Commissioners vote to not enact Burn Ban, Meeting heats up over highway business

By Taylor Risse

At the July 7 meeting of the Bennett County Commissioners it was decided to not pass a burn ban but to encourage Bennett County residents to burn with caution and use common sense.

Emergency Management Director Jeff Siscoe informed the board that he had reached out to local fire chiefs and Tuthill’s chief urges people to use common sense. Martin Chief Chris O’Bryan feels the Fire Chiefs of the county should put the ban into place if needed. O’Bryan, also advocated that there would be no fines if a burn ban was put into place. Siscoe added that there are counties around that have put a burn ban into effect. ...

... Commissioner Rod Kirk told Ulmer, “You were getting something done for free, that you wouldn’t have to do. Now you guys have to finish the job. I will request it done today, by the end of the day.”

Ulmer answered it wouldn’t happen because they didn’t have the right cutting edges.

Slattery replied that there are enough cutting edges there. One would have to be cut to fit, put it on and then the blade will be operable. He continued that the crew doesn’t want to use that blade, they want to surplus it and won’t drive it so he will find someone to drive it. … to continue reading, you may purchase a newspaper at the Bennett County Booster II in Martin, S.D., participating retailers or online here.

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