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County revisits CareFlite contract

Despite approval at a previous meeting earlier this month, the Ellis County Commissioners’ Court will take a second look at the contract with CareFlite that places one ambulance each in Palmer and Italy to cover rural areas of the county.
The commissioners will look at two items on Monday’s agenda regarding which emergency services company will be stationed and where that company’s jurisdiction will be. The first order of business will be to rescind an order authorizing the county to enter into a contract with CareFlite for emergency medical services and authorizing the County Judge to sign the contract. The second item is an order to act on the recommendation to review a contract with East Texas Medical Center for emergency medical services in the unincorporated areas of Ellis County and authorize the County Judge to sign the contract.
The county’s proposed 2008-2009 budget will also be discussed Monday as the court considers setting the date, time and locations of public hearings on the budget. The proposed hearings are for Sept. 8, 2008, at 10 a.m. in the Ellis County Commissioners Courtroom at 101 W. Main St. in Waxahachie.
Other budget related agenda items include:
• Consideration and action regarding approval of salaries, expenses and allowances of elected officials for Budget FY 2008-2009.
• Consideration and action regarding discussing the Tax Rate for Budget FY 2008-2009 and take record vote to place the proposal to adopt the rate at a future meeting.
• Consideration and action to schedule two public hearings to discuss setting the proposed tax rate for Budget FY 2007-2008, and setting time and location. The proposed settings are for Sept. 8, 2008, at 10 a.m. and Sept. 15, 2008, at 10 a.m. in the Ellis County Commissioners Courtroom at 101 W. Main St. Waxahachie.
Other items agenda include the following:
• Approval of the issuance of tax-exempt bonds, Series 2008 and the project financed with the proceeds of the bonds for Methodist Hospitals of Dallas, identical to an approval executed in June 2007 for Series 2007 bonds. There is no financial obligation on the part of Ellis County.
• Approval of the renewal of FY 2009-2010 State Case Registry/Local Customer Service Contract between the Attorney General’s office and Ellis County for Registry Only court information relating to Protective Orders and Family Violence under the Texas Family Code.
• Accept certificate of completion for Donna Eveden for the Attorney General’s training course of the Texas Public Information Act.
• Accept certificate of completion for Diana Buckley for the Metroplex Safety Summit offered by the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation.
• Consideration and action for adoption of order upon hearing and granting petition for the creation of Ellis County Fresh Water Supply District No. 1 and appointing temporary supervisors.
• Consideration and action to re-appoint Gary Bassett as Ellis County’s representative on the Lakes Regional MHMR Board of Directors for a two-year term.
• Consideration and action to approve the Operations and Maintenance Plan for the Emergency Watershed Protection Program structures to be constructed in Ellis County.
• Consideration and action to accept a donation of 0.6354 acres of land by George Kent to Ellis County to be utilized as a right-of-way easement alongside of Baucum Road. The donation would provide an additional 30 feet of right-of-way alongside a portion of Baucum Road, beginning at its intersection with Campbell and Angus roads and continuing in a northerly direction for 931.31 feet.
• Consideration and action to rescind the Ellis County Burn Ban.
• Consideration and action to accept the certification the signatures on a petition “to legalize the sale of beer and wine for off-premise consumption only” in Waxahachie and order the election for Nov. 4, 2008.
• Consideration and action to approve the certification of the signatures on a petition to “legalize the sale of mixed beverages in restaurants by food and beverage certificate holders only” in Waxahachie and order the election for Nov. 4, 2008.
• Consideration and action to approve the FY 2008-2009 Payroll Schedule.
• Consideration and action to approve the FY 2008-2009 Holiday Schedule.
• Consideration and action to approve the FY 2008-2009 Commissioners’ Court Schedule.
• Consideration and action to approve a contract renewal with the Texas Department of State Health Services for printing Birth Certificates, effective Sept. 1, 2008, through Aug. 31, 2009.
• Consideration and action in regard to awarding the bid for the demolition of the 1929 jail to Lindamood Excavating for the firm lump sum price of $69,750.
• Consideration and action in regard to the purchase of one 2007 Dodge Truck for the Extension Office from Southwest Kia in the amount of $16,711.13.
To view the entire agenda for Monday’s meeting, visit www.co.ellis.tx.us/.
The Ellis County Commissioners’ Court will meets Monday at 6 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Courtroom at 101 W. Main St. on the second floor in Waxahachie.

• Consideration and action in regard to the purchase of two 2009 Chevrolet 2500 HD for Weights and Measure Vehicles for the Sheriff’s Office from Caldwell country Chevrolet in the amount of $35,938 each for a total of $71,876.
 

• Consideration and action in regard to granting a one-time variance from County of Ellis Rules, Regulation and Specifications for Subdivisions and Manufactured Home Parks as it relates to the fire hydrant requirement for proposed Tre Vasca Estates.
• Consideration and action in regard to approval of a Simplified Plat at Tre Vasca Estate, 3 lots. 

The Ellis County Commissioners’ Court will meets Monday at 6 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Courtroom at 101 W. Main St. on the second floor in Waxahachie.
The Commissioners Court reserves the right to consider and take action on the above agenda items in any particular order.
Anyone wishing to address the Commissioners Court concerning a posted agenda item must make a formal request by presenting a “Participation Form” to the County Clerk at least 10 minutes prior to the beginning of the meeting.
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 within 72 hours of the meeting. Reasonable accommodations will be made to meet your needs at the meeting.
Prior to the regular meeting, at 5:30 p.m. a public hearing on a petition for the creation of Lakeview Hills Fresh Water Supply District No. 1 and consideration of testimony relative to the sufficiency of the petition.

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