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September 18, 2020
1:45 P.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:

In accordance with section 418.016 of the Texas Government Code, Governor Abbott has suspended various provisions that require government officials and members of the public to be physically present at a specified meeting location.  As a result, all or some government officials may participate via videoconference.  Additionally, members of the public are encouraged to watch the meetings online, at:

To participate in public comment, please call: (956) 292-7630 and you will be given further instruction and be provided with a toll free number at that time.

1.   Roll Call
2.   Pledge of Allegiance
3.   Prayer
4.   Open Forum
5.   County Judge's Office:
A. 77400   Econonic Development:
1. Discussion, consideration and approval of the creation of Hidalgo County Stimulating Business and Economic Development through Participation Program (SBEDP) pursuant to Section 381.004 of the Texas Local Government Code.
2. Approval of Service Agreement with Here Everybody Loves People to facilitate SBEDP Program on behalf of Hidalgo County.
3. Authority for County Treasurer to issue check after review and auditing procedures are completed by County Auditor
6.   Discussion, consideration and possible action regarding:
A. County response to disaster/health emergency:
1. CARES Act Funds
    a. Interlocal Cooperation Agreement with the Municipalities
B. Measures necessary to preserve public health and safety
C. Direction regarding County government operations, including but not limited to essential functions
7.   Closed Session:
Commissioners' Court may go into Closed Session pursuant to Chapter 551, Texas Government Code, Sections 551.071, (Consultation with Attorney), 551.072 (Deliberation regarding Real Property), Section 551.074 (Personnel Matters) and Section 551.087 (Economic Development) to discuss the following:
A.   Real Estate Acquisition
B.   Private consultation and advice of counsel concerning pending, potential and/or contemplated litigation, settlement offers, and/or legal matters subject to the attorney-client priviledge under the authority of the Open Meetings Act Section 551.071, Government Code.
C.   Consultation with Legal Counsel regarding Legal Action due to emergency situation
A. Requesting exemption from competitive bidding requirements under the Texas Local Government Code, Section 262.024(A) (4) "a Professional Service" for the "provision of legal services/representation in connection with litigation."

B. Engagement with the firm of _________________________ for the "Provision of Legal Services/Representation in connection with Litigation" and authority to submit letter of engagement (subject to compliance with HB1295)
9.   Open Session:
A.   Real Estate Acquisition and appropriation for same
B.   Pending and/or potential litigation
C.   Discussion, consideration and possible action regarding response to public health emergency
10.   Closed Session:
Commissioners Court may reconvene into Closed Session for the discussion regarding the agenda items listed
11.   Open Session:
Commissioners Court may reconvene into Open Session for the discussion regarding the agenda items listed
12.   Adjourn

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