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Liberty council accepts hazard mitigation grant

The Liberty City Council met Tuesday and accepted a grant from the Texas Department of Emergency Management. The Hazard Mitigation Grant will pay the largest share of the cost of construction of a Floodwall and Levee to protect Liberty’s Wastewater Treatment Plant. We have reported that it was the city’s wastewater plant that suffered the most damage in Liberty from Hurricane Harvey flood waters. During the worst of the flooding, the wastewater treatment plant was under roughly ten feet of water. A total cost of around $2 million was required to repair the plant once flood waters receded. New City Manager Tom Warner told Liberty Council Tuesday the grant money they have been awarded is administered through the state but comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s disaster mitigation fund. Mr. Warner said the grant is what is called a 75/25 match. The total estimated cost of designing and building a protective floodwall and levee around the Liberty Wastewater Treatment Plant is $5.1 million. With the grant money covering 75% of that amount, the city’s match would be around $1.25 million. City Manager Tom Warner said there is money available from the 2016 Certificates of Obligation to cover the city’s matching funds on that grant.  In other action, Liberty Council approved an Inter-local Contract with Liberty County Precinct #1 for assistance in paving the parking lot at the Liberty Municipal Golf Course. Liberty City Manager Tom Warner said the county would do the work and cover the cost to repair potholes and base failures on the parking lot prior to paving. Then the city would hire a contractor to completely repave the parking lot with an asphalt overlay. The estimated cost of that overlay is $30,000. The money to rehabilitate the Liberty Municipal Golf Course Parking Lot will come from the budget of the Liberty Community Development Corporation.     


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