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Houston-Galveston Area Council Board of Directors
by Jim Guidry
Thursday, August 22, 2013

The Houston-Galveston Area Council Board of Directors on Tuesday voted unanimously to authorize a contract in an amount not to exceed $300,000, with one of four recommended consultants for the Woodlands Township Transit Plan.  In the order they were ranked, the consultants are: Steer Davies Gleave, URS, Lockwood, Andrews and Newnam, Inc., and HDR.

"The Woodlands Township Transit Plan is a comprehensive transit study that will determine existing and future transit needs for the Woodlands Township region," said a staff report.  "The study will evaluate transit modes like local buses, van pools, car pools, park and ride services, bus rapid transit and light rail; as well as other strategies to address mobility including intelligent transportation systems; pedestrian and bicycle networks; and other transportation strategies."

The board voted 29-0-1, with Harris County Judge Ed Emmett abstaining, to authorize staff to negotiate contracts with several organizations for 2014 Workforce Solutions system operations. Proposal  Listen

Emmett, who chairs the H-GAC board, said he abstained because his wife is on the board of directors of the Neighborhood Centers, one of the career offices in the program.

Austin County Judge Carolyn Bilski, chair of the Legislative Committee, called on Executive Director Jack Steele to report on the Special Session of the Texas Legislature. 

“There were only two bills passed in the special session, transportation related in both respects,” Steele said. Listen

Galveston County Commissioner Ken Clark addressed the issue of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012, which he said will change the basic flood elevation of coastal areas.

“I just wanted to create a public awareness,” Clark said.  “Many in this room have already been working on this issue, but we need to be aware of it and sound the alarm bells.”

All other action items on the agenda were approved unanimously.  Attendance  Agenda
Editor’s note: Agenda includes links to staff documents and audio excerpts of the meeting.

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