Fannin County Commissioners Court Receives Favorable Auditor’s Report

Fannin County, Texas – Fannin County Judge Randy Moore presided over a regular meeting of the Fannin County Commissioners Court held on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, attended by Commissioners Edwina Lane, AJ Self, Jerry Magness and Dean Lackey.

The meeting opened with an invocation from Jeramie Sweet, minister of the Church of Christ of Savoy and the pledges were led by Major James Manis (Ret.).

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court took a moment to recognize National Corrections Officers Week and National Police Officers Week.

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

    • The air conditioning does not work properly.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court approved an order transferring the road right-of-way purchased by NTMWD to Fannin County and authorizing easements to Fannin County on other NTMWD properties.

Alan Hendrix, PE, a transportation engineer with consulting and engineering firm Freese and Nichols, called it the culmination of 12 years of work.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court has approved the relocation of the Shelves for County Court Criminal Records at a cost not to exceed $500 to be deducted from the moving expense line item.

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The court approved the minutes of a regular meeting of April 19, 2022.

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The Fannin County District Clerk’s Office reported $25,343.66 collected for April 2022.

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The Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace’s office said $529 was collected for April 2022.

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Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace’s office reported $3,845 collected for April 2022.

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Mark DeMay, Director of Indigent Health Care for Fannin County, reviewed the Indigent Health Care activity in April 2022.

Mr. DeMay reported that the department is currently under budget by more than $28,000.

Judge Moore thanked DeMay for his efforts and added, “TMC has bent over backwards to make sure our indigent health care system works.”

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

Fannin County Auditor Alicia Whipple reported General Fund revenues of $12,709,038.92 and expenses totaling $7,930,082.63.

“We have $4.7 million up front at the moment,” Ms Whipple said and noted that the Road & Bridge funds for the four constituencies were in good shape.

R&B #1
Revenue $796,171.24
Expenditure $474,613.85

R&B #2
Revenues $919,712.13
Expenditure $610,904.06

R&B #3
Revenues $1,398,140.82
Expenditure $720,728.84

R&B #4
Income $774,911.81
Expenditure $444,824.16

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court held a lengthy discussion regarding employee salaries.

PCT. 1 Commissioner Lane said her constituency has vacancies and cannot entice people to apply because the county’s salary structure must be competitive in order to attract and retain good employees.

“We became a training ground, just like the sheriff’s department,” Pct said. 3 Commissioner Magness.

“We need to make this a priority in next year’s budget,” Pct remarked. 2 Commissioner Self.

“We’re going to have to address the income side of the formula,” PCT said. 4 Commissioner Lackey intervened, noting the significant increase in the cost of rock, materials and fuel, in addition to the salary dilemma.

Dale McQueen addressed the court of commissioners and suggested that funds from the payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) programs could be used in any way the county needs them.

A PILOT payment is defined as a payment made to compensate a government for some or all of the property tax revenue lost due to the tax-exempt ownership or use of real estate.

“There’s no reason you can’t take that PILOT money and put it into Road & Bridge,” Mr McQueen advised.

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The Fannin County Court of Commissioners voted to approve and send a letter to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs expressing disappointment at the proposed closure of some services at the Bonham VA.

“It’s just one step,” Judge Moore said. “We’re still telling people to keep sending letters to Congressman Pat Fallon and other representatives.”

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court has voted to enter into a service contract with H&G Services for the Fannin County Courthouse HVAC system for an annual fee of $6,429.72.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court voted to transfer $115,000 from the TexPool account to the cash account and then transfer from the cash account to the equipment purchase account for Enclosure 3.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court voted to purchase a 2020 Chevrolet HD 3/4 ton pickup truck from Blackland Motors for $46,067.02 for Precinct 3.

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The Fannin County Court of Commissioners voted to issue two bid solicitations through the closed, competitive bidding process used for items costing more than $50,000; the items to be tendered are a dump truck for enclosure 3 and a grader for enclosure 1.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court voted to approve payment of the bills.

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A discussion regarding the move in at the Fannin County Courthouse revealed that staff had moved in, but some work is ongoing in both courtrooms.

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The Fannin County Court of Commissioners voted to approve and adopt the Fannin County Historic Courthouse Facilities and Grounds Use Policy and Reservation Application.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court adopted an agenda item that would have defined the new location of certain Fannin County Courts and the Fannin County Commissioners Court.

This agenda item will be dealt with next week.

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In a public forum, Chris Wilson spoke out against the wind farm project.

“This project is an economic disaster in my opinion,” Wilson noted.

He said the proposed wind farm represents 20% of the county’s taxable acreage and asked that the company not receive any tax abatement.

Wanda Oliver said residents need specific answers regarding the proposed wind farm, such as what technology Cielo Wind Power plans to use, what level of noise residents can expect, where Cielo Wind Power currently has similar projects and how residents of these areas have been affected.

Ms Oliver said she did not feel the business operated in an open and transparent manner. She asked the Court of Commissioners to have a Cielo Wind Power representative come to Fannin County for an official presentation or send a delegation to Austin.

Fannin County Clerk Tammy Biggar said the $53.6 million Bonham ISD bond referendum resulted in a tie and the deadline for 43 uncounted mail-in ballots had passed. Eight ballots have flaws, one of which has been corrected, and the remaining seven voters have until 5 p.m. Friday to make the appropriate corrections.

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