Police Chief Rogers presents petition with 61 signatures

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Orange Grove Journal

At the recent Orange Grove City Council meeting, Orange Grove Police Chief Arthur Rogers made the council aware of a petition, which was signed by 61 members of the community, who wished to give their support of the police department and let the council know of the good job they were doing.

During Rogers' monthly report, he also announced that all but one officer from the department attended training recently to become certified in the use of TASERS.

In other news, Reynaldo De Los Santos made a presentation to the council to donate a bench and two trash receptacles to the city, stating his family wanted to give something back to the community, where they've lived for several years.

Council members approved an agreement between the city, Jim Wells County and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to work together to create new digital flood maps.

The maps will be at no cost to the city.

City Administrator Rick Lopez said the city came in second for the Sewer Plant Renovation Grant, and in the end was awarded the grant.

The council also discussed and acted on a resolution for the adoption of a Safe Routes to School Plan, which outlines the needed improvements for a safer environment for the students of Orange Grove to walk and bike to school.

Pete Anaya, an engineer with Coym, Rehmet and Gutierrez, presented the council with a layout of the plans for the sidewalks and crosswalks grant.

The grant is for $750,000 and is funded 100 percent. City officials approved the plans.

Anaya also mentioned that the firm is still working on the changes for the Downtown Revitalization Project.

The changes have been submitted to the state and the city is waiting for a response.