Grayson County is no longer under a burn ban. Commissioners continually referenced the rain that was falling outside while they discussed the decision not to continue the burn ban put in place under an emergency declaration on Friday by Grayson County Judge Bill Magers.
Magers said he understood the reasoning for not going forward with the burn but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t needed on Friday, he said.
Magers joked that when most people want it to rain, they wash their car but on a countywide level it is best to just go ahead and declare a burn ban.
He said the conditions on Friday warranted the declaration. Grayson County Emergency Management Director Sarah Somers said most of those warranting conditions had to do with the abundance of vegetation that had grown up in the county since the summer. The drought levels and the humidity levels were not where they generally are before the county declares a burn ban, she said. Weather patterns can change the level moisture in the air and shift winds around or cause them to die down, but it is hard to change the level of dry, ready to burn, vegetation. She added that various brush trucks have also been out of service. So that left the county with an over abundance of fuel and a lack of resources to throw at grass fires and that, she said, is not a condition that fire chiefs like to face.
“We are very grateful for action of the judge and the rain,” Somers said. She said she was also grateful for the county judge’s wife calling her on Saturday evening asking her if she was enjoying the rain.
Grayson County Commissioner Jeff Whitmire pointed out that while the emergency declaration will expire and the county isn’t instituting the burn ban, the county has missed an important step in protecting the area against possible fires. He said the county has gone by the date on which it would have had to give notice to local fireworks vendors that they couldn’t sell the fireworks because of the conditions. Somers pointed out that generally the county allows the sale of fireworks but restricts the use of them.
In addition to talking about the burn ban, the county judge presented a certificate to Grayson County Clerk Wilma Bush for her completion of the Master Registrar Certificate Course and recognized her office for earning the 2017 Five Star Award from the Texas Department State of Health Services.
“Guys you don’t understand what a great backbone of elected officials we have in this county,” Magers said when introducing Bush for the presentation. He said the way Bush and her staff work with him on the probate matters allows them to help keep the “real courts across the street” going.
Bush said she was pleased to be finally be able to have time to take the Master course. She said her staff works hard to make sure they meet the requirements to achieve the Five Star Award and are proud to have done it now ten years in a row. She added that they have actually received the award 11 years, but they weren’t all consecutive.
Commissioners also renewed the annual contract with Douglas Distributing for fuels for the county fleet and renewed insurance policies for various property and casualty insurance.