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Fort Bend County
Fort Bend County Commissioners Court
by Garrett Bryce w/photos courtesy Fort Bend County
Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Fort Bend County Commissioners Court today voted unanimously to ratify an application to the Texas Department of Emergency Management for funding of flood mitigation in flood prone areas of Fort Bend County for the Flat Bank Creek Diversion Channel Structure Project, at an estimated cost of $45 million.

The grant would require a 25 percent match.

Commissioner Ken DeMerchant thanked the county's staff for putting together the application. DeMerchant also thanked Commissioner Andy Meyers for his assistance in the application.

“This is going to help residents in that area, several hundred homes, and help protect them from flooding, if we go through with this project,” DeMerchant said. Listen (2:00)

The commissioners court voted to authorize a letter to the Texas Division of Emergency Management in support of an application by Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District No. 140 for hazard mitigation funding of a levee protection project, with no financial obligation by the county.

The project is located along FM 359 near the Brazos River.

The commissioners court voted to grant a request by Drew Darsey on behalf of Pegmo LLC to waive penalty, interest and collection fees totaling $1,903 on property taxes for Tax Year 2017.

The commissioners court voted to approve a request by the District Attorney's Office to authorize two part-time Attorney I positions to fulfill the need for the pre-trial bond program for the magistrate dockets.

The commissioners court voted to approve an application to the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County for FY2018 Section 5310 funds in an amount not to exceed $307,770 in federal and $153,885 in a local cash match or $153,885 in transportation development credits for the Ambassador Program.

All items were approved, with exception of an executive session item regarding Fort Bend County vs. James C. Smith, et al, concerning the FM 359 Road Widening Project, which was pulled from the agenda, and an executive session regarding the Open Meetings Act, which was not acted upon. All votes were unanimous with all members present. Agenda

During the meeting, County Judge KP George presented former Commissioner James Patterson with a proclamation in recognition of his service to the county. Listen (3:16)

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