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Appropriations and Legislative Disclosures

In accordance with House Rules, and to promote oversight, transparency and accountability, this web page contains the disclosure materials relating to projects I have submitted on behalf of a local sponsor to either the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure or the House Committee on Appropriations.

As part of the transparency process, the projects submitted by Congressman Gonzalez for the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for surface transprtation authorization legislation are available here.

Community Project Funding Requests 

Congressman Vicente Gonzalez has submitted funding requests for important community projects in the 15th District of Texas to the House Appropriations Committee.  

 

Under guidelines issued by the Appropriations Committee, each Representative may request funding for up to 10 projects in their community for fiscal year 2022 – although only a handful may actually be funded. Projects are restricted to a limited number of federal funding streams, and only state and local governments and eligible non-profit entities are permitted to receive funding. Additional information on the reforms governing Community Project Funding is available here. 

 

In compliance with House Rules and Committee requirements, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez has certified that he, his spouse, and his immediate family have no financial interest in any of the projects he has requested. 

  

[Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies] 

Brooks County Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Renovation Project   

Amount requested: $405,939

Recipient: VFW Lopez Williams Post #7634, 1310 S. Highway 285, Falfurrias, Texas 78355    

Explanation of request: The funding would be used to renovate the dilapidated VFW Post 7634, located in Falfurrias, Texas. Local veterans and the entire community use the VFW as a meeting and event space for everything from veterans-focused events to weddings and other large community gatherings. I certify that neither I nor my immediate family has any financial  interest in this project. 

 

[Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Science, and Related Agencies] 

City of Alamo Police Equipment  

Amount Requested: $539,260 

Recipient: City of Alamo, 420 N. Tower Rd., Alamo, Texas 78516 

Explanation: The funding will be used to modernize the communications infrastructure of the Alamo Police Department (APD) and the Alamo Fire Department via the expansion of the APD Communication Enhancement Project that was initiated in 2019. This project will allow the Alamo Police Department to replace every outdated portable radio, many outdated mobile radios and replace many portable radios for the Alamo Fire Department. 

 

[Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Science, and Related Agencies] 

City of McAllen Police Equipment 

Amount: $250,000 

Recipient: City of McAllen1300 W Houston Ave, McAllen, Texas 78501 

Explanation: The funding will be used to acquire Gray Key, a software application that will equip the McAllen Police Department with the necessary tools to adequately collect evidence from hardware safeguarded from encryption.   

Member's Signed Certification Letter 

 

[Homeland Security] 

North Main Drain Expansion Project 

Amount Requested: $4,941,690

Recipient: Hidalgo County Drainage District No. 1, 902 N. Doolittle Rd., Edinburg, Texas 78542 

The funding will be used to expand the North Main Drain, an integral component of the Hidalgo County Master Drainage System. The North Main Drain Expansion Project will enhance the drainage capacity of a significant portion of both unincorporated and urbanized areas of Hidalgo County, where the majority of the county’s critical infrastructure is located. Overall, this project will add millions of additional cubic yards of stormwater storage capacity to Hidalgo County.   

 

[Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies] 

Corbett Water Ground Storage Tank Project 

Amount Requested: $4,000,000 

Recipient: City of Schertz, 1400 Schertz PkwySchertz, Texas 78154 

The funding would be used for the Corbett Water Ground Storage Tank, located in the City of Schertz, Texas. The Corbett Tank Site serves approximately 2,300 water connections which equates to a population of approximately 5,800. The addition of the proposed 3.0 million gallon concrete water ground storage tank will provide critical storage and redundancy at the Corbett Tank Site in order to provide water to customers on a daily basis and to a larger portion of the City in an emergency situation. 

 

[Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies] 

Edinburg Fire Department Complex  

Amount requested: $1,500,000 

Recipient: City of Edinburg415 W. University Dr., Edinburg, Texas 78539  

Explanation: The funding would be used to construct a multipurpose 5-story training building at the Edinburg Fire Department Fire Training Field, located at 1313 N. Doolittle, Edinburg, Texas 78542. The facility will offer customizable scenarios to meet the diverse training needs of federal, state, and local fire and law enforcement agencies across the four-county region. 

 

[Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies] 

Jim Hogg County Street Lighting Community Improvement Project 

Amount Requested: $700,000 

Recipient: Jim Hogg County, 102 E. Tilley Street, Hebbronville, Texas 78361 

Explanation:  The funding would be used to replace existing streetlights with solar powered streetlights within the downtown area of Hebbronville, Texas, surrounding the Jim Hogg County Courthouse located at 102 E. Tilley Street. These new LED lights will replace the current standard high-pressure sodium streetlights in the community that have fallen into disrepair and a majority of which no longer function as well as improve lighting in remote areas, save money, and reduce their environmental footprint. 

 

[Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies] 

McAllen Center for Urban Ecology  

Amount Requested: $1,000,000 

Recipient: City of McAllen, 1300 W Houston Ave, McAllen, Texas 78501 

Explanation: The funding will be used to expand the Center for Urban Ecology, an ecotourism-focused education center located at Quinta Mazatlán, 600 Sunset Dr, McAllen, Texas 78503. This project is projected to stimulate the local economy, create jobs, attract tourists, and offer in-person STEM education opportunities to every school-aged child in the region. The center will also provide an entrepreneurial training center that will support the development of future businesses in the region. 

 

[Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies] 

McAllen Hike and Bike Project 

Amount Request: $400,000 

Recipient: City of McAllen, 1300 W Houston Ave, McAllen, Texas 78501 

Explanation: The funding will be used to add single stall restrooms at each of the three Hike and Bike Trails located at the following estimated addresses: 

-       Bicentennial / Ebony 455 N. Biventennial Blvd. McAllen, Texas 

-       Nolana / 2nd 3960 N. 2nd McAllen, Texas 

-       Houston / 2nd  761 S. 2nd McAllen, Texas  

-       Nolana / Bentsen 4008 N. 43rd McAllen, Texas 

-       Bicentennial / Harvey 2706 N. Bicentennial Blvd. McAllen, Texas 

The addition of restrooms to the trails would allow users to access the facility on their exercise and commuting routes.    

  

[Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies] 

Pacific Trails Park 

Amount requested: $350,000 

Recipient: City of Elsa, 102 Diana St., Elsa, Texas 78543 

Explanation: These funds will be used to convert currently unused land, located at and around 401 N. Broadway St., Elsa, Texas 78543, that was formerly the path of a train, into an outdoor park that will facilitate running, hiking, biking and all forms of outdoor activities. This park is intended to promote a healthy lifestyle by providing a reasonably acceptable location and facility for the community to exercise and enjoy outdoor activities.