The County of El Paso Commissioners Court met in work session on Monday, March 23 at 9:30 a.m. and considered an agenda that included the following highlights:
Decision for funding the Star on the Mountain delayed
El Paso County Commissioners Court postponed for two weeks the decision whether or not to support the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce's petition to assist them in funding the expenses for the operation of the Star on the Mountain.
Richard E. Dayoub, President of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, explained to the court that their yearly expense to operate the star is $45,000.
Dayoub asked the court to consider an agreement with the city of El Paso to share operational expenses and fund them with the Hotel-Motel Occupancy Tax Funds.
County Commissioner Pct. 2, Veronica Escobar, made the motion to postpone any action made by the court and revisit the issue in two weeks.
Matching Funds to Help West Side Communities Approved
El Paso County Commissioners Court members approved $300,000 in match funding to help Westway and the Village of Vinton communities with a $1.5 million project that includes the construction of a 600,000 gallon storage reservoir and water line upgrades to meet the needs of the business community.
The application submitted to the Economic Development Administration (EDA) will also improve fire protection for these communities as well as enhancing the future residential and business growth of the area.
The court approved unanimously the provision of matching funds.
Court Adopts Resolution Promoting Multilingual Education
The members of the court unanimously adopted a resolution declaring March 26-28 as "BEEMS Conference Days: Sixteen Years Leading for the Future: Promoting Multilingual Education for All Children" to be held in El Paso County.
El Paso is home to exemplary bilingual education programs -including dual language program models-, and this conference emphasizes that the future of our county is largely dependent on an articulate and well-educated citizenry.
A group of distinguished keynote speakers and presenters, coming from various parts of the nation, will address conference participants to such issues as the academic practices in bilingual education, reforms, parent involvement and technology in the classrooms.