Orange County debt-free with jail paid off
With the stroke of
a pen Orange County is now debt free.
County Judge Carl
Thibodeaux signed the last wire payment to Bank of New York, Mellon
Global Corporate Trust in the amount of $275,737.50 at the meeting of
the Orange County Commissioners’ Court this afternoon. This payment
represents the principle and interest payment for 1994 Jail Certificate
of Obligation with a due date of Feb. 15, 2012.
“We are debt
free,” Precinct 1 Commissioner David Dubose said. John Dubose,
Pct. 3 Commissioner, said Thibodeaux has served long enough as
judge, 17 years, to see the jail paid off.
approved a resolution requesting the Jefferson County Industrial
Development Corporation exercise its power in calling a public hearing
for revenue bonds to be issued in connection with a refinery project.
The public hearing is scheduled at 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 27 in the
Orange County Commissioners’ Courtroom.
It was reported at
last week’s meeting the court was presented with plans to revitalize the
old Independent Refining plant in Hamshire. The refinery will be able to
handle 70,000 barrels per day.
Partnership Strategies, is also building a port in Brownsville that can
handle 100,000 barrel barges. One barge at High Island that will have
150,000 barrels worth of storage and 120,000 barrels worth of barge
The company also requires a deep water port and determined the Port of Beaumont,
which is partially situated in Orange County, to be the best location.
They were allocated $300 million in municipal bonds by Jefferson County
two years ago for Hurricane Ike redevelopment through a proclamation of
Gov. Rick Perry.
The court approved
the hiring of eight seasonal employees for driving positions for the
Mosquito Control District. Patrick Beebe, director of mosquito control,
said the last time mosquitoes were this bad in January was the year 1999
when the department had 69 calls. This January had 68 service calls.
emergency management coordinator, reported the shelter of last resort on
FM 1442 will have a 200-ton crane there this week to lift wall panels to
the structure. The concrete is also being polished by a grinder.
“We’ll see the
wall panels lifted by Friday. You’re about to see a building pop up.
It’s pretty impressive,” Kelley said.
Kelley also gave a
presentation on the FY 2012 Routine Airport Maintenance Grant for the
Orange County Airport which was approved.
The proposed 2012
RAMP grant projects are as follows:
• Replace cannonball sliding tracks and cannonball rollers on all six of
the older hangars
• Update the
remaining incandescent taxi-way light fixtures with update medium
intensity quartz fixtures
• Install a new
entrance sign for the airport
repairs at the airport such as replacing antenna and photocells for the
lights and replacing broken vault covers
• Replace and
purchase needed fire extinguishers for the airport Kelley said the grant
is for $36,000 and the airport should have some funds left over for
proclaimed February 11 as 2-1-1 Day in the county and to give special
recognition to the 2-1-1 Area Information Center of Southeast Texas.
outreach coordinator with the center, said the 2-1-1 center at the South
East Texas Regional Planning Commission in Beaumont is one of 125 call
centers in Texas. The center in Beaumont received 50,000 calls last year.
Brooks said in
addition to 2-1-1 being used as emergency evacuation registration, the
service can be used for registering for social services to help.
She said the call
center is in the process of beefing up and updating participating
agencies in meeting unmet needs and supplying statistics and data for
people in need.