CHRIS DUQUE – Nederland updates roads, recycling effort underway – Port Arthur News


Congratulations to the Class of 2022 and to the students who have completed the school year!

Thank you to the teachers, coaches, support staff, administrators, school resource officers, etc. who helped make this school year thrive.

There are several opportunities available this summer to keep our youth and community engaged. At the park office, the Nederland swimming pool is open; Open Swim is Wednesday through Saturday from 1pm to 7pm and Sunday from 1pm to 5pm.

Netherlands City Manager Chris Duque

The Nederland Recreation Center is open to the public. Practice stations have been installed along the trail in Doornbos Park, which is well lit at night.

And the park staff are preparing for the 2022 fireworks extravaganza on July 4th; Event details are currently being finalized.

The Summer Reading Program starts at the Marion & Ed Hughes Public Library. Information about the programs in the library can be found at Unfortunately the library is temporarily closed as the carpet needs to be replaced.

During this time, curbside service is available and many activities such as story time and the summer reading program take place in the meeting room. The Nederland Independent School District also offers its summer camp program.

budget work

This month, city officials began the fiscal year 2022-23 budget process. In early July the City Manager will hold a budget workshop with the City Council and in August the proposed budget and tax rate will be discussed.

These meetings are public and provide an opportunity for citizens and taxpayers to raise their concerns or ask for more information.

In July, the city manager will host the third city hall meeting of 2022, which will focus on the proposed city budget and tax rate; a time and a date are still pending.

June 1 marked the start of the 2022 hurricane season. Communication is vital in an emergency. The City uses the Southeast Texas Alerting Network (STAN) and our social media pages to deliver emergency notifications.

If you haven’t signed up for STAN yet, or you have family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc., sign up for STAN at You can also register for STAN by calling (844) 578-7826.

Follow the city’s Facebook pages: The City of Nederland, TX, Nederland Police Department, Nederland Fire Rescue, Nederland Recreation Center, Marion & Ed Hughes Public Library, and Nederland Animal Shelter . As hurricane season begins, you should prepare for a disaster, including having an evacuation plan and having disaster supplies ready.


The city has partnered with Recyclops to hold a recycling giveaway event on June 11th. The City Council has approved a trial program to assess the demand for and use of recycling services.

The first event in April had a very limited use and minimal collection of recycling materials; The second event last month resulted in an increase in the collection of recycling materials, but still limited use.

Recycling materials are accepted at 515 Hardy Avenue (where the old recycling bins were located) between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm; Materials must be brought to site in clear bags for inspection.

This service is available to residents and businesses in the City of Nederland area; Residence will be confirmed locally with a driver’s license or a copy of a utility bill.

Acceptable materials include: aluminum and steel (sheet metal) beverage and food cans; Cardboard & Cardboard; Magazines/Catalogs, Junk Mail, Paper, Books; newspapers; and plastic beverage, food, and soap containers (Plastics #1-#5, #7).

Materials that will NOT be accepted include: aluminum foil; batteries; bubble wrap; liquids or aerosols of any kind; containers for hazardous chemicals (motor oil, pesticides, etc.); Greasy boxes or paper (pizza boxes or used paper plates); glass products; paint cans; Plastic #6; Plastic bags; Styrofoam and “Peanuts” packaging; Tetra packs (juice box, almond milk etc.); and thin-film plastics.

road improvements

The City Council awarded Texas Materials Group, Inc. dba Gulf Coast, a CRH Co., the award for the 2022 Flexible Pavement (Hot Mix Overlays) Rehabilitation Project for $1,704,166.50.

The bid includes the following streets: Boston Avenue (11th St through 9th St), Beauxart Garden Road (Holmes/Smith Road back to concrete pavement), Hardy Avenue (Ave A through Ave H), S. 33rd Street (Hardy Ave to Nederland Ave), S. 25th Street (Nederland Ave to Ave H), 10th Street (Helena Ave to Boston Ave) and 9th Street (Helena Ave to Nederland Ave). This road project is underway.

Previously, the city had awarded MK Constructors a $867,449 bid for the 2022 concrete pavement improvement project; This project includes concrete road repairs and drainage improvements at 30th Street (Nederland Ave through West Atlanta) and concrete road repairs at Avenue H (S. 14th St. through S. 29th St.).

This work on Avenue H is ongoing and is expected to be completed in July.

Eventually, the Texas Department of Transportation began work on the Twin City Highway between north Luling Avenue and Avenue B. The road maintenance project includes lane renewal. Due to TxDOT’s restricted right-of-way, the project will not involve widening lanes or adding sidewalks.

TxDOT is expected to complete the project by September.

If you have any questions regarding the operation of the city, please contact the city manager’s office at 409-723-1503.

Chris Duque is city manager for Nederland. He can be reached at [email protected].


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