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Jefferson County
Port Arthur City Council
by Garrett Bryce
Thursday, November 02, 2017

Port Arthur City Council, in a special meeting on Wednesday, voted unanimously to terminate the local state of disaster enacted during Hurricane Harvey.

The disaster was declared on August 24, as flooding rains impacted Port Arthur. The declaration was renewed on five occasions, but conditions necessitating the declaration have ended.

Mayor Derrick Freeman stressed that the ending of the declaration does not mean that benefits from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other aid will be ended.

The city council voted unanimously to terminate an agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation for funding for the development of a proposed overpass on FM 365 from Jade Avenue to Spur 93.

The project had required the city to contribute $101,500, or 10 percent of the estimated right-of-way costs for the project. However, state funding for the project was never obtained, and no progress has been made. The city will be refunded the full amount it had provided for the project.

No other action items were on the agenda. Council members Cal Jones, Osman Swati, Charlotte Moses and Kaprina Frank were absent. Agenda

During the meeting, the city council held a workshop to discuss the 2017-2018 Street Program.

To view a video of the meeting, Click Here




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