Fannin County Commissioners Court holds public hearing to hear comments regarding tax abatement eligible reinvestment area

Fannin County, Texas — The five members of the Fannin County Court of Commissioners were present for a regular meeting held on Tuesday, January 25, 2022. The meeting opened with an invocation from Robert Eades, pastor of the Church United Pentecostal of Savoy, Texas, and promises were led by Shonda Magness and Carolyn Rogers.

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

Outside

Complete exterior sockets and sidewalk lighting.

· Install decomposed granite around the building.

· Pour the concrete sidewalks on the building and mow the strip.

· Preparation for the final pouring of concrete on the south side.

· Start watering.

· Get ready to start demonstration and parking lot stabilization.

Interior

Install trim, casings and millwork extensions.

· Final finish on wood on 3rd level.

· Wood stain on 2n/a level.

· Install acoustic plaster in courtrooms.

· Install Curved Metal Ceiling Panels in 1st and 2n/a level.

· Paint the vents to match the walls.

· Install remaining plumbing, water heater, ready for final inspection.

· Install sockets on 3rd and remaining light.

Wood floor received for 2n/a and 3rd level.

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Bonham Fire Chief Scott Ridling presented the EMS monthly report for December 2021.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court held a public hearing on February 8, 2022 at 8:40 a.m. to hear comments regarding an order designating Parcel No. 70807, 10.57 acres, as an eligible reinvestment area for the tax abatement .


This acreage is close to the power plant located near the old prison on CR 4200 south of Bonham.

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The commissioners approved the minutes of the regular meetings of October 5, 2021 and December 28, 2021 (with one correction), as well as the minutes of a special meeting of January 11, 2022.

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The Court of Commissioners discussed the contents of a time capsule at the courthouse that will be opened in 100 years.

PCT. 3 Commissioner Jerry Magness suggested that a photo of the Commissioners, County Judge and other elected officials be included.

Joe Moss suggested that the contents of the time capsule should include recognition of Barbara McCutcheon and other residents who, for more than a decade, led the restoration effort.

Curators will be notified of suggested content by February 1, 2022.

The capsule will be buried shortly after the February 1 meeting.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court voted to transfer a $25,600 CTIF grant from (210-330-2200) to R&B Materials, asphalt/road oil (210-621-3440).

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court voted to transfer $124.67 from Refunds and Miscellaneous (210-370-1300) to R&B Materials, Hardware/Lumber (210-621-3430).

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The Commissioners’ Tribunal adopted an agenda item that called for discussion, consideration, and action regarding the construction of a break room for Enclosure 3 employees; the cost must not exceed $3,500. [$2,000 from line 230-623-4300 (R&M Building) and $1,500 to be moved from 230-623-4900 (Miscellaneous)]

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court voted to hire a moving company for up to two days to move records from departments to the courthouse at $100 an hour plus truck rental costs.

County employees will also help.

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The Court of Commissioners voted to use CARES funding to repair the vehicle for Constable, Precinct 3 for the stated amount of $1,665.36.

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The Court of Commissioners approved payment of the bills.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court entered executive session at 9:46 a.m. to deliberate personnel matters relating to the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline or discharge of a official or employee; or (2) to hear a complaint or accusation against an officer or employee – relating to Environmental Development and Enclosure 4 positions.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court resumed regular session at 10:06 a.m.

The Commissioners voted to bring back Julie Cooper as Secretary of Precinct 4.

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Commissioner Magness called on the public to report the illegal dumping.

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Fannin County recently suffered two COVID-19-related deaths, bringing the total to 159 since the pandemic began.

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Fannin County Judge Randy Moore said the commissioners court will likely discuss a possible outdoor burning ban at the next regular meeting.

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