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Posted on: March 5, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Waves of Information for the week of March 5th


Welcome to this week's Waves of Information Galveston!


While contractors work to reconstruct the roadway at the base of the 51st Street Bridge, a complete closure between Harborside and Broadway will be required. 


The lanes are estimated to be closed to through access from 8:00 a.m. on Monday, March 12th to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 22nd.  For drivers traveling west on Harborside towards I-45, 51st Street is the last access from Harborside to Broadway. Drivers will need to use 37th Street as their alternative and detour signage will be in place to remind drivers of the change.  More information about this project is available on our website at www.galvestontx.gov.


On February 22nd City Council approved a negotiated pension agreement with the City's firefighters that including concessions by both parties. By State law, the agreement was approved by a majority of the Galveston firefighters as a whole.


The Fire Department's Pension Board and the City worked together to help rectify long standing issues facing the Fire Department's pension. The board and the City negotiated major changes, which included increasing the City's contribution by 3%, increasing the amount the employees contributed by 2%, and ending cost of living adjustments for all future retirees. The change also included a $1,000,000 lump sum payment from the City into the pension plan. With the civilian pension and the fire department pension plan both on sound financial footing, the city will now turn its focus to working with the Police Pension Board on what it will take collectively to put the PD pension plan back in compliance with state law.


The Galveston Police Department has another opportunity for you to earn the badge coming up this April 6th. 


In an effort to maintain a fully staffed department, the City will be hosting a civil service exam on April 6th at the Galveston Island Convention Center to ensure that the next round of cadets is trained and ready to take the reigns as positions open at the Department. The civil service exam is the first step in applying for the department. Those who pass will then be required to pass a physical agility test and extensive background investigation. To view the requirements, a preview of the agility test, and to answer the call to serve the Galveston community as a police officer,  sign up today at www.galvestontx.gov/earnit. 


This week City Council will hold a special meeting on Thursday, March 8th to cancel the unopposed races for Mayor, District 1, District 2, and District 4.


The following candidates, who are unopposed in the May 5, 2018 general city election, will be declared elected to office, and will be issued certificates of election following the time the election would have been canvassed:Jim Yarbrough – Mayor, Amy Bly – Councilmember, District 1, Craig Brown – Councilmember, District 2, and Jason Hardcastle – Councilmember, District 4. Congratulations to each of these dedicated citizens who have committed a significant amount of time to serving the City of Galveston. For more information about the election and the District 3, District 5, and District 6 races, please visit www.galvestontx.gov/election.


That's all we have for this week Galveston, until next week!

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