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Board of Trustees of the Galveston Wharves
by John David Suayan
Monday, October 30, 2017

The Board of Trustees of the Galveston Wharves today voted 5-1, with Richard DeVries opposed, to approve a resolution supporting the Galveston County bond proposal.

Earlier in the meeting, County Commissioner Ken Clark appeared before the board to make a presentation on the bond issue. Clark explained that the commissioners court last August 15 approved a request for the proposed $80 million bond to be placed on the November 7 ballot. Listen (20:31)

“Of that $80 million, $56 million is for transportation, $18 million for facilities, and $6 million for drainage,” said Clark.

He added that the commissioners court cut the tax rate below the effective rate for seven consecutive years, as well as paid off 38 percent of the debt since 2012 and achieved an AAA bond rating.

“We think we’re in a good financial position,” stated the commissioner. “That’s why we want the $80 million because we think we can do the $80 million without a tax rate increase.”

The board voted 5-0-1, with Todd Sullivan abstaining, to award a $360,000 contract for disaster consulting services to Witt O’Brien’s LLC.

The board voted 5-0-1, with Sullivan abstaining, to approve a ninth amendment to a consulting agreement dated August 1, 2004 with Gahagan & Bryant Associates, Inc. The amendment extends the agreement’s term to March 31, 2018 and increases the amount payable by $75,000.

No action was taken on the following two items:

  • Discuss and consider proposals to provide video streaming, indexing, and archiving services for board meetings.
  • Discuss and consider action concerning letter submitted by board chair to the Galveston County Board of Pilot Commissioners.

All other agenda items were approved unanimously with Vice Chair Albert Shannon absent. Agenda





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