By Glenn Rea
Burning brush? Tell the dispatcher.
License plate readers. Are they needed here?
Those two items were part of the Monday DeWitt County Commissioners Court meeting.
At the start of the meeting, Judge Daryl Folwer encouraged ranchers to notify the sheriff’s office dispatchers when they plan a controlled burn. He said that number is 361-275-5734.
The problem, according to Fowler, is people are reporting brush fires and volunteer firemen respond only to learn it was a planned control burn.
He said about 60% of the grass fire calls were needless because they were control burns. Still it ties up the fire department equipment, the volunteers leave work and the county has to pay for the call.
In a separate discussion, Constable Kelly Phelps met with court to discuss a possible contract with a company that provides license plate recognition products.