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March 24, 2014

County lifts burn ban

Rainfall amounts lean but things are turning green, leading to decision

By TYLER MASK

PALO PINTO – Monday morning, Palo Pinto County Commissioners approved the lifting of the burn ban, which has been in effect since mid-January.

County Fire Marshall Buddy Harwell said his recommendation was based on the fact that Palo Pinto County is still low on the Texas A&M Drought Index and spring, along with its fresh greenery, is finally here.

According to Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in combination with Harwell, some things to remember include:

• No burning on days where wind is less than 6 miles per hour.

• No burning on days where wind is more than 23 miles per hour.

• No burning on days where gusts are up to 20 miles per hour or more.

• Contact Palo Pinto County Sheriff’s dispatch when burning with information regarding when and where burning will take place.

The reason behind contacting dispatch, although not required by law, is simple, Harwell said.

“I recommend [individuals] to contact dispatch to give them a heads up,” Harwell said. “It just helps us cut down on sending out volunteer fire departments. And we know if we get a call, then it gets out of control, we know where it’s at prior to [arriving].

When it comes to burn bans, everything is temporary, and the council members’ approval – reluctant at best – was made with the assurance that at any point they could reconvene and repeal the motion.

In other business, commissioners unanimously approved:

• Monthly reports for the county auditor, treasurer, sheriff’s office, emergency management, public works and information technology.

• Advance Funding Agreement between Palo Pinto County and Texas Department of Transportation for NBI Structure No. 02-182-0-AA01-48-002 (Rambling Road).

• Permit to bore Tuggle Road in Precinct 4.

• Petition to close a portion of Oak Street in Santo (Precinct 4).

• Engagement letter for GASB 45 Triennial Actuarial Valuation.

• Repair expenditures from Dempsey Fund.

• Upgrading the county courthouse Internet service.

• Contract for Internet services.

• Uniform election Joint Resolution between Palo Pinto County, Mineral Wells, Strawn, Strawn ISD, Gordon, Gordon ISD, Graford and Graford ISD.

• Budget amendments.

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