During the October 3, 2023, regular City Commission Meeting in Brownsville, several important decisions and discussions took place:
The Brownsville Police Department brought up the issue of After-Hours establishments that operate without a Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission (TABC) license. These establishments sell alcohol outside of the legal hours and are not subject to state law.
There are three such establishments in the city, and the Police Department reported that they had received 181 calls for service related to these establishments in the last 12 months, including disturbances, fights, and incidents involving firearms.
Commander James Paschall stated that the Police Department plans to collaborate with the city's legal division, planning department, and health department to create regulations for these After-Hour Establishments.
The goal is to address the safety issues associated with these establishments, particularly during the early morning hours when people are heading to work and school.
“Having potentially intoxicated individuals on the street at 3, 4, 5 even at 6 in the morning is a public safety issue. People are getting up and getting ready to go to work at that time and children are getting ready to go to school,” Commander Paschall said.
They intend to propose these regulations for approval during a public hearing agenda item before the City Commission.
District 3 City Commissioner Roy De los Santos suggested holding a Town Hall meeting to allow both After-Hour Establishments and regular Bar Establishments to present their input on the matter.
The City Commission denied a request to rezone a 32.43-acre tract located at Abrego Road from agricultural to residential. This decision came after hearing concerns from several residents during a public hearing. The residents expressed worries about the proposed development, particularly regarding the street leading to it.
They raised issues about the lack of adequate street infrastructure, including street lighting, which they believed would create safety and safety concerns in the area.
The City Commission approved two proclamations during the meeting. The first proclamation recognized Municipal Court Week, which is set for the week of November 6-10. The second proclamation recognized October 2023 as Head Start Awareness Month.