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On Wednesday, June 11, 2014, Hidalgo County Precinct 4 Commissioner Joseph Palacios hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Linn-San Manuel Emergency Services Facility at its future site located on SH 186, just east of Hwy 281.
Jesse Ozuna, project manager, gave the welcome and expressed how many people and agencies collaborated to make the vision of the new Linn-San Manuel Emergency Services Facility from to a reality. Ozuna introduced Assistant Director Veteran Services Felix Rodriguez, who said the pledge of allegiance and the invocation was conducted by Father Alex Flores. Remarks were given by Emergency Service District #3 Fred Cappadona, Linn-San Manuel Community Improvement Committee Carlos Guerra, representing the Luis Flores Jr. family Patsy De Los Santos, Hidalgo County Interim Sheriff Eddie Guerra, and Precinct 4 Commissioner Joseph Palacios, who all echoed the same sentiment of the importance of such a facility for the community of Linn-San Manuel.
Once constructed, the Emergency Services Facility will provide the tools and space needed to help first responders serve area residents, including a fire station with three bays and an ambulance service, which will be offered by the Emergency Service District #3. The building will include office space for various local and state departments, providing them with a working area where they can prepare reports and have access to computers while responding to situations in the vicinity. The Linn-San Manuel Emergency Service Facility will be used as an Emergency Operating Center when natural disasters occur, such as hurricanes, wildfires and power outages. There will also be a community room where local residents can gather for meetings. The project is estimated to cost approximately $1.3 million. Funds for this project are being provided by Hidalgo County Precinct 4, Emergency Service District # 3 and the Linn-San Manuel Improvement Corporation.
After the closing remarks, elected officials, dignitaries, and residents gathered around shovels staked in the ground and conducted the ceremonious shovel of the dirt, which commenced the construction of the new Linn-San Manuel Emergency Services Facility.