Councilmen Chuck Engelken, John Zemanek, Daryl Leonard, Mayor Louis Rigby, Councilwoman Dottie
Kaminski, Police Chief Kenith Adcox, Animal Control Supervisor Clarence Anderson, and City Manager Corby Alexander break ground
for the new shelter.
La Porte Animal Shelter’s New
Home is on the way to Being Built
On October 28th,
2013 dignitaries from the City of La Porte joined various community members and other area residents in the official groundbreaking
ceremony on approximately 4300 square feet in size for La Porte’s new Animal Adoption Center and Shelter.
The new facility
will have 32 dog runs with a separate Quarantine and Isolation Area and 66 Cat Cages, 36 designed for adoption.
The new shelter will also have a cat colony located in the front lobby and a get-acquainted room for potential adopters
to meet animals and see if they will be a good fit for their homes.
For more information on the groundbreaking event or the upcoming facility, please contact Animal Control Supervisor
Clarence Anderson at 281-471-3700.
Push to Expand the Enhancement Grant Program Gains Steam
By David Lee Janda,
At its October meeting, the La Porte Economic Development
Corporation (LPEDC) approved an additional $100,000 for the fund account used for enhancement grant projects and expanded
the territory where eligible businesses must reside to seek the grant. The grant program was originally
created by City Council to eliminate blight and help beautify businesses within the historical Main Street District.
The move to expand the territory for eligibility
stemmed from City Council’s interest in re-developing and eliminating blight on both Broadway and Highway 146.
The LPEDC approved a measure to include all commercial properties along Broadway south of B Street to south Fairmont,
near the Dollar General store, and along Fairmont from S. 3rd Street to Texas Street.
Through the grant, the City provides matching funds
for businesses seeking improvements such as façade renovations, beautification projects, and exterior items such as
new awnings, canopies, porches and signage. The maximum allowed award is $25,000 per property in a three-year
period. Each application is reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
As of October 14th, when the LPEDC met, there were four outstanding enhancement grant commitments, totaling $68,676.10, to
Follis Construction, Paskey, Entrust Professional Insurance Company, and Stepping Stone Funeral Home. The
two largest commitments, Follis Construction and Paskey, each requesting $25,000, missed their respective enhancement completion
deadlines without making a request for an extension. The LPEDC chose in both cases not to extend the deadline.
Both companies, as a result, must re-apply.
Christmas on Main Less Than a Month
Christmas on Main Street is under
a month away and the City Of La Porte elves are hard at work! The festival will be held on Thursday, December
5th, on Main Street between 5th and Broadway and at 5 Points Town Plaza
from 5:00pm – 8:00pm. This annual celebration event is quickly becoming a family tradition and we are excited to have
Santa & Mrs. Claus, Clutch “The Rockets Bear”,
and a sledding hill all following the parade that will begin at 5:00pm. Admission is free and there will be numerous vendors
along Main Street. If you are interested in becoming a vendor simply call 281-470-7275 for more information
or visit on the web at www.laportetx.gov and click on “community events". We are excited to see the community come together and kick off
the holiday season. We look forward to seeing you and your family there!
Marcy Barr as Mrs Clause and George Turany as Santa Clause in the 2012
Christmas on Main Street Parade
New Marketing/PR Specialist Hits the Ground Running
Jaree Hefner, the newest addition
to the City of La Porte family, has been named the Marketing/PR Specialist. Ms. Hefner brings a wealth
of experience to La Porte and has a proven track record of success while serving in a similar position for the City of League
City for the past five years. During her time in League City, Ms. Hefner was instrumental in helping grow
the City’s tourism revenues and creating a distinctive and professional brand for marketing and advertising materials.
“We completed an extensive search to find a professional that could take all of our communications efforts to the next
level and I believe we’ve found the absolute right person for the job. Jaree is enthusiastic and
brings an ‘outside the box’ mentality to capitalizing on and marketing La Porte’s amenities,” said
Traci Leach, Assistant City Manager.
Ms. Hefner will play a vital role in marketing everything that La Porte has to offer through the use of advertising,
the website, and social media and has already begun engaging residents and followers via Facebook, creating a new tourism
webpage, and working on the next quarterly newsletter. "My passion is improving communication between the city and its
residents while also showing off all of the wonderful reasons our residents call La Porte home," Hefner says. During
her first two weeks on the job, Ms. Hefner has fallen in love with the City's charm and is looking forward to helping
highlight all of the wonderful things happening in the City.
You will likely see her around town, camera in hand, at local events so be sure to stop and say hello!