Palo Pinto County commissioners took no action to lift the current burn ban at a special meeting Tuesday.
That ban remains in effect due to water shortages across the county.
In another matter, commissioners approved payment of a $2,280 fine to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
David McDonald, county public works director, said the fine was for failure to submit a permit renewal on time.
“They never gave us a chance (to fix the error),” he said. “You can’t please those people down there.”
In another matter, commissioners approved free blood pressure checks at the courthouse. The days for the once-a-month free service by IntegraCare will be set later.
The court also approved the purchase of property just east of the courthouse for $69,500. Once a filing station, the county will give a down payment of $13,900.
No action was taken on hiring a county fire marshal, although County Judge David Nicklas said two candidates would be interviewed by himself, Precinct 3 Commissioner Mike Pierce and interim county fire marshal Larry O’Neil.

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