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Remembering Jim Guidry Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership
Galveston County
Galveston City Council
by Jim Guidry
Thursday, November 17, 2011

Galveston City Council today will consider City Manager Tom Muehlenbeck’s recommendation that it award the $3,001,012.42 bid of the Board of Trustees of the Galveston Wharves for the purchase of the Shearn Moody Plaza Parking Garage; and also will consider for approval a letter of intent between the wharves board and the city for the development of the Downtown Intermodal Terminal, on property currently owned by Mitchell Historic Properties.

If those items are approved, the wharves board will meet on Monday to decide whether to accept the award, with some specific terms left to negotiate; and whether to develop the terminal.

At this week’s meeting of the wharves board, Trustee Benny Holland said the port’s bid was a defensive move to keep Mitchell from competing for cruise ship parking.

This morning in the Galveston City Council workshop, transportation consultant Barry Goodman said that he did not know that Mitchell had intended to market the Shearn Moody Plaza Garage to cruise passengers. Listen: MP3 RealPlayer

“Never in our conversation, at any time in our conversation, had Mr. Mitchell or Mr. Ross or anybody – not until very recently - said that we’d like to own these spaces for cruise ship parking,” Goodman said.  “I would never have recommended this to City Council.”

Goodman said that if the port chooses not to participate in the terminal project it can move forward anyway.

“If the port does not want to do it, we will come up with a plan,” he said. 

Galveston Interim Police Chief Henry Porretto reported to the city council on his first 90 days in office.  Listen: MP3 RealPlayer

Porretto said the department has completed the installation of a new computer system which will improve efficiency.

“We completed our budget on time and under budget,” he said.  “Zero growth and we are doing good with the money that was allotted to us.”

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