FERRIS – In regular session of the Ferris City Council meeting Tuesday, Benon Pipkin discussed with the council the issue of cleanup in the northwest section of town.

“I’ve been a resident of Ferris now for 83 years and for the past 20 years, I’ve kept the lawns mowed in the area,” he told the council, appealing to the city to engage in a joint effort with him. “If the city will do what it can, I’ll be glad to do my part.”

Although no action was taken, city manager Eric Strong assured Pipkin the city could step up its efforts in the project.

Pipkin also expressed his desire that three lots in the area be given to Mt. Horeb Baptist Church.

Pat Searright of Landscapes Unlimited gave an estimate to the council concerning the development of Mutz Park, noting an estimated price of under $40,000 for the planting of hybrid bermuda grass, and the acquirement of a triplex mower, utility vehicle, groomer and tractor.

In other action, the council voted to:

• Adopt a resolution authorizing the Ferris Police Department to accept a Selective Traffic Enforcement Program grant in the amount of $31,103.14 from the Texas Department of Transportation.

• Adopt a resolution approving and ratifying the bylaws adopted by the North Ellis County Coalition of Cities and reaffirming its support of that organization.

• Adopted a purchasing policy for the city of Ferris.

• Voted to re-elect Alice Howard and Earline Jackson to the Ferris Housing Authority Board.

• Voted to adopt the audit report for the city of Ferris for fiscal year 2008-2009 from the independent accounting firm of Witherspoon, Yeldell, and Wilson, P.C.

• At the request of John Bass, voted to have a streetlight installed on Ewing Street with Bill Dunn voting in opposition.

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