Emergency Management Coordinator, Jeff Kelley, informed the Commissioners’ Court on Monday, Oct. 11 that Orange County is 12 to 20 inches below normal on rainfall.  “Our neighbors to the north and east are even higher than that,” he said.

Orange County has just now entered a high fire danger and the County is expected to entered the extremely high fire danger over the next few weeks.

“Looking at what [moisture] we could receive on the best end of the scale, what could receive over the next couple of days wouldn’t be enough to turn this around,” Kelley said.  “I would recommend that [the Commissioners] consider a burn ban until we can get through this rough spot.  I genuinely believe that the next few weeks are going to be violent.”

The court ordered ban will be in effect for the next 90 days for all un-incorporated areas of Orange County. Burn ban flags have been (or will be) hung at the following locations:

Orange County Administration Building at 123 S. 6th St. in Orange.
Vidor Sub Courthouse at 120 Camp St. in Vidor.
Veterans/Health and Code Office at 10984 FM 1442 in Orange.
Orange County Courthouse at 801 Division in Orange.
Local fire departments.

These flags will be displayed during the entirety of the Burn Ban to aid all Orange County residents as to the status of the ban.  Information is also available at on the county website, www.co.orange.tx.us, and follow the Emergency Management link.  Current status is located under the Situation Report tab.


The commissioners recognized Saturday, Oct. 16 as Gulf Coast Cajun French Music Association Day.  This chapter is the fourth one for the state of Texas and brings the number of chapters from Chicago to Louisiana to twelve.

The court recognized the month of October National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Cindy Fertitta, primary prevention specialist/education coordinator at the Rape and Suicide Crisis of Southeast Texas, explained that domestic violence is about elder, child and domestic abuse.

“It’s about sexual assault, sexual harassment, it’s also about holding bullies accountable in school,” Fertitta said. “For every bully we hold accountable at school, we’ve saved a life later.”

The court also recognized October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  The American Cancer Society and Relay for Life Chapter in Orange County will be wearing pink shirts every Monday. Even the proclamation for this recognition was printed with pink ink.


The county received $36,967.91 from the City of Orange and $29,084.86 from the City of West Orange as reimbursement for road materials and those checks have been credited to the Road and Bridge Fund.

Bills paid this week total $369,822.92.

The court agreed to purchase 34 laptops for e-poll books from Verizon and 34 e-poll book software programs from Votec for the 2012 election.  They also agreed to purchase wireless service through Verizon for e-poll book during early voting and election days.  Both of these purchases will be reimbursed by the state.

These laptops will be used to check people in at the election sites and will prevent voters from voting more than once.  Tina Leverett, elections administrator, will set up these laptops and make sure they are working properly before the 2012 election.

Recycling Center

Mr. William M. Boiter will be issued a license to operate Orange County Recycling when Hi Tech Salvage ceases operations.  The court approved this motion to avoid a break in operations.  The Orange County Recycling is located at 5040 FM 1006 in Orange.

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