Local Citizen, City Place in Contest

City representatives accept award. Photo: It’s Time Texas Facebook Page

City representatives accept award. Photo: It’s Time Texas Facebook Page

by Tony Vindell/LFN

A local resident and the City of Los Fresnos took first and second places in the “It’s Time Texas Community Challenge” contest.
Bertha Ponce received the top spot while the city won second place in the small community category.

The two winners were recognized during the last meeting of the city council held Tuesday, May 9.

In other business, the council approved unanimously to submit a grant proposal for Operation Stone Garden Program to the Office of the Governor.

The grant application is submitted by Cameron County on behalf of a number of cities, including Los Fresnos.

The city’s portion of the grant application is for $17,000. That will cover overtime and benefits to increase law enforcement presence and patrol activity in the area surrounding State Highway 100 and FM 1847. It also provides assistance to the Brownsville Border Patrol Station as needed.

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The council tabled an item which called for supporting the Community Development Corp.’s allocation of $4,000 for the July 4th celebration.

The CDC did not meet as scheduled on Monday, May 7 because there was no quorum – a government requirement to hold a public meeting.

The CDC did not fund the city/chamber Independence Day Celebration in 2017 but it did so in 2015 and 2016.

The CDC rescheduled a meeting for Monday, May 14, after which time the city council will have another meeting to talk about the issue.

Bertha Ponce. Photo: It’s Time Texas Facebook Page

Bertha Ponce. Photo: It’s Time Texas Facebook Page

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