By Holly Wise
and Lauren Cabral
The Cove Herald
Coryell and Lampasas County commissioners unanimously voted to issue a 90-day burn ban for their respective counties last week.
The counties had been under an emergency ban since Nov. 29, but the order was made official Monday.
The commissioners also approved a regulation banning the use of restricted fireworks in uncultivated areas. Restricted fireworks are defined as "skyrockets with sticks" and "missiles with fins," according to the order issued by the county governments.
Coryell County commissioners praised the action of the Copperas Cove City Council for moving the Southeast Bypass Project along. Firth said this will be the first route that allows residents to evade the railroad tracks that run through the city, meaning shorter response times for emergency vehicles and shorter commutes for everyone else.
"It is ultimately a great benefit to the city of Copperas Cove and the county," Firth said.
In other business, Coryell County commissioners:
Approved an inter-local agreement with Bell County stating it will maintain Sikes Road in Coryell County, while Coryell County will maintain Dogwood and Cypress roads in Bell County.
Approved a work order to replace all energy system valves in the Coryell County Courthouse.
Approved an inter-local agreement with the Texas Department of Health Services that states the county will provide a workspace for its services at the county annex in Copperas Cove at 102 W. Avenue F for one year.
Approved a firefighting agreement between Coryell County and the Grove Volunteer Fire Department.
Lampasas County commissioners approved an $8,400 expense to remove asbestos that was recently discovered in the county annex on Live Oak Street.
The fibrous sillicate minerals were found when an inspection was conducted prior to the sale of the building, County Judge Wayne Boultinghouse said. The building is empty after all the employees were moved to the new annex building on Pecan Street.
"That will be remedied this week or next," Boultinghouse said.