County Judge Carol Bush and the commissioners recognized Texas AgriLife Extension agent Glen Moore for his dedication to the county during their meeting Monday night.

“Glen Moore, for the past 35 years, has rendered distinguished service to the citizens of Ellis County,” Bush read in an opening statement.

As an agent for the Extension Service, Moore provided leadership and educated residents of Ellis County in the areas of integrated pest management. As educator, his duties included providing information about crops, home horticulture and pest management to farmers, ranchers and homeowners.

While serving with the county, he received several awards including the Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence, the Superior Service Award and the Texas Pest Management Association’s Outstanding Extension Agent Award.

Moore will retire from the Extension Service on May 31. Joining Bush and the commissioners congratulating Moore were fellow Extension staff members Mark Arnold, Page Bishop and Rita Hodges.

Action items before the commissioners included the resignation of two Emergency Services District board members. Pct. 1 Commissioner Dennis Robinson asked that the commissioners accept the resignation of Henry Rhodes Sr. from ESD No. 9. Rhodes submitted his resignation after his election May 14 to the Palmer City Council. No replacement was named at the meeting.

The other opening occurred with the resignation of ESD No. 8 member Sadie Telez. While announcing her resignation, Pct. 2 Commissioner Bill Dodson submitted the name of Ronnie Gatlin as a replacement. Both resignations and Telez’ replacement were unanimously approved. 

In an effort to meet Federal Communication Commission requirements, the commissioners were asked to review a contract with RCC Consultants to determine the needs and make recommendations to bring the county to narrow band communications compliance.

“This is not an option. We must meet the deadline for compliance,” Ken Isom said, saying that whoever is selected as consultant must be committed to the county’s needs.

“We are not a Dallas or Tarrant County,” he said. “Their requirements are much different.”

Bush echoed Isom’s comments, saying the county does not have the funds to hire staff members and must rely on consultants relating to this issue.

Project coordinator Kathy Erickson said the request was limited to phase one, which is consultation. The second phase will take the information from the consultation to determine the needs. The third and last phase will be the system implementation. The phase one request was unanimously approved.    

The commissioners considered a request from county emergency management services coordinator John Patterson to approve the county’s basic plan and functional annexes that make up the county’s emergency operations plan.

Dodson and Commissioner Pct. 3 Heath Sims asked Patterson about the acceptance of the annex plans and who would be responsible for their implementation. After a discussion, the item was tabled for Patterson to finalize the annex plans and the assignment of necessary actions to be taken in the event of a county emergency.

A finalized plan will be submitted at a later meeting.

After a closed, executive session, the commissioners reconvened and approved a motion by Sims to allow the county judge to negotiate the hiring of a county purchasing agent. Hanna McCleary is serving as an interim purchasing agent.