BONHAM — At their meeting Monday morning, the Fannin County Commissioners Court approved a new AgriLife Extension agent and discussed a citizen’s request for funding of roads.

BONHAM — At their meeting Monday morning, the Fannin County Commissioners Court approved a new AgriLife Extension agent and discussed a citizen’s request for funding of roads.


At the beginning of the meeting, the Court voted to approve Cody Maxwell as the new Fannin County Extension agent. District Extension Administrator Hurley Miller introduced Maxwell to the Court. Maxwell has previously worked as an extension agent in Franklin and Delta counties, Miller said. He holds an agriculture-related bachelor’s and master’s degree.


"There are a lot of good things in agriculture in this county," Maxwell said. "You drive from the east to the west and the north to the south, and there’s a lot going on."


Next, Cole Damron asked the Court for approval to waive subdivision requirements and bond length so that a chip-and-seal road can be installed in a subdivision he owns. The roads in the subdivision are currently private and are gravel roads.


"Over the years, I’ve thought about it, looked into the subdivision rules, talked to (Commissioner) Stan (Barker), and I think it might be better to do a chip-and-seal road," Damron said. "I believe the subdivision rules say you can do that, as long as you get a road bond."


The cost to chip and seal the road would be $70,000, Damron said.


Barker said he did not have a problem with allowing Damron to chip and seal the roads, but he is concerned with approving a bond. Whether or not Damron could chip and seal the roads would depend on if he could sell 90 percent of the lots in the subdivision — and there were doubts as to whether the lots could be sold. There was also confusion over the bond.


"I don’t know that I understand how this bond is supposed to work without an end date," said Judge Spanky Carter.


The Court ultimately voted to table the issue until a later date.


District Clerk Nancy Young asked the Court for approval to use Courthouse Security funds to re-key the District Clerk offices. The project cost is $429.75, and the Court approved the expenditure.


Young also asked the Court to approve expenditure for paint and supplies for five offices in the District Clerk’s office, to be paid out of District Clerk’s line item No. 0450-0572. The Court approved this expenditure as well.


The Court approved Legend Bank’s request for a security to be released. The security is Upton County, Texas, Cuspit No. 916813AMO, current market value $120,000.


The Court also approved the following action items:


• award of asphalt bid for fiscal year 2014/2015;


• Precinct 3’s request to sell surplus truck and equipment through online auction;


• the sale of two seized vehicles through online auction;


• budget amendments from Fannin County Auditor’s Office for fiscal year 2013/2014; and


• payment of bills.


The Court went into executive session to discuss personnel matters. There was no action taken on the subject discussed in the executive session.