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Council gets down to city business; Public works employee resigns

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FERRIS - This past Monday evening’s council meeting was bittersweet for at least one employee.

Monday, Nov. 1, Mayor Rick Barrett presented a special plaque to longtime public works employee Sam Green.

"15 years working here was a lot of fun and I enjoyed a lot of it," said Green. "I’m moving on now, and going to try to enjoy my retirement."

After a brief photo op and a few hugs and handshakes given to Green, it was down to business as usual, starting with the decision to vote on the official paper. The official paper, once approved, is required to publish all legals for the city.

Present were Charles D. Hatfield Jr., publisher of The Ellis County Press, Neal White, editor of the Waxahachie Daily Light and Ray Pike, publisher of the WDL.

"I think your quality of journalism has strongly improved here in the past year," said Barrett to Hatfield.

"The Ellis County Press has given us fair and balanced reporting even on the really tough issues," said City Manager Eric Strong.

Hatfield presented the city with documentation and statistics from mailing reports and the new revamped Web site, www.elliscountypress.com .

"We already publish all legals online and you can view a sample in your packet," said Hatfield.

Pike promised legals were coming to their site by the end of the year.

While many compliments were shared all around, Councilman Gary Ross emphasized their want of a daily.

"People asked for a daily and we gave them one," said Ross.

"Since nobody has the heart, I’m going to go ahead and make a motion to approve the WDL as our legal paper," said Dunn.

All members of the council agreed to advertise in both publications as much as possible and joked that maybe someday, Hatfield will become a daily.

"No way Jose," laughed Hatfield.

In other news, council decided to place the city owned building on 213 S. Main up for bid just to "see what comes back."

Multiple members of the council agreed the city needs to clean up their buildings just as they are forcing others to do.

"The[museum building] was donated some years ago and I heard through the grapevine at least two people in town are interested," said Strong.

With a motion made by Councilman Bill Pardue, Strong was given the go ahead to put the building up to select bids.

Council also approved the hours for renting the downtown Pavilion be extended to 10 p.m. during the week and until midnight on Friday and Saturdays.

Councilmember Carol Wri-ght closed the evening with one final comment, " I want to send out a thank you to Chuck Dart, our Main Street Director, for such a wonderful job he has been doing."

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