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Commissioner Flores to seek fourth term

20111104_Commisioner-FloresMISSION — Hidalgo County Precinct 3 Commissioner Joe M. Flores announced this week that he will seek a fourth term in the March 2012 election.

“I am seeking a fourth term because I am fully committed to all the residents of Precinct 3. When they elected me I made a pledge to improve the quality of life and promote economic growth for all our citizens,” said Flores in his announcement. “I am working for you, the people of Precinct 3 and all of Hidalgo County.”

 

A lifelong resident of Precinct 3, Flores said he is a committed public servant that continues to fight for the community he represents. His business experience has allowed him to maximize tax dollars by exploring and recommending new approaches that reduce county costs.  In 2003, he proposed that the county convert to a self-funded insurance program. With the support of the Commissioners’ Court, the change was adopted.

In mid-2003 Hidalgo County converted to a self-funded workers compensation program, followed by a self-funded health insurance program in 2005, which has yielded substantial savings to the county. The self-funded health insurance and workers compensation funds now have a healthy fund balance of $5.8 million and $2 million respectively and a savings of approximately $30 million.

Flores said the healthy fund balances in each program are even more impressive given the fact that the county reduced its member premiums in 2009 to help reduce the general fund expenditures resulting in a very healthy general fund balance of $33.6 million by the end of the fiscal year.

Under his leadership, Precinct 3 has experienced abundant growth and progress, his announcement says. The precinct has an inventory of approximately $10,234,000 in assets. Funding for much needed infrastructure improvements has also been secured under his administration.   Some of the street improvement projects that have been completed under his leadership this term include: 2 Mile (FM 492 to Abram); Doffing Road (Mile 8 to Mile 9); Inspiration Road (Mile 8 to Mile 10); Minnesota Road (Mile 8 to Mile 9); Mile 9 (Inspiration Road to Trosper Road); Mile 9 1/2 (Conway Avenue to Trosper Road);  Trosper Road (Mile 9 1/2 to Mile 10); Moorefield Road (Mile 5 to Mile 7); Western Road (Mile 3 to Mile 7);  Mile 2-Orange Grove Road (La Homa Road to FM 492). Other street improvement projects are:  2 Mile Line (FM 494 to La Homa Rd.) 8 Mile Line (Mayberry to Shary Road); Abram Rd. (Business 83 to Expressway 83); Breyfogle Rd. (FM 495 to 3 Mile); Greene Rd. (Business 83 to Expressway 83); La Homa Rd. (8 1/2 to 10 mile); Moorefield Rd. (495 to Mile 5); Polk Ave.; Western Rd. (Mile 3 to Mile 7).

Other projects that Flores led during his third term were the construction of the Pavilion/Conference Facility, which includes a pavilion equipped with barbeque pits, a conference meeting room, a fully equipped kitchen area, and constables offices. This facility is used for numerous meetings and workshops by Precinct 3 employees and other organizations. Other projects that he promoted were the modernization and reconstruction of the Anzalduas Park boat ramp/dock, the paving of the Colonia El Flaco, a drainage project for Monica Acres, the water line project from Sullivan City to Havana and the Eyehorn Landfill.

“My hands-on approach to concerns and problems has been the reason for my success as Hidalgo County Commissioner,” Flores said.

Flores said he is committed to pursuing projects that will result in savings to Hidalgo County. In 2010, Precinct 3 received $822,000 from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant. The commissioners’ vision helped identify several projects for the grant that will produce energy savings and provide needed services. One of the projects was the installation of LED lights in the Multi-Purpose Building and in all pavilions. This project will eventually project a saving in energy costs.

The second project was the replacement of traditional lights with solar lights in Anzalduas Park, Katarina Park, North Park, Abram Park, and Abram Baseball Field, Los Ebanos Pavilion and Los Ebanos Baseball Field, Messinas Pavilion, and Veterans Pavilion. The savings projected from the installation of these solar lights are between $5,000 and $7,000 per month.

The third project will be the installation of solar lights in the following colonias:  El Flaco Chiquito, Pueblo de Palmas, La Homa Meadows, Buena Vida Phase II, Mi Sueno and Eduardo.

Citing numerous accomplishments during his 11 years in office, Flores said that he would continue to promote the Colonia Access Program, which has helped numerous colonias such Basham #14, Ariel Hinojosa Subdivision, La Suena Subivision and Loma Linda Subdivision. He would also continue to support the cities of Palmhurst, Alton, Palmview, Peñitas, La Joya, Sullivan City, and Granjeno on their respective projects.

Flores also pledged to continue to support numerous non-profits organizations such as: Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Hope Family Center, Children’s Advocacy Center, Mujeres Unidas, Amigos de Valle, Inc., La Union de Pueblo (LUPE), LRGVDC Rio Metro and the Mission Boys & Girls Club.

He pledged to continue working with school districts within his precinct (which include Mission, Sharyland and La Joya) to increase safety by working to install beacons and school crossing signs, construct sidewalks and crosswalks, and also widening roads at all rural school campuses.

Flores asked his constituents to continue to support him as he seeks re-election and to always keep in mind that their best interests will always be in the forefront of his administration.

“I am committed to promoting the welfare and safety of every constituent in Precinct 3 and Hidalgo County,” Flores said.

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