For the first time in nearly six months, Brown County is under a burn ban as of Monday morning.
Brown County Commissioners voted unanimously to re-instate a burn ban after Precinct 2 Commissioner Joel Kelton recommended doing so, saying "people want it back on."
Brown County Judge Ray West directed that the minutes of the commissioners court meeting reflect that "the court finds that conditions create a public safety hazard that would be exacerbated by outdoor burning."
The county has been without a burn ban since early January.
In other business Monday, commissioners:
• Approved the purchase of new carpet for the probation department from Brownwood Decorating for $8,447. Chief Probation Officer Joe Shaw said the existing carpet has been down for more than 20 years and is wearing badly, and people have stumbled over seams where the carpet is coming up.
Shaw said he obtained estimates from Brownwood Decorating and Jones Carpet.
• Approved Precinct 3 Commissioner Wayne Shaw's request to raise the salaries of two precinct employees who completed their probation from $29,000 to $30,000 a year.
• Heard a presentation from Joe Scantling of the Texas Department of Transportation's Brownwood district on TxDOT's Highway Bridge Program. Scantling said the program has existed since 1978 and is a bridge repair program involving federal, state and local funds.
Bridges are inspected every two years and given a rating based on their conditions, Scantling told commissioners. At the end of the fiscal year, Scantling said, he will determine which bridges can compete for federal funds for repairs and will ask county officials to submit a priority list.
Eighty percent of the funds are federal, 10 percent are state and 10 percent are local, but the local funds can come through "in-kind" work from county work on other structures, Scantling told commissioners.
• Heard Beverly Norris, president of the Brown County Museum of History Board, say she had a "good report … all good news" to give on the roof replacement at the museum's annex. Norris said the the museum is anticipating a high number of visitors this summer and is putting together a schedule of field trips for schools this fall.
"You would be very gratified to know how the community does appreciate your support," Norris told commissioners.
• Approved requests for applications to install private utility lines on county roads 225, 228 and 415.
• Approved the hiring of a replacement employee for the Brown County Clerk's Office.