The Ellis County Commissioners Court heard a presentation from Swagit Production, which is looking to provide streaming audio and video services for court meetings, at its Monday meeting.

“We offer streaming of audio and video from meetings for municipalities, school districts, state legislatures and state agencies throughout the United States and Canada. Here locally we provide service for Dallas, Mesquite, Richardson, Plano and Garland,” Swagit representative Michael Osuna said. “We have done some research and found that the two cameras in the commissioners court building do not work. What we are proposing is to put in an on-site encoder, basically a computer and one camera. The encoder would capture the audio from the microphone system and from the single camera.”

Osuna said Swagit would store all of the video on its servers and provide the necessary bandwidth to upload the footage. The company would also provide a URL link, that could be placed on the county's website, which would take anyone to the database of meeting recordings. People would have the ability to view the meetings in a live broadcast or watch it after the meeting is over.

The video from the meeting would be divided into parts per agenda item. This would allow viewers to pick which segment (agenda item) they wanted to watch, instead of watching the entire meeting.

Osuna said Swagit would also field public information requests given to them by the county. The total cost of the system for the first year would be $14,775. This cost includes equipment, installation and video services from 30 commissioners court meetings during the year. The cost for the second year and beyond would be $8,340. Videoing of additional meetings would cost $150 each.

Commissioners took no action on this item.

The commissioners court also held a public hearing on setting a new speed limit of 35 mph for vehicles traveling on Hughes Cemetery Road located in precinct two. No one from the public was present to make a comment on the item. After closing the public hearing, the court voted to adopt the new speed limit and authorized installation of appropriate signage.

In other action, the commissioners:

• granted several one-time variances, including frontage and set back requirements for residents throughout the county

• approved a preliminary plat for 10 lots in the Red Baron Estates subdivision in Venus.

• approved a request made by Stephen Allison for a final plat of six lots

• voted to accept payment in the amount of $7,126 from the Texas Farm Bureau as reimbursement for property damage to Cosby Road which occurred on Aug. 31.

• declared a 2000 Dodge Intrepid from the Human Resources Department as salvage

• named Ennis Janitorial Supplies as the primary janitorial supplies vendor to the county

• approved an interlocal cooperation contract between the county, the city of Italy and Maypearl ISD

• nominated Bill Vansyckle and Sharee Barrett as candidates for the board of directors of the Ellis Central Appraisal District

• took no action on a recommendation to appoint William Vansyckle to the Ellis County Emergency Service District No. 6 Board of Directors

• voted to rescind the county burn ban

• presented a proclamation to Healing Hearts Center naming October as “Domestic Violence Awareness Month” in the county