• July 23, 2014

Lampasas commissioners warn about road conditions

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Posted: Thursday, May 29, 2014 4:30 am

LAMPASAS — County commissioners gave a stern warning Tuesday to all drivers out and about in the recent rainstorms.

With several hundred miles of county roads affected by downpours that are expected to continue today, commissioners said they simply could not respond to all resident requests and needed people to heed signage warnings about low-water crossings.

“Commissioner Ivey called me and said they were out all day Monday, on a holiday, cleaning debris off the roads,” said County Judge Wayne Boultinghouse, referring to Lowell Ivey, commissioner for Precinct 3.

While no stalled vehicles were reported as of Monday morning, 160 miles of dirt roads were washed out in Precinct 3, presenting driving hazards, Ivey said.

County Road 2207, or School Creek Road, was shut down as a result of flooding, as well.

“I just ask everyone to use their common sense because we can’t get around immediately to block (roads) off,” said Precinct 2 Commissioner Alex Wittenburg, explaining that all hazardous low-water crossings might not be marked.

Jack Cox, Precinct 4 commissioner, said drivers also should look out for fallen trees along roads, especially at night. Ivey said as soon as the rains cease, commissioners will be out repairing damaged roads.

At Tuesday’s regular meeting, which was postponed from Monday because of Memorial Day, Boultinghouse also lifted the burn ban for another two weeks. It now will go back into effect June 9, unless the county receives more rain, he said.

Commissioners also discussed joining BuyBoard, a statewide government cooperative that would allow them to bypass the bidding process when looking for contractors, equipment or supplies.

The county has done business with BuyBoard since 2007, although it has not joined the cooperative.

According to BuyBoard’s website, membership for government entities is free and the company’s revenue comes primarily through participating vendor service fees.

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