FERRIS - The second and final public hearing concerning the annexation of the 448-acre Ellis County Municipal Utilities District was held Monday night during the regular Ferris City Council Meeting.

The Council voted unanimously to table the decision concerning annexation by request of Mac McCoy, owner of the 448-acre tract, since drafts by lawyers were not yet completed, according to City Manager Gus Pappas.

Pappas also noted that when the annexation of the McCoy property is complete, the city limits of Ferris will cover almost five square miles and more than 3,000 acres.

In other business, the council voted to deny a request by Atmos Energy Corporation for a rate increase.

“After denying this request, the matter will be referred to the Railroad Commission, and they usually work with the cities concerning such issues,” Pappas said.

Also on the agenda was the consideration to authorize $10,000, which was previously planned for the soccer field development, toward the purchase of new aluminum bleachers and concrete pads for the north-end recreational facility.

Mayor Jim Parks requested this item be tabled until he and the city manager could meet with the baseball association to determine its intentions for the use of the north-end field.

The council also voted to ratify the “emergency condition” to authorize expenditures for damages caused by collapse of the Community Center roof. Pappas noted minimal damage was done to the building next to the center.