied that due to various reasons it
          was not feasible at the time, but could be taken into considertion
          even though an amended permit would have to be filed and would take
          some years to process.  For now the idea was to buy the 100 acres at a
          much inexpensive price on the opposite side of Highway 359.  He added
          that there is other uses for that property, one of them is to build
          the Sanitation Department on at least 15 to 20 acres of the 50 acres
          that are there along with a parking lot for the garbage trucks, being
          its near the landfill, and near the recycling center.  He said that
          this was a current thought but no definite plans were set and a
          decision would have to be made as to if the new Fire Training Facility
          will be built there or not.

          Cm. Casso stated that he wants to see the pros and cons on
          building it there and review it and bring back with different
          options and legal parameters.

          Florencio Pena, City Manager, stated that alternative sites
          and comparisons were already studied back in 1993 and asked
          if it needed to be done again or first face the issue of building the
          new Fire Training Facility there or not.
          Next council meeting will get the issue of the funding resolved, in
          the meantime, began identifing alternative sites and see how we will
          procede to do those.

    C. Requests by Councilmember Eliseo Valdez Jr.

       1. Discussion and possible action regarding the inclusion of West Olive
          Street to Cutler Repaving Contract.

          Cm. Valdez stated that it was scheduled for the first year but needs
          to know when it will be scheduled to get underway since street is in
          bad condition.

          Alejandro Lambrada, from the Engineering Department, replied that he
          will let Cm. Valdez know by tomorrow with a schedule and a sequence of
          the construction.

       2. Status report regarding the 5% pay increase for city employees, with
          possible action.

          Florencio Pena, City Manager, reported that City Council had
          adopted a 5% increase as a part of the 1997 and 1998 budget
          effective October 1st across the board, a 2-1/2% effective April 1st,
          and a 2-1/2% September 30th.  Council asked staff to investigate if
          there was a way that some expenditure adjustments could be made to
          allow the 2-1/2% to be granted April 1st which will be a total of 5%.
          Over the last few months various departments have been worked to see
          what cost cutting measures need to be taken to move-up the September 30th
          increase to April 1st as well.

          Beto Ramirez, Budget Officer, reported that last year we had
          $1,104,000 in our budget, a 5% on anniversary dates for all employees.
          An ordinance change went thru and had a 5% increase on October 1st
          across the board for all employees, a 2-1/2% on April 1st and 2-1/2%
          on September 30th.  We were able to come-up with the necessary savings
          for the 5% and the
          2-1/2% on April 1st.  Because of the vacancies that are currently
          available, we were able to save $258,000 from salary savings for the
          first quarter, if positions are to get filled, then we will reduce
          that amount that we have available for the $1,100,000 that we need for
          the end of the year so that we can commit to the 5% and the 2-1/2%
          with the salary savings.  We have asked all the Department Directors
          where they can make permanent cuts in their departments and were able
          to come-up with close to $100,000 dollars in cost reductions.  We need
          to go up approximately 5% on April 1st, but need an additional
          $500,000 dollars. At the present time, we were able to come-up with
          approximately $100,000 dollars putting us short only if we are
          committed as per council directive for the April 1st to be at 5%.

          Cm. Perez asked if all new revenues have been considered that had been
          reported by staff.

          Mr. Beto Ramirez, replied that they have looked at the
          revenues, but does not recommend at this point that any additional
          revenues be certified because the budget amount has not been met.

          Cm. Perez requested that it be explored further to try to
          comply with the commitment of the 5% increase.

          Florencio Pena, City Manager, stated that staff has looked at the
          expenditure side, more so than the increasing of revenues.  He
          recommended that council take a look at next year's budget and
          suggested cuts in program costs.

          Cw. Moreno requested a pay plan report after the 5% increase.

          Motion to consider beyond the 2-1/2% increase on April to
          3-1/2, 4%, or 5% if possible.

          Moved : Cm. Valdez
          Second: Cm. Bruni
          For:  6                       Against:  0         Abstain:  1
                                                            Cw. Moreno

       3. Status report regarding the Speed Hump Pilot Program being
          developed by staff with possible action.

          Luis Landin, Traffic Director, reported that 75% of the 12 streets
          that were studied have been identified and 25% are pending.  Study
          will be complete within 2 months, at that time the cost will be
          provided along with a full status report on this project.

    D.  Requests by Councilmember Mario G. Alvarado

       1. Presentation by the South Texas International Summit Committee
          recognizing the support and efforts of City Staff during the 1st
          Annual South Texas International Youth Summit.

          Diana Fullerton, from the Non-profit Volunteer Center, presented each
          council with a plaque of appreciation to: Mayor Betty Flores, Mayor
          Protem Perez, Cm. Bruni, Cm. Casso, Cw. Moreno, Cm. Valdez, Cm.
          Guerra, Cm. Alvarado, Cw.  Montalvo, City Manager Florencio Pena,
          Parks & Recreation Department, and the Public Works Department.

  XI.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

      41. Public hearing approving the amendment to the contract with the Texas
          Department of Health and budget in the amount of $235,954.00, in
          additional funds for the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) of the City
          of Laredo Health Department for the period September 1, 1997, through
          August 31, 1998.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Approving the amendment to the contract with the Texas Department of
          Health and budget in the amount of $235,954.00, in additional funds
          for the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) of the City of Laredo Health
          Department for the period September 1, 1997, through August 31, 1998.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      42. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances by
          creating Article IX of Chapter 21, titled "Noise Nuisances," thereby
          establishing an article regulating excessive noise, declaring noise
          nuisances and providing for a penalty thereof; deleting subsection 21-
          17(5) concerning general nuisances which having been incorporated into
          Article IX.; deleting Chapter 28, Article IV.  titled Sound
          Amplification Devices, which having been incorporated into Article IX.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances by creating Article IX
          of Chapter 21, titled "Noise Nuisances," thereby establishing an
          article regulating excessive noise, declaring noise nuisances and
          providing for a penalty thereof; deleting subsection 21-17(5)
          concerning general nuisances which having been incorporated into
          Article IX.; deleting Chapter 28, Article IV. titled Sound
          Amplification Devices, which having been incorporated into Article IX;
          providing for an effective date and publication.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Mayor Protem Perez stated that this needs to be brought before the
          youth, specially the school council and that it should not be too
          stringent in the respect towards the youth.

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      43. Public hearing amending Section 24.82 of the Laredo Land Development
          Code by allowing for the use of temporary signage along US and State
          Highways during times of reconstruction on those highways.  The
          Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval of the amendment.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending Section 24.82 of the Laredo Land Development Code by allowing
          for the use of temporary signage along US and State Highways during
          times of reconstruction on those highways; providing for publication
          and effective date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Keith Selman, Planning Director, asked that one provision of the
          ordinance be revised in terms of allowing the use of
          temporary signs for a change that currently states the reconstruction
          provides for only 2 moving lanes and would like to change to 3 lanes
          because during Phase II of the
          reconstrucion, it will go to 3 lanes versus 2.

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      44. Public hearing amending ordinance 96-O-198 of the code of ordinances
          of the City of Laredo to permit two-way traffic northbound and
          southbound on the 100 to 300 blocks of San Pablo Avenue on a three (3)
          block segment between Iturbide and Water Streets; and authorizing the
          City Manager to take the necessary steps to enforce this ordinance and
          for providing publication and effective date.


                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending ordinance 96-O-198 of the code of ordinances of the City of
          Laredo to permit two-way traffic northbound and southbound on the 100
          to 300 blocks of San Pablo Avenue on a three (3) block segment between
          Iturbide and Water Streets and authorizing the City Manager to take
          the necessary steps to enforce this ordinance and for providing
          publication and effective date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cw. Montalvo

      45. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo's FY 1997-98 Annual Budget
          by authorizing the City Manager to execute an amendment (increase) to
          the Laredo Municipal Transit Systems FY 1997-98 operating budget
          (revenue and expenditures; Fund 558) in the amount of $5,998.00, from
          $7,031,497.00 to $7,037,495.00; by transferring funds from the transit
          sales tax proceeds budget reserve account (Fund 518) to facilitate 1
          hour extended bus service on Monday through Thursday to Route 16 -
          TAMIU.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the City of Laredo's FY 1997-98 Annual Budget by authorizing
          the City Manager to execute an amendment (increase) to the Laredo
          Municipal Transit Systems FY 1997-98 operating budget (revenue and
          expenditures; Fund 558) in the amount of $5,998.00, from $7,031,497.00
          to $7,037,495.00; by transferring funds from the transit sales tax
          proceeds budget reserve account (Fund 518) to facilitate 1 hour
          extended bus service on Monday through Thursday to Route 16 -TAMIU.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

          Moved : Cw. Montalvo
          Second: Cw. Moreno
          For:  7                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0
          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      46. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo's FY 1997-98 Hotel-Motel
          budget in the amount of $36,454.00, to be used for direct advertising
          and other related expenditures. These monies result from excess FY
          1996-1997 balances in the Hotel-Motel fund from prior year collected
          taxes; and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the City of Laredo's FY 1997-98 Hotel-Motel budget in the
          amount of $36,454.00, to be used for direct advertising and other
          related expenditures. These monies result from excess FY 1996-1997
          balances in the Hotel-Motel fund from prior year collected taxes; and
          authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council


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

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

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

      47. Authorizing the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation (LMHC) Director
          to submit an application to the Webb County Appraisal District for
          recognition of property tax exemption during 1998 for the fifty (50)
          lots and improvements at the Riverhills Subdivision, Unit I under the
          LMHC Lease/Purchase Program. The property tax exemption will enable
          LMHC to save the necessary funds that will be applied to the
          downpayment and closing costs for the Lease/Purchase Program. The Webb
          County Appraisal District has already approved the property tax
          exemption for 1997. LMHC has been advised that it will be necessary to
          apply for this exemption on a yearly basis since the tax exemption is
          not renewed automatically.

          Motion to approve.

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

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

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

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

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

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

      48. Authorization to solicit bids for the purchase of operator uniforms.
          A total of 600 shirts and 300 trousers will be purchased for all El
          Metro Bus Drives.  A tentative bid award

          date is scheduled for April 6, 1998.  Funding is available in Transit
          System, Vehicle Operations, Uniforms.

          Motion to approve.

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

      49. Award of a two year contract to the LOW BIDDER, Unifirst, Laredo,
          Texas, in the estimated amount of $34,720.40, for providing uniforms,
          entrance mats, shop aprons, dispenser towels, and laundry service for
          the Transit Systems Maintenance Department and Transit Center
          personnel.  The contract will include weekly laundry service for
          thirty six maintenance employees and eight Transit Center employees.
          This service is provided in accordance to the terms of the collective
          bargaining agreement.  A total of two bids were received for this
          contract.  Funding is available in Transit System-Vehicle Maintenance-
          Contractual Services, Uniforms, Non Vehicle Maintenance-Contractual
          Services, Uniforms, Transit System-Transit Center Uniform Rental.

          Motion to approve.

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

      50. Motion to amend the contract with Nova Bus, Inc., Roswell, New Mexico,
          for the Purchase of eight 35-foot CNG transit buses, by adding a spare
          bus power plant (engine, transmission and related accessories).  The
          amendment would increase the amount of the contract by $71,486.05, to
          $2,570,614.05.

          Motion to approve.

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

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

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

 XIV.  MOTION TO RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU

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

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

      51. Approval of contract with the Laredo Chamber of Commerce to provide
          promotion and tourist information in Mexico and agreeing to reimburse
          50% of the Chamber of Commerce's operations cost of the Infocenter
          which is $21,500.00.

          Motion to approve.

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

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

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

  XV.  ADJOURNMENT

          Motion to adjourn.  Time:  9:25 p.m.

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

I HEREBY CERTIFY THAT THE ABOVE MINUTES CONTAINED IN PAGES 01 TO 30
ARE TRUE, COMPLETE, AND CORRECT PROCEEDINGS OF THE REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING
HELD ON THE 2ND DAY OF MARCH, 1998.  A CERTIFIED COPY IS ON AT THE CITY
SECRTARY'S OFFICE.


                                  ________________________
                                   GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.
                                   CITY SECRETARY

Minutes Prepared by:  Angelica Feurtado