Land donations for Hwy. 249 toll road, first response truck purchases: 6 things to know from Montgomery County Commissioners Court, Dec. 19

Montgomery County Commissioners Court meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month.

Montgomery County Commissioners Court meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month.

Montgomery County Commissioners Court met Tuesday for its regular meeting. The court also held a Montgomery County Toll Road Authority session to discuss the Hwy. 249 toll road project.



  1. Commissioners accept land donation for Hwy. 249 toll road project


Commissioners approved a resolution that accepts the donation of about 180-acres of land for the Hwy. 249 toll road project. The donation is the second of three large acquisitions of right-of-way expected for the project. The county has made an agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation to give the land to the agency in exchange for design of portions of construction in the area. Because the cost of the land and the TxDOT services offset each other, there is no cost incurred by the county, officials said.





2. Montgomery County Toll Road Authority session
Commissioners convened a Montgomery County Toll Road Authority session during Tuesday's meeting. Residents spoke during the session in favor of and opposition to the Hwy. 249 toll road project. At the end of the session, the authority approved a road development agreement between MCTRA and Montgomery County Municipal Utility District No. 131. The authority also accepted a special warranty deed from MUD 131 for about 178.69 acres of land. The authority approved the transfer of the 178.69 acres as well as 256.34 acres of land to TxDOT for the Hwy. 249 toll road project.





3. Commissioners approved an application to the Texas General Land Office
Commissioners approved an application to the Texas General Land Office for an $8.9 million grant that would fund a buyout program for homes damaged during the April and May 2016 floods. If received, the court would determine administration of the program during a future meeting. While no specific neighborhood is targeted for the buyouts, priority neighborhoods include River Oaks, River Plantation, Mosswood, Timber Lakes, Timber Ridge, Patton Village, Woodloch , Whispering Oaks and Magnolia Bend.





4. County purchases five trucks for the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office
The court approved the purchase of five 2018 Ford Explorers from Caldwell Country Ford. The purchase is worth about $129,485 in total.





5. County purchases new fueling system
Commissioners approved $74,604 for fueling system repairs and upgrades for Montgomery County Constable Precinct No. 1.





6. Court approves new grant application, terminates another
Commissioners approved the termination of the LIRAP program grant as of Jan. 1, and will discontinue the program at the end of August 2019. The program has been used for grants to make traffic signals in The Woodlands and a recycling facility in Conroe. Commissioners also accepted a no refusal grant application for $143,603 from TxDOT, with a match of $95,142 from the district attorney's office.




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