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Posted: Saturday, July 6, 2002 12:00 am

Around the Valley

Harlingen pulls the plug

on promotional campaign

City leaders will pull the plug on a promotional campaign aimed at Harlingen

retail businesses because it lacks local merchant backing. The Harlingen

Development Corp. will stop funding the campaign that was part of a Harlingen

Area Chamber of Commerce promotion that won a state award last month.

The citys economic development board wont fund the campaigns $75,000 second

phase because local merchants failed to match an additional $75,000, officials

said.

The campaign with the slogan Harlingen Right Place, Right Time was aimed

at building the citys retail business base as part of a drive to boost

sagging sales tax revenues. Last month, the Texas Chamber of Commerce

recognized the campaign as one of two most outstanding chamber programs.

City moves on impound lot issues

Choosing not to add further stipulations to impound lots beyond those set by

town aldermen, the Board of Adjustment and Appeals voted unanimously to allow

the facilities as special exceptions in the C-zoning district.

The favorable decision puts to rest the battle that Paradise Towing owner Gary

Graham has been fighting to establish an impound lot at 1515 Padre Blvd. Last

month by a vote of 4-1, aldermen passed an ordinance permitting impound lots

and establishing regulations.

One of Grahams largest obstacles has been the perception that he would create

an unsightly facility that would resemble a junkyard. Graham said that that

the lot will not be seen from Padre Boulevard. The facility is primarily

intended for involuntary impounds. No work may be done on the vehicles at the

lot nor can they remain longer than 30 days.

Town planner Cate Ball explained that this was not a variance but a special

exception. While Graham could sell the business if he were to cease operations

at that location, but the special exception would also end.

Boy shot in face with BB gun

A 20-year-old Brownsville man on Independence Day allegedly shot a 12-year-old

boy in the lip with a BB gun, according to a police report. The boy was

walking near an apartment complex located at the 1400 block of Old Port Isabel

Road when he heard a noise and turned toward a man allegedly pointing a BB gun

at him. All of a sudden he felt something hit him in the face and he fell to

the ground, the report indicated. The boy was transported to the hospital,

and the alleged incident is under investigation, the report showed.

Bond could fund street repair project

The city is looking at the viability of floating a bond issue to fund

repairing and reconstructing decrepit city streets a project that may cost

around $12 million. Operations Director Hector Jalomo presented a cost

estimates list of repairing 125 city streets about 70 percent of all the

citys streets. But Jalomo warned that the $12.47 million price tag estimated

is very conservative. Topping the list of roads that would cost the most are

Stookey Road, and Reagan, Crockett and Rose streets.

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