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Northern Ellis County Coalition of Cities meet for 1st time

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The Ellis County Press

RED OAK - Seven Ellis County cities met last Thursday, Nov. 19 at the Red Oak Municipality Building over a BBQ dinner to discuss how they can possibly expand their strengths and weaknesses by helping one another as a neighboring city.

"This has been in works as a vision of this town [Red Oak] for at least the last four years," said Mayor Alan Hughley.

The meeting was more of an overall basic getting to know you while approving the mission statement and date of the next and first "active" meeting tentatively scheduled for Feb. 4, 2010.

The approved statement reads as follows: "We are a coalition of North Ellis County cities, including Ferris, Glenn Heights, Oak Leaf, Ovilla, Palmer, Pecan Hill, and Red Oak, endeavoring to speak with one voice and one vision, who identify common areas of endeavor, and desire to implement local and regional programs and projects to accomplish long-range local and regional goals and objectives.

"This coalition also desires to work collectively to politically influence county, regional, state and national bureaus, agencies and elected officials to positively support and financially aid our mutual projects and goals.

"We will work together, sharing knowledge, experience and resources securing successful projects and cooperative initiatives."

City of Glenn Heights and Ferris just approved membership into the Best Southwest Association during their regular council meetings Monday, Nov.16 for networking and expansion ideas as well.

Ferris paid $1,000 for their membership which was approved unanimously by the council.

So far, no membership dues have been requested or set for the new Northern Ellis County Coalition of Cities.

Interim Chair Alan Hughley just requests the cities take turns hosting the quarterly meetings.

The steering committee will be decided upon by each city and brought back with their votes during the February meeting.

"This is a good start and I am looking forward to seeing everyone here next year so we can work together and bring forth the best in our cities,"said Hughley.

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