FERRIS - In regular session Monday night, the Ferris City Council passed a resolution in which it joined a consortium of cities to challenge and seek concessions and service enhancements from the new owners of Texas Electric Utility, which is changing from public to private ownership.

In other action, the council executed a contract for the purchase of land estimated to be a net usable acreage of 16.5 acres and currently owned by Winfred Myers. The property is to be developed into a municipal park with both passive and active recreational uses.

The council also voted to proceed with the establishment of the Citizens Charter Commission and to approve 25 members to serve on the commission. The city staff was directed to gather necessary documents for the commission and establish beginning steps of the home rule charter process.

City Manager Gus Pappas reported that the Planning and Zoning Commission is recommending that the city proceed with the annexation of 448 acres of land known as the McCoy property along Farm-to-Market 983 and Farm-to-Market 664.

The McCoy property was recently approved by contract for the establishment of the Ellis County Municipal Utilities District No. 1 and is to be included in the Ferris city limits.