Commissioners approve several appointments, burn ban remains lifted

Several appointments were approved during Monday morning's meeting of the Nolan County Commissioners.The appointment of Rut Crawley as manager for the Nolan County Welfare Office was approved, while Carol Flint was given approval to serve on the Nolan County Welfare Board. For the Sick Pool Committee, approval was given for Kathy Bowen to serve.Also during the meeting, in a three-to-one vote, the burn ban for Nolan County was approved to remain lifted for the next two weeks. The opposing vote came from Precinct 2 Commissioner Terry Locklar, who stated that some people had expressed concern due to the upcoming Fourth of July holiday. However, County Attorney Lisa Peterson noted that it was too late for any kind of fireworks ban to be imposed.Furthermore, approval was given to advertise for bids to replace the Nolan County Coliseum roof, following the damage done from the previous storm. The minutes of the June 10 meeting were approved as well, and a report from the Government Trapper was received.During the public input portion of the meeting, two areas of concern were expressed near Bradford Lane where the sewer line was recently placed. The initial item noted was that some damage was done by some equipment following the placement of concrete and black top on the road.Although the street is half-owned by the city and the other half is owned by the county, Precinct 3 Commissioner Tommy White stated that the damage will be repaired and resurfaced upon completion.The other issue dealt with the lack of enforcement of the 30 MPH speed limit, as drivers speed very fast down the road.In addition, the discontinuation of the Tenaska Trailblazer Energy Center was noted in the public input portion, as the status of the tax abatements was questioned. The county attorney responded that because improvements were not made, the abatements will no longer be in effect.