City Council

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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Pine Forest City Councilman Robert Kremer submitted his resignation last week, stating to The Examiner his reasons for leaving were the “unethical and possibly illegal” actions recently taken by the Mayor and council members after a recent meeting. Mayor Cathy Nagel contends nothing unethical or illegal took place and says she has the recording to prove it.

Kremer expressed, “The reason I resigned is the unethical and possibly illegal actions going on by the city council members and the mayor.”

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School seventh grade student Desmond Williams

During a council meeting Aug. 23, the Beaumont City Council voted unanimously to renew recycling in the city.

Waste Management recently pulled its recycling service from Beaumont due to its high cost and the limited interest in subscriptions. The move impacted over 500 Beaumont residences.

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Mayor Becky Ames said the council appreciates the efforts city staff has made.

During a work session at their regular meeting Aug. 16, the Beaumont City Council discussed plans for restoring residential recycling in the municipality.

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sidewalk problems

Where the sidewalks end, the danger for Beaumont students begins, Ward 4 Councilwoman Robin Mouton warns.

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W.L. Pate

At-large City Councilman W.L. Pate, who is serving his second term as president of Texas Municipal League (TML) Region 16, was elected second vice president of the Texas Association of Mayors, Councilmembers, and Commissioners at a recent meeting of Texas elected officials.

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Port Arthur City Council

April 5, the Port Arthur City Council tabled an agenda item that would prohibit land on Jade Avenue to be used for a “slaughterhouse or meat-processing plant” after Riceland Farms recently brought a proposal for such a facility before the Port Arthur Economic Development Corporation (EDC).

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Keith Richard

With 490 votes cast for a turnout of 4.65 percent of the 10,548 registered voters in Port Arthur’s District 4, Keith McCurry Richard received 303 votes, or 62.73 percent, to win the City of Port Arthur Special Election on April 2. Richard will finish the unexpired term of Stephen Mosely, who resigned from city council to run for a county commissioner’s seat.

Alicia Gayle Marshall received 180 votes, or 37.27 percent.

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