Grayson County commissioners decided Tuesday they wanted to hear from a few more health clubs before deciding where to spend money set aside to promote wellness for county employees.
The decision came after the Court last week voted to spend $2,000 with Ultimate Family Fitness in Sherman to purchase a corporate membership.
“We did have some, I guess, erroneous information,” said Commissioner Jeff Whitmire about the prices the Court used last week to make its decisions. Whitmire had supported the idea last week for the county to pay for the corporate rate but to then have the employee pay their own individual membership dues.
“I think it is appropriate that we discuss the matter with the other health clubs in the county before finalizing (anything),” Whitmire said Tuesday. “I personally don’t want to give an advantage to any specific (club). I would like to encourage people to be more healthy, to be working out and wherever they choose to do so.”
“I think it is appropriate for us to step back from the decision last week, get more complete information from our area health club facilities, and revisit this when we have more complete information,” Whitmire said.
Whitmire then made the motion that the Court rescind the authorization of payment to Ultimate Family Fitness and ask the Human Resources Department to get “some more complete information and put this on the agenda for a future date.”
Only one health club representative addressed the Court about the matter. Ted Marsico, with Health Trends in Denison, said he was happy commissioners were open to the idea of hearing proposals from other health clubs in the area.
Commissioner Phyllis James seconded the motion to rescind last week’s decision. Grayson County Human Resources Director Andrea Mory asked commissioners if they wanted to turn the gathering of that information about health clubs over to the County Purchasing Department.
“Just want to be clear that when I make phone calls and request information, I am going to take information that is given to me when I call the health club. So if the health club is not set up such that whoever answers the phone gives proper information, I am at that mercy. But if we want to put that to where that might go out as a request for services, where they have to submit on paper what their services will be, maybe that is something that you want to consider,” Mory said.
Grayson County Commissioner David Whitlock suggested adding those provisions to the motion. The motion passed.
In addition, county commissioners also extended the burn ban and approved a request to accept an insurance settlement for damage to fencing at North Texas Regional Airport. NTRA Director Mike Shahan said the fencing was damaged when a plane had to make an unexpected landing. No one was hurt in the incident, Shahan said, but the fence didn’t come out so well. The insurance settlement should cover the cost to fix the fence.
Comissioners also approve interlocal agreement between the city of Gunter and Grayson County for road repairs and a request to approve road bores on Mt. Tabor and Scarbrough Roads in Precinct 4.