PA Council quick hits: Meeting rescheduled, pool resurfaced planned & coin-toss contract

Published 12:18 am Thursday, January 9, 2020

Members of the Port Arthur City Council will take an extra week off from regular business for the second time in as many months.

Councilmembers voted Tuesday to reschedule the Jan. 21 regular meeting as part of a Jan. 27 special meeting. Mayor Thurman Bartie made the request because he will attend the United States Conference of Mayors, scheduled for Jan. 22-24 in Washington, D.C.

City council meetings are typically held every two weeks. Bartie was absent from the Dec. 17 regular meeting, and a meeting was not held Dec. 31 because it was New Year’s Eve.

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The Jan. 27 special meeting, which will begin at 5:30 p.m., will address general obligation bonds for street improvements, including drainage and sidewalks.

The next regular meeting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Feb. 4.

In other city business:

  • Walter Mosley Pool on Joe Louis Avenue will be resurfaced at a cost of $82,000. Texas Pool Guy LLC of Port Arthur has been awarded the contract.
  • Deztex Industrial Services of Port Arthur won a three-month contract with the city on a coin toss over Mid-County Land Co., Ltd., of Port Arthur, for excavation and hauling of materials. The two companies tied for the successful bid, and Bartie performed the coin toss. The cost of the contract will not exceed $150,000.
  • Patrick Plumer and Clayton Clark II have been appointed (or reappointed) to the Beautification Commission.
  • Port Arthur will pay the city of Port Neches $68,107.89 for annual recurring costs of the Regional Radio System.
  • The city will settle claims made against Wright National Flood Insurance Co. as a result of flood damages to the municipal garage and its contents located at 103 H.O. Mills Blvd. The claim for the contents of the garage was made for $341,822.08. A $6,384.82 claim was made for “additional” damage to the garage.

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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