Port Neches to call for November election

Published 6:13 pm Tuesday, June 28, 2016

PORT NECHES β€” Port Neches council is looking to call for a November election to fill two council seats for members whose terms are coming to an end.

The Place 1 member Chris McMahon and Place 2 member Adam Anders are expiring. Both McMahon and Anders were elected to their respective three-year term seats in November 2013.

Council will consider approving an ordinance calling for the Nov. 8 election during the 4 p.m. Thursday Port Neches Council meeting at city hall.

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Filing dates for the Port Neches election will be from July 25 through Aug. 22. Candidates must meet all filing requirements including a $100 filing fee, or in lieu of a filing fee, a petition signed by a minimum number of 25 qualified voters from the city.

Council also consider approval of an election agreement with Jefferson County to provide election services for the general election.

According to information from the city, the cost is expected to be in the $7,000 range although final costs could vary.

In addition, the cost could decrease if other governmental entities such as the Port Neches-Groves Independent School District and the city of Groves also conduct an election on this date.

β€œIn comparison, staff has calculated that the cost for the upcoming election, if conducted by the city alone, would be approximately $13,000, City Manager Andre Wimer said.

Council is also expected to make appointments to the Port Neches Economic Development Corporation during the meeting.

On Aug. 17, board terms of Julie Gauthier, whom is also a councilmember, and Forest Barber, expire. Both have expressed interest in continuing their service, according to information from the city. Terms are for two-years each and the new terms will expire Aug. 17, 2018.

PNEDC bylaws state board members are selected by their interest in the work of the PNEDC, special expertise and civic service, at least three of the board members shall not be employees of the city of members of council and comply with residency requirements.

In other business, council fill consider rescinding a demolition order for a swimming pool located at 1115 Bowlin Ave.

The pool was ordered to be demolished during a July 9, 2015 meeting after a public hearing. Since then MCT Credit Union acquired the property in a foreclosure sale and now has a buyer for the tract, Wimer said. However, in order for the sale to go forward, the demolition order needs to be rescinded.

The buyer has stated that the pool will be restored to working order.

Mary Meaux: 409-721-2429

Twitter: @MaryMeauxPANews