With the holidays now in the past, the city of Galveston is getting back to work with public meetings, including the first city council meeting on the year on Thursday.
Monday, Jan. 7
• Landmark Commission, 4 p.m.
The commission will receive updates on the fire station, review its annual project, review the proposed Land Development Regulations and discuss city commission eligibility.
• Families Children and Youth Board, 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 8
• Commission of the Arts, 10 a.m.
• Park Board of Trustees, 1:30 p.m.
The trustees will discuss the proposed creation of a national recreation area along the Texas Gulf Coast, which would include parts of Galveston. They will also consider approving an agreement with a new business that will sell beach supplies at the rebuilt Apffel Park Pavilion.
• Planning Commission, 3 p.m.
The commission will continue to review and may adopt an amended disaster recovery plan for the city. The plan is a series of protocols that would be used in the time following a major event, such as a hurricane.
Wednesday, Jan. 9
• Finance & Fiscal Affairs Committee, 2 p.m.
The committee will be taking a look at the proposal to hire additional police officers as part of the seawall parking plan.
• Zoning Board of Adjustments, 4 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 10
• City Council, noon
The council is expected to pass a moratorium on parking restrictions along the Seawall for the first weekend of Mardi Gras. Overnight parking prohibitions would be lifted at 5 a.m. on January 31 and go back into effect at 6 a.m. on February 3.
The biggest budget item on the agenda is the approval of $6,449,286 payment to the Port of Galveston for the development of a Downtown Intermodal Transit Terminal.
Council members will also hear a presentation about auto racing at Scholes Field, consider permitting a company to run parasailing services and appoint an interim city secretary.
In executive session, the council will receive legal advice on a number of lawsuits the city is involved in, including issues related to the BP oil spill and the disaster recovery housing program