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Houston County Courier - Local News
Stories Added - June 2009
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Work Underway on Houston County Justice Center
Houston County Courier -  June 2009

According to Houston County Judge Lonnie Hunt, construction of the new Houston County Justice Center is progressing on schedule with no significant problems thus far. 
Architect Wayne Gondeck gave an update on the project during the Tuesday, June 9 regular meeting of the Houston County Commissioners Court.  
The architect presented a full color computerized image depicting what the facility will look like when completed.
The 47,000 square foot Houston County Justice Center is being constructed in the 700 block of South Fourth Street. 
The facility includes a 144-bed jail, sheriff’s offices, and offices and court facilities for Houston County’s two Justices of the Peace.
Foundation work is currently underway.  The facility should be ready for occupancy by Oct. 1, 2010. 
During Tuesday’s meeting, commissioners’ approved the second monthly payment to the contractor, J. E. Kingham Construction Company, in the amount of $404,706.49.
Commissioners authorized renewal of contracts with Anderson County and Falls County for housing of Houston County inmates when the county jail is full. 
The current county jail was built to house a maximum of 70 inmates, but the county has a temporary variance from the state which allows a maximum of 80. 
At present, no Houston County inmates are being housed out of county.  However, Houston County Sheriff Darrel Bobbitt told commissioners that because of past overcrowding, the Texas Commission on Jail Standards checks the census of the local jail on a daily basis.
In other business, commissioners approved the employment of Deputy Buck Carroll, who is returning from military leave to full time status and Marci Rae Galloway as a dispatcher with HCSO.
Commissioners approved the part time employment of Luke Stone as a road hand in Road and Bridge Precinct 3 and the renewal of the Routine Airport Maintenance Grant from the Texas
Department of Transportation.
Commissioners also approved a minor change in the county’s credit card policy to allow that meals can be charged on county credit cards when the employee is travelling out of county on official business and is not being reimbursed on a per diem basis.



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