While the statistics show that Madison County only is on the verge of being considered in a drought, the Commissioners Court decided to enact a burn ban in the incorporated areas of the county.
“I have been looking at the drought index for the past few days, and again this morning,” said County Judge C.E. McDaniel Jr. “It’s kind of marginal … for applying the burn ban, but the 14-day outlook is to be in the proper range.”
McDaniel said there’s no appreciable rain in the forecast.
Commissioners expressed concern that this covers only the county; however Veterans Services Officer and former city manager Danny Singletary said that generally, when the county enacts a burn ban, the city generally follows suit.
Precinct 4 Commissioner Sam Cole said that it’s a good place to start, particularly since there was a grass fire over the weekend that threatened a structure.
“I think we need to look at this,” Cole said. “If we get some rain within the 90 days we can lift it, but we need a burn ban.”
The vote was unanimous, despite Commissioner Phillip Grisham’s absence.
In other business, the county:
•approved the proposed list of appointments for election judges and alternates for the upcoming November general election; and
•approved various collection reports from county departments.