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Galveston City Council Workshop
by John David Suayan photos courtesy G-TV
Thursday, January 25, 2018

Galveston City Council, during its workshop today, discussed the Arts and History Fund Advisory Board’s criteria and selection procedures for contributions of the hotel occupancy tax to arts and historical preservation.

City Council Member Dr. Craig Brown explained that groups such as the Park Board of Trustees and the Galveston Historical Foundation reviewed the preliminary draft of the program, which will reportedly begin in the 2019-2020 fiscal year. Listen (41:20)

“This new draft ordinance sets aside $50,000 – not mandatorily – but it does highlight that you can use up to $50,000 for public art,” said Dr. Brown.

He stated 95 percent of the money will be used for allocation while five percent will be placed in a reserve. He adds it will be the city council’s decision whether to place a cap.

The city council heard comments on the draft from Park Board Executive Director Kelly de Schaun, GHF Executive Director Dwayne Jones, and 1894 Opera House Executive Director Maureen Patton.

The city council discussed broadcasting Planning Commission meetings on G-TV and Facebook Live and indexing the video recordings on the city’s Web site.

City Council Member Frank Maceo expressed support for the plan, which he called “a step in the right direction.” Listen (14:10)

City Public Information Officer Jaree Fortin broke down the costs of livestreams of future Planning Commission meetings.

The city council also talked about updates on solid waste items and the asset review.

Amy Bly was absent. Workshop Agenda

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