Fannin County Commissioners Court Reminds Residents to Attend Town Hall April 12 to Discuss VA Proposal

Fannin County, Texas — The five members of the Fannin County Commissioners Court were in attendance for a regular meeting held Tuesday, April 12, 2022. The meeting opened with a summons from Tammy Biggar, Fannin County Clerk, and Major James Manis (retired). leads the promises.

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Fannin County Judge Randy Moore advised county residents that Congressman Pat Fallon and Rep. Reggie Smith plan to attend the town hall on Tuesday, April 12 at the Fannin County Mixed-Use Complex to discuss the an AV proposal that could impact Bonham’s AV.

Dr. Stephen Holt of Dallas VA will also be in attendance.

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

* Workers complete

*The visit is scheduled for next week

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court has approved a proclamation declaring April 2022 Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Fannin County.

“We have a small staff, but we have a lot of resources,” said Carol Pillars, executive director of the Fannin County Family Crisis Center. “When you’re sexually assaulted, you don’t get over it…you just learn to live with it. We’re one of the organizations that helps you learn to live with it.”

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court voted to accept excess proceeds totaling $24,481.26 from overdue tax garnishments.

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The Fannin County Court of Commissioners has approved Rutledge Crain & Company, PC’s annual financial report for fiscal year 2021.

Fannin County generated more revenue than expected and expenses were $568,000 under budget, resulting in the addition of $570,000 to reserves.

“Overall you had a very good year,” observed Lewis Crain, independent auditor Lewis Crain of Rutledge, Crain & Company, although he urged the auditors to factor inflation into the formula.

“We are in a good position mainly because we have a good audit team,” Judge Moore said.

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Jonathan Collander, consultant to TAC Health & Benefits Services, led a mid-year review and discussion regarding county health insurance.

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The Fannin County Court of Commissioners has appointed Alicia Whipple, Michelle Case and Lisa Loiselle to make and present recommendations for approval to the Court of Commissioners regarding public use of the Fannin County Courthouse and grounds.

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

DeMay said the department is more than $22,000 under budget.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court approved the minutes of regular meetings held on January 11, 2022, January 25, 2022, February 22, 2022 and March 5, 2022.

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The Fannin County Court of Commissioners voted to approve a revised contract with Fidlar Technologies: LifeCycle for current services provided for official public records; Bastian license agreement to move data from servers to the cloud, Schedule D software license to deliver data directly to customers, Schedule G agreement to use new escrow revenue to supplement cost of services.

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The Fannin County Clerk’s Office reported the amounts collected for March 2022: all courts, $18,298.50; land records, $46,589.50.

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Monies collected by the Fannin County Clerk’s Office for March 2022 amounted to $21,709.41.

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Justice of the Peace District 3 declared $4,901.00 collected for March 2022.

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The Justice of the Peace, District 1 declared $7,191.00 collected in February 2022 and $6,972.55 for March 2022.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court passed an agenda item that called for the adoption of an approximately one-mile length of road, Hidden Meadow Trail, Hidden Meadow Subdivision, on CR 4920 in Leonard.

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The Fannin County Court of Commissioners has voted to accept the recommendation of the Lake Bois d’Arc Zoning Commission to approve changes to the text of the official Lake Bois d’Arc zoning by-law relating to uses and structures not compliant, section 3.06.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court voted to approve a preliminary flat for The Shores at the Peninsula located south of CR 2730 in Honey Grove; Property ID # 79612 and 113834, 43 lots from 1.00 to 6.3 acres.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court voted to approve a preliminary dish for The Peninsula located on CR 2730 in Honey Grove; Property ID numbers 78166, 78172, 120501, 128038 and 128309, lots of 1.00 to 8.5 acres.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court voted to approve a berm for Vista Ridge, Tract 1 on CR 2875 in Honey Grove.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court voted to approve a resolution stating that Fannin County ARPA funds received will be used and reported under the “Standard Allocation” category to offset the county’s loss of revenue due to the pandemic.

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The Fannin County Commissioners’ Court voted to approve the Fannin County Accident Prevention Plan Committee and select members from county departments.

The committee will meet quarterly.

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

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court discussed the timing of moving into the courthouse.

A visit has been scheduled for next week, with an occupancy certificate likely to follow.

“As soon as the certificate of occupancy is obtained, people should be able to start moving in,” Judge Moore said.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court discussed the policy for culverts installed without obtaining a permit and the county’s enforcement protocol.

“It’s something we’re going to have to sort out,” Pct said. 3 Commissioner Jerry Magness, adding that he wanted to see how the other members of the Court of Commissioners felt.

“We all have to handle it the same way,” Commissioner Magness added.

Public information regarding the county’s culvert policy and permitting process could help educate residents and alleviate some issues.

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The court discussed mowing services for Fannin County properties.

Michelle Case, Fannin County’s purchasing officer, explained that the county went out to tender last year and selected A1 Texas Lawncare, but the landscaping company asked for more money because the rising cost of gas.

Commissioners voted to continue using A1 Texas Lawncare at a higher price until they receive formal offers for more extensive landscaping.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court voted to tender for a grader for Precinct 1 considering trading in two older graders for credit towards the purchase.

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The Fannin County Court of Commissioners voted to approve a 36-month extension for Sparklight Internet at Derrell Hall Education Center at $61.98 per month.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court voted to rent a dump trailer for the precinct 3 at $500 a month for six months.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court discussed an access lease between Fannin County and the American Tower.

The five-year lease for $1,530 a month arrives in October.

Ms Case will negotiate the lease and report to the Commissioners Court.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court convened in executive session at 11:20 a.m. to deliberate on business and financial matters related to the contract(s) being negotiated regarding BT Block Storage, LLC AND BT Masroor Storage , LLC.

The Fannin County Commissioners Court also held an executive session to deliberate on the ownership of a future justice center.

The Fannin County Commissioners Court held another executive session to (1) seek counsel’s opinion regarding: (a) pending or contemplated litigation; or (b) an offer to settle; or (2) on a matter in which the attorney’s duty to the government agency under the Texas State Bar Professional Conduct Disciplinary Rules of the State of Texas is clearly in conflict with this chapter – regarding statutes and regulations of the subdivision committee.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court reconvened in regular session at 12:57 p.m. to announce that the Battery Storage Facilities Reduction Policy continues to be negotiated.

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With regard to the deliberations for the purchase of land for a justice centre, aThe ttorneys hone the language in a real estate contact with Graff Industries.

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Subdivision statutes and regulations continue to be discussed.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court voted to appoint new members as needed to the Fannin County Subdivision Committee and to immediately add a designate from FCAD and Di Hopkins, Director of Fannin County Developmental Services, to the Fannin County Subdivision Committee.

Additional people will be named at a later date.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court voted to initiate a request for quotations for engineering services to update the subdivision bylaw. The cost should be under $50,000.

A review of road/impact survey fees and flat reviews for developments with 50 or more lots should be next steps as the county continues to update subdivision regulations.

“Our county is changing dramatically,” Judge Moore remarked. “The longer we wait, the more we miss”.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court discussed a “trial” to see if residents of the Lake Bois d’Arc zoning area would voluntarily participate in a voluntary expansion of the prescriptive right-of-way of county roads in order to get better roads.

Developers may be willing to share the cost of moving fences.

The Court of Commissioners has put this item on the agenda in order to have more time to refine this proposal in the coming weeks.

“We have ‘growing problems’ in this county and this is one of them,” Judge Moore said.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court Approved text changes in the Fannin County Subdivision Bylaw to add an application protocol and application letters to the subdivision manual; the second and third execution letters will be sent by registered mail.

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