Fireworks ban remains in effect
By RANDY GONZALES
ELLIS -- The Ellis City Council voted 4-1 in a special meeting Thursday night to continue the city's ban on fireworks. City leaders had decided in their June 2 meeting to ban fireworks.
"It seemed like a no-brainer then, because it was very, very dry," Ellis Mayor Lyle Johnston said after the meeting.
However, recent rains prompted the council to address the issue again as a Sunday deadline loomed. A city ordinance forces the council to make a decision on fireworks by June 15 each year.
Ellis Fire Chief Denis Vine joined the council in its discussion Thursday night.
"He said he had no problem with fireworks at this point," Johnston said.
Ellis has received heavy rain on multiple occasions in recent days.
"Everything has kind of changed the last two weeks," Johnston said. "We've had almost 11, 12 inches, depending where you've been in town."
As a result, the town council has water restrictions on the agenda for Monday's regular meeting. The city is under a water emergency, the third stage of water restrictions.
Organizers for Saturday's Ellis Riverfest also have been scrambling due to the change in weather. Initially, they had planned for activities in the dry creek bed of Big Creek. However, with water in it now, alternate plans are being made.
"It's a good problem," Johnston said.