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Notice is hereby given that a regular meeting of the Ellis County Commissioners’ Court will be held on Monday, 

January 24, 2011 at 6:00 p.m., in the Historic Ellis County Courthouse, Commissioners’ Courtroom (2nd flr), 101 W. Main Street, Waxahachie, Texas at which time the following will be discussed and considered, to-wit:


County Judge:           Carol Bush                                                      County Clerk:           Cindy Polley


Commissioners:                                                                                 Assistant County Attorneys: 

            Dennis Robinson, Commissioner, Pct. 1                                             Ann Montgomery

            Bill Dodson, Commissioner, Pct. 2                                                     Lee Auvenshine

            Heath Sims, Commissioner, Pct. 3

            Ron Brown, Commissioner, Pct. 4




1.1              County Judge will call meeting to order, declare quorum if present, and declare notices legally posted pursuant to Open Meetings Act.


1.2       Motion to Open Court.


1.3              Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance - Commissioner Dennis Robinson


CONSENT AGENDA – Consideration and Action:




                        A1       Approval of Regular Bills, Payroll, and Officers' Reports


A2       Approval of the December, 2010 Travel Reports of the Texas AgriLife Extension Office

                                                -Mark Arnold, Agriculture

                                                -Page Bishop, 4-H

                                                -Rita Hodges, Family & Consumer Sciences


A3       Approval and certification of the minutes from the Commissioners’ Court Agenda dated:


            December 3, 2010, Special     December 13, 2010, Regular     December 13, 2010, Special

            December 17, 2010, Special   December 23, 2010, Regular


A4       Approval to enter into a contract with Nextel of Texas, Inc. for reconfiguration of our 800 MHz frequency.


A8       Approval to place the following vehicle on the list of authorized vehicles that are allowed to display regular exempt plates:   2011 Chevy Pickup vin#3GCPCPEA9BG210367.




A5       Approval of the following Ellis County Emergency District bonds:                        

ESD #3           Vincent Guerrero        Position (Secretary) Bond $10,000

                                                Howard Morgan         Position (Vice President) Bond $10,000

                                                James Steele                Position (Treasurer) Bond $10,000

                                                Murrie Wainscott        Position (Member) Bond $10,000


ESD #5           Bruce Moore               Public Official Bond $10,000

                                                Steve Salmon              Public Official Bond $10,000

                                                Gerald B. Tyler           Public Official Bond $10,000

                                                Paul Jones                   Public Official Bond $10,000

                                                Raymond Miner          Public Official Bond $10,000


A6       Approval of the Statement of Elected/Appointed Official and Oath of Office for the following                            Emergency Service District Board Members: 


ESD #1 - James Morrison, Philip Andrew Mulvaney

ESD #2 - Danny F. Green, Gary Ratliff

ESD #3 - Vincent Guerrero, Howard Morgan, James Steele, Murrie Wainscott,

ESD #4 - Stuart Schafer,

ESD #5 – Bruce Moore, Steve Salmon, Gerald B. Tyler

ESD #6 – Jerry Crawford, Gary Beaty, Bill Gilliland

ESD #7 – Larry Mentzer, Jeff Pressler

ESD #8 – Allen Lane, Everett Russell

ESD #9 – Mike Greenlee, John Hancock, Marvin Rhoades, Douglass Young.


A7       Approval of a contract with PowerPlay Productions to play music during the Ellis County Employee Appreciation Dinner on February 11, 2011 for $500.00.



F1        Approve refund of overpayment to the following accounts for payment in error:

CitiMortgage                                       139842                        $4,386.92

BAC Tax Services Corp                     141481                        $4,315.38

Capital Title of Texas, LLC                150891                        $3,050.52

Wells Fargo Home Mortgage              153695                        $3,952.58

Ellis County Abstract                         167487                        $4,422.84

Angela New                                        201258                        $2,465.49

Scott N. Oates                                                215753                        $2,966.11

Bruce Bradley Norman                       222637                        $2,946.25

Stewart Title North Texas, Inc.          225594                        $2,710.88

Wells Fargo Home Mortgage              233231                        $3,161.53

Lereta                                                  149131                        $3,649.76

Everhome Mortgage c/o Lereta LLC  151893                        $3,282.27


-          John Bridges, Tax Assessor / Collector


F2        From 001-0510-50874, Docket books To 001-0510-50819, Computer. – Bill Woody, JP, Pct. 1


F3        From 001-0530-50703, Telephone To 001-0530-50802, Equipment. – Curtis Polk, JP, Pct. 3

F4        From 031-0931-50807, DA Drug Forfeiture, Gen. Misc. To  031-0931-50802, DA Drug Forfeiture, Equipment.  –Patrick Wilson, County & District Attorney


F5        From 3-001-0000-0302, Fund Balance Carryover To 001-0010-50802, Equipment; 001-0015-50802, Equipment; 001-0015-50811, Auto Purchase. – Carol Bush, County Judge



Consideration and action regarding the following presented by Delton Ake, Director Department of Development:


2.1         Final Plat – Maypearl Hidden Hills, 49 lots, F.M. 66 and Oak Branch Road, North Texas District Council of the Assemblies of God, Inc., Pct. 3.




3.1       Presentation of the Sheriff’s Annual Racial Profiling Report


-       Chuck Laubach, Sheriff’s Office


3.2       Consideration and action as necessary to authorize Sheriff Johnny Brown to sign a Memorandum of Agreement with the North Central Texas Major Case Investigative Team (MCIT). The agreement will allow participation in this joint task force.


-       Chuck Laubach, Sheriff’s Office


3.3       Pursuant to Sections 284.003 and 284.066 of the Texas Transportation Code, consideration and action to appoint an operating board to manage the goals expressed within the Ellis County Thoroughfare Plan.


-       Barbra Leftwich, County Planner


3.4       Consideration and action to approve a resolution requesting TxDOT advance the planned and proposed improvements for IH 35E, US 287, FM 664; as well as other primary and secondary road corridors in Ellis County.


-       Barbra Leftwich, County Planner


3.5       Consideration and action to lift the ban on outdoor burning.


-       Jim Pharr, Fire Marshal’s Office


3.6       Consideration and action to approve a resolution relating to the payment of indigent or Medicaid rates for all healthcare and drugs provided to inmates of Ellis County and to name CHM as an agent of Ellis County in providing healthcare and drugs to inmates.


-       Ann Montgomery, County Attorney’s office


3.7       Consideration and action to ratify the filing of Ellis County vs. Honorable Greg Abbott, Attorney General of Texas on January 3, 2011, Cause Number D1VF11000001-1.


-           Ann Montgomery, County Attorney’s office




3.8       Consideration and action to approve a resolution supporting the passage of HJR 56, a constitutional amendment that would make the state of Texas pay for unfunded mandates or absolve local governments from carrying them out if the state fails to provide appropriated funds.


-       Dennis Robinson, Commissioner, Pct. 1


3.9       Consideration and action to approve an inter-local agreement between Ellis County and Dallas County to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of both counties’ efforts to reduce air pollution emitted by motor vehicles operating unlawfully because of fraudulent, improper and counterfeit motor vehicle inspections.  The term of agreement is effective for five years after it is effective.


-       Terry Nay, Constable, Pct. 2






“The Commissioners’ Court of Ellis County reserves the right to adjourn into Executive Session at any time during the course of this meeting to discuss any of the matters listed in this agenda, in the order deemed appropriate, as authorized by Texas Government Code 551, or to seek the advice of its attorney and/or other attorneys representing Ellis County on any matter in which the duty of the attorney to the Commissioners’ Court under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct of the State Bar of Texas clearly conflicts with Texas Government Code Chapter 551 or as otherwise may be permitted under 551.”


4.1       Pursuant to Section 551.072 of the Government Code, consultation with counsel regarding the                 possible sale or lease of real property   “if deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental             effect on the position of the governmental body in negotiations with a third person.”


4.2       Pursuant to 551.071(1)(a) of the Texas Government Code, consultation with legal counsel regarding Cause No. D1GV11000001-1, Ellis County v. Honorable Greg Abbott, Attorney General of Texas, in the District Court of Travis County, Texas.




ADJOURNMENT                                                    Signed this the _______ day of January, 2011.                                                                    


Carol Bush

Ellis County Judge


I, the undersigned, County Clerk of the Ellis County Commissioners Court do hereby certify that the above Notice of Regular Meeting of the Ellis County Commissioners Court is a true and correct copy of said Notice, that I received said Notice, and it was posted at the doors of the Ellis County Courthouse, a place readily accessible to the general public at all times on the _____day of January, 2011, at ____________ a.m./p.m.

Cindy Polley, County Clerk


By__________________________________, Deputy                                                                    

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