Four months after Galveston County voters overwhelmingly approved an $80 million bond, construction for the first projects funded by the measure are nearing approval.
County commissioners on Tuesday deferred an interlocal agreement that would have moved projects in Texas City and Kemah forward. But Galveston County Judge Mark Henry said the agreements should be finalized soon, which will lead into work being started on bond-funded projects this spring.
The items were deferred on Monday because commissioners wanted more time to review documents, Henry said. He expected the agreements to be passed at an upcoming meeting.
The interlocal agreements split project duties between county and city officials — though the county won’t have much say about where and when the work is done, Henry said.
“Whatever project they want to do, they can do,” Henry said. “We won’t control what road they’re working on.”
When and if they are approved, the projects will be first in the county to receive funding through the $80 million bond that voters approved in October 2017. Henry said the county has already issued about $40 million in bonds in preparation of making agreements to move forward with projects.
County voters approved three separate measures on Nov. 6, 2017, to pay for repairs for roads, county facilities and for flood control projects.
During the election, the county listed more than two dozen projects that could be done under the bond. About half the total, $40 million, was scheduled to go to local road projects identified by cities.
Texas City asked for funds to reconstruct 3,600 feet of Texas Avenue between Sixth and 14th streets, and 2,700 feet of Century Boulevard near state Highway 3.
In Kemah, the county is initially considering releasing $400,000 to be used for road improvement projects. In a request to the county in May 2017, Kemah officials outlined $3.9 million in projects it wanted to complete, including $1.5 million for a major rebuilding project of Kipp Avenue between Cien Road and Sixth Street.
Henry didn’t want to commit to when all of the projects listed in the county’s bond proposal would be completed.
“If you put yourself out there with a guess like that, you’re setting yourself up to be wrong,” he said.
Commissioners deferred the two interlocal agreements Monday. Henry said he expected a vote to take place when the commissioners meet on March 12.