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April 30, 2013

Charter Change and EDC referendum for May 11 Port Arthur election

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PORT ARTHUR — PROPOSITION NO 9

Shall Article XVI, Section 14 of the Charter of the City of Port Arthur be amended to state the following?

All employees appointed by the City Council of the City of Port Arthur (the City Manager, City Attorney, City Secretary, and Municipal Court Judge) shall become residents of Port Arthur and shall remain so, as long as such appointment is held. All appointees of Boards and Committees, where possible, shall become residents of the City of Port Arthur and shall remain so, as long as such appointment is held.

PROPOSITION NO 10

Shall Article XVI, Section 15 of the Charter of the City of Port Arthur be amended to state the following?

In compliance with Federal, State and employment laws, in the selection of all employees, qualifications being equal, preference shall always be given to citizens of Port Arthur for such positions.

PROPOSITION NO 11 Shall Article XVIII of the Charter of the City of Port Arthur be amended in its entirety to state the following?

Section 1. Pleasure Island

The governance of those lands owned by the City of Port Arthur in and owned by the City of Port Arthur in and under Sabine Lake and those lands owned by the City of Port Arthur and common known as Pleasure Island, including any such lands hereafter acquired or added thereto, shall be a subcomponent of City Government under the jurisdiction and supervision of the City Manager, subject to the City Manager direction.

Section 2. Pleasure Island Commission

The Pleasure Island Commission will serve as an advisory board of the City. The City Manager will be charged with managing all Pleasure Island staffing and appropriately placing it within the organizational structure of the city government. The Pleasure Island Commission hereafter called the Commission. The Commission shall be composed of nine members, each being appointed to a designated position as hereafter provided. Each position shall be respectively designated by number from one through nine, corresponding to the positions on City Council, i.e. position number one shall correspond to the Councilmember for Council District One and so on for each respective Council position with position number nine 9 corresponding to the Mayor.

Commission members shall be appointed by the respective Councilmember whose position corresponds to the position for which the appointment is made and may be removed for just cause at any time by the majority vote of the City Council present. Commissioners were first appointed effective May 30, 1986, with positions numbered one through four for terms of four years and positions numbered five through nine for terms of three years. Thereafter, terms for all positions shall be four years.

The Commission shall elect one of its members as Chairman, who shall serve in that capacity for a period of two years and who shall be nonvoting except in case of a tie vote. Commission members shall have the same qualifications as required for membership on the City Council excepting, however, there shall be no Council District residency requirement for any position on the Commission and members shall have no conflict of interest. The incumbent Pleasure Island Commission shall constitute the Commission upon the adoption of this amendment and until the first Commissioners are appointed as herein provided. The Commission may adopt and from time to time amend rules of procedure.

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