Fannin County Commissioners Court seeks imputation of time capsule to restored 1888 courthouse

Fannin County, Texas — Fannin County Judge Randy Moore presided over a regular meeting of the Court of Fannin County Commissioners held on Tuesday, January 18, 2022. Commissioners Edwina Lane, AJ Self and Jerry Magness were present; Dean Lackey was absent.

The meeting opened with an invocation from Terry Cunningham, pastor of Westside Baptist Church in Honey Grove, Texas; the pledges were led by Major James Manis (retired).

Fannin County Judge Randy Moore recognized Fannin County Procurement Officer Michelle Case for her assistance with the county’s COVID-19 protocol.

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

Outside

· Pour concrete over the mowing strip, curb and sidewalk sections at the light posts for the cameras.

· Set the forms for the remaining sidewalks to the building.

· Leveling around the building for the installation of decomposed granite.

· Electric underground for electricity and lighting.

· Trim complete at cornice arches.

Interior

· Install trim, paneling and door extensions.

· Stain and finish carpentry on 3rd level.

· Lighting and metal ceilings completed in the courtroom.

· Installation of curved metal ceiling sections.

· Adjusting plumbing fixtures in 1st level bathrooms.

· Install wrought iron railings on the stairs.

· Acoustic coating in courtrooms from.

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The commissioners approved the minutes of a special meeting held on December 28, 2021 and a regular meeting on January 4, 2022.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court voted to pay for postcards to voters whose polling place changed. The money, not exceeding $200, will come from CARES funds.

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The Fannin County Court of Commissioners approved the Treasurer’s Financial Report for December 2021, as well as the Treasurer’s Investment Report for December 2021.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court voted to schedule a public hearing for Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at 8:50 a.m. to hear comments regarding a rezoning application; Property ID # 83091, from A&R, Agriculture in LD, low density single family district.

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The Developmental Services office reported $6,560 raised for 2020 and $16,345 for 2021.

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The county clerk’s office reported monies collected for December 2021; Courts $17,651.35, Land registers $43,512.50.

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The District 1 Justice of the Peace’s office reported monies collected for November 2021, $6,179, and December 2021, $4,603.80.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court discussed the funding, purchase and possible contents of the time capsule to be placed in the restored courthouse.

An 18″ x 10″ stainless steel time capsule will cost $549 plus shipping. The commissioners approved the purchase and shipment – not to exceed $700. The money will come from CARES funds.

The Fannin County Historical Commission has submitted suggestions for content for the time capsule, and county residents are also encouraged to submit ideas for content.

Ideas should be emailed to the judge and county commissioners. A special meeting will probably take place next week on this subject.

The Court of Commissioners will make the final decision regarding the Time Capsule contests.

Larry Standlee suggested that the curators consider including a photograph of still-living people who were present when the original 1889 time capsule was opened in 1965.

The new time capsule will be opened in 100 years.

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According to Texas Government Code §2054.5191, the Fannin County Commissioners Court voted to enroll Fannin County employees [whose job requirements include a minimum of 25% of their time being spent on computers] in cybersecurity training through the Texas Association of Counties and appoint a county administrator for training.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court voted to purchase nitrile gloves for an amount not to exceed $300 for Fannin County first responders using CARES funds.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court voted to transfer funds from Contingency to R&M to repair the heating unit at South Jail in the amount of $797.50.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court voted to contract with Sparklight for two analog phone lines for the courthouse elevator and fire alarm at $30 per line per month.

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Commissioners tabled an agenda item regarding how to move office equipment and furniture to the restored courthouse.

A professional company hired by the furniture company will deliver all new furniture.

Computers, along with approximately 500 to 600 boxes of files, will need to be moved into the restored courthouse.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court voted to pay the bills.

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A resident requested that more money be allocated to maintain county roads.

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Active cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in the region and Fannin County recently suffered two pandemic-related deaths.

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