Tomball - Magnolia Edition | July 2021

Tomball City Council Will meet at 6 p.m. Aug. 2 and 16 at 401 Market St., Tomball www.tomballtx.gov Magnolia City Council Will meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 10 at 18111 Buddy Riley Blvd., Magnolia www.cityofmagnolia.com Harris County Commissioners Court Will meet at 10 a.m. Aug. 10 and 24 at 1001 Preston St., Ste. 934, Houston. www.harriscountytx.org MEETINGSWE COVER HARRIS COUNTY In a split vote, commissioners appointed David Berry as the first county administrator in Harris County’s history at the June 29 meeting, effective immediately. Berry previously served as executive director of the Harris County Budget Department since June 2020. Under Harris County’s current organizational and reporting structure, more than 20 departments report directly to the Commissioners Court. According to a June 24 letter from County Judge Lina Hidalgo, the addition of the position aims to improve coordination, enhance accountability and strengthen oversight by charging the county administrator with providing day-to-day oversight of the county government and providing guidance and coordination to all county departments. CITY& COUNTY HIGHLIGHTS MAGNOLIA The city of Magnolia apologized to residents for its fireworks display July 4, which failed to launch, the city stated on its website. The city received a full refund from the fireworks company, which is being used to prepay next year’s show, officials said during a July 13 council meeting.

Countyapproves funds forexpenses tiedtoborder insecurities MONTGOMERY COUNTY Commissioners in Montgom- ery County approved funding various law enforcement departments, including the sheriff’s department, precinct constables and the district attorney, in an amount not to exceed between $200,000-$500,000 for expenses that relate to border insecurities. Local law enforcement said at the July 13 meeting the funds will be used for expenses crisis at the border. Then, on June 29, commissioners convened for a special session to discuss a local disaster declaration to assess border security and the “ongoing public health crisis it poses to Montgomery County.” The county agreed to send resources such as jailers to the border if needed. However, commissioners voted to gather more information before the county would agree to a mutual aid agreement. BY EVA VIGH

incurred from sending officers to assist at the border. The funds are to be used for overtime, associated benefits and other expenditures related to the “rise in crime as a result of border insecurities,” such as human trafficking and DWI enforcement, according to the agenda. “We’re all aware of the problems that we’re facing at the border down there, and there seems to be a rise in crime rate [in Montgomery County],” Precinct 4 Commissioner James Metts said. “[We want to] show law enforcement ... we have your back.” On May 25, Montgomery County commissioners approved a resolution acknowledging the humanitarian

At the July 13 meeting, County Judge Mark Keough said District Attorney Brett Ligon sent a chief deputy to the border for two days to provide information on what was occurring at the border. Ligon said if Montgomery County sends personnel to the border, then that reduces the supply of officers serving the county, so personnel will need to work longer and be paid overtime. “[Commissioner Metts] came up with the idea of how do we help Montgomery County and how do we help the border,” he said.

Countycreates$833Mflood-resiliencetrust

FUNDING GAP

$951million in unmet needs for flood bond projects remained as of late June. Commissioners approved an $833million flood-resilience trust June 29 to help fill the gap.

BY HANNAH ZEDAKER

funding. But we have a long way to go still,” interim HCFCD Executive Director Alan Black said June 29. The HCFCD and the budget depart- ment presented recommendations June 29 to address the deficit, which were approved, including the creation of a Harris County flood-resilience trust to backstop the bond program and provide for flood-control needs beyond the bond. The trust sits at $489 million, but the county will add $343 million by fis- cal year 2030 by increasing the annual transfer from the Harris County Toll Road Authority by 25%, or $40 million, beginning in 2023. “With this flood-resilience trust,

HARRIS COUNTY Commissioners Court established an $833 million flood-resilience trust at its June 29 meeting to fill the funding gap the Harris County Flood Control District is facing in its $2.5 billion bond program approved by voters in 2018. The Harris County Budget Office revealed a $1.3 billion shortfall to complete bond projects March 9 due to a lack of partner funds. While the county has chipped away at the funding gap, $951 million in unmet needs remained as of late June. “We’ve done pretty good ... by securing $1.25 billion in partner

SOURCE: HARRIS COUNTY/ COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

we’re taking money that we could have used on other projects,” Precinct 1 Commissioner Rodney Ellis said. “We are robbing Peter to pay Paul because we have not gotten the money from the [Texas General Land Office].”

Montgomery County Commissioners Court

Will meet at 9:30 a.m. July 27 and Aug. 10 and 24 at 501 N. Thompson St., Ste. 402, Conroe. www.mctx.org

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