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County to consider lifting fireworks ban


The Ellis County Commission will consider lifting the ban on the sale and discharge of fireworks in rural areas of the county in its 5 p.m. meeting Monday at the Ellis County Courthouse.

In other business:

* Commissioners will hear funding requests from five subsidized organizations. The Ellis County Historical Society is requesting $120,100, no change from 2014; Humane Society of the High Plains asks for $5,000, the same amount as this year; Developmental Services of Northwest Kansas is asking for $262,500, an increase of $12,500; ACCESS Transportation is requesting $98,000; Ellis Junior Free Fair requests an increase up to $7,250.

* Commissioners will consider a lease agreement for temporary office space while the courthouse, jail and Law Enforcement Center are renovated.

* Commissioners will consider applying for listing the courthouse on the National Register of Historic Places.

* Commissioners will discuss a potential budget shortfall for the 2015 fiscal year.

* Commissioners will consider two special meetings next month to discuss the budget.

* Commissioners are expected to hear a report on the pre-construction meeting for the 718 Main project.