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July 3, 2013

Commissioners Court looks for options

ORANGE — Orange County Commissioners Court this past Monday adopted the guidelines for the Orange County Convention and Expo Center located at 11475 FM 1442.

The guidelines included the fees for the center as well as rental rules and regulations for the use of the building.

The secondary purpose of the center is promoting and facilitating events that generate economic benefits for the citizens of the county.

Commissioners are looking for other options before approving to hire an employee to manage the rental side of the center.

The Court also approved the roof coating and painting of the walls of the old T-Hanger at the Orange County Airport. The curb dresser for the runway and taxi areas, an AWOS display computer were also approved. The total estimates for the projects is $44,745. The county portion is $22,372.50.

The airport received the 2013 Routine Airport Maintenance (RAMP) Grant projects for $100,000 and the county must match 50%. The cost to the county would be $50,000 if the full amount of the grant is used.

Orange County Judge Carl Thibodeaux said each project would have to go before the court for approval when the grant was presented to the court in December 2012.

The court also approved the Appeals and Hearing Procedures relating to the enforcement of the Orange County Flood Damage Prevention Order. The item was tabled from a previous meeting due to Assistant County Attorney Douglas E. Manning on vacation.

Sonny Stevenson, of Parkwood Land Company, asked the court to establish an appeals board to inform the community of the procedures to appeal a decision. Stevenson received a stop work order prior to July 26, 2010 to stop work on his property northeast of IH-10 and the Neches River, according to a previous article in The Orange Leader.

The court tabled the request to hire two more drivers for the Transportation Department.

Transportation Director Donna Minter requested two additional part-time drivers after the county approved the policy of part-time employees work 29 or less hours a week. The drivers would delivery lunches for the Meals on Wheels program and would work approximately 20 hours per week.

The court requested time to explore other options.

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