Photo: An infrastructure grant of $350,000 by the City of Orange Economic Development Corporation will aid the construction of 40 new homes in the Cypresswood Village Phase II project in the Bridge City school district. RECORD PHOTO: Dave Rogers

 

Dave Rogers

For The Record

 

Orange City Council moved another step closer to ushering in a new housing addition Tuesday.

All present for the twice-monthly meeting voted unanimously Tuesday for a resolution approving a grant of up to $350,000 for infrastructure for 40 new homes to be built in Bridge City school district, off Texas 87 just north of FM 105.

The grant, which developer ITEX seeks for drainage ditch and storm drain improvements for its Cypresswood Village Phase II, is being offered by the city of Orange’s Economic Development Corporation.

“We really don’t have enough housing and we haven’t had any new additions in a long time,” council woman Terrie Salter said.

“Orange needs to grow. We need it.”

Tuesday was the resolution’s first reading.

According to figures provided in the grant application by ITEX, the developer plans to spend $1.7 million on the project. The bulk of the expense – nearly $1 million — will be for water, sewer and drainage.

Council members Bill Mello, Brad Childs and Patrick Pullen were not in attendance Tuesday.

A first reading on a resolution authorizing an EDC grant of $55,000 for Real Southern Cooking had to be delayed because of a recusal by Salter, due to a conflict.

That left just three elected officials – council members Annette Pernell and Paul Burch and mayor Larry Spears, Jr. – eligible to vote, one shy of a quorum.

Council approved a first reading resolution awarding a $195,000 contract to MK Constructors LLC for the Cooper’s Gully Flume, Roadway and Concrete Lining Repair.

They also approved a change in a $30,000 hotel/motel occupancy tax expenditure for the Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce.

The money had been designated for a national fishing tournament. Instead, the Chamber this year is bringing in the Backwater Challenge, a regional fishing tournament.

The tourney is expected to bring in 200 teams to fish the event.

The city also approved a $20,150 HOT tax expenditure for a three-day Juneteenth event at Riverfront Pavilion June 14-16.

Additionally Tuesday, the city awarded more than $50,000 to public service organizations in Community Development Block Grant funds.

Orange Christian Services was awarded $8,000 and $7,000 goes to Meals on Wheels. Jackson Community Center received $6,750, followed by Greater Orange Area Literary Service $6,500; and both Samaritan Counseling Center and Stable Spirit $6,000.

Both Julie Rogers Gift of Life and Southeast Texas Hospice were awarded $5,000.

City Council proclaimed Tuesday Fire Chief David E. Frenzel Day for his 50 years of service to the Orange Fire Department; and proclaimed this to be National Salvation Army Week.