, Port Arthur, Texas

July 18, 2013

Wheelhouse Restaurant back on PN council agenda

Mary Meaux
The Port Arthur News

PORT NECHES — The issue of the Neches Wheelhouse Restaurant is back on the table for discussion in Port Neches.

Councilmembers will tackle the issue during the council meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday at City Hall, 1005 Merriman St.

“Council will continue to review the potential terms and conditions associated with the construction of the restaurant on riverfront property,” Port Neches City Manager Andrè Wimer said.

Last week Port Neches councilmembers met in closed session for almost one hour while discussing the proposed Neches River Wheelhouse Restaurant. They unanimously agreed to retain legal council to develop the necessary documents to convey ownership of the property to the group of investors who have formed a limited liability corporation.

Any final approval by city council would be contingent upon the acceptance of terms and conditions by the restaurant group.

Council will also take action authorizing the issuance and sale of $4.3 million worth of certificates of obligation. The issuance of debt will go toward  number of projects including: $1.6 million, new fire station; $1.5, repair and replacement of lines in the wastewater system; $250,000, repair and replacement of water system lines; $500,000, improvements along Port Neches Avenue; $250,000, improvements to the armory building; and $100,000 toward street repair mainly on Merriman.

Other agenda items include:

• Discuss and take action regarding the scheduling of a public hearing at 4 p.m. Aug. 15 for the purpose of reviewing the proposed 2013-2014 fiscal year budget.

• Discuss and take action regarding the approval of an independent contractor agreement, library technology training program.

• Discuss and take action regarding the approval of a resolution supporting a proposal by Entergy Texas Inc. and ITC Holdings Corp. involving the transmission system.