The Fannin County Commissioners Court discussed replacing a county building’s hot water heater and purchasing a file marker and answering machine at their regular meeting Monday.

The Fannin County Commissioners Court discussed replacing a county building’s hot water heater and purchasing a file marker and answering machine at their regular meeting Monday.

Tax Assessor-Collector Gail Young asked the Court to consider replacing or repairing a hot water heater located in the county’s South Annex building. Young and her employees believe the water that comes from the sinks at the office is uncomfortably cold, she said.

“With all the germs that we come into contact with, it would be nice to be able to (wash our hands),” Young said.

County Judge Spanky Carter said he agreed that something needs to be done about the water heater, but that because of the budget now is not the best time to repair or replace it. The heater has also been defunct for a few years, which could lead to obstacles when trying to repair it, said Commissioner Stanley Barker.

“The issue is that it’s been three or four years. And the chances are, if you crank it up, it’s going to leak,” Barker said.

Barker went on to say that if the water heater leaks, it will need to be replaced. A new water heater would have to meet new codes. The Court voted to table acting on the water heater until more information is gathered about what repairs are needed and how much they will cost.

The Court then considered the purchase of an electronic file marker and answering machine to be paid out of Justice Court Technology Fund.

Justice of the Peace Joe Dale said he planned to buy an answering machine locally for $14-$20. Dale found a refurbished file marker for $518. The Court voted to approve the purchase of both items.

Finally, the Court approved payment of bills.