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County proposing $53 million bond package

Money would be used to build another civil and criminal courts detention center
Ellis County Commissioners will hold their regular meeting Monday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Courtroom, 101 West Main Street (2nd Floor). Meeting agenda items include:
• Consideration and action to approve an “ORDER WITH RESPECT TO IESI TX CORPORATION AND IESI TX LANDFILL LP” which authorizes the County Judge to execute a certificate approving the local portion of a tax-exempt industrial revenue bond for IESI Inc. projects through the Mission Economic Development Corporation. The bonds will be used to finance various facilities located throughout Texas and it is necessary to obtain consent from each county where each of the facilities to be financed will be located. Approval of this imposes no obligation on Ellis County.
• Presentation of NACo County Courthouse Award scholarships.
• Consideration and action to approve an Interlocal Agreement between Ellis County and the City of Ovilla.
• Consideration and action to approve an Interlocal Agreement between Ellis County and the City of Red Oak.
• Consideration and action to approve an Interlocal Agreement between Ellis County and the City of Oak Leaf.
• Consideration and action to approve an addendum to the contract with Local Government Solutions for Public Internet Access in the Ellis County Clerk’s office at an additional monthly cost of $1,850, effective January 1, 2007. The Ellis County Clerk’s office may add additional users in increments of five (5) users for an additional $450 per month.
• Consideration and action to approve the rental of handicap voting equipment to Mt. Peak Special Utility District for their April 28, 2007 board election.
• Consideration and action to retain legal counsel to assist Ellis County in a matter pending before the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality and the State Office of Administrative Hearings regarding the application and creation of the Maypearl Water Control and Improvement District.
• Consideration and action to approve an order calling for a bond election to fund approximately $53,875,000 of debt in order to build the Ellis County Civil and Criminal Courts and Detention Center.
• Consideration and action to choose a location for the Ellis County Civil and Criminal Courts and Detention Center contingent upon passage of the bond election called in 3.9 herein above.
• Consideration and action to approve the Memorandum of Agreement between Ellis County and the City of Waxahachie concerning downtown facilities.

Consideration and action regarding the following presented by Richard Denniston, Purchasing Agent:
• To award the purchase for the Sheriff’s Office from Planet Dodge for one Dodge 1500 Quad Cab at a total price of $20,841.00 (per the Tarrant County Interlocal).
• To award the purchase of the listed vehicles from Sam Pack’s Five Star Ford for the Sheriff’s Office: Two 2007 Ford 500s at $22,610 each = $45,220 (Buy Board pricing); Nine each Ford Crown Victorias at $28,721.50 = $258,493.50 (Tarrant County Interlocal); One 2007 Ford Ranger at $ 15,765.00 (Tarrant County Interlocal) for a grand total of $319,478.50.
• To approve the purchase of a Model 650 Scanner and software from ESS (Elections Systems and Software). This is to be purchased with HAVA funds. The cost is $42,500 less $4,000 credit for visible light kit upgrade plus $750 (acceptance testing) plus $500 (Shipping) for a total of $39,750.

Consideration and action regarding the following presented by Delton Ake, Director Department of Development:
• To grant a variance from the County of Ellis Rules and Regulation of Subdivisions and Manufactured Homes as it relates to the road frontage requirement of 150’ for any lot of property for Brad Owens, Greathouse Circle, Pct. 3.
• Simplified Plat – Owens Addition, 1 lot, Greathouse Circle, Brad Owens, Pct. 3.
• To grant a variance from the Commissioner’s Court of Ellis County Amended Outdoor Business Order #215.06 as it relates to set-back from road, Martin Towing, located at 818 S. HWY, Italy, TX, Pct. 3.
• To accept the completed roads Windview Court and the portion of Willow Bend Drive that is located in Windview Estates, Phase Two, David Stanton, Pct. 3.
• To approve the location of 7040 South FM 157, Venus, TX for a slaughter house, Pct. 4.
• To grant a variance from the Ellis County Rules and Regulations of Subdivisions and Manufactured Homes as it relates to, to maximum length for a cul-de-sac in the proposed subdivision, Vista Pointe, Stan Baucum at the location of Baucum Road, Pct. 3.

The Commissioners’ Court of Ellis County will then adjourn into Executive Session to discuss the purchase, exchange, lease, sale or value of real property as allowed by Texas Government Code, § 551.072.

If you or your representative, have a disability that requires special arrangements and you plan to attend this public meeting, please contact the County Judge’s Office at 972-825-5011. Reasonable accommodations will be made to meet your needs at the meeting.
The Commissioners’ Courtroom is located at 101 West Main Street (2nd Floor) in Waxahachie.

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