First phase of county renovations complete
Polk County Enterprise - February 25, 2007 - March 4, 2007
By VALERIE REDDELL
Special Sections Editor
LIVINGSTON –The first phase of renovations at the county annex is complete and some departments have moved back into their previous offices at the former hospital, County Maintenance Engineer Jay Burks told Commissioners Court Monday.
“You may have to hunt for who you’re looking for, but they’re there,” Burks said.
To address ongoing problems with the courthouse telephone systems, commissioners approved the purchase of a $145,150 system from Livingston Telephone Monday
The new system replaces the refurbished 1985 system that was installed in 1992, County Judge John Thompson said.
“We got our money’s worth out of the 1985 system and not more baling wire and duct tape is going to make it work,” Thompson said.
The purchase – as well as several other maintenance projects -- will be funded by a reimbursement resolution, Thompson said.
Telephone representative Danny Moseley told commissioners it would take 10 working days to receive the equipment. Installers will begin work at the Tax Office then convert outlying offices to a stand-alone system.
Those first two phases should help alleviate pressure on the existing system, Moseley said. The entire system would be up and running in about two-and-half weeks, he said.
Commissioners also approved $17,010 in emergency roof repairs to the annex building at the Dunbar Complex.
“The bid is for the same type of roof they’re doing at the annex,” Burks said. “We’re not worrying about 150 miles per hour winds.
The flat, gravel roof is concave by three to four inches in the center and it’s holding water, Burks said.
Rotting gutters have allowed rain water to go down interior walls, he added.
In response to a question by Pct. 3 Commissioner James J. “Buddy” Purvis, Burks said the final warranty work is being completed on the roof of the M. G. Riley Humanitarian Building in Corrigan.
“They were supposed to be done Friday or (Monday) at the latest,” Burks said. “We’ll keep checking it after another couple of rains.”
Commissioner voted to reject all bids for culverts in Pct. 3 when Purvis raised a concern that one of the bidders did not receive a complete set of specifications.
The request for bids for culverts on the Upper Leggett Road will be resubmitted.
The court also ratified an agreement with William J. Lyon & Associates for real estate appraisal services.
As part of Monday’s consent agenda, the court approved hiring Chad Arbuckle as 4-H and Youth Development Agent for Texas Cooperative Extension effective March 1.
Arbuckle is from Trinity County and is a graduate of Sam Houston State University, Extension Agent Mark Currie told commissioners.
“He’s not local, but he’s close,” Currie said.
“I hope he’s ready to hit the ground running,” Pct. 4 Commissioner C. T. “Tommy” Overstreet said.
Arbuckle starts work in the midst of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The Trinity-Neches Live-stock Show is set for March 28 to April 1.
Commissioners struck an item considering an application for grant funds to pay for damages from storms and flooding in October.