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April 28, 2014

Burn ban back on

Lack of rainfall, low water supplies trigger reinstatement of restrictions on burning outdoors

By TODD GLASSCOCK

PALO PINTO – Continued concerns about low water levels, high winds and no rain over the weekend prompted Palo Pinto County Commissioners to reinstate the county’s burn ban.

County Fire Marshal Buddy Harwell recommended the ban’s reinstatement, although no major problems with fires had been reported in the county. Harwell’s primary concern was water levels in area lakes that supply water for county fire departments.

“We still don’t have much water,” he said.

Palo Pinto County map book

The commissioners also approved distribution options for a new Palo Pinto County map book soon to be released online at the county’s website, as well as in hardcopy.

The interactive map will be free to use online and the commissioners decided a hardcopy version of the book would be made available for $50. Once the book is complete, anyone will be able to order it online from the county.

The map should be available online for the public in about two weeks, said Teresa Gilbreath, the county’s addressing coordinator. The map book will detail block ranges for state roads, farm-to-market roads and interstates and inputting street names will allow users to find the block.

“It won’t get you the street number, but it will get you to the block,” she said.

In other business, commissioners:

• Approved the auditor’s monthly report.

• Approved the treasurer’s monthly report.

• Approved the sheriff’s monthly report that included civil papers received, tickets issued, warnings, calls for service, arrests, mileage, inmates booked and current inmate population.

• Approved emergency management’s monthly report that included fires investigated, training, meetings and classes attended and inspections.

• Approved public work’s monthly report that included permits, complaints and fees collected.

• Approved information technology’s monthly report that included quoted equipment amount, purchased equipment amount, remote support sessions with miles saved, miles traveled to remote locations and service requests for the month.

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