The Washington County Commissioners discussed whether or not to impose a burn ban during their meeting today (Tuesday), deciding to table the issue again.

While there were several grass fires last week after the commissioners delayed action on a burn ban, the commissioners hope that recent rainfall will help stop future area grass fires. The commissioners are once again calling on citizens to use caution when burning trash or brush piles.

In other business, the commissioners approved the notice of eleven pipeline crossings- 10 in Precinct Four and one in Precinct Two.

Enterprise Crude Pipeline is building a 416-mile 24-inch crude oil pipeline to transport crude oil and condensate from the company’s Midland terminal to a Sealy Storage facility.

The Precinct Four crossings are Bascome Lane, Koether Road, Upshaw Road, Homeyer Mountain Road, Century Farms Road, Fuchs Road, Wickel Road, Sawmill Road, Horak Road and Dogwood Road. The Precinct Two crossing is Kamas Road.

The commissioners also granted Precinct Four Justice of the Peace Bill Kendall the authority to purchase a protective glass security wall in his office. The contract for the project was awarded to Bluebonnet Glass for $14,516. Washington County Judge John Brieden explains why they chose to go with Bluebonnet Glass:

The commissioners also approved the Washington County Road and Bridge Department to purchase a new truck tractor from Herman International for $92,150. The truck is replacing a vehicle with over 500,000 miles on it.

The court also:

  • Approved a 593-foot extension of Counsil Lane in the Crosswinds Estates subdivision, phase two
  • Approved a number of members to the Washington County Salary Review Committee: Justin Knuppel, Kirk Hanath, Peggy Kramer, Jerry Green, Renee Mueller, Darrell Reimer, Don Werth, Victoria Conarroe, and Kristi Stamnes
  • Moved the Commissioners Court meeting scheduled for Tuesday, February 21st to Monday February 20th due to the majority of members attending Washington County Day at the Capitol
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