The Rockport City Council, at its regular meeting Tuesday, Sept. 24, met in executive session to discuss the Long Term Recovery Team interlocal agreement; the interlocal agreement with the Rockport Center for the Arts for Economic Development Administration grant application, and the Downtown Anchor Governmental Services Facilities Project Contract with PGAL for professional architectural and engineering services.

When it returned to open session the council declined the offer to fund county employees for technical assistance services by the Long Term Recovery Team (LTRT) effective November 1, 2019, as outlined in a Sept. 20, 2019 letter from Aransas County Judge C.H. “Burt” Mills.

Mayor Pat Rios made the motion, it was seconded by Mayor Pro-tem J.D. Villa and carried unanimously.

The Sid Richardson Foundation has funded the LTRT since shortly after Hurricane Harvey made landfall Aug. 25, 2017, except for a few months between grants from the foundation.

The LTRT’s services have been invaluable to Aransas County as a whole, helping local officials walk the maze of the federal bureaucracy, searching for maximum grant funding for post-storm projects.

“The LTRT has done a lot of good (for the entire county),” said Rios. “This is strictly a financial decision for the city.”

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