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Brazoria County
Brazoria County Commissioners Court
by Garrett Bryce
Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Brazoria County Commissioners Court on Tuesday voted 4-1, with Stacy Adams opposed, to approve an Engineering and Inspection Services Agreement with LCG Engineering.

Under the agreement, LCG will provide professional services relating to capital road or utility construction as directed by the County Engineer.  The county will pay $65 per hour to LCG for work performed by employee Larry Heckathorn, and $40 per hour for work performed by LCG employee Clyde Moss.

The commissioners court voted 4-0-1, with Dude Payne abstaining from the vote, to award a $74,975 bid to Noble Building and Development, LLC of Angleton for the construction of a restroom facility at the Surfside Jetty.  Noble Building and Development provided the lowest of six bids submitted for the project.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to approve a tax abatement application by Denbury Onshore, LLC.  The abatement will be for 100 percent of tax values of eligible properties for a period of seven years. 

The commissioners court voted unanimously to deny an amendment to a variance request by the Galveston County Consolidated Drainage District to allow truck travel on No-Thru-Truck routes.  The request was to allow trucks to travel along County Road 129 from County Road 125, then along State Highway 35 and ending at County Road 281.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to renew a contract with Alterra Technologies, Inc. for 9-1-1 addressing.  Under the contract, Alterra will ensure that the 9-1-1 layers of the county's Geographical Information System properly "reflect all new roads and associated address data, any changed or abandoned roads, and any changes to road names or address ranges".  Alterra will be paid through funds received from the county through the Houston-Galveston Area Council for 9-1-1 maintenance, at an amount not to exceed $50,918, payable quarterly.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to approve the use of labor and equipment to assist the Historical Museum in harvesting trees from the storm pasture unit of the San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge.  The trees will be placed on the museum's Austin Town Park site.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to approve a request by the Brazoria County Health District to modify and use a portion of the East Annex building for storage of equipment.

"The Public Health Emergency Preparedness section has a great deal of equipment that would need to be deployed in the event of a public health emergency," Brazoria County Health Authority Leo O'Gorman said.  "Our current storage area is not large enough and is inadequate for the swift distribution of assets in response to a bioterrorism event."

The commissioners court voted unanimously to appoint Joyce Peltier to the Brazoria County Board of Park Commissioners.  Peltier will replace JoAnn Weik in representing Commissioner Precinct No. 2.

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

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