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Jefferson County
Port Arthur City Council
by Garrett Bryce
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Port Arthur City Council on Tuesday voted to allocate $1,018,036 in Community Development Block Grant funds.

A total of $42,000 was awarded to various local organizations to provide services to citizens, and $976,036 was distributed to various city departments for city improvement projects. List

The city council voted unanimously to make appointments to the Port Arthur Police Chief Advisory Committee. Council members made nominations during the meeting. Meeting Video

The city council voted unanimously to appoint Russel Buss to the Citizen's Pipeline Advisory Committee.

The city council voted unanimously to remove from the agenda a resolution pertaining to a payment to the law firm of Langston Scott Adams.

The city council voted unanimously to adopt a resolution opposing Senate Bill 715, legislation before the 85th Texas Legislative Session regarding changes to the authority of a home rule municipality to annex, and modifies current annexation procedures.

The city council voted unanimously to approve funding in the amount of $5,000 through the Port Arthur Economic Development Corporation to the Southeast Texas Economic Development Foundation for assistance in the regional economic development initiative. The initiative is to coordinate development efforts for the region of Hardin, Jefferson and Orange counties.

The city council voted unanimously to remove from the agenda the renewal of a contract between the city's economic development corporation and Hayes Real Estate for the commercial leasing and property management services for 501 Procter Street.

The item had originally been tabled by a vote of 7-1, with Morris Allbright opposed, and later reconsidered before removed from the agenda.

The city council voted 6-2, with Mayor Derrick Freeman and Allbright opposed, to approve a $275,031 contract between the economic development corporation and Arceneaux Wilson & Cole, LLC for engineering services in connection with the newly-acquired Jade Avenue Business Park.

The city council voted unanimously to remove from the agenda a resolution authorizing the economic development corporation to partner with The Port Arthur Industrial Group Companies for job training and placement of Port Arthur residents.

The city council voted unanimously to appoint members to the Golf Course Committee. Freeman, Raymond Scott and Osman Swati were appointed as representatives of city council. Assistant City Manager Dr. Jimmie Johnson was appointed in place of City Manager Brian McDougal, who asked to be removed as he lived on a golf course.

The city council voted 7-1, with Willie Bae Lewis opposed, to approve a cost of service adjustment proposed by Texas Gas Service Company. The adjustment is to go into effect on April 14.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote of the members present at the time of the vote. Council Member Swati was absent from the meeting. Agenda

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