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MIN MAR 08 2005 M I N U T E S - CITY OF BEAUMONT Lulu L. Smith,Ward I EVELYN M. LORD, MAYOR Nancy Beaulieu,Ward II Andrew P. Cokinos,At-Large CITY COUNCIL MEETING Becky Ames, Mayor Pro Tern Bobbie J. Patterson,Ward III March 8,2005 Audwin Samuel,Ward IV Tyrone E. Cooper, City Attorney Kyle Hayes, City Manager Rose Ann Jones, City Clerk The City Council of the City of Beaumont,Texas, met in a regular session on March 8,2005,at the City Hall Council Chambers, 801 Main Street, Beaumont, Texas, at 1:30 p.m. to consider the following: OPENING Invocation Pledge of Allegiance Roll Call Presentations and Recognition Public Comment: Persons may speak on scheduled agenda items 1 and 8-10/Consent Agenda Consent Agenda Mayor Lord called the council meeting to order at 1:30 p.m. Chaplain of the 75th Division (TS)Colonial Harland Merriam of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church gave the invocation. Major Cindy Summers led the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll call was made by Rose Ann Jones, City Clerk. Present at the meeting were Mayor Lord,Mayor Pro Tern Ames,Councilmembers Smith,Beaulieu, Cokinos,Patterson and Samuel. Also present were Kyle Hayes,City Manager;Tyrone Cooper,City Attorney; Rose Ann Jones, City Clerk. Proclamations, Presentations, Recognitions Presentation to Mr.and Mrs. Lopez: Dean Conwell, Executive Director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau presented a gift basket containing Beaumont items Key to City presented to Mrs. Lopez by Mayor Lord; Mrs. Lopez is the mother of Spc. Laurol DeLeon III who was killed in Iraq "640 Transportation Company Day in Beaumont"-March 11,2005-Proclamation read by Mayor Lord; accepted by Major Cindy Summers on behalf of the 644th Transportation Division and Mrs. Judy Harrison, leader of the Family Readiness Group Public Invitation:was extended to all the citizens of Southeast Texas to attend the parade on Friday, March 11, 2005 in honor of the returning 644th Transportation Company Minutes-March 8,2005 Public Comment: Persons may speak on scheduled agenda items land 8-10/Consent Agenda None CONSENT AGENDA Approval of minutes - Minutes of March 1, 2005 Confirmation of committee appointments - Resolution 05-052 Jesus Abrego would be reappointed to the Community Development Advisory Committee. The current term would expire February 10, 2007. (Councilmember Audwin Samuel) Marvin Brailsford would be reappointed to the Small Business Revolving Loan Fund Board. The current term would expire November 25, 2006. (Councilmember Audwin Samuel) Ransom Jones would be reappointed to the Drug Free Beaumont Beautiful Commission. The current term would expire November 26, 2006. (Councilmember Audwin Samuel) June Brailsford would be reappointed to the Historic Landmark Commission. The current term would expire December 30, 2006. (Councilmember Audwin Samuel) Glodean Cooperwould be appointed to the Keep Beaumont Beautiful Commission. The term would commence March 8, 2005 and expire March 7, 2007. (Councilmember Audwin Samuel) Anita Berrywould be appointed tothe Small Business Revolving Loan Fund Board. Thetermwould commence March 8, 2005 and expire March 7, 2007. (Councilmember Bobbie J. Patterson) A) Approve a contract with OfficeMax for the purchase of office supplies-Resolution 05-053 B) Approve a bid forthe purchase of one(1)articulated aerial device for use in the Public Works Department - Resolution 05-054 C) Authorize the acceptance of a ten foot (10') wide General Utility Easement in the area of Fourteenth Street and Harrison Avenue - Resolution 05-055 Councilmember Cokinos moved to approve the Consent Agenda. Councilmember Beaulieu seconded the motion. AYES: MAYOR LORD, MAYOR PRO TEM AMES, COUNCILMEMBERS SMITH, BEAULIEU, COKINOS, PATTERSON AND SAMUEL NAYS: NONE MOTION PASSED Page 2 of 12 Minutes-March 8,2005 GENERAL BUSINESS 1. Consider approving an ordinance calling the General Election for May 7,2005 to elect a Mayor and two(2)Councilmembers-At-Large,One Councilmember each forWard I, Ward II, Ward III and Ward IV - Ordinance 05-021 Administration recommended approval of the General Election and Runoff Election, if necessary. The City Charter dictates that all elected officials shall be elected on a regular election day established by the Election Code of the State of Texas. The City of Beaumont has established the first Saturday of May to conduct this election and will conduct a joint election with the Beaumont Independent School District and the Port of Beaumont. The City of Beaumont will elect a Mayor, two(2)Councilmembers-At-Large,four(4) Ward Councilmembers(one each forWard I,II, III and IV). The Beaumont Independent School District will elect two (2) Trustees (one for Districts 6 and 7). The Port of Beaumont will elect one (1) Port Commissioner At-Large and one (1) Port Commissioner for Port Ward 4. Councilmember Beaulieu moved to ADOPT ORDINANCE 05-021 PROVIDING FOR A GENERAL ELECTION TO BE HELD ON THE 7T" OF MAY, 2005 FOR THE PURPOSE OF ELECTING A MAYOR, FOUR (4) COUNCILMEMBERS (WARD I, II, III, IV) AND TWO (2) COUNCILMEMBERS-AT-LARGE;DESIGNATING POLLING PLACES AND APPOINTING ELECTION OFFICIALS FOR SUCH ELECTION; PROVIDING THE FORM OF THE BALLOT AT SUCH ELECTION; DIRECTING THE GIVING OF NOTICE FOR SUCH ELECTION; PROVIDING FOR A JOINT ELECTION WITH THE BEAUMONT INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT AND THE PORT OF BEAUMONT. Councilmember Smith seconded the motion. AYES: MAYOR LORD, MAYOR PRO TEM AMES, COUNCILMEMBERS SMITH, BEAULIEU, COKINOS, PATTERSON AND SAMUEL NAYS: NONE MOTION PASSED 2. Consider approving a request to amend Section 30-31 (h)2 f of the Zoning Ordinance titled "Landscaping and Screening Requirements" - Ordinance 05-022 Administration recommended approval of a request for an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance, Section 30-31 (h) 2 f, Landscaping and Screening Requirements that reads as follows: f. If overhead lines are present along the perimeter landscape edge,no trees will be permitted in that perimeter landscape edge. In addition, no trees shall be permitted within a thirty (30) foot distance from the outermost power line. Page 3 of 12 Minutes-March 8,2005 Entergy has contacted the City and expressed concern over the placing of trees under utility lines as part ofthe landscaping requirement for parking lots. The cost of having to trim trees when they interfere with utility lines and the appearance of the trees when they have to be topped are of great concern to Entergy and the other utility companies. Sec.30-31 (h)2 f of the Zoning Ordinance states thatwhen overhead lines are present along the perimeter landscape edge,Class B trees will be required. Class B trees are defined by the Ordinance as those that are less than 30'tall when mature. It is being discovered that some varieties of Class B trees are frequently exceeding the 30'height and interfering with the overhead lines. While there are varieties of trees that mature at 15'or less in height,there is the enforcement problem of how to ensure that those specific varieties are actually planted. At a Joint Public Hearing held February 28,2005,the Planning Commission voted 9:0 to approve a requestforan amendmentto the Zoning Ordinance,Section 30-31 (h)2 f be amended to read as follows: f. If overhead lines are present along the perimeter landscape edge,no trees will be permitted in that perimeter landscape edge. In addition, no Class A trees shall be permitted within a thirty(30)foot distance from the outermost power line nor shall any Class B trees be permitted within a five(5)foot distance from the outermost power line. Councilmember Cokinos made a motion to accept administration's recommendation and to ADOPT ORDINANCE 05-022 TO AMEND CHAPTER 30, SECTION 30-31 (H) 2, F, LANDSCAPING AND SCREENING REQUIREMENTS, OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF BEAUMONT; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR REPEAL; AND PROVIDING A PENALTY. Councilmember Smith seconded the motion. AYES: MAYOR LORD, MAYOR PRO TEM AMES, COUNCILMEMBERS SMITH, BEAULIEU, COKINOS, PATTERSON AND SAMUEL NAYS: NONE MOTION PASSED 3. Consider approving a request for a zone change from NC (Neighborhood Commercial)to GC-MD-2(General Commercial-Multiple Family Dwelling-2)District for Property located at 2795 Eastex Freeway Administration recommended denial of a zone change from NC (Neighborhood Commercial)to GC-MD-2(General Commercial-Multiple Family Dwelling-2)District for property located at 2795 Eastex Freeway. Jeremiah Brammer, the applicant, is requesting a zone change from NC (Neighborhood Commercial)District to GC-MD(General Commercial-Multiple Family Dwelling) District or more restrictive district for the property located at 2795 Eastex Freeway. Page 4 of 12 Minutes-March 8,2005 The subject property was originally developed in the 1980's as a service station. In March,2001,the City mistakenly allowed a used car sales business to operate out of this location. A used car sales business is not a permitted use in an NC District. The building on the property is currently vacant. Mr. Brammerwould again like to use the property for a used car sales lot and mechanic shop. An auto mechanic shop is permitted in an NC District with a specific use permit. Mr. Brammer's request for a zone change to GC-MD would allow both uses by right. At a Joint Public Hearing held February 28,2005,the Planning Commission voted 8:1 to approve a zone change from NC (Neighborhood Commercial) to GC-MD-2 (General Commercial-Multiple Family Dwelling-2)District forthe property located at 2795 Eastex Freeway. In reviewing the existing zoning pattern, it appears that the subject property, some freewayfrontage north of Delaware and the strip commercial to the south of the subject property was zoned NC to protect the RM-H zoning to the west and the RS zoning on the north side of Delaware. Councilmember Samuel made a motion to deny this request for a zone change. Mayor Pro Tern Ames seconded the motion. AYES: MAYOR LORD, MAYOR PRO TEM AMES, COUNCILMEMBERS SMITH, BEAULIEU, COKINOS, PATTERSON AND SAMUEL NAYS: NONE MOTION PASSED 4. Consider approving a requestfora zone changefrom GC-MD(General Commercial- Multiple Family Dwelling) to RS (Residential Single Family Dwelling) District for property located at 3320 Delaware - Ordinance 05-023 Administration recommended approval of a zone change from GC-MD (General Commercial-Multiple Family Dwelling) to RS (Residential Single Family Dwelling) District for property located at 3320 Delaware. Genese Pugh, the property owner, is requesting this zone change from GC-MD (General Commercial-Multiple Family Dwelling) District to RS (Residential Single Family Dwelling) District for her property located at 3320 Delaware. Ms. Pugh states that the property is used as a single family residence and would like to pay residential taxes. Ata Joint Public Hearing held February 28,2005,the Planning Commission voted 9:0 to approve a zone change from GC-MD (General Commercial-Multiple Family Dwelling)to RS (Residential Single Family Dwelling) District for property located at 3320 Delaware. Page 5 of 12 Minutes-March 8,2005 Councilmember Beaulieu made a motion to ADOPT ORDINANCE 05-023 TO AMEND CHAPTER 30 OF THE CODE OR ORDINANCES OF BEAUMONT,TEXAS,AND IN PARTICULAR THE BOUNDARIES OF THE ZONING DISTRICTS,AS INDICATED UPON THE ZONING MAP OF BEAUMONT,TEXAS, BY CHANGING THE ZONING OF PROPERTY PRESENTLY ZONED GC-MD (GENERAL COMMERCIAL-MULTIPLE FAMILY DWELLING) DISTRICT TO RS (RESIDENTIAL SINGLE FAMILY DWELLING) DISTRICT FOR PROPERTY LOCATED AT 3320 DELAWARE, BEAUMONT,JEFFERSON COUNTY,TEXAS,PROVIDING FORSEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR REPEAL AND PROVIDING A PENALTY. Councilmember Smith seconded the motion. AYES: MAYOR LORD, MAYOR PRO TEM AMES, COUNCILMEMBERS SMITH, BEAULIEU, COKINOS, PATTERSON AND SAMUEL NAYS: NONE MOTION PASSED 5. Consider approving a request for a specific use permit to allow the operation of a cellular telephone transmission tower in an LI(Light Industrial)District at4940 Fannett Road - Ordinance 05-024 Administration recommended approval of a specific use permit to allow the operation of a cellular telephone transmission tower in an LI (Light Industrial) District at 4940 Fannett Road. Cingular Wireless, the applicant, is requesting a specific use permit to allow the construction of a 180'tall self support cellular telephone transmission tower at 4940 Fannett Road. In addition to the tower,the facility will include an 11'5"x 20'equipment building, all within a 75' x 75' fenced enclosure. Access to the facility will be off of Fannett Road. At a Joint Public Hearing held February 28,2005,the Planning Commission voted 9:0 to approve a specific use permit to allow the operation of a cellular telephone transmission tower in an LI (Light Industrial)Districtat4940 Fannett Road,subjectto the following conditions: Plant shrubs along each side of the subject property in addition to the trees. The wood screening fence shall be tall enough to conceal the barbed wire along the top of the chainlink fence. Councilmember Smith made a motion to ADOPT ORDINANCE 05-024 TO GRANT A SPECIFIC USE PERMIT TO CINGULAR WIRELESS TO ALLOW THE OPERATION OF A CELLULAR TELEPHONE TRANSMISSION TOWER IN AN LI (LIGHT INDUSTRIAL) DISTRICT LOCATED AT 4940 FANNETT ROAD, IN THE CITY OF BEAUMONT, JEFFERSON COUNTY, TEXAS. Councilmember Beaulieu seconded the motion. Page 6 of 12 Minutes-March 8,2005 AYES: MAYOR LORD, MAYOR PRO TEM AMES, COUNCILMEMBERS SMITH, BEAULIEU, COKINOS AND SAMUEL NAYS: COUNCILMEMBER PATTERSON MOTION PASSED 6. Consider approving a request for a specific use permit to allow the operation of a church and outreach ministry in an NC(Neighborhood Commercial)District at 3655 Highland - Ordinance 05-025 The Administration recommended approval of a specific use permit to allow the operation of a church and outreach ministry in an NC (Neighborhood Commercial) District at 3655 Highland. Kingdom Connection Outreach Church is asking fora specific use permitto allowthe operation of a church and outreach ministry at 3655 Highland. The subject property consists of a vacant commercial building and related parking. In addition to church services,the workofthe church and the outreach ministrywill include providing meals, clothing and limited training and counseling. At a Joint Public Hearing held February 28,2005,the Planning Commission voted 9:0 to approve a specific use permit to allow the operation of a church and outreach ministry in an NC(Neighborhood Commercial)District at 3655 Highland,subjectto the following condition: • A modification to the landscaping/screening requirements along the east property line(no 8'tall wood screening fence and 10'landscape buffer)and for the parking lot (no interior landscape islands and no perimeter landscaping along the west and north sides of the parking lot). Councilmember Patterson made a motion to ADOPT ORDINANCE 05-025 TO GRANT A SPECIFIC USE PERMIT TO ALLOW THE OPERATION OF A CHURCH AND OUTREACH MINISTRY IN AN NC(NEIGHBORHOOD COMMERCIAL)DISTRICT LOCATED AT 3655 HIGHLAND IN THE CITY OF BEAUMONT,JEFFERSON COUNTY,TEXAS. Councilmember Samuel seconded the motion. AYES: MAYOR LORD, MAYOR PRO TEM AMES, COUNCILMEMBERS SMITH, BEAULIEU, COKINOS, PATTERSON AND SAMUEL NAYS: NONE MOTION PASSED 7. Consider approving a request for a specific use permit to allow the operation of a medical office facility in a GC-MD-2(General Commercial-Multiple Family Dwelling-2) District on property located on the Folsom Drive Extension,approximately 1,950 feet east of Major Drive - Ordinance 05-026 Page 7 of 12 Minutes-March 8,2005 Administration recommended approval of a specific use permit to allow the operation of a medical office facility in a GC-MD-2 (General Commercial-Multiple Family Dwelling-2)District on property located on the Folsom Drive Extension,approximately 1,950 feet east of Major Drive. Hamburg Partners, Ltd.,the applicant,is requesting a specific use permit to allow the operation of a medical office facility on 3.6 acres of property located on the north side of Folsom Extension, approximately 1,950' east of Major Drive. The facility will include the approximately 12,800 sq.ft.family medical practice office building and related parking. The proposed facilitywill complement other development in the immediate vicinity. At a Joint Public Hearing held February 28,2005,the Planning Commission voted 9:0 to approve a specific use permit to allow the operation of a medical office facility in a GC-MD-2 (General Commercial-Multiple Family Dwelling-2) District on property located on the Folsom Drive Extension,approximately 1,950 feet east of Major Drive. Councilmember Cokinos made a motion to ADOPT ORDINANCE 05-026 TO GRANT A SPECIFIC USE PERMIT TO ALLOW THE OPERATION OF A MEDICAL OFFICE FACILITY IN A GC- MD-2 (GENERAL COMMERCIAL-MULTIPLE FAMILY DWELLING-2) DISTRICT LOCATED ON PROPERTY LOCATED ON THE FOLSOM DRIVE EXTENSION, APPROXIMATELY 1,950 FEET EAST OF MAJOR DRIVE, IN THE CITY OF BEAUMONT, JEFFERSON COUNTY, TEXAS. Councilmember Smith seconded the motion. AYES: MAYOR LORD, MAYOR PRO TEM AMES, COUNCILMEMBERS SMITH, BEAULIEU, COKINOS, PATTERSON AND SAMUEL NAYS: NONE MOTION PASSED 8. Consider approving a request to abandon a 545' portion of East Lavaca Street - Ordinance 05-027 Administration recommended approval of the request to abandon a 545' portion of East Lavaca Street subject to the retention of a 60' general utility easement. Gerald McCaig,on behalf of Lamar University,is requesting the abandonment of the 1000 Block of E. Lavaca Street for future development of the campus master plan. Currently,the street provides access only to Lamar University's Facilities Management complex,the parking lotforthe Montagne Centerand a secondary egress forthe KCS railroad yard. At a Regular Meeting held February 28,2005,the Planning Commission voted 9:0 to approve the request to abandon a 545' portion of East Lavaca Street subject to the retention of a 60' general utility easement. Page 8 of 12 Minutes-March 8,2005 Councilmember Cokinos made a motion to ADOPT ORDINANCE 05-027vACATING AND ABANDONING A545'PORTION OF EAST LAVACA LOCATED IN THE J.W.BULLOCK SURVEY, ABSTRACT NO. 7, BEAUMONT, JEFFERSON COUNTY, TEXAS, AND PROVIDING FOR THE RETENTION OF 60'GENERAL UTILITY EASEMENT. Councilmember Patterson seconded the motion. AYES: MAYOR LORD, MAYOR PRO TEM AMES, COUNCILMEMBERS SMITH, BEAULIEU, COKINOS, PATTERSON AND SAMUEL NAYS: NONE MOTION PASSED 9. Consider approving a bid forthe construction of the new Henry Homberg Gold Course Club House - Resolution 05-056 Administration recommended awarding a bid in the amount of$599,100 to G & G Enterprises, Inc. of Orange, Texas to furnish all labor, equipment, supplies and materials necessary for the construction of a new Henry Homberg Golf Course Club House. Bids, including all of the recommended alternates, range in price from $599,100 to $693,945. The proposed new club house building will be constructed of brick and contain approximately 2,630 square feet of air-conditioned space for conducting sales transactions and for providing leisure amenities for golfing enthusiasts. To be incorporated in the construction of the new facility is a concrete parking lot for approximately 73 vehicles, including disabled accessible spaces. The existing club house will be demolished after the new facility is complete and operational. A floor plan and two elevations were available for review, along with a bid summary. The low bid submitted by G & G Enterprises, Inc. includes the base building bid, an alternate to provide additional parking totaling 73 spaces, and four other alternates pertaining to the aesthetics of the structure. Total cost of the building's construction and the recommended alternates is$599,100. The projectwill require approximately 243 calendar days to complete. G & G Enterprises, Inc. plans to subcontract 18.3% of the construction project to certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) companies. Funds are available for the construction project in the General Improvement Fund. Councilmember Patterson made a motion to APPROVE RESOLUTION 05-056 THAT THE BID IN THE AMOUNT OF $599,100 SUBMITTED BY G & G ENTERPRISES, INC., ORANGE, TEXAS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW HENRY HOMBERG GOLF COURSE CLUB HOUSE BE ACCEPTED BYTHE CITYOF BEAUMONT.Councilmember Beaulieu seconded the motion. Page 9 of 12 Minutes-March 8,2005 AYES: MAYOR LORD, MAYOR PRO TEM AMES, COUNCILMEMBERS SMITH, BEAULIEU, COKINOS, PATTERSON AND SAMUEL NAYS: NONE MOTION PASSED 10. Consider approving the purchase of a mobile stage for use bythe Recreation Division and the general public - Resolution 05-057 Administration recommended the purchase of one (1) mobile stage from Century Industries of Sellersburg, Indiana in the amount of$92,292. The stage shall serve as a portable entertainment venue for use at community gatherings throughout the city. The unit will be maintained and operated by the Recreation Division of the Beaumont Library System. The City requested pricing on various optional features not required on the base unit as specified,with pricing reflected in the attached bid summary.The options requested are as follow: ► Hydraulic leveling, which allows push-button leveling of the stage unit on-site ► One (1) ADA complaint handicapped access lift, allowing performers with limited mobility convenient and safe access to the stage. ► An enhanced electrical system,providing multiple power sources for electrical equipment to be used by performers. ► Permanent graphics on exterior of stage shell identifying the unit as serving the City of Beaumont. Unit 9569, a 1971 Wenger mobile stage,will be replaced and disposed of according to the City's surplus equipment disposal policies. Funds for this project are available in the Capital Reserve Fund. Councilmember Smith made a motion to APPROVE RESOLUTION 05-057 THAT THE BID IN THE AMOUNT OF $92,292 SUBMITTED BY CENTURY INDUSTRIES, SELLERSBURG, INDIANA, FOR PURCHASE OF ONE (1) 32 FOOT HARD-SHELL MOBILE STAGE FOR USE AS A PORTABLE ENTERTAINMENT VENUE FOR USE AT COMMUNITY GATHERINGS THROUGHOUT THE CITY BE ACCEPTED BYTHE CITY OF BEAUMONT.Councilmember Beaulieu seconded the motion. AYES: MAYOR LORD, MAYOR PRO TEM AMES, COUNCILMEMBERS SMITH, BEAULIEU, COKINOS, PATTERSON AND SAMUEL Page 10 of 12 Minutes-March 8,2005 NAYS: NONE MOTION PASSED COUNCILMEMBER COMMENTS COUNCILMEMBER SMITH - NONE COUNCILMEMBER BEAULIEU - NONE COUNCILMEMBER COKINOS - COMMENTED ON THE NICE DEDICATION CEREMONY AT RIVERFRONT PARK THIS MORNING MAYOR PRO TEM AMES - ALSO COMMENTED ON THE BEAUTIFUL WEATHER FOR THE DEDICATION OF THE COMMEMORATIVE GARDEN AT RIVERFRONT PARK; ALSO FLYERS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE CITY CLERK'S OFFICE FOR THOSE WHO ARE INTERESTED COUNCILMEMBER SAMUEL- NONE COUNCILMEMBER PATTERSON - THANKS TO THE LAMAR UNIVERSITY STUDENTS AND MR. G. T. GEIGER FOR THE FORUM IN COMMEMORATION OF THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE 1965 MARCH FROM SELMA CITY ATTORNEY COOPER- NONE CITY MANAGER HAYES - NONE MAYOR LORD - EIGHTEEN (18) CREPE MYRTLE TREES WITH GRANITE MARKERS WERE DEDICATED AT THE COMMEMORATIVE GARDEN AT RIVERFRONT PARK; ENCOURAGED OTHERS TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS FINE PROGRAM Public Comments (Persons are limited to three minutes) LeRoy Lewis III 7866 Gladys Beaumont TX Spoke on the need for citizens to be more active in their community and government Sam Bethea 350 Pine Beaumont TX Thanked the City for their assistance with the landscaping ordinance and appreciated their help and cooperation Page 11 of 12 Minutes-March 8,2005 Roberto Flores 2425 Buchanan Beaumont TX Would like to knowthe status of the neighborhood plans and the progress of these plans;feels that there are still structures on College Street which need to be demolished to make a better impression on visitors entering the Downtown area Joseph Lewis PO Box 62 Beaumont TX Feels that money needs to be used for rehabilitation of homes instead of demolishing them Delores Davis 2298 Blanchette Beaumont TX Concerned with the fast check establishments and the effect on the low income citizens Kathryn Anderson 8356 McLean St. Beaumont TX Very upset with the fast check establishments and the way they take advantage of those in the low income range who depend on check cashing facilities Allen Lee 5095 Maddox Beaumont TX Feels that tax payer money is being used for non-city expenses; would like Beaumont to consider having their own Mardi Gras to bring more tourism to Beaumont;would like to see a property tax relief program adopted Open session of meeting recessed at 2:35 p.m. EXECUTIVE SESSION Consider matters related to contemplated or pending litigation in accordance with Section 551.071 of the Government Code: City of Beaumont v. Louisiana Rangers Management Group L.L.C., BTX Football, L.P., dba Beaumont Drillers There being no action taken in Executive Session, Council adjourned. Audio tapes are available upon request in the City Clerk's Office. Evelyn M. Lord, Mayor w �� rn amasor n ! r Rose nn Jones, TRl °, City Clerk Page 12 of 12 Minutes-March 8,2005