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Hidalgo County Commissioners' Court/Drainage District Board of Directors met in session on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 and considered agendas that included the following highlights:

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS HONORS FELIX RODRIGUEZ

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Veterans Service Officer Emilio de los Santos, Assistant VSO Frank Garza, Commissioners Joe M. Flores and Joseph Palacios, Felix Rodriguez, Jr., County Judge Ramon Garcia, and Commissioner Joel Quintanilla

Commissioners' Court recognized Mr. Felix Rodriguez, Jr., of the Veterans Service Office, on his recognition by the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as an accredited representative of the Texas Veterans Commission.  Veterans Service Officer Emilio de los Santos read a letter from VA Deputy Assistant General Counsel Y. Ken Lee, which congratulated Mr. Rodriguez on this distinguished recognition.  As an accredited representative, Mr. Rodriguez receives certain privileges and responsibilities acquired through this recognition.  Commissioners' Court members congratulated Mr. Rodriguez on this accomplishment and thanked him for his service.  Veterans Service Officer Emilio de los Santos also took the opportunity to welcome and introduce Frank Garza as the new Assistant Veterans Service Officer.


SEPTEMBER 2012 IS HUNGER ACTION MONTH

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Commissioner Joe M. Flores, County Judge Ramon Garcia, Commissioner Hector "Tito" Palacios, Food Bank RGV Chief Development Officer Laura Reagan-Porras, and Food Bank RGV Chief Executive Officer Terri Drefke
 
Commissioners' Court approved a proclamation declaring September 2012 as Hunger Action Month. Representatives from The Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley were in attendance to bring awareness of the stark statistics regarding hunger in the Rio Grande Valley; one in two children in the Valley go to bed hungry. The proclamation urged all residents to become aware and engaged in the fight to end hunger, and applauded the Food Bank for its commitment to serving the needs of our community. For more information, visit http://www.foodbankrgv.com/ 


OCTOBER 2012 IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH

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Commissioners' Court and representatives from Mujeres Unidas 

Commissioners' Court approved a proclamation declaring October 2012 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Representatives from Mujeres Unidas were in attendance to bring awareness to the issue of domestic violence.  The County commends the numerous volunteers and professionals and joins efforts to increase public understanding of this issue.  In observance of this month, Mujeres Unidas will be hosting the 19th Annual Candlelight Vigil will be held from 6-8 pm on October 19th at the Family Justice Center Building (511 N. Cynthia St. in McAllen). For more information, visit http://www.mujeresunidas.org/


LINN SAN-MANUEL VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

After the findings of an audit were presented, Commissioners' Court approved to suspend the contract for services with the Linn San-Manuel Volunteer Fire Department (LSMVFD) for approximately two weeks, upon which legal counsel Atlas, Hall & Rodriguez would review the audit's recommendations with the LSMVFD and establish systems and policies to address concerns.  In the interim, the City of Edinburg Fire Department will provide fire protection services to the area.  


COURT ADOPTS 2013 BUDGET
After making a change in the proposed budget to accommodate a $3 million appropriation to fund the 1115 Waiver Anchor Entity , Commissioners' Court adopted the 2013 budget of approximately $246.1 million, which includes a total General Fund operating budget of approximately $178.9 million. Other budgeted funds include $24.5 million for special revenue funded departments and functions, $20.4 million for debt service and $22.2 million for enterprise funds (which include Employee Health Benefits, Workers’ Compensation, and the Jail Commissary).  In the budget, the Court approved a 3% Cost of Living Adjustment for employees and a one step increase for law enforcement personnel for the first time in three years. The budget also included an increase in certain elected officials' salaries to align among similar positions and compensation. This year's budget is based on a tax rate of $0.59; the tax rate has not increased in the past 10 years. 

View more photos of today's meeting at https://www.picasaweb.com/hidalgocounty. 

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LEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE:  The next meeting of Commissioners' Court is scheduled for MONDAY, 10/1/2012. 


Hidalgo County Commissioners' Court/Drainage District Board of Directors met in session on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 and considered agendas that included the following highlights: 


COURT HONORS UTPA ON ITS 85TH ANNIVERSARY

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At its regular meeting of Hidalgo County Commissioners’ Court on Tuesday, September 18, 2012, Court members approved a proclamation honoring the University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) on the occasion of its 85th year in existence. In attendance at the ceremony were UTPA President Dr. Robert Nelsen and Vice President for University Advancement Veronica Gonzales, whom graciously accepted the recognition by Commissioners’ Court.

Established as Edinburg Junior College in 1927, the University has experienced phenomenal growth and undergone a dynamic evolution, with a long history of responding to changing regional needs of the community. Nelsen proudly reported that the University has graduated over 70,000 students since its inception. Dubbed by Gonzales the “University of Choice” for numerous Hidalgo County residents, UTPA currently has an enrollment of over 19,000 students, of which 88.7% are Hispanic.

County Judge Ramon Garcia and Commissioners Hector “Tito” Palacios and Joseph Palacios congratulated the University on its many achievements and accomplishments, and thanked the University for its long-standing commitment to providing higher educational advantages to residents of Hidalgo County and the Rio Grande Valley. Hidalgo County proudly boasts numerous UTPA alumni, graduates, and current and former students, including members of Commissioners’ Court, District Attorney, Sheriff, District Clerk, and other County elected officials, leaders and employees. 

At Tuesday’s recognition, UTPA alumni in the audience stood and were recognized, and congratulated as well. View photos>>


FORMER COUNTY EMPLOYEE HONORED WITH 2012 EMMA

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Commissioners' Court and Trevino Family

Commissioners' Court honored former County employee John Carlos Trevino, who was recently awarded a 2012 "Excellence in My Market Award" (EMMA) by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. John Carlos was honored in the Promotions category as a Producer on Hidalgo County's television commercial "Operation Clean Slate." The commercial was part of a campaign by the County to collect unpaid traffic fines. The commercial aired for several months on news stations across the Rio Grande Valley and helped the county collect over $500,000. John Carlos and Hidalgo County were the only government entity honored by the Academy. John Carlos recently completed his employment with the County, leaving to work on a personal film production project. Court members congratulated John Carlos and his family for his achievements and wished him well on his future endeavors.

Commissioners’ Court is streamed live online when Court is in session (9:30 am on Tuesdays) at the ECN-12 live stream website at http://www.cityofedinburg.com/ecnlivestreaming.php. In case you missed it, you can watch the broadcast of Commissioners’ Court meetings on Tuesday night at 10:30 pm on KMBH-TV. To view a copy of the agenda and related backup documentation for this meeting, visit the county website at www.co.hidalgo.tx.us.

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Hidalgo County Commissioners' Court/Drainage District Board of Directors met in session on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 and considered agendas that included the following highlights:

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS HONORS FELIX RODRIGUEZ

Veterans Service Officer Emilio de los Santos, Assistant VSO Frank Garza, Commissioners Joe M. Flores and Joseph Palacios, Felix Rodriguez, Jr., County Judge Ramon Garcia, and Commissioner Joel Quintanilla

Commissioners' Court recognized Mr. Felix Rodriguez, Jr., of the Veterans Service Office, on his recognition by the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as an accredited representative of the Texas Veterans Commission. Veterans Service Officer Emilio de los Santos read a letter from VA Deputy Assistant General Counsel Y. Ken Lee, which congratulated Mr. Rodriguez on this distinguished recognition. As an accredited representative, Mr. Rodriguez receives certain privileges and responsibilities acquired through this recognition. Commissioners' Court members congratulated Mr. Rodriguez on this accomplishment and thanked him for his service. Veterans Service Officer Emilio de los Santos also took the opportunity to welcome and introduce Frank Garza as the new Assistant Veterans Service Officer.

SEPTEMBER 2012 IS HUNGER ACTION MONTH

Commissioner Joe M. Flores, County Judge Ramon Garcia, Commissioner Hector "Tito" Palacios, Food Bank RGV Chief Development Officer Laura Reagan-Porras, and Food Bank RGV Chief Executive Officer Terri Drefke

Commissioners' Court approved a proclamation declaring September 2012 as Hunger Action Month. Representatives from The Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley were in attendance to bring awareness of the stark statistics regarding hunger in the Rio Grande Valley; one in two children in the Valley go to bed hungry. The proclamation urged all residents to become aware and engaged in the fight to end hunger, and applauded the Food Bank for its commitment to serving the needs of our community. For more information, visit http://www.foodbankrgv.com/ [http://www.foodbankrgv.com/]

OCTOBER 2012 IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH

Commissioners' Court and representatives from Mujeres Unidas

Commissioners' Court approved a proclamation declaring October 2012 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Representatives from Mujeres Unidas were in attendance to bring awareness to the issue of domestic violence. The County commends the numerous volunteers and professionals and joins efforts to increase public understanding of this issue. In observance of this month, Mujeres Unidas will be hosting the 19th Annual Candlelight Vigil will be held from 6-8 pm on October 19th at the Family Justice Center Building (511 N. Cynthia St. in McAllen). For more information, visit http://www.mujeresunidas.org/ [http://www.mujeresunidas.org/]

LINN SAN-MANUEL VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

After the findings of an audit were presented, Commissioners' Court approved to suspend the contract for services with the Linn San-Manuel Volunteer Fire Department (LSMVFD) for approximately two weeks, upon which legal counsel Atlas, Hall & Rodriguez would review the audit's recommendations with the LSMVFD and establish systems and policies to address concerns. In the interim, the City of Edinburg Fire Department will provide fire protection services to the area.

COURT ADOPTS 2013 BUDGET

After making a change in the proposed budget to accommodate a $3 million appropriation to fund the 1115 Waiver Anchor Entity , Commissioners' Court adopted the 2013 budget of approximately $246.1 million, which includes a total General Fund operating budget of approximately $178.9 million. Other budgeted funds include $24.5 million for special revenue funded departments and functions, $20.4 million for debt service and $22.2 million for enterprise funds (which include Employee Health Benefits, Workers’ Compensation, and the Jail Commissary). In the budget, the Court approved a 3% Cost of Living Adjustment for employees and a one step increase for law enforcement personnel for the first time in three years. The budget also included an increase in certain elected officials' salaries to align among similar positions and compensation. This year's budget is based on a tax rate of $0.59; the tax rate has not increased in the past 10 years.

View more photos of today's meeting at https://www.picasaweb.com/hidalgocounty. [https://www.picasaweb.com/hidalgocounty.]

PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE: The next meeting of Commissioners' Court is scheduled for MONDAY, 10/1/2012.

Hidalgo County Commissioners' Court/Drainage District Board of Directors met in session on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 and considered agendas that included the following highlights:

COURT HONORS UTPA ON ITS 85TH ANNIVERSARY

At its regular meeting of Hidalgo County Commissioners’ Court on Tuesday, September 18, 2012, Court members approved a proclamation honoring the University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) on the occasion of its 85th year in existence. In attendance at the ceremony were UTPA President Dr. Robert Nelsen and Vice President for University Advancement Veronica Gonzales, whom graciously accepted the recognition by Commissioners’ Court.

Established as Edinburg Junior College in 1927, the University has experienced phenomenal growth and undergone a dynamic evolution, with a long history of responding to changing regional needs of the community. Nelsen proudly reported that the University has graduated over 70,000 students since its inception. Dubbed by Gonzales the “University of Choice” for numerous Hidalgo County residents, UTPA currently has an enrollment of over 19,000 students, of which 88.7% are Hispanic.

County Judge Ramon Garcia and Commissioners Hector “Tito” Palacios and Joseph Palacios congratulated the University on its many achievements and accomplishments, and thanked the University for its long-standing commitment to providing higher educational advantages to residents of Hidalgo County and the Rio Grande Valley. Hidalgo County proudly boasts numerous UTPA alumni, graduates, and current and former students, including members of Commissioners’ Court, District Attorney, Sheriff, District Clerk, and other County elected officials, leaders and employees.

At Tuesday’s recognition, UTPA alumni in the audience stood and were recognized, and congratulated as well. View photos>> [http://bit.ly/T0eHSZ]

FORMER COUNTY EMPLOYEE HONORED WITH 2012 EMMA

Commissioners' Court honored former County employee John
Carlos Trevino, who was recently awarded a 2012 "Excellence in My Market Award" (EMMA) by
the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. John Carlos was honored in the Promotions category as a Producer on Hidalgo County's television commercial "Operation Clean Slate." The commercial was part of a
campaign by the County to collect unpaid traffic fines. The commercial aired for several months on news stations across the Rio Grande Valley and helped the county collect over $500,000. John Carlos and Hidalgo County were the only government entity honored by the Academy. John Carlos recently completed his employment with the County, leaving to work on a personal film production project. Court members congratulated John Carlos and his family for his achievements and wished him well on his future endeavors.

Commissioners’ Court is streamed live online when Court is in session (9:30 am on Tuesdays) at the ECN-12 live stream website at http://www.cityofedinburg.com/ecnlivestreaming.php [http://www.cityofedinburg.com/ecnlivestreaming.php] . In case you missed it, you can watch the broadcast of Commissioners’ Court meetings on Tuesday night at 10:30 pm on KMBH-TV. To view a copy of the agenda and related backup documentation for this meeting, visit the county website at www.co.hidalgo.tx.us [http://www.co.hidalgo.tx.us/admin/www.co.hidalgo.tx.us] .


Stay informed and updated on County news, programs, activities, and services through the use of our website and social media outlets. Please share this information with your colleagues, employees, family, friends, and all residents of Hidalgo County:

Like us on Facebook! www.facebook.com/hidalgocounty [http://www.facebook.com/hidalgocounty]

Follow us on Twitter! www.twitter.com/hidalgocounty [http://www.twitter.com/hidalgocounty]

Watch videos on Youtube! www.youtube.com/hidalgocountytx [http://www.youtube.com/hidalgocountytx]

View our photos! picasaweb.google.com/hidalgocounty

Stay informed via our
county website at www.co.hidalgo.tx.us [http://www.co.hidalgo.tx.us/]

Sign up to receive important notifications from Hidalgo County via email at www.co.hidalgo.tx.us/notifyme [http://www.co.hidalgo.tx.us/notifyme] .


For more information on Court Report or other Hidalgo County news, contact the Public Affairs Division at 956.292.7026 or via email at public.info@co.hidalgo.tx.us [mailto:] .

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Court Report for September 25, 2012.