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Union Pacific wants to close Ferris crossings

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The Ellis County Press

FERRIS - No action was taken at Monday night’s city council meeting regarding giving funds to the Union Pacific Railroad crossings at Third and Seventh Streets.

 "I am not going to suggest giving any more money to this council or any council, they [Union Pacific Railroad] have their own money," said Mayor Jim Parks.

Every year the city makes a payment to the railroad for the right-a-way.

The annexation of a portion of South Creek Ranch, east of I-45 and south of Mallory Bridge Road, was opposed by Jeff Steele, the mayor of Wilmer.

"The property is in Dallas county ETJ [extra-territorial jurisdiction]," said Steele.

Steele left a map outlining the properties for further discussion among the city council members.

Council member Billy Dunn said he was "willing to sit and talk about it" and hopes they can reach "a mutual agreement" regarding the situation.

City Manager David Chavez proposed giving the council detailed monthly departmental reports about city business.

"Monthly departmental reports will keep the council up to date on the finances and day to day activities of each department," said Chavez, "they will be able to see where the finances are going and if there has been any unapproved spending."

A departmental report is set to be available for the next city council meeting.

"I think we owe it to the taxpayers to do that," said Carol Wright, council member.

In other business, the council was informed of the date for demolition of the church building on Seventh Street.

A crew will be there on Feb. 9 to begin the process.

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