The Commissioners Court approved appointments to the Airport Advisory Board on Tuesday. The Commissioners took no action though to approve modifications to the Orange County Airport.
The board is composed of seven people including County Judge Dean Crooks, Commissioner John Gothia, and former Commissioner David Dubose who is also a pilot. Other board members are Missy Pillsbury the Airport Supervisor, Assistant County Attorney Denise Gremillion, Tom Foreman and Al Judice both pilots at the airport.
Pillsbury as the Airport Supervisor requested the Court take no action at this time on establishing a nonstandard traffic pattern on a runway at the airport. She also requested no action be taken on deactivating another runway at the county airport.
The Commissioners approved at the recommendation of Pillsbury the nine job positions at the Courthouse to serve as members on the Risk Management Committee. Pillsbury requested the members of the committee be chosen specifically by job positions and not by employees’ names as has been done in the past.
The food service contract for the Orange County Jail was renewed for another year. Sheriff’s Office Captain Don Harmon said the food from Five Star Correctional Services is very good and the cost has only gone up about three cents per meal with the new contract.
The Commissioners Court is contemplating transferring $50,000 in the contract with Way Services for renovations to county buildings from electrical panels to operate generators to be used instead for repairs to the marble façade on the front of the Courthouse. Commissioner Barry Burton indicated the transfer would allow the county to just about match the 50 percent grant from the Texas Historical Commission to help pay for the repairs.
Details of the transfer need to run through the County Attorney’s office. Assistant County Attorney Gremillion should have the results ready by the next Court meeting. A workshop will probably be held in the next two to three weeks to discuss the hiring of an architectural firm familiar with working on historic buildings before approval is given to start the project.
Following a closed meeting with Human Resource Director Lori Ardoin and Assistant County Attorney Gremillion, the Commissioners appointed Dr. Calvin Parker as the Orange County Health Authority. Dr. Parker will be paid $1500 a month for his services in the appointed position. His duties would include declaring any kind of health emergency that might arise in the county.
-Dan Perrine, KOGT-