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Board of Trustees of the Galveston Wharves
by John David Suayan
Monday, September 25, 2017

The Board of Trustees of the Galveston Wharves today voted unanimously to accept a United States Department of Homeland Security FY2017 Security Grant Award in the amount of $871,076.

The grant will upgrade critical aspects of the port’s existing Cruise Terminal Complex/video surveillance system by replacing wireless links/analog cameras with fiber optic cabling/IP cameras and adding 12 IP cameras in the cruise terminal parking garage. Item Summary

The board voted unanimously to award a contract to J.W. Kelso Company, Inc. in an amount not to exceed $598,895 for Cruise Terminal 2 Berth Improvements Phase 1-B.

The following three items were deferred:

  • Proposal to purchase video production and streaming equipment including installation and orientation services for $29,348 from DLJ Studios to provide video streaming, indexing, and archiving services for board meetings.
  • Proposed conveyance of property located at 2410 Strand as part of settlement of prior litigation.
  • Parking plan to enhance competitive position and market share.

No action was taken on an item pertaining to Pelican Island Bridge options.

All other agenda items were approved unanimously with all members present.

The board listened to a presentation on federal and state legislative updates given by Sally Bakko with the City of Galveston, as well as an update on the status of Hurricane Ike Federal Emergency Management Agency claims provided by Asad Khan of Tetra Tech. Listen (58:37)

Earlier in the meeting, Vice Chair Albert Shannon announced the recent passing of Captain Bill Glenn. Glenn taught at Texas A&M University at Galveston and was a partner with Royston Rayzor.

“He was a fine gentleman,” said Chair Ted O’Rourke.


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