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Meeting notes - Dec 22, 2009

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Harris County Commissioners Court
December 22, 2009, 10 am

Meeting agenda

Houston Tomorrow publishes notes from public meetings to help local governments in their mission to provide transparency and to allow a greater pool of citizens to participate in important policy discussions. These notes are not official meeting minutes, nor do they necessarily record every agenda item.

Note: The Commissioners Court covers a wide variety of topics. Questions or comments regarding agenda items are discussed during the meeting, and some items may be removed. At the end the commissioners vote on the agenda as a whole.

Page 23 of agenda - item c - Commissioner, Precinct 2
Commissioner Sylvia Garcia requested the approval of a resolution that, according to the meeting agenda, would support “the approval of articles of incorporation and bylaws of Gulf Coast Community and Recovery District, Inc., that was formed to plan and implement programs and projects in response to storms, hurricanes, and the resulting surges, floods, and wind.”

Bill King, representing the Governor’s Commission on Ike Recovery and Hurricane Mitigation, asked that Harris County join the district with five neighboring counties to begin studying solutions (including an “Ike Dike”) to protect the Gulf Coast area from storm surges like Hurricane Ike.

While Garcia and other commissioners seemed ready to approve of the resolution, Commissioner Steve Radack suggested that a U.S. Corps assessment of the project and other questions be answered before moving forward.

Commissioner Garcia tried to ensure commissioners that no funds were being committed through the resolution, but Commissioner Eversole hinted that, while he was probably ready to approve of the resolution, he was also willing to “put it on hold” if Radack wasn’t comfortable with approving it yet.

The Houston Chronicle covered this aspect of the meeting focusing on the delay to pursuing the “Ike Dike” concept.

***The resolution was not approved, and the commissioners will revisit the issue in January.***

Page 25 of agenda - item 4 - Dismissal of Grand Parkway, Segment E condemnation lawsuits
After returning from an executive session, Commissioners unanimously voted to dismiss pending condemnation lawsuits for the acquisition of land for the Grand Parkway Project, Segment E.

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett implied that this essentially puts the project on hold until environmental lawsuits have been resolved.

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