Victoria County Commissioners courtroom will consider Monday approving a authorized service agreement for a firm to file for a visa for Emmanuel Opada, the county’s new epidemiologist.

Locating an epidemiologist through the COVID-19 pandemic was challenging, Victoria County Choose Ben Zeller claimed. The H1-B visa the county is trying to get could be valid for up to 6 many years. In accordance to former reporting, Opada hails from Nigeria and West Africa and was hired to be the county’s epidemiologist in November.

“This is a great chance to go after my enthusiasm,” Opada said in January.

Opada earned his master’s degree in epidemiology in the U.S. at St. Louis University. He worked with St. Louis nonprofit WalkNFaith to aid with health disparities in minority communities and substance abuse prevention, giving application and complex assist, Opada claimed.

The H1-B visa is valid for a few a long time, in accordance to a memorandum despatched to commissioners court. At the end of the a few years, it can be renewed for an extra 3.

The lawful provider agreement would be with Hines & Leigh, P.C., an immigration and nationality regulation company of Austin.

Farmer’s Market place

Also at the conference, the court docket will consider renewal of the Victoria Farmers Market’s lease extension.

The farmer’s market place is found in the Dr. Pattie Dodson Public Health and fitness Middle parking large amount on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and if accepted, their lease would be extended to April 30, 2023, in accordance to the lease settlement.

“(The farmers market) has definitely been flourishing due to the fact finding to our well being office parking great deal on Navarro Avenue,” Zeller reported. “We’re actually content to see them thriving for the reason that there is a seriously vital area for a excellent farmers sector in any local community.”

The farmers market place remaining prosperous was a acquire for both equally customers on the lookout for nutritious foodstuff and modest enterprises seeking to sell their merchandise, the judge mentioned.

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