The Houston-Galveston Area Council Board of Directors today voted unanimously to authorize negotiation for a fifth-year funding agreement with the Gulf Coast Center for the operation of the League City Park & Ride Service.
The total proposed cost of the fifth year of operations for the park and ride is $632,587, and will be the final year of funding through the current funding program, which includes federal dollars.
The board voted unanimously to authorize negotiation for a second-year funding agreement with the Fort Bend County Public Transportation Department for the expansion of commuter and transit service pilot project.
The board voted unanimously to re-designate Matagorda County Judge Nate McDonald as representative to the Texas Association of Regional Councils’ Board of Directors. McDonald was recently elected president of the TARC and will assume office in September 2017.
The board voted unanimously to recognize retiring member and Walker County Commissioner B.J. Gaines.
“It’s been a great, great, grand honor to be able to serve and share my life with y’all,” said Gaines. “Y’all inspired me and motivated me and challenged me. It’s unbelievable that I would have this honor.”
He joked that he will undergo a brief grieving process upon leaving the board.
McDonald expressed gratitude toward Gaines for mentoring many board members throughout the years.
All other agenda items were approved unanimously. Agenda Board Attendance
The board began its three-month consideration of H-GAC’s 2017 Budget and Service Plan during the meeting.
Raymond Wilburn with the Texas Veterans Commission addressed the board regarding Gulf Coast Region IV employing the most veterans in the state for three consecutive years. He brought three trophies honoring the region’s accomplishments for the board to see.
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