ENNIS – Following the first reading of an ordinance requesting an amendment to the city’s zoning ordinance, the Ennis City Commission unanimously approved a request from Globe Products to change the zoning from M-2 Heavy Manufacturing to M-2- PD, heavy manufacturing planned development.

Globe Products, a manufacturer of couplings and fittings, of which many are used in the automotive industry, has plans to build an additional building at its facility at 1490 Jack McKay Road. Their plans are to place a new metal annealing machine in the new building.

According to Ennis City Manager Steve Howerton, the annealing process the company will use is a very clean process that is fueled by nitrogen and hydrogen. The process is designed not to have any environmental hazards.

The request passed through Planning and Zoning with the conditions there be no environmental pollution including the storage and use of hydrogen and nitrogen storage cylinders.

Other action before the commission was the second reading of an ordinance calling for a general election for the city. The ordinance calls for the election of commission places two, four, and six (mayor pro-tem) for two-year terms. The election ordinance also calls for the election of a city marshal.

Included in the ordinance is the setting for polling places, voting times, appointing the officers and providing notices for the May 14 election. The ordinance request was unanimously approved.

   The only other action before the commission was the approval of a public use permit for the 2011 Bluebonnet Festival. The festival, sponsored by the Ennis Garden Club, will begin Friday, April 15, and run through Sunday, April 17. The request received a unanimous vote.

During the workshop session, Howerton updated the commission on the Veterans Memorial Park progress.

“The lighting has been delivered and placed. The restrooms have been bricked and are nearing completion,” Howerton said, advising that the grass is in and should be mature enough by May to play on.

He also said the committee for the memorial has come up with several designs and will bring the final selections to the commission. The project, according to Howerton, is presently on schedule and under budget.