WHITESBORO — The Whitesboro City Council Monday supported an idea that could bring thousands of dollars into the community while celebrating the area’s love of all things equine.

WHITESBORO — The Whitesboro City Council Monday supported an idea that could bring thousands of dollars into the community while celebrating the area’s love of all things equine.


The Council heard the recommendations of its type A and type B economic development boards on a newly proposed Grayson County equine arena.


Monday’s meeting was a called meeting after the regularly scheduled meeting last week failed to draw a quorum.


The $10 million multipurpose facility would be built in Whitesboro through a combination of city and county funds. Feasibility studies commissioned by the economic development boards suggest that the new facility will see use around 300 nights per year, generate over $500,000 dollars annually, and raise local property values.


With no objections raised to the project, the Council voted in favor of a non-binding resolution to support the construction and operation of the equine arena. Further discussion will take place in an open meeting of the Grayson County Commissioners Court Wednesday morning at 8:30 as the County and Whitesboro consider how to proceed.


The Council also voted to accept a bid on a sewer improvement project financed through the Texas Water Development Board Clean Water State Revolving Fund. Bids were received on the project last month. Planned improvements include replacing several lift stations, rebuilding a main on the east side of Whitesboro near Highway 377, and improving two railway crossings.


The lower of two bids on the project came from Vessels Construction of Sherman in the amount of $681,744. The Council voted to accept the bid with little discussion, but the award is contingent upon approval from the Water Development Board.


The Council also received a clean city audit for 2012 to 2013, approved spending on two new shade structures for the City of Whitesboro swimming pool, and joined a new inter-local purchasing program.