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Galveston County
Galveston City Council
by John David Suayan
Friday, January 26, 2018

Galveston City Council on Thursday voted unanimously to abandon approximately 237,083 square feet of city street and alley rights-of-ways encompassing portions of Avenue L, Avenue M, Avenue M 1/2, 6th Street, 7th Street 8th Street and 9th Street near Porretto Beach. The move will allow for a multi-use boardwalk to be built.

The city council voted unanimously to approve a text amendment to the city’s Dune Protection and Beach Access Plan. The item is to consolidate three outdated plans into a single document, to be forwarded to the Texas General Land Office. The city council discussed the item at length concerning the matter of allowing pools within a certain distance of the beach. The item was approved with note that the issue will be considered for return to the Planning Commission to work on additional updates. (Corrected to note that the item was approved, not deferred)

The city council voted unanimously to accept the results of the January 4, 2018 public meeting on the proposed elimination of the weekday Island Transit Lifeline route (7:30-11:30 p.m.) elimination of weekend evening service (after 7:00 p.m.), and potential revision of the weekend Lifeline route for a wider coverage area, with a one-hour headway.

“Obviously, costs and participation are two big concerns,” said Mayor Jim Yarbrough. Listen (1:00)

The city council voted unanimously to authorize the city manager to provide for broadcast of the Planning Commission meetings on G-TV and Facebook Live, and posting and indexing the video recordings on the city's Web site.

The city council voted unanimously to order and call an election for the purposes of electing the mayor and six council members on May 5, 2018.

The city council voted unanimously to submit the nomination of Johnny Smecca to the Galveston Central Appraisal District Board of Directors. Taxing entities in the county are nominating candidates to fill the vacancy left by Vic Pierson, who resigned from his position. Nominees will be considered by the district's board of directors for appointment.

The city council voted unanimously to reappoint Patricia Bolton-Legg and appoint Susan Horton to the Galveston Housing Finance Corporation/Galveston Property Finance Authority.

The city council voted unanimously to retain George Parsons on the Landmark Commission until the August 2018 meeting.

The city council voted unanimously to engage the law firm of Lloyd Gosselink Rochelle and Townsend P.C. in Austin to pursue a claim of outstanding franchise fees owed by Comcast to the city and other municipalities.

The city council deferred an item extending the passage of voting on the LDR revisions to April 2018.

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




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