Port Neches approves long-term improvements plan, see what city leaders are spotlighting

Published 12:38 am Tuesday, September 27, 2022

PORT NECHES — Leaders in Port Neches have approved a Five Year Capital Improvement Program that includes items ranging from water treatment storage and distribution system to wastewater collection system to streets, facilities and more.

The five-year plan comes at a cost of $24 million.

City Manager Andre Wimer said adoption of the plan does not mean commitment to any particular project.

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“The purpose of the document is to allow staff to have the opportunity to review on an annual basis and make determinations as far as what is anticipated on future large scale expenditures,” Wimer said.  “Concurrently, it allows the city council to have an opportunity to gain an understanding of what those potential long term costs may be.”

Many of the projects identified in the plan are already funded through pre-issued debt or grant proceeds that will be received by the city, he said.

Wimer anticipates the city’s next debt issue to be either in 2027 or 2028.

Projects such as an upgrade to the boat launch at Port Neches Riverfront Park comes in at $750,000. That project is funded through the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and Texas General Land Office.

Projects to replace the roofs on the police station, totaling $500,000, and the library, totaling $350,000 are being funded through debt issues.

The Five Year Capital Improvement Program adopted by Port Neches City Council includes a new roof for the Effie and Wilton Hebert Public Library. (Mary Meaux/The News)

“Concurrently, we are seeking hazard mitigation grant funding, he said. “In the event we are successful in receiving those grant funds, the funding attributed to those two will be reallocated.”

The street work portion on the plan involves work throughout the city.

“There are some funds allocated to do sections of Merriman and also reconstruction of Block Street between Port Neches Avenue and the cemetery,” Wimer said, adding the work would occur next summer when school is not in session.

The section of roadway is heavily used with traffic to an elementary school and to the riverfront area.

Mayor Glenn Johnson said the staff studies the projects and prioritizes them so when the issue goes before city council, the background information is there.

“We are always comfortable with what they bring to us,” Johnson said. “The projects are ones that need to be done.”

Having a Five Year Capital Improvement Program is important to the city and its residents, he said.

The capital expenditures are categorized as water treatment and storage, water distribution system, wastewater treatment, wastewater collection system, street improvements and facilities.