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Fannin County Commissioners Court declares April 2021 to be Child Abuse Awareness Month
By Allen Rich
Apr 8, 2021
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Fannin County, Texas -- All five members of Fannin County Commissioners Court attended a regular meeting Tuesday, April 6, 2021. The meeting opened with an invocation by Darrell Hathcock and pledges were led by Fannin County Judge Randy Moore.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court approved a proclamation declaring April 2021 to be Child Abuse Awareness Month in Fannin County.

Fannin County Pct. 3 Commissioner Jerry Magness noted there were 432 alleged victims of child abuse last year in Fannin County, which would equate to more than one alleged incident of child abuse per day.

There were 117 confirmed victims of child abuse last year in Fannin County. Fannin County Children's Center has displayed 117 pinwheels throughout the county to symbolize this number.

Judge Moore thanked Barber for her years of work as an advocate for local children in difficult situations and mentioned the current fundraising drive for a new building to house Fannin County Children's Center.

(L-R) Fannin County Pct. 2 Commissioner A.J. Self, Fannin County Pct. 1 Commissioner Edwina Lane, Fannin County Judge Randy Moore, Fannin County Children's Center Executive Director Sandy Barber, Fannin County Pct. 3 Commissioner Jerry Magness and Fannin County Pct. 4 Commissioner Dean Lackey

We appreciate the commissioners proclaiming April to be Child Abuse Awareness Month again this year and for their annual allocation of some funds for the services we provide to some of the most vulnerable citizens of our community," remarked Ms. Barber. "We also appreciate our partnership with Fannin County's Criminal District Attorney's Office, Sheriff's Office, Juvenile Probation and Child Welfare Board, as well as the 336th District Judge, Child Protective Services and the SANE nurses.  Child abuse is a community problem that requires a coordinated, community response." 

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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.

As of Monday afternoon, April 5, Fannin County had been advised of a total of 3,427 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The county has an estimated 17 active cases; 10 of those are in the two local state prisons.

Fannin County has suffered a total of 107 fatalities due to the pandemic.

The hospital rate for Trauma Service Area E is currently 3.42%. 

"It is perfectly OK to wear a mask because some people are more susceptible," Judge Moore stated. "It's still a time to be cautious...if you are sick, don't come in to work. That's how it spreads." 

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Troy Hudson provided a COVID-19 update. Brookshire's Pharmacy is giving second doses this week and Puckett Family Clinic will be administering first doses. 

The former Fannin County COVID Call Center transitioned to a scheduling center March 30, but scheduling continues to be an issue because it has proven to be difficult to contact people who have registered on the waiting list. There are still 1,000-1,100 people on the waiting list. The scheduling center will close April 16.

Mr. Hudson said the state has closed its testing sites, but a personal physician can refer patients to TMC Bonham Hospital for a test. 

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Fannin County Pct. 4 Commissioners Dean Lackey led a brief discussion regarding the ongoing restoration of the 1888 Fannin County Courthouse.

Dormers have been attached to the pitched roof and red metal shingles are being installed. Crews and putting in curbs and gutters. Work continues on the entrance columns. The cupola is scheduled to begin going up May 20.

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Commissioners approved minutes from 03/02/2021 (R) and 03/01/2021 (S).

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Fannin County Commissioners Court received a report of monies collected by the Fannin County Clerk’s office for January 2021 and February 2021.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court received a report of monies collected by the Justice of the Peace, Pct. 3 office for March 2021.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court approved a change in zoning application for 1.75 acres on County Road 2900 in Dodd City from Agriculture to Rural Estate, Single-family District.

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Commissioners voted to allow Bonham Masonic Lodge to hold a 30-40 minute ceremony for the Masonic cornerstone on the courthouse during Fannin County’s Rededication Day, at a specific time that will be decided by the rededication committee.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court approved Advance Funding Agreement between Fannin County and the State of Texas through the Texas Department of Transportation for bridge replacement or rehabilitation of the State System.

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Commissioners approved the budget for Title IV-E County Legal Services Contract based on the FY 2021 budget.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court approved payment of bills.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court went into executive session at 9:56 a.m. to deliberate architectural services for a justice center.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court reconvened in regular session and announced that this deliberation will continue and likely be on the agenda next week.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court went into executive session at 10:49 a.m. to consult with an attorney regarding the financing and the operation of the Fannin County Detention Center and Operation and Management Agreement.

Fannin County Commissioners Court reconvened in regular session to ratify the operating agreement between Fannin County, the U.S. Marshal's Service and LaSalle Corrections at Fannin County Detention Service. LaSalle Corrections will fund the $5 million, 137-bed expansion at no cost or obligation to Fannin County.

The agreement establishes a guaranteed minimum facility population of 450 once the facility is expanded. Fannin County will collect a daily $2.50 administration fee per federal inmate, which Bristow predicts will result in an annual reimbursement of $300,000-$400,000 to Fannin County to use as the county sees fit.