Jefferson County Commissioners Court today voted unanimously to execute a certificate of substantial completion of masonry and window restoration at the county’s historic courthouse.
The masonry and window restoration was the third phase in a multi-phase project to restore the historic courthouse.
Commissioner Eddie Arnold, liaison on the court for the restoration project, said a master planned effort was determined to be needed in 2005, in response to water penetrate and termite issues.
“We’ve had tremendous devastation from termite infestation,” Arnold said. “In trying to treat the courthouse for the termites, it was brought to our attention - of course we also had water damage in a lot of the rooms from the years of seepage. As long as we had the water problems we had internally, we would never be able to eradicate the termites.”
The county contracted with Bailey Architecture Firm for the restoration’s master plan. The first phase of the program began in 2007 for re-roofing the courthouse.
The next phase included re-grouting and caulking around windows and other items on the exterior of the courthouse. The third phase concludes external work, with additional phases expected for internal restoration of the courthouse, and was mostly completed in December.
“We came in under budget and on time for the project, so that was a significant accomplishment,” Arnold said.
Arnold said the next phase, if approved, will include interior work, such as HVAC repairs and repair of termite damage in some rooms of the building.
The commissioners court voted unanimously to approve specifications for bids on the fourth phase of the renovation project, which includes restoration of the interior masonry of the courthouse.
The commissioners court voted unanimously to approve seismic permits for OMG Land Company and its agent, Cimarex Energy Co., for seismic testing on lots owned by the county.
The commissioners court voted unanimously to execute a pipeline right-of-way and easement agreement with Seadrift Pipeline Corporation.
The commissioners court tabled action on a burn ban order for the county. No burn ban is currently in effect.
The commissioners court voted unanimously to approve a $2,500 per month contract with The Lamar Companies for billboard advertising for the Emergency Management Department. The contract is for a five month period.
All other items were approved. All votes were unanimous with all members present. Agenda
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