DeWitt County under burn ban

By Allison Flores 

The Cuero Record

 

Right before the Thanksgiving holiday and long weekend, DeWitt County Commissioners voted to adopt a burn ban effective midnight Tuesday, Nov. 24.

DeWitt County Emergency Management Coordinator Cyndi Smith recommended the ban due to increased heat index. Smith noted that the county’s average Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI) is currently 623, and is increasing daily.

The DeWitt County Historical Commission addressed county court regarding their plans for the county’s 175th Anniversary celebration at Monday’s meeting. As the pandemic continues, dates for the anniversary celebration have changed since being previously published starting in March rather than January.

A countywide year-long celebration for DeWitt County’s 175th anniversary will take place at the beginning of the year with an official proclamation by Judge Daryl Fowler at the Courthouse on Wednesday, March 24 at 2 p.m.

Commissioners approved an inter-local agreement with Lubbock County acting through the Regional Public Defender for Capital Cases Program pursuant to the Fair Defense Act.

DeWitt County Sheriff Carl Bowen requested new 911 dispatch recording equipment and software from the county after discovering that the current equipment had failed. The item was not budgeted for FY 2020-2021 and will cost $10,297. Commissioners moved to approve the purchase from Commercial Electronic Corporation and will transfer funds from the contingent and uncommitted non-departmental funds.

Wrapping up the meeting, the County approved two temporary rights of ways from Select Energy Services for installation of two dual water lines along Simpson Road and a dual water line along Metting Road both in Commissioner Pct. No. 3. County also approved a pipeline permit with Burlington Resources along Dubose Ranch Road in Commissioner Pct. No. 1.

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