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Eric Cornelison
The Ellis County Press
FERRIS - The Ferris City Council met Monday Dec. 4 to discuss several issues concerning the city.

Ratification of the expenditures for the week of Nov. 24 - Dec. 1 were approved.

A public hearing was held on an amendment of the proposed fiscal budget for the 2006-2007.

Approval of Ordinance No. 0-06-644 amending the budget was made, which dealt with personnel changes made.

Hiring an animal control officer was priority according to Police Chief R.C. Nettles and he said he hoped to have it done this week.

Currently a patrol officer has been doing the job.

Nettles said, 'The officer is doing a good job now and if we cannot hire an animal control officer, we may continue the way it is and attempt to hire a new patrol officer.'

The applications for an investigator has been closed and Nettles planned on beginning the interview process sometime this week.

Adoption of Ordinance No. 0-06-645 was also passed amending the City of Ferris' Personnel Policies Manual.

This ordinance dealt with the city personnel's vacation policy. It gave the city employees more time before they lose their accrued vacation time.

The consideration of a voluntary annexation petition annexing 260.624 acres of land out of the Rial Morgan Survey was discussed.

A new city newspaper was approved by the city council. Council members designated the Waxahachie Daily Light as the official city newspaper.

All public notices, such as new ordinances approved, is required by state law to be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the city.

When asked why the city would designate a newspaper 20 miles away, when the city has one within its city limits, Mayor Pro-Tem Fred Pontley said, 'I voted the way I did because I felt The Ellis County Press has not been accurately reporting what actually has happened in the city council meetings.'

Pontley went on to say, 'I have always bought The Ellis County Press and will continue to buy The Ellis County Press, but a couple of new council members felt very strongly about making the change.'

The approval of the meeting schedule for fiscal year 2007 was also considered and passed.

Instructions to the staff for the next steps to be taken on the old community center located at 215 W. Sixth Street was placed on hold temporarily until the city council could review some options.

Some discussion was made about making the center into the library and making the current library the new community center, but nothing was decided with the exception fixing the roof of the current community center when monies were found to complete the project, possibly from a grant proposal.

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