The Houston-Galveston Area Council Board of Directors today voted unanimously to approve priority ranking for Fiscal Year 2017 criminal justice funds and authorize resolution to submit priority lists to the Criminal Justice Division of the Office of the Governor.
The H-GAC Criminal Justice Advisory Committee scored all competing applications in April and met last month to review and approve each Priority List.
H-GAC Chief Operations Officer Charles Wemple explained that Galveston County’s application for $123,000 for its Law Enforcement Equipment Upgrade Project “scored favorably and was above the funding line,” but the committee’s recommendation showed no funds be allocated because it was unclear which items in the request were eligible.
Galveston County Commissioner Ken Clark said that the county’s constable vehicles were included because the county needed in car cameras for stops arising from apparent racial profiling, asserting that the committee did not reach out to discuss the bid.
“There seems like somewhat of a disconnect here, that the advisory committee zeroed out Galveston County when they put us above the funding line,” said Clark.
The board included in its motion a recommendation to the state to provide, if available, funding for Galveston County's request.
The board voted unanimously to negotiate and execute a second-year funding agreement with the Gulf Coast Center for the operation of expanded commuter transit services from their League City Park and Ride.
The second year contract and service expansion for the park and ride service will total $341,687, with the Gulf Coast Center providing $102,506 in a local share.
The board voted unanimously to contract with the Texas Department of Transportation for the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program.
The board voted unanimously to enter into a sub-agreement with United Parcel Service for the acquisition and deployment of all-electric delivery vehicles.
All other agenda items were approved unanimously. Agenda Attendance
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