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MIN JUL 17 1979 REGULAR SESSION CITY COUNCIL - CITY OF BEAUMONT HELD JULY 17 , 1979 BE IT REMEMBERED that the City Council of the City of Beaumont , Texas , met in regular session this the 17th day of July, 1979, with the following present : HONORABLE : Maurice Meyers Mayor Tom Combs, Jr . Councilman , Ward I Vi McGinnis Councilwoman, Ward II Calvin Williams Councilman, Ward II1 Absent : Leroy Evans Councilman , Ward IV Ray Riley City Manager Kenneth Wall City Attorney Myrtle Corgey City Clerk -000- The Invocation was given by the Reverend Stephen Sampson, Charisma Christian Center . The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilman Williams . -000- Mayor Meyers issued the following proclamation : "South East Texas Black Heritage Festival Days in Beaumont" - July 20-29, 1979. -000- Ordinance No . 79-54 amending Chapter 14, Article II , of the Code of Ordi- nances concerning fair housing practices was considered : ORDINANCE NO. 79-54 ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 14 , ART. II OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF BEAUMONT TO PROHIBIT DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF SEX IN HOUSING; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR REPEAL AND PROVIDING A PENALTY. The ordinance was approved . on a motion made by Councilwoman McGinnis and seconded by Councilman Combs. Question : Ayes : All Nayes : None -000- An ordinance repealing Chapter 26 , Article XI , of the Code of Ordinances relating to the operation of motor bikes on a portion of Multimax was considered. Councilwoman McGinnis made a motion to approve the ordinance; Councilman Combs seconded the motion . After discussion, it was decided the ordinance should be amended to allow varied uses of the property; motion was withdrawn and the item was held for action. -000- Ordinance No . 79-55 suspending the effective date of the Gulf States Utili- ties Company rate increase, authorizing intervention in the rate case pend- ing before the Public Utilities Commission and authorizing employment of Touche Ross and Company and Don Butler, attorney, for professional services was considered : -102- July 17 , 1979 ORDINANCE NO. 79-55 ENTITLED AN ORDINANCE SUSPENDING THE OPERATION OF THE PROPOSED RATE SCHEDULE OF GULF STATES UTILITIES COMPANY; AUTHORIZING INTERVENTION IN DOCKET NUMBER 2677 PENDING IN THE PUBLIC UTILITY COMMISSION OF TEXAS ; AUTHORIZING THE RETENTION OF CONSULTANTS AND ATTORNEYS; AND PROVIDING SEVERABILITY. The ordinance was approved on a motion made by Councilwoman McGinnis and seconded by Councilman Williams . Question : Ayes : All Nayes : None -000- A resolution authorizing execution of an agreement with the Spindletop Youth Soccer Association for the use of a portion of the Multimax property was held for action . -000- Resolution 79-246 authorizing deferral of the agricultural and timber land appraisal for 1979 was approved on a motion made by Councilwoman McGinnis and seconded by Councilman Williams . Question : Ayes : All Nayes : None -000- Resolution 79-247 supporting the request of the Hardin County Water Control and Improvement District No. I for a flood control project and preliminary study by the U. S . Army Corps of Engineers of the Pine Island water shed was considered : Mrs . Jeanie Turk, representing the Board of the Water Control and Improve- ment District , addressed Council to give a brief history of the project and to request support by the City of Beaumont . The resolution was approved on a motion made by Councilman Combs and se- conded by Councilwoman McGinnis . Question : Ayes : All Nayes : None -000- Resolution 79-248 authorizing emergency repairs to the No. 1 well at Loeb by Layne Texas Company in an amount not to exceed $5, 000. 00 was ap- proved on a motion made by Councilwoman McGinnis and seconded by Council- man Combs . Question : Ayes : All Nayes : None -000,- Ordinance No . 79-56 setting the speed limit at 35 mph for the section of Fourth Street from College to Virginia Avenue was considered : ORDINANCE NO. 79-56 ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 26 SECTION 26-23 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF BEAUMONT TO CHANGE THE SPEED LIMIT FOR FOURTH STREET; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR REPEAL AND PROVIDING A PENALTY. The ordinance was approved on a motion made by Councilwoman McGinnis and seconded by Councilman Combs. Question : Ayes : All Nayes : None -000- -103- July 17 , 1979 Resolution 79-249 accepting the bid of National Office Machines for the lease of three (3) cash registers at $288 . 00 per month was approved on a motion made by Councilman Williams and seconded by Councilwoman McGinnis . Question : Ayes: All Nayes : None -000 Resolution 79-250 authorizing the City Manager to execute a Quitclaim Deed to Beaumont Habitat for Humanity, Inc . for Lots 18 & 19, Block 1 , Oil Mill Addition for $200. 00 was approved on a motion made by Councilwoman McGinnis and seconded by Councilman Combs. Question: Ayes : All Nayes : None -000 Mr . L. P. Kinnear, 2395 Park Street , addressed Council to speak of many areas of energy-source research. Mr. J . C. Leggett , 1849 Washington Boulevard, addressed Council on various items from today 's agenda. -000- There being no further business , the meeting was recessed before continu- ing with the City Council Workshop Session. -000 I , Myrtle Corgey, City Clerk of the City of Beaumont , Texas , certify that the above is a true copy of the regular City Council session held July 17 , 1979. Myrtle Corgey City Clerk -104- July 17 , 1979