The Port Arthur News
A man who spent nearly three decades working to make Nederland a better place to live will be posthumously honored with a building bearing his name.
Homer Nagel, who served as mayor of the city of Nederland for 28 years passed away in August 2011 at the age of 89 but his achievements are still remembered. On Monday, Nederland City Council approved a resolution designating the public safety complex which houses Nederland police and fire departments as the Homer E. Nagel Public Safety Complex.
The building will soon undergo major renovation and is expected to be completed by August 2014 at which time the name change will be administered.
Nagel’s grandson, Jake Griffith, was in attendance as well as Nagel’s daughter.
“This is a great honor for a great man,” Griffith said. “The family is very honored as well.”
Nederland Fire Chief Gary Collins and Nederland Police Chief Darrell Bush were pleased at council’s decision.
“Homer dedicated his life to the city,” Collins said after the meeting was adjourned. “He stood behind the city and formed a lot of the city of Nederland. I’m honored to work in a building that carries his name.”
Collins’ father, grandfather and uncles worked with Nagel at Neches Butane years ago and Collins said he could not remember not knowing Nagel.
Bush, whose father also worked with Nagel at Neches Butane, said he has always had a lot of respect for Nagel.
“He was very helpful to me in landing a job when I first came here and was also instrumental in helping me get appointed as chief of police,” Bush said. “Homer’s mark is left all over town but is just not visible to people; from streets to sewer to fire and police and parks, everywhere you look, Homer had a hand in making the city what it is.”
Bush and Collins feel the council made a good decision in naming the facility in Nagel’s honor.
“Homer was always going to do what’s right for the city, its employees and citizens no matter how tough,” Bush said. “He always made the right decision and stuck by it.”