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Courthouse restoration discussed in Fannin County Commissioners Court
By Allen Rich
Dec 6, 2018
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Fannin County, Texas -- Restoration of the 1888 Fannin County Courthouse was one of the important topics discussed at the regular meeting of Fannin County Commissioners Court on Tuesday, December 4, 2018.

The next important step will be to select a Construction Manager-Agent to represent the county during restoration. The Construction Manager-Agent advises the county in a fiduciary relationship, which means that the Construction Manager-Agent owes the county the highest standard of care and loyalty under the law. The Construction Manager-Agent is not allowed to work on construction and cannot be a party to any of the construction subcontracts.

Fannin County's pending decision regarding which Construction Manager-Agent has been selected to represent the county during courthouse restoration could be announced as soon as the next weekly regular meeting of Fannin County Commissioners Court, although it could be the following regular meeting before the results are announced.

Fannin County Judge Spanky Carter was pleased by the number of quality bids submitted for Construction Manager-Agent.

"We had a great response," Judge Carter announced Tuesday in commissioners court. "Right now, we are interviewing four Construction Manager-Agents of the seven bids we received, but all of them were very worthy. We are going to finish ahead of schedule and on budget because I know that's important to the people of Fannin County."

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In other news regarding the courthouse, Fannin County Pct. 4 Commissioner Dean Lackey reminded residents that the Leuders Stone panels that were removed from the exterior of the courthouse, along with three concrete benches, will be auctioned off 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 15.

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The December 4 regular meeting of Fannin County Commissioners Court began with an invocation by Fannin County Treasurer David Woodson and all five members of commissioners court were present.

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In public forum, Jannie Bellows reminded the audience of the Fannin County Republican Women's cookie exchange coming up Sunday at the home of Aaron Holt on CR 1450.

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In other business...

--Commissioners approved minutes of previous meetings.

--Commissioners approved the payment of an invoice from Alllison, Bass & Magee, L.L.P. for $120 out of non-departmental legal fees.

--Commissioners approved the solicitation bids for pest control for all county buildings.

--Commissioners approved drainage repair for South Annex at a cost of slightly less than $16,000 out of contingency. Repairs include a five-foot concrete gutter and an 18-inch retaining wall.

--Commissioners approved contract with Function4 for the copier lease needs of the county.

--Commissioners approved an amendment to the bonds line item for the county judge and county court at law to cover an additional $893 each from contingency due to a bond increase.

--Commissioners approved payment of the bills.

In the segment reserved for comments by county commissioners and county judge, Fannin County Pct. 2 Commissioner Stan Barker said his daughter is recovering from her most recent knee surgery and walking without crutches.

"She's doing very well, considering," Commissioner Barker remarked.

Fannin County Pct. 4 Commissioner Dean Lackey asked for prayers for the family of President George H.W. Bush.

Fannin County Judge Spanky Carter noted that Wednesday, December 5 would be Commissioner Barker's 68th birthday.

Judge Carter reminded everyone that, from the night in November 2016 when voters approved courthouse restoration, the target completion date has always been November 8, 2020.

"This project is on time and I know we're under budget," Carter stated.