FERRIS — A representative from Yeldell and Wilson, Tracy Wood, explained the 2009-2010 audit to members of the Ferris City Council during their regular session Monday.

She explaining that the expenditures of the city were “a step in the right direction.”

“Last year, you had enough in reserves to carry you for 72 days. This year, there’s enough for 102 days,” she said.

The city council voted to accept the 2009-2010 audit report.

In an effort to encourage professional growth and development of Ferris city employees, the board voted to allow them to apply for reimbursements of certain tuition expenses, with the tuition costs of the University of Texas at Dallas to serve as a benchmark to determine the amount.

After extended discussion about selecting a bid for the annual mowing contract, the council voted to table the motion. City Manager Eric Strong presented some options for the council to consider.

“One option is to reduce the time in which certain (areas) in the city get mowed each year,” he said. “Another option is to hire temporary part-time help each year, which would mean a substantial savings, with the city furnishing the equipment.”

The council voted to enter into a contract for service with Cardinal Tracking Inc. to serve the police department and the court.

“This will provide a more complete service to the police department and it will interface with our court system,” Strong said.

The council authorized Strong to enter into an agreement with Baker-Aicklen and Associates for design work at Mutz Field Baseball Complex.

Upon recommendation by housing authority board member Terri Ross, Bill Pardue made a motion that the city council approve Erkin Anavitarte to serve as a board commissioner, replacing former board member Paul Coumpy. Alderman Carol Wright asked that Pardue include in his motion that the city recognize Coumpy and his family for their service to the community.

“Paul was a dedicated servant to the city of Ferris and I just believe we need to recognize him for his service,” Wright said.

The new executive director of Ferris Housing Authority, Roma Lewis, was introduced to the city council.

Contact Paul at paul.gauntt@wninews.com or call 469-517-1450.