In other business, commissioners:
• Discussed banning or restricting the sale and use of fireworks. County Fire Marshal Buddy Harwell explained the Keetch-Byram Drought Index was 564 as of Monday morning with a 14-day average of 572.
He explained he will be attending a class in Houston this week to discuss issues associated with fireworks and agreed to meet with commissioners Friday to possibly act on the matter.
Commissioners tabled the item until Friday.
• Discussed the active outdoor burn ban in the county. County Judge David Nicklas explained the existing ban is active for about two more months and Harwell noted little fire activity over the past week.
He said he was called out to several small grass fires, though three were extinguished prior to his arrival and none posed any significant danger.
• Approved appointments to the Palo Pinto County Historical Commission. Mike Lewis, co-chair of the commission, said a number of inactive members were replaced by new appointees.
“We think these are people that will help us grow stronger,” he said.
• Accepted sealed bids for motor fuel, road materials, and asphalt.
Wilson Lubricants was the only bidder for motor fuel and commissioners unanimously accepted the bid.
Based on three road material bids, commissioners customized their respective precinct’s providers by choosing to accept the bids of Vulcan Materials, Rob Joe Materials, Zack Burkett Co., or a combination thereof.
Commissioners voted to accept Southern Asphalt and Petroleum’s bid for asphalt, selecting Heartland Asphalt Inc. as a secondary provider. In total, the county received four asphalt bids.
• Approved setting the bond amount for elected officials, voting to maintain the current amount of $10,000 for sheriff and $1,500 per constable.
• Approved funding agreements for Gordon Library and C.A.R.E. in the amount of $2,500 each.
• Approved the year-end auditor’s report for Fiscal Year 2012. County Auditor Sharon Allen explained lower-than-expected expenditures totaling $10,049,009 allowed the county to add $237,255 to its general fund reserves, bringing its balance to $4,651,872.