Welcome to the City of West Orange, Texas
2700 Western Avenue , West Orange, Texas 77630-6136 ** 409.883.3468
Mayor Roy McDonald
Over the years, West Orange has weathered many storms, and each time, I continue to be amazed and very grateful for the support and unity shown by our residents and employees. Our city is blessed with so many caring individuals who do not hesitate to set aside their own burdens in order to assist others.
It will not happen overnight, but we will rebuild…the mounds of debris will go away…we will come back stronger and more determined than ever. Thank you all for your perseverance, your hard work, your patience and most of all your faith…your faith in God, in yourselves, in those around you and in our town.
CITY OF WEST ORANGE
ACCEPTING PROPOSALS FOR
GRANT ADMINISTRATION AND ENGINEERING SERVICES
The City of West Orange plans to apply for the upcoming Texas Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant from the Texas Department of Emergency Management (TDEM) and/or Texas Water Development Board (TWDB). These services are being solicited to assist the City of West Orange in its Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program (PDM), and/or the Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant Program (FMA) contract, if awarded, to support flood and drainage improvements. Accordingly, the City of West Orange is seeking to contract with a qualified engineering firm to conduct an engineering study if applicable, determine scope of work and prepare all preliminary and final design plans and specifications, and to conduct all necessary interim and final inspections as well as a qualified grant management service provider to assist the City in pre-award and post-award management of its proposed HMA project(s).
Please submit 3 copies of your proposal of services and a statement of qualifications for the proposed services to Attn: Theresa Van Meter, City of West Orange 2700 Western Avenue West Orange, TX 77630. Proposals shall be received by the City no later than 10:00 am on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 to be considered. The City reserves the right to negotiate with any and all individuals or firms that submit proposals, as per the Texas Professional Services Procurement Act and the Uniform Grant and Contract Management Standards. Minority Business Enterprises, Small Business Enterprises, Women Business Enterprises, and labor surplus area firms are encouraged to submit proposals. City of West Orange is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
HURRICANE HARVEY RECOVERY UPDATES
DEBRIS PICKUP EXTENDED
For Immediate Release…..02.07.2018
The City of West Orange was notified this morning that the County has extended the Hurricane Harvey debris removal contract. A timeframe for this extension is unknown at this time, but any debris resulting from the storm is eligible for pickup. Do not place this debris in roadways or ditches, or anywhere that would impair visibility to motorists.
We DO NOT have a schedule of when the trucks will be in West Orange, so we advise you to put any eligible debris you may have out as soon as possible. It may be picked up in a week, however, it may be a month or longer. The City has no control over the scheduling of the contracted pickups.
Construction or other debris resulting from repairs and/or new construction is NOT eligible for pickup and should be disposed of by your building contractor. If you pile new construction debris with “storm” debris, none of it will be picked up!
TEMPORARY HOUSING PERMIT INFORMATION
AND BUILDING PERMIT INFORMATION
(for storm repairs only)
MAY BE VIEWED HERE.
TEMPORARY HOUSING PERMIT PERIOD EXTENDED
During its meeting of December 5, 2017, the West Orange City Council voted to extend all temporary housing permits issued within the City for an additional ninety (90) days. Anyone living in an RV, motor home or other type of temporary home who has obtained the required permit will not have to request an extension at the end of their initial permit period. They will automatically be granted a 90-day extension from the expiration day of said permit.
A Facebook page has been created for the benefit
of West Orange residents:
Please post your hurricane stories and photos here.
30 City Hall closed in observance of Good Friday
(Piney Woods will pick up trash as scheduled.)
2 City Hall closed in observance of Easter Monday
6 – 9 Bass Master Elite Tournament – Orange boat ramp on Simmons Drive
9 West Orange City Council meeting (5:00 p.m.)
23-27 Early Voting by Personal Appearance for City of West Orange Special Election
30 Early Voting by Personal Appearance for City of West Orange Special Election
1 Last day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance for City of West Orange Special Election
5 ELECTION DAY – WEST ORANGE CITY HALL
14 West Orange City Council meeting (5:00 p.m.)
28 City Hall closed in observance of Memorial Day
2018 ELECTION INFORMATION
A “Certificate of Unopposed Candidates” was presented to the West Orange City Council at its March 5, 2018 meeting by City Secretary Theresa Van Meter. As incumbents for the 2018 General Election, Shirley Bonnin, Dale Dardeau and Michael Shugart, Sr. drew no opposition, this certification enabled Council to then pass Ordinance No. 436, which cancelled the May 5, 2018 General Election. These council members are thereby considered re-elected by acclamation.
The Special Election, placing before the voters the reauthorization of the 1/4% local sales and use tax for street maintenance, as well as four proposed City Charter amendments will be held as previously called. You may read the details of this Special Election by viewing the “Notice of Special Election.”
CITY BUDGET INFORMATION
2017-2018 FY BUDGET AMENDED
During its March 5, 2018 meeting, the West Orange City Council voted to amend the 2017-2018 FY budget. To see this amended document, click here.
CITY OF WEST ORANGE
ADOPTS 2017-2018 FY BUDGET
The West Orange City Council met in Regular Session on Monday, September 11, 2017 to discuss and take action on, among other items, the 2017-18 FY budget and 2017 property tax rate. The budget was unanimously adopted by those present.
The tax rate was increased from $0.4250 per $100 assessed value to $0.4500 per $100 assessed value.
THIS TAX RATE WILL RAISE MORE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS THAN LAST YEAR’S TAX RATE.
THIS TAX RATE WILL EFFECTIVELY BE RAISED BY 1.58% AND WILL RAISE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS ON A $100,000 HOME BY APPROXIMATELY $7.01.
COMMUNITY CENTER rental information is available here.
You may now pay your garbage bill and apply and pay for building permits on-line. Click on the “ON-LINE PAYMENTS” tab on the top of the home page and follow the instructions from there.
At its Monday, April 13, 2015 meeting, the West Orange City Council adopted a new ordinance that establishes requirements for residential rental property to be registered and inspected annually. For a copy of the RENTAL REGISTRATION/INSPECTION APPLICATION, click here.
Also at this meeting, the City’s Ordinance which regulates garbage disposal was amended. To see the newly-revised ORDINANCE, click here. For a copy of the APPLICATION FOR SOLID WASTE PICKUP SERVICES, click here.
The WEST ORANGE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT is now seeking applicants for membership in the department. Interested individuals must be at least 18 years of age, be of good moral character, live within 5 miles of the city limits of West Orange and have a valid Texas driver’s license. Applicants must be willing to commit time to the department and the City by faithfully attending and participating in drills and various training sessions. Applications are available at West Orange City Hall, 2700 Western Avenue, West Orange, Texas or click here.
NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT On July 25, 2011 at a legally held, open session, regular council meeting, the City of West Orange City Council appointed the following members to the “Fair Housing Activity Statement – Texas” (FHAST) Work Group: Group One members include (2): Council Member Shirley Bonnin Director of Public Works Michael Stelly. Group Two members include (3): Protected class member Billie Trahan, Affordable Housing provider Don Kreymer, School District Member Ruth Hancock.