Commissioners approved three replats and the abandoning of a portion of Ferry Road at Monday morning’s regular session before moving on to consider approving an agricultural burn plan submitted by Fred Reyna, National Resources Conservation Service district conservationist, and Rodney Hooten, with Chanas Ranch.
Agricultural burning is allowed even in the event of a Burn Ban, so long as a plan is in place to ensure the utmost of safety. According to the USDA NRCS Agricultural Burning Policy, “The reasons for burning vary. The most common reasons are to reduce pre- and post-harvest vegetation that interferes with harvest, tillage or subsequent seedbed preparation. Burning is used for pest and weed control and lowers the need for supplemental herbicide and pesticide treatments.”
Although the Court does not have to approve the burn plan, Judge Wayne Brascom and Fred Reyna thought that it would be good policy to alert the county that the plan had been filed and that burning would occur on the Chanas Ranch, so that county officials could be alerted to the sanctioned burning during the Burn Ban.
Commissioner Johnnie Heck expressed concern that the matter was brought to the court, especially the prospect of the Court approving the plan, citing the possibility of Llano County being held liable if the fire were to get away from the Burn Manager.
Ultimately, the Court voted to remove the item, however, Judge Brascom thanked Reyna for letting the Court know about the plans, and encouraged him to let the Court know of other prescribed burns in the future, just for the Court’s information.
Llano Country Head Librarian Dian Ray requested that she be allowed to apply for three grants; two from the Texas Book Festival Grants, and the other a Tocker Grant. None of the grants would require matching, but they would provide much needed money to purchase books and update technology for the libraries. The Court unanimously approved the proposal to apply for the grants.
Commissioner Jerry Don Moss proposed that the county tear down and haul off the old arena, which would make upkeep of the property easier, and allow the county to use the property for something else. County Auditor Cindy Lent suggested that the county try to sell the salvageable parts of the arena, and haul off the rest for scrap metal. The court agreed, and voted to ‘take down and dispose of by sale’ the old arena.
The Court accepted the resignation of Paul O’Brian from the ESD #2 Board, as well as the resignation of outgoing Commissioner Heck as the Llano County representative to the Hill Country Transit District Board.
Commissioners approved the following appointments: John Chalmers and Cheri Lambright to the ESD #2 Board, to serve through December 31,2013 and Gina Chittim and Feddie Chappell to the HOT Grant Committee.