2018-07-11 / Front Page

Lyford drying out, cleaning up

BY ALLEN ESSEX
Reporter

Lyford is pumping out flood water, collecting old tires and spraying for mosquitos.

The city is getting a head start on the Valley wide “Road to Recycling” tire collection program, said Public Works Superviser Jose Cabrera.

The city will remove car and pickup truck tires around town through July 20, he said. Four to six tires can be placed in front of each household through July 20, or they can taken to the roll-off container site at the city workshop near City Hall on July 21. No business tires or tractor tires can be accepted.

City Commissioner Rick Salinas said there should be no limit on the number of tires that are picked up at homes.

“Pick them all up,” he said.

The tires will be taken to the Brownsville city landfill near the Port of Brownsville, where there is a machine that will grind them up so they can be recycled, Cabrera said.

Tires can also be dropped off next to City Hall up to July 28, he said.

Mosquito fogging is continuing around the city but some areas still have standing water and grass that is very tall, he said.

Orange Avenue, which extends through the new Central Park, has been barricaded because the street has not been finished and is very muddy after the recent heavy rains, Cabrera said. When the ground dries inside the park, the road will be completed and stop signs will be placed on the street.

The flooding that occurred in the new park is partly due to the failure of a permanently installed pump that will have to be replaced, Cabrera said. City officials are in the process of buying a six-inch diameter portable pump that can be used for situations such as flooding in the park until engineers can design a permanent fix, he said.

The pump will have other uses around town when there are flooding events, he said. Price quotes for the large pump are still being gathered. IN OTHER BUSINESS:

After numerous discussions at several meetings, commissioners agreed to pave Oleander Street from Glen Lofton Street to Broadway Avenue.

Changes to the Volunteer Fire Department oath, constitution and bylaws were approved.

In closed session, commissioners discussed possible creation of an assistant public works supervisor position. Also, they discussed the city’s Certificate of Consumer Notification, which relates to the city’s ability to serve the area with water services with consultant Sunny Philip. Philip updated them on the plan to upgrade the city’s computer system.

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