Grayson County Commissioners moved rather quickly through a routine agenda Tuesday that included some items that the commissioners have been working on since this summer.
For instance, they approved fire and ambulance contracts that the court has been discussing since the budget sessions in late summer.
Commissioners agreed back then and ratified again on Tuesday to increase each of the contracts by 3 percent which is the amount of raise that the county gave to all of its other employees. The county contracts with 18 fire departments and six Emergency Medical Services businesses to provide services to county residents in the unincorporated areas of the county. Grayson County Commissioners Jeff Whitmire asked Office of Emergency Management Director Sarah Somers whether there are any changes to the coverage areas under the new contracts and she said there are not.
In addition, commissioners approved the final plat of the Francis Craft Road addition, and a change to the way that the county pays employees for comp time. Previously, Grayson County had required that compensation time, or time off that an employee is given in lieu of overtime payment, be taken or paid off within six months of earning it. In a change approved Tuesday, the county will pay off that comp time once every quarter. Grayson County Sheriff Tom Watt and Somers said this most often occurs in their offices since they have people who can’t easily take time off. Watt said being able to get his staff paid more quickly for those extra hours is an incentive for them to work overtime.
Commissioners also approved the Sherman Tourism Department’s request to use the courthouse grounds for the annual Snowflake Festival on Dec. 1.