“The staff and the people have been very good,” Tom Ginter said.
Ginter hit the ground running on Nov. 23, joining former Interim City Manager Joe B. Montez, representatives of Urban Engineering and Austin attorney and Beeville native Wil Galloway in a meeting with water officials in Corpus Christi to settle raw water issues with that city.
Ginter and Montez reported to the City Council on Nov. 24 concerning water discussions conducted the previous day between Beeville and Corpus Christi officials.
He said the two cities were in the process of approving an agreement that would settle the issue of Beeville’s right to acquire water from Lake Corpus Christi.
Ginter told the council that the situation might be settled by an amendment to the contract signed between the two cities in 1982.
The city manager said he planned to get out into the field the first week of December and learn more about the city and its employees.
One positive development is the upcoming master plan for city parks now being prepared by Gignac & Associates of Corpus Christi.
Although the plan originally was to have been completed by the end of November, that unrealistic goal has been postponed until next spring by the City Council.
At the Nov. 24 meeting, Ginter told the council that local input by citizens is vital to having a good master plan. That would not have been possible with a rush to finish something sooner. The deadline for the plan’s completion was delayed until the end of May, in time for the city to apply for Texas Parks & Wildlife grants next year.
Ginter said he expects the Gignac people to start working on that public input during February and March, if not sooner.
Ginter said work is proceeding on putting some recently approved grant funds to work on extending bulk water service to the Blueberry Hill area west of the city. Also, he plans to follow through on other grant requests being prepared for water improvements and utility extensions for a retirement community planned in the north end of the city.
Ginter grew up in Illinois, not far from Joliet. He worked at a city manager in Bethany, Okla., and in Coweta, Okla., after earning a master’s degree at the University of Oklahoma.
Then he tried his hand at consulting work from 2001-2004 and came to Texas right after that.
“I eventually found my way,” he said of his move to the Lone Star State.
He was city manager in Madisonville from 2004-2007 and city manager in Aransas Pass from then until 2008.
Most recently, Ginter was interim public words director for the City of Port Aransas.