The Calhoun County Commissioners’ Court approved a burn ban, Wednesday, Aug. 21, as the drought numbers continued to climb.

“The charts are up high all over the county, and I recommend that we adopt this prohibition to burn,” said County Judge Richard Meyer.

The order prohibits outdoor burning in unincorporated areas of the county for 90 days from the date of adoption. The only exception is for household trash that may be burned in a closed or screened container.

Even a small bit of rain is not enough to change things at this point, said Meyer on Friday, Aug. 23.

In other business, the commissioners agreed to raise the rental rates for the Port O’Connor Community Center.

Reese said based on bills paid and revenue received in 2018 there was a deficit of more than $7,000 at the end of the year. So far, in 2019, the deficit is more than $4,800, and “if it continues to go this way, it could be an $8,000 deficit by the end of the year.”

Community Center board member Jim Cooley agreed with Reese’s $200 across the board increase except for the youth room, which would stay at $25.

“Provisions are that any children’s group, those are not charged. It’s always been that way,” said Reese.

Rates will now be $400 a day for the main hall, $300 for the pavilion and $25 for the youth room.

In other business, the court:

Approved the Rules of Procedure, Conduct, and Decorum at Meetings of the Calhoun County Commissioners’ Court

Accepted an audit from Armstrong, Vaughan, and Associates with an unmodified opinion

Re-appointed Annette Pfeil for a two-year term to the Gulf Bend Center Board of Trustees

Adopted an interlocal agreement between the county and the Department of Information Resources

Held a public hearing on amendments to the county budget for the 2019 calendar year and approved the changes after the hearing was closed

Vacated Outblock 12, Outblock 18, Port O’Connor following a public hearing on the matter

Vacated Lots 45 and 46 for the Caracol Subdivision in Port O’Connor following a public hearing and approved a re-plat of the two lots into one lot

Approved First Responders Affiliation Agreements between Calhoun County Emergency Medical Services and Point Comfort as well as the Six-Mile volunteer fire department

Approved a Tocker Grant application for the digitization of the Port Lavaca newspapers in the amount of $25,900

Approved listing six fire trucks – one from each volunteer fire department – as surplus/salvage for trade-in on six new trucks approved by the court in February

Accepted insurance proceeds from TAC relating to an accident in May

Accepted reports from the County Treasurer’s Office, Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1, and Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3

Approved County bills and payroll as well as bills for Memorial Medical Center