Grayson county commissioners won’t erect a tower near Sherman’s downtown area. Commissioners voted Tuesday to go a different route. Instead of building a new tower near the building the county bought earlier this year to house the new E-911 Communications Center, commissioners voted to build a new building near the county’s old tower on FM 1417 near Constitution Village.

Grayson county commissioners won’t erect a tower near Sherman’s downtown area. Commissioners voted Tuesday to go a different route. Instead of building a new tower near the building the county bought earlier this year to house the new E-911 Communications Center, commissioners voted to build a new building near the county’s old tower on FM 1417 near Constitution Village.

Commissioner Jeff Whitmire, Precinc 1, said the city of Sherman’s zoning wouldn’t allow the construction of the tower next to the building the county purchased on West Lake Street for the Communications Center. The County paid $85,000 for the building. Commissioners had also heard from some Sherman residents who did not like the county’s tower construction plans.

The county’s tower sits on approximately two acres of land that was given to the County in 1983 for the express purpose of housing communications systems. The Warranty Deed that transferred the property to the county from Mary Louise Ladd Holton said that the County could make any improvements it needed on the property to further the county’s communications needs.

As for what the County is going to do with the building purchased for the Communications Center, Grayson County Judge Drue Bynum said there are plenty of options. He said the County might decide to move its maintenance crew there. That crew is currently housed out of a building behind the old Sherman Independent School District Administration Building on King Street. Or, Bynum said, the County might decide to use the building for records storage.

“That’s to be determined,” Whitmire said when, asked how much the new building would cost.

“We have obviously earmarked some money,” said Bynum about money set aside to renovate the building to meet the county’s communication’s needs. He said that money would be used in the construction. The over all budget for the new Communications Center was set at over $675,000 earlier this year. The $85,000 used to purchase the Lake Street property was part of that $675,000. Other portions of the $675,000 were slated for renovations and new equipment.