2010-06-18 / Front Page

Commissioners Look at Flood Plain

The Lee County Commissioners’ Court met on Monday, June 14, 2010, and approved an Agreement between Lee County and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to work together to produce an updated digital map of the flood prone areas of Lee County. The new map will replace one that was done in the 1980’s and will be available to all residents on the Web, probably in the early Spring of next year.

The Commissioners expect to see the first draft of this map in January of next year, and after verifying and incorporating any citizen inputs, the Map will become official in March of 2011. Among other things, this official map will be used to determine eligibility for Federal Flood Insurance.

The Court also approved a Resolution concerning a revised purpose for the use of any Economic Development Funds at the County level. These funds may now be used for any of the following purposes:

1.State or local economic development;

2.Small or disadvantaged business development;

3.To stimulate, encourage, and develop business location and commercial activity in the County;

4.To promote or advertise the County and its vicinity or conduct a solicitation program to attract conventions, visitors, and businesses;

5. To improve the extent to which women and minority businesses are awarded county contracts;

6.To support comprehensive literacy programs for the benefit of County residents;

7.Encouragement, promotion, improvement, and application of the arts, or

8.To support the Children’s Advocacy Center.

The Court also approved a Maintenance Grant Contract with the Office of the Attorney General concerning the Statewide Crime Victim Notification Service for the year 2010.

The Court also acted on the Maintenance Renewal Notice for the Lee County Victim Information and Notification Everyday program.

In action affecting two County properties, the Court agreed to consider specifications for the sale, removal, and clean-up of the old extension office located across from the Courthouse. The Commissioners all expressed the desire to retain the property but not the building itself. They also expressed a desire for St. Mark’s Hospital to consider leasing the County building located at 849 E Industry in Giddings. Both buildings are now vacant.

The Court also requested that Suzanne Kessler, Lee County Tax Assessor/Collector, calculate the tax rate for the upcoming fiscal year 2010-2011.

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