Recycling is one of the easiest ways to cut back and reduce waste and keep Del Rio clean. It preserves valuable environmental resources such as land, water, and air for future generations. The City of Del Rio Recycle Center operates a voluntary drop off recycling facility located at 1409 E. Gibbs. It is open Monday thru Friday from 7:30-5:30 and on Saturdays from 8:00-12:00. Bins located at the Center are labeled to make it easy to deposit your items.
The Recycling Center strives to provide the public education and resources by distributing recycling information at community events, issuing media releases and recycling tips, broadcasting information on Channel 34, and developing an educational program for children.
The Recycle Center offers a variety of recycling services to the citizens and businesses of Del Rio. Services include household and office recycling, electronic recycling for residents and small businesses with less than 15 employees, and document destruction services for $1.00 per pound. A recycle trailer is also located at WalMart and the Del Rio High School on designated days. The recycle trailer schedule and a detailed list of what can be recycled at the City of Del Rio Recycle Center can be found at www.cityofdelrio.com.
Those of you who attended DRHCC’s Speed Networking event earlier this year were amazed at the decorative centerpieces created by utilizing beautiful empty wine bottle from the Recycling Center.
As my Chair term comes to a close, I spent some time thinking about what DRHCC has accomplished in the past two years. For one thing, our efforts in promoting our small business with free weekly membership blasts, through the newsletter, and inserts, helped us earn the title of TAMACC’s Small Hispanic Chamber of the Year for 2012.
Our attendance and interest has grown at the monthly membership meetings because of excellent guest speakers who bring important information to our members and the community and also because everyone enjoys the meet and greet time held just before and after the meeting. I sincerely thank all the businesses who hosted us this past year.
Our very first Speed Networking event was a lot of fun and huge success. DRHCC Membership had only minutes to market their product or services to each other. It was a wonderful networking event that will be held again soon. I am very proud we had the opportunity to help provide airline support letters, grant support letter for the Whitehead Memorial Museum and provide input on the City’s Economic Development Task force. I enjoyed working with Blanca Larson and the folks of the Del Rio Chamber in dual ribbon cuttings, Candidate’s forum and most recently on the Washington delegation team.
I am excited about bringing a new event to our community. The DRHCC Fiesta Fun Ride and Claim to Fame Cook-off with a Charreada, bands, and wonderful entertainment lineup will bring the community together in celebration of Hispanic Heritage month and get us in the mood for Fiesta de Amistad. Food and Vendor booths are quickly selling out. The Claim to Fame cook-off features Menudo, Beef Fajitas, and Beans. How’s that for variety? I also had the pleasure of working with such a giving group of dedicated community leaders on the DRHCC board, that support our work in the community. I don’t say goodbye - as I wil remain on the Board in a different capacity. I look forward to continued progress in our community as DRHCC celebrates its 7 year anniversary in October.
Concerns regarding the sale of water from Val Verde County arose at the August Monthly Membership meeting.
State Representative District 74, Poncho Nevárez clarified that the Legislature dedicated money to develop new water sources in Texas, not any protection of water rights, as was questioned by the group. The Legislature did not address establishing ground water conservation districts because each community has different needs and local elected officials should work with their individual legislators on addressing their unique needs.
However, Representative Nevárez stated one noteworthy bill passed provides protective services for the elderly and disabled. HB 908 gives licensed professional counselors the ability to perform psychological assessments for
purposes of an emergency order authorizing protective services.
Efforts to increase college enrollment were also successful. Representative Nevárez filed and helped pass HB 1351 to allow institutions of higher education the ability to choose which degree or certificate programs should be eliminated or consolidated.
Nevárez also noted that it was a tough legislative session with many challenging issues facing communities in District 74. Nevárez was most proud to have helped restore some of the massive cuts to public education. Due to his efforts to work together in a bipartisan manner, the freshman representative was also named, Freshman Democrat of the Year, 83rd Legislature.
Nevárez also afforded the opportunity for everyone to visit with him personally on issues after the meeting.