Mitchell Ferman

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Mitchell Ferman covers the city of McAllen and cross-border trade and politics for The Monitor. He can be reached at mferman@themonitor.com or (956) 683-4474.

McAllen launches 3-1-1 call center

In the city and have a need? Dial 3-1-1, city officials announced Tuesday. The non-emergency customer service call center is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and city officials said the line will eventually be in service at all hours. But if there’s an emergency, city officials urged residents to dial 9-1-1. “If your neighbor’s house has tall grass? 3-1-1. If it’s on fire? 9-1-1,” Marco Tovias, McAllen customer service coordinator, said at a news conference Tuesday at city hall announcing the new initiative, which included an online advertising campaign in conjunction with ImageHouse Media. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

 McAllen to illuminate Oval Park for holiday season

McALLEN — Following the governor-approved theme marking McAllen as the South Pole of Texas, city officials announced Monday that Oval Park at the McAllen...

Trucks cross Pharr bridge in large numbers ahead of produce season

PHARR — Trucks crossed the bridge here in large numbers this summer, ahead of a busy stretch of winter months anticipated at the Pharr-Reynosa...

McAllen passes $422M budget

City commissioners and public utility board members in McAllen on Monday unanimously passed a $422 million budget that will slightly increase property taxes, add more than two dozen city employees, including firefighters and police officers, and will dedicate millions of additional dollars to paving, walking and cycling trails and traffic and drainage improvements. “There’s a lot for you to brag about,” City Manager Roel “Roy” Rodriguez told the elected officials of the budget, which he has called the most important document in the city. Perhaps most notably, sales tax revenues over the last year were record breaking for the city, Rodriguez said, exceeding $63 million. That increase, and Rodriguez’s projected 2.5% sales tax increase for the next fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, will allow for nearly $4 million of sales tax revenues that will be transferred to street and infrastructure improvements — there is more than $100 million dollars budgeted for these capital improvements, Rodriguez said. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

McAllen tax rate increase likely following bond election

McALLEN — City officials here held their second tax rate hearing Monday for the public to provide feedback to commissioners before they vote later...

Building ‘little Houston’: McAllen and Houston EB-5 programs announce alliance

McALLEN — For foreign investors interested in becoming United States citizens, the EB-5 immigrant investor program offers that opportunity, at the right price. Multiple foreign...

Ahead of new NAFTA vote, Rep. Gonzalez asks for assurance on Mexican highway safety

U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez on Tuesday asked that he receive assurances from the Mexican government that a highway safety program, which includes the stretch...

While deal reached on tomatoes, new barriers may cause backups at border

DONNA — Jaime Garcia slipped on a puffy jacket, walked into the frigid warehouse and weaved through boxes and boxes of Roma and grape...

McAllen grants permit to migrant facility; Likely leading to new building ownership

McALLEN — City commissioners on Monday approved a permit for Sister Norma Pimentel, on behalf of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, to...

Nancy Pelosi, members of Congress visit McAllen, listen to migrants’ stories

McALLEN — The day after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was greeted to a late-night arrival at her hotel by a handful of people holding...