Orange City Manager Mike Kunst announced that filing for the May 1 municipal election in Orange will start Wednesday, January 13 and continue through February 12. The position of Mayor and District 1 Council Member will be on the ballot. The announcement came during Tuesday’s city council meeting.
The City Council approved Economic Development Corporation (EDC) Infrastructure Grants with Tropical Vibes Daiquiris on Tenth Street and Tarver Performance Marine on Dupont Drive. Tropical Vibes will receive $50,000 and Tarver will get $125,000.
The Animal Control office will be getting a third person working in that department. The council approved hiring an Animal Control Supervisor to oversee the operations of the current two person staff.
An EDC incentive of $139,000 was approved for Luigi’s Restaurant which is moving to 3108 Edgar Brown Drive. The restaurant was in West Orange and is moving to the former Mazzio’s Pizza location. EDC Director Jay Trahan said Luigi’s should be open for business at its new location in late January or early February.
An ordinance pertaining to garbage and trash collection services was approved on final reading. The annual rate with Waste Management will have a 1.5 percent increase which will be passed on to the citizen’s utility bill for two years.
Kunst was authorized to enter into an agreement with Fittz & Shipman for engineering services for paving and drainage improvements of the Riverside Pavilion. The contact shall not exceed $14,870.
A contract not to exceed $98,750 was approved with Schaumburg & Polk for engineering services. The work will be done on rehabilitation of the elevated storage tank on Strickland Drive.
The City of Orange will be getting a new website designed by a company with 20-years of experience working with numerous municipalities and counties to develop their websites. The City Council approved a contract with CivicPlus to design and implement a new City of Orange website.
There will be specific pages for the Orange Police and Fire Departments as well as a page to update local weather conditions during tropical storm season. The CivicPlus webpage will be adapted to assist ADA citizens with accommodations for the hearing or visually impaired.
The initial implementation fee is $37,900 for CivicPlus to design the new website. The annual fee starting the second year of the contract will be $7,900 for the city. In the fourth year the company will do a re-design of the website.
Director of Public Works Jim Wolf reported that all the street improvement projects for a $3.2 million bond program have been completed. The projects came under budget by $255,000 which Wolf recommended be divided between $110,000 to repair Womack Road and $145,000 on improvements around the new Riverside Pavilion.
Grants planner Rita Monson was recognized by the council. Monson received a certification of completion for her managing Community Development Block Grant funds.