5 things to know from Fort Bend County’s March 24 Commissioners Court meeting

Fort Bend County Commissioners Court approved an item related to expanding the emergency operations center building, which is currently located at 307 Fort St., Richmond. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
Fort Bend County Commissioners Court approved an item related to expanding the emergency operations center building, which is currently located at 307 Fort St., Richmond. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)

Fort Bend County Commissioners Court approved an item related to expanding the emergency operations center building, which is currently located at 307 Fort St., Richmond. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)

In addition to extending the declaration of local disaster for public health emergency, the Fort Bend County Commissioners Court conducted other county business at its regular March 24 meeting.

1. Office of emergency management

The court approved to purchase a parcel of land at $196,229.95 for the office of emergency management expansion project. An exact location was not provided, but the parcel is located with in Fort Bend County Precinct 1, per county records.

The current emergency office center building is located at 307 Fort St., Richmond. Several officials have previously discussed the building’s need for repairs.

Last September, the court approved $1.2 million in funds for design services, and in December the court approved $91,300 in funds for property-acquisition services for homeland security and emergency management offices, per county records.


2. Juvenile probation and detention center services

The court approved an agreement to receive $18,500 in grant funds from the Houston-Galveston Area Council. These funds will be used to support mental health assessments and therapy for juveniles in probation and detention.

At the March 5 regular meeting, the court approved $357,227 in funding for expenses such as new laptops, new flooring, and vehicle replacements for juvenile probation and detention center services

3. Summer food service program

The court approved the Fort Bend County Parks Department’s application to the Texas Department of Agriculture to participate in the 2020 Summer Food Service Program to provide free breakfast and lunch to children this summer at 12 locations throughout the county.

4. Burial funds

The court approved an action to transfer $25,844 in contingency funds to social services for pauper and indigent burials and cremations.

5. Traffic signal

The court approved an item to advance $600,000 to install a new traffic signal system at Peek Road and the Grand Parkway.