Beaumont Seeks $2 Million in Texas General Land Office Imelda Recovery Fund for South City Drainage

Beaumont residents could benefit from $2 million in drainage improvements.

The City of Beaumont is applying for two $1 million Tropical Depression Imelda Grants for South Beaumont.

At its Tuesday meeting, the Beaumont City Council voted unanimously to submit applications for grants from the Texas General Land Office disaster recovery program.

“Tropical (Depression) Imelda has severely affected the Town of Beaumont and the Town wishes to increase disaster resilience and reduce or eliminate the long-term risk of loss of life, injury, damage and loss of property, suffering and hardship by mitigating the impact of future disasters,” said a memo from Director of Public Works and Technology Services Bart Bartkowiak.

If funded, the projects will improve drainage along Phelps Road and in the Laura Addition. Each grant awarded would require a cash match from the city.

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The first of two applications approved at the meeting “will address major drainage improvements in the southern portions of the town of Beaumont along Phelps Road, which have been identified as at risk due to Tropical (Depression) Imelda,” according to the memo.

In addition to the grant funds, the city would pay just over $55,000, which would come from the city’s general fund.

Overall, the project would cost just over $1 million.

The second of two will focus on “major drainage improvements” in the Laura Addition subdivision in Beaumont, which were also “identified as at risk” after Imelda.

For this application, the city would pay nearly $400,000 which would also come from the general fund.

The project is expected to cost nearly $1.4 million.

The town of Beaumont had previously received no funding from the first round of Tropical Storm Harvey recovery grants.

However, Boone said it was a different funding round with smaller grants, which could increase the city’s chances of receiving money.

“Since it’s smaller and there are more of them, we’re hoping we’ll fund at least one,” Boone said.

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During the meeting, the council also unanimously elected Ward 4 council member Charles Durio as interim mayor.

The mayor also proclaimed July 25-29 Texas Workforce Solution Vocational Rehabilitation Week.

The proclamation was made after Monday’s opening ceremonies for the National Beep Baseball World Series in Beaumont. Beep Baseball is a league for blind and visually impaired players.

“As Texas Workforce Solution Vocational Rehabilitation Services further expands our vision to promote and support a community and workforce system that creates value and provides opportunities for individuals, employers and communities to ‘achieve and maintain economic prosperity,’ Mouton said in his proclamation. “This week’s celebration will reinforce the value and talents that people with disabilities add to our community and affirm the Town of Beaumont’s commitment to an inclusive community.”

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Gregory M. Roy