Sherman city leaders approved a revised version of the Joint Airport Zoning Board for North Texas Regional Airport — Perrin Field Monday and appointed council members Jason Sofey and Ryan Johnson to the JAZB.

Sherman city leaders approved a revised version of the Joint Airport Zoning Board for North Texas Regional Airport — Perrin Field Monday and appointed council members Jason Sofey and Ryan Johnson to the JAZB.


Mayor Cary Wacker said the action taken Monday was really just redoing what had already been done before. She noted that the JAZB is actually made of members of four different political entities: the Sherman, Denison and Pottsboro city councils and the Grayson County Commissioner’s Court. Each entity approved its own version of the documents creating the Joint Airport Zoning Board earlier this year. However, the wording used by each entity varied.


Monday night, Sherman leaders approved the city’s copy of newly written documents, which clean up those differences in wording for the various entities. Wacker thanked Sofey and Johnson for their work on that task and the Council approved appointing the two men to the newly re-formed JAZB.


The purpose of the JAZB is to implement zoning rules that protect the public from airport noise, while limiting the concentration of houses and people around the airport. The zoning also seeks to protect the navigable airspace from obstructions and electronic interference.


In addition, the Sherman City Council approved Nov. 18 as the day the Council will canvas votes from the Nov. 5 election in which Sherman voters will pick a city council member for districts 1 and 3. Early voting for that election started Monday and will continue through Nov. 1.


The Council also approved an ordinance that will allow the installation of a permanent "Stop" signs at the intersection of McLain and Woods streets.


Next the Council approved the execution of an interlocal agreement between the city and Grayson County for the provision of fire and ambulance services by city personnel in unincorporated areas of the county for the next year. Sherman Fire Chief Jeff Jones told the Council that the Sherman Fire Department makes approximately 100 fire calls in the unincorporated area of the county each year and approximately 300 ambulance calls. Jones said the interlocal agreement calls for Grayson County to pay $103,000 for the fire service and $107,000 for the ambulance service. Councilor Joe Smith asked if the city lost money on the contracts, and Jones said the city probably ends up breaking even on the services. Both Smith and Wacker said it is good for the city to work with the county to provide emergency services.


City leaders also approved the execution of agreements with Mario Tobar for the abatement of ad valorem property taxes for the construction of a new single family home on East Jones Street and with Connie Hollis for the abatement of the same taxes for the construction of a new single family home on North Ross Avenue.


In wrapping up their meeting, Councilor Pam Howeth bragged on Sherman High School’s marching band and encouraged people to make it out to see the band before the football season ends. Sofey reminded residents about early voting and the Nov. 5 election and encouraged people to "get out and vote."


Wacker held up a sheet of paper on which she said were written the plethora of Halloween-related activities planned within and by the city for the coming week. She said city residents should get out and enjoy some of those activities. The activities include the following:


• Halloween Carnival, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Pecan Grove West Park — a free event for children ages 2 to 8 years old that will include Halloween games, crafts and candy;


• Trick or Treat Village, 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Sherman Public Library — a free event to which children ages 12 & under are invited to come in costume to take a trick-or-treat trip through Boo-Ville;


• Haunted Trail, 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Pecan Grove East Park — the haunted trail costs $5 per person and is recommended for children ages 9 and up;


• Halloween Pajama Story Time from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Sherman Public Library — young children and their caregivers are invited to come in costume to this free event and enjoy spooky picture books, songs, puppets and other activities;


• Sherman Police Association Fright Festival from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Sherman Municipal Grounds, 405 N. Rusk St. — young and old are invited to the annual trick-or-treat festival that draws local businesses and organizations to set up booths and hand out candy to youngsters in a safe and supervised environment. The event includes a live band.