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Guidry News - Monday, June 24, 2013
    
The Port of Beaumont Board of Commissioners today voted unanimously to approve Change Order No. 3 to the Orange County Access Roadway Project construction contract with APAC Texas, Inc. 
 
The change order is for $137,850, and brings the total contract to $3,597,271.The change order is part of finalizing the project, which Port Director and CEO Chris Fisher said is near completion.
 
"I think we'll have one more final minor change order,” Fisher said in an interview with Guidry News Service after the meeting. "But, this change order is bringing the project to a close.”  
 
The board voted unanimously to appoint Commissioner Georgine Guillory to represent the port in a delegation to Turkey. 
 
The board met in executive session to discuss items including the Orange County Transload Facility and Trans Global Solutions/Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, anddeliberation regarding potential claims by KCS Railway Company.No action was taken on any of the items discussed in the closed session. 
 
All other items were approved by unanimous vote.All members were present.  
 
During the meeting, Board President C.A. "Pete” Shelton announced that the port will continue to receive applications through August 5 for candidates to appoint to the Ward 1 position on the board. 
 
The board has tentatively scheduled interviews to be held on August 26 of candidates for the vacant position.
 
During his report to the commission, Fisher discussed the port's marketing and promotion efforts.Fisher said that the port has updated its web site at www.portofbeaumont.com, as well as started publication of a new quarterly electronic newsletter, created a page on Facebook, created a "QR Code” and plans to launch videos on YouTube. 
 
The board, meeting as directors of the Port of Beaumont Industrial Development Authority, voted unanimously to accept a financing application from Jefferson Refinery, LLC and authorize legal counsel to proceed with review of the application. 
 
According to Fisher, Jefferson Refinery is seeking bonds totaling as much as $100 million for expansion of its facilities at the port's property in Orange County.
 
During the meeting, the board heard a presentation from Jefferson Refinery's representatives regarding the infrastructure project. 
 
The board voted unanimously to seek approval from the Orange County Commissioners Court to issue bonds for the company. 
 
All other items were approved by unanimous vote.All members were present. 
    
By Garrett Bryce 
Monday, June 24, 2013  

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