WAXAHACHIE — The Ellis County Commissioners Court honored the services of Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Bill Woody at its Tuesday afternoon meeting. Woody is retiring from public service after serving the county for more than 28 years.

He first served as Pct. 1 Constable for eight years before serving as justice of the peace. Before his service to the county, Woody served his country in the Army. He then caught on with the Dallas Fire Department for 30 years. Ellis County Judge Carol Bush presented Woody with a plaque honoring his service.

“We want to recognize and honor Judge Bill Woody for his service to the community. Judge, I just wanted to say on behalf of the court we do appreciate the service that you have provided to Ennis and to the community as a whole in your tenure with the county,” Bush said. “You came to work with the county in 1991 and have been in one capacity or another whether it was working in a precinct working as a constable and then, of course, most recently as justice of the peace. You have done a remarkable job. You have been faithful and so dedicated to what you do. I just want to recognize you for that and for the contributions you have made to Ellis County in your long and distinguished tenure.”

Bush said the county would be posting the Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace position for resumes and that the commissioners have the legal duty to appoint a successor to that office the remaining term. Woody’s term was set to expire in 2018.

In other business the commissioner's court:

• Approved a request a one-time variance from section two of the county rules, regulations and specifications for subdivisions and manufactured homes relating to utility service to allow two additional residential structures without meeting the minimum fire hydrant requirements located at 220 Mohundro Road in Ferris.

• Approved a request to grant a one-time variance from section two of the county rules, regulations and specifications for subdivisions and manufactured homes relating to utility service to allow the construction of one residential structure without meeting the minimum fire hydrant requirements located south of the intersection of Baucum Road and Curtis Clay Road in Waxahachie.

• Approved a monthly pneumatic roller rental for Road and Bridge Precinct 3.

• Approved for the county judge to sign extension agreement with GDF Suez.

• Approved for the county judge to sign a Xerox lease agreement for Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace.

• Approved to purchase a new Holt Caterpillar vibratory compactor roller model CS54B for $115,919 for Road and Bridge Precinct 1.

• Approved to rescind a proposal from TelePacific for the Internet connectivity at the Midlothian Tax Office that was approved at the Feb. 28 meeting.

• Took no action to enact a burn ban.

• Approved the amendment between the Department of State Health Services and the county, which was effective on Sept. 1, 2015. The amendment is effective March 28, 2017 – Aug. 31, 2018, and provides the Ellis County Clerk access to the Texas Electronic Registration Remote System for the purpose of issuing individual birth certificates.

• Approved to appoint Ennis Mayor Angie Juenemann as the county representative to the North Central Texas Economic Development District.

• No actions were taken on driving while intoxicated warrant affidavits.

• Approved the indigent health care referral procedure.

• Took no action in regards to compensatory time reporting.

• Approved an interlocal agreement between the county and the Midlothian Independent School District.

• Discussed information received from landowners with property abutting Mable Lane near Italy.

• Approved to authorize the County and District Attorney Patrick Wilson to offer on behalf of the county involving Mark Holton concerning property damage to his vehicle of $1,000.

• Took no action for the county and district attorney to offer and settle a claim on behalf of the county involving Justin Morris concerning property damage to his vehicle.

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