Debris removal ongoing

The city of Bridge City will take a look for the approaching fiscal year at how city hotel / motel taxes will go to the chamber of commerce, officials said Tuesday. 

A change that may work to the chamber’s favor.

City Manager Jerry Jones told council members in a workshop that the city has never had a formal agreement with the chamber. 

However, with the new LaQuinta Inn and Suites and another motel slated for the southwest end of town near the bridge to Port Arthur, the amount should be looked at.

“It will give us a better idea of how much both entities can use,” Jones said.

“Personally I’d like to see us give more to the chamber than what we’ve been giving them,” said Mayor Kirk Roccaforte. 

Councilman Louis Davis agreed, saying, “They can probably do more with the money to promote Bridge City than what we can.”

Also Tuesday, Jones updated council on debris removal within the city.

“The group with the Highway Department is still picking up debris,” he said. “We get calls [from residents] and we give them a list. Now, there are five dumpsters at the Community Center and I think a lot of people are actually using those instead of their front yards. I don’t know how much longer the Highway people will be around, but as long as they are we will send them out.”

In other business:

• The new city police car designs – silver with red and blue graphics – saw no objections or suggestions for changes from council members. “We will probably end up having four of these units on the road by February or March,” Jones said.

• About 90 percent of sanitary sewer project at Blueberry / Crepe Myrtle was complete, Jones said.

• A public hearing to discuss the 2009-10 budget was set for 6 p.m. Aug. 18 at city hall.

• Roccaforte said that according to latest figures, about 1,200 FEMA trailers are left in Orange County and about 700 are still in Bridge City.