County approves grant process for homebound meals


In a short Matagorda County Commissioners Court meeting Monday, Oct. 22, county leaders approved a grant to the Economic Action Committee of the Gulf Coast.

The organization provides home-delivered meals to homebound persons in Matagorda County who are elderly and/or have a disability. 

The grant funds are made available from the Texas Department of Agriculture to supplement and extend existing services to Matagorda County residents. The county made a request in the amount of $40,000 to used during the 2019 calendar year including a match by the county.

Commissioners also approved a service agreement with Matagorda Episcopal Health Outreach Program (MEHOP) and the Matagorda County Sheriff’s office for a period of five years to provide medical services to county inmates.

The agreement will run for a period of five years beginning Oct. 22 through Oct. 22, 2023.

In other county action, commissioners approved the accepting of a contribution from Celanese for $2,000 towards the expenses of the Matagorda County Household Hazardous Waste Collection event set for Oct. 27.

Commissioners also approved the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) grant for the fiscal year 2018. This grant is in the amount of $29,817.98 and is applied for every year by the county. 

County officials also approved a lease agreement for a firing range between Barry Liberoni, MD and Matagorda County for a 10-year period. Sheriff’s deputies utilize the firing range for firing practice and the firing range has been in use for some time now.

The 32.46 acre tract in the county will be leased for one dollar a year in rental price and is utilized only by law enforcement personnel related to training, practice and firearm qualifications under the supervision of the Matagorda County Sheriff’s Department. 

All firing or shooting will occur between the hours of 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 

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