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Fort Bend County
Fort Bend County Commissioners Court
by Garrett Bryce w/photos courtesy Fort Bend County
Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Fort Bend County Commissioners Court today voted unanimously to approve a revised item to ratify a proposal from Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services, Inc. for aircraft hull and liability insurance.

The proposal provides insurance for one helicopter and three drones being operated by the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office.

The primary helicopter, a 1973 model, will be covered with a premium of $18,695, while the drones will be covered at a premium of $1,265 each, for a total cost of $23,231.

County Judge Robert Hebert noted that a second helicopter, a 1971 model, would not be covered through this particular policy. The secondary helicopter was a matter of concern when the item was considered at last week's meeting.

Hebert noted the amount of maintenance required for the primary helicopter, noting that the item for the insurance on the secondary helicopter will be considered next week. Hebert said that Sheriff Troy Nehls advocated using the second helicopter as a “back-up”, which he said was “wise.”

“He's (Nehls) willing to pay for the insurance out of his seized assets account, with the understanding that once the engine is timed out, or there's some other significant repair, the county will not be funding that repair,” Hebert said. “It will be moved into a spare parts position.” Listen (2:49)

The commissioners court voted unanimously to authorize the issuance of $4,952,549 in certificates of obligation.

The commissioners court voted to nominate Jim Kij, Paul Stamatis, Jr., Al Abramczyk and Bill Schwer to the Fort Bend Central Appraisal District Board of Directors.

The commissioners court voted to waive all county imposed fees for recycling and hazardous household waste disposal at the Fort Bend County Recycling Center for residents impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

The commissioners court voted to waive county imposed fees for permits to repair commercial properties damaged during Hurricane Harvey.

The commissioners court voted to grant a request by Jamil Baba to waive penalty and interest totaling $6,548 on property taxes for Tax Year 2016.

The commissioners court voted to terminate an ePayments Agreement with Tyler Technologies.

The commissioners court voted to cancel a contract with NCC Services for mowing services for county rights-of-way and finish cut mowing services, and award the contract to the second low bidder, Yellowstone Landscape -Central, Inc.

All action items were approved. All votes were unanimous with all members present. Agenda

During the meeting, Hebert presented a proclamation declaring October 1-7 as National 4-H Week in Fort Bend County. Listen (1:36)

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