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July 4th Salute to Freedom Celebration
to Honor Veterans

The annual July 4th Salute to Freedom Celebration begins at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 4, 2015, at the Brownsville Sports Park. The event is free and open to the public.

The celebration kicks off with the opening of the tailgate area of the park. Outside food and drinks are allowed in this area only. Live music begins at 5 p.m., and continues throughout the event.

Event sponsor H-E-B will host a hospitality booth with refreshments for all veterans and active duty military personnel. Veterans are asked to bring appropriate identification to access the booth.

GLOW DASH, Brownsville’s premier night time 5K run/walk, will begin at 5:30 p.m. Participants are encouraged to wear colorful clothing, neon lights, or costumes. More information may be found at www.glowdash.net.

South Texas’ largest fireworks display will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m.

Food and drink will be available for purchase throughout the event

Additional sponsors of the July 4th Salute to Freedom Celebration include the City of Brownsville, Port of Brownsville, Tipotex Chevrolet, Tipton Motors, Tipton Huyndai, Luke Fruia Motors, and SpawGlass Contractors Inc.




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Brownsville Recognized as 2015 Playful City USA Community
City recognized for 3rd consecutive year

Brownsville is being honored with a 2015 Playful City USA designation for the third time. The national recognition program honors cities and towns across the country for making their cities more playable.
The City of Brownsville has worked to make play areas more accessible to neighborhoods. For example, the City is currently working on the construction of the Southmost Hike & Bike Trail, a 1.8 mile trail that will provide residents safe passage to businesses and local schools while promoting active living. The City received $159,000 in grant funding, and completion of Phase I is expected in December 2015. Additionally, the City opened the Bike Barn in 2013 to provide a place where community members can learn about bike maintenance, bike safety and provide individuals with a positive reward system. The volunteer-run Bike Barn is the Rio Grande Valley’s only earn-a bike program.
“How many of us don’t long for those unending days of exploring our world through play? Science has proven that play is important to developing imagination and physical and cognitive strength,” said Mayor Tony Martinez. “For me, riding my bicycle on our trails not only brings joy but offers and opportunity to clear my mind and problem-solve. Adults need play too. The City is continuously working to offer more choices for residents of all ages to experience play in their neighborhoods.”
Hopscotch sidewalks, structured recess programs, mandated neighborhood play spaces, city-wide play days and mobile recreation vehicles are all ways in which these communities are appealing to residents, and attracting and retaining residents.
“Playability is crucial to the success of our future communities, and we are proud of the work these  cities and leaders are doing to provide a better quality of life for all residents, and especially families,” says KaBOOM! President, James Siegal. “Play provides a competitive advantage for cities looking to attract and retain residents. With these esteemed leaders, and our friends and partners across the country, we continue to prioritize play for all kids.”
To learn more about these cities, see the full list of the 241 communities named 2015 Playful City USA honorees, or to gather more information on the Playful City USA program, visit www.playfulcityusa.org. We also encourage you to take part in the conversation on #playability with these thought leaders on Twitter and Facebook.



Brownsville Named Bicycling Capital of the RGV by Texas Legislature 
The Texas Legislature passed House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 132 recognizing Brownsville the Bicycling Capital of the Rio Grande Valley on Monday, June 1. The resolution was sponsored by Rep. Eddie Lucio III in the Texas House of Representatives. 
 The resolution reads in part, “the City of Brownsville has carried out an innovative program to promote bicycling, and in so doing, the city has become a well-known center for this healthy and environmentally friendly activity.”
 “This is a significant milestone for Brownsville,” said Brownville Mayor Tony Martinez. “Although bicycling started out as a fun way to improve the health of our residents, it’s become a viable economic boost to our city. This resolution is a recognition of all of the work that our residents and community partners have done to make Brownsville a more active, vibrant city.”
 Rep. Eddie Lucio III added, “I felt it was important to showcase the work being done in Brownsville because so often we overlook quality of life issues that add so much to a community’s progress. In this case, what began as a special project grew into a viable industry that continues to have a substantial impact on the lives of not only Brownsville residents, but the rest of the Rio Grande Valley 
and beyond.” 
 The resolution goes on to cite the adoption of a bicycle and trail master plan, Connecting Brownsville, the city’s 64 miles of bicycle trails and on-street bike lanes, CycloBia events, as well as the City’s recent designation as All-America City and Culture of Health Prize, as examples of the city’s progress toward become a bicycle friendly community.



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Metropolitan Transportation Plan
What is the Metropolitan Transportation Plan?

The official intermodal transportation plan that is developed and adopted through the metropolitan transportation planning process for the metropolitan planning area, in accordance with 23 U.S.C. 134, 23 USC 135 and 49 U.S.C. 5303. 

Recent Adoption
The Brownsville MPO adopted the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) F.Y 2015-2040 on December 10, 2014. The purpose of this plan is to guide development of the Brownsville Transportation System through implementation of a prioritized list of potential transportation projects. This document is released every five years. Projects completed by the previous MTP include:
  • West Rail
  • Veteran’s International Bridge (provision of additional lanes)
  • Widening of F.M. 511 / State Highway 550
MTP Packets Are Available

Packets consist of two maps, a spreadsheet and text. The maps include the 2010-2035 Brownsville Thoroughfare Plan which lists current and proposed arterial & collectors. The second map consists of the 2015-2040 Recommended MTP / Plan Improvements. 
Stop by El Tapiz Building at: 1150 E. Adams St. 3rd Floor, Brownsville, TX to purchase a copy of the MTP Packet. Requests for MTP packets to be mailed to your address can be fulfilled for a modest fee.
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To find out more about the Metropolitan Transportation Plan click
here to download the newsletter or on the thumbnail to the left. 

 Visit the Browsville MPO web site: mpo.cob.us/




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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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TxDot Ongoing Projects



LANE CLOSURE ON INTERSTATE 69E (US 77/83)
Ramp work to be part of overpass expansion project

April 1, 2015 to October 16, 2015 (weather permitting) 

The Texas Department of Transportation will be closing the northbound outside lane of Interstate 69E (US 77/83) as part of the widening Morrison Rd. bridge overpass between FM 802 and FM 3248 in Brownsville, TX.  The Morrison Road exit will be closed but the Alton Gloor exit will remain open until further notice. The work for this project will consist of  removing and reconstructing the existing exit and entrance ramps just south and north of Morrison Road.



CLOSURE OF NB TURNAROUND LANE SOUTH OF MORRISON ROAD

April 10, 2015 to October 1, 2015

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





BROWNSVILLE’S NEGLECTED BIKING CULTURE GOES PUBLIC
Source Credit: peopleforbikes.org


Over the last decade—but especially in the past few years—the Texas border town has proven to residents and funders alike that its biking culture is alive and well. A series of well-attended open streets events and strategic partnerships have helped Brownsville raise millions of dollars to boost its infrastructure (including adding more than 30 miles of bike lanes in a year) and launch several community-based health initiatives. It’s even sparked local interest in someday bringing a bike share system to the city.

All this in a place known as one of the poorest and unhealthiest in the country.

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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).



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City Providing Additional Recycling Drop-Off Locations Twice Weekly

In an effort to make recycling more convenient for citizens, the City of Brownsville, through its residential solid waste contract with Republic Services, is providing a collection truck for single-stream recycling at two neighborhood drop-off locations twice weekly.

Residents may drop off their recyclables between 7 and 10 a.m. at the following locations on Mondays or Wednesdays:

Mondays
Southmost Police Substation, 2900 Southmost Road, H-E-B parking lot 

Wednesdays 
Brownsville Fire Station, 62 Alton Gloor (Hwy. 77), near Valley Regional Medical Center 

Acceptable recyclables include clean newspapers; plastics #1 and #2, the most common types of plastic containers; and empty aluminum and tin/steel cans. No Styrofoam, food wrap, liquids, glass, food waste or tissue products will be accepted.

The City operates a permanent recycling center at 308 E. Elizabeth St. Residents may drop off recyclables between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Single-stream recycling refers to a system in which all paper fibers, plastics, metals and other containers are mixed in a collection truck.

 
Download the Recycling Guide!