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Jefferson County
Beaumont City Council
by Garrett Bryce
Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Beaumont City Council today voted unanimously to approve the addition of an assistant chief position at the Beaumont Police Department.

According to City Manager Kyle Hayes, the assistant chief position was eliminated in December 2009.

“After many personnel reassignments and an assessment of departmental needs over the past four months, the chief of police requests to have the assistant chief position added back,” Hayes said.

The ordinance will allow the appointment of an assistant chief from a sergeant with 10 or more years of experience, a lieutenant, or captain, at the chief’s sole discretion.

The city council voted unanimously to award a $588,650 contract to McInnis Construction, Inc. for the renovation of the R.C. Miller Library.

McInnis Construction submitted the lowest of 11 bids received by the city.

The city council voted unanimously to deny a zoning change request for property at 7825 and 7835 Highway 105 to change the property from a Residential-Single Family Dwelling District to a General Commercial-Multiple Family Dwelling District.

The property owner requested the zoning change in order to build a 4,500 square foot shopping center at the property.  City staff had recommended denial of the request.

“The zone change request could be considered spot zoning,” Hayes said.  “Spot zoning connotes an unacceptable zone change that singles out a single tract for treatment that differs from that accorded similar surrounding land without proof of changes and conditions.”

The city’s Planning and Zoning Commission had voted unanimously to recommend denial of the request, as well.

The city council voted unanimously to deny a specific use permit to allow a halfway house for offenders and others in a General Commercial-Multiple Family Dwelling District at 3305 Magnolia.

City staff had recommended denial of the request, which was made by A Chance for a New Beginning, which proposed a facility to house as many as 20 male clients and offer transitional to permanent housing with an average stay of six to 12 months.

“The planning manager is recommending denial based upon the fact that while the property is zoned General Commercial-Multiple Family Dwelling, the broader area surrounding the property is predominately single family residential,” Hayes said. “The proposed use would not only affect property values but, more importantly, be a detriment to the safety of the neighborhood.”

The city council voted unanimously to approve a six-month extension of the city’s oil, gas and mineral lease with Samson Lone Star, LLC for 500 acres of land at Tyrell Park.

The city had granted a lease of the mineral rights to the property on March 24, 2009, for a three-year period.  Samson Lone Star will pay $125 per net mineral acre for the lease, for a total of $62,500.

The city council voted unanimously to authorize the city attorney to file a suit against J.D. Newton Investment Corporation, doing business as Knights Inn and Capital Certified Development Company, for the collection of delinquent hotel occupancy taxes due to the city.

The hotel, which is located at 4085 Interstate Highway 10 South, has not paid hotel occupancy taxes for the period of September 30, 2011 through December 31, 2011, which is an estimated total of $6,096.

The city council voted unanimously to approve a lease agreement in order for the Beaumont Police Department to have a police substation at 7135 Prutzman Road.  The lease is for a total fee of one dollar.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote.  Mayor Pro Tem Jamie Smith was absent.  Agenda

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