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Ferris mayor steps down

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Maria Dowding

The Ellis County Press

FERRIS – Jim E. Parks Jr. stepped down as mayor Monday, Aug. 3 during the Ferris City Council meeting.

He said he plans to relocate and would not be able to serve.

"Time has come for me to make a new start," he said.

He told council memebers he was moving to North Richland Hills.

The rest of the meeting focused on several financial issues including the budget.

Two of the issues addressed were authorizing designated signatures for the Commercial State Bank of Ferris, which was approved.

The other was to authorize the mayor pro tem to transmit funds for the investment in TexPool, which was also approved.

Next up was an introduction by Cameisha Scott Marshall of the Environmental Protection Agency of a clean up project for the City of Ferris.

The plan would include help to figure out which projects would fall under the assistance programs and a discussion about the ways these programs can assist the city. Ms. Marshall asked for agenda time during a future meeting to give a complete presentation about how the EPA can help Ferris through several of their programs.

After Ms. Marshall the council tabled a proposal to provide water and sewage for E2-Effective Environmental until more information could be established concerning the company’s ability to treat any contaminated water before it enters the Ferris sewer system.

The Ferris Council also looked at the parking in the area around Ferris City Hall and decided to look into other paving options to extend the number of spots available for parking. However the council acted quickly to approve signs for the lot to prevent heavy trucks from parking on the newly paved areas. New, large signs will be posted to notify truckers they are not allowed, this action will help maintain the lot and reduce excessive wear.

The council also approved the Main Street Coordinators job description with only minor changes and they approved Witherspoon, Yeldell, and Wilson auditing firm to continue to audit Ferris records. Deadlines were requested and the current working relationship is considered very positive.

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