Emergency burn ban expected to continue

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners court is expected to approve the emergency burn ban that County Judge Daniel Burkeen placed on the county on Friday afternoon, July 28.
The court will consider taking action on the ban at its upcoming meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 8. Also at the meeting, the court will receive the certified appraisal values and calculated tax rate for 2017, accept a donation toward a bullet-proof vest and work out details for the Indigent Health program for the upcoming fiscal year.
Concerning the burn ban, as county judge, Burkeen is authorized to declare an emergency burn ban on his own if he believes conditions warrant it, but commissioners court must affirm the ban at its succeeding meeting or the ban will expire. If the court extends the ban, it will last an additional 90 days from the meeting, unless canceled by the court. His declaration read that he found that circumstances in the county created a public safety hazard that would be exacerbated by outdoor burning.

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