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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.

Read more: Mission School Board reorganized


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.”

Read more: City works to balance business, beautification


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


MRMC to celebrate 60th anniversary

20140815 Mission-Municipal-Hospital 0367 featureMission Regional Medical Center celebrates its 60th anniversary Aug. 15.

In six decades, the organization has evolved from a small community hospital with only 40 beds to a large medical facility with 297 beds and the latest technology that medicine has to offer. The anniversary will be celebrated with the unveiling of the hospital’s new Journey Wall to be placed across from admissions in the lobby of the medical center.

In 1954, Mission was a small town with leaders that recognized the need for a community hospital that could provide extended medical care for its citizens. The Mission City Council led the journey to open a hospital to serve the needs of Mission’s citizens along with neighboring communities to the west, extending into Starr County. Members of the council at that time were Logan Duncan, mayor; commissioners A.J.W. Armstrong, Ramon L de la Garza, M.W. Held, Joaquin Martinez; secretary V.D. Anderson.

Read more: MRMC to celebrate 60th anniversary


MCISD Board president resigns

20140813 MCISD Board-Meeting JB 4310Mission School Board President Sonia Treviño resigned from the board Wednesday night after serving nearly seven years. She was just three months into her term as president of the board.

In an interview just after she announced her resignation, Treviño said she decided to step down because her sister had applied for an administrative position with the school district.

“A family member has an opportunity to put her name in the hat, and family comes first with me. I’d like for her to have the opportunity without me being influential in any way, shape or form to the process,” she said. “That’s what I would expect of any board member, because there’s going to be the perception that she’s going to get it because her sister is there (on the board).”

Read more: MCISD Board president resigns


City sanitation department in transition; public should leave trash cans in alley, by curb

20140815 MISSION Sanitation-trucksMission city leaders believe taking over residential trash service will mean the end of broken garbage cans, skipped pick ups and cans thrown in the middle of the street.

The city is set to take over trash service Sept. 8, but sanitation trucks already are hitting the streets as Mission prepares to take over residential trash pick up from BFI Services.

Other than better service, City Manager Martin Garza said residents shouldn’t expect much to change. The city plans to mirror the routes BFI already has mapped out each week.

Read more: City sanitation department in transition; public should leave trash cans in alley, by curb


Council holds public hearing on tax rate

City-of-Mission-logoThe Mission City Council held a public hearing on the proposed 2014 tax rate and unanimously approved the rate, 1 cent lower than the current rate at a Monday meeting.

The proposed rate is $0.5188 per $100 valuation. It includes $0.1076 for debt and $0.4112 for maintenance and operation. The estimated tax levy based on the proposed tax rate will create revenues of $15, 107,149, a decrease of $349,433 from the 2013 tax levy of $15,398,343.

The council voted unanimously for the tax rate decrease.

Read more: Council holds public hearing on tax rate


Mission business owner a finalist in H-E-B contest

20140813 MISSION H-E-B-Quest-for-the-Best 2716Mission resident Pilar Gonzalez learned to make a variety of dips from her aunt two decades ago.

Today, its possible Gonzalez’s dips could be sold in H-E-B stores across the state through the H-E-B Primo Picks Quest for the Texas Best contest. Gonzalez is one of 25 finalists. She and one other Rio Grande Valley business owner were chosen from 600 entries.

A grand prize winner will be named a “Texas Best” Primo Pick, and three others will win cash and an opportunity to be sold at H-E-B stores.

“I keep pinching myself,” Gonzalez said, adding that she was so excited, “I don’t sleep anymore.”

And she doesn’t expect to get much sleep if she’s named a winner. To get to this point in the competition, candidates had to submit a business plan on how they would meet the demand of each H-E-B. Gonzalez said the winners have 30 days to negotiate with H-E-B and a year to grow into the demand.

Read more: Mission business owner a finalist in H-E-B contest


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