WGIPOA 2009 Accomplishments

The West Galveston Island Property Owners Association is entering its eleventh year as an organization. Our main emphasis will always be to protect and preserve the beach and bay shoreline of West Galveston Island and to continue to improve the quality of life for the residents and property owners. The organization continues to become involved with member association issues and concerns that are particular to their area. We set up meetings and search for ways to assist and help property owner associations resolve matters with the City or County.

What we accomplished in 2009:
• Ike Recovery Efforts: The WGIPOA

Communicated all City/State/GLO happenings
Addressed Pursued power and water/sewer hook ups
Helped with permit issues
Coordinated meetings with member associations and various City Departments
Member of the City’s Long Term Community Recovery Program

Participated on Ike Dike and Infrastructure Committee

Worked with the:

Subdivisions to get water/sewer and power hook ups
City on debris removal from streets and canals
Toured the entire west end beaches with GARM and police officer to pinpoint
areas where bollards were needed to prevent vehicles in front of subdivisions.
Since there are no dunes, cars are able to drive directly to a house and very vulnerable to theft.
Police Department on community policing
Worked with groups, associations, legislators in bringing back UTMB to pre Ike status
City on the FEMA Buy Out Program
GLO on cleaning the beaches and bays of debris
City for FEMA reimbursement
Bermuda Beach/Spanish Grant Beach to facilitate the installation sewers, water, and roads. Looking at grinder pumps verses a gravity sewer system

• Conducted “Town Hall” meetings for City Council Member Karen Mahoney involving

Issues and concerns from the west end
The proposed wetland ordinance
Golf carts in the west end

• Addressed City Council and/or Planning Commission

To approve the Buy Out Program for west end homes.
To support the Ike Dike concept
To approve of the funding for a political consultant in Austin for the Galveston
County Beach Erosion Task Force
To recommend changes in the proposed wetland and setback ordinances
Support installation of cell tower on the water storage tank in Pointe San Luis.
Supported Spanish Grant Bay’s request to stop development of Anchor Bay.
Support golf carts on the west end

• Made presentations on the “Ike Dike” to:

Port of Houston
Greater Houston Partnership Flood Control & Waterways Committee
Pachyderm Club
HGAC Natural Resources Committee
Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership
Houston Ship Channel Industry Group
Economic Alliance Group
ASBPA Florida Meeting
WGIPOA Members at the 12/19/09 meeting
Governors Ike Recovery Committee
Chair of Governors Ike Recovery Committee

• Supported funding for CEPRA VI – State appropriated the largest ever, $25 million.
• Worked with the GLO in increasing the sand nourishment project from the end of the
Seawall now to 13 Mile Road now at a cost of $46.5 million
• Chair of the Parks Board Beach Maintenance Advisory Committee
• Worked with the Galveston Windstorm Action Committee (GWAC) to protest any increase in windstorm insurance rates and went to a rally in Austin on May 5.
• Sponsor

of the ASBPA conferences
of the Texas Chapter of the ASBPA

• Successful meeting of the West Galveston Island Marsh Restoration program
• Worked with the Galveston County Beach Erosion Task Force and GLO
• Worked with the American Shore & Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) and the Texas ASBPA Chapter
• Successful meetings with the City Manager with positive results in addressing issues and concerns of the various WGIPOA property owner associations.
• Successful joint meeting with Jamaica Beach on Hurricane Preparedness
• Elevation of FM 3005 became a partial reality with overlay asphalt program
• Lobbyists for the Task Force found a method to fund the Coastal Protection & Improvement Bill
• Jerry Mohn appointed to Coastal Coordination Council

Program of Work for 2010:
• Continue help with “Ike Recovery”
• Become involved with the Comprehensive Plan
• Work with the GLO

On the LOV line
Sand nourishment
New technology
Seek funding sources for sand nourishment and bay restoration projects.
Marsh restoration programs

• Continue joint cooperation with Jamaica Beach for the annual Hurricane Preparedness and Planning meeting.
• Facilitate the development of ordinances for

Set backs
Golf carts

• Work with property owner associations in submitting project goal summary’s for Coastal
Impact Assistance Program (CIAP) and CEPRA VI funding
• During the 81st Legislative Session

Find a funding source for the Coastal Protection and Improvement Bill to introduce during the 82st Legislative session.
Address appropriate subcommittees to support funding sources for shoreline restoration projects
Work with the GLO

• Pursue CIAP funding projects for the west end through the State and County programs.
• Encourage Sea Isle and Bay Harbor to become members again of the WGIPOA
• Seek more corporate sponsors
• Ban the discharge of firearms on the West End.
• Be an advocate for any issue or concern of member property owner associations with the City and County.
• Chair the Parks Board Beach Maintenance Advisory Committee
• Continue meetings with the City Manager to address and resolve issues and concerns for members.
• Facilitate meetings and secure funding with property owner associations, State and Federal agencies on the long term west Galveston Island marsh restoration projects
• Work with new developments and property owner associations to resolve issues and concerns that affect quality of life issues.
• Continue to encourage new developments to include home owner association an assessment for shoreline restoration projects
• Continue to work with and support organizations like the Galveston Bay Foundation, Scenic Galveston, H.E.A.R.T. (Help Endangered Animals – Ridley Turtles), and others.
• Work with and continue to be a member of GAIN (Galveston Alliance of Independent Neighborhoods) in addressing quality of life issues for Galveston Island.
• Support the ASBPA legislative efforts in Washington
• Support the Texas Chapter ASBPA Legislative efforts in Austin
• Develop a WGIPOA newsletter

Jerry Mohn