Commissioners Court: $200 fines for no signs?
The Ellis County Press
WAXAHACHIE – It’s all about the fines, not the signs.
Ellis County commissioners heard from three county residents and a constable on the possibility of fining rural county residents $200 for not placing visible address and number signs for emergency services and law enforcement personnel to find people.
Since it was a discussion forum only on the agenda, no action was taken by commissioners, but Precinct 4 Commissioner Ron Brown, R-Red Oak, came out early in opposition to any court-approved measure that would fine county residents for not displaying address signs.
"I can see this is important to law enforcement, but I cannot see us mandating people to do this and putting a fine on people who don’t do this," Brown said.
Constable Terry Nay, R-Waxahachie, who represents Precinct 2 south of Waxahachie, sided with two positions.
"I am here in two capacities tonight [Monday, Oct. 26] one as a private, taxpaying, rural citizen of Ellis County, and one as an official responsible for law enforcement action in the county," Nay said. "I am sworn to uphold the law, peace and dignity of the State of Texas, and thats real difficult when I cant find you. It is much more real when precious moments count. I am asking professionally that the court consider this."
Roy Calender said he wasnt opposed to efforts for emergency services or fire personnel being able to locate residents, but he said it was "all about the fines, not the signs."
Former Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Paul D. Perry, R-Midlothian, was also in opposition to the authority the Texas Legislature granted counties to adopt the measure, but more so the county implementing it.
On the Web: ECP-TV.com | Perry, Calender and Nay before the commissioners court