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March 28, 2013

Citizens speak against Confederate Flag Memorial

ORANGE — Residents on Tuesday asked the Orange City Council to have a formal agenda item concerning the Confederate Flag Memorial.

Leslie Barras, attorney, spoke during citizens comments, and asked the council to have an agenda item concerning a drafted resolution of the council denouncing the Confederate Flag Memorial in Orange, Texas. A copy of the resolution can be seen at orangeleader.com.

Barras asked the council for their leadership.

“It is the symbolism,” Barras said. “It is hurtful and offensive.”

Barras asked the council to address the formal outcry from citizens.

Barras also said she is the great-great granddaughter of a Confederate veteran. She said she could recall seeing pictures of him showing he had lost a leg during the war.

Victoria Wilridge spoke to the council addressing the location of the park.

“It should not be on MLK,” Wilridge said. “You need to find another location. It is a slap in the face to have it in that spot.”

Wilridge suggested the now closed rest area on Interstate 10 as an alternative location.

Texas Open Meetings Act does not allow the council to respond to items not on the agenda.

The council approved a resolution to support Orange County in requesting a legislation change in the method of selecting board members for the four Emergency Service Districts.

County Commissioner pct. 1 David Dubose said it is the only taxing entity that is not elected.

“It is taxation without representation.” Dubose said. “We may have four people to select from and not know anything about how they tax.”

Dubose said that if the positions were elected, the person would be voted out if they were not representing wisely.

Dubose thanked the council for approving the resolution.

The water improvements and radio read meter installation along the alleyway between Knox Street and Decatur Street will be delayed. The one bid selected was higher than the funds available for the project. The request for bids will be reopened.

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