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Thu
28
Jun

New case management allows for customized help for flood victims

By George Garza

You may have noticed flyers on your favorite community Facebook ™ page announcing On-Site Case Management or other references to flood victim case managers being available for Hurricane Harvey impacted households. In fact, case management for flood victims still suffering from unmet needs has recently been centralized and the new system is supposed to provide flood victims with more options for help. Regular readers of this publication will remember that a longterm recovery assistance group was forming in Orange County. Orange County Disaster Rebuild is now the long-term recovery team serving Orange County disaster victims in meeting unmet needs following a disaster.

 

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Tue
26
Jun

Cops ‘n Kids Picnic resounding success

By George Garza

More than 2,000 children and their parents and adult sponsors attended the 23rd Annual Orange County Sheriff’s Office “Cops ‘n Kids Picnic” at Claiborne West Park the week before last. Almost every first responder agency from Orange County, and a few from beyond the county, set up booths, tables and stands to greet the kids and show them a really good time.

Thanks to generous donations of area businesses and civic organizations, the Sheriff’s Office has been able to sponsor the Cops ‘n Kids Picnic every year since 1995 in the relaxed setting of the scenic park where children of all ages can meet and speak one-on-one with a police officer

 

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Tue
26
Jun

Council meeting mostly routine, with few exceptions

By Randall Luker

Most of Thursday’s Vidor City Council meeting agenda relates to approving contracts or agreements for professional services with firms previously approved to work with the city on proposed Hurricane Harvey grant projects, either in grant writing or engineering services, but several agenda items fall outside those parameters.

Pirate Pride Park on East Bolivar could see further development if council members approve the submission of a Community Partner Playground Agreement with KaBOOM! for a community- built playground grant and it is awarded. Grants up to $15,000 are available to qualified applicants.

 

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Tue
26
Jun

Local grant funds at work

The City of Vidor is replacing culverts along Oakland Street in the Maplecrest Addition courtesy of a $10,000 grant from the Sabine River Authority to help local entities with drainage improvements following Hurricane Harvey. The culvert replacements on Oakland is in anticipation of the city rehabilitating the street using FEMA Harvey Recovery grant funding.

 

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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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