orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

May 8, 2013

Disposal passes, stickers not yet available

Dawn Burleigh
The Orange Leader

BRIDGE CITY — The Citizens Collection Site served 4,200 people in the past two months for a cost to the county of $25,000 increasing the need to implement the windshield sticker and disposal pass recently approved by the Orange County Commissioners Court.

County Engineer Carl Slacum said, during the Monday meeting, the stickers and passes will be available at the Road and Bridge Office and at the Tax Office in Orange and Vidor in a week.

“It may be longer than a week,” Slacum said. “They are at the printers now. They need at least five to seven business days.”

Slacum also said he has had people trying to purchase the stickers and passes.

Read the more in the Wednesday edition of The Orange Leader.

The court also approved a resolution of authorization concerning the Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery, Inc.

County Judge Carl Thibodeaux is a member of the board. A lawyer from the incorporation needed a representative from Orange County to seek and apply for funding. The resolution allows Thibodeaux to seek and apply for an excess of $4 million in grant applications.

“No county funds are involved,” Thibodeaux said.

Thibodeaux also said that if matching funds were required, he would have an item on the agenda for the court to discuss.

Thibodeaux is scheduled to meet with the Corp. of Engineers in Galveston on Wednesday.

Funds used for the feasibility plan could count towards any matching funds needed for the project.

Emergency Management Coordinator Jeff Kelley told the court that during the upcoming hurricane season which begins June 1, the county will need to manage two systems. The state changed the registry system which is incompatible with the Orange County registry system.

“We cannot access the new system and we are not visible in the system,” Kelley said. “We will have to use two systems and if we have to evacuate, the number of people needed to man the phones will double.”

Commissioner Pct. 3 John Banken asked for assurance of the county being ready if there was a call to evacuate.

“Yes,” Kelly said. “This is just a wildcard.”

Kelley explained the 211 system gathers information which is then shipped and loaded into the state’s system and then to the county.

“Now we cannot see it,” Kelley said. “We cannot access it.”

Kelley said they would continue working towards a solution.

The trust property that was tabled during the Monday, April 29 meeting for research was discussed.

A concern of possibly land-locking an individual living behind the property was raised during the previous meeting.

An investigation revealed a perpetual easement that will allow the individual to have access to the property.

“I appreciate the court for being tolerate while we looked into this,” Jody Crump, commissioner pct. 4 said.

Thibodeaux thanked Crump for looking into it.

Several inventory items were transferred to surplus.

“All are to go up for auction,” Connie Cassidy, CPPB, purchasing agent said. “Next week or so we hope to be ready an online auction.”

Items transferred include a 2000 Ford Expedition, a vehicle lift, and a John Deere Backhoe Wheel.