Lanie Brown, Regional Director of Community Relations for the Office of U.S. Representative Brian Babin (36th District) attended the Hardin County Commissioners regular meeting and presented a letter from Rep. Babin. She read the letter regarding recent legislation by Babin to examine and reform local FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) Hydropower Dam licenses. His amendment would allow FERC to examine an issued license for projects located in areas that were declared disasters in 2017. Recently, that amendment passed in the U.S. House of Representatives and is now being considered by the Senate.
One of the next items up for discussion and action was submitted by Misty Sims. She requested that the Court approve the acceptance of a new SSV75 Skid Steer loader including a Kubota AP-SGC2072 Claw Grapple from Kubota Tractor Corporation in association with the Rebuild Texas Commission. This donation is to assist with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. The motion passed unanimously.
The Court approved the re-appointment of Roger Fussell as Director of Southeast Texas Groundwater Conservation District for a three year term.
Julie Garrett, Public Information Officer with SBA (U.S. Small Business Administration) said that around $95 million in loans have been approved. She also advised that the Disaster Recovery Center in Sour Lake at the Pinewood Fire Station (333 Commercial Dr.) is now a Disaster Loan Outreach Center. People can still apply for loans, ask questions, and check on status of loans. They are also offering Economic Injury Disaster Loans for businesses, churches, and non-profit organizations to help keep businesses in business and keep people employed.
Aaron Tupper was recognized by the Court for accepting the position of Emergency Management Coordinator for Hardin County.