Time to bring trash to the Orange County collection site for free is running short. Everything is in place to start the fee based program. Clark Slacum, county engineer said the windshield stickers and the collection punch cards have arrived and are already being sold in anticipation of the new program.

Beginning Saturday, June 1, residents must have a windshield sticker that costs $5 and a disposal pass that is valid for up to $20 to utilize the citizen collection site. The only residents exempt are those bringing recyclables only.

Slacum wants it to be clear that the stickers and disposal passes cannot be purchased at the collection site, they must be purchased ahead of time at one of three locations: the Road and Bridge Department on Farm Road 1442, the tax office at the courthouse annex on South 6th Street in Orange, or the tax office at the sub courthouse in Vidor on Camp Street.

The window stickers will be valid for one year from date of purchase.

There will be no money collected at the collection site.

Fees will be $1 per bagged trash, $5 per garbage can, $10 per pick-up load, $15 for small trailers and $20 for large trailer.

Restricted items are: hazardous waste, batteries, tires, paint cans, fuel tanks, shingles, construction debris or commercial waste.

Hours of operation at the collection site are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday and Saturday.

Senior citizens will receive a discount on disposal passes.

For questions or more information call the Road and Bridge Department at 409-882-7905.

County records soon to be accessible online

In other business, commissioners authorized Judged Carl Thibodeaux to sign a contract with IDocket.com to provide online access to scanned records of the District and County Clerks’ offices. It is a fee based program, so there is no cost to the county. In fact, the county will receive 20 percent of the revenue generated through the program.

Karen Jo Vance, county clerk, is very much in favor of the online access. The date such information will go live on the Internet has not been determined.

Surplus items approved for auction

The county is one step closer to holding an online auction of surplus items, both inventory and non-inventory items. Purchasing agent Connie Cassidy has been working diligently to get everything in order for the auction that will include everything from Sheriff’s Department vehicles to typewriters and computers. The date of that auction has yet to be determined.

OC Convention and Expo Center almost complete

Mark Wimberly said he hopes to have county personnel in their offices  at the Orange County Convention and Expo Center by the time he gives his report next month. A digital sign will be going up soon. Wimberly said the concrete pad is being prepared for it now. The data network instillation has been given the go ahead. Furniture is being put in place.

Wimberly said he would like to see the landscaping in place before a grand opening is planned.

County enters agreement with Legacy Health Services

Judge Thibodeaux was authorized to sign a collaborative working agreement between Orange County and Legacy Community Health Services, Inc. Legacy will treat AIDS/HIV positive patients that are qualified as indigent by Orange County. There is no cost to the county for this service because it is state and federally funded.

Court postponed next week

Orange County Commissioners’ Court will be held next week at 2 p.m. on Tuesday due to the fact Monday is the Memorial Day holiday.

About Penny LeLeux

Penny has worked at The Record Newspapers since 2006. A member of the editorial staff, she has "done everything but print it." Most frequently she writes entertainment reviews and human interest stories, with a little paranormal thrown in from time to time.She has been a lifelong member of the Orangefield community.