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Fannin County Commissioners Court declares countywide burn ban
By Allen Rich
Jul 6, 2022
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Fannin County, Texas -- All five members of Fannin County Commissioners Court were present for a regular meeting held Tuesday, July 5, 2022. The meeting opened with an invocation by Josh Lott, pastor of Ivanhoe Baptist Church. Pledges were led by Major James Manis (Ret.).

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Fannin County Commissioners Court voted to institute a burn ban for Fannin County. 

An increasing number of fires is damaging property and draining the resources of local fire departments.

"Do not burn outdoor trash, do not burn brush piles," warned Fannin County Judge Randy Moore.

In the past week, local fire departments have responded to 19 fires, including two Sunday night, explained Troy Hudson, Fannin County Emergency Management Coordinator, adding that most VFD fire chiefs are asking for the burn ban to be implemented.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court voted to move $32,744.99 from Sale of Equipment 220-364-1630 to R&M Machinery Parts 220-622-4580 for Precinct 2.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court voted to retain Newt Cunningham as legal counsel for Fannin County pro bono.

"He has been very helpful with the purchase of property and several other things," said Judge Moore. "We appreciate all your help in the past and we look forward to working with you."

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Fannin County Commissioners Court voted to go out for bids for a year 2000 (or newer) model tandem axle dump truck for Precinct 4.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court voted to approve a short plat for Cascia Estates, 3 lots on 3.749 acres, Property ID# 82039 off of Business Highway 121 in Randolph.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court voted to approve the Fannin County Subdivision Committee by-laws, with edits.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court tabled an agenda calling for the approval of partial funding of a repeater for the southwest portion of the county.

Fannin County Pct. 3 Commissioner A.J. Self told of issues that police and fire departments are experiencing with radio signals in this part of Fannin County. A repeater in the southwest portion of Fannin County would benefit Leonard and Trenton police and fire departments, as well as the sheriff's department.

The total cost is estimated to be slightly more than $59,000. The cities of Trenton and Leonard are discussing how to share the cost of the repeater.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court voted to approve purchase of a Land Pride Model RC5715 15’ Batwing Mower from Paris Farm and Ranch in Paris, TX for Precinct 3 at $25,044.73 to be paid from Purchase of Equipment, 230-623-5710.

Fannin County Pct. 3 Commissioner Jerry Magness said this mower is extra heavy-duty.

"It's a good deal," Commissioner Magness remarked.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court voted to approve payment of bills.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court went into executive session at 9:42 a.m. to seek the advice of its attorney regarding pending or contemplated litigation regarding Fannin County Courthouse contracts.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court reconvened in regular session to report that no action was taken regarding consultation with the attorney during executive session.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court voted to reject current bids regarding contracting for lawn maintenance for county buildings and go back out for new bids.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court voted to allow the district attorney’s assistant to use Room 201 at the Fannin County Courthouse on Wednesday mornings each week until further notice.