County won’t re-impose outdoor burn ban

Rural fireworks okay during holiday season as commissioners pass on ‘fins, sticks’ ordinance

CAMERON—Recent rains impacted a couple of decisions, or non-decisions, Monday by Milam County commissioners.

Commissions did not re-impose a rural outdoor burning ban and also passed up a chance to vote in an ordinance banning finned/sticked fireworks during the Christmas New Year’s holiday season.

BURN BAN—The burn ban was lifted indefinitely Nov. 28, the result of substantial rainfall, and commissioners promised to revisit the ban at later meetings.

Again, commissioners warned that outdoor burning may not take place after dark or if winds are more than 15 miles per hour.

Anyone conducting a large burn should contact their local fire department in advance.

Rockdale has its own, permanent, outdoor burn ban inside the city limits,

FIREWORKS—In past holidays periods, commissioners have banned possession or sale of fireworks with fins or sticks.

That won’t be the case in 2011 as possession of all fireworks will be legal.

Again, possession of fireworks is only legal in rural areas. Rockdale has its own, permanent ban on possession or use of fireworks inside the city limits.

APPRAISAL DISTRICT—Commissioners approved a resolution asking the Milam County Appraisal District (MCAD) to add the word “Central” to its title.

Some counties have made that change. Commissioner Dale Jaecks suggested the change to differentiate the MCAD from county government.

The appraisal district is an independent entity and it not part of county government. Individual governing entities appoint MCAD directors through a voting system in which each entity casts votes based on its appraised values.

In other business, commissioners reappointed Dwayne Jekel and Carroll Glaser to the Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation Board of directors.

County Judge Dave Barkemeyer abstained from that vote.

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