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Thu
12
Jul

Resource Fair opens tomorrow

By George Garza The Vidorian

 

Orange County Disaster Rebuild is hosting a free Community Resource Fair on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at the Orange County Convention and Expo Center on Highway F.M. 1442 near the closed Orange County Landfill from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

 

Given the fact that the Atlantic Ocean Basin Hurricane Season is already upon us and the fact that so many Orange County residents still have not recovered completely from last fall’s Hurricane Harvey, the community minded folks at Orange County Disaster Rebuild have determined that a countywide event to introduce both non-governmental and governmental community resources to the public would be an excellent idea

 

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Thu
12
Jul

County to receive partial reimbursement

By George Garza The Vidorian

 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that it will reimburse Orange County, TX for more than $9.2 million for the money the county spent on storm debris removal following Hurricane Harvey. Th e c o u n t y r emo v e d 658,598 cubic yards of vegetation, e-waste (computers and electronics),

 

Tue
10
Jul

Pine Forest drainage plan sees progress

The City of Pine Forest received a report this week that their potentially $60 million flood control project that would link twelve existing sand pits and ponds between the southwest city limit of the city and the Neches River with drainage canals to provide a new storm water drain for Tiger Creek, North Caney Creek and the Ten Mile Creek has seen some progress. City consultant Dwayne Gordy reported at this week’s Pine Forest City Council meeting that all of the property owners of sandpits and ponds along the proposed drainage route are now on board with their property acquisitions.

Tue
10
Jul

City to get progress update on Schoolhouse Ditch July 12

Randall Luker
The Vidorian

Vidor City Council will hear an updated progress report on the continuing Schoolhouse Ditch drainage improvement project Thursday as well as receive information regarding a possible grant for improvements to Pirate Pride Park before conducting the annual city manager job evaluation.

The Schoolhouse Ditch projects are being done as part of the Hurricane Ike Recovery Grant Program. The city applied for and was awarded $7.1 million in grant funding a decade ago following the devastation of Hurricane Ike in 2008.

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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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