Fireworks ban nixed for Fourth of July; commissioners accept bids

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By Matt Kelton
Pioneer Sentinel

Clay County Commissioners took no action Monday in restricting or prohibiting the use of fireworks in unincorporated areas of the county during the upcoming Fourth of July holiday.

Last year, with extreme drought conditions, commissioners elected to ban the use of all fireworks, but permitted the sale of fireworks. Commissioners could have also banned the use of certain types of fireworks, such as rockets.

Clay County is not considered to be in a drought by statewide.

Commissioners also held off on implementing a burn ban. The Texas Forest Service uses the Keetch-Byram Drought Index in determining when a burn ban should be initiated, and suggests an index rating of 570. Clay County is in the 350-400 range, said Judge Kenneth Liggett.

Clay County was in a burn ban last summer, which contributed to the decision to ban the use of fireworks.

In other business, commissioners opened bids for rock and fuel for the upcoming fiscal year.

Bids accepted are as follows:

Rock

Precinct 1 – Hanson Agregate, primary supplier, 1 ½ inch crusher run base, $5.75 per ton, 1 inch crusher run base, $5 per ton; Chico Limestone, secondary supplier, 1 ½ inch crusher run base, $5.35 per ton, 1 inch crusher run base, $5.35 per ton, pit run base, $5.35 per ton, screenings three-eighths inch and down, $5.35 per ton, three-quarter inch down base, $5.35 per ton, backfill, $1.50 per ton; J.R. Thompson, second alternate, 1 ½ inch crusher run base, $5.40 per ton, screenings three-eighths inch and down, $3.50 per ton.

Precinct 2 – Zack Burkett, primary supplier, 1 ½ inch crusher run base, $5.35 per ton, 1 inch crusher run base, $5.55 per ton, screenings three-eighths inch and down, $7 per ton; Hanson Agregate, secondary supplier, 1 ½ inch crusher run base, $5.75 per ton, 1 inch crusher run base, $5 per ton; J.R. Thompson, second alternate, 1 ½ inch crusher run base, $5.40 per ton, screenings three-eighths inch and down, $3.50 per ton.

Precinct 3 – Zack Burkett, primary supplier, 2 -6 inch oversize, $7 per ton, 1 ½ -3 inch oversize, $7 per ton, 8-12 inch rip-rap, $8 per ton; screenings, $7 per ton, 1 ½ inch crusher run base, $5.35 per ton, 1 inch crusher run base, $5.55 per ton, commercial base, $5.35 per ton, Proline patching mix, $95 per ton, hotmix, $65 per ton; Chico Limestone, secondary supplier, 2 -6 inch oversize, $5.95 per ton, 1 ½ -3 inch oversize, $5.95 per ton, 8-12 inch rip-rap, $12.50 per ton; screenings, $5.35 per ton, 1 ½ inch crusher run base, $5.35 per ton, 1 inch crusher run base, $5.35 per ton, commercial base, $5.35 per ton.

Precinct 4 – Zack Burkett, primary supplier, 1 ½ -3 inch oversize, $7 per ton, 1 ½ inch crusher run base, $5.35 per ton, 1 inch crusher run base, $5.55 per ton, screenings, $7 per ton; Chico Limestone, secondary supplier, 1 ½ -3 inch oversize, $5.95 per ton, screenings, $5.35 per ton, 1 ½ inch crusher run base, $5.35 per ton, 1 inch crusher run base, $5.35 per ton, three-quarter and down base, $5.35 per ton, backfill, $1.50 per ton; Hanson Agregate, second alternate, ½-3 inch oversize, $8.50 per ton, 1 ½ inch crusher run base, $5.75 per ton, 1 inch crusher run base, $5 per ton.

Fuel

  • Precinct 1 – Reed Oil, gasoline, $3.04, diesel, $2.86.
  • Precinct 2 – Reed Oil, gasoline, $3.08, diesel, $2.90.
  • Precinct 3 – Haigood Campbell, primary supplier, gasoline, $2.8345, diesel, $2.9185; Reed Oil, secondary supplier, gasoline, $3.13, diesel, $2.95.
  • Precinct 4 – BMH, gasoline, $3.0177, diesel, $2.812.
  • Sheriff’s Office – Reed Oil, gasoline, $3.10.

Commissioners also accepted the annual road reports.

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