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Resolution honoring Cpl. Jose Luis "Speedy" Espericueta Jr.

Fallen officer Cpl. Jose Luis "Speedy" Espericueta Jr. was honored in a resolution presented to his family.

Family of Cpl. Jose Luis "Speedy" Espericueta, Jr.
Cpl. Espericueta's wife and children hold the resolution and memorabilia presented at Court.

Commissioners Court honors Cpl. Jose Luis "Speedy" Espericueta Jr.

Corporal Jose Luis "Speedy" Espericueta Jr. was honored by Commissioners Court for making the ultimate sacrifice while performing his duty to serve and protect.

Espericueta's end of watch was on Thursday, June 20. He was an 18-year law enforcement veteran, most of which was served in the City of Mission Police Department. 

Speaking on behalf of the fallen officer's family, Mission Police Chief Robert Dominguez said, "We are strong and will get through this."

"It's been hard dealing with this," said Dominguez.  "We appreciate your support from the county as well as all the support throughout the state and country – we are grateful to have all of your help during the healing process."

City of Mission Police Chief Robert Dominguez
Mission Police Chief Robert Dominguez.
Espericueta was the first Mission police officer killed in the line of duty since 1978. 
He is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 21-years Roberta “Bobbie” De Leon Espericueta and their two children, Brianna, 19, and Joaquin, 13; his parents Santy McAllen-Gonzalez, Joe Gonzalez, and Jose Luis Espericueta Sr.; and two brothers, Isaac and Danny Gonzalez.
"When God created him, he blended in the right mixture of humility and compassion," said Dominguez. "These qualities molded him into a true public servant and assisted him in becoming the great leader that he was for our department.”

Precinct 3 Executive Assistant Sara Vela handed the family an autographed photo from Dallas Cowboy Guard Connor Williams on behalf of Commissioner Joe M. Flores, who sponsored the Resolution.

"We know that Cpl. Espericueta was a big fan of the Dallas Cowboys," said Vela.  "Please accept this token on behalf of Precinct. 3."

Hidalgo County will forever be grateful for his service and sacrifice. Cpl. Espericueta’s dedication to public service will stand as a shining example to all.

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The City of Mission honored for its All-America City award

City of Mission honored for receiving All-America City award.
Commissioners Court recognized the City of Mission for its All-America City award.

Commissioners Court recognized the City of Mission with a Resolution in support of the city's great accomplishment in being honored by the National Civic League as one of 10 All-America City award winners.

"We are proud to be here, thank you for this recognition," said Mayor Armando O’Caña, who was joined at Commissioners Court by staff members, council-members and community supporters.  "We have expectations and standards to meet as a city for all of our citizens, but that could not happen without the heart of these great people working for the City of Mission."

Since 1949, the National Civic League has annually recognized and celebrated the best in American civic innovation with the prestigious All-America City Award. 

"What you all accomplished requires great leadership and support," said Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez.  "We are proud of what the RGV can do and the City of Mission is doing great things. Congratulations."

Mission has a little over 83,000 residents, 88% of which are Latino, the town prioritizes civic engagement, partly through the establishment of an All-America Inclusive Committee.

Mission City Councilwoman Jessica Ortega Ochoa talked about the effort put forth by the city in presenting its case to the National Civic League.

"After receiving the devastating news we did our best to perform, although during our presentation we did not have all the big props as other cities did, we performed from our hearts and we dedicate this award to Speedy," said Ochoa.

The honor salutes the City of Mission’s work in inclusive civic engagement to create stronger connections among residents, business, and government leaders.

Mission brings its diverse populace together by offering a free tennis program to low-income residents and the visually impaired; economic empowerment projects including training, grants, and internships; and a food and service center for people living in poverty.

The City of Mission is an example of excellence in Hidalgo County, Commissioners Court commends the work of the elected officials, staff, and volunteers in promoting excellence. 

Navy Veteran Dagoberto Rios leads the Pledge of Allegiance
Navy veteran Dagoberto Rios leads the Pledge of Allegiance.

Navy veteran Dagoberto Rios led the Court in Pledge of Allegiance

Dagoberto Rios, who served as Radioman Petty Officer 2nd Class, in the U.S. Navy, led the Pledge of Allegiance at Commissioners Court. 

Rios, an Inventory Control Specialist in the county's Purchasing Department, served from June 1979 to November 1991.

Commissioners Court has started a new tradition of beginning each meeting with a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces being recognized and then leading the Court in the Pledge of Allegiance.

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Road to Recycling Program

Get rid of old tires for free on Saturday, July 20

Hidalgo County is inviting to all rural county residents who have old and unused tires to get rid of them at no cost in the Road to Recycling Regional Tire Collection Event on Saturday, July 20.

Sponsored by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council, the event seeks to reduce the number of unsightly scrap tires that might be lying around yards, collecting water and creating ideal breeding grounds for disease-carrying mosquitos. 

Used tires are a significant source of illegal dumping, and pose significant drainage and vector control challenges in addition to contributing to neighborhood blight.

On Saturday-only, rural county residents can dispose of used tires at any of the 12 Trash Collection Stations located throughout the county. 

The locations available, requirements, and hours of operation are:

Hidalgo County Precinct 1: - ID and Utility Bill required

1. Mile 4 ½ North East of FM 493, Donna  7 a.m. – 1 p.m.
2. Mile 5 ½ West Road & Mile 21, North Monte Alto 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.
3. Mile 1 East and 6 North, Mercedes 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.
4. Mile 11 North and Mile 1 ½ W, Weslaco 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.
5. FM 493 & 4th (29606 McKinley), Hargill 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Hidalgo County Precinct 2: - ID and Utility Bill required

6. 119 E. El Gato Rd.
(1 Mile East of S. Tower Rd./Border Rd. & El Gato), Alamo 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Hidalgo County Precinct 3: - ID and Utility Bill required

7. Mile 7 (FM 2221) ¼ Mile West of Tom Gill Road, Peñitas 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
8. 6 ¾ Mile N. Los Ebanos, Alton 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
9. Corner of Military Rd. and FM 886, Sullivan 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
10. Military Rd. 0.5 Mile West of FM 1427, Peñitas 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Hidalgo County Precinct 4: - ID and Utility Bill required

11. 1124 North M Road, Edinburg 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
12. 0.25 Mile East of Hwy 281 on FM 186, Linn 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Event Rules:

• Metal rims must be removed from all tires.
• Only bike, car and light truck tires accepted.
• No commercial tires or waste tires generated from tire businesses will be accepted.

For additional information, please click here.

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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 Budget Workshop on

Tuesday, July 9
The workshop will be held at 10:00 a.m.

The next regular meeting will be on

Tuesday, July 30

The Drainage District Board of Directors meets at 9:30 a.m. 
followed by Commissioners Court at 10 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
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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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