From the desk of the Laguna Vista city manager

Special to the PRESS

LV Residents and Friends,

This is to provide you a brief update on upcoming community events and to share information that may be of interest to you.

As you read below, please note that work to replace the sewer line, that runs on the center of Ebony Lane, has commenced. The Laguna Madre Water District will be replacing this sewer line from Hibiscus to Taylor. After this project is completed, the Town will be resurfacing this street from Hibiscus to FM 510. We ask for your patience while we work on these sewer line and street improvements.

We presently have vacancies on the Town advisory boards. Below is the list of these boards. If you are interested in being considered, please apply.

We also listed below the upcoming community events. We hope you mark your calendar and join us at these events. We are enlisting the participation of volunteers that may possibly be interested in working with the Town Staff on these events. Please let us know if you are interested in volunteering or if you are interested in getting your community, school or church club to participate in these events.

On behalf of the Town Council and the Staff, we truly appreciate your interest in YOUR community.

Please let me know if you have any questions. I can be contacted at 943-1793 or at cm@lvtexas.us.

Serving you, I remain

Rolando Vela

City Manager


 

The Laguna Vista CARES “stop texting and driving” month-long campaign is currently underway in Laguna Vista. We are attempting to educate drivers on the importance of not texting while driving. This campaign is being funded entirely by the financial support of the following sponsors:

  • Gary Meschi
  • Royston Razor
  • Reliable Electric
  • Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP
  • Republic Services
  • Roerig, Oliveira & Fisher, LLP
  • AEP Texas
  • Olga Vega – Carter, RE/MAX 1stChoice Real Estate
  • Cruz – Hogan Consulting Engineers
  • Gallery Built Homes
  • HEB – Port Isabel (in kind)
  • Port Isabel PRESS (in kind)

This Laguna Vista CARES “stop texting and driving” campaign would not be possible without the support of these sponsors. Thanks to each one of them for making this Town – initiative possible.

The patrol officers are enforcing the Town’s ordinance on texting. Drivers will be stopped and cited if they are texting while driving. Officers are also issuing postcards (in Spanish and English) educating people on the dangers of texting while driving. The Town urges you STOP texting while driving.

Legislation Filed – Town Officials Testify in Austin

The Town, in recent weeks, has been working closely with State Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr. and State Representative Rene Oliveira to file legislation to address Brownsville’s strip annexations that make it difficult for Laguna Vista to expand its boundaries.

Legislation has been filed in both the House and in the Senate that would create a two mile bracket between Laguna Vista and Brownsville. It would only be applicable to the cities in Cameron County. The Town is currently landlocked. This bracket would allow the Town to grow as the Town is presently landlocked.

After this legislation was filed and reviewed, City Manager Rolando Vela, Council Member Richard Hinojosa and Town attorney Jim Hunter testified last week before the Urban Affairs Committee of the House in support of HB 4059 and before the Intergovernmental Relations Committee of the Senate in support of its companion Senate bill. A day after testifying, the Urban Affairs Committee reported favorably HB 4059 with no amendments to the Local & Consent Calendars committee. This is the committee that schedules the bills for consideration by the full House. Senator Lucio, who chairs the Intergovernmental Relations Committee, will likely be doing the same once the full House votes on the bill and engrosses it. The Town continues to work on this initiative.

Street Light project

The Town has been working with AEP on the installation of a street light in the 1200 block of Palo Blanco. A resident spoke at the last Town Council meeting, requesting the need for one, bringing with him a petition from neighborhood residents. We continue to work on this effort to improve the lighting of this neighborhood.

Ebony Lane – Sewer line and street improvements

The Laguna Madre Water District is replacing the main sewer line that runs in the center of Ebony Lane from Hibiscus to Taylor. The replacement of this sewer line has already started. The contractor is on site and will be there for the next several weeks. Once these sewer line improvements are completed, the Town will be initiating the street improvements to Ebony Lane from Hibiscus to FM 510. The Town and LMWD appreciate the patience of the Ebony Lane residents as we work on these sewer line and street improvements.

Brush Truck – Texas Forest Service

Late last year, the Town Staff applied for a $200,000 grant from Texas Forest Service for the purchase of a brush truck for the Volunteer Fire Department. It’s on the agenda of the August 5 Texas Forest Service Board for its consideration. There are several other communities also making similar requests. When the Town receives this funding will largely be dependent on the funds that the State allocates to the Texas Forest Service.

Holley Beach Drainage Study

The County Engineer’s Office will be conducting a study to determine what type of drainage improvements are needed to mitigate the low areas on Holley Beach that get flooded during heavy rains.

Hazardous Mitigation Grant

The Town of Laguna Vista has partnered with its neighborly cities, as part of a regional initiative, on a planning study to determine the mitigation issues of the community. Once this study is completed, the Town will be in a better position to request FEMA funding in the event of a disaster or hurricane.

Texas Coastal County Resiliency Study

The Town has been working with a consulting firm on a study that identifies projects the Town needs funding for to make the community resilient. These projects are as follows:

  1. Record storage facility and EOC for Laguna Vista
  2. Portable Emergency Pumps (Gator Pumps) to mitigate flooding in Laguna Vista
  3. Maintenance on drainage canal in Laguna Vista (on Highway 100)
  4. Broadway and Mesquite drainage study
  5. A new police department
  6. Holley Beach drainage study

If the Town receives funding for any of these aforementioned projects, the State would provide 75 percent grant, and the Town would be responsible for the remaining 25 percent. We will continue to work on this study to ensure that we are in a position to apply funding for these projects. We will keep you updated on this effort.

Cyclovia Laguna Vista Being Planned

The Town Staff is starting to plan a Cyclovia event for Laguna Vista. This will be a free event that turns a Town street into a safer place by closing it down allowing families a place to congregate and run, ride bikes, take exercise classes and just enjoy a nice day outdoors. If you or your organization are interested in getting involved, please contact Town Staff at 943-1793.

“Always Remember, Never Forget” Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony

The Town Staff is working on the upcoming “Always Remember, Never Forget” Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony that will be held on Monday, May 25 at 5pm. Honored Guest will be our local veteran Chris de Gobeo. We are inviting all veterans and people from the Laguna Madre area to participate in this upcoming parade and ceremony.

Summer Feeding Program

The Town, in conjunction with the Point Isabel ISD, will be participating in the Summer Food Service Program. It will be held from June 8 to August 7. Free breakfast and lunch will be served at the following feeding sites in Laguna Vista:

  • Bahia Palms Apartments, 1303 Pino Drive
  • Laguna Vista Public Library, 1300 Palm Blvd.
  • Peak Bay Apartments, 242 Santa Isabel Blvd.

Ages 1 to 18 are welcome. We invite local residents to get their children to participate in this summer feeding program.

Capital Improvements Plan

In the next few weeks, the Town will be scheduling a series of public hearing to solicit input from the public on the capital improvements they would like to see in the community. These meetings will be posted on the Town website, advertised in the Port Isabel PRESS, and posted on the Town Facebook page as well. We value your input as we hold these public hearings.

Advisory Board Vacancies
Interested in serving your community of Laguna Vista? The Town presently has the following vacancies or openings in the following advisory boards:

1. Board of Ethics (2)
2. Board of Adjustments (5)

  1. Community Development Corporation (2)
  2. Planning and Zoning Commission (1)
  3. Library Board (1)

The number in parenthesis represents the number of vacancies in that specific advisory board. If you are interested in being considered for any of these advisory boards, please call the Town of Laguna Vista at 943-1793 and request a copy of the Town application and/or to submit your letter of interest. Thank you for your interest.

Upcoming Community Events and Meetings

  • Saturday, May 9: Election Day
  • Tuesday, May 12 at 6 p.m.: Town Council meeting
  • Monday, May 18 at 6 p.m.: CDC Board meeting
  • Monday, May 25 at 5 p.m.: “Always Remember, Never Forget” Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony
  • Saturday, July 4 from 5 to p.m.: Independence Day Parade and Celebration

Rolando Vela

City Manager

Town of Laguna Vista

Phone: (956) 943-1793

Fax: (956) 943-3111

Email: cm@lvtexas.us

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