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Mile 2 West improvements set for 2012

MISSION — The Mission City Council approved a measure for a road expansion project on the city’s west side into Palmview.

On Monday, leaders approved the cost of engineering services for the Mile 2 West project to create a four-lane road, with a fifth lane at intersections, between Conway Avenue in Mission and La Homa Road in Palmview in the amount of $1,257,229. L&G Engineering will do the work.

Engineer Jacinto Garza said the total cost of the project is $4,032,000, which will come from federal and state funds. The money for the project will be administered through the Metropolitan Planning Organization, as the project involves more than one city. The project will be funded in the 2012 fiscal year’s budget, which means work will start the latter part of 2012.

Garza said the road would be similar to the expansion of Mile 2 East, which is due for completion in a couple of months.

In other action, the council held a public hearing on use of the Community Block Development grant funds. The city is being funded $765,469, which is $148,748 less than the city received last year.

The Citizen’s Advisory Committee recommended $50,000 for housing rehabilitation assistance, $500,000 for housing reconstruction assistance, $90,000 for housing administration, and $115,000 for CD Housing Program Administration.  The only public services they wanted to fund were Amigos Del Valle at $5,000 and Children’s Advocacy at $3,500.

Mayor Norberto “Beto” Salinas recommended funding Dentists Who Care at $10,000, the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council-Area Agency on Aging at $10,000, Amigos Del Valle at $10,000, and Children’s Advocacy at $10,000.

Tony Cadena, director of the Meals on Wheels Program, run by Amigos Del Valle, asked the council to reconsider the cut in funding set by the CAC at $5,000. The department serves one meal a day to 900 elderly residents and had a waiting list of 142 people. Cadena asked for the full $15,000.

After hearing the request, Salinas said it should be funded for $15,000.

Belinda Garcia and Dr. Noe Cardenas of Dentists Who Care asked for $10,000 in funding for their project that serves low-income children in Mission who have dental problems needing immediate dental treatment.

Salinas also recommended funding Dentists Who Care at $10,000 instead of the requested $20,000.

To cover these additional costs, Salinas recommended having the city supplement the housing administrative costs to allow the additional funding for the public service agencies.

The items will be approved at the next meeting.

The council also approved two memorandums of understanding with the Mission and Sharyland school districts allowing use of the Shary Municipal Golf Course for students for the coming school year.

The Mission Police Department was given authorization to apply for the 2012 Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws black Grant to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. The grant, if received, is $15,000.

The police department will also submit a grant application for the 2012 Tobacco Compliance Grant Application to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts.

Authorization to solicit bids for four new police cars and the special equipment needed to outfit them via the state approved contracts was approved.

Authorization to request for qualifications for the enhancement of the Mesh Network Hardware to add five additional cameras to the system was approved.  Police Chief Leo Longoria, Jr. said long-range plans are to add a total of 15 additional cameras for safety in the city.

The police department was also authorized to solicit bids via the state buy board for two police dogs to replace to older dogs in the canine force.

The council approved the recommendation of S.S.P. Design, LLC to do the schematic and irrigation designs for the irrigation system at Jaycee and Birdwell Parks.

The firm was also selected to do landscape and irrigation designs for the irrigation system at the Northwest (Hollis Rutledge, Sr.) Park at a cost of $2,850.

The Monday, May 23, council meeting has been changed to Wednesday, May 25, due to a conflict of the mayor and city manager.

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