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Flood repairs moving forward

Two actions in Friday’s regularly scheduled meeting of the Commissioners’ Court will help Commissioners move forward on repairs made necessary by spring flooding.
According to County Engineer Joe White, the US Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Services has authorized funding of approximately $556,000 for road and bridge repairs.
“We requested that the NRCS come out and examine our roads, and they saw fit to fund $1.2 million worth of work, but funding came through for only 45 percent of that,” White told the Court. “What will happen is that the precincts will have to pay 25 percent, which is about $139,000.”
The county had previously been notified that the Office of Rural Community Affairs will provide funding relating to the same occurrence of flooding through the Disaster Relief Fund. White indicated there is a possibility some of the ORCA funding can be used for the County’s NRCS match.
“We will not be able to do any like-kind work – we will have to pay this amount, or we can reduce the contract,” White said. “Their goal is to have all work completed by July.”
In a related action, Commissioners issued their finding that some repairs can be made without following lengthy bidding procedures due to the fact that the damage was unforeseen, per Local Government Code 262.024(a)(3) Discretionary Exemptions.

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