WAXAHACHIE — The Ellis County Commissioners Court approved for a survey to be conducted on a parcel of land the county is looking to purchase during its Tuesday meeting. The piece of property is next to the Ellis County Road and Bridge Precinct 2 barn, located at 1400 Oak Grove Road in Ennis.

"Our county barn adjoins an abandoned piece of property that used to be the old interurban railway. It is now under the jurisdiction of Oncor Electric Delivery. I have started the conversation with Oncor’s right of way agent to see if we could procure that piece of property,” Ellis County Pct. 2 Commissioner Lane Grayson said. “They have asked that we survey our property and that adjoining property to give them the determination of exactly what it is.”

Grayson asked the court to grant him permission to enter into negotiations with a surveyor to assess both pieces of property. He added that the three-acre tract would allow Ellis County Pct. 2 to significantly increase the ability to store raw materials and organize the storage of equipment better.

The court unanimously approved the request with the cost of the surveying not to exceed $1,500

The court agreed to authorize Ellis County and District Attorney Patrick Wilson to settle a claim on behalf of the county for $3,000 to Oncor.

Assistant District Attorney Vance Hinds said a county employee from Ellis County Road and Bridge Precinct 3 damaged an electrical pole owned by Oncor while working for the county.

 In other business the court,

 • Approved the release of a maintenance bond issued by Bank of the West for $237,549.50 and accepted a second maintenance for $60,000 for phase two of the Oxford Ranch subdivision located in the extraterritorial jurisdiction of Waxahachie. 

• Approved to grant a one-time variance to allow a second residential structure on less than two acres and connect it to an onsite sewage facility located 5266 E. Farm-to-Market Road 875 in the extraterritorial jurisdiction of Waxahachie.

• Approved an exemption from the competitive bidding process as sole source item for the purchase of 30 tasers for the Sheriff’s Office jail personnel for $59,324.59. This purchase includes an upgrade and replacement for all 30 units in five years at no additional cost.

• Took no action to enact a burn ban.

• Accepted the annual road report from Road and Bridge Precinct 4.

• Accepted a $100 donation from the Waxahachie Service League to the sheriff’s office. 

• Approved the county emergency plans Annex J and Annex U

• Approved the renewal or modify the current county retiree health insurance coverage and premiums through the Texas Association of Counties Health and Employee Benefits Pool for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.

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