Port Lavaca’s City Council has approved election orders for two seats in its council, alongside authorizing repairs, awards, improvements, and contract rewards.

Elections are coming up, with district one and district three being available for election, and currently held by councilman Jerry Smith and W. Allen Tippit Jr. The election is slated to be held on May 6, with applications to appear on the ballot being accepted on Jan. 18, ending on Feb. 17, and the last day to vote is April 6. Terms for the seats on the council are for three-year periods. The council also approved the Port Lavaca Police Department to apply for a grant to obtain ballistic shields.

The council approved a contract with Hahn Equipment for $26,121.07 to repair the main lift station pump, which originally was damaged on Dec. 2. Public Works Director Wayne Schaffer recommended repairs to the pump, stating it as the more cost-effective option.

“On Dec. 2, the main lift station went down, and we called in Hahn Equipment. They discovered the bolts that held the pump had sheared off and spun the pump and wrapped the cable, damaging the isolation on the cable, which filled the pump up with water and burned it up,” Schaeffer said. “Hahn gave me quotes to replace the pump with a new style pump… that’s not supposed to rag up like these old pumps, but at the three times the cost of rebuilding the existing pump, and I in good conscience can’t burn up my budget on one pump when I have 20 other lift stations.”

In addition to the contract with Hahn Equipment, the city also awarded a construction bid to JTR Constructors for building improvements to the Lynn’s Bayou Wastewater Treatment Plant improvement project. Utilizing funds from both bonds and the public utility fund, the project aims to increase the capacity of Lynn’s Bayou Wastewater Treatment plant.

The city also awarded a construction bid for $73,780 to Barefoot Construction for improvements to the electrical system of Nautical Landings. The improvements will include the relocation of the office’s condensing units, redoing and repair of electrical systems, and other services.

The city council also executed a Bank Depository Contract and execution of Depository Agreement and Depository Pledge Agreement to hold city funds with First National Bank, which has been the primary bank for the city since 2018. The previous year, the city council had put out bids to see if other banks might offer more advantageous terms, but First National Bank was the only applicant to respond.

Finally, two ordinances were given a second and final reading before going into effect regarding manufactured homes service fees and water fees. However, the ordinance regarding water fees changed from the previous reading from $17.28 a month to $16.95 a month.