County adopts hazard mitigation plan

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Austin County commissioners last week unanimously approved a hazard mitigation plan presented by Emergency Management Coordinator Ray Chislett.

Commissioner Randy Reichardt was not present.

“A hazard mitigation plan can be described as a means to break a repetitive cycle of disaster loss,” Chislett said. “The state and the [federal government] require a plan from all the counties. We had input from the county, all the cities, law enforcement.”

This is the third hazard mitigation plan the county has adopted since 2006.

The 179-page plan is overseen by the Houston-Galveston Area Council, through which local governments meet and discuss their planning process on a regular basis.

“The program has been accepted by our region,” Chislett said. “The reason we have this is to lessen the hazards during the event that we can’t control, and if we need grants in the future, we use this as our basis … If we accept this, it’s a giant step forward.”

Residents can sign up for the county’s emergency notification system at austincounty.com.

In other matters during the Oct. 8 meeting, commissioners:

• Presented a proclamation recognizing Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

• Approved up to $6,350 to go toward the installation of a fence at the Austin County Jail Museum.

• Agreed to solicit bids for insurance coverage.

• Authorized a one-time variance from subdivision regulations to divide 5 acres on Highway 36 in Precinct 4 into two parcels.

• Authorized a one-time variance from subdivision regulations to subdivide 3.12 acres out of a 14.3-acre tract on Bernard Road in Precinct 2.

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