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Harris County Commissioners Court
by Garrett Bryce w/photos courtesy Harris County
Friday, September 01, 2017

Harris County Commissioners Court, in an emergency meeting today, voted unanimously to extend the disaster declaration for the county.

The commissioners court voted to approve procedures for compensating employees for disruptions caused by Hurricane Harvey.

The commissioners court voted to accept a donation from PricewaterhouseCoopers for services rendered in connection with the recovery from Hurricane Harvey.

The commissioners court voted to secure budget amendments in the amount of $100,000 to various existing OnCall Agreements, and that the county attorney’s office be authorized to prepare amendments in connection with emergency repairs for disaster recovery.

The item was amended to allow budget amendments with any OnCall Agreements necessary.

The commissioners court voted to approve a motion to provide $5 million for each commissioner precinct, for a total of $20 million, for debris pick-up following the storm.

The $20 million reflected an increase from $5 million that had been provided for through staff authorization.

No other action items were on the agenda. All members were present. Agenda

During the meeting, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and commissioners discussed the response and recovery efforts following the storm. Listen (49:59)

Emmett praised the county’s response to the storm said that recovery would be challenging.

“I can guarantee you, if in two or three weeks, people feel like debris hasn’t been removed, and they’re not getting anywhere with the paperwork to get back on track, the warm fuzzy feelings will go away pretty rapidly,” Emmett said. “So the recovery is going to be every bit as difficult as handling the flooding crisis itself, but I know you are all up to the task.”

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