Waller Co. commissioners approve $4.87 million for construction, delay burn ban

By Joselyn Hofer | Times Editorial Intern
Posted 7/28/20

After discussing the issue for some time, the Waller County Commissioners Court approved the issuance of $4.87 million Waller County tax notes to go to the construction and furnishing of new …

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Waller Co. commissioners approve $4.87 million for construction, delay burn ban

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After discussing the issue for some time, the Waller County Commissioners Court approved the issuance of $4.87 million Waller County tax notes to go to the construction and furnishing of new buildings under construction and scheduled for completion at the end of August during its July 22 meeting. The justice center, new jail, sheriff’s office, new courthouse and purchase of new equipment for roads and bridges were included in the expenditures.

Bids from various banks and other financial institutions were also received and discussed in association with the issuance.

The county approved the payment of $134,298.46 dollars to Primary Care Store for the use of construction.

County Judge Trey Duhon awarded a Distinguished Service Award to the Waller County Historical Commission which broke down a plan for the commission’s newest plans.

A variety of variances were discussed in regards to the Thoroughfare Plan and many families were issued exemptions based on existing guidelines.

The Waller County Fire Marshal also opened a discussion in regard to a burn ban. The Fire Marshal brought attention to the fact that the Keetch-Byram Drought Index – referred to as the KBDI – was at 551 out of 800 and that in the past two weeks three brush fires had occurred. Ultimately, the court arrived at an agreement with the fire marshal and delayed the burn ban a week due to predicted rainfall. The ban may be instated the week of July 27 if necessary rainfall does not occur.

“I would definitely want to convey to folks that if we don’t get the rain we’re anticipating and conditions don’t change, there will be a burn ban in place by the end of next week,” Duhon said.

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