The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday morning approved a Burn Ban for Washington County, effective immediately.
Washington County has been the only county in the Brazos Valley so far not to institute a burn until today.
County Judge John Brieden told the commissioners and those in attendance at the meeting, that an email was sent out to the different fire chiefs, asking whether they thought a burn ban was necessary at this point.
The vote was 8-3 in favor, however, the fire chiefs who were in the minority either felt that, with a little caution, the ban would not be necessary, or said that they would go with the majority.
Commissioner Luther Hueske noted that at this time there were approximately five or six fire a week due to the dry weather.
It was also noted that the Burn Ban may be rescinded by the County Judge at any time without Commissioner’s Court approval, and this would occur if the County began receiving enough rain this week and going forward.
Also approved was the Interlocal Agreement between the Brazos Valley Council of Governments and Washington County for E911 Database Maintenance Services and E911 Public Safety Answering Point.
Council also approved the request to advertise for request for Qualifications for a Professional Architect to prepare a Historic Courthouse Master Plan, which would involve restoring the courthouse to its original design and architecture, using funds available from the State of Texas. Ninety percent would come from the State, with the final 10 percent coming from local sources.
Also approved were the Sheriff’s Office, Washington County 911 and the Washington County EMS reports.