Burn ban remains off for county

At Monday morning's Nolan County commissioners' meeting, approval was given to a software contract to provide a database program for the county and district attorney's offices.Lisa Peterson, the county attorney, explained that the current software had been purchased in 2000. While the company stopped supporting the software a couple years ago, the county still used the software, but now it is no longer working.Some research has been conducted on a more modern program offered by Local Government Solutions, which is a company based in Texas that works specifically with counties within the state. With their software experience and cost-effectiveness, the program not only proves to be a good fit for the county but is a necessary item to obtain.The county attorney's costs will come in at $1900 for a conversion fee, $200 for set up and $591 for monthly costs. The monthly cost for the district attorney will come in at a higher rate.Also during the meeting, approval was given to purchase a 2007 dump truck for Precinct 2 at the minimum bid price of $49,099.50. The acceptance of a road bore on CR 177 by Cary Headstream with West Texas Gas was also approved.Paperwork has been filled out and maps were provided to the county, and a visit to the location has been made. The approval--which appears in the minutes of the meeting--shows that the request has been made and granted, which will then be filed with the county clerk.Furthermore, the order allowing the county auditor to pay bills in between court dates was approved, as well as the SAVNS maintenance grant contract between the office of the Attorney General and Nolan County. Additional approval was given to another agreement between the county and the Abilene Regional Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Inc.And due to the weekend rains, the commissioners approved to leave the county-wide burn ban off. The minutes of September 23 and 30 meetings were approved as well, and the initial budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year from the 32nd Judicial Community Supervision Corrections Department was received, in addition to the received reports from the Nolan County Clerk, Welfare Office and Texas Wildlife Services Program.