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County to receive COVID-19 relief money

June 03, 2020 - 00:00
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Colorado County Commissioners Court voted unanimously to accept a federal CARES Act Coronavirus Relief grant at their May 26 meeting.

The grant, totaling $651,145.00, allows the county to receive 20 percent of that amount immediately upon submission of the grant application.

One of the grant’s stipulations is that any amount spent will be for expenses incurred for public health and safety in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Colorado County Judge Ty Prause noted that there were funds already spent on Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and EMS Director Michael Furrh stated that he has staffed an extra paramedic with the department’s Tahoe to limit the exposure to a whole crew.

It was discussed that detailed records would need to be maintained in order to justify coronavirus-related expenses between March 2020 to December 2020.

Any funds not spent from the grant would be returned to the issuing agency.

The Ag Extension Agency will act as the Liaison and help guide the county on what to spend the funds on to help defray the COVID-19 costs to the county.

In other good news, Ramie Kana, County Auditor, said that this year’s renewal of the County’s Health, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance program through the Texas Association of Counties Health and Employee Benefits Pool actually went down three percent for this year for the same plan.

In other action:

- Applications for limited land divisions were granted to Elmen Holdings, LLC of a 37.5-acre tract of land and for Hawthorne Ventures LP of a 57.5-acre tract of land both in Pct. 4 were approved.

- Approved the application by Colorado Valley Telephone to install buried fiber optic cable off Wagley Lane and CR 2103, both of which are in Pct 2.

- Reappointed Randy Reichardt to another two-year term on the Texana Center Board of Trustees representing Austin and Colorado Counties

- Appointed Dr. Alyssa Molina to another two-year term to serve as the County Local health Authority. Dr. Molina was praised for her diligent work in the midst of the coronavirus.

During the announcements by elected officials/department heads, Pct. 2 Commissioner Darrell Kubesch said the applicant has terminated the Asphalt Plant application. He said that was good news to him, since the plant “would have created a bad smell” for the Glidden area. Prause praised the county EMS work at the Columbus High School graduation ceremony, reporting it as being very professional and helping with keeping the health guidelines.