Athens Review, Athens, Texas

August 20, 2013

Burn ban still on

County votes for two more weeks

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — The Henderson County Commissioners Court voted on Tuesday to implement a two-week burn ban replacing the one enacted on Aug. 6. The ban will  be in effect until Sept. 3.

County Fire Marshal Shane Renberg said conditions have worsened since the last burn ban vote. The Keetch Byrum Drought Index issued on Tuesday placed Henderson County at 646, well above the 575 reading on the 800-point scale that measures moisture in the county.

The west part of the county is now in the driest category on the scale at 703. The Texas Forest Service projects the county’s average will be 699 when the newly-enacted ban runs its course.

Renberg said the ban seems to be doing its job.

“We’ve had some grass fires, but not as many as before the burn ban,” Renberg said.

Commissioners also voted to:

• adopt a $10 fee for Records Management and Archive, set by Texas House Bill 1513 in the 83rd Legislative Session;

•  adopt the $20 fee for E-filing, set by House Bill 2302 in the 83rd Legislative Session;

•  allow Seaway Crude Pipeline Company, LLC to install a 30-inch pipeline across Henderson County Roads 2146, 2142, 2141, located in Precinct 1,

•  set the jury compensation rate at $10 for the first day and $40 for each additional day;

•  accept the Henderson County Fund Balance Policy;

• accept the Community Supervision and Corrections Department 2014-2015 budget for filing purposes only;

• approve a contract between the county and the Brownsboro Volunteer Fire Department;

• accept bids for lots 109, 110  and 111 Oak Acres Addition, located in Precinct 1; and

• close a portion of County Road 3718, located in Precinct 3 where trash and dead animals are being illegally dumped.