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Galveston City Council Special Meeting
by John David Suayan with photos courtesy G-TV
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Galveston City Council, in a special meeting held today, voted unanimously to canvass the returns of the May 6, 2017 bond election and special election.

Voters approved a $62 million bond while denying the disposal and sale of Jones Park and Gus Allen Park.

City Manager Brian Maxwell said the elections give the city a “great opportunity here to make a big difference on the island.” Listen (3:21)

“I want to make sure that everybody understands that we’re going to be very transparent with this process,” said Maxwell.

Mayor Jim Yarbrough said the bond election results were a reflection of the voters’ confidence in city management.

“When people don’t have confidence in city hall, I take that personal so we have an opportunity to validate those who did have confidence enough to vote for it but also those who were on the fence and weren’t really quite sure,” said the mayor.

The city council voted 5-0-1, with Terrilyn Tarlton-Shannon abstaining, on first reading to place a moratorium on property development and temporarily suspending the acceptance of any new development applications for properties directly adjacent to Broadway, from 6th Street to the Causeway, exempting properties within the East End Historic District of 11th Street to 19th Street, for a period of 90 days or until the adoption and implementation of regulations for new development in the subject area.

The city council voted unanimously to negotiate and retain of the firm of Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP to serve as special disclosure counsel, the firm of Bracewell LLP to serve as bond counsel, the firm of Hilltop Securities as senior managing underwriter and Samco as co-managing underwriter, in connection with the issuance of City of Galveston, Texas General Obligation Bonds Series 2017.

Frank Maceo was absent. Special Meeting Agenda




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