New mayor sworn in
The Ellis County Press
FERRIS - Rick Barrett, place one councilman, was sworn in as new Mayor of Ferris Monday, Aug.17.
Barrett will fulfill the remainder of the Mayor’s term since Jim Parks Jr. officially resigned last week to relocate to North Richland Hills.
Jim Starr was immediately sworn in after a brief discussion to fill the then empty council seat left by Barrett.
Other agenda items included choosing the firm of With-erspoon, Yedell and Wilson to perform the city’s annual audit for the 2008-2009 fiscal year as well as approving a boundary agreement between the city of Lancaster and the city of Ferris.
"I’ve been in talks and this looks to be what we had in mind and looked to establish between the two of us [City of Lancaster and Ferris], they will be voting to approve the agreement either tonight or tomorrow as well,"said Eric Strong, city manager. According to councilman Billy Dunn, Ferris technically was in Lancaster’s extra territorial jurisdiction.
"The original plan was to divide where Loop 9 ( a 12-lane toll road that will stretch from southern Dallas county into Ellis county) came through," said Dunn.
Since Loop 9’s route
has yet to be confirmed by the Texas Department of Transportation, the two neighboring cities were able to settle on an agreement.
"Now we have completed our boundary agreements with Red Oak, Palmer and them, said Dunn.
"Now our only controversy is with Wilmer."