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SPECIAL MEETING - August 27, 2019

BE IT REMEMBERED, that on this 27th day of August A.D., 2019, there was begun and held a SPECIAL MEETING of the Honorable Commissioners’ Court of Hidalgo County, Texas, wherein the following members thereof were present, to-wit:
 
HONORABLE RICHARD F. CORTEZ

HONORABLE DAVID FUENTES

HONORABLE EDUARDO "EDDIE" CANTU

HONORABLE JOE M. FLORES

HONORABLE ELLIE TORRES
HIDALGO COUNTY JUDGE

COMMISSIONER, PRECINCT NO. 1

COMMISSIONER, PRECINCT NO. 2

COMMISSIONER, PRECINCT NO. 3

COMMISSIONER, PRECINCT NO. 4

and ARTURO GUAJARDO, JR., COUNTY CLERK & EX-OFFICIO CLERK OF THE COMMISSIONERS’ COURT of Hidalgo County, Texas, wherein the following proceedings were had, to-wit:

AGENDA
DRAINAGE DISTRICT 
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
August 27, 2019
9:00 A.M.
                                          

NOTICE is hereby given in accordance with Chapter 551, Texas Government Code, that a SPECIAL MEETING of the Commissioners Court will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom of the Administration Building, 100 E. Cano, 1st floor, Edinburg, Hidalgo County, Texas. Discussion and possible action relating to the following business will be transacted:

             
1.   Roll Call

Chairman Richard Cortez called the meeting to order at 1:32 p.m.

Eduardo "Eddie" Cantu was not present during roll call.
             
2.   Prayer

Opening prayer was offered by Raul Sesin.
             
3.   Open Forum

No action on this item.
             
4.   Approval of Consent Agenda

The court moved to approve the entire consent agenda.

On motion by BOARD MEMBER PCT. 1, DAVID FUENTES, seconded by BOARD MEMBER PCT. 4, ELLIE TORRES, the Board made a UNANIMOUS vote of approval.

Vote: 4- 0 – Unanimously
             
5.   General Operations:
             
A.   AI -71963    Discussion and Presentation of the Texas Water Development Board Public Workshop regarding Implementation of Flood Legislation from the 86th Texas Legislative Session.

Eduardo "Eddie" Cantu joined the meeting.

Raul Sesin discusses Senate Bill 7 and 8 with the Board, which will created State Flood Planning Infrastructure monies for the County.  This will also allow for the public to vote on the use of the funds.

Commissioner David Fuentes welcomes Senator Chuy Hinojosa who was in the audience.  He thanks the Senator for the support on this Bill which will greatly help the area.

Senator Chuy Hinojosa informed the Court during this session the focus was to create a state wide water plan.  This allowed for 3 billion dollars to be allocated and he will continue to appropriate funds for floodways in the area.
             
B.   AI -71965    Discussion of Texas Water Development Board $2,000,000 grant pursuant to Rider No. 25 of the General Appropriations Act approved by the Texas Water Development Board on August 13, 2019.

Raul Sesin updated the Board on the application that was already approved by the Board; also, the agreement has already been signed and reviewed by legal. 

Senator Chuy Hinojosa updates the Court on the appropriation of 2 million dollars for water development.  He informed the Board that he will be serving on the Oversight Committee that will be overseeing how to implement the State Flood Control Plan. 

Commissioner Ellie Torres thanks Senator Hinojosa on the funding provided for the Raymondville Drain.
             
C.   AI -71926    Discussion as it relates to the 2019 University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Engineering Summer Interns.

No action taken on this item.

Commissioner Joe Flores stepped away from the meeting.
             
6.   2012 Bond Referendum - 2013 Bond Series:
             
A.   AI -71954    Requesting acceptance and approval of the Earnest Money Contract for Parcels 19 & 22 as it relates to the J-09 Drainage Project  and authority for the Chairman of the Board to execute documents, pending final legal review.

On motion by BOARD MEMBER PCT. 1, DAVID FUENTES, seconded by BOARD MEMBER PCT. 4, ELLIE TORRES, the Board made a UNANIMOUS vote of approval.
                                                                              
 Vote: 4 - 0 – Unanimously
  Attachments:
  EMContract
 
             
7.   Right of Way Acquisitions:
             
A.   AI -71970    Discussion and possible action to: (1) Accept quitclaim deeds for a tract of real property out of the Quail Hollow North Subdivision; and (2) Authorize a sanitary sewer easement to Avanti At Sienna Palms Legacy, LP over a tract of real property out of the Quail Hollow Subdivision subject to final legal review.

Commissioner Joe Flores joined the meeting.

On motion by BOARD MEMBER PCT. 1, DAVID FUENTES, seconded by BOARD MEMBER PCT. 2, EDUARDO “EDDIE” CANTU, the Board made a UNANIMOUS vote of approval.
                                                        
 Vote: 5 - 0 – Unanimously
  Attachments:
  Quitclaim
  Easement
 
             
8.   Closed Session:
Board of Directors may go into Closed Session pursuant to Chapter 551, Texas Government Code, Sections 551.071 & 551.072 to discuss the following:

On motion by BOARD MEMBER PCT. 1, DAVID FUENTES, seconded by BOARD MEMBER PCT. 2, EDUARDO “EDDIE” CANTU, the Board made a UNANIMOUS vote of approval.

Vote: 5 - 0 – Unanimously
             
A.   Real Estate Acquisition
             
B.   Pending or contemplated litigation; a settlement offer; and/or a matter in which the duty of the attorney to the Hidalgo County Drainage District No. 1 under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct of the State Bar of Texas clearly conflicts with Chapter 551 of the Texas Government Code.
             
9.   Open Session:
             
A.   Real Estate Acquisition

No action taken on this item.
             
B.   Pending and/or Potential Litigation

No action taken on this item.
             
10.   Closed Session:
Board of Directors may reconvene into Closed Session for the discussion regarding the agenda items listed
             
11.   Open Session:
Board of Directors may reconvene into Open Session for the discussion regarding the agenda items listed
             
12.   Adjourn

Chairman Richard Cortez adjourned the meeting at 1:57 p.m.

On motion by BOARD MEMBER PCT. 1, DAVID FUENTES, seconded by BOARD MEMBER PCT. 2, EDUARDO “EDDIE” CANTU, the Board made a UNANIMOUS vote of approval.

Vote: 5 - 0 – Unanimously
             
There being no further business to come before said

Court, the meetings of the Commissioners' Court and the

Drainage District #1 Board are now hereby adjourned.


Dated this the 27th day of August, 2019

ARTURO GUAJARDO, JR., County Clerk
Hidalgo County, Texas


By: ______________________________
Melissa S. Montalvo, Deputy


I, ARTURO GUAJARDO, JR., County Clerk attest that this is an accurate accounting of a proceeding of the Commissioners’ Court held on August 27, 2019.

Signed this 27th day of August, 2019




ATTEST:
ARTURO GUAJARDO, JR.
County Clerk and Ex-Officio Clerk
Of the Commissioners’ Court of
Hidalgo County


By: ____________________________
(Seal) Melissa S. Montalvo, Deputy
 

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