Port Arthur to install $227K bus stop at library; more city council news

Published 12:14 am Thursday, June 25, 2020

Two more Port Arthur Transit bus stops will be constructed in the near future, although one of the stops carries a hefty price tag.

Construction of a bus stop for the Port Arthur Public Library will cost $227,768.61, but Port Arthur Transit Director Ivan Mitchell said the cost includes the installment of a road and bus lane. According to a memorandum Mitchell wrote to City Manager Ron Burton, the library was selected to address “bus movement issues” at its location on the corner of Ninth Avenue and West Parkway (side road to Texas 73).

The good news for that city is that Federal Transit Administration funds will be used to cover the cost of that bus stop and the other at Ninth Avenue Medical Plaza, which is closer to FM 365.

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Mitchell wrote the medical facility was selected to improve the present bus stop for passengers with mobility locations. The cost of that new stop is $26,528.85.

The Port Arthur City Council has approved a contract with Excavation & Construction of Port Arthur to begin work on the new structures. That was among a long list of approvals during Tuesday’s regular meeting, which was held via videoconference.

Among those transactions:

  • A passed resolution allows Port Arthur Transit to continue serving as Greyhound’s local bus terminal and ticket agent.
  • Twelve vehicles for the Port Arthur Police Department will be purchased from Silsbee Ford and Lake Country Chevrolet of Jasper totaling $369,880.50.
  • The city picked up a second-year option with Crowder Gulf of Theodore, Alabama, for debris removal and emergency services in the event of an emergency or disaster. The cost will not exceed $13 million.
  • The city will extend a contract with Arceneaux, Wilson & Cole of Port Arthur by one year to design and construct 12 lift stations damaged by Hurricane Harvey in 2017 at its wastewater facility after city officials mistakenly omitted the performance time for the construction phase. Councilmembers, however, rejected a request to add another 180 days to the contract, which would have extended the deadline to Dec. 31, 2021.
  • Seven portable and two mobile radios with accessories will be purchased for the Port Arthur Fire Department at a cost of $46,602.83. Fire Chief Larry Richard said the present radios in the fire and police departments “have reached the end of life” and cannot be sent off for repair.
  • American Restoration of Houston will repair and renovate a portion of the Rose Hill Manor exterior for $211,000.
  • Former Port Arthur Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Johnny E. Brown was appointed to the Planning and Zoning Commission to replace the late Inell Moore. Brown’s term will expire Oct. 30, 2021.

Councilmembers did not discuss the fate of a city-sponsored fireworks display still scheduled for July 4.

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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