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Fannin County Commissioners Court hears performance by Bonham High School Vocal Ensemble
By Allen Rich
Nov 30, 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 28, 2023. The meeting opened with an invocation by Mark Posey, pastor of First Congregational Church in Bonham, and pledges were led by Warrant Officer Jeff Jones.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court was treated to a special performance of Christmas and patriotic music by the Bonham High School Vocal Ensemble, under the direction of Anna Waller, Choir Director.

video by Alicia Whipple, photos by Lisa Loiselle

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Routine Items

Fannin County Commissioners Court approved payment of bills totaling $249,819.85 and payroll on Friday was $442,040.93

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Report of monies collected by the Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 office for October 2023; $1,405.25.

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Discussion, Consideration and Action items

Commissioners Court discussed the Texas County District Retirement System Plan (TCDRS).

By a 4-1 vote, Fannin County Commissioners Court approved a 2% Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for retirees; the county last approved a COLA increase in 2007. 

This decision will cost the county an extra $28,000 this year; over the next 10 years, the county would pay out approximately $300,000.

Pct. 2 Commissioner A.J. Self, Pct. 3 Commissioner Jerry Magness, Pct. 4 Commissioner Doug Kopf and Fannin County Judge Newt Cunningham voted in favor of the increase, with Pct. 1 Commissioner Dale McQueen costing the lone opposing vote.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court approved the purchase of a 2019 John Deere Motor Grader for Precinct 3 for $177,000.

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Contingent on approval by the bonding company, Fannin County Commissioners Court approved a reduction in bond amounts for The Peninsula and The Shores at The Peninsula developments. The total bond amount was $4,318,269.00; the remaining bond amount is $941,338.00.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court authorized the county judge to negotiate and sign Master Professional Services Agreement between Fannin County and Freese and Nichols, Inc.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court approved a resolution for Fannin Countyís candidates in the Fannin Central Appraisal Districtís Board of Directors election for the 2024/2025 term, and have county judge sign on behalf of the county; the county is allowed 1315 total votes.

Commissioners court elected Jerry Magness and gave him 1,000 votes and gave the remaining 315 votes to Richard Glaser.

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

"It's still in the hopper," remarked Judge Cunningham.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court passed on an agenda item regarding the Interlocal Agreement between Fannin County and the City of Leonard related to development and implementation of regulations in Extraterritorial Jurisdictions (ETJ).

The City of Leonard is studying the draft.

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Open discussion items

(Open discussion items will be passed on unless discussion requested by a member of the court or a citizen.)

In a brief discussion regarding the Fannin County Subdivision Committee and Subdivision Policy, Judge Cunningham reported, "We are close to having something hammered out."

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Regarding courthouse repairs, Cunningham stated that electrical repairs in the attic are finished and electricians are now working their way down to the basement. Masonry work is continuing, the county judge added.

Cunningham expects the county will get off fire watch this week and then begin the process of securing reimbursement for the fire watch.

"We still have a lot of opportunities to make some improvements in the courthouse," Cunningham said in closing.

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Cunningham believes selective demolition at the justice center will begin in December.

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Regarding revenue sources, Cunningham noted that the Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) collections is still a hot issue.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court entered into executive session at 9:47 a.m. to consult with their attorney, and to discuss personnel issues

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Commissioners court reconvened in regular session at 10:30 a.m. to announce that no action was taken in executive session.