The Princeton City Council on Monday approved a resolution calling for an agreement with Eddyville to help control drug trafficking in this region.
The agreement calls for the Princeton Police Department to work with the Eddyville department to help limit and reduce drug trafficking in the two cities.
“(Eddyville is) going to contribute $3,750 to our police department to help assist in regional drug trafficking and control efforts,” Mayor Kota Young told the council.
Princeton Fire Chief Brent Francis spoke to the City Council about the fall fire hazard season, which began on Thursday and runs through Dec. 15.
During this hazard season — and the spring hazard season from Feb. 1 to April 15 — people are prohibited from burning from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. within 150 feet of any woodland, brushland or fields containing dry grass or other flammable materials.
The hazard seasons are put in place through Kentucky Revised Statute 149,400 and are meant to help prevent wildfires statewide by limiting brush burning during times when grass is dry.
“Every year, people think this is a ban,” he said. “It’s not a ban; it’s simply a time description for (the Kentucky Division of) Forestry.
“Open burning of limbs, leaves, natural vegetation and brush — the only thing legal to burn — you can still burn it if you’re within 150 feet of the woods. You just have to wait until 6 p.m. If you’re further than 150 feet of the woods, you don’t even have to wait until 6 p.m.”
Francis advised people thinking about burning brush to watch the weather to see when it’s windy.
“Then, 150 feet’s not far enough,” he said. “The wind’s going to blow it.”
Francis added that if there is a severe enough drought in the area, then the county’s judge-executive would determine if a burn ban needs to be in place for his county.