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June 23rd, 2008
Hays County Channel: Commissioners to pray for rain!

STAFF REPORT

One doesn’t come to expect comic relief on the Hays County Commissioners Court agenda, so the court surprised us with the final item on this week’s action items.

The item, placed by County Judge Liz Sumter and county parks director Jerry Pinnix calls for “Discussion and possible action for Rain over central Texas for several days.”

Good luck with that. The commissioners can pull a lot of levers, but rain is way outside the scope of their powers.

Can’t blame them for trying, though. The county already has declared a burn ban, and that was before the area endured two straight weeks of 100-degree temperatures. Several jurisdictions have declared upgraded water restrictions and it is expected that the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District will formally declare a drought at its Thursday meeting.

If the commissioners can call for rain and make it happen, then they ought to be capable of a united front on the roads issue. At the very least, they could campaign on bringing rain to their constituents when they needed it most.

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