Grayson County Commissioners approved a developer’s contract and declaration of intent Tuesday to approve the final plat of the Pecan Valley addition. That approval prompted some discussion about updating the county’s subdivision regulations at some point in the near future.
Grayson County Engineer Clay Barnett said the property in question is in the city of Pottsboro’s extra territorial jurisdiction and that the developer wants the county to maintain the roads once they are built.
Grayson County Commissioner Jeff Whitmire said if the county is going to take the road over in the end, it needs to be involved in the process all along the way. That way county officials can make sure that they don’t build the road and sell the lots. That would mess up the road, he said, and the county would prefer that it got a bond that would require the builder to fix the road after the houses are all built.
Grayson County Judge Bill Magers said a lot of the growth that is heading into Grayson County will come in the ETJs and they need to have policies in place on how to deal with situations like this. Barnett said the county is being consistent with all such applications. He said if a road is going to be public, it has to meet the requirements of both the city and the county.
Whitmire said they probably need to go back over the county’s subdivision regulations as they are around 16 years old and just make sure that they are up to date. Commissioner David Whitlock quipped that he is the only member of the court who was around the last time the regulations were updated.
“I do think it behooves us as a county to get ahead of this instead of behind it,” Magers said, indicating he thought the commissioners should meet about the subdivision regulations at some point in the future.
Commissioners also approved a memorandum of understanding with the city of Sherman regarding Sherman inmates who are kept at the Grayson County Jail.
Grayson County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tony Bennie told commissioners the document the approved laid out how much inmates housed in the Grayson County Jail on Class C misdemeanor charges out of Sherman get put toward their fines while they are in jail. The document said that Sherman inmates should get $100 a day but that a day should be a minimum of eight hours. It also says that after 24 hours, the inmate should be considered to have sat out one-third of his fine. Then the inmate gets $100 credit a day until the fine is laid out or paid. The document also said that every arrestee shall be brought before a magistrate as soon as possible after being arrested, but no later than 48 hours after the arrest.
Next commissioners approved an interlocal agreement with the city of Van Alstyne for drainage work.
Then they each made their public statements for the week. Whitmire said that he lost a friend this week. He said Cecil Simco was someone he met when he was first thinking about running for county commissioner.
“I have spent hours and hours drinking coffee with him and visiting either at McDonald’s or out at the pens. He was a cowboy,” Whitmire said. “He was a good man who did a lot for me and made me a better man because of it. It is one of those things I got a kick out of a lot of the things he did. He raised a lot of money for scholarships for kids.”
He then told a story of Simco saying that he didn’t endorse political candidates and then introducing him to a crowd full of people at a fundraiser as “our great commissioner, my friend Jeff Whitmire.” Whitmire said he took that to be quite the endorsement and added, “McDonald’s will never be the same and I will certainly miss him.”
Commissioners then met for a brief executive session about determining the value of and considering the sale of real property before adjourning for the day.