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Galveston County
Galveston Park Board of Trustees
by Garrett Bryce
Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Galveston Park Board of Trustees on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve the FY2013 Park Board Budget.

The budget includes a total of $24 million in expenditures, including projects associated with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  Those projects include the Apfel Park Pavilion, a bulkhead at Seawolf Park, construction of a pavilion at Seawolf Park, and ongoing work on three county beach parks.

The total budget without the FEMA projects is approximately $12 million, according to Board Chair Dr. Craig Brown.  Brown also said the board gave support for providing various services the park board provides.

“They gave support in the budget for providing the tourism oriented police for a second year, that will be present on the Seawall and to provide extra litter detail on the north side of the Seawall ,” Brown said. “They also passed an incentive program for the park board staff, and that was placed in the budget, also.”  Listen

During the meeting, the Clyde Steddum and Joyce Calvert McLean were installed as new members of the board, replacing outgoing members Beau Yarbrough and Shane McDermott.  Steddum and McLean were appointed to the board by city council. Trustee Miguel Aleman was reappointed to another term.

Brown appointed Trustee Steve Kalbaugh as chair and Melissa White as vice chair of the Tourism Development Advisory Committee.

Brown appointed trustees Melvin Williams, Steddum and Buzz Elton to the Finance and Operations Committee.

The board elected Elton to serve as the board's secretary/treasurer.

The board voted 7-1, with Elton opposed, to approve event funding for a shrimp festival.

The board voted unanimously to approve a proposed option agreement concerning property located at Stewart Beach.  The property, which is owned by the City of Galveston, is managed by the Park Board.  The option would allow the Farley Girls, an organization interested in the property, to perform due diligence in consideration of leasing the land.  The organization will provide $15,000 to hold the option to lease the property. 

The park board took no action regarding approval of a contract for the construction of the Seawolf RV Park.  Discussions with a contractor for the project are ongoing.

The board discussed, but took no formal action regarding policy for concessionaires as it applies to fees.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote.  Marie Robb, city council representative on the board, was not present. Agenda

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