Grayson County commissioners Tuesday didn’t break any speed records for their weekly meeting, but they didn’t linger over matters either.

Grayson County commissioners Tuesday didn’t break any speed records for their weekly meeting, but they didn’t linger over matters either.


First they quickly approved a request to accept into minutes the fully executed RAMP Grant for the North Texas Regional Airport — Perrin Field. Commissioners approved the grant submission at the Sept. 23 meeting. It will allow NTRA to get up to $100,000 worth of maintenance for just $50,000, the remainder to be paid by Texas Department of Transportation. NTRA Manager Mike Shehan told the Court NTRA has been a part of the program for a few years now. Commissioner Phyllis James said she heard from Jerry Day that he appreciated the fact that the airport was listed on the Court’s paperwork with Perrin Field included in the name.


Commissioners also quickly accepted Grayson County Tax Assessor Collector Bruce Stidham’s account of the continuing education he has received in the past year. Stidham joked the last legislature made some changes to the way the 254 Tax Assessor Collectors in the state were governed. He said before that change, the group answered to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. "We were the only elected officials that were governed under the regulations that covered barbers, beauticians and nail salon people," Stidham said. Now they just have to report their continuing education hours to the Commissioners Court of their county.


The Court slowed down a bit when discussing a request to grant a variance to the subdivision regulations and approve the final plat of Enloe Estates. Information in the Court’s agenda packet said the "owner of an approximate 13 acres of land on John Marr Road wishes to subdivide the land into two tract(s) for immediate development and approximately eight acres for future development." The information said one tract already has a house that is currently occupied and the other tract was set to close two weeks ago.


"All of this was done without the eight-acre tract having frontage on a public road as required by our subdivision regulations. It is to be accessed by a private ingress and egress easement," said Jerry White, with the Grayson County Planning Department, in the documents.


In the meeting Tuesday White said he thinks ultimately the decision on the final plat request is going to come from the city of Van Alstyne because the 13 acres is actually in that city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction. After a great deal of discussion, commissioners voted three to two to allow the property owner in question to have a variance to the county’s subdivision regulation that says each lot must have 30 feet of frontage on a public road. White explained that the back portion of the acreagein question comes with an easement from the owners of the front part of the lot that would allow anyone who bought back lot access to their property.


Commissioner Phyllis James said that is all fine and good now. The problems, she said, come years down the road when the people who currently own the properties sell them.


Commissioner Whitmire said the land documents state that the easement will never be accepted as a public road and that anyone who buys the property could have problems getting emergency equipment down those roads.


"For the time being though, we are looking at this being basically a hay field that has access by an easement," Whitmire said.


"That’s exactly it," agreed Grayson County Judge Drue Bynum.


"We aren’t approving something where there’s houses in the back," Whitmire said.


James asked if what they were doing Tuesday could set something like that up in the future.


"Yes, he could build two houses tomorrow if we approve it today," Bynum said.


"To me personally, this is (a) private property land owner issue," said Bynum. "If the bank’s gonna loan on the land then they are going to have a pretty tight easement. You are not going to be able to borrow money on it unless they got that worked out. Personally I’m OK with granting the variance in this case."


White said the process still had to go through the Van Alstyne subdivision regulation and he didn’t know how that would work out.


James said people will buy property with easements without looking at the paperwork and then demand to know why the County isn’t keeping up their roads.


"It truly opens up a nightmare, not today, not five years from now, but it does on down the road," she said.


Whitmire moved that they approve the variance and Bynum seconded it. When it came time to vote, Bynum voted in favor as did Whitmire, and Commissioner Bart Lawrence.


James and Commissioner David Whitlock voted against the variance.