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Harris County Commissioners Court
by Garrett Bryce w/photos courtesy Harris County
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Harris County Commissioners Court today voted unanimously to reappoint Commissioner R. Jack Cagle and Commissioner Rodney Ellis as the county's representatives to the Houston-Galveston Area Council General Assembly and Board of Directors for 2018.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to reappoint County Judge Ed Emmett as primary voting member and Commissioner Jack Morman as alternate to the Houston-Galveston Area Council's Transportation Policy Council.

The commissioners court voted 4-1, with Steve Radack opposed, to appoint Radack as representative and Gary Trietsch as alternate, to the H-GAC's Transportation Policy Council. Radack's no vote may have been made jokingly.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to reappoint Augustus Campbell, Ken Fickes with Vernon Chambers as his alternate, and John Tyler with Dale Hilliard as his alternate, as at-large members of the H-GAC Technical Advisory Committee for 2018.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to reappoint Loyd Smith as primary voting member of the H-GAC Technical Advisory Committee, with Brannan Hicks as his alternate.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to reappoint Charles Duke, Kenneth Brown and Michael Graham to the Harris County Historical Commission.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to authorize negotiations with the City of Houston for the sale of property at 3540 West Dallas, with proceeds from the sale to be split, and with the item to return to court for consideration of the sale, as discussed in closed session.

Radack abstained on several items related to sole source exemptions for purchases involving Phonoscope, Inc.

The commissioners court voted 4-1, with Ellis opposed, to approve the request for orders authorizing legal action and litigation expenses in connection with various cases in District Courts and the United States District Court.

Ellis said he was only opposed on the O'Donnell case, but approved others under the item.

Several items were withdrawn from the agenda, including:

A request by Central Technology Services for approval of revisions to the Frequent Courthouse Visitors Badge Program

Travel expenses for the sheriff's office for a Microsoft program online training course

A request by the Auditor for approval of audited claims, including final payments, to JT Vaughn Construction, LLC for an agreement with the county for pre-construction services as the construction manager at risk for the Institute of Forensic Sciences facilities

Award of a $527,714 contract to Mistead Automotive, LTD; Humble Towing Service; and 6469 Services, LLC, doing business as Eric's Towing and Recovery, for wrecker services and related items

The commissioners court voted unanimously to approve the method of distribution for allocation of 2016 Texas Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funding by the Texas General Land Office to Harris County jurisdictions impacted in 2016 presidentially declared disasters.

A public hearing was held prior to approval of the item. No members of the public requested to address the commissioners court on the item.

Housing & Community Development Director Daphne Lemelle gave a presentation on the item, which is for distribution of the more than $66 million to be distributed to the county's jurisdictions. The county will receive approximately $31 million, with other jurisdictions to receive the balance to assist those impacted by flooding during 2016. Listen (2:44)

All other items were approved, with minor exceptions. All members were present. Agenda

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