CITY OF LAREDO
                          CITY COUNCIL MEETING

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

                                MINUTES


       M98-R-15                                  MARCH 23, 1998

   I.  CALL TO ORDER

       With a quorum present Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores call 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
       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

       ABSENCES:

       Motion to excuse Cm. Casso.

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

       Motion to waive the regular order of business and move up items
       A(1), E(1), F(1), F(2), F(3), #15, AND #19.

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

       Cm. Alvarado joined the meeting at 5:35 p.m.


  IV.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

       2. Amending Ordinance No. 92-O-113 granting Southwestern Bell
          Telephone Company the non-exclusive right to use the rights-
          of-way in the City for its telecommunications business, by
          amending Section 4 to extend the franchise term for a period
          of two months from the date of expiration of March 31, 1998
          until May 30, 1998; providing for publication and effective
          date.

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

   V.  FINAL READINGS

          Motion to waive the final reading of ordinances 98-O-076,
          98-O-083, 98-O-084, 98-O-085, 98-O-086, 98-O-087, 98-O-088,
          98-O-089, and 98-O-090.

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

       3. 98-O-76   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.

                    Cw. Moreno requested the amounts be broken down in
                    terms of taxes, penalties and the 15% for the tax
                    attorney.  Also a report on the last few months on
                    what is coming in and out on the 15% penalties that
                    are being paid and what it's being applied to.

                    Mayor Betty Flores, added that in establishing the
                    15% penalty on delinquent tax accounts that The City
                    of Laredo does not assess this delinquency under the
                    following (3) circumstances:
                    - when a taxpayer is over 65 and has entered into a
                      partial payment plan prior to February 1st of the
                      year in which the taxes become delinquent
                    - when a taxpayer qualifies for homestead exemption
                      deferral for taxpayers who are 65 years of age or
                      older. Pursuant a state law taxpayers over 65 may
                      defer payments of such taxes until paid by the
                      owner's estate or upon conveyance.
                    - when a taxpayer has entered into a payment plan
                      for homestead property as per City Counsel
                      ordinance

                    Motion to adopt ordinance #98-O-076.

                    Moved : Cm. Perez
                    Second: Cm. Alvarado
                    For:  6             Against:  0         Abstain:  1
                                                            Cm. Bruni

       4. 98-O-083  Amending Chapter 2, Article II, Division 6, of the
                    Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo, entitled
                    pay administration, by amending Sections
                    2.87.7(d)(15)(b), thereby adopting a revised pay
                    schedule increasing all steps in all grades in the
                    pay schedule from two and one half percent (2 1/2%)
                    to three and one-half percent (3 1/2%) with an
                    effective date of implementation of April 1, 1998;
                    and

                    Amending Section 2.87.7(d)(15)(c), thereby adopting
                    a revised pay schedule decreasing all steps in all
                    grades in the pay schedule from two and one half
                    percent (2 1/2%) to one and one half percent (1
                    1/2%), with an effective date of implementation of
                    September 30, 1998.  (City Council)

                    Motion to adopt ordinance #98-O-083

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

                    Cm. Perez asked staff to revisit the remaining
                    1-1/2% increase in June instead of September 30th.

       5. 98-O-084  Ordering and proclaiming a general city election to
                    be held on Saturday, May 2, 1998, designating
                    polling places, designating the run-off date, and
                    providing for publication. (City Council)

                    Motion to adopt ordinance #98-O-084

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

       6. 98-O-085  Amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 annual
                    budget by increasing estimated revenues and
                    appropriations in the General Fund by $3,500.00 to
                    fund the production of a Laredo Area Cemetery
                    Preservation Plan; and authorizing the City Manager
                    to implement said budget, providing for publication
                    and effective date.  (City Council)

                    Motion to adopt ordinance #98-O-085

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

       7. 98-O-086  Amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 annual
                    budget drawing down $500,000.00, from fund balance
                    and $209,048.00, from salary savings reserve and
                    transferring same to the Bridge Fund to appropriate
                    said funds for amendment no. 3 on the engineering
                    contract with Structural Engineering Company (SEA)
                    and authorizing the City Manager to implement said
                    budget.  (City Council)

                    Motion to adopt ordinance #98-O-086

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

      8. 98-O-087   Amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 U.S. Customs
                    Service Fund budget in the amount of $5,000.00, and
                    authorizing the City Manager to enter into an
                    agreement with the Department of Treasury/U.S.
                    Customs Service for the reimbursement of $5,000.00
                    for funding the Laredo Border Violence Task Force to
                    assist U.S.  Customs Agents in conducting official
                    Treasury investigations. These monies will be used
                    to pay overtime wages for Laredo Police Narcotics
                    officers involved in this Task Force. This will be
                    the first year the City has entered into this
                    agreement and is at no cost to the City; providing
                    for publication and effective date.  (City Council)

                    Motion to adopt ordinance #98-O-087

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

      9. 98-O-088   Altering and extending the boundary limits of the
                    City of Laredo, for the voluntary annexation
                    additional territory of 400.5859 acres, located in
                    Porciones 12, 13, and 14 as further described by
                    metes and bounds, specifically the Unitec Industrial
                    Park Tract, providing for the effective date of the
                    ordinance, adopting a Service Plan for the annexed
                    territory, and establishing the initial zoning.
                    (City Council)

                    Motion to adopt ordinance #98-O-088

                    Moved : Cm. Perez
                    Second: Cm. Alvarado
                    For:  6             Against:  0         Abstain:  1
                                                            Cm. Bruni

     10. 98-O-089   Approving an amendment to the contract with the
                    Texas Department of Health and budget revision in
                    the amount of $4,233.00 for the HIV/AIDS Housing
                    Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Project
                    of the City of Laredo Health Department for the
                    period beginning February 1, 1998, through January
                    31, 1999.  (City Council)

                    Motion to adopt ordinance #98-O-089

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

     11. 98-O-090   Authorizing the City Manager to amend the 1997-98
                    Airport Fund Budget to appropriate $1,491,897.00,
                    being the proceeds from the sale of Airport non-
                    aeronautical use land and to increase by
                    $245,000.00, the new airport passenger terminal
                    construction line item to provide funding for a food
                    sanitizer, restaurant and to finish out airline
                    office space and ticket counters and to provide
                    contingency funding; providing for publication and
                    effective date.  (City Council)

                    Motion to adopt ordinance #98-O-090

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


VI.  RESOLUTIONS

     12. 98-R-037   Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City's
                    application to the Texas Department of
                    Transportation for a State Infrastructure Bank loan
                    to reflect a request for financing in the amount of
                    $27,000,000.00 in support of the construction of the
                    Laredo Northwest International Bridge (Fourth
                    Bridge) and related improvements and to execute any
                    and all contracts resulting from this application
                    amendment.

                    Motion to approve resolution #98-R-037

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

     13. 98-R-046   Appointing the nominee of Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores
                    to the Historic District/Landmark Board.

                    Motion to approve resolution #98-R-046

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

     14. 98-R-048   Expressing the City of Laredo's appreciation to the
                    Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT), and
                    especially recognizing Mr. Robert Cuellar, P.E., in
                    his previous capacity as Acting Director, for
                    working in true partnership with the City in helping
                    to secure necessary state financing for the
                    construction of the Laredo Northwest International
                    Bridge, related facilities, and major improvements
                    to the connecting roadway system.

                    Motion to approve resolution #98-R-048

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

     15. 98-R-049   Authorizing the City Manager to accept a donation
                    from the Friends of the Library, Laredo, Texas,
                    Inc., in the amount of $90,000 for the purchase of
                    books to augment the collection at the Laredo Public
                    Library.

                    Motion to approve resolution #98-R-049

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

                    Mrs. Amici from the Friends of the Library made the
                    presentation of the $90,000 check.

     16. 98-R-050   Authorizing the City Manager to accept a proposal
                    and gift from H.E. Butt Grocery Company, estimated
                    value of approximately $150,000 for the automation
                    and equipping of the Multi-Purpose Programming Room
                    at the Laredo Public Library, as presented by
                    H.E.B.'s consultants, Adamson Services.

                    Motion to approve resolution #98-R-050

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

VII. MOTIONS

     17.  Award of an engineering services contract to Traffic
          Engineers, Inc., Houston, Texas, for an amount not to exceed
          $28,460.00 for surveying, design, and preparation of plans and
          specifications for the Farias Elementary School Access
          Improvements (school drop-off), a cost-sharing project with
          the City participating with $108,837.50, and the Laredo
          Independent School District contributing $128,325.00, for a
          total estimated project cost of $237,162.50. The funding will
          be taken form 1998 C.O. bonds and LISD participation.

          Motion to approve.

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


VIII.  CITY MANAGER'S REPORT

     18.  Informing the Laredo City Council of the status of the future
          sewer assessment on the north side of Highway 59 from Ejido to
          the Casa Blanca golf course, with possible action.

          Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, reported that upon his
          investigation he found there are 5 pieces of land where
          business is located to whom he spoke to 3 of the individuals.
          The project is estimated to cost $47,000 dollars.  Based on
          the 3 individuals that the project has been discussed with,
          it is possible that they have commitments for about $30,000
          dollars.  He added that full funding of the project is pretty
          close without having to go in sewer assessments, however, if
          the full amount is not provided, then they would do a sewer
          assessment and for that matter are already looking at a map
          that describes the properties, the front footage, and doing
          the preliminary work to the sewer assessment if necessary.

          Cm. Bruni recommends staff to continue their dialogue with the
          people that are affected and report to council on the next
          couple of meetings.

          Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, added that they are also
          working on a map to identify all similar areas in the city, to
          start quantifying and to locate the areas of no sewer.

     19.  Discussion and possible action regarding a recommendation from
          the Airport Advisory Board to City Council regarding methods
          of funding passenger jet service at the Laredo International
          Airport being (a) continue to pursue the Economic Development
          Corporation sales tax election, (b) actively support the
          private sector initiative by joining with the Board's members
          to meet with community leaders, (c) consider a finding that
          the provision of jet service is a legitimate public purpose in
          relation to the legal opinion, and/or (d) explore other
          options for funding jet service.

          Charles Martens, Airport Advisory member, reported that thru
          an analysis of the Texas cities along the border all were at
          8.25% tax and Laredo is still at 8.00% which makes it the most
          inexpensive place to buy goods on the Texas border.  He added
          that recently they have had the sufficient amount of increase
          to get to the jet service stage of the Continental contract.
          As far as the Economic Development Tax and Economic
          Development Council Corporation if ever the IBC and the LNB
          can come upon an agreement, then we would all be able to look
          at it pretty genuinely.  He hopes that the Economic
          Development Tax is created at a later date along with leading
          banks and all other banks in our community to endorse this for
          the benefit of the public in general.

          Cindy Moreno, Airport Advisory Member, stated that the flights
          are presently at full capacity and that we should go ahead
          with jet service.

          Elmo Lopez, Airport Advisory Member, said that he would like
          to have the city pursue an election in August and ask the
          private sector to look at the contracts that are available to
          the city and ask council for their support as well as
          searching for other alternatives for public funds without
          including a sales tax increase.

          Joe Flores, Airport Director, reported on a benchmark for 1997
          with Continental Airlines doing about 67 round trips per day,
          on the first 19 days of March there was an increase to 92
          passengers per day, which is their criteria for a contract for
          jet service.  He said that time is of the essence and we need
          to pursue all options.

          Cm. Bruni requested that this be expedited to get the jet
          service as soon as possible.

          Motion (as per Joe Flores) to pursue the options including the
          private sector and to join the board with the private sector
          lending the City Counsel support for this endeavor before the
          benchmark moves up.

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

     20.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government
          Code Section 551.071 (1)(a)(b) to discuss pending litigation
          and a settlement offer in Cause No. L-97-13, Luis Rodriguez,
          Santos Ayala, Ruben Alvarez, Francisco Alvarez, and Juan
          Lopez, v. City of Laredo, Texas, in the United States District
          Court for the Southern District of Texas Laredo Division, and
          return to open session for possible action.

          Motion to go into executive session pursuant to Texas
          Government Code Section 551.071 (1)(a)(b) to discuss pending
          litigation and a settlement offer in Cause No. L-97-13, Luis
          Rodriguez, Santos Ayala, Ruben Alvarez, Francisco Alvarez, and
          Juan Lopez, v. City of Laredo, Texas, in the United States
          District Court for the Southern District of Texas Laredo
          Division, and return to open session for possible action.

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

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

     21.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government
          Code Section 551.071 (1)(a) to discuss contemplated litigation
          regarding Highland Subdivision Unit III and the North Laredo
          Wastewater Reclamation Plant, and return to open session for
          possible action thereon.

          Motion to go into 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.

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


IX.  COMMUNICATIONS

          a.  Cm. Alvarado read a letter addressed to Mayor Betty Flores
              from Rudy R. Trevino, Executive Director of the TTMA
              (Texas Talent Musicians Association) in regards to The
              Tejano Music Awards held on March 07, 1998  and some
              comments that were made by a comedian, Carlos Mencia about
              Laredo.  There were a lot of Laredoans present at the
              event who were not pleased with the comments made by that
              comedian and sent letters to the local editor.  Mr. Rudy
              Trevino, sent his apologies on behalf of the Board of
              Directors of the TTMA and also assured that they would
              edit all tapes so that these remarks made about Laredo
              would be eliminated in any television, radio, or video
              cassettes.

          b.  Cm. Alvarado congratulated Orlando and Gaby Canizales from
              District VII who have brought a lot of fame and attention
              to Laredo thru their boxing careers.  He stated that he
              was very displeased for the small publication that was
              given to Orlando Canizales because not only was he the
              former IBF Banim Champion, he is currently the IBO Super
              Feather Weight, and therefore deserves a larger
              publication than the one given.

 X.  CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION AND PRESENTATION

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

A.  Requests by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores

       1. Recognizing the accomplishments of the Laredo All-American
          Cheerleaders which consists of 26 school girls ranging in ages
          from 8 to 14.  These outstanding young ladies represented the
          City of Laredo at the National Cheerleaders Association
          competition held in Dallas on February 27-28, and placed
          fourth nationally.

          Mayor Flores recognized the Laredo All-American Cheerleaders
          and presented them with a recognition plaque.

       2. Status report regarding the Market Street Tennis Courts
          Project, with possible action.

          Florencio Pena, City Manager, reported that the reconstruction
          of the Market Street Tennis Courts Project was delayed until
          after the Border Olympics to make certain that there was no
          disruptions.  A notice to proceed will be issued tomorrow so
          it will be under construction for about 4 months.  He added
          that a new building will be built there and is to include a
          Pro Shop in that within the next 30-45 days should be asking
          for proposals.

          Tina Trevino announced that May 9th would be Texas Tennis Day
          and asked the Council to keep an eye on the facility
          construction by putting it on a fast track and using May 9th
          as the focus date.  She also hoped that we hire a professional
          as soon as possible.

B.  Requests by Councilmember Louis H. Bruni

       1. Status report on the following long-term water supply projects
          with possible action:

               a. Santa Isabel Water Well
               b. Aquifer Storage and Recovery
               c. USGS Well Survey
               d. Effluent Reuse
               e. Weather Modification
               f. Regional Water Management Plan

Fernando Roman - "Yes thank you very much, Fernando Roman again, and...
                  uh... I realize Madame Mayor that you've been here
                  before, I mean you weren't here by the time these were
                  conceived.  I'd like to give you a very just brief...
                  uh...overview of what they are and where they are, The
                  Santa Isabel....

Mayor Flores   - "I know they're very important."

Fernando Roman - "Yes, they sure are.  The Santa Isabel Water Well was
                  conceived as a P---- Program to explore the
                  possibilities of exploiting our ground water resources
                  we knew that there was water in the area and we
                  decided to look at it.  Since the time uh...that we
                  started the exploration, uh... we realized that the
                  water was of a...of a nature that would not allow us
                  to serve it as a...as a public water supply because of
                  the salinity.  Therefore, uh...uh...a pump and a
                  storage tank and uh...and a pump station that
                  originally would have cost us $250,000 dollars, then
                  went up to uh...uh over a cost now of uh...1.2
                  million, we had to add a R---- N---- System, we had to
                  add an increase...an increase of site, which was next
                  to a creek, we had to do a lot of work on that.  And
                  finally we have a well that is operational, and that
                  can produce water.  The only problem that we have in
                  the area is that theee..., there are very few people
                  that live scattered around the area, I think the
                  closest to that is of course across the highway, but
                  as you go on both directions on the...on the Mines
                  Road, they live maybe 1/2 a mile away, 1 mile away,
                  those would be the potential customers.  Extending the
                  water lines, I think it's an issue that we're gonna be
                  talking some more uh...as we...as we look at the
                  colonias and as we look at the issues such as the
                  sewer assessment we just mentioned, we might go into
                  water assessments because up...up until now we have
                  been unable to invest the money on infrastructure to
                  take the water to the folks because of the way the
                  ordinance is written.  It says that who ever wants the
                  water, needs to pay for the extensions.  So, that
                  is...that is a problem yet to be...to be addressed,
                  but the...the well is in service uh...I mean it's...
                  it's under production."

                 "The second project is The Aquifer Storage and
                  Recovery, this is a technology that seeks to identify
                  water bearing formations anywhere, and it does
                  regardless of the quality of the water we just want to
                  know where there is water because those sands can
                  transmit, store or retrieve the water and what we do
                  is look at the uh...what is called the "transitivity"
                  how easy the water can flow in and out and once we do
                  that study, then we look at the... whether the...
                  whether the treated water that we would put from our
                  lines into the ground would...would fight with the
                  native water and...and plug up the hole.  The Aquifer
                  Storage and Recovery is essentially a storage, it's a
                  creation of storage it's not uh...finding ground water
                  and taking it out to...as an additional resource but
                  rather it is...it's like a savings account, you put
                  money when you have a little bit extra and you take it
                  out when you need it. So, this...this is uh...in his
                  uh...Phase II of this involved looking at the
                  compatibility of the two waters, the treated water
                  from our system and the native water and in two sides,
                  the uh...the uh...ex-Del Mar Water Plant on the top of
                  the hill in Del Mar and the east court of Buster
                  Station right across the inter loop from the entrance
                  to the Casa Blanca Lake.  The preliminary...  the
                  preliminary results are that the...that the
                  compatibility appears to be good and they're gonna be
                  issuing a full report probably within 30 days.  If
                  that is the case, and we can go into uh...a p----well,
                  then we will be looking at probably spending another
                  $800 or $800,000 dollars or so to do the full facility
                  to continue with this experimentation.  Where this is
                  important is that there are times, we haven't seen
                  those times in the last 5 or 7 years in the river, but
                  uh...there are times when the river brings what is
                  known as free water, in other words there's more water
                  than there...  than there is demand for it for the
                  whole year, therefore they don't charge it against the
                  water rights, that means we can pump and produce all
                  we can,
                  even if it's in the winter time, and uh...and store
                  that as, until...until.. until the time that we need
                  it, and that's...that's where we are."

                 "The USGS Well Survey,...uh... excuse me,.... I know...
                  I know you can't see it very well but what it is, is
                  ...uh...the United States Geological...Geological
                  Survey, has uh...looked at over 100 wells uh...from
                  ...uh...information from the TNRCC, the Railroad
                  Commission and uh...information as they can find it,
                  and they have looked at approximately uh...100 wells
                  for which they have uh...logs, in other words the,
                  uh...kind of like the ---- what the...what the ----
                  looks like as it goes down in the perforation and
                  uh...they've looked at about 50 samples from 50 wells
                  they are about to produce, they were supposed to give
                  it to us at the end of March and they were...they were
                  trying really hard to get it ready for this
                  presentation, but they...the report is complex and
                  they couldn't do it, but they have a... they're gonna
                  be constructing what they call fenced diagrams, that
                  means uh...crossed sections, you can take Webb County
                  and slice it like you would a piece of cheese and then
                  look at the way the cross section looks like, then you
                  would ---- how the sands are in all directions and
                  therefore, whenever there's water identified in an
                  area, and...and the typical sand is identified, then
                  you wanna see how that sand extends to different
                  directions because the presumption is, you might have
                  water with good quality.  There are some clusters that
                  are...that are identifiable there, just simply because
                  it looks...it looks a little bit blacker in certain
                  areas, and that tells you that those sands are more
                  prolific than in other places.  We're gonna be looking
                  at the uh...the cross section of those particular
                  clusters and see where they extend.  This is...this
                  would be a project to actually find the water, take it
                  out and use it."

Mayor Flores   - "Are these uh...wells that are already made?

Fernando Roman - "Yhea, these wells are uh...all that they could find
                  in record I think since 1960 from both the TNRCC and
                  the Railroad Commission."

Cm. Alvarado   - "Excuse me, are these portable water wells, or...or"?

Fernando Roman - "They're not all they're portable water, many of these
                  logs are from uh...oil exploration, but the uh...,
                  any driller has the obligation to submit a log of...
                  of boring that identifies the uh...the water sections
                  and they have the obligation to also plug those water
                  sections when they're exploring for oil so they don't
                  contaminate it. So, not...not all of them are...are
                  for portable use..."

Mayor Flores   - "And some of them are salt water."

Fernando Roman - "Uh...some inject salt water and the...they probably
                  would not be in one of these, anyway, that report is
                  coming up from the San Antonio office of the USGS in
                  uh...in I would...I guess in about 10 days that's...
                  that's how they saw it."

                 "Effluent Reuse, as Mr. Bruni indicated, in 1995 we
                  looked at the potential for water reuse.  This by the
                  way was a condition of uh...one of our permits uh...
                  of...on the waste water plants they told us you need
                  to look at what you can do with the effluent and uh...
                  there were...there were a couple of conclusions that
                  were reached, one is that the best potential for...for
                  Effluent Reuse is in the north and northeast part,
                  because of the presence of the Country Clubs of
                  course, and the presence of the line that was
                  constructed jointly between...that was constructed
                  by City of Laredo with materials partly donated by
                  Webb County.  They had uh...I forget how many feet
                  10,000 ft or so, stored at the old detention site
                  center, that was just uh...rotting away in the sun,
                  so they donated it to the city, to...to be uh...
                  participants in that line that now goes all the way
                  to...to the concrete.  It is because of that line
                  and because of that donation that we entered into an
                  agreement with them to give them water,...uh...
                  obviously the water that they use uh...from us is not
                  taken from the lake, so that's the ---- that they were
                  looking at, but other opportunities for reuse were
                  identified as uh...in the south where we have the
                  south side waste water plant as possibly uh...finding
                  commercial applications for the effluent in the... in
                  the... uh...in the mining of the petroleum industry,
                  we have not gotten to that, the south side plant is
                  just been expanded recently, we think we're gonna be
                  uh...kicking off the...the expansion in about 30 days
                  or so, we're just about this close to finishing and
                  then we're gonna be looking at...at these
                  opportunities."

                 "The Weather Modification Program, is...is one that was
                  very controversial last year, we, the City of Laredo
                  was looking at possibly funding uh...50% of a $250,000
                  uh...dollar project to make it rain, we were in the,
                  this was two years ago I think, when we were in the
                  worst of the...of the drought and uh...knowing very
                  well that the water, once it hits the ground it starts
                  running on the surface it goes into the river, it's
                  still...still not ours, unless we have the water
                  rights, but believe it or not, we broke the inertia
                  cause most people were doing nothing and people were
                  calling at TNRCC saying, "what is Laredo doing"?
                  Uh...I would have to say now that uh...we...we would
                  not be spending the money on that program, because
                  uh...Senate Bill I, which is a ---- water, is a water
                  supply bill that...seeks to plan for the next 50 years
                  uh...uh...Senator Brown who...who offered the bill
                  made it very clear that he intends to seek some type
                  of uh...of uh...a revenue gathering mechanism, we call
                  it the "water tax", that's how it started and...and in
                  a way we were opposed a little bit to it, but...but
                  what he's saying is, "look guys the weather
                  modification doesn't work, if you just make it work,
                  make it rain, in a...in a 10 square kilometer area"
                  because...because it doesn't give you any...any long
                  term water, what we need to do is, in good years and
                  in bad years, we need to make it rain over a broad,
                  broad area.  The Rio Grande water shed, for example,
                  is over, I think it's over 2 million square kilometers
                  and the area that we were trying to do, was probably
                  at 100 square kilometers, square miles, I'm sorry, and
                  uh...in uh...in uh...bringing this to the TNRCC's
                  attention, they...they said, well... this should be
                  better off, if everybody goes along with it and the
                  best way to do it, is by collecting from everybody
                  even if they don't want to water tax, but we'll see."

                 "Regional Water Management Plan, is uh...a study that
                  we started last uh...year as a...as a...region, The
                  South Texas ---- Council, consisting of, I think of
                  about 10 political entities, began looking at our...
                  at our long term water supply project, this was uh...
                  thru a grant, a $75,000 dollar grant from the...the
                  Texas Water Development Board and a $25,000 dollar
                  contribution from the rest of the members, we paid
                  $2,500 dollars into...into the effort and that has
                  translated into a draft which I just received last
                  week, I haven't had a chance to read it, but it is...
                  it is what they call Phase I, or an inventory of the
                  needs of the area under the study and the proposal of
                  uh...what else needs to be studied to...to work on a
                  water supply, on a long term water supply project.
                  Simultaneously to this, Senate Bill I again, which
                  was implemented last year and is now in full force,
                  and of which, I am very honored to be the
                  representative for Laredo, one of the representatives
                  for this area, under ---- name, we're gonna meet on
                  Wednesday by the way in McAllen.  Uh...this water
                  supply bill, is going to uh...incorporate, is gonna
                  take the Phase I that we just finished as a...as a
                  South Texas Environment Council Region and uh...
                  incorporate it with what the Rio Grande Lower Valley
                  Development Council also did, and come-up with some
                  type of a conclusion whether we continue as a separate
                  sub...sub region or we join forces with them on a...on
                  a region wide study.  I suspect that's gonna be the
                  subject of the...of the meeting we're gonna go to
                  on...on Wednesday.  Uhmm...I don't know what else I
                  can say Mr.  Bruni..., did I forget something"?

          Cm. Bruni, stated that these water issues are critical and
          vital to the well being of the City of Laredo and it's
          continued growth.  He would like to make sure that these
          issues are always on the forefront and that staff be on top of
          them.

          Mayor Pro-tem Perez, commented that The Ad Hoc Water Committee
          recommends that council should consider the possibility of
          contracting out water and sewer and finding out how these
          contracts work.  He added that these contracts can save the
          city millions of dollars and feels that we need to pursue that
          area to allow us to continue increasing the various water
          supply projects.  He feels that we have come to a point where
          a decision needs to be reached and suggests that we visit two
          or three areas and see what their operation looks like and
          what the outcome has been from the contracts.

          Mr. Fernando Roman, stated that a memo was going to be
          presented to Mr. Pena, where he suggests dates and cities that
          might be good to look at.  The study that was being pursued on
          this, was more feasible but need to compare pros and cons
          before making a move like that.

       2. Discussion and possible action regarding the use of water
          rights in payment of water availability fees and connection
          charges.

          Cm. Bruni asked staff to recommend something to the Council
          with a report on its recommendations.

       3. Discussion and possible action regarding the history of the
          renaming of Gust Street to Hillside Road.

          Keith Selman, Planning Director, reported that the change
          occurred in the implementation of 911 and that they are
          presently looking at San Pedro to change it to Gust.

       4. Status report on the Ropa Usada establishment located at 2601
          Ash Street.

          Keith Selman, Planning Director, stated that item was on the
          agenda for rezoning and once we get to that item, it would be
          requested to be tabled.

          Benny Salinas, Building Director, reported that inspectors
          were sent to the area and a heavy fire load was noticed along
          with the building being in a deep dilapidated stage and that
          the property owner would be cited.  He added that due to the
          building being re-classified from a storage to a hazardous it
          reduces the area because of the volume of flammable materials
          and therefore the installation of a sprinkler system is
          required.

          Cm. Bruni requested a written report from this inspection
          due to the building being an M1 in an R1 area.  He added that
          all precautions need to be taken to prevent a fire and to keep
          the residents in the area safe from any danger.

          Tomas Ramirez, Fire Chief, asked council that if at any time
          there is an application for a special use permit for ropa
          usada, cotton bails, or cardboard bails to place a condition
          on the permit such as the installation of a sprinkler system.

          Mr. Pena, City Manager, said that a motion was not necessary,
          because it's already in the ordinance and the Ropa Usada is
          now classified as storage of hazardous material and that a
          sprinkler system is required.

C.  Requests by Councilmember Alfonso "Poncho" Casso, Jr.

       1. Discussion and possible action regarding the requirement of an
          application fee upon filing for city public office.

          Gustavo Guevara, City Secretary, informed council that the
          application fee for city public office is allowed and
          mentioned that the cities of San Antonio, Corpus Christi, and
          Fort Worth have a $100 Dollar filing fee with an option to
          bring in a signature petition of 25% of the voters in their
          district, and that Houston has a filing of $1250 dollars for
          Mayor, $750 dollars for City Comptroller and $500 dollars for
          Councilmembers.

          There was no discussion on this item due to Cm. Casso's
          absence.

       2. Discussion and possible action regarding the creation of a
          Tree Board with possible appointees.

          There was no discussion on this item due to Cm. Casso's
          absence.

       3. Discussion and possible action regarding the distribution of
          police officers throughout the various city council districts.

          There was no discussion on this item due to Cm. Casso's
          absence.

       4. Discussion and possible action regarding the Laredo Emergency
          Planning Committee.

          There was no discussion on this item due to Cm. Casso's
          absence.

D.  Requests by Councilmember Cecilia May Moreno

       1. Status report on the painting of the Lyon Street water tanks.

          Fernando Roman stated that from the time we set on the design,
          it would take about 3 months before the final product and will
          probably bid the project out.

E.  Requests by Councilmember Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

       1. Discussion and possible action on the increasing problem with
          vagrants/transients in the City of Laredo, in particular, the
          incident which occurred on Sunday, March 15, 1998.
          (Co-sponsored by Councilmembers Joe A. Guerra and Mario G.
          Alvarado)

          Cm. Valdez stated that the vagrants/transients in the City of
          Laredo is a big problem specially along IH35.  He added that
          Lafayette and Saunders bridge has become a small community for
          these people who are congregating there and roam around the
          neighborhood to houses where people push drugs.  He said this
          problem is getting worse and needs to be addressed.  He asked
          that staff look at an ordinance to address this problem and
          find a solution.

          George Johnson, business owner located at Lafayette and IH35,
          stated that this is a matter of grave importance.  He said
          that he had filed a complaint on February 5th 1998 on a
          vagrant that was threatening his employees and customers and
          refused to leave his place of business.  Typically what they
          do is panhandle on public property but eventually wonder on to
          private property and will accost usually women with children,
          and families that come in to patronize the businesses and will
          be so overbearing and insistent that people have no choice to
          either give them money or politely refuse them.  He said that
          many  other problems have occurred from this, such as breaking
          into unoccupied homes and setting fires.  He suggested that
          the city looks into controlling the fund raising activities on
          public property with certain requirements and guidelines.

          Florencio Pena, City Manager, replied that we do have an
          ordinance that addresses non-profit organizations fund raisers
          on public property with bonding and guidelines.  He added that
          police can take action if they do not have a permit and
          recommends that the Police Department be contacted if need be.

          Agustin Dovalina, Police Chief, stated that we do have an
          ordinance, but was not sure whether the Police Department is
          empowered to enforce the ordinance on these individuals.  He
          specified one section in the ordinance where it defines non-
          commercial solicitation as non-commercial purposes meaning
          various non-profit objectives, including the benefit of the
          poor, needy, sick, refugee or disabled person, benefit of any
          church or religious society, Sec group or order, the benefit
          of any fraternal, social, or civic organization or the benefit
          of any educational institution, it also shall not be construed
          to include the direct benefit of the individual making the
          solicitation or the benefit of any political group or a
          political organization with a subject of financial disclosure
          under state or federal law.  He said that he was not sure if
          we would be infringing on people's civil rights if this
          ordinance would be enforced against them.  However, there is a
          provision in the state transportation code regarding
          solicitation by pedestrians that states a person may not stand
          on the roadway to solicit ride, contribution, employment, or
          business from an occupant in a vehicle, except to solicit a
          charitable contribution with authorization by the local
          authority having jurisdiction over the roadway.  In essence a
          permit needs to be obtained to be able to solicit on the
          roadway.

          City Attorney Jaime Flores stated that it is a good time to
          revisit the ordinance and take another look at it and put more
          strength and more enforcement on police powers.

          Motion to instruct staff to limit the soliciting only to
          schools and non-profit organizations and give police more
          power without violating the constitutional rights of
          individuals.

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

       2. Status report on community parks improvements.

          John Vidaurri, Parks & Recreation Director, reported that we
          have $15,000 dollars in this years budget for that particular
          project and an additional $60,000 in next fiscal year's
          budget.  Some minor touch-up work can be done around the ball
          fields this year and then wait for the bulk of the money to
          come in and address some more extensive improvements that will
          include the construction of a parking area around that site.

          Cm. Valdez requested that we look at a walk way or jogging
          trail as well as the parking area for that site.

          Mr. Vidaurri replied that with the City Manager's approval,
          they can work with the Planning Department to come up with a
          site plan that can be presented to council including the
          parking and the walk way areas.

          Cm. Alvarado requested a list from Mr. Vidaurri that
          identifies some of the different items that need to be
          addressed at each of the parks that we now have so that they
          can discuss at the next budget hearing.  He also suggested to
          get local business sponsors in the area to adopt some of these
          areas which will help contribute to the city and defray some
          of the cost to the city as well.

       3. Status report on the sidewalk program on Bustamante Street.

          Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, stated that this program was
          included in the same package with the Alma Pierce sidewalks.
          He said that they have received the RFP's which is part of the
          seal bond package and hopes to get a meeting set-up before the
          end of the week and maybe have an item for recommendations for
          engineer work on the first meeting in April.

F.  Requests by Councilmember Joe A. Guerra

       1. Discussion and possible action regarding the request by the
          EMS Division of the Laredo Fire Department to split the EMS
          District in two in order to have three additional EMS
          supervisors.  This action would guarantee the presence of one
          supervisor per division at all times.

          Tomas Ramirez, Fire Chief, stated that there is a need for
          these positions, but there are no funds presently available.
          He requested that these positions be approved in next year's
          budget hearing.  He added that if these three positions were
          to be re-classified that they are looking at approximately
          $16,000 dollars remaining for the rest of the present budget
          year and $32,000 to $35,000 dollars for re-classification
          costs alone for the the full fiscal year.

          Cm. Alvarado asked Chief Ramirez if this would cause changes
          in the staff under the supervisor as far as other people
          having to be brought up also?

          Chief Ramirez, replied that the positions are additional
          responsibilities and not necessarily changes in duties, the
          basic duties of everybody in the Fire Department is a Fire-
          fighter.  He added that they also have a dual fire based EMS
          which means that the paramedics in the units are also Fire-
          fighters so consequently if they respond to a house fire they
          are expected to fight the fire.  He said that they are Fire-
          fighters first and paramedics second.

          Cm. Alvarado stated that there would be some changes in
          bringing up the scale on some of the additional personnel so
          that they can be able to handle some of the additional duties.
          He added that he feels that the service needs to be provided
          but that the total cost involved needs to be looked at first.
          He asked Chief Ramirez if this would also open-up a different
          EMS site or would it all be operating on the same EMS site?

          Chief Ramirez, replied that there were no EMS sites and that
          they do have an EMS Administrative Office out of Fire Station
          #3, but the only person assigned there was the District Chief
          and that the captains were not necessarily assigned to that
          station, they are assigned to the whole city and the one
          captain that's on duty is currently based on Central Fire
          Stations because there is no room at Fire Station #3.
          He concluded by saying that he recommends this issue be looked
          at but not necessarily be funded until October due to the
          budgetary restraints.


          Motion to instruct staff to incorporate this request into next
          year's fiscal budget subject to approval by the council.

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

       2. Discussion and possible action on the proposed South Texas
          Regional Waste Management Project/Facility and a declaration
          of continued interest for the possible participation by the
          Laredo City Council.

          Hector Farias made the presentation before the council.  He
          stated that the project intends to:
          * Build and operate a new state-of-the-art solid waste
            disposal facility in southwestern LaSalle County, outside of
            the Rio Grande watershed.
          * Build and operate a new waste transfer at the site of the
            City of Laredo landfill.
          * Work with the Union Pacific and Tex-Mex railroads to
            incorporate railhaul into its waste management system.
          * Incorporate recallable materials collection facilities at
            its disposal facility and transfer station.
          * Privately finance all of its facilities.
          * Specialize in the provision of environmentally sound waste
            disposal service to the municipalities and private waste
            collectors of South Texas.
          * Demonstrate the environmental stewardship and the management
            of waste by private company can be accomplished to the
            benefit of the public.

          Cm. Guerra stated that his concern is the potential
          contamination of the ground water that exits in the landfill
          and asked how much of the proposed vertical expansion is over
          a non-conforming area of the landfill and what affects will it
          have to the adjoining property owners?

          Florencio Pena, City Manager, stated that he will have Rust
          Engineering who is preparing the permit make a presentation
          next week to council.  He added that the city has appropriated
          approximately $350,000 dollars to prepare the specifications
          for the permit.

          Randall Kippenbrock, from Public Works, reported that in
          regards to the non-conforming (aka) pre-subtitle D areas don't
          have deal synthetic liners in.  Phase I is a 50 acre track
          that came before the pre-subtitle D requirement back in
          October 1993 and altered is about a 4 acre cell in Phase II,
          so it's approximately 54-55 acres of non-conforming (pre-
          subtitle D) areas.  He added that he had a conversation with
          TNRCC and the regulation in TNRCC Municipal Solid Waste does
          not state whether you can or cannot increase or do a vertical
          expansion over those non-conforming (pre-subtitle D) areas.
          However, in the last few months the City of Denton, Victoria,
          Southwest landfill, and a landfill in San Antonio all just
          got a vertical expansion.  In regards to the height, the
          northeast corner of the landfill where the elevation is
          470 ft., it is being proposed to go up to 630 ft. elevation.
          On the southwest corner where the elevation is about 440 ft.,
          it takes it up about 40 ft. which is all you'll see from there
          as opposed to being on the north side of the landfill where
          you see much more of it.

          Mr. Hector Farias confirmed to Mr. Kippenbrock that they had
          not applied for a vertical expansion with TNRCC as of today.
          He asked if an application had been submitted and when it
          would be approved.

          Mr.Randall Kippenbrock, replied that in fact they had not
          applied with TNRCC and added that they had received a letter
          from Rust Environmental where basically the time frame would
          be the end of April when they will receive a 3 points binders
          that need to be reviewed and sent back with comments, so it
          will be the middle of May when thy will submit to TNRCC and
          generally the time frame is 10 to 15 months after to process.

          Cm. Guerra asked Mr. Kippenbrock a few questions, one was if
          the results of the Ground Water Monitoring Program indicate
          any contamination, how long have the monitoring wells been in
          place, and is there any assurance that TNRCC will approve the
          vertical expansion once the engineering plans have been
          submitted?

          Mr. Randall Kippenbrock, replied that The Ground Water
          Monitoring Programs was still in the early stage, 10 monitor
          wells were installed in 1996 and 2 more in 1997.  A couple of
          weeks ago they got bids for analytical services for ground
          water samples and hope to get bids for dedicated pumps to pump
          out ground water samples, so at this time there is no
          analytical results to confirm ground water contamination.
          He added that back in July 1997, TNRCC requested that they put
          additional wells in, when they met they postponed those first
          10 wells for sampling until they decided what will happen with
          the additional wells.  The intent was to get the water wells
          in place first, get them certified by TNRCC and then proceed
          with the water sampling.  He feels very confident that TNRCC
          will approve the vertical expansion just like the other
          locations mentioned before have been done in the last few
          months.

          Cm. Guerra submitted a list of questions to Chair and City
          Manager and would like this item placed back on the agenda for
          the next meeting with answers to his questions.

          Mr. Hector Farias asked the Council for a Declaration of
          Intent and added that he was not asking the city of any of its
          business.

          Cm. Bruni stated that we should move in the direction of
          looking at alternative sites if we do not get the TNRCC permit
          for the vertical expansion.

          Mayor Betty Flores, had a few questions for Hector Farias,
          first if the expenditures from the city's budget for waste
          disposal will be reduced about 2 million per year, second
          would our cost increase per tonnage and last, does the
          transfer station mean that people that are going to the
          landfill now, will go there and then someone will transfer
          that waste to La Salle County?

          Mr. Richard DeBenedictis, Managing Director of CES
          Environmental Projects, responded but first commented that the
          only time a vertical expansion according to TNRCC that have
          been approved is to close the landfill and allow 10 ft. for
          more grading.  At this time there is no vertical expansions
          being approved and is doubtful that there will be in the
          future.  The ones mentioned before were either for grading or
          were over aligned facilities.  The idea of having a transfer
          station is two fold, one is where you want to have access to
          railroad in the future and second is that you want to have a
          central facility that collectors can come to.  As far as the
          savings of money, the city's proposed budget is close to 1
          million dollars because the city has to run a landfill for
          everybody.  The actual collection of refuse from the residents
          of the town is between 85,000 and 100,000 tons a year, that
          would be disposed of the $20 dollars a ton, which is basically
          our cost and would include the transfer of the refuse from the
          transfer station to our facility.

          Motion to instruct staff to look over the information
          submitted by Cm. Guerra to address the questions and come back
          to council next week to take some kind of action.

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

          Motion to accept the Declaration of Intent by the City of
          Council as submitted by Hector Farias.

          City Attorney Jaime Flores stated that he had a problem with
          the way the Declaration of Intent stated that council declares
          a serious intent to enter into negotiations for a contract.
          He added that before municipality can contract with public
          funds over $15,000 dollars, there is a requirement for going
          to assert a competitive bidding and seal bill proposals, some
          exceptions may apply but recommends that it be reviewed
          further and also recommends very strongly against accepting
          the letter.

          Motion to table the request until the next meeting.

          Moved : Cm. Alvarado
          Second: Cw. Montalvo
          For:  6                       Against:  1         Abstain:  0
                                        Cm. Guerra

       3. Discussion and public action on certain issues concerning the
          city cemetery.

          Michelle Romani stated that her concern is on the City's
          removal of the flowers and that the people should have an
          input by having a Cemetery Board.  She asked that the removal
          be placed on hold until a board is created.

          Mayor Flores asked the City Manager to follow the Catholic
          Cemetery schedule and that we take care of the areas that are
          abandoned presently.

          Motion to instruct staff to work with Miss Romani to address
          the issues presented tonight.

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

          John Vidaurri, Parks & Recreation Director, reported that they
          have advertised to the public to help keep the cemetery in
          repair and they have attempted to locate plot holders on the
          Beautification Program that is on the way.
G.  Requests by Councilmember Mario G. Alvarado

       1. Discussion and possible action on formulating an international
          trade advisory committee.

          Cm. Alvarado stated that he received The Communication from
          the County dated March 18th where the County Commissioners has
          named an International Trade Committee to address the
          infrastructure needs involving transportation and
          international commerce.  Along with it came a list of members
          that have been appointed on the representation that included
          Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores and a vacancy for the city and he
          would like to be named for that vacancy to allow him to work
          with her on that particular issue.

          Cm. Bruni stated that he would like to see more representation
          from the city.

          Cm. Guerra stated that he would like to be a part of that
          committee along with Cm. Bruni and Cm. Alvarado.

          Mayor Betty Flores replied by saying that she would request
          additional positions to the Board for council and staff
          members as well.

          Motion to appoint Cm. Alvarado to be the other representative
          to the Board and to request one additional seat.

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

XI.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

      23. Public hearing rescinding Section 5-4:  No Permits Required
          for Agricultural Buildings, of the Subdivision Ordinance
          Handbook; and providing for publication and effective date.
          The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval of this
          amendment.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Rescinding Section 5-4:  No Permits Required for Agricultural
          Buildings, of the Subdivision Ordinance Handbook; and
          providing for publication and effective date.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the
          ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

      24. Public hearing concerning the application by Hector Cabello
          amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for auto
          wrecker service and impound lot on all of Block 1559, Eastern
          Division, located at 2601 Guadalupe St.  The Planning and
          Zoning Commission recommends approval of this conditional use
          permit.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for auto
          wrecker service and impound lot on all of Block 1559, Eastern
          Division, located at 2601 Guadalupe St.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the
          ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

     25.  Public hearing concerning the application by Steve A.  Snow,
          East House Ltd., amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the
          City of Laredo by rezoning 0.755 acres as further described by
          metes and bounds located on Remington Dr., from R-1 (Single
          Family Residential District) to R-1A (Single Family Reduced
          Area District). The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends
          approval of this zone change.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Application by Steve A. Snow, East House Ltd., amending the
          Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 0.755
          acres as further described by metes and bounds located on
          Remington Dr., from R-1 (Single Family Residential District)
          to R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District).

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the
          ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

      26. Public hearing amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City
          of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1 and 2, Block 1537, Eastern
          Division, located on the northeast corner of the intersection
          of Ash St., and Texas Ave., from M-1 (Light Manufacturing
          District) to R-1 (Single Family Residential District.  The
          Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval of this
          zone change.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning Lots 1 and 2, Block 1537, Eastern Division, located
          on the northeast corner of the intersection of Ash St., and
          Texas Ave., from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to R-1
          (Single Family Residential District).

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Motion to close the public hearing and table the item.

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

      27. Public hearing concerning the application by Domingo Salinas
          and Alejandro Ocampo amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of
          the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 7A, Block 906, Western
          Division, located at 3502 Santa Maria Ave., from B-1 (Limited
          Business District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The
          Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval of this
          zone change.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning Lot 7A, Block 906, Western Division, located at 3502
          Santa Maria Ave., from B-1 (Limited Business District) to B-3
          (Community Business District).

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the
          ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Alvarado

      28. Public hearing and introduction of an ordinance amending
          provisions of Section 24.73 of the Laredo Land Development
          Code relating to permits for the drilling, re-entry, or
          recompletion of oil and gas wells, specifically Section
          24.73.1 (4)(a), providing distance restrictions for future
          development, 24.73.3, providing enforcement for ordinance
          violations, and Section 24.73.4 (12), requiring a fee for re-
          entry and recompletion operations, and Appendix "A" amending
          the definition of "Recompletion Operations".

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending provisions of Section 24.73 of the Laredo Land
          Development Code relating to permits for the drilling, re-
          entry, or recompletion of oil and gas wells, specifically
          Section 24.73.1 (4)(a), providing distance restrictions for
          future development, 24.73.3, providing enforcement for
          ordinance violations, and Section 24.73.4 (12), requiring a
          fee for re-entry and recompletion operations, and Appendix "A"
          amending the definition of "Recompletion Operations".

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the
          ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

      29. Public hearing creating a special restricted revenue fund in
          accordance with the Canseco Foundation's Endowment in the
          amount of $50,000 to the Laredo Public Library for children's
          programming and amending the City of Laredo FY 1997-98 Annual
          Budget to reflect the creation of this fund.  The fund will be
          named the Canseco Foundation's Children Endowment Fund.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Creating a special restricted revenue fund in accordance with
          the Canseco Foundation's Endowment in the amount of $50,000 to
          the Laredo Public Library for children's programming and
          amending the City of Laredo FY 1997-98 Annual Budget to
          reflect the creation of this fund.  The fund will be named the
          Canseco Foundation's Children Endowment Fund.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the
          ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

      30. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo FY 1997-98 Annual
          Budget by reclassifying ten fire fighters to ten assistant
          driver positions authorized by City Council to be effective
          upon adoption, and authorizing the City Manager to implement
          said budget.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the City of Laredo FY 1997-98 Annual Budget by
          reclassifying ten fire fighters to ten assistant driver
          positions authorized by City Council to be effective upon
          adoption, and authorizing the City Manager to implement said
          budget.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the
          ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

XII.  ADJOURNMENT

          Motion to adjourn.           Time: 9:16 p.m.

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

   I HEREBY CERTIFY THAT THE ABOVE MINUTES CONTAINED IN PAGES 01 TO 33
   ARE TRUE, COMPLETE, AND CORRECT PROCEEDINGS OF THE CITY COUNCIL
   MEETING HELD ON THE 23RD DAY OF MARCH, 1998.  A CERTIFIED COPY IS ON
   FILE AT THE CITY SECRETARY'S OFFICE.

                                   _______________________
                                   GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.
                                   CITY SECRETARY


   Minutes prepared by:  Angelica Feurtado
   Minutes appoved on:

          Second: Cw. Moreno