Sherman’s City Council took just under 15 minutes to go from elections and new police cruisers to Halloween and Christmas parades Monday afternoon.

Sherman’s City Council took just under 15 minutes to go from elections and new police cruisers to Halloween and Christmas parades Monday afternoon.


Sherman Council member Jason Sofey and Mayor Carey Wacker both reminded people to get out and vote Tuesday in the city election. Sherman residents will elect a new council member from District 1 and District 3. Voters may cast ballots at any Grayson County polling location from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Wacker took a minute Monday to thank outgoing Council members Joe Smith and Pam Howeth for their service to the city. Both members have reached their term limits.


In addition, the Council decided Monday to allow the city’s Police Department to replace four police cruisers with Chevy Tahoes. Sherman Police Chief Otis Henry said the Department has been phasing out the police cruisers with the Tahoes since Ford Automotive announced it would stop making the Crown Victoria. He said, with the purchase of the four approved Monday night, the city will have three more to replace next year.


The new vehicles will cost $115,000 collectively. Henry was in the Council chambers when city resident Gene Lund and several council members praised the Sherman Police Association’s Fright Festival that was held on Halloween night. The annual event draws children from around the city to a trick-or-treat alternative where businesses and organizations set up booths to hand out candy. Lund praised the work done by Sgt. D.M. Hampton in organizing this year’s event.


Halloween wasn’t the only holiday discussed by the Council. It approved street closures for the city’s annual Christmas parade to be held on Dec. 6. It also approved a rain day of Dec. 13 should weather cause a delay. In addition to the city’s annual celebration of Christmas, the Council also approved St. Mary’s Catholic School’s request to temporarily close streets for the "Run Run Rudolph 5K Fun Run" on Dec. 7.


The Council also approved the execution of an encroachment easement to Sherman Commons, at Loy Lake Road and U.S. Highway 75, for the construction of two monument signs and utility easements. The signs, the Council was assured Monday, will not block visibility and should add curb appeal to the area.


Before the meeting ended, Howeth, a teacher at Sherman High School, reminded those present that the SHS marching band would be competing Tuesday in the state’s marching band competition. She said the competition would be shown to the entire school Tuesday. She said the Sherman marching band has only missed the state marching band competition once since it started going in the 1990s. She said SHS’s band has "an outstanding reputation" in the state as being a marching powerhouse. While Sherman school children, teachers and staff will be able to watch the competition for free, the general public will have to pay $10 a day to watch the entire day’s marching competition. To watch the state marching competition visit: http://bit.ly/1edkNsL.


In other Council news, the group approved the following items on their consent agenda:


• purchase of a cab and chassis for the Solid Waste Services Department;


• purchase of a new roll-off hoist for the Solid Waste Services Department;


• purchase of a track loader, a front end loader and a trailer for the Street Maintenance Department.