The Brownsville City Commission at its August 15, 2023, regular City Commission meeting discussed various items. Here's a summary of the key points:
Water Conservation and Drought Contingency Plan Update:
The Commission was briefed on the Water Conservation and Drought Contingency Plan by the Brownsville Public Utilities Board.
When water levels in the Amistad/Falcon reservoirs drop below 25%, State 2 Water Restrictions will be enacted. As of August 16, 2023, no water restrictions have been enacted.
When enacted, restrictions will include limiting landscape irrigation to twice a week using handheld tools (garden hose, soaker hose, or bucket).
Washing motor vehicles will only be allowed on designated water days and times.
Fiscal Year 2024 Budget Approval:
The Commission gave initial approval on a first reading to the Fiscal Year 2024 Budget, totaling $37,352,465.
Repairs and Renovations at Dean Porter Park:
The Commission approved repairs and upgrades at Dean Porter Park, which involve fixing the retaining wall and constructing a boardwalk.
The project costs $737,487.85 and will be financed by the Infrastructure Maintenance Fund.
TIGER Rehab Project Funding:
The Commission allocated $2.5 million for the TIGER Rehab Project.
This funding will support the final phase of the Yard Rehab Project at the BMetro bus facility on Billy Mitchell Boulevard, focusing on improving safety and functionality.
Other Proclamations and Business:
The Commission passed a proclamation recognizing the 25th Anniversary of the South Texas Conjunto Association, honoring their work in preserving Conjunto Music History in the Rio Grande Valley.
Another proclamation was passed acknowledging Border Workers United.
These highlights encompass a range of important decisions and acknowledgments made during the City Commission meeting.