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County updates residents on parking changes during Courthouse construction phase

With construction set to begin on September 4, Public Affairs Director Julia Benitez Sullivan said the county’s initiative to update residents about upcoming changes to parking at and around the Courthouse and Courthouse Annex III has featured news coverage, guest editorials, videos, posters and social media to help spread the word.

"As reported on July 31, we have been working to provide our constituents with the information they need to know about changes to parking areas prior to the start of construction on the new courthouse scheduled to begin Sept. 4," said Sullivan.

A video with an updated parking plan was presented in Commissioners Court detailing the re-assignment of several additional lots surrounding the courthouse square. The video, which is available on the county website and social media sites, explains which parking lots are available for jurors, the general public, and employees. It also highlights the free shuttle service that will run through designated streets along the perimeter of the courthouse square, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., stopping at high volume locations along the route.  

Along with the video, the Public Affairs office also created posters detailing the new parking plan that will be displayed in the courthouse and in other county buildings. A guest editorial, penned by County Judge Ramon Garcia, was featured in the daily newspaper on Sunday, Aug. 5, a wrap-around advertisement was published in the Monitor on Sunday, Aug. 12, and a guest editorial by District Clerk Laura Hinojosa is expected to run in the Monitor on Sunday, Aug. 19.

The County Clerk’s video on plans to relocate the Vital Statistics and Official Records departments, the latest map, new video, and other information is available on a dedicated page linked to the Courthouse project on the county’s website.

For more information on the parking map and other updates, please click here.  

To view the video click on the image below.


4-H student leaders introduced in Commissioners Court

Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Services staff member Andrea Valdez (far left) with the Hidalgo County 4-H Ambassadors, 4-H Council and Healthy South Texas Ambassadors and the Commissioners Court.

Commissioners Court welcomed future leaders as County Extension Agent Andrea Valdez introduced the new 4-H Ambassadors and Officers.

“The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Hidalgo County 4-H program annually elects or selects young leaders to represent the county program in various ways,” said Valdez.

The 2017-2018 Hidalgo County 4-H Council includes: President Claire Lee, 1st Vice President Emeri Drewry, 2nd Vice President Cooper Ford, Secretary Ashlyn Martinez, Treasurer Jocelyn Boyle, Parliamentarian Lily Ford, Reporter Michael Bullion, Delegate Brain Peña, and Delegate Davin Peña.

The 4-H Ambassador Program aims to project a clear and accurate image of the Texas and Hidalgo County 4-H & Youth Development Program. The program gives teens an opportunity to gain a better understanding of their community and to practice public and communication skills.

The 4-H Youth Ambassadors are: Leo S. Enloe, Brian Peña, Ashlyn Martinez, Claire Lee, Cooper Ford, Emeri Drewry, Ashley Cortez, Jocelyn Boyle, Adriana Aguilar, Justin Capadona, and Michael Bulion.

The Healthy South Texas Youth Ambassadors serve as a source of outreach and lead programs promoting healthy food, nutrition, health and wellness. They are trained on food safety, nutrition and more. They help to educate their peers on how to live healthier lives.

The Healthy South Texas Youth Ambassadors are Samya Ahsaan, Keziah Bernadas, Jocelyn Boyle, Angela Cantu, Amanda Chapa, Chris Choi, Maysam Daghestani, Maielah Davis, Emeri Drewry, Fatima Figueroa, Bianca Garcia, Madeline Guerra, Mayra Gutierrez, Alex Hernandez, Alberto Lopez, Ashlyn Martinez, Madison McCandless, Aislyn Morales, Emma Morales, Brian Peña, Heaven Peña, Joseph Peña, Catalina Ramirez, Rene Reyna, Eduardo Rivas, Elyssa Rodriguez, Ramon Rodriguez, Evan Williams, and Trevor Williams. 

Commissioners Court congratulated the newly appointed ambassadors and officers.

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Commissioners Court
L-R: Pct. 4 Commissioner Joseph Palacios, Pct. 3 Commissioner Joe M. Flores, County Judge Ramon Garcia, Pct. 2 Commissioner Eduardo "Eddie" Cantu, and Pct. 1 Commissioner David L. Fuentes at today's Commissioners Court.

Hidalgo County budget workshop continues

With six weeks left before adopting the county’s 2019 budget, Budget Officer Sergio Cruz presented the court with an outline of the budget process during a budget workshop following the Commissioners Court meeting.

A calendar consisting of presentations, hearings, and other information on the 2019 budget is available on the county's website. Click here for the 2019 Budget Process Calendar.

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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, August 21, 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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