The court also activated a 90-day burn ban effective immediately and unanimously approved the restriction of certain fireworks in unincorporated areas of the county.
Goliad County Judge David Bowman said the drought index Monday was 595 and the projected index for the next 14 days was 634 with nor rain in the immediate forecast.
The threshold for a burn ban is 600. The burn ban passed by a 4-1 vote with Precinct 4 Commissioner Ted Long being the only dissenter.
DCP Midstream received a tax abatement for the 381.21 acres the company purchased for the future site of a gas processing facility. In August, county commissioners voted first 3-2 to redesignate the area a reinvestment zone and then voted 3-2 to allow their attorney to enter into negotiations with DCP on the terms of the agreement.
The property was not previously designated a reinvestment zone, which is what an area must be designated before it can be considered for a tax abatement.
Long moved to table the discussion of approving the abatement. Long’s motion was second by Precinct 3 Commissioner James Kreneck.
Long’s motion was defeated 3-2 and immediately followed by a motion from Precinct 1 Commissioner Julian Flores to approve the abatement. Precinct 2 Commissioner Alonzo Morales seconded Flores’ motion and Bowman cast the deciding vote to approve the abatement.
In other action:
• the court approved 4-0 with Morales abstaining to extend the use of accrued vacation until Feb. 28 for EMS and Sheriff’s Office employees;
• the court unanimously approved the bond for Paul San Miguel to serve as Reserve Deputy Constable for Precinct 1.
• the court unanimously approved an amendment to the contract between Goliad County Rural Transit and the Golden Crescent Regional Planning Commission increasing the purchase of service funds under Project ED-123 by $20,000;
• the court unanimously approved the Goliad County Library’s acceptance of a donation from Patsy and Scotty Light for the cost of preserving the wall advertising on the north wall of the library building.