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Fort Bend County
Fort Bend County Commissioners Court
by Garrett Bryce w/photos courtesy Fort Bend County
Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Fort Bend County Commissioners Court today voted unanimously to approve a second amendment to a reimbursement agreement between Fort Bend County, Brazoria County, Port Freeport and the Brazoria-Fort Bend Rail District for a financial contribution of $50,000 to the rail district for costs associated with the district's 2018 budget.

Each of the counties and the port will provide $50,000 to the rail district. It is the third installment of payments to be made.

Commissioner Andy Meyers gave an update regarding the port and the rail district, noting that Port Freeport has reported that they have received approval from the United States Army Corps of Engineers to move forward with the preliminary design and engineering to deepen and widen its channel, and expand the port to accommodate larger ships.

“They also anticipate that they will start construction in 2020,” Meyers said. Listen (5:37)

He said the rail district has made applications to the Texas Department of Transportation for grant funds for a study, which is anticipated to be approved.

He also said that the rail district plans to engage a project manager/administrative manager to “handle the day to day operations” of the district.

County Judge Robert Hebert said that the moves were a positive direction. He also said he would be meeting with Port Freeport and the Brazoria County Judge to discuss “objectives that they're going to have to meet in the coming year for me to maintain my support of the activities of that rail authority.”

“I'm not here to burn taxpayers money on projects that are going nowhere,” he said. “So we want to see positive action by the port.”

The commissioners court voted unanimously to ratify a letter of intent for the county to enter into a community collaborative agreement with Texana Center, the local mental health authority, for an application to petition the Texas Health and Human Services Commission for funds through the Mental Health Grant Program for Justice Involved Individuals.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to approve a $128,989 agreement with the Crain Group for the Design/Build of a concession area at Building C at the county's fairgrounds.

The commissioners court voted to approve an amendment with Klotz Associates, Inc. to increase an engineering services contract by $300,000. The increase brings the contract total to $2,468,269, for project management services regarding 2007 Mobility Bond Projects.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to accept a letter for the resolution of the county's rights of reimbursement for medical benefits in the medical subrogation lien of J. Roman & R. Roman and to authorize the county attorney's office to negotiate the full term for settlement of the payments, as discussed in closed session.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to authorize the county attorney to executive and deliver a proposed tolling agreement extension with U.S. Oil Recovery Site PRP Group regarding the Fort Bend County Landfill and any liability for the U.S. Oil Recovery Site in Fort Bend County, as discussed in closed session.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to authorize the county attorney to incur addition litigation expenses in the matter of JDC/Firethorne, LTD vs. Fort Bend County, et al from $400,000 to $485,000, as discussed in closed session.

The commissioners court took no action resulting from executive discussions concerning the acquisition of Parcel 500 in the FM 1093/Westpark Extension Project.

The commissioners court took no action resulting from executive session discussion regarding appointment to fill a vacancy due to the creation of Fort Bend County Court at Law No. 6, and discussions regarding the sheriff's office.

Commissioners Meyers and Grady Prestage were not present for action on items discussed in closed session.

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

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