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City of Orange Hires Gavin Victoria as New Utilities Division Manager

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Pictured L to R: Mayor Larry Spears, Jr., Councilmember Mary McKenna, Gavin Victoria, and Councilmember Brad Childs

The City of Orange recently hired Gavin Victoria as the newly appointed Utilities Division Manager.

Gavin is a native of Orange who recently returned to the area from the City of Rosenberg, where he was the Utilities Supervisor. He previously worked for eight years under the City of Orange’s  Carl Dove in water and sewer operations.

Gavin is working on his associate degree in environmental science from Lamar State College Orange to supplement his TCEQ certificates in water and sewer operations. Gavin and his wife of 16 years, April, reside in Orange.



City of Orange Offers Adopt-a-Spot Program

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Pictured L to R: Kelvin Knauf, City of Orange Director of Planning and Community Development; Dr. Tom Johnson, LSCO President; Mayor Larry Spears, Jr.

The City of Orange Adopt-a-Spot program encourages citizen and organization participation in beautification projects in Orange to make the city an attractive place in which to live, work, and play.

Recently, Lamar State College Orange participated in the program by commissioning a mural at the Student Center on campus. The mural features the former Tilley Elementary School, where Lamar University first opened its doors for a campus in Orange, and its namesake, William “Bill” Tilley. Also featured are oranges for which the community is named, LSCO mascot Tilley the Gator, and the slogan “Where Hope Meets Opportunity.”

For more information on how to get involved with the Adopt-a-Spot program, visit the website here.

Resource Hub Created by OCEDC

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The Orange County Economic Development Corporation  (OCEDC)  is creating “The Resource Hub” on their website. Their goal for this hub is to be a one-click location to find up-to-date information on resources that can assist in the many needs of those who will be impacted by the upcoming closures.

If you, your organization, or your business would like to share any resources with the OCEDC to have available to share on our website and social media outlets, feel free to send them to

The Resource Hub is coming soon online here.

City of Orange Announces Utility Rate Increase

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City of Orange Applying for Additional Harvey Disaster Relief Funds

Effective November 2023, the City of Orange is making the following rate increases:

Base water rate (first 1000 gallons) + $0.75
– Each additional 1000 gallons of water + $0.18

Waste Management 1 cart (residential) + $1.86 per month plus tax
– Additional Carts (residential) + $1.22 per month plus tax

Waste Management 1 cart (commercial) + $2.38 per month plus tax
– Additional Carts (commercial) + $1.68 per month plus tax

If you currently are on an automatic bank draft, please make any necessary adjustments to your account as a result of this increase.

The City reviews its rates annually and adjusts as necessary to ensure the reliability and maintenance of basic water and sewer services in our community. The City’s staff is committed to managing these costs in the most efficient and sustainable way while maintaining our commitment to the City’s future growth.

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