A different location didn’t slow Grayson County commissioners down any Tuesday morning. The group, minus Grayson County Judge Drue Bynum, took just around 30 minutes to move through its short agenda. The group approved spending money to purchase a building for the newly formed Elections Department.

A different location didn’t slow Grayson County commissioners down any Tuesday morning. The group, minus Grayson County Judge Drue Bynum, took just around 30 minutes to move through its short agenda. The group approved spending money to purchase a building for the newly formed Elections Department.


Commissioners received into the minutes an executed interlocal agreement with Fannin County for jail services. The contract will allow Grayson County to house over flow inmates at a jail in Fannin County. Recently Grayson County leaders have said that an increase in the number of female inmates has led to overcrowding at the jail because men and women must be segregated from each other by sight and sound.


County leaders Tuesday also approved a contract to purchase the title building across the street from the courthouse at 109 W. Houston. The building is also listed as being at 115 W. Houston. The Court approved a price of $325,000 for the building including $5,000 in earnest money. If purchased, the building will end up being the new home to the county’s Elections Department run by Deanna Patterson. Commissioner Bart Lawrence said looking for a location for the Elections Department has been a long and arduous project that has included help from practically every department in county government. The building will need some minor renovations before the Elections Department can move in. Once those are completed, the county is hoping it will not have to continually move the electronic voting machines to have them stored and programmed. Early voting is also expected to be housed in that new building in the future.


Patterson thanked the commissioners for their vote for the purchase of the building.


Commissioners also approved a list of tasers as surplus and approved their destruction. Grayson County Purchasing Agent Jeff Schneider teased commissioners that he didn’t want to have them auctioned off because his wife might want to buy one and use it on him. On a more serious note, however, Schneider told commissioners the tasers would cost more to fix than they are worth.


County leaders also approved a request for a road bore on Brown Road in Precinct 3.