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May 20, 2014

Burn ban still in effect despite rainfall

— Rain or shine, the burn ban is still in effect for Grady County.

Paulette Nicholas, Grady County Emergency Management Deputy, told the Grady County Commissioners at their regular meeting that she has received calls from residents asking if the county is still under a burn ban after the recent rainfall, particularly in areas such as Minco, which received a few inches.

Governor Mary Fallin Declared a Statewide Emergency and issued a burn ban for 36 counties–including Grady County–in early May after an outbreak of wildfires on May 4, according to the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management.

The county will be under the 30 day ban unless the governor lifts it, Nicholas said. There is a chance of rain next weekend, but it is not certain.

"I'll believe it when I see it in my rain gauge," Nicholas said.

The chill of November may seem far away while the temperatures are climbing in May, but Grady County Emergency Management has already begun to prepare for a statewide emergency exercise which is to take place Nov. 13. The exercise is called "Earth, Wind and Fire," and will help emergency management prepare for earthquakes, tornados and fires.

The Ninnekah Fire Station held a fundraiser on Sunday which raised $4,000, Nicholas said. Those that attended were very generous, she said.

In other business:

    •    Two properties were purchased for the Grady County Fairgrounds.

    •    The architect and construction manager contract for the New Indoor Arena Architect Populous, Inc. and Construction Manager CMS Willowbrook, Inc.

    •    A ground lease agreement between Independent School District No. 51 Grady County (Ninnekah Public Schools) and the Grady County Industrial Authority and a Lease/Purchasing Agreement between said authority and school district was approved.

    •    Board members were appointed to the Grady County Industrial Authority with a five year term for the following re-appointments: Jim Allen, Rick Johnston, John Mosley, David Dacus, Fred Yaeger, Dusty Treadaway and Steve Grodecki.

    •    The Annual Cooperative Agreement Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Wildlife Services Division and Grady County was approved.

    •    The purchase of two new vehicles for the Grady County Sheriff's Dept. was approved.

    •    The authorizing of Amber Municipal Police Department to serve and perform county functions in Grady County when requested was approved.

    •    The six month bids on the road bids for all districts was approved.

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