Photo: Commissioners Theresa Beauchamp, Johnny Gothia and Robert Viator visit with County Engineer Clark Slacum during a break at Tuesday’s meeting of Orange County Commissioners’ Court.

 

Dave Rogers

For The Record

 

Orange County Sheriff’s Office will hold its 24th annual Cops N Kids Picnic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, June 7 at Claiborne West Park.

“It’s great seeing kids having fun,” Sheriff Keith Merritt said after Tuesday’s session of the Orange County Commissioners’ Court.

“And they get to see us in a different light.”

Annually, a hundred or so volunteers and dozens of local organizations play host to several hundreds of school-age children.

Train and horse-and-buggy rides are available. Game booths abound and the food is free. Public safety organizations will show off their finest vehicles and both Acadian Ambulance Service and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office are set to bring helicopters.

“We have some new vendors this year, and a lot of the old vendors,” Merritt said. “There will be a lot of goodies for the kids.”

 The highlight of Tuesday’s meeting had to be a check for $502,555 going into the bank as the county’s share of sales tax for the month of March.

“Shopping local works,” Commissioner John Gothia said. “That’s good money.”

“That’s real good money,” County Judge Carl Thibodeaux said. “Especially for March.”

Karen Fisher, county tax assessor-collector, brought forth $30,000 in bids on five properties that had been foreclosed on for non-payment of taxes and those bids were accepted.

Of course, there were outflows:

Weekly bills were paid amounting to $394,540.

In a line-item transfer inside the operations and maintenance budget, commissioners authorized a transfer of $3,400 to buy a paint striper for painting the county’s 22 parking lots.

Kurt Guidry, maintenance director, said the two downtown parking lots adjoining the courthourse will need 6,500 linear feet of stripes, which will require an additional $3,000 to pay for the yellow paint.

That money, also, will come out of Guidry’s department budget for 2019.