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Fannin County Commissioners Court discusses proposed budget for coming year
By Jarrett Tucker
Jul 30, 2020
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Fannin County, Texas Ė The regular meeting of Fannin County Commissionerís Court began with the call to order. A quorum was established with all members present.

Agenda item two was the invocation presented by David Woodson.

Agenda item three was the pledges of allegiance, which were delivered by Nancy Young and James Manis.

Agenda item number four was for introductions, which there were none.

Item number five was public forum in which one gentleman spoke over the concern the lack of quality cell phone service in the northern part of the county. He was concerned that in the event of an emergency, assistance would not be easily available.

Agenda item number six regarded the Fannin County Declaration of Disaster Proclamation for Covid-19. Judge Moore presented some figures and asked for prayers for our citizens and encouraged churches to participate. The proclamation was then extended to August 4.

Agenda item seven regarded the Covid-19 Response and Continuity of Operations Plan for Fannin County. There were no changes and the plan was extended to August 4 also.

Item number eight regarded EMS Profit and Loss Report for June 2020. Chief Scott Ridling said he feels the Covid-19 situation is better than the numbers show. He also stated that they are fully staffed and making calls. He also asked everyone to be safe.

Agenda item number nine approved the collection of optional fees, Chapter 502.401 of the Transportation Code which is $10, for Calendar Year 2021 and to complete the Imposition of Optional Fees form to be returned to the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles.

 Agenda item ten approved the continuation of the Texas Association of Counties Healthy County Specific Incentive Program for the 2020-2021 plan year. The current supervisors for this program in the county will stay the same.

Item eleven approved the Texas Department of Public Safety opening their office in Bonham on Saturday, August 8, 2020 and Saturday, August 22, 2020; DPS employees are to clean and sanitize prior to leaving.

Item twelve on the agenda was to approve the Memorandum of Understanding between Fannin County and Workforce Solutions Texoma maximizing the use of public property for citizens.

Agenda item thirteen had Michelle Case inform court that there were a couple of things that were not approved for expenditure, but laptops and a machine that will give almost immediate results on Covid-19 testing should funded through the CARES Act Grant or other funding. 

Item fourteen on the agenda caused some contentious discussion regarding the 2020/2021 proposed budget for Fannin County. Judge Moore presented some proposed cuts for the budget. Several commissioners had comments as did some other county officials. It was pointed out that these proposed cuts are just proposed. The county judge has to have a proposed budget filed by July 30. The final budget is due by September 30. 

Agenda item fifteen approved the Funding Agreement Amendment from the Texas Historical Commission (THC) originally signed on November 15, 2016. This changes the figures of the agreement, which in turn changes the payments made by THC to the county. It will not affect the total amount paid by the commission. 

Agenda item sixteen approved payment of the bills. 

Item seventeen on the agenda was comments by the county commissioners and county judge.

        Commissioner Whitlock appreciated everyone who attended the meeting. He also asked for us to be good neighbors, try to be better people, and donít believe rumors.

        Commissioner Self also thanked who attended. He hopes for some rain and asked for patience with them.

        Commissioner Magness appreciated the spirited conversation and hopes everyone has a safe week.

        Commissioner Lackey

o   Doesnít like the budget process, but knows we will get through it

o   He wants to make sure we take care of our citizens.

o   897 should open by the third week in August.

o   The new portion of Highway 82 from Honey Grove is now open.

o   Also asked for patience as this is a very busy time of the year for them.

        County Judge Moore

o   Recognized the passing of Polly Gilbert and passed on his condolences.

o   Stated that FM 1753 would be closed between 1752 and 2645 for bridge abatement. That is north of Savoy.

o   Knows they will be looking seriously at the budget in the next month.

Agenda item eighteen adjourned the meeting.