Galveston City Council on Thursday voted unanimously to approve a list of proposed amendments to the City Charter for voter consideration in the May 12 election. Document Listen: MP3 RealPlayer
Although individual members of the city council have issues with some of the proposed amendments, the group agreed to unanimously support putting the package to the voters.
The city council voted 6-1, with Chris Gonzales opposed, to reverse the decision of the Galveston Planning Commission and granted the appeal of Judy Shorman to approve a general land use plan in conjunction with the development of a dog kennel in the Indian Beach subdivision, a Planned Development zoning district.
Mayor Joe Jaworski noted that it is very unusual for the city council to even review decisions of the planning commission, much less reverse them.
“I have great faith that it is a good community and these will be great neighbors,” Jaworski said. “To my way of thinking these people really want to be your neighbors so I’ll be looking for a success out at Indian Beach.”
The city council discussed but took no action on issues related to parking for the Pleasure Pier and deferred for two weeks appointment of a new member to the Landmark Commission.
A proposed amendment to the 2009 International Building and Residential Codes regarding requirements for exterior wall protection was removed from the agenda and was not considered for action by the city council.
All other agenda items were approved with unanimous votes by the members present at the time of the voting.
Mayor Jaworski presented a proclamation to former Texas City mayor Carlos Garza in recognition of National Pancake Day on February 28 to benefit the Shriners children’s hospitals.
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Jaworski also proclaimed February 23 as Audra Martin D’ Aroma Day, in recognition of the Galveston Chronicles, a novel about Galveston written by D’ Aroma. Listen: MP3 RealPlayer