2013-11-29 / Front Page

Speed limit adopted on County Road 2227

By DAVID LOWE
Staff Writer

The Lampasas County Commissioners Court on Monday voted to set a 30-mph speed limit on County Road 2227.

The Lampasas County Sheriff’s Office recommended the speed limit after Precinct 4 Commissioner Jack B. Cox requested a study of the road.

CR 2227, located west of U.S. Highway 281 a few miles north of Lampasas, is paved but has several cattle guards across the road, Cox said. The road also dips in several spots, the commissioner said, and has several low-water crossings made of concrete.

Cox said he intends to have a speed limit sign placed at each end of the road, which is about a mile and a half long.

Precinct 3 Commissioner Lowell Ivey said a county resident called him Sunday night to voice concerns about vehicles turning off U.S. 281 and going at high speeds on CR 2227 and CR 2207. The county may need a sheriff’s study to obtain a speed limit recommendation for CR 2207, Ivey said.

CR 2207 extends northward from the railroad tracks by Lampasas Municipal Airport to the intersection of CR 2268 at School Creek, about halfway between Lampasas and Adamsville.

In another matter, Lampasas Joint Airport Zoning Board member Dick Williams gave Commissioners Court members copies of recently adopted airport hazard area zoning regulations and an airport hazard zoning map.

The zoning regulations, Williams said, establish height and use restrictions that are intended to guard against aviation hazards like tall buildings or electromagnetic interference.

A possible airport runway extension -- from the current 4,200 feet to 5,000 feet -- would double the aircraft approach path’s length from 5,000 feet to 10,000 feet, Williams said.

A board of adjustments has been established to hear requests people may submit for variances from the zoning regulations, Williams said.

The Commissioners Court and the Lampasas City Council each appointed two members to the joint airport zoning board. The board’s authority is outlined by the Airport Zoning Act of 1987 and the Texas Local Government Code.

In other business, the Commissioners Court approved a resolution to continue worker’s compensation insurance coverage for elected officials, volunteer firefighters and reserve sheriff’s deputies.

Also Monday, the court heard presentations from Terry Harris of Austin Turf & Tractor about the possible purchase of a new tractor for cutting brush, and from Human Resources Director Dorothy Person about a possible employee recognition program.

Ms. Person said officials surveyed county workers and have discussed a few options, including written thank-you notes, $20 gasoline or store gift cards, or a general recognition for all county employees.

Ivey said he thinks an employee recognition program would be a good idea.

The court took no action on the item Monday. Cox suggested seeking comments from department heads and other elected officials besides commissioners.

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