BALLINGER– Considering the lack of rain and windy conditions in Runnels County, the Commissioners Court voted to continue the burn ban currently in effect in Runnels County. Commissioners Court held a regular meeting last Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at the Commissioners Courtroom.

All outdoor burning is currently prohibited in the unincorporated areas of Runnels County. Burning is still allowed under certain conditions but it should be done with all necessary precautions and in compliance with the burn ban.

In the hour-and-a-half meeting commissioners also passed a motion made by Commissioner Robert Moore and seconded by Commissioner Sam Scott to approve the replacement of six county bridges by the Texas Department of Transportation.

Certified as an “Economically Disadvantaged County,” Runnels County is required to fund 3 percent of the replacement cost of all six bridges. The bridges are located at County Road 272 over Valley Creek, County Road 301 over Valley Creek, County Road 114 over Pony Creek, County Road 128 over Mustang Creek, County Road 234 over Fuzzy Creek, and County Road 216 over Oak Creek.

Commissioners received and opened bids for emulsified asphalt to be used in the repair and maintenance of county roads and bridges. Those presenting bids were Heartland Asphalt from Hurst, Texas; Ergon Asphalt, of Austin, Texas; Cleveland Asphalt, of Shepherd, Texas, and Western Emulsions, of Lubbock, Texas.

Commissioners voted to accept the bid presented by Ergon Asphalt.

On another agenda item, the Commissioners Court discussed and voted to challenge the appraised values placed on several county owned properties by the Texas Association of Counties for insurance purposes.

Commissioners are also discussing to go out for bids or proposals from different insurance companies in order to get a more competitive option than the one presented by TAC.

Commissioners approved a 5-year lease purchase agreement submitted by Precinct 2 Commissioner Ronald Presley, to acquire a Kubota tractor equipped with an A-boom attached shredder. The price of the unit ($108,647.68) will be paid in five annual installments with an option to buy the tractor for $1 at the end of the lease. The unit will be purchased to New Holland of Abilene, Texas.