2014-06-25 / Front Page

City approves July 4th parade/fireworks

BY TONY VINDELL
Reporter

The city is getting ready to celebrate the nation’s Independence Day that will take place Friday, July 4.

The city commission approved a number of items concerning the annual event during Tuesday’s meeting.

Commissioners approved money to buy the necessary supplies, temporarily closing some streets and waiving the city’s fireworks ordinance.

Elma Chavez, executive director of the Raymondville Chamber of Commerce, said the celebration will start at 4 p.m. next Friday and will go on until 10 p.m.

“We are going to have a flag raising ceremony, a 24-hour softball tournament, a tug of war, a patriotic parade, vendors and all kinds of events every half hour,” she said. “This is a family and a community wide event.”

The city generally allocates about $5,000 for the annual celebration.

In other business, the commission:

- Discussed a proposed drug paraphernalia ordinance.

The city is in the process of cracking down on the sale of such gadgets following concerns from a group belonging to the Committee Against Substance Abuse, or CASA.

During a recent meeting, CASA members said a business in downtown Raymondville has been selling a wide array of items used for drug consumption.

City Manager Eleazar Garcia said they have a draft of the ordinance and the commission will discuss approving it once the city attorney gives the okay.

After that, the city will hold several public hearings before the ordinance gets approved.

Rosalie Tristan, with CASA, thanked city officials for working together to come up with the ordinance.

However, she said after the meeting that she would like to include more information because the one they have written is too weak.

- Commissioners opened bids for the construction of the new police station.

Six bids were submitted and the lowest is for $1,365,000 from a company called Jcon Construction of Palmview.

The bid will be reviewed and could be approved at the next city commission meeting.

- Approved promoting Daniel Rodriguez to senior wastewater collection operator.

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