The proposal to bring paid parking to the Seawall could take a big step forward this week, but expect some lengthy discussions about it at City Hall.
On Tuesday, the city’s finance committee is expected to issue its recommendations on the seawall parking program and on increasing the size of the city’s police force. The committee insisted at its last meeting on more detailed financial information about the plan.
Police Chief Henry Porretto has said that increasing the size of the force is a necessary step in implementing and managing the parking plan. On Thursday, the city council is scheduled to consider expanding the size of the police department by four officers. The board will also consider purchasing six new SUVs for the police department out of the city’s vehicle replacement fund.
Absent from the agenda is a proposed ordinance aimed at changing the role and powers of the finance committee. Mayor Lewis Rosen, who introduced the ordinance at the council’s last meeting, expressed concerns that the committee was taking too much time from city staff. A vote on the ordinance was deferred at the council’s previous meeting.
This week’s meetings
TUESDAY, JANUARY 22
Tax increment Reinvestment Zone 12, 10:30 a.m. — Council Chambers, 823 Rosenberg, Galveston
Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone 14, 12 p.m. — Council Chambers, 823 Rosenberg, Galveston
Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, 12 p.m. — McGuire-Dent Recreation Center, 2222 28th Street, Galveston
Planning Commission LDR Workshop, 1 p.m. — 823 Rosenberg, Galveston
- The planning commission will hold the first of six scheduled four-hour workshops to discuss the proposed Land Development Regulations. This meeting will involve topics on the effect the new LDR will have on existing permits, the use table and the definitions outlined by the LDR draft. The commission at its last meeting chose not to public comment at this meeting, but is accepting written comments. There are two public comment hearings scheduled for March.
Park Board of Trustees, 1:30 p.m. — Galveston Island Convention Center, 5600 Seawall Blvd., Galveston
Families, Children and Youth Board, 4:30 p.m. — McGuire-Dent Recreation Center, 2222 28th St., Galveston
Galveston County Community Action Council, 5:30 p.m. — 1601 Lake Road, La Marque
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23
Board of Trustees of Galveston Wharves, 1:30 p.m. — 8th Floor Shearn Moody Plaza, 123 Rosenberg, Galveston
Finance and Fiscal Affairs Committee, 2 p.m. — Room 204, 823 Rosenberg, Galveston
Galveston Independent School District Board of Trustees — Lovenberg Administration Building, 3904 Ave. T, Galveston
- The board is expected to appoint a new trustee to fill the vacant seat for a District 7G representative
THURSDAY, JANUARY 24
City Council Workshop, 10 a.m. — Room 204, 823 Rosenberg, Galveston
- At its morning workshop meeting, the council will interview candidates for the vacant seat on the Wharves Board of Trustees
City Council Regular Meeting, 2 p.m. — Council Chambers, 823 Rosenberg, Galveston
- Along with their decisions regarding the police department, the council will consider amending the lease that Schlitterbahn Water Park obtained from the Galveston Racquet Club in December; approving a salary for the new interim city secretary and consider accepting Round 2 CDBG block grant funding.
Families, Children and Youth Board EducationFEST Subcommittee, 4 p.m. — Library Conference room at Galveston College, 4015 Ave. Q, Galveston
FRIDAY, JANUARY 25
Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone 11, 9:30 a.m. — Council Chambers, 823 Rosenberg, Galveston
Investment Committee, 10 a.m. — Room 204, 823 Rosenberg, Galveston
Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone 13, 10:45 a.m. — Council Chambers, 823 Rosenberg, Galveston