Debris discussed by council

Jacksboro City Manager Mike Smith gave aldermen an update on tornado vegetative debris removal during the Sept. 12 council meeting.

More than 14,000 cubic yards of vegetative debris were brought to the Jack County Sheriff’s Posse Arena. The started off being chipped but in two weeks officials realized they’d hardly made a dent. Smith said the city will be bringing in incinerators that run off of propane. These types of incinerators are normally used in hurricanes .

Two of the incinerators will be brought to town and used as a training exercise by the Texas Department of Emergency Management and TxDOT. After arriving in mid-October, they will work for 23 days, 10 hours a day to get the job finished.

“We are committed to get rid of that debris,” Smith said.

Smith said the city will have fire and police protection out there at all times. County officials will be providing fuel and a crane to keep things moving. The city has six rolloff containers that are moved around town for residents who will move their debris to the curb.

If residents will give personnel permission to come on to their property, they will get the debris as well. That goes for county residents still dealing with tornado debris, Smith said.

In other news, JPD Lt. Bryan Corb was approved to submit a grant proposal to receive funds from the Governor’s office for a maximum of six entry shields. Three will be placed at JISD district schools and three will be placed in officer vehicles so that officers on patrol have a shield at all times in case of emergency.

Corb said officers will be trained to use the shields in case of emergencies. Right now, the department has no shields.

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