County burn ban reinstated

Though short-lived, the burn ban for Nolan County was reinstated during the county commissioners meeting held on Monday at the Nolan County Courthouse.Nolan County Judge Tim Fambrough had ordered the lifting of the ban on Friday, April 12, although its reinstatement was listed on Monday's agenda. However, in a statement released after the meeting on Monday afternoon, the emergency burn ban and fireworks ban will remain in effect for 90 days unless significant rainfall is received. "The commissioners court makes a finding that circumstances present in all or part of the unincorporated portion of Nolan County create a public safety hazard," Fambrough noted, "therefore [the ban] is now in place, except for public displays of fireworks."Also during the meeting, discussion was held to upgrade the Nolan County Auditor's office computer systems software and to replace one unit. The office was informed that by next year, maintenance will no longer be offered on Windows XP--which is currently being used--or any earlier software from Microsoft as the systems will become obsolete. The replacement unit will be replacing a current computer, but the office wants all four of their computers to run on the same software. As the newest system, Windows 8, still has several issues to be resolved, the Windows 7 software would be purchased. Quotes were obtained from Your Way Computer Tech Team in Abilene, which total around $2,115. The purchase would be paid for with the existing computer/technology fund, as money is available.In a three-to-one vote, approval was given for the action item; Precinct 3 commissioner Tommy White opposed the measure.Furthermore, two items that had been tabled at the previous meeting were also presented. Approval was given for the contract between Nolan County and the American Red Cross for emergency or disaster operations. However, the awarding of the bid for a new or used dump truck for Precinct #2 was once again tabled, after the recommendation by Precinct 2 commissioner Terry Locklar failed to garner a second motion.The two considered bids were discussed, which came from Roberts Truck Center/International totaling $110,250 and from Warren CAT with the price of $118,500. Locklar recommended the bid from CAT based on their warranty and its maintenance costs in the long run, but the other commissioners hoped to award the bid to the lower cost. As a result, new bids will have to be obtained. Additionally, the minutes of the April 8 meeting were approved. Reports were also received from the Nolan County Auditor, Treasurer and the Veterans Service Office.