The possibility of adopting a burn ban was a hot topic during the Washington County Commissioners meeting today (Tuesday).

Ultimately, the commissioners decided to table the issue until next week- which will allow them to revisit the possibility of adopting a burn ban if area fires continue to be a problem.

Leading up to the meeting the commissioners polled the county’s fire chiefs, with seven voting in favor of adopting a ban and seven voting against it.

While a ban was not issued, the commissioners have a very clear message for county citizens- be responsible when it comes to burning. Precinct 4 Commissioner Joy Fuchs says citizens should only burn if the conditions are right:


During the discussion, Precinct 3 Commissioner Kirk Hanath emphasized personal responsibility when it comes to burning:

In other business, the commissioners held a public hearing on lowering the speed limit on Old Masonic Road. The road currently does not have a posted speed limit.  A road without a posted speed limit, in accordance with the Texas Transportation Code, has a day time speed limit of 60 mph and a night time speed limit of 55 mph.

No one spoke during the public hearing and the commissioners voted to reduce the speed limit to 40 mph.

In other business, the commissioners:

  • Approved the appointment of Melinda Faubion to the Hotel Occupancy Tax Board
  • Approved a subdivision variance request for a land division at Lomax-Harmel Road
  • Approved budget line item transfers and accounts payable
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