Packed county courtroom opposes halfway house
By 07/17/2003 00:00:00
The Ellis County Press
WAXAHACHIE - Ellis County Commissioners Court meetings usually go unnoticed during the day, but not so with the one Monday, July 14.
A crowd of angry homeown-ers who live near the Rutherford Crossing neighborhood in Waxahachie banded together to protest a proposed halfway house from being built. Because it's the county, notices pertaining to such a facility - which would have held mentally-incompetent 17- to 22-year-old males - do not have to be sent.
According to Robert Reynolds, president of the homeowners' association, an amendment to the Texas Local Government Code would require notices be sent.
Commissioners voted unanimously to approve sending out notices and at a later date, county officials could deny the planned home.
'This [vote] puts some teeth into it,' said Commissioner Larry Jones of precinct 2.
Hallie Robinson, who represents the Rutherford Crossing area, said he would work to do anything he could to stop the project.
'I personally wouldn't want this next door to me, so I know where y'all are coming from,' he said before a raucous applause.