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County forms Bond Oversight Committee

Ellis County Commissioners agreed on a compromise and voted to approve the formation of a 15-member Ellis County Bond Oversight Committee at their June 25 meeting.
County Judge Chad Adams proposed the 15-member committee after a discussion among the Commissioners on its formation.
Commissioner Heath Sims, Precinct 3, suggested a 25-member committee, and Commissioner Dennis Robison, Precinct 2, said he was more comfortable with a 10-member committee. In approving the 15-member committee, each Commissioner will appoint three people from their respective precincts, and Adams will also have three appointments.
The committee members will have no decision-making powers, but will receive regular updates primarily from meetings with County Engineer Joe White on the building process. They will also give input to the Commissioners as the representatives of the general public.
Barbara Leftwich, Ellis County Planner and Scott Forbes of HNTB presented the Ellis County Thoroughfare Plan. The Commissioners approved accepting the plan, which identifies major roads and freeways and minor arterials. Leftwich said the Thoroughfare Plan reflects the majority of the growth being in the County’s northern area.
“The plan is a culmination of what is best for the County and what the cities are also doing with roads,” said Forbes. “This plan helps with the County and area cities knowing needs and to evaluate future development of roads.”
The process for the Thoroughfare plan began in July 2005. Several public meetings were held and the County worked with Ellis County cities, the Texas Department of Transportation and other sources in the development of the plan.

“The plan is not set in stone,” said Leftwich. “It will be brought back in five years to look at and to see if it needs to be updated. “It is important to have this plan and address needs before thoroughfares close up.”
Adams pointed out that the current Commissioners’ Court has spent a significant amount of time creating an official County map. “The Court has made sure that every single road is identified as County or city. This Court has been aggressive in planning for the future,” said Adams.
In other business, the Commissioners:
• Approved a contract with Southwest Data Solutions, LLC for voter registration software at a cost of $21,510, plus $6,000 for annual maintenance and support, as requested by Jane Anderson, Elections Administrator.
• Approved a Cooperative Agreement between the Office of Attorney General and Ellis County for Registry Only court information relating to Protective Orders and Family Violence under the Texas Family Code.
• Approved an Interlocal Agreement between McLennan County and Ellis County regarding the payment of a salary supplement to the Justices on the Tenth Court of Appeals, for an estimated amount of $1,615 for a 12 month period.
• Granted a variance in a 3-1 vote with Commissioner Ron Brown, precinct 4 voting no, to the County of Ellis Rules, Regulations and Specifications for Subdivisions and Manufactured Homes page 19, paragraph one, as it relates to the fire hydrant requirement. Tim Mouck requested the variance in a replat of lot 1 in the Fitzgerald Subdivision, located on Singleton Road in Precinct 3. There is a 2” water line, which will not support a fire hydrant.
• In a related issue, the Commissioners voted unanimously to replat tract 1 into three lots in the Fitzgerald Subdivision requested by Tim Mouck.
• Approved an agreement with Corporate Express for purchase of Ellis County office supplies. County will continue to buy from Office Depot also and compare prices.

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