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By Bev Odom
The Red River Sun
WELLINGTON – Adopted March 8, the Collingsworth County Commissioners Court enacted a burn ban order to restrict outdoor burning for 90 days unless terminated early by the Texas Forest Service or this court.
This order does not prohibit outdoor burning activities related to public health and safety that are authorized by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for firefighter training, public utility, natural gas pipeline or mining operations, planting or harvesting of agricultural crops or burns that are conducted by a prescribed burn manager.
Exceptions to the burn ban are as follows:
- Outside cooking is allowed if it is on a covered grill made for that purpose, and it is on a non-flammable surface such as gravel or concrete.
- Wind should be less than 15 miles per hour.
- Water needs to be available at grill in case of fire.
- Extinguish grill when done.
In accordance with Local Government Code 352.081 (h), a violation of this order is a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine not to exceed $500.
In other recent business, the commissioners voted to approve payment to EMS in the amount of $25,000 per the 2020-20212 budget. Commissioner Campbell and Commissioner Nation abstained from voting.
Routine claims were approved for Collingsworth County, Consolidated Law Enforcement and Home Delivered Meals.
In addition, commissioners approved the following reports: Justice of the Peace, County Tax Collector, Sheriff, County-District Clerk, Chief Appraiser, County Treasurer, Precinct and Committee, Road Administrator and Veterans Service Officer.
County Judge John James presided with the following present: Commissioner Pct. 1 Farris Nation, Commissioner Pct. 2 James Ellis, Commissioner Pct. 3 Joel Sherwood, Commissioner Pct. 4 Kirby Campbell, County Clerk Jackie Johnson, County Treasurer Gina Harris, Justice of the Peace Jo Rita Henard, County Tax Assessor/Collector Sharon Chism, Sheriff Kent Riley, Road Administrator Tal Henard and County Agent Kenny Patterson.