Dennis OKeeffe is a candidate for the City of League City Council Position No. 2. He and his wife have resided in League City for 25 years. Dennis graduated from Clear Creek High School in 1972 and attended Stephen F. Austin State University, graduating with a professional degree in geology. He is a strong supporter of the Constitution and a National Rifle Association Life member.
Dennis has participated in the local business community for 25 years by owning a Mac Tools Distributorship in League City for a decade, and expanded his business to service surrounding counties. He continued his business endeavors to partner in H2O Tech, Inc., a privately owned utility Public Water System in League City and raising Black Angus Cattle on the west side of town.
His experience in the Public Water System business is a valuable resource for League City. He understands the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ) rules and regulations for Public Water Systems to help the City address our increased demand for potable water. His professional geology experience is another asset to protect the public from hazards of urban drilling.
Dennis also understands traffic issues throughout the City. A roadway realignment project for 5 points intersection (FM518/FM270/FM2094), known as Alternative 1, is slated to replace the abandoned 518 bypass project. The conceptual plan was approved by City Council for engineering and environmental studies with project completion scheduled for late 2013. Dennis knows traffic problems in the City are paramount. He is prepared to offer his assistance to implement the FM518W corridor management plan to help resolve traffic issues at I-45. This project is scheduled to begin in June 2011 to reduce congestion and cut through traffic. He is also focused on addressing traffic issues at FM646. He does not support red light cameras as a substitute for fixing traffic problems.
Dennis currently serves on the Clear Creek Watershed Steering Committee with unanimous appointment from the Mayor and City Council. He understands the demand and need for storm water and drainage improvements by representing League City to support a Corps of Engineers Reevaluation Report. The project goals are to reduce flood inundated structures in the Clear Creek Watershed 100 year floodplain by 57%. This project includes offline detention and main stem detention basins. Included in the plan are environmental and recreation features designed to preserve and enhance natural stream values. The benefit for League City is reduced flood frequency during a storm event to minimize structural damage and loss of property. The protection of homeowner’s property, property rights and public safety are essentials that every community relies on.
League City is also struggling with an unprecedented amount of growth that exceeded most expectations, accounting for 90% of the growth in Galveston County over the past 10 years. The 2010 census has identified our population at 82,000+ residents. Unfortunately, we have 6,000 new apartments already approved for construction that will inevitably increase demands on City infrastructure. Dennis will fight for homeowner’s rights by denying future projects that negatively impact property values and impair our ability to provide the essential services of government.
The City’s operating budget for 2011 is $251,000/day. The percentage of ‘top ten’ commercial business contributors to the general fund are down 5% from ten years ago. This imbalance affects homeowners’ property taxes to offset the loss of business revenue. Dennis will encourage and support a designated business park in undeveloped southwest League City for businesses to manufacture products to market worldwide.
He is an advocate for more business in League City. Small businesses create 60-80 percent of net new jobs to build prosperity. With the pending loss of aerospace jobs this year, Dennis will support tailoring our codes and ordinances to promote new businesses in our community. League City cannot maintain our reliance on taxing homeowners’ property as the primary funding mechanism.