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Jefferson County
Port Arthur City Council
by Garrett Bryce
Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Port Arthur City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve a request by the Port Arthur Economic Development Corporation to place a proposition on the May 2012 Election Ballot that would allow “Section 4B” projects to be funded utilizing existing sales tax revenues for the next three years.

Currently, the city’s economic development corporation may only expend sales tax revenues it receives on “Section 4A” projects.  Section 4A projects include industrial development projects, such as business infrastructure, manufacturing and research and development, as well as job training classes and public transportation.

Expanding the projects to include Section 4B items would allow the economic development corporation to use sales tax revenues on projects such as children’s and amateur sports and athletic facilities, trails, parking lots, roads, water and sewer infrastructure, and other items.

If approved, the proposition would allow a maximum of $500,000 per year to be spent on 4B projects.  After the initial three year period, which would end on September 30, 2015, the proposition could be extended an additional three years by a two-third majority vote of the city council.  Ballot Proposition

The city council voted 6-2, with Derrick Freeman and Morris Albright, III opposed, to authorize a contract and loan agreement between the Port Arthur Economic Development Corporation and Hernandez & Solis.

Under the contract, the EDC would provide a conditional grant/loan of $60,000, as well as a loan of $40,000 to the company, which would agree to increase its annual payroll to $180,375 by the end of 2016.

The city council voted unanimously to authorize an incentive contract and loan agreement between the economic development corporation and J.Z. Russell Industries.

The city council voted unanimously to remove an industrial district agreement with ExxonMobil Corporation from the agenda.

The city council voted 5-3, with Mayor Deloris “Bobbie” Prince, Robert Williamson and Freeman opposed, to table action on the city’s 2012 Streets Program.

The city council voted unanimously to appoint Mayor Prince, council members Williamson and Raymond Scott, as well as Acting City Manager John Comeaux and Human Resources Director Dr. Albert Thigpen to the Golf Course Committee.   Comeaux and Thigpen will serve as non-voting members.

The city council voted unanimously to table action on authorizing funding to the Pleasure Island Committee for restoration of a restroom.

The city council voted unanimously to table an amendment to the city’s General Fund Budget to fund the Pleasure Island restroom restoration project.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote of the members present at the time of the vote.  Council Member John Beard, Jr. was absent from the meeting.  Agenda




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