2011-05-26 / Front Page

Rains Not Enough to Lift Burn Ban

Court Issues Early Restrictions on Fireworks

The Lee County Commissioners voted unanimously on Monday, May 23, to continue the County Wide Burn Ban. This is in spite of the recent rains. Although some parts of the County received up to 5 inches of rain, other areas received as little as an inch and a half.

With the fire danger index still over 500, at 521, and the continuing high winds, the Court determined that the normal danger of fire in the unincorporated areas of Lee County is greatly enhanced by the extremely dry conditions now existing.

Heading towards the Fourth of July, the Court also acted to put in place the same restrictions on the sale and use of fireworks within the County that were in place last year. They signed an Order prohibiting certain fireworks in the unincorporated areas of the County. The Order states no person may sell, detonate, ignite, or in any way use fireworks classified as ‘skyrockets with sticks’ and ‘missiles with fins’, which includes essentially anything that could land and start a grass or forest fire, in any portion of the unincorporated area of Lee County.

In other action, the Court approved the first two Change Orders to the Courthouse foundation repair project. One had to do with the drain covers for the drainage culverts leading from the Courthouse and the second one was to cover a significant void found in the existing foundation. The additional cost of these changes will be funded from the contingency amount included in the original project cost.

Bids were opened and accepted for the Lee County Law Enforcement Center 2011 upgrades. A Committee was appointed by Judge Fischer to review these and bring back recommendations to the Court on these bids.

Work on the repairs to the Courthouse elevator is expected to begin immediately and will take about four to five weeks to complete.

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