August 27, 2013

Cool, wet summer could mean rough winter

Jessica Lane, Staff Writer,
The Express-Star


The cooler, rainy weather this summer has translated to fewer fires, but it may come with a price, Paulette Nicholas, Grady County Emergency Management Deputy, said at the regular Grady County Commissioners meeting. 

Once the abundance of grass dies in the winter, so has the potential to provide plenty of fuel for dry winter fires, Dale Thompson, Grady County Emergency Management Director, said. In addition, mild summers sometimes mean that the winter will be especially cold or icy.

"It's kind of a catch 22 but we'll have to wait and see," Thompson said. 

No unseasonably cool weather is expected this week. More hot and humid weather is the forecast thus far, Thompson said. 

Thompson and Nicholas attended a southwest conference last week and focused on finishing the hazard mitigation plan. Grady County Emergency Management turned in their Hazard Mitigation Plan to FEMA. Thompson said they expect a quick turnaround from FEMA on this issue. 

Calls to the fire department have remained low but there have been a few traffic accidents, Thompson said. 

Minco Schools celebrated the upcoming groundbreaking at the site of the new high school on Highway 81 and Sager Road in Minco on Friday. The actual groundbreaking is to take place around January 2014. 

Kevin Sims, Minco Schools Superintendent, attended the Grady County Commissioner's meeting to ask for  help with dirt work from the county. The price of dirt work is spiking due to the recent energy and oil boom, Sims said. 

Windle Hardy, Grady County Commissioner said that this was within his district, District 1. He advised Sims to contact him as the project date draws closer. 

Also on this week's agenda: 

The sale of county property in Section 11-T4N and Section 16-T3N-R5W was approved. These properties are located in the Rush Springs area. 

A new standard policy for the OSU Extension Office to lock it's doors and contact the County Extension Director, Susan Routh and a county commissioner in the event that the electricity goes out was approved. 

No action was taken on the trade-in 140 M Caterpillar Grader for a 320 EL Excavator with a lease purchase agreement for the difference for District 1. 

The 2013-2014 estimate of needs for Grady County was approved. 

The receipt of donation to Grady County District 1 from Horn Equipment of Moore, of steel sheeting for the 2013 calendar year for a total of $9548 was approved. There was no action taken on a donation from Fred Loughridge. 

A motion was approved to accept the bid on the Scissor Lift for the Grady County Fairgrounds. The bid was made by Medley Material Handling of Oklahoma City for the price of $21,077. 

The invoice from Pinnacle Consulting Management Group for the Sara Road Project in District 1 was approved.