New director named for OC Drainage District

Published 9:51 am Wednesday, August 9, 2017

By Dawn Burleigh

The Orange Leader


Orange County Drainage District met on Tuesday, among other items, to deliberate a new appointment to fill the unexpired term for Judge James ‘Jimmy’ Scales III.

Scales passed away last month, unexpectedly. He held the position for three terms, since 2008.

James Scales IV, Jimmy’s son, spoke with the district last week concerning filling the term.

“I was unaware there were four other names in the hat before I spoke with them,” Scales said.

Randy Fuselier was selected by the Drainage District to finish out the term.

Scales said he plans to run for the position in 2020.

The Orange County Drainage District was created in 1963 during the 58th legislative session. During the fifty years since the creation of the Orange County Drainage District, there have been many changes and effective improvements. From a small building and a little half acre tract of land in the McLewis community, the OCDD has purchased adjoining property for a total of 5.7 acres. In 1998, the construction of a maintenance facility, with a GIS mapping department attached was completed. From older dated heavy equipment, OCDD now utilizes modern job specific equipment to meet the demands of growing property development, according to the official website.

Meetings are held at 10 a.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at 8081 Old Hwy. 90 in Orange.