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Remembering Jim Guidry Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership
Galveston County
Galveston City Council
by Jim Guidry with photos by Alicia Cahill
Friday, February 10, 2012

photos by Alicia CahillGalveston City Council on Thursday voted unanimously to take action that may lead to termination of contracts with Consolidated Concepts, Inc. and Compass Pointe Homes because of failures to perform in the Hurricane Ike Recovery Program.

The motions, by Elizabeth Beeton, “to assess the performance of (CCI or Compass Pointe Homes) on a property-by-property basis, and to begin the process to terminate individual (CCI or Compass Pointe Homes) contracts, where justified by that assessment.”
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The motions provided a way for the companies to avoid termination; but also called on the Texas General Land Office and its consultant “to expedite the process of transferring properties from (CCI or Compass Pointe Homes) to other participants in the program ASAP”.

The city council set a 30 day deadline to meet the city’s requirements before the termination process begins.

The city council voted 5-1, with Rusty Legg opposed, to approve a $43,684 bid by Building Solutions to install a Miami-Dade Compliant 140 miles per hour wind load door for the McGuire Dent Recreation Center.

“This is the second part of a Hazard Mitigation Grant that we applied for from FEMA to harden McGuire-Dent Rec Center,” said Assistant City Manager Eric Wilson, explaining that the building is being prepared as an emergency operations center.  “This will be the second City Hall should something happen to this facility in a future event.”

Although most of the funding would come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the motion approved by the city council provided that the Galveston Industrial Development Corporation would reimburse funds that FEMA does not cover.

“We still are going to spend out of IDC funds $2,600,” Legg said.  “You can buy it yourself for that, quite frankly.”

The city council voted unanimously to appoint Joy May Cowan, William C. Ansell and Christopher Robb to the Galveston Finance Committee.

The city council took no action on appointment of an interim city attorney.  Assistant city attorneys Robin Cross and Donna Fairweather will handle duties of the office and Texas First Group, the firm that provided interim city manager Tom Muehlenbeck, will be asked to recommend one or two interim city attorneys for the city council to consider.

The city council agreed to delay discussion of Legg’s proposed expansion of prohibited areas for sex offenders and child predators to reside for two weeks.

All other agenda items were approved unanimously, with Steve Greenberg absent. Agenda

Several people appeared before the city council, including Steve Mataro of DSW Homes who introduced a satisfied homeowner; and several people who were not pleased with their experiences in the Hurricane Ike Recovery Program; and Theresa Elliott, speaking for the Galveston Chamber of Commerce to encourage the city council to honor its commitment to enhancements on the Seawall with funds from parking revenue. Listen: MP3 RealPlayer

Members of Z Krewe visited the city council to hand out beads and promote the group’s Mardi Gras activities. Listen: MP3 RealPlayer

The city council paid special tribute to City Attorney Susie Green who is taking a job with the Texas Municipal League. Listen:  MP3 RealPlayer

"We the mayor and the city council, by virtue of the authority vested by the City of Galveston, Texas do proclaim February 10, 2012 as Susie Green Day in the City of Galveston,” said Mayor Joe Jaworski to loud applause from the audience.

“I just can’t find the words,” Green said in accepting the proclamation.  “The words I can find, I just can’t say.”

However, Green spoke about her appreciation of the past and present city employees and elected officials she has worked with during her time with the city.  Then she returned to her seat in the council chambers and continued to work for the remainder of the meeting.

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