Mid-County industrial park looking to clear first hurdle

Published 6:20 pm Friday, October 14, 2016

A Mid-County Industrial Park is awaiting the first step in its development.

The Jefferson County Commissioners Court will consider and possibly approve the preliminary plat and construction plans of Mid-County Industrial Park Phase I on Highway 69 at their regular meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 17 in the commissioners’ courtroom, Fourth Floor of the Jefferson County Courthouse, 1149 Pearl St. in Beaumont.

County Engineer Don Rao said the park will be built along FM 3514 across from the state jails. It will be a lease site. The property will be outlined and determine how the drainage will be handled.

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The property lies within Beaumont’s Extra Territorial Jurisdiction and plans can’t go forward until they are approved and completed.

The commissioners will deliberate on approving a letter and authorizing sending it to individuals/organizations with events booked at Ford Park after March 31, 2017.

“It has come to the commissioners’ court attention that there may exist some concern and uncertainty regarding the change of venue management at Ford Park,” a letter from County Judge Jeff Branick’s office read. “It is also my understanding that you and/or your organization currently have a date being held or already booked at Ford Park for an event after March 31, 2017.”

“The commissioners’ court wants to assure you that it is our intention to honor any and all commitments made by SMG for events at Ford Park and we will take all necessary steps to communicate your selected dates to any subsequent management company just as soon as a contractual agreement is reached between the county and such company.”

Last week, the commissioners’ court approved hiring Spectra as the management company over longtime managers, SMG.

The commissioners will consider re-bidding the contract to install and operate ATMs at the Subcourthouse at 525 Lakeshore Dr. in Port Arthur. This item will add one additional ATM at the Subcourthouse.

The court will receive and file executed special warranty deed from Jefferson County to the city of Port Arthur for the transfer of property at 246 Dallas Ave. in Port Arthur.

This structure is the former Jefferson County Health Clinic and will become a one-stop city permitting office for contractors.

Under consideration is a request to refund $50,000 previously donated to construct a kayak launch on the Jefferson County Drainage District #6 waterway near the Visitors Center.

David Ball: 409-721-2427