Precinct 4 building construction under way

LA FERIA — The cold wind’s bite didn’t stop the groundbreaking ceremony of the Leon and Linda Bence County Building yesterday.

The public works project will be the new Pct. 4 commissioner’s office and public works building.

The current Pct. 4 office is located on Wilson Road.

County Commissioner Gus Ruiz Pct. 4 called the current building old and not conducive to the needs of the county’s largest precinct.

The new building project consists of two separate structures that will be built on a 5-acre tract of land off of White Ranch Road which was donated by the Leon and Linda Bence Family Trust.

The project total cost is $1.97 million and construction will last approximately 300 days.

Cameron County Commissioners Court approved a contract award to the Peacock General Contactors to build the future county facility.

The first structure to be built is the Leon and Linda Bence County Building which is 15,000 square feet and will house the Pct. 4 public works staff.

The second structure is Pct. 4 commissioner’s office which is 1,180 square feet.

The building will have an entry waiting lobby for visitors, offices and large conference room. The site will also have several parking areas.

“Every community thrives on those individuals that commit to helping their community,” said Eddie Trevino, Cameron County Court judge. “Whether it be through public service, community service, rising a family or business acumen – whatever it takes the communities have to have families who are leaders bettering the quality of life of everyone around them.”

Trevino said it’s because of the Bence family that Cameron County and the surrounding communities are going to be better off with the new county building.

“Without the Bence family we would not be here,” Commissioner Ruiz said. “The original intent was to use the 20 acres that the county owns on Wilson Road but it’s very congested.”

The area will soon be home to Harlingen’s brand new convention center and other industry.

Ruiz called the new county building a blessing and said it’s in the heart of the precinct in La Feria.

“From here, we are going to be able to deploy our resources to help the small communities,” Ruiz said.