Old Fannin Co. Courthouse

Old Fannin Co. Courthouse

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Summer

Carrollton, TX

#1 May 19, 2010
Are they still going to restore the courthouse back to the 1888? I understood they would be allowing the public to vote on it next year but haven't heard anything more.
Barbara

Denison, TX

#2 May 19, 2010
Yes, the citizens of Fannin County will be asked to vote for the restoration of the courthouse. The county received a grant from the Texas Historical Commission to have plans and specifications done. Architexas of Dallas is in the process of preparing those plans. The plans will then be sent to the THC for review. After all of the plans are completed, we will have a more accurate "estimate" of what it will cost to restore the courthouse. Fannin County is eligible to receive up to $6 million dollars to help with the project. If the project comes in at $10 million...the citizens will need to come up with the remaining funds. I'm the chairman of the Restoration Committee. I will be happy to answer any and all questions about the courthouse. My only plea is to NOT listen to rumors about the cost of restoration. When I know the total costs...I will let everyone know.
Bonham Resident

Sherman, TX

#3 May 19, 2010
Barbara wrote:
Yes, the citizens of Fannin County will be asked to vote for the restoration of the courthouse. The county received a grant from the Texas Historical Commission to have plans and specifications done. Architexas of Dallas is in the process of preparing those plans. The plans will then be sent to the THC for review. After all of the plans are completed, we will have a more accurate "estimate" of what it will cost to restore the courthouse. Fannin County is eligible to receive up to $6 million dollars to help with the project. If the project comes in at $10 million...the citizens will need to come up with the remaining funds. I'm the chairman of the Restoration Committee. I will be happy to answer any and all questions about the courthouse. My only plea is to NOT listen to rumors about the cost of restoration. When I know the total costs...I will let everyone know.
I doubt that taxpayers of Fannin county will approve a huge tax increase for a restored courthouse, that is still too small, when they wouldn't approve a college that would have cost less.
Anonymous

Sherman, TX

#4 May 19, 2010
I agree, no way in hell this thing will pass if the college didn't pass.

Since: Apr 10

Sherman, TX

#5 May 19, 2010
My main concern about spending so much on a restored courthouse is that we will still not have enough space....there will be much more money required to provide room for the employees in other locations. They are already scattered all over town. A restoration would be beautiful and historical but would just be the beginning of what we need for an efficient, usable facility, especially if by some chance Fannin Co. grows any in the future.

Samuel

Arlington, TX

#6 Jun 21, 2010
sounds as if it would cost less to build a new one with enough room
Anonymous

United States

#7 Mar 6, 2011
My concern is spending money on a restored courthouse, when the streets, and water lines all are in great need of repair. We the taxpayer are already building a new city hall, talk about efficent use of tax dollars!!!!
Anonymous

Sherman, TX

#8 Mar 6, 2011
The courthouse is a county project, the new city hall is a city of Bonham project. New water lines were just installed in the past year to year and a half in a majority of the town. Money is set aside to repair the streets. The weather should be good enough for them now to start back up, can't do that kind of work during the winter.
Just Saying

Caddo Mills, TX

#9 Mar 7, 2011
Anonymous wrote:
The courthouse is a county project, the new city hall is a city of Bonham project. New water lines were just installed in the past year to year and a half in a majority of the town. Money is set aside to repair the streets. The weather should be good enough for them now to start back up, can't do that kind of work during the winter.
Plus, a large part of the renovation costs would be paid for with the 6 million $ grant.
Post-iT-Notes

AOL

#10 Mar 7, 2011
Samuel wrote:
sounds as if it would cost less to build a new one with enough room
You're totally missing the point of restoring the courthouse. It's not to get more office space. Its about preservation of history and pride. If more office space is needed, its available all over the county and especially in Bonham with all the businesses going out of business.
Taxpayer

Leonard, TX

#11 Mar 7, 2011
you can git BCS barn builders out of okalahoma to build a big barn for about 20 to 30 thousand that would handle all of the county offices. I know my neighbor had them make him a hay shed real nice. That office place in Sherman has them portable dividers to make office spaces with, and if you needed to have court or a big meeting, take down them dividers, and you got a big hall. Or have the trailer house place make a bunch of double wides and butt them together. That would make us a good courthouse. This isn't my idea, there was a guy from Ivanhoe that was a builder that said that we could build a barn or use the buildings at the multpurpos senter, sence theyr not used much. im not interested in pride I just don't need my taxes to go up. Mr McQueen and Strong will save aur mony.
Your Taxdollars

Kemp, OK

#12 Mar 7, 2011
I loved the post saying 6 million dollars would come from grant money. Where do you think the grant money comes from? The government has NO money unless they take it from taxpayers first. There is no such thing as free money which seems to have been lost on a great number of citizens in both this county and country. Hopefully the Texas legislature will kill the Courthouse restoration program and all other programs that take money from one set of taxpayers and give it to another in the name of supposed historical, economic development, or tourism grants. The citizens of a community need to spend their own money if they want something done - not other peoples.
Just Saying

Caddo Mills, TX

#14 Mar 8, 2011
Post-iT-Notes wrote:
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You're totally missing the point of restoring the courthouse. It's not to get more office space. Its about preservation of history and pride. If more office space is needed, its available all over the county and especially in Bonham with all the businesses going out of business.
We certainly have enough vacant buildings around the square to accommodate needed county office space! In Sherman, a number of county offices are housed in the "Justice Center" across the street from their old courthouse.
Funny

Whitewright, TX

#15 Nov 14, 2013
Bonham Resident wrote:
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I doubt that taxpayers of Fannin county will approve a huge tax increase for a restored courthouse, that is still too small, when they wouldn't approve a college that would have cost less.
Nobody but a small handful of people wanted GCC here, but a nicer courthouse would probably be doable.
Home wrecker

United States

#16 Nov 16, 2013
Use the bricks the da got cleaned up for free. The bricks off his crappy rental property across the street that fell down into the street. Get to work.. Smoking cigs, drinking coffee, and scratching lotto tickets at KC won't get it restored. Bring in the out of town contractors if you want it finished.
Just Saying

Bonham, TX

#17 Nov 20, 2013
Funny wrote:
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Nobody but a small handful of people wanted GCC here, but a nicer courthouse would probably be doable.
By "small handful" you must be referring to the number of people who would actually have the intelligence to be able to qualify as a student. The purpose of the proposal for a GCC campus was to bring in outside of the area students ( and dollars ) to the economy of this miserable, backwoods,ignorant, bigoted, racist,petty,gossiping, backstabbing, Walmart mentality community called Bonham. Sadly, Fannin County is one of the most beautiful....landscape-wise... areas of the entire state. Lush foliage, rolling hills...it's a shame it's inhabited by such mean, small-minded people. I made a major mistake when I came back here to retire, and will be OUTTA here SOON!
Funny

Whitewright, TX

#18 Nov 20, 2013
Just Saying wrote:
<quoted text>By "small handful" you must be referring to the number of people who would actually have the intelligence to be able to qualify as a student. The purpose of the proposal for a GCC campus was to bring in outside of the area students ( and dollars ) to the economy of this miserable, backwoods,ignorant, bigoted, racist,petty,gossiping, backstabbing, Walmart mentality community called Bonham. Sadly, Fannin County is one of the most beautiful....landscape-wise... areas of the entire state. Lush foliage, rolling hills...it's a shame it's inhabited by such mean, small-minded people. I made a major mistake when I came back here to retire, and will be OUTTA here SOON!
Don't let the door smack you in the rear on your way out. Good riddance. We don't like narrow-minded bigoted money grubbers like you here, bringing your scummy attitudes and leeching off of hard working honest people, all the while trying to act superior to everyone. Your kind has what is known as the "self-obsessed egomania" syndrome. Get help.

What are you still doing here reading this? Get to packing, and don't bother replying since that will only further stall your needed departure.
Jimmie

Shreveport, LA

#19 Nov 21, 2013
Funny wrote:
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Don't let the door smack you in the rear on your way out. Good riddance. We don't like narrow-minded bigoted money grubbers like you here, bringing your scummy attitudes and leeching off of hard working honest people, all the while trying to act superior to everyone. Your kind has what is known as the "self-obsessed egomania" syndrome. Get help.
What are you still doing here reading this? Get to packing, and don't bother replying since that will only further stall your needed departure.
There is one problem you dick headed fool. You used the term: "Hard working honest people." There are none of this variety in Bonham or most of Fannin. I would understand your reluctance to have an institution of higher learning there. Knowledge and its pursuit is as abhorred as decency in that POS town.
Funny

Whitewright, TX

#20 Nov 21, 2013
Jimmie wrote:
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There is one problem you dick headed fool. You used the term: "Hard working honest people." There are none of this variety in Bonham or most of Fannin. I would understand your reluctance to have an institution of higher learning there. Knowledge and its pursuit is as abhorred as decency in that POS town.
Want to change your proxy and name and post again? You're supposed to be packing your crap and getting out, so "git" scumbag. Good riddance. Feel sorry for whatever town gets you next. Scum is scum, and always runs down a town when people like you comes floating in.
Jimmie

Shreveport, LA

#21 Nov 22, 2013
Funny wrote:
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Want to change your proxy and name and post again? You're supposed to be packing your crap and getting out, so "git" scumbag. Good riddance. Feel sorry for whatever town gets you next. Scum is scum, and always runs down a town when people like you comes floating in.
I do not change my name or proxy, bitch. That was just simply another person with an IQ above 100 who fails to submit to Bonham standards. I own property in Bonham and will continue to make some income off dumbassed residents. I also own stock in Philip Morris for the same reason. It is fun to profit from the ignorant and foolish, bitch.

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