The Orange County Commissioners learned on Monday, March 21 of a serious problem at the new Adult Probation site.

Jeff Kelley, Emergency Management Coordinator, informed the court that the project to build the new Adult Probation Site has come to a temporary stand-still. Tests have shown that the land and water have been contaminated by leaded gasoline.

A Corrective Action Consultant must be hired to do a drinking water survey from the aquifer that runs beneath the site. When that is done, the county will have to install a monitoring well.

“There’s no question about it,” Kelley said. “We’re going to have to do it.”

The TCEQ is okay with the County building on that site, but 18 inches of top soil has to be removed and the entire affected area has to be covered with cement. Additionally, the 18 inches of soil will have to be disposed of in the proper manner required by the TCEQ.

“That will put a protective cap over it to keep anyone from being exposed to it,” Kelley said.

Paving the entire site will cost an additional fee, approximately $30,000. Kelley explained that they have not looked into the cost of the dirt remediation because they haven’t gotten that far yet. They will, however, look into the cost when that project comes closer.

Even if the County elected to not build anything on that site, they would still be required to either dig all of the contaminated soil out or put a concrete cap on it.

The Drinking Water Survey will cost the County approximately $2,500 and the monitoring well will cost over $10,000 for the worse-case scenario.

The Commissioners have awarded the bid on the Adult Probation Office Facility to McInnis Construction out of Silsbee. The start date of the construction could be delayed because of the aforementioned obstacles.

The cost of the project totals $1,425,000.

The County should break even on the cost of construction, but will have to pay for the drinking water survey and the monitoring well because they were unforeseen expenditures and were not worked into the budget.

The Commisioners issued a proclamation designating Friday, March 25, 2011 as “Orange County Charity Day.”

“In support of this proclamation, we encourage all the residents of Orange County to support the [charity’s listed below], the Little Cypress Intermediate and Little Cypress Elementary will host a Community Resource School Walk and Blood Drive scheduled for March 25, 2011 at Little Cypress Intermediate from 7:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.,” said Pct. 1 Commissioner David Dubose.

The Little Cypress Lions Club, Orange Service League, the Garth House, the Rainbow Room, Orange Christian Services, the Salvation Army, the American Red Cross and the Little Cypress Elementary and Intermediate Schools were all represented during Commissioners’ Court.

The court adopted a Resolution of Support for an Accident Prevention Plan and they accepted and adopted the updated Risk Management Policy.

Commissioners approved of the Orange County Seatbelt Policy and approved it to be added to the Orange County Personnel Policy as Policy No. 144. The Orange County Seatbelt Policy simply states that all county employees should wear a seatbelt in any county vehicle and all county employees driving their personal vehicles on county business should also wear their seat belts.

The Court approved for the replacement of the Road and Bridge radio tower generator and a boat motor. The funds for this are available in the Road and Bridge capital outlay line item, approximately $38,000. The cost of the generator and boat motor is roughly $7,000.

Connie Cassidy, Orange County Purchasing Agent, received approval from the court to advertise for bids on the County’s annual requirements for Mowing and the application of herbicides at the Orange County Airport.

Television Equipment Associates was declared sole source for the purchasing of Cobra Headsets for the Sheriff’s office. These headsets will cost an estimated $9,745 and will be used by the S.W.A.T. Team. The headsets they currently use are ten years old and are not working properly.

Joel Ardoin, director of Health Code and Compliance, received permission from the Commissioners’ Court to proceed with the advertising of and take applications for the remainder of the Community Development Block Grant for the low to moderate income levels for the OSSF and tie in project. The amount left for construction is $94,435.50.

The total amount of bills paid this week are $239,782.52, including and payment of $14,463.72 to Schaumburg & Polk, Inc. from the General Fund for the Shelter of Last Resort.

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