BONHAM — A discussion regarding the status of Fannin County as "open" or "closed" range took up the majority of Monday’s Fannin County Commissioners Court meeting.

BONHAM — A discussion regarding the status of Fannin County as "open" or "closed" range took up the majority of Monday’s Fannin County Commissioners Court meeting.


Whether a county is open or closed range affects fence regulations for farmers and ranchers, who are responsible for estray animals and other issues. In an closed-range county, property owners have the responsibility of keeping their livestock on their property, said Chuck Jones of the Grayson County AgriLife Extension office. In an open-range county, livestock are more free to roam and graze.


Jason Walker of Ravenna brought the issue before the Court. He said it is currently unclear. The last time the range issue was addressed in Fannin County was during an election in 1905, said County Judge Spanky Carter.


Walker asked the Court to create a map that shows which areas of Fannin County are open range and which are closed range. Walker also said he believes the confusion over the county’s status makes the sheriff’s job more difficult.


"I don’t know how the sheriff and sheriff’s deputies can do what they’re asked to do without a clear definition of what’s open and what’s closed for them," Walker said. "All I ask for is clarification, or a map of what roads separate closed and open."


Carter said he believes the people of Fannin County should decide whether the County is open or closed range.


"The simple thing is to just go have an election, put it on the ballot and then define that, if that’s what citizens want to do. But it’s not something that we do as the Commissioners Court," Carter said.


The Court announced the five members of the County Energy Transportation Reinvestment Zone (CETRZ) Advisory Board: Ron McKinney of Telephone, Bob Payne of Telephone, Butch Henderson of Leonard, Lloyd Flanagan of Leonard and Harold Roberts of Honey Grove.


The Court also voted to approve the volunteer fire department minimum standards ratification, as well as the amended Fannin County Road Report.


The Court tabled an action item to reaffirm the present Fannin County policy on holidays employees of Fannin County.