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20140306 La-Joya-Ribbon-cutting AF IMG 6962LA JOYA—Community members along with the La Joya Board of Alderman celebrated the near completion of the La Joya Municipal Library on March 6.

Construction began Feb. 1, 2013, the $500,000 project is now being completed through the efforts of the city and the County of Hidalgo Urban County Program.

Mayor Jose A. “Fito” Salinas said many parents and children would take advantage of the new facility. It’s expected to open the first week of April.

“I think this is something beautiful for the community,” Salinas said in Spanish. “And this is just the start of what is to come in La Joya, we have various projects underway.”

The mayor added the projects would benefit the community and were in large part due to the help of Diana Serna, director of Hidalgo County Urban County Program. The library sits on two acres out of an estimated 13 acres owned by the city, which will be used for new business.

Salinas explained just to the right of the library stands a large boulder, which will later be turned into a waterfall. He added the board and staff have suggested placing the new municipal building adjacent to the waterfall.

“It’s looking good now….we might have the financial resources to move forward,” Salinas said. “It is something that we see in our future.”

City Administrator Mike Alaniz said funding came through the Community Development Block Grant Program under they county’s urban county program.

“We’ve been able to afford the water plant back in ’92, street improvements, an addition to the fire department, a pavilion and the library,” Alaniz said.

Alaniz thanked Serna as well, and said he hopes the program continues to have funds that help create facilities for La Joya and other cities across the county.

“We can’t lobby but we can advocate, and I go and do that every year in Washington,” Serna said. “We talk to our congressmen and senators to let them know how important this money is.”

Serna added there are times their department does not approve certain projects, but added they do it to keep the city on a fiscal track.

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