Ellis County Commissioners approved security upgrades for the Road and Bridge Precinct 2 facility at its Tuesday, Jan. 23 meeting.

The contract is with Featherston Media for $6,015.97.

According to Featherston’s website, the Waxahachie-based company provides services for phones, IT, audio, video, lighting, wireless, security, and cabling.

“Due to the fact that ever-increasing need for security with the issues that have happened around our county and the fact that we are contracted with Featherson in some areas we placed this on the agenda," Commissioner Lane Grayson said. "We have multiple departments using Featherson at this time and didn’t want to exceed purchasing requirements. This is for Precinct 2 to improve the security at our building.”

Commissioner approved several new vehicle purchases. These purchases will replace vehicles that are high mileage and have served the county for more than 20 years.

The first purchase approved by the commissioners was the purchase of a 2018 Mack truck from Bruckner’s Truck sales for Ellis County Road and Bridge Precinct 1.

“This is replacing a 1999 (truck) that has been in service for almost 20 years. That truck just went down on us and the cost to repair it exceeds what the truck is worth,” Commissioner Randy Stinson said. “At this time we are looking to purchase a new truck for our gravel hauling to replace the old one."

The court also approved the purchased of a 2014 Ram 1500 pickup from Fastenal Corporation for $16,015 for Road and Bridge Precinct 3, a trailer for $31,500 for Road and Bridge Precinct 1, and the purchases of a 2011 and 2012 International 4300 for Road and Bridge Precinct 4.

In other business commissioners,

• Took no action on a replat of two lots of Morgan farm subdivision that is located on the west side of Ebenezer Road south of Wilson Road in the extraterritorial jurisdiction of the City of Ennis.

• Took no action on an abandonment of a portion on an alleyway located between four lots in the Skyline Acres subdivision, which is located between Cecilia Avenue and Charles Avenue south of Skyline Drive in the extraterritorial jurisdiction of Midlothian.

• Took no action to enact a burn ban. The burn ban was enacted Tuesday, Jan. 30.

• Approved the authorization of intergovernmental transfers as per the county indigent care affiliation agreement for the payment from Ellis County Indigent Care Corporation up to $440,915.28. This amount pertains to indigent healthcare and related medical services in the 2017-2018 fiscal year.

• Approved the annual report of eminent domain authority. Commissioner Paul Perry stated that the county has no plans to exercise eminent domain authority, but the report is a requirement by the state.

• Heard a report about compensatory time reporting from Director of Human Resources Theresa Taylor.

• Approved a request from County Auditor Miykael Reeve to reallocate some salaries within her department to fully staff it. The total budget of the auditor’s department does not change.