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DETCOG Meeting Hosted by County
Houston County Courier - March 2009
Houston County hosted the February meeting for Deep East Texas Council of Governments on Thursday, Feb. 26 at the Crockett Civic Center. There were 92 persons in attendance, which, according to County Judge Lonnie Hunt, was "a record attendance."
Judge Hunt said that the main reason that interest was so high was that this was the meeting where DETCOG voted on the allocation of $70 million in grant money related to Hurricane Ike, an allocation which has already been the subject of several public hearings.
The vote on Thursday was to adopt the formula that had been earlier proposed by the DETCOG staff. Under this formula, Houston County and the five incorporated cities within the county will receive a total of $2,627,382.
In a breakdown of that money, $225,722 was allocated for countywide housing repairs and $2,401,660 was allocated for infrastructure projects. The money for infrastructure projects is allocated to the five cities and the county based on population.
Crockett, population of 7,262 receives 31.94 percent or $767,191; Grapeland, 1,474 population, 6.47 percent or $155,292; Lovelady, 631 population, 2.77 percent, $66,479; Latexo, population 272, 1.19 percent or $28,656; Kennard, population of 316, 1.39 percent or $33,292.
Houston County (Unincorporated Areas) population 12,821, 56.24 percent, receives $1,350,749. Total: Houston County population 22,796, 100 percent or $2,401,660.
In addition the DETCOG Regional Economic Development Committee also reviewed a grant application from Crockett Economic and Industrial Development Corporation presented by Executive Director Tim Culp.
Both Houston County and the Grapeland EDC support the grant application. The grant asks for $5 million in funding from the U.S. Economic Development Agency (EDA); if approved, it would fund a new Regional Rail Freight Facility, which would be built in Houston County.
The first step in the grant process, according to Judge Hunt, is getting a favorable review from the DETCOG board. The DETCOG ED Committee unanimously recommended the project and the full DETCOG followed suit.
The "pre-application" will now go to the EDA.
DETCOG covers 12 counties in East Texas: Angelina, Houston, Jasper, Nacogdoches, Newton, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity, and Tyler,