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The Commissioners Court Meeting
Houston County Courier - March 2008
By Crystal Rhone, Reporter

Despite objection from Houston County Commissioner Precinct 4 Kennon Kellum, Houston County Commissioners Court on Tuesday, Feb. 26 voted to extend the burn ban until at least Wednesday, March 12.

Houston County Fire Marshal David Lamb said, “I have contacted 10 of 11 fire departments in the county and the fire chiefs want the burn ban to stay in effect. I was unable to reach the 11th fire chief to obtain his comments but feel he would likely agree with maintaining the burn ban. Vegetation is very dry and the wind has been extremely strong which makes a dangerous situation for fires.”

In support of maintaining the burn ban, Lamb told commissioners, “I would rather have people mad at me than to be mad because their house burned down.”

Houston County Judge Lonnie Hunt said certain burning was exempt from the order including outdoor burning activities related to the planting or harvesting of agricultural crops, the clearing of highway right-of-way, firefighter training, public utility, natural gas pipeline and mining operations.

Commissioners approved a request by County Clerk Bridget Lamb to expend $69.95 for an ethernet switch for her office,

Commisioners approved participation in the Victim Notification Services Program (VINE) by the Houston County Sheriff’s Office. The program is funded by the Texas Attorney General’s Office.
Commissioners approved the lease of property in Precinct 4 for the barn site in the amount of $950.

The public hearing on proposed regulations for manufactured home rental communities was tabled until the Tuesday, March 11 meeting.



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