The Public Works Department is tasked with providing core community services and infrastructure maintenance that are key to the growth, health, safety and quality of life for the City of Brownsville. The Department is organized into seven primary Divisions: Building Maintenance, Concrete Construction (sidewalk, curb and gutter maintenance), Greens (forestry, mowing, tree maintenance, resaca maintenance, BBC maintenance, curb maintenance, and emergency standby), Landfill (solid waste handling and disposal, and waste minimization), Administration, Street Maintenance (street pavement management and alleyway maintenance), and Drainage/Stormwater (City ditch maintenance, storm sewer system management, MS4 management).
To sustain these infrastructure maintenance programs is an arduous, complex job that becomes even more of a challenge as the City experiences continual growth. It is, however, a challenge that the Public Works Department fully embraces with a positive and productive approach.
As strong and as resourceful the Public Works Department is, it is still only considered part of a broader effort to make a better Brownsville. We rely on strong collaborations with other City Departments, institutions, agencies, and State and Federal entities to enact change.
We will continue to work hard and focus on what is most important to keep the City of Brownsville’s infrastructure functioning, to enhance the community, and involve the public. The Annual Action Report is conveniently formatted in a way to help the reader understand what the department has accomplished for the 2017 Fiscal Year, and what we are setting out to accomplish in 2018. We are confident that it demonstrates the values of the City of Brownsville. We welcome your thoughts and ideas as we go forward.
To offer the community prompt service, quality workmanship, cost-effective construction and protection of the environment to provide a better quality of life.
The City of Brownsville Public Works Department will be a recognized leader in the delivery of public services; known for our responsiveness, dependability, transparency, good stewardship of fiscal and human resources, and caring attention given to every single individual we encounter.
Public Works Director BiographyPublic Works Director, Mr. Santana Torres, is a Brownsville native and graduate of Brownsville Porter High School. He is a current member of the American Public Works Association (APWA) and Solid Waste Association of North American (SWANA). SWANA is an organization of professionals committed to advancing from solid waste management to resource management through their shared emphasis on private and public sector. Mr. Torres has extensive first-hand experience of twenty-four years in the industrial Plants, Commercial, Residential and Street Construction and sixteen years of experience in the public sector. Mr. Torres has been the Public Works Director since February 2008.