orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

April 13, 2013

Council opposes closing of Obstetrics Unit

Dawn Burleigh
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — Orange City Council passed a resolution Tuesday opposing the closing of the Obstetrics Unit at the Baptist Orange Hospital.

The hospital announced Monday April 1, it would be closing the unit effect May 2, 2013.

Over 330 babies were born at Baptist Orange Hospital in 2012.

The council said the decision by the hospital could impact the area by making it difficult to attract and retain obstetricians and pediatricians to the area.

The council proclaimed April 14, 2013 as Knights of Columbus, Orange Council No. 1680 Centennial Celebration Day for 100 years of service to the community.

The city also proclaimed the week of April 14-20, 2013 as National Library Week. Citizens were encouraged to visit the area libraries and to participate in the Southeast Texas Big Read.

The council passed a resolution authorizing City Manager Sawn Oubre to enter into an agreement with Schaumberg and Polk Inc. for the Wastewater Treatment Plant improvements for a total of $86,970 for Phase 1A and 1B. The total includes field survey, design phase, bidding phases and construction phase of the project.

Essie Bellfield was appointed President of the Orange Housing Finance Corporation for term expiring June 26, 2017. Charles Guillory was selected for Vice-president and Annette Pernell was named Secretary. The group is a dormant committee that has not been used in at least six years. The organization is listed as a non-profit and the IRS records were in need of being updated. The group is used when the city is in need of borrowing funds or for tax free bonds. It is not the Housing Authority nor does it replace that committee.