The Terrell City Council approved an agreement and election service contract between the City of Terrell and Kaufman County on Thursday, Jan. 10 during the City of Terrell regular council meeting.

The City of Terrell entered into an agreement with Kaufman County to host Terrell elections in order to increase the efficiency and effectiveness, reduce costs of Terrell elections, and improve both turnout and access to elections.

Terrell’s voting system is outdated and needs to be updated. The cost of a new voting system is estimated at $125,000. Kaufman County has recently purchased a new voting system.

In previous Terrell elections, the City of Terrell staff and elections officials received complaints about the various locations for voting and the different types of equipment used by the City of Terrell versus Kaufman County equipment.

To improve consistency in voting equipment, reduce duplication of work, and follow current voting trends, the City of Terrell believes it is more effective to have Kaufman County host Terrell elections.

Mayor election

The Terrell City Council approved a resolution calling for a general election to be held on Saturday, May 4 with the Terrell Independent School District and City of Terrell and administered by the Kaufman County Election officer for the election of a Terrell Mayor for a three-year term.

Griffith Avenue Improvements

The Terrell City Council awarded a bid for Griffith Avenue Improvements.

Bids were opened on Dec. 11 for Griffith Avenue Improvements which consists of constructing approximately, 3,000 feet of sewer main, 4,000 feet of water main, 4,000 feet of storm sewer improvements, and rebuilding Griffith Avenue from North Rockwall to Walnut Street.

There were a total six bids received; the bid was awarded to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder, Jackson Construction, Ltd in the amount of $5,426,010.00.

The City of Terrell anticipates the project will take approximately 18 months to complete.

The work will be conducted in phases to minimize the impact to residents and local traffic.

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