Ad Hoc Infrastructure Committee

Wednesday, 9:00 am, November 4, 2009

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Commission Hearing Room
4200 Smith School Road, Austin, TX 78744

Commissioner Ralph Duggins, Committee Chair
Scott Boruff, Committee Liaison

Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes

  1. Update on TPWD Progress in Implementing the TPWD Land and Water Resources Conservation and Recreation Plan
    Staff: Carter Smith
  2. Capital Programs and Capital Project Update
    • Galveston Island State Park
    • Sea Rim State Park
    • Mother Neff State Park
    • Texas Game Warden Training Center
    Staff: Rich McMonagle
  3. Update on San Jacinto Battleground/Monument State Historic Site and the Battleship Texas Dry Berth Project
    Staff: Justin Rhodes, Rich McMonagle, Jeff Kester
  4. Post Hurricane Ike Natural Resource Status Briefing
    Staff: Jim Sutherlin, Lance Robinson

Committee Agenda Item No. 1
Presenters: Carter Smith

Ad Hoc Infrastructure Committee
Update on TPWD Progress in Implementing the TPWD Land and Water Resources Conservation and Recreation Plan
November 4, 2009

I. Executive Summary: Executive Director Carter Smith will briefly update the Commission on the status of the agency's efforts to implement the Land and Water Resources Conservation and Recreation Plan (the Plan).

II. Discussion: In 2001, the 77th Texas Legislature directed that the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) develop a Land and Water Resources Conservation and Recreation Plan (Tex. Park & Wild. Code §11.104). In 2002, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission (the Commission) adopted the first Plan. A revised Plan was adopted by the Commission in January 2005. The Plan is available on the TPWD web site. Executive Director Carter Smith will update the Outreach and Education Committee on TPWD's recent progress in achieving the Plan's Goals and Objectives as they relate to the Ad Hoc Infrastructure Committee.

The Plan consists of 8 Goals and a total of 56 Objectives. The Goals stated in the Plan are as follows:


Committee Agenda Item No. 2
Presenter: Rich McMonagle

Ad Hoc Infrastructure Committee
Capital Program and Capital Projects Update
November 4, 2009

I. Executive Summary: The Committee will be provided an update on the Capital Program and on specific Capital Projects.

II. Discussion: The briefing will provide an update of the entire Capital Program portfolio, to include a discussion on funding from general obligation bonds and other sources. The Capital Project Update will include an update on the progress of the Texas Game Warden Training Center and of projects at Galveston Island, Sea Rim, and Mother Neff State Parks.


Committee Agenda Item No. 3
Presenters: Justin Rhodes
Rich McMonagle
Jeff Kester

Ad Hoc Infrastructure Committee
Update on San Jacinto Battleground/Monument
State Historic Site and Battleship Texas Dry Berth Project
November 4, 2009

I. Executive Summary: The Committee will be provided an update on projects and issues at the San Jacinto Battleground Complex.

II. Discussion: The briefing will present an overview of the San Jacinto Battleground Complex, including the major venues (Battleground, Monument and Battleship TEXAS), history, background, annual public events and stakeholders. The Committee will also be briefed on the site's master plans and capital projects past and present, including a discussion of the ongoing issues regarding the funded Visitor Center project and the Battleship TEXAS Dry Berth project.


Committee Agenda Item No. 4
Presenters: Jim Sutherlin
Lance Robinson

Ad Hoc Infrastructure Committee
Post Hurricane Ike Natural Resource Status Briefing
November 4, 2009

I. Executive Summary: This is a briefing to update the Commission on the current status of coastal habitats and department properties impacted by Hurricane Ike.

II. Discussion: Hurricane Ike severely impacted important coastal habitats surrounding Galveston Bay and Sabine Lake in September 2008. Thousands of acres of oyster reefs, coastal marshes, and adjacent terrestrial habitats were badly damaged by the storm. Images of habitats and department properties taken in the wake of Hurricane Ike will be compared to recent images to illustrate change over time and document the current condition of these sites.


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