Grayson County Commissioners approved a pair of agreements recently that will get the county sheriff’s office some additional funding and set the costs for the county engineer.


The first of the items approved was a memorandum of understanding with Sherman and Denison for the 2018 Justice Assistance Grant Program.


“This is a grant that the sheriff’s office and the city of Sherman has been receiving since at least 2003,” Grayson County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Sarah Bigham said of the grant that is distributed to those two entities and Denison. “Every year we try to use it for different things within the agency. One year, we used it for training for detention officers or equipment that we needed. Last year, we used it for medical equipment to provide our officers with medical equipment in their vehicles in case they needed it. This year’s grant will be used for radios for the detention center.”


Bigham explained the distribution of the approximately $11,000 grant will see Sherman receiving $5,400, Denison getting $3,220 and GCSO receiving $2,344.


“The city of Sherman has a formula that they use — it’s based on crime reports that happened,” Bigham said of how the money is divided. “Sherman has more reports that they report to the state.”


The second item approved was a Metropolitan Planning Organization agreement with the Sherman-Denison MPO and the Texas Department of Transportation.


“Basically, this is the agreement by which the county of Grayson and the MPO agree to share the cost of our county engineer/executive director’s salary,” County Judge Bill Magers said of Clay Barnett, who serves as county engineer and executive director of the SDMPO. “There’s some other stuff that goes with it, but that’s the key thing from the financial standpoint.”


Barnett explained the agreement also lays out other responsibilities concerning the planning of the MPO. Barnett said he compared the new agreement to the current planning agreement, which was signed a few years ago when the SDMPO moved from being under the Texoma Council of Governments to the county and he said the documents were substantially similar.