City of Kemah Wraps Up 2019

By: Press Release
| Published 01/27/2020

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The City of Kemah is very thankful for those who have joined in finding opportunities for serving in the community. Together, they are working a sensible plan for now and into the future.

Mayor Terri Gale said, “We could not be more grateful, with the community’s help, we have begun a data-driven conversation with leaders, policymakers, and influencers about issues the city will need to address in the next decade”. Here are the three top priority issues Mayor Gale and City Council have addressed, so far:

DRAINAGE PROJECTS

We have engaged LJA Engineering to complete a comprehensive, citywide Master Drainage Plan

    • They are examining all parts of the city independently and as they interrelate
    • They are looking at factors outside of the city itself (e.g., Jarboe Bayou and Clear Creek) to understand their effects on our community
    • They have been gathering input from residents and businesses in all parts of the city
    • They are modeling both existing conditions and alternative solutions

CAPITAL PROJECTS

We have set the priorities for our capital projects this year, responding to the priorities set in our City Strategic Planning session and to the priorities expressed by our residents and businesses.

The schedule below reflects the allocation of capital spending over the previous three fiscal years, as compared to the funding allocation for FY2020.

Significant progress has already been made, including the Kemah Village turn lane, the Master Drainage Plan, the design for Ride Share Parking, proposed Park and Signage improvements, and technology upgrades and automation.

EMS

We have completed the transition on our contracted EMS service to the Galveston County Health District (GCHD). Thanks to the amazing support from our County Commissioners, particularly Darrel Apffel and Judge Mark Henry, as well as the diligence of the GCHD EMS Director, Amy Weber and CEO Kathy Barroso, we are up and running after a very smooth transition.

    • The new service ambulance is based in our own Kemah Volunteer Fire Department fire station, which improved response time to under five minutes, a fraction of the previous service, CLEMC (which was based in Webster).

POLICE

The Kemah Police Department will continue improving police effectiveness and public safety which means both increasing police-community trust and preventing crime instead of reacting to crime. The agency has community support for the officers, an experienced administration focusing efforts on public safety priorities, and directly engaging the community in agency work.

As the City of Kemah moves forward into 2020, they have:

    • Held talks with experts around the region to be more informative for Mayor Gale, Council, and personnel in making key decisions.
    • Began implementing long-term Strategic Plan as directed by Mayor and Council
    • Pulled together a large ever-growing 35 member volunteer base, Volunteer Initiative Program providing over 100 hours in community service and event staffing, free to the city but valued at $2,543.00. (Independent Sector announced on April 11, the latest value of a volunteer hour is $25.43 - up 3% from the previous year.)
    • Partnered with local businesses and have received donated items for prizes, awards, and giveaways valued at $11,750.00.
    • Held banner community and holiday events; according to Sylvia Streater, “Christmas in Kemah was the best holiday event and best attended in over 40 years”. Local merchants when asked, reported record sales for November 23 when Christmas in Kemah was held.
    • Doubled the original Krewe du Lac donation goal for Kemah Peace Officers Association “Shop with a Cop” which impacted 15 families; $2,000 was collected.
    • Held or participated in four neighborhood meetings updating residents on issues that matter most to them and discussing upcoming plans.
    • Mayor, Council, and Senior Staff are actively participating on several boards and membership groups such as but not limited to:
      • Galveston County Mayors and Councils Association
      • Bay Area Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau
      • Galveston County Animal Resource Center
      • WCID #12 Emergency Services Board
      • Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership
      • Houston Galveston Area Council
      • Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce
    • The City of Kemah has appeared in media across the region, both in news coverage and promotional support.
    • Built their social media following for the City of Kemah, Kemah Police Department, and Visit Kemah TX to over 21,000 followers, reaching 47,000+ users and sparking online conversation across Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter about Kemah tourism, merchants, lodging, and community events.

That’s a wrap for 2019, together the City of Kemah and the community looks forward to a happy and prosperous new year!