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New Aldermen Take Office in West Orange

in Government

At the latest City Council Meeting,  three uncontested Alderman took their oaths of office. The new Aldermen are Lanie Brown, Jay Odom, and Mike Shugart. Presentations of Corticate of Election was also given to those officials.

Mayor Pro-Tem Meritta Kennedy was elected to remain as such by the Mayor and Council.

Appointments by the Mayor included:

  • City Attorney Chris Levins ( not present)
  • City Judge Carl Thibodeaux
  • Alternate Judge Jay Odom
  • Fire Chief David Roberts
  • Assistant Chief Simmie Gibson.

Focusing on the Future Meeting Held with Local High School Students

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City of Orange Mayor Larry Spears Jr. held a “Focusing on the Future” meeting with students from local high schools to involve the youth in discussions about the future of Orange.

“As a servant of the community, I believe that perspectives and insights from our youth would be valuable in discussions about future city projects and community initiatives. This opportunity would provide our youth with a platform to voice their concerns and ideas,” said Mayor Spears.

Each school selected two exemplary students to participate in the meeting for demonstrating exceptional leadership, academic excellence, a positive attitude, and actively contributing to their community through various initiatives, showcasing their dedication to making a positive impact. During the meeting, Mayor Spears and City of Orange staff spoke about the role of each department in serving the community. Mayor Spears then opened up the meeting for students to ask questions about how the City government operates and to discuss their views and ideas about the future of Orange. Through open dialogue, students took advantage of the opportunity to exchange ideas and express their opinions in a productive conversation with the Mayor.

Students were chosen from Bridge City High School, Community Christian School, Deweyville ISD, Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD, Orangefield Independent School District, and West Orange – Cove Consolidated Independent School District.

City of West Orange Explains Additional Cost on Sanitation Bills

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On November 7, 2023, a special election was held to increase the sales tax for the development of an Economic Development Commission in West Orange. The vote was approved by a majority, as seen in the photo below.

It applies to any place in West Orange that charges sales tax, 1/4 of 1%, or twenty-five cents more sales tax paid on every $100 spent, which amounts to an extra 5 cents on sanitation bills.

This added tax will aide in bringing new businesses to the West Orange community.

Orange City Council Considering Sidewalk Installation Along West Park Ave.

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City of Orange Public Works Director Adam Jack presented information to the Orange City Council to consider approving awarding a contract to Legendary Concrete to install a sidewalk along West Park Avenue.

As a result of visitor growth at Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, extending the existing sidewalk along West Park Avenue would support safer movement of visitors to and from the tourist destination. After coordination with the venue and the City of Orange Economic Development Corporation, an extension of the existing sidewalk south from the venue’s main entrance 420 feet to an exit gate would provide a safe way for pedestrians to return to the visitor’s parking area instead of walking in the street or on the grass behind the curb.

This project would be funded by the Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) reserve fund in an effort to promote tourism and the hotel industry.

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