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Thu
16
May

Re-elected Vidor council members

Photo/Randall Luker

It’s official. After canvassing and accepting the Saturday, May 4th, municipal election results on Thursday, May 9th, at the regular Vidor City Council meeting, all four incumbents that were re-elected were presented with certificates of election and took their accustomed seats on city council. Kimberly Stiebig, foreground, won her Mayor’s race handily after being appointed to the position following former Mayor Robert Viator Jr.’s December resignation prior to his being seated as the new Orange County Precinct 4 Commissioner January 1. Also returning were, rear, left to right, council members Jane Hill representing Ward 6, Keith Buesing representing Ward 4 and Bob Turner, Ward 1 representative.

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Thu
16
May

County to get a rescue airboat

Orange County was fortunate enough to have its application for a “Rebuild Texas Hurricane Harvey Fund” application for a special emergency transportation grant favorably considered and awarded.

On Tuesday, the Commissioners Court approved setting up of a special budget for the purpose of receiving and spending that special grant money. The County will receive a Texas Disaster Relief Grant award of $87,364 for the purpose of purchasing an 18-foot airboat and trailer.

The airboat and trailer will be allocated to the Orange County Department of Emergency Management and will be made available to any and all Orange County and county Municipal government entities for their use in emergency and rescue response.

 

 

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Thu
16
May

Pine Forest Council votes unanimously to reinstate city police department

Sometime in June or July, there will be a local police officer patrolling the streets of Pine Forest, looking for speeders, suspicious persons or suspicious vehicles and providing a much-needed police presence in that small town.

On Monday night, the Pine Forest City Council voted unanimously to reinstate the Pine Forest Police Department and named retired Beaumont Police Officer Baltazar “Bill” Meza as its Chief of Police.

The City of Pine Forest voted to inactivate their police Department in June of 2015 after the resignation of Police Chief Lynn Arceneaux in July of 2014 primarily for budget reasons.

 

 

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Thu
16
May

FM 105 Resurfacing on the horizon

Photo/Randall Luker

There’s been a lot of complaining about Vidor’s Main Street since TxDOT’s last resurfacing that included some “test” sections that have proven to be unsuitable. As a Farm to Market Road (FM 105), the state is responsible for maintenance and upkeep. Good news is on the horizon with plans to remove and replace the surface from Orange Street north to approximately FM 1132. According to TxDOT spokesperson Sarah Dupre, “We have a mill and overlay project on FM105 from Orange St. to approximately FM1132 that should begin within the next couple of months.” Vidor City Manager Mike Kunst confirmed the city was aware of the upcoming project, but had no more information. Kunst said motorists should expect traffic delays once the project begins as all five lanes will be involved, though not all at the same time. He added that the city would be urging TxDOT and whatever contractor is awarded the contract to complete the job as quickly as feasible.

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Thu
16
May

Flood Control Project agreement with ANRA signed

The City of Pine Forest City Council voted on Monday night to authorize Mayor Cathy Nagel to execute agreements with the Angelina Neches River Authority for the phase II development of the West Orange County Flood Control Project.

These agreements, when countersigned by the ANRA Board of Directors, will give ANRA the responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the Flood Control Project.

“This agreement is part of the Flood Control Project,” said Kevin Singleton, a citizen member of the City of Pine Forest Planning and Development Committee. “So it’s pretty important that we have this in place before it gets any further. And that’s because in this agreement ANRA agrees to maintain the Flood Control Project and the canals through this.”

 

 

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Wed
15
May

Thursday night’s storm knocks down trees and power lines

Severe thunderstorms carrying powerful wind gusts of up to sixty miles-per-hour, heavy rain and some quarter sized hail knocked down branches and uprooted some trees late Thursday and early Friday of last week. The Orange County Emergency Services District #1 reported that they responded to numerous calls about power and utility lines down early on Friday morning and scattered reports about tree branches down on driveways and lawns.

Entergy Texas reported that throughout their Texas service area from Bryan and Navasota to Conroe, the Woodlands, Cleveland, Liberty, Anahuac, Beaumont and Port Arthur and scattered locations throughout Orange County, the storms knock out power to some 47,000 customers on Thursday night and Friday morning.

According to an Entergy Texas news release issued at 9:30 a.m. on Friday morning, “High winds and a deluge of rainfall from overnight storms wreaked havoc across the Entergy Texas service area.

Wed
15
May

County is moving delinquent tax foreclosures on-line

Orange County is moving its delinquent tax foreclosure auctions to the Internet. That means that you no longer have to go to the steps of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office to bid on tax foreclosed properties. You can get information about and bid on those properties online and in advance of the auction. And that includes all upcoming tax foreclosure sales scheduled for next month, on Tuesday, June 4th, 2019.

“We are very excited to offer potential bidders this convenient and efficient new method of bidding on property at our tax sales,” explained Karen Fisher, Orange County Tax Assessor Collector. According to Ms. Fisher bidders can go online, register and bid on these properties from their home computer, laptop or any hand held device that can access the Internet.

Wed
15
May

Machine marking ballots went smoothly

The May 4th Municipal and School Board elections are over, the ballots have been counted and the final tallies of votes have been canvassed by a number of government entities holding those elections. But one important relevant issue in all of the election races has not been reported. The May 4th Election, the first election where all Orange County electing entities required their voters to cast their ballots using electronic voting machines, went fairly smoothly.

Wed
15
May

Pine Forest City Council candidate disqualified

Vidorian staff photo

Pine Forest resident and Vidor business owner Janet Smith was appointed at the Place 1 Pine Forest City Councilperson after candidate James McCullar was disqualified on Election Day. Ms. Smith said that she volunteers in many ways to serve her community and “My service is what I like to do. I like to make a difference.”

Vidorian staff photo

Pine Forest Place 2 City Councilmember Tim Townley (left) and Pine Forest Mayor Cathy Nagel both take their oaths of office as they are sworn-in for new terms on the Pine Forest City Council last Thursday night.

During Saturday’s, May 4, 2019 City of Pine Forest Municipal Election, Mayor Cathy Nagle issued an Administrative Declaration of Ineligibility of Candidate, Mr. James McCullar, who was about to be elected as the unopposed candidate for Pine Forest City Council, Place 1.

According to Mayor Nagel, during the Election Day polling at the Raymond Gould Community Center on Saturday, Mr. McCullar went to the polling place to cast his ballot in the City of Pine Forest Municipal Election and in the Vidor I.S.D. School Board of Trustees Election. When Mr. McCullar presented his identification to the poll workers so they might issue him a blank ballot to stick in the voting machine, the poll worker found that Mr. McCullar was not registered to vote at his current City of Pine Forest residence.

Thu
09
May

Vidor council members sworn in

  It's official. After canvassing and accepting Saturday's municipal election results Thursday night at the regular Vidor City Council meeting, all four incumbents that were re-elected were presented with certificates of election and took their accustomed seats on city council. Kimberly Stiebig, foreground, won her Mayor's race handily after being appointed to the position following former Mayor Robert Viator Jr.'s December resignation prior to his being seated as the new Orange County Precinct 4 Commissioner January 1. Also returning were, rear, left to right, council members Jane Hill representing Ward 6, Keith Buesing representing Ward 4 and Bob Turner, Ward 1 representative.

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