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Unstable Oil Prices Stifle County Commissioners
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted May 5, 2011

At its regular meeting on April 26, the Blanco County Commissioners Court reported that due to the volatility of the world oil markets, no contractors were willing to bid on paving oil and aggregate needed to repair County roads.  Judge Guthrie said that because contractors cannot predict the price of oil two months in advance, they are unwilling to bid on road repair projects at this time.  

An item to consider joining the Central Texas Regional Public Defenders Office was tabled pending clarifications to recent changes in the contract.  Judge Guthrie reported that some of the area judges had reservations about changes that have been announced in the past few days.

Commissioners acknowledged the continuing education hours of Commissioner James Sultemeier who recently completed twelve hours of training.

Commissioners declared May 2011 as “Older Americans Month” citing that older adults in Blanco County are the roots from which our community grows.  The proclamation said that older adults bestow gifts of wisdom and insight upon younger generations and strengthen the bonds between neighbors to create a better place to live.

“We urge every citizen to take time this month to honor our older adults and the professionals, family members, and volunteers who care for them.  Our recognition of older Americans and their involvement in our lives can help us achieve stronger and more meaningful connections with each other and enrich our community’s quality of life.” 

An informal poll of the Commissioners Court showed that four of the five members of the Court are 58 years old or older.  Chris Liesmann is the youngest member of the Court.

After the meeting ended, Commissioner Granberg reported on the success of the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event held on April 16.  He said that more that eight and a half tons of materials were collected from 500 households at a cost of $15,774.  The expenses to the county were funded through grants from CAPCOG and TECQ.  

Great quantities of household debris, scrap metal, lead-acid batteries, paint, chemicals and electronic equipment were collected.  Computers, T.V. monitors, and other electronic devices have been turned over to Goodwill Industries that will recycle the equipment that is still in serviceable condition.  Those things not in good condition will be broken down and useful parts extracted.  Gold, silver and other elements of the electronic components will be salvaged.  This work provides jobs for those who might otherwise find employment beyond their reach.  

One county resident said, “The vehicles were lined up for a quarter of a mile on 281 at Transfer Road in order to deliver the household waste.”  It appears that the event was a great success and met its goal of keeping Blanco County a safe and enjoyable place to live.

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