ORANGE — Church House Road could be the deciding factor concerning the MARAD Beaumont Layberth Facility construction project permit.
Billy Greer and John Frazier of McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. presented a slide show during the Commissioners Court 2 p.m. meeting in requesting a waive of the permit fees for the project.
The project is concerning a dock on the Orange County side of the Neches River and docking eight reserve government federal ships to be maintained and kept up to date for when they are needed.
There would be 80-90 permanent employees, 8-10 per ship as well as a port engineer.
“Vessel jobs could be brought into the area as well,” Greer said.
The 3.6 miles of roadway was the main topic.
John Banken, commissioner pct. 3, said he was concerned about who was responsible for the upkeep of the road.
The federal government leases the land from private owners. The road would only be accessible by owners and the government.
“I don’t think local taxpayers should have to pay for government roads,” Banken said.
There will be a large number of heavy loads on the road during the construction phase which the general contractor hopes to start in April.
County Judge Carl Thibodeaux asked if the county had ever waived the permit fees before.
Orange County has never waived the permit fees.
Banken asked for the item to be tabled for one week while he researched more about the Road Bonds to ensure the residents would not have to pay for possible damage to Church House Road due to the establishment of the facility.
The court will discuss the permit again at the Feb. 4 meeting.
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