Port Commission Confirms Alec G. Dreyer as New Port Authority Executive Director
(Agenda I9) Commissioners approved awarding a professional services contract to Lockwood, Andrews and Newnam, Inc., to design Wharf 6 Container Yard at the Bayport Container Terminal for approximately $2.9 million. The yard will provide for up to 65 acres of container storage and will enable phased construction to occur as rapidly as necessary to meet the terminal's requirements. The consultant will also provide limited construction phase services.
(Agenda I10) Commissioners approved awarding a professional services contract to CH2M Hill, Inc. to design Wharf Nos. 2 and 6 at Bayport Terminal for $2.8 million. The wharves will extend an additional 660 feet east and 1,000 feet west of the existing wharf. The consultant will also provide limited construction phase services and excavation plans for advanced dredging and clay mining, to be conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers within the Bayport Channel.
(Agenda I13) Commissioners approved reducing the original funding agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to widen Port Road to a four-lane boulevard and construct an overpass at Bayport Terminal by $629,622. The original project costs, estimated by TxDOT at $16.6 million, and funding agreement, were based on preliminary design information. Because the low bid for the project came in at $4.3 million below the estimated construction cost, the port authority's share of the total project cost has decreased by $629,622 to a total of
$2.7 million. The balance of the cost is to be federally funded. TxDOT requested that the port commission approve its Amendment No. 1 to the original funding agreement to cover the port authority's share of the decreased cost.
(Agenda K4) Commissioners approved advertising and receipt of competitive sealed proposals for the purchase of new engines, transmissions, generator and related gear for repowering the tour boat M/V Sam Houston. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have awarded grant monies
to the port authority pursuant to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program to repower the Sam Houston. The currently installed generator is original equipment on the vessel and the main propulsion engines and transmission are about 20 years old. Grant funds will be used to
purchase new, cleaner equipment to replace the old equipment. Repowering the Sam Houston will help reduce diesel emissions in the Houston-Galveston area. The vessel has carried approximately 35,000 passengers per year for the last 51 years.
(Agenda K5) Commissioners approved advertising and receipt of competitive sealed proposals for shipyard services for installation of new engines, transmissions, generator and related gear on the Sam Houston. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have awarded grant monies to the
port authority pursuant to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program, to repower the Sam Houston. These shipyard services will remove the old equipment and install the new equipment and test the operations of the vessel with the new equipment. The new equipment will extend the life of the Sam Houston for many years to come so that it may continue to provide excellent educational services to the Houston community.
PUBLIC AFFAIRS MATTERS
(Agenda M1) Commissioners approved a resolution honoring the contributions of San Jacinto College District, selected by the Deer Park Chamber of Commerce Salute to Industry Committee as its 2009 Industry of the Year. The chamber requested that the port commission issue a resolution in support of San Jacinto College District, which is
now in the 48th year of serving the citizens of east Harris County, Texas. The college began in 1961 with one campus and has grown to include three campuses, seven extension centers, a continuing and professional development division, distance learning, a dual credit program with local high school, an early college high school and an
enrollment of more than 30,500 students each semester.
The workforce needs of such the immense ship channel industrial complex have brought together a unique partnership between public and private stakeholders in the region in other ways as well. For example, the district recently partnered with the port authority and others to develop the International Maritime and Energy Center of Houston. The chamber will honor San Jacinto College District and its employees at a luncheon on November 19, 2009, at the Jimmy Burke Activity Center in Deer Park.