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Mission looks at changes in lighting and landscape ordinances

City-of-Mission-logoAware of the need for lighting in parking lots for safety and the need for additional beautification of parking lots, the Mission City Council approved changes in ordinances regarding city policies of both at a Monday meeting.

Lighting plans for parking lots will be examined whenever a building permit is sought for safety against vandalism, theft and assault, and for the convenience and comfort of the user.

Levels of lighting will be regulated to provide sufficient lighting but not cause interference on public thoroughfares or encroach on the privacy of occupants of adjacent buildings. The plan must show the types and heights of the lights to be used, which must provide illumination at 10-foot intervals.

Read more: Mission looks at changes in lighting and landscape ordinances

   

Mission economy gaining ground in '14

MEDC-logoA cross section of economic indicators in Mission are showing that the city is bouncing back from the recession with steady growth, job creation, stronger retails sales and more residential construction.

Through the first half of 2014, unemployment is down over last year and has dropped to its lowest point on average since 2008. Mission’s retail stores and restaurants are humming this year and the city stands to have its biggest year yet for retail. On construction, residential building is a bright spot and through the first six months, it’s the busiest in three years.

The Mission Economic Development Corporation and the City of Mission have worked together for years to draw more business to the city and to grow from within. In 2014, MEDC CEO Alex Meade, said that “as the economy begins to turnaround, businesses are seeking to expand”.

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Buckner celebrates expansion of Family Hope Center

20140829 PENITAS Buckner-Ribbon-Cutting 3133 COLORPEÑITAS–Buckner International executives and community leaders celebrated the new expansion of the Buckner Family Hope Center in Peñitas with a ribbon cutting and ceremony on Tuesday, Aug. 26.

Thanks to the generosity of Buckner donors, the construction provides additional resources for families in the Peñitas area.

“We are excited for this new addition because it gives Buckner an opportunity to expand the work of the Buckner Family Hope Center and provide hope to even more struggling families,” said Monica Salinas, executive director of Buckner Children and Family Services in the Rio Grande Valley. “This expansion will provide a safe and stable environment as our families strive to gain control of their futures and make positive changes for their families.”

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Students return to school

20140825 AREA Back-to-School 3093There were tears from both students and parents Monday as schools in the area welcomed them in for the first day of class.

La Joya Independent School District is one of few districts in the area to offer full-time pre-kindergarten programs, and some of the youngest students at Camarena Elementary weren’t quite ready for their parents to leave.

The first day of the school is the only morning parents are allowed on campus to visit their children’s classrooms before school, and Principal Mary Lily Garza said everything was running smoothly as she ushered parents out of the building at 8:15 Monday.

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Businesses win through Ruby Red Ventures

20140819 MISSION Ruby-Red-Ventures 2989Parking will expand at Jitterz Coffee Bar after owners received a $10,000 grant through Mission’s Ruby Red Venture program.

It was one of five grants adding up to $50,000 announced by the Mission Economic Development Corporation at Tuesday’s meeting. Through the program, the corporation hands out up to $100,000 annually in two rounds to encourage entrepreneurial ventures.

Since the program started, the city has handed out $182,000 to local business owners. In this round, grants went both to new entrepreneurs as well as established businesses in Mission.

Read more: Businesses win through Ruby Red Ventures

   

Mission School Board reorganized

20140822 Patricia-OCana-OlivarezAfter accepting the resignation of school board President Sonia Trevino last Wednesday, the Mission CISD board of trustees elected new board officers. Patricia O’cana-Olivarez was named board president, Patty Bazaldua, vice president, and J.C. Avila, secretary.

In addition, Veronica Rodriguez-Mendoza was appointed to fill the board vacancy created by Trevino’s resignation. Mendoza was immediately sworn in and took her place on the board.

Trevino stepped down from the board so her sister, Leticia Ybarra, could be hired by the district in a newly-created position as Coordinator for Physical Education and Health. Following the reorganization of the board, Ybarra was approved for the new position in a 7-0 vote.

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City works to balance business, beautification

City-of-Mission-logoA move to allow more signs along the Mission highway was met with protest from local government watchdog Virginia Townsend at a recent city workshop.

As Planning Director Daniel Tijerina went over proposed changes to the city’s sign ordinance, which would allow more billboards along U.S. 83, Townsend tapped him on the shoulder and asked if she could speak.

“How does having more signs enhance our community? What is good about having more? What is pretty about it? Why do we want to make it less stringent than what we have?” Townsend asked. “I certainly don’t think there’s anything great about allowing more signs.”

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Bryan Elementary student drop-off changes to improve traffic safety

20140822 MCISDL Bryan-Drop-off-changes-2014Parents of Bryan Elementary School students are being alerted to changes in the traffic patterns for students at the school beginning this year. The change is occurring because of the increased traffic along Bryan Road due to the construction of the new WalMart neighborhood grocery store on the property just south of the school.

Beginning Monday, Aug. 25, access to Bryan Elementary School and Elm Street from Bryan Road will be limited during school drop off and pick up times. Elm Street will be closed at Bryan Road from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. and again from 2 to 4:30 p.m. each school day. All access to the school during these times will be made by approaching the school on Elm Street from the east coming from Stewart Rd. and then exiting back on Elm Street in the same direction towards Stewart.

The decision to make these changes was made during a meeting between Mission Consolidated Independent School District administration and the Mission Police Department.

Read more: Bryan Elementary student drop-off changes to improve traffic safety

   

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