Commissioners decide burn ban remains

Thunderstorms that swept through Sequoyah County Monday night did not generate enough rain to lift the county-wide burn ban, Steve Rutherford, director of Sequoyah County Emergency Management said.

Sequoyah County Commissioners decided Monday the burn ban, which was placed in effect Friday during a special meeting, will remain in until further notice.

Rutherford said earlier Monday, this week's weather forecast included at least one-fourth inch of rain but,  “we need at least anything over one-half inch of rain to remove the ban.”

The storm which hit early Monday evening brought gusts of winds, thunder and lightning and hail in some parts of the county but very little rain, Rutherford said.

The commissioners decided to keep the ban and discuss it again next week.

Rutherford mentioned there was a grass fire on Jackson Mountain north of Marble City Monday which was brought under control by evening by the Marble City Fire Department.

The commissioners also approved a resolution to accept several roads from District three  into the county system which were unintentionally left out.

Jim Rogers, district three county commissioner, said a system established by ODOT (Oklahoma Department of Transportation) includes a list of all the roads in the county which are maintained by the county but a few from his district were left out of the system.

“We still took care of them but they just weren't in the system,” Rogers said.

Other business related items discussed at the commissioner's meeting included a citizen's presentation by staff members of the Sequoyah County Health Department requesting $2,056 to pay for the department's data fees to maintain their computers. The commissioners approved the request.

In other business the commissioners also approved their meeting dates for fiscal year 2018 and approved to surplus a 2011 Rosco Chip Spreader.

The commissioners also approved a request made by the Sequoyah County District Attorney's office to remove a one-half inch wall located on the front part of the office.

They also approved to hold a free workshop to train county employees under a program offered by the Association of County Commissioners of Oklahoma (ACCO).

Also approved were cash funds, estimate of needs and request for appropriations, monthly reports and blanket purchase orders.

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