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Oklahoma Governor Adds Two Exemptions To Statewide Burn Ban

OKLAHOMA CITY - A burn ban continues statewide, but effective Tuesday, Governor Mary Fallin says there are two exemptions to that burn ban.
1. Extreme Hardship – Upon written approval of the State Forester, individuals may be approved to conduct controlled burns on their property due to extreme hardship caused by unusual or extenuating circumstances while their county is under the Governor's Ban on Outdoor Burning. No exemptions will be granted for camp fires, normal burning of brush piles, accumulation of leaves in yards or brush piles in yards, or household trash. Each situation will be evaluated for need and may be granted in those cases where there are no other alternatives available.
2. Agricultural Burning – Upon written approval (using Form AG-2012-01) of their local fire chief, and submitting the completed form to Oklahoma Forestry Services, individuals may conduct controlled burning necessary for agriculture production. The burn must be part of the actual agriculture management operations and conducted within specific minimum guidelines.
Governor Fallin says her decision was made in consultation with Oklahoma Forestry Services based on existing wildfire fuel conditions and the ongoing drought.
"I understand the length of this burn ban has made it difficult for some, particularly our agriculture producers," said Fallin. "Therefore, exemptions are being added to allow for the use of fire under very specific, controlled conditions. Existing exemptions, including those related to grilling, road construction, welding and oilfield operations, will remain in place."
To apply for the exemptions, you must fill at the appropriate forms, which you can find below:

Extreme Hardship Exemption form.
Agricultural Burning Exemption form.

GRANT COUNTY COMMISSIONER BURN BAN RESOLUTION
The Grant County Board of County Commissioners pursuant to the authority granted to the Board by Section 16-26.B of Title 2 of the Oklahoma Statutes, do hereby proclaim that extreme fire danger exists in Grant County. This situation (as defined in Section 16-26.B1.a-d, Title 2) has been verified by a documented concurrence of the majority of the County’s municipal and rural fire chiefs, or their designees.
By virtue of this resolution, it is unlawful for any person to set fire to any forest, grass, range, crop or other wildlands, or to build a campfire or bonfire, or to burn trash or other material that may cause a forest, grass, range crop or other wildlands fire.
Individuals are responsible for their actions and the results of their activities. Reasonable caution must be exercised with respect to the existing high fire danger and extra precautionary measures must be taken to prevent wild fires.
The Guidelines set out by the Oklahoma Department of Forestry will be followed by the Grant County Commissioners with the allowable exceptions as follows:
· Grilling with natural gas grills
· Welding/Cutting Torch/Grinding Activities with proper precautionary equipment on site
· Oilfield & Landfill Activities
· Equipment related to Road Construction Projects
· Any Agricultural burn must be approved by nearest rural fire chief and sheriff office must be notified of event time and place
Enforcement of this resolution may be carried out by any law enforcement officer of this State. Any person convicted of violating this resolution shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be subject to a fine of not more than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00), to imprisonment for not more than one (1) year, or to both such fine and imprisonment.
This resolution shall be effective immediately for a period not to exceed Thirty (30) days from the date of passage by the Board of County Commissioners. If extreme fire danger conditions persist, subsequent resolution may be passed. This Burn Ban may be removed at any time during the Thirty (30) day period by the same method by which it was approved.
For more information, contact the Oklahoma Dept of Agriculture, Food & Forestry-Forestry Division at www.forestryok.gov or call 405-522-6158. Locally contact the Grant County Sheriff Office at 580-395-2356.
Resolved at an Emergency Meeting of the Board of Grant County Commissioners at 10:00 a.m. on July 30, 2012.

NOTICE TO BIDDER
FOR
AGRICULTURAL LEASES ON FARM LAND


           NOTICE IS HEREBY given that the Board of County Commissioners of Grant County, Oklahoma, will sell at public auction, Agricultural Leases on land herein described, in the lobby of the Courthouse, Medford, Oklahoma, June 4, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. at which time said Bids will be received.

Description of Farm #1:

All of the SE/4 of Section 23, Township 26, Range 6. W.I.M.,
containing 145 acres, more or less. With the exception of
approximately 5 acres on the Southwest corner, set aside for
use by Grant County Sheriff Firing Range and 10 acres occupied
by oilfield tanks

Description of Farm #2:

The N2 SE/4 of Section 24, Township 26, Range 6, W.I.M.,
farm land, exclusive of Jefferson Park proper, lying East of the
BurlingtonNorthern Railroad right of way, containing 21 acres
more or less.

           BIDS must be individually for each tract. The said Lease or Leases will be for a term of three (3) years, and to be operated in compliance with Federal Wheat Allotments.
2012 Wheat Base: Farm #1, 122.9 acres; Farm #2, 20.2 acres and Government Payments: Farm #1, $3458.00; Farm #2, $340.00. Each Bidder submitting a Sealed Bid will be permitted to raise his Bid at the time of the sale. Said Lease or Leases will be paid yearly by cash. First payment is due upon signing of Contract and on the first day of August of each year thereafter until end of three years.
           Bid forms and Non-Collusion Affidavit Forms will be available at the County Clerk’s Office, Room 102, Grant County Courthouse, Medford, Oklahoma.
           The County reserves the right to maintain drainage area on the County Farm. Right is also reserved at the interest of the County to reject and all Bids received. Contact County Clerk at 112 E Guthrie Rm 102, Medford, Ok 73759, 580-395-2274 for bid packet.

Dated May 7, 2012.

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
       GRANT COUNTY, OKLAHOMA

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County Clerk

GRANT COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

NOTICE OF CANCELLATION
OF VOLUNTARY EVACUATION NOTICE


The propane leak at the OneOk facility in Medford, Oklahoma has been capped and there is no longer a need for a Voluntary Evacuation Notice. Therefore, the Grant County Emergency Management has cancelled the notice effective 12:30 p.m. on Monday, March 5, 2012.
The Red Cross Shelter in Wakita is now closed.
Also US Highway 81 and M&M Road will be opened on Tuesday, March 6, 2012.

GRANT COUNTY FAIR BOARD - The five day filing period for candidates to the Grant County Free Fair Board begins Monday, January 30, 2012, at 8:00 o’clock, a.m. and ends Friday, February 3, 2012 at 4:30 o’clock, p.m.  Each candidate must be a registered voter and will represent the district in which they reside. Filing is done on forms made available in the Grant County Clerk’s Office in Medford, Oklahoma. No filing fees are required.

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TRANSPORTATION APPROPRIATIONS - The “Minibus” Appropriations bill for FY2012 passed by Congress and signed by President Obama generally adheres to the Senate-passed transportation funding levels, which NACo supported, that generally provide a higher level of funding than the House bill.

The final bill provides $39.883 billion for highway funding, down from the FY2011 level of $41.107 billion but substantially higher than the $27.7 billion proposed by the House. Another $1.662 for the Emergency Relief program for highways damaged in disasters such as Hurricane Irene and the recent Missouri River flooding is included.

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2012 Weekly Commissioner Meeting Schedule

LARGEST WIND FARM IN STATE TO BE BUILT IN GRANT COUNTY - TradeWind Energy, LLC and Alabama Power Company have entered into a long-term renewable energy purchase agreement that will deliver low-cost wind energy from the wind-rich resources of Oklahoma to communities in Alabama.

The Chisholm View Wind Project, developed as a 300 MW site, will be the largest wind farm in Oklahoma once it is complete.  The 20-year power purchase agreement between TradeWind Energy and Alabama Power for 202 MW was approved by the Alabama Public Service Commission on September 7.

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GRANT COUNTY REMOVED FROM GOVERNOR'S BURN BAN - OKLAHOMA CITY – Due to recent rainfall across Oklahoma, Governor Mary Fallin will amend the burn ban in central Oklahoma.  Effective Tuesday, September 27, at 1 p.m. the ban will be modified to cover 28 counties:  Atoka, Beaver, Beckham, Bryan, Carter, Choctaw, Cimarron, Coal, Comanche, Cotton, Garvin, Greer, Harmon, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnston, Kiowa, Love, Marshall, McCurtain, Murray, Pontotoc, Pushmataha, Roger Mills, Stephens, Texas, Tillman, and Washita.

Statewide, most county commissioners meet Monday and will have a chance to assess local conditions and consider their own countywide burn bans at that time.

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TRADEWIND ENERGY AND ALABAMA POWER COMPANY WILL DELIVER WIND ENERGY FROM WIND-RICH RESOURCES IN OKLAHOMA TO COMMUNITIES IN ALABAMA - The Chisholm View Wind Project in rural Oklahoma is unique in that it will transport low-cost renewable wind energy across three transmission systems to Alabama under a long-term energy agreement between TradeWind Energy and Alabama Power Company.

LENEXA, Kan. (September 19, 2011) –TradeWind Energy, LLC and Alabama Power Company have entered into a long-term renewable energy purchase agreement that will deliver low-cost wind energy from the wind-rich resources of Oklahoma to communities in Alabama.

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PERMITS AVAILABLE TO BALE HAY FROM ODOT RIGHTS-OF-WAY - The Oklahoma Department of Transportation, in partnership with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, is reminding local farmers and ranchers that through a simple permitting process, they are allowed to bale hay from highway rights-of-way.  There are over 135,000 mowable acres along highways rights-of-way in the state.

By state statute, permits to bale hay from area highway rights-of-way are available to the adjacent landowner first, but a be requested by anyone if all requirements are met.

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BE A COUNTY COMMISSIONER! - This fall, students in schools across the country will be able to learn about county government through an online game and curriculum that NACo created in partnership with iCivics, Inc.

The game, “Counties Work,” will educate students, grades 6 through 12, about the important role and functions of county government by letting them run their own county. A curriculum and webquest has also been developed to assist teachers with preparing lessons on county government. While playing the game, a student will be a county official responsible for providing services, dealing with citizen requests, setting and raising revenues, and working within a budget. Along the way, students will learn about the various services provided by county departments while having to make tough decisions.

Immediate Past President of NACo, Glen Whitley, stated “We need to get students to play the game. I encourage county officials and county staff to contact teachers, principals and school superintendents in your county to let them know the game is available at www.naco.org/CountiesWork."

For more information, please email Bill Cramer, marketing director or Tom Goodman, public affairs director or by phone at 888-407-NACo

Game on!



fairgrounds

The Grant County Fairgrounds in Pond Creek consists of Exhibit Building, Concession/Office Building and Show Ring with attached barns for sheep, goats, swine and beef exhibits.


Grant County, most of state remain under burn ban.
County Burn Ban
Governor's Burn Ban

GRANT COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS IMPROVEMENT PROPOSITION - On February 8, 2011 Grant County registered voters will have the opportunity to vote on a resolution for the collection of sales tax to make needed improvements to the Grant County Fairgrounds.  These improvements would provide a place for meetings, reunions, educational events and activities for future generations of our youth, individuals, groups and residents.
The resolution reads as follows:


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HAWLEY FD NOW EMERGENCY RESPONDER - The Hawley Volunteer Fire Department located in western Grant County was recently approved by the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) as an Emergency Medical Response Agency.  The accreditation was earned by the Hawley Fire Department after fulfilling the requirements of the OSDH, submitting the supporting paperwork and records, acquiring the required equipment and passing an on-site inspection.  The Hawley FD is honored to join the approximate 125 other Emergency Medical Response Agencies in Oklahoma.

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