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Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee
by Jim Guidry
Thursday, March 19, 2015

Transportation consultant John Carrara of The Goodman Corporation on Wednesday reported to the Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee that work on repairs to the Fadden building, adjacent to the downtown intermodal transportation terminal, is proceeding well. Listen

“Concrete pavement in the alley is complete,” Carrara reported in a written memorandum, which he elaborated on at the meeting. "Because of permitting issues related to the Fadden building, the schedule for erection of the precast structure will not begin until April 6."  

Carrara said that completion of the terminal is scheduled for October.  He also reported on the Downtown Livable Communities Initiative Streetscape Design, Seawall Boulevard Streetscape Enhancements, I-45/Harborside Drive direct connector and Rail Trolley Restoration.

Paul Schnitger, who has stressed the need for sidewalk enhancements in a “road diet” on Seawall Boulevard at the previous meeting, was upset that discussion of a sidewalk inventory was not included on Wednesday’s agenda.  Listen (35:40)

“In the five meetings that I have been to, we have talked about almost the same thing each time,” Schnitger said.  “I would just like to get to the point where we’re deciding what we talk about.”

He suggested that members send suggested agenda items to Hank Thierry, chair of the committee, “and allow Hank to be the keeper of the agenda, or at least the keeper of the agenda items to send to the city secretary and have her compile those and post those.”

“The city secretary doesn't type up the agenda; I type up the agenda,” objected Andrew Gallagher, the assistant city engineer who is the staff person assigned to the committee.  Schnitger objected to Gallagher’s explanation.

“Let me speak please,” Gallagher insisted.

“But you’re not on the committee,” Schnitger objected again.  “I’d like for the committee….”

“I’d like to speak because this directly involves me,” Gallagher said. 

Deputy City Manager Dan Buckley approached the podium to explain the process.

“The committee serves to advise council,” Buckley said.  “Council directs the city manager.  The committee in and by itself does not direct city staff at any level, or (the legal department), to take actions on its will.  You advise council; council then does that.  That’s just the way it works. Otherwise things get broken.”  

“Since we’re not changing the way we do things, and I really don’t see this changing the way the ITC is viewed in the future, I’m going to resign from the committee,” Schnitger said.  “I just don’t have time for this.”

Thierry and Jayson Levy encouraged Schnitger to stay on the committee to advocate for his projects, but Schnitger was adamant.

“I learned from it and I’m moving on,” Schnitger said.  “I do wish everyone here good luck.”

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