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Stories Added - May 2009
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Houston County Approves Annex Repairs
Houston County Courier -  May 2009

The Houston County Commissioners Court, meeting in regular session Tuesday, authorized a contract with S. C. Maxwell Company of Crockett for foundation repairs to the Houston County Courthouse Annex. 
The contract price is $17,920 plus the cost of builder’s risk insurance, which is estimated at $800.
The work will repair the south wall of the annex building and correct a problem caused by erosion at the base of the wall. 
The contract and scope of work was developed by ARF Engineering, Inc., a structural engineer brought in by the county to recommend a solution to the problem.
Commissioners authorized Houston County Judge Lonnie Hunt, Precinct 4 Commissioner Kennon Kellum, and County Attorney Daphne Session to execute the contract if all three agree on the wording.
Commissioners also authorized acceptance of a $75,000 grant from the Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG) to fund a summer work program to be sponsored by Houston County. 
Under the program, high school students ages 16 to 19, including 2009 graduates, will be employed to perform various clean-up and beautification projects in Houston County, including cleanup and restoration work at neglected historic cemeteries. 
The students will also participate in an educational program which will be designed to promote good citizenship. 
The program also includes funding for employment of several part time senior citizens in various public service jobs.
 “And the good news is that the city of Crockett was also awarded $75,000 under this same grant program,” reported Judge Hunt. 
“What that means is that the city will be able to offer summer jobs to Crockett High School students, and the county will be able to serve additional students from Grapeland, Kennard, Latexo and Lovelady.”
Information about the program will be distributed to students later this week through the schools, and the program will begin around June 15.
The court voted to reject the only bid received for installation of a new cylinder for the courthouse elevator. 
The state informed Houston County officials about three years ago that a new double-walled cylinder would have to be installed on the elevator, and gave the county a three- year deadline to complete the task.
Earlier this year, the county advertised for bids for the project. 
The only bid received was in the amount of $44,212.00.  
However, during the bid solicitation process, information was discovered indicating that the elevator, which was replaced in 1971, already had a double-walled cylinder.  The county appealed to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, which accepted the documentation and will not require the work to be done.
In other action, commissioners authorized the expenditure of $2,500 from the District Clerk’s Records Management Fund to pay for a temporary part time employee to scan old court records and authorized Road and Bridge Precinct 4 to purchase a Caterpillar wheel loader at a cost of $125,350, with trade-in or sale of a used Case track loader and a used Ford backhoe.
Commissioners approved a budget amendment to accept a contribution of $4,992 from Copano Energy for CR 3575 in Precinct 3 and accepted a donation of 625 tons of limestone base from Katy Resources for CR1560 in Precinct 1.
Commissioners also accepted a donation of 475 tons of clay from Lawrence Richie for CR 1865 in Precinct 1 and accepted a donation of 259 tons of limestone road base from Chesapeake Energy Corporation for CR 2135 in Precinct 2.



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