Burn ban lifted in Orange County
County Commissioners have decided to lift the burn ban that has been in
effect for the last few months. Jeff Kelley, director of Emergency Management,
said “I think the opportunity [to lift the burn ban] is here. I don’t think it
will last too long.”
Commissioners lifted the burn ban, they will continue to look at the wildfire
conditions in Orange County each week.
Commissioners authorized a change order to the existing work being performed by
F&W Electrical on the fiscal year 2010 RAMP Grant. The order will include
the purchase and replacement of eight runway lights, five taxiway lights and
one taxiway crossover sign.
Lighting Project is going on out [at the airport],” Kelley said. “It’s a
$110,000 project that’s going to come in under budget [by] at least a minimum
of $15,000. While [F&W Electrial] was out there, we asked them to give a
quote on all the other damage that’s out there. That estimate came in at
will still come in $5,000 under budget and get all of the repairs done at the
Orange County Airport.
approved the purchase of insurance coverage on the Swing Bridge located on East
Roundbunch. The total cost for coverage is $27,977 for July 1, 2011 through
July 1, 2012.
receive project worksheet funds from FEMA on permanent work, on a structure, we
agree that we’ll carry insurance on that as long as we keep that building,”
Kelley said. “Nowhere in FEMA policy does it say that the policy applies to a
bridge, but nowhere in that policy does it say that it does not.
just go out there and build another bridge because the approaches, the property
issues and the wetland issues,” he said. “It would have to be, it were severely
damaged or destroyed, be replaced with [another swing bridge]. Since you can’t
find that, it’s estimated that it would have to be site built and would run
somewhere in the neighborhood of 4 million dollars.”
based the insurance policy around the worst case scenario ($4 million). While a
less expensive premium would be more favorable, coverage on this bridge is
essential. All county assets are insured and the Commissioners felt there was
no reason why the bridge shouldn’t be.
Commissioners approved the change order for the road improvement projects to
place a double coat chip seal on the Pine Bluff Road in Orange.
was required to be put on Pine Bluff was a six inch build up of limestone that
washed away during the hurricane,” said Les Anderson, County Engineer. “That’s
been done, but that creates a dust concern when it’s dry and when it’s wet, it’s
Commissioner David Dubose has received a few calls regarding the conditions of
Pine Bluff and the limestone build up. There are funds available, so this would
come at no cost to the county.
residents live on Pine Bluff. The double coat chip seal would not only provide
more safety when driving on the road, but it would also extend the life of the
Bills to be
paid for this week total $413,347.99 including: $50,093.79
to G&G Enterprises from the general fund for Shelter of Last Resort; $6,629.20
to Schaumburg & Polk from the general fund for Shelter of Last Resort; $1,150
to Memorial Funeral Home from the general fund for indigent funeral expenses; $1,150
to Claybar Funeral Home from the general fund for indigent funeral expenses; $49.14
to Regina Chargois from the general fund for travel for June, 2011; $69,696.90
to Cleveland Construction, Inc., from the general fund for Justice of the Peace
Three facility; and $99,271.02 to McInnis Construction, Inc., from the general
fund for Adult Probation facility.
The Court also filed into the minutes
a direct deposit from the State Comptroller of Public Accounts in the amount of
$273, 090.05. These funds represent the ½ cent Sales and Allocation for the
month of May, 2011 and has been credited to the General Operating Fund.
Chris Pruitt of Pattillo, Brown and
Hill presented the annual financial report for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30,
2010 to the Commissioners’ Court. He explained that the financial status of the
county is really good especially in today’s financial environment.
“The interesting thing is on this is
that the total long-term debt that Orange County’s got is $746,000,” County
Judge Carl Thibodeaux said. “Not many counties around here can say that’s all
The Court approved the appointing of
Dr. Shannon M. Messer to the Sabine Neches Housing Finance Corporation for a
two year term ending June, 2013.