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Jefferson County
Port Arthur City Council
by Garrett Bryce
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Port Arthur City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to amend the city's ordinance regarding the number of wrecker business permit holders on the city's nonconsent/nonpreference rotation list.

The city had previously maintained a list of 15 wrecker businesses on the rotation list, which was full.

The motion was intitially to remove the cap entirely. However, the motion was amended to place the cap at 17 vendors, in order to allow two new companies to be added to the list, if they meet requirements.

The city council voted unanimously to approve an ordinance setting the just and reasonable rates for the cost of service adjustment clause to be charged by Texas Gas Service Company.

Texas Gas Service Company had filed a request for an annual avenue increase of $234,621 for gas utility services. The request will result in an increase of $0.36 per month for residential customers, a $1.80 per month increase for commercial increase, a $2.36 per month increase for public authority customers, and a $43.41 per month increase for industrial customers.

The city council voted unanimously to remove from the agenda a resolution to decrease the 2017 Community Block Grant allocation from $1,018,036 to $1,004,747 and approving a revised list of projects for 2017.

The city council voted unanimously to appoint a negotiating team to conduct collective bargaining with the bargaining agent of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 397of the City of Port Arthur Fire Department.

The team will consist of the city manager, the director of human resources, assistant director of finance-accounting, city attorney, assistant city manager and outside legal counsel.

The city council voted unanimously to apply for the FY2018 Rifle Resistant Boby Armor Grant.

The city council voted unanimously to approve the retirement of police canine unit Ace and to transfer the canine to Officer Tony Legnon.

The city council voted unanimously to approve the retirement of police canine Apollo and to transfer the canine to Deputy Chief Cory Cole.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote. Council Member Kaprina Frank was absent. Agenda

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