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132 new residences will be built in Mission.
The Mission city council approved a preliminary and final plat approval for a subdivision that will span 25.259 acres of land on the Northwest corner of South Inspiration Rd. and Mile 1 South along the north side of Mile 1 South. The Rio Plata Subdivision will be a resubdivision of the acres of land, and is being developed by Rhodes Enterprises, Inc. and engineered by Melden & Hunt, Inc.
The developer is proposing 132 single family residential lots, and asked for some variance considerations for the irregular lots, as the design for the subdivision is curved. Rhodes Enterprises, Inc. developed the Tres Lagos subdivision in McAllen, and Mike Rhodes spoke about why it was designed that way.
“This is the first of these cove communities that we’ll be bringing to Mission,” Rhodes said. “We’ve been building these communities for years, this is just the first one we’re doing in Mission. We’re proud to bring this to Mission, and last year we sold 100 houses out of Bentsen Palm Drive. We believe this will increase that velocity, and we hope to do 130 this year.”
The city council approved the preliminary and final plat without further discussion.
City Manager Randy Perez reminded residents to complete the 2020 Census.
“We understand that COVID-19 has provided great challenges in our community and will certainly have adverse effects on our economy,” Perez said. “So the data collected from the census is critical information in situations like these, and it’s used to determine how much funding will be allocated to help stabilize our community.”
As of April 26, 2020, 40.7 percent of the Mission population has submitted their census, according to Perez. The rate of response in Hidalgo County so far is 35.4 percent, and the rate of response in the state of Texas is 48.6 percent.
“We need to reach 100 percent,” Perez said. “It only takes a few minutes, it’s easy, safe and important.”
Mayor Armando O’caña added that the census response record is good for ten years, and it is necessary for Mission residents to fill it out to stay counted and keep funding available.
“It’s critical,” O’caña said. “If we lose funding for one year, you can multiply that by ten and that tells you how much money we may lose in the city of Mission.”
Mayor Pro-Tem Norie Gonzalez Garza asked if the 40 percent response in Mission regards the city’s population ten years ago. O’caña confirmed that to be the case, noting that no new residents in Mission in that ten-year window are included in their population numbers.
“So really, if we think about it, that’s really a lower number,” Gonzalez Garza said. “So we’re really not at 40 percent responding, just to be clear.”
To submit a census response online, Perez said to visit 2020census.gov or call by phone at 1-844-300-2020 for English, or 1-844-468-2020 for Spanish. Written responses can be turned in and mailed out.
Chief Robert Dominguez read a proclamation declaring May 10 through 16 as National Police Week. Friday, May 15 is Peace Officer Memorial Day.
“The members of the Mission Police Department play an essential role in safeguarding the rights and freedoms of the citizens of Mission,” Dominguez said, noting that it is important that all citizens understand the PD’s responsibilities and problems. “Members of our police department recognize their duty to serve the people by safeguarding life and property by protecting them against violence and disorder, and by protecting the innocent against deception and the weak against oppression and intimidation.”