GARBAGE/SOLID WASTE

Public Works Department

Address: 401 W Dawes, Alton, TX. 78573
Phone: (956) 432-0792

All items must be placed in front of your property.
DO NOT place any items in the alleyway or in front of empty land properties.

COLLECTION RULES
  • Trash container must be out at curbside by 7:00 am on your collection day. Leave trash container out until trash is picked up.
  • All trash must be bagged and inside the trash container. Bagging your trash prevents littering and keeps your container clean.
  • Container must have a minimum of 3 feet clearance from both sides in order for garbage truck arm to have access.
  • NO trash will be collected outside the container.
  • Do not place rock, concrete, construction or demolition debris, hazardous/flammable material such as gasoline, oil, liquid paint, lead batteries, engine parts or tires in container.
SAFETY AND CARE OF CONTAINER
  • Rinse container with water from time to time and let dry in the sunlight.
  • Always keep lid closed to keep rain and animals out.
  • To enhance neighborhood appearance, please remove your container from curb as soon as trash is collected. This may also avoid damage or keep it from being stolen
COMMERCIAL COLLECTION
  • Commercial and Multi-family dwellings may be assigned 300 gallon containers.
  • Collection schedule will be assigned on a case-to-case basis.
BRUSH/BULKY ITEMS
  • Collection is done once a month.
  • Brush must be separated from junk items such as mattresses, couches, chairs, tables, etc.
  • Brush must consist of only tree trimmings no longer than 4 feet and/or bagged leaves.
  • Placement of items must not obstruct anything such as fences, mailboxes, water meters, fire hydrants, vehicles or other trash containers.
FAQS
No. The lot that the tree trimmings comes from must have a garbage account with the city in order for it to be picked up at that location. Vacant lots, empty houses and abandon houses do not have garbage account with the city and therefore brush can not be picked up from those locations.
No. Junk/Bulky items must be placed on a separate pile from the brush pile in order to be picked up.
No.  The Alton Public Works Department has a tire collection, tire clean up twice a year.  They are scheduled on last week of April and the first week of October each year.  Alton residents only, can come by the city and drop off their tires (limit 4 tires per household, no rims and no commercial tires)  at the Alton Public Works Department at 401 West Dawes, Alton, Texas.  

RECYCLING

Drop-off your recyclables at the Alton Recycling Center located at 201 W. Dawes Ave. (in front of the new Fire Station)

Open 24/7

The Recycling Center has easy to use push-in deposit slots for each individual item. We are accepting the following recyclable items:

  • Paper (no food contaminated paper such as napkins, paper plates, fast food bags)
  • Aluminum cans (please rinse out cans)
  • Cardboard (no food contaminated cardboard such as pizza boxes)

For recycling of large quantities, contact the Public Works Department to make arrangements.

USED OIL: The importance of bringing your used oil is to avoid the hazards of dumping oil in our storm water drains. Bringing your used oil to Public Works, helps the environment and brings you peace of mind that you are participating in recycling, reducing hazardous waste, re-using and ultimately saving the earths natural environment. This is also a best management practice (BMP) utilized for our MS4 state compliance.

For further information or assistance, please call Alton Public Works Department at (956)432-0792.

COURT PAYMENTS

If you are paying off your ticket BEFORE your Initial Court Appearance Date, click here. If you have a payment plan or were granted an extension of time to pay, you can make your payment by one of the methods listed below. If you find that you cannot make a payment by its due date, you must visit the Court Clerk as soon as possible, as failure to do so may subject you to the issuance of a warrant for your arrest. If you do not have payment arrangements, click here.

View our Municipal Court Department page for more information.

All payments are processed by City Hall Front Desk Clerks

City Hall south side entrance 501 S. Alton Blvd, Alton, Texas 78573
Monday-Friday, 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

  • In person:  payment methods: cash, check/money order, credit/debit card  Visa or MasterCard only.
  • By phone:  (956) 432-0760, payment methods: credit/debit card Visa or MasterCard only. Monday-Friday, 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
  • By mail:  Make check/money order payable to Alton Municipal Court. Include citation# and defendant name clearly on the check/money order and mail to the above address.

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PUBLIC INFO REQUESTS

The City of Alton understands and supports the public’s right to access the public records created and maintained by the City in the course of their normal business. It is the goal of the City to provide service in a transparent manner, which includes timely access to requested records in accordance with the Public Information Act (PIA).

HOW DO I MAKE A PUBLIC INFORMATION REQUEST?

The only legal requirement to submit a request is that it be in writing. Please fill out the Public Information Request Form or send an email. Make sure you state the record(s) you are needing; please be very specific on the information you are requesting.

TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL OPEN RECORDS REQUESTS:
  • Your request must be in writing. Only written requests trigger a governmental body’s obligations under the Public Information Act.
  • Your request should be for documents or other information that are already in existence.
  • The City of Alton is not required to answer questions, perform legal research or comply with a continuing request to supply information on a periodic basis that has information in the future.
  • We recommend that all requests be sent by U.S. mail, by fax, by email, or in person.
  • We recommend that all requests be addressed to the City Secretary. Requests made by facsimile or electronic mail must be addressed to the City Secretary in order to trigger an obligation under the Public Information Act.

Be advised that there may be a charge for requested information.

To request information from this governmental body, please contact:

Public Information Request Form

FACILITY RENTALS

Park Pavilions
RENTAL INFORMATION FOR ALL FACILITIES
  • All fees are to be paid at City Hall.
  • Renters are required to sign rental agreement.
  • The City Manager is authorized to adjust rental fees for certified Local Non-Profits.
  • Deposit will be returned if rental facility is left clean and nothing is broken and /or missing.
  • If deposit is not pick-up within 5 business days after the rental date, it will be mailed to the address on the contract.
Cancellations

A written letter must be submitted at least three business days prior to the event date in order to receive a refund of rental fees. Deposits will not be refunded with except if the cancellation is due to bad weather, thus, renter must notify Public Works prior or on event date and City Hall the next business in order to receive refund of all fees

JOSEFA GARCIA PAVILIONS

Each pavilion has 2 large pavilions, 2 small B-B-Q grills and 8-10 picnic tables. Public restrooms are available at walking distance at park entrance. Music, Piñatas, Decorations and Moonjumps are allowed. Park is located at 1619 E. Main Ave. (corner of Bryan and 5 mile).

SYLVIA VELA PAVILION

Gated pavilion area has a large B-B-Q grill but does not have picnic tables. Pavilion has its own restrooms. Electricity is available upon request at no extra charge. Music, Piñatas, Decorations and Space Jumps are allowed. Park is located 501 S. Alton Blvd. (next to City Hall).

SYLVIA VELA POOL

Gated pool area with indoor showers and restrooms. Shaded picnic area includes 2 picnic tables. Pool capacity of 80 people. Rental includes 1 or 2 lifeguards. Music, piñatas and decorations are allowed.

Facility Rent Deposit (refundable)
Josefa Garcia Pavilion $80/Daily $50
Josefa Garcia Stage $80/Daily $50
Sylvia Vela Pavilion $80/Daily $50
Sylvia Vela Pool $180/3hr $50

Additional items for Silvia Vela Pavilion & Pool
Tables (6ft) $4/each
Chairs $0.50/each

Availability:
  • Pavilions & Stage: Sun-Sat  10a.m. to sundown.
  • Pool: Fri-Sun  6:30p.m. to 9:30p.m. Seasonal June  August
Reservation & Deposit
  • Deposit is required to honor a reservation.
  • Renters must do their own cleaning. Deposits will be refunded only when the facility is left clean and in good condition.
  • No alcohol allowed
  • Electricity is available upon request at no extra charge.
  • See bottom of page for additional information

SSG BRADLEY ESPINOZA BALL PARK

Baseball Field #1 & #2 Fields are located north of the Recreation Center. The rental of the field includes striping and bases. Fields have bleachers and restrooms. Football/Soccer Field is located are equipped with goal posts. The rental of the field includes striping. Soccer rental includes the goal nets. Field has bleachers and restrooms.

Facility Rent Deposit(refundable)
Sports Field $65/3hr $50
Field Lights ON $50/3hr
Concession Stand $50/3hr $50
Availability

*Requests must first be approved by the Public Works Director.

Reservation & Deposit
  • Deposit is required to honor a reservation.
  • Renters must do their own cleaning. Deposits will be refunded only when the facility is left clean and in good condition.
  • No alcohol allowed
  • All arrangements and payment of fees must be made three (3) days prior to any event.
  • Keys to baseball fields may be signed out and returned with the Police Department Dispatch office (proper ID will be required).
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR ALL FACILITIES
  • All fees are to be paid at City Hall.
  • Renters are required to sign rental agreement.
  • The City Manager is authorized to adjust rental fees for certified Local Non-Profits.
  • Deposit will be returned if rental facility is left clean and nothing is broken and /or missing.
  • If deposit is not pick-up within 5 business days after the rental date, it will be mailed to the address on the contract.
Cancellations

A written letter must be submitted at least three business days prior to the event date in order to receive a refund of rental fees. Deposits will not be refunded with except if the cancellation is due to bad weather, thus, renter must notify Public Works prior or on event date and City Hall the next business in order to receive refund of all fees.

Community Centers
RECREATION CENTER

The Recreation Center is located on 349 W. Dawes Ave, and holds a capacity of 100 people. The rental of the center will include: Utilities (electricity & water), kitchen, restrooms, parking, tables & chairs. Music, Piñatas and Decorations are allowed.

GYM

The Gym is located on 349 W. Dawes Ave, and holds a capacity of 600 people. The rental of the center will include: Utilities (electricity & water), kitchen, restrooms, parking, tables & chairs. Music, Piñatas, Moonjumps and Decorations are allowed.

MEETING ROOMS

Meeting rooms are located inside the Recreation Center at located on 349 W. Dawes Ave and each holds a capacity of 30 people. The rental will include: Utilities (electricity & water), restrooms, parking, tables and chairs. Decorations are allowed.

Facility Rent Deposit (refundable)
Recreation Center $60/hr $150
Gym $75/hr $150
Meeting Rooms $55/hr $50
Over Time Use $75/hr
Security $30/hr
Availability

Mon-Fri  6:00 P.M. to 12:00A.M.
Sat-Sun: 10a.m. to 12a.m.

Over Time Rate

Hourly overtime rate applies to use of the public facilities beyond (after) those availability hours listed.

Reservation & Deposit
  • Deposit is required to honor a reservation.
  • Renters must do their set up of tables and chairs and their own cleaning.
  • Set up and cleaning times beyond 30 min prior of after the event require approval. Fees may apply.
  • Moonjumps are allowed where space permits.
  • Deposits will be refunded only when the facility is left clean and in good condition.
  • ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES are permitted but no selling allowed.
  • Security Guards are required when alcoholic beverages are served and/or events hosting over 150 people.
  • All fees are to be paid at City Hall.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR ALL FACILITIES
  • All fees are to be paid at City Hall.
  • Renters are required to sign rental agreement.
  • The City Manager is authorized to adjust rental fees for certified Local Non-Profits.
  • Deposit will be returned if rental facility is left clean and nothing is broken and/or missing.
  • If deposit is not picked up within 5 business days after the rental date, it will be mailed to the address on the contract.
Cancellations

A written letter must be submitted at least three business days prior to the event date in order to receive a refund of rental fees. Deposits will not be refunded.

VITAL STATISTICS

All Birth and Death records requested by 4:30 pm are issued the same day.

Birth Certificate Certified Form: $23
Death Certificate Certified Form: $21 for the first copy | $4 for each additional copy

Applications for birth and death certificates are available online in both English and Spanish.
A sworn statement for mail requests must accompany the application(s) if requesting certificate by mail.  
Sworn statement for Mail requests

Requirements to obtain a Birth or Death Certificate
  • Valid photo identification is required to prove your identity as a qualified applicant.
    • Self (government picture ID)
    • Parents (government picture ID)
    • Spouse (government picture ID & marriage license)
    • Sibling (government picture ID & birth certificate)
    • Son/Daughter (government picture ID & birth certificate)
    • Grandparents (government picture ID & birth certificate of son/daughter)
    • Legal Guardian (certified court order & government picture ID)
    • Funeral Home or Attorney (that act on behalf & for the benefit of the immediate family)  
  • If the applicant is unable to present a valid primary form of identification, two secondary forms of identification are required – one of which bears the applicant’s signature.

Current and valid primary identification is required (must contain the applicant’s name and photograph that establishes the applicant’s identity) along with their application.

PROOF OF ELIGIBILITY
  • US Government issued driver’s license
  • US Government issued identification card
  • Federal, State or City law enforcement employment ID card or employment badge accompanied by employment ID card
  • US Military identification card
  • United States passport
  • US Department of State issued Border Crossing card (passport card)
  • US Department of State issued Visa
  • Concealed Handgun License
  • Department of Homeland Security, Unites States Citizenship & Immigration Services issued:
    • Permanent Resident card or Resident Alien card
    • Employment Authorization Documentation (EAD)
    • SENTRI card
    • Citizen Identification card

Identification Requirements

Important Links:
Texas Department of Vital Statistics

BUILDING/PLANNING REQUIREMENTS

Always remember that building permits are required when constructing any item on your lots. Make sure to check with the Planning Department before construction to see if a building permit will be required for your new construction.

Major repairs and renovations will require a building permit. Plans and specifications will be required when doing these types of construction. Some minor repairs like the replacement of doors, windows and roof shingles may not require a permit however, an application must be submitted so that the Planning staff can make that determination. The Planning Department will be able to guide you in any new regulations that may have been passed down from the state and or the federal level. As we have seen in the most recent events around the world, good building practices save lives and in turn poor building practices does not produce positive outcomes. Lets make sure to use safe building practices.

All Commercial Construction will need to adhere to the following Standards adopted by the City of Alton:

AVAILABLE APPLICATIONS:

You may also want to review the following:

FAQS
Yes. In order to provide better service for a healthier and safer environment, an inspection will be required on electrical re-connections. Please advise the Planning Department so they can guide you with proper procedure. (also read Building Safety above).
Grandfathered is a layman’s term for an existing non-conforming use or structure. When a use or structure is in operation and regulation changes to make that use no longer legal, it is generally considered “existing non-conforming” or “Grandfathered”. This means a new structure that does not meet the new code for the district cannot be constructed, or a new use of this type that does not meet the new code will no be permitted. However, as long as the existing use or structure is not abandoned for a period of 6 months or more, or subject to destruction in excess of 50% of the property value, it may continue its current operation.

The most important distinction between a conditional use permit and a variance is the type of deviation from the zoning ordinance.

*A “conditional use permit” involves uses that generally are not consistent with a particular zoning district, but are allowed in specific circumstances set forth in the city’s zoning ordinance. This permit is issued with conditions. An applicant for a conditional use permit must show that the standards and criteria in the ordinance will be satisfied. This permit “runs with the land” and is not granted to a specific owner. The city can revoke a conditional use permit if there is not substantial compliance with the conditions set forth in the issued permit.

*A “variance” is a permit departure from strict enforcement of the code if such enforcement would cause the owner undue hardship. Undue hardship means: The property cannot be put to reasonable use without the variance. The owner’s plight is not caused by the owner and is due to circumstances unique to the property. The variance, if granted, will not altar locality’s essential character. Economic circumstances alone cannot create an undue hardship. All three of the aforementioned criteria must apply in order to prove “undue hardship”.

No. Unless the subdivision plat and/or covenants prohibits all fencing in the front yard, all fence construction would be governed by the ICC International Building Code. Solid fencing in front yards is not allowed however an application to construct a fence of no more the 4 feet that is not of solid construction (example of non solid fencing: Hurricane, wrought iron, wood picket fencing) may be allowed upon approved by the Planning Department.

Storm Water/MS4 Compliance

The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) is program authorized by Clean Water Act (CWA) to protect the surface waters of the U.S. making them safe for drinking, fishing, swimming, and other activities. This program regulates the discharges of pollutants of point sources since 1972. Point sources are those identifiable and localize sources or point of discharge such as pipes, canals, and ditches. Nonpoint Source Management Program became part of the TPDES program in 1989 when it was established in section 319 as part of the CWA. Nonpoint sources are diffuse sources which are difficult to identify and manage and that have a negative impact in the receiving water body.

Perfect examples of nonpoint source pollution are agrictultural runoff polluted with fertilizer,
pesticide, and other contaminants as well as urban runoff contaminated by oil, sediements, metals, and others.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) authorized the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) in 1998 to administer the NPDES at state level under the name of Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES). The TPDES is primarily conformed by three different permits:

  • Industrial Storm Water Permit (TXR050000)
  • Construction General Permit (TXR150000)
  • Municipal Storm Water Permit (TXR040000)

The City of Alton in order to comply with this mandate created and implemented a Storm Water Management Plan (SWMP) with the collaboration of Texas A&M University-Kingsville and the Phase II Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Lower Rio Grande Valley Task Force (LRGVTF). As part of the SWMP seven minimum control measures (MCM) along with the utilization of best management practices (BMPs) have been implemented in order to reduce Storm Water pollution to the maximum extent practicable as required by TCEQ.

If you have any questions please contact Alton City Hall for additional information regarding the Storm Water Management Plan at (956) 432-0760

LRGV PHASE II MS4 TASK FORCE

City of Alton is member of the Municipal Separated Storm Sewer System (MS4) Lower Rio Grande Valley Task Force (LRGVTF) which is conform by fifteen cities and one county (Alamo, Alton, Brownsville, Donna, Harlingen, La Feria, La Joya, Mission, Palmhurst, Palm Valley, Pharr, San Benito, San Juan, Santa Rosa, Weslaco and Cameron County). The purpose of the LRGVTF is to improve water quality of the region implementing innovative Storm Water management practices and to comply with federal regulation (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, NPDES) and state regulation (Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, TPDES).

 

Documents

MS4 PowerPoint Presentation

Permits

Resources

Outreach Material

External Links

If you have any questions, concerns, or complaints please contact Jeff Underwood at (956) 432-0760 or email at [email protected].

The Storm Water Team:

Jeff Underwood, Assistant City Manager

Rudy Garza CPM, Public Works Director

U.S. PASSPORTS

Alton City Hall is a Passport Acceptance Facility certified by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs Passport Services, Houston Passport Agency. Application Forms DS-11 are available at City Hall. You can take the form home to fill-out and return for processing. DO NOT SIGN THE FORM. All applications must be signed in front of the passport agent. We are not allowed to assist in filling out application.

Passport Application Processing Times

We currently accept walk-ins on a first-come, first-serve basis from Monday thru Friday 8:00AM to 4:00PM. Processing takes approximately 20 minutes. WE CANNOT PROCESS YOUR APPLICATION UNLESS ALL REQUIREMENTS ARE MET. All applicants (including children) must be present at time of processing.

General Passport Requirements

For more information visit: Passports: Travel.State.Gov

BUSINESS REQUIREMENTS

Keep in mind that the City of Alton has guidelines for the  safe and orderly development and operations of businesses throughout the city limits.

Alton Blvd. (SH 107) from Mile 6 to Mile 4 and along Main Avenue (FM 676/Mile 5) from Moorefield Blvd to Shary Blvd. are the properties zoned for commercial development. New construction in these areas will be governed by Zoning Ordinance 2001-16 and also by Scenic Route Corridor Ordinance 2012-08-1009 .

AVAILABLE APPLICATIONS
You may also want to review the following:

If you need assistance and would like to set up a consultation with one of the Planning staff, contact the Planning Department at (956)432-0760 or e-mail  at [email protected]

Emergency Management

To sign up for emergency alerts on any potential disasters in the area, sign up at the E-DALGO link.  On the County EM page you will find further important information.

www.tx-hidalgocounty.civicplus.com