June 3, 2014

Burn ban expires June 5 ... for now

— Governor Mary Fallin's statewide burn ban expires on June 5, but whether Grady County will be under a burn ban again by next week remains to be seen.

Dale Thompson, Grady County Emergency Management Director, told the the Grady County Commissioners at their regular meeting on Monday the county is still suffering drought conditions.

According to the drought monitor, the northern portion of Grady County is in the "severe" category and the southern portion of the county is in the "extreme" category.

While the county does meet many drought conditions, there is a chance of rain in the next seven days, specifically the chance of a storm system moving in on Friday, Thompson said.

Thompson requested that the commissioners put the burn ban on the June 9 agenda and decide on a week to week basis whether to put a burn ban in place for the county.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) completed their 20 hours of Homeland Security training with 11 members graduating on Saturday.

The team will aid in support of emergency management, law enforcement, fire departments, public works and emergency medical services. The team will mainly focus on helping with response, damage assessment and other areas determined by emergency management officials. CERT members can also perform nonemergency functions as well such as helping program weather radios at the county fair, assisting at parades and other functions.

A revised sub-grantee award  in the amount of $2,000 from Homeland Security was approved for a five foot trailer for the CERT team to hold equipment.

As the weather warms, the road becomes the workplace for some.

George Manning, E911 and Safety Coordinator urged the Grady County Commissioners to make sure employees have safety shirts or vests on and that stop placards and men working signs are being utilized on the road in construction areas.

Manning reported that overall there have been few on the job injuries and that the biggest report of injury last month was of the green and leafy variety: poison ivy.

"I want to thank our employees for having a good month safety wise with no loss work day injuries," Manning said.

In other business:

    •    The maintenance agreement between the Grady County Health Department and Ben Milam Heat/Air and Electric, Inc. was renewed.

    •    No action was taken on the request for bids for one used Dodge Charger Patrol Unit and one used Tahoe Patrol Unit for the Grady County Sheriff's Department due to the time error of the bid request. This item will be revisited next week.

    •    The supplemental and modification agreement for STP-126D(197), CI, State J/P No. 28345(05), Bridge and Approaches (EW-126) over a Tributary to Salt Creek was approved.

    •    There was no action on the Interlocal Agreement between the City of Tuttle and Grady County District 1 and no action on the invoices to Pinnacle for the Sara Road Project in District 1.

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