The Board of County Commissioners of Logan County (BOCC) have had a busy week. In a specially called meeting yesterday, the BOCC approved a countywide burn ban effective immediately until February 15. The BOCC will then review the drought and fire conditions again and decide whether to extend the burn ban. The Logan County Burn Ban comes on the heels of the City of Guthrie declaring one last week and Oklahoma and Cleveland Counties declaring one early this week.
The burn ban will mean no controlled burns, no fire permits, no burning trash, no fires in any forest, grass, range, crop or other wildlands, no campfire or bonfire, or debris on farmland. The county currently has had .01 tenth inch of rain in February. The drought has been going from bad to worse as in November we only received .59 inches of rain and in December we received .73 inches of rain. There was hope in January as we received 2.11 inches of rain compared to only .49 inches of rain last year in January but with 80- degree weather forecast for the weekend and no rain in site, the brush and grass continue to dry out , causing dangerous fuel conditions for fires.
The county burn ban must meet several more conditions than what the City of Guthrie does before declaring their burn ban. First they must find for the existence of an extreme fire danger. Some of those conditions include: exceptional drought conditions, no more than a half-inch of rain in the forecast for next three days and that any fire occurrence be greater than normal for the time of year the ban is being requested for. The county fire chiefs will usually petition the BOCC or County Emergency Management Director David Ball for a burn ban.
The BOCC met on Feb. 6 for their regularly scheduled meeting. The commissioners worked through a relatively light agenda. The meeting included a discussion with the City of Guthrie and District Three Commissioner Monty Piearcy on repairs to Fairgrounds Road. Piearcy is the commissioner in charge of the fairgrounds and is working on a plan to improve the road and parking area around the fairgrounds. Suzette Chang, Director of the Guthrie Public Library made a presentation regarding a Logan County Library System. Chang was granted permission to do a survey for a countywide library system and what the wants and needs of county residents might be. District One Commissioner Marven Goodman told the News Leader Thursday, "Currently the only way to fund it would be to vote on a AD Valorem tax. They would have to get a petition together of the required number of voters and bring it back to the commissioners. The county does not have a good track record of approving those but we have to wait and see. "
The commissioners also took action on a six month bid for crushed asphalt that had to be withdrawn. There normally is a delivery price and a pick-up price. The pick-up price at the asphalt yard is approximately $13 a ton and the delivery charge to the commissioner's yard is $30 a ton. The pick-up charge was left off the winning bid by mistake, so the commissioners are going to reopen the bid process to correct the error.
The commissioners next scheduled meeting is Feb. 15 at the Logan county Annex Building at 9 a.m.