County dismisses burn ban, talks predators

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The Pecos County Commissioners Court met in regular session on June 26, 2017 where they tabled the Burn Ban, and discussed the Predator Control Report.

The Order Prohibiting Outdoor Burning Ban was once again brought to the Commissioners Court for action. According to Sherriff Deputy Jesse Dominguez presented the agenda item, stating that most everyone in the county has been responsible with their outdoor burning. The Court unanimously agreed to let the item go with no action, and leave the county without the Burn Ban.

One of the final agenda items was that of the Predator Control Report from USDA-APHIS Wildlife Services. The Aerial Hunting Records report reflected that six ranches in Pecos County were recorded for the month of May, and that two coyotes and one feral hog were the only species reported. The Court discussed the low numbers in relation to the high cost of flights. Judge Joe Shuster stated that the flights could cost approximately $1,500 each, and that for the three animals reported, the cost could very well have been $8,000. The Court agreed that a large portion of animals would be holed up to escape the heat, invisible to any aerial hunters. Ultimately, the Court decided that they would reach out to the correct officials in order to discuss a slow-down of the flights in order to save them some unneeded spending. The Court unanimously approved the report after the discussion.

In other business, the Commissioners:

-Approved all meeting minutes

-Approved the authorization of Pecos County to proceed with procurement for proposal services for Colonia Construction applications

-Approved the ratification of Interlocal Trash Agreement with the City of Fort Stockton

-Accepted the donation of furniture from Permian Basin Workforce to the Fort Stockton Public Library

-Approved the request from CGG Land, Inc. to conduct a 3D seismic survey in Precinct 1 at $20 per acre for a total of $6,237

-Approved the request from CGG Land, Inc. to conduct a 3D seismic survey in Precinct 4 at $20 per acre for a total of $463.34

-Tabled the decision to repair the Precinct 1 main shop roof, pending an estimated cost analysis

-Approved the request from Precinct 1 to purchase bush hog tri-deck finishing mower for golf course

-Approved the request from Precinct 2 to purchase mower for baseball fields

-Approved the purchase of a Xerox copier for Precinct 3 office

-Approved the renewal of Interlocal Cooperation Contract between Pecos County and Texas A&M Forest Service for a 60 month term, from Aug. 1, 2017 to July 31, 2022

-Approved the request from Pecos County Water Control and Improvement District 1 to cut road in Precinct 4 for water tap

-Approved the request from Oryx Southern Delaware Oil Gathering and Transport, LLC to bore beneath Tipton Road with an oil pipeline

-Approved the request from Oryx Southern Delaware Oil Gathering and Transport, LLC to bore beneath Pecos Farm Road in Precinct 4 with an oil pipeline

-Approved all reports as presented by Pecos County Memorial Hospital

-Approved all reports as presented by the County Treasurer

-Approved all reports as presented by the County Auditor

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