CITY OF LAREDO
                                M98-R-19
                               May 4, 1998


                                 MINUTES

 
   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,             Councilmember, District II
       Alfosso I. "Poncho" Casso,  Councilmember, District III
       Cecilia May Moreno,         Councilmember, District IV
       Eliseo Valdez,              Councilmember, District V
       Joe A. Guerra,              Councilmember, Distrcit VI
       Mario G. Alavardo,          Councilmember, District VII
       Consuelo "Chelo" Montalvo,  Councilmember, District VIII
       Gustavo Guevara, Jr.,       City Secretary
       Florencio Pena,             City Manager
       Jaime L. Flores,            City Attorney
 
  IV.  INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

       2.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Webb
           County (for use by the Laredo/Webb County Community Action
           Agency) for approximately 380 square feet of office space
           constituting Suite No. 9 of Building No. S-1 located at 1718
           E. Calton Road.
           a.)  lease term is for one (1) year commencing March 1, 1998
                and ending February 28, 1999, and may be extended for
                one (1) term of one (1) year ending February 29, 2000;
           b.)  monthly rent shall be $422.07;
           c.)  previous monthly rent was $401.97.

           Ordinance Introduction: City Council

       3.  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease renewal with
           the State of Texas General Services Commission on behalf of
           the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
           for 317 square feet of office space at the City of Laredo
           Health Complex located at 2600 Cedar Street.
           a.)  term of the lease renewal will be from September 1,
                1998, through August 31, 1999;
           b.)  lessee shall pay a sum in the amount of $345.08 rental
                fee per month which includes the cost of utilities and
                janitorial services.

           Ordinance Introduction: City Council


  IV.  FINAL READINGS

           Motion to wiave the final reading of ordinances #98-0-116,
           #98-O-117, #98-O-119, #98-O-0120, #98-O-121, and #98-O-122.

           Moved : Cm. Perez
           Second: Cm. Valdez
           For:  6                      Against:   0        Abstain:  0
           Cm. Casso and Cm. Alvarado not present.

           Cm. Alvarado joined the meeting at 5:34 p.m.

       4.  98-O-116  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of
                     Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Conditional
                     Use Permit for storage, incidental to transpor-
                     tation, of used batteries on Lots 1 & 2, 6 & 7,
                     Block 12, McPherson Acres IV, located at 802 Gale
                     Street.

                     Motion to amend the ordinance to read that the
                     batteries will arrive loaded on an enclosed trailer
                     and leave the same day as practical.

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

                     Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-116.

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

       5.  98-O-117  Amending the Street Name Map of the City of Laredo
                     by changing the name of San Pedro Street, between
                     Foster Avenue and Bartlett Avenue, to Gust Street.

                     Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-117.

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

       6.  98-O-119  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of
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                     Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-119.

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

       7.  98-O-120  Authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit
                     for a mini-storage/warehouse, on Lot 1, Block 1,
                     Crownridge Subdivision, located at 602 Shiloh
                     Drive.

                     Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-120.

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

       8.  98-O-121  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City
                     of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a
                     Conditional Use Permit for storage of used
                     batteries on Lot 1, Block 1, Javier Garza Plat,
                     located at 12002 Mines Road.

                     Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-121.

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

       9.  98-O-122  Amending the City of Laredo FY 1997-98 Annual
                     Budget by creating a position of Clerk II for the
                     Traffic Department at an annual cost of $17,468.00,
                     including benefits and a one-time capital outlay
                     request of $4,000.00, and authorizing the City
                     Manager to implement said budget.

                     Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-122.

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


  VI.  RESOLUTIONS

      10.  98-R-067  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from
                     Central Power & Light Company in the amount of
                     $13,000 to purchase audio visual equipment at the
                     Laredo Public Library; and authorizing the City
                     Manager to sign and submit any and all related
                     documents as required.

                     Motion to approve Resolution #98-R-067.

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

      11.  98-R-072  Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant
                     application to the Governor's Automobile Theft
                     Prevention Authority in the amount of $272,941.00
                     with the City designating $91,256.00 in matching
                     funds for a total of $364,197.00 for funding the
                     Laredo Auto Theft Task Force for the period of
                     September 1, 1998 through August 31, 1999.

                     Motion to approve Resolution #98-R-072.

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

                     Cm. Casso joined the meeting at 5:45 p.m.

 VII.   MOTIONS

      12.  Approval of bid specifications and authorization to advertise
           for bids for the following:
           a.) automotive parts, annual contract--Fleet Maintenance
           b.) automotive batteries, annual contract--Fleet Maintenance
           The tentative bid award date is scheduled for June 15, 1998.

           Motion to approve.

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

      13.  Award of a two-year contract to the LOW BIDDER, Fort Bend
           Services, Stafford, Texas, in the estimated yearly amount of
           $32,640.00, for furnishing an anionic polymer used in the
           water treatment process.  This chemical is being used on a
           belt  press that was recently put in service.  This is a new
           product that has not been  previously purchased.  All
           purchases will be on a per-need basis.  A total of three bids
           were received for purchase.  Funding is available in the
           Utilities Department-Water Treatment Division-Chemicals.

           Motion to approve.

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

      14.  Award of a thirty-six month rental contract to the LOW
           BIDDER, Xerox Corporation, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated
           amount of $10,979.64, for one engineering copier.  This
           copier is especially designed to copy engineering plans
           (24"x 36") on regular paper.  This contract is awarded based
           on a minimum rental contract that includes the use of the
           copier, all consumable supplies (except paper), and a full
           service contract for the contract period.  A total of two
           bids were received for this rental. Funding is available in
           the Engineering Department-Design and Surveying, Contractual
           Services, Machinery and Equipment.

           Motion to approve.

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

      15.  Award of a contract to the LOW BIDDER, Little Tikes
           Commercial Play Systems, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of
           $17,455.77, for the purchase and installation of a playground
           module at the Santa Fe playground area under construction.
           This module will be delivered within sixty days.

           Motion to approve.

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

      16.  Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, Wilson Fire Apparatus,
           New Braunfels, Texas, in the amount of $14,145.00, for the
           purchase of fire hose.  Five different sizes of replacement
           fire hose will be purchased. Delivery is expected within
           thirty days.

           Motion to approve.

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

      17.  Award of a contract to the LOW BIDDER MEETING SPECIFICATIONS,
           Sames Motor Co., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $24,014.00,
           for the purchase of one cargo van for the Traffic Safety
           Division.  This van will be equipped with a CNG bi-fuel
           conversion package.  Delivery is expected within ninety days.
           A total of three bids were received for this purchase.

           Motion to approve.

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

      18.  Award of an engineering contract with EMCON Engineering
           and Environmental Services, Austin, Texas, for an amount not
           to exceed $31,500.00 for an automated leachate collection
           system at the City of Laredo Landfill Type I located at
           Highway 359 to include surveying, engineering design,
           specifications for pumps, sensors, control panels, other
           system components and storage facility, preparation of
           specifications, construction plans, cost estimates, and
           construction management as required for compliance with the
           Texas Natural Resource Conversation Commission's Subtitle D
           Requirements of 30 TAC 330 Municipal Solid Waste Regulations.
           Funding is available in the Landfill Engineer Fees.

           Motion to approve.

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

      19.  Award of an engineering contract for an amount not to exceed
           $129,114.00 to Crane Engineering Corporation, Laredo, Texas,
           to provide surveys and designs, and to prepare plans,
           specifications, and cost estimates for the Texas Avenue/Price
           Street Drainage Improvements, a City of Laredo 1997-98
           Certificate of Obligation Issue Project.  Funding is
           available in the 1998 Certificate of Obligation Issue-Texas
           Avenue/Price Street Construction Project.

           Motion to approve.

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

      20.  Approval of amendment no. 1, an increase of $42,800.00 to the
           Architectural/Engineering contract for the new fire station
           to be located in the vicinity of Del Mar Boulevard and Inner
           Loop with Cavazos & Associates, Laredo, Texas.  Amendment
           no. 1 is to add the design and preparation of plans and
           specifications for the North McPherson Fire Station to be
           located at the intersection of McPherson and NAFTA Blvd.
           Funding is available in the New Fire Stations.

           Motion to approve.

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

      21.  Approval of change order no. 1, a net increase of $28,465.00
           to the Laredo International Bridge No. 1 Pavement Reconstruc-
           tion at Approaches, Phase I for off-site improvements for the
           Laredo International Bridge No. 2, Lane 6 to replace the
           existing asphalt pavement with concrete; acceptance of the
           Laredo International Bridge No. 2, Lane 6 to replace the
           existing asphalt pavement with concrete; acceptance of the
           Laredo International Bridge No. 1 portion as being
           substantially complete, and partial release of contract
           retainage in the amount of $19,043.80.  Ramex Construction
           Company, Inc., has completed all work at the Laredo
           International Bridge No. 1 site and this change order no. 1
           is to take advantage of the contractor's competitive unit
           prices for similar work for Laredo International Bridge No.
           2.  Funding is available in the Bridge System Construction
           Projects.

           Motion to approve.

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

      22.  Approval of amendment no. 11, an increase of $163,632.50 to
           the engineering contract with Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum
           (HOK), Dallas, Texas, for additional engineering services to
           include the redesign and repackage of previously approved
           plans and specifications for the construction of a new
           parallel taxiway at the New Laredo International Airport
           Passenger Terminal and Related Airside/Landside Improvements.
           The original contract amount was $1,135,000.00.  This
           amendment bring the total contract amount to $2,800,828.46.
           Funding is available in the Airport Project Engineer Fees.

      23.  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a proposal submitted
           by the Seven Flags Veterinary Medicine Association to conduct
           professional veterinary services for the Spring Rabies Vacuna
           Campaign; and additionally, to offer an agreement to the
           other respondent to the R.F.P. to provide back-up
           professional services, if necessary.

           Ralph Neill a local veterinarian spoke on vaccination
           procedures stating that state law mandates that records on
           vaccination should be kept in alphabetical order.  Adding
           that he spoke to Ms. Isabel Mendes at the animal shelter and
           found out that her records are being kept by tag number.
           Adding that he thought it was of interest to City Council to
           follow up on the information that he was providing.

           Motion to approve.

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

      24.  Authorizing the City Manager to submit a combined grant
           application for prevention and risk reduction activities to
           the Texas Department of Health for continuation of the HIV
           Prevention Activities Project of the City of Laredo Health
           Department.

           Motion to approve.

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

      25.  Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application
           to the Texas Department of Health for continuation of the
           Maternal and Child Health (M&CH) Title V Program of the City
           of Laredo Health Department.

           Motion to approve.

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

      26.  Confirming the nomination by the City Manager of Gustavo
           Guevara, Jr., as City Secretary of the City of Laredo as per
           City Charter, Article 2, Section 2.16.

           Motion confirming Gustavo Guevara, Jr., as the City Secretary
           as per City Charter Article 2, Section 2.16.

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

           Cw. Montalvo stated that she would like to see the City
           Secretary running the City elections.

      27.  Acceptance of the "Removal of Six 25,000 Gallon UST's and
           Ancillary Equipment from the Airport Fuel Farm Project" and
           approval of final payment in the amount of $3,174.86 to
           Applied Earth Sciences, Inc., Corpus Christi, Texas.

           Motion to approve.

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

      28.  Refund of property taxes to the following individuals and
           companies:
           a.) Rodolfo and Sylvia Santillan in the amount of $1,528.28,
               due to a clerical error.
           b.) Master Lease Corporation Division of Tokai Financial
               Services, Inc., in the amount of $1,096.35, due to a
               clerical error.

           Motion to approve.

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


VIII.   CITY MANAGER'S REPORT

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

           Jose Flores, Airport Director, announced that on April 15 of
           the present year, Vice-President Al Gore, had awarded $5
           million for the noise program and $3.3 million to be used for
           parallel taxiway construction.  Further stated that staff is
           presently amending  the contract with HOK to repackage and
           rebid the taxiway construction and that once the bids are
           completed they will be submitted to FAA so that the noise
           grant will be issued.

           Mr. Flores continued to state that staff will be visiting
           other airports between the next two weeks to formulate plans
           of implementation.  Good news is that there is money out
           there that is made available to the City of Laredo.

           Cm. Bruni stated that he was not aware of how the money was
           to be distributed. Continued to say that he thought that the
           money used for the taxiway construction would be deducted
           from the $3.3.  Mr. Flores explained that due to the
           preliminary estimates exceeding the $3.3 the repackaging and
           rebidding had to be done.

           Cm. Bruni asked that if once the federal guidelines on the
           distribution are received, are we to fund this money to the
           highest decibel area or fund it to the areas that are not
           impacted to that degree.  Mr. Flores stated that once
           information is received on how many families are willing to
           sell and relocate and others that wish to stay and sound
           proof we will know how these monies will be distributed.

           Cm. Bruni requested to have Town Hall Meetings, with Council
           approval, with residents that are impacted by this noise
           pollution problem so that they will be aware of how this
           money is to be distributed and how this information is coming
           in from Washington.  Perhaps weekly or bi-weekly meetings
           with area neighborhoods, starting with the Milton area and
           the Country Club Estates area.  Once guidelines are received
           we should announce these Town Hall Meetings on Public Access.

      30.  Acceptance of the final National Pollutant Discharge
           Elimination System (NPDES) permit issued by the United
           States Environmental Protection Agency regarding the City's
           NPDES storm water discharge requirements compliance with 40
           Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 122 and 124.

           Florencio Pena, City Manager, stated that this is a very
           significant step that the city has achieved in obtaining a
           permit approval to manage the water urban run-off which is a
           goal of the federal government to protect the rivers and
           lakes that are the recipients of urban run-off.  This will
           require the city to undertake projects and programs that will
           cost some money but this is to ensure that the water empited
           into the Rio Grande and other systems of water are free from
           urban pollution.

           Motion to accept the final National Pollutant Discharge
           Elimination System (NPDES) permit.

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

      31.  Status report on the progress of the Chacon Creek Interceptor
           Project, with possible action.

           Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, stated that the Chacon
           Creek Interceptor Porject is at a standstill due to the
           environmental review.  The review was finished back in
           November of 1997 nd requested that the Water Development
           Board review the environmental documents but were told that
           they could not because this was an EPA funded project.  The
           review was then submitted to EPA in December of 1997, and
           expected it to be returned by late Fecbruary of 1998.  We
           then contacted them in March only to be told that due to
           their overlaod the review would not be finished until six
           months from that date.  Mr. Roman then concluded that he must
           come up with a contingency plan to be able to continue with
           the project.

      32.  Status report on the Colonias Facility Plan and financial
           application.

           Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, stated that they have
           turned all the documents in to the Texas Water Development
           Board and the facility plan is currently being reviewed.

           From a list of 10 items that were requested from staffers we
           are down to 2 items:
               the cost of the water rights which we quoted at a cost of
               $750 but are trying to establish the value at $1,200
               because we do not want to be short changed in the monies
               that we are to receive from the board; and

               to refurnish the calculations for the project because the
               facility plan that was presented omitted the inclusion of
               two booster stations.

           Jerry Robinson, Health Director, reported that they have been
           involved in sewage disposal system development in Webb County
           and occasionally in the City of Laredo, when it is too far
           from the interceptor lines.  We are also the authorized
           agents for TNRCC for sizing, permitting, and reviewing the
           engineering designs for on-site sewage disposal systems. I
           would like to concur with what the City Manager said that we
           are potentially facing a significant problem in the colonias
           that are being provided water in those areas where there is
           no public sewage.

           Cm. Alvarado asked that this item be brought back to Council
           after developing an action plan and a specific time frame and
           discussing it with the county so that we may work with state
           representatives to get this additional monies to cover the
           Mines Road area.

      33.  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 table.

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


   IX.  COMMUNICATIONS

           Cm. Alvarado thanked Central Power and Light for the $13,000
           donation that was part of item 10.  He also reminded the
           Council of the Annual Mother's Day Concert that is taking
           place on Wednesday, May 6th.  Also, requested to know why an
           item on the Santa Maria Road drainage and construction
           project that he asked to place on the agenda had not been
           included, but will be discussed at the next meeting.

           Cm. Casso stated that he addressed the Council with neither
           rancor or bitterness at the end of his term with the council
           but with one purpose in mind of serving my city.  Further
           stating that he left with a great sense of humility and great
           pride through no virtue or accomplishments of my own.  That
           his last four years with on the council he tried to pursue
           the truth no matter what the cost.  And that his philossphy
           and campaign has always been to serve the underpriveleged of
           this community.  He thanked the council, especially Cw.
           Montalvo, Cm. Bruni, and Cm. Guerra who were his strongest
           allies and together had changed Laredo politics.  Also,
           thanked City Manager, Florencio Pena, City Secretary, Gustavo
           Guevara, and Larry and Luis Dovalina.

           Cm. Guerra asked for a traffic control device study at the
           corner of Encino and Mann Road and a pedestrian crosswalk at
           Saint Patrick's Church on Del Mar Boulevard across from the
           Fire Station and requested that these two items be placed on
           the next agenda.

    X.  CITY COUNCIL PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION

      34. Requests by Mayor and City Council members for presentation
          and discussion.

          A. Requests by Council member Louis H. Bruni

             1. Status report on the implementation of the TRAK System
                (Technology to Recover Abducted Kids) on the abduction
                of Carla Espinosa.

                Fructoso San Miguel, Assistant Police Chief, reported
                that they used the TRAK System and the news media
                stating that after the announcement aired the young girl
                had contacted her parents and she had been picked up by
                them.

             2. Status report on the Brown & Root Drainage Project at
                the Laredo International Airport, with possible action.

                Cm. Bruni stated that he had received a letter from
                County Commissioner Rick Reyes, with this letter he
                attached a letter that he had received from Mr.  Rogelio
                Rivera.  On his letter, Mr. Rogelio Rivera stated that
                there were no funds earmarked for thr $10,000 cost for
                the drainage that is needed because of the run off that
                occurs to the Paul Young area, to the country club area
                and to an area due south of the runway.  Mr. Reyes
                stated on his letter that a drainage study was not
                conducted when these particular improvements were done.
                This study was to be conducted according to state law.
                He further stated that the county is unable to get
                involved in this particular project; therefore, the City
                of Laredo needs to get $10,000 for the expansion of this
                drainage project. Cm. Bruni had a diagram to include for
                the record.

                Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, replied that they were
                instructed to contact the county for the cost sharing of
                the $10,000 consultant fee since we had received a
                proposal from a consultant firm to do the drainage
                project study.

                Motion to instruct staff to find the additional
                necessary funding ($10,000.00) to do a study and to
                include the scope of this particular area into the
                Brown & Root Drainage Project.

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

             3. Status report of the POPS (Property Oriented Police
                Services) Program at the Eastwood Subdivision, with
                possible action.

                Fructoso San Miguel reported that they have one week
                remaining in the Chacon area.  Requested one to one and
                a weeks to move on to the Eastwood Subdivision.

                Cm. Bruni asked that they include the 3300 block of Mier
                Street to the Eastwood Project.

             4. Status report on all street lighting inventory in the
                residential area of District II, with possible action.

                Luis Landin, Traffic Manager, said that on Cm. Bruni's
                concern of the area north of Saunders, to south of
                Stewart, west of Martin and east of Ejido will be
                included in Phase V of the street lighting project.  We
                are currently waiting for CP&L proposals.  Funds are
                available for the lighting that will be converted from
                7,000 to 16,000 lumen.

                Cm. Bruni asked for staff to review the ordinance in
                order to decrease the distance requirements, specially
                in new subdivisions.  And come back with a report of
                areas where the 300 foot criteria is not met by
                ordinance.  And either decide to reduce the distance to
                200 feet or increase the lumen as indicated.

          B. Requests by Council member Alfonso "Poncho" Casso, Jr.

             1. Discussion and possible action regarding the positions
                of Assistant to the City Manager/Public Information
                Officer and the Administrative Assistant to the Mayor &
                City Council.

                Florencio Pena, City Manager, quoted from the minutes of
                September 22, 1995 that stated that as far as the role
                of the Public Information Officer the basic functions
                are:

                    to generate information regarding city projects for
                    dissemination into the community; to work with
                    public access and the mayor and city council; to
                    develop speaking points (agendas and/or speeches);
                    and to develop information programs to be viewed by
                    the community.

                Mr. Pena further stated that the Public Information
                Officer has three basic functions:

                    to coordiante city-wide calendar of events;
                    to assist department directors and staff in the
                    dissemination of public information; and
                    serve as an advisor to the City Manager, City
                    Council and department heads on communications
                    issues.

                Cm. Casso requested to know about the duties of the
                Adminstrative Assistant to the City Council.  Stating
                that she should be kept in this position but needs to be
                reminded that she reports to both the Mayor and City
                Council, not only to the Mayor.  Further stating that
                she needs to be separated from the City Manager's
                office.

          C. Requests by Council member Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

             1. Request that staff investigate the feasibility of using
                the abandoned railroad bridge at Zacate Creek for
                pedestrian use.

                Cm. Valdez stated that this bridge is a potentail
                hazard and all it needs is resurfacing, railing, and
                lighting and is requesting that staff initiates a study
                and come back with some cost estimates to convert it
                into a pedestrain bridge.  City Manager Florencio Pena
                stated that a report would be presented to City Council
                at the last meeting in May.

          D. Requests by Council member Mario G. Alvarado

             1. Request to lift the present City Council moratorium on
                planned unit developments, with possible action.

                Cm. Alvarado stated that there was a need to go ahead
                and lift the moratorium and look at each of the
                developments on their own merits and have staff come
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                Council reverse previous action on the PUDs.

                Motion to reverse previous council action.

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

                Mayor Flores named Cm. Valdez, Cm. Bruni, and Cm.
                Alvarado to serve on the PUD (Planned Unit Development)
                Committee to look at these issues.


  XI.   PUBLIC HEARINGS

      35. Public hearing approving an amendment to the contract with
          the Texas Department of Health and Budget Revision to reflect
          the additional amount of $320,759 in direct assistance for the
          Immunization Action Plan Project of the City of Laredo Health
          Department for the period beginning January 1, 1998, through
          December 31, 1998.

                      Introduction of an Ordinance
          Approving an amendment to the contract with the Texas
          Department of Health and Budget Revision to reflect the
          additional amount of $320,759 in direct assistance for the
          Immunization Action Plan Project of the City of Laredo Health
          Department for the period beginning January 1, 1998, through
          December 31, 1998.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the
          ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      36. Public hearing authorizing  the issuance of City of Laredo,
          Texas Combination Tax and Airport Revenue Certificates of
          Obligation, Series 1998, in the principal amount of
          $1,430,000.00 for the purpose of paying all or a portion of
          the City's Contractual Obligations for the purpose of
          acquisition of land at the municipal airport in connection
          with the settlement of a lawsuit in reference to noise
          abatement at the City's airport and the payment of legal and
          fiscal fees in connection with this project, and other matters
          relating thereto.

                      Introduction of an Ordinance
          Authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas Combination
          Tax and Airport Revenue Certificates of Obligation, Series
          1998, in the principal amount of $1,430,000.00 for the purpose
          of paying all or a portion of the City's Contractual
          Obligations for the purpose of acquisition of land at the
          municipal airport in connection with the settlement of a
          lawsuit in reference to noise abatement at the City's airport
          and the payment of legal and fiscal fees in connection with
          this project, and other matters relating thereto.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Cm. Bruni stated that for the record he wanted the City
          Attorney to reword the ordinance and make it clear that this
          money is to acquire land to eliminate the noise pollution by
          extending the runway 2,000 feet to the north.

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing and introduce the
          ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      37. Public hearing authorizing the issuance of a Special Use
          Permit for a bar in the Mercado Historic District, on Lot 1,
          Block 33, Western Division, located at 919 Lincoln St.  The
          Planning and Zoning Commission recommends denial of Special
          Use Permit.

                      Introduction of an Ordinance
          Authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for a bar in
          the Mercado Historic District, on Lot 1, Block 33, Western
          Division, located at 919 Lincoln St.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Attorney Julio Garcia approached the Council to request that
          his client, Ms. Esther Rivera be issued the Special Use Permit
          to open up a bar on the corner of Lincoln Street and Flores
          Avenue.  Ms. Rivera was notified that her request for this
          permit was being denied.  Mr. Garcia stated that the only
          information his client was given by the Planning and Zoning
          Commissison was a document from Margarita Araiza, from the
          Webb County Heritage Foundation, stating that that she opposed
          the opening of the bar due to the increased criminal activity
          as a result of the numerous bars located all throughout the
          historic district.

          Mayor Flores asked Mr. Garcia if he was aware of what a
          Special Use Permit indicated and read for his information the
          impact analysis.  Mr. Garcia stated that his client, Ms.
          Rivera was willing to comply with any requirements placed by
          the City Council for the use of this special permit.

          Cm. Casso stated that it was not the requirements but that the
          key issue is that Council has taken a stand to not issue
          permits for any bars around the historical district because of
          problems in the past and that this area is housing the Laredo
          Center For the Arts and that it is reared for the family.

          City Attorney Jaime Flores stated that he wanted to advise
          council that even if there were a request to meet all the
          specific requirements, council has the authority and the
          discretion in considering the use of the land.

          Larry Dovalina said that he had a principal concern and
          further stated that the city has spent a great deal of money
          in promoting the city in other areas and has rededicated its
          efforts in providing visitor information at the location and
          you are considering opening a bar 30 feet from our doorsteps.
          We have had people come in to our facility to tell us that
          they are being solicited for activities that are being
          conducted at the other bars in this area.

          Elizabeth Gill stated that she was going to reiterate on what
          Ron Whitehawk had stated the week before about revitalization.
          "Do we want a lot of bars and loan companies or businesses and
          tourist attraction?"

          Motion to close the public hearing and concur with P&Z to deny
          the special use permit.

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


 XII.   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: Cm. Bruni
          For:  8                       Against:  0         Abstain: 0

      38. Approval of change order no. 1, a decrease of $3,132.00 for
          the balance of quantities actually constructed in place,
          acceptance of the project for remediation and removal of
          contaminated soil at the Bus Hydraulic Lift in conjunction
          with the El Metro Maintenance Facility Expansion Project, and
          approval of final payment in the amount of $1,150.00 to TAC
          Environmental Company, Laredo, Texas.  Funding is available in
          the Transit Facility Improvements (Section 3 Grant).

          Motion to approve.

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

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

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

XIII.   ADJOURNMENT

          Motion to adjourn.

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

          Adjournment time: 7:40 p.m.

        I hereby certify that the above minutes contained in pages 01
        to 17 are true, complete, and and correct proceedings of the
        City Council Meeting held on the 4th day of May, 1998.

                                           ______________________
                                           Gustavo Guevara, Jr.
                                           City Secretary