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Diana Buckley
Ellis County Communications
WAXAHACHIE - The third time was the charm for an order defining 'Rules of Procedure, Conduct and Decorum at Meetings of the Ellis County Commissioners' Court.'

The order was finalized after a unanimous vote during the regular meeting of the Court on Monday.

Members of the court hammered out an agreement over a few remaining details, such as the deadline for turning in agenda requests and how long an individual member of the public may talk when addressing a posted agenda item.

'I make a motion to approve these rules with the inclusion of two changes,' said County Judge Chad Adams.

'The filing deadline being noon on Wednesday, for you all to get things to our office to be able to file, and that's a hard and fast number for all department heads, too.

'It is my understanding of the statute that (approval can be given by) the city, the county, or the river authority - any governmental authority,' he said.

'In general, we have been contacting counties.'

The consolidated bond would garner funds for a number of capital improvement projects in some 14 counties around the state, including the Skyline Landfill located in the City of Ferris.

After hearing again from a number of citizens opposing the construction of the proposed Trans-Texas Corridor, commissioners voted to approve a shortened resolution requesting that the State Legislature review the enabling legislation in the upcoming session.

'I'm not in support of this corridor coming through Ellis County, but unfortunately it's planned to come through Ellis County,' said Robinson.

'We've had a couple of different resolutions circulating around by a couple of citizens.

'I believe that opposing the legislation rather than the project in its entirety allows us to possibly have a seat at the table at bargaining time.'

In other business, commissioners:

• Approved a new contract with Westlaw Online with added access to Federal Reporter and Federal Supplements for the County Law Library;

• Approved an addendum to the Indigent Health Care contract with Indigent Healthcare Solutions for installation of the ICD-9 codes;

• Ratified the renewal of the NetData maintenance contract for the Elections office;

• Approved an addendum to the Master Services Agreement with Local Government Solutions for additional services for the County Clerk's office;

• Approved a Memorandum of Understanding with NCTCOG for the use of video teleconferencing equipment;

• Approved the 2007 Texas County and District Retirement System plan notice and rate acknowledgement, providing a 3% cost of living adjustment for retirees;

• Approved a tax resale deed for property previously struck from the tax roles;

• Abandoned a portion of Old Park Road and Gidney Road at the request of area property owners;

• Placed eight bridges in a replacement plan under the Federal Off-System Bridge Program administered by TXDOT, including Brannon Road Bridge over Richland Creek, Franks Road Bridge over Richland Creek, Whiskers Road Bridge over Richland Creek Tributary, Pluto Road Bridge over Mill Creek, Duke Road Bridge over Houston Creek, Morgan Road Bridge over Hog Creek Tributary, Schield Road Bridge over Elm Branch, and Pecan Tree Road Bridge over Onion Creek;

• Approved a letter of intent to lease property and approved a contract with Freese and Nichols to survey the property for suitability and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act;

• Authorized the County attorney to answer on behalf of and represent Ellis County against the allegation of Darlene Argumaniz in a lawsuit;

• Approved the purchase of a Caterpillar 924TG Wheel Loader for Precinct 2 and a skid steer loader for Precinct 3;

• Declared a list of equipment as surplus and approved disposal at auction;

• Accepted construction of infrastructure for Shiloh Downs Phase III, granted a variance relating to lot size, and approved one replat and one preliminary plat under the Department of Development;

• Took no action on a resolution setting forth Legislative requests for the Sate of Texas 80th Legislative Session;

• Consulted with attorneys in a short executive session.

'And another change being that a person can waive their time to speak with a maximum of two minutes to an individual who is also signed up to speak.'

Commissioners also approved a revision of the county's Tax Abatement Guidelines, Criteria and Procedures.

Revisions to the guidelines include a requirement companies applying for a tax abatement must offer insurance benefits to full time employees and their families at an affordable rate, a requirement for presentation of environmental impact information and elimination of the possibility of a 100 percent abatement during the construction phase.

'Leanne, we've watched you work the last year and a half sorting this out, visiting with each one of the Commissioners,' said Adams. 'I know it's been a difficult chore. I think these changes are good.

'They are reflective of bringing us in line with our communities that we serve, as well as making (the guidelines) more professional.'

The court took no action after hearing a presentation from Scott Pastermack of R.W. Beck, the firm hired through a grant from the North Central Texas Council of Governments to do a Solid Waste Siting study.

'We want to make sure that whatever work we do is not going to place you in a situation where a developer can say that you did not have a rigorous enough process to adopt this ordinance and challenge it,' said Pastermack.

'We will bring very objective criteria to this process.'

A request for approval to issue a tax-exempt industrial revenue bond for Waste Management, Inc. was tabled.

'I would like to have time to talk to the City of Ferris,' said Commissioner Dennis Robinson, Pct. 1.

'And I think they should take (this request) to the City of Ferris.'

Lee McCormick, a financial advisor, had presented the item.

'It is my understanding of the statute that (approval can be given by) the city, the county, or the river authority - any governmental authority.' he said.

'In general, we have been contacting counties.'

The consolidated bond would garner funds for a number of capital improvement projects in some 14 counties around the state, including the Skyline Landfill located in the City of Ferris.

After hearing again from a number of citizens opposing the construction of the proposed Trans-Texas Corridor, commissioners voted to approve a shortened resolution requesting that the State Legislature review the enabling legislation in the upcoming session.

'I'm not in support of this corridor coming through Ellis County, but unfortunately it's planned to come through Ellis County,' said Robinson.

'We've had a couple of different resolutions circulating around by a couple of citizens.

'I believe that opposing the legislation rather than the project in its entirety allows us to possibly have a seat at the table at bargaining time.'

In other business, commissioners:

• Approved a new contract with Westlaw Online with added access to Federal Reporter and Federal Supplements for the County Law Library;

• Approved an addendum to the Indigent Health Care contract with Indigent Healthcare Solutions for installation of the ICD-9 codes;

• Ratified the renewal of the NetData maintenance contract for the Elections office;

• Approved an addendum to the Master Services Agreement with Local Government Solutions for additional services for the County Clerk's office;

• Approved a Memorandum of Understanding with NCTCOG for the use of video teleconferencing equipment;

• Approved the 2007 Texas County and District Retirement System plan notice and rate acknowledgement, providing a three percent cost of living adjustment for retirees;

• Approved a tax resale deed for property previously struck from the tax roles;

• Abandoned a portion of Old Park Road and Gidney Road at the request of area property owners;

• Placed eight bridges in a replacement plan under the Federal Off-System Bridge Program administered by TXDOT, including Brannon Road Bridge over Richland Creek, Franks Road Bridge over Richland Creek, Whiskers Road Bridge over Richland Creek Tributary, Pluto Road Bridge over Mill Creek, Duke Road Bridge over Houston Creek, Morgan Road Bridge over Hog Creek Tributary, Schield Road Bridge over Elm Branch, and Pecan Tree Road Bridge over Onion Creek;

• Approved a letter of intent to lease property and approved a contract with Freese and Nichols to survey the property for suitability and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act;

• Authorized the County attorney to answer on behalf of and represent Ellis County against the allegation of Darlene Argumaniz in a lawsuit;

• Approved the purchase of a Caterpillar 924TG Wheel Loader for Precinct 2 and a skid steer loader for Precinct 3;

• Declared a list of equipment as surplus and approved disposal at auction;

• Accepted construction of infrastructure for Shiloh Downs Phase III, granted a variance relating to lot size, and approved one replat and one preliminary plat under the Department of Development;

• Took no action on a resolution setting forth Legislative requests for the State of Texas 80th Legislative Session;

• Consulted with attorneys in a short executive session.

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