County says enjoy fireworks but use caution

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In a special called meeting on Monday afternoon, Robertson County Commissioners reviewed the drought index and decided the county could make it another week without a ban on outside burning or on fireworks.  “Enjoy the 4th but use caution ” was Judge Jan Roe’s conclusion to the burn ban question.  The county’s drought index is only five points away from the burn ban threshold—a drought index of 575.  Right down, the County stands at 570, putting it near but not quite at the drought level that would necessitate a ban on outside burning,  
At an earlier meeting, the Commissioners voted to reserve the right to ban the use of certain types of fireworks but decided on Monday that it would go with its previously established threshold and not ban outside fires or fireworks at this time.
Courthouse construction manager Jim Hanks explained construction progress commissioners were likely to see in the next two weeks.  Interior walls on the Courthouse first floor are largely completed, he said.
The stones what will complete the building’s façade are being cut and the foundation for the jail add-on is complete, allowing for the porch framing to begin.  Floor joists and decking are about to be constructed for the jailhouse second floor.  The courthouse windows are being painted and prepped ahead of window installation in the Courthouse.
The special meeting called on Monday was to consider changing the name of a section of Hardin Slough Rd. This past weekend, Judge Roe explained, emergency medical personnel responded to a call on Hardin Slough Rd. but failed to realize that the bridge, which washed away in the 2008 flood, was out and approached an address on that road from the wrong side of the river. Not able to cross to the other side, the ambulance had to go back down FM 2159 to FM 1373, resulting in a very delayed response.  The Court concluded the matter by renaming the road on the north side of the river North Hardin Slough Rd. and Commissioner Robert Bielamowicz agreed to inform all emergency personnel that responses to addresses on the north side of the river would have to come down FM 1373 to North Hardin Slough Rd.
The Court agreed to grant the Calvert Chamber of Commerce about $2,500 in HOT funds to advertise its Victorian weekend in October.

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