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Brazoria County
Brazoria County Commissioners Court
by Garrett Bryce
Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Brazoria County Commissioners Court on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve a $1 million grant agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation Aviation Division, and approving a county match of 10 percent, or $111,111, for the construction of an airport terminal building.

The project, also known as the 12 TBANGLE Project, will include the construction of the terminal building and a parking lot at the Texas Gulf Coast Regional Airport.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to appoint a selection committee to review proposals for the 12 TBANGLE Project.  The committee will include Commissioner Larry Stanley, Charles Crook, Brent Bowles, Jeff Bilyeu and a representative from the Texas Department of Transportation Aviation Division.

The commissioners court voted 4-1, with Stacy Adams opposed, to grant a tax abatement for Country Village Care, Inc.  Commissioners approved the abatement for a term of seven years, with 100 percent abatement of taxes for the first two years, 75 percent for the third and fourth year, 50 percent in the fifth and sixth year, and 25 percent for the final year.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to rescind and order approved in November that had approved redistricting maps for Congressional, Senate and State Representative voting district that had been ordered by a federal court in San Antonio.  The maps as drawn by the court have since been declared invalid.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to appoint Larry Loiessin to the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone No. 2 Board of Directors.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to award a $680,388 contract to L.L. & F. Construction Management, Inc. for improvements at the Village of Surfside Beach Water Plant.

The project will be funded through the Disaster Recovery Program administered by the Texas General Land Office.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to cancel construction of the Ring of Honor project and solicit bids for new proposals.  The commissioners court also appointed a committee to evaluate terms of a contract for construction of the project.

The committee will include Sonja Broadway, Gerald Hendrick, Gerald Roberts, Dennis Cleveland, Commissioner Stacy Adams, Arthur Velasquez and Chris Kincheloe as voting members, with Leslie Bryson, Tim Newton and Charles Crook as non-voting members.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to extend a contract with Alterra Technologies for an additional six months.  The company provides GIS services for the county.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to cancel a contract with AllStates Coatings for the purchase of traffic paint and beads.  The county will purchase products when necessary.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to engage the law firm of Malouf and Nockels to act as special counsel for Brazoria County in a pending lawsuit involving MERSCORP, Inc.  The item was discussed during a closed session.

The commissioners court took no action regarding the potential recapture of tax abatement funds.  The item was discussed in closed session.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to obtain the services of Peltier & Associates for the sale of property owned by the county located in Precinct 1.

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

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