CITY OF LAREDO
                          CITY COUNCIL MEETING
                                M98-R-27
                              JULY 6, 1998
                                5:30 P.M.


   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
      Alfredo Agredano,                     Councilmember, District I
      Louis H. Bruni,                       Councilmember, District II
      John C. Galo,                         Councilmember, District III
      Cecilia May Moreno,                   Councilmember, District IV
      Eliseo Valdez, Jr.,                   Councilmember, District V
      Joe A. Guerra,                        Councilmember, District VI
      Mario G. Alvarado,                    Councilmember, District VII
      Consuelo "Chelo" Montalvo,            Councilmember, District VIII
 Gustavo Guevara, Jr.,                 City Secretary
 Florencio Pena, III,                  City Manager
 Jaime L. Flores,                      City Attorney
 
  IV. MINUTES

      2.  City Council Meeting, May 18, 1998
          City Council Meeting, June 1, 1998
          City Council Meeting, June 2, 1998
          City Council Meeting, June 15, 1998

          Motion to approve.

          Moved : Cm. Valdez
          Second: Cm. Alvarado
          For:  6                   Against:  0         Abstain: 0
     Cm. Bruni and Cm. Galo were not present at this time.
     Cm. Bruni and Cm. Galo came in at 5:35 p.m.
 
   V. INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCE

      3. Ordinance granting to Medina Electric Cooperative, Inc., its
         legal representatives, successors, lessees and assigns, as the
         grantee, herein, certain powers, licenses, rights-of-way,
         privileges and franchise to construct and maintain in the City
         of Laredo, Texas, as now or hereafter constituted, and
         electric power utility system in said city and to use the
         streets, avenues, easements, rights-of-way, alleys, highways,
         sidewalks, bridges and other structures and places and public
         grounds in said City for a period of ten (10) years with one
         (1), ten (10) year renewal period subject to renegotiation by
         the parties; and prescribing certain rights, duties, terms and
         conditions herein mentioned and providing for the payment to
         said City of a percentage of certain receipts of grantee from
         its operations therein; and providing for the acceptance of
         this ordinance by grantee; and containing a savings clause, and
         providing for publication and an effective date.

         Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      4. Ordinance closing as a public easement a 17.7 feet wide alley
         dedicated for public use in Block 795, Eastern Division, City
         of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, which traverses the middle of
         said block from east to west through its entire length, and
         abuts the north side of Lots 7,8,9, 10, 11 & 12, and abuts the
         south side of Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6; providing for the
         reversion of the public's interest in said alley to the
         abutting owners, and providing for an effective date.

         Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      5. Ordinance closing as a public easement that section of Ejido
         Avenue between Frost and Lyon Streets also known as the 2900
         block of Ejido, situated in the Eastern Division, City of
         Laredo, Webb County, Texas, and providing for an effective
         date.

         Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      6. Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary
         documents to effectively convey title to the State of Texas for
         one tract of land containing 99.611 acres of land, more or
         less. Said tract of land being described as:
         Parcel 1 - containing 30.163 acres of land, more or less,
         Parcel 2 - containing 67.602 acres of land, more or less, and
         Parcel 3 - containing 1.846 acres of land, more or less;
         and having been acquired in fee simple for the construction of
         an access road connecting the Laredo Northwest International
         Fourth Bridge and related facilities to Interstate Highway 35.
         Said tract being located in Porcion 20, Abstract 48, Webb
         County, Texas; being generally described by metes and bounds;
         and providing for an effective date.

         Ordinance Introduction: City Council

      7. Ordinance setting the maximum speed limits in that portion
         between Arkansas Avenue east to the city limits on U.S. Highway
         59, within the city limits of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, as
         defined in TX-DOT Control Section Map 0542-01 as follows:

           55 MPH from Milepoint 42.755 to Milepoint 42.854
           50 MPH from Milepoint 42.854 to Milepoint 43.551
           45 MPH from Milepoint 42.854 to Milepoint 45.382

         Motion to table this item until the representative from TXDOT
         arrives.

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

         Motion to take from the table.

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

         Cm. Bruni stated that he would like to see a 45 MPH speed limit
         from all the way to Heritage Park.

         Mr. Jesus Sanchez from TXDOT stated that the request from
         Cm. Bruni was not possible because according to their
         guidelines it is already at the lowest speed permissible.

         Cm. Bruni requested that there be more police enforcement and
         asked TXDOT to revisit and reevaluate that section as soon as
         time would permit.

         Ordinance Introduction: City Council

  VI. FINAL READINGS

      Motion to waive the final readings of Ordinances #98-O-158,
      #98-O-169, #98-O-170, #98-O-171, #98-O-172, #98-O-173, #98-O-174,
      #98-O-175, #98-O-176, #98-O-177, #98-O-178, #98-O-179, #98-O-180.

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

      8. 98-O-158  Ordinance amending Ordinance No. 92-0-098 granting
                   Southwestern Bell Telephone Company ("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 sixty days from the
                   date of expiration of May 30, 1998 until July 29,
                   1998; providing for publication and effective date.
                   (City Council)

                   Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-158.

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

      9. 98-O-169  Ordinance amending Sections 24.63, 24.65.15 and
                   24.65.16 of the Laredo Land Development Code by
                   allowing for the storage of hazardous materials,
                   incidental to transportation and storage, in M-1
                   (Light Manufacturing Districts) and storage and
                   handling of hazardous materials in M-2 (Heavy
                   Manufacturing Districts). (City Council)

                   Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-169.

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

     10. 98-O-170  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the
                   City of Laredo by rezoning the north 1/3 of Lot 5,
                   and the north 1/3 of the east 56.56 feet of Lot 6,
                   Block 1021, Eastern Division, located at 3316 S.
                   Buena Vista Avenue, from R-3 (Mixed Residential
                   District) to B-1 (Limited Business District).
                   (Councilmember Alfredo Agredano)

                   Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-170.

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

     11. 98-O-171  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the
                   City of Laredo by rezoning 10.7286 acres, as further
                   described by metes and bounds, located on SH359 east
                   of the Bob Bullock Loop, from R-1 (Single Family
                   Residential District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing
                   District). (Councilmember Alfredo Agredano)

                   Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-171.

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

     12. 98-O-172  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the
                   City of Laredo by rezoning 11.6087 acres, as further
                   described by metes and bounds, located on the
                   southwest corner of the intersection of Orango
                   Boulevard and River Front Road, from R-3 (Mixed
                   Residential District) to R-1-MH (Single Family
                   Manufactured Housing District).
                   (Councilmember Alfredo Agredano)

                   Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-172.

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

     13. 98-O-173  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the
                   City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 126, Eastern
                   Division, located at 3619 Monterrey Avenue, from R-3
                   (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Business
                   District).  (Councilmember Eliseo Valdez Jr.)

                   Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-173.

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

     14. 98-O-174  Ordinance amending Ordinance no. 98-O-120 authorizing
                   the issuance of a Special Use Permit for a mini-
                   storage, on Lot 1, Block 1, Crownridge Subdivision,
                   located at 602 Shiloh Drive by changing the name of
                   the person to whom the Special Use Permit is issued.
                   (Councilmember Joe A. Guerra)

                   Motion to approve Ordianance #98-O-174.

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

     15. 98-O-175  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the
                   City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 5, Block 8, Crownridge
                   Subdivision, Unit I, located at 510 Shiloh Drive,
                   from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to B-3
                   (Community Business District).
                   (Councilmember Joe A.  Guerra)

                   Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-175.

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

     16. 98-O-176  Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the
                   City of Laredo by rezoning 15.764 acres, as further
                   described by metes and bounds, located at east of
                   FM1472 at the World Trade Center Loop, from AG
                   (Agricultural District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing
                   District). (Councilmember Mario G. Alvarado)

                   Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-176.

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

     17. 98-O-177  Ordinance amending Section 24.63.2 of the Laredo Land
                   Development Code to allow the location of political
                   campaign headquarters in certain zoning districts.
                   (City Council)

                   Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-177.

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

     18. 98-O-178  Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998
                   annual budget in the amount of $115,168.00 for the
                   Criminal Justice Division Grant from the Office of
                   the Governor. The Office of the Governor is
                   contributing $78,172.00 with the City designating
                   $36,996.00 in matching funds. These funds for the
                   Domestic Violence grant under the Violence Against
                   Women Act (VAWA) is for the period of June 1, 1998
                   through May 31, 1999.  (City Council)

                   Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-178.

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

     19. 98-O-179  Ordinance amending City of Laredo's 1997-1998 budget
                   in the amount of $1,052,415.00. Of this amount,
                   $758,249.00 is grant funds, with the City designating
                   $294,166.00, in matching funds for a grant from the
                   Criminal Justice Division for Multi-Agency Narcotics
                   Task Force for the period of June 1, 1998 through
                   May 31, 1999 and authorizing the City Manager to sign
                   any and all documents pertaining to this grant
                   application. (City Council)

                   Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-179.

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

     20. 98-O-180  Ordinance amending City of Laredo FY 1997-98 Annual
                   Budget by creating three (3) Civil Engineer I
                   positions to assist with project management and in-
                   house project quality control. These positions will
                   be funded from the 1998 bond projects, for
                   approximately one month for a total of $11,250.00
                   including benefits, and authorizing the City Manager
                   to implement said budget. (City Council)


                   Florencio Pena, City Manager, stated for the record
                   that we will only charge to the project fund the
                   actual salary of these engineers and not any amount
                   over their actual salaries.

                   Motion to approve Ordinance #98-O-180.

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

 VII. RESOLUTIONS

     21. 98-R-102  Confirming appointment and reappointment by the Mayor
                   of the members to the Policy Committee of the
                   Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and
                   reappointing Maria Luisa Mendiola to the Library
                   Board.

                   Mayor Flores named Cw. Moreno, Cm. Galo, and
                   Cm. Alvarado to the MPO.

                   Motion to approve Resolution #98-R-102.

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

     22. 98-R-103  Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant in
                   collaboration with the Laredo Community College et
                   al, for the South Texas Telecommunications Consortium
                   Discovery Grant Program (Texas Telecommunications
                   Infrastructure Fund) in the amount of $53,646.00, and
                   is directed to execute any and all related documents
                   as required.

                   Motion to approve Resolution #98-R-103.

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

     23. 98-R-104  Declaring the public necessity to acquire the
                   "Surface Only" of 25,142.34 square feet (0.5772 of an
                   acre) tract of land, more or less, necessary as
                   right-of-way for the widening of Cherry Hill Drive
                   from the North right-of-way line of Pappas Street,
                   North to the South right-of-way line Ponderosa
                   Street. Said tract of land being situated in Survey
                   1020 and partly in the Original City of Laredo Tract
                   in the Laredo Air Base Enclosure, Webb County, Texas;
                   more particularly described by metes and bounds; and
                   authorizing the City Attorney to initiate eminent
                   domain proceedings to acquire said parcel if staff is
                   unable to acquire through negotiations due to
                   inability to agree to a purchase price, conflict of
                   ownership, owner refusal to sell, and/or inability to
                   locate the listed owner.

                   Motion to approve Resolution # 98-R-104.

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

     24. 98-R-105  Declaring the public necessity to acquire the
                   "Surface Only" of 0.0224 (974.94 square feet) parcel
                   of land, more or less, necessary as right-of-way for
                   the improvement of Orilla Avenue from Mann Road to
                   Carrillo Road. Said parcel of land being situated in
                   the Carrillo Road Development, 10.2406 acre tract,
                   Webb County, Texas; being more particularly described
                   by metes and bounds; and authorizing the City
                   Attorney to initiate eminent domain proceedings to
                   acquire said parcel of land if staff is unable to
                   acquire through negotiations due to inability to
                   agree to a purchase price, conflict of ownership,
                   owner refusal to sell, and/or inability to locate the
                   listed owner.

                   Motion to approve Resolution #98-R-105.

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

     25. 98-R-107  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a donation
                   from the Texaco Corporation in the amount of $125.00
                   for the purchase of five (5) canine badges for the
                   Laredo Police Department canines. This money is
                   strictly a donation and there are no matching funds
                   required.

                   Motion to approve Resolution #98-R-107.

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

     26. 98-R-108  Recognizing the formation of the Laredo Homeless
                   Coalition composed of members of local public/private
                   organizations for the purpose of addressing the needs
                   of Laredo's homeless population. The Coalition's
                   mission is to create and maintain a local continuum
                   of care system through which homeless individuals and
                   families can secure housing and the necessary support
                   services in order to end the state of homelessness,
                   promote self-sufficiency, and ultimately live
                   independently.

                   Motion to approve Resolution #98-R-108.

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

     27. 98-R-109  Accepting a Grant in the amount of $8,300,000.00 from
                   the Federal Aviation Administration, Airport
                   Improvement Program and appropriating the sum of
                   $1,616,667.00 as the local match and authorizing the
                   City Manager to execute the grant agreement. The
                   local match is available in the FY 1997-1998 Airport
                   Fund Budget. The federal and local funds will be used
                   to implement Laredo's FAA approved FAR PART 150
                   Airport Noise Compatibility Program and to construct
                   a portion of a parallel taxiway. The Airport Noise
                   Compatibility Program is a voluntary program
                   consisting of acquisition in fee simple of noise
                   impacted residents located in the FAA approved areas
                   near the airport, or sound proofing said residential
                   structures in exchange for an aviation easement, or
                   simply acquiring an aviation easement from the
                   property owner.

                   Motion to approve Resolution #98-R-109.

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

     28. 98-R-110  Appointing the nominees of District I Council Member
                   Alfredo Agredano, to the Airport Advisory Board,
                   Planning and Zoning Commission, Telecommunications
                   Commission, and the Transportation Safety Advisory
                   Board.

                   Cm. Agredano appointed the following persons:
                       Juanita I. Martinez       Planning & Zoning
                       Daniel Donovan            Telecommunications
                       Frank Quesada             Transportation
                       Dr. Michael Landeck       Airport

                   Motion to approve Resolution #98-R-110.

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

VIII. MOTIONS

     29.  Approval of bid specifications and authorization to advertise
          for bids for the following:
          a) office furniture - Police Substation
          b) laser printing/mailing of 1998 tax statements - Tax
             Department
          c) uniforms - Bridge System
          d) recycling blue bags - Public Works Department
             A tentative bid award date is scheduled for August 3, 1998.

          Motion to approve.

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

     30.  Approval of bid specifications and authorization to advertise
          for bids on traffic signal mast arms and poles. This hardware
          material will be utilized for two (2) new traffic signal
          installations at Arkansas Ext./Bartlett Avenue, and Bustamante
          Street/Meadow Avenue and for the replacement of several
          traffic signal poles on U.S. 59 at Arkansas Avenue, Bartlett
          Avenue, and Meadow Avenue as a result of the U.S. 59
          reconstruction project.

          Motion to approve.

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

     31.  Approval of specifications and authorization to Request
          Proposals for the Airport Liability Insurance and Blanket
          Public Employee Dishonesty Bond.

          Motion to approve.

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

     32.  Approval to select and authorization to negotiate professional
          contracts for engineering services to design and prepare plans
          and specifications and provide cost estimates for the
          following projects:
          1. Sidewalks at the Approaches to Clark Elementary School to
             be designed In-House. Funding is available in the Capital
             Improvement Fund Clark Elementary Sidewalks.
          2. Extension of University Boulevard West of Bob Bullock Loop
             and vacating of a portion of Casa Verde Road to Howland
             Engineering and Surveying Company. Funding is available in
             Capital Improvement Fund Extension of University
             Boulevard/Casa Verde Road.
          3. Preparation of an NPDES Storm Water Pollution Plan for the
             Laredo Landfill on Highway 359, with the option of similar
             services for other closed landfills on Highway 59 and Mines
             Road to Rust Lichliter Jameson. Funding is available in
             Landfill Purchased Prof. Services.
             The Engineering Contract Review Committee concurs with the
             recommendation.

             Motion to approve.

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

     33.  Approval of selection of consultant and award of an
          architectural/engineering contract to Design Group
          International, Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed
          $22,500.00 to provide surveys, design and preparation of plans
          and specifications and cost estimates for the expansion of the
          Santo Nino Health Center located at 2200 Zacatecas Street and
          an additional scope of work to evaluate the current space
          occupied by the City of Laredo Branch Library. This project is
          on a fast track basis so that completion of the project occurs
          by December 1998.  Funding is available in the Health Fund
          Women, Infants, and Children (W.I.C.) Capital
          Outlay/Buildings. The Engineering Contract Review Committee
          concurs with the recommendation.

          Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, clarified that the $22,500 is
          for the Santo Nino Hall Center only and does not include the
          Branch Library expansion.

          Motion to approve.

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

     34.  Award of an engineering contract to Porras Engineering
          Company, Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $15,660.00
          to include boundary and topographic surveys, surveys for
          drainage easements, design and preparation of plans and
          specifications for the Chaparral Drainage Improvements from
          Calton Road to Canal Street. Funding is available in the
          1998 CO Issue Drainage - Park/Chaparral.

          Motion to approve.

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

     35.  Award of six month supply contracts to the LOW BIDDERS,
          A to Z Tire & Battery, Laredo, Texas ($42,075.01), Goodyear
          Auto Store, Laredo, Texas ($40,156.30), and Tire Center, San
          Antonio, Texas ($29,214.04) to supply tires and tubes for all
          City vehicles. The bid pricing is approximately 3% less than
          the previous contract period. A total of three bids were
          received for this purchase.  Funding is available in the Fleet
          Maintenance Fund - Fleet Charges.

          Motion to approve.

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

     36.  Award of an annual service contract to the LOW BIDDER, Lawn
          Masters, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $100,398.00, for
          providing ground maintenance services for the Utilities
          Department, the Bridge System, the Parks Department, Police
          Department, and the Public Library. The contract includes
          cutting cycles at all three International Bridge locations,
          the water plants, booster stations, the wastewater treatment
          plants, storage tank locations, utility easements, the Clark
          Street median, the Police Station, and the Public Library. The
          contract shall be for a one year period with an option for a
          second year. The bid pricing is approximately 5% less than the
          previous contract amount. A total of six bids were received
          for these services. Funding is available in each departments
          respective contractual line items.

          Motion to approve.

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

     37.  Award of six month supply contracts to the LOW BIDDERS, Arnold
          Oil Co., dba Lone Star Lubricants, Laredo, Texas, in the
          estimated amount of $28,332.34, and Leyendecker Oil Co.,
          Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $3,356.30, for the
          purchase of lubricants for the Fleet Maintenance Division. The
          bid pricing will be firm during this six month period and all
          items will be purchased on an as need basis. The bid pricing
          is approximately 4% less than the previous contract period.  A
          total of two bids were received for this purchase.  Funding is
          available in Fleet Maintenance - Fleet Charges.

          Motion to approve.

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

     38.  Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, Duncan Industries from
          Harrison, Arkansas in the amount of $48,462.48, for the
          purchase of vandal-proof upper and lower housing assemblies,
          mounting yokes, keys, and coin cartridges for parking meters.
          These housing assembles will replace older meter housings that
          have been vandalized continuously, and also will prevent any
          physical removal of coins from the meters. Funding is
          available in the parking meter equipment.

          Motion to approve.

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

     39.  Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, Enforcement Technology
          Inc., from Irvine, California in the amount of $20,314.00, for
          the purchase of four hand-held computers with software and the
          entire system, including the required accessories and
          training, for issuing parking citations. Funding is available
          in the Parking Meters Fund Budget Account.

          Motion to approve.

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

     40.  Approval of change order no. 1, a net increase of $33,265.85
          for additional work because of unexpected field conditions,
          especially underground public private utility lines not
          documented in office records and for the balance of quantities
          actually constructed in place, acceptance of the Construction
          of 68 Accessible Ramps at 17 intersections at San Agustin
          Plaza, Bruni Plaza, and Saint Peters Plaza and related
          access routes, and approval of final payment in the amount of
          $62,495.76 to A.E. Construction Company, Inc., San Antonio,
          Texas. The original contract amount was $263.930.86. This
          change order brings the total contract amount to $297,196.71.
          Funding is available in the CDBG Retainage Payable; Capital
          Improvement Fund A.D.A. Improvements; and Capital Improvement
          Fund Retainage Payable.

          Motion to approve.

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

     41.  Refund of property tax to the following individual:
          a. Agustin Maldonado in the amount of $1,567.25 for erroneous
             payment.

          Motion to approve.

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

     42.  Authorizing award of FY1996 Home Investment Partnership
          Program, Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO)
          funds of $91,575.00 to the Laredo Webb Neighborhood Housing
          Services, Inc., and $91,575.00 to Azteca Economic Development
          & Preservation Corporation, and authorizing the City Manager
          to execute all documents in support of this action.

          Motion to approve.

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

     43.  Authorizing the selection of a consultant and enter
          negotiations for the Laredo Metropolitan Transportation Plan
          Update. The consultant recommended for selection is Wilbur
          Smith Associates.

          Motion to approve.

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

     44.  Authorizing the selection of a consultant and enter
          negotiations for the Laredo Transit Planning Study. The
          consultant recommended for selection is LKC Consulting
          Services, Inc.

          Motion to approve.

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


  IX. CITY MANAGER'S REPORT

     45.  Presentation by City Manager regarding the city's contract
          with ATE Management and Service Company (Now "Ryder" ATE,
          Inc.") for management of the City's Public Transit System,
          with possible action.

          Motion to instruct staff to give ATE proper notice that we
          will renegotiate their contract; to prepare an RFP; to look
          into the possibility to do this in-house; and to continue the
          negotiations with ATE for an additional 3 months, if
          necessary.

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

     46.  Discussion and possible action to set a date for the FY 1998-
          1999 Aid to Other Agencies presentations, to be held at the
          City Council Chambers.

          Motion to accept the date of August 5th at 5:00 p.m. for the
          Aid to Other Agencies Workshop.

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

     47.  Discussion and possible action in setting a date to meet with
          Martinez and Associates to discuss the development of a State
          Legislative Agenda for 1999.

          Motion to set the date of July 29th at 4:00 p.m. to meet with
          Martinez and Associates.

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

     48.  Adoption of a schedule for workshop and town hall meetings.

          Suggested schedule for the Budget Workshops:
          Thursday,  August 13, 1998            5:30 p.m. ----
          Friday,    August 14, 1998            8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
          Saturday,  August 15, 1998            8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

          Suggested schedule for the Town Hall Meetings:
          Tuesday,   August 18, 1998 - District I, VIII     6:30 p.m.
          Wednesday, August 19, 1998 - District II, VII     6:30 p.m.
          Thursday,  August 20, 1998 - District III, VI     6:30 p.m.
          Tuesday,   August 25, 1998 - District IV, V       6:30 p.m.

          City of Laredo Showcase Workshop:
          Saturday,  July 25, 1998              11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
          Mall Del Norte, Center Court

          Motion to amend the suggested schedule for the Budget
          Workshops as follows:

          Wednesday,  August 12, 1998          5:30 p.m. ----
          Thursday,   August 13, 1998          5:30 p.m. ----
          Friday,     August 14, 1998          5:30 p.m. ----
          Saturday,   August 15, 1998          8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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

          Motion to adopt the schedule as amended.

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

     49.  Status report on Yeary at Calton Road.

          Cindy Collazo, Director of Community Development, reported
          that she had been advised by H.E.B. that they had sent the
          settlement agreement to the city today (7/6/98), so we should
          be receiving it by tomorrow morning. The warranty deed by the
          other company, Dream, Inc., has been signed and executed, we
          have gotten a copy.  We will be in possession of the property
          as soon as we get the exchange of payment.

     50.  Update on the status of the 20 inch water line break at
          Jefferson and San Dario.

          Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, reported that in late June
          utilities had a broken pipe located at Jefferson and San
          Dario.  This is the line that brings water from the lower
          plant at Jefferson by the river banks to the Lyon tanks.  This
          pipe work should be finished by this Friday (7-10-98).

          Due to this broken pipe we incurred an emergency expense of
          $32,000 which Council needs to ratify.

     51.  Status report on the progress of the Chacon Creek Interceptor
          project with possible action.

          Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, reported that this project
          has been completely designed from Highway 59 to the south side
          plan, approximately 7 miles at a cost of $12 million.
          Environment work is complete and under EPA review.  Once
          reviewed by EPA they will provide us with a most significant
          impact finding statement so we anticipate having the project
          placed for bidding sometime in October 1998.

     52.  Update on the status of the Colonias Facility Plan.

          Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, reported that two
          alternatives have been taken into consideration:

          (1) analyze the sewer plan, assigning a cost to the septic
              tanks, and looking for external cost.

          (2) accept the proposal as presented and try to limit the land
              subdivision and limit the number of septic tanks.

          Mayor Flores asked Mr. Roman for the approximate date for the
          residents to have service?

          Mr. Roman stated that it would be late summer 2001.

          Florencio Pena, City Manager, explained that due to complexity
          of the issues it is a lengthy process.  He further explained
          that at this point staff has had to revise the schedule 8
          months then present it to the Water Development Board by April
          1999 for their approval continuing with 6 additional months
          for a final design and construction after that.

     53.  Discussion and possible action regarding the implementation of
          the City of Laredo International Airport Noise Compatibility
          Program Management and Administration Plan, and authorization
          to submit said plan to the Federal Aviation Administration for
          approval.

          Cindy Collazo, Director of Community Development, reported
          that a copy of the plan that will be submitted to FAA had been
          included for Council to review.  She explained that there were
          424 properties that were reported by a consultant in a study
          done in 1994.  Of these 424 properties 24 are aligned with the
          70 DNL's which is the highest impacted of the noise contour.
          There are 324 that are within the 65 DNL's and are located
          south of runway 35L and 76 within the Country Club Estates.

          Mrs. Collazo further explained that distribution would be done
          at a ratio of 4 to 1, 4 within the 65 DNL's to 1 of the
          Country Club Estates.  Also stating that there will be three
          programs available:

          (a)  Fee Simple Acquisition Program - will be strictly
               voluntary with no eminent domain.
          (b)  Acoustical Treatment Program - to reduce the noise level
               at each dwelling.  This program will require that
               residents provide the city with an avigation easement
               over their parcels.
          (c)  Avigation Easement Acquisition Program - residents who do
               not want to relocate but will provide the city with an
               avigation easement.

          Motion authorizing staff to submit said plan to FAA.

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

     54.  Presentation of the proposed 1999 Unified Planning Work
          Program (UPWP) of the Laredo Urban Transportation Study (MPO)
          with possible action.

          Keith Selman, Planning Director, gave a brief update on our
          current UPWP activities.  Two studies that were completed
          were the Hazardous Cargo Routing and the Bridge IV model.

          The studies that are currently underway are:

          -the west Laredo study with preliminary reports regarding the
           CP&L road that Council had asked for and that has been
           incorporated into the CIP.
          -initiated the master plan in the transit plan aspect for our
           current UPWP.
          Staff delivered to Council for their review the proposed UPWP.
          These are some of the allocations:

          -under administration management, these monies are allocated
           for staffing.
          -$10,000 allocated for growth and development, monitoring and
           projections.
          -under control access and traffic calming study, these are
           monies will be used primarily for research gathering.
          -under transit planning, these are monies that are allocated
           strictly for transit, either we use or we loose.

           The project that is carried over will be the update of
           Metropolitan Transportation Plan that must be updated by end
           of December 1999 for a 20 year plan.

          Motion to adopt the study as presented.

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

   X. COMMUNICATIONS

      Presentation by UPCOD, Inc. (Underprivileged Children of Divorce)
      inviting the Laredo City Council to their first fund-raising
      walk-a-thon to be held Saturday, September, 28, 1998.

          Robert Pena, representative for UPCOD, formally invited the
          Mayor and City Council to their fundraiser which will be held
          on September 28, 1998.

          Elizabeth Ryan from the Children's Museum publicly thanked the
          Council, Fleet Management, and the Police Department for the
          loan of the Police motorcycles that are on display at the
          museum.  She invited that Council to their opening on July
          12th at 3:00 p.m.

  XI. CITY COUNCIL PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION

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

      A.  Requests by Council member Louis H. Bruni

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

             Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, reported that he had
             received a draft report where Brown & Root is identifying
             some areas that will be reviewed.

             These areas are:

             Bob Bullock Loop that had flooding at the entrance of the
             new terminal from the rain storm that we had last March.
             Mr. Juan Villarreal from TXDOT has been contacted and we
             will be meeting with him to address the problem.

             The area by the Texas Department of Human Services on Lake
             Casa Blanca Road also reported flooding.  It is reported
             that the culvert that crosses Casa Blanca Road is capable
             of carrying the run off; however, the downstream creek that
             leads to the culvert to Highway 59, an exhibit and drainage
             calculations will also be discussed with Mr. John Saavedra.

             Cm. Bruni requested that the sketch that he had submitted
             and indicates the area between Ejido and Casa Blanca Road
             be incorporated for Brown & Root to review and make their
             recommendation.

          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.

             Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, stated that he needed
             to clarify that when they started with this particular
             project staff was looking at a potential failure of the
             septic tanks that resulted in sewage going into the creek.
             The health department has been investigating these
             septic tanks and Mr. Jerry Robinson has informed us that
             there really is no leakage.  Mr. Roman further explained
             that Chacon Creek has run-off water continuously but that
             it comes from different parts of the city.

             Motion to instruct staff to develop criteria for a sewer
             assessment program and come back with a recommendation by
             the end of this month for Council to review.

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

      B.  Requests by Council member John C. Galo

          1. Update from staff of cleanup of Chacon Creek.

             Cindy Collazo, Director of Community Development, reported
             that 154 notices have been mailed to property owners and
             they will have 10 days from receipt of notice to comply, if
             not they will be issued a citation.  Mrs. Collazo further
             informed Council that there is one unclaimed property and
             21 city owned properties.

             Cm. Galo commended Mrs. Collazo for the 154 notices that
             were mailed in such a short time and requested that the
             city owned properties be the first on the clean up process.

          2. Discussion and possible action on the grade rail crossings
             for the district.

             Motion to table for the next meeting.

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

          3. Discussion and possible action on operation cleanup.

             Cm. Galo informed Council that this is a program that is
             on-going in San Antonio and possibly other cities.  This
             program incorporates all city departments to do a major
             clean up of different neighborhoods.

             Cindy Collazo, Director of Community Development, stated
             that there had been a similar operation back in 1990 and
             all city departments were involved.  The process would be
             where staff would target streets and work 2 to 3 blocks at
             a time.  Property owners would be notified the day before
             so they would be prepared to dispose of all their trash.
             However, due to the work load and the priority of projects
             that effort was basically stopped.  We do continue to
             enforce clean up on a daily basis through a referral
             system.

             Motion to enforce city ordinances through code enforcement,
             animal control and other departments and continue with the
             operation clean sweep on a limited basis.

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

          4. Discussion on the privatization of the Utilities Department
             and possible action to approve request for proposals not
             the exceed $25,000.00.

             Fernando Roman, Utilities Director, reported that what was
             sought to be accomplished with the $100,000 study was
             divided into two parts:

             (1) to perform an operations evaluation; benchmarking to
                 see if the department is efficient or inefficient;
                 identify areas of improvement, and
             (2) compare us to other privatization or non-privatization
                 of the utilities department in other cities; and
                 identify areas of what needs to get done.

             Motion to instruct the City manager to employ by a specific
             time the services of a consultant not to exceed $25,000, to
             design and prepare RFP's to seek competitive bids for
             operation and maintenance of the total water and waste
             water utilities department.

             Moved : Cm. Galo
             Second: Cm. Guerra

             Jaime Flores, City Attorney, stated that since the item had
             been tabled at the last meeting it would take precendence
             over this motion.  He advised that the item would need to
             be taken from the table to be able to make another motion.

             Motion to take from the table.

             Moved : Cm. Galo
             Second: Cm. Guerra
             For:  3                    Against:  5         Abstain: 0
             Cm. Galo                   Cm. Agredano
             Cm. Valdez                 Cm. Bruni
             Cm. Guerra                 Cw. Moreno
                                        Cm. Alvarado
                                        Cw. Montalvo

      C.  Requests by Council member Eliseo Valdez Jr.

          1. Presentation by Hector Farias, President of the Texas
             Mexican Border International Trade Association regarding
             the proposed economic development sales tax.

             Mr. Farias stated that the international trade community
             takes exception to the fact that the process in which the
             1/4 cent tax increase has been presented has been exclusive
             rather than inclusive.  There is no mention of conflicts of
             interest which should be emphasized by Council.

             Mr. Farias requested that Council takes a good look at this
             and not put it to a vote until it has been researched and
             presented to the community.

             Florencio Pena, City Manager, informed Council that there
             was a roll back of 1/2 cent in place and that it was
             adopted by Webb County.  In other cities like McAllen,
             Brownsville, and Harlingen have a 1/2 cent roll back but
             they also have an economic sales tax of 1/2 cent.

             John Sharp's office representatives came to Laredo at least
             twice to discuss the pros and cons of having an economic
             sales tax.

             As far as input Council had workshops at the Public Library
             with the Chamber of Commerce, Hotel/Motel Industry, Laredo
             Community college, and Texas A&M International University.

          2. Requesting a traffic study for the placement of a traffic
             safety device at the intersection of Marcella Avenue and
             Taylor Street, with possible action.

             Luis Landin, Traffic Manager, stated that his department
             staff will be consulting with the traffic engineer and
             visiting the intersection to analyze the problem.  A
             traffic count cannot be conducted due to lack of traffic in
             the area because school is out.  As soon as a conclusion is
             drawn a report will be presented to Council.

          3. Discussion and possible action regarding the criteria for
             Council membership on any City Council Ad Hoc Committee.

             Cm. Alvarado stated that after checking with staff he had
             found that there were no guidelines or nothing in the
             ordinance as far as criteria for membership so he requested
             that staff do some research and establish criteria for
             Ad Hoc or Standing Committees.

             Florencio Pena, City Manager, stated that he would research
             the item and report back to Council in 30 days.

      D.  Requests by Council member Consuelo Montalvo

          1. Appointing Council member Alfredo Agredano to the El Metro
             Transit Center Ad Hoc Committee.
             (Co-sponsored by Council member Mario G.  Alvarado)

             Cm. Alvarado nominated Cm. Galo to the El Metro Transit
             Center Ad Hoc Committee.

             Motion to approve the nomination of Cm. Galo.

             Moved : Cm. Valdez
             Second: Cm. Guerra

             The second was withdrawn and no action was taken because
             this was not on the agenda.

             Motion to approve the appointment of Cm. Agredano.

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

          2. Instructing staff to look into the possibility of funding
             The Border Area Nutrition Council in the amount of
             $7,500.00 to be matched by Webb County. (Co-sponsored by
             Council members Eliseo Valdez Jr. and Joe A. Guerra)

             Motion to approve.

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


 XII. PUBLIC HEARINGS

     56.  Public hearing regarding an application by Julian Del Bosque
          amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by
          rezoning Lot 11, Block 229, Eastern Division, located at 1619
          Cedar Avenue, from B-1 (Limited Business District) to B-3
          (Community Business District).  The Planning and Zoning
          Commission recommends denial of this zone change.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of
          Laredo by rezoning Lot 11, Block 229, Eastern Division,
          located at 1619 Cedar Avenue, from B-1 (Limited Business
          District) to B-3 (Community Business District).

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Mr. Julian Del Bosque appeared before the council to request
          approval of the zone change.

          Motion to close the public hearing; over-ride P&Z and approve
          a Conditional Use Permit on a time certain for a 1 year
          period; and introduce the ordinance.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: Cm. Galo

     57.  Public hearing amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 Annual
          Budget in the amount of $125.00 and authorizing the City
          Manager to accept a donation from the Texaco Corporation in
          the amount of $125.00 for purchasing badges for the Laredo
          Police Department Canines. This donation will be strictly used
          for the purchase of these badges and is at no cost to the
          City.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the City of Laredo's 1997-1998 Annual
          Budget in the amount of $125.00 and authorizing the City
          Manager to accept a donation from the Texaco Corporation in
          the amount of $125.00 for purchasing badges for the Laredo
          Police Department Canines. This donation will be strictly used
          for the purchase of these badges and is at no cost to the
          City.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          Ordinance Introduction: City Council

     58.  Public hearing amending the City of Laredo FY 1997-1998 Annual
          Budget to increase the revenues by an amount of $8,300,000.00
          received from the Federal Aviation Administration Grant
          Officer No. 3-48-0136-21 and appropriating $1,616,667.00 from
          the Airport Reserve Account to match said grant for the
          purpose of implementing Laredo's FAR Part 150 Noise
          Compatibility Program and to construct a portion of a parallel
          taxiway. Total available for noise abatement is $6,250,000.00
          and $3,666,667.00, is available for the construction of the
          parallel taxiway.

                      INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE
          Ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 1997-1998 Annual
          Budget to increase the revenues by an amount of $8,300,000.00
          received from the Federal Aviation Administration Grant
          Officer No. 3-48-0136-21 and appropriating $1,616,667.00 from
          the Airport Reserve Account to match said grant for the
          purpose of implementing Laredo's FAR Part 150 Noise
          Compatibility Program and to construct a portion of a parallel
          taxiway. Total available for noise abatement is $6,250,000.00
          and $3,666,667.00, is available for the construction of the
          parallel taxiway.

          Motion to open the public hearing.

          Moved : Cm. Bruni
          Second: Cm. Guerra
          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

     59.  Public hearing allowing interested persons to comment on the
          1998 Consolidated Plan which identifies the projects proposed
          to be funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
          Development through the 24th Action Year Community Development
          Block Grant (CDBG), the 1998 HOME Investment Partnerships
          Program (HOME), and the 1998 Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG).
          The projects are as follows:

           24th Action Year Community Development Block Grant
          Community Development Administration . . . . . . $620,533
          Housing Rehabilitation Administration  . . . . . $128,196
          Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program. . . . . . . $350,000
          Code Enforcement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $251,050
          Paving Project 61 (includes anticipated
            program income of $39,900) . . . . . . . . . . $316,900
          School Sidewalk Approaches, District IV  . . . . $150,000
          Acquisition of Park Land . . . . . . . . . . . . $200,000
          East Hachar Recreation Center  . . . . . . . . . $700,000
          Hamilton Hotel - Section 108 Loan Repayment  . . $148,000
          Tinaja/Chacon Pilot Channel. . . . . . . . . . . $410,000
          Graffiti Removal Program . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 28,359
          Acquisition and relocation related to
            Lafayette widening . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $675,000
          Zacate Creek Linear Park (Saunders to Canal) . . $200,000
          Blaine/Milmo/Loop 20 Improvements. . . . . . . . $ 90,000
          Clark/Hendricks Street Improvements. . . . . . . $ 45,862

                             1998 Home Grant
          New Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $345,997
          Down Payment Assistance. . . . . . . . . . . . . $600,000
          15% Community Housing Development
            Organization Set Aside . . . . . . . . . . . . $188,550
          Administration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $122,453


                      1998 Emergency Shelter Grant

          Homeless Prevention Program. . . . . . . . . . . $ 47,595
          Homeless Shelter Program (Operations). . . . . . $111,055
          Administration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $  8,350

          Motion to open the public hearing.

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

          There was no public input.

          Motion to close the public hearing.

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

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

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

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

     60.  98-RT-106  Certifying that the Transit Department of the City
                     of Laredo, Texas is unable to acquire seven
                     paratransit vehicles as specified in bid invitation
                     98-075, using compressed natural gas at a projected
                     cost that is reasonably expected to result in no
                     greater net cost over the use of gasoline, measured
                     over their expected useful life.

          Motion to approve resolution 98-RT-106.

          Moved : Cm. Galo
          Second: Cm. Alvarado
          For:  7                   Against: 1          Abstain:  0
                                    Cm. Bruni

     61.  Award of contract to the LOW BIDDER, Texas Commercial Bus,
          Lockhart, Texas, in the amount of $356,482.00 for seven
          replacement paratransit vans. Delivery is expected within 120
          days of submittal of order. This award is subject to approval
          of Resolution 98-RT-106, concerning alternative fuel vehicles.

          Motion to approve.

          Moved : Cm. Galo
          Second: Cm. Alvarado
          For:  7                   Against:  1         Abstain: 0
                                    Cm. Bruni

     62.  Authorization to issue a Public Notice to hold public hearings
          and receive public comments on proposed elimination of the
          following fixed routes:
                       Route 24-CC School Tripper
                       Route 26-West School Tripper

          Motion to approve.

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

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

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


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

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

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

     63.  Approval of a contract with Graphitiks Advertising Design
          Inc., to produce a Visitor Guide Magazine for the Laredo
          Convention and Visitors Bureau. Quantity will be 55,000
          copies.

          Motion to approve.

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

     64.  Approval of contract with Vendor, S.A. de C.V. in the amount
          of $89,351.74 for outdoor (billboard) advertising in Mexico.

          Motion to approve.

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

     65.  Presentation of the Laredo Convention and Visitors Bureau
          Tourism Video Brochure in both English and Spanish.

          Mr. Ramon Hernandez, Acting Director, made the presentation
          before the council and presented the council with brochures
          and showed the video.

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

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



                           SUPPLEMENTAL AGENDA

                               M98-R-27(S)


 VIII.   MOTION

         A. Appointing two members of the City Council to serve on the
            Ad Hoc Nominating Committee to review and consider nominees
            to the Laredo Convention and Visitors Bureau Advisory Board.

            Mayor Flores named Cm. Valdez and Cm. Agredano as the
            nominees to the Ad Hoc Advisory Board of the C&V.

            Motion to approve.

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


 XV. ADJOURNMENT

          Motion to adjourn.

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

          Adjournment time:  9:45 p.m.


          I hereby certify that the above minutes contained in pages 01
          to 28 are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City
          Council Meeting held on the 6th day of July, 1998.



                                          _________________________
                                            Gustavo Guevara, Jr.
                                               City Secretary