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City of Orange Awarded Harvey Grant to Buy Out Homes

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City of Orange Applying for Additional Harvey Disaster Relief Funds

The City of Orange has been awarded Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Funds to assist property owners affected by Hurricane Harvey.

The City encourages residents whose homes are located in floodplains, floodways, and Disaster Risk Reduction Areas to relocate to safer, more resilient housing in less flood-prone areas through participation in its Local Acquisition Program. Property owners interested in participating in the program will need to complete an application and provide the required documentation on or before October 15, 2021.

Applications may be found at

West Orange Announces Fall Cleanup Days

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West Orange Schedules Spring Cleanup

The City of West Orange announced its Fall Clean-Up Days for Oct. 15-16, 2021 from 9 AM – 3 PM. Dumpsters will be available behind the West Orange Fire Station for WO residents only. Proof of residency and photo ID will be required at the drop site. Normal household waste will not be accepted.

No hazardous materials, tires, batteries, paint, etc. will be accepted.  Any items containing Freon must be drained and tagged by an individual certified to do that work. If you have old batteries Auto-Zone, Battery Warehouse, and O’Reilly’s will pay you 4 to 5 dollars a battery. Old tires can be brought to Superior Tire or Monica Brothers for disposal.

Appliances, furniture, metal, and green waste will be accepted but must be transported to the drop site. The City will not be able to arrange any special pickups.

For more info, contact West Orange City Hall st (409) 883-3468.

Orange City Council Approves Funds for Free State Cellars Improvements

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Pictured L to R: (Back) EDC Board: Mark Frey, Michael Smith, Mayor Larry Spears Jr., Paul Burch. (Front) Free State Cellars Representatives: Dana Swope, Grace Hernandez, Mandy Hernandez.

The Orange City Council approved action taken by the Orange Economic Development Corporation to enter into an agreement with Free State Cellars for the expenditure of funds for infrastructure improvements in an amount not to exceed $167,000 for the purpose of economic development.

Phase 1 of the Free State Cellars improvement plan is a $500,000 capital investment addressing parking, an event lawn, pavilion, and dock to Adams Bayou.


Vidor to Be Certified as Texas Music Friendly Community

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The City of Vidor asks you to join them as the Texas Governor’s Office certifies Vidor as a Music Friendly Community. There will be cake, cookies, refreshments, and, of course, music. Plus, take a personal tour given by a member of the Band of Bands, the VHS Mighty Pirate Marching Band, around City Hall, and the “Walk of Fame” stars.

The event will be held at Vkdor City Hall at 1395 North Main St. in Vidor on Tuesday, August 24, 2021, from 3-6 p.m.

For more information, visit the City of Vidor’s Facebook page.

Public Hearing to be Held on City of Vidor Budget

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Input From Vidor Residents Needed for Grant

City Council of the City of Vidor will hold a Public Hearing on a proposed budget for the City of Vidor, Texas, a copy of which can be obtained from the City Secretary, Vicki Watson, 1395 North Main Street, Vidor, Texas 77662, or from the City’s website.

The proposed budget is for the fiscal year commencing October 1, 2021. All citizens and other interested persons are invited to attend and give their views. The hearing will be held at the Vidor Council Chambers at Vidor City Hall, 1395 North Main Street, Vidor, Texas, on August 26t, 2021, at 7:00 p.m.

This budget will increase total property taxes from last year’s budget by $195,966, or 7.609%, and of that amount, $76,760 is tax revenue to be raised from new property added to the roll this year.

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