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Harris County Commissioners Court
by John David Suayan with photos courtesy Harris County
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Harris County Commissioners Court today voted unanimously to proceed with Phase 1 of the Astrodome revitalization project at NRG Park.

Under the $105 million plan, the floor of the 53-year-old former sports venue will be raised, allowing for the construction of a 1,400-space parking garage.

A county resident addressed the court about the negative impact carbon monoxide might have on the project. Listen (3:55)

The court voted unanimously to approve the FY 2018-19 budgets for the county, the Harris County Flood Control District, and the Harris County Hospital System, doing business as Harris Health System.

The court voted unanimously to approve Central Technology Services’ request for authorization to work with the Office of the County Engineer, Budget Management, and Commissioners in connection with a project to build multidepartmental fuel stations in various locations in all precincts in an amount not to exceed $2.5 million.

The court voted unanimously to amend the early voting locations for the March 6, 2018 Democratic and Republican primary elections in connection with the impact of Hurricane Harvey.

The court voted unanimously to approve an order authorizing execution of an amendment to an agreement with the City of Houston in the additional amount of $55,000 for seven camera systems.

The court voted unanimously to approve the following reappointments:

  • Bob Allen, Jacque Darbonne, and Ronnie James to the Houston-Galveston Area Council, Regional Air Quality Planning Advisory Committee, with Stuart Mueller and Matt Van Vleck as alternate members, for terms ending June 30, 2019.
  • Gary Henderson, Elfis Cottingham, and Brandi Downey to the Houston-Galveston Area Local Development Corporation for terms ending May 31, 2020.
  • Carole J. Lamont and Glenn Laird to the Houston-Galveston Area Council, Natural Resources Advisory Council Committee for terms ending May 31, 2019.
  • John Blount to the Houston-Galveston Area Council, Regional Flood Management Committee, and the appointment of Josh Stuckey as an alternate member, for terms ending May 31, 2019.

Steve Radack abstained on an item requesting approval of sole source exemptions from the competitive bid requirements for Phonoscope, Inc.

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

Voter Registrar Ann Harris Bennett spoke about concerns raised by the possible suspension of eligible voters, including those displaced by Hurricane Harvey. Listen (4:20)

“Suspense doesn’t mean that we’re taking away your right to vote, but that we’re waiting to find out where you are,” she said.

Remembering Jim Guidry Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership

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