July 2014 - Posts
Commissioner Carlos Leon’s Roundtable took a tour of the El Paso County Detention Facility on July 16, 2014. This maximum security facility is located at 601 E. Overland with a housing capacity of 1000 inmates.
On this highly informative tour, the advisory board was able to see first-hand the daily duties and management that the jail requires on a routine basis. During the two hour tour, Detention Officer Telles and Commander Vargas thoroughly answered an array of questions asked by the board.
Commissioner Leon hosted the Eastside Annex Groundbreaking Ceremony on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 to mark the beginning of a much anticipated project. Judge Escobar spoke about the many benefits the county will have by building the Eastside Annex on county property.
Constituents will be able to receive several services at the Eastside Annex as they would at the County Courthouse. In addition to the offices, the Eastside Annex will include a community meeting room that will have the capacity to seat 100.
The opening of the Eastside Annex will offer constituents convenient access to county offices and services, improving communication with their elected officials.
The Eastside Annex will house offices for the following:
· County Commissioner Precinct 1
· Justice of the Peace Precinct 4
· Constable Precinct 4
· Adult Probation
· County Clerk
On Montwood Drive:
The contractor has finished paving the north side of Montwood between Zanzibar and Windrock.
The contractor has finished placing the base course between Buckwood and Montwood, and is now compacting the area in preparation for paving activities that are soon to follow.
UTILITY AND SIDEWALK WORK
On Montwood Drive:
Between Honolulu and Monaco the contractor completed the box culvert walls, tops and floors.
Trenches for box culverts, which were previously poured on Trinidad and Honolulu were backfilled.
Posted detours remain in place along Montwood Drive between McRae and Yarbrough. Eastbound and westbound traffic will continue travelling in the lanes south of the median.
*Information provided by City of El Paso: Engineering and Construction Management Department
Commissioner Leon walked the Fourth of July parade this past holiday weekend in East El Paso.
The El Paso Del Norte Lions Club presented their annual “The People’s Parade,” this past Friday for the Fourth of July holiday. The two mile parade walk started at Hanks High School, went through Montwood Drive and Yarbrough, and down to Album Park.
We are especially thankful for the kindhearted welcome and thoughtful words that were expressed as we proudly walked the streets of East El Paso.
El Paso has recently been experiencing an influx of unaccompanied minors and families from Central American countries, including El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. These unaccompanied children are in extreme need of shelter, clothes and food, as they are attempting to flee their country of origin to escape violence and poverty.
On July 1, 2014, Commissioner Carlos Leon went to a facility that is currently housing some of these children and their families. “Regardless of political views, these are children that are here now and need our help,” stated Commissioner Leon.
The El Paso community can help by volunteering and giving donations to help aid these facilities. Please contact Annunciation House at 915-545-4509 to help.