Ellis County Commissioners Court approves next steps in software redesign

The next steps in replacing obsolete sheriff’s office and court software were taken on Tuesday as the Ellis County Commissioners Court moved forward with a plan to modernize the county’s public safety systems.

The court approved an engagement agreement with the consulting firm Berry Dunn for the next three phases of the replacement of the justice and public safety systems software and related services for an amount of $ 167,100. The county retained Berry Dunn last month to conduct a needs assessment.

The three phases consist of developing the request for proposals, evaluating the proposals and negotiating contracts. County purchasing agent EJ Harbin said these will include court case management systems, court case management systems, computer-aided case management and dispatch systems and systems. of prison management for the county.

Tony Tull, a senior consultant at Berry Dunn, told commissioners his company will prepare four tenders, or requests for proposals, for each of those four departments. All offers submitted will be evaluated and scored, and those with the highest score will be presented for consideration. Once the final winners are chosen, Berry Dunn will participate in contract negotiations, Tull said.

Tull said it will likely be around February 1 before the contracts are ready to be awarded. Tull recommended focusing on the sheriff’s office first, as that office feeds the prosecution, which feeds the court, which in turn feeds the county clerk.

County Judge Todd Little said time was of the essence to implement the changes. “I know there are people out there waiting,” Little said. “The salespeople are waiting and the staff are waiting. We need to get things done.

The story went 3-0, with precinct 2 commissioner Lane Grayson absent due to a previously scheduled address.

Other elements

• Consent agenda approvals included minutes from previous meetings, acceptance of reports, donation of 139 Daughters of the American Revolution reading books, acceptance of continuing education hours for the county buying office and several budget transfers.

• The court approved five lots: a 38.86 acre property on the south side of FM 1181 near Ennis, a 17,812 acre property on the south side of Goodwyn Road near Avalon, an 18,113 acre property on the corner northwest of FM 157 and Ozro Road near Maypearl, a 1,011 acre lot on the south side of Patrick Road in the extraterritorial jurisdiction of Waxahachie, and a 16.94 acre parcel of land on the southwest corner of Old Maypearl Road and North Falling Leaves Drive in the Waxahachie countryside. The commissioners also agreed to release a performance bond and to accept a maintenance bond for the latter property.

• The court approved the transfer of a 2014 Ford Escort from Indigent Health Services to the tax office.

• Road materials were high on the agenda. Commissioners have agreed to solicit bids for aggregate and hot mix asphalt for the four ridings. Bids were accepted for a wide variety of materials including asphalt, concrete, limestone, gravel and riprap. A number of secondary and tertiary suppliers were selected due to supply chain issues. Separate bids for crushed limestone and washed gravel were rejected and the county will re-bid for these contracts.

• Commissioners authorized a letter of approval requesting state economic impact funds for “The World’s Greatest Fun Auto Race” at Texas Motorplex.

• A “written off” property has been ceded to the Town of Midlothian. The transaction will allow Midlothian to expand its water treatment plant. Midlothian ISD, which owns a stake in the same property, is expected to do the same at its monthly meeting in December.

• The donation to Ellis County of a 3.2786 acre property at 200 Interstate 45 in Ennis has been approved. The appraised value of the property is $ 435,000. The property adjoins the Ellis County Secondary Courthouse in Ennis and will be developed to allow access from the I-45 access road.

• The Commissioners voted to give Ken Marks all of his 837 votes for the Ellis Evaluation District Board of Directors. The total ensures that Marks will continue to sit on the board.

• Sidney Atchley has been approved as a new Texas A&M AgriLife Extension 4-H agent for Ellis County.

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