WAXAHACHIE — The Ellis County Commissioners Court approved the acceptance of a $250,000 bond from Ellis County Court at Law Judges Jim Chapman and Gene Calvert at the Tuesday morning meeting. The bond is a requirement from Senate Bill 40 that went into effect Sept. 1, which requires judges who hear guardianship cases to have a bond for liability purposes.
“All of our elected offices and the judges have bonds. That is for liability in cases of potential negligence and gross negligence. So that was a new requirement,” Ellis County Judge Carol Bush said. “Typically a judge’s bond is somewhere in the neighborhood of $10,000. The legislature said no, $250,000.”
Bush stated that the court needed to work out particulars on this new requirement. The court is also going to look at seeking some insurance coverage in the future for liability purposes.
According to the Texas Legislature’s website, a $250,000 bond is required for a court in a county that has a population of more than 125,000. This bond is required for a judge in a county that oversees guardianship or probate proceedings and performs the duties required by the estate code.
In other business the court,
• Approved a replat one lot in the Morgan Creek subdivision into two lots. The 4.1818 acres of land is located at the northeast corner of Norrell Road and Marion Road in Venus.
• Approved a one-time variance from the county rules and regulations and specifications for subdivisions and manufactured homes to allow for one structure to encroach into the building line and utility easement. The property is located at 137 Cardiff Lane in the extraterritorial jurisdiction in the City of Waxahachie.
• Approved a one-time variance from the county rules and regulations and specifications for subdivisions and manufactured homes to allow a carport to encroach into the front building line or utility easement. The carport is located at 128 Tracy Dr. in the ETJ of the City of Waxahachie.
• Approved a preliminary plat of Bluestem Hills located at the northeast corner of Farm-to-Market Road in the ETJ of the City of Ennis.
• Approved two shipping containers for Road and Bridge Precinct 2 for storage purposes.
• Took no action to purchase a forklift for Road and Bridge Precinct 4.
• Approved to rescind a Xerox agreement that was approved at the Sept. 26 commissioners court meeting.
• Approved to rescind the transfer of vehicles from the sheriff’s office to the constables' offices.
• Approved to transfer of vehicles from the sheriff’s office to the inventory of the purchasing department.
• Approved the roadwork on Ensign Road for Road and Bridge Precinct 2 for pavement rehabilitation and resurfacing.
• Heard a presentation from Donald Kelm, who is the district extension office administrator.
• Took no action to enact a burn ban.
• Heard a report on compensatory time reporting.
• Approved to reappoint Maurice Osborn as the Ellis County representative to the North Central Texas Council of Governments Regional Aging Advisory Committee.
• Approved two work orders for the City of Garrett through an interlocal agreement for street repair. The work includes pothole repairs not to exceed eight hours of work.
• Approved an additional position for Road and Bridge Precinct 2. Currently, the precinct has 15 positions and this addition will bring its number up to 16 positions.
• Approved additional funding for the Country and District Attorney’s Office for legal fees up to $5,000 to be used in the case of State of Texas, District Attorneys Office Investigator Jeff Ward, vs. Precinct 4 Constable Mike Jones.
• Approved a resolution for the indigent defense grant program.