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Posted on: September 27, 2018

HIDALGO COUNTY EARNS TAC BEST PRACTICES AWARD FOR NUISANCE ABATEMENT EFFORTS

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The Hidalgo County Nuisance Abatement Program was awarded the 2018 County Best Practices Award, which recognizes county leaders' efforts who create new, efficient and effective solutions to challenges facing local governments, said TAC County Relations Officer Rick Avery. 


"The Best Practices award is designed to recognize innovative and scalable programs that other counties can replicate, and this program exceeds the criteria for this award," Avery said.


Prior to the creation of the Nuisance Abatement program in 2016, Hidalgo County did not have the authority or adequate means to address health and safety code violations in its unincorporated areas. Reports from residents, however, regarding unkempt properties continued to rise. By creating the program, the county is now able to act immediately to help protect county residents’ health and welfare.


“You are to be commended for your foresight and the actions you’ve taken to make this program possible,” Avery said.


Most property owners notified of a problem respond and resolve the reported issue within 31 days and avoid the abatement costs that occur when the county has to step in to resolve the issue. To date, there have been over 915 successful case closures.


The program is a collaborative effort between several county departments. Hidalgo County Operations Administrator Chris Treviño thanked Chief Executive Officer Valde Guerra and Commissioners Court for supporting the program. He also recognized his staff, the District Attorney's Office, the IT Department, and the Budget Office for assisting the program.


“I’m proud to say that this program has had nearly 2,000 recorded cases,” said Treviño. "This program has also played a part in the clean-up of 917 properties in rural Hidalgo County, and that’s something we should all be proud of.”


Hidalgo County was one of eight Texas counties selected to receive a TAC 2018 County Best Practices Award. The county has previously won this award in 2012, 2013, and 2016. Commissioners Court congratulated all those involved in the success of the program.


Photo: Commissioners Court with Code Enforcement staff, and representatives from the DA's Office and Budget Management Office. Holding the Best Practices Award is (L-R in the front row) Chris Trevino and Rick Avery.

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