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Tuesday, March 7, 2017


Court at Law judges receive Commissioners Court support for new court

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L-R: County Court at Law judges Albert Garcia No. 6, Arnold Cantu Jr. No. 5, Rodolfo "Rudy" Gonzalez No. 1, Jaime "Jay" Palacios No. 2, Sergio Valdez No. 7, Federico "Fred" Garza Jr. No. 4, and Omar Maldonado No. 8.  

Citing heavy case loads and comparisons to other counties of similar size, with more courts than is available in Hidalgo County, all seven Court at Law Judges asked Commissioners Court for a letter of support to the Texas legislature to create a new county Court at Law.

"Based on the numbers and the influx of cases, it's imperative that we move forward with a new court," said County Court at Law No. 1 Judge Rodolfo "Rudy" Gonzalez.

With growth in Hidalgo County's population, the judges all agreed that there has been a significant increase in cases.

In addition, the judges all expressed support of the need for a new courthouse, saying security, aging infrastructure and lack of space are key issues.

"We want to address all matters on legal and security issues that arise and adhere to the citizens of the county in a fair and confident manner," said County Court at Law Judge No.4 Federico "Fred" Garza Jr.

If approved by the Legislature, the Hidalgo County Court at Law No. 9 will be established in fall 2019. 

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March 6 - 10 declared as National School Breakfast Week
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 Debra Franco, Child Hunger Outreach Specialist with Baylor University's Texas Hunger Initiative (green jacket) was joined by representatives from Donna, Edcouch Elsa and Weslaco school districts and students. 

National School Breakfast Week, which has been celebrated since 1989, offers an opportunity to raise awareness of the advantages of starting the day with a healthy and nutritious meal.

There is evidence that students who eat breakfast have better attention and memory; show improved attendance; and score higher on standardized achievement tests.

At the request of Precinct 1 Commissioner David L. Fuentes, the court issued a Proclamation in support of National School Breakfast Week and encouraged all residents to become aware about their children's and their own nutrition habits, to achieve a more healthful citizenry for today and the future.

Debra Franco, a Child Hunger Outreach Specialist with Baylor University's Texas Hunger Initiative accepted the proclamation, saying that the goal is to ensure that no child goes hungry.

"We appreciate the work being done in our school districts to provide meals for children," Franco said. "We are striving for a hunger free Hidalgo County by engaging school districts, Catholic Charities, the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, food pantries, non-profits, and city and county governments to identify the gaps and find ways to address hunger in our population."

Several representatives from Edcouch Elsa, Donna and Weslaco school districts and a few students joined Franco in supporting the proclamation. 

"Thank you for what you do to help the kids in our school system.  You all give our kids options and find ways to feed our children on a daily basis," said Fuentes. "What you do is important by educating the kids on what foods they should be eating and also on what foods to avoid."

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Commissioners Court with Franco (in green) and representatives from Donna, Edcouch-Elsa and Weslaco school districts, including some Donna students.


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Hidalgo County and City of McAllen hosting fifth annual South Texas All Hazards Conference
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Commissioners Court approved the interlocal agreement between Hidalgo County and the City of McAllen to host the 2017 South Texas All Hazards Conference at the McAllen Convention Center, which will be held next Tuesday and Wednesday. This two day event is the biggest free conference on emergency preparedness in the State of Texas.

First responders and other emergency management personnel will hear from more than 65 state, federal and local experts on emergency preparedness and learn procedures on response and recovery during a crisis. In addition, more than 70 vendors will showcase the latest technology and tools available in emergency management and homeland security in the exhibit hall. 

This year’s event will also feature the South Texas Immunization Conference. The one day summit will feature experts discussing the latest on vaccine preventable diseases. 

"We expect more than 3,000 attendees this year," said Eddie Olivarez, Chief Administrative Officer for Health and Human Services.

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Last year, the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office's provided live K-9 demonstrations.

The annual conference is organized by Hidalgo County Health and Human Services, Hidalgo County Emergency Management, the City of McAllen and the Texas Department of Emergency Management (TDEM) with primary funding from the Texas Department of State
Health Services. 

Click here to register for this FREE conference.
 For more information call (956) 318-2426.

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Fees Waived for All Delta Lake Park visitors 
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Fully operational since 1997, the park has been recognized by the state of Texas for its scenic environment and quality park services. 

Visitors heading to Delta Lake Park this weekend will be pleased to know there is no longer an entrance fee to enter the park. Precinct 1 Commissioner David L. Fuentes proposed the change during Tuesday's meeting and Commissioners Court unanimously approved it.

Fuentes said removing the fee will improve the quality of life for residents by encouraging physical fitness and family activities in the beautiful park.

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"Walk of Crime Victims & Survivors" to be held on April 2 

Commissioners Court approved the use of the courthouse parking lot for this year's "Walk for Crime Victims & Survivors" planned for Sunday, April 2, from 2 - 7 p.m. The event is hosted by the RGV Family & Friends of Murdered Children. The organization is the local chapter of the National Parents of Murdered Children.

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Did you miss today's meeting? Watch it at 9 p.m. Thursday on KMBH Ch. 10 or on the county's YouTube Channel!

If you missed today's meeting, you can view it on our county website or YouTube Channel by clicking here. You can also watch today's Commissioners Court and Drainage District meetings on KMBH TV, cable channel 10, on Thursday at 9 p.m.
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THE NEXT REGULAR MEETING OF COMMISSIONERS COURT WILL BE HELD AT 9:30 A.M. ON TUESDAY, MARCH 21. 

The Drainage District #1 Board of Directors and Commissioners Court meetings will be held at 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., respectively, on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 in the Commissioners Courtroom located on the first floor of the Courthouse Annex at 100 E. Cano in Edinburg.

Watch our meetings live here.

View meetings and find other news and events videos on our Hidalgo County YouTube Channel. 
 
To view a copy of the agenda and related backup documentation for this meeting, visit the county website at 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! Follow us on Twitter! Watch videos on Youtube! View our photos! Stay informed via our county website! Sign up to receive important notifications from Hidalgo County via email! 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.   

 

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017


Court at Law judges receive Commissioners Court support for new court

L-R: County Court at Law judges Albert Garcia No. 6, Arnold Cantu Jr. No. 5, Rodolfo "Rudy" Gonzalez No. 1, Jaime "Jay" Palacios No. 2, Sergio Valdez No. 7, Federico "Fred" Garza Jr. No. 4, and Omar Maldonado No. 8.

Citing heavy case loads and comparisons to other counties of similar size, with more courts than is available in Hidalgo County, all seven Court at Law Judges asked Commissioners Court for a letter of support to the Texas legislature to create a new county Court at Law.

"Based on the numbers and the influx of cases, it's imperative that we move forward with a new court," said County Court at Law No. 1 Judge Rodolfo "Rudy" Gonzalez.

With growth in Hidalgo County's population, the judges all agreed that there has been a significant increase in cases.

In addition, the judges all expressed support of the need for a new courthouse, saying security, aging infrastructure and lack of space are key issues.

"We want to address all matters on legal and security issues that arise and adhere to the citizens of the county in a fair and confident manner," said County Court at Law Judge No.4 Federico "Fred" Garza Jr.

If approved by the Legislature, the Hidalgo County Court at Law No. 9 will be established in fall 2019.

View Photos >> [https://goo.gl/photos/pSUxohHGyJXBsjoX6]

March 6 - 10 declared as National School Breakfast Week


Debra Franco, Child Hunger Outreach Specialist with Baylor University's Texas Hunger Initiative (green jacket) was joined by representatives from Donna, Edcouch Elsa and Weslaco school districts and students.

National School Breakfast Week, which has been celebrated since 1989, offers an opportunity to raise awareness of the advantages of starting the day with a healthy and nutritious meal.

There is evidence that students who eat breakfast have better attention and memory; show improved attendance; and score higher on standardized achievement tests.

At the request of Precinct 1 Commissioner David L. Fuentes, the court issued a Proclamation in support of National School Breakfast Week and encouraged all residents to become aware about their children's and their own nutrition habits, to achieve a more healthful citizenry for today and the future.

Debra Franco, a Child Hunger Outreach Specialist with Baylor University's Texas Hunger Initiative accepted the proclamation, saying that the goal is to ensure that no child goes hungry.

"We appreciate the work being done in our school districts to provide meals for children," Franco said. "We are striving for a hunger free Hidalgo County by engaging school districts, Catholic Charities, the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, food pantries, non-profits, and city and county governments to identify the gaps and find ways to address hunger in our population."

Several representatives from Edcouch Elsa, Donna and Weslaco school districts and a few students joined Franco in supporting the proclamation.

"Thank you for what you do to help the kids in our school system. You all give our kids options and find ways to feed our children on a daily basis," said Fuentes. "What you do is important by educating the kids on what foods they should be eating and also on what foods to avoid."

Commissioners Court with Franco (in green) and representatives from Donna, Edcouch-Elsa and Weslaco school districts, including some Donna students.

View Photos >> [https://goo.gl/photos/pSUxohHGyJXBsjoX6]

Hidalgo County and City of McAllen hosting fifth annual South Texas All Hazards Conference

Commissioners Court approved the interlocal agreement between Hidalgo County and the City of McAllen to host the 2017 South Texas All Hazards Conference at the McAllen Convention Center, which will be held next Tuesday and Wednesday. This two day event is the biggest free conference on emergency preparedness in the State of Texas.

First responders and other emergency management personnel will hear from more than 65 state, federal and local experts on emergency preparedness and learn procedures on response and recovery during a crisis. In addition, more than 70 vendors will showcase the latest technology and tools available in emergency management and homeland security in the exhibit hall.

This year’s event will also feature the South Texas Immunization Conference. The one day summit will feature experts discussing the latest on vaccine preventable diseases.

"We expect more than 3,000 attendees this year," said Eddie Olivarez, Chief Administrative Officer for Health and Human Services.

Last year, the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office's provided live K-9 demonstrations.

The annual conference is organized by Hidalgo County Health and Human Services, Hidalgo County Emergency Management, the City of McAllen and the Texas Department of Emergency Management (TDEM) with primary funding from the Texas Department of State

Health Services.

Click here to register for this FREE conference. [https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-south-texas-all-hazards-conference-tickets-30332164320?ref=enivtefor001&invite=MTEyNDkzMDgvamFjbHluLnRyZXZpbm9AY28uaGlkYWxnby50eC51cy8w&utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=inviteformalv2&utm_term=eventpage] For more information call (956) 318-2426.

View Photos >> [https://goo.gl/photos/pSUxohHGyJXBsjoX6]

Fees Waived for All Delta Lake Park visitors


Fully operational since 1997, the park has been recognized by the state of Texas for its scenic environment and quality park services.

Visitors heading to Delta Lake Park this weekend will be pleased to know there is no longer an entrance fee to enter the park. Precinct 1 Commissioner David L. Fuentes proposed the change during Tuesday's meeting and Commissioners Court unanimously approved it.

Fuentes said removing the fee will improve the quality of life for residents by encouraging physical fitness and family activities in the beautiful park.

View Photos >> [https://goo.gl/photos/pSUxohHGyJXBsjoX6]


"Walk of Crime Victims & Survivors" to be held on April 2

Commissioners Court approved the use of the courthouse parking lot for this year's "Walk for Crime Victims & Survivors" planned for Sunday, April 2, from 2 - 7 p.m. The event is hosted by the RGV Family & Friends of Murdered Children. The organization is the local chapter of the National Parents of Murdered Children.

View Photos >> [https://goo.gl/photos/pSUxohHGyJXBsjoX6]

Did you miss today's meeting? Watch it at 9 p.m. Thursday on KMBH Ch. 10 or on the county's YouTube Channel!


If you missed today's meeting, you can view it on our county website [https://hidalgocountytx.swagit.com/play/12062016-662] or YouTube Channel by clicking here [https://youtu.be/VojSGetSaY0] . You can also watch today's Commissioners Court and Drainage District meetings on KMBH TV, cable channel 10, on Thursday at 9 p.m.

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THE NEXT REGULAR MEETING OF COMMISSIONERS COURT WILL BE HELD AT 9:30 A.M. ON TUESDAY, MARCH 21.

The Drainage District #1 Board of Directors and Commissioners Court meetings will be held at 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., respectively, on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 in the Commissioners Courtroom located on the first floor of the Courthouse Annex at 100 E. Cano in Edinburg.


Watch our meetings live here [http://www.co.hidalgo.tx.us/index.aspx?NID=1939] .

View meetings and find other news and events videos on our Hidalgo County YouTube Channel [https://www.youtube.com/user/HidalgoCountyTx] .

To view a copy of the agenda and related backup documentation for this meeting, visit the county website at 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.

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