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Fannin County Commissioners Court discusses courthouse restoration
By Allen Rich
Sep 17, 2020
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Fannin County, Texas -- Fannin County Commissioners Court held a public hearing at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, September 15, 2020 to discuss the Adoption of Rules and Regulations for Manufactured Home Rental Communities (MHRC) in Fannin County, followed by a regular meeting of commissioners court.

Commissioners A.J. Self, Jerry Magness and Dean Lackey, and Fannin County Judge Randy Moore were present; Commissioner Gary Whitlock was under the weather.

During the public hearing, there were no comments from residents regarding the Adoption of Rules and Regulations for Manufactured Home Rental Communities (MHRC) in Fannin County.

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A special meeting of Fannin County Commissioners Court began at 9:00 a.m. regarding archive plans of the district clerk and county clerk; there were no comments from the public. 

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Once the regular meeting got underway at 9:15 a.m., the invocation was given by Brian Lackey, pastor of Lannius Church of God, and pledges were led by Judge Moore.

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Troy Hudson, the new Fannin County Emergency Management Coordinator, was welcomed to the job by commissioners. Mr. Hudson has 30 years of experience in emergency management.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court extended by one week the Fannin County Declaration of Disaster Proclamation for Covid-19, as well as the Covid-19 Response and Continuity of Operations Plan for Fannin County.

Fannin County has been notified of a total of 641 cases of COVID-19; the county currently has an estimated 17 active cases, including five cases in state prison.  To date, 612 county residents have recovered from the novel coronavirus and Fannin County has suffered 12 fatalities.

Judge Moore encouraged restaurant employees to wear masks.

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Commissioners approved the County Treasurerís Financial Report for August 2020 and the County Treasurerís Investment Report for August 2020.

Fannin County Treasurer David Woodson noted that receipts for August 2020 exceeded receipts for 2019 by more than $165,000.

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Commissioners approved the Fannin County District Courtís Records Archive Plan per Government Code ß51.305 for budget year 2020-2021.

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Commissioners approved the Fannin County Clerkís Archive Plan per Local Government Code ß118.025 for budget year 2020-2021. 

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Fannin County Commissioners Court voted to execute the contract to purchase the HART Intercivic voting system not to exceed $520,352 and SOS Master Agreement acknowledging the purchase. 

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Commissioners voted to pay for security on Election Day, November 3, 2020; $40 per hour, not to exceed $1,200 with Election Salary 10-404-109.

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Commissioners approved a Resolution adding Farm to Market Road 897 to the State Highway System.

County deputies and DPS are patrolling FM 897 to make sure motorists obey the speed limit.

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Commissioners discussed the authorization of payment of overtime for Road and Bridge employees, but passed on this agenda item for more study.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court discussed possible facilities for county offices.

 County representatives looked at the DaVita building and the Turner Building, but county staff felt like both buildings had issues.

The county has looked at the old Brookshire's building as well, but it would take a year to get it ready.

Another building, undisclosed at the present time, will also be looked at in the near future.

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Commissioners tabled an Order adopting the Minimum Infrastructure Standards for Manufactured Home Rental Communities. 

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Commissioners discussed a short plat for Star Fire Ranch.

The short plat needs an easement for power lines. 

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Fannin County Commissioners Court tabled a Request for Waiver of Requirement of Sec. 3.2.16 of the Fannin County Subdivision Regulations, minimum lot size per the Fannin County On-Site Sewage Facility Regulations, on Hwy 121 and FM 896 in Randolph, TX.

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Commissioners discussed action regarding personnel or supplies for Covid-19 from the CARES Act Grant or other funding.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court passed on the revised list of salaries and positions for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. 

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Commissioners approved payment of bills.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court did not go into executive session to deliberate the City of Bonham EMS contract.

The attorney representing the City of Bonham is reviewing the contract.

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In the segment of the meeting reserved for comments by commissioners and the county judge, Pct. 2 Commissioner A.J. Self thanked everyone for attending the meetings. Commissioner Self said his crew is trying to get caught up on roads and he appreciates the public's patience.

Pct. 3 Commissioner Jerry Magness said his crew will get back out on roads as soon as possible.

Pct. 4 Commissioner Dean Lackey said his crew is working short handed. He reminded residents that commissioners cannot stop vehicles from using public roads. 

Fannin County Judge Randy Moore reminded county residents that Lake Fannin has a Go Fund Me page to raise funds to repair the roof on the historic lodge.

Judge Moore also noted that North Texas Giving Day is Thursday, September 17.

The county judge gave an update on courthouse restoration and said this subject will likely be a discussion item every week for the remainder of the project.

The red steel tower now visible atop the 1888 courthouse will be the base structure that supports the cupola, although it is not actually a part of the cupola.  The current height of the structure will be the height of the ridge of the roof. The cupola will sit on top of the base structure and extend 55 feet higher. It will be late spring 2021 before the cupola is added.

Steel support for the courtroom balcony is going up and steel support for columns for front entries is being installed.

Utility work will begin next week.

Workers hope the courthouse can be dried-in by February and the tentative move-in date is July 2021.

The following offices will be housed in the restored courthouse: County Court at Law, JP1, Commissionerís Administrator, County Judge and Administrator's Offices, Auditor, Purchasing, and Treasurer.