Nueces County Commissioners last week approved the final design for a proposed marquee at the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds, clearing the way for the project to be put out for bids.

Precinct 3 Commissioner Oscar Ortiz, whose precinct includes the fairgrounds, said the project will now go out for bid to contractors. The county will utilize a competitive sealed, or low bid, process in selecting a contractor for the project, as unanimously approved by commissioners at their Oct. 13 meeting.

About $280,000 was set aside last year for the project.

In other county business:

Commissioners unanimously approved a one-year interlocal agreement with the City of Corpus Christi that will allow the county to deny vehicle registration to drivers who have not paid fines associated with the city's red light camera system.

The city will pay the county $7.50 for each flagged vehicle registration issued or renewed by the county after the vehicle owner has paid or resolved the outstanding penalty.

Precinct 4 Commissioner Chuck Cazalas said the money earned from the new agreement would only be a benefit to the county.

"This is another area of collected monies," he said. "Driving is a privilege, not a right, and I understand that."

Precinct 1 Commissioner Mike Pusley said he was initially reluctant to support the agreement, but was open to it after discussing it with Tax Assessor-Collector Ramiro "Ronnie" Canales in greater detail.

"Without Ronnie Canales' support, I would not have supported (the policy)," he said. "It's his shop and he and his people are going to have to pick up the load on that and they feel like they can. At the end of one year, we'll see how it's going."

Precinct 2 Commissioner Betty Jean Longoria was honored by the court for state and national recognitions she recently received.

Longoria was recently named one of the winners of both the 2010 Latina Leaders Award and La Estrella de Tejas Award. The commissioner was selected because of her work in making a state veteran's cemetery a reality in Corpus Christi and working to address various issues in the colonias.

"I was real honored, I really was," Longoria said. "I mean, I don't do things to be recognized…that's not what this is all about."