The Orange County Commissioners’ Court meeting will get an early start to consider hiring a new county engineer as they meet at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 23, in the commissioners’ courtroom of the Orange County Administration Building, 123 South Sixth St.

Candidates Kenneth J. Wiemers, Clark R. Slacum and James A. Layne, will meet in closed special session with the court for the appointment of the engineering position. The meeting will be held in closed session unless one or more of the three candidates requests the meeting be open.

The commissioners will then adjourn from that meeting and assemble again for the continuation of their meeting at 2 p.m.

Commissioners will consider approval of entering into a written contract of employment with the law firm of Provost-Umphrey; and Matthews, Lawson and Johnson and Jimmy Williamson, PC to represent the county concerning a claim against British Petroleum for economic losses sustained as a result of the April 20, 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster and to authorize County Judge Carl Thibodeaux to sign said contract on behalf of Orange County.

Lynda Gunstream, tax assessor-collector, will present to the court for their approval the adoption of the local option homestead exemption for the 2012 tax year.

She will also present for approval filling a budgeted Clerk II position. The position will be vacated on April 30 due to a clerk leaving for medical reasons.

In other personnel matters, Mark Wimberley, maintenance director, will request taking application for a groundskeeper position due to the resignation of a current employee.

Wimberley will also present a change order request to the court for the Shelter of Last Resort, being built on FM 1442.

Sheriff Keith Merritt will request trading in one 15-passenger van to purchase a new 15-passenger van for the Orange County Sheriff’s Commissary. The van will be paid out of the Jail Commissary Fund.

He will also request purchasing a new head unit for an 800-pound cube ice machine for the jail. This is a capital outlay item. The estimated price is $3,500.

Cecil Hodgkinson, Douglas Manning and Jackie Spears will be considered for appointment to serve as members of the Orange County Child Protective Services Board.

Lastly, personnel, social services, purchasing and the parks departments will give reports.