Transportation consultant John Carrara of The Goodman Corporation, on Wednesday reported to the Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee that the Port of Galveston has rejected all bid proposals on the Downtown Intermodal Transportation Terminal, a project of the Galveston Livable Communities Initiative. Listen
“The issues included the fact that four of six were invalidated for having irreparable deficiencies and all of them were in the one and one-half to three million dollar range above available funding,” he said. “So, we’re back to the drawing board, again.”
Carrara said the port, which had sought competitive sealed proposals for the project now will seek a “construction manager at risk” for a redesigned terminal.
Carrara reported on restoration of the track trolley system. Listen
“The track repairs are still waiting on the city’s consultant to complete the drainage repairs on 25th Street, so we can go in there and do all the work at one time,” Carrara said.
Assistant City Manager Brian Maxwell updated the committee on implementation of the paid parking system on Seawall Boulevard. Listen
“We were scheduled to meet on the 23rd of July with the General Land Office to get their directions on exactly how they wanted to go with this,” he said. “That meeting has now been cancelled due to the trip to Washington by the mayor and some of the staff of the housing authority.”
Chair Jim Casey asked Maxwell about the assignment of a member of the city council as an ex-officio member of the Intermodal Transportation Committee.
“I have no idea,” Maxwell said. “These appointments are all on the next (city council) agenda; so whoever they put on it - they haven’t necessarily been going real smoothly - so I don’t know how that’s going to play out.”
Maxwell said that there are 43 committees which have city council ex-officio representation and thus far the city council has filled seven of the positions.