County lifts burn ban

Following the much-needed rainfall received over the weekend, the burn ban in Nolan County was lifted at the Nolan County Commissioners' meeting on Monday morning, Oct. 10, 2011.The burn ban will remain lifted until the next appointed meeting in two weeks, in which it will be considered once again at that time.Also at the first meeting of the new fiscal year, approval was given on a proclamation for Breast Cancer Awareness Day and Month for the county. Oct. 1, was declared as Nolan County Breast Cancer Awareness Day, while the entire month of October stands as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.In addition, approval was given toward the purchase of P-25 radio equipment which will be reimbursed by the 2010 State Homeland Security Program (SHSP). Nolan County Sheriff David Warren presented the commissioners with some information on the purchases, which will total $65,264.13.Different quotes were presented by Mr. Warren on the equipment, which will be under the ownership of the county. However, the equipment will be loaned out to various county entities such as the Sweetwater Fire Department, other volunteer fire departments in Nolan County, and the local TSTC (Texas State Technical College) police.The purchase will replace failing radio equipment which needs to be replaced and will also include installation and programming. While all of the quotes were approved by the commissioners, two of the quotes are awaiting state approval which should be given.Approval was also given on a request by Nolan County Court at Law Judge David Hall to consider a resolution to apply for a formula grant from the Texas Indigence Defense Fund. Mr. Hall briefed the commissioners on the issue, stating that the county has not applied for the grant in some time and the money is available.The funding, which is dispersed annually, is used to pay for court appointed attorneys and investigators. The commissioners were asked to look at the resolution before the application deadline, and Mr. Hall will now work toward the application process.Another approval came from a request from Commissioner Terry Locklar to hire Louis Light on a temporary basis starting Oct. 1. Mr. Light has been working for Mr. Locklar as a replacement to Richard Treviño — who underwent shoulder surgery — and will remain on staff either until April or until Mr. Treviño has been released from Workers' Compensation.Furthermore, the commissioners approved for their 2012 Commissioners' Court meetings to take place on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 9 a.m. in the Nolan County Courtroom on the first floor of the courthouse.The commissioners also approved a court order allowing the county auditor to pay all payroll items and any other operation items listed on order as necessary between court meeting dates. A resolution establishing a fund balance policy to comply with GASB 54 was approved as well. However, an agreement to work with eCivis in order to provide the county with grant writing services was tabled at the meeting in order to conduct further research. The minutes from the Sept. 26 meeting were approved and reports were received from several departments, including the Nolan County Auditor and the government trapper.