At the Annual Community Improvement Board Meeting, citizens expressed their support for improving the Tony Butler Golf Course in Harlingen, citing its potential to foster lifelong sports skills, provide opportunities for college scholarships, and increase tax revenues and charitable contributions. The Assistant City Manager for External Services presented the improvements to the course, including a new irrigation system, bunkers, tee boxes, fairways, greens improvements, and drainage. The city is currently considering three options for the improvement of the course, including doing nothing, allocating an additional $500,000, or spending an additional $2 million to expand and improve the course fully. While the course has been improving and attracting more customers, the revenues generated are still not enough to break even, leading to discussions of improving greens and irrigation. The city is considering options to fund the project, including using revenue from other projects and amending the budget.
The Rio Grande Valley Humane Society proposes a funding request to pay for a veterinarian's salary and equipment to support low-cost spay and neuter services for Harlingen residents. The board approves the request for the veterinarian's salary but not the equipment. The funding will allow the Humane Society to provide low-cost services and generate revenue to fund all animal care needs. The project aims to address the issue of stray animal overpopulation in Harlingen, enhance educational opportunities for students and supplement the shortage of vets in the region. Additionally, the board discusses various other community improvement projects, such as the Arroyo Corral bike trail extension and the Lawn Seat Hill Destination Park. The meeting adjourns with a financial report indicating a fund balance of $8,838,450 and total assets of about the same amount, consisting mostly of cash and cash equivalents.