Ellis County’s look to the future is underway with an assessment


At its kick-off meeting on June 21, Ellis County began its facility needs assessment and long-range planning process through Kitchell, a construction services company, and its partner HOK, a design company. professional, to update the county’s facilities for future population growth.

In May, the Ellis County Commissioner’s Court entered into a professional services agreement with Kitchell to analyze future facility needs, develop a long-term strategic plan and implement construction projects. Now the first phase of the process has started; the team works with each county in the county to determine current and future needs to meet the expected increase in demand for county services.

Although county departments are expanding their offices, Ellis County officials remain committed to the principles of limited government.

“It’s not the size and scope of government that is expanding,” County Judge Todd Little said, “it’s the number of citizens we serve. We believe that government should only be present in the lives of our citizens when they need it, but when they need it, we want it to do its job well. This long-term needs assessment will allow Ellis County to adapt to a rapidly growing population that is increasing the need for customer service.

The facility needs assessment began at a basic level: Kitchell representatives visited every building in the county and took note of the space used by each county in the county. Once the information-gathering phase is complete, the team will use the new census data and population growth projections to develop a long-term planning vision for the county. The focus will be on creating value for the county, preparing for future growth and using funds and resources as efficiently as possible.

The team will continue to work with a steering committee as a resource and sounding board as they prepare for public workshops and presentations to the Court of Commissioners for findings, recommendations and decisions over the next 5 months.


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