Pontotoc County Commissioners said Monday they expect the burn ban for the county to be lifted this week.
Gov. Mary Fallin declared a statewide burn ban on Aug. 3, and Friday she lifted the restriction in 22 counties after having dropped it for 22 others earlier in the month. Pontotoc was one of the 33 counties still under the burn ban Monday morning, but commissioners seemed confident county residents could resume outdoor burning in the near future.
If the ban is lifted, commissioners won’t need to act. Instead, they will only take action of a countywide ban is needed later.
“If (Fallin) lifts it, we need to leave it off for a few days so people can get caught up,” District 1 commissioner Gary Starns said at Monday’s commission meeting. “The phone’s been ringing off the wall.”
In other action Monday, the commission accepted the resignation of outgoing District 2 commissioner Danny Davis from the Southern Oklahoma Development Association (SODA) board of directors and named chairman Justin Roberts to replace him.
Davis was lost to his commission seat to Randy Floyd in a runnoff election in August, and his term will expire at the end of the year.