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Upcoming events to be moved due to renovation of La Placita

In a report to City Council by Robert Rosell of the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce, Council was told that due to the upcoming renovation of Leo Pena “La Placita” Park two upcoming events would have to be moved. The first is the Texas Citrus Fiesta Fun Fair, which will be held at the Market Square next to the Chamber of Commerce building on Tom Landry on Saturday, January 27.


The second event is the Mega Winter Texan Welcome which will now be held Thursday, February 8 at City Hall. Deputy City Manager Aida Lerma later explained that 8th Street would be blocked off and   entertainment would be set up outside on the lawn. Vendors would be located along the street and parking would be available at the CEED building, the police station and the Housing Authority. The Mexican Artisan Show, meanwhile, would be held in the Parks and Recreation building.

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When asked when reconstruction on La Placita would begin, City Manager Martin Garza told the Progress Times the project was on the agenda for the second week in January.  If approved, work on the project would begin the next day, making it impossible to hold either of these two large events at La Placita.


The City of Mission Ambulance Board Recommended council approved 12 ambulance company permit applications. The companies approved were Absolute EMS, Ambu-Med LLC, Ameristar EMS, ATS EMS, Bravo EMS, Lifeline RGV, Med-Life EMS, Medical & Trauma Specialist, Quest EMS, Rescue EMS, Scripture EMS, and Calvary EMS.  The Ambulance Board determined that all companies had met required specifications for permits.


A contract awarded to First Vehicle Services, Inc. for fleet maintenance was rescinded due to failure to comply with the proposal as submitted. Temporary service for the city’s fleet was awarded to Superior Oil to avoid disruption of services.


Authorization to solicit bids for street improvements for Kika De la Garza Loop were approved.


Under board appointments Mario Lizcano, Kane Dowson and Tim Brown were re-appointed to the Ambulance Board.


Irma Fernik, Rosie B. Lopez, Jorge Martinez, Severo Rodriguez and Roel Rivera were re-appointed to the Citizens Advisory Board.


Jerry Saenz, Rosalinda Gonzalez, Rudy Garcia, Julio Cerda and Marisela G. Marin were re-appointed to the City of Mission Board of Development Advisory Board. Jerry Saenz was also re-appointed to the Civil Service Commission.


Dora Femat de la Garza, Cynthia Wilson, Aida T. Benavidez and Carolyn Mendiola were reappointed to the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Advisory Board.


Rolando Reyna III, Cris Voss and Gustavo Martinez were re-appointed to the Parks and Recreation Board.


Julio Cerda, Marisela G. Marin and John R Guerra were re-appointed to the Planning and Zoning Commission.


Carl Davis, Isaac Martinez and Mariano Garcia were reappointed to the Shary Golf Course Advisory Board.


Michael Manuel Bath Blanton and Jane Garza were re-appointed to the Speer Memorial Library Board.


Laura Villarreal, David Crook, Joel A Gonzalez and Al Beltran were re-appointed to the Tax Increment Reinvestment Board (TIRZ).


Luis Dovalina, Martin Garza and Rene de la Cruz were re-appointed to the Traffic Safety Committee.


Reynaldo Gonzalez, Jr., April Renee Chapa, Deborah Cordova, Estrella Saenz, Cipriano Saenz, Henry Rodriguez and Albert Pena were re-appointed to the Youth Advocacy Board.


Jaime Gutierrez and Sam Rodio were re-appointed to the Zoning Board of Adjustments.


A request to use City Facilities for upcoming Hidalgo County Elections in March was approved.  The Mission Social and Support Center located at 115 S. Mayberry, and the Mission City Hall, 1201 E. 8th Street, will be used. Early voting will begin Feb. 20 and run through March 2.  Election day is March 6.

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