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Board of Trustees of the Galveston Wharves
by John David Suayan
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Board of Trustees of the Galveston Wharves today voted unanimously to authorize the port director to send a letter to the Galveston County Board of Pilot Commissioners requesting a joint meeting.

Topics to be discussed are fog, safety concerns, coordination efforts, and the possibility of the City of Galveston providing services.

The board voted 6-1, with Richard DeVries opposed, to change the board's meeting day from the fourth Monday of the month to the fourth Tuesday of the month.

The board voted unanimously to request a public meeting with the United States Army Corps of Engineers staff to discuss channel dredging issues and the status of local dredge spoil sites.

The board voted unanimously to suspend the Slip 12 Fill Project pending review of the master plan.

The board did not take action on the following three items:

  • Discuss and consider Portfolio Performance Analysis Report, Summary of Investment Performance Report and Investment Detail of the Galveston Wharves Pension Plan for the period ending December 31, 2017, and discuss and consider any percentage changes in fund mix that may be necessary to increase investment results. – No action
  • Discuss and consider insurance proposal received from Hugh Wood, Inc. for the renewal of the Port of Galveston All Risk Property, Property Terrorism Law Enforcement Liability, Privacy/Cyber Liability and Workers Compensation Insurance coverages for 2018-2019 as provided for in the port’s FY2018 operating budget. – Tabled
  • Discuss and consider Ports America lease agreement between the board and Ports America Texas, Inc. to lease approximately 11,641 square feet of West End port property for a two-year term and accept the changes negotiated by port staff and the port’s attorney. – Deferred

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

Earlier in the meeting, new permanent Port Director Rodger Rees told the board he is very happy to take the position and laid out his goals.

"We have a lot of challenges at this port, I think all of which are not insurmountable," Rees said. Listen (1:35)

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