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municipal elections 2015

The City Election for mayor and three city commission spots is Saturday, May 9, 2015.

The last day to register to vote is Thursday, April 9, 2015. Early voting begins Monday, April 27 and ends Tuesday, May 5, 2015.

For a complete list of Early Voting Locations, Election Day Polling Places, and a Sample Ballot by precinct, visit the Cameron County Department of Elections website.

Below is a list of candidates: 

Tony Martinez
Pat Ahumada
Brenda Joyas
Erasmo Castro
Robert Sanchez
William Garza

At-Large A
Cesar de Leon
David Belleperche
Gerardo Martinez
Robert Uresti

District 1
Roman Perez
Ricardo Longoria Jr.
Michael Gonzalez

District 2
Jessica Tetreau
Sergio Zarate

Tony Martinez
State of the City Remarks 
Mayor Tony Martinez February 15, 2015
"The Future is not a Gift, but an Achievement."

It’s in our hands and we are blessed to have a city with so many talented and giving people.

For years we’ve taken pride in our geographic location. But make no mistake about it, our biggest blessing is OUR PEOPLE.

In Brownsville we build on the achievements of those who came before us … on the achievements by many in this room today … and we continue to learn that there are no limits to what we can accomplish when we work together. Brownsville has always been more than a team. We’re family...

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City Receives $100,000 Grant from Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation
Funding to be used for Active Transport Master Plan

February 13, 2015—Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation (The Legacy Foundation) has awarded $100,000 to the City of Brownsville, in partnership with The University of Texas School of Public Health Brownsville Regional Campus, for the Cameron County in Motion: Active Transport Master Plan project.

The Active Transport Master Plan will evaluate the connectivity possibilities between neighborhoods and cities within Cameron County, and provide an outline for interconnected pedestrian and bicycle routes. These routes would not only connect the cities, but also encourage physical activity and bicycle tourism...

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Brownsville Currently Ranks 3rd in H-E-B Community Challenge
Public Encouraged Help Improve City’s Ranking

February 6, 2015—The City of Brownsville is encouraging residents to share their healthy lifestyles on the H-E-B Community Challenge website. Currently, Brownsville, in partnership with local organizations, schools and agencies, ranks third in the state behind Round Rock and Waco in the friendly competition.
In its third year, the H-E-B Community Challenge is a four-month competition that challenges communities across the state to compete and see which can demonstrate the greatest commitment to healthy living. Brownsville placed first in the mid-community category in 2012, and third in the large-community category in 2013 (population 100,001-300,000). This year, the city is competing in the large-community category once again.
The competition is based on a point system. The more photos and videos showing residents or organizations engaged in healthy activities that are uploaded onto the Brownsville community page, the more points a city receives.
The City of Brownsville, along with UT School of Public Health – Brownsville Regional Campus began The Challenge, a local weight loss competition, in January. Additionally, the City of Brownsville received a prestigious All-America City Award and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize in recognition of the city’s commitment to healthy living and physical fitness.
Residents may register and access the Brownsville community page at www.hebcommunitychallenge.com to earn an initial 50 points for the city. The H-E-B Community Challenge ends on April 12.

Brownsville Playful City USA Map of Play
Playful City USA is a national recognition program that honors cities and towns across the country for taking bold steps that make it easy for all kids to get the balanced and active play they need to thrive. These communities are recognized for their efforts to create more playable, family-friendly cities. Playful City USA communities are making play part of the solution that moves the needle on city-wide challenges and, in turn, developing a competitive advantage that attracts and retains businesses and residents.
The Map of Play is a playground finder, a way to gather data on where playgrounds exist, the condition of existing playgrounds and where playgrounds are needed so that we all can participate in improving the state of play in our own communities. Take a look at Brownsville’s Map of Play.

Help Control Mosquitoes in Your Neighborhood

While we welcome the recent rain, we also dread those pesky mosquitoes. You help keep the mosquito population under control by limiting the habitat of these bothersome insects on individual properties.

Mosquitoes require water to breed. Adult mosquitoes lay eggs in stagnant or slow moving water, or on areas likely to collect water. By eliminating these water sources, new generations of mosquitoes can be stopped.

The city’s health department reminds citizens to:

  • Dump anything that holds water twice per week after rain. Birdbaths, planters, kiddie pools and animal water bowls can attract breeding mosquitoes.
  • Properly dispose of old tires, cans, bottles, jars, buckets, drums and other containers, or keep them empty of water.
  • Keep gutters clean and unclogged. Be sure your downspouts drain properly without leaving puddles in the drainage area.
  • Repair leaky pipes, outside faucets, and move air conditioner (window units) drain hoses frequently.
Mosquitoes are more active at dusk or dawn, and rest during the day, usually on tall weeds or other vegetation. Lawns will be less hospitable to mosquitoes if mowed regularly. City code enforcement officers will cite homeowners with grass higher than 18 inches.

To report a mosquito problem in your neighborhood, call 956-546-HELP (4357).

TxDot Ongoing Projects

IH 69E (US77/83) NB Exit Ramp Closure at FM 3248 (Alton Gloor Blvd.)

April 1 to September 28, 2015

TxDOT will be closing the existing IH 69E northbound lanes exit ramp to FM3248 to work on removing this ramp and reconstructing a new entrance ramp at this location. The traffic to exit at FM 3248 will be detoured just south of Morrison Road at the existing exit ramp to Morrison Road.

IH 69 (US77/83) NB – Close Outside Lane

April 1 to October 1, 2015

TxDOT will be closing the existing IH 69E northbound outside lane to work on widening the Morrison Road bridge overpass and removing and reconstructing the existing exit and entrance ramps just south and north or Morrison Road. The traffic will be detoured just south and north of Morrison Road unto the existing exit and entrance ramps.


U.S. 281 Military Highway from FM 3248 (Alton Gloor Blvd.) to FM 1421 – Public Meeting

April 1, 2015

5 to 6 p.m. – Open House

6 p.m. – Presentation and Public Comment

The public meeting will allow the public the opportunity to view and comment on the proposed improvements to U.S. 281 (Military Highway). The proposed project would widen U.S. 281 from two to four 12-foot lanes with 8-foot shoulders and include left and right-turn lanes at major intersections. The purpose of the proposed project is to reduce congestion and enhance safety by accommodating traffic volumes that are expected to increase in the vicinity.

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Brownsville Plastic Bag Ordinance Receives 2015 Harvard Ash Center Bright Idea in Government Recognition 

The City of Brownsville plastic bag ordinance has been recognized as a “Bright Idea” by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. The designation is part of the American Government Awards Program, which serves to highlight noteworthy programs that may be shared with and adopted by other government officials. This year’s cohort includes 124 programs from all levels of government—school districts, county, city, state, and federal agencies; as well as public-private partnerships—that are the forefront in innovative government action.

In 2011, Brownsville became the first city in Texas to pass an ordinance banning single-use plastic bags.The ordinance, an effort to encourage recycling and protect storm and waste water infrastructure as well as wildlife and resacas, remains a model for other cities seeking to reduce the use of plastic bags in their communities. 
“This recognition serves as a reminder that tackling local issues doesn’t have to be overly complicated or cost a substantial amount of money,” said Stephanie Reyes, Brownsville assistant city manager. “Ingenuity is just as important. This ordinance is just one example of how the Brownsville community works together to find solutions that benefit the whole.” 
The Bright Ideas program promotes creative government initiatives and partnerships so that government leaders, public servants, and other individuals can learn and can adopt those initiatives that can work in their own communities. 
“The Bright Ideas program demonstrates that often seemingly intractable problems can be creativelyand capably tacked by small groups of dedicated, civic-minded individuals,” said Stephen Goldsmith, director of the Innovations in Government Program at the Ash Center. “As exemplified by this year’s Bright Ideas, making government work better doesn’t always require massive reforms and huge budgets. Indeed, we are seeing that in many ways, an emphasis on efficiency and adaptability can have further-reaching effects than large-scale reforms.”  
This is the fourth cohort recognized through the Bright Ideas program, an initiative of the broader Innovations in American Government Awards program.

For consideration as a Bright Idea, programs must currently be in operation or in the process of launching and have sufficient operational resources and must be administered by one or more governmental entities; nonprofit, private sector, and union initiatives are eligible if operating in partnership with a governmental organization. Bright Ideas are showcased on the Ash Center’s Government Innovators Network, an online platform for practitioners and policymakers to share innovative public policy solutions.

“Bright Ideas is an initiative that recognizes creative and promising government programs and partnerships.  The initiative is offered through the Innovations in Government Program, a program of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School.  For more information, please visit http://innovationsaward.harvard.edu/BrightIdeas.cfm.”

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Brownsville featured in
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