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Commissioners to review repair need
Houston County Courier - March 2009
By Daphne Hereford
Houston County commissioners were updated by structural engineer Burt R. Richardson, of ARF Engineering, Inc on the status of foundation repairs necessary at the court house annex during the meeting held Monday, March 23.
Richardson told commissioners he contacted Olshan and A-1 Foundation Repair, of Lufkin, and that both firms had inspected the break in the foundation on the building but neither firm had provided an estimate for repair.
Using blueprints, Richardson shared with commissioners details of the needed repairs and said he had scheduled a meeting with Kevin Maxwell to secure an estimate from him regarding the repairs.
Richardson said he would bring to the next meeting a recommendation for the repairs.
Houston County Judge Lonnie Hunt told Richardson there was also the issue of sticking doors on the second floor that needed to be evaluated.
In other repair related matters, commissioners tabled taking action on the repair of the roof leak at the county owned building located at 601 Cedar Street that houses the state welfare office and department of human services.
Judge Hunt said they had asked Lucas Roofing for an estimate but had not yet received the proposal.
In other business commissioners granted an exemption to contracts for road material hauling as a discretionary exemption to be effective Thursday, April 9
County Attorney Daphne Session said she had reviewed the government code and she felt the hauling would fall under the exemption of professional or personal service.
Commissioner Willie Kitchen asked if the county would be safe if the exemption were challenged and Ms. Session said she would ask for an opinion from the Texas Attorney General on the matter.
“The whole idea is to save the county money,” Judge Hunt said adding that the county will still have to advertise for bids on rock.
Commissioners approved terminating the professional service agreement with R.G. Miller Engineers, Inc. based on the firm closing the Crockett office.
Judge Hunt said, “It is in our best interest to exercise the option to provide 30 days notice to terminate the agreement.”
An expenditure of $11,025 from the County Clerk Records Management Fund to Peeler and Sons Book Restoration to replace the covers on old county books was approved by commissioners. Judge Hunt said the management funds were specifically for maintaining county records.
The annual payment of $950 for the lease agreement with Brenda Harrison Stubblefield for Precinct 4 was unanimously approved.
In a special presentation, commissioners proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.