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Harris County
H-GAC Board of Directors
by John David Suayan
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Houston-Galveston Area Council Board of Directors today voted unanimously to adopt the Fiscal Year 2018 State Homeland Security Program grant priority list, as recommended by the Regional Homeland Security Coordinating Council.

The Regional Homeland Security Coordinating Council reviewed the eligible FY18 grant applications and made funding recommendations for separate projects last month. Item Summary

The board voted unanimously to negotiate workforce financial monitoring contracts with Christine H. Nguyen, CPA and Weaver and Tidwell, LLP in a combined total not to exceed $500,000.

The board voted unanimously to appoint Martha Taylor to the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee.

All other agenda items were approved unanimously. Agenda

During the meeting, the board heard presentations regarding the Federal Emergency Management Agency Housing Program and Hurricane Harvey recovery funding.

Chief Operating Officer Chuck Wemple provided the update regarding recovery funding, noting that the state released an action plan for community development block grant funding on April 9, and is under a 14-day comment period. No public hearings are being held during the process, Wemple stated. He noted that the H-GAC is preparing comments on the plan. Harris County and Houston have money set aside for them, with the remaining balance for the H-GAC region.

"The remainder for the H-GAC region is about $710 million in round figures," Wemple said.

A total of $476 million of that figure is being designated by the Texas General Land Office for the homeowner assistance program.

"Which, they are proposing to be led at the state and not through a regional or local programs, which causes us concern as well," Wemple said.

Another $111 million is for property buyouts, with the remaining $130 million is for local infrastructure projects.

To listen to the meeting in its entirety, Click Here (57:31)

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