Beaumont investing more in streets, drainage and water than ever before

Beaumont recently has seen an exponential number of  improvements to roads, drainage projects and water utilities — so much so that the city’s mayor claims “More now, more than ever.” 

On Thursday, representatives from local businesses and organizations filled up the Event Centre to hear Mayor Robin Mouton give the Beaumont State of the City Address.

KFDM Investigative Reporter Angel San Juan, the event emcee, opened up the address.

Beaumont Fire Rescue presented the colors, followed by Beaumont United Student Body President Ashlyn Popillion, who recited the Pledge of Allegiance, and South East Texas School of Music student Lily Havelszky, who sang the national anthem.

“The first African-American female elected to the city’s highest office, her experience and public service goes back many years with lifelong commitment to the city,” Owner of Bill Clark Pest Control Josh Smith said while introducing Mouton “During her time on council, Mayor Mouton helped implement several key projects focused on resiliency and development ranging from street rehabilitation and water treatment plant improvements to capital investments such as the lakeside center, this beautiful event center that we’re in today, and the fire station number one relocation.”

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She spoke about several of the city’s accomplishments in the last year and plans for the future.

“Boy, do we have some great updates for you,” Mouton said. “I would think today is more now, more than ever because as you’ll see, the city has been working harder than ever to provide better services, better infrastructure and to bring more awareness to programs and opportunities available to our citizens to make Beaumont the best place it can possibly be.”

Despite COVID-19 and other setbacks in the past few years, Mouton said the city is in a “strong financial position” that has helped maintain and improve infrastructure.

“We’ve invested six times more on road construction projects than ever before, seven times more on drainage projects, Drainage Dirstrict 6 has just recently received $50 million to improve drainage infrastructure,” Mouton said. “We’ve doubled the amount of water utilities projects that we’re doing, and we’ve quadrupled our investments in water utilities engineering.”

Mouton also announced a project from OCI, a global leader in hydrogen based products.

“Today, they have invested over $3 billion in Beaumont and they have proposed two new projects that will bring an additional $4.9 billion dollars to the city by 2025,” Mouton said. “Now, not only will it be one of the largest deals in the history of the city of Beaumont, but it will create thousands of construction jobs and hundreds of full time jobs in this area.”