During Monday’s meeting of the Ellis County Commissioners Court, Commissioners Dennis Robinson, Bill Dodson, Heath Sims and Ron Brown were recognized for their participation in the recent 49th annual County Judges and Commissioners’ Continuing Education Conference by members of the Texas Cooperative Extension-Ellis County.
Offered by the V.G. Young Institute of County Government, part of the Texas Cooperative Extension and the Texas A&M University System, the conference offered commissioners a means to earn a number of continuing education credits.
“The institute works to meet the educational needs of county officials and the public by anticipating, identifying, and addressing the challenges and opportunities faced by Texas county government,” county agricultural and natural resources agent Mark Arnold said.
The institute “is dedicated to the Extension mission of providing quality, relevant outreach and continuing education programs and services to the people of Texas,” Arnold said.
Joining Arnold at the speaker’s podium were county 4-H agent Page Bishop and county family and consumer sciences agent Rita Hodges, with Hodges presenting each commissioner with a framed certificate.
Robinson, who was absent from the meeting in order to attend a funeral, will receive his certificate at a future meeting.
In other business, the commissioners court:
Approved the naming of an unnamed quarter-mile of road between Shawnee and Louise Ritter Roads in Precinct 4 as Shirley Lane, after the road’s only resident. Approved lowering the speed limit on Joe Wilson Road from 35 miles per hour to 30 miles per hour, in response to multiple accidents and a Highway Patrol study of motorists’ driving habits. Approved authorizing the county judge to sign an amendment to the TxDOT off-system bridge replacement contract for Mount Zion Road. Located in Precinct 3, the bridge was in land annexed by the city of Midlothian, which will now reimburse the county 90 percent of the new bridge's cost, Sims said. Took no action on employee payroll deductions for enhanced benefits insurance coverage after a presentation on the topic by Chuck Ozendes. Took no action on the final plat of Black Champ Country Estates, a 14-lot subdivision in Precinct 4.
Preceding the meeting, the commissioners received a presentation from Ed Hazeldean regarding the use of LGS computer software by the county. As the session was a workshop, no action was taken on any item on the agenda.
The Ellis County Commissioners Court will next meet June 25 at the Ellis County Courthouse, located at 101 W. Main St. in Waxahachie.
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