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Galveston County
Galveston City Council
by John David Suayan with photos courtesy City of Galveston
Friday, October 27, 2017

Galveston City Council on Thursday voted 5-2, with Amy Bly and Dr. Craig Brown opposed, to direct the Planning Commission to review and to make recommendations on the provisions of the Draft Hotel Amenities Ordinance and the Draft Hotel Waiver Adjustments Ordinance.

Brown had sought to amend the motion to direct the Planning Commission to focus their review and recommendations for the ordinances to 45th Street and west, not including his council district. However, the amendment was rejected, and Brown opposed the motion.

The city council voted unanimously to specify the number of classified civil service police department personnel positions at 158; increasing the number of police officer positions from 117 to 127; and providing for six additional cadet overhire positions.

The city council voted unanimously to defeat motions approving waiver of penalties requests from the Avalara MyLodge Tax Company and the Galvestonian Condominium Association, Inc.

The city council voted unanimously to reappoint Mayor James Yarbrough as primary member and Dr. Brown as alternate member of the Houston-Galveston Area Council Board of Directors.

The city council deferred the following three items:

  • Consider for approval an ordinance of the City of Galveston, Texas, Amending the 2015 Galveston Land Development Regulations (LDR’s), as amended, to update, revise and clarify those provisions regulating land development activity within the city.
  • Consider for approval an ordinance of the City of Galveston, Texas, modifying the specific use permit granted under Ordinance Number 15-004, relating to the Sturgis MH-1A Vessel located at Pier 41, in the Port of Galveston “Heavy Industrial” (HI) Zoning District. Property is legally described as Page 95b, 96, 103, 104, 111, 117, 118, 123, 124 & 125 M Menard Survey Tract 65 236.112, in the City and County of Galveston, Texas; Planning Case Number 17P-051.
  • Consideration of request to engage the Firm Of Hunton and Williams to render services to the city on a requested basis related to the three city pension funds for a period not no exceed three years and a cost not to exceed $150,000 and authorizing the city manager and city attorney to execute any necessary documents to complete engagement of the firm.

The city council did not take action on two items pertaining to the pension:

  • Discuss and consider for action the allocation of pension reserves.
  • Discuss and consider for action the allocation of the $2.3 million set aside funding directly into the Police Pension Fund.

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

The city council showed their support for the Houston Astros by wearing team gear while the dais was decorated with signs, pennants, and #EarnHistory rally towels.

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