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Brazoria County
Brazoria County Commissioners Court
by Garrett Bryce
Thursday, July 29, 2010

Brazoria County Commissioners Court on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve a resolution in support of the Chocolate Bayou Dredging Project. 

According to the resolution, Chocolate Bayou "is used by two major petrochemical plants, INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA and Ascend Performance Materials, to transport goods via 3,150 barges per year to and from the respective Brazoria County plants".

The dredging project is part of the Dredged Material Maintenance Plan approved by the United States Army Corps of Engineers.

The commissioners court proclaimed July 29 as Dr. Leo O'Gorman Day in recognition of O'Gorman's retirement after 27 years of service to the county as the Brazoria County Health Authority.  O'Gorman was the county's first health authority.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to appoint Dr. John G. Jordan, regional medical director for Health Service Region 6/5 South to serve as the county's health authority until the county can appoint a full-time replacement for O'Gorman.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to transfer the lease of a building at the Brazoria County Airport to Solaris Energy Systems Company, Inc.  The lease was previously held by Gulfstream Fabrication, LLC.  Solaris intends to use the building for the manufacturing and distribution of various products, primarily solar equipment and parts.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to appoint John Wesley Benefield as a reserve deputy constable in the Precinct 3 Constable's Office.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to appoint Winona Williams and Donna Bogema to the Brazoria County Library Board.  Williams represents Sweeny Library and Bogema represents Danbury Library.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to send out requests for a statement of qualifications for the design of the Brazoria County Airport Terminal project.

The commissioners court also appointed a committee to evaluate proposals.  Appointed to the committee were Jeff Bilyeu, Tim Fox and Sharon May of the Brazoria County Airport, Commissioners Mary Ruth Rhodenbaugh and Matt Sebesta, Gerald Hendrick of the construction management department and Purchasing Director Charles Crook.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to approve an order terminating interlocal agreements that had provided some cities in the county with health inspectors to assist in permitting of retail food stores and food service establishments.  The commissioners court voted 3-2, with County Judge Joe King and Stacey Adams opposed, to amend the item to terminate agreements only with cities that have more than 40 such establishments that the county inspects.

The county is discontinuing services to some cities due to budget constraints.  The county extended permits for retail food stores and food service establishments that were to expire between August 1 and September 30 to expire on October 1 to allow the cities to being their own permitting processes.

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




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