FERRIS – Eight months of negotiations and agreements between the cities of Ferris and Red Oak concluded with a special-called Ferris City Council meeting Monday.

It took less than two minutes for council members to approve two ordinances. The first repealed previous ordinances relating to extraterritorial jurisdiction areas on Ferris’ western border. The second amended an earlier ordinance describing a change to the Ferris city limits.

The agreed-upon common city limit boundary line is the result of an accord to end a three-year dispute with Red Oak.

Since 2005, controversies have arisen between the cities concerning annexation and expansion of extraterritorial jurisdiction. The dispute resulted in litigation pending in 40th District Court in Ellis County.  

“This is a perfect example when people start to work together to work out the differences between the parties,” city manager David Chavez said.

The Ferris team, which was lead by Mayor Jim Parks and council members Bill Pardue and Bill Dunn, began meeting with Red Oak’s mayor and council.

They said they began by drawing a line where they felt the boundary should be and, from there, the two cities worked through a joint agreement to settle the dispute.

The boundary begins at the Dallas County line heading southward following property lines to Farm-to-Market 664 just east of Hill Road. The line picks up at the intersection of FM 664 and Hill Road, heading southward to its meeting with Palmyra and following that road to the Palmer extra-territorial jurisdiction.

Chavez said the cities agreed to Ferris not annexing land west of the common agreed boundary line and Red Oak would not annex properties east of the line.

While passed by the Ferris council, Red Oak must consider the same drafted ordinance as approved by for the agreement to begin to take effect. The actual date the agreement will take effect is when Red Oak annexes any part of the territory released by Ferris.

“The next step is for the respective city attorneys to draft an agreed judgment and have the court rule favorably on the agreement,” Chavez said.    

No other action was taken during the meeting.