ORANGE — Let the festivities begin.
Orange County Commissioners Court proclaimed Saturday Oct. 20, 2012 at Gulf Coast Cajun French Music Association Day.
“We are real proud to be in Orange,” Rusty Benoit of the Gulf Coast Cajuns chapter of the Cajun French Music Association said. “We are proud of the support from the people of Orange.”
The court recorded into the minutes of the meeting receiving a check from Sabine River Authority in the amount of $10,000. The funds were awarded to Orange County as part of the fiscal year 2012 Community Assistance Grant Program.
The funds will be used towards material for building a new boat ramp on Bailey Road. A boat ramp is currently near the location but on the wrong side of the bridge for public access.
Orange County Road and Bridge as well as the Texas Parks and Wildlife will be involved in the project.
The court approved paying the bills as presented by the County Auditor Mary Johnson for a total of $128,323.52.
Park Administrator Donna Parks was appointed as an Orange County representative on the board of South East Texas Resource Conservation and Development. John Dubose, commissioner pct. 3, had previously served on the board.
“I was not always able to attend every meeting,” Dubose said. “Donna is more active with the them and able to attend the meetings.”
The court approved the hiring of a grounds keeper position in the Maintenance Department. The position was vacated due to a resignation by the current employee.
The employee held the position for less than a year.
Mark Wimberley, maintenance director, was unable to attend the Monday meeting due to a scheduling conflict. He as well as Jeff Kelley, emergency management coordinator, were attending the weekly meeting at the construction site of the Shelter of Last Resort on FM 1442.
County Judge Carl Thibodeaux said Wimberley was willing to table the agenda item if any of the commissioners had questions concerning the position.
Thibodeaux announced a reminder of the public hear to be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday to discuss the Swing Bridge located on Roundbunch Road in Bridge City and a possible resolution for the submission of an FY-2013/2014 CDBG grant application to the Texas Department of Agriculture.
The hearing is to secure participation with the grant.
TxDOT would not agree to replace the bridge but is willing to help with the renovation of it.
The bridge would not be open during the work.
Owen Burton, commissioner pct. 2, asked if they would need to continue insurance coverage on the bridge during the construction period.
“We may be able to look into lowering it,” Dubose said.
The deadline for the renovations to be completed by is December 31, 2015.