City Council

The city of Bevil Oaks opened its public meeting at the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission on Eastex Freeway in Beaumont with a prayer that they would “conduct business in a sensible and manageable way” to be “fair to all in the community.”

The last meeting Sept. 19 had ended in citizens screaming at their officials and overrunning the three minutes allowed for individual comments.

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The meeting was held at the Jefferson County Courthouse.
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Tensions flared in the county courthouse during the Bevil Oaks City Council’s public meeting Sept. 19.

Residents interrupted the session with yelling and threats to sue the city if later they were unable to qualify for a FEMA buyout program not yet in place, despite repeated efforts by the city attorney Dru Montgomery to save public comments until the end of the session.

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On Tuesday, June 6, the Beaumont City Council voted to formally establish a Beaumont Youth Advisory Council (BYAC). The BYAC will be composed of 12 students who must live in Beaumont, be in the 10th or 11th grade, and attend one of these six schools:

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Returning Beaumont City Council members welcomed a new member to the council during a swearing-in ceremony at City Hall on May 16 during which each took the oath of office, assuming responsibility for their constituencies and promising to faithfully serve the municipality in which they live.

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The Duty Calls committee presents the 100 Club with a check for $10,000.

Following multiple successful fundraisers, including a recent event honoring first responders, the Duty Calls committee donated $10,000 to the 100 Club of Southeast Texas to benefit the families of fallen heroes.

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ExxonMobil Beaumont Refinery at 1795 Burt St. in downtown Beaumont

During a meeting May 9, the Beaumont City Council unanimously approved an amendment to the city’s industrial district agreement with ExxonMobil and approved abatements requested by the company for new local expansion.

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Mandie Peel celebrates with family at Jerry Nelson’s Hill Country.

Seeking – and garnering – re-election in the city of Beaumont were At-Large Council members Gethrel “Get” Williams-Wright and W.L. Pate, and Mayor Becky Ames.

New to the City Council dais will be Ward 1 representative Virginia Jordan, who handily took a majority vote from incumbent Claude Guidroz.

Guidroz said his good-byes during Beaumont City Council on Tuesday, May 9. All incoming and re-elected Beaumont City Council members will be sworn into office May 16.

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Beaumont City Council approved rezoning

Tuesday, Feb. 28, Beaumont City Council approved a resolution of support for establishing a new, municipal management district that could lead to residential and retail development on property at the corner of Dowlen and Delaware. The council also approved rezoning that will lead to the development of a new shopping center and residential area on Major Drive near Village Drive.

New municipal management district

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The city of Beaumont discussed changes to its animal care ordinance Jan. 10, and Jan. 31, City Council approved several ordinance amendments, including making pet sterilization mandatory for adoption and increasing pet limits.

The Animal Care Advisory Committee, a state-mandated committee appointed to assist in improving animal care in Beaumont, recommended changing the adoption fees at Beaumont Animal Services from $30 to $90 for cats and $120 for dogs, with the new fees including spaying or neutering and vaccinations.

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Former Beaumont water utilities director Dr. Hani Tohme, ousted from the position in 2015 after an audit allegedly uncovered deficiencies in the department, including in oversight and payroll spending, has applied for candidacy to run against longtime Mayor Becky Ames in the coming May election.

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