Burnet County burn ban back
July 09, 2013, 6:30 pm by James Walker
The Burnet County Commissioners reinstituted the burn ban and expressed doubts about a request by District Judge Dan Mills for a sizable pay increase for his court coordinator at their meeting Tuesday.
The commissioners voted to put the burn ban on for unincorporated areas of the county with little discussion after Environmental Services Director Herb Darling recommended it.
"(Conditions) have inched up to the point I believe we need to err on the side of caution and my recommendation is that you institute the burn ban effective immediately,” Darling said.
Mills has lobbied Burnet County Judge Donna Klaeger and the commissioners to increase court coordinator Cindy Keele’s salary by 20 percent, Klaeger said in an email to attorney Jim Allison who represents the state’s county judges.
The commissioners court is in the process of moving all county employees to market rates and all other employees are eligible for up to seven percent raises, Klaeger told Allison.
Allison confirmed in a return email that the commissioners have the right and the responsibility to set compensation for court coordinators/administrators.
For the full story, see Wednesday's Burnet Bulletin
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