Navarro County Commissioners Court declared a countywide burn ban effective immediately during its regular meeting Monday, Aug. 12.
With high temperatures and little rain in the forecast, Navarro County's fire risk has increased and joined the 96 Texas counties already under a burn ban.
An anonymous donation of $250 benefiting the Navarro County Sheriff's Department was gratefully accepted.
Commissioners approved the Everbridge Contract for Navarro County Office of Emergency Management for 2019 to 2020.
Everbridge provides the county's Emergency Alert Program, which notifies residents of severe weather threats, fires, unexpected road closures, missing persons and evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods via phone, text or email.
County Judge H.M. Davenport reminded residents to sign up for the free service on the Navarro County Office of Emergency Management's website. Those who need assistance can register by calling the Corsicana Fire Department at 903-654-4956.
“It's a huge asset to the county in terms of being able to alert the public to things that are going on. It's a very important process,” said John Gantt, president of 287 Richland Chambers Fire and Rescue Volunteer Fire Department and vice president of Navarro County Volunteer Firefighters Association.
In other business, Commissioners unanimously approved the following annual contracts:
An interlocal agreement for the Regional Defender for Capital Cases for 2020 and 2021; an engagement letter from GRS Retirement Consulting for 2019 and 2020; and a contract between TEXOMA HIDTA and Raymond Brown of River Road Management and Consulting.
Commissioners met in executive session to discuss personnel matters, taking no action once back in open session.
After the meeting, Commissioners held another budget workshop.
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