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Fannin County Commissioners Court discusses implementing commissioners court workshops
By Allen Rich
Jan 4, 2019
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Fannin County, Texas -- There were two new faces at the bench as recently elected Fannin County Judge Randy Moore and Fannin County Pct. 2 Commissioner A.J. Self, along with commissioners Gary Whitlock, Jerry Magness and Dean Lackey, presided over the January 2 regular meeting of Fannin County Commissioners Court. With the recent retirement of Stan Barker, Commissioner Whitlock is now the senior commissioner and will preside over the court during any absence of Judge Moore.

All five members of commissioners court were present.

After calling the meeting to order, Judge Moore asked his wife, Tina, to lead the court in the Pledge of Allegiance and the pledge of allegiance to the Texas state flag. 

Mike Allred, pastor at Boyd Baptist Church, read a scripture and gave the invocation.

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In public forum, Larry Standlee of Fannin County Historical Commission gave an update of exhumations at Wilks Cemetery and called the process by North Texas Municipal Water District "reasonable" and "respectful."

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Commissioners approved waiver listed in Short Plat Procedures 3.5 Construction Plans and 3.6 Construction Bonds for LY Community Addition, and approved LY Community Addition to Fannin County, Texas.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court officially approved the hiring of Donna Lester as Bond Supervision Officer and the hiring of Jerry Huffman as Emergency Services Coordinator.

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Commissioners passed on an agenda item to hire an administrative assistant for the county judge.

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Commissioners discussed implementing commissioners court workshops and Commissioner Self volunteered to travel with Judge Moore to Hopkins County where workshops are currently utilized in order to learn more about the process.

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Commissioners passed on an agenda item calling for TAC employee training on General Hazard and Safety, Substance Abuse and Supervisorís Reasonable Suspicion.

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In the segment of each regular meeting reserved for comments by commissioners and the county judge, the court asked for the patience as workers wait for better weather to continue repairing roads.

"We're going to hit it hard as soon as it dries up," promised Commissioner Whitlock.

Judge Moore urged county residents to communicate with their commissioners.

"Get their phone number if you don't have it," said Moore. "These guys will work with you."

Pct. 1 Commissioner Gary Whitlock - 903-965-7030

Pct .2 Commissioner A.J. Self - 903-587-3455

Pct. 3 Commissioner Jerry Magness - 903-378-2941

Pct. 4 Commissioner Dean Lackey - 903-583-2039