(Orange, Texas)

March 12, 2014

Fees remain unchanged for Natatorium

Dawn Burleigh
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — Orange City Council approved the annual agreement with the YMCA of Southeast Texas for the use of the City of Orange Natatorium during the Tuesday morning meeting.

The contract allows the YMCA to staff and operate the city pool while also offering swimming lessons.

City of Orange will still maintain the building and water.

“The pool is not making any money,” Council Member District 2 Tommy Ferguson said. “But if one kid learns to swim, that is always good.”

Membership fees, $20 a month, which is usually from the beginning of the month to the end of the month will remain the same.

In other business, the council also authorized a change order for East Orange Street Improvements funded through Hurricane Ike Disaster Recovery Program. The change will include asphalt from curb to curb on Cherry Street from 2nd Street to 10th Street.

“We have been squeezing these grants to get the most we can,” Director of Public Works and Engineering Department Jim Wolf said. “The changes will cost $95,000 which will come from the grant. We needed to have approval from the state, for the project, which we now have.”

Council Member District 3 Essie Bellfield said the City of Orange Library did a great job of promoting black authors during Black History Month in February.

“People need to read black authors like Jackie Mayfield and Elzie D. Odom,” Bellfield said.