2010-11-11 / Front Page

Court Requests Extreme Caution When Burning

At last Monday’s regular meeting of the Lee County Commissioners’ Court, the effects of the current dry spell in Lee County was taken up. After considerable discussion, the Court decided to hold off on implementing a county-wide Burn Ban, at least for the time being. Despite the continued winds from both the north and the south, the area grasses are not considered to be at the critical burn index level yet. However, the Court is requesting that all area residents use extreme caution with any outside fires or burns. The court is also expecting to reconsider imposing a Burn Ban at their next meeting.

In other action, the Court agreed to go out for bids again on the structural repair project for the County Courthouse. According to state law, contracts of this nature are required to have a least two bids. Unfortunately, Lee County received only one bid, so starting on the repair project must be delayed, most likely until February of next year.

After hearing a presentation from Chuck LaRosche with WJE, the County’s engineering firm, the Court decided to again solicit for competitive sealed bids for the foundation work on the Courthouse to be done. The vote was 4-1 with Judge Paul Fischer preferring the alternative contract method of using a Contract Manager at Risk for the project. After discussions with the Texas Historical Commission, the Court will reconsider the timing of the work to be done and review some changes to the documentation describing the work. This review is expected to be acted on at the next meeting of the Court.

The Court received several bids for both gravel and paving topping rock from bidders. The selection and awarding of contracts on those items will be taken up in their next meeting.

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