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Jim Guidry Commentaries
Harris County
Houston-Galveston Area Council Board of Directors
by Jim Guidry
Tuesday, August 17, 2010

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The Houston-Galveston Area Council Board of Directors today voted unanimously to approve the Community Development Block Grant Second Round Regional Allocation Formula Method of Distribution.  H-GAC President Kerry Neves noted that the Ike Recovery Committee has worked on the formula for several months.

H-GAC Executive Director Jack Steele reported on modifications to the proposal based on public hearings, which allows greater flexibility in spending the money.

Harris County Commissioner Sylvia Garcia, chair of the Hurricane Ike Committee, made the motion for approval and Galveston Mayor Joe Jaworski seconded the motion.

The method of distribution approved by the H-GAC board includes $50 million set aside for Galveston Public Housing, $20 million set aside for Galveston subsidized housing restoration, $101 million allocated to local housing programs by formula and $87 million for non-housing programs.

The H-GAC board approved a $2 million Moody Park Indoor Recreation Project that will include an archery range.  Garcia, who lives near the center, voted in favor of the project, but commented, "I don't know anyone who does archery in my neighborhood."

The H-GAC board voted to renew the agreements with three contractors that staff and operate Workforce Solutions offices in the region.  Rodney Bradshaw assured the board that they are doing good work.

Houston City Council Member Anne Clutterbuck reported that a federal district judge has ruled in favor of her and the City of Houston in a lawsuit filed against them objecting to prayer at city council meetings.

All items on the H-GAC Board of Directors agenda were approved unanimously, with Chambers County Commissioner Gary Nelson, Galveston County Commissioner Ken Clark, Wharton County Commissioner Chris King, Baytown City Council Member Brandon Carpetillo, Friendswood City Council Member Michael Barker, La Porte City Council Member Chuck Engleken, Jr. and Missouri City City Council Member Bobby Marshall absent.




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