Grayson County officials Tuesday decided to hire a wellness coordinator to help curb the county’s health care costs. The new position will be paid between $40,000 and $42,000 per year to start.

Grayson County officials Tuesday decided to hire a wellness coordinator to help curb the county’s health care costs. The new position will be paid between $40,000 and $42,000 per year to start.


County Judge Drue Bynum said the move comes after the Court held a work session late last week to discuss the need for a wellness coordinator. County commissioners started discussing the need for a wellness coordinator when they started looking at options offered for wellness by the insurance providers currently used by county employees. The hope is that a coordinator can help county employees make the most of their health care coverage to stay healthy and better manage long term conditions which could result in lower health care premiums.


In addition to creating the new position, the Court also approved a request to retain Vanir Construction Management as the owner’s representative for the 48-bed expansion at the Grayson County Juvenile Services facility at North Texas Regional Airport — Perrin Field. The contract on the $4 million expansion at the Juvenile Services facility is expected to cost the county more than $100,000.


Commissioners also approved the following:


• a request to receive into minutes the fully executed commercial service agreement between Cable One Business and Grayson County;


• a request to receive into minutes the fully executed GRS Master Agreement for Actuarial Services;


• a request to approve road bore on Leo Andrews Road in Precinct 3;


• a request to approve a road bore on Gilbreath Road in Precinct 4.


County leaders will meet again on Wednesday morning in open session to discuss county insurance options. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. at the Grayson County Courthouse in Sherman.