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Jefferson County
Port Arthur City Council
by Garrett Bryce
Thursday, December 21, 2017

Port Arthur City Council on Tuesday approved several industrial district agreements with various companies operating facilities in Port Arthur.

The agreements were with BASF Total Petrochemicals, LLC, Total Petrochemicals and Refining USA, and BASF Corporation BTP; BASF Corporation; Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, LP; Chevron USA; Flint Hills Resources Port Arthur, LLC; Praxair, Inc. (Motiva Location); Praxair (Valero Location); Total Petrochemicals and Refining USA Inc. and Total PAR, LLC; Oxbow Calcining, LLC; Premcor Refining Group, Inc.; and GT Logistics LLC and Golden Triangle Properties.

The agreements were approved in a lump motion, with an amendment requested by the city attorney that any agreements not signed by Friday, December 22 be placed on the city council agenda for December 29 for consideration of annexation.

The city council voted to remove from the agenda an ordinance annexing several of the plant properties that are involved in the industrial district agreements.

The city council voted to approve a motion to send a video of Tuesday's meeting and a letter of concern to Port Arthur News concerning the newspaper's coverage of the city. Council members held lengthy discussion regarding the item, which is in the video. To view the video, Click Here

The city council voted to appoint Michelle Dorsey to the Port Arthur Section 4A Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors.

The city council voted to accept a donation of $600 to the city from Herbert H. Gregg in Newark, Ohio, in response to Hurricane Harvey.

The city council voted to table action regarding appointments to the Construction Board of Adjustments and Appeals.

The city council voted to remove from the agenda an item increasing the number of authorized sworn officers in the Port Officer Police Department. The item was initially tabled but later removed from the agenda.

The city council voted to deny a motion regarding a resolution authorizing the city's economic development corporation to enter into a contract with The FLOR Group to develop and implement a direct marketing campaign to schedule and arrange meetings with companies that are considering an expansion or relocation and willing to consider Port Arthur as a potential location.

The motion was given to disapprove the item. Therefore, the status of the item is unclear.

The city council voted to accept an irrevocable Rule 11 agreement and/or mediation agreements with the Texas Municipal League's Intergovernmental Risk Pool with regard to claims made, as discussed in closed session.

The city council voted to amend Resolution 17-318 with 5 days of sick leave, 10 days of vacation leave, both immediately available, and for sick leave and vacation leave accrual at the same rate of accrual on the date of retirement, option to rejoin the city's retiree health insurance plan, regular city holidays off and a salary range, as discussed in closed session.

The city council voted to allow the interim city manager to execute all outstanding and unsigned documents, as discussed in closed session.

All other items were approved by majority vote of the members present at the time of the vote. Agenda

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