(Orange, Texas)

Local News

July 17, 2013

Convention Center soon to be furnished

ORANGE — Time to start purchasing furniture for the Orange County Convention and Expo Center.

Orange County Commissioners transferred a total of $104, 790 for furniture for the shelter of last resort located at 11475 FM 1442 in Orange. The funds were transferred from two accounts, Building and Constructions in General Funds, in the amount of $87,450 and Travel and Tourism in the Hotel/Motel Tax for $17,340 during the Monday afternoon meeting.

Commissioner Pct. 3 John Banken questioned the amount.

“That is a lot of furniture,” Banken said. “Is this in the budget?”

County Judge Carl Thibodeaux said he would get a break down list of the items to Banken.

“This was agreed upon last year during the budget talks,” Thibodeaux said. “That was before you [were elected].”

County Treasurer Christy Khoury said the court knew the funds would need to be moved.

The court also approved the paying of the county bills in the amount of $105,162.03.

County Engineer Clark Slacum requested refilling a recently vacated Truck Driver (NE3) due to the resignation of an employee.

Commissioner Pct. 4 Jody Crump asked Slacum if the position was needed now as it is nearing the end of the road building season.

“It would hamper us as we still have the other cities roadwork to complete,” Slacum said. “The position says truck driver, but the person does more than just drive a truck.”

The court approved advertising and filling the position.

The Transportation Department requested and was approved for hiring one driver to work 20 hours a week for delivering Meals on Wheels lunches. Meals on Wheels delivers 120-130 meals a day, five days a week.

Transportation Director Donna Minter said the department does not have any volunteers.

Banken requested a committee be formed to look into the number of buses the department has.

“I think we have too many and we need to look at ways to cut costs. I know we are reimbursed for the busses but we still have to maintain them,” Banken said.

Thibodeaux said the court could appoint a committee next week but Minter would need to contact Southeast Texas Regional Planning as the organization would need a representative on the committee.

The court accepted The Medicine Chest, locally known as Scholar’s, for Bulk Prescription Drugs and Prescription Pharmacy Service for the Orange County Jail. Thibodeaux abstained from the vote.

“I work for them about six hours a month,” Thibodeaux said. “I feel it is better to abstain from voting.”

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