January 8, 2008 – At their first regularly scheduled meeting of 2008, the Blanco County Commissioners had six items on their agenda.
Judge Guthrie called the meeting to order and began with the consideration of prior meeting minutes, proceeding to an item put on the agenda by Commissioner Wood, the consideration of a replat of three lots in the Twin Sisters Estates subdivision, Unit 2. After verifying that this is a recorded subdivision, the court voted to approve the combining of lots 832, 833, and 834.
Next, the court voted to accept the extension bond for the construction of the Waste Water Treatment Plant for the Rockin J Ranch subdivision. Commissioner Granberg verified that the managers of the Rockin J Ranch had been notified that the bond was about to expire. The extension will be for one year; from January 2008 to January 2009.
Commissioner Mauck moved to approve the January 2008 payroll, with Commissioner Wood giving the second.
Kathy Strickland verified that all official reports were in, and then Commissioner Granberg voted to approve the reports, with Mauck seconding.
Outstanding bills were discussed, with an additional bill from CL Electric, for recycling equipment, being added to the bills during the meeting. A representative from CL Electric was in attendance at the meeting.
Two informational items were discussed at the meeting; vacancies in ESD, and prescribed burning. Representatives from The Nature Conservancy addressed the court: Chris Harper, Fire Management Planner, Austin; and Dan Snodgrass, from the Johnson City office, asking whether the court might consider prescribed burning (burning even in burn ban situations) for landowners in The Nature Conservancy membership.
Judge Guthrie explained that “our system is set-up so that the judge may lift a burn ban for 72 hours,” but it would be for the entire county and not individualized pockets of land. “The Blanco County statute doesn’t allow for a burn ban to be lifted in arbitrary areas, “explained Judge Guthrie. He told the two gentlemen that there are liability concerns involved with arbitrarily lifted burn bans. The court briefly discussed the vacancies left in the ESD department due to death and terms expiring. The ESD vacancies will become an action agenda item for another meeting.