County court confirms burn ban

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By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners court voted unanimously to keep in place the county-wide burn ban, which was declared on an emergency basis by County Judge Daniel Burkeen last Thursday.
“I was talking to Matt (Groveton, emergency management director) this morning and watching the weather and what we’ve all seen,” Burkeen told the court. “Conditions have gotten worse, and they’re going to continue to get worse. The temperature’s rising; we’ve got a high pressure settling over us. It’s just dry. What little greenery there was during those little showers we had has pretty much dried up.”
In a matter concerning the burn ban, Burkeen said County Engineer Ted Kantor and Emergency Management Director Matt Groveton about replacing missing burn ban signs: one on U.S. 84 west, another on LCR 339, which is off S.H. 164 near Mart. Groveton said he would confer with Kantor on getting them ordered and installed.
Also at Monday’s meeting, commissioners court honored county employees who had reached milestones in their jobs. Noted for completing five years of service were Jan Ledet in the County Clerk’s office, Amber Sandell and Barri Uhl, from the District Court Office. Reaching 10 years of service were Health Care Coordinator Susan Smith and Maintenance Supervisor Sam Callis. Rhonda Jefferson in the County Clerk’s office was honored for reaching 20 years of service.
On a different subject, the court received two bids for sand: $5 a ton from Vulcan Materials Company, a nationwide company based in Birmingham, Ala., and $6 a ton from Superior Silica Sands, in Kosse.
Commissioner Jerry Allen, however, thought both prices were two high.
“We’ve got to go with something cheaper,” Allen said. “To me, the $5 a ton – now, the man-made sand is a pretty good sand, and it would work pretty good – but that’s still real high on sand. That is high, and the $6 (a ton) is outrageously high.”

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