Fannin County Commissioners Court Discusses Time Capsule, Implements Burn Ban

Fannin County, Texas – The five members of the Fannin County Commissioners Court were present for a regular meeting held on Tuesday, February 1, 2022.

The meeting opened with an invocation from Reverend Sylvester Smart of Greater Joy Fellowship in Bonham, Texas and co-pastor of First Congregational Methodist Church in Bonham.

The pledges were led by Major James Manis (retired).

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

Outside

  • Landscaping, flower bed, topsoil and turf irrigation installation.

· Flag poles installed.

· Sidewalks and mowing strip completed.

· Site cleaned for parking contractor.

Interior

· Full acoustic plaster and scaffolding removed.

· Wood floor being installed on 3 and 2.

· Woodwork being installed on 1st level.

· Cast iron tread installed on 2n/a level.

· Final wood finish on 2n/a level.

· Ready for final plumbing tomorrow.

· The remaining lighting and sockets are switched off.

· Finish the rest of the curved metal ceilings.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court approved the minutes of a special meeting on January 11, 2022 and a regular meeting on January 18, 2022.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court voted in favor of a countywide outdoor burning ban.

Troy Hudson, Fannin County Emergency Management Coordinator, told the court that local firefighters have battled 28 grass fires and 12 structure fires since the first of the year.

Mr Hudson said the low amount of rainfall predicted was unlikely to be enough to alleviate the dangerous conditions.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court voted to approve a resolution to accept a grant from the Governor’s Office for the Structured Family Therapy Program run by Juvenile Probation for the 2022-2023 fiscal year.

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The Court of Commissioners discussed what content will go into the restored 1888 courthouse time capsule. The time capsule will be opened in 100 years.

Commissioners will include a Bible, examples of the impact of a pandemic, information on the county’s two new lakes, photographs of county department personnel, law enforcement patches, product pricing, and more. groceries and gasoline, and the county budget.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court approved the purchase of a 2014 Dodge Ram 3500 Tradesman from Bonham Chrysler for $30,158.21 from Section 210-621-5710, Equipment Purchase, for the area 1.

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The Commissioners’ Court discussed the 1888 Fannin County Courthouse Rededication Ceremony and the budget for the event. The event programs are ready to be printed.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court has approved the construction of a rest room for Pct. 3 employees at a cost not exceeding $3,500. [metal, windows and door to frame up room with storage overhead and to move $1,500 from 230-623-4900 (Miscellaneous) to 230-623-4300 (R&M Building) for a total of $3500.]

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The Court of Commissioners passed an agenda item regarding the location of the flagpoles at the restored Fannin County Courthouse.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court approved payment of the bills.

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In a public forum, Major Manis said his wife, Sheryl Manis, had been approved for a liver transplant.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court convened in executive session at 9:43 a.m. to deliberate the purchase, exchange, lease or value of real estate for the proposed justice center.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court resumed regular session at 10:17 a.m.

Fannin County Judge Randy Moore said the commissioners court is continuing to consider how best to create appropriate space in a centralized location for county employees as the county grows.

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Judge Moore reported that Fannin County suffered four additional COVID-19-related deaths in the past week, bringing the total to 163 since the pandemic began.

Moore also warned residents that freezing precipitation is expected to begin Wednesday evening.

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