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Diana Buckley
Ellis County Communications
WAXAHACHIE - Prior to the opening of a regularly scheduled meeting of the Ellis County Commissioners' Court, members of the court took a few minutes to honor retiring District Clerk Billie Fuller.

County Judge Chad Adams presented Fuller with a resolution from State Representative Jim Pitts and thanked her for being a good steward of the taxpayers' money over the years.

'I appreciate the way you have run your office,' said Commissioner Ron Brown, pct. 4.

'And I appreciate your service during the time of the rollback.'

Fuller took office on Jan. 1, 1987.

'I am going back to helping my husband with the farm and taking care of my grandchildren,' she said. 'It's been an honor serving the County.'

After convening the meeting, commissioners voted unanimously to accept the appointment of Michael S. Navarro to another two-year term as county auditor.

Navarro was appointed by 40th District Judge Gene Knize and 378th District Judge Al Scoggins for the period beginning on Jan. 1, 2007 and ending on Dec. 31, 2008.

Navarro has served as county auditor since Jan. 1, 1999.

The court also approved three tax abatements presented by the Ennis City Manager Steve Howerton.

• JTEKT Automotive of Texas, seven years, 55 percent abated; 45 percent taxed, with a projected value of $30,800,000 when completed;

• National Envelope Corporation, seven years, 55 percent abated; 45 percent taxed, with a projected value of $23,800,000 when completed;

• ADS Alliance Data Systems, Inc., seven years, 50 percent abated; 50 percent taxed, with a projected value of $19,500,000 when completed.

All three abatements fall within the county's current guidelines.

Howerton thanked the commissioners for their help with abatements to allow cities to attract quality businesses, bringing employment opportunities with good wages into the communities.

In other business, commissioners:

• Approved a letter terminating UTMB's contract to provide medical services to jail inmates, effective March 31, 2007, at the request of UTMB;

• Accepted the resignation of Evelyn Clifton from the Bristol Emergency Service District Board #7 and appointed Nancy A. Carson to fill Clifton's unexpired term and to further serve a regular two-year term ending on Dec. 31, 2008;

• Re-appointed James Morrison and Andy Mulvaney to the Maypearl ESD #1 for terms ending Dec. 31, 2008;

• Re-appointed Eugene Williams, Don Watt and Murrie Wainscott to Italy ESD #3 for terms ending Dec. 31, 2008;

• Re-appointed Steve Salmon, Matthew Craig, and Mark Hope to Ferris Emergency Services District #5 for terms ending Dec. 31, 2008;

• Re-appointed Danny Green and Larry Marlow to Midlothian ESD #2 for terms ending Dec.31, 2008;

• Re-appointed Stuart Schafer, Dan Keller and Danny W. Green to Red Oak ESD #4 for terms ending Dec. 31, 2008;

• Re-appointed Gary Beaty, Jack Dineen, and Bill Gilliland to Waxahachie ESD #6 for terms ending Dec. 31, 2008;

• Re-appointed Frank Norris and Ben Rychlik to Bristol ESD #7 for terms ending Dec. 31, 2008;

• Re-appointed Randy Stinson, Mike Greenlee, Vicki Cearnal and John Hancock to Palmer ESD #9 for terms ending Dec. 31, 2008;

• Reappointed Gregg Rodriguez and Sonny Southard to Avalon ESD #8 for terms ending Dec. 31, 2008;

• Approved a replat in Sanger Creek Estates, Phase 1, lots 6R and 7R;

• Tabled proposed changes to final construction of Jordan Run, Phase 1; and

• Held a short executive session called to deliberate on the appointment or employment of a public officer.

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