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Harris County Commissioners Court
by Garrett Bryce w/photos courtesy Harris County
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Harris County Commissioners Court today voted unanimously to authorize legal action and litigation expenses in connection with cases in various county and district courts, environmental cases in Precincts 2 and 4, and cases in the U.S. District Court, with the exception of matters involving the case of O'Donnell et al vs. Harris County et al, which Commissioner Rodney Ellis opposed.

During the meeting, the commissioners court held length discussion regarding the impact of issues raised by the case, which involves a ruling reforming bail in Harris County. The item was discussed in open session as opposed to adjourning to executive session. Listen (17:43)

Commissioner R. Jack Cagle discussed a case involving a subject released under the reformed bail system, who was later involved in a drunk driving accident that resulted in a fatality.

Commissioner Steve Radack said the ruling “put Harris County residents in jeopardy.”

“We can talk and use the excuse of poor and all this other stuff, but the fact of the matter is some of these people need to be in jail,” he said. “They need to be there. And we have a sheriff who can't keep there.”

Radack said it was “incumbent” on the commissioners court and the county attorney to “bring some sanity” to the matter.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to designate Harris County Judge Ed Emmett as the county's representative on the board of the Texas Urban Counties Local Government Corporation.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to appoint Niels Aalund as the at-large director to the Houston Ship Channel Security District Board of Directors.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to reappoint Joseph Callier to the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority Board of Directors.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to adopt a resolution commending Monica Allen for 23 years of service to Harris County in the Harris County Tax Office.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to adopt a resolution recognizing the Central Technology Services Department on receiving the 2017 Best of Texas Award for Best Application Serving an Agency's Business Needs.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to designate September as National Preparedness Month and recognize the 15th anniversary of the Harris County Citizens Corps.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to adopt a resolution on behalf of the Smithsonian Institution commemorating The Health Museum on becoming the first Smithsonian affiliate museum in the Houston Museum District.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to approve the purchase of tracts of land labeled N161 and N162 for the Cypress Creek Greenway, Phase B Project. The item was approved with a correction of the price of one tract to $324,500. It had been stated as $32,500 in the agenda.

The commissioners court took no action regarding an interlocal agreement with the Port of Houston Authority authorizing the Harris County Engineering Department-Construction Programs Divisio to provide wage rate compliance services. The item was withdrawn for consideration at a later time.

The commissioners court took no action regarding submission of an application to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration for grant funds in the amount of $1,911,699 for the Houston Urbanized Area Formula Program to fund transportation projects in areas not served by METRO. The item was withdrawn.

The commissioners court voted 4-0-1, with Radack abstaining, to approve several items regarding requests for sole source exemptions from competitive bid requirements for Phonoscope, Inc.

The commissioners court took no action regarding renewal of an agreement with Appriss Safety for the Automated Crime Victim Notification Grant Program. The item was withdrawn.

The commissioners court took no action regarding a concession agreement with Foresight Golf, LLC to maintain and operate the Cypresswood Golf Course. The item was withdrawn.

All other action items were approved by unanimous vote, with minor exceptions. All members were present. Agenda






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