Grayson County commissioners Tuesday awarded a bid for the addition of electrical power at Loy Park to Russel Madden of Whitesboro for $52,000. Once installed later this spring, the power will serve the new LED lights purchased by Holiday Lights for the 2013.

Grayson County commissioners Tuesday awarded a bid for the addition of electrical power at Loy Park to Russel Madden of Whitesboro for $52,000. Once installed later this spring, the power will serve the new LED lights purchased by Holiday Lights for the 2013.


Grayson County Purchasing Agent Jeff Schneider, also known as the county’s chief elf, said the bids for the project ranged from $52,000 to $60,000 and came from five different companies. He said he picked Madden based on its low bid. Schneider said the Committee already had $32,500 of the money needed from grants. The rest of the price of the project can come, Schneider said, from the donations received during the 2013 run of the display if further grants are not received.


Schneider said the Committee was concerned about the 2013 run because weather caused the most extensive closings the event has ever experienced. But the people of the area came out in full support on the nights they could get to Loy Park. Those donations are going to help get the electrical service extended out to the new LED section. The LED lights, Schneider said, take less power and last longer than the old incandescent lights that are used in the older displays. The Committee hopes to gradually replace the older displays with new LED ones in the future.


Commissioners also approved the following:


• the acceptance of an easement agreement between Grayson County and Vincent Viola for the Cartwright Road extension;


• a contract with Cable One for fiber optic connections that will give some county offices additional bandwidth;


• a the solicitation of bids for security cameras and intercom systems for Juvenile Detention; and


• the preliminary plat of Palmilla Addition, Phase I and authorize the owner to prepare the final plat of same.