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May 1 General Elections in City of Orange Rapidly Approaching

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City of Orange Applying for Additional Harvey Disaster Relief Funds

The May 1, 2021, General Election is rapidly approaching in the City of Orange.

Positions up for election May 1, 2021, include:

  • Mayor (At-Large)
  • Council Member Place 1 (Single-Member District 1)

Early Voting Polling Locations include:

  • Orange Public Library (Ira Williamson Meeting Room), 220 N. Fifth Street, Orange, Texas
  • Bridge City ISD Admin. Bldg. (Board Room), 1031 W. Roundbunch Road, Bridge City, Texas
  • Raymond Gould Community Center, 385 Claiborne, Vidor, Texas
  • Orange County Convention & Expo Center (Dupont Room), 11475 Highway 1442, Orange, Texas

Early voting hours are 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM from April 19-27 and two twelve-hour days on April 21 and 27 from 7 AM – 7 PM at the locations above.

Applications for voting by mail need to be received no later than the closing of business on April 20, 2021, and should be mailed to: Tina Barrow, Administrator, Orange County Elections Administration, 123 S. Sixth St., Orange, TX 77630.

Election Day Polling Locations include:

  • District 1 – Salvation Army Building (Lobby), 1950 Martin Luther King Drive, Orange, Texas
  • District 2 – Little Cypress Intermediate School (Foyer), 2300 Allie Payne Road, Orange, Texas
  • District 3 – North Early Learning Center (Parent Involvement Room #201), 801 Cordrey Avenue, Orange, Texas
  • District 4 – West Orange – Cove CISD, Education Service Center/Administration Building (Outreach Room #103), 902 West Park Avenue, Orange, Texas


Orange City Council Agrees to Purchase High Water Rescue Trucks

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City Agrees to Purchase High Water Rescue Trucks

City of Orange Fire Chief, David Frenzel, discussed the purchase of two (2) high water rescue vehicles during the Orange City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 13. The vehicles will be partially paid for through an Infrastructure Grant from the Texas General Land Office as a part of Disaster Relief from Hurricane Harvey. The remainder of the funding will be used from the Orange Fire Department donations, Orange Police Department donations, and City Reserves.

The Orange City Council agreed on the purchase of two (2) high water rescue vehicles that will be delivered and available for service during the 2021 hurricane season

Area Code Required to Dial 409 Numbers Beginning October 24

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Area Code Required to Dial 409 Numbers Beginning October 24

The Texas Public Utility Commission says that as of October 24, 2021,  the 409 area code will be one of seven across the state in which residents will be required to first dial the area code before entering the remaining seven numbers to make a local telephone call.

On July 16, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued an Order (FCC 20-100) approving 988 as the three-digit abbreviated dialing code for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The Order requires all telecommunications providers (including telecommunications carriers, interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol [VoIP] providers, and one-way VoIP providers [covered providers]) to make any network changes necessary to ensure 988 access by July 16, 2022.

Several Texas area codes (254, 361, 409, 806, 830, 915, and 940) have numbers with a 988 prefix. Therefore, those areas must transition from seven-digit to 10-digit local dialing.

April 24, 2021, marks the beginning of a “permissive dialing period” in which callers in those area codes can still complete a call with seven-digit dialing. When that period expires on October 24, 2021, local calls dialed with only seven digits will reach a recording prompting them to hang up and dial again using both the area code with the seven-digit telephone number.

Important safety and security equipment, such as medical alert devices, and alarm and security systems must be programmed to use 10-digit dialing. Many systems operate on 10-digit dialing by default, but some older equipment may still use seven digits. Please contact your medical alert or security provider if you are not sure whether your equipment needs to be reprogrammed to accommodate the upcoming change to 10-digit local dialing. Any needed reprogramming of alarm and home security equipment must be done during the permissive dialing period from April 24, 2021, to October 24, 2021, to avoid interruption of those services.

Some other examples of services that may need to be re-programmed are:

  • life safety systems or medical monitoring devices
  • PBXs
  • fax machines
  • Internet dial-up numbers
  • fire or burglar alarm and security systems or gates
  • speed dialers
  • mobile or other wireless phone contact lists
  • call forwarding settings
  • voicemail services and other similar functions

Customers should also ensure the area code is included in all other places where a telephone number is displayed like their websites, personal and business stationery, advertising materials, personal and business checks, and even personal or pet ID tags.

SETRPC Offing Stabilization Services to Those Impacted by Imelda

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The SETRPC (Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission) is offering stabilization services to qualifying residents of Orange County impacted by Tropical Storm Imelda. SETRPC stabilization services will include utility services such as water, gas, gas-disconnect notices (no deposits/late fees/re-connect charges), and rent services such as eviction notices (no deposits/application fees/late fees/court & filing fees).

Orange County residents can call SETRPC at (409) 926-9722. You will leave a message and a case manager will return your call.

Please read the below flyer for more information.

West Orange Schedules Spring Cleanup

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West Orange Schedules Spring Cleanup

The city of West Orange has scheduled a spring cleanup on April 16-17, 2021. Dumpsters will be available behind the West Orange Fire Station for use by West Orange residents only between 9 AM – 3 PM each day of the Spring Cleanup. Proof of residency and photo ID will be required at the drop site.

No hazardous materials, tires, batteries, paint, etc. will be accepted. Normal household waste will not be accepted. Any items containing freon must be drained of freon and tagged by an individual certified to do that type of work.

Appliances, furniture, metals, and green waste will be accepted but must be brought to the drop site. The City will be unable to make any arrangements for special pickups.

For more info, contact West Orange City Hall at (409) 883-4552.

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