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Jefferson County
Beaumont City Council
by Garrett Bryce
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Beaumont City Council today voted unanimously to adopt an order canvassing the results of the May 6 election.

Incumbent Mayor Becky Ames, and incumbent council members Gethrel Williams-Wright, W.L. Pate, Mike Getz, Audwin Samuel and Robin Mouton took their oath of office, as did Virginia Jordan, who defeated incumbent Claude Guidroz for election to Council Ward 1.

The city council voted to adopt a resolution authorizing a development agreement in lieu of annexation of approximately 692 acres of land located on the west side of Major Drive and the north side of Dishman Road.

The agreement limits development on the property, which is currently agricultural, that might be detrimental to the city in exchange for deferring annexation.

Under the agreement, should any non-agricultural development occur, the result would be an automatic petition for annexation by the landowner.

The city council voted to adopt a resolution authorizing a development agreement in lieu of annexation for approximately 10.46 acres of land located at the northwest corner of Major Drive and Dishman Road.

The smaller area was approved under a separate agreement due to being more likely to be developed in the near future.

The city council voted to approve the purchase of 141 body cameras from WatchGuard for use in the police department.

The cameras will be purchased for a total of $162,880, and include chargers, switches, transfer stations and mounting equipment for cars. Of the total cost, $130,300 will be paid through grant funds from the Texas Governor's Office Criminal Justice Division. The remaining $32,580 is paid through a local match by the city.

The city council voted to approve the purchase of a new roof system from Setex Construction Corporation, for a total amount of $64,575. The new roof will be placed on the Water Utilities Building at 1350 Langham Road. The existing roof on the building is more than 20 years old and experiencing leaks.

The city council voted to update an agreement with CHRISTUS Saint Elizabeth Hospitals of Southeast Texas for shelter and support facilities for the city's personnel and equipment during emergency operations.

All items were approved. All votes were unanimous with all members present. Agenda




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