County commissioners heeded the advice of Fire Marshal Tim Birdwell to lift the burn ban on Tuesday morning. Recent weather and an increase in ground saturation prompted Birdwell to recommend rescinding the ban that has been in place since Jan. 30.
Birdwell advised that residents should be careful and take extra steps to protect themselves and their neighbors when burning outdoors.
“All of our numbers are really good, but I do want to caution people that we still have dried grass out there that is dead,” Birdwell said. “Everyone needs to follow the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality outdoor burning rules. That can be obtained online and at the fire marshals website.”
Birdwell stated this document explains what can be burned and what time burning can take place.
Ellis County Sheriff Chuck Edge addressed the court to give his thanks to area law enforcement agencies who gave its time to help with a Feb. 10 church safety seminar. The training provided church leaders and members of church security teams of how to respond in the event of an active shooter.
“The reason why we wanted to publicly recognize is that the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office did not have an instructor. We had to reach out to other law enforcement agencies in this county. Every single agency that we contacted got involved to help or spread the word,” Edge said. “It is amazing in the time that we are living in. We all have to work together. On this one project every law enforcement agency we called stepped up to assist.”
Edge recognized Ellis County Constable Precinct 3 Michael McCorkle, and the Midlothian, Ennis, Red Oak, and Waxahachie Police Departments for their efforts in making the event a success. He shared that groups attended from all over the county and some came from out of state to attend the training class. More than 200 people attended the one-day event.
In other business commissioners,
• Approved the lease agreements for ADA voting equipment for Ellis County cities, school districts, and water districts that will be conducting elections on April 28 and May 5.
• Approved the appointment of Bill Dodson, Raymond Mosley, and Linda Sibley to serve on the Ellis County Historical Commission.
• Approved the resolution for the submission of the grant application for the rifle-resistant body armor grant to the Office of the Governor from the Sheriff’s Office.
• Approved a replat of Morgan Farm into two lots located on the west side of Ebenezer Road south of Wilson Road in the extraterritorial jurisdiction of the City of Ennis.
• Approved a replat of two lots in the Emerald Forest subdivision located at the intersection of Pioneer Court and Oak Hill Drive in the ETJ of the City of Waxahachie.
• Approved a request for a one-time variance from the rule and regulations to allow a replat of one lot and to create two lots with less than one acre. The property is located on the southeast corner of Jackson Street and Burney Lane in the ETJ of the City of Red Oak.
• Approved a request to release a letter of credit issued by Pinnacle Bank totaling $23,100 for the Sneed’s Place addition, which is a private subdivision in the ETJ of the City of Grand Prairie.
• Approved a one-time variance from the rules and regulations to allow one single-family dwelling located between Union Hill road and Burl Moore Road located in Ennis.
• Approved the purchase of a 2018 John Deere 554K from RDO Equipment for Road and Bridge Precinct 4.
• Approved for County Judge Carol Bush to sign a contract for animal control services for the county.
• Approved to declare as surplus a 1989 Interstate Tilt trailer.
• Heard a financial software upgrade update.
• Approved a work order for the City of Garrett for pothole repairs not to exceed eight hours work for streets to include Garrett Avenue, Marqurite, Pecan Hollow, Merritt, and Connor.
• Heard a report on compensatory time reporting.
• Approved an interlocal agreement with the Texas Association of Counties health and employee benefits pool renewal of the Affordable Care Act reporting and tracking service.
• Approved a renewal of an interlocal agreement between the county and the City of Italy.
• Took no action to authorize up to $12,500 for the purchase of a gooseneck trailer.
• Approved the authorized posting of a public notice for the proposed name change of Anderson Road near Forreston. This change would clear up confusion in dispatching first responders because two roads are currently named Anderson Road in the county.
• Approved to settle a claim on behalf of Ellis County Involving Jennifer True concerning property damage to her 2016 Mazda CX-5 Touring in the amount of $2,467.63, which was involved in a collision on a vehicle owned by the county and operated by Precinct 1 Commissioner Randy Stinson.