Archive - Jun 27, 2012 - News Article
PERU, Ind. (AP) — Some local officials are trying to prohibit the shooting of fireworks because of Indiana’s drought conditions despite a state law allowing residents to use them for celebrations around the Fourth of July.
About two-thirds of Indiana’s 92 counties have issued open burning bans as of Tuesday after weeks of little or no rainfall, with tinder-dry grass and vegetation contributing to numerous field fires around the state that have kept fire departments busy.
The Preble Fire Department responded to a field fire near Magley at 2:16 Tuesday afternoon.
Firefighters were dispatched to an area near the AEP power plant and the old railroad tracks, behind a row of homes in Magley, according to Preble Fire Chief Dan Elzey.
After crews extinguished the blaze, which Elzey said is believed to have started from an unattended trash fire, crews were dispatched approximately an hour later to the same location as the fire had reignited.
Unusually dry conditions in Berne during have led to some exorbitant monthly water bills as homeowners try to keep their lawns and gardens alive.
And members of the city council on Monday agreed to give those heavy users a break.
Clerk-treasurer Gwen Maller reported that utility bills will go out July 1 for May water useage. She noted that "quite a few water bills are pretty high" for the month, including one resident whose monthly water and sewage bill was nearly $800, and another that was $400.