Local recycling area closing
Burn ban also in effect

by Daniel J. Calderón

In last week’s Commissioners Court meeting, County Commissioners recognized and took steps they feel will help safeguard and improve the lives of local residents.

In one action, the court voted to close the rural recycling collection location at the intersection of Purgatory Rd. and FM 306. The closure takes effect August 1.

Once the recycling site has been closed, the county will post “No Dumping” signs and issue citations to violators.

The move comes in the wake of complaints by local residents regarding individuals who have been regularly using the recycling area for their own private dumpsite and expecting the county to pick up the trash.

“That’s just atrocious for the people who live out there,” said Scheel. “It’s a shame that a few people ruin it for everyone.”

With the closure of the Purgatory Rd. location, residents will still have seven locations at which they can drop their recyclables.

The operating times for the locations can be found at www.co.comal.tx.us/REC.htm.

Thomas H. Hornseth, P.E., Comal County Engineer is looking in to alternatives for residents. Several ideas are on the table and information will be available in the near future.

In another move, commissioners voted unanimously to impose a burn ban for Comal County.

According to the restriction, a person violates the order if he or she “burns or orders such burning by others of any combustible material outside of an enclosure which serves to contain all flames and/or sparks; or a persons creates or orders the creating of a campfire larger than three (3) feet in diameter.”

The ban was passed in response to dry conditions across Comal County and other local areas.

“ ‘circumstances present in all or part of the unincorporated area create a public safety hazard that would be exacerbated by public burning,” read another portion of the restriction order.

The ban took effect July 21 at 6 a.m. and is scheduled to expire 90 days after the ban began. However, County Judge Danny Scheel is authorized to lift the ban sooner if conditions warrant it.

“It can be lifted with the recommendation of the Fire Marshall and the forest service,” Scheel said.

Commissioners also took time to recognize Twyla Schroeder as she celebrates 30 years of service at the County Jail. Other employees were recognized for their service. The time ranged from three to 20 years of time working for the county.

In addition, the Commissioners Court issued a proclamation recognizing the New Braunfels High School class of 1956 for their 50th class reunion. Sixty members of the class attended the reunion last weekend.

There will be a special Commissioners’ Court meeting today at 9 a.m. to discuss the Werling Associates, Inc.’s salary study recommendations. The next regular meeting for the court will be tomorrow at 8 a.m.


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