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Commission to meet at new time

1/5/2014

By RANDY GONZALES

rgonzales@dailynews.net

The Ellis County Commission will have its regular meeting Monday at the Ellis County Courthouse -- but at a different time.

Commissioners -- who previously met in the mornings before switching to 6:45 p.m. in 2009 -- will meet at 5 p.m. The earlier meeting time will allow County Counselor Bill Jeter to attend. Normally, Jeter could not attend evening meetings due to his attendance as legal counsel for Hays USD 489 Board of Education, which meets at 6:30 p.m. Mondays.

"The whole purpose behind the change was to allow the county counselor to be there at our meetings and not conflict with the board of education," Commissioner Barbara Wasinger said. "The earlier time seems to be a better time for department heads, should they have to be at meetings to make presentations, as well."

The earlier meeting time also could be beneficial for the public, Wasinger said.

"For most people, it's right after work," she said. "You don't have to go home, come back. Hopefully, it will work well for everyone concerned."

Commissioner Dean Haselhorst, who said he wasn't "overly" in favor of the change in meeting time, might have difficulty getting to meetings on time, due to his work for an oil company.

"I don't have an 8-to-5 job; I never have," he said. "I go to work 6:30, 7 in the morning, and I get home when I'm done."

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The Ellis County Commission on Monday will consider authorizing Public Works staff to assist the city of Ellis in cleanup of Big Creek, and whether to charge the city of Ellis for associated costs.

In other business:

* Commissioners will consider awarding an engineering contract for a KDOT bridge project.

* Commissioners will receive the monthly health department report.

* Commissioners will consider approval of a resolution appointing Lisa Ree county appraiser for the remainder of a four-year term ending June 2017.

* Commissioners will consider authorizing the county appraiser to spend up to $27,000 for file storage units when the office is relocated to 718 Main.

* Commissioners will receive a report on sales tax revenue from the 0.5-percent county sales tax, which took effect Oct. 1.

* Commissioners will discuss building projects for the administrative center and EMS/rural fire building. Bids for those two projects were rejected in December.

* Commissioners will discuss the renovation project for the courthouse and Law Enforcement Center.

* Commissioners will discuss a modified version of a resolution regarding insurance proceeds in event of a natural disaster in rural areas of the county.

* Commissioners will discuss scheduling a budget planning meeting for the 2015 budget.

* Commissioners will be presented with the county reorganization document.