Ford County Fire Chief Robert Boyd was granted the approval to lift the county-wide burn ban during the Ford County Commission meeting Monday.

Boyd indicated that despite not getting as much rain as he had hoped, there was enough green growth coming in that he felt comfortable with lifting the ban.

"We went out and monitored people burning recently," he said, "and we felt we could lift the ban."

The county commission also approved the final acceptance with Motorola Solutions for the new radio system that was implemented several months ago along with approving a purchase order with MRT Communications for the mobile radio tower to be used at the Dodge City site.

Communications was also approved for a maintenance contract with Vista Comm for the radio and phone recorders used by the communications department.

The commission also approved an agreement with BNSF to install arms and signage for the railroad crossing east of Bellefont on 132 Road.

The work will be done over the summer according to legal counsel Glenn Kerbs, and that the county would only be financially responsible for the arms and signage, the rest would be done by Federal grants.

Solid Rock Rentals, an outdoor storage facility, was approved for zoning to get in five blocks from Cox Communications along Kliesen Street in Ford County.

The storage units would be available for rent on-site or are capable of being placed at another location, according to their website.

The units vary in sizes based on needs and are steel encasings instead of aluminum.

All approvals were made unanimously with a 3-0 vote.

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