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Key stakeholders attended a Courthouse mock-up on June 14 to view a real-sized replica of the new courthouse courtrooms. 
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Brian Mcintyre and Oscar Garcia.

Design development phase for New Courthouse nears completion


Jacobs Project Managers Brian McIntyre and Oscar Garcia updated the court on the the status of the new Hidalgo County Courthouse. During the presentation, McIntyre went through a timeline of completed and upcoming steps in the construction project's progress. Among the items discussed was the steering committee's review of proposed exterior and interior finishes, and the courtroom mock-up session that was held at Palmer Pavilion.

"Last week we had a courtroom mock-up that was generally very well received," said McIntyre. "We wanted to give the key stakeholders an idea of what the courtrooms would look like before construction."

Thirteen County Court-at-law and District Court judges, and their staff, showed up to give their input on the full-scale courtroom model constructed by Morganti Texas, the Construction Manager at Risk for the new county courthouse.

"Judges have been making suggestions for changes, and they will be voting on those changes at the next board of judges meeting," said County Judge Ramon Garcia. "We will need to be prepared to accommodate those requests."

With the design development near completion, plans for the new courthouse are moving forward.

"We're cutting costs by eliminating furniture and other things we don't need," McIntyre said. "We're also making sure we don't over design in order to give you the best options and to manage the budget to fit your needs."

The closing of Closner will be on or near September 4 and parking arrangements will be done in partnership with the City of Edinburg, said McIntyre.

Groundbreaking for the project is expected to take place in the fall of 2018.

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L-R: Sister Norma Pimentel, Pct. 4 Commissioner Joseph Palacios, Pct. 3 Commissioner Joe M. Flores, Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia, Pct. 2 Commissioner Eduardo "Eddie" Cantu, and Pct. 1 Commissioner David L. Fuentes.

Sister Norma Pimentel honored for years of charitable work and service to her community


Commissioners Court honored Sister Norma Pimentel for receiving the University of Notre Dame's 2018 Laetare Medal - the oldest and most prestigious honor given to American Catholics.

Pimentel, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, received the Laetare Medal on May 20. The resolution sponsored by Precinct 2, highlighted Pimentels vast community service, as well as her recognition by Pope Francis for her work with immigrants during in a virtual town hall meeting that was featured on ABC’s “20/20” in 2015.

"Thank you for all your work sister," said Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia.


Pimentel received a standing ovation following the resolution and thanked Commissioners Court for recognizing her. She humbly attributes her successful efforts in advocacy to her colleagues and volunteers.

“Everything I do, I do together with our community--thank you so much for this recognition," Pimentel said. "There are many others who work alongside with me that are not publicly visible, and they are my true champions; this honor belongs to them, too."

Pimentel has overseen the charitable arm of the Diocese of Brownsville since 2008, providing a range of services that includes emergency food and shelter, housing assistance, clinical counseling and pregnancy care to all four counties in the Rio Grande Valley.


"Being a graduate of Notre Dame, the third in my family, I recognize the importance of this award," said Hidalgo County Pct. 1 Commissioner David L. Fuentes. "Thank you for allowing us to honor you."

Previous recipients of the Laetare Medal include Civil War Gen. William Rosecrans, President John F. Kennedy, Catholic Worker founder Dorothy Day, and Vice President Joe Biden.

"I'm sure you will be compensated for all your dedicated work way beyond this life time," Fuentes said.

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County Clerk Arturo Guajardo Jr.

County Clerk's office relocates Vitals and Records


In anticipation of the construction of the new Hidalgo County Courthouse, County Clerk Arturo Guajardo Jr. is taking a proactive approach on how his staff can continue to provide services to constituents. Guajardo went before the court to give a presentation on the relocation of the County Clerk's Vitals and Records Management departments.

These departments are currently housed on the first floor of the courthouse, they will be relocated to the Records Facility warehouse located on 317 N. Closner in Edinburg.

"As you well know, our office is strictly a service oriented office so a lot of the foot traffic at is coming to the courthouse is visiting us," said Guajardo. "We decided to move some of our operations to the warehouse to better accommodate the citizens that are coming to our office."

The Vitals and Recording departments process, catalog and record more than a hundred thousand official documents a year, including birth certificates, marriage licenses and deeds. The the relocation to the warehouse will offer more space for staff, accessibility to constituents and plenty of available parking. 

The relocation is expected to be completed by the fall of 2018.

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NOTICE - Commissioners Court will now meet every other week

Commissioners Court announced it will now meet bi-weekly, instead of every week. The next Commissioners Court meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 3 at 9:30 a.m. The Drainage District meeting will be at 9 a.m. To keep up to date with our court meetings and view upcoming agendas, please click here to visit our website.


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, July 3, 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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To view a copy of the agenda and related backup documentation for this meeting, visit the county website at www.hidalgocounty.us
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