Fannin County Commissioners Court lifts burning ban, urges caution

Fannin County, Texas — Fannin County Judge Randy Moore along with Commissioners Edwina Hale, Jerry Magness and were in attendance for a regular meeting of the Fannin County Commissioners Court held on Tuesday, March 8, 2022. Commissioner AJ Self was absent.

The meeting opened with an invocation from Reverend Lee Jackson of Bonham Central Baptist Church.

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

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In a public forum, Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace Kenny Karl advised the public that effective April 1, 2022, all Class C Misdemeanor Courts in Fannin County will be issuing warrants for outstanding/unresolved matters before their court, which means that anyone with an unsolved Class C misdemeanor charge may be taken into custody.

Judge Karl said all law enforcement agencies in the county are working together on this initiative and he urged residents to take appropriate steps to resolve the Class C misdemeanor charges before action is taken.

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Brian Neal, newly retired superintendent of Savoy ISD, said he is now caretaker for Fort Inglish at Bonham.

Mr. Neal reminded residents of the exciting history of this area, noting that the original Fort Inglish was built around the same time as the Battle of the Alamo.

Neal invited the community to come and experience Fort Inglish and said he would even wear period clothing on special occasions.

Fort Inglish is open from noon until 4:00 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

Fort Inglish- photo by Allen Rich


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Judge Moore invited everyone to attend the 1888 Fannin County Courthouse Rededication Ceremony scheduled for Thursday, March 10 at 10:00 a.m.

“I think Thursday will be a great day for the county and our citizens,” remarked Pct. 4 Commissioner Dean Lackey. “I’m proud to be part of it.”

“It’s a tribute to this county and to our region,” Justice Moore added.

Although restoration work is underway, most of the furniture will be in the bedrooms on the second and third floors.

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The Fannin County Commissioner‘s Court lifted the burning ban, while warning residents that dangerous conditions exist at times on windy days when humidity is low.

Judge Moore urged residents to burn early in the morning when the humidity is higher.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court has approved a zoning change from A&R, Agricultural District to RE, Rural Estate Single Family District for 60 acres of 143.69 acres, Property ID # 82975 on CR 2955 Honey Grove.

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The Fannin County Court of Commissioners followed the recommendation of the Lake Ralph Hall Zoning Commission and approved a Special Exception Request for Property IDs 78166, 78172, 79612, 113834, 120501, 128038, 128039 on CR 2730 in Honey Grove, allowing The Peninsula lots 2, 11-22, 47, 50, 59-61, 67-69 and The Shores lots 11, 31 and 32 to be at least 60 feet wide.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court has approved a 3-lot, 1.0-1.45 acre flat court on CR 5015 in Trenton.

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Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 reported $4,067.20 collected in January 2022 and $7,191.00 collected in February 2022.

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Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace declared $1,849.00 collected in February 2022.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court voted to transfer $8,315.33 of insurance loss payments (100-370-1310) to R&M Auto (100-560-4540).

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court has approved the monthly auditors’ reports for February 2022.

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The Fannin County Clerk’s Office reported $19,869.23 for courts and $39,275.50 for land records in February 2022.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court filed an agenda item regarding the addition and/or replacement of members of the Fannin County Subdivision Committee and to clarify organizational guidelines, bylaws and process of the Subdivision Committee.

PCT. 2 Commissioner AJ Self will discuss regulations and process with the Plot Committee and then report back to the Commissioners Tribunal with recommendations in the near future.

The bylaws state that the committee will have a maximum of nine members.

Judge Moore suggested that the county clerk and the district attorney, or their designate, be present.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court voted to approve the easement and right of way with Oncor that will service the new Fannin County Jail Fire Engine Room.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court approved payment of the bills.

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George Harmon and Klein Klotz of the Nitsche Group led a detailed discussion on health care benefits for Fannin County employees.

“We want to treat our employees well,” Judge Moore said, adding that the county currently has a good plan with a $500 deductible, even though it’s getting more and more expensive. The county is paying $13,300 a year per employee for health benefits and there are fears it could jump to $15,000 next year.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court entered executive session at 10:46 a.m. to deliberate on whether to enter one or more opioid settlements

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court reconvened in regular session at 11:12 a.m. and voted to accept the opioid settlement agreement and authorized the county judge to sign on behalf of the court of commissioners.

A previous opioid settlement of approximately $30,000 to $35,000 is expected soon.

Another settlement of $15,000 is in preparation. An important rule of $180,000 will be spread over 18 years.

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