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Galveston County
Galveston Park Board of Trustees
by Garrett Bryce
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Galveston Park Board of Trustees on Tuesday voted unanimously to authorize submitting four grant applications to the Galveston Industrial Development Corporation for various beach nourishment and erosion protection projects.

The park board would seek $1.5 million from the IDC, that would be used to leverage $3 million through the Texas General Land Office's Coastal Erosion Planning and Response Act funds, $4.5 million in RESTORE Act funds and $14.9 million through the United States Army Corps of Engineers for placing sand dredged from the ship channel onto Babe's Beach. The project totals $23.9 million.

The board would then seek $75,000 from the IDC, to couple with $75,000 from the park board's budget and $150,000 through CEPRA funds to provide $300,000 for design engineering and permitting for the use of a new sediment technology for the beach.

The board would also seek $25,000 from the IDC, coupled with $25,000 from the park board's budget and $50,000 in CEPRA funds for $100,000 to provide sustainable funding for beach nourishment studies.

The final application would be for $75,000, coupled with $75,000 from the park board's budget and $150,000 through the Army Corps of Engineers to provide $300,000 for engineering and design of a structural alternative for the end of the Seawall to prevent beach erosion on the west end.

The park board voted 8-0-1, with John Zendt abstaining, to approve funding for Cheer Power from 2021 through 2025.

The board voted 7-2, with Zendt and Dr. Craig Brown opposed, to approve revisions to the vacation policy for the park board's employees.

The board voted 6-3, with Zendt, Brown and Spencer Priest opposed, to approve revisions to the sick leave policy.

The board voted unanimously to approve a proposal for a business plan for the East End Lagoon from Rathburn Planning & Consulting. The item was approved with the understanding that additional items requested by the board during discussions be included in the final draft of the plan.

The board tabled action regarding changes to the Arts and Historic Preservation Advisory Board.

The board voted unanimously to not move forward with a New Year's Eve fireworks display, but to plan a family event for New Year's Eve leading into 2019 with a larger event for 2020.

All other action items were approved by unanimous vote. All members were present. Agenda

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