Fannin County Commissioners Court Awarded Contract to Build Justice Center

Fannin County, Texas — The five members of the Fannin County Commissioners Court were in attendance for a regular meeting held on Tuesday, April 19, 2022. The meeting opened with an invocation by Jannie Bellows and the pledges were led by Fannin County Judge Randy Moore.

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

  • Furniture installed
  • The carpentry continues
  • Take a guided tour Tuesday, April 19, 2022

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court voted to adopt one or more 2022 local option property tax code exemptions for Fannin County.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court passed an agenda item calling for approval of an order renewing Whitewright Solar, LLC’s reinvestment area for five years, with the renewal date commencing April 16, 2021 .

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The Justice of the Peace, District 2 reported $487.50 collected for January 2022, $486 collected in February 2022 and $831 collected in March 2022.

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The Fannin County Court of Commissioners has approved the Auditor’s Monthly Reports for March 2022.

Fannin County Auditor Alicia Whipple said all county departments are operating at about 50% of their annual budget.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court approved payment of the bills.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court voted to adopt approximately one mile length of road, Hidden Meadow Trail, Hidden Meadow Subdivision, on CR 4921, CR 4922, and CR 4923 in Leonard.

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The Fannin County Court of Commissioners voted to approve a preliminary flat: Leonard Addition, 8 lots between 1.00 and 1.04 acres located between 575 and 635 CR 4850 in Leonard.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court voted to rent a Belly Dump trailer for Precinct 2 at $500 a month for six months.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court held a discussion regarding the move to the Fannin County Courthouse.

Employees should be able to return to the courthouse by May 8, 2022.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court entered executive session at 9:22 a.m. to deliberate on the ownership of a justice center.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court also held an executive session to deliberate courthouse construction contracts.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court reconvened in regular session at 11:18 a.m. to announce that Fannin County is entering into a contract with Bonham Walmart Inc. to purchase the buildings at 2221 North Center Street in Bonham , 2223 North Center Street in Bonham and 2225 North Center Street in Bonham as the site of a Justice Center and other county offices.

The purchase cost was not mentioned in the ordinary session.

Former site of Brookshire’s Grocery in Bonham


The county has 60 days to review the contract and can “exit” at any time.

Judge Moore thanked Richard Glaser and Newt Cunningham for their help in the negotiations.

Former Walmart site in Bonham


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Following the second executive session, the Fannin County Commissioners Court voted to pay $438,422.06 for courthouse furnishings, construction of the courthouse parking lot, and internet, with funds raised from ARP (American Rescue Plan).

“These were items that were not part of our original bond,” Judge Moore explained.

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As for the home appraisals now coming out in the mail, PCT. 4 Commissioner Dean Lackey remarked, “Keep your pants on because the prices are going crazy.

PCT. 1 Commissioner Edwina Lane said there will be working days at Lake Fannin this Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to noon, then again on Sunday from noon to 4:00 p.m.

Commissioner Lane also reminded residents of the TCOG household hazardous waste collection event on April 30 from 8 a.m. to noon. This event is by appointment only, so drop by TCOG website record.

Judge Moore discussed the recent meeting regarding a VA proposal to move part of Bonham VA to Metroplex facilities.

“We don’t want to lose any part of the VA facility here,” Moore said.

He advised residents to write letters to the editor and start petitions.

“I’m really happy that we’re moving into a criminal justice center that I think will be of tremendous benefit to our county at a reasonable price,” the county judge said in closing.

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