City Council

an underpass area marked for cleanup

The City Council voted Feb. 20 to raise garbage bills for Beaumont residents in order to offset the cost for trash pickup the city is taking over from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).

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Longtime councilwoman and community leader Gethrel "Get" Williams-Wright passed away overnight at a Beaumont hospital Feb. 18. 

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The Brooks Road overpass, if closed, will affect access to public facilities.

The citizenry spoke and the city listened, unanimously approving a resolution opposing the removal of the Brooks Road overpass as proposed by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), part of an ongoing interstate widening project.

During the Beaumont City Council’s final meeting of 2017, held Dec. 19, citizens approached the podium to tell their representatives why they feel the overpass is needed and should not be removed. Beaumont resident Patrick Phelan told the council the overpass provides convenient and safe passage for those who live in nearby neighborhoods.

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Vidor City Councilman for Ward VI David Slaughter is stepping down from the council in preparation of a move to Beaumont, the longtime councilman said in a letter to the city Dec. 15. Slaughter's last day will be Dec. 22.

On a Facebook post, Slaughter said he was selling his "little farm...in Vidor" and would miss the citizens he served for approximately 14 years as councilman of both Wards 3 and 6 at different times.

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Fire Chief Anne Huff, Mayor Becky Ames and City Manager Kyle Hayes present Beaum
Jimmy Singletary, Becky Ames, Kyle Hayes and Carol Riley

 

The Beaumont City Council recognized 21 employees for long-term loyalty to the city Nov. 7, presenting each with an award signifying their years of service to Beaumont and its citizens.

Two employees received awards for 40 years of service. Yolanda Duriso from Water Quality Control and Beaumont Fire-Rescue Capt. Brad Penisson were both recognized for four decades of employment with the city.

Beaumont Police Detectives JoAnn Jacobs and Lisa Jardine were awarded for 30 years of service, as was Joyce Tanner of Code Enforcement.

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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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