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Department heads, County Judge's staff and Orlando Garcia, holding a plaque, pose with Commissioners Court in honor of County Judge Ramon Garcia, who leaves office Dec. 31, after 13 years of service during three terms as County Judge.
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Orlando Garcia

New courthouse law library dedicated to County Judge Ramon Garcia


Commissioners Court honored Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia for his service to the county by naming the new courthouse law library after him. 

His son Orlando Garcia accepted the dedication and a plaque of appreciation on Judge Garcia's behalf.

"Thank you for having me here today and for honoring my dad," said Garcia.  "My dad is a very humble man, but he wanted me to let you all know how incredibly grateful he is for this."

The endeavor symbolizes a lasting contribution to the people of Hidalgo County that will provide unique educational opportunities for generations to come.  As a trailblazer in the construction of the new courthouse, along with Judge Garcia’s extensive career and knowledge in law, the dedication of the Ramon Garcia Law Library is a fitting recognition, said Precinct 4 Commissioner Joseph Palacios, who spearheaded the effort.

"It is only fitting to name the facility with collections of law books and legal resources after an individual with equal knowledge on law and county government as Judge Garcia," said Palacios.

 
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L-R Orlando Garcia, Julia Sullivan, Yolanda Chapa

Garcia, who has served three terms in office with honor and distinction, was not able to attend the meeting and was not involved in discussions to name the library in his honor.

"I thought this was a great idea, and well-deserved," said Precinct 2 Commissioner Eduardo "Eddie" Cantu. "I'm looking forward to the outcome of the new courthouse project Judge Garcia himself spearheaded."

According to the resolution, Garcia worked with Commissioners, department heads, and staff to strengthen county funds, building up the reserve account from under $800,000, when he first took office, to more than $38 million as he leaves office, and, along with Commissioners Court, operating in a fiscally responsible and efficient manner.

"Congratulations to your father, and your entire family for this recognition and all he has accomplished," said Precinct 1 Commissioner David L. Fuentes.  "Your father was always mindful and transparent about the building of the new courthouse."

Chief of Staff Yolanda Chapa praised the judge on his leadership.

"I'm exceedingly proud of him," said Chapa.  "His leadership in building up the reserves and in fiscal responsibility is the primary reason that the county was able to embark on the construction of a much-needed, new Hidalgo County Courthouse."

Garcia will retire from public office on December 31 to return to practicing law full-time. 

"Thank you Commissioners and everyone who's supported and believed in his efforts," said Orlando Garcia.  "My dad never did anything for recognition; his motivation was always to leave things better than what they were when he got there and leaving a legacy."

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L-R: Lorena Celeste Carillo and Treasurer Norma G. Garcia.

Resolution in honor of Treasurer Norma G. Garcia


Commissioners Court recognized Hidalgo County Treasurer Norma G. Garcia for her pioneering, innovative work and contributions to her community.

Garcia has served the residents of Hidalgo County for 24 years. She was first elected County Treasurer in 1994 and is currently serving her sixth consecutive term.

"Thank you Commissioners; it's been a pleasure working with all of you," said Garcia. "I'm truly grateful to a lot of people, especially my family and of course my office family as well for all their support."

As County Treasurer, she succeeded in computerizing the department and improved many of the processes used in the treasury. She implemented Direct Deposit for county employees and was instrumental in the implementation of a Biometric Time and Attendance Program which is used by more than 3,200 employees.

Joining her was grandaughter Lorena Celeste Carrillo, 19, who is a student at UTRGV and several staff members.

"Lorena was born during my first term in office," Garcia said. "I wonder if she will one day serve in public office."

Garcia has served the community in many capacities and will retire from public office on December 31, after a long and distinguished career. 

"I want to thank the people of Hidalgo County for allowing me the opportunity to honorably serve them," said Garcia.

Commissioners Court congratulates Garcia for her dedication to the county and the community.

"We appreciate all you've done for the county," said Precinct 2 Commissioner Eduardo "Eddie" Cantu.  "Congratulations on your future endeavors."


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John Carlos Treviño and Jaclyn Treviño with Commissioners Court.
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Jaclyn Treviño

State video award presented to Public Affairs Multimedia Coordinator


For the second year in a row, Hidalgo County Public Affairs was honored at the Texas Association of Telecommunication Officers and Advisors (TATOA) annual conference in Dallas, reported Public Affairs Director Julia Benitez Sullivan.

During the awards ceremony held in November, Hidalgo County received a 3rd place TATOA Award for Overall Excellence and three honorable mentions in the following categories: Community Event Coverage for the video titled "Sheriff’s Office Fallen Heroes Ceremony;" Public Affairs for  "Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month;" and Public Service Announcement for "Don’t Drive!  Call 9-1-1;" all produced by Multimedia Coordinator Jaclyn Treviño.

"Over 240 entries were submitted from 27 jurisdictions across the state, and Hidalgo County was the only county to be selected as a finalist," said Sullivan. "While the award was presented to Hidalgo County Public Affairs, the credit goes to Jackie for her great work."

The videos are available to view on the county's website, online channel, and social media platforms. They are also shared with partnering city and school district television stations.

"Thank you to the Commissioners Court for their support. I look forward to collaborating with the precincts and departments so we can produce more videos in 2019," said Treviño.

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Construction on track for new County Courthouse, reports Project Manager Brian McIntyre.

New courthouse continues to progress


Courthouse Project Manager Brian McIntyer, with Jacobs, reported that progress on the courthouse construction is on track.

In his monthly report, McIntyre said a lot of the work being done is Early Site Package Work that includes underground foundation work.  

"We currently have 162 out of a total of 211 piers installed," said McIntyer. "The largest is seven feet wide and 70-feet deep."

The next 60 days of construction includes Site Utilities, Area F foundations, Piers Area A & B, Sleeve installation, Tower cranes, Trenching & Conduit for AEP, Elevator Pit, and Level 1 & 2 columns.  

"We continue to have good progress," said McIntyer.  "Things are going well in terms of the building."

For new courthouse construction updates click here.

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Annette Muniz

Commissioners Court approves 2019 bonds for current and newly Elected Officials


As 2018 wraps up, Hidalgo County is welcoming newly elected officials County Judge Richard F. Cortez, Precinct 4 Commissioner Ellie Torres, Treasurer Lita Leo, among others. Commissioners Court approved 2019 bonds for several current and newly elected officials on Tuesday.

County Clerk Chief Deputy Annette Muniz read off the list of officials, which, in addition to those mentioned, also included Precinct 2 Commissioner Eduardo "Eddie" Cantu, District Clerk Laura Hinojosa, County Court #1 Judge Rodolfo Gonzalez, J.P. Precinct 3, Place 2 Juan Jose Pena Jr., J.P. Precinct 5, Place 1 Jason Pena, and J.P. Precinct 1, Place 2 Jesus Morales.

These new and returning officials will be sworn-in beginning January 1, 2019. 

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Commissioners Court approves ongoing funding for several museums


Commissioners Court approved 2019 Museum Funding Agreements for the Museum of South Texas History in the amount of $460,000.00, the Donna Hooks Fletcher Museum in the amount of $10,000, and the Mission Historical Museum in the amount of $10,000.

Through the funding agreements, the museums will utilize the monies for operational funds and to provide services to the people of Hidalgo County.

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Michael Leo

Commissioners Court approves four tax abatement agreements


Hidalgo County Commissioners Court approved four tax abatement agreements for Wind Farm projects that will result in close to $1 Billion of investment in Hidalgo County.  This will be renewable energy that can provide a much-needed injection of energy as the State of Texas continues to face a shortage of energy during high demand time periods, said Economic Development Director Michael Leo.

"The project will provide an economic boost to our local economy; upwards to 50 jobs, with average salaries of $45,000, and dozens of indirect jobs are expected during and after construction," Leo said. 

Landowners throughout the county will also enter into agreements that will provide supplemental income for residents in rural and agricultural areas.

"This is the second company that has selected Hidalgo County to invest in renewable energy in the last five years," Leo said. "Similar projects have emerged in neighboring counties such as Starr, Cameron, and Willacy County. The projects will also create an influx in taxable revenue for the county."

The court also approved another agreement with United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS) to support their expansion in Hidalgo County, which has a $27 million investment. Economic prosperity continues to flourish in Hidalgo County. 

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Chief Deputy Eric Sanchez.

Fire Marshal's office partners with five cities to provide Rural Emergency Services


Commissioners Court approved several Rural Emergency Services Interlocal Agreements between the County of Hidalgo and five local cities.

The Fire Marshal has partnered with the cities of Elsa, Mercedes, Palmview, Pharr, and Weslaco in an effort to increase emergency response and resources to constituents.

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Did you miss Today's meeting?
Watch it at 9 p.m. 
Thursday on KMBH Ch. 10
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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, January 8
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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