Constable Pct. 2 Terry Nay and deputy constable Brad Elliott were recognized in Ellis County Commissioners Court on Monday morning for their part in the EPA Regional Emissions Enforcement Program Achievement Award received by the North Central Texas Council of Governments.

“This is a terrific example of what we think regional cooperation is all about,” said Dan Kessler, assistant director of transportation for NCTCOG. “We have linked together a federal initiative with state and regional dollars and the funding gets all the way back to the county.”

According to Chris Klaus of NCTCOG, Ellis County’s Emissions Enforcement Program has helped to significantly cut down the occurrence of fraudulent vehicle inspections and other crimes associated with vehicle emissions testing.

“Mobile sources are a major portion of emissions here in North Central Texas,” Klaus said.

The award was given to the NCTCOG, but all participants were recognized in the submission and able to attend the EPA Awards Ceremony.

The Ellis County Human Services Department was recognized by the Texas Association of Counties Healthy County program.

“Year after year, Ellis County is among the top counties in terms of participation,” said Carrye Chen of TAC. “This year, you are among the top four.”

Healthy County is a wellness program sponsored by TAC’s Health and Employee Benefits Pool to encourage employees to take positive actions toward improving their health.

“The employer rewards program honors participating counties for their efforts and success in helping employees enroll and complete various Healthy County programs,” Chen told the court. “Your human services team has done an outstanding job.”

According to Chen, Ellis County will receive $2,275 because 54 employees took a health risk assessment and 37 completed the 10-week PATH walking challenge. Employees also received incentives for these programs through Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Texas.

Human services director Diana Buckley thanked the court for its support of the employee health and safety initiative, which is designed to save dollars in both the employee health insurance and workers’ compensation arenas.

“Thank you, Diana, for spearheading these programs,” said County Judge Carol Bush.