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 ELLIS COUNTY- Per the commissioners court agenda, commissioners will decide on the termination of Alisha Wickens, purchasing agent, Monday, July 9.

Agenda as follows:




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

July 9, 2012 at 10:00 a.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-Moran

            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 – Ron Brown, Commissioner Pct. 4


CONSENT AGENDA – Consideration and Action:




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


                        A2       Approval of the necessary bond renewal for the following ESD Board of Directors:


                                    ESD #1 Position bonds of $10,000 for each member for a term effective January 24, 2012 to January 24, 2013.


A3       Approval to execute the following signed agreements relative to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Ellis County regarding the authorized use of designated Ellis County primary repeater channels for the purpose of providing two-way radio communications to support public safety operations and when there is a need for interoperable radio communications:


  • Emergency Service District #6
  • City of Ennis
  • Red Oak Fire & Rescue


A4       Approval and certification of the minutes from the regular Commissioners’ Court agendas dated:


May 14, 2012      May 29, 2012      June 11, 2012     June 25, 2012




F1        From 001-0020-50809, Auto Repair To 001-0020-50808, Auto Gas. – Keith Roberts, Maintenance


F2        From 001-0140-50560, Compensatory / Fringe Liability To 001-0030-50502, Salaries; 001-0030-50553, Social Security; 001-0030-50554, Retirement.  – Mike Navarro, Auditor


F3        From 001-0140-50560, Compensatory/Fringe Liability To 001-0020-50502, Salaries. –Carol Bush, County Judge


F4        From 001-0210-40719, Chapter 19 State Funding To 001-0210-50800, Chapter 19 Expenditures.  – Jane Anderson, Elections


F5        From 001-0510-50805, Conference To 001-0510-50601, Travel Reimbursement. – Judge Woody, JP1


F6        From 001-0611-50805, Conference To 001-0611-50809, Auto Repairs. – Ben Fry, Constable Pct 1


F7        From 011-0704-50802, Purchase of Equipment; 011-0704-50807, Gen. Misc; 011-0704-50911, Gravel; 011-0704-50912, Bridge Repair; 011-0704-50914, Signs To 011-0704-50915, Asphalt.  – Heath Sims, Road & Bridge Pct 3


F8        From 047-0947-50807, General Misc To 047-0947-50802, Equipment.  – Chuck Laubach, Sheriff’s Office 


F9        Approve refund of overpayment to the following accounts for payment in error:

                        Refund to be issued to:                                   Account          Amount Due

                        CitiMortgage                                                   173028            $4,384.38

                        Wells Fargo                                                     208807            $5,655.42


Simplified Plat:


            SP1      Rocking B Addition, 1 lot, Ronni Bishop, Pct 4



Consideration and action regarding the following presented by Judy Armstrong, Director Department of Development:


2.1       Grant a one-time variance from County of Ellis Rules, Regulations and Specifications for Subdivision and Manufactured Homes as it relates to the 150’ road frontage requirement, 1601 North Oak Branch, Waxahachie, Tim and Susan Pate, Pct. 3.




3.1       Consideration and action to approve an order approving the allocation of funds to support the Ellis County Emissions Enforcement Program.


-          Terry Nay, Constable Pct 2

3.2       Consideration and action to approve an inter-local agreement between the City of Bardwell and the Ellis County Tax Office pursuant to the authority granted by Texas Property Tax Code Sections 6.23, 6.24 and Texas Government Code Chapter 791 to provide tax assessment and collections services for the City of Bardwell taxing unit.


-          John Bridges, Tax Collector / Assessor


3.3       Consideration and action to accept or reject all bids for services to remove and replace all damaged insulation on ductwork and chilled water piping located on the roof of the Wayne McCollum Detention Center.


-          Joe White, County Engineer


3.4       Consideration and action to approve a modification to the 2002 Interlocal Contract between Ellis County and the City of Waxahachie regarding the public park located at the Northeast corner of the intersection of East Franklin and South College Streets in Waxahachie, being Lot 5B of Block 9 of Old Town Addition.


-          Joe White, County Engineer



3.5       Consideration and action to ratify the termination Alisha Wickens, Purchasing Agent, effective June 26, 2012. 

-          Carol Bush, County Judge



























“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 Section 551.074 of the Government Code, to deliberate the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline or dismissal of a public officer or employee.  (Purchasing Director and Human Services Director)






Signed this the _______ day of July, 2012.                          





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 South doors of the Ellis County Courthouse, a place readily accessible to the general public at all times on the _____day of July, 2012, at ____________ a.m./p.m.

Cindy Polley, County Clerk





  • The Commissioners Court reserves the right to consider and take action on the above agenda items in any particular order.
  • Anyone wishing to address the Commissioners Court concerning a posted agenda item must make a formal request by presenting a "Participation Form" to the County Clerk at least 10 minutes prior to the beginning of the meeting.
  • If you or your representative, have a disability that requires special arrangements and you plan to attend this public meeting, please contact the County Judge’s Office at (972) 825-5011 within 72 hours of the meeting.  Reasonable accommodations will be made to meet your needs at the meeting.



By__________________________________, Deputy                                                        

Subscribe to comments feed Comments (1 posted)

Raccoon 12/27/2012 08:55:42
Our glorious Commissioner's Court has axed another couple of non- elected employees. They come into office (probably the highest paying job they have ever had) and begin firing anyone who disagrees with them. I understand their position of management but telling the County Engineer how to build roads and the Purchasing Agent how to buy. Get a grip.
This Commissioner's Court is totally dysfunctional and needs to go.
Hey voters, how about looking at qualifications before you vote instead of mindlessly checking the Party chack box.
Clean house and start over...that's all I have to say.
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