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Supervisors approve lifting of burn ban

After two weeks, Lincoln County’s burn ban has been lifted.

     During Monday’s meeting, the Lincoln County Board of Supervisors did not extend the ban they originally enacted on July 2. An extension was not necessary after rainfall durin the last two weeks, said Lincoln County Emergency Management Director Clifford Galey.

     “I would think every area in the county has experienced at least a small amount of rain,” Galey said.

     He added that the burn ban was a success and he expressed appreciation to the public for their assistance.

     “To my knowledge, the volunteer fire departments only responded to two wildfires after the ban, and they were not major fires,” he said.

     In all, 33 Mississippi counties were under a burn ban at some point during the past two weeks, including Pike, Lawrence, Adams and Amite counties in Southwest Mississippi.

     Galey added that despite the recent rains, the area is still in an unusually dry period, though more rain is forecast for this week.

     “If we don’t continue to get a significant amount of rainfall in the future, then I would ask the board to reinstate the ban,” Galey said. “But at the time being, I don’t see that happening.”

     Also at the meeting, Ryan Holmes of Dungan Engineering informed the board that a bid opening for a new bridge on California Road over Shaws Creek will be Aug. 20 at 10 a.m. The bridge will be in District Five Supervisor Dudley Nations’ district.

     “This a bridge officials had lowered the weight limits on and has been in the making for some time,” he said. “We’ve just been waiting on the funding.”

     Nations said getting it replaced will be very good for the area.

     “Quite a few people travel over this road every day, and it’s been restricted for school busses, so it will be very helpful to get it replaced,” he said.

     Holmes also announced the plan for the resealing bid opening for county roads to be held in September. He said 41 miles of roads throughout the county will see work done.

     “Resealing is pavement maintenance,” explained Holmes. “We’d like to do overlays, but our funds won’t allow us to. The work will really be micro sealing to seal cracks. We’ll also go through and level lanes where wheel ruts are, fix the base failures and potholes and come on top and micro seal.”