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Conway Streetscape behind schedule

20140616 Conway Streetscape Workers JB 3939Construction on the Conway Streetscape project has been slow-going and a consultant told the Mission Redevelopment Authority this week that the estimated completion date has been pushed back a month.

The original substantial completion date was set for Nov. 9; however, that date is now set for Dec. 12. The contractor’s time on the project expires Nov. 25, and the city can charge $500 for each day past that if the project is late.

However, the contractor may be due some days because of weather delays.

Read more: Conway Streetscape behind schedule

Trustees push for finished high school, approve 5-cent tax increase

sharyland-logo-copy-1An Alton resident called on Sharyland ISD board members to hold contractors at Pioneer High School accountable as the school year kicked off and construction is ongoing.

“I’m here because I really want you to hold this architect and this contractor’s feet to the fire about wanting 28 rain day delays. I live out there. There’s no rain out there,” Myra Baker told trustees at Tuesday’s board meeting. “You guys have a lot of rough stuff to fix out there. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for the softball fields and the baseball fields that some of this caliche goes away.

“You need to hold his feet to the fire. It’s him; it’s not the weather.”

Read more: Trustees push for finished high school, approve 5-cent tax increase

Sharyland High School students receive AP Scholar awards

20140829 SISD-FOCUS Eugene-Richard-VaughanEighty students at Sharyland High School earned the designation of AP Scholar by the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement Program Exams.

The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program offers students the opportunity to take challenging college-level courses while still in high school, and to receive college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. About 20 percent of the nearly 2.1 million high school students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to merit the recognition of AP Scholar.

Students took AP Exams in May 2014 after completing challenging college-level courses at their high schools. The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on student’s performance on AP Exams.

Read more: Sharyland High School students receive AP Scholar awards

Residents split on Taylor expansion

20140820 MISSION Taylor-Road-expansion 0113Residents on Taylor Street are split on a joint effort to expand the roadway to five lanes.

Dozens of residents showed up at a public forum at Romulo Martinez Elementary School to learn more about the project, which requires cooperation from the cities of Mission, McAllen and Palmhurst as well as Hidalgo County.

“I’ve been looking at Taylor Road for the last 30 years,” Mission Mayor Norberto “Beto” Salinas said. “I never thought we could do this project because of the funding, but we finally got it put together, and I think we can make it happen.”

Read more: Residents split on Taylor expansion

County increases projected revenues for 2015

Hidalgo-County-SealProjected revenues for 2015 were increased from $172 million to $176 million in the third budget workshop held by Hidalgo County Commissioners Court.

At the same time, Budget Director Sergio Cruz decreased the projected shortfall from $16 million to a projected shortfall of only $35,548. At the last workshop, Cruz suggested reducing operating expenditures, the amount of money set aside for indigent health care and COPS grant employees to save $9 million.

Wednesday, Cruz found $7.5 million in additional revenues to cut the shortfall even more. Additional revenues include $2 million for the sanitation permit, $500,000 from a land sale, $2 million from salary savings, and $1 million each from third party collection, lapsed operating expenditures and additional revenue.

Read more: County increases projected revenues for 2015

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  6. Citrus leaders plan disease response
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  10. County studies $18 million deficit budget
  11. MRMC to celebrate 60th anniversary
  12. Police chief reassures Winter Texans: RGV is safe
  13. City sanitation department in transition; public should leave trash cans in alley, by curb
  14. Council holds public hearing on tax rate
  15. Drainage District holds public hearing on water conservation plan
  16. Mission business owner a finalist in H-E-B contest
  17. SISD eyes 5 cent tax increase
  18. Mission CISD proposes three-cent tax increase
  19. State braces for students to go back to school
  20. Mission EDC rejects incentive for free-standing emergency department

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