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City cites clean audit

Members of the Ennis City Commission were given a summary of the annual financial report Tuesday night when they met in regular session.
The findings from the report were briefly outlined by City Manager Steve Howerton, who said he was pleased with the way the findings turned out and the position it left the city in going forward.
“We are very pleased that there were no compliance issues with this budget,” he said. “Also, the report shows that the city is in a good place at the end of the year as a result of careful spending and reducing expenditures. This is the largest balance in the general fund the city has ever had and I’d like to thank the Commission for their support and their interest in the audit, the auditing firm for their hard work and to City Secretary Shirley Trull for making sure we stay in good shape financially.”
Mayor Russell Thomas thanked Howerton for his efforts and for having the foresight to anticipate a turn in the economy and reducing expenditures based on that.
“I think you have done a great job anticipating a potentially difficult time in the economy and reducing the city’s spending so that it has left us in good shape,” Thomas said. “I appreciate the hard work and good findings.”
A copy of the complete budget report is available at the Ennis Public Library and will also be available on the city of Ennis Web site within days.
In other action items the commissioners voted to approve a public facilities use permit requested by the Rotary Club for the annual Polka Fest Walk/Run to be held May 23. The request was approved on the condition that the club obtains a certificate of insurance. Howerton asked the Commission to be thinking of areas to hold the staging portion of the annual Polka Festival Parade as there were issues dealing with a lack of space during the Christmas parade and organizers are proactively hoping to avoid that situation during the Polka parade.
“In the past the parade was organized and staged in the area of the old stadium and junior high, but with the school expansion, staging the Christmas parade was a nightmare and the Polka Festival parade is much larger than the Christmas parade," Howerton said. "So if members of the commission can be thinking of ways to make this process easier, whether it is an alternate parade route or a new staging area it would be helpful."
Chamber of Commerce CEO and organizer of the Polka Fest Parade Jeannette Patak said an alternate route or staging area would definitely aid in the effort to have a more organized event.
"We saw with the Christmas parade that we ran out of space quickly with 50 parade entrants now without the use of the area around the old football stadium, so with the numbers we see during the Polka Festival, we will need to find another way to do things," Patak said. "We will be meeting with the Lions Club, who always has been in charge of the staging area and members of the city to see what can be done to help with the situation this year."
The Commission also approved an Interlocal agreement with the Ennis Independent School District for the reconstruction of Caesar Street and from Knox to Belknap streets.
During the workshop prior to the Commission meeting, members of the Commission were given a presentation on Hope Clinic in Waxahachie, which provides medical treatment to the uninsured people within the county. Clinic project coordinator Kelly Echard gave the Commission statistics on the clinic in hopes of gaining their support to seek federal funding. Currently the clinic serves 325 people a month and 24 percent of the people served at the clinic are from the Ennis area.
The Commission thanked Echard for her time and commended the clinic for the service it provides and asked for an update prior to filing for the grant.
The City Commission meets the first and third Monday of the month at City Hall, 115 W. Brown St. The public is invited to attend.

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