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Fort Bend County
Fort Bend County Commissioners Court
by Garrett Bryce w/photos courtesy Fort Bend County
Thursday, January 31, 2019

Fort Bend County Commissioners Court on Tuesday voted unanimously to file applications to the Texas Department of Emergency Management for funding of flood mitigation projects in flood prone areas of Fort Bend County, totaling more than $375 million.

The projects include Barker Reservoir Levee, at a total of $29.2 million, Bessies Creek Detention Basin, at a total of $40 million, Jones Creek Detention Basin, at a total of $80 million, McRary Road Evacuation Route, at a total of $35 million, and Willowfork Detention Basin, at a total of $200 million.

Commissioner Andy Meyers, who submitted the projects, stated that they had not been submitted previously, though he had been informed by county emergency management personnel that all eligible grant funding projects had been applied for through the state.

The deadline to apply for grant funding is January 31.

The item was discussed at length prior to approval, which included that the item would be reviewed by the County Engineer's Office.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to reappoint Quart Graves to the Fort Bend County Subsidence District.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to appoint Cynthia Heimann and Pamela Henry to the Fort Bend County Emergency Services District No. 3 Board of Commissioners.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to appoint Jacque Gerke and Sharon Beran to the Fort Bend County Emergency Services District No. 8 Board of Commissioners.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to reappoint Jay Anderson to the Fort Bend Subsidence District.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to reappoint Jon Strange to the Fort Bend Subsidence District.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to reappoint Scott Jacobson to the First Colony Levee Improvement District Board of Directors.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to appoint a committee of experts to review the raw data, calculations, etc, that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration utilizes to determine the 100-year rainfall event and the impact on county property.

Meyers stated that the NOAA has calculated a different 100-year event in rainfall.

“Currently, the 100-year event is 12.5 inches in a 24-hour period, NOAA has recently calculated or determined that a 100-year event is 16.5 inches,” Meyers said. “Fort Bend County residents who currently do not live within the boundaries of the 100-year floodplain will likely be impacted by this change.”

Meyers noted that flood insurance costs would increase for those determined to live within the 100-year floodplain due to the change. He asked for an independent body to review the data and calculations.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to deny a request by Jesus Rodriguez to waive penalty, interest and collection fees totaling $1,499 on property taxes for Tax Year 2017.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to deny a request by David and Ruth Henderson to waive penalty and interest totaling $304.19 on property taxes for tax years 2014, 2015 and 2016.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to reject all bids and re-advertise for a term contract for purchase and hauling of chemical road materials.

The commissioners court voted 3-2, with Meyers and Vincent Morales opposed, to adopt a resolution in support of the expansion of Medicaid coverage.

The commissioners court voted 3-2, with Meyers and Morales opposed, to adopt a resolution in support of online voter registration.

The commissioners court voted 4-1, with Meyers opposed, to adopt a resolution opposing revenue caps, supporting property tax and school finance reform.

The commissioners court took no action regarding a resolution supporting House Bill 958 allowing communities in the City of Houston extra-territorial jurisdiction to petition for detachment. The item died for lack of a second.

The commissioners court 2-3, with only Myers and Grady Prestage voting in favor of approval, to deny a motion to adopt a resolution in support of House Bill 957, strategic partnership agreements between the City of Houston and Municipal Utility Districts in Fort Bend County.

The commissioners court voted 3-2, with Judge KP George and Ken DeMerchant opposed, to adopt a resolution in support of House Bill 681, modifications to the local government code to exclude territory from a county assistance district.

The commissioners court took no formal action resulting from executive session discussions regarding the abandoned and unverified historical cemetery located on land owned by the Fort Bend Independent School District. George stated that the item would be placed on a future agenda.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to authorize the county attorney to execute a tolling agreement extension with U.S. Oil Recovery Site PRP Group regarding the Fort Bend County landfill, as discussed in closed session.

The commissioners court took no action resulting from closed session discussions regarding jail magistration processes.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote. All members were present. Agenda

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