At the City Council meeting May 20, Associate Municipal Court Judge, The Honorable Jimmy Scales, officiated the swearing in of Kirk Roccaforte as Mayor. Louis Davis, Mike Reed, and David Rutledge were sworn in as Councilmen. The four were unopposed for their new terms.

The newly sworn Mayor and Councilmen were then presented with their certificates of election.

Davis was appointed to serve as Mayor Pro Tem for this term.

In his report as City Manager, Jerry Jones introduced the new Public Works Director, Jim Lancaster.

Lancaster has been in public works with the City of Beaumont for the last 17 years. His latest assignment was as Drainage Foreman with the Engineering Department. He has extensive experience with the designing and engineering of drainage systems gained from working with construction companies such as Trotti and Thompson, now APAC.
The Mayor and each council member welcomed Lancaster and pledged support as he begins his new job.

Jones also reported that the contract for the construction of the new elevated water tower should be ready for consideration at the next council meeting, June 3.

The environmental issues should be resolved for the demolition of the water tower at city hall and the Ferry Drive project by June 16. When the environmental issues are resolved work on the projects will begin.

In Communications From Citizens, Lisa and Chris Durso individually stated their desires to start their charity project, Treasure Chest.

The first reading of the ordinance to rezone their property was given later in the meeting by City Attorney Paul Fukuda. After the third reading they will be free to pursue their plans for the property.

The Council passed a resolution regarding Residential Homestead Exemptions for the tax year 2008. Passage of the resolution will allow the tax rates to remain at the current rates from tax year 2007.