The Grayson County Commissioners voted unanimously Monday in favor of the creation of a County Energy Transportation Reinvestment Zone, which will allow the County to receive state funding for road improvements and transportation projects.

The Grayson County Commissioners voted unanimously Monday in favor of the creation of a County Energy Transportation Reinvestment Zone, which will allow the County to receive state funding for road improvements and transportation projects.


The state funding for the zone comes as oil and natural gas drilling and exploration have increased within the region. As the machinery and heavy truck traffic has lasting effects on local roadways, the state funding is designed to help improve local roadways to better handle the heavy vehicles and maintenance.


In other matters, the Court received into the minutes the fully approved Agreement of Participation with the city of Denison in the Tax Increment Financing Reinvestment Zone No. 1. The agreement will allow the county to contribute to the a portion of its tax revenue towards the TIRZ, which is being used to repay developer Tom Johnson for public infrastructure upgrades being made in the Gateway Village development.


The commissioners were in full agreement over a proposed agreement with the city of Howe regarding road repairs. The commissioners agreed to assist in road repairs totalling $3,755.


The commissioners also approved two replats during the Monday meeting. The first involved replatting two lots in the Thornberry Estates subdivision into four lots. The second replat involved combining two lots in the Hidden Lakes Ranch subdivision into one lot.


In a unanimous decision, the commission voted to approve the sale of unsold property from the Sheriff Struck-Off Sale. The property, located on Swan Ridge Drive in Sherman, was valued in 2013 at $28,679. It will be sold to M&R Real Estate Investments, LLC for $4,687.07.


Following up the previous unanimous decision, the commission agreed to sell 50 voting machines and renew service agreements with Election Systems & Software LLC. The county agreed to sell the machines for $375 each for a total of $18,750. In the same measure, the commission agreed to renew its 2008 agreement for maintenance service for its voting machines. In the agreement, the county will pay the company $126,380 over the course of four years for its services.


The commission also approved, unanimously, two requests to authorize solicitation of bids to install electric power in Loy Park, and for an annual supply of steel culverts.


Lastly, the commission decided to table a request to renew an annual Employee Assistance Program with Deer Oaks EAP services for two additional years. The commissioners decided to discuss the issue in more depth and assess the per employee, per month rate, which is currently $2.25.