County burn ban reinstated

The burn ban for Nolan County was reinstated at the county commissioners' meeting held on Monday morning.Precinct 4 Commissioner Tony Lara made the motion, which was seconded by Terry Willman, Precinct 1 Commissioner and then approved by all four commissioners. The burn ban will be considered again by the commissioners at their next regular meeting.Also during the meeting, a public hearing was held on the 2013-2014 proposed budget. No input was heard, and no changes were noted for the proposed budget.A vote was also taken and approved to raise more revenue from property taxes than in previous years. Thereafter, approval was given to adopt the 2013-2014 budget.In addition, a vote was taken and approved on the 2013-2014 tax rate, in which the total amount is .507552. The total reflects the combination of the general fund's M&O (maintenance and operations) at .382542, the general fund I&S (interest and sinking) at .064469, and the farm to market fund at .060541. Furthermore, approval was given of a resolution authorizing a county grant for the Texas Department of Agriculture's home delivered meals for SNAP (Senior Nutrition Activities Program). For a number of years, the county has helped to provide funds to make the grant possible. The county will contribute $779.50 toward the grant, which will offer assistance from September 1, 2013 through August 31, 2014.The minutes from the August 26 and September 3 meetings were approved, while reports were received from the Nolan County Treasurer, Clerk and Welfare offices as well. And while no action was taken, an update was received from Turner Construction on the courthouse and jail / sheriff's office projects. Among other details, the report included that stone for the courthouse would be arrive during the week of September 23, which would be start being placed on the building shortly thereafter. For the jail and sheriff's office, contract negotiations have been taking place and will continue throughout the week on a variety of items.And during the public input portion of the meeting, Gil Cherry wanted to thank the commissioners--before his term expires as Chamber board president--for reinstating prayer and God back into the meetings. He also expressed his appreciation to the commissioners on behalf of 4th and Elm Church of Christ for the resolution of Wes Bishop.Nolan County Coliseum manager Jeff Howard also shared that the work on the Coliseum roof is slated to begin next Monday, while Robert McBride thanked the commissioners for reinstating the burn ban.