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Northway Park Improvements Planned

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Northway Park is scheduled to see improvements to its walking track beginning in the next three weeks.

The contract was awarded to BK&R Enterprises/Frey’s Landscaping LLC and repairs are expected to take approximately 90 to 120 days, subject to weather.

Northway Park is located at 2049 Clark Lane in Orange. Northway Park’s 18-plus acres of canopy trees are a beneficial and vital resource.

Vidor Certified as Music Friendly City

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Governor Greg Abbott announced that Vidor, having completed the multi-step certification process, has been designated as a Music Friendly Community by the Texas Music Office (TMO). The Music Friendly Community program seeks to foster music business-related economic development in Texas cities and communities.

“With support from the Texas Music Office, in 2019 the Texas music industry created more than 210,000 direct and indirect permanent jobs in communities all across the Lone Star State and generated $27.3 billion in economic activity,” said Governor Abbott. “Music Friendly Communities certified by the Texas Music Office are serious about attracting and developing the local music industry to spur job creation and economic growth. I congratulate Vidor on earning the Music Friendly Community designation, and I look forward to amplifying their continued success.”

“Southeast Texas has an extensive history of producing talented musicians; with famous musicians such as George Jones, Tracy Bird, and Clay Walker, Vidor, in particular, has had an outsized influence on the country and western music genre,” said Speaker Dade Phelan. “I am proud to represent the people of Vidor and look forward to seeing the impact the city’s status as a Texas Friendly Community will have on House District 21.”

“I’d like to congratulate the City of Vidor for becoming a Music Friendly Community,” said Senator Robert Nichols. “This designation is an honor and emphasizes the importance of music education and industry partnerships that foster community development. Encouraging the growth of the music industry in southeast Texas sends a clear message to industry professionals that Vidor is open for business.”

Vidor joins more than 20 other Texas cities that have received the official Music Friendly Community designation. These cities include Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Denton, Lindale, Stephenville, Conroe, San Angelo, Nacogdoches, Abilene, McKinney, Waxahachie, Waco, Alpine, Bastrop, New Braunfels, Victoria, Lubbock, Denison, Arlington, Brenham, Dripping Springs, Round Rock, El Paso, and Odessa. Cities that are currently working through the certification process include Houston and Dallas.

About the Texas Music Friendly Community program: https://gov.texas.gov/music/page/music-friendly-communities

Orange City Council to Host FY 2022 Budget Hearing

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City of Orange Applying for Additional Harvey Disaster Relief Funds

The City of Orange announces a Notice of Public Hearing for the purpose of adopting a budget for the fiscal year 2022 by the City of Orange, Texas on Tuesday, August 31, 2021, at 5:30 P.M. at the City Council Chambers (Orange Public Library) 220 N. 5th Street.

This budget will raise more revenue from property taxes than last year’s budget by an amount of $396,563, which is a 5.09% increase from last year’s budget. The property tax revenue to be raised from new property added to the tax roll this year is $157,569.

All interested persons are invited to attend and present their views at the hearing. Written comments may be mailed or delivered to the Director of Finance at City Hall, located at 812 N. 16th Street (PO Box 520) prior to the meeting.

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