WAXAHACHIE — Ellis County Commissioners reappointed Ellis County Fire Marshal Tim Birdwell to a new two-year term at their Tuesday morning meeting.
The new term for Birdwell, who was first appointed in 2015, begins Dec. 14.
Before serving with the county, Birdwell was the Red Oak Assistant Fire Chief and the Ferris Fire Chief.
“I strongly recommend that we appoint Mr. Birdwell to another two-year term. He has done some really great things for the county. I really appreciate the hard work that you do, the way that you have streamlined some things, and the way that the department has grown in a positive manner,” Ellis County Judge Carol Bush said. “I think that the health and safety of the community are of vital importance and the job that all of you do in that regard is critical. We look forward to having you here for an indefinite period of time, not just another two years.”
Birdwell stated that over the past two years the staff at the fire marshal’s office has worked hard to make improvements to the organization for an overall smoother operation.
“We have done a lot of restructuring in organizing the fire marshals office,” Birdwell explained. “We have more people out there conducting fire inspections for the safety of the public and fire investigations. We do plan reviews, life safety inspections, and fire prevention.”
Birdwell added that he is working to update the county’s fire code to provide even more protection to businesses that the public frequents.
One of the goals Birdwell has is to create a program that works to help juveniles who have set fires. This plan would help deter them from going down a path that would lead them to commit other offenses. It would use educational resources such as videos, speaking with them one on one or guiding them to a professional that can share their knowledge.
In other business commissioners,
• Approved a name change of the spelling of Robinett Road to Robnett Road. This revision includes changing street signs and readdressing all property owners and residents along the road.
• Approved a final plat of North Farm Estates, which is located on the north side of East Highland Road and south of Hunters Glen Drive in the extraterritorial jurisdiction of the City of Waxahachie.
• Approved the final plat of Long Branch Estates, which is located on the east side of Long Brach Road and south of Hayes Road in the ETJ of the City of Waxahachie.
• Approved the release of a performance bond issued by NGM Insurance Company totaling $1,163,774 and accepted the maintenance bond from the Main Street America Group totaling $465,509.60. These bonds are for the Long Branch Estates subdivision.
• Approved to purchase a forklift for Road and Bridge Precinct 4.
• Took no action to enact a burn ban.
• Approved a resolution to convey struck off property to Shannon LaForge.
• Reviewed the Texas County District Retirement System retirement plan.
• Approved a resolution for the Ellis County Republican Chair and the Democratic Party Chair to enter into a 2018 joint primary election services contract with the county elections office.
• Approved a request to the current county rate of pay for Election Day poll workers, ballot board, and central county station personnel during the 2018 joint primary election, runoff, and future joint primary elections.
• Approved to accept a bid from Alamo Equipment for a rotary head trimmer with a quick link and a quick hitch for $19,502 for Road and Bridge Precinct 3.
• Took no action to rename a portion of Grainery Road between Interstate Highway 35E and U.S. Highway 77 for the family of longtime owners, who is the only residential address on that section of road. The portion of the road would be named Mamie Ham.