Fannin County Commissioners Court holds first meeting in restored 1888 Fannin County Courthouse – North Texas e-News


Fannin County, Texas — All five members of Fannin County Commissioners Court were in attendance June 7, 2022 for the first regular meeting held in the Commissioners Courtroom of the restored 1888 Fannin County Courthouse.


The meeting opened with an invocation by former Fannin County Judge Derrell Hall, now the Senior Pastor at Mulberry United Methodist Church, and pledges were led by Troy Hudson, Fannin County Emergency Management Coordinator.
Fannin County Judge Randy Moore expressed his appreciation to the vision of Fannin County Commissioners Court under Judge Hall’s leadership in 1999 for starting the process to restore the historic courthouse — a $29 million project that resulted in a building now appraised at $80 million.

(L-R) Edwina Lane, Fannin County Pct. 1 Commissioner; A.J. Self, Fannin County Pct. 2 Commissioner; Randy Moore, Fannin County Judge; Jerry Magness, Fannin County Pct. 3 Commissioner; and Dean Lackey, Fannin County Pct. 4 Commissioner


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In public forum, Honey Grove Mayor Claude Caffee expressed gratitude to everyone who helped clean up recent storm damage after 95mph winds buffeted the area. Mayor Caffee singled out the work of Troy Hudson, Fannin County Emergency Management Coordinator, and Kevin Mayberry, Fannin County Pct. 3 Constable, as well as all first responders. Caffee also noted the assistance from Brian Brockett, District Coordinator for Texas Division of Emergency Management, various members of the Christian community, and Lamar County officials.
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Fannin County Commissioners Court approved minutes from a regular meeting May 3, 2022 and a special meeting June 1, 2022.
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Fannin County Commissioners Court approved the purchase of a custom-built stand for the county clerk postings board located on the 1st floor of the county courthouse at a cost not to exceed $600.
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Cheryl Youree, President of Lake Fannin Volunteers, gave an update of the group’s accomplishments, including clearing the dam, replacing the roof on the historic Fannin County Lodge, repairing the gate, clearing brush and replacing windows. Ms. Youree added that the five-year plan calls for restoring the bathhouse.
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Fannin County Commissioners Court approved a change in zoning application as recommended by the Bois d’Arc Lake Zoning Commission; 18.00 acres out of a 59.222-acre tract located at FM 897 and CR 2655, Property ID# 78349, from RE, Rural Estate Single-Family District to R&C, Retail and Commercial.
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Mark DeMay, Fannin County Indigent Healthcare Director discussed the department’s activity for May 2022. 
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The office of Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 reported $3,797.00 collected for May 2022.
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The office of Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 reported $1,251.00 collected for May 2022.
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Judge Moore asked that all agenda items for the regular meeting of commissioners court on June 21, 2022 to be submitted by noon on Thursday, June 9, 2022. 
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Fannin County Commissioners Court approved an action to go out for bids for Asphalt, Emulsions and Road Oil for all Fannin County Precincts.
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Fannin County Commissioners Court approved an action to go out for bids for Rock and Gravel for all Fannin County Precincts.
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Fannin County Commissioners Court voted to accept a bid from NTEC Construction Equipment Inc. for the purchase of a John Deere 770CH Motor Grader for $53,000.00 minus trade in value of $37,000.00 for two John Deere 770 BH graders; total comes to $16,000.00 after trade-ins.
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Fannin County Commissioners Court voted to pay bills.
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Fannin County Commissioners Court entered into executive session at 9:52 a.m. to deliberate personnel matters regarding the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of a public officer or employee; or (2) to hear a complaint or charge against an officer or employee – regarding county positions and salaries.
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Fannin County Commissioners Court reconvened in regular session at 10:26 a.m.  Judge Moore explained that the court is working through the budget process and “trying to do the right thing” for county employees.

KTEN News interviews Barbara McCutcheon, a driving force behind restoration of the 1888 Fannin County Courthouse.

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