Pictured: Janie Villarreal, PIEDC Administrator; Susie Alcocer, City Secretary; Mario Gonzalez-Davis, Grant Consultant; Maria de Jesus “MJ” Garza, City Commissioner; Edward Meza, City Manager; Joe E. Vega, Mayor; Paco Valentin, USDA Rural Development State Director; Guillermo “Memo” Torres, City Manager; Paula Rodriguez, USDA; and Jake Sheeran, USDA Area Director at the presentation of the ceremonial check.
USDA PRESS RELEASE:
PORT ISABEL TO BENEFIT FROM USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT FUNDING
Date: May 19, 2011
Contact Name: Jake Sheeran
Release Number TX 209.11
PORT ISABEL, TEXAS, MAY 19, 2011 – USDA Rural Development State Director, Paco Valentin, and Area Director, Jake Sheeran, presented a ceremonial check to the City of Port Isabel today. The $4,000,000 loan will be funded through USDA Rural Development’s Community Facility program.
“We need to ensure community services are able to keep pace with the increase in populations of rural communities every year,” said Valentin. “USDA Rural Development is pleased to offer funding to the City of Port Isabel for a new Community Center, which will provide an outlet for events, as well as serve as a shelter during inclement weather for a growing population of rural residents.”
“I would like to thank the USDA for providing the loan opportunity to build the new event Center and EOC (Emergency Command Center) for our great city of Port Isabel,” said Port Isabel Mayor Joe Vega. “Not only will this serve as a shelter during emergency situations, but will also serve as a place to celebrate family gatherings such as birthday parties, weddings and quincenarias. This new event center will also allow us more economic opportunities by bringing trade shows, conferences and cultural arts programs to the area and improving the quality of life for our citizens.”
Funding provided through USDA Rural Development will be used to construct a new 22,000 square foot multi-purpose building to be used for community events. The building will host large conference rooms for community gatherings and also serve as an emergency command center and shelter for rural residents during emergency situations, such as hurricanes. The project will benefit over 1,300 community members in the immediate area.
In Fiscal Year 2010, over $62 million in Community Facility loans and grants were obligated in Texas. The USDA Rural Development’s Community Facilities program helps finance essential community facilities for public use in rural areas. These facilities include libraries, child care centers, hospitals, medical clinics, assisted-living facilities, fire and rescue stations, police stations, community centers, public buildings and transportation. Through this program, USDA ensures that such facilities are available to all rural residents. These funds are available to public bodies, non-profit organizations and federally recognized Indian tribes.
USDA Rural Development strives to see that rural citizens can participate fully in the global economy by providing technical assistance, funding, and other programs that help rural Americans build strong economies to improve their quality of life. For further information regarding USDA Rural Development Programs, contact the Edinburg office at 956-383-4928, Extension 4, or visit our website at http://rurdev.usda.gov/tx/.
City of Port Isabel Receives Grant to Support Recycling Efforts
in Port Isabel
Coca-Cola and Keep America Beautiful Support 70 Community
Recycling Programs through Bin Grant Programs
Port Isabel, Texas (April 28, 2011) Recycling programs in 70 towns and cities throughout the country received a significant boost to their local recycling efforts when Keep America Beautiful and The Coca-Cola Company announced the recipients of the spring 2011 Recycling Bin Grant program. Chosen from over nearly 800 applications submitted, the 70 grant recipients represent a cross-section of community groups, local governments, colleges and nonprofit organizations across the country. Grant recipients receive recycling bins from a pre-set list of options.
Grants were awarded for a diverse range of settings from 31 states, including nine colleges and universities, 25 municipalities and other local government entities, 10 K-12 schools, 26 nonprofit organizations, additional community groups and Native American tribes. Recipients were chosen by KAB based on a number of criteria, including where bins are likely to have the most impact on recovering beverage containers from the waste stream, ability of recipients to sustain their program in the future, and intention to support collection programs with recycling education and promotion. The Bin Grant is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company and is designed to promote and support community recycling in the U.S.
In November of 2009, in conjunction with the Point Isabel Independent School District and the Valley Proud Environmental Council, the City of Port Isabel opened the first recycling center in the Laguna Madre area. With the environment foremost in mind, recycling was seen as a necessity. At that time, a residential program was instituted. Recently the project was expanded to include public recycling.
As a recipient of the Coca Cola / Keep America Beautiful Bin Grant Program, Port Isabel will receive twelve permanent recycle bins in early summer. Eight bins will be placed in the Lighthouse Square Merchants’ District and at the Port Isabel Lighthouse State Historic Site. This area includes the Lighthouse and museums, the Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage which houses the Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center, and the picnic area. Four other bins will be placed at nearby bus stops and City Hall. Surrounded by restaurants and shops, this is a major tourist area, and the goal is to target this user group.
“The City supports “Green” programs which protect the environment. It is important to encourage tourists to recycle, and to understand our need to protect the important ecosystem in the Laguna Madre area,” said Edward Meza, City Manager.
“The entire recycling process begins when a consumer chooses to put their empty beverage container in a recycle bin instead of the trash,” said John Burgess, president of Coca-Cola Recycling LLC. “Through our work with Keep America Beautiful to provide bins to community-based organizations, we can help raise recycling rates by making recycling more accessible to more consumers.”
The Bin Grant Program provides recycling bins directly to recipients and leverages the purchasing power and recycling expertise of KAB. Since its inception in the fall of 2007, the Bin Grant program has placed nearly 20,000 recycling bins in 380 communities in 48 states and the District of Columbia. Further information about the grant program and a full list of Spring 2011 Bin Grant recipients is available at http://bingrant.org/.
About The Coca-Cola Company
The Coca-Cola Company is the world’s largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with nearly 500 sparkling and still brands. Along with Coca-Cola, recognized as the world?s most valuable brand, the Company’s portfolio includes 12 other billion dollar brands, including Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola Zero, vitaminwater, POWERADE, Minute Maid and Georgia Coffee. Globally, we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, juices and juice drinks and ready-to-drink teas and coffees. Through the world’s largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy the Company’s beverages at a rate of nearly 1.6 billion servings a day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that protect the environment, conserve resources and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate. For more information about our Company, please visit our Web site at www.thecoca-colacompany.com.
About Coca-Cola Recycling LLC
Coca-Cola Recycling LLC, a subsidiary of Coca-Cola Refreshments, is dedicated to recovering and recycling packaging materials used in North America including polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic, aluminum, cardboard and plastic film. Coca-Cola Recycling is working to recover and recycle the equivalent of 100 percent of the packaging produced by the Coca-Cola system in North America. For more information, please visit www.cokerecycling.com.
About Keep America Beautiful, Inc.
Keep America Beautiful, Inc., established in 1953, is the nation’s largest volunteer-based community action and education organization. With a network of more than 1,200 affiliates and participating organizations, Keep America Beautiful forms public-private partnerships and programs that engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community environments. For additional information, visit www.kab.org.
About Port Isabel, Texas
The City of Port Isabel is located at the Southern-most tip of Texas in an area called the Laguna Madre. Once a seaport, then a fishing and shrimpers’ village, Port Isabel is now a family-oriented eco-tourism destination, encouraging “green” and sustainable development. The City prides itself on its rich history, and focuses on historic preservation, renovation, and remembrance of its heritage.
City of Port Isabel, Texas
CITY OF PORT ISABEL RECEIVES GRANT FROM
THE BASEBALL TOMORROW FUND
(PORT ISABEL, TEXAS) (April 28, 2011) The City of Port Isabel announced today that it was recently awarded a grant in the amount of $60,000 from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF). The grant will support the Laguna Madre Park Little League Field upgrade, and provide funding for field lights. The field lighting equipment will be provided through a partnership between BTF and Musco Lighting, Inc., a leader in the sports lighting industry.
The City of Port Isabel owns and operates the Laguna Madre Park which includes a Little League Field. This field is used for tee ball, baseball, and softball by the children of the area, the school district, and the Boys and Girls Club. It is also used as a location for District 24, Texas West Little League Tournaments. The field still has its original lighting, which needs to be removed and replaced for the continued safety of the children who use this facility. The BTF grant will provide the funding for the City to purchase a new energy efficient “Green” lighting system from Musco Lighting, Inc.
“This is a wonderful opportunity, not only for our program, but for the children who play the game,” says Joe E. Vega, Mayor of the City of Port Isabel. “There will be a safer environment for the children to play; by updating the lighting equipment with newer technology the players’ vision will be improved while on the field; and the City will benefit from the energy cost savings.”
“On behalf of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund and Musco Lighting, Inc., we thank the City of Port Isabel for its commitment to youth baseball and softball in the community. We are pleased to support the continued growth of this program,” added Cathy Bradley, Executive Director of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund.
Other major supporters of the project include Raul Loera, President of the Laguna Madre Little League Association and Mary A. Flores, CPO of the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Madre. The City of Port Isabel is still accepting in-kind and monetary contributions. Those interested in donating to the project may contact Edward Meza, City Manager, at 956-943-2682.
The Baseball Tomorrow Fund is designed to promote the growth of youth baseball and softball throughout the world by awarding grants to support field renovation and construction projects, equipment and uniform purchases, coaches training material and other selected program expenses. Since its formation by Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association in 1999, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund has awarded over 525 grants totaling more than $19 million to non-profit and tax-exempt organizations in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. Approximately 220,000 youth players have benefited from programs and facilities supported by the fund. The Baseball Tomorrow Fund receives approximately 500 applications each year and awards grants on a quarterly basis after a selective review process. For more information, visit www.baseballtomorrowfund.com.
Since 1976, Musco Lighting has specialized in the design and manufacture of systems for lighting recreation and athletic fields. Iowa-based with a worldwide reach, Musco is recognized as a world-class leader in sports lighting with lighting systems installed around the globe. Working with organizations such as Amateur Softball Association, Babe Ruth League, England and Wales Cricket Board, Little League Baseball?, Major League Baseball, NASCAR, and the NBA, Musco has played a key role in developing guidelines for safe, efficient sports facilities. Musco provides the Official Sports-Lighting System for Little League Baseball and was selected to light Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex – a state-of-the-art 200-acre complex with facilities for more than 30 sports.
The City of Port Isabel is a family-oriented community located at the Southeastern tip of Texas in the Laguna Madre area of the Lower Rio Grande Valley. As one of the oldest cities in extreme south Texas, Port Isabel has a long and interesting history dating back to 1519 when it was charted by Spanish explorer Alonzo de Pineda. Once a seaport, and then a fishing and shrimpers’ village, the city now offers ecotourism as the main economic catalyst. Many city-sponsored programs such as swimming, baseball, soccer, football, and other outdoor activities are available to all of the area children.
of the Port Isabel City Commission
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN
Pursuant to Chapter 551, Title 5 of the Texas Government Code, the Texas Open Meetings Act, notice is hereby given that the Port Isabel City Commission in accordance with Article II, Section 2.08 of the Charter of said City, will convene a Public Hearing of the Texas Parks & Wild Life Department Recreation Grants Branch at the City Commission Chambers Meeting Room, located at 305 E. Maxan on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. > 20101012-workshop.
For more information, contact the Port Isabel City Hall at 956/943-2682.
Port Isabel Police will have officers on regular and overtime status looking for drivers that are drinking alcohol and/or intoxicated while operating motor vehicles. Officers will enforce traffic laws such as running red lights, seatbelt laws and speeding.
Do not consume an alcoholic beverage and drive a motor vehicle. Remember it is not worth ruining your life and/or another persons life by drinking and driving.
The intent is to have drivers and passengers wear their safety belts. Children should be in their safety seats, it’s the law. Safety advocates report that drivers and passengers who buckle up have a 50 percent better chance of surviving traffic collision and avoiding serious injuries.
Slow down, allow yourself extra time to arrive at your destination. Don’t Speed.
Stop for a Red Light. Intersection crashes increase the potential for serious injury or death.
Contact Person: Chief Gualberto Gonzalez, Capt. Daniel F. Marchan, Sgt. Javier Vivero
Contact Number: 956.943.2727
The City of Port Isabel’s Economic Development Corporation was presented with an award on September 9, during the Third Annual Economic Summit, held this year at the Isla Grande Beach Resort at South Padre Island. The EDC was recognized for securing a Rural Business Enterprise Grant Revolving Loan Program. Two loans have been issued to local business owners; one for improvements to an existing business and the second for a start up business. On hand to present the award were USDA Rural Development Deputy Under Secretary, Victor Vasquez, USDA Rural Development Texas State Director, Paco Valentin and Joel Munguia, Grants and Special Projects Coordinator for Congressman Solomon P. Ortiz.
Accepting the award were Mayor Joe E. Vega, City Manager Edward P. Meza, Interim EDC Administrator Carolyn Bogardus, and EDC Assistant Marge Jacobs.
Revolving Loan Fund application link: http://www.portisabel-texas.com/piedc/20100618revolving-loan-app.pdf.
For more information on this program, contact Carolyn Bogardus, PIEDC Interim Administrator. E-mail: email@example.com. Phone: 956/943-0705.
H.E.B. presented a check to the City of Port Isabel on Monday, as a continued investment in the quality of life in the Laguna Madre area. The funds were accepted by Mayor Joe E. Vega who stated that the $35,000 would be used as seed money to increase funding for improvements for? Washington Park and Laguna Madre Park. On hand with Mayor Joe E. Vega to accept the check from Virginia Perez, H.E.B. representative, were City Commissioner Memo Torres, Port Isabel City Manager Edward Meza and Park Advisers Mark Guillot and Raul Loera. Store Director Bea Lopez, Virginia Lopez and Mayor Joe E. Vega all stressed the importance of this partnership in furthering the efforts to make Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre a better place to live, work and play.
Pictured from left to right: Espi Hernandez, Arnold Galvan, Belinda Garza, Mayor Joe Vega, Mark Guillot, Store Director Bea Lopez; City Manager Ed Meza, Virginia Perez, Raul Loera, Emmanuel Chavez, Commissioner Memo Torres, Rey Ysaguirre, Alma Ceballos.
Photo credit: Valerie D. Bates
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.