PA to fix 7 water pump stations; Team Fabricators receives incentives; more city news

Published 7:30 am Monday, February 24, 2020

Seven drainage pump stations in Port Arthur will start to undergo repairs with the help of insurance and federal funding.

The city hired Triangle Rotating Equipment Specialist, or TRES, of Orange to complete the project at a cost of $655,581.97. The city is receiving $397,904.22 in insurance money from the Texas Municipal League, with the remainder of the cost submitted for approval of reimbursement by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The most expensive work will be done on the Montrose Pump Station, at a tag of $210, 726. El Vista Pump Station will require $151,000 worth of repairs, and Landfill Pump Station will cost $100,833.

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Gulfway Underpass, Memorial Underpass and Golf Course No. 1 and No. 2 pump stations also will be fixed. Once TRES begins work, the company estimates it will take 30 days to complete work on each station.

Other city business

  • The Economic Development Corporation agreed to an economic incentive contract with Team Fabricators LLC, which is expanding its pipe fabrication area by 22,800 square feet and its carbon steel blast paint building by 46,100 square feet. The EDC will grant Team Fabricators $324,000, which the company does not have to pay back if it employs eight Port Arthur residents at a total payroll of $1,088,880 by the end of the agreement on June 30, 2024, among other requirements.
  • Jefferson County Precinct 3 will assist the city in repairing Jetty Road in Sabine Pass. No impact to the city’s budget is expected, but Precinct 3 Commissioner Michael “Shane” Sinegal estimated the cost of the work at $76,000. Golden Pass LNG donated $35,000 toward the cost of bull rock to be placed in the deepest potholes before they can be fixed.
  • A planned development district will be zoned for four blocks and a portion of a fifth block of 19th Street, north of Charleston Avenue. Construction of a new animal shelter for the city, as well as the addition of city warehouse and Jefferson County Drainage District 7 offices, are planned for the location.
  • More than 4.4 acres of land on Texas Highway 87, just south of South 13th Avenue in Sabine Pass, will be rezoned from multiple family to light commercial in anticipation of business resulting from the influx of workers for factory expansions.
  • The EDC will re-establish a summer youth employment training program, and
  • The city will receive $47,732.33 from TPC Group for the Port Arthur Fire Department’s assistance in responding to the Nov. 27 explosions at TPC’s Port Neches Operations chemical plant.

Special meeting Tuesday

A special council meeting has been called for 10 a.m. Tuesday.

The council will hold open discussions regarding delinquent water utility accounts and Community Development Block Grant allocations for 2020.

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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