Monday evening, the Ellis County Commissioners Court is expected to consider approving the location for a slaughterhouse, south of Venus and just east of the Ellis County and Johnson County line, along Farm-to-Market 157.

The Texas Local Government Code gives the court the ability to approve or disapprove sites for potential slaughterhouses.

Delton Ake, director of development for Ellis County, said Friday afternoon that he did not have information on the company proposing to build the slaughterhouse.

“In comparison to other slaughterhouses, this is a relatively small slaughterhouse,” Ake said. “As we understand it, it will be for slaughtering sheep, goats, and chicken.”

Commissioner Ron Brown, Pct. 4, whose precinct the development would be in, said he’s asking the other commissioners to not approve the development.

“I’m missing Monday’s meeting - but I’m leaving a note with Delton - asking the commissioners to not approve the location,” Brown said. “If it’s approved, it would be right in the middle of a platted residential subdivision. If they want to get some acreage somewhere else in the county that’s fine but this is in the middle of a subdivision.”

Brown said he was not against the idea of a slaughterhouse, but was only opposed to the proposed location.

“He has eight acres out there and from what I’ve seen, he has a pretty nice design for a slaughterhouse,” Brown said. “But I wouldn’t want this in my neighborhood.”

In other business, the commissioners are expected to:

Consider approving a proclamation honoring the 127th anniversary of the Wayman Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Ennis on the occasion of the church receiving a Texas state historical marker. Consider approving the reappointment of the following people to serve a two-year term on the Ellis County Historic Commission:

Pct. 1: Shirley Graves, Virginia Duff, Susie Toal, Helen Prude, Virginia Kellum

Pct. 2: Mary Helen Gentry, Reeda Peel, James C. Templin

Pct. 3: Harold Dorsey, Wilma Dorsey, Edwin Farrar, Carol Farrar, Margaret Felty Shannon Simpson, Carolyn Robinson, William Robinson, Nancy Post, Larry Felty

Pct. 4: Jane Dickinson, Sylvia Smith, Betty Dillard, Nana Lou Dudley, Karen Esberger, Carolyn Miracle, Jimmie Faye Bynum

Consider approving the appointment of people to serve a two-year term on the board of Child Welfare Services. Consider approving a resolution supporting Low Income Repair and Replacement Assistance Program improvements with a presentation from the Shannon Stevenson, air quality operations manager for North Central Texas Council of Governments. Consider approving a resolution supporting the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan. Consider approving the amendment of the fiscal year 2006-2007 budget to add the position of part-time clerk I, not to exceed 25 hours/week, for justice of the peace in Pct. 3. Consider approving a lease agreement between Ellis County and the city of Midlothian for offices for justice of the peace and constable in Pct. 4. Consider approving a lease agreement between Ellis County and William H. Getzandaner Jr. for office space for Ellis County offices. Hold a public hearing rgarding conditions which constitute a public nuisance on property located at 5000 Vaca Road, near Waxahachie and consider approving expenditures of county funds to abate the nuisance.

The court will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22 in the second floor courtroom of the Ellis County Courthouse, 101 W. Main St. Waxahachie.

E-mail Jonathan at j.blundell@thedailylight.com