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Galveston County
Galveston City Council
by John David Suayan
Friday, August 11, 2017

Galveston City Council on Thursday voted unanimously to adopt an ordinance rescinding the Galveston Park Board of Trustees’ management and control of Ashton Villa and directing the city manager to execute a deed conveying the property to the Galveston Historical Foundation. Listen (7:28)

City Attorney Donald Glywasky said the move is to “cut out the middle man.”

Mayor Jim Yarbrough said the city had a “great” partnership with GHF, expressing hopes Ashton Villa could become a “shining star” among the island’s historical homes.

“(Ashton Villa) is no longer going to be a city-owned asset, but it’s going to be owned by a partner we have confidence in,” said Mayor Yarbrough.

The city council voted unanimously to authorize the city manager to direct the city auditor to assist in the comprehensive review of city assets under the management and control of the Park Board of Trustees and the Board of Trustees of the Galveston Wharves.

The city council voted 5-1,-1, with Frank Maceo opposed and Mayor Pro Tem Terrilyn Tarlton-Shannon abstaining, to extend the Broadway Moratorium.

The city council voted unanimously to deny changing the zoning at 3502 7 1/2 Mile Road from residential, single family to commercial.

The city council voted unanimously to call a public hearing on September 14, 2017 on the FY 2018 proposed budget as required by state law.

The city council voted unanimously to amend its 2017 regular meeting schedule. In November, the city council will meet on the 9th instead of the 16th.

The city council voted unanimously to approve the following four appointments:

  • William Tuitt, Airport Advisory Committee – nominated by Amy Bly
  • Rose Tijerina, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board – nominated by Mayor Yarbrough
  • Wayne Brown, Galveston Firefighters Pension Board – nominated by Mayor Yarbrough
  • Chris Arneson, Tree Committee – nominated by Maceo

The city council took no action on the following five items:

  • Consider for approval a resolution of the city council of the city of Galveston, Texas approving an interlocal agreement with the Treasure Island Municipal Utility District providing for the supply of water to Treasure Island from the City of Galveston, deferred.
  • Consider for approval confirming the city manager's appointment of a civil service commissioner pursuant to Texas Local Government Code Section 143.006(B) in order to fill a vacancy.
  • Consider a motion to propose a property tax rate of $0.561 for 2017 and call public hearings for August 24, 2017 and September 14, 2017 as required by state law, deferred.
  • Appointment for Ethics Commission.
  • Appointment for Investment Advisory Committee.

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

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