County burn ban remains lifted

After the much-needed rainfall in the area, Nolan County Judge Tim Fambrough lifted the county-wide burn ban on Wednesday, July 17. And during the county commissioners' meeting held on Monday morning, approval was given to leave the burn ban off.The burn ban will be considered again by the commissioners at their next regular meeting. During Monday's meeting, Fambrough stated that he was "pleased" that the burn ban could remain lifted.Also during the meeting, approval was given for Jeff Howard to be hired as the Nolan County Coliseum Manager as recommended by the Coliseum Board. Members of the board were present at the meeting, who explained that throughout the ninety-day search, Howard's leadership and management style made him the best candidate and someone who could take the Coliseum to the next level.However, Precinct 3 Commissioner Tommy White asked if the item could be tabled so that discussion could be held with the coliseum board members. But due to the fact that the coliseum board members did not want to further delay the hiring, White met with the board members after the morning action items. Following the private meeting, approval was then given for Howard to take the manager position. The coliseum board plans for Howard to begin toward the first part of August.Furthermore, a public hearing date was set in order to discuss the County Clerk and District Clerk's record management and archive plans for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. Due to State Bill 1513, there will be a $5 increase for both plans for some county records, while some district records will see a $10 increase. The fee increase will run from 2014 through 2019, unless changes are made by the state.These fees assist counties in collecting money in order to preserve the records, which is an expensive process, although it helps counties from having to budget the item. The public hearing was approved to take place on Monday, August 12 at 9 a.m.In addition, an interlocal agreement between the West Central Texas Council of Governments (WCTCOG) 911 department and Nolan County was approved, which was a renewal from two years ago. The sheriff's and constable fees for 2014 were approved as well.Approval was also given for the minutes from the July 8 and 15 meetings. The Precinct 2 road report was received by the commissioners, along with the reports from the Nolan County Auditor, Treasurer, Clerk and Tax offices, the Veterans Service Officer, and the Government Trapper.