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Ad Hoc Infrastructure Committee

Wednesday, 9:00 a.m.
January 26, 2011

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

Commissioner Ralph H. 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
    • Annual Report Card of Land and Water Plan Deliverables
    • Sheldon Lake Observation Tower
    Staff:  Carter Smith
  2. Capital Construction Program Update — Update on Capital Construction Program, with Emphasis on Funding from General Obligation Bonds
    Staff:  Rich McMonagle
  3. TPWD Safety Program Review
    Staff:  Mike Mendiola (Noe Cisneros, HOLTCAT)

Committee Agenda Item No. 1
Presenter:  Carter Smith

Ad Hoc Infrastructure Committee
Update on TPWD Progress in Implementing the
TPWD Land and Water Resources Conservation and Recreation Plan
January 26, 2011

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.  In November 2009, the Commission approved a new Plan effective January 1, 2010.  The 2010 Plan is available on the TPWD web site.  Executive Director Carter Smith will update the Ad Hoc Infrastructure Committee on TPWD’s recent progress in achieving the Plan’s goals, objectives and deliverables as they relate to the Ad Hoc Infrastructure Committee.

The Plan consists of the following four goals:

  1. Practice, Encourage and Enable Science-based Stewardship of Natural and Cultural Resources
  2. Increase Access To and Participation In the Outdoors
  3. Educate, Inform and Engage Texas Citizens in Support of Conservation and Recreation
  4.  Employ Efficient, Sustainable and Sound Business Practices

Committee Agenda Item No. 2
Presenter:  Rich McMonagle

Ad Hoc Infrastructure Committee
Capital Construction Program Update
January 26, 2011

I.     Executive Summary:  Staff will provide an update on the Capital Construction Program.

II.      Discussion:  The briefing will provide an update of the Capital Construction portfolio, to include a discussion on funding from general obligation bonds and other sources, with the focus on preparing Commissioners for the upcoming legislative session.

Committee Agenda Item No. 3
Presenters:  Mike Mendiola
Noe Cisneros

Ad Hoc Infrastructure Committee
TPWD Safety Review
January 26, 2011

I.       Executive Summary:  Staff will brief the Commission on the TPWD Safety Program, including an overview of the Wes Littrell Accident Review Board.

II.     Discussion:  The briefing will present findings and recommendations from the Accident Review Board, and also further recommendations based on a review of the TPWD Safety Program.  This will include a discussion on the safety culture within TPWD.  Also presented will be a summary of observations and recommendations by Mr. Noe Cisneros regarding TPWD’s current Safety Program.

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