LOCAL DISASTER DECLARATION AND

ORDER PROHIBITING OUTDOOR BURNING AND THE USE OF CERTAIN FIREWORKS

 

 WHEREAS,  Hays County has not received any appreciable rainfall for a lengthy period of time and is currently experiencing a Keetch-Byram Drought Index between 542 and 639; and

 WHEREAS, such drought conditions are not forecast to improve in the foreseeable future; and

 WHEREAS,  Hays  County  officials  have  recently  received  numerous  reports  of  individuals  using  fireworks within Hays County, despite existing drought conditions; and

 WHEREAS,  the Hays County Judge has determined that the drought and other weather-related conditions pose a significant  threat to Hays County citizens, their property, and the wildlife.  Extraordinary  measures must be taken to prevent threats and maintain the health and safety of our community.

 NOW THEREFORE BE IT PROCLAIMED:

 1)   That a local state of disaster is hereby declared for Hays County, Texas, pursuant to §418.108(a) of the

Texas Government Code; and

 2)   That, pursuant to §418.108(b)  of the Texas Government Code, this local state of disaster shall continue for a period of not more than seven (7) days from the date cited below, unless this local state of disaster is continued by Resolution of the Hays County Commissioners Court; and

 3)   That, pursuant to §418.108(c)  of the Texas Government Code, this declaration of a local state of disaster shall be given prompt and general publicity and shall be filed promptly with the Hays County Clerk; and

 4)   That, pursuant to §418.108(d)  of the Texas Government Code, this declaration of a local state of disaster activates the Hays County Emergency Management Plan;

 5)   That  this  Proclamation  is being  declared  for  the  purpose  of implementing  the  following  restrictions, which are hereby ordered:

a.   the use of certain restricted fireworks, namely skyrockets  with sticks and missiles with fins (as classified under49 C.F.R. §173.100(r)(2) (10-1-86 edition)) is hereby prohibited, and

b.   outdoor  burning,  as  can  be  prescribed  via  Chapter  352,  Subchapter  D,  of  the  Texas  Local

Government Code, is hereby prohibited; and

 6)   That  this Declaration  shall take effect immediately  upon its execution by the Hays County Judge, as is evidenced by his duly authorized signature, below, and remain in effect until it expires, or until drought conditions no longer exist, as determined by the Hays County Commissioners Court;

 

the 5th day of July,  2012.

  

Bert Cobb, M.D. Hays County Judge

Thursday, July 5, 2012 8:00:00 AM Categories: Public Notices