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Commissioner Leon’s Roundtable Advisory Board Visits Downtown Detention Facility

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. 

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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 Carlos Leon Hosts Eastside Annex Groundbreaking Ceremony

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.

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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. 

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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

Montwood Drive Construction Update: July 14, 2014

PAVING ACTIVITES

On Montwood Drive:

The contractor has finished paving the north side of Montwood between Zanzibar and Windrock.

On 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.

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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.

DETOURS

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.

 

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*Information provided by City of El Paso: Engineering and Construction Management Department

Commissioner Carlos Leon Participates in the 2014 Fourth of July Parade

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. 

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We are especially thankful for the kindhearted welcome and thoughtful words that were expressed as we proudly walked the streets of East El Paso.

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Thank you!

Commissioner Leon Visits Facility Housing Immigrant Children and Families

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.

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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. 

Montwood Drive Construction Update

PAVING ACTIVITES

On Montwood Drive:

The contractor has finished compacting road for subgrade from Windrock to Zanzibar, and are currently placing the base course in preparation for paving activities.

On Windrock:

The contractor has finished compacting the parkway sub-grade and finished pouring colored concrete from Montwood to Buckwood.

They are also currently cutting the roadway sub-grade in preparation for paving activities at a later date.

UTILITY AND SIDEWALK WORK

On Montwood Drive:

Workers are currently pouring box culvert floors, tops and walls between Trinidad and Honolulu, and then back filling the trenches for the box culverts once they have been given enough time to cure properly.

At Wedgewood contractors have installed a new 8” water main line and a new hydrant.

On Windrock:

The contractor has finished installing the wheel chair ramps for the sidewalks.

DETOURS

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  

Guest Speaker, Sheriff Richard Wiles, Speaks at Commissioner Leon’s June 18, 2014 Roundtable Meeting

County Commissioner Carlos Leon held his monthly roundtable meeting this morning to continue an open dialogue between the commissioner and an eastside advisory board to discuss issues which impact the eastside and the entire county.

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The goal of the roundtable is to discuss issues without injecting political biases and continuously sustain a nonpartisan stance.

One of Leon’s campaign promises was to incorporate a roundtable type advisory board to engage eastside residents in the many facets of county government.

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Sheriff Richard Wiles and Commander Kevin Lanahan attended this month’s meeting to address and answer questions regarding the downtown jail, and the changes it might undergo after the feasibility study reveals whether the facility should be remodeled or completely rebuilt. 

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Commissioner Leon Speaks at Harmony Science Academy’s 2014 Commencement Ceremony

Commissioner Carlos Leon was the keynote speaker for Harmony Science Academy’s 2014 Commencement Ceremony. “Never tell yourself no,” was the theme of the afternoon, as the commissioner empowered our youth and sent them off into a bright and promising future.

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Harmony Science Academy - El Paso is a college-ready school that focuses on math, science, engineering and computer technologies. Harmony Science Academy has a reputation for their high quality education, and their 100 percent college acceptance rate.

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Commissioner Carlos Leon Presents El Paso County Constables with Resolution: Adoption of Unified Policies and Procedures

On June 9th, during Commissioners Court, Commissioner Carlos Leon presented a resolution acknowledging the county's seven constables who agreed to adopt a county-wide unified policies and procedures manual. This marked the first time all precincts will operate under one document, benefitting the county, the constables, and especially the constituents.

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Commissioner Leon began working with the constables in early 2013 in conjunction with members of the County Attorney's Office to develop the procedures which will help guide constables and their staff through the myriad of duties they perform on a daily basis, much like any municipal police department or sheriff's office across Texas.

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Policies included Anti-Harassment, Reserve Deputies, Outside Employment, Internal Affairs, Use of Force, Arrest Procedures, Warrants, Bias-Based Profiling and Civil Process. 

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Montwood Drive Construction Update

 

 

UTILITY AND SIDEWALK WORK

On Montwood Drive:

Contractors have finished back-filling around a box culvert from Trinidad to Honolulu. They have also poured the wall and top for the box culvert.

Box Culvert from Trinidad to Honolulu

Contractors have also installed an 8" sanitary sewer line and associated manholes at the intersection of Montwood and Windrock.
On Windrock:

Workers finished installing a curb from Stoneway to Buckwood on both sides of the road.
Between Montwood and Stoneway the contractor finished installing a sidewalk on both sides of the road.

DETOURS

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  

Commissioner Carlos Leon Inaugurates the Opening of El Paso Behavioral Health

Commissioner Carlos Leon was present for the El Paso Behavioral Health System’s ribbon cutting on Wednesday, June 4, 2013. Precinct 1 is quickly expanding, and having a mental health facility on the east side will be highly beneficial for our constituents.

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El Paso Behavioral Health-East specializes in adult mental health and adult chemical dependency. It also offers numerous programs exclusively for women, handling gender specific issues.

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On May 30, 2014 Commissioner Carlos Leon Welcomes Business Expansion

On May 30, 2014, Commissioner Leon welcomed another small business to the Precinct 1 community. Helping Hands Visiting Angels provides in-home care for seniors and adults with an array of needs.  Their philosophy is to keep the people of the community engaged in life mentally, spirituality and physically.

Helping Hands Visiting Angels offer help to the homeless, battered women and people battling depression. Other services they provide are support for families of felons and people who suffer from addictions. They also offer services to help the elderly live their last years with dignity.

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Later that morning, Commissioner Carlos Leon and Mayor Oscar Leeser welcomed the expansion of Sierra Providence East Medical Center. This center specializes in cardiovascular services, obstetrics, neonatal intensive care and physical rehabilitation.

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Commissioner Leon’s May 28, 2014 Community Meeting

Commissioner Carlos Leon held his community meeting this morning at Denny’s Restaurant on Montwood Drive. Guest speakers Irene Ramirez and Gilbert Andujo, Engineering and Construction from the City of El Paso, were present at the meeting to answer questions for our Precinct 1 constituents concerning the Montwood Drainage Project. Mr. Andujo stated that the completion of the project is still set for February of 2015.

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Other topics on the Eastside Annex, Sportspark and Vanpool were discussed at the meeting as Commissioner Leon opened the floor for questions and concerns.

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COMMISSIONER CARLOS LEON SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESSES

On Friday, May 23, 2014, Commissioner Carlos Leon was present for the grand opening of Menchies, the Vaswani’s newest location at The Fountains at Farah.

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Commissoner Leon emphasized how small businesses like Menchies are a critical component to our local economy. Commissioner Leon also stressed the importance of bringing people, families and children together to gain a sense of community in our growing county. 

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Letter Carriers’ Food Drive on Saturday, May 10, 2014

The National Association of Letter Carriers are having their annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive this coming Saturday, May 10, 2014. Be part of this great cause by placing your non-perishable donations in a bag by your mailbox. All donations will be delivered to a local food bank that will feed those in need.  

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