The Ellis County Facilities Citizens Oversight Committee was finalized Monday evening as county commissioners announced the remaining four members of the 15-member panel.
For his final open position, Pct. 2 Commissioner Bill Dodson selected Larry Burns, and for his three open positions, Pct. 3 Commissioner Heath Sims selected Scott Jackson, Tommy Rossa and Ken Chambers.
Per the nomination of County Judge Chad Adams at the commissioners court’s previous meeting, the committee will be chaired by former Dallas County Commissioner Roy Orr, who resides in Ovilla.
The commissioners also approved a memorandum of intent and understanding between the county and the city of Waxahachie that the two entities will work together to construct the new facilities to be paid for with bond funds and the $7 million parking garage the city will build.
Ellis County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Dennis Brearley appeared before the commissioners to request approval of a service agreement with Securus Technologies for a new inmate telephone system at Wayne McCollum Detention Center. The company will upgrade the system’s technology at no additional cost, Brearley said.
The agreement was approved unanimously after a legal clarification regarding confidentiality was made.
In an item pulled from the consent agenda, the commissioners approved reclassifying a part-time 20-hour position to a full-time position for a law library employee due to increased demand.
The commissioners took no action relating to a professional services contract between Local Government Solutions and the Ellis County Clerk’s Office so as to allow time for a legal review.
The contract would provide for cleanup of the old jail, removal of files from the building and the restoration or destruction of the files.
In other business, the commissioners:
approved a proclamation honoring Helping Hands of Ennis for its award for best financial accounting practices. recognized Diana Buckley for receiving a 2007 Meritorious Award from the National Association of County Information Officers Awards of Excellence Competition, Special Projects, for the Puzzle Piece Awards Ceremony. renewed the contract between the county and CASA of Ellis County to provide guardian ad-litem services to children in Ellis County Court at Law No. 1 for Oct. 1, 2007, through Sept. 30, 2008. approved a request for funds for fiscal year 2007-2008 for Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties to provide services. The Ellis County share of the costs is about $25,000, with Johnson County contributing about $51,000 plus additional services. approved an interlocal agreement between the county and the North Central Texas Council of Governments for a “Sustainable Development Transportation Planning Project,” requiring matching funds of $16,250 from the county for a grant of more than $80,000. tabled the reclassification of one detention officer I to a jail clerk II, an action that would reduce salary costs by $567 annually. approved a replacement to the non-financial contract between the county and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Child Protective Services, effective Sept. 1, 2007, through Aug. 31, 2008.
In development and purchasing items, the commissioners:
approved the preliminary plat of La Rinconada, phase three in Pct. 4. approved the replat of the North Armstrong Road Addition, lots 11 and 12, in Pct. 3. declared all scrap metal at all precincts as salvage to facilitate the timely removal and disposal. authorized an exemption for steel bed per Local Government Code Section 262.024 purchased from Maverick Metals in Ennis for $102 to make repairs on a bridge in Pct. 3. approved a work order under an interlocal agreement with the city of Red Oak to chip and seal Houston School Road in Pct. 4.
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