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Burn ban in place in Ellis County

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NICOLE MONK

The Ellis County Press

ELLIS COUNTY - At the Ellis County Commissioners meeting on Monday night a 90-day burn ban on outdoor burning was placed.

"The pulse of what I’ve been getting is a lot of concern about it," said County Judge Chad Adams. "I don’t think there’s any harm in exercising a little caution here."

The Keetch Byram Drought Index is reported to be 439 for Ellis County, which is below the 500-point standard that the court looks for in implementing a burn ban.
Fire Marshal Investigator Jim Pharr said that even though a burn ban does place an additional load on the Sheriffs Department and a range of volunteer fire departments that respond to reports of illegal burns, he agrees with Adams.

"Most of the fires in the past few weeks have been the result of cigarette butts thrown out, you can drive down the highway and you will see the burned areas," said Pharr.

County Engineer Joe White asked for the Court’s approval on many items concerning the process for seeking sub-contractor bids for the Ellis County Sub-Courthouse.  
"Instead of just bidding, we will utilize a point system that includes both experience and pricing," White said.

"We also need to have a group of technical people to assign the numbers these are known to the contractors as they do their proposals and to possibly do an interview if we got into a close situation."

In addition to White, Jon Vidaurri or Matt Roy of Jones Lang LaSalle; Larry Irsik of Architexas; Ellis County Purchasing Agent Richard Denn-iston; Commissioner Bill Dodson, pct. 2; and Ennis Mayor Russell Thomas were approved members of the technical group.


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