BONHAM — Building maintenance seemed to be the hot topic of Monday’s Fannin County Commissioner’s Court meeting — among other topics, the Court discussed replacing the courthouse roof and painting the District Clerk’s office.

BONHAM — Building maintenance seemed to be the hot topic of Monday’s Fannin County Commissioner’s Court meeting — among other topics, the Court discussed replacing the courthouse roof and painting the District Clerk’s office.


The Court spent the bulk of the meeting discussing the specifications and requirements for the courthouse and County office buildings roofs, including the choosing of the roof materials, drainage system for the courthouse and bid method. County Purchasing Agent Jill Holmes estimated that the total cost of the project, including both roofs and the consulting fee, will be $210,000.


The County currently uses the consulting services of the company Armko Industries, Inc. Armko representative Doug Shearer attended the meeting and explained to the commissioners the process of installing the new roofs. The commissioners voted to approve Shearer’s suggestions, which include using hail-resistant material for the roofs.


At the beginning of the meeting, Bonham Fire Chief Brad Nichols presented to the Court the EMS monthly profit/loss report, about which he said "everything seems to be going smoothly at this point."


The Court approved a proclamation regarding the "United States Post Office, Bonham, Texas 100-year anniversary" and authorizing Judge Spanky Carter to sign the proclamation on behalf of Fannin County.


Next, District Clerk Nancy Young requested funding for paint and supplies for the additional offices in the District Clerks Office. Young and Holmes estimated the total cost for the paint and supplies would be $321.93, Holmes said.


"The rooms haven’t been painted in 15 or 20 years, probably before Judge Dale went in. And they’re in pretty bad shape right now," Young said.


In addition to the walls needing paint, some electrical outlets in the wall are missing plates. The money requested would also cover replacing the plates.


The commissioners seemed to have mixed feelings on approving the funds.


"We do have (the office) open. If we’re going to do it, we need to do it now," said Commissioner Gary Whitlock.


Commissioners Stanley Barker and Jerry Magness both said they were concerned about approving the request, since $210,000 is going toward the courthouse roof.


"I think what is on the commissioners’ minds is that we’re running very tight this year with money, … and at some point — I’ve been preaching this for a couple years — there’s going to be a day of reckoning where we’re going to have to plan these things and go at budget time," Carter said.


Ultimately, the court did not approve the funding for the paint and supplies.


The Court approved another request from the District Clerk’s Office for the installation of three to four new computer drops and/or possibly moving one computer drop, replacing missing computer-line boxes and all hardware necessary to install drops and moves.


Holmes presented to the Court a request to approve expenditure for the on-site paper shredding at the Windom Building for documents scheduled for destruction, to be paid out of County Records Management Fund and not to exceed $400. There is approximately 2,350 pounds of paper to be shredded, most coming from the County Auditor’s Office, the District Attorney’s Office and the Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 Office, Holmes said. The Court approved the request.


Finally, the Court approved the County Treasurer’s Financial Report for February 2014 and the payment of bills.