Time running out for jail feedback

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

WHITESBORO, Tex. -- Officials say the clock is ticking in Grayson County to receive feedback on a new jail. Sheriff Keith Gary, Judge Drue Bynum, and county commissioners have held several town hall meetings on the possibility of a new jail, the latest Monday in Whitesboro.

The Texas jail commission gave Grayson County more time to come up with a solution to the overcrowded, dilapidated jail. Officials say time is running out to hear what residents think is the best course of action.

Sheriff Keith Gary and Judge Drue Bynum both gave presentations tonight to the 11 general citizens at Whitesboro City Hall. They gave specific examples of structural problems with the current jail and offered possible solutions.

For example, Sheriff Gary says when the jail was built 25 years ago; the sewer system was designed for 85 inmates. Now it must support more than 300.

Judge Bynum says the new jail would cost at least $90 million dollars, and would raise taxes about thirty cents on the dollar for a bond election. They are considering hiring a private company to build the jail.

Whatever the decision, Sheriff Gary says it must be made soon.

Judge Bynum says one more forum is scheduled for next week in Denison.

Commissioners plan to make a decision on the jail in April or May. This would include where to put it, who would build it, etc.

They need to tell the jail commission by August.

Judge Bynum is compiling a list of resident feedback. He asks the public to e-mail their comments to his assistant at pattersond@co.grayson.tx.us.


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