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Jasper County Commissioners address grants and road upgrades - KJAS.COM: Local News

Jasper County Commissioners address grants and road upgrades

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Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2018 6:20 am

Jasper County Commissioners Court met Monday, September 10 with a lengthy agenda.

Following a presentation from David Waxman, of DavidWaxman, Inc. concerning the availability of a 2016 Flood Relief Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the General Land Office, the Commissioners discussed many infrastructure projects provided by each Commissioner within his precinct. After much discussion,

Commissioners approved projects in south Jasper County Precincts 3 and 4 to be included in the application process. Precincts 1 and 2 had

received funds in the 2015 round of CDBG Flood Relief funding. Application may be made up to $2 million. Commissioners also agreed to a

5% match from the County. Applications are due to the General Land Office by September 27. Commissioners agreed to assist the Beech Grove Volunteer Fire Department with funds totaling $30,000, to be received as a grant from the

Jasper Economic Development Corporation (JEDCO). According to Eddie Hopkins, JEDCO’s Executive Director, Texas Government Code

permits an economic development corporation to provide such grants for infrastructure purposes, however the funding must be administered by a taxing entity.

Commissioners also accepted bids and awarded contracts to various companies on road and bridge materials, road oil, and pipes and culverts and voted to move forward with a road repair and upgrade project for Sunset Ridge and Shoreline Drive in the amount of $54,911, and Tiger Creek Road in the amount of $55,452 with contracts awarded to Gulf Coast.

In other business, Commissioners approved the use of the courthouse square on October 6 by the Jasper Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce

for the annual Dam to Dam Bike Ride and approved updates to the County’s Subdivision Rules and Regulations for any new subdivision thatmay be built in the future.