Ellis County will receive the proceeds of two Texas Department of Transportation grants totaling $8,000 for enforcement campaigns by the Pct. 4 Constable’s Office.

Constable Mike Jones requested the commissioners court during its meeting Monday evening to authorize County Judge Carol Bush to sign a letter of agreement to receive the funds. 

Jones explained to commissioners that “Click-It-or Ticket” and “Impaired Driver Mobilization” were the two grant programs in which his precinct participated.

“Working these two campaigns was done during our normal patrol duties,” Jones said.

Election dates

The commissioners approved run-off early voting election dates as well as setting fees to pay the required election clerks as requested by Jane Anderson, the county’s election administrator.

The special election early voting dates should a run-off be required are April 5-9. Early voting will be at the elections office at 106 S. Monroe, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Anderson also requested the commissioners accept the certification of qualified signatures for a local option petition to legalize the sale of beer and wine for off-premises consumption in the city of Red Oak. The local option election will be held in conjunction with the general election May 8. 

The commissioners accepted the resignation of Jimmy Roy from Emergency Service District No. 6. Pct. 3 Commissioner Heath Sims said Roy’s efforts were appreciated.

The commissioners also approved a fourth amendment to an arbitration agreement between the county, the city of Midlothian and Kehe Foods. Presenting the request was assistant county attorney Ann Montgomery, who said a nonbinding arbitration date will be set for the parties to meet to settle on the amendment. Montgomery said the county has worked on resolving the issue for some time.

“We intend for them to comply with the tax abatement terms they originally agreed to,” she said.