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June 10, 2014

Commissioners discuss rain, worker's compensation

DUNCAN — The Stephens County commissioners were thankful for the rainfall during the weekend, enough to remove an item regarding a burn ban from future agendas.

Since the commissioners removed a burn ban in early February, the ban has remained an agenda item each week. However, after Duncan received more than 3 inches of rain in the past four days, they determined it was time to remove the burn ban item for upcoming weeks. This was made official during Monday’s regular meeting.

“I guess we don’t need one,” Dee Bowen, board chairman and District 3 commissioner, said. “Thank the Lord.”

Since February, the commissioners have taken no action on a possible burn ban because of spontaneous rainfall. But it was the most recent series of rainfall that convinced them to do away with the item for the time being.

“We can put it back on in two or three weeks,” Bowen said. “We’ll know in advance.”

In other action:

n The commissioners approved participating in the ACCO-SIF (worker’s compensation) for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

The worker’s compensation program went up about $2,000 for the coming year, bringing the total to $202,000.

The commissioners had two options. The first option allowed the commissioners to pay the total in one sum. The second option allowed them to pay in two installments, but with an increased cost of about $6,000.

The commissioners chose to pay one installment to save money. This is the option they choose every year.

n Commissioners approved executing a county deep from properties acquired at resale. Those properties, part of the Head Addition in Duncan, include Block 25, Lots 5 and 6.

Those properties will be sold by the county. Darrell Sparks, District 1 commissioner, asked, if a property remains unsold, if the county could remove the houses from those properties.

“It’s county property,” County Clerk Cindy Kaiser said. “I guess you can do what you want with it.”

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