A meeting hosted Feb. 25 by Orange County emergency management officials had 20 to 25 attend and described as successful.

Emergency Management Coordinator Jeff Kelley made the comments in commissioners’ special session this week.

The county has about $1.1 million left from a mitigation program provided by federal grant funds.

“It looks like we’re going to have maybe six and eight that will qualify and get their paperwork,” he said. “And we’ve already got seven back with four more packages out … That should exhaust our funding, or at least close to it, which has been our goal all along.”

According to Kelley, applicants must live in the incorporated areas of Orange County or the cities of Bridge City, Rose City, Pinehurst, Pine Forest, West Orange and Vidor. 

All structures must meet “substantially damaged” guidelines, be in a mapped flood plain and not be listed or eligible for any historic register. For more information, call emergency management at 882-7895.

CDBG applications

Commissioners approved a written resolution describing “urgent need conditions” within the county to apply for Community Block Development Grants. The county had applied previously, Kelley said, then a few months ago the federal government rejected the states’ method of distribution.

“It was all up in the air again so we had to redo everything,” he said.

To re-apply, a signed resolution and lengthy form filled out by Kelley – describing said conditions – were required.

Insecticide bids

Commissioners also took care of the next mosquito season, accepting bids to purchase insecticides to be used by ground units and in aerial spraying by Mosquito Control.