At the June 11 Commissioners Court meeting, Commissioners voted to rescind the Burn Ban for Llano County, at least until the next meeting, on June 25.
In anticipation of the Burn Ban being on during the July 4 holiday, representatives from the Aqua Boom Committee in Kingsland requested that the Court allow the group to set off fireworks regardless of whether there is a ban or not.
Last year, the group had to prepare a plan in case of fire and present it to the Court for approval prior to the Court allowing the fireworks. However, that was the result of the declaration of disaster for Llano County, requiring that the Burn Ban be stricter than normal, and prohibiting fireworks. Judge Brascom told the court that since Governor Rick Perry had not declared the county a disaster, that the request was not necessary since fireworks are not prohibited under a regular burn ban.
The court asked that the group submit a fire plan to them for good measure, and the representative, Charlotte Dilworth, assured the court that if the environment proved to be hazardous, for example high winds, then the company would not set off the fireworks.
Commissioners voted to approve the inclusion of 528 feet of Ellen Williams Loop in Precinct 2 in the county’s grid. The majority of the loop is included, and the portion in question is not paved.
An interlocal between Scott & White – Llano and the County and the City of Llano in regards to the communication equipment at the Leverett and Lookout Towers was ratified, following the review of the County Attorney, Cheryll Mabray.
Judge Brascom informed the court that it had collected $10,932.38 in bond surrender and court cost collection for the month of May. The collection is due to an effort by the court to prevent those scheduled to appear in court from not showing up. Judge Brascom reported that since its inception, bail bondsmen are working hard to ensure that their clients are appearing in court.
A donation to the Llano County Sheriff Office in the amount of $1,000 for the Drug Dog Fund was formally accepted. Ms. Carolyn Shane of Buchanan Dam gave an on-duty deputy the check for the program. This is not the first time Stone has donated to this specific cause; she also gave $9,600. A Drug Dog costs approximately $8,000-10,000. The department’s current drug dog is in the possession of Deputy John Gillespie.