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Thu
21
Jun

Federal warrant yields methamphetamines in Vidor

Special to the Vidorian

Orange County Sheriff’s deputies and federal law enforcement officers served a federal felony warrant on a travel trailer on Smith Lake Road in Vidor last week on Friday. They found nearly thirty grams of crystal methamphetamine and arrested two occupants for possession and/or for possession with intent to distribute charges.

According to a news release issued by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday evening, “Orange County Sheriff’s Office Special Services Division responded to a travel trailer in the 300 block of Smith Lake Road in Vidor, Texas, on Friday, June 15th, to serve a federal felony warrant on 34 year-old Thomas Charles Jones for ‘possession with intent / and distribution of a controlled substance’.

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Thu
21
Jun

More than a dozen homes get floodwaters

George Garza
The Vidorian

After receiving nearly fifteen inches of rain in less than 48 hours, it was no surprise to hear that residences in Orange County were threatened with floodwaters, especially in low-lying areas. According Joel Ardoin, Orange County Emergency Management Coordinator, the county is trying to pin down the exact number of Orange County homes that were flooded in this week’s rain event, but says that number is between twelve and fifteen Orange County homes that were awash in floodwaters.

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Thu
21
Jun

City vows to hold line on property taxes in spite of Harvey losses

Randall Luker
The Vidorian

With planning for Vidor’s 2018-2019 municipal budget already underway, Vidor City Council has made plain their intention to maintain the lowest possible property tax rate while still delivering top notch services to citizens. Some belt tightening will be necessary, however, as post-Harvey property values are estimated to be 10-25 percent lower than before the storm, reducing property tax income for the city. Property taxes, $2 million in 2017, make up about half the city’s annual revenue with sales tax, $2.7 million in 2017, contributing most of the remainder. Franchise fees, fines and other minor funding sources round out the revenue total.

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Thu
21
Jun

City seeks over 20 grants for streets, drainage, buyouts and infrastructure

Randall Luker
The Vidorian

With the Schoolhouse Ditch drainage improvement project funded by Hurricane Ike Recovery grants ending this year, some 10 years after the storm, the City of Vidor has applied or intends to apply for more than 20 state and federal grants available for Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts. The grants are for drainage improvements, street repairs or other infrastructure improvements throughout the city. If approved, most will require the city to provide just 25 percent of the project’s total cost. Below in bold type are the grant programs with the proposed projects that may qualify for funding.

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Tue
19
Jun

Council approved variances clear way for new homes

Randall Luker
The Vidorian

Vidor City Council granted variances for two projects that had been rejected by the Vidor Planning and Zoning Commission that will allow the proposed construction of seven new homes to proceed.

Plats for a small five home subdivision off Slaughter Drive and for two homes in the vicinity of North Oakland and Elgie Streets, both on the west side of Vidor north of IH-10, were approved.

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Tue
19
Jun

Wet Week

Water pooling on Orange Street in front of Vidor High School Tuesday saw most motorists slowing down and moving to the crown where the water was shallower although some drivers seemed to see how high and far they could send water flying.

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Tue
19
Jun

City to reinstate dilapidated home ordinance on January 1, 2019

George Garza
The Vidorian

The Rose City City Council is worried about flood-damaged homes in their city that are not being repaired or rebuilt. The council is also worried about a number of temporarily installed manufactured homes that violate the city’s municipal manufactured home code. So the council decided to set a deadline for reinstating the dilapidated structure ordinance for January 1, 2019.

Following the devastation to the city caused by Hurricane Harvey, the city temporarily suspended ordinances regarding dilapidated or unsafe structures in the city and the ban on travel trailers to give residents leeway to temporarily reside on their flood damaged properties as they worked to rebuild.

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Tue
19
Jun

County to apply for buy-out funds

George Garza
The Vidorian

The Orange County Commissioners Court voted last week to notify the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission (SETRPC) about the county’s intent to participate in the Hurricane Harvey Buy-Out/Acquisition Program offered to the Commission by the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) agency through the Texas General Land Office (GLO). The Texas GLO Acquisition Program is but one of two flood property buy-out programs that Orange County may become eligible for. The other program is offered by FEMA.

In the FEMA program bought-out properties must be cleared of all structures and become the property of the local government entity in perpetuity and no structure can be rebuilt on the bought-out property.

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Tue
19
Jun

VPD sets up drug enforcement agreement

George Garza
The Vidorian

The Vidor Police Department has set up memorandums of understanding (MOU’s) with the Rose City Marshal’s office and the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office allowing for jurisdictional authority for law enforcement officers to work in each other’s jurisdictions and to offer assistance to each other on drug enforcement matters.

“Basically, these MOU’s that we have on our Vidor City Council agenda for approval tonight are with the Jasper Sheriff’s Office and the City of Rose City and they are identical,” said Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll. “What they will do is to allow their officers to assist us with our investigations into narcotics and we will be able to assist them.”

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Tue
19
Jun

Red Cross Opening Shelter

ORANGE (June 19, 2018) – The American Red Cross in coordination with the Orange County Office of Emergency Management has opened a shelter for those who may be impacted by severe weather conditions, including flooding.

Shelter location:

Orange County Convention and Expo Center

11475 FM 1442 Orange, Texas 77630

Shelter operating hours: Open now.

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