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October 10, 2015

Did the state say OK?

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  • justaman posted at 6:34 am on Mon, Mar 17, 2014.

    justaman Posts: 212

    The city wants it all but claims Seawall Blvd is a county road when it comes to paving it..County needs to claim some of the revenue from the parking meters on it's road then. JUDGE Henry should a figured that out..Yarborough would have caught it...

  • carlosrponce posted at 7:07 am on Mon, Mar 17, 2014.

    carlosrponce Posts: 4672

    Maintaining the Seawall is the responsibility of the County. Maintaining Seawall Blvd is the responsibility of the city. The city of Galveston asked their tax payers to approve the parking meters. We who live in the County but not in the city of Galveston were never polled. If the county was responsible for maintaining the Blvd then the entire county would have voted on the measure. Since it is a city maintained road, only the CITY voters were asked.

  • TrebleClef posted at 12:12 pm on Mon, Mar 17, 2014.

    TrebleClef Posts: 433

    It seems both 'justaman' and 'carlosponce' missed the point of the article. The issue is beach access and use of beach user fees, which the parking plan is attempting (and not very well ) to utilize. The city is getting closer and closer to botching this even more than it has already.

  • carlosrponce posted at 12:50 pm on Mon, Mar 17, 2014.

    carlosrponce Posts: 4672

    I knew it off the topic but justaman was just looking for a forum to hang this on Judge Henry and I hate when misinformation is spread. It is the City of Galveston's responsibility to maintain the Boulevard, not Galveston County. If the county wants to help, fine but be warned: once you feed a stray animal they'll come back for more!

  • IslandResident posted at 5:43 pm on Mon, Mar 17, 2014.

    IslandResident Posts: 221

    Last I walked on the beach, it was free! There are no "toll booths" at the steps or rock groins.
    I have no problem paying for parking on seawall.
    I recall Mustang Island charging to drive on the beach (only available access)

    What is it that everyone wants everything, but not pay for it?

    I wish we could charge a toll to come over the causeway.

    It costs to maintain everything. Where the H#(@) do you expect the funds to come from?

  • Jake Buckner posted at 6:56 pm on Mon, Mar 17, 2014.

    Jake Buckner Posts: 2240

    carlos, the cat is out of the bag. The County has already paid for paving in the past...

  • IHOG posted at 10:57 am on Wed, Mar 19, 2014.

    IHOG Posts: 2486

    When will county voters get to vote on sea wall parking?
    If the county maintains the road county voters should have as much say about the road as county voters who live on the Island.
    Before the county spends a penny on Sea Wall dr. Judge Henrey should require a vote by county residents approving or rejecting paid parking on a county maintained road.
    The election approving paid parking should be declared mute and void because only county residents living on the Island were permited to vote.

    Is Sea Wall dr a City street or a County road?
    If it's a City Street the City should take care of it.
    If it's a county road it's use and maintanence should be controlled by county voters.

  • Robert Buckner posted at 7:08 pm on Wed, Mar 19, 2014.

    Robert Buckner Posts: 833

    Hey island resident, when you build and maintain the causeway then you can install a toll booth. Its time to quit your whining about Galveston's problems being blamed on mainland residents that work and visit the island. Maybe tool booths should be installed during hurricane evacuations. Think about it. Taxpayers everywhere paid for that causeway. The bridge goes both directions.

  • Jake Buckner posted at 8:11 pm on Wed, Mar 19, 2014.

    Jake Buckner Posts: 2240

    IHOG and carlosponce -- You're making statements about Seawall Blvd as if they're fact. Do you mean them as fact, or how you think it should be?

    As I understand it, maintenance of Seawall Boulevard has been paid for in the past jointly by the City and County. I think I've read that in this newspaper; correct me if I'm wrong. I guess it's done that way by custom; I don't think it's by law since I believe it's up to the County Judge (or presumably his staff) to decide who is responsible for maintaining roads that run through the county, that aren't maintained by TxDOT or the Federal Govt. I'm surmising this because I couldn't find a website that explained it clearly enough.

    I did find a website stating that FM 3005 (actually UR 3005) runs from San Luis Pass to 61st Street, and that east of 61st the street is Seawall Boulevard (and not FM 3005). If this is true, that seems like a logical point to discontinue County maintenance.

  • IslandResident posted at 7:40 am on Thu, Mar 20, 2014.

    IslandResident Posts: 221

    Where do you get that I am whining about mainland residents and visitors?
    All are welcome. Where would the island be without them?

    Residents on this island need to clean up their own places and quit having their hands out for freebies.
    The comment about a toll booth was tongue in cheek - lighten up!

    Many coastal towns have bridge access where tolls are charged.
    Perhaps you need to travel more to see how the rest of the country and world creates revenue.

  • justaman posted at 8:54 pm on Thu, Mar 20, 2014.

    justaman Posts: 212

    You want the gravy but not the grief?,, You want the county taxpayer to pay for paving to your city meters?.. without any consideration for the county?. Unless you have a boat everyone that gets to the island is traveling on county or state roads that in fairness taxpayers on the island pay for too. We should not really have meters on the south side anyway.. Should be a lane for bicycles. emergency equipment. and such.. I do blame Henry for missing the point .. County pays a good sum of the paving cost and city gets all the parking revenue,You ok with that? Is it fair? I think at the very least the county should be paid back for their cost of paving seawall and l forget about the cost of maintaining the county roads just to get to the island...Carlosrponse, you don't speak for me.. I may be trying to get the Judge to think about his elected job and duty to his office and taxpayers....Instead of playing judge or marriage minister at the north county annex. Pay attention, If the judge had put as much time into negotiations with the city on the paving as he and mini me (Dennard) did with GDN the county would have got a better deal. We have four more years of his management style.. His budget shell game to claim tax savings for reelection will have to be reconciled one day.. can the county make it till 2019? we'll see.