At Monday’s Commissioners Court meeting, no action was taken to approve an administrative assistant position for the Ellis County Constable Pct. 2 Office.

This position would serve in the capacity as a countywide grant coordinator and handle the duties of a collection coordinator for the precinct.

“Currently, Ellis County does not have anyone dedicated to the collection of outstanding fines and fees for the Ellis County justice courts,” Pct. 2 Constable Terry Nay told the Daily Light. “As the chief enforcement officer of the justice courts, it stands to reason the constable should take responsibility for this action. The constable already performs this duty to some extent by working the warrant collections for each justice court.

“The constable has statutory authority to collect any civil or criminal fines or fees for all courts within the county as an officer of the courts. The 79th Texas Legislature passed a mandate requiring all cities and counties to show proof to the State Office of Court Administration on what is being done to pro actively administer an in-house collections program for outstanding fines and fees above and beyond what we have done in the past,” he said.

The county also is in need of a countywide grants coordinator, Nay said, saying this person would be responsible for researching and administering any and all grant funding opportunities for all departments. The position would assist departments in locating and drafting grant proposals and also in administering the financial and statistical information for reporting and maintaining current or future grants for the county. The collection coordinator for Pct. 2 and the grant coordinator would be combined into a single position. The person would be required to have a master’s degree, background in local government, experience in grant writing and administration.

In other business, no action was taken to grant a one-time variance from the county, rules, regulations and specifications for subdivisions and manufactured homes relating to the requirement to have a fire hydrant every 450 feet.

Commissioners declared a 1996 Ferguson Roller and a 1990 Ford F-350 one-ton trash truck as surplus. The court also approved the purchase of a 2010 Dynapac model CP149 nine-wheel pneumatic roller for $49,500 from Bane Equipment for Pct. 4.

• The court appointed Ellie Abbott, Rex Carey and Ray Gatewood and reappointed Betty Dillard, Harold Dorsey, Wilma Dorsey, Nana Lou Dudley, Virginia Duff, Karen Esberger, Carol Farrar, Edwin Farrar, Larry Felty, Virginia Kellum, Nancy Post, Helen Prude, Shannon Simpson, Susie Toal, Sylvia Stanford-Smith to the Ellis County Historic Commission for a two-year term ending Dec. 31, 2012.

• Commissioners approved the appointment of Rudy Amor, Sandy Anderson, Bob Beakley, Linda Dunn, Jane Hamilton, Tony Medina, Alan Oakley, Paul Perry, Richard Reno, Brenda L. Sexton, John Tabor and Diane Threadgill to the Ellis County Citizens Advisory Committee.

• A cooperative agreement between the county and the Ennis Garden Club was approved for the annual Bluebonnet Trails.

• Commissioners approved the leasing of the county’s handicapped-accessible voting equipment to the cities of Bardwell, Ennis, Ferris, Italy, Milford, Maypearl, Oak Leaf, Ovilla, Palmer, Pecan Hill and Waxahachie and the Ennis, Ferris, Maypearl, Milford, Palmer, Red Oak and Waxahachie ISDs for the May 14 election.

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