Capital Improvement Plan Projects and Community Development Block Grant
In 2020, the City kicked off construction and implementation of its five-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). The CIP is a fluid long-term planning document to synchronize financial capacity and project management that include capital improvement projects, equipment purchases, technology investments and major studies. The CIP is estimated at $85.1 million for fiscal years 2021 through 2025.
Additionally, the City completed several Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) programs awarded in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
For a list of the completed components click here.
Implemented Microsoft 365 for Workflow
The City of Brownsville embarked on a digital transformation during the COVID-19 pandemic. The city’s Enterprise Applications Department implemented an Office 365 Project across the organization, which allowed city employees to work remotely for the first time.
A much-needed transition into a cloud-based platform was necessary to enhance security, increase virtual meeting capabilities, document-sharing, and maximize cost-savings. These and many other features are offered by Microsoft Office 365.
Broadband Feasibility Planning
The City of Brownsville has spearheaded an initiative that will build a thriving technology ecosystem for Brownsville and surrounding areas. According to the 2014 – 2018 American Community Survey, Brownsville is ranked as one of the least connected communities in the United States. The City of Brownsville and our seven community partners would like to change that reality.
In partnership with seven strategic local stakeholders (Brownsville Public Utilities Board [BPUB], Port of Brownsville, Texas Southmost College [TSC], The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley [UTRGV], Greater Brownsville Incentives Corporation [GBIC], Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation [BCIC], and Brownsville Independent School District [BISD]), the city is working to bring high speed, reliable, and affordable broadband access to Brownsville and the surrounding areas.
Pavement Condition Index (PCI)
The Brownsville Engineering & Public Works Department updated its Pavement Condition Index (PCI) in March 2020 to complement and update the existing Pavement Management Plan. This report provides the processes and procedures for pavement condition data collection and evaluation, assessment of the results, and maintenance recommendations for the City’s maintained roadway network. The Pavement Condition Index provides City staff an outline of the streets which require improvements to ensure the preservation of fair streets to a a good condition throughout the city. This project was completed in May 2020.
Through the PCI Report, the City studied 692 miles of Brownsville roads. Finding show that 73% or 504 miles of Brownsville streets scored Fair to Good, an industry best practice.
Texas Water Development Board (TWDB)
On December 19, 2019, the Texas Water Development Board approved the request from the City of Brownsville for $7,000,000 in financial assistance consisting of $6,975,000 in financing and $25,000 in principal forgiveness from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund for construction of a stormwater and drainage system improvements project.
In 2020, the Brownsville Engineering and Public Works department began implementation of the project’s four components:
Southmost Waterplein Park/ Detention Pond System
Budget: $2.6 Million
Est. Completion Date: June 2022
This City of Brownsville 10-acre property is found along the North Main Drain. Project 1 is designed to help mitigate flooding at the intersection known as Four Corners (State HWY 4 & State HWY 48). The proposed Waterplein Park/Detention Pond will allow the City to push retained waters back to North Main Drain at a controlled rate to reduce flooding, as well as allow time for the system to recede to normal water levels. During dry seasons, the community will enjoy a new park with basketball courts, a soccer field and a splash pad playground.
Impala Pump Station
Budget: $2.0 Million
Est. Completion: December 2021
The Impala Pump Station houses the largest pumps in Brownsville and is responsible for draining most of the City. It is located along the North Main Drain and it houses 6 pumps. The project will allow the reconstruction of the pump house which was installed in 1968 and upgrade multiple storm water pumps at Impala Pump Station
SCADA and Culvert Improvements
Budget: $1.3 Million Est.
Completion: August 2021
Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and Culvert Improvements will be installed at eight locations across three watersheds. The SCADA infrastructure is a crucial component for the City to move away from manual control of each stormwater gate, valve, or pump to being fully automated.
West Brownsville Drainage
Budget: $1.1 Million
Est. Completion: September 2021
The scope of this project will be the improvement of existing stormwater infrastructure within the West Brownsville District. This project will improve the stormwater runoff with the installation of a 60-inch reinforced concrete pipe designed to drain approximately 250 acres in West Brownsville.
Community Development Block Grant – Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) Funds
As part of the Texas General Land Office (GLO), CDBG-MIT funds are to be used to build and implement structural and non-structural projects, programs, and partnerships throughout the state of Texas that reduce the risks and impacts of future natural disasters. The City of Brownsville’s application is currently in process and projects are to be determined.
• Impala Pump Station Expansion
• SCADA and Culvert Improvement
• Brownsville Country Club Drainage Improvements
City Strategic Automation Plan
Throughout the year the City of Brownsville implemented the Strategic Automation Plan, a portfolio of technology solutions and applications to enhance the efficiency or modernize certain processes and systems. These technologies collectively contribute to achieving the City Commission’s pillar goals.
The Strategic Automation Plan components completed in 2020 include: Permitting Software, Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS), Downtown Digital Parking Solutions, Finance Accounts Payable/Receivable AI Intelligence Software, Police Computer Aided Dispatch – Management System, Computer Energy Conservation Program, Civic Clerk, and Smart City Roadmap (with BPUB).
Completion of Belden Trail Phase III
In 2013, the City of Brownsville began construction of one of the first recreational trails in Brownsville, the Belden Trail, and this past year completed Phase III of the project. This included an extension of the Belden Trail by converting the abandoned rail line easement into a cycle and pedestrian trail.
This expansion lengthened the trail by 0.5 miles, running through an abandoned rail easement located between 10th Street and 12th Street to connect East Tyler Street to East Filmore Street.