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Kerens mayor: Leaf-burning against city law

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KERENS–Burning leaves in Kerens is disallowed by municipal ordinance, Mayor Jeffrey Saunders reminded residents during the Tuesday, Dec. 10 city council meeting.
The leaf burn ban includes areas within a half-mile of the city limits, land which is under Kerens’ extraterritorial jurisdiction, the mayor added. He said residents can bag their leaves and have them disposed of on trash pickup days that include bulk items and brush, which is the last Thursday of each month.
Also during the Dec. 10 meeting, council members approved office equipment leases. City Administrator Katherine Combs said the previous copier contract included a monthly fee, as well as a per-copy fee of about 15 cents for color and 10 cents for black and white.
The new copier contract with Document Solutions will save the city about $30 per month in fees for two small copiers, Combs said, and about $45 per month for a single large copier. The new contract includes up to 20,000 black and white copies, and up to 200 color copies.
Another contract was approved between Kerens and Navarro County for conducting the May 2, 2020 municipal election. The two-year terms of council members Brandon Blue, Greg Allen and Ann Fessenden are expiring. Filing for the seats starts Jan. 15 and ends Feb. 14.
Also, council members heard the Kerens Police Department Chapter 59 Asset Forfeiture Report for 2018, which will be forwarded to the state attorney general. Chief Roy Ivey said the forfeiture fund started its reporting period with $29,351.59, with deductions of $6,300 to pay the Navarro County District Attorney’s Office for handling a vehicle seizure, along with a $2,000 expense for K9 police dog acquisition, training and upkeep. The fund ended the reporting period with $21,051.59.
Council also voted to give Chief Ivey authority to sign paperwork in the process of acquiring two new Chevrolet Tahoes for the police department.