Commissioners discuss flood plan

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The Pecos County Commissioners Court met on Jan. 13 for its bimonthly meeting. The commissioners discussed opportunities for Pecos County from the Texas Flood Fund.

Robert Mace, Deputy Executive Director of the Meadows Center, spoke to the court about joining the National Flood Insurance Program.

Last year $800 million was set aside at the state level for flood infrastructure.

By 2024 the state is expected to have a statewide flood plan and will map counties for flood plains.

Currently Pecos County is not in the flood insurance program but Fort Stockton is.

To qualify for future federal or state funding in the case fo a 100 year flood the county has to be on the insurance plan.

This would also include new rules regarding new buildings and not building below the flood plain.

The commissioners didn't take any action as it was a discussion and they will soon decide what route they want to go.

In other news the commissioners:

• Approved a mileage rate decrease to 57.5 cents a mile down from 58 cents according to the IRS.

• Approved a request from precinct 1 commissioner Tom Chapman to purchase a Skag Mower from Lawn Mower Sales for $13,586.99 out of budgeted funds.

• Approved a request from Chapman to purchase a mini excavator from Warren Cat for $52,850 from budgeted funds.

• Approved a request from Chapman to purchase 21 new windows from P.K. Construction for the Senior Citizen's Building for $16,695 from budgeted funds.

• Approved Chapman's purchase of an aerosol generator from Phesco International LLC for $14,995 of budgeted funds.

• Approved Chapman's purchase of an over the wheel gooseneck trailer from Century Trailer for $8,5000 from budgeted funds.

• Approved a salary increase for the part time help(senior citizens coordinator) from $10 an hour to $13.50 an hour in precinct 1.

• Approved the purchase of a wheel loader for precinct 4 for $208,540 out of budgeted funds.

• Approved the purchase of a pickup for precinct 4 for $28,320 out of budgeted funds.

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