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Board of Trustees of the Galveston Wharves
by John David Suayan
Monday, April 24, 2017

The Board of Trustees of the Galveston Wharves today voted 5-1, with Ted O’Rourke opposed, to accept the 2016 Audited Galveston Wharves Pension Plan Annual Financial Report for the year ending December 31, 2016. Listen (9:45)

The board engaged Whitley Penn, P.C. to perform the Port of Galveston’s annual financial audits. Item Summary

“I don’t understand how we don’t have a deficiency where we had a deficiency before,” said O’Rourke.

The board voted unanimously to accept the actual valuation of the Galveston Wharves Pension Plan as of January 1, 2017, related assumptions, and approval of 2017 contributions to the plan.

The board voted unanimously to approve an increase to the authorized annual amount for the maintenance dredging contract for port facilities to Callan Marine, Ltd.

The contract was initially improved in January for a five-year term, in an annual amount not to exceed $877,500. The request was for a total amount not to exceed $1.3 million for the annual amount.

The board voted unanimously to modify the port’s parking tariff pertaining to covered parking.

The board discussed but took no action on an item regarding the appointment of a port director. Chair Benny Holland said that the port is in the process of evaluating applications for the position.

All other agenda items were approved unanimously with Todd Sullivan absent. Agenda

The board listened to a presentation on the Coastal Spine and Galveston Ring Levee System led by Colonel Len Waterworth with Texas A&M University of Galveston and Colonel Christopher Sallese with Dannenbaum Engineering. Waterworth substituted for Dr. William Merrell, who is recovering from a medical procedure. Listen (56:21)

Waterworth said that surge protection for the Upper Texas Gulf Coast will happen, but it is a question whether it will happen before or after a storm. He added that community input is essential to the project.

“We’re also trying to get the people living on the coastline to be part of the solution,” stated Waterworth. “What do they want?”

He mentioned that the Coastal Spine, simply known as the Ike Dike, is among the Trump Administration’s top infrastructure projects in the nation and is considered by Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush as the most important project in the state.

Sallese said the ring levee system may involve modifications to the Galveston Seawall.

The board also heard a presentation from Galveston Park Board of Trustees Executive Director Kelly De Schaun on joint marketing efforts between the entities.

Remembering Jim Guidry Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership

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