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Physician Participation Month Proclamation

L-R Health Department Executive Assistant IV Misty Palacios, Health Department Chief Administrative Officer Eddie Olivarez, Texas Medical Association President  Dr. Carlos Cardenas, American Medical Association Delegate Dr. Linda Villarreal, Precinct 4 Commissioner Joseph Palacios, Precinct 3 Commissioner Joe M. Flores, County Judge Ramon Garcia, Precinct 2 Commissioner Eduardo "Eddie" Cantu, Precinct 1 Commissioner David L. Fuentes, Hidalgo-Starr Medical Society President Dr. Martin Garza, Hidalgo-Starr Medical Society Executive Director Elsie Perez, and Zika Field Support Consultant with C & I Advantage in support of CDC Kathy Hernandez.

November is Physician Participation Month

Three of the Rio Grande Valley's top physicians were on hand at Commissioners Court as the Court passed a proclamation declaring November as Physician Participation Month.

The Proclamation was presented by the Health and Human Services Department, in part, to recognize all Hidalgo County doctors who have been proactive in the fight against Zika and other communicable diseases, said Chief Administrative Officer Eduardo "Eddie" Olivarez.

"The Hidalgo County Health and Human Services Department in conjunction with the Texas Department of State Health Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have included the Physician Participation Month as part of this awareness campaign," Olivarez said.  

The campaign will help facilitate communication and education among Hidalgo County residents to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of mosquito control and prevention.

Dr. Carlos Cardenas, president of the Texas Medical Association, was joined by Dr. Linda Villarreal, delegate to the American Medical Association, and Dr. Martin Garza, president of the Hidalgo-Starr Medical Society. The three said they represented all of the local physicians, who have provided more than 10,000 Zika assessments to date this year.

“The disease can be difficult to diagnose, often resembling other infections and noninfectious diseases," said Olivarez. 

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Precinct 1 unveils Athletic Track at Juvenile Justice Center for Boot Camp Facility

Precinct 1 Commissioner David L. Fuentes – in collaboration with District Court Judges Renee Rodriguez-Betancourt, 449th; Mario E. Ramirez Jr., 332nd; Israel Ramon Jr., 430th; and the Juvenile Probation Department – will host a ribbon cutting for an Athletic Track at the Juvenile Justice Center Boot Camp in Weslaco at 9 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 1.
The project began as a partnership between Precinct 1 and the 449th District Court.  After they were sworn into office, Rodriguez-Betancourt invited Fuentes to visit the boot camp that is located in Precinct 1. The purpose of the visit was to familiarize Fuentes with the boot camp program for possible future expansion and improvements. They both agreed the athletic track could be renovated quickly and at little to no cost.
“The old worn out track was becoming a hazard for the cadets each day they exercised,” said Fuentes. “We knew, with our resources, we could improve their facility and give them a track they could proud to use.”
The Athletic Track cost $7,180 for materials. Fuentes also contributed Precinct 1 equipment and staff to work on the project.
“Since I took office, I along with the Hidalgo County Assistant District Attorneys and Public Defenders, have made monthly visits to the cadets at the boot camp to stay updated with their progress throughout the program,” said Rodriguez-Betancourt. “Knowing they have to use the track seven days a week, I wanted to be sure it was in the best possible shape to assist in their rehabilitation.”

Fuentes encouraged everyone to attend the ribbon cutting and also passed out invitations to another joint-venture, this one with Tax Assessor-Collector Pablo "Paul" Villarreal for a ribbon cutting next week for the Weslaco Substation Tax Office Express Lanes.

“Recently, the county assisted with a tax office remodel that added two new windows that will be dedicated to express lanes,” said Fuentes.  “These lanes will be utilized exclusively for vehicle registration.”
The buildings and grounds department assisted with the project by providing all the labor for the improvements. 
“This project is an effort to provide more efficient services for those that pay vehicle tax and registration at the Precinct 1 substations,” said Villarreal.

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American Legion Post 408 representatives.
American Legion Post 408 (Edinburg) representatives Finance Officer Arnoldo Morin (left) and Commander Gus Garcia Sr. were granted approval to use the Hidalgo County Courthouse parking lot as the kick-off for the annual Veterans Day Parade.

Community invited to annual Veterans Day Parade Nov. 11

Please join the County in celebrating and honoring our country's veterans at the annual Veterans Day Parade, sponsored by American Legion Post 408. The parade will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11. The parade begins at the Hidalgo County Courthouse parking lot and concludes at Richard R. Flores Stadium (formerly Cats Stadium) in Edinburg.

"We've partnered with the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library for the past few years," said Post 408 Commander Gus Garcia Sr. "This will be our largest parade yet, with approximately 125 entries."

Garcia was joined at Commissioners Court by the Post's Finance Officer Arnoldo Morin. To register as a parade participant, or for more information, please contact Lucy Robinson at (956) 383-6246 or via email at [email protected].

No smoking

Hidalgo County considers no smoking policy

Hidalgo County Budget Officer Sergio Cruz reported on the consideration of Hidalgo County amending the policy for tobacco use.

The Texas Department of State Health Services requirements are modifying their supplemental of special conditions on all of their grants effective for fiscal year 2019.

Currently the county’s policy allows smoking outside of county buildings within 30 feet, however if voted on, smoking will no longer be allowed in any county building, parking lot, sidewalks and will prohibit smoking. 

The new policy will allow the county to continue applying for certain grants if minimal requirements are met.

Early voting

Early Voting ends Friday

A record amount of early voters turned out for early voting in Hidalgo County.

According to the Hidalgo County Election's Department, over 11,150 people have voted since Early Voting commenced.

Early voting runs through Friday, Nov. 3 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 7. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Countywide Polling Locations will be in effect on Election Day. That means anyone can vote at any polling location.  Your ballot will be everywhere. 

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. Or watch it on Friday morning at 9 a.m. on your local school district channel 17 on cable.

The next regular meeting of Commissioners Court will be held Tuesday, Nov. 7. 

The Drainage District Board of Directors meets at 9 a.m., followed by Commissioners Court at 9:30 a.m. Meetings are held in the Commissioners Courtroom, located on the first floor of the Courthouse Annex at 100 E. Cano St. in Edinburg.  

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