PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

May 28, 2014

New lighted sign to promote Ned events

Mary Meaux
The Port Arthur News

NEDERLAND — Alerting the public of upcoming events will soon be a bit easier in the city of Nederland.

A new 20-foot sign complete with LED lighting will be installed by the end of the summer in front of the Homer E. Nagel Public Safety Complex at the corner of 15th Street and Boston Avenue.

City leaders recently approved the $138,000 project to erect the sign to be paid for with local funds, City Manager Chris Duque said.

“We will be able to promote city events,” Duque said of the sign. “We will also speak with the Chamber of Commerce and the EDC (Nederland Economic Development Corporation), Heritage Festival officials and Nederland ISD about how we can promote events or special occurrences going on in the city throughout the year.”

Duque said the city would eventually like to open the opportunity to civic organizations such as the Lions Club or Rotary Club, Nederland Little League, girl’s softball or youth football as a way to promote their activities as well.

Nederland Mayor Richard “Dick” Nugent looks forward to the new signage.

“This project is something the citizens will be proud of,” Nugent said. “I feel they will find it very helpful.”

The Homer E. Nagel Public Safety Complex, located at 1400 Nederland Ave., is nearing completion. Once completed, the building will house the city’s police and fire departments, emergency operations center and dispatch.

The public safety complex is named in honor of Nagel, who served as mayor of the city for 28 years and died at the age of 89 in 2011.

E-mail: mmeaux@panews.com

Twitter: MaryMeauxPANews