Grayson Co. continues to explore expanding current jail

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

SHERMAN, Tex. -- When it comes to the location of the proposed new Grayson County Jail, the choices seem endless. One of the most recent proposals is to expand the current building in downtown Sherman. Emi Fitzgerald has more on how this option could affect business.

Some merchants say a bigger jail would take away from the small-town charm of downtown Sherman, but others say the location is about convenience.

Officials are currently exploring the cost to renovate the existing building and expand it if necessary. Some merchants say parking is limited downtown and could be worse if it's a bigger facility with more employees, but without more parking spots.

Others like attorneys say they walk to the jail from their offices multiple times a week. If they drove to clients in custody, it could cost the taxpayers more, especially if it's a court-appointed case.

"The consideration of putting in a much larger jail just to the west of the current location might be a bit overwhelming. However, if there was adequate parking, which is a key thing, it was properly planned and properly designed, it might work out fine," Ivert Mayhugh, of Touch of Class Antiques, says.

There have been several spots suggested in this discussion, so we want to know what you think. You can vote in the web poll on this page or on our homepage,

Where would you like to see the Grayson County Jail?

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  • by Ralph Location: Denison on Mar 20, 2008 at 09:07 PM
    Some of our Commissioners have been in office quite a while. It seems they get re-elected without much of a challenge. It's time voters demand answers as to why they have been negligent in maintaining the jail. Oh, I forgot. These are the same guys who lay claim to being the "conservative" candidate. Translated, I'll oppose any tax increase even if it means our jail will eventually fail to meet the minimum standards set by the state.
  • by Concerned Location: Sherman on Mar 18, 2008 at 06:55 PM
    John is right, there's not all that much wrong with the current jail. They always show the 'bad' parts, not the way it really is. A little bit of fixing up, a little bit of expansion, and the problem is solved. The main problem with the current jail is that no one oversaw that it was being properly maintained. All buildings need maintenance. Grayson County didn't do much more than band-aid repairs. Hopefully when it's up-dated and expanded they will have the forethought to see that regular maintenance is a must.
  • by To H-R and Taxpayer Location: sherman on Mar 18, 2008 at 06:52 PM
    I couldn't agree more, but if I remember right, they are asking $4,000,000.00 (yes, 4-million) an acre for the old Sher-Den mall site. It would be ideal, right between Sherman and Denison, but financially not feasible. It's too bad, too. From a financial standpoint, leaving it where it is is the way to go.
  • by john Location: denison on Mar 18, 2008 at 02:35 PM
    All the old jail needs is some paint they always show you the parts that need fixing
  • by H-R Location: SHERMAN on Mar 18, 2008 at 08:51 AM
  • by TX Location: Texas on Mar 18, 2008 at 08:51 AM
    Put it where I live...Sherwood Shores. At least police would have to come out there.
  • by Tax Payer Location: Grayson County on Mar 18, 2008 at 07:30 AM
    How about putting the jail where the old Sher-Den mall used to be.
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