The Houston-Galveston Area Council Board of Directors on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve an in-kind match of $216,570.51 for a $639,091 Selective Traffic Enforcement Program Grant from the Texas Department of Transportation to enforce the law against driving while intoxicated. Listen: MP3 RealPlayer
“Every year TxDOT issues a call for grants,” said Ashby Johnson, deputy director of transportation and air quality. “Many agencies in our region have expressed interest in receiving one of these grants in the past. Few agencies actually get grants because the administrative requirements from TxDOT are so high.”
Johnson said the H-GAC will serve as an umbrella organization to apply for the STEP grant to reduce the workload on the police agencies that will be participating.
H-GAC Executive Director Jack Steele reported on the transfer of the distribution of Hurricane Ike Recovery funds to the Texas General Land Office and the need to move forward quickly to qualify for the funds. Listen: MP3 RealPlayer
“What we have before us to do in a short period of time is to allocate a total of $969 million in Round Two Phase 2 disaster recovery funds,” Steele said. “Of this amount, $674 million, in round figures, will be for housing restoration or new housing construction, with a number of sub allocations under that category. Then the remaining amount, roughly $322 million will be for non housing activities, as they are termed, basically for reconstruction of damaged or lost public infrastructure.”
The H-GAC board voted unanimously to authorize staff to use previous allocation guidelines, as much as possible, to complete the process with the GLO.
All other agenda items were approved unanimously. Colorado County Judge Ty Prause, Galveston Couty Commissioner Ken Clark, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, Waller County Judge Glenn Beckendorff, Baytown City Council Member Brandon Capettilo, Deer Park City Council Member Thane Harrison, Friendswood City Council Member Deirdre Carey Brown, Galveston Mayor Joe Jaworski, Texas City Commissioner Dee Ann Haney and Dickinson City Council Member Kerry Neves were absent and not represented by alternate members. Austin County Judge Carolyn Bilski was absent, but she was represented by Commissioner Randy Reicherdt and Houston Mayor Annise Parker was absent, but represented by Council Member Sue Lovell.
Manuela H. Arroyos, chief executive officer of the Fort Bend Meals on Wheels programs reported to the H-GAC board on programs in Fort Bend and Waller counties.
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“We serve over 1,000 seniors a day, which keeps them healthier and helps to keep them in their homes,” she said.