No more Canadian County burn ban, commissioners decide

Previous resolution expires with recent moisture, forecasted rain

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Canadian County Commissioners Marc Hader (left) and Jack Stewart

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

Canadian County no longer has any outdoor burning restrictions.

County commissioners, at their weekly meeting March 28, took no action on a burn ban resolution. A previous two-week resolution expired at 9 a.m. Monday.

Canadian County had a burn ban for most of the past 3-1/2 months due to extreme outside fire danger caused by an extended period of dry, windy conditions.

Although there is still a fire risk, the three county commissioners agreed a new burn ban wasn’t needed this week.

“It rained last week so we could hold off a week,” District 3 County Commissioner Jack Stewart said. “We are right on the ‘edge’.”

District 1 Commissioner Marc Hader agreed, saying that “we’re heading in a good direction” and the recent moisture will help.

“Most of our vegetation is still dormant somewhat,” said Hader, pointing to a couple days of “high fire danger” projected this week.

Commissioner Stewart referred to the weather forecast that indicates rain chances on Wednesday and Saturday.

“It could go either way this week,” he predicted.

Canadian County Commission Chairman Dave Anderson said he would not make a motion to impose a burn ban.

Stewart added, “No action this week; we’ll consider it again next week.”

Canadian County Emergency Management Director Andrew Skidmore, who typically recommends whether commissioners should enact a burn ban, did not attend Monday’s meeting because he was at a state emergency managers’ conference.

Controlled burns are allowed if permitted by local fire departments.

Even during an official countywide burn ban, outdoor burning and welding operations are allowed if specific conditions are met.

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ODDS N ENDS …

In other business at their weekly meeting March 28, Canadian County Commissioners approved:

  • A resolution to transfer 10 carbon fiber air tanks from the Canadian County Sheriff’s Office to the Union City Fire Department. The sheriff’s office is donating the self-containing breathing apparatus (SCBA) units for Union City firefighters to wear when fighting fires.
  • Opening bids for a used water tank truck in District 2 – Kirby Smith Machinery ($88,200 for a 2017 model) and Boxer Equipment ($28,000 for a 1997 model). The bid award was tabled so District 2 Commissioner Dave Anderson could compare the two bids.
  • Advertising for bids for a reclaimer/mixer in District 2. Commissioner Anderson noted his district has two “older” reclaimers and “it’s time to look at a better one.”
  • An agreement with Midwest Engineering & Testing Corp. (METCO) for construction materials testing and inspection services on a drainage box project at Elm and Heaston Road in District 2.
  • Opening bids for a road broom in District 3 – Van Keppel Company ($49,998), Warren CAT ($79,287.78) and Kirby Smith Machinery ($57,869.91). The bid award was tabled to Commissioner Stewart could compare the three bids.
  • Canadian County’s County Improvements for Roads and Bridges (CIRB) five-year plan.
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