GRAYSON COUNTY, Tex. – Grayson County commissioners could soon hire a structural engineer to evaluate whether or not to build a new jail or remodel the existing one.
The debate has raged on for years-- what to do with the old county jail. Recently, county leaders have been exploring the possibilities of building a new facility, but that might not happen if studies show changes can be made to the current jail.
County officials say they have differing viewpoints from several experts on what to do with the current jail. One contractor hired by former Judge Horace Groff says that the current facility can be renovated and added on to, but recent analysis by another contractor says a new jail is necessary.
Possible spots that have been discussed over the past couple of months range from the airport to the intersection of Dewey and Highway 11 just south of Sherman, but the different opinions are leading commissioners to seek a better of idea what's really necessary for the county.
"We have to have a resolution coming, the jail commission has already told us that by this fall we have to do something, and we're trying to gather as much in formation we and a lot of people think we have already made a decision. We have not. There is no decision," Grayson County Precinct 1 Commissioner Johnny Waldrip says.
The commissioners are scheduled to discuss the issue on Monday. Then commissioners say they will take the necessary steps to find the right person to inspect the building.