All quiet on the county front
It was an uneventful commissioners’ court Monday as all agenda items passed with little or no discussion. Even requests for mosquito service were down 90 percent with only 44 calls in the last month according to Patrick Beebe of mosquito control. They are still spraying in between fronts as necessary, “when they (mosquitoes) make their presence known.” He said there still have not been any evidence of disease carrying insects found in the area traps.
Mosquito control will be shutting down for winter maintenance in January and February.
On the advice of Douglas Manning, assistant county attorney, Orange County Commissioners approved a contract with UTMB to conduct educational activities to reduce unnecessary hospitalizations and/or hospital charges among adult Orange County residents suffering specifically from pneumonia, congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Jeff Kelley, Orange County Emergency Management director, advised a burn ban was still unnecessary at this time, but that could change in the next couple of weeks because the next several cold fronts are expected to be dry.
The court paid bills including: $28,800 to Lester A Saucier Jr. from the general fund for CDBG sewer project; $1,150 to Memorial Funeral Home from the general fund for indigent funeral expenses; $180,256.83 from the general fund; $31,068.99 for road and bridge; mosquito control-$2,782.80; adult probation- $100.80 and auditor funds $42.20 for a total of $220,252.62.
Judge Carl Thibodeaux reminded the court that there would be six departmental reports at each of the next two court dates because there will be no court held on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2 for the Christmas and New Year holidays.