Washington County Commissioners approved the allocation of Spring 2022 Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) funding to local tourism entities at their meeting today (Tuesday).

The court awarded $ 28,550 out of a total of $ 31,900 in total HOT fund claims to the Chappell Hill Chamber of Commerce, the Chappell Hill Historical Society, the Friendship Quilt Guild of Brenham and the Washington-on -the-Brazos Historical Foundation.

Commissioner Kirk Hanath said the funding recommendations came from the Tourism Grants Funding Committee appointed by the commissioners earlier this year. He said the amount awarded was higher than originally budgeted by around $ 3,000, but the committee asked the court to consider the possibility of allowing requests for additional funding.

Allocated funding includes $ 20,000 for the Washington-on-the-Brazos Historical Foundation, $ 4,300 for the Chappell Hill Historical Society, $ 2,200 for the Friendship Quilt Guild of Brenham and $ 2,050 for the Chappell Hill Chamber of Commerce .

Hanath noted that $ 1,600 was carried over from the previous funding period, while Commissioner Candice Bullock said there has not been a full funding round in 2020 due to COVID-19.

In September, the Commissioners allocated funding for the 2021 HOT grant, totaling $ 23,400. The next round of funding will be awarded in June for the fall.

Also in court today, the commissioners:

  • Washington County Historical Commission bylaws amended. The Chairman of the Historical Commission, Tom Stevens, said that a new category of Emeritus Members is being created to enable members who are unable to perform commission duties due to their health or d ‘other limiting factors to continue to be part of the commission. The members designated as Emeritus Members are Peggy Moser, John and Jane Barnhill, Teddy Boehm, Jackie Parker and Stanley Sommer.
  • Approved new members to the Washington County Historical Commission. The new members are Dr Larry Watson, Michael Vance, Sara English and Lowell Herzog.
  • New job descriptions approved for County Engineer and Director of Environmental Health. County Judge John Durrenberger explained that the descriptions are being revised to include the division of environmental health under the supervision of the county engineer, and the director of environmental health reports to the county engineer. The court also approved a new job description for the Administrative and Development Supervisor of Engineering and Development Services, reflecting a pay adjustment.
  • Approved the annual update of the EMS supplement to the county manual.
  • Approved land for lots 36 and 37 of the Sandy Creek Estates subdivision in Ward 4.
  • I heard a monthly report from the Washington County Exposition.



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