Johnson County Commissioners Court members called a meeting at 1 p.m. Friday to shorten the agenda for Monday’s regular meeting scheduled for 9 a.m.

Commissioners will travel to Austin Monday for the 51st Annual County Judges and Commissioners Continuing Education Conference, which continues through Wednesday.

The commissioners chose to split the meeting, said Commissioner Don Beeson, to ensure they could arrive in Austin on time for the conference.

Commissioners will review the outdoor burn ban in effect on Friday. The ban prohibits most outdoor burning. Commissioners are almost certain to keep the ban in place given recent dry conditions, Beeson said.

Johnson County Sheriff Bob Alford and Precinct 4 Constable Gary Braly will update commissioners on the county’s annual racial profiling report.

State law requires law-enforcement agencies to compile, maintain and report such data as it relates to officer-initiated stops.

The report includes a breakdown by ethnicity of recorded stops, searches conducted, arrests that resulted from stops and types of contraband located as a result of the searches.

Commissioners also plan to consider applying for surplus military equipment under the Texas 1033 program.

With the war and troop numbers in Iraq possibly scaling back, surplus military equipment, mainly firearms, may soon become available, Beeson said.

Commissioners want to begin the process of applying and filling out paperwork for any equipment the county may be able to obtain for the sheriff’s department, he said.

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