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Jefferson County
Beaumont City Council
by Garrett Bryce
Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Beaumont City Council today voted unanimously to authorize City Manager Kyle Hayes to apply for and receive an additional $296,282 in Neighborhood Stabilization funding to help redevelop neighborhoods through the demolition and redevelopment of single-family homes.

The program is funded through the Housing and Recovery Act of 2008 with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.

"Currently, the city has been awarded a total of $1.185 million to purchase, rehabilitate and sell nine homes and demolish approximately 50 unsafe and abandoned structures within the target area near Beaumont Housing Authority's Hope VI projects," Hayes said.

The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs has notified the city that it is eligible for the additional funds, according to Hayes.  The funds would be used for asbestos abatement for the demolished homes and construction of two infill homes for sale.

The city council voted to amend Beaumont's Code of Ordinances to increase fees for health services and clarify waivers of fees.

According to Hayes, city staff has been conducting a citywide review of fees, and found that the increased fees were in line with those charged in the region.  Under the amendment, STD fees would be increased from $10 to $20, while children's immunization fees would be increased from $5 to $10 and adult immunizations from $5 to $15.  The fee for additional copies of birth and death certificates would be increased from $3 to $4, while notary affidavit fees would be increased from $5 to $6.

The amendment would also add two new fees.  A $5 fee will be charged for record replacements, and a $1 fee will be charged for additional notary signatures.

Also, the city will change the language regarding waivers of health related fees to allow the health department director to partially discount fees in addition to fully waiving fees.

The city council voted to approve a resolution to write-off $249,163 in uncollectible delinquent accounts where each individual account exceeds $1,000

"All accounts included are for transactions between 2005 and 2008 and collection efforts have been unsuccessful," Hayes said.

Of the total amount written off, $192,687 is for uncollected EMS ambulance service charges.  An additional $36,000 is from solid waste franchise charges.  The remaining uncollectible accounts are from weed abatement charges, demolition charges and retiree insurance charges.

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

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