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Council tie leads to defeat of proposal for cosmetic additions to Port Arthur pavilion

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Renovations to downtown Port Arthur's pavilion on Proctor Street will be complete in time for Mardi Gras, but not with all the bells and whistles some city leaders wanted.

A tie vote at Tuesday night's city council meeting meant defeat for a proposal that would have added the renovations being done to the pavilion.

The pavilion is nearly complete.

Originally the contract with N&T Construction Company had the renovations to the facility complete in about four-and-a-half months at a price tag of $453,000. But after several delays, mainly because of design issues, completion time was extended to about a year, and the cost increased to almost $500,000.

Council members Tuesday considered adding three decorative crown fixtures that would have reflected light onto the building, basically a cosmetic addition for just over $13,000.

Four council members voted yes, four said no, which defeated the proposal.

Mayor Deloris Prince expressed disappointment.

She told 12News, "We want to enhance downtown Port Arthur, and if you can, you do whatever you can to make it look better. We got a lot of work to do, it's obvious and people know that. But whatever you can do to enhance it, I think you should do it."

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