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County issues burn ban

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By Devin Corbitt, The Belton Journal

The Bell County Commissioners voted unanimously on Monday to issue a burn ban that began Tuesday morning. According to Bell County Fire Marshall Steven Casey, conditions in many parts of the county are dry enough to warrant a burn ban. The commissioners will reconsider the ban on Aug. 31 at 9 a.m.

During the meeting, the commissioners also approved the final plat for the Stony Point Subdivision, located south of Morgan’s Point Resort in Precinct 1. The subdivision will replat the existing Cameron Woods Tract, which consists of four lots, and incorporate four additional tracts.

The commissioners unanimously approved an interlocal agreement with Central Texas College (CTC) to share fiber infrastructure on the CTC campus, benefitting both entities by lowering costs.

The Bell County Central Jail will see an increase of nursing staff thanks to a unanimous approval. This will support 24/7 staffing at the jail and allow for greater flexibility in the placement of inmates, adding $153,780 to the annual contract with Correctional Healthcare Companies, Inc.

The commissioners also authorized a six month renewal of several contracts, the first with Crafco Texas, Inc. for the use of Hot Applied Crack Seal; the second with Cleveland Asphalt Products, Inc. for cold plant recycling of asphalt milling; and the third with Ceres Environmental for disaster and/or storm recovery services.

After a unanimous vote, the county auditor will begin accepting bids for quicklime providers. Quicklime is a component of concrete made from calcium oxide.

In the final agenda item, the commissioners agreed to enter into an agreement with 1Government Procurement Alliance (1GPA), which will allow the county to purchase commodities and/or services under the same terms, conditions and prices as all other 1GPA members.

The Commissioners Court will reconvene Aug. 10 at 9 a.m. in the Bell County Courthouse.