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Riverside Pavilion Construction Contract Awarded

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Riverside Pavilion Construction Contract Awarded

Better Built Buildings was awarded a contract by the Orange City Council on Tuesday, November 5, in the amount of $694,880 to build the Riverside Pavilion.

Public Works Director, Jim Wolf, previously presented designs for the 10,000 square foot pavilion to be built at the City of Orange Boat Ramp at Simmons Drive.

Mike White with Better Built Buildings said he hopes the rain stays away to help construction along.

Understanding FEMA Determination Letters and How to Appeal

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FEMA Reps Begin Door-to-Door Coverage to Assists with Imelda Disaster Registration

AUSTIN, TX – Survivors who registered with FEMA for disaster assistance because they were affected by Tropical Storm Imelda will receive a determination letter explaining the eligibility decision and the reason for that decision. If approved, it will state the dollar amount of the grant and how the funds should be used and when ineligible, the letter explains why and how the applicant can appeal that decision.

Survivors receiving an “ineligible” letter are not necessarily disqualified for assistance. Additional information or corrections may be needed to process their application.

Some common reasons for being declared ineligible include:

  • The person is insured and needs to provide an insurance settlement or denial to be considered for assistance
  • Additional information is needed from the survivor, i.e., proof of identity, proof of occupancy, annual income, or a childcare assistance letter
  • There were multiple registrations using the same address
  • Damages occurred to a secondary residence (where the survivor lives less than six months of the year)
  • The home is safe to occupy, and/or personal property had minimal or no damage
  • Missed inspections and no follow-up communication with FEMA
  • FEMA is unable to contact the applicant

An appeal should be filed in the form of a signed letter within 60 days of the date on the determination letter. In the appeal, explain why you disagree with the decision. Include any requested information and supporting documentation. Make sure to include the following:

  • Applicant’s full name, date of birth and current address
  • Applicant’s signature and the date
  • Applicant’s registration number (on every page)
  • FEMA disaster declaration number – DR-4466 (on every page)

You must include a copy of your state-issued ID, have the letter notarized or include the statement “I hereby declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct.” If the person writing the appeal letter is not the applicant or a member of the applicant’s household, a statement must be included granting the writer authorization to act on their behalf.

Appeal letters and supporting documentation can be uploaded quickly to your account on, faxed to 800-827-8112 with the cover sheet provided with your FEMA determination letter; or submitted at a Disaster Recovery Center where assistance is also available to assist in ensuring all necessary documents are included.

Letters may also be sent by mail to:

FEMA National Processing Service Center
P.O. Box 10055
Hyattsville, MD 20782-8055

Early Voting is Underway

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Early Voting is Underway

Early Voting for the November 5, 2019, Uniform Election Date is underway.

The polls will be open Monday through Friday from 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. on October 28 through November 1. Registered Orange County voters may go to any of the early voting sites but must go to their assigned voting precinct on Election Day, November 5, 2019.

Early voting sites:
• Orange Public Library
• Raymond Gould Community Center
• Orange County Expo Center
• Orange County Airport

Additional information concerning what is on the ballot may be found at

City of Orange to Give Out 1000 Trees

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City of Orange to Give Out 1000 Trees

Through the Arbor Day Foundation’s Community Tree Recovery Campaign, a partnership between the Arbor Day Foundation and International Paper, the City of Orange will distribute 1,000 trees to homeowners in Orange and surrounding areas on Saturday, October 26th beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Riverfront Pavilion, 601 W Division, Orange, TX.

“The people of Orange have suffered great personal and physical loss,” said Dan Lambe, Arbor Day Foundation president. “By replanting, we strive to bring healing and hope to the people and the communities in which they live, as well as help return the beauty and the value trees bring back to their properties.”

“Arbor Day Foundation’s Community Tree Recovery program is continuing the process of recovery in Orange, and we are honored to be a part of building a better future for this community,” said Ed Barr, International Paper’s Orange mill manager. “These trees will add beauty and benefits that will brighten all our lives.”

The Arbor Day Foundation’s Community Tree Recovery, a national program underwritten by FedEx and Foundation members, aims to replace trees in communities affected by natural disasters throughout the United States. The program has held more than 775 events, distributing more than 5 million trees since its inception in 2012.

These new trees will be free of charge for residents and will help to replace trees damaged and destroyed by recent years of weather devastation.

To donate to the recovery efforts supported by this campaign and others across the country please visit

FEMA Reps Begin Door-to-Door Coverage to Assists with Imelda Disaster Registration

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FEMA Reps Begin Door-to-Door Coverage to Assists with Imelda Disaster Registration

Members of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are in Orange County and will be going from house to house in areas of the County that flooded to help to educate and assist with Disaster Assistance registration. These FEMA representatives will help citizens affected by Imelda that may need extra assistance or unable to register online or answer questions.

FEMA representatives have shirts or vests with the FEMA logo on them. If the citizen is not home a flyer will be left at your residence to help you with assistance.

All citizens that were affected by flooding from Imelda can still register online at or call 1-800-624-FEMA (3362).


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