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City to change court times

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MEGAN GRAY

The Ellis County Press

FERRIS - Debate took over what was a brief council meeting before the holidays Monday, Dec. 21 when new business discussion started regarding changing the time of the municipal court.

Now meeting on the first, second and third Thursdays at 9 a.m., City Manager Eric Strong presented changing the time to 6 p.m.

" I’m just trying to get some feedback from you all and right now the only thing that stands in the way is either 4-A or 4-B meets on one of those Thursday evenings but I can talk to them," said Strong.

"I have talked with the police department, judge, court and attorneys."

Councilwoman Carol Wright, place 5, didn’t agree with the change at all.

"I don’t agree with that at all, the elderly, eye sight, traveling out of town driving at night… I would like to see at least one day left as day court," said Wright.

Mayor pro-tem Bill Pardue said "it cuts off at a certain age anyway."

Strong expressed to the council changing the time would be beneficial for most.

"It should increase the flow of people coming in for the dates because they might not have to take off work by being in the evening or at least maybe not as much," said Strong.

Councilman Billy Dunn doesn’t have a problem with it.

"This will make it easier to plea their case," said Dunn.

It was noted during the meeting the city did at one time hold their court dates in the evening as most other cities around the county do according to Strong.

No action was taken and the decision will be made at a later date.

"If decided, the new time should be changed in late February or early March ," said Strong.


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