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Burn ban presses on
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This year’s cotton harvest is nearing completion but the drought took a toll on this year’s crop. A summary of this year’s harvest will be in next week’s issue.
This year’s cotton harvest is nearing completion but the drought took a toll on this year’s crop. A summary of this year’s harvest will be in next week’s issue.
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REFUGIO — The commissioners court extended the burn ban another 60 days Tuesday morning.

“The only reasonably damp area is in Tivoli and that will disappear also,” said Sheldon Wiginton, chief deputy. “We have not received any of the rain we were expecting.”

The court also rejected a request from a Tivoli man to move River Road to one side of his property.

Larry Landgraf’s request was countered by another resident who lives along the road — Sharon Walker who has lived near the road for 33 years.

“I’ve never seen a problem,” Walker said. “Once a year the traffic gets heavy but I don’t see many bird watchers. I don’t think we need a new road at the taxpayers’ expense.”

Part of Walker’s objection related to the design of the new road which she said is straight and then makes a sharp turn near her home.

Commissioner Rod Bernal said the new proposed road would have had two curves.

“I don’t want that,” Bernal said.

The court also approved a request from Ida Ramirez, county clerk, for a new records system.

“We’re running out of room,” Ramirez said. “It’s my intent to go paperless.”

Under the new system, people will be able to access land records from the website and purchase copies as needed. The system will cost $400 less than the current one with more records.

The court also agreed to a rent hike for the former AEP building which now houses the extension office. The monthly rent including utilities will be $767.80 compared to the previous rent of $750.

“I drove around and looked at options,” Commissioner Stanley Tuttle said. “The rent is more expensive plus utilities.”

The court also approved a request from Boardwalk Field Services to bore a pipeline under West Ranch Road and Kelley Road.
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