Washington County Commissioners approved an indefinite extension to the county’s local disaster declaration pertaining to last week’s winter storm at their meeting today (Tuesday).

The declaration was initially made effective February 16th, and allows the county to request federal financial assistance for recovery projects.  The declaration will remain in effect until further notice.

On Monday, Governor Greg Abbott announced that Washington County was among the 31 counties to be added to President Joe Biden’s Major Disaster Declaration for Individual Assistance.  The state’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration has only been partially approved at this point, with 108 of the 254 counties in Texas included in the declaration.

Click here to view the disaster declaration as approved by commissioners.

Also at today’s meeting, commissioners approved a contract between the county and contractor Michael Thielemann for completion of the EMS helicopter hangar at the Washington Volunteer Fire Department.  Commissioners accepted Thielemann’s bid of $305,610 for completion of the facility at their meeting February 2nd.

The court also approved a line-item transfer from Indigent to Faith Mission for $3,200 per month, beginning this month.  At the court’s last meeting, Faith Mission was approved to act as the director of operations for the Health and Service Center.

Commissioners also:

  • Approved formal notice from Corix Utilities, Inc. NEWCWS for a two-inch road bore at 2848 Deer Road for a new water line located in Precinct One.
  • Approved a final plat for the Valley View subdivision development fronting Marshall Lane and Pawlak Lane in Precinct Two.
  • Approved formal notice from Suddenlink/Altice USA for a proposed utility installation of aerial and underground cable television lines on Allen Road, New Years Creek Lane and Old Navasota Road in Precinct One.
  • Tabled a merchant application and ACH origination agreement terms and conditions.
  • Approved renewal bonds for reserve deputy sheriffs Justin Knuppel and Damon Wegner.
  • Heard monthly reports from the Sheriff’s Office, EMS, Engineering and Development Services, E911, IT, and the veterans service officer.
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