PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

September 13, 2013

Precinct 2 gets 'repurposed' substation

Erinn Callahan
The Port Arthur News

FANNETT — Those doing road and drainage work in the LaBelle/Fannett area of Jefferson County’s Precinct 2 will no longer have to drive to the precinct’s Mid County office for materials.

On Thursday, Precinct 2 hosted the grand opening of the LaBelle/Fannett Precinct 2 service center. Located at the rock material yard just off Highway 365, the building will function as a Precinct 2 substation and equipment storage facility for an often-underserved rural portion of the precinct.

“As LaBelle and Fannett continue to grow, so will the needs of our services,” said Precinct 2 Commissioner Brent Weaver. “If our workers have to drive 50 miles to Mid County, that’s bad for fuel consumption, not to mention lost work hours.”

The precinct saved a significant amount of money by relocating an abandoned, damaged building on the former National Guard grounds, Weaver said. The process of relocating, repainting and repairing the building took approximately one year and between $10,000 and $15,000.

“We tried to be as cost efficient as we could,” Weaver said.

Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Ray Chesson said he was excited about the new substation, which stands at a site that has been vacant since the 1970s/

“There’s a lot of things going on out in rural Jefferson County,” Chesson said. “Thank goodness we have the representatives standing behind us.”

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