Wednesday, 9:00am, May 24, 2006Commission Hearing Room
4200 Smith School Road
Austin, TX 78744
|Item No.||Subject||Commission Meeting Agenda Item No.|
|Approve previous Committee Meeting minutes.|
|1.||Land and Water Plan Update
Staff: Robert Cook
|2.||State Parks Funding Issues
Staff: Walt Dabney
|3.||State Parks Advisory Committee Update
Staff: Scott Boruff
|6.||Survey of Organizational Excellence
Staff: Al Bingham
Committee Agenda Item No. 1
Presenter: Robert L. Cook
Land and Water Plan Update
I. Executive Summary: Executive Director Robert L. Cook 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 November 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 Robert L. Cook will update the Finance Committee on TPWD’s recent progress in achieving the Plan’s Goals and Objectives as they relate to the Finance Committee.
The Plan consists of 8 Goals and a total of 56 Objectives. The Goals stated in the Plan are as follows:
- Goal 1: Improve access to the outdoors.
- Goal 2: Preserve, conserve, manage, operate, and promote agency sites for recreational opportunities, biodiversity, and the cultural heritage of Texas.
- Goal 3: Assist landowners in managing their lands for sustainable wildlife habitat consistent with their goals.
- Goal 4: Increase participation in hunting, fishing, boating and outdoor recreation.
- Goal 5: Enhance the quality of hunting, fishing, boating and outdoor recreation.
- Goal 6: Improve science, data collection and information dissemination to make informed management decisions.
- Goal 7: Maintain or improve water quality and quantity to support the needs of fish, wildlife and recreation.
- Goal 8: Continuously improve TPWD business management systems, business practices and work culture.
Committee Agenda Item No. 2
Presenter: Walt Dabney
State Park Funding Issues
I. Executive Summary: State Parks Director Walt Dabney will present a briefing on the current operational challenges related to inadequate state park funding and the long-term challenges to meet Texas needs in years to come.
II. Discussion:This briefing has been presented to park partners and community leaders across the state to share information about park facilities, equipment, and operations that are suffering due to budgetary shortfalls. Reduced appropriations have resulted in reduced access and services, fewer grants awarded to local governments for indoor and outdoor recreational land or facilities, and fewer community outreach grants to introduce under-served populations to the services, programs, and facilities of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. State Parks have become heavily dependent on park volunteers, Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) workers, and community service workers to achieve staffing and maintenance needs. The final portion of the State Parks Economic Impact Study was completed and further illustrates the importance of the parks to the local communities and to the State.
Committee Agenda Item No. 3
Presenter: Scott Boruff
State Parks Advisory Committee Update
I. Executive Summary: Staff will update the Commission on the organization and activities of the Texas State Parks Advisory Committee.
II. Discussion: The Texas State Parks Advisory Committee was recently appointed by Chairman Fitzsimons. The Committee met for the first time on April 13, 2006. Former Texas Senate Finance Committee Chairman and current AT&T Senior Vice President John Montford was elected advisory committee chairman. A key issue discussed was identifying and specifying priority funding needs of the state park system. Committee members also discussed options for increased park funding through the state sporting goods sales tax, and they began looking at how other states have funded parks. Staff will also report on the committee's May 19 meeting.
Committee Agenda Item No. 4
Presenter: Robert Cook
I. Executive Summary: Staff will preview legislative issues of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD).
- Staff will review legislative issues that may require new legislation or changes to the current legislation.
- Staff will review the status of development of the 2007-2011 Strategic Plan (Natural Agenda) and the FY 2008-09 Legislative Appropriations Request (LAR).
Committee Agenda Item No. 5
Presenter: Mary Fields
I. Executive Summary: Staff will present a financial overview of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD).
- Staff will update the Commission on revenue collected by TPWD for FY 2006, including state parks receipts, boat titling and registration revenue, and license sales revenue including the number of licenses sold.
- Staff will review the revenue collected by fund (Game Fish and Water Safety Fund, State Park Fund, Local Park Fund, and Other).
- Staff will compare the FY 2006 budget to FY 2006 expenditures and summarize recent budget adjustments.
- Staff will review recommendations of the recent Audit Report on the Game, Fish, and Water Safety Account (Fund 9) including proposed super combo fund allocation as recommended by the State Auditor's Office.
Committee Agenda Item No. 6
Presenter: Al Bingham
Survey of Organizational Excellence
I. Executive Summary: Human Resources Division Director, Al Bingham will provide a briefing on the results of the Survey of Organizational Excellence, which was administered to TPWD Employees during the period January 23, 2006 to February 11, 2006.
II. Discussion:The Survey of Organizational Excellence (SOE), which is administered by the UT School of Social Work, was begun in 1979 to assess how the average state employee felt about working for the state. The survey has since evolved into a strategic planning tool and is used as a means to assess organizational strengths and opportunities for improvement from the perspective of agency employees. The survey looks at five workplace dimensions capturing the total work environment. For 2006, 54 percent of TPWD employees responded to the survey. Overall responses indicated improvements in 17 of 20 constructive areas since the last survey was administered in 2004.