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Assurances Contained
In Information Giv
en Government At
Assurances that the Brownsville
navigation district would meet ev
ery requirement of the feders.1 gov
ernment, and that acceptance by the
government engineers of the pro
posed modification of the Brazos
island project to include a ship
channel to a point near Browns
ville woulfh a -are ample t rt fa
cilities for the entire Lower Rio
Grande \ alley, were contained in
the information and data submitted
hy the district at the hearing con
ducted by Major Milo P. Fox, di
vision engineer, in Brownsville
Information including a descrip
tion of the modification desired, a
statement showing the economies in
transportation charges, transporta
tion and terminal facilities to be
provided, and the cooperation to be
extended hy local interests, was re
quested by the division engineer.
In response to their roqueit the
following was filed by the Browns
ville port committee consisting of
H. L. Yates. It. B. Rentfro and J.
G. Fernandez:
Cooperation Proposed
"The cooperation proposed hy the
Rrownsville Navigation District of
• ameron County, Texas, on the
Brazos Island harbor project, if we
are able to get a channel directly
from the pa*s along the best prac
ticable route to the vicinity of
Brownsville, is as follows:
"(1) We will meet the government
requirements of $500,000.00 cash.
“(2) We will meet the govern
ment requirements as to lands at
Padre and Brazos islands and at
Point Isabel by purchasing same for
the government.
“(3) Our plans also contemplate
the dredging of the channel in the
bay eonecting with the pass and this
is included in our estimates.
Transportation Facilities
"It is only about five miles from
the turning basin of the proposed
Rrownsville channel to the Missouri
Pacific or to the Southern Pacific
railroads at Brown>ville. Hence a
switch from thc-e railroads to the
proposed turning ha in would make
a direct connection, eliminate one
switching charge as compared with
the Rio Grande railroad to Point
Isabel, and thus save a 26.5 mile
haul, which is the distance from
Brownsville to Point I abel by the
Rio Grande railroad, the only pres
ent method of transportation from
Point Isabel.
"Brownsville also has an advant
age over Point Irabcl in highway
distances to every point from Mis
sion to Olinito along the Missouri
Pacific, which is also along the
main highway leading frem Browns
ville to Mission, running through the
center of the irrigated section.
Truck Transport
"Sinee a great deal of the ton
nage which would be shipped out
of the port would lie hauled hy
truck to point of shipment, the ad
vantage in distance would amount
to something both in wear and tear
of vehicles of transportation, and in
time, hut the largest saving would
be in the hard surface road. There
is one already constructed into
Brownsville from every point and
there is a proposed hard surface
load project from Brownsville along
Fourteenth street prolonged to the
vicinity of the turning basin, by or
der of the commissioners’ court of
• ameron county, entered of record
on January 21, 1927. Funds will be
available for construction of said
road upon the sale of the million
dollar bond issue, t<> be made in De
cember of this year.
"It i- a distance of 17 or ]R miles
from the terminus of the hard sur
face road near the Fresno* towns'te
on Highway No. inn nn into Point
Isabel, arid no pre-ent road project
has been adopted for the construction
of this 17 or IS mile*.
Terminal Facilities
"Whatever transportation and ter
minal facilities may be required by
the hoard of army engineers, or the
government, will >e made available
at the turning ba in of the propo «*d
channel, e.ther by the Brownsville
navigation district or Cameron coun
ty. Texas, now in the process of or
ganization. or by the citv of Browns
’’It will not requ re mors than two
m'les of railroad connecting with the
Rio Grande railway (Point Isabel
Brownsville railroad) to give the
same railway facilities which Point
Isabel now has, and which were found
to be sufficient at this time in the 1
report of the engineers, upon which .
the present river- and harbors appro- 1
priation for the Brazos island harbor
• project is predicated.
"In adidtion there is now- pro- 1
Jected and in the proce*.* of con
struction a hard surface road ter-'
minating in the vicinity of the pro- !
posed turning basin.
Ci(y M.iy Acquire l tilifies
"You are also referred to section 11.
of the charter of the city of Rrowns
i !’«. which is as follows:
"Funt.s for acqu.sition of any pub- i
lie utGiti ; security for same, etc.:
Should the city determine to acquire
anv pu1 ’ c utility by purchase, tied
condemnation or ot orw =e, as her* «
provided, “aid city shall have the
rower to obtain fund- for the purpose ;
of acquiring said public utility and
paying the compensation therefor, by
issuing bonds or notes, or other evi
dence of indebted?:"'. and shall se
cure the same by fixing a lien upon
the property eonsfitut nc the public
utility so acquire*!, and said security
shall apply alone to said property
so rledged."
"Section th -Ownership of public
utilities—Said sitv shall have the
powrer to buy. own or construct, and
to maintain and operate, within or ,
without the city limits, a complete j
water svstem or systems, ras or elec,
trie lighting or power plant or plants, I
telephone system*, street railways,
sewer systems, sewage plants, fer- i
tilizing plants, abattoir*, municipal
railway terminals, or any other public
service utility, and to demand and re
ceive compensation for services fur
nished hy the city for private pur
poses or otherwi«e. and to have thei
rower to regulate by ordinance the
collection of compensation for such
services. That said city shall have
the power to acquire by lease, pur
chase or condemnation the property j
of anv person, firm or corporation !
now or hereafter conducting anv such !
business, fr the purpose of operating
such public utility* or utilities for the
purpose of distributing *uch «**eiee
throughout the city, or am* portion
History of Project
**T* i« no| doomed neeeysare (<» in !
SSSUEtssJtoils fmiuti
showing the public necessity of a port
for the Lower Rio (irande Valley.
1 he favorable report of the war de
partment engineers on such a pro
ject and the fact that a provisional
appropriation has been made by the
rivers and harbors committee presup
poses such a public necessity, and
both were undoubtedly predicated
upon the presumption of such a
public necessity.
“The Brazos Island harbor project,
as now recommended and upon which
sccommendation a provisional appro
priation is provided for in the Rivers
and Harbors bill, provides for a
channel IS feet deep and 300 feet
wide through the pass, to he obtained
by jetty construction and dredging,
and an inner channel 16 feet deep and
100 feet to the wharf at Point Isabel,
and a turning basin 500 feet square
at this point, conditioned upon local
interests contributing $600,000.00 to
ward the cost, and donating to the
United States without cost certain
areas on Brazos and Fadre Islands,
and at Point Isabel.
Modification Sought
“The modification or charge in the
above project sought by Brownsville
interests is as follows:
"Th.it the channel from the pass be j
extended in a westerly or southwest-1
1 ei i.v direction toward Brownsville, j
j striking the mainland some two miles j
below Point Isabel, there to he con-1
nected with an inland channel from
that point running in a westerly or
southwesterly direction to n point
some four miles northeast or east of
] Brownsville, following the line found
j hv engineers to be best adapted to
? the dredging of such channel, and
i the proposed terminus to be some
where in the vicinity of Block 413 ofj
the "Indana Subdivision” in t umeron
county, Texas, with a turning basin
| 10O0 x H'OO at this point.
Rrasons for Modifications
“On October 14. 1927, at a meet
ing in McAllen, what is known as
a \ alley-wide port committee, eon
| sisting at that time of seven indi- j
, viduals from Cameron and Hidalgo j
j counties, was named for the pur
pose of endeavoring to secure gov
ernment and on the completion of
Brazos island harbor. This commit
tee wa« added to from time to time
and the chairman. R. R- Creager,
was authorized on March J*. 92R. to
appoint eleven representative men
of tho Valiev as additional members,
and also the county judges of Cam
eron. Hidalgo, Willacy and Starr
' counties as ex-officio members.
“At a meeting of this Valley-wide
1 port committee, held in McAllen,
Hidalgo county, on March 26, 1928,
a letter was read from Colonel
Schley, setting forth certain modi
fications to be embodied in his re
port to the board of army engineers,
tho principal matter for considera
tion being that his report would re
quire that Valley interests raise
$600,000 in cash to be used in con
junction with the government appro
priation. This letter was favorably
received, and tho port committee
recommended that lacal interests
meet such recommendations, amt a
committee was appointed to meet
the chairman in Washington on
April 8th.
Planned l.arge District
“At this time it was assumed that
tho counties of Cameron, Hidalgo.
Starr and Willacy, with an aggregate
assessed valuation on otato and
j county tax rolls of about $110.,ODD,
000 would jointly meet the govern
ment requirements, which were in
creased bv the board of army engi
neers on their final report to the
rivers and harbors committee, as
set forth in the present project.
“A meeting of the Valley-wide
port committee was held at the city
hall in Harlingen, on May 11. 1928,
which meeting went on record n*
accenting tho reoort of tho army
engineers and voted to proceed im
mediately with nlan* for forming a
suitable navigation district.
“As late as August 22 of this
vear. a meeting was hejd at the Mc
Allen Chamber of Commerce, with
Mr. ( reager. the chn'rman, presid
ing. and there <eeme.| «• ,.p then to
be a feeling that all four counties
would participate in financing the
government’s requirements.
Organize Arrovn District
“However, on May 12. 1927. cer
tain citizens of the Harlingen dis
trict in Cameron county had filed
a petition for n navigation district,
embracing nearly all of commis
sioners precinct Vo. 4. and parts
of commissioners pr8cinct No*. 1 and
", *« wel! ns a part of Willacy
count;', to be known as the Arroyo
Colorado Navigation District of
Cameron and Willacy counties for
the purpose of deepening the Ar
royo. f olorado to a depth of nipe
feet, ard connecting same with the
waters ef the Laguna Madre, and
crossi' r Padre island to the Gulf of
Mexico, also with a channel nine
feet deep. s
“By th® time bf the meeting of
the Valley-wide port committee at
McAllen on August 22, there had
developed a well defined sentiment
in the Harlingen locality generally,
and in the westefn part of the north
end of Cameron county, and in the
eastern part of Hidalgo county, that
j the Arroyo Colorado navigation dis
trict should be used as the basts of
whatever port should be developed
for the benefit of the Lower Rio
Grar.de Valley, and the sentiment of
that whole area bv the first of Sep
tember of this year had crystalised
l against giving aid to the Braxos
island project.
I Hidalgo Eliminated
“In the meantime political con
tests of various kinds had develop
ed in Hidalgo county, and no part
of that county could be induced
to actively support ary organization
looking to raising money for the
purpose of aiding the Brazos island
i harbor project.
“On September 11, 1928, witfi an
' idea of finally determining what aid
could bo expected on the Brazos
Island harbor project, a mass moet-i
ing was held in Brownsville under
the auspices of the Brownsville
Chamber of Commerce, to which
members of the Valley-wide port
| committee were invited. This moet-|
ing sent out committees to the vari
! ous communities in Cameron and Hi
! dalgo counties to ascertain senti
, inent of the respective communities
on financing or helping to finance
! the Brazos Island harbor project, to
report back to a mass meeting to be
' held at the high school auditorium
j in Brownsville on October 2. 1929.
“At this latter meeting on Octo
ber 2, virtually every community in
the Rio Grande Valley, except San ,
Benito And Brownsville, reported
cither adversely to the Braxos Inland
harbor project, or while favoring the
project as such, declined to aid in
financing the government require
I ments. 1 h» comnuxrtities reporting
were San J .an, Donna, Weslaco, Kd
' mburg, McAllen, Mercedes and Mis- |
sion in Hidalgo county. and La
beria, Santa Rosa, Harlingen. San
Benito and Brownsville in Cameron
county Teras. Harlingen and Mer
codc’ reported orally to Chairman
R. B. Creager, and the others re
ported either by telegram, letter or
| rpre entative.
Left to Brownsville
“It thus became apparent to the
people of Brownsville and vicinity
' that instead of having more than
j $100,000,000.90 in valuations of
which Brownsville had one-seventh
with which to finance the govern
requireraents, approximately $25.
000.000.00 would be available, of,
which Brownsville had two-thirds,
so that instead of paying one sev
enth of the cost of meeting the gov
ernment requirements Brownsville
and vicinity would have to pay two
thirds. The sentiment of the people
j of Brownsville was found to he that
f it had to virtually foot the hill,
they had rather pay more, and bring
the port nearer home.
"1 he chamber of commerce, acting
on behalf of the people of Browns
ville and vicinity, on October II.
I submitted to the rivers and harbors
committee a proposition that they
would finance the government re
quireme its if the government would
•direct a review of the report on the
j Brazes Tsland harbor project with a
VPW_,'Llh*n,rin,r thp chann<?1
terminal toward and near Browns
ville. Texas, and asked for a survey 1
to determine whether the inland
proposed channel was feasible and I
practicable. The result of this offer
was a resolution adopted by the
committee on rivers and harbors,
house of representatives on October
15, 1928, as follows:
M‘Resolved by the committee on
rivers and harbors of the house of
representatives. U. S., that the
board of engineers of rivers and
harbors, created under section 3 of
the river and harbor act approved
June 13, 1902 be, and hereby, is re
quested to review the report on
Brazos Island harbor. Texas, with
a view to changing the canal and
terminal toward and near Browns
ville, Texas.
‘‘‘Adopted October loth. 1928.’
Hearing Petition Filed
“Pursuant to its offer to meet the
government requirements the
Brownsville Chamber of Commerce,
i through its attorneys, Rentfro &.
| Cole and H. L. Yates, on October
13, 1923, filed a petition for a hear
ing on a proposed navigation dist
rict. to be known as “Brownsville
Navigation District of Cameron
County, Texas.” Due notice of this
hearing was given and had before
the commissioners*’ court of Cam
eron county, the body authorized to
hold such hearing, on November 17.
1928, on which date said commis
sioners' court granted the hearing,
found that the improvements nro
posed would be a public benefit, a,id
that they were feasible and practi- j
cable, and ordered an election to do- !
termino whether such district should !
be legally created by vote of the ,
people on December 22, 1928.
“The sentiment of the people of
Brownsville and vicinity, with the
single exception of Los Fresno*
f community, is overwhelmingly in
! f®v°r of the proposed navigation
district, which calls for a $2,000,000
bond issue. The total actual valu
ations within this area is estimated
; to be more than $50,000,000.01). As
an evidence of this, the bank do
. posits of the four banks in Browns
, ville amount to more than $11,000,
000.00, according to the last state
1 nient* of these banks.
Give Cost Estimates
“VTe estimate the cost of the-pro
posed channel, including excavation
in Lacuna Madre bay, and the pass
to a depth of 16 feet, and up to the
proposed turning basin, to be $619,
200.00, representing 8,115.000 cubic!
yards at an estimated cost of eight
cents per cubic yard for the excava
tion. This estimated is based upon
testimony of construction engineers
in the Rio Grande \ alley accustom
ed to excavation projects in this
character of toil. In addition there
to the turning baein ia estimated to
[cost $72,000.00, being 900.000 cubic
I yards at eight cents per cubic yard.
We have the same authority for this
cost as for the other, making an ag
gregate cost of about $720,000.00 for
the inland and bay channels, and
turning basin.
“We estimate the cost of meet
ing the government requirements in
lands on Padre and Brazos islands,
and at Point Isabel at $50,000.00, and
the cost of right-of-ways for the
proposed inland channel and turn
ing basin, together with about SOO
acres around the turning basin for
municipal terminal facilities at $50,
000.00 more, (it is proposed to mu
nicipally control all terminal facili
ties so that these may not be ex
ploited for private profit at the ex
pense of the public.)
“This leaves a reserve of approx
imately $590,000.00 for emergencies,
such as extra cost of excavation, and
mils and a half or two mile* of rail
way twitch which may bo necoaaary
to connect with tho railroad, and
, whatever terminal facilities may be
| required by the government around
i the turning basin, and maintenance
! charges for tho first fivo years.
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