Brazoria County Commissioners Court on Tuesday voted unanimously to support the Texas General Land Office's request for a rehearing of a Texas Supreme Court case affecting the state's open beaches law.
The commissioners court also authorized the county's district attorney's office to assist the General Land Office in the rehearing. The case involved Carol Severance, an owner of beachfront property in Galveston, who sued to block the state from enacting a “rolling easement” to claim a portion of her property as public beach due to erosion. The state's supreme court ruled recently that the state could not claim the easement, causing the land office to halt a beach renourishment project in Galveston.
The commissioners court voted unanimously to seek legislation to provide Brazoria county customers full voting membership in the Gulf Coast Water Authority Board of Directors.
The county currently only has a non-voting liaison to the board.
The commissioners court voted unanimously to appoint Leven McGaughey to the Emergency Services District No. 2 Board of Directors. McGaughey will fill the unexpired term of Patrick Webb.
The commissioners court voted unanimously to appoint Lisa Greak, Margie C. Edwards and Mary Meyers to the Brazoria County Library Board.
The commissioners court voted unanimously to renew a contract with Holmes Murphy and Associates, Inc. for professional services associated with medical and dental benefits for employees, retirees and eligible dependents. The renewal is for the second year of a three-year contract.
The commissioners court voted unanimously to institute a 90-day burn ban order. The item was amended, by unanimous vote, to add language to authorize County Judge Joe King to lift the burn ban if conditions become less favorable for wildfires.
The commissioners court voted unanimously to approve the 2011 budget for the Brazoria County Toll Road Authority. The toll road authority's budget totals $65,000.
The commissioners court voted unanimously to authorize the district attorney to recover funds from McGuyer Homebuilders, Inc. and other responsible parties, that were expended by the county for improvements at County Road 101 and Highway 288, including a grade separation for the freeway. The item was discussed during an executive session.
All other items were approved by unanimous vote. All members were present. Agenda
During the meeting, the commissioners court recognized Commissioner for Precinct Four Mary Ruth Rhodenbaugh, who will be replaced by Commissioner-Elect Larry Stanley in January.