Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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High temps bring on burn ban

By Tony Adams
Journal Reporter

Upon the determination of circumstances present, Bell County has determined that a burn ban is in effect from Fri. Aug. 16 to Mon. Aug. 26, as ordered in Bell County Commissioner’s Court on Monday.
The Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI) indicates that Bell County is still in high danger of fires, which puts the general public at risk.


According to Bell County Fire Marshal Steve Casey, there have been six fires in rural Bell County this summer. With the drought index at 526, with 446 being the minimum drought level and 619 being the maximum level, the public and the firefighters are at risk with fires at this stage of the summer.
“In 100-degree heat, the firefighters are exposed to not only the heat with fighting fires but with the temperature of the gear they wear,” said Casey. “It creates additional issues where one of our firefighters could potentially fall out.”
In other news, the Commissioner’s Court re-announced the public hearing dates for the FY2014 Budget. The first tax rates hearings were Wed., Aug. 14.
The second hearing is 9 a.m. on Monday and the presentation of the FY 2014 budget will be made at that time. The schedule and announcement meeting to adopt Budget and Tax Rates will be made during the Monday meeting.
The adoption of the FY2014 Budget and Tax Rates will be on Mon, Aug. 26 at 9 a.m.
Tanner Roofing was awarded the contract for the roof replacement of the Bell County Elections Storage Building. The awarded amount of the replacement was $18,375.
Commissioners’ Court authorized the County Auditor to advertise requests for proposals for inmate and juvenile medical services for the Bell County Jail and Juvenile Detention Center. The county is in the fifth year of its current contract.