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Jefferson County
Beaumont City Council
by Jim Guidry
Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Beaumont City Council today voted unanimously to authorize City Manager Kyle Hayes to apply for a $489,024.83 grant through the Homeland Security Grant Program.  Hayes said that there are two areas in the program where Beaumont qualifies for funding.

"The first is the State Homeland Security Program where the fire department is asking for $281,024.83 to modernize the radio system to be fully digital and compliant with federal interoperability dictates," Hayes said, noting that the fire department is requesting an additional $93,000 to complete the first phase of a project to enhance facility security at the city's fire stations.

The city council voted to award a $24,800 contract to CST Environmental for the demolition and removal of the coliseum at Fair Park.

"The coliseum sustained significant roof damage during Hurricane Rita," Hayes said.  "It was decided not to repair the facility after acreage surrounding the property was acquired by the Beaumont Housing Authority for a residential housing development."

The city council approved several six-month extensions for residents occupying FEMA or travel trailers while they continue to repair damage to their homes suffered during Hurricane Rita.  However, the city council denied three requests.

The city council denied a request for an extension by Ruth Pyatt for a trailer at 950 North 5th Street because "The applicant did not qualify for the Hurricane Rita Disaster Relief Program, is not working on (her) home and is not in litigation," according to the staff report.

The city council also denied an extension for Elwood Nixon at 3115 Washington because his home was remodeled in March by the Rita Recovery Program; and for Denise Dillard at 1705 Tulane "because the applicant "applied for and was ineligible for a FEMA and SBA loan and the Hurricane Rita Disaster Recovery Program".

However, the city council instructed staff to work with FEMA to assure that the residents are not evicted immediately.

The city council voted to continue to maintain a Police Substation at Parkdale Mall.

The city council approved memorandums of understanding with the Salvation Army and the Beaumont Chapter of the American Red Cross for food and refreshment support during evacuation operations.

The city council voted to appoint

Allison Golias to the Keep Beaumont Beautiful Commission.

The city council voted to reappoint Ryan Smith to the Convention and Tourism Advisory Board.

The city council voted to appoint  Brooks Goodhue as chair of the Community Development Advisory Committee.

The city council voted to provide a three-year term for Steven Johnson, alternate member to the Planning and Zoning Commission.

All other agenda items were approved.  All votes were unanimous.




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