The Brownsville Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (OEMHS), in conjunction with the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council’s Homeland Security Department, will participate in America’s PrepareAthon! this year. America’s PrepareAthon! is an opportunity for individuals, organizations and communities to prepare for specific hazards through drills, discussions, exercises, etc.
America’s PrepareAthon! is Thursday, April 30, 2015, and revolves around taking actions to prepare for these six specific hazards: Earthquake, Flood, Hurricanes, Tornado, Wildfire, or Winter Storm. Local representatives will have a booth from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Brownsville Central Public Library. The purpose is to educate, empower, and encourage citizens to prepare themselves against two hazards common in the RGV area--hurricanes and flooding. Across the nation, we all have a responsibility to personally prepare for the hazards that may affect us and our families!
Join the preparedness movement! For more information regarding America’s PrepareAthon!, go online to: http://www.community.fema.gov/connect.ti/americasprepareathon
SAVE THE DATE! Hurricane Awareness Fair 2015
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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:
Southmost Police Substation, 2900 Southmost Road, H-E-B parking lot
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.
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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:
Cesar de Leon
Ricardo Longoria Jr.
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...
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.
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.”
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:
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).
BROWNSVILLE ROAD AND LANE CLOSURE
Beginning Monday, April 20, 2015, the City of Brownsville will be closing Minnesota Ave. between Norton Drive and Billy Mitchell Blvd. for road improvement work. The affected portion of Minnesota Ave. will be closed for one month.
Additionally, crews will be applying a surface treatment to the following asphalt roadways and parking areas on Tuesday, April 21:
For questions related to these projects, contact the City of Brownsville Help Line at 956-546-HELP (4357).
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.
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