In order to help secure additional funding for the Sherman-Denison Metropolitan Planning Organization, Grayson County Commissioners approved a resolution Tuesday requesting membership into the organization.

While Grayson County is already a part of the organization, the resolution is needed as part of another step in making the expanded boundaries of the Metropolitan Planning Area official.

“It’s a dotting of the I’s, a crossing of the T’s, a checking of the box just to make sure we comply,” Grayson County Judge Bill Magers said.

The SDMPO Policy Board amended its bylaws in August 2016 for the MPA boundaries to reach the boundaries of Grayson County. SDMPO Executive Director Clay Barnett told the commissioners that by expanding the boundaries, it increases the population of the area, so the region could receive another $600,000 a year in transportation funding.

“The Sherman-Denison MPO Policy Board has voted to extend the boundaries to the boundaries of Grayson County, however, TxDOT (Texas Department of Transportation) subsequent to that notified us that they also have to have a resolution for the policy board, which was passed last Wednesday,” Barnett said. “And we have to have a resolution from the commissioners court requesting that the unincorporated areas that were outside the previous Sherman-Denison MPO boundary be included in the Sherman-Denison MPO boundaries.”

A Minute Order for the boundaries change will then be added to an agenda for the Texas Transportation Commission, and the commission will need to approve the order to make the change official.