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Council supports proposed behavioral center for juveniles

Mission’s City Council has taken steps to place a behavioral and mental health services center for at-risk juveniles in the city.  The council also took steps to provide affordable housing to low-income residents.


During its regular meeting on Monday, February 27, the council approved a resolution favoring establishment of a Renaissance Behavioral Center in Mission.  Mission Police Chief Robert Dominguez said the center is being established at the request of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Advisory Board who met with representatives from Doctors Hospital at Renaissance to plan the program that will provide a licensed behavior and mental health center for the city. Dominguez said the facility would address issues such as drug and alcohol rehabilitation, suicide prevention, understanding consequences of behavior, teach coping skills, provide for anger management classes and education planning.

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The council was told there was a space in the strip mall near Lone Star National Bank that could be used to house the facility.


In another police-related matter the council also supported a resolution to submit a grant application to the Office of the Governor for the 2016 Operation Stonegarden Grant Program. The grant from the Department of Homeland Security would be used to allow Mission Police Officers overtime to increase the patrol presence along the U.S. border with Mexico. Funds would also be used to purchase two additional patrol cars for the Patrol Bureau.If approved, the grant would be for $250,000 with no match required from the city.


The Council also authorized the Mission Police Department to purchase five desktop computers, five lap tops, four printers, two projectors, software licenses and related equipment for the Criminal Investigations Bureau, the Traffic Bureau, the Patrol Bureau, and the Training Bureau. The cost of the equipment is  $25,228 and would come from the Mission Police Department Federal Drug Forfeiture Account.


Under Housing Assistance, G&G Contractors was awarded the bid for reconstruction of five houses in the amount of $314,000. The city has been using 75 percent of the annual Community Development Block Grant Funds for housing projects. Since 1999, 425 families have been provided with some form of housing assistance. Of this number, 254 families received reconstruction assistance (new homes) while 171 families received rehabilitation assistance (repairs to existing homes).


The bid for construction of a temporary home to be utilized to provide shelter for homeless or displaced families due to unexpected emergencies, was awarded to Tabeza Holdings, LLC in the amount of $50,000.


Under Parks & Recreation, the purchase and installation of concrete light poles and light fixtures for the Hollis Rutledge Sr. Park Trail was approved through the State
BuyBoard in the amount of $11,655. Parks and Recreation Director Brad Bentsen said the trail was too dark for residents to use safely at night. Bentsen was also given authority to solicit bids to replace VST tile flooring in the hallways and various offices of city hall.

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