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Hidalgo County Drainage District #1 General Manager Raul Sesin being interviewed by Telemundo 40.
DD #1 Gen. Manager Raul Sesin.

Resolution in support of proposed House Bill will allow infrastructure and rainy day fund for drainage projects

Commissioners Court is backing two bills in the Texas State Senate that address concerns about flood planning, mitigation, and drainage-related infrastructure projects.

Last week, Pct. 1 Commissioner David L. Fuentes and Drainage District General Manager Raul E. Sesin met with lawmakers in Austin, testifying in support of House Bill 13, H.J.R. 81; filed by Rep. Dade Phelan and Senate Bill 1521, S.J.R. 51; filed by Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa.

The House and Senate Bills will allow Hidalgo County to tap into rainy day funds for development of flood projects, he said.

"We went to Austin to testify on Representative Phelan's bill that will create an infrastructure fund and a rainy day fund," said Sesin. "The $3.2 billion that is being proposed will allow for planning and development of construction of flood mitigation projects statewide."

Under the proposed draft legislation, Hidalgo County will be eligible to take advantage of these funds and apply for the various sources of funding that are appropriated should the legislation be approved, read the resolution.

"Since Hidalgo County is part of the Delta area, drainage is a very important issue because it affects the quality of life of our residents,” said County Judge Richard F. Cortez.

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Hidalgo County Health and Human Services Director Eduardo "Eddie" Olivarez
Health and Human Services Director Eduardo "Eddie" Olivarez.

Collaboration with UTRGV programs support research and clinical services   

One of the ways Hidalgo County cares for the health and safety of residents is through collaboration. At today’s Commissioners Court, the Health and Human Services Department received approval for three Interlocal Cooperation Agreements with the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley that will further strengthen the county’s work in providing access to research and health care.

“These Interlocal Agreements will establish a larger footprint in developing access to health care in Hidalgo County,” said Director Eddie Olivarez in a telephone interview from Washington D.C.

Olivarez is a featured speaker at a National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine workshop regarding the challenges in monitoring populations following nuclear and radiological emergencies in the United States. He was represented at Commissioners Court by Public Health Education Coordinator Rick Salinas.

One of the agreements will strengthen the county’s efforts to track and analyze mosquito-borne illness data in collaboration with the Center for Vector-Borne Disease, which was established by UTRGV last April. The other two, with the School of Nursing and College of Health Care Professions, respectively, will serve to provide education for nursing and allied health students at the county’s clinical facilities, as well as provide clinical support during public health exercises and emergency events.

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The March 26th Commissioners Court will start at 2 p.m.

4th Tuesday Flier

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, March 26
The Drainage District Board of Directors meets at 1:30 p.m. followed by Commissioners Court at 2:00 p.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.  

View meetings and find other news and events videos on our
Hidalgo County YouTube Channel.
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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