(Orange, Texas)

February 22, 2014

BC approves expense fee for warrants

Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader

BRIDGE CITY — Councilmembers have approved a new ordinance which will help ease the city coffers while serving arrest warrants.

Councilmembers in the City of Bridge City earlier this week approved a new ordinance which authorizes a special expense fee to be added to fees already assessed with the issuance and service of an arrest warrant.

“State law allows us, as a city, to charge a fee for this service now,” said Jerry Jones, city manager. “The $25 fee will go to the city to help cover our expenses. It costs us money every time we have to do the paper work and to send someone out to serve the warrant.”

In other news, city officials held a public hearing at the start of the council meeting pertaining to the approval of the current city curfew ordinance for minors.

“It’s just something we have to do every three years,” said Mayor Kirk Roccaforte. “The ordinance expires, and then we have a hearing and council approved the ordinance without any changes.”

The ordinance directly impacts minors who are age 17 and younger. According to the ordinance, any child age 17 or younger must not be out on city streets between the hours of 11 p.m. to 6 a.m., nightly, Sunday through Friday, and 12 a.m. to 6 a.m., Saturday and Sunday.

Also, at the meeting, councilmembers approved an ordinance supporting the proposed Acadiana Village apartment complex, which is now being called Citrus Cove Bridge City, and will be located at 1200 Texas Ave.

“The group involved in this is just having to reapply for their tax credit application,” Roccaforte explained. “They weren’t able to get everything done in the allotted time frame and have to reapply.”

Jones concurred.

“They are applying for some additional funding, and the city is behind this project,” he stated.

According to The Orange Leader archives, the 80-unit complex would include 72 units priced at “affordable rates” and eight units priced at “market rates.” The complex would include multiple one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom units complete with stoves, washers and dryers, microwaves, refrigerator and more.

The complex would also include a clubhouse, a fitness area, Wi-Fi, a swimming pool, a splash pool for children and other amenities.

There is a minimum and maximum income requirement. Potential tenants would also have to submit to a criminal background check, a credit check with a minimum FICA score or credit rating required, an employment history check and previous tenancy.

This complex is being included as a topic for a special council meeting at 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 18, at City Hall, 260 Rachal in Bridge City. The council is expected to approve the same ordinance as it did this past week, but with the new complex name of Citrus Cove Bridge City, LP.

A final topic of this previous meeting included council approving what is being referred to as a “temporary switch.” Council approved a recommendation to appoint James B. Scales III, the current Associate Municipal Court Judge, as the Municipal Court Judge, and to appoint current Municipal Court Judge Don Peters to Associate Municipal Court Judge.

Roccaforte said the change was being made for health-related reasons pertaining to Judge Peters and did not elaborate on the reason behind the switching of positions or how long the change is expected to last. He only cited it should be “temporary.”