The age range of those attending the Grayson County Commissioners Court was much younger Tuesday than usual as the court prepared to discuss a proclamation for 4-H.
Tamra McGaughy stood with young 4-H members as commissioners Phyllis James and Jeff Whitmire, and County Judge Bill Magers approved the proclamation that said 4-H “seeks to provide a learning experience for the whole child, including head, heart, hands, and health, helps young Texans to acquire knowledge, develop life skills, and form attitudes to enable them to become self-directed, productive, and contributing members of our society.”
The proclamation said there are more than 550,000 urban suburban, and rural youth participants in the program and that they range in age from 8 to 19. In addition, the program is served by more than 22,000 volunteers that help those youngsters with projects that range from raising livestock to building robots.
“We work diligently within the county to grow the (4-H) program and reach as many kids as possible,” McGaughy said to the commissioners.
Commissioners also approved a renewal of the county’s two-year contract with the city of Sherman for use of the animal shelter. The county pays $50 per animal that is turned into the Sherman shelter from an unincorporated part of the county. Grayson County Health Department Director Amanda Ortez said her department has put $52,000 in the budget for animal services for the 2018 fiscal year. In the past decade, the amount the county has actually paid has ranged from a low of $30,000 to a high of $60,000. In the current fiscal year, there were 652 dogs and cats turned in at the Sherman shelter from unincorporated parts of the county. She said the animal control officers answered 75 bite reports for the year and they went out on 3,500 animal related calls for the year.
In addition, the court also approved:
• a request from Two Way S.U.D. for a road bore just east of 676 Dixie Road in Precinct 4;
• a request for a permit to do a road bore on Dagnan Road to install water customer service for rural residents in Precinct 3;
• a request to approve an interlocal agreement with the city of Dorchester for pot-hole patching, mowing and blading;
• a request to approve an interlocal agreement with the city of Tioga for purchase of emulsions at the county’s bulk price;
• a request to approve an interlocal agreement with the city of Tom Bean for the purchase of one load of decomposed granite at the county’s bulk price;
• a request to approve an interlocal agreement with the city of Whitesboro for contracted road work including chip and seal work on various streets in the city. The city will pay the county $7,728 for the work.