By Heather WagnerLlano County was out technically not under a burn ban for about 10 hours this week, when the former burn ban expired at midnight on April 13. Commissioners, still expressing concern over dire conditions and no rain, reinstated the ban at the Monday, April 14 regular meeting.

Commissioners opted to remove the agenda item for reconsidering prior denials to pay an invoice submitted by Cher-Tex Communications in 2011. The invoice did not have a PO, and the Court has voted to deny the request on two previous occasions. Citing a statement made by Cher-Tex regarding a potential lawsuit, the Court decided to hold off discussing the matter until they can meet in executive session with their lawyer. County Judge Wayne Brascom will call for the executive session for April 21 at 9am.

A TxDOT project to replace the Board Ranch Bridge will begin in August of this year, and Commissioners approved several items in conjunction with that project. The Court approved a lease between itself and landowner Lyndon Johanson to construct a detour onto his property that would allow vehicles to avoid having to go out of the way 13 miles to reach some parts of CR 216. In addition, Johanson and Mr. Beesley each donated portions of land to be used for easements