Grayson County commissioners Monday decided they aren't quite that ready to move county office in to the old Sherman Independent School District Administration Building on King Street. Commissioners tabled a request to award the bid for roof repairs and water proofing for the building.
Grayson County commissioners Monday decided they aren’t quite that ready to move county office in to the old Sherman Independent School District Administration Building on King Street. Commissioners tabled a request to award the bid for roof repairs and water proofing for the building.
The hesitation seemed to start with commissioner Bart Lawrence. He asked that the Court delay the decision “in the best interest of the county.” Grayson County Judge Drue Bynum noted that the $693,000 it will cost to put a new roof on the building and water proof it is significantly more than commissioners had imagine. Still, he said he thinks it is time the county “fish or cut bait” on the idea of using the building for county offices.
Commissioner Johnny Waldrip said if the county plans to keep the building for any purpose at all, it needs a new roof and that project isn’t going to cost any less in the future than it does right now.
Bynum said he has found some buildings closer to the courthouse that the county can buy and move into without the extensive work that will be required to make the King Street building usable. He said the land on King Street could end up being the valuable item for the county.
After a great deal more discussion, Waldrip moved that the request to award the bid be tabled and Lawrence be assigned to study the county’s options. Commissioner David Whitlock seconded that motion and no one voted against it.
Commissioners also approved a request to allow county maintenance staff to work overtime for the run of the county’s Holiday Lights Display. Commissioners pointed out, a couple of times, that the money used to pay the overtime comes from donations to the display and not the general fund. Waldrip pointed out that the county’s crew works very hard to keep the lights shining bright for the month-long run.
County leaders also approved a resolution of appreciation for Jessie Liles Sr. and Tyson Foods for their help with the county’s emergency management program. Liles was named as the county’s volunteer coordinator in 2009. Monday, Grayson County Emergency Manager Sarah Somers said, “… in this fiscal year alone, which just began on October 1, Grayson County CERT, Jessie and Tyson supported our public awareness booth at the Denison Fall Festival, all four days of the Grayson County Fair, and at the Whitesboro Peanut Festival; this month Jessie has attended a ham radio training on a Saturday and the Train the Trainer event last Saturday which was a required continuing education in support of new CERT curriculum.”
Commissioners also approved:
• a request to approve the final plat of The Refuge phase two;
• a request to abandon an alley in Sherwood Shores Unit III.