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Texas Department of Adult Protective Services elder abuse investigators with Commissioners Court.

Commissioners Court proclaims May as Elder Abuse Prevention Month and urges citizens to be informed

The court proclaimed May as Elder Abuse Prevention Month and urges all citizens to work together to help reduce abuse and neglect of people who are elderly or who have disabilities.

Accepting the proclamation on behalf of the Texas Department of Adult Protective Services was District Director Ann Cortez.

"As we know there is an estimated five million older adults who are abused, and two to six billion dollars a year compromised due to financial crimes in our state," said Cortez.

Abuse of the elderly and people with disabilities in domestic and institutional settings is a wide-spread problem, affecting hundreds of thousands of people across the country, read the proclamation.

Elder abuse is grossly underreported because the elderly who are being abused find it very difficult to tell anyone and are usually ashamed and sometimes afraid.

People who are elderly or have disabilities have contributed to the general welfare of Hidalgo County. These residents are vital and integral members of our society and their wisdom and experience have enriched our lives. 

"Thank you for recognizing elder abuse in our county," said Cortez.  "We appreciate the support."

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Pharr District Engineer Pete Alvarez.

Hidalgo County approves resolution in favor of State Highway 68

Commissioners Court approved a resolution in support of TxDOT’s recommended preferred alignment for State Highway 68.

The state highway would run through the cities of Donna, Alamo, San Juan, Pharr, Edinburg and neighboring communities and will provide an alternate north-south evacuation route during emergency events.

Pete Alvarez, District Engineer for TxDOT's Pharr District, updated Commissioners Court on the project.

The purpose of the SH 68 project is to accommodate population growth and higher traffic volumes, while relieving the burden on the limited number of existing north-south roadways.

Alvarez told the court that the project is classified as a non-toll highway based on previous environmental studies.

"We have chosen the route that would give us the least displacement of families and businesses," said Alvarez.

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 missetoday's meeting, you can view it on our county website or YouTube Channel by clicking hereYou 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.

The next regular meeting of Commissioners Court will be on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. 
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 III at 100 E. Cano St. in Edinburg.  

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