(Orange, Texas)

December 18, 2013

Vidor tables talks on splash pad

Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader

VIDOR — The drain plug has been pulled on the idea of a new water attraction in Vidor.

Vidor city council met recently during its regularly scheduled session and discussed the idea of potentially constructing a splash pad within the city for some additional some summer recreation.

“We really don’t have the funds for a project like this right now,” said Mike Kunst, Vidor City Manager. “Everyone likes the idea, but we did not budget any funds in the annual budget for a new park or splash pad.”

Kunst said more research and information is needed on the subject before anything else can be done. Other communities in Southeast Texas have such items, including parks in Beaumont, Nederland and Port Neches.

“Council is going to gather some more information on it, like construction costs, possible locations, and we’ll look at it again later,” he explained. “At least for this year, we can’t build it, but you never know with the next budget.”

In other news, Kunst said the city is putting the finishing touches on its recent street repair project as crews work to complete East Courtland. He said the city is already working on its plan for more street repair work in 2014.

“We are just trying to get a head-start on the list of streets for the chip seal road work,” Kunst explained. “Not every street is a good candidate for this type of road work. Councilmembers have a lot of input in this list because they each represent a Ward, or certain section of the city, so they may have a better idea of which streets should be under consideration.”

The road construction projects are part of a $2 million Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the Hurricane Ike Round 2.2 Critical Infrastructure Project Disaster Recovery Division.

Kunst said a list of streets for the next phase of road work could be presented at the second council meeting in January 2014.

“We want to do as much as we can with the money we have available,” Kunst said. “We are trying to get the biggest bang for our buck. We are still trying to do something on Old Highway 90, but we are just waiting on environment reports to come in. Whether it’s a mile or a half-mile, we just want to do something on that road if we can.”