Michael Leo
County's Economic Development Director Michael Leo.

County kickoff for United Way contribution begins in January

The United Way of South Texas serves Hidalgo and Starr Counties, and funds over 100 programs through 23 Partner Agencies and numerous Community Impact Grant recipients.

Economic Development Director Michael Leo said that County Department Heads and Elected Officials have already begun raising awareness on the campaign that will kick off in January.

Earlier this week, Elected Officials and Department Heads met at the Echo Hotel where Pct. 2 Commissioner Eduardo "Eddie" Cantu was the guest speaker and spoke to the group about the important role the United Way plays within our county by giving back.

"Last year, Hidalgo County as a whole contributed over $55,000 for United Way. The goal is to increase employee contributions by 10 percent," said Leo.

Department Heads, and their employees will have the opportunity to meet with the United Way and decide on what level they'd like to contribute to the cause.

"The United Way will offer a presentation for each department so staff members can hear about all the positive things they do," said Cantu. "It's a great way to give to several entities by donating to just one."

Cantu said that several elected county officials have already showed interest in increasing the amount they raised from the previous year.

"I think there will be a tremendous increase, as Pct. 1, the Sheriff's, and the District Attorney's offices have already committed to contributing more to this year's campaign," said Cantu.  "Thank you all for being leaders in this, and let's lead by asking our employees to do what they can do to help."

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Delta Regional Reservoir Groundbreaking set for Wednesday

Precinct 1 Commissioner David L. Fuentes invited the community to attend a Groundbreaking Ceremony for the 224-acre Delta Regional Reservoir, the first of three phases proposed for the Delta Region Water Management Project. 

In partnership with Hidalgo County Drainage District No. 1, the project aims to significantly alleviate flooding and improve drainage for the Delta Area region and, ultimately, increase the water supply to the region.

"We've began coordinating efforts and the digging of the Reservoir that we're connecting to the main drain has begun," said Fuentes. "The excavation process is underway." 

The Delta Regional Reservoir project is estimated to cost $48 million with the entire Delta Region Water Management Project estimated at approximately $94 million. Future phases of the project include purchasing two additional reservoir systems and the construction of a water treatment facility at each reservoir that would allow for storm runoff water to be reclaimed and used as a new water source, providing for sustainability and also serving to mitigate flooding.

"Thank you to the Drainage District for putting this together; we are looking forward to this historic event," said Fuentes.  "All of our regional partners, as well as those impacted by the increase capacity level we're adding off of the main drain will be there."

The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the project’s site location in La Villa (Uncle Peters Rd., between Mile 17 Rd. N & FM 491).

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Eddie Olivarez
HCHHS Chief Admin. Eddie Olivarez.

County offering vision services December 16-19

Precinct 2 and Remote Area Medical have joined forces to provide vision services at the Precinct 2 Community Resource Center on December 16 - 19, 2018. 

Hidalgo County Health and Human Services Chief Administrative Officer Eddie Olivarez reported on the Interlocal agreement between RAM and the county.

RAM is a non-profit organization which possesses large-scale mobilization of emergency response material, food relief, information dissemination, donation coordination and general support and response in time of need.

"Pct. 2 Commissioner Eduardo Cantu and his team have done a fantastic job in working with RAM to provide support services," said Olivarez.  "This service will assist a couple hundred children and families."

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Commissioners Court bows their heads in respect of a moment of silence held at Tuesday's meeting.

Commissioners Court holds Moment of Silence 

At the request of County Judge Ramon Garcia, Director of Public Affairs Julia Benitez Sullivan engaged the court in a moment of silence in remembrance of the victims of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting.  The county mourns the 11 killed in the senseless hate-fueled murders and offers our deepest condolences to the survivors, families, and to the Jewish community.

"We stand in solidarity with Pittsburgh, Allegheny County and the members of the Tree of Life Synagogue," said Sullivan.

"We also remember one of our own family members, Fabian Ramirez, a 21-year employee of the Hidalgo County Probation Department," Sullivan said.  "He passed away on Oct. 23 at the age of 56.  He is survived by his wife, Denise, and daughter, Delysa."  

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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 missed today'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, November 6
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 Court house Annex III at 100 E. Cano St. in Edinburg.  

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