Commissioners to consider re-instating burn ban

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
County commissioners may re-initiate a county-wide burn ban at their upcoming meeting Tuesday since measures of dryness have increased. The court lifted the burn ban at their Nov. 14 meeting, agreeing that they could put it back on two weeks later if needed.
The court will address this and other matters at its Nov. 28 meeting, including interviewing the first possible candidate for new legal representation to speak to the commissioners, casting its votes for board of directors for the Limestone County Appraisal District and making other decisions on county business.
As for the burn ban, the court keeps track of measurements of dryness in the soil by checking the Keetch-Byram Drought Index. The KBDI ranges from zero, meaning total saturation, to 800, meaning no discernible moisture whatsoever. As the soil becomes drier, a reading of it rises, with 575 indicating drought. When the commissioners lifted the ban on Nov. 14, the county average KBDI reading had dropped to 502. The range of readings, however, included portion of the county in the 600s, well above the 575 that indicates drought. This past Wednesday, the KBDI average reading for Limestone County had creeped back up to 524, with measurements ranging from 407 to 647. If significant rain does not fall over the Thanksgiving weekend, a re-instated burn ban – or the imminent threat of one – could soon be reality for county residents.
In other business, the court plans to host Georgetown attorney George Hyde at Tuesday’s meeting so court members may question him and get to know him better before making a decision on choosing a new legal firm to represent the county. Representatives of two other legal firms are expected to attend future meetings for the same purpose.

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