Aransas County Commissioners, at their regular meeting Monday, June 22, approved Resolution #R-19-2020, a resolution authorizing the acceptance of Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) grant funds in the amount of $43 million and the continued pursuit of grants for the creation of a micro-hospital to serve the medical needs of Aransas County.
The CDBG-DR grants are funded and administered by the Texas General Land Office (GLO) for Hurricane Harvey recovery.
“This has been a long time coming,” said Aransas County Project Manager John Strothman. “It’s $43 million with no match required.”
The $43 million includes nine drainage projects totaling $37.75 million. The areas targeted for work are Copano Heights, Holiday Beach, Loop 1781, Rattlesnake Point, Southeast Aransas County, Shaver Road, Southwest Aransas County, Ruby Allen, and the Linden Street area.
Public areas for the downtown anchor project (i.e. - public plaza between new courthouse and Rockport City Hall, a community building for meetings, and a parking lot) are also funded to the tune of $3.89 million.
Other projects include a parking lot for the new Rockport Center for the Arts’ downtown campus ($1.65 million), and a communications tower for the Rockport Volunteer Fire Department ($230,000).
A feasibility study for a new fiber optic loop ($399,000) is included, as well. If the loop is funded, it will connect, at a minimum, Aransas County governmental entities, with the possibility of connecting multiple counties.
Downtown parking - location to be announced soon – is also funded at $1.6 million.
The Long Term Recovery Team continues to seek approximately $9.8 million in CDBG-DR grant funding for the proposed Micro-Hospital, as well as the fiber optic loop.
If that amount is approved it will total close to $54 million, which would be the largest CDBG-DR award in the state, according to Strothman.