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Commissioners lift burn ban County property insurance awarded

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ELLIS COUNTY- Due to recent soaking rains, as well as the need of many residents to safely and efficiently dispose of downed trees and other plant debris after the storms, commissioners voted unanimously to rescind a ban on outdoor burning, approved two weeks ago, during the Monday, May 9, regular 10 a.m. meeting.

“The KBDI is 296 this morning, and fire danger is moderate to high,” said Fire Marshal Investigator Jim Pharr.  

“We have had some counties that have already rescinded their burn bans.”

Pharr said he would still encourage citizens to call the Sheriff’s Dispatch line 972-937-6060 before burning, to learn if there are any particular fire dangers as well as to alert first responders in case a problem should develop.  

He also noted a link to the Forest Service Website has been added to the county’s Website www.co.ellis.tx.us for convenience.

The court also voted to award the property insurance for the county to Hibbs-Hallmark for the period of one year, beginning on May 23, adding an increase in deductible to the auto liability and auto physical damage line items.  

The company was also asked to review the list of covered automobiles to make a recommendation regarding removal of the physical damage coverage on older vehicles.  

Overall, the policy will cost approximately $20,000 less than last year.

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