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Local businesses feuding

MEGAN GRAY

The Ellis County Press

FERRIS – Two disorderly conduct tickets were issued to neighboring local business owners according to city officials.

Dianne Lankford, part owner of Frank’s BBQ and Jack Borninski, owner of Ferris Automotive, have been feuding over smoke emitting from Frank’s BBQ smoker for more than two weeks.

Borninski cites health concerns for him and his wife being the ultimate reason he is so upset over the BBQ restaurant smoking their meat. "They use toxic wood besides just the hickory and oak in there and breathing it into my lungs all the time since they moved in isn’t healthy," said Borinski.

Lankford claims they do not use any trash or chemical wood in their cooker whatsoever.

"The air quality has been checked and we have passed all state and code enforcement inspections," said Lankford.

"We aren’t doing anything wrong."

City officials have been negotiating with each side in a professional manner.

"Neither business has done anything to violate a city ordinance or law, so there isn’t a lot that we can do.  I understand where each side is coming from, but it is not my position to take sides,"

said City Manager Eric Strong.

Police were called to businesses, located on South Central, Tuesday, July 6 because racial slurs were being added into the mix.

"He [Jack Borninski] called me a n——- and told me to take my black monkey a— back to Africa."

Borninski said the business is very unclean with smoke and ashes everywhere and they were just "playing the race card because that’s what they do."

Local businesses are even pledging to take their business elsewhere and not ever go back to Jack’s, as the store is more locally known.

Fliers spotted around town indicated a boycott with Ferris Automotive located at 214 South Central stating the owner is a" racist idiot" and he should not be given" any incentive to stay here in this town…your town."

"If you quote me as saying anything, I will deny it," said Borninski.

While conducting an interview, there was no signs of ventilation or fans to rid the smoke from the BBQ joint or exhaust from cars Borninski works on daily.

"Google and research what smoke does, it sticks to my lungs and will give me cancer," said Borninski.

The owners of Frank’s have tried to mend any hard feelings by placing a fence up around the area over the weekend with a barrier wall so not as much smoke would reach the Ferris Automotive side.

"We are trying to do our part, he’s just a mean man," said Lankford.


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