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Fannin County Commissioners Court continues to set speed limits on county roads
By Allen Rich
Dec 23, 2021
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Fannin County, Texas -- All four commissioners were present for a regular meeting of Fannin County Commissioners Court held Tuesday, December 21, 2021. Fannin County Pct. 3 Commissioner Jerry Magness, the senior commissioner, presided in the absence of Fannin County Judge Randy Moore.  

The meeting opened with an invocation by Jordan Willis, youth minister at Northside Church of Christ in Bonham, and pledges were led by Major James Manis (Ret.).

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A brief update of the ongoing restoration of the 1888 Fannin County Courthouse included:

Exterior  

  • Install sidewalks and curb sections
  • Install remaining storm sewer inlets and site water.
  • Clean out perimeter planters and place mulch.
  • Prepare landscape beds on corners.
  • Install conduits for exterior camera system and lighting.
  • Caulk remaining windows.  

Interior

  • Ongoing millwork includes wainscot, door frame extensions, window trim.
  • Welding detail pieces on cast iron stairs.
  • Final paint walls and steel in access stairwell.
  • Paint historic stencil design in courtroom walls.
  • Install metal ceiling panels.
  • Data and phone cabling termination.

Commissioner Magness recalled a tour of the courthouse he took last week.

"It really does look good," Magness said. "The courthouse is going to be beautiful. These guys are doing a superb job."

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Bonham Fire Chief Scott Ridling presented the EMS monthly report for November 2021.

Chief Ridling reported $57,000 in COVID funds the department received to replace lost revenue during the onset of the pandemic.

With ambulance prices going up 15% at the beginning of the new year, the department has placed an order for an ambulance to be delivered next fall. It costs approximately $250,000 to buy an ambulance and $150,000 to stock it appropriately.

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Cody Maxwell, Fannin County AgriLife Extension Agent -Agriculture and Natural Resources gave commissioners the annual agricultural report. 

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Fannin County Commissioners Court voted to award the Bank Depository Application to Legend Bank.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court approved minutes from a regular meeting November 30, 2021 and minutes from a special meeting December 14, 2021.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court approved the speed limit of 30 m.p.h. on County Road 1255 in Savoy, Texas.

"I think this is a precedent that we will see more of," predicted Commissioner Magness.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court approved a one-time severance of 1.43 acres from a 86.295-acre tract in  on FM 68 in Wolfe City with waiver from water and OSSF regulations; parent tract to remain Agriculture only.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court passed on an agenda item calling for the selection of members for the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) per Senate Bill 476.

Sandy Barber, Executive Director of Fannin County Children's Center, addressed commissioners in regard to this a new law that requires each county to have a SART team.

Ms. Barber noted that the county currently has a SART team consisting of Fannin County Criminal District Attorney Richard Glaser, representative from local law enforcement agencies, the Fannin County Family Crisis Center and Fannin County Children's Center.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court approved a resolution and order to acquire surplus jail furniture, fixtures and equipment from Newton County as recommended and approved by the Fannin County Public Facilities Corporation, which will reimburse the county for the purchase. 

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Fannin County Commissioners Court approved the TAPS In-Kind letter for 2022.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court voted to raise the limit on Commissioners Purchase Order limit from $1,500 to $3,250.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court approved the purchase of a 2015 Chevrolet one-ton flatbed and trade in a 2005 Dodge dually for a difference of $24,157 for Precinct 3.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court voted to create a budget line item with $5,000 from Contingency to purchase items needed by the Facilities Coordinator to begin bringing county-owned buildings into compliance; exit lighting, egress lighting, conversion to LED lighting, etc.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court voted to approve the purchase of a boom mower for Precinct 2 for $150,300 to be paid out in annual payments for the next 60 months.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court approved payment of bills.

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Active COVID-19 cases in Fannin County have climbed from 53 last week to 71 this week, but no new fatalities related to COVID-19 were reported.

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Commissioner Magness asked for prayers for the Fannin County Judge Randy Moore and his wife, Tina.