Sequoyah County Commissioners lifted the county burn ban Monday prior to Gov. Mary Fallin’s order lifting the ban on parts of the state.
Jim Rogers, Commissioner District 3 said, “ Most of the county fire chiefs are in favor of lifting the burn ban. Residents still need to understand the statewide burn ban is still in effect.”
Fire chiefs are reporting numerous calls from residents wanting to burn trash.
Rogers said they can only burn after Gov. Fallin lifts the state ban for the county.
Fallin removed 22 counties from the burn ban list Monday morning. By Monday afternoon the governor had issued an amended order, which included Sequoyah and surrounding counties.
Commissioners approved pursuing an appeal to theFederal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) seeking money the county paid out to repair part of Kleck Loop Road near Vian after last year’s flood.
Steve Carter, Commissioner District 2, said the county applied for and received a grant for road repair.
Authorities then came back and said part of the road was not eligible for FEMA grants, according to Carter.
Carter said he was able to prove the federal government had wrong GPS data so the county is due a FEMA refund of $6,153.22 for the work.
The appeal was made to get FEMA to also pay for the administrative work Carter provided to prove the road was eligible for the grants.
Carter said the appeal is for somewhere between $250 and $300.
Commissioners approved the Sheriff’s request to purchase a new vehicle.
Sheriff Ron Lockhart told commissioners his department has five patrol vehicles with nearly one million combined miles. He said at least one vehicle is leaking oil and will need to be repaired soon.
Lockhart recommended the county approve a bid on a 2011 Chevrolet for $27,863 from Vance, which is the state contractor.
The sheriff told the commissioners he could pay for it out of his department’s cash fund and wait for the county to reimburse the department in November.
In other business, commissioners awarded a bid to outfit a Moffett Fire Truck to Fire Supply House of Warner.
The bid was accepted earlier this month and tabled until the fire department board could review it.