POINT COMFORT – Federal funds have been appropriated to start the supplemental environmental study for the Matagorda Ship Channel widening and deepening.

The Calhoun Port Director reported to the Calhoun Port Authority Board during its Wednesday, March 8, meeting that $1.4 million will go toward the supplemental projects.

“It’s a start, and it is good news. I think they felt the pressure,” said Hausmann. “We have to keep the pressure on the Corps.”

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Assistant Secretary Michael L. Connor pulled the Record of Decision on Dec. 5, 2022, due to a miscalculation of dredge material. The letter was part of a filing made on Dec. 13, 2022, in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., as part of a lawsuit filed by the San Antonio Bay Estuarine Waterkeepers against Connor and the Corps of Engineers.

In other business, the board:

– Certified the unopposed May 6 races for District 2, held by Jay Cuellar, and District 4, held by Luis De La Garza.

– Approved a resolution for additional homestead exemptions for the 2023 tax year as allowed by the state’s property code.

– Approved a resolution designating the chief appraiser for the Calhoun County Appraisal District as the port’s designee to calculate the 2023 no-new tax revenue rate and voter approval tax rate.

– Met in a closed session.

– Approved disbursements and transfer of all funds after hearing the financial reports.

– Heard engineering and committee reports.