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Bourbon County Burning violations now subject to Citations

 

On Friday, August 10, 2012, the Bourbon County Board of Commissioners discussed the county-wide burn ban that they issued on all types of open fires and prescribed burning, which will continue until lifted by the Commissioners at a later date.  The Bourbon County Emergency Manager, Keith Jeffers, presented a suggestion from several of the county Fire Chiefs, that due to an apparent increase in the number of fires being caused by citizens burning trash, that the Commissioners direct the Sheriff to begin issuing Citations or tickets to land owners that are in violation of the Burn Ban.

 

 

Following discussion between Harold Coleman, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners and Ron Gray, Bourbon County Sheriff and William Martin, Undersheriff, as to the penalties that could be imposed, the Board of Commissioners agreed that this is a necessary step to prevent wildfires in Bourbon County.  The exact penalties that will be levied against individuals that are cited are still under legal review, and will be discussed with Bourbon County Attorney, Terri Johnson.

 

As stated in the Burn Ban which is Bourbon County Resolution 16-12, "all knowing and willful violations of the order (intentional burning) constitute a Class A Misdemeanor, and any person convicted of such violation shall be punished as provided by law. (K.S.A. 48-939)."

 

Covered Barbeque Grills are still allowed to be used, although it is highly recommended by the fire departments to maintain a close watch on grills to prevent any sparks from escaping into the dry vegetation nearby.

 

Extreme Fire Danger and Red Flag Fire Warnings are expected to continue at least through the month of August in most of the state of Kansas and Missouri.

Once there is sufficient rain across the region, the Bourbon County Commissioners will review the burn ban, and revoke it an an open meeting, when it is safe to do so.

 

The current drought situation continues to worsen.  The National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) has now placed the north half of Bourbon County into a condition of D-4 Drought, or Exceptional Drought.  The south half of the county is at level D-3 Drought- Extreme.  This information is available at the website www.drought.gov.

 

During the Burn Ban, any person wanting to conduct open or outdoor burning activities, must obtain a Fire Permit from their local city or county fire department chief.  Certain permits could also be obtained through the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

 

For more information regarding the burn ban or fire permits, contact your local fire chief or the Bourbon County Emergency Manager at 620-223-3800 extension 46.

 

 

 

Resolution 16-12

Bourbon County, Kansas

 

BURNING BAN

 

NATURE OF THE IMMINENT THREAT OF DISASTER:

 

Due to the extreme heat and little rain for the month of June, fire-hazard conditions in Bourbon County are very high.  Because of the limitations of water usage by rural fire districts, there is concern for the capabilities of those fire districts to address any fire.  Once started, with the present weather conditions, a fire will be difficult to control by fire departments.  Water usage is of great concern to all fire departments, and the availability of enough water to contain a fire.

 

The dry conditions, above-normal temperatures and fire danger will continue unabated until sufficient rainfall occurs across the area.

 

It is hereby proclaimed, directed and ordered by the Bourbon County Commissioners, in accordance with K.S.A. 48-932, that the following acts are prohibited within the boundaries of this County by all citizens and visitors:

 

1.     All outside burning, unless specifically approved in writing by the Fire Chief, with the exception of covered barbeque grills.

 

The knowing and willful violation of this order shall constitute a Class A misdemeanor and any person convicted of such violation shall be punished as provided by law. [K.S.A. 48-939]

 

This Proclamation shall be in full force and effect until lifted.

 

Passed in open session by the Board of County Commissioners of Bourbon County, Kansas, this 6th day of July 2012.

 

                                                                                         THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

                                                                                         OF BOURBON COUNTY, KANSAS

 

                                                                                         (ss) Harold Coleman, Chairman 

                                                                                         (ss) Allen Warren, Commissioner 

                                                                                         (ss) Jingles Endicott, Commissioner

ATTEST:

 

(ss) Joanne Long, County Clerk

 

 

 

Resolution 15-12

Bourbon County, Kansas

 

BURNING BAN

 

NATURE OF THE IMMINENT THREAT OF DISASTER:

 

Due to the extreme heat and little rain for the month of June, fire-hazard conditions in Bourbon County are very high.  Because of the limitations of water usage by rural fire districts, there is concern for the capabilities of those fire districts to address any fire.  Once started, with the present weather conditions, a fire will be difficult to control by fire departments.  Water usage is of great concern to all fire departments, and the availability of enough water to contain a fire.

 

The dry conditions, above-normal temperatures and fire danger will continue unabated until sufficient rainfall occurs across the area.

 

It is hereby proclaimed, directed and ordered by the Bourbon County Commissioners, in accordance with K.S.A. 48-932, that the following acts are prohibited within the boundaries of this County by all citizens and visitors:

 

1.     All outside burning, unless specifically approved in writing by the Fire Chief, with the exception of fireworks and barbeque grills through July 5, 2012 only.

 

The knowing and willful violation of this order shall constitute a Class A misdemeanor and any person convicted of such violation shall be punished as provided by law. [K.S.A. 48-939]

 

This Proclamation shall be in full force and effect until lifted.

 

Passed in open session by the Board of County Commissioners of Bourbon County, Kansas, this 29th day of June 2012.

 

                                                                                         THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

                                                                                         OF BOURBON COUNTY, KANSAS

 

                                                                                         (ss) Harold Coleman, Chairman 

                                                                                         (ss) Allen Warren, Commissioner 

                                                                                         (ss) Jingles Endicott, Commissioner

ATTEST:

(ss) Joanne Long, County Clerk

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

FORT SCOTT-The Bourbon County Clerk’s Office asks voters to check their mailboxes in the next few days for a new voter’s registration certificate.

 

Due to redistricting of Kansas Senate and Kansas House, a majority of voters in Bourbon County will see some change to their registration.  A new card is being mailed to each voter for this reason.  In addition, a memo reminding voters to provide Photo ID when voting is included on the certificate.

 

Examples of acceptable ID are: a valid Driver’s License, valid Non-Driver’s License, US Passport, Government-issued photo identification, Public Assistance ID card, Kansas high school or accredited post-secondary student ID or Military ID.  Voters over the age of 65 may use an expired Driver’s or Non-Driver’s License.  If you don’t have ID at the time of voting, you’ll still be allowed to vote a Provisional Ballot.  You’ll need to show ID at the Election Office prior to the Canvass.

 

A breakdown of changes in districts follows:

 

                        1st Ward           South of Marmaton River-no change

                        1st Ward           North of Marmaton River-now KS Senate 12

                        2nd Ward           Now KS House 4

                        3rd Ward           Now KS House 4

                        4th Ward           No Change

                        5th Ward           No Change

                        6th Ward           No Change

                        7th Ward           No Change

                        Drywood           Now KS House 4

                        Franklin             Now KS Senate 12

                        Freedom           Now KS Senate 12

                        E. Marion          Now KS Senate 12 and KS House 2

                        W. Marion         Now KS Senate 12 and KS House 2

                        Marmaton         Now KS Senate 12

                        Millcreek           Now KS Senate 12

                        Osage              Now KS Senate 12

                        Pawnee           No Change

    NE Scott           Now KS Senate 12

    NW Scott          Now KS Senate 12

    S Scott             Now KS House 4

    Timberhill        Now KS Senate 12

    Walnut             Now KS House 2

 

The last day to register to vote, or to update your current registration, including party changes, is Tuesday, July 17th.  The Primary Election is Tuesday, August 7th.

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Beginning 5/16/2012, the Bourbon County Vehicle Tag Office will close at 3:30 pm, until further notice.  Office hours will be 8:30 am - 3:30 pm.

 

The new system is very slow and the State Vehicle Office and the software company are continually working to take care of issues as they come up.

 

We appreciate your patience and apologize for the wait and inconvenience.

 

 

 

"(Terri Johnson has) been notified by the Kansas Attorney's Office that they have made decisions regarding (her) request for them to review criminal charges and ouster proceedings involving Susan Quick.  They have advised (her) they are declining to proceed at this time.

Questions should be directed to Jeff Wagaman, Office of the Attorney General, 120 SW 10th Avenue, Topeka, KS 66612, 785-296-2216."

 

 

 

The State of Kansas has announced upcoming furloughs for the District Courts across the state.  On April 13, April 27, May 11, May 25 and June 8, District Court will be closed.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

 

 

 

RESOLUTION 01-12

Bourbon County, Kansas

 

Holidays and Closed Days for Bourbon County Employees, including Landfill Employees

 

The following days will be observed as Holidays for the year 2012 for Bourbon County:

 

                                        New Year’s                                 January 2, 2012

                                        Martin Luther King, Jr. Day           January 16, 2012

                                        Presidents’ Day                           February 20, 2012

                                        Memorial Day                              May 28, 2012

                                        Independence Day                       July 4, 2012

                                        Labor Day                                   September 3, 2012

                                        Columbus Day                             October 8, 2012

                                        Veteran’s Day                             November 12, 2012

                                        Thanksgiving                              November 22, 2012

                                                                                        November 23, 2012

                                        Christmas Eve                            December 24, 2012

                                        Christmas                                  December 25, 2012

                                        New Year’s                               January 1, 2013

 

The hours of operation for the Transfer Station (Landfill) are 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturdays.  The Transfer Station is closed on Sundays.

 

The Transfer Station will be closed on Saturdays preceding a Monday holiday and following a Friday holiday.

 

Passed in open session this 9th day of January 2012.

 

                                                                                   The Board of County Commissioners of

                                                                                   Bourbon County, Kansas

 

                                                                                   Harold Coleman, Chairman 

                                                                                   Jingles Endicott, Commissioner 

ATTEST:

(ss) Joanne Long, County Clerk

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