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Galveston County
Galveston City Council
by John David Suayan
Friday, July 28, 2017

Galveston City Council on Thursday voted unanimously to deny a waiver from Ordinance Number 17-031, the Broadway Moratorium, to allow for the renovation of an existing building at 4609 Broadway. Listen (15:10)

The applicant intended to include additions to the existing structure alongside renovation plans. Item Summary

“He’s under an agreed order to repair,” said City Attorney Donald Glywasky. “The difference is he wants to repair beyond the original envelope hence the application for the waiver.”

Council Member Mike Doherty said the applicant’s intention to enlarge the property is “getting way ahead of the Broadway design.”

Mayor Pro Tem Terrilyn Tarlton-Shannon said he owned the building since 1996, but did not consider working on it until he became subject to a court order.

“I would approve it today, but I have apprehension with the way that we’re going about this one when we have such a short time period that he can do those type of things within the four months (of the moratorium),” stated Tarlton-Shannon.

Mayor Jim Yarbrough said he had no problem with an addition to the back of the structure, but has concerns with the front.

“I just think it’s real premature to give him a waiver because I think we’d send a wrong message we’re going to hold everybody in abatement,” said Mayor Yarbrough.

The city council voted unanimously to repeal a portion of Chapter 35 of the Code of Ordinances, essentially eliminating certain provisions regarding the regulation of transportation network companies and drivers.

The city council voted unanimously to amend Chapter 34 of the Code of Ordinances by amending Section 34-58 to apply a speed limit of 35 miles per hour to Seawall Boulevard from Ferry Road to 61st Street.

The city council voted unanimously to appoint Bill Taylor to the Intermodal Transportation Committee.

All other agenda items were approved unanimously with all members present. Regular Meeting Agenda Regular Meeting Video

The city council will meet twice in August, with meetings scheduled for August 10 and August 24.

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