(Orange, Texas)

March 26, 2013

Road and Bridge principal topic at Commissioners Court

Dawn Burleigh
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — Orange County Engineer Clark Slacum asked Commissioners Court to accept the Road Damage Bond from WHC Inc. during the Monday meeting.

The bond is to ensure any road damaged during the installation of the Crosstex NGL Pipeline will be repaired without cost to the county.

The natural gas pipeline will effect the northern part of the county near North Bilbo, Ray Willey and North Tram Roads. The bond for road damage is for $254,800 which is $20,000 per mile.

Commissioner pct. 3 John Banken asked if it was possible to consider increasing the amount per mile.

“That is just not enough per mile,” Banken said.

Banken said it would cost more if the county had to repair the roads again after the moisture levels changed.

Slacum said it was something to consider but it would be too late for this particular bond at this time.

The bond was accepted.

Slacum also asked the court to approve the list of roads and bridges for the Ike 2.2 grant. The list was amended since it was originally brought before the court due to changes in the Swing Bridge Project. The bridges were added as well as several roads as part of the $1.9 million match for TxDOT.

“We want to make sure the funds go as far as they possible can,” David Waxman, grant administrator.

County Judge Carl Thibodeaux said it was a win-win situation.

Banken thanked Slacum and Waxman for planning it out.

Slacum also asked for approval to test an application of herbicides on the county’s right of way. Frank Kelley, vice president of ROADSIDE Inc. presented a powerpoint presentation during the public hearing prior to court explaining the benefits of the herbicides.

Slacum said he was willing to have less temporary help to help pay for the test. Slacum estimated it would cost approximately $9,500 to test on 10% of the county roads, 38 miles. The motion approved gave a maximum amount of $10,000 which will come out of Road and Bridges temporary help budget.

County Court at Law 2 requested funds, not budgeted, for replacing an audio component used during videos and arraignments during trials in court. The equipment is currently broken and Judge Troy Johnson was unable to locate a replacement.

The equipment is $359 plus tax. The court approved it from Contingency fund.

The court also approved Thibodeaux to  sign the Interlocal Agreements with the cities in Orange County concerning the purchasing of road materials on the Orange County Bid Contracts.

“This is so we do not have to place each one on the agenda as one comes in,” Thibodeaux said. “The Bridge City contract is already here.”