County Commissioner, Precinct #3 - Kevin Webb
The job of the county commissioner calls for hands-on service delivery, as well as policy-making decisions about a variety of important matters.
Four commissioners, each elected from a quarter of the county's population, serve along with the county judge on the commissioners court. Many people know that the commissioners court is responsible for building and maintaining the roads and bridges of the county. In Comal county, the roads are centralized under a unit road system.
The commissioners court also has the responsibility to adopt the budget and tax rate that is sufficient to fund the personnel, equipment and infrastructure necessary to deliver the services provided by the county. Typically, the commissioners court is responsible for conducting business on behalf of the county, and only the commissioners court can enter into contracts on behalf of the county.
The commissioners court does much more than maintain roads and adopt a budget and a tax rate. County governments operations are often tailored to meet the needs and resources of the community, so the programs overseen by the commissioners court may vary from county to county. In a typical county, the commissioners court also establish precinct boundaries for commissioners and justices of the peace, determine the number and type of county employees and their compensation, acquire property for rights of way or other public uses, adopt and enforce subdivision regulations, provides rural ambulance services and subsidizes rural fire protection, and supervises and controls the county courthouse and other county buildings and facilities
As with all elected county officials, the commissioner who serves as an ex officio road commissioner has ultimate authority over the operations of the office, including the authority to hire and fire personnel and direct their daily activities. The county commissioner also has authority to determine how to use all other resources allocated to the office during the budget process.
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Alamo Area MPO Updates
Loop 337: The Texas Department of Transportation is working on design and plans for the expansion of Loop 337 around New Braunfels. The project runs from Hillcrest Drive northwest across the Guadalupe River and SH 46 to I-35 South. TxDOT estimates the project will go out to bid in the summer of 2017.
Construction could begin as little as six months later, so the project could be under way by the beginning of 2018. While the project is within the City of New Braunfels, Comal County is contributing $1 million of the projected $52.5 million cost because the loop benefits Comal County residents outside the city limits – especially on SH 46 and River Road.
The project will not need additional right-of-way or significant utility relocation – a result of the foresight of our predecessors in acquiring the right-of-way long before it was needed. We owe a lot to the folks who did this, and we should be looking for opportunities to lead in the same way.
More information about the Loop 337 project is available atthe TxDOT website.
TIP: Expansion of FM 2252 from FM 3009 to the Comal-Bexar county line is in the MPO’s four-year funded Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP), as is reworking of the bridge across Cibolo Creek and intersection with Evans Road. In Bexar County, U.S. 281 will be expanded to a six-lane (four general purpose and two high-occupancy vehicle lanes) non-tolled expressway with new overpasses from Loop 1604 to Stone Oak Road at a cost of $228 million. A listing of all TIP projects is available at the AAMPO website.
HISPANIC BUSINESS ALLIANCE—GREATER NEW BRAUNFELS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Commissioner Webb, along with a large group of dedicated volunteers, is working with the Chamber’s Hispanic Business Alliance in an effort to see what needs are not being met for start up and expanding businesses in Comal County. Meetings are irregularly scheduled, but if you would like to attend the next one, please contact Kevin Webb at 830-221-1103 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Family Protection Fee Funds
March 1st is the deadline for specific nonprofit and service organizations to apply for a special fee collected by Comal County. When a marriage is dissolved it’s always a stressful time for the entire family. To help combat the unfortunate circumstances that can accompany those times, the State Legislature established a $15 Family Protection Fee to be charged to each divorce case filed in District Courts in Texas.
In 2007, Comal County Commissioners Court took action to adopt Resolution 2007-31, providing a means to distribute those collected fees to support service providers and non-profit organizations that provide family violence and child abuse prevention, intervention, family strengthening, mental health counseling, legal, and marriage preservation services to families who may have experienced, or are at risk for, family violence or the abuse or neglect of a child. A committee consisting of a member of Commissioners Court, County Auditor David Renken, District Clerk Kathy Faulkner, County Tax Assessor Cathy Talcott, and District Attorney Jennifer Tharp makes the recommendation to Commissioners Court on which organizations will receive the funds.
This year almost $8,000 in Family Protection Fees will be awarded to area service providers and non-profits.
The process to apply for a portion of the is simple for a service provider. The organization’s board president, authorized officer or Executive Director must submit a funding request to Comal County Commissioners Court before March 1. Funds collected last year will be distributed in April of this year.
Resolution 2007-31 and the instructions for service providers to apply for a distribution can be found on the Comal County web site at:
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