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Jefferson County
Port Arthur City Council
by Garrett Bryce
Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Port Arthur City Council on Tuesday voted 5-2, with Mayor Deloris “Bobbie” Prince and Robert Williamson opposed, to amend the city’s Code of Ordinances regarding requirements for placing items on the agenda.

The amendment removes a requirement for at least three council members to place an item on the agenda, and will instead allow one council member to place up to two items on the agenda.  If three or more items are requested for placement on the agenda, three council members or more must make the request.  A similar amendment was made for requests that the city attorney draft an ordinance or resolution.

In addition to council members, the mayor, city attorney, city manager or city secretary may submit items for placement on the agenda.  The mayor and city manager may also request the city attorney draft an ordinance or resolution.

The city council voted unanimously to remove from the agenda the appointment of members to a joint committee between the city and Port Arthur Independent School District.

The joint advisory committee serves to “study issues of common concern” for the city and school district.

The city council voted unanimously to order an election for May 12 for the election of City Council District 5 and District 6.

The city council voted unanimously to call a special election for May 12 for a proposition to allow the Port Arthur Section 4A Economic Development Corporation to utilize sales tax revenues for 4B economic development projects during the next three years, in an amount not to exceed $500,000 per year.

The city council voted unanimously to approve the city’s 2012 Streets Program.

The program includes streets to be rebuilt under the Community Development Block Grant Program, as well as $6.6 million in drainage and street work to be funded through the Hurricane Ike Disaster Recovery, Round 2.1 program.

The city council voted unanimously to table action regarding the approval of funds for restoration of the Pleasure Island restroom.

The item would provide a maximum of $129,983 to fund a portion of the restoration.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved reimbursement for 90 percent of the bid cost for the project.

The city council voted unanimously to approve the establishment of an Animal Control Advisory Board, and appointed Dr. David R. Webb, Jacqueline Hebert, Animal Control Supervisor Anthony Mitchell and City Council Member Robert Williamson to the board.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote of the members present at the time of the vote.  Council members Morris Albright and Kerry “Twin” Thomas were absent.  Agenda




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