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Moment of Silence for Cpl. Jose "Speedy" Espericueta

Moment of Silence for Corporal Jose Espericueta

A moment of silence was held in honor of Mission Police Corporal Jose "Speedy" Espericueta at Tuesday's meeting.

“May all those who knew Corporal Espericueta know that his efforts to protect the laws and citizens of Mission will always be remembered. May God be with his family and friends during this difficult time,” said Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez.

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Resolution for Coach Ogletree
Friends and colleagues of the late Alfred Ogletree are pictured accepting a resolution along with Precinct 4 Director of Field Operations Tony Forina, far left, and Commissioners Court: Precinct 4 Ellie Torres, Precinct 3 Joe M. Flores,
Judge Richard F. Cortez, 
Precinct 2 Eduardo "Eddie" Cantu, and Precinct 1 David L. Fuentes.

Former UTPA Baseball Coach Alfred Ogletree honored

Alfred H. Ogletree who served as head coach from UTPA from 1969 to 1997 and was later inducted into the UTPA's inaugural Athletics Hall of Fame was recognized with a resolution in honor of his legacy.

Ogletree, who passed away on June 24, at the age of 89, was remembered for a legacy of excellence in the field of baseball and for his work with young athletes. In attendance were representatives from the UTRGV Athletics Department as well as family friends prior to attending services celebrating the coach's life.

"Today his work family is here to be recognized and accept the resolution on the family's behalf," said Precinct 4 Director of Field Operations Tony Forina, who presented the Resolution on behalf of Commissioner Ellie Torres.

Born in San Antonio, Texas, Ogletree played professional baseball in the minors for two years while also serving in the Army as an officer.

He served as head coach at Dallas, Sul Ross State University, and the University of Texas-Pan American. 

"Ogletree retired with a 1,084–618–1 record at Pan American," said Forina. "
In his career with the Broncs, he led them to 13 College World Series appearances."

He has been inducted into the Austin High School, Texas A&M University, American Baseball Coaches, Rio Grande Valley Sports, Central Texas Semi-Pro, University of Dallas, Sul Ross University, and Texas Sports Halls of Fame.

His legacy will live on through the lives of his family, the many young athletes he coached and all who were fortunate enough to have known him, and he will be remembered for his service to the United States and his exceptional years of coaching.

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OEM Coordinator Ricardo Saldana
OEM Coordinator
Ricardo Saldaña.

Recovery efforts continue as county extends Declaration of Disaster

Commissioners Court voted to extend the Disaster Declaration as a result of Monday's torrential storm.

Precinct 1 Commissioner David L. Fuentes said county and Drainage District crews have been working 24-7 to assist residents and clear water. In addition to all the floodgates being open, there are 23 standing and mobile pumps working to push water into the drainage system.

Drainage District General Manager Raul Sesin said over 12 inches of rain inundated the eastern portion on Hidalgo County in six hours, which is considered a 500-year event. That portion of the county has suffered two 500-year rain events in a little over one year.

Emergency Management Coordinator Ricardo Saldaña discussed pumping operations from Mile 11 North to Mile 16 North and between FM 88 and 105 by Precinct 1, with support from all precincts; Drainage District #1 dewatering operations along the levee system; a visit from FEMA on July 1 to conduct assessments of home and business damages; coordination with American Red Cross for the continuation of shelter assistance; damage assessments and public assistance; mutual aid support from Cameron and Willacy through assistance with pumps; and more.

"I want to thank you for all your coordination efforts through conference calls that included all our county departments in regards to the flooding that has occurred," said Precinct 1 Commissioner David L. Fuentes.  "FEMA will be here today and our staff has already located many of the troubled areas."

The extension allows more time to determine if the county will meet the threshold to qualify for state and federal aid.

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Commissioners Court honors two longtime Hidalgo County Employees

Anna Smith Resolution
Anna Smith, holding the resolution at left, was joined by family and colleagues at Court.
Luis Sosa
Pct. 1 employee Luis Sosa.

Commissioners Court honored two long-time Hidalgo County employees, Luis Sosa and Anna Smith, with resolutions for their dedicated service to the county.

In 1986, Sosa began working for Hidalgo County Precinct 1 as a Maintenance/Laborer employee making $3.50 an hour. Sosa held his position for 33 years and is very grateful for all the years served to benefit himself and his family.

"I appreciate this honor, thank you Commissioner David L. Fuentes and all of you for this," said Sosa.

Anna Smith.
Anna Smith was honored for 37 years with the County Clerk's office.

At the age of 22, Smith began working for the County Clerk’s Office. Her first position was in the Probate Department. She then pursued work in the Criminal Department and later as a Recording Clerk in which she remained until 2002. In 2005, she returned to the Probate Department in the County Clerk’s Office, where she completed her years of service for Hidalgo County.

Smith has worked under a total of seven County Clerks during her career. 

"I want to thank the court and my boss, County Clerk Arturo Guajardo Jr., for the opportunity to complete 37 years of service," said Smith.

Commissioners Court congratulates both employees and wishes them a healthy and fruitful retirement.

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Robert Castaneda leads Pledge
Robert Castaneda leads the Pledge.

U.S. Veteran leads Commissioners Court in Pledge of Allegiance 

After calling Commissioners Court to order, County Judge Richard F. Cortez introduced Hidalgo County employee Robert Castañeda to lead the Pledge of Allegiance.

"Today, we are honored to have Mr. Robert Castañeda, a veteran of the United States Army and National Guard, lead us in our Pledge of Allegiance," said Cortez.  

Castañeda is the Building Maintenance Division Manager for Hidalgo County Facilities Management Department.

He served from 1969-1975 and retired as U.S. Army Sergeant.

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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, tonight at 9 p.m. Or watch it on Friday morning at 10 a.m. on your local school district channel 17.

Please note that there will be a workshop and brief Commissioners Court on
Tuesday, July 9
The workshop will be held at 9:30 a.m., followed by a brief
Commissioners Court at 10:00 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.  

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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