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October 1, 2013

Petry to join PA Construction Board of Adjustment

Board restarted following lapse

Sherry Koonce
The Port Arthur News

PORT ARTHUR — After a month’s lapse, Port Arthur’s Construction Board of Adjustment and Appeals is back in business, and has a new member.

Roosevelt Petry will serve alongside returning members Louis May, Warren Field, Robert Sidney, Vivian Bobb and Billy Robinson. Alternates are Robert Sidney and Bill Terrell.

For the past six years Petry has served on the Port Arthur Economic Development Corporation board. He plans to resign from that board sometime next week.

Petry has missed several of the last few EDC board meetings because of sickness, and fluctuating meeting times that do not coincide with his schedule, he said.

He is not new to the Construction Board of Adjustments and Appeals, having served as vice-president during a previous six-year term.

Petry is the owner of GP Industrial Contractors, a Port Arthur company that specializes in building refineries and petrochemical plants as well as offering industrial services.

He feels the EDC board is in a strong position at this time.

“They are an awesome, wonderful group of people,” he said.

Petry said he looks forward to serving on the Construction Board of Adjustments and Appeals — a board that had to be reassembled at Tuesday’s City Council member.

The five-member board was inadvertently dissolved a month ago when the members’ terms expired before anyone at the city noticed, and called for new appointments. All terms are two years.

The board has not met since June.

Lawrence Baker, director of community services, said his office was responsible for overseeing board appointments, but had not received a notification that the terms were expiring.

“I had an inkling they would expire and instructed my coordinator to look into it,” Baker said. “She was assured everything was OK by the city secretary’s office, so I left it at that. But, then I got a call that the terms had expired at the end of August.”

Baker described the board as “crucial” to city operations.

The board issues condemnation orders and hears appeals.

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