Orange County addresses mosquito problem
The Mosquito Control Department for Orange County saw a
significant increase in mosquito activity in the month of July.
Prior to increase in activity, which began on July 21, they had
eight calls into their office. The remaining 206 service request calls came
after due to all of the rain we’ve been experiencing.
“We can’t have rain without the mosquito,” Patrick Beebe, director
of the Orange County Mosquito Control department, told the Commissioners’ Court
The ground spray treatments covered a total of 131,328 acres
treated throughout the county for the month of July. The aerial spray
treatments covered 170,240 acres.
“We did increase all of our spray treatments throughout the
county,” Beebe said. “We’ve been scheduling two flights in the morning and one
in the evening, as long as weather allows. We’ve been spraying three flights a
day for almost two weeks now and we’ve increased the ground treatments.”
Beebe assures the Commissioners that his department is working the
best they can to treat all of the affected areas in the county. Some areas of
the county are not as affected by the mosquitoes as others, but the entire
county is having problems with them. The Mosquito Control office targets the most
heavily affected areas first in order to keep the other less affected areas
from getting a mass influx of mosquito activity.
Beebe assured the Commissioners that when they will continue
working to decrease the mosquito population in all parts of the county that
they are allowed to treat. Beebe also
said that his office has been working seven days a week to help the citizens of
Orange County with this problem.
The Commissioner looked at a summary of the budget for 2011/2012 even
though a Budget Workshop is scheduled for Thursday at 10 a.m.
The tax revenue and sales tax is estimated to be the same as last
year. The only revenue that has changed is that the county is due to received
$2.5 million from FEMA, however they may receive as little as last year. The
County is seeing a revenue increase of $804,525 from last year, for a total of
The County estimated that the operating expenses for 2011/2012 would
be $40,272,810 with payroll costing $23,892,674 (roughly 59 percent of the
expenses), and all other expenses costing $16,105,136 (an increase of $52,434).
That leaves a difference of $84,800.
The total budget for this upcoming year will increase by one
Effective tax rate was not available when the budget summary was
The National Association of Counties (NACo) contacted the County
Judge, Carl Thibodeaux, about a program where they’ll produce videos promoting
the county for economic development purposes. They then take those videos and
put them on the county’s website at no cost to the county. The NACo will seek local businesses to sponsor
The Commissioners approved of the agreement between NACo and
The Commissioners approved the payment of bills for the week which
total $201,036.46 including $2,300 to Memorial
Funeral Home from the general fund for indigent funeral expenses, two cases at
$1,150 each; $1,150 to Claybar Funeral Home from the general fund for indigent
funeral expenses; $1,150 to Dorman Funeral Home from the general fund for
indigent funeral expenses; and $39.78 to Regina Chargois from the general fund
for county travel during July.
The Commissioners adopted a special
budget with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts for tobacco
compliance and enforcement for activities in Orange County. This was a grant of
$4,500 that the Orange County Sheriff’s Department applied for to help with
enforcing the tobacco laws in the county.
The Commissioners also adopted a
special budget with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for
supplies and materials for diabetes. Paul Tacker,County Extension
Agent-Family and Consumer Sciences, applied for this $2,500 grant and
the county acted as a pass-through.
purchase of LT210 Pro GSM/GPS ($4,673) for the Sheriff’s Department was
approved by the Commissioners. This is surveillance equipment that is being purchased
out of their Drug Forfeiture funds.
will be four to six weeks [before we’ll get it] and it will greatly enhance our
ability to do a lot of the things that we do,” Sheriff Keith Merritt said. “It’s
familiar with all of the surrounding agencies and all the cities. It’s the same
equipment that everyone’s using and it will benefit everybody.”