Grayson County commissioners Tuesday approved a resolution to allow the Sheriff’s Office to purchase services from Lexis Nexis.


LexisNexis is a corporation that provides computer-aided legal research as well as business research and risk management services. Jason Schilli picked up the $15,000 price tag for the purchase through a donation to the S.O. which the court also approved on Tuesday.


“I make it my goal to try to do one substantial thing to give back to the community once a year,” Schilli told commissioners. “And this year we’ve got with Chief (Tom) Watt and with the things that they’ve got planned and that they’re wanting to do to keep the department going forward, we thought this would be a good opportunity to partner with them.”


Watt, who is the Grayson County Sheriff and formerly Sherman police chief, said his office will use the service to organize the various databases they are allowed to draw information from already.


“We are in the process of becoming a more forward-leaning agency,” Watt said in a phone interview after the meeting. He said being more organized will “allow us to go after the habitual criminals.”


In addition, commissioners also approved the final plat of Blackthorn Meadow in Van Alstyne in Precinct 1. The court also accepted into the county maintenance program Blackthorn Drive and established a 30-mile-per-hour speed limit for it.


The commissioner for Precinct 1, Jeff Whitmire, said the county doesn’t automatically accept into its care all roads that are set up in subdivisions and that getting that done is a separate procedure from having the plats approved.


Whitmire also said that Saturday is his precinct’s fall cleanup day and he is welcoming those who live in Precinct 1 to bring out their items that need to dispose of and leave them there. He said allowing people to drop those things off is preferable to having to pick the items up out of local creek beds. The event will start at 7:30 a.m. and conclude at 2 p.m. at the Precinct 1 barn, 1312 Vietnam Veterans Parkway (East FM 1417) in Sherman (across from the Elks Lodge).