Christmas might be over, but Grayson County Commissioners were still in a giving mood Tuesday as they handed over $50,000 to the Loy Lake Improvement Association for bathroom renovations that will be completed in time for the Texoma Exposition and Livestock Show at Loy Park next month.
Former Grayson County Judge Drue Bynum accepted the transfer to the Loy Lake Improvement Association from the county. Commissioner Bart Lawrence explained that the money didn’t come from tax dollars. Lawrence said the funds came from the proceeds from the sale of a piece of land near the park that had been donated to the county.
“One behalf of the Texoma Livestock show board of directors, I serve as the vice president, I want to say thank you in advance,” Bynum said before explaining the money is much needed. “We are really trying to turn the place around.”
Bynum explained though the property at Loy Park belongs to the county, the facilities are not supported by county funds. The county does, he said, pay the utility bills from the arena and other buildings at Loy Park. County commissioners have also, in the past, donated labor and materials to projects at the park.
“We are very appreciative,” Bynum said of that help but to get to the “next level,” he said the facilities have to be upgraded. “If you went out there last year and you used that bathroom facility, you know that this is a much, much need infrastructure repair.”
Bynum then invited the commissioners to come out and see the Texoma Exposition and Livestock Show that is scheduled for Feb. 25 through March 1.
Bynum said in each of the last three years, the proceeds from the sales have been in excess of $500,000 and most of that goes back to the students who are involved in the event.
“Even in today’s time — 2019 — we have more kids getting involved with our show than we’ve ever had in the past,” Bynum added.
Commissioners also tabled a request to discuss and declare seven, T-Hangars at the North Texas Regional Airport — Perrin Field surplus for sale by sealed bid as presented. Lawrence made the motion to table the item without any explanation and Commissioner Jeff Whitmire abstained, without any comment on his reasoning, from the vote regarding Lawrence’s request.
In addition, commissioners also voted to accept insurance settlements on Sheriff’s Office vehicles; accept refund on bond issuance costs; authorize the solicitation of bids for the annual supply of aggregates for road building; and renew the annual contract for Rock Hauling with James Thorpe as presented.