(Orange, Texas)

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May 15, 2013

New council members take oath of office

ORANGE — Council Member District 3 Essie Bellfield said she thought it was a disgrace so few voters turned out for Saturday’s election.

“There are 20,000 people in Orange, and only 800 turned out to vote,” Bellfield said during the Tuesday morning meeting. “It is a disgrace to the City of Orange.”

Newly elected Council member District 4 Mary McKenna won the seat with a 4 vote lead against Annette Pernell.

Newly elected Council member District 2 Tommy Ferguson beat out Cullin Smith with a lead of 130 votes.

A total of 882 total votes were caste in the election.

Shirley Beauchamp will remain Mayor Pro Tem.

Pastor Demetrius Moffett of The First Church of God - Orange asked the council for assistance in the removal and demolition of the buildings located at 106 John Street.  

Moffett said a substance abuse and psychological care system would be built at the location.

“It is not just for the those in the legal system,” Moffett said. “It could also be used for prevention.”

Moffett said the facility would help increase the chances of the young men in the community.

The council approved the annexation of a .276 acre tract located at 125 Happy Home Road for the purpose of a real estate office. The council had requested during a previous meeting to the purpose of the land before allowing the annexation.

The owner will only have current city services such as police and fire.

A contract for road overlay for a portion of Zeto Drive and Bluebonnet Drive was awarded to LD Construction of Beaumont for the low bid of $96,211.50.

A contract was awarded to McInnis Construction of Silsbee for Area 2 of the Sanitary Server Overflow initiative Repairs for a total of $41,400.

The council also agreed to a refund to Waste Management for the amount of $4,749.65 for sanitation franchise payments.

An internal audit at Waste Management showed the company had inadvertently paid the City of Orange portions that should have gone to the City of West Orange.

A statue of limitation only allowed a refund for the past 4 years.

Gail English, director of finance, said she had gone back to 2007.

“They may have made the mistake for more than four years,” English said. “But the statue of limitations said we only had to look back four years. The mistake is easy because the mailing address says Orange when it could really be West Orange or Pinehurst.”

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