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Jefferson County
Port Arthur City Council
by Garrett Bryce with photos and audio by Ashley Ayala
Wednesday, July 16, 2008

photos by Ashley AyalaPort Arthur City Council on Tuesday voted 5-3, with John Beard, Jack Chatman and Martin Flood opposed, to approve rescinding an ordinance that would transfer a fire station building and lot at Memorial Boulevard and 32nd Street to the Truth and Education Corporation. The corporation operates a radio station that is currently housed in City Hall.

A motion to table the matter failed by a vote of 3-5, with Beard, Chatman and Flood voting in favor of tabling the item.

The city council voted 6-2, with Flood and Morris Albright, III opposed, to approve a resolution concerning variance requests for properties at 1033 West Proctor Street, 208 11th Street, 805 Rio Grande and 531-541 Mobile to build homes on the lots.

The city council voted 7-1, with Beard opposed, to approve rescinding call for a special election on November 4. The special election was to approve charter amendments.

The city council voted 7-1, with Flood opposed, to approve a budget amendment for the 2007-2008 budget.  The will increase the City's operations budget expenditures by $534,000 to cover increased fuel costs for the City's vehicle fleet.

The city council voted 8-0 to appoint  Eddie Scaggs, John Clayton, Moe Pina and Desiree Edwards to the Zoning Board of Adjustments.

The city council voted 5-3, with Flood, Chatman and Beard opposed, to approve the minutes of the city council meetings on March 25 and April 8. Listen: RealPlayer  MP3

Council Member Beard noted that the meetings were months old and some of the members on the council now were not at those meetings.

Zoe Jackson Jarra and her father Paul Jackson Sr. visited the city council to promote the upcoming F.A.M.E. Summer Tour Fashion Show Competition and Concert that will be held in Port Arthur on July 28 and 29. Listen: RealPlayer  MP3

Mayor Deloris "Bobbie" Prince proclaimed July 15 to be Port Arthur League Bronco Division Champs Day. The coach and members of the team were at the meeting to accept the recognititon  Listen: RealPlayer   MP3

Prince presented a proclamation naming the Month of July "Recreation and Parks Month. Listen: RealPlayer  MP3

Prince presented a $7,540 check to support the Port Arthur Police Department Blue Santa Program. Listen: RealPlayer  MP3 

"I know how you all work every year at Christmas time," Prince said.  "We are going to continue working throughout the year so that when Christmas time comes, there will not be a child that is registered who will not receive a gift."

All other items were approved by unanimous consent of members present at the time of the vote. Council Member D. Kay Wise was absent from the meeting.

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