Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

December 11, 2012

County enacts burn ban

Fireworks allowed but with extreme caution

By Bob Belcher
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — Citing continued drought conditions and a KBDI Index showing no improvement, the Navarro County Commissioners Court on Monday enacted a burn ban for Navarro County, effective for 30 days.

The action was on the advice of Eric Meyers Jr., the county’s emergency management coordinator, said County Judge H.M. Davenport Jr.

The ban does not include outdoor grilling, welding, or the burning of trash in approved containers with coverings that prevent embers or sparks from escaping.

Davenport can lift the burn ban prior to the 30-day expiration should conditions improve considerably, although the judge said he would not do so lightly.

“I’ll be talking with guys who can realize what conditions are throughout the county to make that assessment and go forward if that were to happen,” he said.

Another issue of concern for the burn ban — fireworks, a popular part of the Christmas and New Year’s holiday. Fireworks have not been banned by the court’s Monday action.

Dick Martin, Pct. 2 county commissioner, said it’s important to be extremely cautious using any fireworks.

“I think the only thing that would be affected (by the ban) would be bottle rockets and things of that nature, and I think the vendors that sell those are well aware of it.”

Anyone who starts a fire, regardless of how it is started, is liable for any damage or injury, both criminally and civilly.

More information on the county burn ban can be found on the Office of Emergency Management’s website at www.navarrocountyoem.org.

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College board to meet Thursday

The Navarro College Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet in regular session at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Cook Center at Navarro College.

It will be the final meeting of the board for the year.

On the Thursday agenda:

• Consent agenda, including minutes from the board’s Nov. 15 meeting.

• Update on the presidential search.

• Resolution for a tax abatement for Pactiv’s expansion.

• Annual financial audit for the fiscal year ending Aug. 31, 2012.

• November financial statement and quarterly investment report.

• Approval for construction of an administration building in Mexia.

• Update on Opening Doors to Success program.

• Personnel report.

• President’s report by Dr. Richard Sanchez, college district president.

— From Staff Reports