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County commissioners will consider wind energy agreements


By The Hays Daily News

By The Hays Daily News

Wind, mobile communications and the 2011 budget top the agenda for Ellis County commissioners Monday.

Invenergy LLC, which is considering development of a wind project in northwestern Ellis County, has asked commissioners to consider proceeding with agreements for decommissioning, road maintenance and payment-in-lieu-of-taxes for its project.

Commissioners also will consider adopting a county-wide cell phone and peripherals contract. The plan calls for the consolidation of cell phone plans, incorporating a Blackberry Enterprise Server for access to data away from the office and using NetMotion Mobility XE in order to secure data for law enforcement. Start-up costs are estimated at $12,040, with monthly costs at $1,487.27 and annual costs at $3,619.

Also, the 2011 budget will be discussed. After commissioners cut more than $800,000 during Thursday's special session, the proposed mill levy sits at 39.5 mills -- a 1.6-mill increase from 2010.

Also on the agenda is the canvas of Tuesday's primary election.

Monday's meeting begins at 6:45 p.m. at the Ellis County Courthouse.