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Fannin County Commissioners Court to vote on Regulations for Sexually Oriented Businesses Nov. 14
By Allen Rich
Nov 9, 2023
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Fannin County, Texas -- All five members of Fannin County Commissioners Court were present for a regular meeting held Tuesday, November 7, 2023. The meeting opened with an invocation by Fannin County Judge Newt Cunningham, and pledges were led by Pct. 3 Commissioner Jerry Magness.

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In public forum, one resident urged everyone to go vote on Election Day.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court approved payment of bills totaling $148,470.98.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court passed on an agenda item regarding minutes from special meetings held June 21, 2023, July 3, 2023 and August 8, 2023. The court also passed on minutes from a regular meeting on August 1, 2023.

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Report of monies received by the Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 office for October 2023, $9,732.00.

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Report of monies received by the Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 office for October 2023, $3,799.00.

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Action items

Fannin County Commissioners Court is continuing to develop Recreational Vehicle Park Regulations for Fannin County, Texas. The final version of this set of regulations is expected to be presented to commissioners court November 14, 2023. 

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Fannin County Commissioners Court is also continuing to finalize Regulations for Sexually Oriented Businesses in the Unincorporated Areas of Fannin County, Texas.

The ordinance will likely be voted on at the next regular meeting of commissioners court November 14, 2023. 

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Commissioners court voted to allow the Development Services Department to use the former Indigent Healthcare office at the East Annex, 1203 E. Sam Rayburn Drive.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court approved the Final Plat for Bois d’Arc Shores on CR 2900 in Dodd City, 136 lots on 197.8 acres; Property ID#s 81148 and 100348.

The developer has a $6.3 million bond in place for improvements that will be needed for roads and utilities.

Pct. 4 Commissioner Doug Kopf expressed concern over the condition of county roads now that significant development is occurring.

Judge Cunningham noted that it will be up to developers -- not county taxpayers --  to purchase right-of-way and expand roads.

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Discussion items

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Fannin County Commissioners Court discussed an Interlocal Agreement between Fannin County and the City of Bonham related to development and implementation of regulations in Extraterritorial Jurisdictions (ETJ).

When jurisdictions overlap, the state asks for one entity to be in charge of ETJs. County officials are negotiating with city officials to determine the best course of action.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court also discussed an Interlocal Agreement between Fannin County and the City of Leonard related to development and implementation of regulations in Extraterritorial Jurisdictions (ETJ).

County officials are negotiating with city officials to determine the best course of action before bringing this back to commissioners court. 

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Open discussion items

In open discussion items, Judge Cunningham described  the incremental progress of courthouse repairs as "glacial, but it's happening."

Cunningham said repairs that he estimated will cost $500,000 are being made from the courthouse attic to the basement.

The county judge believes that most of the repairs will be done at the expense of contractors.

Regarding the county budget and revenue sources, Cunningham reported that the county's Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) initiative has stalled, but a meeting has been set up for this week.

In regard to road issues, county officials are reviewing professional engineers who can oversee inspections and platting.

Residents of Pct. 4 were advised by Pct. 4 Commissioner Doug Kopf that mattresses can be legally disposed of in a dumpster at the precinct barn.