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Posted: Monday, April 8, 2019 4:36 pm

Ector County Commissioners will consider action on an ad hoc transportation committee report that evaluates the entire county roadway network and suggests a queue for projects.

The meeting is set for 10 a.m. Tuesday in the commissioners’ courtroom, Room 120, located in the Ector County Administration building annex, 1010 E. Eighth St.

The Commissioners’ Court will receive a presentation from the committee regarding the evaluation report and discuss all matters related to the information given.

The transportation committee was formed last summer to identify infrastructure issues in Ector County and provide recommendations to the Commissioners’ Court.

“The ad hoc committee is not looking into coming up with new projects,” Highways and Streets Department Director Evans Kessey said. “They’re looking into already deteriorated roadways that exist and finding ways and a means of preserving that roadway to provide continued flow of traffic.”

The committee consists of five members: Kessey, Public Works Project Manager David Peck, Precinct 3 Commissioner Dale Childers, Chamber of Commerce Member Roy Allen and county resident Martin Zuniga.

Kessey said road prioritization is based off of factors such as congestion, safety, system preservation, right-of-way and operational efficiency.

Peck said the roads are rated and given a numerical value based on the set criteria that allows the committee to easily compare roads to one another and gauge where the greatest need is.

He said the process is similar to what the Permian Basin Metropolitan Planning Organization does but it is scaled down to focus on just Ector County.

Kessey has told residents at numerous town halls that they can expect Precinct 1 roadways to receive much of the department’s attention due to the large amounts of oilfield traffic that go through the area, and because the precinct simply contains more miles of roadway compared to other precincts.

Childers said the prioritized roadways require more immediate solutions and some projects will come out of this fiscal year’s budget.

He said the Court will also determine if the committee will disband during the meeting. He said members were charged solely with the task of providing a list of road condition ratings, which the evaluation report accomplishes.

Commissioners must decide if any additional tasks will be assigned to the committee or if this is where their role ends.


  • Consider approving a resolution declaring April 7 through April 13, 2019 as National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.
  • Consider approving a request for out of state travel for the Highways and Streets Director and two staff members to attend the iWorQ System training and seminar hosted by iWorQ Systems, Inc. from July 29 to August 1 in Logan, Utah.
  • Take necessary action on the county’s 56th Street widening project.
  • Consider approving the purchase of a truck for the Environmental Enforcement Department; consider a budget amendment for an additional amount required from Equipment Services Fund, Motor Vehicle Repairs and Maintenance, 051-770-5251 to Equipment Services Fund, Motor Vehicle Equipment, 051-770-5505 in the amount of $25,158.
  • Consider approving the extension of the Food Services Agreement with Summit Food Service for Ector County Juvenile Probation.
  • Consider approving the continuation of Ector County’s partnership with Midland Odessa Urban Transit District (MOUTD), dba EZ-Rider for Fiscal Year 2020.
  • Take necessary action regarding a revised AIA Agreement with JSA Architects for the redesign of the jail booking area and to approve a budget amendment to Jail Expansion Fund, Professional Services, 047-420-5307 from Unreserved Fund Balance, 047-3310 in the amount of $129,400.
  • Consider approving a Memorandum of Understanding between Ector County and Johnson Controls, Inc., in developing an Energy and Operating Efficiency business case and to clarify the responsibilities of both parties in developing the Preliminary Analysis at no financial cost to Ector County.
  • Take necessary action regarding a clarification letter for the Oberon Solar project from Ector County to grant access to all county roads and easements and to confirm there are no rules or ordinances that would require the project to obtain zoning approval to construct and operate the project.
  • Consider approving an Interlocal Cooperation Agreement between Ector County and Burnet County for Jail Services beginning October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019.
  • Take necessary action regarding the contract with the Lumber Jaxs Baseball Team, allowing use and maintenance for the baseball diamond at the Gardendale Park but indemnifying and holding Ector County harmless against any losses and damages through the attached Hold Harmless Agreement.
  • Take necessary action on 1,171.60 Linear Feet/20-Foot-Wide Temporary Access Agreement.
  • Consider approving a request to have all work orders turned into the Ector County I.T. Help Desk and notify the vendor that only authorized Administrators in the I.T. Department can submit, escalate and close work orders.
  • Take necessary action regarding court reporters having a county issued PC/Laptops and set a policy or guidelines to ensure all court reporters are treated equal.
  • Consider hiring an Investigator/Warrant Officer at a 201-14 due to his current level with the county and experience.
  • Consider adopting the attached policy of payment of overtime for eligible non-exempt Law Enforcement Officers of the Sheriff’s Department.
  • Consider approving a Replat of Lot 2, Block 23, Westridge Subdivision, 2nd Filing.
  • Consider approving a Montgomery Subdivision being 2.39 Acre Tract of land out of Section 5, Block 41, T-1-S, T&P RY Co. Survey, Ector County, Texas.
  • Consider approving a Kelley 1.18 acre tract, situated in the T&P Railroad Company Survey, Section 8, Block 43 T2S, Abstract No. 658, City of Odessa, Ector County.
  • Consider approving Ocean Front Property Workhorse MHRC on 9291 W. Murphy St., Ector County, Texas.
  • Consider approving a MHRC Development to serve 11364 W. University Blvd., Westland Subdivision, Lots 1, 2 and 3, Block 19, Ector County.
  • Consider approving an Apple RV Park MHRC Development to serve 16954 S. Windmill, Gage Acres, Lot21, Block 2, Section 5, Ector County, Texas.
  • Consider approving a proposed line item transfer to FMLR Fund, Road Maintenance Department, Educational Travel, 002-810-5161 in the amount of $2,000 from Road Maintenance Department, Safety Training and Supplies, 002-810-5401 in the amount of $2,000 and to FMLA Fund, Traffic Operations Department, Educational Travel, 002-830-5161 in the amount of $1,500 from Traffic Operations Department, Safety Training and Supplies, 002-830-5401 in the amount of $1,500.
  • Take necessary action regarding the Accounts Payable Fund Requirements Report for April 9, 2019 and review County financial statements and reports.

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