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Jefferson County
Beaumont City Council
by Garrett Bryce
Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Beaumont City Council today voted unanimously to approve Parks and Recreation Director Jim Thompson as the city's representative to apply for a license from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to allow alcohol sales at the Henry Homberg Golf Course.

"The Parks and Recreation Department operates the golf course as an enterprise, and its staff believes that such sales will allow the Henry Homberg Golf Course to be more competitive, as well as enhance its opportunities to host tournaments," City Manager Kyle Hayes said.

The city council voted to issue a specific use permit to allow a boarding house in a General Commercial-Multiple Family Dwelling District for property at 1557 Evalon.

The city's administration recommended approval of the permit with conditions.  Under the conditions, the applicant must provide seven parking spaces on the subject property or acquire an exemption to the parking requirement, and that any grading for the parking to be done so that water drains toward the street.  The structure must also meet all fire, building and health codes that apply to boarding houses in the city, and a drawing by a professional surveyor must be submitted showing the location of the proposed parking and the house.

The city council voted to issue a specific use permit to allow a beauty shop in a Residential Multiple Family-High Density District at 2504 Harriot.

The city's administration recommended approval of the permit with conditions.  The applicant must provide six parking spaces on the subject property or acquire an exemption to the parking requirement, and any buildings moved on site must meet State of Texas Industrialized Housing and Building Standards.

The city council voted to purchase a $191,306 bus wash system from Washing Equipment of Texas for the Beaumont Municipal Transit System.

"The existing roll-over wash system was installed in 1993 and has experienced frequent malfunctions in recent years," Hayes said.  "The water reclamation system no longer functions."

The washing system will be paid for through grant funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  The new system will be installed in the existing bus wash building.

The city council voted to certify the city's Small Business Revolving Loan Fund Plan.  The fund plan was originally adopted by the city on February 24, 1987.  The plan requires annual recertification by the city council to continue.

The city council voted to update an agreement with Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas to provide shelter and support facilities for city personnel and equipment during emergency operations.  The agreement was originally approved in 2006, according to Police Chief Frank Coffin, Jr.

"This agreement was exercised during Hurricane Ike, when this facility provided shelter and housing for city assets," Coffin said.

The update includes an clause that allows the hospital to charge a nominal fee to the city for meals provided during sheltering operations.  According to Coffin, the meal costs would be a reimbursable expense.

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




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