The Houston Ship Channel Security District on Tuesday voted 5-0-1, with Tom Schroeter abstaining, to approve a new agreement with the Port of Houston Authority. Listen: MP3 RealPlayer
“It’s the same agreement as last year, just offset for another year,” Schroeter, who works for the PHA, explained. “It obligates us to provide the annual statements for this year and next year, and the audited annual financial (report) for this year and next year.”
The board voted unanimously to approve the Annual Audit Report of the district by McCall Gibson Sweblund Barfoot with the proviso that other members will have until the close of business Friday to review the document.
The board voted 4-1-1 to elect Charles King to fill the 14 month unexpired term of Greg DeLong on the board. King is Vice President of Buffalo Marine Service.
“I have been intimately involved in security ever since 2001 when it became obvious that we needed a greater level of security in the United States and particularly in the marine industry,” King said in his interview with the board.
Other candidates were David Olds, security manager of TPC Group, Inc.; Bob Pennacchi, senior vice president of operations at Intercontinental Terminals Company, who was disqualified because of an issue with the location of his office; and Jacques Joseph, site manager of Air Product and Chemicals, who was not present at the meeting.
Beth Bowles, who voted against the appointment of King, said she and others in the zone preferred that a plant manager be appointed to the board, “rather than security-type personnel”. She preferred Joseph from the list of available candidates. Ray Yellig abstained on the vote.
The board decided to not appoint a replacement for the position held by Mark Skobel, a member who recently resigned with two months left on his term. Skobel did not attend the meeting, but members praised his work on the board during a presentation to his wife. Listen: MP3 RealPlayer
The board voted to elect Yellig as the new vice chair. Skobel had held that position previously. Yellig abstained on the vote.
Rick Deel presided over an update on the Ship Channel Security Council. Listen: MP3 RealPlayer
Bill Diehl reported on plans for the group’s annual luncheon meeting on November 9 at the Hilton Hobby Airport, which will be preceded by a board meeting at 10 a.m. that day.
The Houston Ship Channel Security District, a unique public-private partnership created by Harris County Commissioners Court to improve security and safety for facilities, employees and communities surrounding the Houston Ship Channel, “provides oversight of comprehensive and cost-effective security solutions, leveraging more than $30 million in federal grants to install technology and security infrastructure with operations, maintenance and matching dollars to fund specific security projects, maintenance and operational services,” according to a description of the organization on the HSCSD website.