CITY OF LAREDO

                          CITY COUNCIL MEETING

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


       M98-R-17                 MINUTES                 APRIL 20, 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,       COUNCILMEMBER, DISTRICT I
       LOUIS H. BRUNI,             "     , DISTRICT II
       ALFONSO I. "PONCHO" CASSO,  "     , DISTRICT III
       CECILIA MAY MORENO,         "     , DISTRICT IV
       ELISEO VALDEZ,              "     , DISTRICT V
       JOE A. GUERRA,              "     , DISTRICT VI
       MARIO G. ALVARADO,          "     , DISTRICT VII
       CONSUELO "CHELO" MONTALVO,  "     , DISTRICT VIII
       GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR., CITY SECRETARY
       FLORENCIO PENA, III,  CITY MANAGER
       JAIME L. FLORES,      CITY ATTORNEY


  IV.  APPROVAL OF MINUTES

      2.  City Council Meeting of February 23, 1998
          Workshop on Economic Development on February 24, 1998
          Workshop with Legislative Consultant on February 25, 1998
          City Council Meeting of March 2, 1998
          City Council Meeting of March 16, 1998

          Motion to approve.

          Moved : Cm. Guerra
          Second: Cw. Moreno
          For:  7                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0
          Cm. Casso was not present.

          Motion to waive the rules of order and move item D(1).

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

          Motion to waive the rules of order and move item A(1).

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

   V.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

       3. Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Bowden
          Medical, Incorporated for approximately 3,588 square feet
          constituting Buildings #1432, #1438 and #1439. Building #1432
          is located at 1803 Pappas Street, and Buildings #1438 and
          #1439 are located at 1719 Pappas Street.
          a. Lease term is for one (1) year commencing May 1, 1998 and
             ending April 30, 1999.
          b. Monthly rent shall be $674.10.  Previous monthly rent was
             $630.00.
          Premises are used to store medical equipment and supplies.

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

       4. Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with
          Texas/Illinois Cellular Limited Partnership, by it's general
          partner Southwestern Bell Wireless, Inc., (sub-tenant) to co-
          located on the existing self support cellular tower
          constructed under that certain ground lease for cellular
          tower dated September 1, 1996 between the City of Laredo
          (Landlord) and Lar-Tex Cellular Telephone Company (Tenant)
          reference 96-0-132, located on a tract of land out of and a
          part of lots 3 and 4, Block 552, of the Eastern Division of
          the City of Laredo. The sub-tenant desires to attach and
          construct on such premises cellular phone antennas, and
          coaxial cables to the existing tower and install and
          equipment building.
          1. Term of the lease is 10 years with an option for 2
             successive 5 year renewals.
          2. Annual rent will be $2,500.00, to be adjusted on each
             anniversary dated according to the changes in the Consumer
             Price Index.

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

       5. Closing as a public easement PARCEL A, consisting of 175.09
          square feet of land, more or less; and PARCEL B, consisting
          of 254.65 square feet of land, more or less; both parcels
          being out of and part of the 400 Block of Price Street
          between Springfield and Maryland Avenues. Said parcels of
          land being encroached upon by the improvements of the
          abutting properties, being Lots 11 and 12, Block 337, Eastern
          Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; and authorizing
          the sale of the "Surface Only" of said parcels at the
          combined fair market value of $1,289.22, and further
          authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary
          documents to effectively convey fee simple title to Cristina
          Cedillo and Librada Ramirez de Escobedo, respectively for
          said parcels being more particularly described by metes and
          bounds and providing for an effective date.

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

       6. Ordinance amending Chapter 30, Taxation, Article II, Hotel
          Occupancy Tax, Section 30-17; Levy; Exceptions, adding
          Subsections b (1,2,3,4, and 5), amending Subsection (c), and
          adding Subsections (d), (1,2,3, and 4), (e), (f), f(1), and
          (g) to the Code of Ordinances.

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

  VI.  FINAL READINGS

       Motion to waive the final reading of ordinances #98-O-098,
       #98-O-099, #98-O-100, #98-O-101, #98-O-102, #98-O-103,
       #98-O-105, #98-O-106, #98-O-107, #98-O-108, and #98-O-109.

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

       7. 98-O-098  Ordinance 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. (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-098.

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

       8. 98-O-099  Ordinance closing as a public easement that section
                    of the 3000 block of Ross Street between India and
                    Canada Avenues, situated in the Eastern Division,
                    City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas and providing
                    for an effective date. (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-099.

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

       9. 98-O-100  Ordinance authorizing the granting and conveyance
                    of a 12 foot wide utility easement located behind
                    the Freddie Benavides Outdoor Recreational Complex
                    to Central Power and Light Company, and authorizing
                    the City Manager to execute any necessary documents
                    of conveyance, in order to allow for the provision
                    of electrical services to the New Laredo National
                    Bank South Branch building located at the
                    intersection of State Highway 83 at Chacota Street
                    said 12 foot wide utility easement being more
                    particularly described by metes and bounds.
                    (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-100.

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

      10. 98-O-101  Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a
                    lease with the City of Laredo for approximately
                    4,000 square feet of office space constituting the
                    Second Floor of Building No. 132 located at 4719
                    Maher Avenue.
                    a. Lease term is for one (1) year commencing May 1,
                       1998 and ending April 30, 1999, and may be
                       extended for four (4) terms of one (1) year each
                       ending April 30, 2000, April 30, 2001, April 30,
                       2002, and April 30, 2003.
                    b. Monthly rent shall be $3,200.00, and will be
                       adjusted annually during the primary and
                       extension terms of this lease according to
                       changes in the Consumer Price Index.
                    This office space was previously occupied by the
                    Airport Director's Administrative Staff.
                    (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-101

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

      11. 98-O-102  Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a
                    lease with South Texas Workforce Development Board
                    for approximately 4,234 square feet constituting
                    Building No.  1054 located at 4812 North Bartlett
                    Avenue.
                    a. Lease term is for one (1) year commencing March
                       1, 1998 and ending February 28, 1999, and may be
                       extended for one (1) year ending February 29,
                       2000.
                    b. Monthly rent shall be $3,600.00, and will be
                       adjusted annually during the primary and
                       extension term of this lease. Previous monthly
                       rent was $3,437.89. (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-102.

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

      12. 98-O-103  Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute
                    an amendment to the Lease and Specialty Gift Shop
                    Concession Agreement approved by Ordinance No.
                    97-O-322 dated January 5, 1998, between the City of
                    Laredo and Jesus Garcia. Said amendment will
                    include the requirements for operating a Retail
                    News/Gift Shop Concession and because of a typing
                    error change the square footage from 1,556 to 556.
                    (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-103.

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

      13. 98-O-105  Ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 1997-1998
                    Annual Budget in the amount of $90,000.00, for a
                    donation by the Friends of the Library, Laredo,
                    Texas, providing for effective date. (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-105.

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

      14. 98-O-106  Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1998 budget
                    in the amount of $356,086.00, for funding of
                    operating expenses and personnel for an organized
                    Multi-Agency Financial Disruption Task Force for
                    the period of January 1, 1998 through December 31,
                    1998. (Louis H. Bruni)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-106.

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

      15. 98-O-107  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.  The
                    Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval
                    of this zone change. (Louis H. Bruni)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-107.

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

      16. 98-O-108  Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998
                    Annual Budget in the amount of $5,000.00, and
                    authorizing the City Manager to enter into an
                    agreement with the Office of the Comptroller for
                    the reimbursement of $5,000.00, for funding a
                    Tobacco Compliance program.  This money will be
                    used to pay overtime wages for Laredo Police Crime
                    Prevention officers involved in this operation.
                    This will be the first year the City has entered
                    into this agreement and is at no cost to the City.
                    (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-108.

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

      17. 98-O-109  Ordinance approving an amendment to the contract
                    with the Texas Department of Health and Budget
                    revision for the Tuberculosis Prevention Control
                    Projects of the City of Laredo Health Department to
                    reflect two budgets: the TB Federal Projects for
                    the period beginning January 1, 1998, through
                    December 31, 1998, in the amount of $99,950.00, and
                    the "Los Dos Laredos" TB Binational Project for the
                    period beginning January 1, 1998, through June 30,
                    1998, in the amount of $46,438.00. (City Council)

                    Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-109.

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

VII.  RESOLUTIONS

      18. 98-R-053   Accepting a grant from the Texas Alternate Fuel
                     Council in the amount of $35,000.00 with the City
                     designating $37,839.49 in matching funds and/or
                     in-kind services for a total of $72,839.49, for
                     conversion of 12 new and used fleet vehicles to
                     Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) from several City of
                     Laredo Departments from February 1, 1998 through
                     August 31, 1998.

                     Motion to approve Resolution #98-R-053.

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

      19. 98-R-062   Accepting a grant from the Texas Department of
                     Health in the amount of $285,938.00, for the HIV
                     Ryan White Care Consortium Project of the City of
                     Laredo Health Department for the period beginning
                     April 1, 1998, through March 31, 1999.

                     Motion to approve Resolution #98-R-062.

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

      20. 98-R-063   Accepting Texas Transportation Commission Minute
                     Order no. 107439, regarding the construction of
                     the Laredo Northwest International Bridge (Fourth
                     Bridge) and its connecting facilities, from U.S.
                     Interstate Highway 35 to the international border
                     crossing at the Rio Grande River, located
                     approximately 2.5 miles southwest of U.S.
                     Interstate Highway 35. Said international bridge
                     and facilities construction being subject to the
                     project participation provisions enumerated for
                     the City of Laredo and the State of Texas, on
                     Minute Order.

                     Motion to approve Resolution #98-R-063.

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

      21. 98-R-064   Accepting a grant from Entex in the amount of
                     $20,000.00, to be used toward the purchase of
                     dedicated CNG (compressed natural gas) equipped
                     vehicles or conversions of existing fleet vehicles
                     to CNG fuel.

                     Motion to approve Resolution #98-R-064.

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

      22. 98-R-066   Authorizing the City Manager to execute a clinical
                     affiliation agreement between the City of Laredo
                     Fire Department EMS and Texas A&M International
                     University Canseco School of Nursing.

                     Motion to approve Resolution #98-R-066.

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

VIII. MOTIONS

      23. Authorization to advertise for Request for Proposals from
          parties interested in providing Tennis Pro services for the
          City Tennis Courts Facilities.

          Motion to approve.

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

      24. Authorization to advertise for Request for Proposals (RFPs)
          to provide professional engineering services for landfill
          design and permitting services for a proposed Type I landfill
          site which is to include, but not be limited to, surveying,
          geotechnical and hydrogeological investigations, engineering
          design, preparation of permit application, preparation of
          long-term cost estimates and fee analysis, administrative/
          technical review and agency coordination, and project
          management. The permit application will be prepared in
          accordance with applicable sections of the Texas Natural
          Resource Conservation Commission's Subtitle D Requirements of
          30 TAC 330 Municipal Solid Waste Regulations and Applicable
          Portions of 30 TAC 305.  Funding is available in the 1998
          C.O. Issue Capital Outlay -Land.

          Motion to approve.

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

      25. Approval of bid specifications and authorization to advertise
          for bids for the following:
          a) office supplies - annual contract
          b) laboratory sterilizer - Health Department
          c) CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) Bi-Fuel Conversions - Public
             Works.
          A tentative bid award date is scheduled for May 18, 1998.

          Motion to approve.


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

      26. Award of contract to the SOLE BIDDER, H&V Equipment Services,
          Inc., Corpus Christi, Texas, in the amount of the
          $201,801.00, for the purchase of four tractors with mower
          attachments. This equipment will be assigned to the Public
          Works department and used in the creek cleaning operations.
          This equipment will be delivered within ninety days.  Funding
          is available in the Public Works Department - Street
          Maintenance Division -Capital Outlay.

          Motion to approve.

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

      27. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, Power Equipment
          International, Inc., Corpus Christi, Texas, in the amount of
          $119,772.00, for the purchase of two, 12 cubic yard dump
          trucks for the Public Works Department. These trucks are for
          replacement and will be assigned to the creek cleaning
          operation.  It is anticipated that these trucks will be
          delivered within one hundred and twenty days. The City
          received a total of two bids for this purchase.  Funding is
          available in the Public Works Department - Street Maintenance
          -Capital Outlay.

          Motion to approve.

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

      28. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, Valu Care Cleaners,
          Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $43,734.00, for
          providing laundry dry cleaning services for Police Department
          uniforms. The bid pricing is approximately 12% less than the
          previous contract period.  The City received a total of three
          bids for these services.  Funding is available in the Police
          Department's contractual services, linen and laundry service.

          Luis Dovalina, President of the Laredo Police Officers
          Association, requested that Valu Care Cleaners not be awarded
          the contract because they only have one location.  He asked
          that it be awarded to Gateway Cleaners, because they have
          more locations, hours of operation are more convenient to
          officers and they provide good service to them.

          Mayor Flores suggested that the next time we go out on bids
          that the number of locations be made part of the requirements
          and that the hours of operation also be included.

          Motion to approve.

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

      29. Award of construction contract to the LOWEST BIDDER, Bridge
          America, Inc., Alexandria, MN, in the amount of $38,977.00,
          for the Pre-Engineered/Prefabricated Steel Pedestrian Bridge
          for the Northeast Hillside Recreation Center and Park.
          Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund
          Northeast Hillside Park.

          Motion to approve.

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

      30. Approval of professional services contract with Dr. Maurice
          Click in the amount not to exceed $12,720.00 per year to
          continue to serve as the Health Department's Health Authority
          under Section 121.033 of the Texas Health and Safety Code,
          for the period of April 1, 1998, through March 31, 2000.

          Motion to approve.

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

      31. Approval of amendment no. 1, an increase of $6,500.00, for
          additional Resident Project Representative (inspection
          services) to the engineering contract with Mejia Engineering
          Company, Laredo, Texas, for the Laredo International Airport
          Passenger Terminal Phase B.  The additional inspection
          services is due mainly to several construction contract
          modifications and contract time extension to the construction
          contract.  The original contract amount was $104,000.00 and
          this amendment will bring the total contract amount to

          $110,500.00.  Funding is available in the Airport
          Construction Inspection Fees.

          Motion to approve.

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

      32. Authorization to enter into Adopt-A-Park agreement with
          community organizations. This agreement between the Parks and
          Recreation Department and community organizations stipulates
          the various responsibilities of each entity. The purpose of
          the agreement is to gain active support from the community in
          beautifying our parks. The agreement is for three years an
          automatically renews for a two year period.

          Motion to approve.

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

      33. Approval of contract with Columbia Telecommunications
          Corporation to prepare request for proposals for the
          institutional network equipment in the amount of $12,402.50.

          Motion to approve.

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

      34. Refund of property taxes to the following individual or
          company:
          a. Nations Banc Mortgage Corporation in the amount of $514.26
             as a result of a clerical error.

          Motion to approve.

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

      35. Authorizing the selection of a consultant for the West Laredo
          Traffic Circulation Study.  The consultants recommended for
          selection are Lockwood, Andrews, and Newman.

          Motion to approve.

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

      36. Authorizing the transfer of reserve funds from the 1994 Water
          and Sewer bond issues to the following projects:
          Water
            97-98 Recycling Project             $ 20,000
            Hillside Water Lane Replacement     $ 50,000
          Wastewater
            North Laredo Belt Filter Press      $349,000
            South Laredo Belt Filter Press      $330,000
            97-98 Recycling Project             $ 20,000
            Privatization RFP
            (Request for Proposals)             $ 50,000

          Motion to approve.

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

  IX.  CITY MANAGER'S REPORT

      37. Discussion and possible action regarding the appointment of
          the Ad Hoc Cemetery Board.

          Mr. John Vidaurri, Parks & Recreation Director, reported that
          the proposed Ad Hoc Committee would oversee the operational
          effectiveness of the cemetery division of the Parks &
          Recreation Department.  He would envision and recommend that
          the Ad Hoc Committee initially be charged with the
          responsibility of reviewing our current ordinances for the
          operation of the city cemetery.  In addition to that, to be
          looking at key issues in cemetery including possibly
          acquiring a new site for the cemetery because we are running
          out of space.  He asked that they also review site selection
          possibilities and in turn make recommendations to the City
          Council.

          Mr. Vidaurri suggested that Councilmembers provide the names
          of the appointees so they can be formally recognized as
          sitting on the Ad Hoc Cemetery Board.

          Cm. Guerra asked if Nina Nixon Mendez can serve in an
          advisory capacity to that board.

          Motion that all Councilmembers submit names of their
          appointees to Mr. John Vidaurri so they can be formally
          recognized as sitting on that Ad Hoc Board by the next
          council meeting.

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

      38. Authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement
          between the City of Laredo and Bickerstaff, Heath, Smiley,
          Pollan, Kever & McDaniel, L.L.P., Attorney's at Law, to
          represent the City of Laredo in Hurd Urban Development, L.C.,
          et. al. v. Federal Highway Administration, Kenneth R.  Wykle,
          et.al., Case Number: A-98CA-204-JN, in the United States
          District Court, Western District of Texas.

          Motion to approve.

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

          Motion to move item #39 to the end of the meeting.

          Moved : Cm. Bruni
          Second: Cw. Moreno
          For:  7                       Against:  00        Abstain:  0

          Motion to move item #40 to the end of the meeting.

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

      39. Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government
          Code Section 551.071(1)(a) to discuss pending litigation in
          Cause No. A-98CA-204-JN, Hurd Urban Development, L.C., et.al.
          v. Federal Highway Administration, Kenneth R. Wykle, et.al.,
          in the United States District Court, Western District of
          Texas, 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 pending
          litigation in Cause No. A-98CA-204-JN, Hurd Urban
          Development, L.C., et.al.  v.  Federal Highway
          Administration, Kenneth R. Wykle, et.al., in the United
          States District Court, Western District of Texas.

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

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

      40. Discussion and possible action regarding a water line
          reimbursement contract with Twin Peaks L.L.C., with possible
          Request for Executive Session to be conducted pursuant to
          Section 551.071(a) of the Texas Government Code.

          Motion to table.

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

      41. Discussion and possible action on the reorganization of City
          Hall offices.  An appropriation of $50,000 is available to
          implement these changes.

          Mr. Pena made the presentation and explained the movement of
          several offices at City Hall.

          Mayor Flores stated that her only concern is that there is no
          office space on the third floor for the Public Information
          Officer, but there is a space for the Internal Auditor who
          she believes is always working outside of their office and is
          not as crucial at this time for that office to be on the
          third floor.  She asked that they reconsider those two
          spaces.  She said that the P.I.O. needs to work closely with
          the City Manager and the Mayor's office as well.

          Mr. Pena said he will be looking into it and mentioned that
          they provided office space for City Council on the third
          floor, next to the Mayor's Office, plus a waiting room area
          for citizens.

          Motion to approve to proceed with the reorganization of City
          Hall offices of the second and third floor.

          Moved : Cm. Perez
          Second: Cm. Guerra
          For:  7                       Against:  0         Abstain:  0
      42. Status report on the Regional Water Management Plan prepared
          in conjunction with the South Texas Development Council.

          Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, explained that the Water
          Management Plan was born nine months ago out of the desire of
          the State to begin some planning at a regional level.  They
          decided to work with the STDC sort of mirroring the efforts
          that the lower Rio Grande Valley were doing at the time.  In
          the mist of this came Senate Bill 1 which is a 50-year water
          supply plan, so they started doing what Senate Bill 1 is
          asking the rest of the State to do.

          He said he has a draft of Phase I Plan, which is a basic
          document, it describes the study area, it looks at the
          planning area basins, it looks at prior studies, describes
          practices in the State and the current legislation.  It looks
          at forecasts of the next 20-30 years and discusses the
          supply, but in reality it's just an inventory of needs
          assessment and a listing of future studies that need to be
          undertaken that will eventually translate into engineering
          projects such as reservoirs, pipelines from one basin to the
          other, aquifer or groundwater exploration etc.

          He said he will have the consultant here, possibly by May
          4th.  STDC and him have been talking about coming to the
          council with a full presentation by the consultants who did
          this report so they can give council more details.  Doing it
          on the 4th would be a good preparation for the public hearing
          that is required under the Texas Water Development Board
          which will be conducted on May 13th, that way they will give
          council some advance knowledge of what the public is going to
          see on the 13th.

          Florencio Pea, Interim City Manager, stated that Senate Bill
          1 created various regional districts across the State of
          Texas and we are part of the lower Rio Grande Valley
          District.  The long term plan of that group is to develop a
          master plan for water supply.  The only commonality between
          us and the valley is the Rio Grande.   His recommendation to
          the Ad Hoc Committee, is to run a parallel program to
          continue our efforts to find additional underground water
          supply by continuing with our efforts with storage recovery
          program as well as our USGS study which is finding these
          points where we can possibly find some groundwater.
          He said we can't afford to wait for Senate Bill 1 to
          determine where additional water supply is going to come
          from.  We need to work with them, and in conjunction with
          them, but at the same time or parallel to that continue our
          efforts to find additional water supply.  We basically have a
          general understanding of where that is, which is basically
          northwest Webb County, and possibly La Salle County, but we
          need to finish those studies to get a determination of where
          we need to purchase possibly some land.  We cannot wait until
          the end 1999 and until Senate Bill 1 finishes its studies.
          They are proceeding along that tract and will be working with
          the Water Ad Hoc Committee to finalize the hiring of any
          additional engineering firms that may be needed to find
          additional test wells and proceed with that.

          Cm. Bruni stated he has a big concern on the water issues,
          Laredo has only one source of drinking water, the Rio Grande.
          Amistad is still at record low, and if we do not get any
          major events we are going to probably end up rationing or
          curtail water starting spring.  He said if we do not go out
          and take the initiative, look, and a make sure we acquire the
          necessary property where we know these water sands are, the
          private sector is going to do it for us and then they are
          going to sell it to us at a premium.  He said we should
          partner up with a private city partnership in looking at this
          to see how this might work.  He instructed staff to parallel
          this project and expedite it.

          Cm. Guerra asked that staff also explore other programs such
          cloud seeding.  Also that they explore another measures that
          can be used such as capturing our treated wastewater maybe
          storing it or pumping it somewhere into some underground
          facility.

 X.  COMMUNICATIONS

          a. Mayor Protem Perez announced that the South Laredo Youth
             Alliance has received a community award for "Make a
             Difference Day" for the second year in a row and are
             listed in Today's U.S.A. weekend.

             He instructed staff to prepare something to recognize them
             at the next council meeting.

          b. Cw. Montalvo thanked city staff, Mr. Joe Luis Flores, and
             the effort of Cm. Bruni for receiving the $8.3 million for
             the noise abatement from FAA.

          c. Mayor Flores read letter from Betty Ann Caine, our
             Washington Representative, sent in reference to the ISTEA
             authorization as follows:

             "Before leaving for Easter recess the House of
             Representatives passed its version of a bill reauthorizing
             the Intermodal Surface Transportation and Efficiency Act
             (ISTEA) program.  The House Bill, H.R. 2400, is known as
             BESTEA.  If differs in some ways from the Senate version,
             S. 1173, which was passed in mid March.  The differences
             will be resolved by a conference committee when Congress
             reconvene next week.  Both versions of the bill include
             several provision of particular benefit and importance to
             Laredo.  This memo summarizes these provisions.  This memo
             also includes recommended actions to communicate to the
             Laredo Congressional delegation in support of provisions
             favorable to the City.

             1. Special Funding for Border and Trade Corridor
             Infrastructure

             Section 1116 of S.1173 authorizes $125 million a year for
             the next six years specifically set aside for
             discretionary grants transportation infrastructure for
             trade corridors and border crossings.  This set aside is
             in addition to the regular highway and transit funding
             that would come to the States and localities under the
             legislation.  This section also includes $1.4 million a
             year for planning grants for border crossings and $3
             million a year for planning grants for trade corridors.

             H.R. 2400 includes similar provisions, but they are
             divided into two separate sections.  Section 115 requires
             DOT to establish and implement a program to make
             discretionary allocations to State "for coordinated
             planning design, and construction of corridors of national
             significance, economic growth, and international or
             interregional trade."  Section 116 establishes a program
             of funding just for transportation infrastructure and
             safety projects in border states (defined as states
             bordering Mexico or Canada).  The section also includes a
             separate authorization of $25 million in fiscal 1998 and
             $20 million in the next 5 years for the state safety
             inspection programs at the border.

             Recommendation:  Thank the delegation for supporting
             border infrastructure.  The approach of having a separate
             program in H.R. 2400 is probably preferable, because the
             border would not be competing with other states for funds,
             as it would be in the trade corridor provisions of S.1173.
             Specifically ask that Laredo's needs for two new
             overpasses over the rail lines be mentioned in the
             conference report as a priority project in the border
             infrastructure section.

             2. Inclusion of Airport Infrastructure in Border
                Infrastructure Set Aside Funding.

             An amendment to S.1173 by Senator Frank Lautenberg of New
             Jersey which makes airports that are impacted by NAFTA
             also eligible for the additional trade corridor and border
             crossing funding.  Senator Lautenberg intended this to
             help Newark Airport in his state, which handles a lot of
             cargo.  However, Laredo will also benefit from this
             amendment, due to the significant increase in NAFTA
             related cargo at Laredo International Airport.

             There is no similar language in H.R. 2400.

             Recommendation:  Ask that the conferees support the Senate
             language which includes airports, and that the report make
             the kinds of cargo-related projects at gateway airports
             that are eligible for funding as inclusive as possible.

             3.  Funding for Rail-Crossing Improvements

             S.1173 earmarks 2 percent of highway funds for rail-grade
             crossing signals, 2 percent for other rail improvements,
             and another 6 percent for either category, in addition to
             the special funds for trade corridors and border
             crossings.  States, however, could use these funds for
             other purposes if they said they did not them for rail-
             highway safety.

             H.R. 2400 includes in section 906 a program of direct
             loans and loan guarantees to state and local governments,
             as well as to railroads, for railroad infrastructure
             acquisition and rehabilitation, including rail bridges.
             H.R.2400 also keeps in place the current program that
             provides funding for signalization and other improvements
             to rail grade crossings.

             Recommendation:  Ask the delegation to support adequate
             funding for rail grade crossings and for additional
             funding for overpass.  Specifically ask that Laredo's need
             for two new overpasses over the rail lines be mentioned in
             the conference report as a priority project in the border
             infrastructure section (see above).

             4. General Funding Level

             The House bill sets a much higher overall funding lever
             ($217 billion for surface transportation than the Senate
             bill.  This means that both the allocation to the State of
             Texas for reallocation to localities, and the amount of
             discretionary funding available for various projects that
             Laredo would apply for, is larger and to the City's
             advantage.  Part of the increase in the House is due to
             specific earmarks, however.  The House funding level
             exceeds the budget agreement and has been challenged by
             the President and other inside and outside the
             administration.  Some groups fee that transportation is
             being funding at the expense of other social needs.
             Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chairman Bud
             Shuster has defended the higher level by using a "trigger"
             mechanism, under which the amounts in excess of the
             balanced budget agreement would only be authorized if
             surpluses occurred.  The House bill also takes the Highway
             Trust Fund "off budget," freeing the funds from being used
             to plug other gaps."

             Mayor Flores asked that the City Manager and Council-
             members write letters to our Texas Legislation and
             specifically ask and insist that Laredo be helped because
             of the NAFTA impact.

             Cw. Montalvo asked for copies of the document from the
             Mayor's Office.

XI.  CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION AND PRESENTATION

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

A. Requests by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores

   1.  Presentation by Audrey Salgado, Local Chapter President of the
       American Association of University of Women, regarding the AAUW
       Convention to be held in Laredo.

       Mrs. Audrey Salgado proudly announced that on behalf of AAUW
       Laredo has been selected as the site for the AAUW Texas State
       Convention 2002.   She added that this convention will bring
       5,000 participants to Laredo and thanked the City for assisting
       AAUW in obtaining this award.

       Cm. Casso joined the meeting at 6:20 p.m.

B. Requests by Councilmember Louis H. Bruni

   1.  Status report on the ongoing construction on Hwy 59 (Saunders),
       with possible action.  (Co-sponsored by Councilman Eliseo
       Valdez).

       Mr. Juan Villarreal, Area Engineer for TxDot, reported that the
       last time he presented the status report they were up to Meadow.
       At this time they already milled from Meadow all the way to IH-
       35.  The previous time they were working on Stormsewer System #3
       (from Bartlett to Ejido) and System #2 (from McPherson to
       Bartlett), both of those systems are the trunk lines, and both
       are complete.  They already started doing the hot mix paving, it
       is completed from Ejido to Meadow at this time.  They have
       started with the curb and gutter, it is under construction
       between Ejido and Meadow.

       At the present time the contractor is working on Stormsewer
       System #1 which starts at Zacate Creek and runs to Meadow.
       All the utility work has been completed in that area.  They are
       going to start with the concrete pavement.  There are several
       intersections that are going to be reconstructed with concrete
       starting next Monday such as Arkansas.  They are going to use
       fast track concrete which allows for the intersection to be
       opened sooner than the conventional concrete instead of the 14
       day cure time before you can get traffic on there, it can be
       opened in three days.  They will do Arkansas first, next
       Bartlett, Meadow, and probably after Meadow the will start
       at IH-35.  The project is approximately 20% complete and
       time wise its pending about 13%, so they are ahead of schedule.

       It is a 24-month project which they said they would bring down
       to 18.  He does not have an actual set date, if they continue
       improving there is a possibility that it will be done before the
       18 months are over.

       Cm. Bruni asked Police presence during peak hours to expedite
       the traffic jam and to have orderly movement of traffic in the
       area.

       On the questions of liability, if PD was directing traffic
       versus signalization, he asked that staff look into this issue.

       Another concern he has is that 16 months from now when that
       project is finished, there will be no businesses present on
       Saunders because they will be broke.  He stated some businesses
       have been shut down and wants to investigate some possibilities
       to either partner up with the bank, the SBA, or something to
       provide emergency funding, maybe low interest loans, defer
       interest in the principle payments for 12 months, because if
       something is not done to help these people there will be no
       businesses in that area.

       Cm. Valdez said that the City Manager's Office sent a letter to
       the Economic Development Office in Austin and he wants to know
       if they have received a response to see what kind of aid or
       grants there are for these people.

       Mr. Pena stated that "yes" they did receive a response and they
       did identify five programs that may be available including a
       loan program.  He did not have the letter with him, but he will
       provide a copy of the letter to businesses to share it with them
       and provide a copy to Cm. Valdez.

       Mr. Landin, Traffic Director, stated that the illumination has
       been coordinated with TxDot from Ejido to Meadow, so they are on
       target on the illumination.

   2.  Status report on the lack of waste water infrastructure on the
       north side of Hwy 59 between Ejido Street and the entrance of
       Casa Blanca State Park, with possible action.

       Cm. Bruni read a letter from Mr. Ruben Gariby owner of A-1 Auto
       Stop dated February 24th addressed to Mr. Alberto Gonzalez of
       the Utilities Department.  He quoted the letter as follows:

       Re:  Emergency Request

       Dear Mr. Gonzalez:

       On January 24th, I was in your office and ordered a 6" sewer tap
       for my business.  I was told to pay for the tap, which I did
       immediately (check #21643).  Your personnel gave me a wooden
       stake marked with the word "SEWER", and directed me to put the
       stake in the ground on my lot, where I wanted to have the tap
       line.

       After 30 days, I still do not have my sewer tap.  I am concerned
       that the Saunders paving project will soon be done right over
       the area, without the necessary utility taps for my property and
       the neighbors adjacent to me.  This would be a terrible waste of
       tax dollars, and create an additional inconvenience when the
       crews to go break up the new asphalt and make the taps later.
       Sure this is not the plan?

       All of the commercial taxpayers on this block have paid City of
       Laredo taxes without receiving sewer service to our properties.
       Our taxes have gone up several times in the past few years, yet
       we cannot obtain services?

       After seeing the unwise practice of the city crews tearing up
       newly-laid asphalt just to install a "forgotten" utility line,
       I'm attempting to help you avoid the additional inconvenience to
       drivers and expense to taxpayers in this case.  Surely you are
       not going to tell me to "wait until later", after you already
       had my sewer tap paid for, promised, and scheduled.  Please
       contact me IMMEDIATELY to let me know when my tap will be
       installed.  Hopefully it will be BEFORE paving over the work."

       Cm. Bruni wants to know in reference to the above mentioned
       letter.  He also wants a report as to where we are pertaining to
       the lack of wastewater for these businesses that are on the
       north side of Highway 59.  He stated for the record, "I do not
       think it is fair that these people have been paying city taxes
       and yet are not receiving city services when it comes to
       wastewater infrastructure.  I wouldn't want to see some kind of
       wastewater impact fee applied to them, I think that we should
       expedite or find the funding necessary to put in this wastewater
       line and threat them like other citizens, cause they are not
       being treated like other ratepayers/taxpayers or citizens."

       Mr. Roman answered that when he received the letter and realized
       that the people building at that section had made a mistake by
       incorrectly assessing that there was a sewer line in front of
       the property.  He said they have refunded the money
       approximately a month ago.

       On the second point, the lack of infrastructure and regarding
       the cost of the project.  He said that the last time, there was
       a cost of approximately $47,000.  They intend to install an 8"
       line outside of the constructed portion of the highway, they do
       not have to touch it therefore we are not in conflict with the
       TxDot project because they have space for alignment.  A project
       will include approximately 1,600 feet of sewer line.  Our
       regulations say that either the person requesting that pays for
       that or we go on a sewer assessment.  The sewer assessment is a
       mechanism by which we get 50% of the people in the area
       interested in that and committed to paying up to 90% of the
       materials and then by virtue having the 50%, then they can
       include everyone in there and the assessment indeed takes place
       pretty much like a paving assessment.  Those are the two
       that they have to extend lines to properties without anything
       else.  Doing an extension without a sewer assessment would be
       unlike the project that they have done in the past and would
       require council's direction because it goes against the present
       regulations.  They have contacted the owners of the
       establishments, three indicated that they would be willing to
       pay a portion of that, they circulated a petition asking them to
       at least sign with their intent and some of them did not like
       the idea of paying or paying as much, and some did not say much,
       so that is yet to be decided.

       Cm. Bruni would like to see if staff can come with recommend-
       ations as to how they can help them because he does not think it
       is fair and this it goes back to the same problems as with the
       Casa Verde people, all these people paying taxes and not
       receiving city services.

       Mr. Pena stated this is a very difficult public policy and
       the Charter is very clear, it requires any extension for
       water/sewer services and any requests for extension be borne by
       the persons requesting the development.  There are several areas
       in town that don't have water or sewer services and the practice
       is that they request it, we can extend, but its on a sewer
       assessment basis.  There is a $49,000 cost approximately, they
       feel they can up-front this cost with the sewer fund, but they
       would have to go through a public hearing process to determine
       the assessment, which is basically their recommendation.

       Motion to start the necessary procedures to start the public
       hearing process and earmark the $47,000.00.

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

   3.  Status report on the Brown and Root drainage study at the Laredo
       International Airport, with possible action.

       Cm. Bruni stated there was concern about runoff from the airport
       that was affecting some properties including property owned by
       Paul Young.  He said that on a subsequent meeting with council
       they had addressed the issue and instructed staff to expand the
       project to include the drainage problems that are happening
       right now.  The county was going to pay for their share of the
       study, include the A-1 property, and Paul Young's property.  He
       wanted a status report on this issue.

       Mr. Pena answered that they did receive a proposal from Brown &
       Root which is the primary contractor that is doing the drainage
       study at Chacon Creek.  They have asked them what it would cost
       for a preliminary assessment of the upper portions of the Chacon
       Creek to include the runoff from the airport.  They provided
       a project cost not to exceed $10,000 and basically it would
       include a preliminary analysis of impact that the airport
       project would have, in particular, the expansion of the runway
       and other improvements that have occurred there and what impact
       they are having on the Chacon Creek.  The county has not been
       approached for participation in this extra $10,000 cost, but
       they plan to do that this week.

       Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, stated the first phase would be
       an analysis of the conditions that were existing there
       previously before the terminal and the runway were constructed,
       and the drainage as it is now.  The impacts it would have on the
       realignment on some of the drainages by the gulf course, and the
       construction of the buildings on the Paul Young property.  The
       second phase which is not included in the $10,000 fee would
       determine cost estimates for improvements.

       Cm. Bruni asked if there will be additional $10,000 to include
       this extra property for the study.

       Mr. Rivera answered yes.  He added that they need to approach
       the county since they were in agreement to participate.

       Mr. Bruni asked that staff meet with Webb County Commissioner
       Reyes or whoever is appointed to see if they will participate.

       Mr. Rivera stated that as soon as they have the funding in line,
       they would like to have a meeting with all the parties that will
       be impacted by this drainage study.

       Mr. Pena stated they will bring a status report back to Council
       on May 4th.

   4.  Status report regarding the widening and storm drainage
       improvements to Cherry Hill Drive between Calton Road and
       Bustamante Street, with possible action.

       Cm. Bruni wanted the status on a motion made and approved on
       November 2, 1998.  He quoted the motion, "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."

       Mr. Pena stated there is a project cost that involves land
       acquisition of $125,000 and a total of $465,000.000 for this
       project.  At the present time, they have not found a source of
       money for this project.  They are just initiating our $16.4
       million Certificates of Obligation Project.  They have just
       awarded some engineering contracts and those projects need to be
       funded fully and they need to maintain a reserve in the event
       that those projects exceed the amount that was budgeted for
       them.  At the present time he has not been able to find any kind
       of funding, when they get into the Capital Improvement Program
       process and as they get closer to closing some projects if
       council sees this as a high priority they could possibly proceed
       with it.  He said that there are other projects in that general
       vicinity that have been brought to his attention in the last
       weeks, that may also be a priority such as the widening of
       McPherson Road, and the connection of Jacaman Road between
       McPherson and the Loop.  He advised the council that we do have
       the cost estimates for this major projects, but they want to
       meet with council to review the traffic counts, etc.  so they
       can make a wise decision of the limited resources that they
       have.

       Cm. Bruni asked if they found the funding for the design work?

       Mr. Pena stated they have not found the funding for the design
       work, what they will have to do is look into the Capital
       Improvements Fund to see if there are any reserves there.

       Cm. Bruni asked that he do something and that he follow council
       directives, because council has already made a motion.

       Mr. Pena stated that he will bring back the item at the next
       meeting to have this project approved by council.

C. Requests by Councilmember Alfonso "Poncho" Casso

    1. Discussion and possible action on the city wide Rabies Vacuna
       Program and the Animal Protective Society's role.

       Cm. Casso said he looked at the minutes and noticed that this
       item was discussed on April 21, 1997 which is almost a year ago
       since it was discussed.  He read through the minutes and of
       significance on the sypnosis of minutes was that we were going
       to give all veterinarians an opportunity to participate in the
       vacuna program.

       He questioned what is the policy going to be of this city
       regarding the Animal Protective Society because there are
       certain policy decisions that are coming from staff right now,
       that are going to destroy the Animal Protective Society as a
       operation.  Much of the funds that the Animal Protective Society
       depends on come from the vacuna drive and there are certain
       things that staff is doing that is going to diminish or
       undermine the APS's role.  What he is trying to get at is that
       last time this item was brought before council he was talking
       about certain individuals that were under cutting prices and
       undermining the efforts of the vacuna drive and the APS
       and there was nothing council could do because it is free
       enterprise and people can do what they want out there as long as
       they follow certain ordinances.  He remembers there was
       operating in K-Mart and that was also part of the discussion and
       they cannot operate without permission from the owner and even
       though they were violating certain city ordinances.  The problem
       he has is that he understands the city is going to bid out these
       services.  Now we are changing policy and what we are going to
       do is we are not going to allow all these vets to participate in
       the vacuna drive and the APS depends on the vacuna drive.  If
       the city is going to give it to one vet, we are going to end up
       having to come back and fund the APS from the general fund.  If
       the APS doesn't succeed we are going to have to open up our own
       pound and it will cost approximately $500,000.  He wants to know
       what staff is doing in terms of bidding it out because this is
       contrary to what was discussed a year ago.

       Mr. Pena stated his understanding was that the APS was not
       interested in running a vacuna campaign this spring, they have
       traditionally done it and the city has worked with them.  As far
       as last year and previous years, the veterinarians in town
       worked with APS, they charged $5.00 for vaccinations, $3 was
       kept by the veterinarians and $2 was used for donation to Animal
       Protective Society.

       Last year there was also concern because there was one
       veterinarian that used the momentum of the vacuna campaign to
       set up shop in various locations throughout the city to also
       vaccinate animals.

       This year the APS advised us that they were not interested in
       running a vacuna campaign so the city went out for proposals.
       The interest of the city is to make certain that rabies is
       combatted, so we must run a spring campaign so since they were
       not interested in pursuing it the city has asked for proposals
       and basically they are to be received here in a few days, and
       they will be working with one veterinarian to run the vacuna
       campaign.  This does not keep any veterinarian in town to do the
       same thing, voluntarily and to be charging the amounts that they
       charge to vaccinate as many animals as possible.

       Roger Garcia, from the Health Department, stated this does not
       preclude the Health Department in the future working with either
       the Animal Protective Society or the local vets.  They are
       willing to working with them in October which is when they said
       they would be interested in doing so.  Right now he thinks there
       is a problem, historically the vacuna has been held during the
       spring and the city wishes to continue it that way because of
       convenience, availability, and because of the $5.00 fee.

       Ms. Isabel Mendez who works at the Animal Protective Society,
       said that yes, the history of the vacuna is that the Sisters
       Divine (Ella and Jenny) who started the animal shelter were the
       ones who got together with the veterinarians to make the vacuna
       a reality.  They would spend four or five months going from
       corner through corner throughout the neighborhood to make
       anything to encourage people to come and bring their animals for
       vaccination.  What has happened is that this year, they simply
       said they didn't want to do it in the spring, they want to do it
       in the fall, the weather will be better and the animals will be
       brought will not be exposed to as much parboil and distemper.
       Right now what happens is that there are a lot of puppies, there
       is much sickness and by bringing them together during the vacuna
       we are actually getting them sick they are going to die healthy
       or from something else instead of the rabbies which was their
       reason for wanting to do this.  They are trying to work with the
       vets and prepare for a vacuna in October but if they have one in
       the spring, well they do not need to do that.  She said that it
       is one of their major fundraisers.  The city and county have
       supported the shelter in full extreme and have provided the
       funds that they need to operate what is known as the impoundment
       facility, but the money that they raise during the vacuna drive
       helps them operate the shelter.

       Cm. Casso asked if they pursue the present policy that the city
       is recommending to bid it out and go with one sole source, then
       they are going to have to come back and fund the Animal
       Protective Society because they will not have those funds from
       the fundraiser?

       Dr. John Spruiell spoke of the vacuna, it was a community wide
       effort, the vacuna has geared at public health, now it has an
       ugly side, we are talking dollars because when you get in to
       giving the parbo shot and distemper shots you have trespassed
       and they have not stayed in the round of what is good for the
       public health.  He said they just want to keep the plane in a
       fair field and keep it geared into public health and not get
       over into a territory of money raking situation because that
       destroys the unity.

       Cm. Casso said that the city should not be bidding this out, he
       thinks the city should be doing that, we are not being
       consistent with our policy.  The reason he brought this issue is
       because here we are a year later, they did not do what they
       needed to do then, there is one individual out there who is
       profiting which has caused all this issue, which is why they are
       going to bid because of that one individual, and now he is going
       into other areas of services besides rabies vacuna.

       Mr. Pena said yes there is a veterinarian providing the rabies
       shots outside of the Animal Protective Society Program, but
       there was nothing in our ordinances from keeping him from doing
       that.
       He said they will see if they send an extension and amendment to
       allow to revisit the RFP to get bidders in.

D. Requests by Councilmember Eliseo Valdez Jr.

    1. Presentation by Robert Pea on UPCOD, Inc. (Underprivileged
       Children of Divorce).

       Mr. Robert Pena stated that the corporation is licensed by the
       State of Texas and the Internal Revenue Service and announced
       the grand opening of an office here in Laredo on corner of
       Bartlett and Santa Clara on the 13th of May and formally invited
       the Councilmembers to attend.

    2. Request to instruct staff to conduct a traffic study a St.
       James and Calle Del Norte for the possible need of a traffic
       light.

       Motion to instruct staff to conduct a traffic study at St. James
       and Calle del Norte.

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

    3. Status report on the frequency of water line breakage in the
       Hillside area particularly on Kentucky/India.

       Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, stated that item #36
       contains a transfer of funds from reserve to projects which
       council just authorized (Hillside water Lane Replacement for
       $50,000) to kick-off the mentioned program.  They have
       approximately 4,000 feet of water lines that they will replace
       on a priority basis on the Mayberry, India, Nebraska, and
       Oklahoma.  They had estimated the cost of this program to be
       approximately $120,000 and that is the cost of the materials.
       As they go into looking at replacing the other streets have been
       popping up, they will probably be looking at quarter of a
       million dollars, but they will be doing it in phases.
       Phase I is starting on May 26th after they work Gustavus and
       Buena Vista which are ready for resurfacing and once they free
       those crews, then they will moving to this direction.  With the
       $50,000 that were authorized they will be beginning the first
       phase of this, and as they identify the funds from other
       projects that close they will transferring back up to the
       program and continue on the phases.

       Cm. Valdez wants to see if they can get to the Kentucky and
       Indiana area, because in the last few years they have had as
       many as 15-20 breakages in that area so he asked that they see
       if this can be part of Phase II.

       Mr. Roman stated that they have included Indiana, and they can
       see if they can include Kentucky in the first phase.

E. Requests by Councilmember Joe A. Guerra

    1. Update on the status of sidewalk leading to Clark Elementary
       School, request for staff to find funding, with possible action.

       Mr. Pena stated that basically they have done the analysis and
       the estimated the cost of this project is $40,200.00

       He outlined the project as follows:

       Hillside Road (Southside)
       (San Francisco to Haynes)               $20,000.00

       San Francisco Ave. (Both sides)
       (Hillside Road to Calton Road)          $13,500.00

       Estimated Construction Cost             $33,500.00
       A/E Fee                                 $ 3,350.00

       Testing/Contingencies                   $ 3,350.00

       Estimated Project Cost                  $40,200.00

       The project includes the construction of sidewalks and ramps,
       reconstruction of driveways, and some demolition.

       He will go into the Capital Improvements Fund to see what the
       status of that fund is and see if there are funds available for
       this project.

       His recommendation to council is that since there will be a
       tremendous need for sidewalks all over town, now that our
       streets are paved, that we embark in a program of sidewalk
       assessments which will be done on a volunteer basis and on the
       basis of 50% of the block signing up to get this done.  That we
       allocate some funds either C.O.'s of look for some funding where
       this program can continue on an ongoing basis through a
       volunteer petition basis.

       Cm. Guerra said this is fine, but that will take a long time and
       he has a commitment with this school.  He would like the
       sidewalks built between now and the time school starts again in
       September even if they have to do them in phases.  The highest
       priority is on Hillside Road (the southside).  If they can do
       the first phase along Hillside, then do the second phase on San
       Francisco that would be acceptable.

       Motion to instruct staff to find the funds to do the first phase
       of the project (Hillside Road along the southside).

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

    2. Status report on the traffic congestion problems at Unitec
       Industrial Park, with possible action.

       Cm. Guerra asked that the item be tabled.

XII.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

      44. Public hearing amending the City of Laredo 1997-1998 (LEOSE)
          Account Fund Budget in the amount of $28,307.67. Law
          Enforcement Officers Standards and Education (LEOSE) Account
          for continuing education for Police Officers for the period
          of October 1, 1997 through September 30, 1998.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the City of Laredo 1997-1998 (LEOSE) Account Fund
          Budget in the amount of $28,307.67.  Law Enforcement Officers
          Standards and Education (LEOSE) Account for continuing
          education for Police Officers for the period of October 1,
          1997 through September 30, 1998.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the
          ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      45. Public hearing amending the contract with the Texas
          Department of Health and budget in the amount of $285,938.00
          for the HIV/STD Ryan White Care Consortium Project of the
          City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning
          April 1, 1998, through March 31, 1999.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Amending the contract with the Texas Department of Health and
          budget in the amount of $285,938.00 for the HIV/STD Ryan
          White Care Consortium Project of the City of Laredo Health
          Department for the period beginning April 1, 1998, through
          March 31, 1999.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the
          ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council


XIII.  MOTION TO RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MUNICIPAL HOUSING
       AUTHORITY

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

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

       46. 98-RMH-060  Requesting the approval from the Laredo
                       Municipal Housing Corporation (LMHC) Board of
                       Directors to accept and implement the
                       Residential Lease/Purchase Agreement for the
                       prospective tenants at the Riverhills
                       Subdivision, Unit 1, under the Lease/Purchase
                       Program, plus authorization to implement a one
                       time $500.00, maintenance fee, plus
                       authorization to implement a $20.00, monthly
                       late fee and provide the basis for the estimated
                       monthly rental rate for the houses under
                       Lease/Purchase Program.

                       Motion to approve.

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

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

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

 XIV.  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. Perez
       Second: Cw. Moreno
       For:  8                          Against:  0         Abstain:  0

       47. Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, R&R Uniforms, Inc., San
           Antonio, Texas, in the estimated amount of $15,632.50, for
           the purchase of uniforms for the El Metro bus drivers.  A
           total of 600 shirts and 300 trousers will be purchased.  The
           bid pricing includes sewing the Transit patches and pant
           length alterations.  Bulk orders will be placed by the
           Transit System and issued to the operators on scheduled
           intervals.

           Motion to approve.

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

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

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

XV.  ADJOURNMENT

     Motion to adjourn.

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

     Adjournment time: 7:50 p.m.

I HEREBY CERTIFY THAT THE ABOVE MINUTES CONTAINED IN PAGES 01 TO 34
ARE TRUE, COMPLETE, AND CORRECT PROCEEDINGS OF THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING
HELD ON THE 20TH DAY OF APRIL, 1998.  A CERTIFIED COPY IS ON FILE AT
CITY SECRETARY'S OFFICE.


                                  ________________________
                                   GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.
                                   CITY SECRETARY


Minutes prepared by:  Delia Rodriguez
Minutes approved on: