Burn ban remains off in Milam County

CAMERON—Milam County commissioners’ October review of whether to reimpose an outdoor burning ban turned out to be a no-brainer.

A series of good rains, with more expected later this week, enabled commissioners to leave the burn ban off during their meeting in the county courthouse Tuesday.

Commissioners originally lifted the ban Sept. 9 after a general rain, promising to revisit the ban two weeks later.

On Sept. 23 the court declined to reimpose the ban despite a request from the Milam County Fire Chiefs Association to do so.

Henry Horelica, Cameron VFD Fire Chief and president of the association, appeared Tuesday, said he had discussed the situation with a number of county fire chiefs and the association supported leaving the ban off.

Commissioners will continue to monitor the situation at later meetings.

The lifted burn ban only applies in rural areas. Rockdale, and some other Milam municipalities, have permanent outdoor burning bans.

In other business Tuesday, commissioners:

• Agreed to compensate county employees, by pay or comped time off, for their time working Saturday city and school elections.

• Tabled for study a tax abatement request from Miller-Starnes Chevrolet-Buick.

• Okayed an interlocal agreement for use of materials between the City of Thorndale and Milam County Precinct 4.

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