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062622 burn ban extended

By Tony Farkas
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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.

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