Architects and contractors will begin assessments of county facilities and roads damaged during Hurricane Harvey this month after commissioners hired a Houston-based firm Monday.

The Galveston County Commissioners Court voted unanimously to hire Huitt-Zollars to assess facilities damaged by Harvey and determine what needs to be done to repair them.

The county’s contract with the firm agrees to a set of hourly rates for contractors depending on their position, ranging from $70 an hour for general administrative help to $240 an hour for the project principal, according to county documents. But the project can’t exceed $500,000 without returning to the court for approval, according to the contract.

The assessments will give the county a better scope of the damage sustained by Hurricane Harvey to county facilities and roads, County Judge Mark Henry said.

The county expects to spend local tax dollars on the infrastructure repairs, but also will seek federal reimbursement, Henry said.

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(5) comments

Michael Gaertner

Good to know that we brought in the experts from Dallas to assess wind & flood damage and figure out what it will cost to fix it. I have noticed, that with their vast experience in hurricanes, Dallas architects are much better equipped to analyze this type of damage.

Bill Cochrane

Seriously? From Dallas? We have some of the best architects in the United States right here on the Island. Not Dallas Island. Galveston Island. I swear, sometimes it seems like the County and the City just hire "consultants" and "experts" instead of using common sense solutions. But if you Must hire someone to do your job, at least hire locals. That's catchy. Shop local. Hire local.

Diane Brodie

Where does it say Dallas? I only see Houston-based. Hourly pay is what bothers me.

Bill Cochrane

Diane, you are right. My bad.

Michael Gaertner

Architecture firms are required to be registered with the state of Texas, the registered address for Huitt-Zollar is 1717 McKinney in Dallas, Texas. They could have a branch or a mail drop in Houston. Houston or Dallas, the money is still leaving the County to pay for consultants whose experience with hurricane damage is going to be sadly lacking.

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