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Commissioners implement burn ban
by Tim Delaney
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A seagull flies by the boat launch and dock at the Mission River access to the public. The dock is at the end of Mission River Road off Farm-to-Market Road 136. A CIAP grant through the U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service will be used to improve the dock and county commissioners have agreed to fix the parking lot.
Tim Delaney photo A seagull flies by the boat launch and dock at the Mission River access to the public. The dock is at the end of Mission River Road off Farm-to-Market Road 136. A CIAP grant through the U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service will be used to improve the dock and county commissioners have agreed to fix the parking lot.
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REFUGIO – Refugio County commissioners approved a burn ban for the next 60 days because of the potential for fire. The measure was approved Tuesday morning, June 25.

Refugio County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Sheldon Wiginton said the on-and-off again rain has brought the county out of and back into the Keetch-Byram Drought Index acceptance for moisture.

“The rains have done little,” Wiginton said.

He said the dryness and moisture have been “yo-yoing.”

He added that after it rains, the moisture immediately evaporates with heat and dry conditions.

“If we get a fire out there, it’s going to be a nightmare,” he said.

Commissioners also approved a website training class for the county’s various offices at the suggestion of Commissioner Ann Lopez.

“This would be a benefit for all of our offices,” Lopez said.

The training is offered by the County Information Resources Agency of the Texas Association of Counties.

The fee for the training was $527.54. And the training session will be done in the commissioners courtroom on Aug. 8.

Justice of the Peace Emi Riemenschneider suggested the funds to pay for the training could be taken from the technology fund.

Currently, Brittany Lane posts items on the county’s website once a week for a $500 a year fee. Lane is with the Texas Association of Counties.

Lopez said developing the website so it has more information is a way to offer more transparency. The measure passed unanimously.

Commissioners also approved an interlocal agreement between the county and the Refugio County Water Control and Improvement District No. 2.

The agreement for Coastal Impact Assistance Program grant funds will help pay for improvements to the Mission River access docks off Farm-to-Market Road 136.

The project’s grant amount was $130,000 through the Fish and Wildlife Service’s CIAP grants.

Betty Collier with Grantworks said the interlocal agreement ensures that the water control district follows the same rules as the county for the grant.

Commissioner Stanley Tuttle said the project involves removing all of the concrete around the bulkhead and redoing the bulkhead.

In a related agenda item, commissioners approved an interlocal agreement with the town of Bayside to filter CIAP funds to improve the city’s culvert system under First Street.

The amount of the funds totaled $80,000.

In turn, the town of Bayside will assume continued maintenance and operation costs of the culverts.

Commissioners also approved a lease at the Refugio County Airport for hangar space for Cynthia Vanvliet.

Commissioners also appointed Elderly Services Director Kenda Nelson to the Bee Community Action Agency’s Rural Transit District Governing Board of Directors.

Commissioners also approved a pipeline road crossing permit for Southcross CCNG Gathering under Steindorf Road.

Commissioners also approved monthly fee reports amounting to about $78,000 from the county clerk, district clerk, justices of the peace No. 1 and No. 2, sheriff’s office and the tax assessor-collector’s office.

In addition, the sheriff’s office reported a total of $44,315 collected in traffic fines for the month of May.
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