County close to burn ban status

By KEN MILAM

POTEAU – LeFlore County may be placed under an outdoor burn ban by next week, county commissioners were told Tuesday.

Commission Chairman Craig Olive asked if the hot, dry weather warranted a burn ban. Emergency Management Director Dennis Yochum said the county didn’t meet the criteria yet, but probably would by next week.

In new business, commissioners approved a $439,661 payment to the Association of County Commissioners of Oklahoma for liability insurance on all county properties. They also agreed to a REAP grant application to purchase a 4×4 one-ton truck for the Haw Creek Fire Department.

Tammy Hatcher was named to replace Kayla Curry as receiving officer for all rural fire departments and requisitioning officer to county clerk and general fund accounts.

The board approved a resolution as submitted by FEMA regarding a county hazard mitigation plan. The plan must be approved by the various entities in the county before being approved by FEMA.

KEDDO-REAP grant close-out documents were approved for a Hodgen Road project.

An annual resolution regarding the county treasurer’s resale fund financial statement was approved, along with a yearly contract with Community Works of Pottawatomie and Cleveland counties for juvenile detention services.

Also approved were maximum highway material expenses for the month.


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