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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Burn ban remains in place

  • The Newton County Commission will keep the county-wide burn ban in place, for now.


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  • The Newton County Commission will keep the county-wide burn ban in place, for now.
    More rain is in the forecast, but temperatures are expected to climb again, drying out the ground and leaving the burn hazard in place.
    “Up to this point, I don’t think we’ve probably had enough rain,” Commissioner Jack Sanders said Wednesday afternoon. “We’ll continue to assess it and determine when to lift it.”
    The National Weather Service predicted limited thunderstorm risk through Wednesday night with a chance for more storms into Thursday, but hot weather is expected to return into the weekend, with the heat index expected to climb above 100.
    There have been a handful of unauthorized burnings reported in Neosho alone since the city imposed its own burn ban on July 5, preceding the county’s by almost a week.
    In other business, commissioners opened their third term on Monday and heard property tax appeals through the board of equalization.
    The commissioners heard from four petitioners and five others had scheduled appearances, out of approximately 30,000 parcels assessed in Newton County. Reductions were approved for the appeals heard. One example, Sanders said, was a northern Newton County property on 32nd Street that was assessed by property comparison from land near Range Line Road.
    Commissioners also opened two three-option bids for a copier/printer/fax document system for the Newton County Prosecutor’s office. Lakeland Office Systems, Joplin, bid a $7,100 purchase price; a $220.10 monthly payment on a 36-month, $1 buyout lease; or a $139.16 monthly payment on a 60-month, $1 buyout lease. Ozark Business Systems, Neosho, bid a $8,256 purchase price; a $253.46 monthly payment on a 36-month, $1 buyout lease; or a $166.09 monthly payment on a 60-month, $1 buyout lease. Both bids included maintenance agreements and those terms are under review. Bids were referred to the prosecutor’s office.
    In other business, distress buttons for the courthouse were installed last week, but the wireless signal did not read in parts of the courthouse basement and the commissioners voted Wednesday to add a $600 repeater to the project so all offices would have the service.
    An overbid transfer of $235.05 was approved to Shane Bennett.

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