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Tue
10
Jul

$6.07 million earmarked for Vidor area buyouts

George Garza
The Vidorian

The Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission (SETRPC) has announced that Southeast Texas has been allocated some $156,700,835 in 2017 Hurricane Harvey Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Recovery Allocation funds from the Texas General Land Office to be distributed to the three counties and their respective cities that SETRPC serves. Those counties include Orange, Hardin and Jefferson Counties and all of the municipalities that lie within those three counties.

All of these Disaster Recovery CBDG funds are U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds that require a method of distribution that meets HUD’s 70 percent low to moderate income requirements, meaning that 70% of the funds distributed must benefit areas that are 51% or more low to moderate income households with incomes below 80% of the area median income.

Tue
10
Jul

Babin applauds Pres. Trump’s appointee for Supreme Court

U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (TX-36) released the following statement in support of President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be the next Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court:

“Judge Brett Kavanaugh is an outstanding choice to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court. He has exceptional legal knowledge and qualifications, and brings to this nomination a distinguished career of upholding the Constitution and rule of law. Now more than ever, it is important to appoint justices who will defend our rights to free speech and religious liberty, and I am confident that Judge Kavanaugh will do just that on the Supreme Court.

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Tue
10
Jul

Drainage District gets $500,000 for de-snagging bayous

George Garza
The Vidorian

In a windfall for all Orange County taxpayers, the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) approved a grant of $500,000 to the Orange County Drainage District for a Hurricane Harvey drainage improvement project. According to Don Carona, Director of the Orange County Drainage District, the Water Development Board has made an unusual grant to the Drainage District in allotting the district funds to remove vegetative debris from both Adams Bayou and the Cow Bayou that is hindering drainage flows in both bayous. Carona said the Board doesn’t usually provide funding for these types of projects.

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Thu
05
Jul

City to buy flood insurance for some buildings

By Randall Luker

With little discussion, Vidor City Council unanimously agreed to purchase flood insurance for some city buildings Thursday during their regular council meeting. The Vidor Public Library, Vidor Police Department and Vidor City Hall are the three buildings subject to coverage expected to cost about $7,500 annually.

Vidor City Manager Mike Kunst said that in dealing with the aftermath of Harvey on both a personal and professional level, he learned the value of having flood insurance.

 

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Thu
05
Jul

Summer meals available for kids

By George Garza

With more than seventy-percent of Vidor I.S.D. students eligible for free or reduced cost meals at their schools, it makes sense that there are a number of Vidor children whose families struggle to feed them when school lets out for the summer.

For the first part of the summer, while Vidor I.S.D. summer school is in session at three Vidor I.S.D. Schools, the Vidor ISD Child Nutrition and Vidor Rotary Club Summer Mobile Book and Meal Program for Children 18 and Younger provides free breakfast and lunch meals that are provided by the Texas Department of Agriculture Summer Meals program at three Vidor I.S.D. schools and at two Vidor apartment complexes. But summer school ended at the Vidor I.S.D. schools this week and that program ended with school’s dismissal.

 

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Thu
05
Jul

Court supports new dock expansion for Jefferson Energy

BY George Garza

The Orange County Commissioners’ Court voted to authorize the Orange County Judge to sign a letter on their behalf supporting to the U.S. Department of Transportation supporting Jefferson Energy’s request for federal grant dollars to be used to make dock improvements at Jefferson Energy Terminal on the Orange County side of the Port of Beaumont.

“It will be at the Port of Beaumont, but on our side of the Port so we will get all of the benefits from it if they can expand their docks using federal dollars, so I recommend we do this and I would like to make the motion that we sign this letter of support for Jefferson Energy Terminal,” said Orange County Precinct #2 County Commissioner Barry Burton.

 

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Tue
03
Jul

Drainage workshops connects victims with agencies

BY George Garza

Orange County Commissioners’ Court held two public workshops recently for the purpose of holding discussions regarding the improvement of drainage in Orange County, the identification of problem areas, and possible partnership or coordination with other agencies including, but not limited to, the Orange County Drainage District, municipalities and TXDOT.

Orange County Judge Dean Crooks call the non-voting workshop meetings so that the public could query various government entities about their drainage issues with the hope of getting possible answers concerning workable solutions to those issues.

 

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Tue
03
Jul

Planning, Zoning Commission seat still vacant

By Randall Luker

No one has volunteered for the final seat on the six-person Vidor Planning and Zoning Commission although Vidor City Council has been actively seeking applicants for at least the past six weeks.

Mayor Robert Viator asked council members to submit qualified candidates’ names in mid-June when three seats were open, but only two were filled, leaving a single vacancy for a one year unexpired term.

 

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Tue
03
Jul

Entergy donates fans to Vidor seniors

By George Garza

The United Christian Care Center of Vidor recently received a generous donation of thirty box fans to be distributed amongst its over age 65 clients and disabled clients as needed. Entergy Texas was the wonderful donor who offered the floor fans for Vidorians who, for various reasons don’t have or cannot use air conditioning.

The Entergy Texas annual box fan donation program is called the “Beat the Heat” Fan Drive, and this year 1,300 fans are being distributed and delivered to a number of locations throughout the electric utility’s thirty- one Southeast Texas county service area.

 

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Thu
28
Jun

City and county considering ponds for flood control

By Randall Luker

Both the City of Vidor and Orange County are considering detention or retention ponds to hold excess water to lessen flooding in the east Vidor area. With grant funding becoming available following Hurricane Harvey, both the Orange County Drainage District and City of Vidor are looking at ways to lessen flooding along Terry Gully, a major drainage ditch that ultimately flows into Cow Bayou. Retention and detention ponds are being considered to catch and hold excess runoff which would be released slowly as floodwaters recede. A retention, or “wet bottom pond” holds a specific amount of water indefinitely. The pond is designed to have drainage leading to another location to keep the pond from overflowing during heavy rains, but otherwise the pond is intended to always be full. Often, these types of ponds are seen in commercial properties or subdivisions, sometimes with decorative fountains in the center

 

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