City of Port Isabel Announces Receipt of Two Grant Awards

March 8, 2010

The City of Port Isabel is excited to announce that they have received two grants totaling in the amount of $319,505.00, one from the Texas Department of Rural Affairs (TDRA) and the other from the U.S. Department of the Interior~Minerals Management Service Grant.

The Texas Department of Rural Affairs (TDRA) awarded $166,271.00 for the renovation of the existing Community Center which includes roof repair, new restrooms/showers, generator pod and electrical hook ups and interior repairs. These funds will renovate the existing Community Center to not only serve as a meeting place but also in case of an emergency serve as? an additional post-emergency shelter area.

The U.S. Department of the Interior ~ Minerals Management Service Grant Award awarded $153,234.00 for Derry Park. This grant is for Phase 1 of the Derry Park project which will consist of collecting topographic, hydrographic and geotechnical data, performing an alternatives analysis, submission and application to the US Army Corps of Engineers, and performing a preliminary engineering design of the preferred alternative. This grant will enable the City to have a shovel ready project to apply for other grants to complete the Derry Park project.

Both grants are for entire amount and no matching grants are required from the City Mayor Joe E. Vega stated, \”I am very pleased with these grant awards! Receiving grants such as these increase the quality of life for our citizens and visitors alike and make our City a more safe and beautiful place to live and visit.\”

For more information, contact the Port Isabel City Hall at 956/943-2682.

City of Port Isabel Recycle Center l To recycle Christmas Trees

In an effort to continue the promotion and importance of recycling, the City of Port Isabel will be calling for Christmas Trees for its mulching program. Christmas trees can be dropped off at the Port Isabel Recycling Center from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through  Saturday. The trees will be processed into mulch.  Mulch generated will then be available to the public at no charge. The City of Port Isabel has been working for the past eleven years with Valley Proud on this mulching program.

For more information call Baldemar Alaniz, Public Works Director  at (956) 943 –2682.

The City of Port Isabel Recycling Center is located at 217 E. Hickman Street. Hours are 7:30 a.m. 0 4:30 p.m., Monday – Saturday.

Operation Support Our Troops

Operation Support Our Troops is a Port Isabel Public Library project.

Port Isabel Public Library (213 N. Yturria St., Port Isabel (956) 943-2265)
Public Library Reading Room (5800 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island)
Port Isabel City Hall (305 E. Maxan St., Port Isabel (956) 943-2682)

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to support out troops deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq. There are many items that are unavailable to our troops or in short supply. Some of these items are needed because of the extreme climate conditions. Other items are needed to let our troops know that the sacrifice they are making is appreciated. Young men and women are giving up their freedom and lives so we can retain ours. The least we can do is to let them know that we are thinking about them and to make sure they have something from their homeland for holidays.

Items for our troops can be dropped off at the Port Isabel Public Library, Public Library Reading Room and the Port Isabel City Hall. The Friends of the Library have donated money to send the packages overseas to the troops. The Coastal Mailbox in Port Isabel has donated the bubble wrap, packaging tape and its time packaging boxes for shipment. We need your support to make this operation successful. Please help us send packages & letters from the United States, so out troops can connect with their homeland.

DEADLINE: Boxes have to be mailed by December 11, 2009

(Prepackaged items only- Travel sizes are best they fit in troops\’ cargo pockets)

Coffee (ground & instant coffee), creamer & sugar, Emer-gen-c (prevents dehydration) candy, candy & more candy, M &Ms (other chocolate candies melt) lots of cookies, gum, canned nuts, trail mix, power bars, beef jerky, ramen noodles, summer sausage, Vienna sausage, pepperoni sticks, crackers & cheese, all kinds of soups, hot chocolate, Gatorade, Mac & Cheese, all kinds of chips & dips, Tabasco sauce, microwave popcorn, peanut butter & crackers, canned ham, chicken & tuna.

Unscented Baby wipes, soap, toothpaste, tooth brushes, dental floss, mouthwash, razors, shaving cream, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, foot powder, cool collars, sun screen, chap stick, white socks, liquid hand sanitizer, body cream, neck scarf, deodorant. Paper Back books, magazines, puzzle books, stationary, playing cards, yo-yos, blank cards for Mother’s/Father’s Day & birthdays, IPods, phone cards, Batteries (AA &AAA), DVD’s. (Legal copies only)

Please, support the courageous men & women serving our country in Afghanistan & Iraq.
Call (956)943-2265 for more information.