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Happy Holidays on Behalf of the Office of Commissioner Carlos Leon

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Jim Valenti Speaks At Commissioner Leon’s December 3, 2014 Roundtable Meeting

On December 3, 2014, Jim Valenti attended Commissioner Carlos Leon’s December Roundtable meeting to discuss several issues regarding University Medical Center.

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Valenti spoke on several topics surrounding UMC, opening the meeting with a presentation on the growing medical and science campus. He expressed how every successful community has a collaboration between the two in order to bring new services to the city, turning the surrounding neighborhood into science. This in turn would allow UMC to provide medical care as well as education to support El Paso in it’s efforts to grow.

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Valenti also spoke about the Ebola preparation UMC has been undergoing to be prepared for any possible future Ebola cases. UMC currently has 6 isolation rooms and he informed the advisory group that William Beaumont is also prepared to receive Ebola cases for returning military from Africa and South America. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention also has a site in El Paso in the Santa Teresa area.

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Lastly, Mr. Valenti answered questions about the recent 2014 bonuses and The Children’s Hospital. 

Commissioner Leon Holds Eastside Community Meeting

Commissioner Carlos Leon held his community meeting on November 26, 2014 at the Denny’s Restaurant on 11315 Montwood Drive. He spoke on many topics including University Medical Center, TX Dot, Eastside Annex and ongoing Eastside Projects.

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Chief Whitten and Commander Cross were present at the meeting to address current issues regarding the Sheriff’s contract and the overall safety in El Paso. 

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Commissioner Carlos Leon Supports the “Sober Ride” Campaign

Commissioner Leon kicked off the “Sober Ride” Campaign this morning at the El Paso County Courthouse, and expressed the importance of not taking the wheel after having drinks this holiday season.

TxDOT's impaired driving holiday campaign reminds everyone to make it a priority to plan for a sober ride for themselves, their loved ones and their colleagues.

The El Paso County Judge and Commissioners Court signed a resolution during the December 1st, 2014 meeting supporting the efforts to reduce the loss of life due to drunk driving.

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Montwood Drive Construction Update: November 21, 2014

PAVING ACTIVITIES

On Montwood:

The contractor is demolishing the pavement and preparing the subgrade for future paving activities North of the Montwood and Wedgewood intersection.

Workers are paving the outer and inner lane, as well as the driveways on Montwood, from Linum to the gas station (Valero).

UTILITY AND SIDEWALK WORK

On Montwood Drive:

Contractor is installing landscaping and a decorative rock wall on Montwood between Honolulu and Camwood.

Contractor is also pouring the concrete for the walls and tops of the box culverts at the intersection of Montwood and Wedgewood.

Wedgewood is presently closed immediately north of Montwood. Posted detours remain in place along Montwood Drive between McRae and Yarbrough. Eastbound and westbound traffic will continue traveling in the lanes south of the median.  

*Information provided by City of El Paso Engineering and Construction Management Department

Commissioner Carlos Leon Meets with Square Dance Community

On Wednesday, November 5, 2014, Commissioner Carlos Leon and County Public Works officials were at the Montana Vista Fire Department to meet with the Far East El Paso Square Dance Subdivision community regarding an upcoming $7.4 million USDA Sewer Grant project.

Grant funds will be used for the creation of a sewer system inside the subdivision, which will convey to the County of El Paso, allowing for this installation and the possibility of a paved roadway.

There are approximately 665 residents living in Square Dance within 225 households without wastewater collection. This project addresses the need for a publicly owned and operated sewer system to further the health, safety and general sanitation of the community. It will eliminate the risk associated with improper discharge and poorly maintained on-site sewer facilities.

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Project Description:

Square Dance is located approximately 1.6 miles from El Paso Water Utilities’ nearest wastewater collection system in Far East El Paso. This project requires a permanent connection to EPWU’s existing wastewater collection system on Montana Ave. The project consists of constructing a wastewater collection system inside the subdivision and extends the collection lines to Montana Ave.

Commissioner Leon Is Present at the Signing of the Sheriffs Association Contract

On Monday, November 3, 2014, Commissioner Carlos Leon, along with all El Paso County Commissioners Court, Sheriff Richard Wiles and Jose Marrufo, President of the El Paso County Sheriffs Officers Association, announced the terms and signed the newly negotiated collective bargaining agreement between El Paso County and the Sheriffs Association.

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The County and the Sheriffs Association began negotiations in May 2014. After five months of meetings, both parties were able to reach an agreement for the members of the Association and the taxpayers. 

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The new contract will come at a cost savings to taxpayers in the amount of $24.2 million over the next 5 years.    

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Commissioner Leon Speaks at Constable’s Promotional Ceremony

On October 30, 2014, Commissioner Leon had the honor to speak at the El Paso County Constable’s Office Promotional Ceremony.  Seven Deputy Constable’s were promoted to the rank of Deputy Sergeant. This marks a great accomplishment for the Constable’s Office as it is the first time the Department has recognized a first-line supervisor.

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These supervisors will assist the Department by acting as intermediaries between the Constables and other Deputy Constables to coordinate duties and assignments. They will also provide a communication channel for the general public to air their concerns with the Constable Office.

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Commissioner Leon Presents Resolution Recognizing “Our Lives Disabilities Conference and Service Providers Expo”

On October 27, 2014, Commissioner Carlos Leon recognized the fourteenth anniversary of "Our Lives Disabilities Conference and Service Providers Expo 2014" during Monday’s Commissioners Court meeting.  Volar Center for Independent Living and Centro de Salud La Fe were there to accept the resolution.

For the past 34 years Volar Center for Independent Living has led the way towards
counteracting years of discrimination by acknowledging individuals with disabilities as a vital part of El Paso and West Texas society.

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Volar Center for Independent Living has influenced many individuals to improve their quality of life and become responsible, contributing citizens. This organization has proudly chosen Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, Inc. as its 2014 “Our Lives Partner” in its ongoing efforts to expand its outreach to El Paso’s at risk disabilities community.

La Fe, founded in 1968, has flourished as a Hispanic community leader through its
community health and cultural centers by providing comprehensive services, including healthcare services.

Montwood Drive Construction Update: October 27, 2014

Reconstruction project requires closure of Wedgewood Drive near Montwood

The City of El Paso's Engineering and Construction Management Department has scheduled a road closure for Wedgewood Drive at Montwood Drive beginning on Monday, October 27, 2014.

This closure will run through the month of December, and will help facilitate the installation of new underground utilities for the Montwood reconstruction project, and will remain in place through December.

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THRU TRAFFIC DETOURS

Northbound and southbound motorists on Wedgewood will be required to follow marked detour routes on Montwood Drive, McRae Boulevard, and Album Avenue.

Eastbound and westbound traffic on Montwood, which is already reduced to one lane in each direction, will not be impacted. 

SUN METRO IMPACTS

Sun Metro will be required to detour Route 52. Sun Metro drivers will make courtesy stops along the detoured route as required. This detour is subject to change depending on traffic. 

Buses traveling outbound, north on Wedgewood will turn left onto Montwood, right onto Camwood, left onto Wedgewood returning to the regular route.

Buses traveling inbound, south on Wedgewood will turn right onto Honolulu, right onto Ceylon, left onto Bermuda, right onto McRae, left onto Glengarry, left onto Berwick, right onto McRae, left onto Montwood, right onto Wedgewood returning to the regular route. Sun Metro patrons seeking route information should call (915) 212-3333.

 

-Information provided by City of El Paso; Engineering and Construction Management Department

Montwood Drive Construction Update: October 16, 2014

PAVING ACTIVITIES

On Montwood:

Workers are pouring the concrete for the north lane of Montwood at Camwood.

Workers are pouring the concrete at Montwood between Trinidad to Linum.

Workers are also pouring the concrete for Montwood's north lane at Camwood.

Contractors are paving the south lane of Montwood on Monaco.

Workers will continue to pave Montwood's north lane at Honolulu.

Workers are installing the rebar for Montwood's inner lane from Trinidad to Linum in preparation for paving activities which will occur in the near future.

Installation of rebar at Montwood

UTILITY AND SIDEWALK WORK

On Montwood Drive:

The contractor finished pouring the walls and tops for the box culverts on Montwood between Linum and Wedgewood.

Posted detours remain in place along Montwood Drive between McRae and Yarbrough. Eastbound and westbound traffic will continue traveling in the lanes south of the median.  

-Information provided by City of El Paso, Engineering and Construction Management Department

Montwood Drive Construction Update: September 18, 2014

PAVING ACTIVITIES

On Montwood:

The contractor has started to prepare the area on Montwood between Fir and Camwood for future paving activities.

UTILITY AND SIDEWALK WORK

On Montwood Drive:

The contractor has just recently finished pouring concrete for the walls, tops and floors for the box culverts on Montwood between Linum and Wedgewood.

Workers finished pouring the concrete for the sidewalks and driveways on Montwood between Honolulu and Monaco, and they also installed the curbson Montwood between Monaco and Camwood.

DETOURS

Posted detours remain in place along Montwood Drive between McRae and Yarbrough. Eastbound and westbound traffic will continue traveling in the lanes south of the median.  

-Information provided by City of El Paso, Engineering and Construction Management Department

Commissioner Leon Attends El Paso County Northwest Annex Grand Opening: September 10, 2014

Commissioner Carlos Leon attended the El Paso County Northwest Annex Grand Opening this morning located at 435 E. Vinton Road in Vinton, Texas.

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County Judge Veronica Escobar, along with county commissioners Carlos Leon, Vince Perez, Sergio Lewis and ceremonial host Patrick Abeln were present to do the ribbon cutting ceremony. Constituents are able to receive several services at the Northwest Annex as they would at the El Paso County Courthouse.

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Montwood Drive Construction Update: September 8, 2014

UTILITY AND SIDEWALK WORK

On Montwood Drive:

Contractors are currently installing the box culvert walls, floors and tops on Montwood between Linum and Wedgewood.

Box Culvert work on Montwood between Linum and Wedgewood

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PAVING ACTIVITIES

On Montwood:

Workers also recently completed the concrete paving for the outer lane of vehicular traffic on Montwood from the intersection of Fir to Honolulu.

Contractors are currently installing rebar on Montwood's inner lane from Fir to Honolulu in preparation for paving activities, which are soon to follow.

Workers are also preparing the area on Montwood from Honolulu to Camwood for the pouring of concrete, which will occur in the near future.

Detours are once again posted along Montwood Drive between McRae  and Yarbrough -- eastbound and westbound traffic will once again be travelling in the lanes south of the median.

-Information provided by City of El Paso Engineering and Construction Management Department 

Montwood Drive Construction Update: August 14, 2014

 

DETOURS

Posted detours remain in place along Montwood Drive between McRae and Yarbrough. Eastbound and westbound traffic will continue traveling in the lanes south of the median.

The only exception to this detour will be for Westbound traffic traveling on Montwood between Wedgewood and Linum. Westbound traffic on Montwood will have to detour South onto Wedgewood and then North to McRae in order to reconnect with Montwood Drive.

This portion of Montwood is and will remain closed for approximately one week.

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UTILITY AND SIDEWALK WORK

On Montwood:

The contractor is currently pouring the culvert walls and tops on Montwood between Camwood and Linum.

The contractor for El Paso Water Utilities has removed an abandoned 20” water main on Montwood and between Wedgewood and Linum.

Workers have also finished pouring concrete for the sidewalks and wheel-chair ramps on Montwood between McRae and Honolulu.

PAVING ACTIVITIES

On Montwood:

Contractors are continuing to compact the subgrade on Montwood between McRae and Trinidad.

 

*Information provided by City of El Paso Engineering and Construction Management Department. 

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