By Bill Spinks

Administrative items are at the top of a fairly busy agenda for the Ellis County Commissioners’ Court bi-weekly meeting on Tuesday afternoon.

Commissioners will consider and possibly act upon a rate setting for the Ellis County Local Provider Participation Fund; for Ellis County to be the endorsing county for the 1320 Sports Local Organizing Committee’s Events Trust Fund Application for the 2020 AAA Texas Fall Nationals Event on Oct. 15-18 at the Texas Motorplex; and for restarting armored car service for Ellis County offices.

The commissioners will also mull approval of county tax abatement guidelines; the purchase of COVID-19 test kits to provide limited on-site testing at an expense not to exceed $25,000 which will be paid for by funds received though the CARES Act; and discussion and approval of COVID-19 testing and return-to-work guidelines.

Among other items, plats and variances will be on the agenda for properties at the southeast corner of Marion Road and FM 157 in the extra-territorial jurisdiction of Venus, the north side of FM 1446 in the Waxahachie ETJ, the east side of Buchanan Drive in the Waxahachie ETJ, and at 1015 Stevens Road.

Additionally, Ellis County purchasing agent E.J. Harbin is expected to be reappointed and sworn-in for a two-year term ending July 31, 2022, with a separate action for a bond covering his renewed term.

Replacement of a bridge on Hampton Road at Little Creek and consideration of advanced funding from the Texas Department of Transportation will be considered, as well as advanced funding agreements for four other bridges in the county.

Among consent agenda items are acceptance of more than $150,000 in refund and surplus distribution checks; repair of five streets in the city of Maypearl under an interlocal agreement; and routine acceptance of reports and line-item budgetary expenditures.

Also on the docket is an acceptance of just more than $692,000 from the Coronavirus Relief Fund. Previous acceptances of federal funds by the court have received fewer than unanimous votes from commissioners, despite the fact that these funds are disbursed at the state level from block grants.

The Commissioners’ Court will meet at 2 p.m. on Tuesday in the Commissioners Courtroom at the Historic Ellis County Courthouse. Visitors will be asked to review posted screening questions prior to entry. Visitors will also be asked to keep at least six feet apart from other members of the public and Ellis County staff.