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Fort Bend County Judge Proclaims Hurricane Preparedness Week

On May 1, 2018 Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert proclaimed the week of May 6 – May 12, 2018 as Hurricane Preparedness Week.

Hurricane season officially begins June 1st and continues through November 30th. As we enter the 2018 hurricane season, it is critical that everyone in our area becomes more knowledgeable about hurricanes and hurricane preparedness. During this week, citizens are encouraged to begin to plan and prepare by following a few steps:

  • Determine if you are in a floodplain.
  • Consider purchasing flood insurance.
  • Assemble a disaster supply kit.
  • Create a family emergency plan including a planned evacuation route.
  • Reinforce your home.
  • Secure the outside.

Judge Bob Hebert said, “We can’t be too prepared during hurricane season in Fort Bend County”.

For more information about hurricanes and being prepared, please visit Fort Bend County’s Office of Emergency Management website at www.fbcoem.org. Be sure to ‘like’ FBCOEM on Facebook and follow Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management on Twitter to receive tips about Fort Bend County alert systems, evacuation information, resource kits, and other information on how to be prepared.

Pictured Left to Right: Doug Barnes, FBC OEM Senior Planning Coordinator; Kelley Large, FBC OEM Administrative Manager; Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert; Alan Spears, FBC OEM Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator; Kristie Peña, FBC OEM Clerk; Colleena Payne, FBC OEM Planning Coordinator

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Fort Bend County is located in the Texas Southeast, immediately South and West of Harris County and the city of Houston. It is the home of over 700,000 people and is one of the fastest growing counties in the United States. For more information about Fort Bend County, visit the county homepage at http://www.fortbendcountytx.gov.

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Countywide Watershed Study

FORT BEND COUNTY, TX – On May 1, 2018, Fort Bend County Commissioners Court authorized advertising a ‘Request for Qualifications’ (RFQ) for a countywide watershed study.   This study will provide up to date information on water flow across the county, allowing the Court to use it as a tool to plan and prioritize flood mitigation projects. The RFQ is the first step in performing this extremely broad-based study that will evaluate water flow patterns and identify problems over the entire 880 square miles of the county.  The study will look at streams, creeks, bayous, drainage districts and levee districts, as well as consider the effects of development that Fort Bend County has experienced in the last 30 years and will experience for decades to come. The study will also integrate current research on the Barker Reservoir,  and Jones and Bessie’s Creeks into the final report. “As a result of this study, we are going to determine and prioritize improvements in the handling of water within the entire watershed that will mitigate the risk of flooding, especially during high rain events,” said County Judge Bob Hebert.

The County anticipates award of the contract sometime in mid-June with completion of the study in December 2019 or early 2020. Judge Hebert said, “We have to know, as quickly as possible, what projects make sense.  We have to prioritize those projects and determine which have positive cost-benefit ratios before we can make an intelligent bond request from taxpayers.  We will need voter approval to issue debt as the working number for local contributions is estimated to be $250 million, and voters won’t approve that amount of debt unless we do our homework.”

Governor Abbott has asked for funds from the federal government for this study, but there is no indication at this time as to when or if funds might become available. “We know that if the study were funded directly by the federal government, the process would add a significant amount of time to its completion. Based on our recent history with the river and rainfall in the county, we do not have the time to wait.  We will move ahead on this study.  Hopefully, federal funding will catch up with us so we are following all federal procurement rules to maintain eligibility,” Judge Hebert said.

Fort Bend County has previously submitted a ‘wish list’ of necessary infrastructure projects of more than $1.5 Billion at the request of the Governor.  $1.4 Billion of that amount is to stabilize the Brazos River banks in areas where erosion threatens federal, state, local assets or recognized historical properties as required by federal law. Only $100 Million of the current request targets local flood-hazard mitigation projects. Judge Hebert commented,” The $100 Million currently requested addresses projects that have been on our needs list for several years, but the results of Harvey show us that we have much greater needs across the county. This study will allow us to qualify and quantify those needs and will allow us to expand our project list in an intelligent, cost-effective manner.”

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Fort Bend County is located in the Texas Southeast, immediately South and West of Harris County and the city of Houston. It is the home of more than 750,000 people and is one of the fastest growing counties in the United States. For more information about Fort Bend County, visit the county homepage at http://www.fortbendcountytx.gov.

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Commissioners Court Update, May 2018

Commissioners Court today(May 1, 2018) approved a motion for the advertising of a “Water Shed Study”  Award is expected by Mid June 2018; study completion in 12-18 months.  The Study will include +/- 840 sq miles of Ft. Bend County, all water/MUD districts, levee districts, creeks, streams and rivers, mitigation/handling of water.  The Federal government has been approached for funding the Study; however, this would add perhaps years to a finalized study as it would involve the Corp of Engineers.  The County will proceed, follow up at a later date for Federal assistance for the project.  Voters will be asked to finance the findings/implementation/mitigation improvements at sometime in the future and upon completion of the Water Shed Study.


Commissioners Court

After speaking with Commissioner Andy Meyers, I felt  Item #3 on the attached Commissioners’ Court Agenda would be of interest to the citizens of Weston Lakes. You may attend in person or live stream it.

https://www.fortbendcountytx.gov/government/departments/administration-of-justice/commissioners-court/commissioners-court-schedule

This link can be found on the City’s website on the Calendar. Commissioners’ Court meets weekly.

NOTICE OF MEETING

FORT BEND COUNTY DRAINAGE DISTRICT – BOARD OF DIRECTORS

SECOND FLOOR, FORT BEND COUNTY COURTHOUSE

401 JACKSON STREET, RICHMOND, TEXAS

TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2018

1:00 P.M.

AGENDA

  1. Call to Order.
  2. Approve minutes of meeting held on April 24, 2018.
  3. Authorize advertising for requests for qualifications for county-wide watershed

study.

  1. Approve transfer in the amount of $30,000 from Commissioners Court Project

account into project account managed by the Drainage District to allocate funds for

professional service to evaluate flood recovery from Cypress Creek overflows in

unincorporated Fort Bend County and Brazos River flooding in Simonton.

  1. Adjournment.

In the event any of the foregoing items are not covered in the time allocated on the date of

this agenda, the County may order a continuance for the next day until the discussion is

completed on all items.

Signature stamped by County Judge’s Office

Filed with County Clerk @ 11:00 a.m.

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Robert E. Hebert, County Judge

Notice of meeting/agenda was filed with the County Clerk on Friday, April 27, 2018. An electronic version of

this notice is also posted on the Fort Bend County website: www.fortbendcountytx.gov under Commissioners

Court and under Legal Notices.

NOTICE

Policy of Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Disability

Fort Bend County does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs or

activities. The County’s ADA Coordinator is the Director of Facilities Management & Planning, located at 301 Jackson Street, Suite 301, in

Richmond, Texas, 77469, telephone 281-633-7045. The Director of Facilities Management & Planning is designated to coordinate compliance with

the non-discrimination requirements in Section 35.107 of the Department of Justice regulations. Information concerning the provisions of the

Americans with Disabilities Act, and the rights provided thereunder, are available from the ADA coordinator.

NOTICE

The Board of Directors of Fort Bend County Drainage District reserve the right to adjourn into executive session at any time during the course of

this meeting to discuss any of the matters listed above, as authorized by Texas Government Code Sections 551.071 (Consultation with Attorney),

551.072 (Deliberation of Real Property), 551.0725 (Deliberation of Contract Being Negotiated), 551.073 (Deliberation of Gifts and Donations),

551.074 (Personnel Matters), 551.076 (Deliberation of Security Devices) and 551.086 (Economic Development).