Bonham Town Council’s Proclamation Honors the Town of Bonham’s 175th Anniversary

Bonham, Texas — Bonham Mayor H. Compton presided over a regular meeting of Bonham City Council held Monday, October 10, 2022. Council members Bill Chapman, Michael Evans, Kevin Hayes and Wayne Moore are here; John Burnett and Timothy La Vergne were absent.

The meeting opened with an invocation from Mark Posey, pastor of the First Congregational Methodist Church in Bonham.

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Bonham Town Council approved the minutes of a regular meeting on September 12 and a special meeting on September 19.

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Michelle Burnett, Town of Bonham Finance Supervisor, presented the September 2022 financial report to Bonham City Council.

September is the last month of fiscal year 2022.

“At the end of the year, Water/Sewer has recovered to break even with the amended budget for the year. The General Fund will end with a modest surplus,” Ms Burnett said. “Sales tax revenue was 4% above the amending budget and building permits were 23% above the amending budget. These two major revenue streams have been adjusted in the amending budget and will cover the added expenses to the amending budget.”

“Auditors are completing the audit of fiscal year 2021,” Burnett added. “They started working on the audit in June and we expect they will have a report ready for presentation from mid-October through November.”

Bonham Town Council has approved the September 2022 financial report.

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In the segment of the regular meeting reserved for citizens to have their say, Tom Thornton spoke in favor of the referendum on Bonham ISD bonds in the November election.

Mr Thornton, a career educator, said the problems at LH Rather Junior High need to be addressed and the longer voters wait, the more it will cost. He noted that the current bond package is $5 million to $6 million larger than the previous package that failed by a vote earlier this year.

“If we don’t do it now, it will cost even more,” Thornton predicted. “It’s for the safety of the children.”

Tom Thorton


Later in the regular meeting, Mayor Compton noted, “This building [L.H. Rather] is in dire straits. The insurance won’t even cover the damage anymore.”

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Bonham Town Council has officially proclaimed 2023 as the 175th anniversary of the town of Bonham.

(LR) Judy Teller, Tom Thornton, Glenn Taylor, Stacy Flood, Emily Porter, Jenn Self Knight, Melissa Maxwell and Mayor of Bonham H. Compton


The town, first settled in 1836 by Bailey Inglish and originally named Bois d’Arc, was renamed in 1844 and incorporated in 1848.

WHILE, February 2, 2023 marks the 175th anniversary of the town of Bonham; and

WHILE, Settlement began with the arrival in 1836 of Bailey Inglish from Butler County, Kentucky; and

WHILE, Bailey Inglish built Fort. Inglish in 1837, a blockhouse and stockade, on 1,250 acres situated on Bois d’Arc stream near timber and water supplies; and

WHILE, John P. Simpson arrived soon after, and Inglish and Simpson donated the original urban site, known as Bois d’Arc, as an incentive for settlement; and Inglish obtained the city’s first post office, which served an area several hundred miles, including what is now Collin and Grayson counties; and

WHILE, when Bois d’Arc became the county seat of Fannin County on January 26, 1843, the county was expanded into Panhandle and Greer County, Oklahoma Territory; which later became twenty counties of Texas; and

WHILE, Wooden bow was renamed Bonham on February 26, 1844, in honor of James Butler Bonham who died at the Alamo. In the early 1840s, C. C. Alexander of Cumberland County, Kentucky, established a trading house to supply Fort Worth and home seekers in northeast Texas; and

WHILE, On February 2, 1848, Bonham was incorporated as a town; and

WHILE, special activities have been planned to celebrate the occasion of this anniversary; and

WHILE, it is fitting that we join in expressing our pride and appreciation for the many civic and economic benefits our community has enjoyed over the past 175 years through the growth and prosperity of our city.

SO NOW, ON BEHALF OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BONHAM, TEXAS, AND IN ACKNOWLEDGMENT HEREBY, I OFFICIALLY PROCLAIM AND DECLARE THE YEAR 2023, AS:

“175TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE TOWN OF BONHAM”

in the town of Bonham, and urge all citizens to join me in celebrating the anniversary of the town of Bonham Terquasquicentenary Anniversary.

HERE I PLACE MY HAND AND HAVE THE SEAL OF THE CITY OF BONHAM, TEXAS APPLIED on this 10e october day 2022.

H. L. Compton, Mayor

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Bonham City Council has voted to approve the Selection Review Committee’s recommendation to award by resolution Gary Traylor for Administrative Services in conjunction with submitting an application for funding through the Grants Program. FEMA Flood Mitigation Assistance to provide application preparation, project administration, and project-related management services, if awarded.

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Bonham Town Council has voted to approve the Selection Review Committee’s recommendation to award by resolution Hayter Engineering for engineering services in conjunction with the submission of an application for funding through the grants program FEMA Flood Mitigation Assistance to provide application preparation and project implementation, if awarded.

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The Reverend Stuart P. Courtney, pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Bonham, presented a petition to rename part of Main Street to Joe C. Dale Street.

Reverend Courtney suggested that the south end of Main Street from the Tag Office to Highway 78 be named after a man who served as a local judge for more than 25 years and a church deacon for 56 years old.

Currently, there is no protocol to follow when considering renaming a street. City staff will develop appropriate procedures and City Council will place this issue on a future agenda.

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Bonham Town Council held a public hearing and subsequently approved an ordinance for the erection of stop signs at eleven locations.


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The Bonham City Council retired in executive closed session to deliberate the purchase, trade, lease, or value of real estate as permitted by Texas government code § 551.072 and for consultation with a client attorney for legal advice on a matter in which the attorney’s duty to the government agency under the Texas State Bar of Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct is clearly in conflict with this chapter with respect to current contracts, including, but not limited to, a real estate contract for 9100 Timbercreek Dr. and as permitted by Texas Government Code §551.071(2).

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Bonham City Council met again in regular session to announce that it would accept an offer and enter into a real estate contract for 9100 Timbercreek Dr., as discussed during the closed session.

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