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Port Arthur roundup: New mayor pro tem & EDC member; water system safety discussed

Position 7 Councilwoman Charlotte Moses will serve as mayor pro tem in Port Arthur at least until November.

Moses’ term began with Tuesday’s city council meeting and lasts one year, but the city council elections have been postponed from May 2 to Nov. 3 as a precaution against coronavirus. Moses is running for a third and final term against Rashad A. Harris and Yadi Cardenas.

Beginning with the 1992 election, the city charter has called for the office of mayor pro tem to rotate in sequence starting with District 1 after each one-year term. District 4 Councilman Harold Doucet previously held the position.

Districts 5 and 6 were eliminated from the council in 2018.

In other city business:

  • LSPS Solutions LLC of Victoria will finalize a contract with the city for $69,757 for consultation related to the 2018 American Water Infrastructure Act. The act requires community water systems serving more than 3,300 people to develop or update risk assessments and emergency response plans. It also sets deadlines for water systems to certify the assessments and plans to the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Farhana Swati has been appointed as board member of the Port Arthur Economic Development Corporation.
  • The city’s declaration of disaster in response to COVID-19 has been extended.

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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