WAXAHACHIE — After enacting a countywide burn ban on Friday afternoon, Ellis County Commissioners will discuss possible contract changes with the Ellis County SPCA and make any necessary changes to its 2018 Budget at its Tuesday meeting.

At its Sept. 12 meeting, the court heard from Ellis County SPCA Executive Director Joan McGrath and Board Co-President Nancy Carter about the rising costs at the shelter and the need for an increase in the current contract.

“We are here following up on a rate increase that we made in early May for our contract between the SPCA and Ellis County. We have not had a rate increase since 2013,” McGrath previously said. “Currently our rate is $50 per animal, and with other bills such as salaries, utilities, and the building it is costing us about $90 per animal. That is one of the reasons that we are asking for the rate increase for the contract.”

McGrath explained that any animal that is brought to the shelter are held for a minimum of three to five days to allow their owner to claim them.

After the regular session, the court will convene into executive session for consultation regarding personnel matters, to deliberate the deployment or specific occasions for implementation, of security personnel or devices and the possible sale or lease of real property. Following the executive session commissioners will then reconvene in open session to take any necessary action.

In other business the court,

• Will consider a request for a preliminary plat of the Bluestem Hills subdivision, which is located north of Marion Road and east of Farm-to-Market Road in Venus.

• Will consider a request for a final plat of phase four of the Taylor Ridge subdivision located on Oak Vista Road east of Oak Branch Road in the extraterritorial jurisdiction of the City of Waxahachie.

• Will consider the request for the release of a performance bond issued by NGM Insurance totaling $237,686.20 and to accept the maintenance bond issued by the Main Street America Group totaling $95,074.48 for phase four of the Taylor Ridge subdivision in the ETJ of the City of Waxahachie.

• Will consider a request to grant a one-time variance from the county rules, regulations, and specifications for subdivisions and manufactured homes to allow one water well without meeting the minimum lot size or frontage requirements located at 200 Stone Ridge Dr. in the ETJ of the City of Waxahachie.

• Will Consider a request to abandon a lot in the Four Mile Creek Estates located on the east side of Novy Road and north of U.S. Highway 34 in the ETJ of the City of Ennis.

• Will consider a Xerox lease agreement for the Community Supervision and the Corrections Department for County Judge Carol Bush to sign. The monthly payment is $94.50.

• Will consider approving the 2017-2018 comprehensive liability insurance renewal.

• Will consider approving donating surplus or obsolete books from the county law library.

• Will consider approving an update to the standardized bid package that was approved on Dec. 10, 2012.

• Will consider vehicle allocations.

• Will consider a resolution to covey struck off properties to Ellis County Habitat for Humanity.

• Will consider for the Bush to sign the TWC data exchange request and safeguard plan for the Ellis County and District Attorney’s Office to initiate the process of renewing the contract with the Texas Workforce Commission for online access to confidential information contained in unemployment insurance records.

• Will look at approving the 2017-2018 payroll schedule for the county.

• Will look at approving the 2017-2018 commissioners court schedule.

• Will consider the Sheriff’s Office request to apply for participation in the Texas Law Enforcement Support Office Program. This program allows law enforcement agencies to received excess Department of Defense property.

• Will consider action as necessary for the sale or lease of real property.

• Will consider approving the offsite backup data storage for the jail not to exceed $62,200 and to approve any necessary budget line item transfers.

The commissioners' court meeting will take place at 2 p.m. on Tuesday in the second-floor courtroom of the historic Ellis County Courthouse located at 101 W. Main St. in downtown Waxahachie.