By TODD GLASSCOCK
Monday morning, Palo Pinto County Commissioners approved a motion to reinstate the countywide burn ban, which had been lifted in late March.
County Fire Marshal Buddy Harwell recommended the burn ban remain off because of current low water levels, as well as greenery.
After considering water levels, as well as county resident's concerns about burning within the county, the measure was approved to reinstate the ban.
According to Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and Harwell, some things to remember include:
• No burning on days when wind is more than 23 miles per hour.
• No burning on days when gusts are up to 20 miles per hour or more.
• Contact Palo Pinto County Sheriff’s dispatch when burning with information regarding when and where burning will take place.
Commissioners also approved the purchase of equipment needed to upgrade and replace computer systems.
County Systems Manager Joey Fenley made the recommendation for the systems upgrade because most of the county's computers use Windows XP operating systems, which, as of April 8, will no longer be supported by Microsoft. Without support, county computers would be vulnerable to security risks and viruses.
In other business, commissioners:
• Approved a request to re-plat Phase VIII, lots 156 and 157 of The Cliffs subdivision.
• Approved a request to bore Chandler Road by Santo Special Utility District, Precinct 4.
• Approved quarterly report by Perdue, Brandon, Fielder, Collins & Mott.
• Approved an interlocal agreement between Young County and Palo Pinto County to receive a loan of body armor for the Palo Pinto County Sheriff's office.
• Approved purchase of a radar unit for Constable Precinct 4 through the technology fund.
• Tabled for further consideration a request to discontinue Perdue, Brandon, Fielder, Collins & Mott, LLP and retain Graves, Humphries & Stahl, Ltd. as collection agency for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 5.