Progress continues on county project

Progress continues toward the county project to obtain grant funding from TxDOT (Texas Department of Transportation), as approval was given on two items at Monday's county commissioners' meeting.The first action item approved was the recommendation of the advisory board for the Nolan County Energy Transportation Reinvestment Zone #1 regarding the application to TxDOT. The advisory board is made up of Tom Oliver, Carter Scott, Mark Morrow, Jason Freeman and Rick Alley.In addition, the commissioners approved the authorized submission of the project grant application to TxDOT. A meeting held at the end of January resulted in the application deadline being pushed back, in which the earliest date to submit is March 7.The application must be submitted electronically and will be handled by the attorney that has been assisting the county throughout the process. The grant would assist in alleviating degradation caused by public roads, bridges, and culverts by the exploration, development or production of oil or gas throughout Nolan County.Also during the meeting, the commissioners approved for the County Clerk to purchase one new desktop computer, which will be used to print birth certificates. The purchase will be paid for using the County Clerk's record management fundIn addition, approval was given to advertise for bids for AC5 asphalt and grade 3 & 4 gravel for all precincts, as well as to advertise for bids for flex base road material for all precincts. Furthermore, the burn ban for Nolan County will remain in effect for the next two weeks. The minutes of the February 10 and 18 meetings were approved, while reports were received from the Nolan County Treasurer, Auditor, Tax Office and the Veterans Service Office.