FERRIS — The Ferris City Council met in regular session Monday evening with Mayor Jim Parker presiding.

First on the agenda was a public hearing to consider a recommendation by Justin Epker, manager of Business Development for GrantWorks, to construct pedestrian sidewalks that would serve middle school children between Interstate 45 and the junior high school. Proposed construction costs are $346,091.

The council approved the adoption of a “safe route to school” plan as part of a grant application to provide sidewalks for off-street pedestrian traffic on the south side of Farm-to-Market 660 from I-45 to the future middle school.

A petition for voluntary annexation of a 448-acre tract, located between FM 983 and FM 664 west of the city, was also approved by the council.

According to the petition submitted to the mayor and council by owner, Mac McCoy, the newly-annexed land would be added “into the corporate boundaries of the city for all purposes.”

City Manager Gus Pappas proposed the formulation and appointment of members to a Citizen’s Charter Commission to consider the drafting of a home rule charter for future adoption by the city of Ferris.

Pappas cited the continual growth of the city as a factor in the need for such a committee. He suggested that 20 to 25 people, representing a broad spectrum of governmental philosophies, be elected to the commission.

The motion by the council to pursue a lease-purchase agreement for the acquisition of a fully equipped animal control vehicle died for lack of a second.

The issue was tabled until time to set the new fiscal budget.

Pappas was authorized by the council to pursue engineering estimates and services for the upgrading of facilities at the city softball/baseball complex on Tenth Street and soccer complex on Ferris Road.

A resolution was passed calling for canvassing of votes to accept the provided results of municipal election for city council members held May 12, and declaring winners in each place on the ballot.

The winning candidates in the May 12 election were Place 2 - Billy D. Dunn; Place 3 - Bill Pardue; Place 5 - Fred C. Pontley.