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fm 3380 (manuel f. aguilera hwy) public hearing
Public Hearing Summary and Analysis FM 3380 (Manuel F. Aguilera Highway) TABLE OF CONTENTS I. INTRODUCTION .......................................................................................................................................... 1 II. NOTICES AND PRESS RELEASES ................................................................................................................. 1 III. LOGISTICS ................................................................................................................................................. 2 IV. ATTENDANCE ........................................................................................................................................... 3 V. FORMAT AND PROCEDURE ....................................................................................................................... 3 VI. STAKEHOLDER COMMENTS ..................................................................................................................... 6 VII. CLOSING .................................................................................................................................................. 6 Appendices Appendix A Appendix B Appendix C Appendix D Appendix E Appendix F Appendix G Appendix H Appendix I Public Notices and Press Releases Letters to Public Officials Sign‐In Sheets Comment Forms (Blank) Transcript Display Boards Slideshow Presentation Speaker Cards and Written Comment Memorandum Regarding Alternative Dismissal i Public Hearing Summary and Analysis FM 3380 (Manuel F. Aguilera Highway) I. INTRODUCTION On Tuesday, July 29, 2014 the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), the County of El Paso, and the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority conducted a public hearing for the proposed FM 3380 (Manuel F. Aguilera Highway Phase II) from 0.35 Mile South of SH 20 (Alameda Avenue) to IH‐10 in eastern El Paso County, Texas. The Public Hearing was held at the Rogelio Sanchez Road and Bridge Building located at 1331 North Fabens Road, Fabens, Texas 79838. The hearing included an Open House followed by a formal presentation and public comment period. The purpose of the hearing was to:  Provide an opportunity for the public to view exhibits showing the proposed build alternative and to discuss comments/concerns in a face‐to‐face dialogue;  Provide technical information regarding the proposed project; and  Officially record comments/concerns from the public. II. NOTICES AND PRESS RELEASES The hearing was published in English and Spanish in the El Paso Times and El Diario, respectively. Publication dates were as follows: Newspaper Language Publish Dates El Paso Times English Sunday, June 29, 2014 Sunday, July 20, 2014 El Diario Spanish Sunday, June 29, 2014 Sunday, July 20, 2014 In addition, the County of El Paso published official press releases on Monday, July 28, 2014 and on July 29, 2014. TxDOT also posted a web page with public hearing information for this project. These above notices, affidavits, and press releases are included as Appendix A. Prior to and during the hearing, the local public was informed of the event by use of a county vehicle with a digital marquee parked at the entrance to the venue. Two additional TxDOT message boards were placed along Fabens Road, visible to traffic in each direction. 1 Public Hearing Summary and Analysis FM 3380 (Manuel F. Aguilera Highway) Letters were mailed on June 26, 2014 to 60 public officials, providing them with information regarding the planned public hearing date. An example of a public official notification letter and the list of recipients is included in Appendix B. In addition, 21 owners of adjacent and nearby properties were provided the English and Spanish version of the newspaper hearing notice by mail. This list, also included in Appendix B, includes other area landowners who received notices in the past and/or attended a prior meeting. III. LOGISTICS A table with sign‐in sheets (Appendix C), speaker cards and comment forms1 (Appendix D) were set up at the venue’s entrance. Comment forms were provided that included instructions for submitting comments. Instructions were verbally reiterated before and after the formal presentation. A bilingual English/Spanish interpreter was on‐site to provide live Spanish translation during the hearing. Individuals were able to listen to the translation through the use of individual wireless headsets. A court reporter was on‐hand to record the hearing minutes. A transcript of the hearing is included in Appendix E. Multiple informational and graphic boards were displayed at the venue’s entrance, as well as within the hearing room. See Appendix F. 1
Comment forms provided during the public hearing included an incorrect project description. The County of El Paso corrected this error by adding to their website a statement regarding the error, and a new comment form was made available on the website for formal written comments. The website notice and corrected forms are included in Appendix D. 2 Public Hearing Summary and Analysis FM 3380 (Manuel F. Aguilera Highway) IV. ATTENDANCE Twenty (20) citizens, three public officials, and one member of the media were present at the hearing. Public officials included Arlina Palacios, House District 75 District Director; Jose Landeros, Policy Advisor (El Paso County Commissioners Court, Precinct #3), and Vince Perez, Commissioner (El Paso County Commissioners Court, Precinct #3). In addition, project representatives from TxDOT, Structural engineering Associates, the County of El Paso, Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority (CRRMA), and Dannenbaum Engineering were on‐site to provide information concerning the project. V. FORMAT AND PROCEDURE The open house began at 6:00 pm. The open house allowed attendees an opportunity to hold an open dialogue with project representatives. 3 Public Hearing Summary and Analysis FM 3380 (Manuel F. Aguilera Highway) Following the open house, a formal presentation began at 7:00 pm. Mr. Robert Bielek, District Engineer for the TxDOT El Paso District, opened the hearing. He discussed the need and purpose of the project, and summarized previous public meeting comments related to the Manuel F. Aguilera Highway project. He also discussed methods for providing comments on the proposed project. 4 Public Hearing Summary and Analysis FM 3380 (Manuel F. Aguilera Highway) Mr. Sid Mielke, P.E. (Structural Engineering Associates) then began the technical presentation, during which he discussed engineering and other aspects of the project, such as right‐of‐way requirements, proposed roadway/overpass dimensions and features, project funding, and a project timeline. Mr. Sam Blanco, AICP (Raba‐Kistner Environmental) then discussed environmental and cultural resources that were evaluated as part of the Environmental Assessment (EA). Mr. Blanco discussed the potential to encounter threatened species in the project area, as well as the status of archaeological studies and tribal consultation that were conducted as part of the project. The slideshow presentation is included in Appendix G. After the technical presentation, a 15‐minute break was provided. After the break, the hearing resumed. Speaker cards were read aloud to call upon those wishing to speak their comments or concerns. Attendees were invited to continue viewing exhibits and to ask further questions at the end of the comment period. 5 Public Hearing Summary and Analysis FM 3380 (Manuel F. Aguilera Highway) VI. STAKEHOLDER COMMENTS During the course of the hearing and subsequent comment period, a total of two comments were received. Two speaker cards were completed during the hearing; however, only one of these speakers remained at the hearing for the comment period. He was able to provide his verbal comments at that time. In addition, one comment was received by mail after the hearing date. The following table summarizes these comments: Commenter Format Nature of Comment Reference Appendix E (Pages James R. Verbal Requests re‐naming of the proposed 18‐19 of transcript McDonald (spoken during Manuel F. Aguilera Highway in honor of text) hearing) El Paso military heroes (Mr. McDonald suggests two alternative names). Jose L. Written Suggests project should connect to I‐10 Appendix H Marquez (physical mail) “in a straight line.” In response to Mr. McDonald’s name change request, it is within the purview of El Paso County Commissioners Court to change the name of the roadway. This can be done during any Commissioners Court Meeting with a properly posted agenda item. On September 11, 2014 Mr. McDonald’s suggestions were forwarded for consideration to El Paso County Judge, Veronica Escobar, and to the Commissioner whose precinct includes the Port of Entry roads, Vincent Perez. In response to Mr. Marquez’s comment regarding the project design, in March 2013 the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) provided a comment regarding the Draft EA as it stood at that time. During that time, the Draft EA discussed an alternative similar to that suggested by Mr. Marque, which was dismissed from further study. Since the alternative was not considered viable, FHWA suggested that a memo be placed in the file regarding its dismissal and rationale. FHWA also recommended limiting the EA discussion to One Build (the preferred alternative) and the No‐Build. This suggestion was followed, and a memo dated July 24, 2014 was placed in the project file (Appendix I). VII. CLOSING In July of 2014, TxDOT, the County of El Paso, and the CRRMA conducted a public hearing for the proposed FM 3380 (Manuel F. Aguilera Highway). The hearing was publicized prior to the meeting through various outlets in English and Spanish, and was well‐attended. Two citizens provided comments. One requested a name change for the proposed roadway, and the other suggested a design modification. These comments and responses are discussed in the previous section. The potential for a name change appears to be the only viable request, and the appropriate individuals have been made aware of this request. 6 Appendix A
Public Notices and Press Releases
PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
FM 3380 (Manuel F. Aguilera Highway)
from 0.35 Mile South of State Highway 20 (Alameda Avenue) to IH-10
El Paso County, Texas
CSJ: 0924-06-311
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), the County of El Paso, and the Camino Real Regional Mobility
Authority will conduct a public hearing on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 for the proposed FM 3380 (Manuel F. Aguilera
Highway) from 0.35 Mile South of SH 20 (Alameda Avenue) to IH-10 in eastern El Paso County, Texas. The Public Hearing
will be held at the Rogelio Sanchez Road and Bridge Building located at 1331 North Fabens Road, Fabens, Texas 79838.
The hearing will consist of an Open House followed by a formal presentation. The Open House will begin at 6:00 pm. to
allow for questions and review of project exhibits. The formal presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m., followed by a public
comment period. During the formal comment period no questions will be answered.
The purpose of the hearing is to provide information about the
proposed improvements. The County of El Paso recently
completed construction of a county-funded portion of Manuel
F. Aguilera Highway (referred to as Phase I), which extends from
the new Tornillo-Guadalupe Port-of-Entry (POE) to SH 20
(Alameda Avenue), southwest of Tornillo, El Paso County, Texas.
The Current Project consists of a new 3.88-mile section of
Manuel F. Aguilera Highway from 0.35 mile south of SH 20 to I10. Phase II will build a two-lane roadway providing a direct
connection from Manuel F. Aguilera Highway Phase I to I-10.
This phase would construct an overpass over the SH 20 and
adjacent Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) rights-of-way. The
Horizon 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) lists the
Year of Expenditure for Phase II as 2014. A total of 201.97 acres
of land is needed for the project.
Current Project:
M.F. Aguilera Highway
(Phase II)
Completed:
M.F. Aguilera
Highway “Phase I”
(County Project)
Completed:
Int’l Bridge & POE
Maps showing the project location and design, the
Facilities
environmental document, tentative construction schedule, and
(County Project)
U.S.A
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other information relative to the project file are on-file and
available for review at the El Paso County Road and Bridge
Office located at 800 East Overland Avenue - Suite 407, El Paso,
Texas
79901.
Additional
project-specific
information
is
available
online
at
http://www.epcounty.com/meetings/public/MFAguileraHighway.pdf. Persons interested in attending the Public Hearing
that have special communication or accommodation needs are encouraged to contact Norma Rivera Palacios (915) 5462015 at least two working days prior to the meeting. TxDOT and the County of El Paso will make all reasonable efforts to
accommodate other special needs as requested.
Verbal and/or written comments will be accepted at the Public Hearing. Written comments may also be submitted up to
10 days after the Public Hearing, on or prior to Friday, August 8, 2014. Comments sent be by mail to 12821 West Golden
Lane, San Antonio, Texas 78249 (attention: Sam Blanco), fax to (210) 699-6426, or email to [email protected] If you
have any questions or would like to discuss the project in more detail, please contact Ernesto Carrizal, P.E., at 915-5462015.
AVISO DE AUDIENCIA PÚBLICA
FM 3380 (Carretera Manuel F. Aguilera)
Desde 0.35 millas al sur de La Carretera Estatal 20 (Avenida Alameda) hasta IH-10
Condado de El Paso, Texas
CSJ: 0924-06-311
El Departamento de Transporte de Texas (TxDOT, por sus siglas en inglés), el Condado de El Paso, y la Autoridad Regional
de Movilidad de Camino Real llevaran a cabo una audiencia pública el martes, 29 de julio de 2014 para la propuesta de
FM 3380 (Carretera Manuel F. Aguilera) desde 0.35 millas al sur de SH 20 (Avenida Alameda) hasta la IH-10 en el este del
Condado de El Paso, Texas. La Audiencia Pública se llevará a cabo en Rogelio Sánchez Road and Bridge Building ubicado
en el 1331 North Fabens Road, Fabens, Texas 79838. La audiencia se llevará a cabo en formato de sesión informal y
abierta seguida por una presentación formal. La sesión abierta iniciará a las 6:00 pm. para dar tiempo para preguntas y
revisar las exhibiciones del proyecto. La presentación formal iniciará a las 7:00 p.m., seguida por un periodo de
comentarios del público. No se contestaran preguntas durante el periodo de comentarios formales.
El propósito de la audiencia es de ofrecer información sobre las
mejoras propuestas. El Condado de El Paso recientemente
completó la construcción de una porción de la Carretera Manuel
F. Aguilera financiada por el condado (que se refiere como la
Fase I), la cual se extiende desde el nuevo Puente Internacional
(POE, por sus siglas en inglés) de Tornillo-Guadalupe hasta la SH
20 (Avenida Alameda), al suroeste de Tornillo, Condado de El
Paso, Texas.
El Proyecto actual consiste de una nueva sección de 3.88-millas
de la Carretera Manuel F. Aguilera desde 0.35 millas al sur de SH
20 hasta la I-10. En la Fase II se construirá una calzada de dos
carriles los cuales proveerán una conexión directa desde la Fase
I de la Carretera Manuel F. Aguilera hasta la I-10. En esta fase se
construirá un paso a desnivel sobre SH 20 y adyacente al
derecho de vía de Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR). La Fase II del
proyecto se encuentra registrada en El Plan de Transporte
Metropolitano (MTP) Horizon 2040 con gastos programados en
el año 2014. Se requiere un total de 201.97 acres de terreno
para el proyecto.
Proyecto Actual:
Carretera M.F. Aguilera
(Fase II)
Completo:
“Fase I” Carretera
M.F. Aguilera
(Proyecto del Condado)
Completo:
Puente Internacional e
Instalaciones del POE
U.S.A
(Proyecto del Condado)
Mexico
Mapas que muestran la ubicación y diseño del proyecto, el documento ambiental, posible programa de construcción, e
información relacionada al proyecto se encuentran disponibles para su revisión en la Oficina de Puentes y Caminos del
Condado de El Paso ubicada en 800 East Overland Avenue - Suite 407, El Paso, Texas 79901. Información adicional
específica del proyecto se encuentra disponible en http://www.epcounty.com/meetings/public/MFAguileraHighway.pdf
Toda persona interesada en asistir a la Audiencia Pública que tenga necesidades especiales de comunicación o acomodo
se le anima a llamar a Norma Rivera Palacios al (915) 546-2015 por lo menos dos días hábiles antes de la junta. TxDOT y
el Condado de El Paso harán todo esfuerzo razonable para cubrir a las necesidades especiales según se soliciten.
Se aceptarán comentarios verbales y por escritos en la Audiencia Pública. Comentarios por escrito también pueden ser
entregados hasta 10 días después de la Audiencia Pública, a más tardar el viernes, 8 de agosto de 2014. Se pueden
enviar comentarios por correo a 12821 West Golden Lane, San Antonio, Texas 78249 (atención: Sam Blanco), por fax al
(210) 699-6426, o correo electrónico a [email protected] Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre el proyecto o desea hablar
sobre el proyecto en más detalle, favor de llamar a Ernesto Carrizal, P.E., al 915-546-2015.
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WAR IN IRAQ
Iraq forces try to retake Tikrit, strike in Mosul
By Ryan Lucas
The Associated Press
BAGHDAD >> The Iraqi government launched its biggest push yet to wrest back
ground lost to Sunni militants, as soldiers backed
by tanks and helicopter
gunships began an offensive Saturday to retake the
northern city of Tikrit.
There were conflicting
reports as to how far the
military advanced in its
initial thrust toward Tikrit, the hometown of former dictator Saddam Hussein. Residents said militants were still in control of
the city by nightfall, while
Iraqi officials said troops
had reached the outskirts
and even pressed deep into
the heart of Tikrit itself.
What was clear, however, was the government’s
desire to portray the campaign as a significant step
forward after two weeks
of demoralizing defeats at
the hands of insurgents
led by the al-Qaida breakaway Islamic State of Iraq
and the Levant. The militants’ surge across much of
northern and western Iraq
has thrown the country into
its deepest crisis since U.S.
troops withdrew in December 2011, and threatens to
cleave the nation in three
along sectarian and ethnic
lines.
Iraq’s large, U.S.-trained
and equipped military
melted away in the face of
the militant onslaught, sapping morale and public confidence in its ability to stem
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Smoke rises in the skyline after airstrikes by the Iraq military Saturday in the northern city
of Mosul, Iraq. The Iraq military carried out three airstrikes on the insurgent-held city early
Saturday. One of the air raids hit a commercial area, residents said.
the tide, let alone claw back
lost turf. If successful, the
Tikrit operation could help
restore a degree of faith in
the security forces — as well
as embattled Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who is
fighting to keep his job.
Saturday’s fighting began before dawn with helicopter gunships carrying
out airstrikes on insurgents
who were attacking troops
at a university campus on
Tikrit’s northern outskirts,
Iraqi military spokesman Lt.
Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi
said. The government forces
had established a bridgehead
on the university’s sprawling
grounds after being airlifted
in the previous day.
Sporadic clashes continued throughout the day at
the university. At the same
time, several columns of
troops pushed north toward
Tikrit from Samarra, a city
along the banks of the Tigris River and home to an
important Shiite shrine, a
senior security official said
on condition of anonymity
because he was not authorized to brief the media.
By sundown, Lt. Gen.
Ahmed Abu Ragheef, a
commander in the Salahuddin Operational Command,
said a column of troops had
reached the edge of Tikrit,
while another had secured
an air base that previously
served as a U.S. military
facility known as Camp
Speicher.
The governor of Salahuddin province, Ahmed
Abdullah al-Jabouri, told
The Associated Press that
troops pushed into Tikrit
itself, reaching as far the
provincial council building.
However, re sident s
reached by telephone Saturday evening said militants
were still in control of Tikrit,
a predominantly Sunni city
of more than 200,000, and
patrolling the city’s streets.
They confirmed the
clashes around the university, and reported fighting between the Islamic
State and Iraqi forces to
the southeast of the city
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as well. Some residents described black smoke rising
from a presidential palace
complex located along the
edge of the Tigris River after army helicopters opened
fire on the compound.
They spoke on condition
of anonymity out of concern
for their safety.
Many locals had already
fled the city in anticipation
of a government assault,
said another Tikrit resident,
Muhanad Saif al-Din.
“Tikrit has become a
ghost town because a lot of
people left over the past 72
hours, fearing random aerial bombardment and possible clashes as the army advances toward the city,” Saif
al-Din said. “The few people who remain are afraid
of possible revenge acts by
Shiite militiamen who are
accompanying the army.
We are peaceful civilians
and we do not want to be
victims of this struggle.”
He said the city has been
without power or water
since Friday night.
The military also carried
out three airstrikes on the
insurgent-held city of Mosul early Saturday. Mosul
is Iraq’s second-largest city,
and was the initial target of
the Islamic State’s offensive
in the country.
South of Baghdad, heavy
clashes between security
forces and Sunni insurgents in the town of Jurf
al-Sakhar killed at least 21
troops and dozens of militants, police and hospital
officials said on condition
of anonymity because they
were authorized to brief
the media. Jurf al-Sakhar,
located some 30 miles outside the capital, is part of
a predominantly Sunni ribbon that runs just south of
Baghdad.
The Islamic State, which
already has seized control of
vast swaths in northern and
eastern Syria, aims to create
a state straddling Syria and
Iraq governed by Islamic
law. In Iraq, the group has
formed an alliance of sorts
with fellow Islamic militants
as well as former members
of Saddam’s Baath party to
fight al-Maliki’s Shiite-led
government.
T he militants have
tapped into deep-seated
discontent among Iraq’s
Sunni community with
al-Maliki, who has been
widely accused of monopolizing power and alienating Sunnis. The prime minister’s failure to promote
national reconciliation has
been blamed for fueling
Sunni anger.
The United States and
other world powers have
pressed al-Maliki to reach
out to the country’s Sunni
and Kurdish minorities and
have called for a more inclusive government that
can address long-standing
grievances.
The government received
a boost in its fight against
the militants with the delivery Saturday in Baghdad of
five Russian-made Sukhoi
jets. Two Iraqi security officials confirmed arrival of the
planes, which Iraq purchased
secondhand from Russia.
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monte said that the Saenz
shooting was a factor in reviewing the contract with
G4S, an international security services company.
“We were looking at it already, but that situation,
yes, made us try to speed
up that evaluation,” Almonte said.
Almonte recently said
that city staff will look at
whether the service is effective and whether it is
cost effective. The service
effectiveness could be measured by looking at transportation times, number
of transports and if it has
helped save time and resources for police.
“We are looking at maybe
a possible alternative,” Almonte said. “We have to
evaluate them, so I told
(staff) to put it down on paper, lets look at it, quantify
it.”
A 2011 study by MGT of
America found that El Paso
police were spending too
much time booking prisoners and recommended that
the department contract
out prisoner services to save
time and money.
During a City Council presentation in July 2012, Police
Chief Greg Allen said that a
pilot program would save
the equivalent in time of 10
full-time employees at each
of the two police regional
commands, freeing officers
from administrative duties
to respond to calls for help.
In August 2012, City Council approved a $600,000 pilot program with G4S to
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They include 10 weekly
flights to Guatemala, 10
flights to Honduras and five
to El Salvador.
Officials did not provide
the number of people on an
average flight.
If the planes are similar
to the ones used to transport immigrants from
South Texas to El Paso, they
can carry up to 135 passengers.
ICE said it will not contract additional commercial or chartered aircraft at
this time.
The number of families
and unaccompanied minors
being deported depends on
various factors, ICE officials
said.
They include things
such as the length of immigration proceedings or
whether they have valid
protection or a sylum
claims, among other factors, ICE officials said.
ICE has specific deportation agreements with each
Central American country
that govern many of the
specific factors, ICE officials added.
The reasons for the sudden surge of Central American immigrants continues
to be the focus of debate.
When determining the
reason for the immigration
influx, there is not one primary factor, said assistant
professor at the University
of California in San Diego,
Tom K. Wong.
Wong authored a statistical analysis earlier this
month examining reasons
for the surge.
He said that while violence was a systematic reason for the immigration
of some 57,000 unaccompanied minors to the U.S.,
misinformation about U.S.
immigration policies cannot be cited as the exclusive reason for the influx.
Wong’s report, “Statistical Analysis Shows that
even with a good-looking
chick.
***
People dying anywhere
is never positive news. But
did you notice how the
worsening situation in the
Middle East and the unfortunate Malaysian jetliner shot down in eastern
Ukraine quickly shoved
Central American immigrants to the backburner
on most cable news
shows?
***
Not to rain on anybody’s parade but who
shot the video of Neil
Armstrong climbing down
the ladder to the lunar
POLICE BUDGET
• The El Paso Police Department has a proposed budget of
$122,145,466 for fiscal 2015, according to a city budget
preview. The budget is a half-percent ($624,034) more
than last year.
• The budget includes a 40-recruit police academy expected to graduate in January. No other academy class is
planned for fiscal 2015.
• The Police Department also plans to spend $600,000
in confiscated funds to replace its aging patrol fleet. The
department stated that 64percent of patrol cars are five
years or older.
Source: City of El Paso
Valley police regional commands. An analysis found
that the pilot program resulted in saving officers
two hours per arrest on average, according to city documents.
Last September, the council unanimously approved a
$1.3 million one-year contract that expanded the
program to all five regional
commands, documents
stated. The citywide program was projected to save
the time equivalent to 18
full-time officers.
When a person is arrested, they are handed over
to a G4S crew — made up
of two booking officers — at
each police station. Two G4S
transport teams also travel
around the city taking prisoners to be booked in the
Downtown Jail or the jail
annex on Montana Avenue.
Police officials did not respond to a request for comment regarding the G4S
contract.
“G4S is working with
EPPD to identify opportunities to reduce cost while
maintaining the operational effectiveness and integrity of the G4S services
provided,” company spokeswoman Monica LewmanGarcia said in an email. “By
using G4S Custom Protection Officers to perform sup-
plementary duties, local law
enforcement agencies like El
Paso are able to make better use of their budgets and
place sworn officers in more
public-focused, critical law
enforcement roles. In many
cases, local police departments can save taxpayers
millions of dollars per year
by using G4S personnel and
services in addition to increasing police presence in
the community.”
The family of Saenz has
filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against the city
and G4S on allegations of
excessive force, recklessness, negligence and violating Saenz’s civil rights. The
lawsuit also names as defendants Allen, Flores and the
unnamed prison transport
guard. The lawsuit does not
specify an amount sought.
The city has declined to
comment on the lawsuit.
G4S did not comment on
the lawsuit but LewmanGarcia said, “G4S extends
its sympathy to the family
of Mr. Saenz. G4S has cooperated fully with authorities
in their investigation of the
2013 incident involving Mr.
Saenz.”
Violence, Not U.S. Immigration Policies, is Behind
the Surge of Unaccompanied Children Crossing the
Border,” was first published
by progressive Washington,
D.C. think tank, the Center
for American Progress on
July 8.
The report was updated
and released by the Center
for Comparative Immigration Studies.
Wong’s analysis says:
“It’s not U.S. policy but
rather violence and the desire to find safety that is the
impetus for these children’s
journeys.”
Wong clarified that while
the title of his report might
suggest otherwise, his statistical data points to a
number of reasons for the
influx of Central American
immigrants.
These include violence,
misinformation and poverty.
“They are not mutually
exclusive,” Wong said.
Wong is an assistant professor at UCSD’s political
science department.
His comments were in
response to a report by the
El Paso Intelligence Center
that was made public earlier this month.
Leaked by Breibart News
on July 7, the EPIC report
says that erroneous information spread by smugglers and Spanish media
— and not necessarily violence— is causing the spike
of Central Americans trying to enter the country illegally.
“If the argument is that
this information is the
sole cause of unaccompanied minors coming to the
United States, I totally disagree,” Wong said about the
report.
“Causality is a very technical concept that’s being
discussed much too loosely,
in my opinion,” Wong said.
The report states that
in 2012, El Salvador, Guatemala , Honduras and
Mexico had 41,828 homicides, at a rate of 28 per
100,000.
Wong’s report states that
if Mexico were excluded,
leaving El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras — the
countries producing the
mass exodus of unaccompanied children — the homicide rate would to 54 per
100,000.
“By contrast,” the report
states, “other countries in
the region, such as Belize,
Costa Rica, Nicaragua and
Panama had a total of 1,881
homicides, at a rate of 13
per 100,000.”
Wong said that often
times people interpret a
set of numbers as data and
make overreaching assumptions.
His research, Wong said,
is based on regression statistics, an approach that
estimates relationships
among different variables,
such as how violence, poverty and misinformation
led to the surge of Central
American migration to the
U.S..
Wong said the most important thing beyond any
research was making sure
that unaccompanied minors and families who
crossed the border received
due process.
Brian Erickson, policy
advocate for ACLU of New
Mexico Regional Center for
Border Rights, agreed.
Erickson said, the ACLU’s main concern was
making sure that those who
have been deported from
the detention center in Artesia, N.M., receive due process and a chance to make
their case before an immigration judge.
Erickson said Border Patrol officials may not be adequately trained to discern
who is f leeing violence,
human trafficking or any
credible danger.
“It’s an important part
of the story that needs to
be told because we have a
moral and legal obligation
to make sure they receive
due process,” he said.
Daniel Borunda may be
reached at 546-6102. Times
reporter Cindy Ramirez
contributed to this report.
Luis Carlos Lopez may be
reached at 546-6381.
surface 45 years ago today? Was this the first
moon selfie?
***
Adios Blimp. Here’s a
little shout out to owner
Gary Hoff and the staff
at The Blimp, an El Paso
culinary institution that
shut down Friday after
40 years of making sandwiches and possibly the
most authentic chile bowl
in El Paso.
Not to worry, Hoff is
taking some of his signature recipes to Track
One, another cool place to
eat. Some of us will miss
Hoff’s opinionated commentaries on politics and
everything.
***
Thought for the day:
“There are no saints in
the animal kingdom, only
breakfast and dinner.”
|
B
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— Lorne Malvo, ruthless
hired killer in the television version of “Fargo.”
Ramón Rentería may be
reached at 546-6146.
JO ANNE BERNAL
EL PASO COUNTY ATTORNEY
EL PASO COUNTY COURTHOUSE
500 E. SAN ANTONIO, ROOM 503
EL PASO, TX 79901
PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday July 28, 2014
Visit the Press Releases Archive at:
http://www.epcounty/CA
`
Follow us on Twitter @EPCountyAttney
No. 201408
For More Information Contact:
Elhiu Dominguez
Public Affairs Officer
Phone: (915) 546-2016
Cell: (915) 472-1354
FAX: (915) 546-2133
[email protected]
EL PASO COUNTY TO CONDUCT PUBLIC HEARING
REGARDING EXTENSION OF MANUEL F. AGUILERA HIGHWAY
Project will connect the new Tornillo-Guadalupe Port of Entry to I-10
On Tuesday July 29, 2014, the County of El Paso, the Texas Department of
Transportation (TxDOT), and the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority will conduct a
public hearing regarding the construction of phase II of FM 3380 (Manuel F. Aguilera Highway).
The project consists of a new 3.8-mile, two-lane extension to the Manuel F. Aguilera
Highway, from SH 20 (Alameda Ave.) to I- 10. It includes the construction of an overpass over
Alameda Ave. and adjacent Union Pacific Railroad rights-of-way. The project requires a total of
201.97 acres of land, and it will be bid out in the next couple of weeks. The highway is expected
to be ready before the end of the year.
The public hearing will take place at the Rogelio Sanchez Road and Bridge Building
located at 1331 N. Fabens Rd., Fabens, Texas, 79838. The hearing will consist of an open house
(scheduled at 6:00 p.m.) for questions and review of project exhibit and a formal presentation to
start at 7:00 p.m., followed by a public comment period.
The County of El Paso recently completed construction of a $16.3 million county-funded
portion of Manuel F. Aguilera Highway (referred to as Phase I), which extends from the new
Tornillo-Guadalupe Port of Entry (POE) to SH 20 (Alameda Avenue).
Maps, design drawings, environmental documents, construction schedules, and other
information related to the project are available for review at the El Paso County Road & Bridge
Office located at 800 E. Overland Ave. - Suite 407, El Paso, Texas 79901. Additional
information is available online at www.epcounty.com/meetings/public/MFAguileraHighway.pdf
Verbal and/or written comments will be accepted at the public hearing. Written
comments may also be submitted up to 10 days after the public hearing, on or prior to Friday,
August 8, 2014.
Comments can be sent to Sam Blanco via fax to (210) 699-6426, via email to
[email protected], or sent by mail to 12821 West Golden Lane, San Antonio, Texas 78249.
For more information, please contact Ernesto Carrizal at 915-546-2015.
WHAT:
Public Hearing Extension of Manuel F. Aguilera Highway
WHEN:
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
6:00 p.m. Open House
7:00 p.m. Formal Presentation
WHERE: Rogelio Sanchez Road and Bridge Building
1331 N. Fabens Rd., Fabens, Texas, 79838
###
Additional information. Phase II will cost $17.2 million.
The County will finalize the environmental assessment and acquire the right-of-way. This is paid
for from County bond issues (2007 and 2012).
The construction will be overseen by TXDOT, and TXDOT will let the project in the fall of 2015.
The road will take a little over a year to build and should be completed in the late fall of 2016.
The Project will be turned over to TXDOT for construction because Phase II of the Road is
designated as a Farm to Market Road (FM 3380) and will be a part of the State road system. (The
state maintains it, not the County).
The Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority will pay for the construction costs from revenue
bonds sold in May, 2014.
The road extension will be paid from a Special Vehicle Registration Fee of $10, authorized by the
Transportation Code, and adopted by the County last year. The County collects the $10 as part of
the normal, annual car registration fee and then transfers that fee to the CRRMA. The CRRMA
uses the revenue stream to pay off the bonds.
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County Attorney Press Releases
El Paso County To Conduct Public Hearing
Regarding Extension Of Manuel F. Aguilera
Highway
Project will connect the new Tornillo-Guadalupe Port of Entry to I-10
On Tuesday July 29, 2014, the County of El Paso, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT),
and the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority will conduct a public hearing regarding the
construction of phase II of FM 3380 (Manuel F. Aguilera Highway).
The project consists of a new 3.8-mile, two-lane extension to the Manuel F. Aguilera Highway, from
SH 20 (Alameda Ave.) to I- 10. It includes the construction of an overpass over Alameda Ave. and
adjacent Union Pacific Railroad rights-of-way. The project requires a total of 201.97 acres of land,
and it will be bid out in the next couple of weeks. The construction of the road extension will be paid
from a special vehicle registration fee of $10 adopted last year by the El Paso County. The County
collects the $10 as part of the normal, annual car registration fee. The highway is expected to be
ready by Fall 2016.
The public hearing will take place at the Rogelio Sanchez Road and Bridge Building located at 1331
N. Fabens Rd., Fabens, Texas, 79838. The hearing will consist of an open house (scheduled at 6:00
p.m.) for questions and review of project exhibit and a formal presentation to start at 7:00 p.m.,
followed by a public comment period.
The County of El Paso recently completed construction of a $16.3 million county-funded portion of
Manuel F. Aguilera Highway (referred to as Phase I), which extends from the new Tornillo-Guadalupe
Port of Entry (POE) to SH 20 (Alameda Ave.).
Maps, design drawings, environmental documents, construction schedules, and other information
related to the project are available for review at the El Paso County Road & Bridge Office located at
800 E. Overland Ave. - Suite 407, El Paso, Texas 79901. Additional information is available online at
www.epcounty.com/meetings/public/MFAguileraHighway.pdf
Verbal and/or written comments will be accepted at the public hearing. Written comments may also
be submitted on or prior to Friday, August 8, 2014.
Comments can be sent to Sam Blanco via fax to (210) 699-6426, via email to [email protected], or
sent by mail to 12821 West Golden Lane, San Antonio, Texas, 78249.
For more information, please contact Ernesto Carrizal at 915-546-2015.
WHAT:
Public Hearing Extension of Manuel F. Aguilera Highway
WHEN:
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 6:00 p.m. Open House 7:00 p.m. Formal Presentation
WHERE:
79838
Rogelio Sanchez Road and Bridge Building, 1331 N. Fabens Rd., Fabens, Texas,
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Map of the Project.pdf
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Public Hearing - FM 3380 (Manuel F. Aguilera Highway)
Public Hearing - FM 3380 (Manuel F. Aguilera Highway)
Home > Ins i de TxDOT > Get Invol ved > Hea ri ngs & Meeti ngs > Schedul e
Where:
Rogel i o Sa nchez Roa d a nd Bri dge Bui l di ng
1331 N. Fa bens Roa d
Fa bens , TX 79838
Purpose:
The purpos e of the hea ri ng i s to ga ther publ i c i nput on the propos ed i mprovements to FM 3380 (Ma nuel F. Agui l era Hi ghwa y) from SH
20 (Al a meda Avenue) to I-10.
Description:
The propos ed 0.35 mi l e project woul d extend FM 3380 from jus t s outh of SH 20 to I-10. A tota l of 201.97 a cres of l a nd a re needed for the
project.
Downloads:
When:
Tues da y, Jul y 29, 2014
Open Hous e: 6 p.m.
Pres enta ti on: 7 p.m.
Noti ce
Noti ce (Spa ni s h)
Project Loca ti on
Fa ct Sheet
Pres enta ti on
Comment Form
Comment Form (Spa ni s h)
Contact:
TxDOT El Pa s o Di s tri ct
(915) 790-4341
Ema i l
http://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/get-involved/about/hearings-meetings/el-paso/072914.html
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Appendix B
Letters to Public Officials
El Paso Elected Officals
Greeting
First Name
Last Name
Organization
Title
Title 2
Address 1
Address 2
City State
Zip Code
City Government
The Honorable
The Honorable The Honorable
The Honorable
The Honorable
The Honorable
The Honorable
The Honorable
The Honorable
Ms. Mr. Mr. Ms. Mr.
Oscar
Ann Morgan Larry
Emma Carl L. Michiel Eddie Lily Cortney
Joyce A. William F. David Jane K. Raymond L.
Leeser
Lilly
Romero
Acosta
Robinson
Noe
Holguin, Jr. Limon
Niland
Wilson
Studer, Jr. Almonte
Shang
Telles
City of El Paso
City of El Paso
City of El Paso
City of El Paso
City of El Paso
City of El Paso
City of El Paso
City of El Paso
City of El Paso
City of El Paso
City of El Paso
City of El Paso
City of El Paso
Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority (CRRMA)
Mayor, City of El Paso
City Representative
City Representative
City Representative
City Representative
City Representative
City Representative
City Representative
City Representative
City Manager
Deputy City Manager
Deputy City Manager
Deputy City Manager
Executive Director
The Honorable
The Honorable
The Honorable
The Honorable
The Honorable
The Honorable
Carlos
Sergio
Vincent
Patrick
Veronica
David Leon
Lewis
Perez
Abeln
Escobar
Garcia
El Paso County
El Paso County
El Paso County
El Paso County
El Paso County
Dona Ana County Government Ctr.
County Commissioner
County Commissioner
County Commissioner
County Commissioner
Judge of El Paso County
County Commissioner
Sheriff
Richard D. Wiles
El Paso County Sheriff's Office
Sheriff
The Honorable
The Honorable
The Honorable
The Honorable
The Honorable
The Honorable
The Honorable
The Honorable
Arnulfo
Jesus
Javier
Lee
Dale T.
Walter L.
Madeleine
Maya
Castaneda
Ruiz
Perea
Vela
Reinhardt
Miller
Praino
Sanchez
City of Anthony, New Mexico
City of Socorro
City of Sundland Park
Town of Anthony
Town of Clint
Town of Horizon City
Village of Vinton
Cityof San Elizario
Mayor, City of Anthony, New Mexico
Mayor, City of Socorro
Mayor, City of Sunland Park
Mayor, Town of Anthony
Mayor, Town of Clint
Mayor, Town of Horizon City
Mayor, Village of Vinton
Mayor, City of San Elizario
The Honorable
Frank
Paiz
Ysleta del Sur Pueblo
Tribal Governor
Mr. Dr.
Mr.
Mr.
Dr.
Ms. Mr.
Juan
Anna
Jose
Poncho
Jeannie
Sylvia
Juan I. Cabrera, Jr.
Perez
Espinoza
Garcia, Jr.
Meza‐Chavez
Hopp
Martinez
El Paso Independent School District
Ysleta Independent School District
Socorro Independent School District
Fabens Independent School District
Tronillo Independent School District
San Elizario Independent School District
Clint Independent School District
Superintendent
Superintendent
Superintendent
Superintendent
Superintendent
Superintendent
Superintendent
Mr.
Jack E. Alayyan
Lower Valley Water District
Mr.
Mike L. Terrazas, Jr.
El Paso County Water Control Improvement District 4
Jesus
Reyes
The Honorable
The Honorable
Pete
Beto
The Honorable
The Honorable
The Honorable
The Honorable
The Honorable
The Honorable
District 1 ‐ NOT REQ ON LETTER
District 2 ‐ NOT REQ ON LETTER
District 3 ‐ NOT REQ ON LETTER
District 4 ‐ NOT REQ ON LETTER
District 5 ‐ NOT REQ ON LETTER
District 6 ‐ NOT REQ ON LETTER
District 7 ‐ NOT REQ ON LETTER
District 8 ‐ NOT REQ ON LETTER
Development & Tourism
Public Works & Community Serivces
Transportation & Public Works
County Commissioners
Precinct No. 1 ‐ NOT REQ ON LETTER
Precinct No. 2 ‐ NOT REQ ON LETTER
Precinct No. 3 ‐ NOT REQ ON LETTER
Precinct No. 4 ‐ NOT REQ ON LETTER
District No. 2 ‐ NOT REQ ON LETTER
Sheriff
Mayors
Mayor
Mayor
Mayor
Mayor
Mayor
Mayor
Mayor
Mayor
Ysleta del Sur Government
300 N. Campbell
300 N. Campbell
300 N. Campbell
300 N. Campbell
300 N. Campbell
300 N. Campbell
300 N. Campbell
300 N. Campbell
300 N. Campbell
300 N. Campbell
300 N. Campbell
300 N. Campbell
300 N. Campbell
300 N. Campbell
El Paso
El Paso
El Paso
El Paso
El Paso
El Paso
El Paso
El Paso
El Paso
El Paso
El Paso
El Paso
El Paso
El Paso
TX
TX
TX
TX
TX
TX
TX
TX
TX
TX
TX
TX
TX
TX
79901
79901
79901
79901
79901
79901
79901
79901
79901
79901
79901
79901
79901
79901
El Paso
El Paso
El Paso
El Paso
El Paso
Las Cruces
TX
TX
TX
TX
TX
NM
79901
79901
79901
79901
79901
88007
Sheriff's Office HQ 3850 Justus
El Paso
TX
79938
P.O. Box 2663
124 South Horizon Boulevard
1000 McNutt Road, Suite A
401 Wildcat Drive
200 North San Elizario Road
14999 Darrington Road
436 Vinton Road
Anthony
El Paso
Sunland Park
Anthony
Clint
Horizon City
Vinton
San Elizario
NM
TX
NM
TX
TX
TX
TX
TX
88021
79927
88063
79821
79836
79927
79821
79849
500 E. San Antonio
500 E. San Antonio
500 E. San Antonio
500 E. San Antonio
500 E. San Antonio
845 N. Motel Blvd.
Suite 301
Suite 301
Suite 301
Suite 301
Suite 301
Room 1250
119 S. Old Pueblo
El Paso
TX
79907
6531 Boeing Drive
9600 Sims Drive
12440 Rojas Drive
P.O. Box 697
9200 Cobb Ave.
P.O. Box 920
14521 Horizon Blvd
El Paso
El Paso
El Paso
Fabens
Tornillo
San Elizario
El Paso
TX
TX
TX
TX
Tx
TX
TX
79925
79925
79928
79838
79853
79899
79928
General Manager
P.O. Box 909
Clint
TX
79836
General Manager
P.O. Box 3880
Fabens
TX
79938
El Paso County Water Improvement District No. 1
General Manager
P. O. Box 749
Clint
TX
79935
Gallego
O'Rourke
United States House of Representatives
United States House of Representatives
Congressman
Congressman
Joe C.
Naomi
Joe Marisa
Mary
Mary Helen
Pickett
Gonzalez
Moody
Marquez
Gonzalez
Garcia
Texas House of Representative
Texas House of Representatives
Texas House of Representatives
Texas House of Representatives
Texas House of Representatives
New Mexico State Representative
Representative
Representative
Representative
Representative
Representative
Representative
The Honorable
The Honorable
The Honorable
The Honorable
Ted
John
Jose
Joseph
Cruz
Cornyn
Rodriguez
Cervantes
United States Senate
United States Senate
Texas Senate
New Mexico State Senate
Senator
Senator
Senator
Senator
MAILING ADDRESS WHEN IN SESSION
The Honorable
The Honorable
The Honorable
The Honorable
The Honorable
The Honorable
Joe C.
Naomi
Joe Marisa
Mary
Mary Helen
Pickett
Gonzalez
Moody
Marquez
Gonzalez
Garcia
Texas House of Representative
Texas House of Representatives
Texas House of Representatives
Texas House of Representatives
Texas House of Representatives
New Mexico State Representative
Representative
Representative
Representative
Representative
Representative
Representative
The Honorable
The Honorable
The Honorable
The Honorable
The Honorable
Pete
Beto
Jose
Ted
John
Gallego
O'Rourke
Rodriguez
Cruz
Cornyn
United States House of Representatives
United States House of Representatives
Texas Senate
United States Senate
United States Senate
Congressman
Congressman
Senator
Senator
Senator
School Districts
Water District/Improvement District
United States Congressman
District No. 23 ‐ NOT REQ ON LETTER
District No. 16 ‐ NOT REQ ON LETTER
State Representatives
District No. 79 ‐ NOT REQ ON LETTER
District No. 76 ‐ NOT REQ ON LETTER
District No. 78 ‐ NOT REQ ON LETTER
District No. 77 ‐NOT REQ ON LETTER
District No. 75 ‐ NOT REQ ON LETTER
District No. 34 ‐NOT REQ ON LETTER
United States Senators
District No. 29 ‐ NOT REQ ON LETTER
District No. 31 ‐ NOT REQ ON LETTER
District No. 79 ‐ NOT REQ ON LETTER
District No. 76 ‐ NOT REQ ON LETTER
District No. 78 ‐ NOT REQ ON LETTER
District No. 77 ‐ NOT REQ ON LETTER
District No. 75 ‐ NOT REQ ON LETTER
District No. 34 ‐ NOT REQ ON LETTER
United States Congressman
District No. 23 ‐ THIS IS NOT REQ ON LETTER
District No. 16 ‐ THIS IS NOT REQ ON LETTER
District No. 29 ‐ THIS IS NOT REQ ON LETTER
1714 SW Military Drive
303 N. Oregon Street
Suite 110
Suite 210
San Antonio TX
El Paso
TX
TX
78221
79901
1790 Lee Trevino #307
6044 Gateway East
5675 Woodrow Bean
310 N. Mesa
11200 Santos Saenz 5271 South Highway 28
Suite 307
Suite 818
Suite 12
Suite 906
Bldg A
El Paso
El Paso
El Paso
El Paso
Socorro
Las Cruces
TX
TX
TX
TX
TX
NM
79936
79905
79924
79901
79927
88005
300 E. 8th
1500 Broadway
100 N. Ochoa
2610 South Espina
Suite 961
Wells Fargo Ctr, Suite 1230
Suite A
Austin,
Lubbock
El Paso
Las Cruces
TX
TX
TX
NM 78701
79401
79901
88001
Room 1W.05, Capital
Room E2,814, Capital
Room E1, 216 Capital Extension
Room E2.822, Capital Extension
Room E1.218, Capital Extension
P.O. Box 2910
P.O. Box 2910
P.O. Box 2910
P.O. Box 2910
P.O. Box 2910
Austin
Austin
Austin
Austin
Austin
TX
TX
TX
TX
TX
NM
78768
78768
78768
78768
78768
88005
Washington
Washington
Austin
Washington
Washington
DC
DC
TX
DC
DC
20515
20515
78711
20510
20510
431 Cannon House Office Bldg.
1721 Longworth House Office Bldg.
P.O. Box 12068 Capital Station
B40B Dirksen Senate Office Bldg.
517 Hart Senate Office Bldg.
9/23/2014
PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
FM 3380 (Manuel F. Aguilera Highway)
from 0.35 Mile South of State Highway 20 (Alameda Avenue) to IH-10
El Paso County, Texas
CSJ: 0924-06-311
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), the County of El Paso, and the Camino Real Regional Mobility
Authority will conduct a public hearing on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 for the proposed FM 3380 (Manuel F. Aguilera
Highway) from 0.35 Mile South of SH 20 (Alameda Avenue) to IH-10 in eastern El Paso County, Texas. The Public Hearing
will be held at the Rogelio Sanchez Road and Bridge Building located at 1331 North Fabens Road, Fabens, Texas 79838.
The hearing will consist of an Open House followed by a formal presentation. The Open House will begin at 6:00 pm. to
allow for questions and review of project exhibits. The formal presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m., followed by a public
comment period. During the formal comment period no questions will be answered.
The purpose of the hearing is to provide information about the
proposed improvements. The County of El Paso recently
completed construction of a county-funded portion of Manuel
F. Aguilera Highway (referred to as Phase I), which extends from
the new Tornillo-Guadalupe Port-of-Entry (POE) to SH 20
(Alameda Avenue), southwest of Tornillo, El Paso County, Texas.
The Current Project consists of a new 3.88-mile section of
Manuel F. Aguilera Highway from 0.35 mile south of SH 20 to I10. Phase II will build a two-lane roadway providing a direct
connection from Manuel F. Aguilera Highway Phase I to I-10.
This phase would construct an overpass over the SH 20 and
adjacent Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) rights-of-way. The
Horizon 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) lists the
Year of Expenditure for Phase II as 2014. A total of 201.97 acres
of land is needed for the project.
Current Project:
M.F. Aguilera Highway
(Phase II)
Completed:
M.F. Aguilera
Highway “Phase I”
(County Project)
Completed:
Int’l Bridge & POE
Maps showing the project location and design, the
Facilities
environmental document, tentative construction schedule, and
(County Project)
U.S.A
Mexico
other information relative to the project file are on-file and
available for review at the El Paso County Road and Bridge
Office located at 800 East Overland Avenue - Suite 407, El Paso,
Texas
79901.
Additional
project-specific
information
is
available
online
at
http://www.epcounty.com/meetings/public/MFAguileraHighway.pdf. Persons interested in attending the Public Hearing
that have special communication or accommodation needs are encouraged to contact Norma Rivera Palacios (915) 5462015 at least two working days prior to the meeting. TxDOT and the County of El Paso will make all reasonable efforts to
accommodate other special needs as requested.
Verbal and/or written comments will be accepted at the Public Hearing. Written comments may also be submitted up to
10 days after the Public Hearing, on or prior to Friday, August 8, 2014. Comments sent be by mail to 12821 West Golden
Lane, San Antonio, Texas 78249 (attention: Sam Blanco), fax to (210) 699-6426, or email to [email protected] If you
have any questions or would like to discuss the project in more detail, please contact Ernesto Carrizal, P.E., at 915-5462015.
AVISO DE AUDIENCIA PÚBLICA
FM 3380 (Carretera Manuel F. Aguilera)
Desde 0.35 millas al sur de La Carretera Estatal 20 (Avenida Alameda) hasta IH-10
Condado de El Paso, Texas
CSJ: 0924-06-311
El Departamento de Transporte de Texas (TxDOT, por sus siglas en inglés), el Condado de El Paso, y la Autoridad Regional
de Movilidad de Camino Real llevaran a cabo una audiencia pública el martes, 29 de julio de 2014 para la propuesta de
FM 3380 (Carretera Manuel F. Aguilera) desde 0.35 millas al sur de SH 20 (Avenida Alameda) hasta la IH-10 en el este del
Condado de El Paso, Texas. La Audiencia Pública se llevará a cabo en Rogelio Sánchez Road and Bridge Building ubicado
en el 1331 North Fabens Road, Fabens, Texas 79838. La audiencia se llevará a cabo en formato de sesión informal y
abierta seguida por una presentación formal. La sesión abierta iniciará a las 6:00 pm. para dar tiempo para preguntas y
revisar las exhibiciones del proyecto. La presentación formal iniciará a las 7:00 p.m., seguida por un periodo de
comentarios del público. No se contestaran preguntas durante el periodo de comentarios formales.
El propósito de la audiencia es de ofrecer información sobre las
mejoras propuestas. El Condado de El Paso recientemente
completó la construcción de una porción de la Carretera Manuel
F. Aguilera financiada por el condado (que se refiere como la
Fase I), la cual se extiende desde el nuevo Puente Internacional
(POE, por sus siglas en inglés) de Tornillo-Guadalupe hasta la SH
20 (Avenida Alameda), al suroeste de Tornillo, Condado de El
Paso, Texas.
El Proyecto actual consiste de una nueva sección de 3.88-millas
de la Carretera Manuel F. Aguilera desde 0.35 millas al sur de SH
20 hasta la I-10. En la Fase II se construirá una calzada de dos
carriles los cuales proveerán una conexión directa desde la Fase
I de la Carretera Manuel F. Aguilera hasta la I-10. En esta fase se
construirá un paso a desnivel sobre SH 20 y adyacente al
derecho de vía de Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR). La Fase II del
proyecto se encuentra registrada en El Plan de Transporte
Metropolitano (MTP) Horizon 2040 con gastos programados en
el año 2014. Se requiere un total de 201.97 acres de terreno
para el proyecto.
Proyecto Actual:
Carretera M.F. Aguilera
(Fase II)
Completo:
“Fase I” Carretera
M.F. Aguilera
(Proyecto del Condado)
Completo:
Puente Internacional e
Instalaciones del POE
U.S.A
(Proyecto del Condado)
Mexico
Mapas que muestran la ubicación y diseño del proyecto, el documento ambiental, posible programa de construcción, e
información relacionada al proyecto se encuentran disponibles para su revisión en la Oficina de Puentes y Caminos del
Condado de El Paso ubicada en 800 East Overland Avenue - Suite 407, El Paso, Texas 79901. Información adicional
específica del proyecto se encuentra disponible en http://www.epcounty.com/meetings/public/MFAguileraHighway.pdf
Toda persona interesada en asistir a la Audiencia Pública que tenga necesidades especiales de comunicación o acomodo
se le anima a llamar a Norma Rivera Palacios al (915) 546-2015 por lo menos dos días hábiles antes de la junta. TxDOT y
el Condado de El Paso harán todo esfuerzo razonable para cubrir a las necesidades especiales según se soliciten.
Se aceptarán comentarios verbales y por escritos en la Audiencia Pública. Comentarios por escrito también pueden ser
entregados hasta 10 días después de la Audiencia Pública, a más tardar el viernes, 8 de agosto de 2014. Se pueden
enviar comentarios por correo a 12821 West Golden Lane, San Antonio, Texas 78249 (atención: Sam Blanco), por fax al
(210) 699-6426, o correo electrónico a [email protected] Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre el proyecto o desea hablar
sobre el proyecto en más detalle, favor de llamar a Ernesto Carrizal, P.E., al 915-546-2015.
Sam Blanco
From:
Sent:
To:
Subject:
Attachments:
Cygne Nemir <[email protected]>
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 6:53 PM
Sam Blanco
FW: POE addresses For Public Hearing - nEIGHBORS
2014-0331 -MFAguilera Public Hearing Notice - English (2).docx; 2014-0331 MFAguilera Public Hearing Notice - Spanish (2).docx
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MAILING LIST FOR NEIGHBORS OF M.F. AGUILERA HWY. – SENT PUBLIC HEARING
NOTICES
With respect to the landowners, there are 4 directly affected.
Spence – South of Alameda. We already purchased his land and we already built part of the road on it.
G. B. Spence Farms, Inc.
Attn: Mr. G. B Spence
P. O. Box 553
Fabens, TX 79838-0553
915-764-3646
Lutich – North of Alameda, adjacent to RR tract. We already purchased his land, but we have built
nothing on it.
Louie & Jewel B. Lutich
Box 76
Tornillo, Texas
915-764-2657
University Lands – Most of the road goes through their lands.
University Lands
Attn: Richard Brantley
Associate Director – Surface Interests
P. O. Box 553
Midland, TX 79702-0553
432-684-4404
Email to: [email protected]
GLO – A small piece of the land is needed, at the Intersection of I-10.
State of Texas
Texas General Land Office
Mr. Burton Minton
1
1700 N. Congress Ave. Ste 935
Austin, TX 78701-1495
1-800-998-4456
1-512-463-5252
Other area landowners who received notices in the past and/or attend a prior meeting
Martin N. and Mary Lettunich
P. O. Box 925
Fabens, TX 79838
915.764.2349
Lettunich Farms
Attn: William L. Thomas
P. O. Box 323
Fabens, TX 79838-0323
915.764.2349
David C & Barbara S. Brown
P. O. Box 247
Clint, Texas 79836
915.851.1013
W. D. Pruitt Jr.
Box 185
Fabens, TX 79838
915.764.3569
Glenn H. Stinnett
4614 N. Stanton St. Apt G50
El Paso, TX 79902-1260
David J. Burrus
424 Gait Cir.
Fort Collins, CO 80524-9500
970.493.8733
Jeffrey Ivey
Box 47
Tornillo, TX 79853
915.764.3562
915.764.4783
Lynn A. Boice
Neva M.B. Schultz
Star Route Box 510
Ft. Hancock, TX 79839
915.764.2030
Charles Ivey
2
P. O. Box 47
Tornillo, TX 79853-0047
Warren & Sarah Ivey
P. o. Box 167
Tornillo, TX 79853-0167
Miguel Teran
9111 San Fernando Court
El Paso TX, 79907
Raul Guel, Jr.
P. O. Box 982
El Paso, TX 79960
Landco Management Services
P. O. Box 3860
Fabens, Texas 79838
915.203.8880
Kathren Santikos, PMP
Project Manager General Services Administration | Greater Southwest Region PBS, 7PCA 819 Taylor Street, Room 12A-505 Fort Worth, Texas 76102 t: 817.978.0796 c: 817.401.1519 Tornillo Water Improvement District
19225 Highland St.
P. O. Box 136
Tornillo, TX 79853
El Paso County Water Improvement District No. 1
Attn: Mr. Jesus Reyes
P. O. Box 749
Clint, TX 79836-0749
-----Original Message----From: Norma Rivera Palacios (Public Works)
Sent: Thursday, April 24, 2014 11:05 AM
To: Cygne Nemir
Subject: FW: POE information
Cygne,
Attached are the files you requested. Please let me know if you need anything else.
Norma
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Appendix C
Sign-In Sheets
Appendix D
Comment Forms
Appendix E
Transcript
Appendix F
Display Boards
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Manuel F. Aguilera Highway Project Timeline
1997
Preliminary Feasibility Study of Bridge was prepared
2001
Environmental Assessment
State of Texas International Bridge permit Application
Presidential Permit Application began
Application Submitted to the Texas Transportation Commission (TTC)
Texas Transporation Commission approved permit
Submitted to the U.S. Department of State
FONSI issued for Environmental Assessment
Presidential Permit approved
2002
2003
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2008
2009
2010
2011
2011
2012
2013
2014
2014
2014
2015
2015
2016
Dec.
March
April
Dec.
March
Spring
Project limits revised to extend to Interstate Highway 10
Revised Environmental Assessment started
Spring
Spring
Project limits revised to exclude phase I portion
Project Phase II Plans begin
Project Phase I construction begins
Dec.
Jan.
Fall
Fall
Spring
Fall
Fall
Project Phase I construction finishes
Project Phase II plans completed
Finalize Revised Environmental Assessment
ROW acquisition begins
ROW acquisition ends
Phase II Construction Letting by TxDOT
Phase II Construction completed
Location Map
PUBLIC HEARING
AUDIENCIA PÚBLICA
Manuel F. Aguilera Hwy.
From SH 20 (Alameda Ave.) to
Interstate-10
Tornillo, Texas
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
6:00 PM - Open House
7:00 PM – Formal Presentation
R. Sanchez Road & Bridge Bldg.
1331 N. Fabens Rd.
Fabens, Texas
Carretera Manuel F. Aguilera
Trayecto: Carretera SH 20
(Alameda Ave.) a Interstate-10
Tornillo, Texas
Martes, 29 de Julio de 2014
6:00 p.m. – Abren las puertas
7:00 p.m. – Presentación Formal
Edificio R. Sanchez Road & Bridge
1331 N. Fabens Rd.
Fabens, Texas
Project Objectives
Objetivos del Proyecto
• Connect Tornillo-Guadalupe
International Bridge to I-10
• Improve access and operational
efficiency
• Facilitate congestion management in
the project corridor
• Promote economic development in
the eastern portion of El Paso County
• Conectar el Puente Internacional TornilloGuadalupe a la carretera I-10
• Mejorar el acceso y hacer más eficiente
su operación
• Facilitar el control de la congestión
vehicular a lo largo del corredor vial
• Promover el desarrollo económico en el
este del Condado de El Paso
Manuel F. Aguilera Highway
Project Description
• Extends existing Manuel F. Aguilera
Highway from State Highway 20
(Alamenda) to Interstate-10.
Descripción del Proyecto
Carretera Manuel F. Aguilera
• Extiende la carretera Manuel F. Aguilera
desde State Highway 20 (Alameda) hasta
la Interstate-10.
• Completes the highway that connects the • Completa la carretera que conecta el
Tornillo-Guadalupe Port of Entry to I-10.
Cruce Internacional Tornillo-Guadalupe a
la
carretera
I-10.
• Adds an overpass over State Highway 20
(Alameda Ave.) and railroad tracks.
• Añade un puente elevado sobre State
Highway
20
(Alameda
Ave.)
y
sobre
las
• Provides a major arterial road for area
vías
del
tren.
traffic
•
Crea
una
arteria
principal
para
el
tráfico
• Diverts truck traffic away from populated
en
el
área
areas
• Desvía el tráfico de camiones hacia áreas poco
pobladas.
We Welcome Your
Comments
Agradecemos Sus
Comentarios
Please write your comments on the forms
Por favor deje sus comentarios en las
provided and leave them in the box, or fold, formas proporcionadas y deposítelas en las
seal, and mail to:
cajas, ó dóblelas y envíelas por correo a la
dirección:
Raba-Kistner, Inc.
Attn: Sam Blanco,
Raba-Kistner, Inc.
Project Coordinator
Attn: Sam Blanco,
12821 West Golden Lane
Project Coordinator
San Antonio, Texas 78249
12821 West Golden Lane
Phone: (210) 699-9090
San Antonio, Texas 78249
Fax: (210) 699-6426
Phone: (210) 699-9090
Email: [email protected]
Fax: (210) 699-6426
Email: [email protected]
Project Need
and Purpose
• New Tornillo-Guadalupe Land Port of
Entry (“LPOE”) opens Winter 2014
• Manuel F. Aguilera Hwy completed
between LPOE and State Highway 20
• Commercial truck traffic will now cross
the new bridge
• Non-commercial traffic crossing the new
bridge will increase
Justificación y
Objetivo del Proyecto
• Nuevo Cruce Internacional TornilloGuadalupe abre en el invierno del 2014
• Tramo de la carretera Manuel F. Aguilera
entre el puente internacional y State
Highway 20 (Alameda) está terminado
• Trafico comercial ahora podrá cruzar por
el nuevo puente.
• Aumentará el cruce de vehículos de
pasajeros.
Right-of-Way
Information
Información
sobre el
Derecho de Vía
TYPICAL CROSS SECTION
200’ ROW (Varies)
Appendix G
Slideshow Presentation
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WELCOME!
Why
Am I
Here?
• Learn about the proposed project
• Ask questions and provide comments
on the proposed project
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What are the Current Issues?
Project
Need and
Purpose
• New Tornillo-Guadalupe Land Port
of Entry to open Fall 2014
• Manuel F. Aguilera Highway
completed between new Land
Port of Entry and State
Highway 20
• Commercial truck traffic will now
cross the new bridge
• Non-commercial traffic crossing
the new bridge will increase
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What are we trying to do ?
Project
Need and
Purpose
• Provide a direct connection from
the new Port of Entry to
Interstate Highway 10
• Enhance safety for mixed traffic
• Provide highway shoulders
• Promote economic development
in east El Paso County
• Relive congestion at other
International Bridges in the El
Paso region
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What We
Heard –
September 9
2009 Public
Meeting
• Concern about continuous
irrigation water availability
• All existing roadways will be
connected to the new roadway
• How many lanes will be built
• A big increase in commercial
truck traffic is anticipated
• An economic boom is
anticipated in the area
• Will potable water be brought
and installed in the area
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Please submit all comments by Friday August 8, 2014
How Can I
Make
Comments?
• Mail, email or drop off
written comments to:
RKCI
Attn: Sam Blanco
12821 Golden Lane
San Antonio, TX 78249
[email protected]
•Speak during the comment
period tonight
• Submit a written comment
form tonight
• Fax comments to 210-699-6426
• Email comments to
[email protected]
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Technical Presentation
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Project
Location
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Project Right-of-Way
• Project to be constructed on new right-of-way
• A total of 201.97 acres is needed for this project
• Nine parcels of land from only three landowners
is required
• These parcels have been or will be acquired
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Typical Roadway
Cross-Section
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Bridge at State Highway 20
Elevation & Cross Section
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Project Estimated Cost
• The construction of this project is estimated to be $
17.2 million
• This amount includes the bridge at State Highway 20
and the Union Pacific Railroad along with the roadways,
drainage culverts, storm water retention ponds,
signage, and striping
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Project Funding Source
• Original funding source for construction was Category 10
– Coordinated Border Infrastructure (CBI) funds, as
indicated within the current Environmental Assessment
document
• In early 2014 the source of funding was changed to a
Special Vehicle Registration Fee of $ 10.00, as authorized
in section 502.402 of the Texas Transportation Code
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Project Timeline
1997
Preliminary Feasibility Study of Bridge was prepared
2001
Environmental Assessment
State of Texas International Bridge permit Application
Presidential Permit Application began
Application Submitted to the Texas Transportation Commission (TTC)
Texas Transporation Commission approved permit
Submitted to the U.S. Department of State
FONSI issued for Environmental Assessment
Presidential Permit approved
2002
2003
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2008
2009
2010
2011
2011
2012
2013
2014
2014
2014
2015
2015
2016
Dec.
March
April
Dec.
March
Spring
Project limits revised to extend to Interstate Highway 10
Revised Environmental Assessment started
Spring
Spring
Project limits revised to exclude phase I portion
Project Phase II Plans begin
Project Phase I construction begins
Dec.
Jan.
Fall
Fall
Spring
Fall
Fall
Project Phase I construction finishes
Project Phase II plans completed
Finalize Revised Environmental Assessment
ROW acquisition begins
ROW acquisition ends
Phase II Construction Letting by TxDOT
Phase II Construction completed
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Environmental Evaluation
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Environmental Review
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Land Use
Displacements
Environmental Justice
Limited English Proficiency
Community Cohesion
Vegetation
Invasive Species
Wildlife
Threatened & Endangered Species
Migratory Birds
Farmland Impacts
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Archeological Resources
Historic Resources
Tribal Consultation
Section 4(f)/6(f) Properties
Water Resources and Quality
Floodplains
Airway-Highway Clearance
Hazardous Materials
Air Quality
Traffic Noise
Construction Impacts
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Threatened Species
• Texas Horned Lizard
• Mountain Short-horned Lizard
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Archeological Resources
• Archeological Surveys conducted
• Tribal Consultation
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Next
Steps
• Compile and consider community
input from tonight’s hearing
• Finalize Environmental Assessment
document
• Acquire Right-of-Way
• Finalize Design
• Construction
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Please submit all comments by Friday August 8, 2014
How Can I
Make
Comments?
• Mail, email or drop off
written comments to:
RKCI
Attn: Sam Blanco
12821 Golden Lane
San Antonio, TX 78249
[email protected]
•Speak during the comment
period tonight
• Submit a written comment
form tonight
• Fax comments to 210-699-6426
• Email comments to
[email protected]
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Appendix H
Speaker Cards and Written Comment
Appendix I Memorandum Regarding Alternative Dismissal 12821 West Golden Lane San Antonio, Texas 78249 (210) 699‐9090  FAX (210) 699‐6426 www.rkci.com MEMORANDUM TO FILE TO: File FROM: Sam Blanco, AICP ‐ Senior Environmental Planner DATE: July 24, 2013 RE: Alternative B Dismissal The approved1 2002 U.S. Department of State (U.S. DoS) Environmental Assessment (EA) titled “Discussion Draft Environmental Assessment Document for the Proposed Tornillo‐Guadalupe New International Bridge, Border Facilities, and Associated Major Arterial Roadway ‐ El Paso County, Texas” identified Alternate D, which was recently discussed as an alternative in the current Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) draft EA for “Manuel F. Aguilera Highway from 0.35 Mile South of SH 20 (Alameda Avenue) to IH‐10 ‐ El Paso County, Texas” (CSJ: 0924‐06‐311). Note: The current draft EA refers to the 2002 “Alternate D” as “Alternative B.” FHWA comments dated March 26, 2013 on the current draft EA suggest dropping the subject alternative since an EA “only requires one build and no build alternative.” FHWA suggests placing a note in the project file documenting the reasons it was not carried forward in the current EA document. In the approved 2002 DoS EA, the subject alternative was dismissed due to anticipated congestion, safety, and cost stating: The project would require the construction of a diamond interchange at the roadway intersection with I‐10. The new diamond interchange would be located approximately 1.95 miles northwest of the existing I‐10 and FM 3380 diamond interchange. It is anticipated that the short span between diamond interchanges could potentially create congestion in this portion of the I‐
10 corridor and traffic safety hazards. Additionally, the burden of cost related to the interchange is not considered to be the most effective use of available financial resources. Based on the above, Alternative B will not be discussed further in the current FHWA EA document. /SB cc: Mary Kelly, P.E. – Raba‐Kistner Environmental, Inc. cc: Sid Mielke, P.E. – Structural Engineering Associates, Inc. 1
The 2002 EA received a Finding of No Significant Impact from the U.S. DoS, published in the Federal Register on December 22,
2004 (Vol. 69, No. 245).
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