By Tony Farkas
COLDSPRING — Federal regulations will require the county to adopt stricter building codes or possibly face losing out on grants and government recovery funds.
Mark Wood, Mayor of Point Blank and the county’s agent for subdivision rules, said changes in building codes will affect county in three areas — hazard mitigation; building code strategy, whereby communities are urged to adopt stricter building codes; and a change that will allow FEMA to enforce building codes in flood plains.
Wood said that this means that the county could be out of compliance unless it adopts proposed federal strategies and regulations. It also means the county would not be eligible for certain grants or hazard recovery funds.
911 Addressing Coordinator Trisha Basham, in a matter related to those changes, said the changes have added new areas into the flood plain, and FEMA recommends using a Base Flood Elevation viewer, which will ensure the construction meets all requirements and will allow the county to issue a $50 occupancy permit.
Should a property be out of compliance, the owner would not be eligible for flood insurance or federal help, she said.
A new permitting procedure will be required using the BFE viewer, which the board approved 3-0.
County Judge Fritz Faulkner and Commissioner Donnie Marrs were not in attendance.
In other business, the county:
•approved Valbridge and CDRE as an appraisal services for the CDBG buyout program;
•approved an agreement to participating with the Forensic Center of Excellence Adult Forensic Interview program, and participation in the Lone Star East Sexual Assault Response Team;
•approved the partition of 36 acres in the Point Blank area;
•approved the extension of the contract time on a grant project;
•approved items as surplus, including a motor grader and dump truck, to be sold at auction;
•approved a resolution in support of Meals on Wheels in its bid to seek funds from DETCOG;
•tabled a plat for the new Fostoria Court subdivision;
•approved submission of a grant application for a Community Development Block Grant;
•approved the award of $233,768.59 in ARPA funds to the Camilla Water Supply Corp.; and
•approved the award of $16,231.41 in ARPA funds to Mercy Water Co.