Beaumont City Council today voted unanimously to join other cities in supporting a settlement regarding the transfer of operational control of Entergy’s transmission system to Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator, Inc.
“Entergy has determined that the net benefits to Texas retail customers of Entergy from transitioning to Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator, Inc. is approximately $170 to $225 million over the first 10 years, or approximately $17 to $22.5 million per year on average,” Hayes said.
A group of cities, including Beaumont, intervened in the transition, supporting it with conditions. The conditions include requiring that all Entergy Operating Companies join Midwest, and requiring an analysis of what modifications to the system agreement would be necessary to permit the greatest reasonable benefits for Texas customers.
The city council tabled action on amending the boundaries of the city’s council member wards for election purposes.
“As a result of the 2010 decennial census, it has been determined that an increase in population in the City of Beaumont has caused the existing ward boundaries of the City of Beaumont to be substantially unequal in population,” City Manager Kyle Hayes said.
The ordinance would adjust the boundaries of the wards to comply with the charter by equaling the population as each ward as nearly as possible, according to Hayes. The next election of the city council is in May 2013.
The city council voted unanimously to award contracts to several companies for mowing of privately owned, developed and vacant property that is found to be in violation of the city’s weed ordinance.
Contracts were awarded to various companies in various amounts:
- JLMB Properties, Inc. for $39,883
- CIMA Utility Construction Company for $159,100
- Yardboy Lawncare Service for $99,886
- Bulldog Excavating, Inc. for $86,816
The city council voted unanimously to award a $67,185 bid to Altivia Corp. of Houston for the purchase of liquid chlorine for six months.
All other action items were approved by unanimous vote. All members were present. Agenda