Grayson County commissioners Tuesday took up residency in the east courtroom at the Grayson County Courthouse to allow early voting for the March 4 primary to go on in their usual meeting spot on the first floor of the Courthouse on Lamar Street in Sherman. Early voting will continue in that location, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Saturday and then resume from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Voters can cast ballots in that same location from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. next week as well.

Grayson County commissioners Tuesday took up residency in the east courtroom at the Grayson County Courthouse to allow early voting for the March 4 primary to go on in their usual meeting spot on the first floor of the Courthouse on Lamar Street in Sherman. Early voting will continue in that location, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Saturday and then resume from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Voters can cast ballots in that same location from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. next week as well.


While voters cast belows on floor below, County leaders turned over some unused county land to the city of Tom Bean. Dee Welch joked with the Court that as long as they were giving away land, the city of Whitesboro would take some as well. On a serious note though, Welch said the property Tom Bean wants is adjacent to their city limits with access to State Highway 11. He said the city wants to use the property for economic development. Welch said the property is a bit more than two acres on the Grayson Central Appraisal District rolls, but with easement to the highway, it is right at about two acres. He added that the wooded property has a creek running through it, so the portion available for commerce might be closer to about an acre.


The county got the property from a railroad back in 1953. County Commissioner Jeff Whitmire asked if the county could give the city the land but keep the mineral rights. Welch said he would check the deed but he would bet that the railroad did the same thing when it gave the property to the county.


Commissioners also approved road bores requested by Atmos Energy on Yowell, Qaul Hill, Shadow Valley, Lynch Crossing and County Line Church roads Precinct 3. They also approved a road bore on Pearce Street in Precinct 3.


Commissioners denied a request from the Greater Texoma Health Clinic to reserve Loy Park for Oct. 18. Commissioners said they have no problem with GTHC using the park, but the Court has recently turned down other entities that were seeking to reserve the space once county employees have started laying out Holiday Lights Displays in October. Grayson County employees start laying out the lighted displays the week after the Grayson County Fair concludes.


County leaders declined a request to amend the Grayson County Health Department’s budget regarding the cost of fighting epidemics of influenza and shigellosis this season. Commissioners said they knew the county would have to pay the increased cost associated with the outbreaks, but they would rather the Court see the final cost before making any changes. GCH Director John Teel said he thinks both epidemics are coming to an end now and should be over soon.


Commissioners approved Teel’s request to allow the HD to use $10,000 from the County’s Tobacco fund money to hire someone to write and submit a $1.5 million cancer screening and early diagnosis grant application for CPRIT. The application has to be turned in by August. Commissioners approved seeking qualifications for someone to write the grant after Teel told him the Health Department staff submitted the grant last year and got back a list of 15 things that needed improvement. Commissioners said one of the qualifications for the grant writer should be getting a grant through the CPRIT last year.


Commissioners also approved the purchase of new computers and servers to replace those that use Windows XP Desktop operating systems or Windows Server 2003 operating system, because Microsoft has announced it will no longer provide updates for them. The upgrades are expected to cost more than $90,000 but were partly planned for the 2015 budget anyway.


Commissioners also set equipment rental rates for 2014 and authorized the solicitation of bids for the annual supply of three-eights-inch chips.


Additionally, commissioners approved North Texas Regional Airport-Perrin Field Director Mike Shahan’s request to spend $10,130 in order to get $91,170 from the Texas Department of Transportation. The funds are for design services to construct an apron for hangar development, drainage repairs and wildlife security fencing at the NTRA. Whitmire asked Shahan if the security screening were really needed and Shahan said coyotes are a daily problem on the runways.