County lifts fireworks ban; Fraughton recognized

Uinta County Commissioner Wendell Fraughton is recognized by citizens Jane and Ian Siegismund for his assistance and support offered to them during his tenure as commissioner. UINTA COUNTY HERALD/Sheila McGuire

EVANSTON — The first item of new business for the Uinta County Commissioners at the regular meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 18, was a presentation by Jane and Ian Siegismund.

The mother and son pair presented a gift of appreciation to commissioner Wendell Fraughton for his service and steps he’s taken to assist them in his time on the commission.

Jane said she has learned a great deal by attending commission meetings and wishes more people attended. “You guys are so smart,” she said.

Fraughton lost his re-election bid in November and will not be returning to the commission in January.

Uinta County Clerk Amanda Hutchinson presented multiple routine items to the commissioners for approval, including the 2019 county employee holiday schedule.

Kim West with Uinta County Emergency Management presented a resolution to adopt the policy regarding the closed-circuit television cameras used both inside and outside county properties for the safety of staff and the public, as well as protecting county assets during and outside of business hours.

Fire Cpt. Tim Overy asked the commissioners to lift the fireworks ban enacted on July 4 as a result of the Twin Ridge Fire. Overy said the ban had been extremely helpful throughout the dry months in reducing call volume and preventing fires. Lifting the ban now will allow communities and individuals to hold year-end celebrations, said Overy, and the commissioners approved ending the fireworks ban.

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