FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, April 13, 2009
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The County of El Paso Commissioners Court met in work session on Monday, April 13 at 9:30 a.m. and considered an agenda that included the following highlights:
Court Questions Cost of Sports Park Revitalization
In a 5 to 0 vote, court members agreed to allow County Commissioner Pct. 1, Anna Perez, to request Big League Dreams officials to deliver -within a month- a detailed report of the estimated costs for revitalizing the Sports Park.
In 2007, it was estimated that the cost of invigorating the Sports Park would cost $9.7 million; however during a public meeting held in September of last year, park officials stated that the estimated costs to operate and revamp the 40 acre park of fields had gone up to $15 million.
The Sports Park is located within Commissioner Perez precinct.
County Commissioners also approved to extend the current contract for six more months with the Los Angeles based company. The contract extension will provide Big League Dreams the opportunity to continue future negotiations with county officials.
El Paso County Seeking Candidates for Board of Directors
El Paso County Commissioners Court members are seeking for qualified individuals who are interested in volunteering as members of the Children's Hospital Board of Directors.
Interested members of our community must submit their resumes to the nomination committee no later than Friday, May 15th, 2009.
On March 9, 2009, County Commissioners Anna Perez and Veronica Escobar were tasked by the court to be part of the nomination committee to review the resumes of the interested parties; Commissioner Escobar will chair the committee.
El Paso County is one of 8 institutions that can submit nominees to the Children's Hospital Board of Directors for consideration for appointment.
The County has two seats on the 11-member governing board and can submit up to six names. El Paso County is now accepting names and will make the nominations to the Children's Hospital no later than the end of May.
To submit a resume please fill out the board application posted at the following link:
El Paso County to apply for Federal Grant
Money will help to improve the Sheriff's Office Patrolling Services
The El Paso County Sheriff, Richard Wiles, was granted authorization by the members of Commissioners Court to send a request to the federal government and apply for over $5.2 million in stimulus money, aimed to improve policing services provided to county residents.
The funding is part of the COPS Hiring Recovery Program (CHRP) funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) of 2009 by the Obama Administration.
If approved, the federal grant will provide direct funding to law enforcement agencies to hire and/or rehire career law enforcement officers in an effort to create and preserve jobs, and to increase their community law enforcement capacity and crime-prevention efforts.
County Identifies Projects to Improve Roads
under the Federal Transportation Reauthorization Bill
The members of Commissioners Court identified several projects to be considered under the Federal Transportation Reauthorization Bill that will help alleviate traffic problems in county roads.
Among the identified priority projects are: the construction of the Border Highway extension from Loop 375 to Herring Rd, the expansions from 4 to 6 lanes of the Eastlake Boulevard and Rojas Avenue, and the 2-line addition to Darrington Road.
Court Confirms Appoinment
Commissioners Court confirmed the appointment of Janet Aguilar as a member of the board of managers of the University Medical Center of El Paso.
County Commissioner Pct. 1, Anna Perez, made her selection after careful consideration of her background experience. The new board appointee has over 38 years of experience in the insurance businesses and has served in several boards.
Ms. Aguilar is the Vice-President of Wells Fargo Insurance Service in Texas and currently serves as chair-elect to the Executive Board of the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.