Port Arthur sets city council meeting to discuss health emergency, city gatherings

Published 12:01 am Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The Port Arthur City Council will hold an emergency meeting at 3 p.m. today (March 17) at city hall.

According to its agenda, the council is expected to vote on an ordinance that would declare a public health emergency for the city and an ordinance prohibiting “certain community gatherings” within the city, with a fine of up to $2,000 for each offense.

Another item during open session is an ordinance amending personnel policy pertaining to attendance and leave in response to the coronavirus.

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The council is still scheduled to hold a closed session at 4 p.m. today, followed by a regular meeting at 5:30 p.m.

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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