Fire Mandates Coming for Emery County Residents

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Before ending Tuesday’s Emery County Commission Meeting, Commissioner Jeff Horrocks mentioned to those in attendance that new fire mandates were coming.

On the heels of the rapidly-growing Seeley Mountain fire which broke out Monday evening in Huntington Canyon, Horrocks’ words couldn’t have come at a better time. The fire has burned over 600 acres, so far, and has caused multiple mandatory evacuations.

“We ask Emery County to adhere to those and to be careful,” he said.

The forthcoming mandates will encompass open burning, fireworks, and firearms.

Other notes from the meeting.

  • Commissioner Laurie Pitchforth was excused from the meeting because of a death in her family.
  • The annual area plan was presented by Jan Bodily, director of Four Corners Behavioral Health. “I don’t anticipate a whole lot of change in the plan,” she said. Commissioners approved the plan.
  • Commissioners opened two bids for scrap metal salvaging at the Emery County Landfill. One was from Stevenson Metal Recycling for $116 per ton. The other was from Sims Metal Management for $151.23. Commissioner Nelson made the motion to accept the higher bid. Horrocks seconded the motion.
  • Emery County Citizen Trenton Bennett approached theВ lecternВ and voiced his concern about having an in-house inspector for the county instead of Sunrise Engineering.
  • Commissioners approved amended tax rates for 2012 and approval of the independent audit for 2012.

The Emery County Commission will next meet July 10.

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