Brown County Commissioners dealt with numerous items of business Monday and began with their decision to lift a month-old ban on outdoor burning.
    Commissioners urged caution for those who choose to burn.
    “The winds of March are blowing and will continue that way,” commissioner Gary Worley said.
    Commissioners also approved a request by Larry Franks, acting Brown County elections administrator, for an interlocal elections agreement between the the county, the City of Brady and the Brady school.
    Franks said the March 1 Republican and Democratic primary elections in Brown County saw a record turnout, with 9,407  voters — 42 percent of the county’s registered voters — casting ballots.
    Franks and commissioners court members noted that some people waited in lines for more than 30 minutes to cast Election Day ballots. It didn’t take long to cast ballots using the electronic machines, but it did sometimes take several minutes for people to figure out how to use the machines, commissioners court members said.
    “Let’s look into purchasing more machines,” County Judge Ray West said.
    West estimated it took him four to six minutes to indicate his choices and cast his ballot. “The average voter uses it once every two years,” West said. “We have to think about the function — ‘how do we do this?’”
    In other business, commissioners:
    • Approved a ban on solicitation by businesses at the courthouse. Exceptions to the ban include charitable or fund-raising activities such as the sale of Girl Scout cookies, and instances in which a company has responded to the courthouse as the result of a courthouse employee’s solicitation.
    • Awarded multiple bids for paving, seal coating and asphalt products.
    • Agreed to set a 45-mph speed limit on a 1.2-miles section on County Road 225, also known as Country Club Road, beginning at FM 45.
    • Agreed to authorize the sale of fireworks from April 14-21 for San Jacinto Day, which is April 21.
    • Approved the purchase of a commercial-grade lawn mower for the Law Enforcement Center for $8,240.