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Tuesday, May 16, 2017


Elder Abuse Awareness Month proclaimed

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Holding the proclamation, Gustavo Salinas with Adult Protective services, stands with members of Cross Roads Senior Center and Commissioners Court promoting outreach and education for elderly abuse awareness.

Elderly abuse and people with disabilities in domestic and institutional settings is a wide-spread problem, affecting hundreds of thousands of people across the country.

At Tuesday’s meeting, the court proclaimed May as Elder Abuse Awareness month to call attention to the issues and encourage the victims to reach out for help.

Elder abuse is grossly underreported because those being abuse find it difficult to tell anyone either because they are ashamed or because they are afraid and it’s our duty as citizens to reach out to people in need, said Gustavo Salinas, community engagement specialist with Adult Protective Services. Salinas was joined by representatives from Cross Roads Senior Center.

Founded by the WellMed charitable foundation, in partnership with the Area Agency on Aging of the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Cross Roads mission is to provide a safe and nurturing environment to support the social, emotional, physical, and health needs of older adults in and around McAllen.

“I want to thank the commissioners for allowing us to do outreach and education for this critical matter," said Salinas. "We’d like to let the community know that abuse of the elderly is happening right now and that there is an avenue to reach out to us."

For assistance, victims can call the elder abuse hotline at 1-800-252-5400. All calls are confidential and the phone line is open 24/7 year-round, Salinas said.

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Gustavo Salinas and members of the Cross Roads Senior Center attended Commissioners Court to raise awareness of elder abuse.

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Project will pick up and recycle dumped tires

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Rey Salazar (left) and Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council Executive Director Ron Garza (right) promote the region-wide Road to Recycle Project.

Commissioners Court approved an interlocal agreement with the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council to address the illegal dumping of used tires throughout the valley.

As part of the agreement, Hidalgo County will join other entities in designating personnel and drop off sites for the collection of scrap tires during the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council (LRGVDC) “Road to Recycling” region-wide project.

The LRGVDC will contribute a total of $37,000 and the county will contribute matching funds.  

“We will use our contribution to designate a day and event to work with all precincts in the region-wide tire recycling project,” said Rey Salazar, director of the Strategic Planning Division in the Budget and Management Department.

“These funds were leftover monies allocated by TCEQ funding but instead of returning the monies back to the state, we are allotting the funds into a project that will benefit the entire county,” added Salazar.

The county wanted to explore regional projects to create awareness for the need to recycle tires.

“Tires can be breeding grounds for mosquitoes and it creates a safety issue,” said Pct. 1 Commissioner David L. Fuentes.

There will be a total of 25 drop off sites for collection of scrap tires across the entire valley.

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Waitz Elementary visits Commissioners Court

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4th grade students from Carl C. Waitz Elementary School pose with Commissioners Court.  More than 80 students attended Tuesday's meeting to see county government in action.

“The court has special visitors today,” announced Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia, as more than 80 elementary school students arrived to view "county government in action."  

The fourth-graders from Carl C. Waitz Elementary in Mission attended Commissioners Court as part of their government studies.

“I want to thank you for allowing us to experience county government in action," said student Ryan Long. "As fourth graders, Mrs. Guerra has taught us about county government in Social Studies."

In welcoming the students, Judge Garcia described them as future leaders in Hidalgo County.

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Ryan Long stands with his classmates and thanks the court for allowing them to experience "county government in action."

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At the conclusion of the visit, Maileen Lopez, 10, serenaded "all mothers in the audience" with a heartfelt Spanish ballad in honor of Mother's Day. The fourth-grader is pictured with teacher, Margarita Guerra.

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Commissioners Court looking at lowering taxes
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Hidalgo County Budget Officer Sergio Cruz updated Commissioners Court on the 2018 budget process calendar.

Sergio Cruz, the county’s Budget Officer, reported that the county will soon begin the budget process for 2018.  

At Tuesday’s meeting, Cruz outlined some of the county's goals for the 2018 budget, which includes looking into lowering the county's tax rate without cutting services and projects.

The Budget Process will continue with communication and meetings with department heads. The final budget is expected to be presented for adoption on September 26.

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Motorists reminded to "Share the Road"
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Families and friends of fallen motorcyclists ask all drivers to take precaution at Tuesday's meeting.

The court declared May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month along with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.

During the month of May, drivers are reminded to “share the road” with motorcyclists by watching for blind spots, using turn signals and allowing motorcyclists their space.  

Motorcycles are a popular form of recreation and transportation. They are a common and economical means of transportation that reduces fuel consumption and contributes to the relief of traffic and parking congestion.

Motorcyclists have the same rights and privileges as any motorist. This means they are entitled to their space on the road, no matter the size of their ride. This also means that they must follow the same road laws as other vehicles, including keeping a safe distance from other vehicles.

“We know this is far too often over looked. It’s nice to see all the cities supporting the efforts of further educating the public on the importance of motorcycle safety," said Andrew Cannon, a biker and the transportation director for the Hidalgo County Metropolitan Planning Organization.

"We all ride big bikes, and yet I am amazed at the number of people who don't see us," Cannon said.  "Plumbers, lawyers, doctors, professionals, mayors, everyone and anyone can be a motorcyclist and we are trying our best to get the word out on the safety of sharing the road.”

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Rio Grande Valley Fallen Bikers members stand with Commissioners Court to promote safety for motorcyclists.

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Head Start announces Nutrition Contest winners
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Parents and student from the Edcouch Head Start center display the healthy meals they created for the Nutrition Contest.

Head Start Executive Director Teresa Flores announced the winners of the annual Head Start Nutrition Contest.
  

The contest is hosted by the Head Start Child Nutrition Department. It brings together center staff, parents, children, volunteers, administrative staff and kitchen staff who all play an important role in making the special event possible.

This year's theme was "Put Your Best Fork Forward." At each center, parents presented their dishes and meals focusing on healthy eating, physical activities, and educating others about how to “Put Your Best Fork Forward.”

The Head Start staff’s eagerness was undoubtedly contagious and well-coordinated for the parents and children. The following centers were crowned winners of the Nutrition Contest.


 CATEGORY FIRST PLACE SECOND PLACE THIRD PLACE
2-3 Classroom Centers (East) UTRGV Progreso Monte Alto
2-3 Classroom Centers (West)  Western Road  San Juan I Mission III
4-5 Classroom Centers 
Pharr Las Milpas Sullivan
6-7 Classroom Centers
Mission II San Juan II Donna I
8-10 Classroom Centers
Edinburg V Edcouch Palmview II

Congratulations to each center on "Putting their Best Fork Forward!"

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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, MAY 30. 

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, May 30 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, May 16, 2017


Elder Abuse Awareness Month proclaimed

Holding the proclamation, Gustavo Salinas with Adult Protective services, stands with members of Cross Roads Senior Center and Commissioners Court promoting outreach and education for elderly abuse awareness.

Elderly abuse and people with disabilities in domestic and institutional settings is a wide-spread problem, affecting hundreds of thousands of people across the country.

At Tuesday’s meeting, the court proclaimed May as Elder Abuse Awareness month to call attention to the issues and encourage the victims to reach out for help.

Elder abuse is grossly underreported because those being abuse find it difficult to tell anyone either because they are ashamed or because they are afraid and it’s our duty as citizens to reach out to people in need, said Gustavo Salinas, community engagement specialist with Adult Protective Services. Salinas was joined by representatives from Cross Roads Senior Center.

Founded by the WellMed charitable foundation, in partnership with the Area Agency on Aging of the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Cross Roads mission is to provide a safe and nurturing environment to support the social, emotional, physical, and health needs of older adults in and around McAllen.

“I want to thank the commissioners for allowing us to do outreach and education for this critical matter," said Salinas. "We’d like to let the community know that abuse of the elderly is happening right now and that there is an avenue to reach out to us."

For assistance, victims can call the elder abuse hotline at 1-800-252-5400. All calls are confidential and the phone line is open 24/7 year-round, Salinas said.


Gustavo Salinas and members of the Cross Roads Senior Center attended Commissioners Court to raise awareness of elder abuse.

View Photos >> [https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipPiXJWouwVsGPGPVTA5CVLIpbGVXVC8Nptzvdq_dKXVl2V1UPYwg72RauM-Kw80kw?key=c3h2NW81OUxzejByNzJ4VjRia3VXem4zUmRVcTRR]


Project will pick up and recycle dumped tires


Rey Salazar (left) and Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council Executive Director Ron Garza (right) promote the region-wide Road to Recycle Project.

Commissioners Court approved an interlocal agreement with the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council to address the illegal dumping of used tires throughout the valley.

As part of the agreement, Hidalgo County will join other entities in designating personnel and drop off sites for the collection of scrap tires during the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council (LRGVDC) “Road to Recycling” region-wide project.

The LRGVDC will contribute a total of $37,000 and the county will contribute matching funds.

“We will use our contribution to designate a day and event to work with all precincts in the region-wide tire recycling project,” said Rey Salazar, director of the Strategic Planning Division in the Budget and Management Department.

“These funds were leftover monies allocated by TCEQ funding but instead of returning the monies back to the state, we are allotting the funds into a project that will benefit the entire county,” added Salazar.

The county wanted to explore regional projects to create awareness for the need to recycle tires.

“Tires can be breeding grounds for mosquitoes and it creates a safety issue,” said Pct. 1 Commissioner David L. Fuentes.

There will be a total of 25 drop off sites for collection of scrap tires across the entire valley.


View Photos >> [https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipPiXJWouwVsGPGPVTA5CVLIpbGVXVC8Nptzvdq_dKXVl2V1UPYwg72RauM-Kw80kw?key=c3h2NW81OUxzejByNzJ4VjRia3VXem4zUmRVcTRR]


Waitz Elementary visits Commissioners Court

4th grade students from Carl C. Waitz Elementary School pose with Commissioners Court. More than 80 students attended Tuesday's meeting to see county government in action.


“The court has special visitors today,” announced Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia, as more than 80 elementary school students arrived to view "county government in action."

The fourth-graders from Carl C. Waitz Elementary in Mission attended Commissioners Court as part of their government studies.

“I want to thank you for allowing us to experience county government in action," said student Ryan Long. "As fourth graders, Mrs. Guerra has taught us about county government in Social Studies."

In welcoming the students, Judge Garcia described them as future leaders in Hidalgo County.

Ryan Long stands with his classmates and thanks the court for allowing them to experience "county government in action."

At the conclusion of the visit, Maileen Lopez, 10, serenaded "all mothers in the audience" with a heartfelt Spanish ballad in honor of Mother's Day. The fourth-grader is pictured with teacher, Margarita Guerra.

View Photos >> [https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipPiXJWouwVsGPGPVTA5CVLIpbGVXVC8Nptzvdq_dKXVl2V1UPYwg72RauM-Kw80kw?key=c3h2NW81OUxzejByNzJ4VjRia3VXem4zUmRVcTRR]

Commissioners Court looking at lowering taxes

Hidalgo County Budget Officer Sergio Cruz updated Commissioners Court on the 2018 budget process calendar.

Sergio Cruz, the county’s Budget Officer, reported that the county will soon begin the budget process for 2018.

At Tuesday’s meeting, Cruz outlined some of the county's goals for the 2018 budget, which includes looking into lowering the county's tax rate without cutting services and projects.

The Budget Process will continue with communication and meetings with department heads. The final budget is expected to be presented for adoption on September 26.


View Photos >> [https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipPiXJWouwVsGPGPVTA5CVLIpbGVXVC8Nptzvdq_dKXVl2V1UPYwg72RauM-Kw80kw?key=c3h2NW81OUxzejByNzJ4VjRia3VXem4zUmRVcTRR]

Motorists reminded to "Share the Road"

Families and friends of fallen motorcyclists ask all drivers to take precaution at Tuesday's meeting.


The court declared May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month along with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.


During the month of May, drivers are reminded to “share the road” with motorcyclists by watching for blind spots, using turn signals and allowing motorcyclists their space.

Motorcycles are a popular form of recreation and transportation. They are a common and economical means of transportation that reduces fuel consumption and contributes to the relief of traffic and parking congestion.

Motorcyclists have the same rights and privileges as any motorist. This means they are entitled to their space on the road, no matter the size of their ride. This also means that they must follow the same road laws as other vehicles, including keeping a safe distance from other vehicles.


“We know this is far too often over looked. It’s nice to see all the cities supporting the efforts of further educating the public on the importance of motorcycle safety," said Andrew Cannon, a biker and the transportation director for the Hidalgo County Metropolitan Planning Organization.

"We all ride big bikes, and yet I am amazed at the number of people who don't see us," Cannon said. "Plumbers, lawyers, doctors, professionals, mayors, everyone and anyone can be a motorcyclist and we are trying our best to get the word out on the safety of sharing the road.”

Rio Grande Valley Fallen Bikers members stand with Commissioners Court to promote safety for motorcyclists.


View Photos >> [https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipPiXJWouwVsGPGPVTA5CVLIpbGVXVC8Nptzvdq_dKXVl2V1UPYwg72RauM-Kw80kw?key=c3h2NW81OUxzejByNzJ4VjRia3VXem4zUmRVcTRR]

Head Start announces Nutrition Contest winners


Parents and student from the Edcouch Head Start center display the healthy meals they created for the Nutrition Contest.


Head Start Executive Director Teresa Flores announced the winners of the annual Head Start Nutrition Contest.

The contest is hosted by the Head Start Child Nutrition Department. It brings together center staff, parents, children, volunteers, administrative staff and kitchen staff who all play an important role in making the special event possible.

This year's theme was "Put Your Best Fork Forward." At each center, parents presented their dishes and meals focusing on healthy eating, physical activities, and educating others about how to “Put Your Best Fork Forward.”


The Head Start staff’s eagerness was undoubtedly contagious and well-coordinated for the parents and children. The following centers were crowned winners of the Nutrition Contest.




CATEGORY
FIRST PLACE
SECOND PLACE
THIRD PLACE


2-3 Classroom Centers (East)
UTRGV
Progreso
Monte Alto


2-3 Classroom Centers (West)
Western Road
San Juan I
Mission III


4-5 Classroom Centers


Pharr
Las Milpas
Sullivan


6-7 Classroom Centers


Mission II
San Juan II
Donna I


8-10 Classroom Centers


Edinburg V
Edcouch
Palmview II

Congratulations to each center on "Putting their Best Fork Forward!"

View Photos >> [https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipPiXJWouwVsGPGPVTA5CVLIpbGVXVC8Nptzvdq_dKXVl2V1UPYwg72RauM-Kw80kw?key=c3h2NW81OUxzejByNzJ4VjRia3VXem4zUmRVcTRR]

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://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6lhZ-4WCMJXC1Ezf4jFZsmzIQ2V-dQbi] . 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, MAY 30.

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, May 30 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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