The Commissioners Court awarded the contract for repairs to the Vidor Community Center Tuesday. Four contractors returned bids to the county to do the repairs.
The low bid from the four contractors was submitted by Spaw Glass Construction of Vidor which has done several projects for the county since Harvey. The contractor bid to perform the work for less than $29,000 to renovate the Community Center damaged by flooding from Imelda.
The Commissioners approved an addendum to the interlocal agreement regarding the use of property owned by the Port and Navigation District. The addendum will add the warehouse located at 1109 S. Border Street to the agreement.
Michelle Tubbleville the Special Projects Coordinator for Emergency Management said the warehouse will be used by approximately 600 volunteers to do work in rehabilitating eleven homes damaged by Imelda. The use of the warehouse will be from late December through March 2020, about three months.
The Court unanimously turned down an agreement between Orange County and Lubbock County through the Regional Public Defender for capital cases where the death penalty is sought. Orange County would have needed to post $27,036 for fiscal years 2020 and 2021 to participate.
The county’s cost would have gone to defer the expenses involved if the county needed to conduct a trial for a capital case where the death penalty is sought. County Attorney John Kimbrough advised there has not been a capital case involving the death penalty in over a decade in Orange County. Kimbrough did advise the expense for the county to try such a case could run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.Commissioner
The Commissioners Court heard updates on the recovery from storms Imelda and Harvey. Emergency Management Coordinator Joel Ardoin reminded Tuesday was the final day for the Disaster Recovery Center to be open at the Orange County Convention and Expo Center. Citizens will now need to contact FEMA through its 800 phone line or online.
Road and Bridge Engineer Clark Slacum gave an update on his department. Slacum informed that the Collection Station at the county landfill is open six days a week, Monday through Saturday, with all fees for accepting debris from Imelda being waived.
Fallon Foster and other members of the AgriLife Department gave a review of activities performed by their department in the last year during a workshop prior to the regular meeting. The Commissioners heard from several citizens who have participated in programs sponsored by the AgriLife Department.
-Dan Perrine, KOGT-