County Commission rescinds burn advisory, prepares for ceremony Friday

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Saline County Commission voted to rescind the burn advisory, which had been placed on the county just over a week ago, at its meeting Wednesday, Sept. 18.

Southern Commission Monte Fenner noted the advisory had been put in place at the recommendation of Fire Chief Tony Day and Saline County Emergency Management Director Russ Donnell, but after the rainfall the past few days, Day said it would be safe to rescind the advisory.

Northern Commissioner Charlie Guthrie said there will be a ceremony on the courthouse lawn at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20, which is National POW/MIA Remembrance Day.

During the ceremony, a memorial will be dedicated. The memorial lists 20 Saline Countians who are either POWs or MIAs. Guthrie noted six of the people listed on the stone were still missing in action. The ceremony will be held in the circuit court room if there is inclement weather.

Mary Ann Gilpin was present to ask the commission if United Way could place a goal sign on the courthouse lawn. United Way hopes to raise $110,000, starting with their kickoff luncheon Thursday, Sept. 19.

Fenner also announced Enbridge Inc. will be working to cross the pipeline across Box Elder Road on Thursday and Bob White and Basil Roads on Saturday.

Presiding Commissioner Tom Stallings updated the commission on his trip to Washington, D.C. He said they met with several different bureaus and he hopes it was time and money well spent.

"Hopefully we made some connections there that will be beneficial to Saline County in the future," he added.

The next regular meeting of the county commission will be at 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 19.

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