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Fannin County Commissioners Court discusses Lake Fannin
By Allen Rich
Sep 16, 2021
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Fannin County, Texas -- All five members of Fannin County Commissioners Court were present for a regular meeting held Tuesday, September 7, 2021. The meeting opened with an invocation by Rev. Lyn Holly of Calvary Baptist Church and pledges were led by Fannin County Pct. 2 Commissioner A.J. Self.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court discussed the Fannin County Declaration of Disaster Proclamation for COVID-19.

As of Monday afternoon, September 13, 2021, Fannin County had been advised of a total of 4,201 cases of the novel coronavirus since the onset of the pandemic. Three fatalities related to COVID-19 during the past week have increased the county's total to 123.

The county currently has an estimated 119 active cases.

The hospitalization rate in Trauma Service Area E is 22.19% this week, down from 23.23% last Monday. 

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A brief update regarding the ongoing restoration of the 1888 Fannin County Courthouse included cornice work and installation of the fire suppression system.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court approved a speed limit of 30 m.p.h. on County Roads 2037 and 2038.

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Commissioners court discussed dust on County Roads 2037 and 2038 from sand and gravel trucks.

Fannin County Precenct 1 Commissioner Edwina Lane is working with United Sand & Gravel to mitigate the impact of sand mining on area residents. 

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Indigent Healthcare Director Mark DeMay reported a total of 314 phone calls and 22 in-office visits last month.

Mr. DeMay says he is seeing a reduction in healthcare expenses.

DeMay said he is working with Mark Sanderson, the director of Open Arms Shelter in Bonham, to see how the county and shelter can work together.

DeMay also said he is advocating on behalf of patients to ensure Medicare covers appropriate expenses.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court voted to hire Diane Wilson as Environmental Development Director. 

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Fannin County Commissioners Court approved the 2021-2022 Lake Fannin Historic Lease Operation plan for the 2021-2022 year. 

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Fannin County Commissioners Court discussed the effort to purchase Lake Fannin from the U.S. Forest Service. The total tab requested by the Forest Service -- so far -- is $456,000, which includes the cost of a survey and an appraisal, plus the cost of the land.

Representatives of the county and the Forest Service have held many discussions, with the Forest Service initially proposing $130,000 to purchase the Lake Fannin Complex, but by the next year the cost to local taxpayers was quoted as $430,000 just to get to the point of paying for the property.

Fannin County Judge Randy Moore has contacted the offices of Senator Ted Cruz and Senator John Cornyn; both seem very willing to assist and now their offices are communicating with U.S. Congressman Pat Fallon in an attempt to break this stalemate.

"Right now we are in a holding pattern," said Precinct 1 Commissioner Edwina Lane, adding that she is waiting on answers from the Forest Service regarding an approval to clear vegetation from the dam

Sarah Richardson urged a local letter-writing campaign to Cruz, Cornyn, Fallon and anyone else who might be able to prevent this scenic historical site from continuing to deteriorate.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Fannin County and the County Adult Probation Department.

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The Office of Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 collected $3,591.00 for August 2021.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court approved the date of Friday, March 11, 2022 for the Fannin County Courthouse rededication ceremony.

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Billy George, Deputy Director of North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD), addressed questions that came up last week regarding NTMWD payments to Fannin County in lieu of lost tax revenue.

Mr. George said it was important to NTMWD that no Fannin County taxing entities suffered a loss due to land coming off the tax rolls because of the acquisition of property to build Bois d'Arc Lake.

George said NTMWD agreed to offset such impact until economic development occurred and the water district is currently working with Fannin Central Appraisal District regarding a partial review of 2020 data before payments will be issued to taxing entities.

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Commissioners tabled an agenda item to determine the distribution of Unclaimed Property Capital Credits received in the amount of $122,009.21

The county normally receives $1,500-$2,000 of Unclaimed Property Capital Credits.

Sandy Barber, Executive Director of Fannin County Children's Center, went on the record to state that the organization is very interested in the funds, particularly after the recent loss of $68,000 in grants.

"Any amount you could allocate would help us recover from this loss," Ms. Barber told commissioners.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court awarded Texas Best Window Cleaning the contract for the final cleaning of the Courthouse prior to moving in; contract is for $15,607.00. The company says their final clean-up will involve more than just windows.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court voted to renew a lease for one year with Mayfield McCraw for 200 East 1st Street, Bonham, TX for $3,000 per month. The county is currently paying $2,750 per month.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court voted to renew a lease for one year with Bonham Associates Management, Ltd. for 800 East 2nd Street, Bonham, TX for $3,300 per month. The county currently pays $3,150 per month. 

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Commissioners approved the Fannin County Investment Policy for fiscal year 2021-2022.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court voted to approve the Comprehensive Fund Balance Policy to coincide with county’s fiscal year.

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Commissioners approved the payment of bills.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court recessed into executive session 11:43 a.m. for the deliberation of personnel matters regarding the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of a public officer or employee; or (2) to hear a complaint or charge against an officer or employee – regarding janitorial personnel.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court reconvened in regular session at 12:18 p.m. to say the county will provide information to assist janitorial personnel.