The Board of Commissioners of the City of Pharr met for a regular meeting on Tuesday, July 19, 2022, and considered an agenda that included the following highlights:

Commission Proclaims July 2022 as Parks and Recreation Month 

Mayor Ambrosio Hernandez, M.D., and the Pharr City Commission approved a proclamation declaring July 2022 as Parks and Recreation Month.  This month is a time to recognize the importance of parks and recreation in establishing and maintaining the quality of life and in contributing to the physical, economic, and environmental well-being of communities. It is also a time to recognize all the professionals and volunteers who build strong, vibrant, and resilient community programs for our children through the power of Parks and Recreation. Pharr Parks and Recreation Director Sergio Alanis along with his staff accepted the proclamation. “We have about 15,000 kids from throughout the Pharr community who participate in our camps, programs, sports, and after-school programs year-round,” said Alanis. “We thank the city commission for your recognition and all the volunteers, parents, and children who take part in making our programs so successful,” he added. 

Commission Recognizes Pharr Parks & Recreation Girls’ Pony League All-Stars

The Pharr City Commission recognized the Pharr Parks & Recreation 14 youth  All-Star girls’ team. Parks and Recreation Director Sergio Alanis introduced the team and the coaches. He also announced that the team earned 3rd place in the league. Coach Marco Antonio Snell thanked the city commission and parents for their support and his team for their dedication and hard work. “I’m honored to teach this amazing team of girls and am proud of how far they have gone on to compete throughout the season,” said Coach Snell. Mayor Hernandez and commissioners each thanked the coaches, parents, and team for their outstanding performance throughout the season.

City Manager Announces Sales Tax Report for July

City Manager Andy Harvey announced that the Sales Tax Collection Report for July showed an increase of 8.34% Month-to-Month compared to last year (July 2021) and overall 12.72% growth compared to last year’s collections.

Commission Introduces New City Engineer and Public Works Director

The Pharr City Commission and City Manager Andy Harvey introduced and recognized the city’s new City Engineer Ruben Alfaro and Public Works Director Rodrigo Davila. “Ruben comes to us from TxDOT and previously worked for the City of Pharr and Rodrigo comes to us from the City of Harlingen,” said City Manager Andy Harvey. “We are proud to welcome you both to the City of Pharr and look forward to the great work you will contribute to our Team Pharr family,” he added.

Commission Approves MOU between the City of Pharr/Pharr International Bridge and South Texas College for Certified Customs Specialist Program

The Pharr City Commission approved a Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Pharr/Pharr International Bridge and South Texas College for a Certified Customs Specialist (CCS) Program. On April 28, 2022, the Pharr International Bridge held a BridgeConnect Session for Certified Customs Specialist Program in conjunction with South Texas College, which sparked an interest in the trade community. After several meetings, the Pharr International Bridge was informed by STC that a total of 6 students applied for the program and would like to form a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the City of Pharr / Pharr International Bridge. The Certified Customs Specialist (CCS) Program is designed to assist trade professionals involved in the import industry to become experts in the current import regulations.