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Commissioners: Burn ban remains in place

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Diana Buckley
Ellis County Communications
WAXAHACHIE - Ellis County Commissioners took no action on a proposal to lift the existing ban on outdoor burning during Monday night's meeting.

'I asked this to be placed on the agenda in case we got a good amount of rain this weekend,' said Fire Marshal Investigator Jim Pharr.

'We did not. As of this morning, our Keetch Byrum Drought Index was still 593.'

Pharr recommended leaving the burn ban in place.

'This is our measuring stick,' said Commissioner Larry Jones, pct. 2. 'I think we'd better stay with what we've been discussing.'

The 90-day ban was ordered by commissioners on Aug. 28 and would expire on Nov. 25, if it is not renewed.

County Judge Chad Adams administered the oath of office to Mr. Gary Bassett of Waxahachie after the court appointed him to serve on the Board of Trustees for Lakes Regional Mental Health and Mental Retardation Center.

My brother suffers from mental retardation, so I grew up in a family with those things going on,' said Bassett.

'I see the need for helping people that can't help themselves, and I think it is important for Ellis County to have a good advocate.'

A former finance instructor at Southern Methodist University, Bassett retired to Waxahachie after 28 years in the banking industry.

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