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2013-07-25 / Front Page

Commissioners Lift Burn Ban; Urge Caution

The Lee County Commissioners lifted the Burn Ban on Monday, July 22, during their regular meeting. With the overall Fire Danger Index at a county-wide average of 526, the Court agreed to remove the Burn Ban in light of the recent rains, which have totaled up to four inches in some areas of the county. However, with the expected “winds of summer”, the Court urges all residents to use extreme caution with any outside burning. If conditions warrant, the Burn Ban will be reimposed to halt outside burning.

The Commissioners also dealt with the County’s Medical, Dental and Life Insurance for the upcoming year. They voted to use the same fee structure for Insurance Network of Texas as the County’s Insurance Broker for the upcoming year. Then they acted to accept the proposed rates for these insurance programs for the period of October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014. The new rates are higher than the current rates by 6.1%, which was pointed out that this increase is significantly smaller than the increases being enacted by other County governments around the State.

The Court also approved the renewal and amendment of two oil, gas and mineral leases. One of these was approved with the condition that one paragraph be removed. The other was approved as presented. No issue with changing the one lease is expected.

The Commissioners approved the required annual setting of the Sheriff’s and Constables’ fees, keeping them the same as last year. They also acted to retain the Optional Fees for Calendar Year 2014.

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