County-wide burn ban lifted, effective Wednesday morning

Because of recent rains and cooler weather, Tom Green County Commissioners have decided to lift the county-wide burn ban, effective 7 a.m. Wednesday Feb. 24.

Commissioners will watch weather conditions closely. Because it is expected to dry out again soon commissioners recommend citizens who have items to burn do so while there is still humidity and moisture in the air.

Line item transfers and budget amendments for fiscal year 2016 were also discussed and approved at Tuesday’s meeting. County Judge Steve Floyd said recent problems in the oil business are reflecting in the County’s sales tax and commissioners need to be careful with re-occurring expenditures in the operations budget the next two years.

Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone board restructuring was also discussed; City of San Angelo Planning and Development Services Director, Jon James, asked the court to consider reducing the number of board members from 15 to nine. The proposed change would include seven City Council appointees and two county commissioner appointees. He also asked the court to consider that members of the board not be required to own property any longer. Commissioners approved his request.

Jon James

Another item discussed at the meeting was authorizing the Stephens Central Library to apply for a $75,000 Texas State Library and Archives Commission Special Projects Grant. The grant would be used towards a workshop in the library’s basement, where children and adults can learn by working with textiles and robotics. The request was tabled and will be presented again at a later time.

Jill Donegan

Additional items such as ongoing grants and ongoing construction and remodeling projects were discussed, but no action was needed.