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Commissioners once again approve burn ban; New purchasing agent approved

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ELLIS COUNTY - Ellis County Commissioners declared a ban on outdoor burning and issued an order prohibiting the sale or use of restricted fireworks in the unincorporated areas of Ellis County Monday, June 13.   This prohibition includes professional fireworks displays, although individual cities may make different rulings for displays within city limits.

“If we are going to ban missiles with fins and rockets with sticks, we have to do it by tomorrow,” said Fire Marshal’s Investigator Jim Pharr, noting the KBDI is at 506 today and is expected to continue to rise.

“I have been in the pastures and the fields, and a high wind has dried this grass out,” said Commissioner Bill Dodson.  

“I was seeing what I normally see in late or mid August.  If we have a fire, we are not going to put it out, especially with the wind.”

The order is in effect for 90 days.  It does not prohibit “common fireworks, small in size, classified as Class C explosives” or “large fireworks devices designed primarily to produce visible or audible effects by combustion, deflagration or detonation and classified as Class B explosives.”

Violation of the fireworks order is a Class C Misdemeanor.

Also during the morning meeting, commissioners finalized the appointment of Alisha Wickens as the county’s new purchasing agent.

Wickens is a Certified Public Purchasing Buyer and currently works for the Texas Department of Transportation  who also worked for them in the past from 1985 through 1999. 

Additionally, Wickens worked for the North Texas Tollway Authority for five years, and the city of Dallas for four years.

“Everyone had the opportunity to interview Alisha, and she hails from a background as a purchasing agent with TXDOT and has been involved heavily with transportation,” said County Judge Carol Bush. 

“I think she will be a great asset for the county.”


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