In order to make the wording more clear, the city council tabled passing an interlocal agreement with the City of Peñitas during this week’s city council meeting.
City Manager Martin Garza spoke after the item was announced on Monday.
City council also authorized the purchase of equipment for the Public Works Department via a state approved contract. The $10,800 purchase will include six-inch diameter discharge hoses with fittings for a six-inch storm water pump for the streets and drainage department.
A proclamation was read for the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims, Sept. 25, by Police Chief Robert Dominguez. He brought up that the National Parents of Murdered Children association believes that honoring the memory of victims who have been killed by violence and acknowledging the long-term trauma for families, communities and the nation is an important way of promoting public awareness.
“In 2017, there was an estimated 7,250 homicides nationwide, of which the Rio Grande Valley experienced 34,” Dominguez said. “The murder of a loved one robs a mother, father, sister, brother, son, daughter, husband, wife, partner, grandparent, aunt, uncle, extended family member, friend, neighbor or colleague and creates an overwhelming challenge to fill the void that their absence creates.”
Roberto Garcia, who lost his brother to a homicide in 2011, spoke on behalf of some of the families present who have loved ones who have been murdered.
“When we found out about this tragedy, there’s a cry from a mother that I cannot express, only the mothers can express to you what that cry means,” Garcia said. “As long as I breathe, we will remember them, all for His glory. We are the families and friends of murdered children. Who will join us and stand up, and be the voice of our loved ones?”
During the meeting, Oct. 7 through 13 was named Fire Prevention Week 2018. A proclamation was read by Fire Marshal Frank Cavazos.
“Fire is a serious public safety concern, both locally and nationally,” Cavazos read. “Home fires killed 2,735 people in the United States in 2016, according to the National Fire Protection Association.”
Cavazos said that four out of five fire deaths occur at the home each year.
“Mission fire responders are dedicated to reducing fire occurrences in homes and home fire injuries through prevention and protection and education,” Cavazos said. “In 2018, the fire prevention week theme is ‘Look, Listen, Learn, Be Aware, fire can happen anywhere,’ effectively reminds us that we need to take personal steps to increase our safety from fire.”