Commissioners recognize CHS senior Reagan Ellison

Johnson County commissioners expressed concern Monday about the lack of precipitation in the area while raining down praises on a Burleson teenager.

“The county is very dry and I want to send a message to our residents to be very cautious when burning,” County Judge Roger Harmon said. “When you walk in your yard, your shoes get very dusty. It’s dry all over.”

Consideration of a burn ban will be placed on the agenda of the Dec. 26 meeting of Commissioners Court, Harmon said.

“I could call for an emergency ban, but I don’t think we’re there yet,” he said.

In the announcements and presentations portion of the agenda, commissioners honored Centennial High School senior Reagan Ellison for winning the state 4-H competition in Recordbook. The title earned her a trip to Washington, D.C., where she was selected to place a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

Ellison was presented a travel bag and plaque by Kristen Clark, 4-H youth development county extension agent.

Precinct 4 Commissioner Larry Woolley reminded the audience that Recordbook is a difficult challenge and that he is a former state titleist in that category.

“It was very difficult when you had to use a manual typewriter,” Woolley said.

Precinct 2 Commissioner Kenny Howell elicited laughter from his court colleagues and the audience when he said Woolley probably had to keep records on a stone tablet.

Ellison has been accepted to Texas A&M where she plans to earn a degree in agricultural economics. She then plans to attend the Bush School of Government and earn a master’s degree in public affairs before attending law school.

In the preceding business portion of the agenda, commissioners granted a variance for two commercial building on one septic system on two properties at 8330 U.S. Hwy. 67 in Alvarado, and for two structures (house and shop with restroom) for all of Grandview Acres subdivision that includes up to 40 lots.

Granting all variances at once for the Grandview project makes good sense, Woolley said. The homes are a minimum 1,800 square feet and all shops are enclosed, he said.

“This is a common thing, like Joshua Meadows, where all homes have shop buildings,” Howell said. “I think a blanket policy is a good idea.”

Harmon and Precinct 1 Commissioner Rick Bailey expressed concern about monitoring the situation to prevent homeowners from tuning the shop into a second residence, which would be a violation of the variance.

The situation will have to be monitored and revisited by Grandview authorities, since the project will eventually be annexed into Grandview.

In the unfinished business portion of the agenda, Harmon expressed concern that the court has not received a recent report from SEDALCO Construction Services of Fort Worth on progress of remodeling the old jail.

The court decided to spend $6.9 million for remodeling and renovation, but the cost is now $7.8 million. The work was to be completed at the first of the new year, Harmon said.

Sheriff Adam King responded that he is having difficulty with the State Commission on Jail Standards scheduling an inspection, but expects the work and inspection to be completed, “by Christmas or thereabouts,” he said.

Readers can watch the proceeding online at, find Commissioner Court on the tool bar and click on “Meeting Video.”

The next regular scheduled meeting of the Johnson County Commissioners Court will be 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 26 in Room 201 of the Johnson County Courthouse in Cleburne.

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