Last Tuesday I made the trip to Austin I mentioned in a previous column. State Representative Guillen and his staff arranged meetings with the State Juvenile bosses and with some key Austin TxDOT staff. I think this time helped to build a fine working relationship with Lou Serrano who is going to work with me to find alternate services for our Juvenile Detention Center to help cut the red ink in its budget. I also think he will help me research possible organizations to create a half – way house program for Juveniles at risk in the County Juvenile Probation Program. These are ideas that need to be looked at. Our Chief Juvenile Probation Officer Jill Bazan is retiring on December 31st and we (the Juvenile Probation Board) are interviewing for an interim Chief JPO so we can have someone in charge on January 1. Mr. Serrano was expansive in his offers to come here to help train whomever we pick. We visited for about an hour and a half. I learned much from him.
After lunch we met with key persons from TxDOT and I went over the laws governing county roads and what we could do to control traffic (especially large trucks). I also complained about their lack of support to redo two county bridges that I am very concerned about. They explained something new to me. They said that TxDOT is responsible for ALL bridges in Texas, including counties. They promised action. I am very hopeful about that. I learned a lot in this meeting also. They were very considerate and helpful.
Our State Reps’ guy, Robert McVey, had the meetings at the state capitol in a private meeting room and he stayed with all meetings and took notes. He made sure I received the attention he felt they should give me. I don’t think I would have quite felt the love as much if Robert had not been in the room, but who knows? I may have. But having McVey there sure did not hurt. I very much appreciate the support from Guillen’s office.
My only goal to learn these things is to do a better job for you and more effectively spend your tax dollars in the right places.
Thanks for listening.
We want you to be proud of your County Government.
Bob Hurley is the Atascosa County Judge. You may E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org