LAMPASAS — County commissioners imposed the first speed limit on County Road 2227 on Monday. Precinct 4 Commissioner Jack Cox presented the idea to county officials after asking Sheriff David Whitis to conduct a study to improve conditions along the 1½-mile roadway.
“This is where U.S. 281 turns back to the west, and I asked the sheriff to assist us in what he recommends as a speed limit,” Cox said. “It’s a paved road with several dips and crossings, and it had never had a speed limit on it. The recommendation I received was 30 mph, and I recommend we approve that.”
The commissioners approved the motion presented by Cox and commended county work crews for previously installing cautionary signs to slow moving traffic.
In other business, commissioners approved a resolution allowing for the continuation of worker’s compensation coverage of county elected officials, volunteers and volunteer first responders under the county’s current umbrella of coverage. “We have the option of adding elected officials, volunteers, volunteer first responders (volunteer firemen) to our coverage to be included for worker’s compensation,” County Auditor Chris Munn said. Cox and Precinct 3 Commissioner Lowell Ivey questioned the action thinking it would become an additional expense in the county’s budget; however, Munn explained the move would not increase the amount currently budgeted for worker’s compensation coverage.
“This is really just to continue the coverage of these groups, not necessarily to add to the plan,” Munn said. “We just need a resolution to continue paying the premiums for this group by January.” County officials heard a presentation by Terry Harris of Austin Turf & Tractor in Marble Falls to consider replacing and upgrading equipment for the road and bridge department’s work crews.
Harris outlined his recommendations and addressed Ivey’s concerns about the stability and durability of agriculture versus industrial tractors and their ability to withstand the county’s workload.
“The mowers you currently have I would not recommend,” Harris said. “I would recommend an Alamo mower that is more durable with less moving parts, but I would also recommend John Deere tractors.”
He explained all John Deere equipment models are changing, which affects pricing, but the county’s contract should enable the group to obtain new equipment at a reasonable cost.