The Ellis County Commissioners Court will look at two petitions regarding the legalization of alcohol sales in Midlothian at its meeting tonight.

Beginning at 6 p.m. in the Ellis County Courthouse, commissioners will consider whether or not to accept the certification of the signatures on the two petitions, which seek to legalize the sale of mixed drinks in restaurants and the sale of beer and wine for off-premise consumption.

In facilities-bond related matters, the court will discuss — but take no action on — three issues: which offices will be moved to the new courts and administration building and which will be located in the courthouse, the composition and appointment process for the citizen’s bond oversight committee and design services with the Staubach Company relating to the newly-approved courts building and detention center.

Pct. 3 Commissioner Heath Sims has advocated moving high-traffic offices out of the courthouse and having the county and district courts housed in the new building. He has also advocated a 21-member oversight committee to include five members of the facility sub-committee, four members (one each from Ennis, Midlothian, Red Oak and Waxahachie) appointed by the county judge and 12 members appointed by the commissioners, with three coming from each precinct and not from the areas listed above.

The commissioners will consider approving updates to the Westlaw Online resources for legal research for County Court-at-Law No. 2, an addendum to the Westlaw Online Patron Access contract to add more legal research resources, and an agreement and standard terms of engagement for legal services with Vinson and Elkins to act as bond and finance counsel for the county in the issuance of bonds and other debt obligations.

The commissioners will also consider entering into a tax abatement agreement with Coal City Cob Company Inc., to be located in the Waxahachie Texas Enterprise Zone along Interstate 35E near Lofland Road, and will consider authorizing the county attorney’s office to file a lawsuit against Barbara and Stephen Parsons individually and as BMP Auto “for temporary and permanent injunctive relief to prevent further violation of Ellis County’s Amended Order Regarding Screening of Certain Outdoor Businessses and Licensing and Regulation of Automotive Impound, Salvage and/or Wrecking Yards and Junkyards.”

In other business, the commissioners will consider:

hiring Deborah Sartor as human resources director at a salary of $52,500 accepting David Ritchey’s resignation from the Ellis County Rural Rail Transportation Board and appointing Calvin Reeves to fill the unexpired term accepting an announcement from the Institute of Supply Management regarding county purchasing agent Richard Denniston, who has earned original lifetime certified purchasing manager status approving a mechanical service agreement contract with Metroplex Office Systems for the elections office at a cost of $644.13 a presentation by Southwest Data Solutions about alternative voter registration software authorizing issuance of bids for the replacement of voter registration software approval of Tarrant County Cultural Education Facilities Finance Corporation Texas Hospital Revenue Bonds (Methodist Hospitals of Dallas Project) Series 2007. According to the agenda, this action would not create any obligation for the county, but is meant to comply with IRS provisions “relating to the issuance of tax-exempt bonds.” approving payment of $3,353 to North Central Texas Council of Governments to obtain a license to use the Integrated Stormwater Management Design Manual for Site Development purchasing a F-250 Ford pickup from Cole Ford for Pct. 2, at a cost of $24,186.67 purchasing nine Panasonic arbitrator cameras for the sheriff’s office at a cost of $54,948.96 purchasing a base storage unit for arbitrator cameras for the sheriff’s office at a cost of $19,983.53 a variance regarding 150-foot road frontage requirement, located in Pct. 1 a variance regarding the fire hydrant requirement, located in Pct. 2