County reinstates burn ban

The Nolan County Commissioners met for their regular meeting on Monday morning, Oct. 24, 2011 at the Nolan County Courthouse, where the burn ban for the county was reinstated.The burn ban will remain in effect for the next two weeks until the next regular appointed meeting, where the item will be considered again.Also approved at the meeting was an advisory committee for the county's redistricting plan. Five people — one from each of the four precincts and a nominee from the county judge — agreed to serve on the committee which includes Randall Smith, Jeanie McPherson, Bonnie McLeod, Domingo Castillo and Charles Roberson, respectively.An item which required no action was a presentation by Becky Brock of the County-City Library on the PEARL (Promoting and Enhancing the Advancement of Rural Libraries) project, which helps small-town public libraries through a $1 million grant received by the University of North Texas, which is dispersed among the state.The County-City Library's participation in the PEARL project will include creating a Community Outreach Plan. One part consists of community surveys to be given to a number of groups: the general community; board members, staff and volunteers of the library; and governing officials. Since the library is jointly owned by the city and the county, the commissioners were asked to complete and submit a survey. A plan will be devised following all the survey results which will create a website to be used as a resource. The County-City Library, as a result, will gain $1,000 which will be used to offset the cost to attend a library conference for two years, among other uses. The state recently cut funding for public libraries by 64%, which has affected the local library.In addition, the minutes from the Oct. 10 and 17 meetings were approved. Reports from the Nolan County Treasurer, Sheriff's Office, Tax Office and Welfare Office were received as well.However, the commissioners had to reconvene their meeting later in the day on Monday to approve a plan to secure granite on the exterior of the Nolan County Courthouse. The commissioners went into recess in the morning to learn more about the proposals they had received before making an approval.Approval was given to contract with Roc Construction, based in Dallas, to take off 30 granite squares to inspect the building. The plan will help determine how much damage there is as well as how much will have to be replaced, following the large piece of granite which fell from the top of the north entry on Friday, Sept. 9, 2011.