New documents sent by Virtus Group, the company that remains at the center of a controversy about whether the county spent Harvey recovery money in taxpayers’ interests, have been made available to the public.
VICTORIA COUNTY EMERGENCY?
This is a special investigation into how and why Victoria County circumvented standard business practices in spending Hurricane Harvey recovery money. One step county commissioners took was to indefinitely exempt themselves from following the state law requiring bidding projects of more than $50,000. They did this even though their insurance company representative told them the emergency had ended within two weeks after the hurricane struck.
A 415-page report on Victoria County’s management of Hurricane Harvey recovery money didn’t satisfy critics who spoke during a commissioners court meeting Monday.
The community will have a chance to ask questions about how the county managed millions of dollars of Hurricane Harvey recovery money when Victoria County commissioners review and discuss a report Monday.
Although a Victoria County commissioner made public Monday a report outlining spending after Hurricane Harvey, it lacks documentation from the company that did millions in recovery work, and some say questions remain.
Some answers to ongoing questions about how Victoria County managed millions of dollars of Hurricane Harvey recovery money might come Monday when a county commissioner releases a long-awaited report.
Victoria County officials set Monday a deadline of 10 days for a company that did millions of dollars worth of work after Hurricane Harvey to provide additional documentation.
As Victoria County officials continue to verify what work was done in the county after Hurricane Harvey, they are asking the company that did millions of dollars worth of work for additional documentation.
Victoria Sheriff T. Michael O’Connor is concerned the county did not properly spend Hurricane Harvey-recovery money.
For two years, Victoria County Judge Ben Zeller served on the main board for the Texas Association of Counties – the association that carries the county’s insurance and is being sued by Refugio County for poorly handling claims after Hurricane Harvey.
Victoria County Judge Ben Zeller said Tuesday that he has no control over when a report reviewing Hurricane Harvey spending will be ready.
A new committee approved by Victoria County commissioners Monday will examine all aspects of the county’s spending and procurement practices and write a policy that will act as a guide for county officials to follow.
Victoria County commissioners Monday will review a proposal to form a purchasing policy committee that will review the county’s spending practices.
Victoria County commissioners authorized hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments for work that did not go out for bids after Hurricane Harvey.
Numerous Victoria County buildings are still burdened with damage and await considerable repairs more than two years after Hurricane Harvey, records show.
Victoria Regional Airport commissioners on Tuesday discussed an airport system in need of replacing and efforts to address noncompliant property leases in order to bring the airport into good standing with the Federal Aviation Administration.
Both Victoria County officials and representatives of the Virtus Group, the company facing scrutiny over the county’s spending and management of Hurricane Harvey recovery money, are scrambling to verify what work was done after the storm.
REFUGIO – The Texas Association of Counties is asserting Refugio County’s lawsuit, which states its claim from losses caused by Hurricane Harvey was improperly handled, has no grounds.
A Virtus Group representative came to Victoria County on Wednesday, but details about that trip were not announced to the public before his visit.
Victoria Regional Airport commissioners Tuesday discussed how to best manage leases and rentals of airport buildings.
Victoria County Commissioner Kevin Janak is looking to all Victoria County departments to gather information about work that is left undone but was possibly paid for after Hurricane Harvey.
When the Advocate first reported in early July on concerns Victoria Regional Airport commission members have regarding how Victoria County managed Hurricane Harvey recovery money, it turned out to be just the beginning.
When a representative from the company at the center of a controversy about how Victoria County managed repairs after Hurricane Harvey visits the county, questions will be answered, Victoria County Commissioner Kevin Janak said Monday.
REFUGIO – Refugio County is suing the Texas Association of Counties for $1 million for failing to properly handle its claim from losses caused by Hurricane Harvey.
Victoria County Commissioner Gary Burns on Tuesday continued his call for transparency and answers about how the county managed funds after Hurricane Harvey.
By now, I hope you've read the Victoria Advocate's latest in a series that explores how and why Victoria County circumvented standard business practices in spending Hurricane Harvey recovery money, particularly at the Victoria Regional Airport.
A little-known Kansas company is at the center of a controversy about whether Victoria County spent Hurricane Harvey recovery money in the taxpayers’ interests.
Victoria County commissioners have yet to hear a full report from a small group led by Commissioner Kevin Janak about work done on county buildings after Hurricane Harvey.
Victoria County commissioners Monday will discuss insurance proceeds related to work done on county buildings after Hurricane Harvey.
Victoria County acted under a legal exemption when bypassing bid laws in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, though the move has continued to spark questions about whether it was the best practice to do so.
Victoria County’s facilities manager recalls going to County Judge Ben Zeller to advise against hiring a single contractor for airport work in the days after Hurricane Harvey.
Ace local government reporter Morgan Theophil requested a copy of the scope of service that Victoria County says served as a contractor's guide after Hurricane Harvey damaged some of its buildings.
Victoria County commissioners Monday postponed forming a forensic task force to examine spending at the Victoria Regional Airport after Hurricane Harvey.
Victoria County commissioners on Monday are expected to appoint a forensic task force to examine spending after Hurricane Harvey.
Victoria County commissioners directed their attention Monday to an invoice from a businessman critical of how they spent Hurricane Harvey recovery money.
After being criticized for management of Hurricane Harvey recovery spending, some Victoria County commissioners asserted the process was proper because all payments went through the independent auditor’s office.
The Victoria Regional Airport on Thursday was declared to be in “conditional compliance” because of multiple noncompliant building leases, according to findings from an audit earlier this week.
An airport commissioner called Monday for the creation of a forensic task force to examine the steps taken during the rebuilding process for the Victoria Regional Airport after Hurricane Harvey.
When Texas counties choose to bypass legal bidding laws and act by way of an emergency exemption, it can lead to enormous financial and political problems, according to a state expert on the subject.
Victoria County commissioners voted unanimously to exempt themselves from state bidding laws because of the emergency created by Hurricane Harvey, County Judge Ben Zeller said Tuesday.
Victoria County commissioners and Victoria Regional Airport commissioners will have a joint meeting to discuss concerns about how $2.6 million of airport insurance money after Hurricane Harvey was managed.
Victoria Regional Airport commissioners are concerned Victoria County officials might have mismanaged about $2.6 million of insurance money designated for repairs after Hurricane Harvey.
A mound of paperwork is not the same as a clear, insightful and objective examination of a multimillion-dollar project. In fact, it’s just the opposite.
Connect the dots. They form an alarming picture.
Victoria County commissioners spent millions on repairing buildings after Hurricane Harvey, but they are just learning they still have roofs that leak “terribly” and work “done wrong.”
Four Victoria County commissioners are fighting so hard to cover up their Hurricane Harvey mess that they actually are questioning the need for an airport.
The recent joint meeting of the Victoria County Commission and the Victoria Airport Commission raised more questions than it answered.