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Commissioner: ‘I’ll help him’

The Ellis County Press

MIDLOTHIAN – While local war veterans were being showered with praise and thanks recently, one disabled vet is fighting for his freedom to move into a home on several lots in far-away northwestern Ellis County.

Casey Harris, who owns Eagle Trailers off of Highway 67 in unincorporated Ellis County, was fined several thousands of dollars for attempting to install a septic system without obtaining the proper permits and licenses from Ellis County’s Department of Development.

Harris, who said the system wasn’t even workable when he attempted the project, said he is awaiting an organ transplant and just wants to move into his home on one of several lots he owns in the area.

Harris said his deteriorating health conditions are making life difficult, as are the county’s regulations.

Commissioner Ron Brown, whose precinct covers the area where Harris lives, said he’s willing to work with him if he pays his fines and comes into compliance with the Department of Development’s demands.

Harris points out that two properties near where his vacant home now sit were approved for septic permits.

Short of a lawsuit to get the process sped up, Brown said the county has already received threats from Harris.

"That’s not helping [him any]," Brown said.

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