By Tony Farkas
COLDSPRING — The San Jacinto County Commissioners Court extended the county’s burn ban for another month at its regular meeting on Wednesday.
According to the order, the conditions that caused the imposition of the ban still exist, and any outdoor burning would create a public safety hazard.
The order will be revisited in 30 days, or when conditions improve.
In other business, the county:
•approved paying $5,836 out of county funds, as opposed to a grant, for emergency management funds;
•approved the $4,000 purchase of an air conditioning system for the District Attorney’s Office, half of which will come from the DA’s asset forfeiture funds;
•approved the early voting schedule for the Nov. 8 general election, which will run from Oct. 24 to Nov. 4;
•approved polling locations for the Nov. 8 general election;
•approved T.C. Jones as judge and Shirley Elmore as alternate judge for the election;
•approved the appointment of central counting station personnel for the election;
•approved allowing the Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas to use payroll deduction for membership dues;
•declared office equipment as surplus;
•approved the sale of a 2010 Dodge Caravan at auction;
•approved a lot split for O.E. and Leann Ellisor, with the caveat of the county holding no responsibility for the installation or maintenance of culverts;
•approved the amendment of an ARPA funds request for well rehabilitation for the Point Blank and Stephens Creek Water Supply Co. to include a third well;
•approved the county’s administration of a grant for the PBSC Water Supply Co., which is applying for $500,000 for upgrading water lines. Commissioner David Brandon voted against the measure, and Commissioner Laddie McAnnally abstained;
•approved the request from PBSC to seek bids for engineering and administrative services for its water project. Brandon voted against it;
•tabled a request from Trinity Covenant Food Bank for ARPA funds to pay for rent and additional help; and
•approved a donation of $15,000 from residents of Lake Shore Drive and Black Walnut for road repair.