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Brazoria County
Brazoria County Commissioners Court
by Garrett Bryce
Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Brazoria County Commissioners Court on Tuesday voted unanimously to accept the FY2010 Financial Audit.

The independent audit of the county’s financial records was performed by Kennemer, Masters & Lunsford, LLC. The county received a clean or “unqualified” opinion of its financial records. No significant issues were found for the 2010 fiscal year. Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

The commissioners court voted unanimously to adopt a 90-day burn ban on outdoor burning.

The ban was put in place due to drought conditions in the area.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to approve a tax abatement application by Schlumberger Technology Corporation.

The abatement will be for a term of seven years, at a 100 percent abatement of eligible properties. The company is planning an estimated $37.82 million in improvements, which will add 50 jobs, as well as retain 60 current positions, at its current facilities.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to reappoint Penny Goode and Jack Taylor to the Brazoria County Board of Park Commissioners.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to solicit proposals for disaster relief monitoring services for the Emergency Management Department.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to renew contracts with several vendors for equipment rentals.

Companies selected for rentals include R.B. Everett & Co., Hi-Way Equipment, Alvin Equipment Company, Mustang Rental Services, NEFF Rentals, Inc., Maxim Crane Works LP, Javelina Construction South, Briggs Equipment, Inc., NES Rentals, Inc., and H&E Equipment Services.

The contracts were renewed for a six-month period.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to approve an agreement with the State Energy Conservation Office for participation in the Local Government Energy Technical Assistance Program. The state office has hired Texas Energy Engineering Services, Inc. to provide free engineering technical assistance services to local governments in establishing and maintaining effective energy-efficiency programs.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to approve a memorandum of understanding with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service for fire management services.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to file an interlocal application for renewal of immunization program funds for FY2012.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to declare April as Confederate History and Heritage Month.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to authorize a settlement in the matter of potential litigation with J.E. Dunn in the amount of $400,000. The item was discussed in a closed meeting.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to authorize the county attorney to file suit regarding issues with the right-of-way for County Road 300H.

The item was also discussed in a closed meeting.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to terminate an agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation regarding real estate at the 332 Bridge. The item was discussed in executive session.

The commissioners court took no action regarding potential litigation concerning the Health Department.

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

 




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