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Victoria County and Victoria County Drainage District 3 have renewed an agreement regarding the oversight of water quality and water pollution in the entities’ overlapping jurisdiction area.

County commissioners Monday approved a five-year agreement that allows the drainage district to pay the county for stormwater and pollution management rather than do the same work a second time.

The county and the drainage district first entered into a one-year agreement in January 2018, said Jill Trevino, a consultant for the drainage district and president of Trevino Water Engineering. The new agreement is set to expire Jan. 23, 2024.

“The county has programs that are up and running and wonderful in helping public health,” Trevino said. “But since the two entities have overlapping jurisdiction, it doesn’t make sense to duplicate efforts.”

The county monitors stormwater outfalls for pollutants, reviews site plan developments and ensures contractors use erosion and settlement controls, Trevino said. The drainage district will pay the county to offset the costs rather than do the same work again, she said.

“There’s nothing major changing; this just means that essentially, the county will continue to do all of its duties in the overlapping jurisdiction, and the drainage district will come and offset the costs associated with that,” she said.

The drainage district will pay the county $581 annually, the same amount it paid in the first year, according to the memorandum.

In other business, commissioners accepted two grants for the Victoria County Sheriff’s Office for security measures: a $662,400 grant from Operation Stonegarden for border security and a $79,433 grant from the 2019 High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program to fund salary and benefits for the sheriff’s office intelligence analyst.

Also, commissioners approved a donation to the sheriff’s office from Clegg Industries for use in the Victoria County Jail. The donation – valued about $9,000, according to a Clegg Industries spokesman – includes protective masks, environment and protective suits, boots, gloves and privacy kits.

Morgan Theophil covers local government for the Victoria Advocate. She can be reached at 361-580-6511, or on Twitter

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