The Texoma Council of Governments board of trustees inducted its second wave of new members for the 2015-16 fiscal year before discussing regular business Thursday.

The Texoma Council of Governments board of trustees inducted its second wave of new members for the 2015-16 fiscal year before discussing regular business Thursday.


The board welcomed Leonard Mayor Willie F. Johnson; Van Alstyne Independent School District board member Jim Atchison; and Cooke County community representative Dale Lewis Jr. The only board member left to be sworn is the Callisburg Mayor Francis West.


Following the quick induction, the board elected new officers for the 2015-16 year. Board members voted Gainesville council member Keith Clegg as president, Fannin County Judge Spanky Carter as vice president and Denison council member Teresa Adams as secretary/treasurer.


The board authorized an interlocal agreement for six locations of 911 public safety answering point services which provides administration and support to the city of Bonham, Fannin County, city of Whitesboro, Grayson County, city of Gainesville and Cooke County.


The TCOG 911 program provides coordination between local and state agencies, especially ensuring the compliance of rules and regulations set by the Commission on State Emergency Communications. The interlocal agreement will allow for future projects such as strategic planning, contracts, 911 call-taker training, capital equipment, database maintenance and new technology implementation.


Because the current agreement expires Aug. 31, 2015, the board had to vote on new agreements for the period of September 1, 2015 through August 31, 2017. There will be no impact to the budget with this agreement.


The board also approved an interlocal agreement for a shared host and remote 911 system between TCOG and the cities of Denison and Sherman. According to official documents, the agreement allows Denison’s public safety answering point and Sherman’s public answering point to connect into the TCOG 911 system.


The cities of Denison and Sherman will be a remote site connected into the TCOG host site servers. TCOG Public Safety Program Manager CJ Durbin-Higgins said cities that choose to connect to the TCOG 911 system will help them transition to Next Generation 911, the initiative converting public emergency communications services from analog to digital throughout the country.


The interlocal agreement will benefit the region because it will lead to better caller location information when calls are transferred between agencies, Durbin-Higgins said. It is also important to note that TCOG will not receive any revenue from Denison or Sherman because both cities will pay their costs to connect their equipment to the vendors, she said. Future replacement costs will be based on shared proportions which will be determined at a later time.


"(Denison and Sherman) are kind of at the same place we were about a year ago where their equipment is at end of life, it’s starting to fail and it’s hard to find parts," Durbin-Higgins said. "This is going to be a project that’s going to be beneficial for our region as we move forward."


The board approved the congregate and home-delivered meal budget for the Tri-County Senior Nutrition Project through Meals on Wheels of Texoma. TCOG’s Aging Agency on Aging is responsible for the services of citizens age 60 and over with a disability residing in Cooke, Fannin or Grayson Counties.


The cost per congregate meal is $5.34, which is a total of $199,150 per year. The cost per home delivered meal is $4.95, which is a total of $295,208. For the 2016 fiscal year, the congregate and home delivered meal budget totals $494,358.