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Jim Guidry Commentaries
Harris County
Houston-Galveston Area Council Directors
by Jim Guidry
Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Houston-Galveston Area Council Board of Directors on Tuesday voted 29-0-1, with Houston City Council Member Sue Lovell abstaining, to approve a method of distribution for Second Round Hurricane Ike disaster recovery funds for submission to the Texas General Land Office. 

“The Ike Recovery Committee met on a number of occasions since the draft was released to the public,” said Galveston Mayor Joe Jaworski, chair of the Ike committee recommending approval of the board.  Listen: MP3 RealPlayer

The allocation of $969.5 million includes $647.4 million for housing related activities, and $322.1 million for non-housing programs, including infrastructure repair and replacement. Galveston County will receive $101,891,355 for housing programs and $31,558,833 for non-housing programs.

Galveston County Commissioner Ken Clark complained about the time the process is taking and suggested that at its next meeting the board consider a resolution to Congress seeking new procedures.

“We’ve got over 320 houses built, with people and keys in Galveston County, but it has been over three years,” Clark said.  “These people are suffering and need to put an end to their suffering.”

The board voted unanimously to approve an amendment to the regional homeland security implementation plan which adds “additional local actions which contribute to achievement to statewide goals”. Document

The board voted unanimously to approve consultant agreements to conduct subregional planning studies for several communities in the Fort Bend area, and separately for the Pearland/Northern Brazoria County area. Document

The board voted unanimously to approve a second year agreement with Texas Children’s Hospital to continue and expand its Safe Kids child restraint and child seat program. The contract extension includes expanded outreach to bilingual communities.

All other agenda items were approved unanimously.  Austin County Judge Carolyn Bilski, Deer Park Council Member Thane Harrisison, Friendswood Council Member Dierdre Carey Brown La Porte Council Member Chuck Engleken, Texas City Commissioner Dee Ann Haney and Meadows Place Alderman Terry Henley, were absent and not represented by alternates.  Houston Mayor Annise Parker was represented by Council Member Sue Lovell.




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