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Ferris retiree Cousins eyes run at council

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DIANA BUCKLEY
Ellis County Press
FERRIS - Retiring public works department employee Kenneth Cousins said he will continue to live in the city and hopes to serve the citizens by participating in city government.

'I plan on running for a seat on the council,' he said Friday during a reception held in his honor. 'And possibly, someday, the mayor's seat.'

An employee for 22 ½ consecutive years as well as two other stints of just under two years each, Cousins said he enjoyed his job and especially appreciated having the opportunity to educate himself about water systems and water treatment. 'The more I learned, the more I found out I didn't know,' he said.

Cousins said he looks forward to seeing the city continue to grow and improve as it has done throughout the 42 years he has been a resident. 'I saw lots of things happen,' he said. 'The new pump station in 1978, the new water tower in 1992. More than half of our town re-laid with the new PVC pipe. We're building streets.'

Improvements in the fire department and the police department have also been significant during Cousins' tenure with the city. 'We have a wonderful police department,' he commented. 'Fully staffed, with all the equipment they need.'

He also noted improvements in general living conditions. 'People now live in lot better houses,' said Cousins. 'Nobody's living in the trash anymore. The town is cleaned up.'

Idle hours are not part of Cousins' retirement plan. 'I plan on going to outer space,' he said. 'I'm going to cry a lot. I'm going to get a sign that says ‘I work for beer.''

'I'm going to teach him to run the vacuum cleaner,' said Wanda, his wife of 41 years, who indicated the couple plans to travel extensively.

Cousins denied any interest in vacuuming, but did say he has learned the secret of longevity in marriage. 'When she gets upset, she'll run and start cooking,' he said. 'And when I get upset, I'll run and start eating.'

The couple's three daughters and six grandchildren attended Friday's reception, as did several city council members and other city officials and business owners.

'I'm thankful for all of the friends and neighbors I have and I've been able to serve,' said Cousins. 'It was a pleasure to serve the people. I always tried to serve with the best I had.'

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