, Port Arthur, Texas

November 12, 2012

PN-GISD to hear land request, federal deadline approaches for PN city

Mary Meaux
The Port Arthur News

— Port Neches Fire Chief Steve Curran will make a last ditch-effort to acquire a piece of land needed for a new fire station on Monday.

Curran and other city officials will be on hand to answer any questions during Port Neches-Groves ISD’s 7 p.m. school board meeting on Nov. 12. The board is set to consider options and make a recommendation, if appropriate, regarding the  request form the city for the acquisition of district property located on Magnolia Avenue near Merriman Street.

The issue is down to the wire. FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security gave the City of Port Neches an additional 30 days to accept a federal grant which would pay a majority of the cost to construct a new fire station. The new deadline is Nov. 23.

Curran first presented information to the school board at a meeting on Sept. 11 in hopes trustees would be in favor of trading the piece of land, for the current city hall location, 634 Ave. C. The city is in the process of constructing a new city hall and the old facility will later be demolished.

The school board previously indicated they are not interested in the city hall property and the district sought to find the value of the property.

The new location would cut down on PNFD’s response time which will help the citizens of Port Neches and industry as well as surrounding areas by placing the station in a more central location.

Curran applied for a Port Security Grant for the new fire station in April and received notification from the Department of Homeland Security of the grant award on June 29. The $2.9 million grant calls for a 25 percent match from the city which totals about $1 million.


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