Thanks to the weekend rains the county burn ban has been postponed. That was the word Monday morning at Commissioners' Court.

Chris Gable, fire coordinator for Erath County Volunteer Fire Rescue, said due to two and a half inches of rain over the weekend he believes the ban can be stalled until the area dries up.

Eastland, Palo Pinto and Comanche Counties already have a burn ban in effect, Gable said. Hood and Hamilton Counties have a ban in progress. We'll keep an eye on things because of the amount of vegetation that's there and ready to burn.

Gable said the Texas Forestry Service is predicting a dry and warm winter making conditions favorable for fires.

Also, during the meeting, Joe Cooper of the Middle Trinity Groundwater Conservation District addressed the court regarding county owned land adjoining the Dublin Annex building. Cooper said the conservation district is experiencing growing pains and current offices are cramped.

Cooper said he would like to explore the possibility of using the land as a building site for an office in Dublin.

Dublin is centrally located and it would be financially prudent for taxpayers, Cooper said. We wanted to see if that would be an option.

Cooper said he thought the building needed would be about 3,000 square feet and handed out a speculative floor plan for review.

Erath County Judge Tab Thompson said details would need to be reviewed to see what the county could do as far as selling or leasing the space in question.

I think it would be a good thing if we can get it worked out, Commissioner Lynn Tidwell said.

Two tractor bids were opened during court. Bramlett Implement submitted a bid for $22,500 and Travis Griffin, a county employee, submitted a bid for $12,500. Commissioners decided to postpone a decision until a mechanic could check out both pieces of equipment.

No bids on bridges were received so the county will again seek bids on that matter.

In other business commissioners:

Approved budget amendments for the sheriff's department to replace a wrecked vehicle

Approved pipeline crossing County Road 156

Approved agreement with Huckabay Volunteer Fire Department to receive used pagers from Erath County

Approved contract for cleaning services

Approved payment to Wanda Lord for Precinct 4 lease without contract

Granted permission for EMS director to trade in an ambulance against the purchase of a new ambulance

Granted permission for the technology department to go out for bids for point-to-point gigabit wireless link.

ANGELIA JOINER is a staff writer for the Empire-Tribune. She can be reached at angelia.joiner@empiretribune.com or 254-965-3124, ext. 238.