DROUGHT CONDITIONS AND HEAT CAUSE FIRE BAN AND FIREWORKS BAN
The extreme weather conditions have caused local fire protection districts to take steps to help ensure public safety. Greenville Fire Protection Chief Bill Johnston told us there is to be no outside burning, whatsoever. People who usually burn their trash should keep it until it is safer to burn. Do not burn any fields or grass. Chief Johnston also advised, if you have fireworks, hold onto them until we have some rain. Conditions are so dry that a small fire could spread quickly. The county-wide ban on outdoor burning is in place until further notice.
KPD FIREWORKS CANCELLED FOR THIS YEAR
The dangerously hot temperatures and drought conditions compelled the Kingsbury Park District to cancel their annual fireworks show for the 4th of July. KPD Director Jerry Sauerwein told WGEL the conditions are to dry. The current conditions make it to dangerous to risk the chance of a fire starting and quickly spreading out of control. There will be no fireworks display this fourth of July at Patriot’s Park in Greenville. Chris Woods from the Greenville Muny Band told WGEL the Muny Band fourth of July performance will be on the courthouse lawn starting at 7:00 p.m.
VILLAGE OF SMITHBORO BANS FIREWORKS AND BURNING
According to information from Smithboro Mayor Lora Kennedy, due to extremely dry conditions, all fireworks and burning are banned until further notice, within the city limits of Smithboro.
VANDALIA ISSUES VOLUNTARY WATER CONSERVATION AND NO BURN ORDERS
Vandalia is taking action to conserve water and prevent fires. According to information from Vandalia Mayor Ricky Gottman, the City of Vandalia issued a voluntary water conservation order effective at 7:00 a.m. Friday, June 29. Water customers are asked to reduce their consumption of water by 50% by not watering gardens or lawns during the heat of the day, watering gardens and lawns less frequently, washing vehicles less often, running dishwashers and washing machines only with full loads, and checking plumbing for leaks. Due to the extremely dry conditions, a no burn order is in effect until further notice within the corporate limits of the City of Vandalia. The order prohibits all burning within the city limits and violators will be ticketed. For more information, call the mayor at 267-9788.
PORCH FIRE AT RESIDENCE ON MAIN STREET
Greenville Firefighters responded Sunday, at 10:42 p.m., to a report of a fire at a residence on Main Street. According to the fire report, the fire was confined to the front porch of the home. The apparent cause was a live cigarette in a container. Live ashes are believed to have caught the porch on fire. Firefighters extinguished the fire and cleaned the porch. Damage is estimated at $1500.00. Firefighters were on the scene about 45 minutes.
SHIMKUS DISAPPOINTED BY SUPREME COURT DECISION ON OBAMACARE
Congressman John Shimkus released a statement Thursday after the Supreme Court issued its ruling in the Florida v. United States Department of Health and Human Services case, or the Obamacare decision. Shimkus said he is disappointed by the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Obamacare. He added this law takes away our rights as individuals to make choices about our finances and personal freedoms. Shimkus says reforms he could support would include associated health plans which allow membership organizations to pool their members, allowing individuals to deduct the cost of insurance like a business, allowing insurance to be sold across state lines, creating state and regional high risk pools, and passing medical liability reform.