By Tony Farkas
COLDSPRING — The San Jacinto County Commissioners’ Court extended a burn ban for another 30 days at its regular meeting on Wednesday.
County Judge Fritz Faulkner said he issued a burn ban for a week, which expired, and then the next day after consulting with the fire marshal it was extended for another week; however, the county had receiv ed a little bit of rain.
Commissioner Donnie Marrs, echoing sentiments from all commissioners, said the little rain they’ve had isn’t enough to make a difference.
Faulkner was hopeful, however, saying that historically speaking, when the county passes a burn ban, it usually rains.
In other business, the county:
•approved creating a permit process for utility companies boring under county roads;
•approved an agreement with the UTMB regional WIC program for office space;
•approved a resolution authorizing the Texas Department of Agriculture Texans Feeding Texans home-delivered grant program, in the amount of $12,000;
•approved an $8,500 settlement agreement with Vivian Smith for damages done from a tree falling from county land on a trailer she owned;
•approved hiring former DPS Trooper Michael Lyons as a reserve deputy;
•approved the purchase of a motor and valve body for a patch truck in the amount $30,562.77;
•approved the subdivision revision in the Bay Hill area of the Waterwood subdivision;
•approved a late bid for laydown work and asphalt work from Washburn Paving;
•approved a $1,000 donation from Best Friends for the animal control center;
•tabled discussion regarding the passing of an animal control ordinance;
•approved the purchase of a maintainer for Precinct 1 Road and Bridge for $317,440.16;
•approved the declaration of desks and computer equipment as salvage; and
•approved $45,000 in America Rescue Plan Act funds for work on the county animal shelter.