Orange City Council approves grants for EDC

Published 7:21 pm Saturday, June 1, 2019

By Bayleigh Swanton

The Orange Leader


The Orange City Council proclaimed May 2019 as Motorcycle Safety and Awareness month on May 28, also discussing possible action on the Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP project and the approval of grants from the Economic Development Corporation (EDC).

During the meeting, the council dedicated the month of May to Motorcycle Safety and Awareness in order to help promote the safety for all motorcycle drivers in the area to reduce the number of motorcycle accidents resulting in injuries and fatalities.

Motorcyclists are roughly unprotected and much more likely to be injured or killed in a crash than other vehicle drivers, according to the proclamation read by Orange Mayor Larry Spears Jr.

It continues with, City of Orange urges all citizens to join in encouraging the entire community to become more aware of motorcyclists and “Share the Road”, while becoming extra alert while driving to support motorcycle safety.

The council held a closed discussion during the meeting regarding the Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP project in which the council made no action on at this time.

Grants were approved for the EDC Infrastructure Grant Agreement with Cypresswood Village not to exceed $350,000 dedicated to economic development.

The motion was also passed for the consideration of a grant not exceeding $55,000 for economic development for the Real Southern Cooking, located at 1111 Green Avenue in Orange.

The request of $200,000 was also granted to the Sabine Park Apartments at 111 W. Pine Avenue, to fund infrastructure improvements.

Hotel Occupancy Tax Funding was also passed for the Juneteenth Planning Committee for the Juneteenth event that will be taking place on June 14-16, 2019.